Freehold Dungeon Guide: Location, Boss Strategies, Trash, and Loot

Last updated on Sep 04, 2023 at 15:00 by Petko

Welcome to our guide to the Freehold dungeon in Season 2 of the Dragonflight World of Warcraft expansion. This guide will cover everything you need to know about the dungeon, including how to get to it, its layout, the trash and boss mechanics within, and its loot.


Getting into Freehold

Freehold is a max-level dungeon located in Tiragarde Sound, Kul Tiras. You can quickly access the portals in each capital city (Orgimmar or Stormwind).


This guide will focus on an extensive overview of the dungeon, providing vital information to increase your chance of completing the key. We will cover all 4 boss fights supported by the most notable trash enemies in the dungeon and their important abilities. If you would like to learn about the rest of the dungeon in Season 2, please see our overviews linked below. Otherwise, without further ado, let us begin!


Freehold Layout


Smuggler's Run and Skycap'n Kragg


Notable Trash Before Skycap'n Kragg

Throughout the whole Smuggler's Run area (up until the first boss of the dungeon), you will be thrown Vile Coating Icon Vile Coating; as soon as it lands, get out of the vile pool!

  • Irontide Enforcer is arguably the deadliest non-boss-enemy prior to engaging the first boss of the dungeon due to its lethal frontal ability - Brutal Backhand Icon Brutal Backhand (beware if you are in melee). In addition, watch out for Shattering Bellow Icon Shattering Bellow, the uninterruptible cast can cause you trouble.
  • Irontide Mastiff will cast Crippling Bite Icon Crippling Bite to the highest threat target (your tank) and also Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath when its health reaches 50% (you can use Enrage Dispel abilities like Soothe Icon Soothe to remove its damage buff).
  • Irontide Corsair is the hardest trash mob for every tank due to its stackable Poisoning Strike Icon Poisoning Strike PoisonPoison debuff (yes, you can use PoisonPoison removal effects to remove all of the stacks from your tank).
  • Beware of Irontide Bonesaw and its Infected Wound Icon Infected Wound (caused by Filthy Blade Icon Filthy Blade) DiseaseDisease effect, in a combination with Poisoning Strike Icon Poisoning Strike can create a ton of pressure on your tank's survivability. In addition, make sure to interrupt the Healing Balm Icon Healing Balm cast to prevent them from healing any nearby enemies.
  • At last, Irontide Crackshot is one of the only static mobs in the dungeon, to let it stack with the rest of the mobs, you have to line of sight until it gets closer to melee. Watch out for its Azerite Grenade Icon Azerite Grenade ground animation while doing so, it turns lethal on the higher-end keys!

Make sure to defeat one of the two packs of Irontide Enforcer & Irontide Mastiff located nearby Skycap'n Kragg (either in front of the boss or behind the stairs, look at the picture down below).


Skycap'n Kragg Boss Guide

Skycap'n Kragg boss fight is a two-stage encounter, each of the phases being entirely different for tackle. Stage: Mounted Assault is the first stage of the boss fight, which lasts until the boss reaches 75% health, after which the second stage of the encounter activates - Stage: Death Rains from Above. During Phase 1, you want to keep yourself close to full health because of Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot and avoid getting hit by Charrrrrge Icon Charrrrrge. Once Phase 2 is activated, the boss will gain several new abilities (and lose the old ones); for more information, read down below:


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  • Avoid being hit by Charrrrrge Icon Charrrrrge during Stage: Mounted Assault. Be aware that the boss can "charge" on anyone (although he prefers ranged targets), so it would be better to stay closer to melee for higher damage uptime on all melee players.
  • Skycap'n Kragg will cast 2x Pistol Shot Icon Pistol Shot before Charrrrrge Icon Charrrrrge, use your defensive cooldowns accordingly.
  • Avoid being hit by Dive Bomb Icon Dive Bomb; this ability will become lethal on the higher keys.
  • Run away if there is a Vile Bombardment Icon Vile Bombardment puddle on the ground.


  • Keep a distance between you and any Ranged players as this way, you can avoid the Vile Bombardment Icon Vile Bombardment if it targets them.


  • Quickly top up your party members during the Stage: Mounted Assault (Phase 1) of the boss encounter.
  • Dispel the Azerite Powder Shot Icon Azerite Powder Shot Shot follow up damage-over-time effect.

