|The subject of this article was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 5.0.4 but is present in World of Warcraft: Classic.
- For the lore of the zone and its status after Mists of Pandaria, see Scholomance.
The Scholomance (SKOH-loh-mance), a vile academy for prospective necromancers of the Scourge, is located in the ruins of the palatial House of Barov, on a rise overlooking the abandoned city of Caer Darrow. The enemy level range is 40-43 and requires that you be at least 38 to enter through the Dungeon Finder.
The Scholomance was founded by the rogue wizard Kel'Thuzad nearly ten years ago. His Cult of the Damned renovated the ancient crypts beneath Caer Darrow (an old Arathorian fortress) and turned them into a school for necromancy. The Cult used this place to train its mortal agents and prepare to unleash the Plague of Undeath upon Lordaeron. It has been brewing with young talented wizards and adepts all this time. No one in Lordaeron knew. Originally, the Barov family (of Alterac) owned the land and gave it to the Cult in exchange for the Lich King's blessing of immortality. Now the Barovs remain as undead monsters. One of Kel'Thuzad's mightiest agents, the Ravenian, also lives within the recesses of the school — ever ready to devour those students who show any sign of weakness. The lich Ras Frostwhisper rules over the site and guards it for the Scourge, but the mortal necromancer, Darkmaster Gandling, serves as headmaster of the school, succeeding Araj the Summoner who was headmaster after Kel'Thuzad.
From Blizzard's Official World Dungeons site:
- The Scholomance is housed within a series of crypts that lie beneath the ruined keep of Caer Darrow. Once owned by the noble Barov family, Caer Darrow fell into ruin following the Second War. As the wizard Kel'thuzad enlisted followers for his Cult of the Damned, he would often promise immortality in exchange for serving the Lich King. The Barov family fell to Kel'thuzad's charismatic influence and donated the keep and its crypts to the Scourge. The cultists then killed the Barovs and turned the ancient crypts into a school for necromancy known as the Scholomance. Though Kel'thuzad no longer resides in the crypts, devoted cultists and instructors still remain. The powerful lich, Ras Frostwhisper, rules over the site and guards it in the Scourge's name — while the mortal necromancer, Darkmaster Gandling, serves as the school's insidious headmaster.
- Bone golems
- Crypt fiends
- Gargoyles (one, Kirtonos the Herald)
- High elves
- Liches (one, Ras Frostwhisper)
- Plagued dragon whelps
- Rats (critters)
- Skeletal mages
- Skeletal warriors
- Sayaad (one, Blood Steward of Kirtonos)
- Wight (one, the Ravenian)
- The Students
- Scholomance Acolytes cast: , Dark Mending (healing spell), , Cripple
- Scholomance Adepts cast: , ,
- Scholomance Dark Summoners cast: Summon Skeletal Lackey (Summoning spell, 1.5 sec cast), , Curse of Blood (Increases physical damage taken)
- Scholomance Handlers cast: , , Arcane Blast (Arcane damage plus knockback)
- Scholomance Necrolytes cast: Shadow Barrier (reduces shadow damage taken by 50), Shadowbolt
- Scholomance Necromancers cast: Call to the Grave, Shadowbolt Volley (AoE Shadowbolt spell), Explode Corpse (Blows up a nearby corpse, dealing shadow damage to all enemies within a 5 yard radius)
- Scholomance Neophytes cast: Shadowbolt, Dark Mending (healing spell), , ,
- Scholomance Occultists cast: , turns into a Dark Shade
- Dark Shade: casts Shadowbolt Volley (AoE Shadowbolt), immune to physical damage
- Scholomance Students
- Plagued Hatchlings cast: Diseased Spit (Nature damage and reduces stamina for 30 sec. Stacks)
- Mindless Undead
- Risen Aberrations cast: Fixate, immune to magic (except holy)
- Risen Constructs
- Risen Bonewarders cast: , Bone Armor (absorbs a set amount of damage), Consuming Shadows (Channeled AoE spell that slows and damages enemies around the caster)
- Risen Guards: cast ,
- Risen Protectors cast: , Shadow Shock (Instant cast Shadow damage spell), Silence (AoE silence)
- Risen Warriors cast , , Thunderclap, Knockdown (knocks the target down for 3 sec)
- Splintered Skeletons
- Reanimated Corpses cast: Dark Plague (38 Nature damage every 5 sec for 2 mins. Stacks)
- Unstable Corpses
- Diseased Ghouls cast: Wandering Plague (Physical damage taken increased by 5, Stamina reduced by 3), Disease Cloud (Deals Nature damage to all enemies near the caster)
- Spectral Researchers cast: , Wail of Souls (AoE cone spell)
- Spectral Teachers cast: , , Arcane Focus (Increases casting speec by 66%)
- Spectral Tutors cast: , Silence (AoE silence), Spectral Projection (Turns invulnerable, summons 5 Speltral Projections to attack, 6 sec duration)
- Necrofiends cast: Web Explosion (Immobolizes all targets for 5 sec)
Bosses and mini-bosses
- Blood Steward of Kirtonos
- Kirtonos the Herald (requires to summon)
- Lord Blackwood (during of the Scourge Invasion in patch 1.11)
- Jandice Barov
- Death Knight Darkreaver (requires to summon)
- Marduk Blackpool
- Ras Frostwhisper
- Kormok (requires Brazier of Beckoning or to summon)
- Doctor Theolen Krastinov
- Lorekeeper Polkelt
- Instructor Malicia
- Lady Illucia Barov
- Lord Alexei Barov
- The Ravenian
- Darkmaster Gandling
- Main article: Scholomance loot (Classic)
- Darkmaster Gandling — School Headmaster, Course: Advanced Studies
- Ras Frostwhisper — School Chairman, Alchemy
- Doctor Theolen Krastinov — Torturer, Anatomy, Demonology
- Lorekeeper Polkelt — Librarian, History
- Instructor Malicia — Occultism, Shadow Magic
- Vectus — Arcane Magic, Plagued Dragonflight
- Ravenian — Janitor, Corporal Punishment
- Jandice Barov — Zombification, Corpse Control, Plague Research, Course: Advanced Illusions
- Rattlegore — Course: Reanimation 101
