Black Rook Hold was carved out of the mountain to be an unassailable fortress. This elven structure served as a bulwark against the Legion during the War of the Ancients, until a shadow fell upon it. Black Rook Hold will be a dungeon in World of Warcraft: Legion. You start in the catacombs below Black Rook Hold and work your way through the outside to the top of the spire.[1]

Location

Val'sharah, Broken Isles

Race(s)

 Mo'arg
 Nathrezim
 Night elf
 Undead

End boss

Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest

Instance info
Type

Dungeon

Advised level

110

Player limit

5

[Collapse]Bosses

The Amalgam of Souls
Illysanna Ravencrest
Smashspite the Hateful
Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest

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War of the Ancients

Black Rook Hold was, during the War of the Ancients, a defensive gathering place for the night elves to strategize and plan the stand against the Burning Legion. Lord Ravencrest was the head of this monumental structure. The hold itself was carved from the great mountain of black stone. Over the centuries, the Ravencrest bloodline continued to carve out corridors and other areas of the keep. In Lord Ravencrest's generation, the hold was complete. It's shape and color resembles the shape of the rook chess-piece and the famous, but ancient, crest of a black raven soars over the hold itself. Both signs finally gave it it's name, black rook hold. The structure stood in terms of magnificence second only to the palace of Zin-Azshari. The hold was thought to have been destroyed after the well exploded during the Great Sundering, but nothing is for sure. The hold is said to have the strength to withstand an attack from the Burning Legion for days, giving time for it's inhabitants to make a stand — or flee to safer ground.[2]

Legion

After stealing the corpse of Illidan Stormrage from the Vault of the Wardens, Gul'dan conducted a ritual to separate his soul from his body. This energy brought the souls of the Ravencrest clan back to their ancestral home.[3] The ghosts of the Hold's forces have been risen by Gul'dan, from the lowliest soldier to Desdel Stareye and even Lord Ravencrest himself, to protect the secrets within the tower. These undead night elves cannot see the living for what they truly are and believe them to be demons[4] as they eternally relive the horrors of the War of Ancients.[5]

Dungeon Journal

Carved from the greatest mountain of Val'sharah by ancient elven masons, Black Rook Hold stood as a bulwark against the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients. The nigh-impregnable fortress is also the ancestral home of Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest, one-time mentor of Illidan himself. But since the latest Legion attack, a strange dark energies emanates from the Hold, and restless dead plague the surrounding lands.

Quick Facts
  • Level: 110
  • Requires level 110
  • Territory: Contested
  • Instance type: Dungeon
  • Heroic mode available (110)
  • Mythic mode available
  • Number of players: 5

Encounters

  • The Amalgam of Souls – Immense soul energy was released when Gul'dan conducted the ritual to sever Illidan's soul from his body at Black Rook Hold. This energy brought the souls of the Ravencrest clan back to their ancestral home - and residual soul energy has merged them into a massive monstrosity.
  • Illysanna Ravencrest – The daughter of Lord Ravencrest, imprisoned for millennia in the Vault of the Wardens shortly after the War of Ancients, found herself free after Maiev released the demon hunters from their prison. Returning to her ancestral home, she has sacrificed everything - including her very soul - to defend what she could not during the War of the Ancients.
  • Smashspite the Hateful – A brutal, imposing Mo'arg Lieutenant, Smashspite the Hateful led the Legion's invasion of Black Rook Hold and commanded defense of the keep from the air via his colony of felbats.
  • Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest – Kur'talos Ravencrest, Lord of Black Rook Hold, was the commander of the Kal'dorei Resistance during the War of the Ancients until he was assassinated by Varo'then under the orders of Queen Aszhara. Millennia later, Gul'dan's foul soul magic has awoken Ravencrest's soul, and those of his ancestors, from their eternal repose. The Legion, seeking revenge, gleefully forced his soul into his body and mesmerized him, forcing him to eternally relive the horrors of the War of Ancients.

