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Naxxramas loading screen.jpg
The Naxxramas loading graphic
LocationPlaguewood, Eastern Plaguelands
Race(s)CultistCultist Cultist
ScourgeScourgeScourgeScourge Scourge
End bossKel'Thuzad
Instance info
Advised level60
Player limit40
KeyThe Dread Citadel - Naxxramas
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Naxxramas is a 40-man raid instance floating above the Eastern Plaguelands. It was a massive necropolis and has the unquestionable honor of serving as the seat of one of the Lich King's most powerful officers, the dreaded lich Kel'Thuzad.

The instance is regarded as the most difficult, and should not be attempted without at least 40 well-equipped (preferably Tier 2 or Tier 2.5 armor) players. Naxxramas is also the home of many of the most powerful items, and 60+ quests with rewards such as [Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian] and all Tier 3 items available in the game. The dungeon was added in patch 1.11, making it the last non-expansion instance added to the core game as well as the last 40 man instance.

Gaining entry

The Necropolis model

To enter Naxxramas, you have to be attuned through the Argent Dawn by completing N [60] The Dread Citadel - Naxxramas, whose cost varied based on reputation level.

Attunement costs

Honored Revered Exalted

5 [Arcane Crystal]

2 [Nexus Crystal]

1 [Righteous Orb]


2 [Arcane Crystal]

1 [Nexus Crystal]


If you choose to become exalted with the Argent Dawn, you can complete the attunement for free; however, this requires a great deal of work. The reputation reward for the entrance quest is 1000 rep for a character currently Honored or Revered.

For more information on the Naxxramas attunement quest or the Argent Dawn, see the following resources:

Teleport spire

The teleport spire in the middle of the Plaguewood [39, 26]


is the only way into Naxxramas. After becoming attuned, one must step onto the runic circle in the center of the spire to teleport into Naxxramas' center chamber.

Dungeon information

Although glimpses of snowy terrain can be seen out the windows in each corner of Kel'thuzad's room, it is important to note that his chamber is still within Naxxramas. What you are seeing out those windows is Northrend, through portals from which Scourge emerge during the encounter.

Naxxramas map with boss locations

Naxxramas map with yards distance 10-100


  • A map from BlizzCon shows what Naxxramas looks like: Necropolis Naxxramas instance (registration required with IGN)
  • Map for Atlas: Here
  • Large size map: Here
  • Tactical map (large): Here (.png)
  • Tactical map (huge): Here (.tif)
  • Map for Sapphiron and Kel'Thuzad: Here


Naxxramas is structured like a giant wheel. Players enter at the center of the Necropolis, and then choose one of four wings to progress through:

Abomination Wing

  • This wing is filled with abominations, of course. It is likely to be the most physically intensive wing, as abominations are known to hit rather hard. The Slimes there deal heavy nature damage, too. The final boss is the "Frankenstein's Monster"-esque Thaddius.

Plague Wing

  • In this wing players will have to deal with various diseases. Creatures known to populate this wing include bats, gargoyles, bog beasts, oozes, and Ghouls. The final boss is Loatheb, some sort of fungal monster.

Spider Wing

  • This wing contains loads of spiders, as well as Nerubians and few acolytes. The final boss is Maexxna, the giant spider.

Death Knight Wing

  • This wing is loaded with death knights, known for their combination of powerful shadow magic and raw melee skills. The final bosses are the Four Horsemen. One of the Four Horsemen is Highlord Mograine, who has an important role in the Ashbringer storyline, which should be obtainable after you acquire the Corrupted Ashbringer from Mograine. The Four Horsemen were considered the hardest bosses in the instance until Kel'Thuzad.

Frost Wyrm Lair

  • Once the final bosses of the four wings are defeated, players will gain access to the final "wing" of Naxxramas, in which they will encounter the frost wyrm Sapphiron, and the lich Kel'Thuzad.


Each boss drops a different quest token for Tier 3 sets. Each boss and its drops are listed in the boss section below.

On the wall of each boss chamber and various places are some Frozen Rune objects, which requires a Word of Thawing (a tradeable drop from trash mobs) to defrost. Defrosting a Frozen Rune yields a number (4-6) of tradeable blue "Frozen Rune" items that are used in crafting frost resistance gear. Frozen Runes are also consumables, behaving like Greater Fire Protection potions (1500-2500 fire damage absorbed for 1 hour). Due to the high quality and projected need as reagents for the craftable Frost Resist recipes, it is not advisable to use these runes as consumables.

You have to beat the last boss in each wing to progress. Once you beat all four wings, you get a chance to fight Sapphiron. After you beat Sapphiron you may challenge Kel'Thuzad.

Encounters and bosses

Naxxramas floating above the Plaguewood

Interior of Naxxramas

Below is the full list of bosses (in parentheses are the Tier 3 armor part the boss drops quest item for).