The Rum Quarter and Council o' Captains


Notable Trash Before Council o' Captains

  • Beware of Cutwater Duelist and its Duelist Dash Icon Duelist Dash, it also stuns all players caught in its path.
  • Bilge Rat Padfoot is one of the harder non-boss-enemies for your tank due to its Plague Step Icon Plague Step. Trying to "kite" it will result in the mob shadow-stepping behind you, so removing the DiseaseDisease effect will help immensely.
  • Interrupt the Sea Spout Icon Sea Spout from Irontide Oarsman; this ground effect will turn lethal on the higher-end keys.
  • Do NOT jump during the Slippery Suds Icon Slippery Suds debuff coming from Bilge Rat Swabby, you can't dispel it so let it expire!
  • Vermin Trapper has only one ability to watch out for, and that its Rat Traps Icon Rat Traps. You can "soak" all the traps from the ground with any immunity effect or movement-impairing immunity (like Hand of Freedom Icon Hand of Freedom & Tiger's Lust Icon Tiger's Lust, etc.). In addition, the Vermin Trapper is surrounded by 4x Soggy Shiprats, which die rather easily, heads up they have a nasty stackable debuff - Scabrous Bite Icon Scabrous Bite.
  • Blacktooth Brute will cast Earth Shaker Icon Earth Shaker, do your best to stand further than 5 yds away from the mob so you avoid all damage.
  • Irontide Buccaneer is quite an easy mob to deal with; just make sure to stay away during its Blade Barrage Icon Blade Barrage (or stop it with any disturbing effects).
  • Interrupt Shattering Bellow Icon Shattering Bellow coming from Blacktooth Knuckleduster to prevent being locked on spell.
  • At last, Blacktooth Scrapper, use Enrage Icon Enrage Dispel effects or drop-combat once you get targetted by Blind Rage Icon Blind Rage.

Captain Eudora & Raoul Boss Guide

It is important to note that regardless of which boss combination you are facing, you will always have Rummy Mancomb available on your side, throwing several brews that upon soaking will be able to grant you bonuses or harm you, which can make the boss fight easier or harder, depending on how well you manage the brews (and your luck as well!). At last, several members from your team can soak the brews, beware that bosses can also soak them, so you really need to pay attention to their positioning at all times:

  • Confidence-Boosting Freehold Brew Icon Confidence-Boosting Freehold Brew increases critical strike chance by 30% for 8 seconds.
  • Invigorating Freehold Brew Icon Invigorating Freehold Brew increases haste by 30% for 8 seconds.
  • Caustic Freehold Brew Icon Caustic Freehold Brew deals ticking damage over 8 seconds. This can also work on any other mobs entering the brew, regardless of their quantity as long last they stay in the visual they will gain the debuff. The damage scales with keystone level as well!

I recommend using a WeakAura to determine what the next brew will be, something that I personally use is this - > .


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  • Be mindful of your health during Captain Eudora's Powder Shot Icon Powder Shot. Here is a good place to use your self-sustain abilities and defensive cooldowns. Keep in mind that any spells that grant you a physical damage immunity or drop your combat will prevent the shot from doing any damage to you.
  • Avoid at all cost Grapeshot Icon Grapeshot coming from Captain Eudora. Using movement speed abilities to get closer to her will be the key to survival.
  • When Captain Raoul casts Blackout Barrel Icon Blackout Barrel, quickly focus it and nuke it down. Pre-immunity and movement-impairing neutralizing effects will completely remove the spell.
  • Run away from the Captain Raoul's Barrel Smash Icon Barrel Smash.
  • Do your best to soak as many Confidence-Boosting Freehold Brew Icon Confidence-Boosting Freehold Brew & Invigorating Freehold Brew Icon Invigorating Freehold Brew as you can to speed up the boss fight.


  • Always make sure to tank both bosses close to each other to enable your party members to effectively "cleave".
  • Be mindful of which brews Rummy Mancomb is throwing on the ground, and make sure to let both bosses soak Caustic Freehold Brew Icon Caustic Freehold Brew so you can speed up the boss fight.


  • Quickly top up players to prevent casualties from Captain Eudora's Powder Shot Icon Powder Shot.

Ring of Booty and Trothak


Notable Trash Before Trothak

  • Always have a distance when you fight Cutwater Knife Juggler due to its Ricocheting Throw Icon Ricocheting Throw.
  • Interrupt Frost Blast Icon Frost Blast & Water Bolt Icon Water Bolt at all cost from Bilge Rat Brinescale. This is the most important non-boss-enemy in this area, so always focus on it first!
  • Watch out for Cutwater Harpooner's Dragging Harpoon Icon Dragging Harpoon. It can target anyone, so as long as you are close to full health, you shouldn't worry!
  • Avoid being hit by Irontide Crusher's Ground Shatter Icon Ground Shatter AoE ground effect and its avoidable skill shot - Boulder Throw Icon Boulder Throw.

