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WoW Classic: Naxxramas Raid Guide

Published By Camille "Effylia" Bouin

Naxxramas is a Raid in World of Warcraft Classic. We'll take you through all you need to know about this instance, including how to enter, the bosses, the quests, and the loot.

Naxxramas is a Raid in World of Warcraft Classic. It will be released in Phase 6 and is the next 40-man raid you'll encounter during your adventure. The entrance to this instance can be found in the Eastern Plaguelands — read more about this raid below.

Raid Information

Naxxramas is a 40-man raid for max level players.

Located in the contested zone of the Eastern Plaguelands, the entrance portal to Naxxramas can be found in the north-west, next to Stratholme. This is the final raid in World of Warcraft Classic, so make sure you are well prepared.

In order to enter the raid, you'll have to complete The Dread Citadel - Naxxramas and be reach "Honoured" with the Argent Dawn! The higher the reputation you have with the Argent Dawn, the less you'll have to pay to enter this raid:

  • Honoured: 5 Arcane Crystals, 2 Nexus Crystals, 1 Righteous Orb, and 60 gold
  • Revered: 2 Arcane Crystals, 1 Nexus Crystal, and 30 gold
  • Exalted: No cost

You can finally see the original Naxxramas in WoW Classic Phase 6, now live

Folks who played at the beginning of Wrath of the Lich King definitely experienced Naxxramas, the expansion’s first tier of raiding. And it was well known at the time that the raid was effectively a remix of the original version of the instance, which was the final tier of raiding in the original run of World of Warcraft. The developers gave a variety of answers as to why Naxxramas was making a comeback, but they all centered on the same key ideas:

  • Naxxramas was thematically consistent with the Scourge narrative in Wrath
  • Very few people saw Naxxramas when it was current content due to the grueling attunement requirements and the absence of catch-up mechanisms in early WoW
  • The team REALLY loved the place and wanted more people to experience it
  • Everything in there was undead to start with, so bringing it all “back to life” was true to form for the Scourge

But that’s the short version. If you want a history of Naxxramas lore, read on!

Why did the devs move Naxxramas?

In the original Eastern Plaguelands experience, Naxxramas was the Scourge headquarters in the area of Lordaeron, continually fighting on multiple fronts to keep control of the territory for the Lich King. The latest effort to push the Scourge out came from the Argent Dawn organization, which worked hard to test the mettle of heroes from both the Horde and the Alliance before aiding them in breaching the floating necropolis. After the first and second tiers of raiding focused on clearing out Blackrock Mountain (from Molten Core at the bottom to Blackwing Lair at the top), and the additional side-raid options of Zul’Gurub (in its original 20-player incarnation) and the Ruins/Temple of Ahn’Qiraj (the 20- and 40-player editions that still weren’t quite upgrades past Nefarian’s loot table), Naxxramas was truly intended to finish the overall raid campaign of original WoW and set the stage for Burning Crusade. 

Fun bit of trivia: You wouldn’t think a Scourge necropolis would have anything to do with the war in Outland, but Naxxramas was where people needed to farm for the first caster-oriented legendary weapon, Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian. As a wink at what was to come, the staff could be used to open a portal to Karazhan, which was to be the introductory raid in Burning Crusade.

How is Wrath Naxxramas different from vanilla Naxxramas?

Here’s a short list (Editor’s note: not that short) of what’s different between the original version of the raid and the Wrath edition:

  • Original Naxx was a 40-player raid, while Wrath‘s version was the first to offer 10-player and 25-player versions that were identical (except for some scaling differences).
  • Proportionally, everything in vanilla Naxx hit much harder. This ranged from how much damage was dealt relative to player health pools, how frequently raid-wide damage went out, etc.
  • Various trash mobs were cosmetically different. 3.0 uses Wrath-era models like geists and flesh giants instead of the vanilla-era skeletons and abominations. Where in the vanilla version most Death Knights were Human or Forsaken (or just Baron Rivendare), the Wrath version introduced various other races like Tauren and Night Elf Death Knights, suggesting that the Scourge had been diversifying its recruitment efforts (as seen in the Death Knight class starting experience).
  • In line with bosses being proportionally less dangerous in 3.0, many trash packs were also tweaked to be less deadly overall.
  • The makeup of the Four Horsemen shifted in Wrath, replacing Highlord Mograine with Baron Rivendare himself. This lined up with the entire Ashbringer narrative laid out in the graphic novel and referenced in the Battle of Light’s Hope Chapel.
  • The Corrupted Ashbringer (a rare drop from Mograine in the Four Horsemen fight) was no longer available, as that event had already canonically taken place. Additionally, the various pieces of Atiesh farmed here in the vanilla game were removed as well.
  • Almost all of the quests that led into Naxxramas were outmoded by the move to Northrend.
  • Farming for Frozen Runes (a component of crafted frost resistance gear, which was needed for the Sapphiron fight) and War-torn Scraps (needed for Tier 3 armor) was no longer a thing, so in 3.0 the drops weren’t around for players to farm between boss fights.

