Pit of Saron
- For the greater complex of which this dungeon is a part, see Frozen Halls. For the achievement, see .
|Pit of Saron|
|FH2 / PoS|
The Pit of Saron is the second wing of the Frozen Halls instances of Icecrown Citadel, released in patch 3.3. The enormous pit in the dungeon is filled with large extracts of saronite ore and the Scourge have taken many Alliance and Horde prisoners forcing them to mine the saronite or face torture and reanimation into undeath. The players help Jaina Proudmoore or Sylvanas Windrunner rescue the prisoners and put a stop to the Scourge's operations and defeat the brutal scourge master of the area and his lieutenants.
The Pit of Saron, accessible only to those who have laid waste to the Forge of Souls' unholy operations, will bring Horde and Alliance forces deeper into the Lich King's domain. Players who venture here will immediately be confronted by the lord of this lair, Scourgelord Tyrannus. But defeating him will not be as easy as it seems. Before they can present a threat to Tyrannus, the adventurers, instructed by their leaders, will need to free enslaved allies who have been trapped by the Scourge. Until that happens, Tyrannus will leave all adversaries to his minions, workers of the citadel's mines. Perhaps the challenges here will lend clues as to the whereabouts of the Lich King's private chambers outside of the Frozen Throne, deep within the Halls of Reflection.
Notably, it is the only Frozen Halls-dungeon which is visually located outside Icecrown Citadel instead of inside it, unlike the two other dungeons. The area which comprises the Pit of Saron is strikingly similar to other outdoor areas in Icecrown; the location of Forgemaster Garfrost looks like Malykriss: The Vile Hold, the location of Krick and Ick like The Fleshwerks, and nearly everything else like the Weeping Quarry. As the Scourge is planning to use the saronite mined in the other mines in Icecrown to build Malykriss, it is likely (although unconfirmed) that this is the case with the saronite mined in Pit of Saron as well.
The events of the dungeon play out in the following quests:
During the Burning Legion's third invasion, the Sveldrek group of vrykul took control of the Pit until being defeated and raised by the Lich King's ally, the Knights of the Ebon Blade, into his servitude.
For many years, champions among the races of Azeroth have stood against the Lich King only to be slaughtered mercilessly and forced to serve in his army of undead horrors. In his ongoing struggle to stop the Lich King, Tirion Fordring of the Argent Crusade has joined forces with Darion Mograine of the Knights of the Ebon Blade in order to assault Icecrown Citadel with a unified army called the Ashen Verdict.
- Forgemaster Garfrost
- A master of Scourge weaponry, the forgemaster hauls stocks of saronite ore and other precious materials to the cold forges where the mechanisms of death are born. With a host of rime weapons and exotic alloys at his disposal, it could get cold in here.
- Krick and Ick
- Zombies serve as mindless muscle in the Pit of Saron's mines, stockpiling metals for Forgemaster Garfrost, and Krick -- a devious gnome necromancer -- supervises the operations from atop Ick, Krick's ghastly means of transportation.
- Scourgelord Tyrannus
- Tyrannus is a terrible force who will no doubt demonstrate his powers to those brave enough to enter the Pit of Saron. The scourgelord must die if players hope to make their way into the third and final wing of this dungeon.
