Stratholme Live Dungeon Guide

Last updated on Apr 05, 2024 at 03:16 by Abide 1 comment

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.


Stratholme Live Entrance Location

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.


The Scarlet Key

In order to unlock the Scarlet Bastion area in the Live wing, players will need to have The Scarlet Key Icon The Scarlet Key, which you can read more about in our Scarlet Monastery.


Stratholme Live Quests

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.


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.



  • Skul Arcane Bolt Icon Arcane Bolt
  • Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock
  • Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt

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

Item Level Requirement Slot
Skul's Cold Embrace Icon Skul's Cold Embrace 54 Chest
Skul's Ghastly Touch Icon Skul's Ghastly Touch 52 Wand
Skul's Fingerbone Claws Icon Skul's Fingerbone Claws 54 Hands

Hearthsinger Forresten

  • Hearthsinger Forresten Enchanting Lullaby Icon Enchanting Lullaby
  • Multi-Shot Icon Multi-Shot

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 IconEnchanting 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

Item Level Requirement Slot
Magister's Boots Icon Magister's Boots 54 Boots
Piccolo of the Flaming Fire Icon Piccolo of the Flaming Fire 53 Trinket
Rainbow Girdle Icon Rainbow Girdle 53 Waist
Songbird Blouse Icon Songbird Blouse 53 Chest
Woollies of the Prancing Minstrel Icon 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 Icon 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.

Item Level Requirement Slot
Amulet of the Redeemed Icon Amulet of the Redeemed 58 Neck
Band of Mending Icon Band of Mending 57 Ring
Ironweave Robe Icon Ironweave Robe 58 Chest
Legplates of Vigilance Icon Legplates of Vigilance 58 Legs
Scepter of Interminable Focus Icon 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

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 Icon 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.


Crimson Hammersmith

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 Icon Bottom Half of Advanced Armorsmithing: Volume II. This will allow players to learn to create Enchanted Thorium Leggings Icon Enchanted Thorium Leggings.


The Unforgiven

  • The Unforgiven Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova

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

Item Level Requirement Slot
Mask of the Unforgiven Icon Mask of the Unforgiven 52 Head
Soul Breaker Icon Soul Breaker 52 Weapon
Tearfall Bracers Icon Tearfall Bracers 52 Wrist
Wailing Nightbane Pauldrons Icon Wailing Nightbane Pauldrons 52 Shoulder
Wildheart Gloves Icon Wildheart Gloves 54 Hands

Postmaster Malown

  • Postmaster Malown Backhand Icon Backhand
  • Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues
  • Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness
  • Fear Icon Fear

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

Item Level Requirement Slot
Malown's Slam Icon Malown's Slam 56 Weapon
The Postmaster's Band Icon The Postmaster's Band 56 Head
The Postmaster's Seal Icon The Postmaster's Seal 56 Ring
The Postmaster's Treads Icon The Postmaster's Treads 56 Boots
The Postmaster's Trousers Icon The Postmaster's Trousers 56 Legs
The Postmaster's Tunic Icon The Postmaster's Tunic 56 Chest

Timmy the Cruel

  • Timmy the Cruel Enrage Icon Enrage
  • Ravenous Claw Icon Ravenous Claw

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

Item Level Requirement Slot
Grimgore Noose Icon Grimgore Noose 54 Waist
Lightforge Gauntlets Icon Lightforge Gauntlets 54 Hands
The Cruel Hand of Timmy Icon The Cruel Hand of Timmy 56 Weapon
Timmy's Galoshes Icon Timmy's Galoshes 54 Feet
Vambraces of the Sadist Icon Vambraces of the Sadist 54 Wrist

Cannon Master Willey

  • Cannon Master Willey Knock Away Icon Knock Away
  • Summon Crimson Rifleman Icon Summon Crimson Rifleman

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

Item Level Requirement Slot
Barrage Girdle Icon Barrage Girdle 56 Waist
Cannonball Runner Icon Cannonball Runner 56 Trinket
Diana's Pearl Necklace Icon Diana's Pearl Necklace 56 Neck
Helm of the New Moon Icon Helm of the New Moon 56 Head
Mantle of the Scarlet Crusade Icon Mantle of the Scarlet Crusade 56 Shoulder
Master Cannoneer Boots Icon Master Cannoneer Boots 56 Feet
Miniature Cannon Balls Icon Miniature Cannon Balls 56 Projectile
Plans: Heartseeker Icon Plans: Heartseeker N/A Blacksmithing Plans
Redemption Icon Redemption 56 Weapon
Shadowcraft Spaulders Icon Shadowcraft Spaulders 55 Shoulder
Willey's Back Scratcher Icon Willey's Back Scratcher 56 Weapon
Willey's Portable Howitzer Icon Willey's Portable Howitzer 56 Gun

Archivist Galford

  • Archivist Galford Burning Winds Icon Burning Winds
  • Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova

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 IconBurning 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

Item Level Requirement Slot
Archivist Cape Icon Archivist Cape 56 Back
Ash Covered Boots Icon Ash Covered Boots 56 Feet
Devout Gloves Icon Devout Gloves 54 Hands
Foresight Girdle Icon Foresight Girdle 56 Waist
Tome of Knowledge Icon 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. Acting as the leader of the Scarlet Crusade, Grand Crusader Dathrohan will use Paladin-like abilities.

The fight against Grand Crusader Dathrohan is easy, with very little to worry about until he reaches 50% HP and reveals his true form, transforming into Balnazzar.

  • Balnazzar
    • Domination Icon Domination
    • Mind Blast Icon Mind Blast
    • Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream
    • Shadow Shock Icon Shadow Shock
    • Sleep Icon Sleep

Any ranged players and your healer will need to try and stay as far away from the boss as possible to avoid Psychic Scream Icon Psychic Scream. Other than this, there is very little to the fight beyond trying to CC any player targeted by Domination IconDomination. Mages are very useful on this fight, as they can sheep the target.


Loot from Grand Crusader Dathrohan and Balnazzar

Item Level Requirement Slot
Crown of Tyranny Icon Crown of Tyranny 58 Head
Demonshear Icon Demonshear 58 Weapon
Fire Striders Icon Fire Striders 58 Feet
Gift of the Elven Magi Icon Gift of the Elven Magi 58 Weapon
Grand Crusader's Helm Icon Grand Crusader's Helm 58 Head
Hammer of the Grand Crusader Icon Hammer of the Grand Crusader 58 Weapon
Lightforge Boots Icon Lightforge Boots 54 Feet
Shroud of the Nathrezim Icon Shroud of the Nathrezim 58 Shoulder
Star of Mystaria Icon Star of Mystaria 58 Neck
Wyrmtongue Shoulders Icon Wyrmtongue Shoulders 58 Shoulder
Book of the Dead Icon Book of the Dead 58 Off-hand
Pattern: Truefaith Vestments Icon Pattern: Truefaith Vestments N/A Tailoring Recipe

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 Icon Shackle Undead is extremely useful to CC enemies without any chance of them pulling more enemies.

A Rogue or Mage can also help your group a great deal with their CC for humanoid enemies.



  • 05 Apr. 2024: Added boss pictures and abilities.
  • 24 Jul. 2020: Added new bosses for Phase 5.
  • 30 Oct. 2019: Guide added.
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