Original Naxxramas was already evolving past vanilla’s raid design

Another fun bit of trivia: Recall that the original entrance for Molten Core was 80% of the way through Blackrock Depths, while the original entrance for Blackwing Lair was halfway through Upper Blackrock Spire. It didn’t take long for the devs to shift the raid attunement processes to allow for a completely external egress into the raids (on opposite sides of the same pit in the middle of Blackrock Mountain) but that’s the way it was.

The reason I bring this up is this: Remember at the end of Stratholme, the big city square where you fight Ramstein the Gorger before heading indoors for your bout with Baron Rivendare? The gate on the south end of the square that opens up for Ramstein’s adds to come in actually leads somewhere — another (unfinished) plaza intended to be the entrance point to Naxxramas. You can see an untextured citadel floating over the area, slime waterfalls, and all.

What’s the lore behind Naxxramas moving to Northrend?

At the end of Burning Crusade, in the pre-expansion event for Wrath, Naxxramas was at the head of the Scourge invasions throughout the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, often seen floating in the skies over Orgrimmar and Stormwind. At that point we learned that someone in the Argent Dawn had betrayed the organization and claimed the phylactery of Kel’Thuzad, allowing the lich to be reconstituted entirely. At that point, old KT reassembled most of his underlings within the citadel in order to serve the Lich King once again. Players who went into the Death Knight starting experience got a number of cameos from notable Naxxramas veterans like Instructor Razuvious, Noth the Plaguebringer, Gothik the Harvester, and (Dancemaster) Heigan the Unclean, cementing the relationship between the two areas.

After the pre-expansion event, we were led to believe that the Lich King had pulled Naxxramas and the rest of the Scourge back to Northrend, inviting the mortal races to come challenge him and his servants at last. And that is where we find the citadel: floating over Dragonblight, the last major obstacle standing in the way of a unified assault on Angrathar, the Wrath Gate. Overall, Dragonblight’s quest experience centered on establishing reasons for going back into Naxxramas, even though it wasn’t the final zone of the expansion and folks wouldn’t actually be going into the raid until level 80. But narratively it all works out in the end.

No one leaves until the job is done

The real benefit of the existence of WoW Classic is really in how people will be able to share the experience. In 2005, it wasn’t really feasible to load up someone’s Twitch stream to watch over a player’s shoulder as they did progression raiding. In 2020 though, that’s a much more likely possibility.

Now this is less about the “World First Classic” race and more about experiencing original Naxxramas in as close a manner as possible (without, y’know, actually playing it). And now that Classic Phase 6 has opened up, that’s what we’ll be waiting to see.

Originally published 10/25/20, updated 12/1/20

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Naxxramas Bosses, Entrance, Location & Achievement(s


Naxxramas is a raid in World of Warcaft (WOW) whose entrance is located in Dragonblight on the continent of Northrend in the World of Warcraft game. The minimum level for this dungeon is 80. The instance was released in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. The instance was released in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. The raid contains 15 bosses. The end boss of Naxxramas is Kel`Thuzad.

This raid can be played at normal and heroic levels.

Naxxramas is one of the oldest instances in the game, it used to be situated in Eastern Plaguelands and access to the raid could only be achieved if the player had the necessary reputation with the Argent Dawn. To gain the necessary reputation, the player had to complete dailies and kill untold undead creatures that walked the zone.

Naxxramas is one of the oldest raids in the game. Naxxramas first appeared in the Classic/Vanilla version of the game, when it came out in 2004. It was closed off before the second expansion of the game came out so it could be upgraded.

