Revil Kost: The catacombs? I’ve never heard of such a place. Unless, he means…

There’s a sewer grate along the edge of the river leading to a catacombs underneath Karazhan. I’ve never paid it much attention, but it could lead to the catacombs that the spirit spoke of.

To think, the Dark Riders may have been under our noses this entire time! Come, let us see where this leads.

The Dark Riders


Quest Objectives

Defeat the Dark Riders in the Karazhan Catacombs and claim Apocalypse.


Revil Kost: The sewer is this way, follow me!

The Dark Riders


STAGE 1: The Downward Spiral — Make your way into the Dark Riders’ catacombs beneath Karazhan.

NOTE: Click the sewer grate, then enter the next grate to enter the scenario.



Revil Kost: Take care, there is a dark energy emanating from the spirits of this place. We had best not get too close.

NOTE: You enter into a stair spiral. Don’t get too close to the edge. Banshees constantly fly upwards, and if you get too close they will breath a damaging shadow cloud at you. The image below shows this purple breath. They are named Imprisoned Phantasm.



NOTE: There will be three 3-pack skeleton pulls as you move down the spiral.




Revil Kost: How far down is this place? These stairs seem to go forever.


Dark Rider: None will be spared!

NOTE: At the end of the stairs, there are two Dark Riders. Optionally, you can pull a single one with Death Grip.



Dark Rider: The artifact belongs to Karazhan, death knight!


Karazhan Catacombs infiltrated: 1/1


STAGE 2: Grasp of the Damned — Find a way to cross Ariden’s spirit barrier.

New Objective: Spirit Barrier crossed.


Revil Kost: The way is blocked! Hold, death knight! Those spirits he’s controlling look like they’ll rip us apart! We have to figure out a way to get past without being torn asunder. This magic is too strong for me to resist, but you may be able to cross it with your abilities, death knight.



NOTE: Use Death Grip to pull Ariden across the room to stop his channeling. The spirits barrier will be cancelled, allowing you to cross through the hallway.



Ariden: Do not think you have won! Conservator, do your duty!

Spirit Barrier crossed: 1/1


STAGE 3: Removal Protocols — Defeat the guardian of the Dark Riders’ vault.

New Objective: Conservator defeated.



Conservator defeated: 1/1.


STAGE 4: The world-Ender — Find Apocalypse among the Dark Riders’ artifacts.

New Objective: Apocalypse found.


Revil Kost: Keep your guard up, I fear Ariden is not done with us yet. The artifact chambers look to be just ahead. Let us proceed. Over here! Is this the relic you seek?

Ariden: So this is what you’re after? The artifacts of Karazhan belong here, and I will not allow them to be taken away!



Revil Kost: You have no right to these artifacts, fiend! They must be reclaimed in the name of the Light!

Ariden: Your Light does not reach here, priest! If you want the blade, death knight, come and claim it!

Apocalypse found: 1/1


STAGE 5: The Rider’s Prize — Follow Ariden into the depths of the Karazhan catacombs.

New Objectives: Ariden followed.


Revil Kost: Quickly, after him! I will only slow you down…

NOTE: When you leave the room, turn to your left. There’s a ramp. Stop there. Two Cursed Guardian skeletons emerge from the ground.



NOTE: There is a single Dark Rider at the top of the ramp, and then three Cursed Guardian skeletons emerge from the ground. At the end of the hall are two Dark Riders.


Ariden followed: 1/1


STAGE 6: The Fate of the Son — Follow and defeat Ariden.

New Objectives: Ariden defeated.

Ariden: You are a persistent one.



Ariden: Very well, if you so thirst for the power of Apocalypse, then I will show it to you myself. It calls to souls long dead… RISE! You are not the only one who can control the undead. Death Knight!

Ariden: S… souls of the dead! Aid your master!

NOTE: Ariden summons a Fetid Deathstalker (ghoul) which is the same proc ability your Apocalypse artifact has. Watch out for the ghoul’s green breath. Kill the Fetid Deathstalker asap, or you will eventually get overwhelmed by more of them. Good idea to cast Army of the Dead in this encounter.

Ariden: No! The power… is mine!

Laith Sha’ol (Tirisgarde): The power was not yours, Ariden. You did not wield Apocalypse. Its dark energies wielded you as its weapon.

Ariden: That voice… father?!

Laith Sha’ol (Tirisgarde): Rest now, my son. The curse is lifted. You are free.

Ariden dies.

Defeat the Dark Riders: 1/1.


FINAL STAGE: Apocalypse — Claim Apocalypse.


Revil Kost: It is done, the Dark Riders are defeated. Now, I can reclaim these stolen artifacts and return them to their rightful owners. You have proven an unexpected ally, death knight. The artifact is yours – let us hope it can turn the tide in this war. Now, let us leave this place. The Dark Riders have lost this battle, but I fear they will return. We had best be gone before they do.



Revil Kost: Today was a great blow against the Dark Riders, and a victory for the people of Duskwood. They are in your debt, as am I.


Lore Backstory

Revil Kost hails from the pages of World of Warcraft: The Dark Riders graphic novel. Learn more at Wowpedia, but debuted in the last issue of the DC Comics World of Warcraft comic book.




The Dark Riders


1. The Call to War2. A Pact of Necessity
3. The Dead and the Dadmned (Blood)3. The Call of Icecrown (Frost)3. Apocalypse (Unholy)
4. Following the Curse9. Mograine's Oath
5. Disturbing the Past10. Keeping Your Edge
6. A Grisly Task11. Advanced Runecarving
7. The Dark Riders12. Plans and Preparations
8. The Call of Vengeance13. Our Next Move
Class Artifacts Questlines


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