Ring of Booty Event Tips and Tricks

Before engaging the third boss of the dungeon - Trothak, you first complete the Ring of Booty Event to summon the boss. The first obstacle is to catch Lightning. The second one is to defeat the only mini-boss in this dungeon - Ludwig Von Tortollan, after which the boss will spawn. Here are more tips on how to be quicker in finishing the Event:

  • Lightning will spawn in a different location, so it's best to either have all 5 members from your party finish the Event or send your Healer to do it. At the same time, the rest of the group fights a pack for maximum efficiency.
  • It takes 3 clicks until you finally manage to catch Lightning; each time you try, you will also get stunned for 2 sec. Keep in mind that you can click it multiple times even while you are under the stun effect.
  • Ludwig Von Tortollan will not only be tough for your tank to handle, but it will also cast multiple Shell Bounce Icon Shell Bounce. The longer the fight goes, the more of Shell Bounce Icon Shell Bounce you will have to dodge.
  • Whatever you do, make sure to NOT leave the arena, else you will likely get 1 shot by Booty Fanatic and their Throw Rotten Food Icon Throw Rotten Food cast.

Trothak Boss Guide


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  • Avoid staying in the Shark Tornado Icon Shark Tornado.
  • When Trothak casts Shark Toss Icon Shark Toss make sure to kite it to the nearby Throw Chum Icon Throw Chum. The same applies when you have a Flailing Shark Icon Flailing Shark, just kite it towards nearby Throw Chum Icon Throw Chum or just run away from it, as the sharks will always target the closest enemy to them.
  • Use defensive cooldowns if you get the Ripper Punch Icon Ripper Punch BleedBleed effect. Your pets can also get the BleedBleed effect.
  • Avoid staying nearby any sharks to avoid getting hit by the Rearm Icon Rearm charge.


  • Do your best to be the closest target to the boss so that you can soak all of the Ripper Punch Icon Ripper Punch effects.


  • Helping with kiting each shark will increase the overall damage output from your team, as the damage dealers will not have to worry about the mechanics. Do your best to help your team when you can!

Sweete's Landing and Harlan Sweete


Notable Trash Before Trothak

  • Interrupt Irontide Stormcaller's Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt & Thundering Squall Icon Thundering Squall as frequently as you can, this is the only important mob in this area that you should be focused on kicking.
  • Irontide Ravager is the most important mob in this area because of its Painful Motivation Icon Painful Motivation cast, which will damage 2 random enemies around him. You should NOT stop its cast under no circumstance. If this is played correctly, it can help you defeat the trash mobs quicker!
  • Sidestep the Irontide Buccaneer's Blade Barrage Icon Blade Barrage.
  • Beware of Irontide Officer's Oiled Blade Icon Oiled Blade ability, as it will make the life of your tank significantly harder. Keep in mind that they also have Painful Motivation Icon Painful Motivation cast, once again, don't interrupt it!

At last, before you engage the final boss of the dungeon - Harlan Sweete, you first must defeat the pack just in front of him (see the picture below). Otherwise, it will pull automatically once you engage the boss.


Harlan Sweete Boss Guide

Harlan Sweete will gain additional buffs throughout the fight at 60% health (Loaded Dice: All Hands! Icon Loaded Dice: All Hands!) and again at 30% health (Loaded Dice: Man-O-War Icon Loaded Dice: Man-O-War), which will make the fight extra difficult as time goes on. More information, down below:


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  • When the boss has Loaded Dice: All Hands! Icon Loaded Dice: All Hands! stay slightly spread to avoid getting hit by the same Swiftwind Saber Icon Swiftwind Saber.
  • During Cannon Barrage Icon Cannon Barrage, make sure that you leave the ground puddles away from the boss fight. During the Loaded Dice: All Hands! Icon Loaded Dice: All Hands! phase, all members of your team should be stacked together for better Flaming Shrapnel Icon Flaming Shrapnel management.
  • Help your team to crowd-control the incoming Irontide Grenadier, if one of them gets close to you, it might turn lethal (depending on the key level) because of its Black Powder Bomb Icon Black Powder Bomb.


  • Use your defensive cooldowns during the Loaded Dice: Man-O-War Icon Loaded Dice: Man-O-War phase of the boss as he will have 100% increased Attack Speed.