Background

Black Rook Hold was, during the War of the Ancients, a defensive gathering place for the night elves to strategize and plan the stand against the Burning Legion. Lord Ravencrest was the head of this monumental structure. The hold itself was carved from the great mountain of black stone. Over the centuries, the Ravencrest bloodline continued to carve out corridors and other areas of the keep. In Lord Ravencrest's generation, the hold was complete. It's shape and color resembles the shape of the rook chess-piece and the famous, but ancient, crest of a black raven soars over the hold itself. Both signs finally gave it it's name, Black Rook Hold. The structure stood in terms of magnificence second only to the palace of Zin-Azshari. The hold was thought to have been destroyed after the well exploded during the Great Sundering, but nothing is for sure. The hold is said to have the strength to withstand an attack from the Burning Legion for days, giving time for it's inhabitants to make a stand — or flee to safer ground.

Achievements

  • Black Rook Hold (achievement)
  • Heroic: Black Rook Hold
  • Mythic: Black Rook Hold
  • Black Rook Moan
  • You Used to Scrawl Me In Your Fel Tome
  • Adds? More Like Bads

Loot

Boss Item Type
The Amalgam of Souls  [Curdled Soul Essence] (H · M) Shadow artifact relic
 [Howling Echoes] (H · M) Storm artifact relic
 [Shadow Archer's Spaulders] (H · M) Mail shoulders
 [Shadowfeather Shawl] (H · M) Cloak
 [Etheldrin's Breastplate] (H · M) Plate chest
 [Ravencourt Formal Robes] (H · M) Cloth chest
 [Harrowing Soulspun Bracers] (H · M) Cloth bracers
 [Midnight Reaper Handwraps] (H · M) Mail gloves
 [Raven's Veil Gloves] (H · M) Leather gloves
 [Rook Footman's Warboots] (H · M) Plate boots
 [Tooled Rivermoor Boots] (H · M) Leather boots
 [Amalgam's Seventh Spine] (H · M) Healer trinket
Illysanna Ravencrest  [Ravencrest's Wrath] (H · M) Fire artifact relic
 [Snapped Emerald Pendant] (H · M) Life artifact relic
 [Soulstarve Hood] (H · M) Leather helmet
 [Cloak of Unwavering Loyalty] (H · M) Cloak
 [Ravencrest Bonecrush Gauntlets] (H · M) Plate gloves
 [Soul-Torn Fury Cinch] (H · M) Mail belt
 [Slippers of Heedless Sacrifice] (H · M) Cloth boots
 [Ring of Contempt] (H · M) Ring
 [Ember of Nullification] (H · M) Tank trinket
Smashspite the Hateful  [Mo'arg Eyepatch] (H · M) Fel artifact relic
 [Collar of Raking Claws] (H · M) Cloth helmet
 [Felbat Leather Vest] (H · M) Leather chest
 [Mardum Chain Vest] (H · M) Mail chest
 [Portalguard Wristguard] (H · M) Plate bracers
 [Shorn Batbrood Cuffs] (H · M) Leather bracers
 [Netherwhisper Cinch] (H · M) Cloth belt
 [Fel-Hammered Greaves] (H · M) Mail leggings
 [Leadfoot Earthshakers] (H · M) Plate boots
 [Band of Callous Dominance] (H · M) Ring
 [Spiked Counterweight] (H · M) Melee DPS trinket
Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest  [Absolved Ravencrest Brooch] (H · M) Holy artifact relic
 [Cruelty of Dantalionax] (H · M) Frost artifact relic
 [Mark of Varo'then] (H · M) Blood artifact relic
 [Portalguard Helm] (H · M) Plate helmet
 [Shadow Archer's Helm] (H · M) Mail helmet
 [Raven Filigree Pendant] (H · M) Necklace
 [Pauldrons of Ancient Command] (H · M) Plate shoulders
 [Ravencourt Formal Mantle] (H · M) Cloth shoulders
 [Drape of the Raven Lord] (H · M) Cloak
 [Mardum Chain Wristclamp] (H · M) Mail bracers
 [Latosius's Blasting Gloves] (H · M) Cloth gloves
 [Raven's Veil Belt] (H · M) Leather belt
 [Felbat Leather Leggings] (H · M) Leather leggings
 [Legguards of Endless Horrors] (H · M) Leather leggings
 [Netherwhisper Leggings] (H · M) Cloth leggings
 [Rook Footman's Legplates] (H · M) Plate leggings
 [Ravencrest's Unerring Striders] (H · M) Mail boots
 [Caged Horror] (H · M) Ranged DPS trinket

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