When the raid was first released, you had to go through all the four zones before you could kill the last two bosses, this has since changed in the main expansion stream as opposed to the rebooted classic stream. All you need to do to get to the final bosses is to walk into the portal which is at the heart of the raid and you'll come face to face with Sapphiron.

When the Lich King expansion was released, the instance became a Wrath of the Lich King instance. The instance is broken into four zones, Arachnid (Spiders), Plague, Construct and Military. You can complete the zones in any order that you wish to. It was required to defeat all four zones before you could get the portal to the last two bosses but now that is no longer a requirement, you can jump straight to the final two bosses if needs be.

To get to the raid location, you need to fly there or be summoned by party members. There is no raid finder feature for this raid, you will need to make your own way there. The raid is located in the eastern part of Dragonblight, high up above the city. There are quite a few pyramids but only one allows access to Naxxramas.

The instance is still off the ground and you are required to fly up to the instance to get in. If you still don't have flight skill, you'd have to be teleported up to the instance by other raid members. Although there are achievements that make up a major achievement, there is no mount to be rewarded here but there are three pets that can be collected from the various bosses.

You used to have to complete this dungeon before you could go to The Eye of Eternity but that requirement no longer exists, you don't need the key from Sapphiron anymore, you can just go to the Eye of Eternity.

List of Naxxramas Bosses

There are a total of 15 bosses in this instance and they are listed below in order of encounter as you progress through the raid.

Naxxramas Achievements List

Naxxramas Location

Naxxramas Entrance

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This article is about the 10- and 25-player version of Naxxramas introduced with Wrath of the Lich King. For the original 40-player raid introduced in patch 1.11 and removed in patch 3.0.2, see Naxxramas (Classic). For the TCG set, see Naxxramas (TCG).
"Naxx" redirects here. For the Abomination Factory NPC, see Naxx (NPC).

Naxxramas is an introductory level-80 raid dungeon floating above Dragonblight in Northrend. It is a Scourgenecropolis, the seat of the archlichKel'Thuzad.

The original incarnation of the dungeon was regarded as the most difficult pre-Burning Crusade raid, requiring 40 well-equipped, skilled players to complete. In the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion, Naxxramas was moved to Northrend and retuned as an entry-level raid dungeon for level 80 players. Like all other Wrath raid dungeons, Naxxramas has both 10- and 25-player versions.


Years ago, the crypt lord Anub'arak led an army of undead warriors into the ancient nerubian ziggurat now known as Naxxramas. The Scourge forces overran the citadel, and under the will of the Lich King its corridors were transformed into a potent war machine. Dark magic tore the fortress from its subterranean home and lifted it into the sky. Hidden behind a thick layer of clouds, Naxxramas grew in strength. At the Lich King's bidding, the burgeoning wrath within the necropolis was unleashed upon the world.[1]

It was then used as Kel'Thuzad's base of operations as he returned with it to Lordaeron[2] where he spread the plague.[3] Other sources say Obrahiim, the Traveler, a great skeletal architect, was pivotal in the conception of Naxxramas, hinting that it was altered or retooled. See the Compendium of Fallen Heroes for more details.

Due to his fighting a war against the Scarlet Crusade, the Argent Dawn, the Forsaken and the humans of the Alliance, as well as constant incursions of adventurers from every race and nation into the Scourge-controlled Plaguelands on a daily basis, the forces of Kel'Thuzad have been severely taxed to maintain the security of the necropolis. But now the gates of Naxxramas are open, and Kel'Thuzad's new forces are rapidly sweeping away all opposition to the Scourge.

Road to Damnation

This section is a lore stub.

World of Warcraft

The entrance to the dread citadel of Naxxramas, a rune portal, was located in the Plaguewood. Previously, all attempts to enter had been stymied by the magical wards placed upon the rune portal. The Argent Dawn devised a way to gain entry via arcane cloaking - an old cantrip of the Kirin Tor with a few modifications of Archmage Angela Dosantos.[4]

During the first Scourge Invasion, the Scourge attacked Stormwind City, which later led to an Alliance counterattack. Bolvar Fordragon recruited Alliance heroes who raided Naxxramas and defeated Kel'Thuzad.[5]

Wrath of the Lich King

Above the war-ravaged wastes of the Dragonblight, Naxxramas has returned with renewed fury. Kel'Thuzad, once again seated in the frigid heart of the necropolis, has laid siege to the Alliance fortress of Wintergarde Keep. As factions from around the world converge at the gate to Icecrown, the war against the Scourge enters its most pivotal hour. It is within Naxxramas that the tide of battle could turn against the Lich King... or irrevocably in his favor.