  • Top up players after every single Swiftwind Saber Icon Swiftwind Saber as that is one of the major details of the fight. If your party goes with low health to the next Swiftwind Saber Icon Swiftwind Saber, they will likely end up dying.
  • Watch out for Whirling Dagger Icon Whirling Dagger, it will leave a BleedBleed effect on a random member of your party. During the Loaded Dice: All Hands! Icon Loaded Dice: All Hands! phase, it will bounce on all 5 members of your team without leaving the BleedBleed effect.

Freehold Loot Table


Skycap'n Kragg

Type Item Stats
1H Mace Sharkbait's Fishhook Icon Sharkbait's Fishhook Vers/Crit
Back Parrotfeather Cloak Icon Parrotfeather Cloak Crit/Mastery
Cloth Wrist Silk Cuffs of the Skycap'n Icon Silk Cuffs of the Skycap'n Vers/Mastery
Mail Waist Chain-Linked Safety Cord Icon Chain-Linked Safety Cord Vers/Mastery
Plate Waist Sharkbait Harness Girdle Icon Sharkbait Harness Girdle Haste/Vers
Leather Feet Kragg's Rigging Scalers Icon Kragg's Rigging Scalers Crit/Mastery

Council o' Captains

Type Item Stats
Dagger Jolly's Boot Dagger Icon Jolly's Boot Dagger Vers/Mastery
Gun Captain's Diplomacy Icon Captain's Diplomacy Vers/Crit
Plate Wrist Concealed Fencing Plates Icon Concealed Fencing Plates Vers/Crit
Mail Wrist Raoul's Barrelhook Bracers Icon Raoul's Barrelhook Bracers Haste/Vers
Cloth Waist Sailcloth Waistband Icon Sailcloth Waistband Crit/Haste
Leather Legs Silver-Trimmed Breeches Icon Silver-Trimmed Breeches Mastery/Haste
Cloth Boots Dashing Bilge Rat Shoes Icon Dashing Bilge Rat Shoes Crit/Mastery
Ring Seal of Questionable Loyalties Icon Seal of Questionable Loyalties Haste/Crit


Type Item Stats
2H Sword Jeweled Sharksplitter Icon Jeweled Sharksplitter Haste/Vers
Leather Wrist Sea Dog's Cuffs Icon Sea Dog's Cuffs Vers/Haste
Mail Hands Bite-Resistant Chain Gloves Icon Bite-Resistant Chain Gloves Haste/Vers
Cloth Hands Greasy Bacon-Grabbers Icon Greasy Bacon-Grabbers Vers/Crit
Leather Hands Sharkhide Grips Icon Sharkhide Grips Mastery/Vers
Plate Hands Sharktooth-Knuckled Grips Icon Sharktooth-Knuckled Grips Vers/Haste
Cloth Legs Chum-Coated Leggings Icon Chum-Coated Leggings Mastery/Crit
Plate Legs Sharkwater Waders Icon Sharkwater Waders Mastery/Haste
Mail Boots Shell-Kickers Icon Shell-Kickers Mastery/Crit

Harlan Sweete

Type Item Stats
1H Sword Bloody Tideturner Icon Bloody Tideturner Haste/Crit
Trinket Harlan's Loaded Dice Icon Harlan's Loaded Dice Agility
Mount Sharkbait's Favorite Crackers Icon Sharkbait's Favorite Crackers

Freehold Achievements

There are 7 total achievements to obtain in Freehold:

Achievement Criteria
Freehold Defeat Harlan Sweete in Freehold
Heroic: Freehold Icon Heroic: Freehold Defeat Harlan Sweete in Freehold on HeroicHeroic difficulty or higher.
Mythic: Freehold Icon Mythic: Freehold Defeat Harlan Sweete in Freehold on MythicMythic difficulty.
Mythic: Freehold Guild Run Icon Mythic: Freehold Guild Run Defeat Harlan Sweete in Freehold on MythicMythic difficulty while in a guild group.
Keystone Hero: Freehold Icon Keystone Hero: Freehold Complete Freehold at MythicMythic Level 20 or higher, within the time limit.
Im in Charge Now! Icon Im in Charge Now! Defeat Skycap'n Kragg after summoning and defeating Patches in Freehold on MythicMythic difficulty.
That Sweete Booty Icon That Sweete Booty Defeat Harlan Sweete after destroying three Chests o' Botty in Freehold on MythicMythic difficulty.


  • 04 Sep. 2023: No further changes required for 10.1.7 Patch.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: No further changes required for the 10.1.5 Patch.
  • 09 May 2023: Page added.
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