Stratholme Live Dungeon Guide
Stratholme is a single dungeon that is often split by players into 2 wings: the Live and Undead wings. Stratholme Live is recommended for players between Level 55 and 60.
Stratholme was one of the most populous cities of the human kingdoms, but it fell at the hands of the dreadlords and Prince Arthas, whose mind was slowly descending into madness as he began his journey of becoming the Lich King. The Live side of the dungeon has now been taken over by the Scarlet Crusade in their never-ending battle to destroy all remnants of the Scourge on Azeroth.
You can read more about the dungeon in our Stratholme hub guide.
Before setting foot in either of the Stratholme wings, we strongly advise you to get all the dungeon quests related to it. To make this process easier, we have written a separate guide.
To enter the Live wing of Stratholme, you can do so via the main entrance of Stratholme, which can be found in the northwest of the Eastern Plaguelands.
Recommended Classes for Stratholme Live
The Live side of Stratholme has a variety of undead and humanoid mobs, so a healthy mix of CC for each mob type will help your group greatly.
Priests are a great choice for your healer, not only because of their solid output, but their Shackle Undead is extremely useful to CC enemies without any chance of them pulling more enemies.
The Scarlet Key
In order to unlock the Scarlet Bastion area in the Live wing, players will need to have The Scarlet Key, which you can read more about in our Scarlet Monastery.
Layout of Stratholme Live
When you enter the dungeon, there are two "sides" to the dungeon. You will start in the main area of the city, which is mainly inhabited by ghosts and undead mobs, and encompasses the eastern section of this wing.
The western section of this wing is the Scarlet side, which almost entirely has mobs from the Scarlet Crusade faction.
Head down the main path from the entrance and turn left into a small alcove with a mailbox. Here, you will find the quest target Fras Siabi. If nobody in your group needs to kill him for the quest, you can simply follow the path north instead.
After you have moved through the gate, there will be 2 paths, one to the east and one to the west.
To the east, you will find The Unforgiven, an optional boss, as well as potential rare spawns, and to the west you will find the rest of the dungeon.
If you want to skip The Unforgiven, head west and you will encounter Timmy the Cruel.
From here, head into the Scarlet Crusade's base and past Malor the Zealous until you reach a hallway with 2 exits. The first exist will lead towards Cannon Master Willey and the Crimson Hammersmith, while the second will lead to Archivist Galford and the final boss of the dungeon.
Notable Trash in Stratholme Live
There are a 2 rare mobs in the Live wing of the dungeon.
- Hearthsinger Forresten
Skul is a Level 58 Undead rare elite that has multiple spawn locations in the main city area.
There are no mechanics worth mentioning on this boss.
Loot from Skul
|Skul's Cold Embrace||54||Chest|
|Skul's Ghastly Touch||52||Wand|
|Skul's Fingerbone Claws||54||Hands|
Hearthsinger Forresten is a Level 57 Undead rare elite that has multiple spawn locations in the main city area.
The only ability worth mentioning here is Enchanting Lullaby, which will put a player to sleep for 10 seconds. Just be wary of this if your healer is put to sleep.
Loot from Hearthsinger Forresten
|Piccolo of the Flaming Fire||53||Trinket|
|Woollies of the Prancing Minstrel||53||Legs|
Bosses in Stratholme Live
New Bosses for Phase 5
Phase 5 brings with it 2 new bosses for Stratholme Live, Jarien and Sothos.
In order to face them, you will need a Brazier of Beckoning, which you will either receive as part of the Dungeon Tier 0.5 questline, or after completing the questline (if you do not receive the quest for Jarien and Sothos).
The fight is extremely easy and requires nothing more than a group to kill them. You can find them in Balnazzar's room, where you will need to use the Brazier to summon them.
Loot from Jarien and Sothos
These two bosses will drop their loot in a cache that spawns after they have been defeated, and they share the same loot table.
|Amulet of the Redeemed||58||Neck|
|Band of Mending||57||Ring|
|Legplates of Vigilance||58||Legs|
|Scepter of Interminable Focus||58||Off-Hand|
Bosses Without Loot
Stratholme Live has a number of bosses that only exist for quest purposes and otherwise have no loot.
Fras Siabi is a Level 61 Undead elite optional boss who must be summoned by clicking on the tobacco box that can be located by turning left at the first fork and then heading into the alcove to the south.
Simply spread out when fighting this boss and clear the area before clicking the mailbox.