There are fifteen boss encounters in Naxxramas. First full Naxx clear was done by the Horde guild Nihilum on Magtheridon (EU) on September 7, 2006 (two and one-half months after Naxx came out on June 20th 2006).

The easiest wing is the Spider Wing, Instructor Razuvious being the easiest boss (arguably comparable to Grobbulus, but Grobbulus sits behind a major gear check: Patchwerk). The Plague Wing bosses Noth and Heigan are on a similar level of difficulty of Anub'Rekhan, but in different aspects (Heigan is VERY difficult in the individual coordination aspect). Abomination wing bosses are in the middle (with the exception of very easy Grobbulus), Patchwerk is commonly conceived as a hard gear check and healer's fight. The most difficult bosses, in order of rising difficulty, are Thaddius, Loatheb, Gothik the Harvester and the Four Horsemen. (Thus, the wings below are listed in rising order of difficulty to fully clear.)

Bosses Monsters
  • Abomination Wing
    • Patchwerk (Shoulders)
    • Grobbulus (Shoulders)
    • Gluth (Shoulders/Belt/Wrists/Feet)
    • Thaddius (Head x2)
      • Feugen (Sub-Boss)
      • Stalagg (Sub-Boss)
  • Bile Retcher
  • Embalming Slime
  • Living Monstrosity
  • Mad Scientist
  • Patchwork Golem
  • Sewage Slime
  • Stitched Spewer
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Sludge Belcher
  • Plague Wing
    • Noth the Plaguebringer (Belt)
    • Heigan the Unclean (Belt)
    • Loatheb (Leggings x2)
  • Frenzied Bat
  • Infectious Ghoul
  • Plague Slime
  • Stoneskin Gargoyle
  • Mutated Grub
  • Plague Beast
  • Plagued Bat
  • Plagued Gargoyle
  • Eye Stalk
  • Spider Wing
    • Anub'Rekhan (Wrists)
    • Grand Widow Faerlina (Wrists)
    • Maexxna (Hands x2)
  • Carrion Spinner
  • Crypt Stalker
  • Dread Creeper
  • Poisonous Skitterer
  • Naxxramas Acolyte
  • Naxxramas Cultist
  • Necro Stalker
  • Tomb Horror
  • Venom Stalker
  • Plagued Ghoul
  • Necropolis Acolyte
  • Death Knight Wing
    • Instructor Razuvious (Feet)
    • Gothik the Harvester (Feet)
    • The Four Horsemen (Chest x2)
      • Highlord Mograine
      • Thane Korth'azz
      • Lady Blaumeux
      • Sir Zeliek
  • Bony Construct
  • Dark Touched Warrior
  • Death Lord
  • Death Knight
  • Death Knight Captain
  • Death Knight Cavalier
  • Doom Touched Warrior
  • Necro Knight
  • Risen Deathknight
  • Shade of Naxxramas
  • Skeletal Smith
  • Skeletal Steed
  • Unholy "Weapon"
  • Frostwyrm Lair
    • Sapphiron (Drops powerful shoulder enchants)


All sorts of undead monstrosities roam the halls of Naxxramas.

The dread citadel Naxxramas.


The beginning parts of 3 of the 4 wings (Plague, Spider, and Abomination) are rich in Nature damage. This is good news for players who built up their nature resistance gear in Ahn'Qiraj.


Players will need a lot of frost resistance to fight the final bosses in Naxxramas. Kel'Thuzad is a lich, but does not require a lot of frost resistance to defeat him. The Sapphiron encounter requires a very significant amount of Frost Resistance (150-200), but is NOT frost-based like Ragnaros is fire-based. Frost resistance gear has proven to be rather scarce thus far, luckily, the Argent Dawn has made available several armor patterns that provide considerable frost resistance and bosses in Naxxramas drop very high quality epic frost resistance pieces.


Shadow is the third major resistance required. Death Knights and Necromancers use powerful shadow magic, and Kel'Thuzad has a few shadow spells as well. The final boss in the Plague wing, Loatheb, uses shadow based damage also. Shadow resist gear can be found scattered throughout various instances, so this shouldn't be a problem.


Certain boss encounters need some fire resistance, like Grand Widow Faerlina and the Four Horsemen.


Naxxramas loot included the Tier 3 raid set.

Class Set
Druid Druid Dreamwalker Raiment
Hunter Hunter Cryptstalker Armor
Mage Mage Frostfire Regalia
Paladin Paladin Redemption Armor
Priest Priest Vestments of Faith
Rogue Rogue Bonescythe Armor
Shaman Shaman The Earthshatterer
Warlock Warlock Plagueheart Raiment
Warrior Warrior Dreadnaught's Battlegear

For more details, see Naxxramas loot.


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