Legion Darkheart Thicket Bosses & Loot Guides

Darkheart Thicket is located in Val'sharah at the base of the World Tree. It is the heart of the Nightmare corruption that is spreading throughout the zone.

Darkheart Thicket graphic

Val'sharah, Broken Isles


 Night elf
 Nightmare creatures

End boss

 Shade of Xavius

Instance info


Advised level


Player limit



Archdruid Glaidalis
Shade of Xavius


Darkheart Thicket is one of the dungeons in  World of Warcraft: Legion located with Val'sharah at the base of the World Tree Shaladrassil. Part of the experience has players rescuing Malfurion Stormrage from the Emerald Nightmareby cutting their way through to the heart of the Thicket.

The dungeon is part of Legion's scalable content, meaning the dungeons do not have to be played in level-order.[1]

Quick Facts
  • Level: 100 - 110
  • Required levels: 9898
  • Territory: Contested
  • Instance type: Dungeon
  • Heroic mode available (110)
  • Mythic mode available
  • Number of players: 5


  • Archdruid Glaidalis – Glaidalis was once known as among the most talented shapeshifters in all of Azeroth, and the elders of Moonglade would regularly send their most promising disciples to his care for instruction. But as has sadly too often been the case, those who are closest to nature are often the first to fall into the Nightmare's clutches.
  • Oakheart – An ancient who formed from an offshoot of Shaladrassil itself, Oakheart has survived the Sundering, the Cataclysm, and countless blights. The ancient was able to weather these storms by drawing strength from the essence of the Dream itself. But now, that wellspring has become his undoing.
  • Dresaron – Once a young green drake, tending to whelps in the shadow of the great world tree, Dresaron is now engulfed in nightmare, lost in a fog of hatred and fear. He lashes out with powerful wings and a withering breath, unleashing his rage on any who stumble into his clutches.
  • Shade of Xavius – Once a powerful mage, and a councilor to Queen Azshara, Xavius forged a pact with Sargeras to enable the Legion's first invasion of Azeroth. Cursed and tormented in the wake of that defeat, Xavius now projects his true power from the Nightmare into our world, focusing his dark might to break the spirit of his old rival, Malfurion.

Dungeon Journal

In the shadow of Shaladrassil, the Nightmare permeates every inch on the once-lush forest. Where the eldest and greatest druids once tended to the woods, meditating beneath the great world tree, corruption and madness now reign. Deep within the tangled thicket, the Nightmare Lord Xavius works to break the will of his greatest prize.


Boss Item Type
Archdruid Glaidalis  [Misshapen Abomination Heart] (H · M) Blood artifact relic
 [Touch of Nightfall] (H · M) Arcane artifact relic
 [Night Dreamer Crest] (H · M) Cloth helmet
 [Nightsfall Helmet] (H · M) Plate helmet
 [Tranquil Bough Vest] (H · M) Leather chest
 [Thornscar Wristguards] (H · M) Plate bracers
 [Gloves of Wretched Lesions] (H · M) Mail gloves
 [Bramblemail Belt] (H · M) Mail belt
 [Poisonroot Belt] (H · M) Cloth belt
 [Grove Darkener's Treads] (H · M) Leather boots
 [Arch-Druid's Tainted Seal] (H · M) Ring
 [Corrupted Starlight] (H · M) Caster DPS trinket
Oakheart  [Clotted Sap of the Grove] (H · M) Frost artifact relic
 [Corrupted Knot] (H · M) Life artifact relic
 [Vilescale Helm] (H · M) Mail helmet
 [Epaulets of Dessicated Foliage] (H · M) Leather shoulders
 [Breastplate of Preservation] (H · M) Plate chest
 [Blighted Grasp Bracers] (H · M) Mail bracers
 [Terrorweave Gloves] (H · M) Cloth gloves
 [Dreadhide Girdle] (H · M) Leather belt
 [Oakheart's Trunkwarmers] (H · M) Cloth leggings
 [Wracksoul Legplates] (H · M) Plate leggings
 [Band of Twisted Bark] (H · M) Ring
 [Oakheart's Gnarled Root] (H · M) Ranged DPS trinket
Dresaron  [Roiling Fog] (H · M) Storm artifact relic
 [Tranquil Bough Hood] (H · M) Leather helmet
 [Chain of the Green Flight] (H · M) Necklace
 [Slipstream Shoulderpads] (H · M) Cloth shoulders
 [Night Dreamer Robe] (H · M) Cloth chest
 [Thermal Bindings] (H · M) Leather bracers
 [Nightsfall Gauntlets] (H · M) Plate gloves
 [Greatbelt of Disruption] (H · M) Plate belt
 [Bramblemail Greaves] (H · M) Mail leggings
 [Whelp Handler's Lined Boots] (H · M) Mail boots
 [Nightmare Egg Shell] (H · M) Melee DPS trinket
Shade of Xavius  [Torch of Shaladrassil] (H · M) Fire artifact relic
 [Xavius' Mad Whispers] (H · M) Shadow artifact relic
 [Burning Sky Pauldrons] (H · M) Mail shoulders
 [Mantle of the Resolute Champion] (H · M) Plate shoulders
 [Cloak of Fading Echoes] (H · M) Cloak
 [Dream Bolstered Chestguard] (H · M) Mail chest
 [Wracksoul Chestplate] (H · M) Plate chest
 [Vilescale Bracers] (H · M) Mail bracers
 [Wristbands of Cursed Torment] (H · M) Cloth bracers
 [Gloves of Vile Defiance] (H · M) Leather gloves
 [Ashen Satyr Leggings] (H · M) Leather leggings
 [Terrorweave Leggings] (H · M) Cloth leggings
 [Curserunner Soulcrushers] (H · M) Plate boots
 [Dreadhide Boots] (H · M) Leather boots
 [Paranoid Sprinters] (H · M) Cloth boots
 [Signet of the Highborne Magi] (H · M) Ring
 [Writhing Heart of Darkness] (H · M) Tank trinket