Shadowfang Keep Dungeon Guide
Shadowfang Keep is an early dungeon that Horde players are more likely to venture into, but Alliance Warlocks and Paladins will have to complete for their class quests. You can enter the dungeon at Level 11, but it is recommended to only do the dungeon once you reach Level 18 to 21. You should be able to complete the dungeon in under an hour.
The keep was once the home of Baron Silverlaine, but it was forcibly taken from him by Arugal and his legions of Worgen. It is now haunted by the spirits of the fallen and those that killed them.
1. Entrance Location
The entrance to Shadowfang Keep is located in Silverpine Forest, in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms. The instance is north of Pyrewood Village.
This is much easier to get to as a Horde player, but unlike with other dungeons, Alliance players that have chosen to play a Paladin or Warlock will have to complete this dungeon for their class quests.
2. Recommended Classes for Shadowfang Keep
For your tank, we recommend against taking a Paladin in this instance; there are multiple mobs that silence and drain Mana throughout and this will hinder a Paladin's ability to generate threat. A Warrior or Druid works fine.
You will need a Mage or a Druid that is not actively tanking in order to dispel the curse from Baron Silverlaine, Veil of Shadow. You cannot use a Druid tank to dispel this, as they will need to shift out of Bear Form.
You should also make sure to bring a melee-heavy composition of DPS, as there are multiple groups of trash that are magic-immune throughout the dungeon.
3. Layout of Shadowfang Keep
Shadowfang Keep is a very straightforward dungeon, with a set path to follow as you go through it. Once you have killed the first boss and freed your faction's prisoner, you will go through the newly opened door into the courtyard and then just keep moving forward through the instance. There are no alternate paths to be taken.
4. Notable Trash in Shadowfang Keep
In the courtyard after the first boss, players will encounter the Shadowfang Moonwalkers. These mobs will go magic immune periodically and casters should avoid targeting these mobs when they are immune.
The steeds that are in the stables of the courtyard are a skippable set of trash, but are worth killing if your group requires bags. They have a chance of dropping a 10-slot bag, Fel Steed Saddlebags. Be careful pulling these as they do a huge amount of damage.
The last piece of notable trash is the Wailing Guardsman mobs that you will encounter on your way to Odo the Blindwatcher. These mobs have an AoE silence last 5 seconds and are one of the reasons why Paladin tanks do not work well in this dungeon.
4.1. Loot from Deathsworn Captain
5. Bosses in Shadowfang Keep
Rethilgore is a Level 20 elite humanoid and the first boss of the instance.
There are no mechanics that are worth mentioning for this boss, but it is important to know that, after the boss dies, you must free your faction's prisoner by opening their cage and talking to them. They will then open the way to the courtyard.
5.1.1. Loot from Rethilgore
5.2. Razorclaw the Butcher
Razorclaw the Butcher is a Level 22 elite humanoid and the second boss of the instance.
If you follow our group advice and do not take a Paladin tank to this dungeon, then there are no mechanics worth mentioning on this boss; however, if you do, this boss will be extremely difficult, as you will have no Mana to get aggro on the boss due to his Mana drain.
5.2.1. Loot from Razorclaw the Butcher
5.3. Baron Silverlaine
Baron Silverlaine is a Level 24 elite Undead and the third boss of the instance.
The main mechanic for this boss, and the reason why bringing a Mage or Druid is so important, is his curse, Veil of Shadow. This reduces the healing the target receives by 75% for 15 seconds and needs to be removed as soon as possible.
5.3.1. Loot from Baron Silverlaine
Along with the items listed below, Silverlaine can drop a number of BoE green items.
|Silverlaine's Family Seal||21||Ring|
5.4. Commander Springvale
Commander Springvale is a Level 24 elite Undead and the fourth boss of this instance.
The boss will cast Holy Light, which should be interrupted. Other than this, kill the adds and then Springvale afterwards.
5.4.1. Loot from Commander Springvale
|Arced War Axe||21||Weapon|
|Commander's Crest||23||Off Hand|
5.5. Odo the Blindwatcher
Odo the Blindwatcher is a Level 24 elite beast and the fifth boss of the instance.
Face the bats away from the group and kill them before killing Odo.
5.5.1. Loot from Odo the Blindwatcher
|Girdle of the Blindwatcher||21||Belt|
|Odo's Ley Staff||21||Weapon|
5.6. Fenrus the Devourer
Fenrus the Devourer is a Level 25 elite beast and the sixth boss of the instance.
If you followed our group recommendations, then this boss has no mechanics to worry about. If you brought a Paladin tank, it is important to pay attention to Toxic Saliva, as it will drain your Mana.
Watch out for the trash that will spawn immediately after Fenrus' death.
5.6.1. Loot from Fenrus the Devourer
|Black Wolf Bracers||21||Wrist|
5.7. Wolf Master Nandos
Wolf Master Nandos is a Level 25 elite humanoid and the penultimate boss of the dungeon.
There are no mechanics to this fight beyond killing his adds as he summons them.
5.7.1. Loot from Wolf Master Nandos
5.8. Archmage Arugal
Archmage Arugal is a Level 26 elite humanoid and the final boss of the dungeon.
This boss deals a huge amount of damage compared to the other bosses of the dungeon. As soon as you pull him, your whole group should move up to the platform where Arugal is standing. Your tank will take consistent, heavy damage from Void Bolt and will need to be healed frequently. The players in melee range will also take damage from Thundershock, stunning them for 5 seconds. You can try to predict this, but it is not necessary.
Arugal will teleport around the platforms of the room, still casting Void Bolt from his new location. You can try to chase him, but be careful that you do not line of sight your healer while doing so.
The final mechanic of the fight is his mind control, Arugal's Curse, which makes players hostile to their party for 10 seconds. If your healer gets this, any class that can off-heal will need to heal the tank, otherwise they will likely die to the Void Bolt spam.
5.8.1. Loot from Archmage Arugal
|Robes of Arugal||24||Chest|
|Belt of Arugal||24||Waist|
6. Quests in Shadowfang Keep
Other than the Warlock and Paladin class quests, there are no Alliance quests in Shadowfang Keep.
6.1. Class Quests in Shadowfang Keep
The Warlock class quest is The Orb of Soran'ruk, which requires you to collect the Large Soran'ruk Fragment from Shadowfang Keep. After you clear the courtyard, rather than going inside to where Razorclaw the Butcher is, go up the ramp until you find the Shadowfang Darksouls. Kill them for the fragment.
The Paladin class quest is The Test of Righteousness, which requires you to obtain a part of Jordan's Smithing Hammer. This is found in the stables of the courtyard.
6.2. Horde-only Quests in Shadowfang Keep
There are 3 Horde-only quests in Shadowfang Keep and they are as follows.
- Arugal Must Die — you must kill Archmage Arugal and collect his head. This quest is given by Dalar Dawnweaver in Silverpine Forest.
- Deathstalkers in Shadowfang — you will need to find Deathstalker Adamant and Deathstalker Vincent. You will be able to hand this in as soon as you enter the courtyard. Jump off the stairs to the right and you will see Deathstalker Vincent's corpse on the ground. This quest is given by High Executor Hadrec in Silverpine Forest.
- The Book of Ur — find the Book of Ur in the dungeon. This quest is given by Keeper Bel'dugur in Undercity.
6.3. Notable Quest Loot from Shadowfang Keep
|Seal of Sylvanas||Arugal Must Die||Ring|
|Verigan's Fist||The Test of Righteousness (Paladin-only)||Weapon|
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