At release, Scholomance was an extremely challenging dungeon. Typically, the dungeon was raided in 10-man parties, with a difficulty similar to Upper Blackrock Spire. Subsequent patches in the summer of 2006 changed Scholomance drastically. Mobs were weakened slightly, and a great many were removed. However, Scholomance could no longer be run with more than 5 party members. At the time, this "Scholo Nerf" was a common topic for party chat among long-time players. Loot in Scholomance has changed gradually over time. Originally, each boss dropped some relatively weak loot. The dungeon waned in popularity as players saw little point in running it after they had completed their quests and acquired their Dungeon Set 1 hat. Blizzard again patched the dungeon. At this point, Scholomance drops a moderate amount of fairly useful items, including a very small chance at the epic and . The rewards available from the Argent Dawn have also broadened through patches. Scholomance is a staple source of Argent Dawn reputation and Scourgestones. Players seeking Argent Dawn tradeskill recipes, resistance enchantments or Armaments of the Dawn often spend a great deal of time in Scholomance or Stratholme.
- According to Romanian legend, a real Scholomance exists by an unnamed lake in the mountains south of the city of Hermannstadt (called Sibiu in Romanian) in Transylvania. This school of black magic is said to be run by the Devil, and would accept only ten students at a time. The tenth would remain to serve the Devil as payment for his teachings. The Scholomance in WoW is placed in the middle of the lake, much like its legendary namesake. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, Count Dracula is said to have spent several years training under the Devil in the Scholomance. It is referenced in both Stoker's novel and an article titled "Transylvanian Superstitions" on page 136 of The Nineteenth Century by Emily Gerard.
- It is difficult for a warrior to completely solo this instance without having any special items that inflict non-physical damage. To make Darkmaster Gandling appear, the six rooms around him must be fully cleared. However, the Scholomance Occultists turn into Dark Shades, which are immune to physical damage. Unless a warrior has special items (like ), or Engineering explosives, they will have to be very careful to 1-shot the Occultists otherwise they will not be able to kill these mobs and summon Darkmaster Gandling.
- If a Dark Shade does appear, there's a way to force it to reset. Go to the Ravenian's room (on the lower level), kill the Ravenian, and jump in the water behind one of the tombs. The shade will be unable to reach you, and will reset (turning back into an Occultist, at its starting location). You don't actually have to one-shot the occultist; if you kill it quickly enough, it won't turn into a shade.
- Mages looking to solo Scholomance should beware of Risen Aberrations since they are immune to all magic except holy. They can be avoided with careful movement, or the mage can cast to get out of combat in case he/she accidentally aggros one. Otherwise, it is a good idea to bring along a wand that can do holy damage, such as . For the same reason, warlocks should have a pet other their imp out, preferably their voidwalker or felguard.
- Trivia, according to early blue posts: Scholomance was originally thought of as an outdoor non-instanced area, much smaller, where Uther's Tomb is now. The designers made it so visually stunning that it was turned into an instance, so that it could be moved and enlarged.
- In Lands of Conflict, Scholomance is said to be below Andorhal, while the narrator was not able to explore Caer Darrow.
- Non-Boss high elves in the instance still use the old model based off of Night elven models rather then the ones based on Blood elven models.
- Near Ras Frostwhisper is one of two Alchemy Labs known to exist in Azeroth, the other is in Blackwing Lair. However, for The Burning Crusade players, there are Alchemy Labs in Shattrath City and Sun's Reach.
- Scholomance was probably the single most efficient pre-TBC instance for farming, with trash runs up to the Great Ossuary taking about 45 minutes for a fast player, and potentially yielding 100-200 gold, depending on which blue items drop. The instance had a very rich loot table for the level range, and individual mobs tended to drop good amounts of both coins and as well, which would sell well on the Auction House. In addition, necromancers and dark summoners (as well as a few of the bosses) dropped the prized Dark Runes, which were useful for raiders and could command prices of 15-20 gold each on the Auction House. It was not uncommon for 3-4 to drop during a single run, adding potentially another 80 gold to the instance's yield.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned. Now has a heroic mode for level 90 players.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Level reduced to 40-43.
- Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Capped at five players.
- Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Several spawns removed from Scholomance. This should make for a more enjoyable 5 player experience.
- Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05):
- 20 new Rare items have been added to Scholomance.
- Several Uncommon items have been upgraded to Rare quality.
- There is a new load screen for Scholomance.
- Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07):
- Capped at ten players.
- Lengthened the respawn time of many of the creatures in Scholomance.
- Characters dying in the instanced portions of Scholomance will now correctly receive a corpse marker in the minimap and see the message letting them know that they need to enter the instance before they will be able to resurrect.
- Patch 0.12 (2004-10-11): Now available.