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Palace of Azshara
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Palace of Azshara
Location
End boss

Queen Azshara - Ruler of the Naga

Instance info
Type

Raid

Advised level

100

The Palace of Azshara is a raid instance in the Reign of Azshara Expansion Concept. It features 9 bosses and is the second and final raid in the RoA-1 raid tier, having greater difficulty than the Stygian Armada. The Palace of Azshara is the greatest stronghold the naga possess, and contains some of Azshara's most powerful followers.

Background

The greatest structure in the city of Nazjatar, the Palace of Azshara was built by the naga 10,000 years ago when they first founded their kingdom at the bottom of the city. It is a dark, twisted reflection of the palace Azshara once ruled from as a night elf. Her Azshara schemes to bring all the people of the world under her crushing rule.

Encounters by Area

Bosses Monsters
Gates of the Palace
  • IconSmall Serpent.gif Serpentguard Rasp
  • IconSmall Serpent.gif Ophidian Gate Guard
  • IconSmall Serpent.gif Ophidian Watcher
  • IconSmall Turtle.gif Nazj'Tiri Dragon Turtle
  • IconSmall WindSerpent.gif Nazj'Tiri Snapwyrm
  • IconSmall WindSerpent.gif Nazj'Tiri Couatl
The Serpent Halls
  • IconSmall NagaLord.gif Maelstrom Lord Pythonis
  • IconSmall Serpent.gif Cobalt Hammer-Bearer
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Wrathfathom Myrmidon
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Wrathfathom Blight Siren
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Wrathfathom Serpent Caller
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Wrathfathom Formidon
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Wrathfathom Marksman
Den of Charbydis
  • IconSmall Hydra2.gif Charbydis
  • IconSmall Hydra.gif Charbydaen Spawnling
  • IconSmall Hydra2.gif Charbydaen Hydra Whelp
  • IconSmall Hydra2.gif Charbydaen War Hydra
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Ysh'Scyl Hydra Trainer
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Ysh'Scyl Venom Archer
Shrine of Dark Waters
  • IconSmall NagaSeaWitch.gif Lady Nalareshe
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Darkwater Loxocean
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Darkwater Doom Singer
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Darkwater Slaughterer
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Darkwater Shrine Maiden
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Darkwater Executioner
  • IconSmall DeepSeaMurloc.gif Slimefang Murloc
The Prison of Neptulon
  • IconSmall AscendantWater.gif Neptulon the Broken
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Darkwater Spellward
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Darkwater Spirit-Grinder
  • IconSmall BoundWater.gif Broken Water Elemental
  • IconSmall SeaGiant.gif Broken Abyssal Giant
  • IconSmall FacelessoftheDeep.gif Faceless Breaker
Halls of Elemental Binding
  • IconSmall FacelessShadoweaver.gif Ul'koth the Soul Herder
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Darkwater Spite Binder
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Darkwater Stone Hewer
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Darkwater Flame Tamer
  • IconSmall BoundWater.gif Spitebound Maelstrom Elemental
  • IconSmall BoundFire.gif Spitebound Volcanic Elemental
  • IconSmall FacelessoftheDeep.gif Vel'Keth, Graaf of Despair
  • IconSmall FacelessoftheDeep.gif Xra'Xehz, Graaf of Misery
  • IconSmall FacelessoftheDeep.gif K'Molkoz, Graaf of Sorrow
The Dragon Kennels
  • IconSmall Shannox.gif Beast Master Kra'kiss
  • IconSmall Snake.gif Crimson Sea Copperhead
  • IconSmall Snake.gif Crimson Sea Moccasin
  • IconSmall Snake.gif Crimson Sea Puff Adder
  • IconSmall Serpent.gif Crimson Sea Snap Dragon
  • IconSmall Hydra2.gif Crimson Sea War Hydra
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Crimson Sea Beast Tamer
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Crimson Sea Will Breaker
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Crimson Sea Snake Trapper
The Antechamber
  • IconSmall NagaLord.gif Orochis - Queen's Guard
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Jormungan - Queen's Guard
  • IconSmall NagaSeaWitch.gif Euralis - Queen's Guard
  • IconSmall NagaLord.gif Zin-Azshari Myrmidon
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Zin-Azshari Frost Siren
  • IconSmall Serpent.gif Zin-Azshari Snapdragon
  • IconSmall Naga Male.gif Zin-Azshari Wave-Rider
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Zin-Azshari Dark Sorceress
The Maelstrom Throne
  • IconSmall NagaSeaWitch.gif Queen Azshara - the Glorious
  • IconSmall NagaLord.gif Zin-Azshari Royal Guard
  • IconSmall Naga Female.gif Hand-Maiden of Azshara
  • IconSmall NagaSeaWitch.gif Zin-Azshari Stormsinger
  • IconSmall Serpent.gif Zin-Azshari Sacred Serpent

Boss Encounters

The Serpent Halls

Serpentguard Rasp

One of the great serpent giants, Rasp stands at the gates of Queen Azshara's palace. All who face him will be crushed beneath his massive hammer.