Raid setup

The 10-man version
  • Raid composition – three of the wings can be completed with 2 healers, 2 tanks, and 6 DPS, although a common setup (and one better suited for beginning Naxxramas) is 2 tanks, 3 healers, and 5 DPS.
  • General gear check – level 80 rares and/or epics from crafting or heroic dungeons.
  • Tanks: A good start is to have 540 Defense, 22,000 HP, and 21k Armor rating.
  • DPS: Ideally each DPS should have at least 1.5k DPS, 2.5k AP or 1350 Spell Power. Also a hit rating near 7.5% is also desirable.
  • Healers: Shoot for 1500 bonus heal (now equivalent to approximately 900 spell power) and 160 MP5.[6]
The 25-man version
  • Raid composition – aim for 3-4 tanks, 6-7 healers and 14-16 DPS.
  • General gear check – level 80 epics from crafting and normal mode raids.
  • Tanks – at least ~25,000 unbuffed HP.
  • DPS spellcasters should have 17% to hit.



Entrance naxxramas

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This article is about the original 40-man version of Naxxramas introduced in patch 1.11. For the 10 and 25-man versions of the raid introduced in Wrath of the Lich King, see Naxxramas.

Naxxramas was originally a 40-man raid instance floating above the Eastern Plaguelands. It was a massive necropolis and had the unquestionable honor of serving as the seat of one of the Lich King's most powerful officers, the dreaded lichKel'Thuzad.

The instance was regarded as the most difficult before the release of The Burning Crusade, and should not have been attempted at level 60 without at least 40 well-equipped (preferably Tier 2 or Tier 2.5 armor) players. Naxxramas was also the home of many of the most powerful items of the pre-BC era, and 60+ quests with rewards such as [Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian] and all Tier 3 items available in the game. With the release of The Burning Crusade, finishing this instance still required 25-30 well-equipped level 70 players. 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.

In the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion, Naxxramas was moved to Northrend and retuned to be the introductory level 80 raid dungeon. Like all other Wrath raid dungeons, Naxxramas has both 10-man and 25-man versions.[1]

The move is claimed by some to not be a retcon, but a progression of the storyline. Naxxramas was indeed in the Eastern Plaguelands, but after Kel'Thuzad's phylactery was given to the treacherous Father Inigo Montoy, the lich was able to revive himself and make the transition along with his fortress. While at least one boss does not return in the new Naxxramas, there is no explanation yet as to how the other bosses "survived" destruction during the original campaign led by the Argent Dawn.

Gaining entry

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

Attunement costs

If you chose to become exalted with the Argent Dawn, you could complete the attunement for free; however, this required a great deal of work. The reputation reward for the entrance quest was 1000 rep for a character that was Honored or Revered at the time of completion.

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] was the only way into Naxxramas. After becoming attuned, one had to step onto the runic circle in the center of the spire to teleport into Naxxramas' center chamber. In Patch 3.0.2, the entire structure was moved directly underground, with another Plague cauldron added to its place.

Original entryway

Just like Molten Core was originally entered from Blackrock Depths, Naxxramas was once intended to have its raid instance portal in Stratholme, outside the Slaughter Square.[2] Carefully using a flying mount to approach Stratholme from the outside shows that an old version of the necropolis is still flying near Slaughter Square, beyond a raid portal. The tunnel leads to an abandoned place where an invisible necropolis is, which can be seen with a model viewer.

The minimap file for Naxxramas is also called "Stratholme Raid".

  • Beyond the Stratholme raid portal.

  • Alpha Stratholme satellite map, with Naxxramas at the end.

Dungeon information

Structure and layout

Naxxramas is structured like a giant wheel divided into four quarters (or wings), with each quarter connected by the Outer Ring. Players enter the raid at the center of the necropolis, and may clear each of the four wings in any desired order. This allows for non-linear progression. Defeating the final boss of a wing unlocks a teleporter that places players back at the entrance of the raid. Clearing all four wings will unlock access to the Frostwyrm Lair.

