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This instance is one of my favorite instances in Wrath of the lich King. Not only of the good drops, fast and easy, but most of all the awesome storyline. It can be a little hard to understand what to do when you get into the instance, that's why I've written this guide.
First of all, go to Caverns of time. It is located in Tanaris in Azeroth. You dont need the required quest too enter like the other ones. The easist way to get there is through the portal in Violet Citadel in Dalaran City.


  • Level 78 is minimum. With a single dps or healer, it can be done easily at level 78.

  • Level 80 is optimal. A level 80 tank is pretty much prefered, as it would be hard to tank for tanks below (maybe a protection specced warrior can go, though).

  • Level 80 (heroic) group of average geared with blues and a few epics.

  • Level 80 (heroic) timed Can be difficult without a well geared tank + healer, and some very good DPS, must be able to deal 2.500+ damage per second.



  1. Go to Violet Citadel in Dalaran, and take the portal upstairs. If you aren't in Northrend with a cooldown on Hearthstone, do following:

    Alliance: Get to Ironforge. Fly to Menethil harbor and take the boat to Theramore Isle. Fly to Gadgetzan.

    Horde: Get to Thunderbluff. Fly to Gadgetzan.

  2. Then walk from 1 to 2.

  3. When your party is at the summoning stone, talk to the dragon just inside the cavern. Choose "take me to the masters lair", and then you go. When you arrived, walk from 1 to 2 (at the new map).

  4. Walk inside!

  5. Get the quest [80] [Dispelling Illusions] from Chromie. She provide you with Arcane Disruptor.
  6. Go outside the inn. You should now stay in a country like "Elwynn forest".
  7. Go to area 2. Right click on Arcane Disruptor when you are near these crates:

    You should now get 1/5 in this:

    In the top of your screen. Find all the crates and follow the red line up to the entrance of the instance. When you reach the area in fog (area 1) make sure to run on the road.
  8. When you reach the entrance of the instance turn in the quest at Chromie and get the follow up [80] [A Royal Escort]. Uther the lightbringer and Lady Jaina Proudmore will appear. They will talk to Arthas and then leave him. After that, Arthas will run into the city. Follow him.

- I'm briefly going to explain where to find the bosses, and the easist way through the instance.

When you are inside the instance, Arthas will stop running and then it's up to you. Keep running from froms right to left until you're running into a wave of mobs, kill them (if you have trouble finding the place where the mobs is spawning, look at the white flag on your minimap). Then run back to right. At wave 5, Meathook will spawn instead of a normal wave.

The bosses are mostly, tank 'n' spank so i don't wanna write to much of the bosses because it will waste your time, and my own Eye

When you're done killing all the waves, go to the north were you will find Arthas. Talk to him (accept his question when you right click) and follow him inside the house next to him. Some of the citzens inside the house will be transformed into dragonkins, and you'll have to kill them.
Finally when you've fighted you upstairs, and trough the house the third boss will spawn. Not any hard fight, again just tank and spank. When he is killed open the door behind him in the bookshelfs, and go down the stairs.

Fight you way to the "Kings Square", fight Mal'ganis, Go on with tank 'n' spank Smiling








Good luck!

- Eric

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Benhir's picture

Timed run?

I have never run this instance, but the guide is very well-done. While reading it I have the feeling I can see the actual area, and surely now I know how to act with the bosses. Very well formatted though, it's a pleasure to read.

Just one thing: what's the difference whit the timed heroic run?

Jiyambi's picture

If you make the timed run,

If you make the timed run, you'll get a 100% drop bronze drake (1 which will have to be rolled on by everyone in the group).

Just some spelling errors,

Just some spelling errors, but other then that pretty good guide. I would add something about the Drake though. You never mentioned it.

"Like sands through an hourglass, so are the the days of our lives." Yet, you can't flip life upside-down and restart.

Jiyambi's picture

Oh true, you mentioned the

Oh true, you mentioned the timed run but not the reason you'd want to do it!

Jiyambi's picture

Good but needs more

Hey Eric! I see that it's an older guide as you say in your comment. It's useful as is, and high quality like all your work. However I really feel the actual section on the instance and boss fights could use a huge amount of further info. I know the bosses are easy, but even just going over them very briefly and anything special they do (such as meathook's grab that he does to random people) would be nice. Some advice about achievements and the timed run would also be good to see.

Still, good job on the guide, glad to see you still coming out with great guides Smiling

eric's picture

Done! Archievement section


Archievement section added, and a revamp of the old instance section.

Jiyambi's picture

Very nice! I've never done

Very nice! I've never done the speed run myself - is the optional boss different than Chrono Lord? If so, you may want to include a bit about him.

Anyway, the update is very good, I'm upping my rating to 5/5. Great job as always Eric Eye

eric's picture

Alright sir! Gonna work on

Alright sir!

Gonna work on the instance section in the following days. I'm glad you like it, in fact, it took me a half year to make it Smiling

Shikamaru's picture

Edit: Alright ma'am!

Edit: Alright ma'am!

Kostada's picture

So that's why it was

So that's why it was somewhat edgey. Eye

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eric's picture

Here it is! It's an old

Here it is!

It's an old guide that I decided to post, so that could probably be some outdated errors.
Feel free to leave feedback and useful comments! Laughing out loud


It's Achievements not Archievements.

eric's picture

True, fixed it

True, fixed it Smiling