Maelstrom Lord Pythonis

In spite of his failure in destroying the Alliance and the Horde in Darkcoil Chasm, Pythonis has been granted a chance at redemption by Azshara. To regain her favor he will now battle with complete abandon, empowered with the elemental energies of Azshara's trident, Nergalis.

Charbydis

Queen Azshara's favorite pet hydra.

Prison of Neptulon

Lady Nalareshe - Chief Hand-Maiden to the Queen

The mightiest of Azshara's sea witches, Nalareshe's duties include overseeing the captive elemental lord, Neptulon. Having stolen much of the lord of water's power, she is more formidable than ever.

Neptulon the Broken

The former elemental lord of water, Neptulon is a broken shadow of his former self. Bound in elemental shackles that force him to remain in the material plane, he has been driven to the brink of insanity by the tortures he has endured. His elemental sons will join in the battle, seeking to free their father from his wretched state and return him to their home in the Abyssal Maw.

Ul'Koth - The Soul Herder

One of the malevolent faceless ones. Ul'Koth is a herald of the Old God N'Zoth, and has been sharing the secrets of elemental binding with Azshara and her naga. He was instrumental in the breaking of Neptulon, and is displeased with the heroes' efforts to free his prisoner.

The Maelstrom Throne

Beast Master Kra'kiss

A naga warrior with a talent for training beasts of war. He guards Azshara's inner chambers with an army of vicious snap dragons.

The Queen's Guard - Orochis, Jormungan, and Euralis

Azshara's elite personal bodyguards.

Queen Azshara - The Glorious

Architect of all the misery wrought by the naga. With the great trident Nergalis in her grasp, Azshara controls all the oceans of the world, in addition to her own formidable arcane might and monstrous physical form. Azshara cares nothing for all of the servants she has lost, for her plans will soon bring her ultimate power.

Storyline

Having broken the defenses of the naga, the Alliance and the Horde now lay siege to Nazjatar. Their forces clash with the naga in every street and building, drenching the stones in blood. Finally breaching the walls of the palace itself, the heroes' find Azshara's strongest champions and monsters standing between them and the naga queen.

Within the palace, the heroes locate the elemental lord Neptulon, who has been imprisoned in the depths of the palace dungeons since his capture during the Cataclysm. Aided by the vile faceless ones, naga spell-casters have bound Neptulon in magical shackles that prevent his escape and force him to serve Azshara's will. The heroes are aided in the battle by the sons of Neptulon, water elementals from the Abyssal Maw who have come to free their father. With his binding shackles destroyed, Neptulon is at last free from Azshara's control, but reveals that the queen has stolen his power and his trident Nergalis, a weapon created by the Old Gods an eternity ago that contains much of Neptulon's power. With it, Azshara has usurped Neputlon's mastery of the oceans, becoming the new elemental lord of water. Neptulon vows revenge against all of Azeroth for the indignities he has suffered, bearing nothing but malice towards even those who freed him, and returns to the Abyssal Maw.

In her throne chamber overlooking the raging Maelstrom, Azshara awaits with the trident of Neptulon in her possession. At the climax of the battle, Azshara abruptly retreats, abandoning her palace and retreating into the Maelstrom itself. A sudden hurricane unleashed by Azshara prevents any pursuit, and the queen of the naga vanishes. Even with the sudden disappearance of their monarch however, the naga forces continue to battle, their fervor as great as ever.

The heroes of the Alliance and the Horde are left with a long and bloody battle ahead of them to end the threat of the naga forever, and feel a deep sense of foreboding that whatever Azshara's plans are, they proceed unabated despite all efforts to thwart them.

Mythic Only

In Mythic difficulty, Azshara retreats towards the Maelstrom as part of her battle. Heroes will be joined by champions of the Alliance and the Horde - Tyrande Whisperwind, Malfurion Stormrage, and Jaina Proudmoore for the Alliance - Lor'themar Theron, Lady Liadrin, and Witch-Doctor De'Chakah for the Horde. These champions will aid the heroes in persuring Azshara to the very edge of the Maelstrom, where an extra phase of the fight will occur - in a battle reminiscent with Deathwing, players must fight with Azshara on the cliffs surrounding the Maelstrom, Azshara having used her powers to grow herself to a colossal size. After defeating Azshara, she will retreat into the Maelstrom, fleeing as she did in lower difficulties.