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The Invasion Begins

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NeutralThe Invasion Begins

98 (Requires 98)




The Invasion Begins begins the demon hunter starting experience. When the player takes his/her first steps, several fellow Illidari will teleport into Mardum to join the party.


Slay 15 demons and change the Legion banner to take control of Despair Ridge.

  • Demons slain x15
  • Change the Legion banner


Our advance force of demon hunters is here and has engaged the Legion.

Make our presence known. Let's send a shiver down every demon spine. Raise our colors with pride, <name>.


You will receive: 14g 60s
Inv boot leather demonhunter b 01.png [Treads of Illidari Supremacy]


That ought to get their attention.

Now onto the business of summoning in the rest of our forces.



Upon entering the game with a newly-created demon hunter, a short cinematic plays, the introduction to the starting experience:

Outland: Years Ago
Illidan Stormrage stands at the summit of the Black Temple with his demon hunters, seen through the "eyes" of the player character.
Illidan Stormrage: Illidari. My demon hunters. With countless burning in the Legion's wake, you answered the call.
Darkening with demonic power, Illidan flies to the edge, overlooking the Hand of Gul'dan, looking down at the naaru-led Sha'tar army at the gates.
Illidan Stormrage: Yet these mortals, in their... ignorance... have come to destroy their own salvation.
Illidan turns back to his followers.
Illidan Stormrage: Our time is short. I will deal with these intruders. You must venture to Mardum and retrieve the  [Sargerite Keystone].
Illidan opens a fel portal, leading to Mardum.
Illidan Stormrage: Now go. But remember, should you fail, all worlds will burn.
The player demon hunter follows the others through the portal.

After the cinematic, Illidan speaks to the player through unknown means:

Illidan Stormrage says: Sargeras' keystone is the crux of my plan to defeat the Burning Legion.
Illidan Stormrage says: It is also your only way back. Find it and return to the Black Temple.

On accepting the quest:

Kayn Sunfury says: You heard Lord Illidan. Let's find that keystone.
Kayn Sunfury says: With it, we'll be able to invade any Legion world, even Argus.
Kor'vas Bloodthorn yells: Kill them all!

Nearly every mob in the area is no tap, so help out in the mass-killing. There are five types of mobs in the quest area that are eligible for the quest: Foul Felstalker, Hellish Imp, Imp Mother, Mo'arg Brute, and Wrath Warrior.

After reaching the quota, look for a ghostly banner on top of the ridge and interact with it to plant it:

A short cutscene plays, showing the other Illidari joining the player at the banner point.
Kayn Sunfury says: Cyana, Jace, Allari... find the keystone.
Kayn Sunfury says: Now, let's see about activating that gateway.

While fighting, the named friendly NPCs start making their appearance known:

  • Kayn Sunfury says: Lord Illidan places a lot of faith in you.
  • Kayn Sunfury says: I have some ideas for how to proceed.
  • Kayn Sunfury says: My gut tells me the keystone's up in that volcano.
  • Kayn Sunfury says: You know, I should be in command.
  • Jace Darkweaver says: I'll scout forward after this and find the keystone.
  • Jace Darkweaver says: We should gather intel on their leaders.
  • Jace Darkweaver says: We must find the  [Sargerite Keystone].
  • Sevis Brightflame says: You'll be the one dying today, demon!
  • Sevis Brightflame says: I've been looking forward to this for a long time.
  • Sevis Brightflame says: For Lord Illidan! For the Illidari!
  • Sevis Brightflame says: You and me to the very end, <name>.
  • Allari the Souleater says: We should capture and interrogate some of these demons.
  • Allari the Souleater says: My scythe will compel them.
  • Allari the Souleater says: Where is the keystone, demon?
  • Allari the Souleater says: The Scythe of Souls will cut you down!
  • Kor'vas Bloodthorn says: Racking up the kills.
  • Kor'vas Bloodthorn says: Having fun? I am!
  • Kor'vas Bloodthorn says: What's next, <name>?
  • Kor'vas Bloodthorn says: Just point me in the right direction.
  • Cyana Nightglaive says: Lord Illidan chose you to lead. I follow.
  • Cyana Nightglaive says: Did we bring enough of us?
  • Cyana Nightglaive says: The fel energy is everywhere. It's hard to resist.


  1. N Demon hunter [98] The Invasion Begins
  2. N Demon hunter [98] Enter the Illidari: Ashtongue
  3. Complete all of:
  4. N Demon hunter [98] Meeting With the Queen
  5. Complete both:
  6. N Demon hunter [99] Orders for Your Captains
  7. N Demon hunter [99] Give Me Sight Beyond Sight
  8. N Demon hunter [99] Hidden No More
  9. Complete all of:
    1. N Demon hunter [99] Into the Foul Creche
    2. N Demon hunter [99] The Imp Mother's Tome
    3. N Demon hunter [99] Fel Secrets
    4. N Demon hunter [99] Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Illidari! -or- N Demon hunter [99] Vengeance Will Be Mine!
  10. N Demon hunter [99] On Felbat Wings
  11. N Demon hunter [99] The Keystone
  12. N Demon hunter [99] Return to the Black Temple

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