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- For the pre-Cataclysm instance and associated lore, see Shadowfang Keep (original).
Shadowfang Keep is a haunted keep near the borders of Gilneas in southern Silverpine Forest , on a high bluff overlooking Pyrewood Village. It is named for the forces of its former master, the demented Archmage Arugal, who wrested the keep from Baron Silverlaine with his worgen "children" and held it until he was defeated by a group of heroes. The keep is now occupied by the Scourge remnants and followers of renegade Gilnean nobleman Vincent Godfrey, traitor to both his homeland and to the Forsaken who returned him from death.
- 1 History
- 2 Overview
- 3 Geography
- 4 Quest guide
- 5 Dungeon denizens
- 6 Loot
- 7 Related achievements
- 8 Love is in the Air
- 9 Original name
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Patch changes
- 12 Video
- 13 References
- 14 External links
WoW Dungeon Journal
This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
During the Third War, the wizards of the Kirin Tor battled against the undead armies of the Scourge. When the wizards of Dalaran died in battle, they would rise soon after - adding their former might to the growing Scourge. Frustrated by their lack of progress (and against the advice of his peers) the Archmage, Arugal elected to summon extra-dimensional entities to bolster Dalaran's diminishing ranks. Arugal's summoning brought the ravenous worgen into the world of Azeroth. The feral wolf-men slaughtered not only the Scourge, but quickly turned on the wizards themselves. The worgen sieged the keep of the noble, Baron Silverlaine. Situated above the tiny hamlet of Pyrewood, the keep quickly fell into shadow and ruin. Driven mad with guilt, Arugal adopted the worgen as his children and retreated to the newly dubbed 'Shadowfang Keep'. It's said he still resides there, protected by his massive pet, Fenrus - and haunted by the vengeful ghost of Baron Silverlaine.
Pyrewood Village is shadowed to the north by Shadowfang Keep, once a bastion of Alliance power but now the dark residence of a mad former mage of the Kirin Tor, named Arugal. The worgen that stalk the Keep, as well as the cursed villagers of Pyrewood, are the doings of this madman. During the Third War, Arugal made these worgen as allies but they could not be controlled and turned on him and the other soldiers. He went mad after this and now accepts them as his "children." His worgen run rampant throughout much of the forest.
During the events of World of Warcraft, agents of the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner were dispatched to both solve the mystery of the enigmatic worgen and ultimately terminate the source of the creatures' infestation in Silverpine. Eventually they were able to discover that the mad archmage, Arugal, was behind the worgen's presence, and the Forsaken command ordered him slain.
Cataclysm Dungeon Journal
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Looming over Pyrewood Village from the southern bluffs of Silverpine Forest, Shadowfang Keep casts a shadow as dark as its legacy. Sinister forces occupy these ruins, formerly the dwelling of the mad archmage Arugal's worgen. The restless shade of Baron Silverlaine lingers while Lord Godfrey and his cabal of erstwhile Gilnean noblemen plot against their enemies both living and undead.
Battle for Azeroth
This section concerns content exclusive to Battle for Azeroth.
The Forsaken has taken over the keep and developed a new plague, which they plan to use against Gilneas . Meanwhile, 7th Legion troops march towards the keep in order to prevent the deployment of the plague .
The quests and storyline for Alliance players and Horde players are different. The quest giver for Alliance players is Ivar Bloodfang, and the Horde quest giver is Deathstalker Commander Belmont. However, the quests for both factions are similar in that both are about the retaking of Shadowfang Keep from Vincent Godfrey. The quests for each faction ( and ) end with their respective faction taking Shadowfang Keep.
The Wall Walk
Lord Godfrey's Chamber
- Orc (one, High Warlord Cromush)
- Rats (critters)
- Main article: Shadowfang Keep loot
Love is in the Air
Part of the Love is in the Air event takes place in Shadowfang Keep. Adventurers are sent by the Steamwheedle Cartel to investigate Crown Chemical Company inside Shadowfang Keep. Defeating the Apothecary Trio awards the achievement .
Before being renamed Shadowfang Keep, it may have been called "Silverlaine Keep" or "Pyrewood Keep."
- Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous instance level: 16 - 26.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Revamped, gained a heroic mode for level 85 players.
- Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Capped at ten players.