He will drop Siabi's Premium Tobacco for a quest, but otherwise has no loot.
Malor the Zealous
Malor the Zealous is a Level 60 elite Humanoid optional boss that only has to be killed if you are on the quest The Medallion of Faith. He is found on the way through the early parts of the Scarlet area and the medallion is found in a chest behind him.
The only mechanic to be aware of is his heal, but this should cause no issues at all.
The Crimson Hammersmith is a Level 60 elite Humanoid optional boss and can be summoned by clicking on the Blacksmithing plans that are found on the floor on the way to Cannon Master Willey.
This boss has no mechanics whatsoever and his only notable loot is for players that have the Blacksmithing profession, as he drops Bottom Half of Advanced Armorsmithing: Volume II. This will allow players to learn to create Enchanted Thorium Leggings.
Postmaster Malown is a Level 60 Undead elite and is an optional boss that players will have to summon by going through the postboxes of the instance.
In order to do so, you will need to kill the Stratholme Couriers that roam the main city area and loot the postbox keys that they drop.
Use these keys to open the postboxes until you have opened 3, at which point Malown will spawn. He has a few abilities, but none of them are worth mentioning as they not particularly problematic.
Loot from Postmaster Malown
|The Postmaster's Band||56||Head|
|The Postmaster's Seal||56||Ring|
|The Postmaster's Treads||56||Boots|
|The Postmaster's Trousers||56||Legs|
|The Postmaster's Tunic||56||Chest|
The Unforgiven is a Level 57 Undead elite optional boss that spawns in the northern gateway of the main city area. As soon as you enter this gateway, the boss will attack you with some minor adds, but it has no mechanics worth mentioning. Simply kill the adds and then the boss.
Loot from The Unforgiven
|Mask of the Unforgiven||52||Head|
|Wailing Nightbane Pauldrons||52||Shoulder|
Timmy the Cruel
Timmy the Cruel is a Level 58 Undead rare elite boss, but is not actually a rare spawn. He is always present in the dungeon.
Clear the courtyard up to the door to the Scarlet building, but do not open it. Timmy will come up behind you and you can kill him. He has no abilities worth mentioning.
Loot from Timmy the Cruel
|The Cruel Hand of Timmy||56||Weapon|
|Vambraces of the Sadist||54||Wrist|
Cannon Master Willey
Cannon Master Willey is a Level 60 humanoid elite boss and, during the course of his fight, will spawn a number of adds. Simply AoE the adds down or use the cannon balls and cannons to kill them.
There are no other mechanics worth mentioning on this boss.
Loot from Cannon Master Willey
|Diana's Pearl Necklace||56||Neck|
|Helm of the New Moon||56||Head|
|Mantle of the Scarlet Crusade||56||Shoulder|
|Master Cannoneer Boots||56||Feet|
|Miniature Cannon Balls||56||Projectile|
|Plans: Heartseeker||N/A||Blacksmithing Plans|
|Willey's Back Scratcher||56||Weapon|
|Willey's Portable Howitzer||56||Gun|
Archivist Galford is a Level 60 Humanoid elite boss found in a room opposite the final boss' room.
The only mechanic worth mentioning here is the Burning Winds, which will deal a large amount of damage to his target and stun them. Your healer just needs to be aware of this debuff and be ready to heal through it.
Loot from Archivist Galford
|Ash Covered Boots||56||Feet|
|Tome of Knowledge||56||Off-hand|
Grand Crusader Dathrohan and Balnazzar
Grand Crusader Dathrohan is a Level 62 Humanoid elite boss and is one of the two final bosses of this section of the dungeon.
The fight against Dathrohan is very easy, with very little to worry about until he reaches 50% HP and turns into Balnazzar.
Any ranged players and your healer will need to try and stay as far away from the boss as possible to avoid Psychic Scream. Other than this, there is very little to the fight beyond trying to CC any player targeted by Domination. Mages are very useful on this fight, as they can sheep the target.
Loot from Grand Crusader Dathrohan and Balnazzar
|Crown of Tyranny||58||Head|
|Gift of the Elven Magi||58||Weapon|
|Grand Crusader's Helm||58||Head|
|Hammer of the Grand Crusader||58||Weapon|
|Shroud of the Nathrezim||58||Shoulder|
|Star of Mystaria||58||Neck|
|Book of the Dead||58||Off-hand|
|Pattern: Truefaith Vestments||N/A||Tailoring Recipe|
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- 30 Oct. 2019: Guide added.
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