Naxxramas is noted as being the only raid with no exit. Once inside, the only ways out are through a  [Hearthstone], use of a portal or [Teleport] spell, or by resurrection via spirit healer. Additionally, the Frostwyrm Lair also has no exit, sealing players off from re-accessing any other part of Naxxramas once inside.

Abomination Wing (Construct Quarter)

  • The Abomination Wing houses various nightmarish abominations stitched together from the once-living. A steady stream of toxic slime flows through this wing of Naxxramas; though it doesn't pose a threat to the undead constructs that shamble about within, the viscous ooze is deadly to those who still enjoy doing things like breathing and having a pulse.[3]
  • 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 here deal heavy nature damage.
  • The final encounter of this wing is the "Frankenstein's Monster"-esque Thaddius.

Plague Wing (Plague Quarter)

  • Rife with monstrosities twisted by the plague, the Plague Wing produces and refines the plague into highly efficient weapons, bent on destroying all of humanity as a part of Kel'Thuzad's undead army.[3]
  • In this wing players will have to deal with various poisons and diseases. Creatures known to populate this wing include bats, gargoyles, bog beasts, oozes, and ghouls.
  • The final encounter is Loatheb, some sort of fungal monster.

Spider Wing (Arachnid Quarter)

  • The Spider Wing houses undead nerubians, an ancient race of intelligent arachnoid beings. Normally highly reclusive and suspicious of outsiders, living nerubians fought valiantly against the undead Scourge but were overwhelmed by their numbers. While living nerubians were immune to the undead plague, nothing could prevent the Lich King from bringing back the fallen to join the Scourge in undeath.[3]
  • In addition to the nerubians and a seemingly endless amount of spiders, this wing also contains acolytes and cultists.
  • The final encounter is Maexxna, the giant spider.

Deathknight Wing (Military Quarter)

  • Many of the humans and their loyal mounts who were once soldiers in Lordaeron's army now find their martial talents put to use in Naxxramas's Deathknight Wing. Here, in service to Kel'Thuzad and the Lich King, they hone their skills far past what they could have accomplished in life. Leaders, trainers, and military coordinators—all use their talents to coordinate the Scourge into a powerful fighting force rather than a mindless horde. Many Deathknights begin their training within this quarter under the direction of its powerful lieutenants.[3]
  • The death knights are known for their combination of powerful shadow magic and raw melee skills, as well as their command over their summoned minions.
  • The final bosses are the Four Horsemen. One of the Four Horsemen is Highlord Mograine, who has an important role in the Ashbringer storyline. The Four Horsemen are considered to be the hardest encounter in the instance prior to Kel'Thuzad.

Frostwyrm Lair

  • At the pinnacle of Naxxramas awaits Kel'Thuzad himself, who is protected by the ancient skeletal frostwyrm Sapphiron.[3]
  • Once the final bosses of the four wings are defeated, players will gain access to a fifth "wing" of Naxxramas, in which they will encounter the frost wyrmSapphiron, and the lichKel'Thuzad.
  • Although glimpses of snowy terrain can be seen through the windows in each corner of Kel'Thuzad's Chamber, it is important to note that this chamber is still within Naxxramas. What can be seen is meant to be Northrend, through portals from which scourge emerge during the encounter.
  • Where the Frostwyrm Lair is meant to be placed within Naxxramas is unknown.

Outer Ring

  • Though not a quarter itself, the Outer Ring is the area that connects each of the four quarters, and is shared across them.
  • Each wing's final encounter is accessed in their specific boss room on the outside wall of the Outer Ring. Certain wings require extensive clearing of their Outer Ring segment in order to reach that wing's final boss.
  • Rather than having wing-specific mobs, the Outer Ring features mobs from all four quarters of Naxxramas.
    • These mobs are unique to the Outer Ring, but are nearly identical to their wing-specific counterparts. Some mobs however can only be found in the Outer Ring.
  • While it is possible to swim through the slime tunnels to access another wing, doing so offers no advantage. The final encounter room of each wing is locked and inaccessible unless the wing's prior bosses have been defeated. Access back into the wing is also locked off unless the boss prior to the Outer Ring is also defeated.

Encounters and bosses

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 20, 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.)

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