|Corrupted Champion||Skeleton. Raised from Coliseum Champions by Scourgelord Tyrannus. Killed by the faction hero defending herself.|
|Deathwhisper Necrolyte||Necromancer. Leads a group of six Skeletal Slaves. Casts Shadow Bolts and Conversion Beam.|
|Skeletal Slave||Skeleton. Group of six non-elites.|
|Wrathbone Laborer||Bone giant. Solo pulls. Casts Shovelled! on melee and Blinding Dirt on ranged|
|Deathwhisper Shadowcaster||Cultist. In four-pulls with a torturer and two ghouls. Shadow Bolt and Seed of Corruption|
|Deathwhisper Torturer||Cultist. In four-pulls with a shadowcaster and two ghouls. Curse of Agony and Black Brand: +50% incoming shadow damage for 10 sec|
|Hungering Ghoul||Ghoul. In four-pulls with a shadowcaster and a torturer. Devour Flesh: ~2k health/5% stamina transferred to ghoul for 15 sec|
|Ymirjar Skycaller||Ymirjar. Mounted astride Iceborn Proto-Drakes until aggro. Glacial Strike: 15% damage/3 sec until fully healed. Summons a Whirlwinding Frostblade|
|Iceborn Proto-Drake||Proto-dragon. Ridden by a skycaller until aggro. Frost Breath.|
|Geist Ambusher||Geist. Four or five ambush the rescued slaves along the path between the forgemaster and Krick with Leaping Face Smash|
|Stonespine Gargoyle||Gargoyle. Cannot be attacked until they drag and drop slaves of the other faction.|
|Plagueborn Horror||Plague eruptor. Solo pulls near Krick/Ick. Toxic Waste patches, Pustulant Flesh debuffs and a kamikaze Blight Bomb near death|
|Ymirjar Flamebearer||Ymirjar. Summoned by the deathbringer after Krick. Fireball, Tactical Blink (Shadowstep) and Hellfire|
|Ymirjar Deathbringer||Vrykul. Summons two flamebearrers and a wrathbringer after Krick. Empowered Shadowbolt: hitting two for the price of one|
|Ymirjar Wrathbringer||Ymirjar. Summoned by the deathbringer after Krick. Blight: Disease. 2k damage per 3 sec for 15; if not cleansed, bounces to another player|
|Fallen Warrior||Skeletal warrior. After the first two big pulls, groups of two are in the gauntlet. Demoralizing Shout. Shield Block. Arcing Slice (Sunder Armor)|
|Wrathbone Coldwraith||Skeletal mage. In big pulls before the gauntlet with the fallen warriors. Frostbolt. Freezing Circle.|
|Wrathbone Skeleton||Skeleton. In the gauntlet. Two weak elites summoned every 30 seconds or so running toward the entrance.|
|Disturbed Glacial Revenant||Revenant. Heroic mode only. Halfway through the gauntlet.||Avalanche|
|Forgemaster Garfrost||Waist||Leather agility DPS|
|Mace (2H)||Strength DPS|
|Krick and Ick||Waist||Plate strength DPS|
|Wrist||Mail agility DPS|
|Head||Mail agility DPS|
|Chest||Plate strength tank|
|Legs||Leather agility DPS|
|Head||Plate strength DPS|
|Hands||Plate strength DPS|
|Waist||Plate strength tank|
|Forgemaster Garfrost||Neck||Agility DPS|
|Wrist||Plate strength DPS|
|Shoulder||Plate strength tank|
|Shoulder||Mail agility DPS|
|Krick and Ick||Chest||Cloth DPS|
|Wrist||Leather agility DPS|
|Scourgelord Tyrannus||Finger||Agility DPS|
|Waist||Mail agility DPS|
|Legs||Leather agility DPS|
|Chest||Plate strength DPS|
|Chest||Plate strength tank|
|Sword (1H)||Strength tank|
|Axe (2H)||Strength DPS|
|Trash drops||Wrist||Leather intellect|
|Fist weapon||Agility DPS|
Heroic at Level 85
As with the Forge of Souls, all trash mobs are soloable by most classes for those farming for or gold (about half will drop in excess of one gold). While the first two bosses are in out-of-the-way locations and easily skippable, both must be defeated to open the gauntlet cave leading to the Scourgelord. Some classes should be able to solo them.
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For a brief time, between the introduction of Battle for Azeroth's Patch 8.0.1, the pit saw a number of weird bugs. The issues were fixed with the July 24th Hotfix, but a list containing many of the observed bugs can be found here.
- Patch 3.3.2 (2010-02-01): Players can now zone back into the instance if they are dead while encounters with Krick and Ick or Forgemaster Garfrost are in progress.
- Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Added.