Lower Blackrock Spire Guide
Deep in the heart of Blackrock Mountain lies the stronghold of the Blackrock Orcs. Here you can fight your way through waves of Blackrock Orcs, Ogres, and other dark creatures to find and defeat Overlord Wyrmthalak atop his throne. This is one of the first "end-game" dungeons, in that it rewards several pieces of gear that are considered pre-raid BiS for multiple classes. Additionally, this is one of the most efficient dungeons to do for experience if you are 55+ and trying to push that last bit to 60.
Quests in Lower Blackrock Spire
It is important that you pick up the dungeon quests for this instance before heading inside, as you can get a variety of loot from them, as well as a solid chunk of experience.
The quests are all outlined in our separate dungeon quest guide for this instance.
The entrance to Lower Blackrock Spire is located inside Blackrock Mountain. There are two entrances to get inside Blackrock Mountain itself, one located in southern Searing Gorge and the other located in north-western Burning Steppes. Once inside Blackrock Mountain, you will need to make your way to the second floor ledge, which can be done by climbing the chains from the middle platform and jumping off the end onto the ledge. Once on the ledge, run along the wall until you see the only available balcony, and jump onto it. The Blackrock Spire portal is right there.
Recommended Classes for Lower Blackrock Spire
If you are going in underleveled, Rogues and Mages are excellent choices due to their CC abilities against the many humanoid Orcs present in the dungeon. You can Sap / Polymorph one or more enemies in almost every single pull.
For optimal speed when experience grinding you will want to run either a melee cleave setup (4 Warriors / Rogues + 1 Shaman) or a spell cleave setup (mostly as many Mages as possible for their AoE damage and CC abilities).
Regardless, you should be able to clear the dungeon with any group setup. It is worth noting that you can do this dungeon with up to 10 people, but using more than 5 people will be much more inefficient for experience gain if you are not level 60 yet.
Layout of Lower Blackrock Spire
Lower Blackrock Spire has many bosses and paths, which can be quite confusing if it is your firs time in the instance. The best advice would be to try to have someone in your group who has done the instance before and can show you where to go, or to look up a video of a clear if you get lost.
Notable Trash in Lower Blackrock Spire
The initial trash packs at the start of the instance are going to be some of the most difficult, mostly due to the high number of groups in a small area. Just be careful about pulling groups one at a time, and try to focus casters down first whenever you pull trash throughout the dungeon. If you find pulls to be too difficult, use more control spells like Sap to only fight 1-2 enemies at a time.
Bosses in Lower Blackrock Spire
There are 9 main bosses in Lower Blackrock Spire, all of which have a high chance to drop a blue item once killed. Additionally, there are several possible rare spawns throughout the dungeon, but generally award less desired gear.
Highlord Omokk has two ogre guards with him, which if left uncontrolled, can be quite dangerous. Omokk himself is quite easy, but the combination of three enemies at once can be tricky. The best option is to either control both adds while killing the boss, or control 1 add and quickly burn down the other at the start of the fight. The best option is always to fight only one target at a time, so definitely make use of CC abilities if you have them available. Omokk also does a knock-back ability and a cleave ability, so make sure the tank is facing him away from the group.
Loot from Highlord Omokk
|Fist of Omokk||55||2H Mace|
|Plate of the Shaman King||55||Plate Chest|
|Skyshroud Leggings||55||Cloth Legs|
|Slamshot Shoulders||55||Plate Shoulders|
|Tressermane Leggings||55||Leather Legs|
|Belt of Valor||53||Plate Belt|
Shadow Hunter Vosh'gajin
Shadow Hunter Vosh'gajin also has two guards with him, but is not as dangerous as Omokk. Vosh'gajin has two Smolderthorn Shadow Priests with him that need to be either killed immediately or controlled until after the boss dies. Vosh'gajin herself will cast Hex, which will turn a group member into a frog for 8 seconds at a time. She also has a curse that she will place on people, but it is not particularly dangerous, but should still be removed by a Mage or Druid if possible.
