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Blackwing Lair
BWL, Blackwing
Blackwing Lair loading screen.jpg
Blackwing Lair loading graphic
LocationUpper Blackrock Spire, Blackrock Mountain
Race(s)Black dragonflight Black dragonflight
Chromatic dragonflight Chromatic dragonflight
GoblinGoblin Goblin
OrcOrc Orc
Red dragonflight Red dragonflight
End bossNefarian
Instance info
Advised level60
Player limit40
KeyBlackhand's Command
Lockout timer1 week
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Blackwing Lair is a level 60, 40-man raid dungeon located inside the Blackrock spire instance, home to Nefarian. It was implemented in patch 1.6.



Blackwing Lair bosses

See also: Blackwing Lair loot
Bosses Monsters
  • Dragonmaw Garrison
    • IconSmall SpawnBlack.gif Razorgore the Untamed
    • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Grethok the Controller
  • Blackwing Guardsman
  • Blackwing Legionnaire
  • Blackwing Mage
  • Death Talon Dragonspawn
  • Shadow Wing Lair
    • IconSmall DragonRed.gif Vaelastrasz the Corrupt
  • Blackwing Lair (Death Talon Room)
  • Death Talon Captain
  • Death Talon Flamescale
  • Death Talon Seether
  • Death Talon Wyrmkin
  • Halls of Strife
    • IconSmall DrakonidBlack.gif Broodlord Lashlayer
  • Death Talon Hatcher
  • Corrupted Blue Whelp
  • Corrupted Bronze Whelp
  • Corrupted Green Whelp
  • Corrupted Red Whelp
  • Blackwing Lair (Labs)
    • IconSmall DrakeBlack.gif Firemaw
    • IconSmall DrakeBlack.gif Ebonroc
    • IconSmall DrakeBlack.gif Flamegor
    • IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Master Elemental Shaper Krixix
  • Blackwing Technician
  • Blackwing Spellbinder
  • Blackwing Warlock
  • Death Talon Wyrmguard
  • Death Talon Overseer
  • Blackwing Lair (Chromaggus' Lair)
    • IconSmall Drakeadon.gif Chromaggus
  • Nefarian's Lair
    • IconSmall Nefarius.gifIconSmall Nefarian.gif Nefarian
  • Black Drakonid
  • Blue Drakonid
  • Bronze Drakonid
  • Chromatic Drakonid
  • Green Drakonid
  • Red Drakonid

Most notably, bosses drop tier 2 set items.

Quests and Reputation

Killing NPCs in Blackwing Lair does not reward reputation for any faction. The only quests involve the The Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest chain and handing in the [Head of Nefarian].

Gaining Entry

There are three possible ways to enter:


Nefarian has vowed to crush Ragnaros. To this end, he has recently begun efforts to bolster his forces, much as his father Deathwing had attempted to do in ages past. However, where Deathwing failed, it now seems the scheming Nefarian may be succeeding. Nefarian's mad bid for dominance has attracted concern from the Red Dragon Flight, which has always been the Black Flight's greatest foe. Though Nefarian's intentions are known, the methods he is using to achieve them remain a mystery. It is believed, however that Nefarian has been experimenting with the blood of all of the various Dragon Flights to produce unstoppable warriors.


Dungeon denizens

  • IconSmall Nefarian.gif Black dragon (one, Nefarian)
  • IconSmall DrakeBlack.gif Black drakes (three, Ebonroc, Firemaw, Flamegor)
  • IconSmall DrakonidBlack.gif Black drakonids
  • IconSmall SpawnBlack.gif Black dragonspawn
  • IconSmall DrakonidBlue.gif Blue drakonids
  • IconSmall WhelpBlue.gif Blue whelps
  • IconSmall BoneGolem.gif Bone golems
  • IconSmall DrakonidBronze.gif Bronze drakonids
  • IconSmall WhelpBronze.gif Bronze whelps
  • IconSmall DrakonidViolet.gif Chromatic drakonids
  • IconSmall Drakeadon.gif Drakeadon (one, Chromaggus)
  • IconSmall Felguard.gif Felguards
  • Goblin maleGoblin female Goblins
  • IconSmall DrakonidGreen.gif Green drakonids
  • IconSmall WhelpGreen.gif Green whelps
  • Spell Shadow SummonInfernal.png Infernals
  • Orc maleOrc female Orcs
  • IconSmall DragonRed.gif Red dragon (one, Vaelastrasz the Corrupt)
  • IconSmall DrakonidRed.gif Red drakonids
  • IconSmall WhelpRed.gif Red whelps

Patches changes

  • Patch 1.8.0: There are now alchemy labs that are needed by alchemists to make flasks inside of Blackwing Lair.
  • Patch 1.6.1:
    • Several encounters in Blackwing Lair now cause the front gate to close, preventing players from zoning out or joining an in-progress battle.
    • The drakes in Blackwing Lair will no longer leave the lab.
  • Patch 1.6.0: Added