|The subject of this article was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a but is present in World of Warcraft: Classic.
- This article is about the original Zul'Gurub raid. For the area's lore, see Zul'Gurub. For the 5-man dungeon, see Zul'Gurub (instance).
Northeastern Stranglethorn Vale
Zul'Gurub was a 20-man raid instance located in northeastern Stranglethorn Vale, released in patch 1.7. Like Zul'Farrak, it counted as an outdoors zone, and riding on mounts is possible. Zul'Gurub is the capital of the jungle troll tribes, led by the Gurubashi, worshippers of the terrible god, Hakkar the Soulflayer, who personally inhabits a temple in the deepest parts of the city.
The most efficient route through Zul'Gurub was as follows:
- Enter the instance and continue straight across the first bridge, turn right and head up a hill and kill High Priestess Jeklik.
- Go back down and across the second bridge to find the room on the left containing High Priest Venoxis.
- Behind Venoxis's Room take the right path, and continue going up. Here you can take a slight left up a hill and kill Bloodlord Mandokir or take a right through the path with spider webs to High Priestess Mar'li.
- Returning back down the hill past the large staircase on the right those who plan on doing the Edge of Madness should do it now.
- Down the path to your right you'll find High Priest Thekal.
- After High Priest Thekal off the path to the left you'll find the camp and shoreline used to spawn Gahz'ranka who is a water boss, kill him if desired.
- Back up the hill and down the road you will find a pyramid, inside is High Priestess Arlokk.
- Go back outside and continue up the path and kill Jin'do the Hexxer if you want to, and have time.
- Reverse back down the ramp, and over the bridge on your right to the temple of Hakkar, and you've cleared all of Zul'Gurub!
- High Priestess Jeklik
- High Priest Venoxis
- High Priestess Mar'li
- High Priest Thekal
- High Priestess Arlokk
- Hakkar the Soulflayer
- Bloodlord Mandokir
- Jin'do the Hexxer
- Edge of Madness
- Devilsaurs (Nightmare Illusions)
- Dire trolls
- Eternal (one, Hakkar)
- Felguards (Nightmare Illusions)
- Forest trolls (two, Vilebranch Speaker and Witherbark Speaker)
- Frogs (critters)
- Gnomes (Voodoo Slaves)
- Hydra (one, Gahz'ranka)
- Lashers (Nightmare Illusions)
- Rats (critters)
- Sand troll (one, Sandfury Speaker)
- Snakes (critters)
- Troll zombies
- Wights (Nightmare Illusions)
- Wind serpents
The Priest Aspects all assume an animal form at some point when fighting them. Moreover, if they are left alive they grant Hakkar powerful abilities that make him much harder to kill. This is in contrast to other bosses who do not assume animal forms and do not give Hakkar any abilities.
- High Priestess Jeklik - Aspect of Hir'eek (Bat)
- High Priest Venoxis - Aspect of Hethiss (Snake)
- High Priestess Mar'li - Aspect of Shadra (Spider)
- High Priest Thekal - Aspect of Shirvallah (Tiger)
- High Priestess Arlokk - Aspect of Bethekk (Panther)
- Hakkar the Soulflayer
The bosses below are considered 'optional' because they do not give Hakkar any abilities. As such, you can choose to kill or skip them; it won't change your encounter with the Blood God. However, most of them are involved in gaining powerful trinkets unique to each class, so anyone seeking to gain them must fight each of these bosses at least once (except Gahz'ranka).
- Bloodlord Mandokir
- Jin'do the Hexxer
- Edge of Madness - one of: Gri'lek, Renataki, Hazza'rah, or Wushoolay
Zul'Gurub raiders receive loot through several systems. There are standard drops from the bosses (described at Zul'Gurub loot), quest-based rewards that require Zandalar reputation and special rare drops from bosses (see Primal Hakkari), and rewards that are received after collecting various difficult tasks inside the instance (see Zul'Gurub Trinket and the Enchants discussion, below).
Getting reputation with the Zandalar Tribe offers several benefits.
Various crafting recipes can be purchased from Rin'wosho the Trader, who is located on Yojamba Isle in the far northwest of Stranglethorn Vale. All recipes are BoP. All items crafted from these recipes are BoE.
Zul'Gurub offers unique enchants for the head, leg and shoulder slots. For creating these enchants you need to be Friendly (head and leg) or Exalted (shoulder) with the Zandalar Tribe. The head and leg enchants are obtained within the instance itself from an NPC named Zanza the Restless. He is located in a small "temple" after Lord Venoxis, and just before you go up the ramp toward Bloodlord.
Upon reaching friendly reputation you can receive a neck slot item (as well as some gold and rep), e.g. the Maelstrom's Tendril from Falthir the Sightless. You can upgrade these items as your reputation improves.
- Stand alone quest given by Exzhal on Yojamba Isle in Stranglethorn Vale. Pay attention to the scene acted out where this quest is received and turned in.
- Given by Dirk Thunderwood at Cenarion Hold in Silithus, this quest also enters the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
- Stand alone quest given by Vinchaxa on Yojamba Isle in Stranglethorn Vale
- Zul'Gurub features over 120 Epic and Superior items, including a five-piece set for each class.
- Players can build up their reputation with the Zandalar Tribe in order to gain various rewards.
- Zul'Gurub quests are available at the Zandalar base on Yojamba Isle.
- The raid timer is 3 days.
- Since the release of The Burning Crusade, Zul'Gurub can be 5-manned by a group of 70s.
- Since the release of Wrath of the Lich King, Zul'Gurub can be soloed by a healing class (Paladin or Death Knight) at 80, or duoed by many class combinations, if both are 80.
- Like Zul'Farrak, Zul'Gurub is also fully constructed behind the instance gate in Stranglethorn, which may suggest that it may have been intended as an outdoor elite raiding area. The land is entirely unoccupied by NPCs to preserve memory and bandwidth, despite all scenery and terrain being present.
- In addition, ZG, being an outdoors instance, bears a mini-Azeroth outside its walls. This mini-Azeroth includes all of Deadwind Pass, a great deal of Blasted Lands, a great deal of Stranglethorn Vale, a great deal of Duskwood, and a small cave in Swamp of Sorrows.
- While Zul'Gurub is located in Stranglethorn Vale, its terrain and vegetation is more similar to that of Feralas.
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Removed.
- Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Undocumented: Bosses in Ahn'Qiraj, Onyxia's Lair, and Zul'Gurub now drop significantly less money.
- Hotfix (2007-05-18): "Troll bosses for the Edge of Madness in Zul'Gurub will now spawn properly."
- Patch 1.9.3 (2006-02-07):
- Zandalar Tribe reputation rewards for killing mobs in Zul'Gurub have been increased.
- A small number of spawns have been removed to allow for a slightly faster clearing time.
- Tuning changes have been made to various bosses.
- Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Bug fixes and tuning changes have been made to various Zul'Gurub mobs and bosses. Most notably, Hakkar's can no longer target pets.
- Hotfix (2005-10-12): "A hotfix was implemented to revert the raid timer in Zul'Gurub to the intended 2 days and 12 hours. A bug caused the time to decrease to 24 hours."
- Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Added.