Loot from Shadow Hunter Vosh'gajin
|Trueaim Gauntlets||54||Mail Gloves|
|Funeral Cuffs||54||Cloth Bracers|
|Shadowcraft Gloves||54||Leather Gloves|
|Demonic Runed Spaulders||54||Leather Shoulders|
War Master Voone
War Master Voone does not have any adds or real abilities, but does hit harder than normal. Make sure your tank has time to generate threat, and point him away from the group to avoid his cleave.
Loot from War Master Voone
|Beaststalker's Gloves||54||Mail Gloves|
|Brazecore Armguards||54||Mail Bracers|
|Flightblade Throwing Axe||54||Throwing Weapon|
|Keris of Zul'Serak||54||Dagger|
|Talisman of Evasion||54||Neck|
Mother Smolderweb has an AoE stun that fires as a cone in front of her, meaning the tank should keep her pointed away from the group. She also will sometimes use Mother's Milk which poisons players, occasionally incapacitating them. There is not much strategy needed here, just kill her while paying attention to the poison and boss facing.
Loot from Mother Smolderweb
|Gilded Gauntlets||55||Mail Gloves|
|Wildheart Boots||54||Leather Boots|
Urok Doomhowl is a summoned boss. In one of the rooms with a pack of Ogres, you will come across a "tribute pile" of ogre heads on the ground. If you combine Omokk's Head from Highlord Omokk and Roughshod Pike, which can be picked up in the first room of the dungeon, you can place them on the tribute pile to summon Urok.
Urok himself will not appear initially when summoned. Instead, you will need to defeat several waves of Ogres. This can be quite difficult if you are not prepared, so be ready to use any control spells you have to limit your mana usage when fighting through the waves. You will have limited recovery time and will not want to waste it. You can also use the pike that is now placed on the tribute pile, instantly killing a single ogre every 30 seconds. Eventually Urok will spawn, and needs to be tanked away from the group so that the ranged and healer can avoid his fear ability.
Loot from Urok Doomhowl
|Marksman's Girdle||56||Mail Belt|
|Ribsteel Footguards||56||Plate Boots|
|Slaghide Gauntlets||56||Leather Gloves|
|Boots of Elements||54||Mail Boots|
Quartermaster Zigris is in a hall with many packs of orcs. As long as you carefully pull the trash before pulling him, he should not pose a problem. He himself does no noteworthy abilities.
Loot from Quartermaster Zigris
|Cloudrunner Girdle||55||Leather Belt|
|Hands of Power||55||Cloth Gloves|
Quartermaster Zigris also can drop several of the Tier 0 pieces, both belts and bracers since he shares with the trash loot table.
Halycon only has some melee abilities, so just have your tank hold her while the group kills the smaller worg adds that come out with her. They do not hit very hard and should die quickly. After they are dead, just turn and finish the boss.
Loot from Halycon
|Halycon's Spiked Collar||55||Neck|
|Pads of the Dread Wolf||55||Leather Boots|
|Slashclaw Bracers||55||Mail Bracers|
|Ironweave Bracers||56||Cloth Bracers|
Gizrul the Slavener
Gizrul the Slavener hits relatively hard, but has no special abilities that need dealt with. Just make sure your tank holds him and burn him down quickly, preferably with DPS cooldowns if available.
Loot from Gizrul the Slavener
|Bleak Howler Armguards||56||Leather Bracers|
|Wildheart Spaulders||55||Leather Shoulders|
|Wolfshear Leggings||56||Cloth Pants|
Overlord Wyrmthalak needs to be tanked facing away from the group, with your tank backed up against the wall to avoid getting knocked back. At 50% health, the boss will summon a wave of elites to help him, which can be problematic if left alone. The best strategy is to control all of the adds with whatever spells you have such as Polymorph, Frost Nova, or Entangling Roots to keep them out of the fight until the boss is dead. After the boss dies you can turn and clean up the adds.
Loot from Overlord Wyrmthalak
|Mark of the Dragon Lord||56||Ring|
|Beaststalker's Mantle||55||Mail Shoulders|
|Heart of the Scale||56||Trinket|
|Reiver Claws||56||Plate Gloves|
|Relentless Scythe||57||2H Sword|
|Heart of Wyrmthalak||56||Trinket|
- 26 Jul. 2020: Updated with Phase 5 drops.
- 30 Jan. 2020: Guide added.
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