World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Gun’Drak – Moorabi High Prophet of Mam’toth

The way to the third boss has the most trash mob pulls at the Cave of Mam’toth. You will find groups of four Drakkari Trolls: Drakkari Lancer, Drakkari Fire Weaver, Drakkari Medicine Man and Drakkari God Hunter. There are single pulls of the bigger version of Trolls on steroids named Drakkari Earthshaker.

At the end of the cave you will find the third boss Moorabi the Prophet of Mam’toth. Make sure to clear the chamber killing any mobs before engaging the boss.

Moorabi will transform into a huge mammoth at 75% health. He will cast an AOE debuff named Numbing Roar (Spell casting speed reduced by 50%). It lasts 5 seconds.

Once he dies, click the altar. A bean of fire will burn a mammoth head statue hanging from the ceiling of the Pool of Twisted Reflections chamber across the Cave of Mam’toth’s terrace. It will fall to fill the hole on the bridge platform. It will rotate and now with all there statues in place the bridge is finally giving access to the last boss.  You can either jump from the somewhere in the cave of Mam’toth or walk back to where you killed the second boss’ altar (Drakkari Colossus). You will find the stairs to the bridge there.  If you decide to jump off the cave into the water, there are Frenzy piranhas. So don’t swim alone without the team backing you up.


Drakkari Colossus


World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Gul’Drak – Gal’darah Prophet of Akali

Once all the three bosses are killed and all three altars clicked on, the bridge will rotate in proper place granting you access to the last boss: Gal’darah (High Prophet of Akali). You will find a Drakkari Rhino and a Drakkari Battle Rider mounting it. Kill the Rhino first, then its master. There are four single pulls of Rhinos.

The boss Gal’darah has a few abilities you should be very watchful about. The first one to be careful of is his whirlwind. He will move a bit around attempting to hit nearby melee players. Simply run away at least 20 yards, then get back to him once whirlwind is over.

This whirlwind debuffs melee players hit and causes big damage over time. The tank in specific will probably have a second debuff on top of the one acquired from the whirlwind which is almost a certain death. In the video the tank got these two debuffs and I couldn’t heal him in time. The damage taken from the debuffs was such. As you will see in the video, after the whirlwind the healer (me) got some kind of knockback that interrupted the healing on the tank—who died.

At 50% health, Gal’darah transforms into a Rhino. It is interesting to see players impaled on the horn for a few seconds, then tossed away like ragdolls. Thankfully, the druid reacted later on and resurrected the Death Knight tank in combat for a nice comeback without wiping.  However, you can see again during whirlwind that the Death Knight got two debuffs again, and right after Whirlwind the boss once more knocked back the healer when attempting to heal the tank through. The healer will have to spam heals on the tank as soon as the whirlwind starts to compensate for the knockback.  And the tank will have to be quicker moving away from the whirlwind. Gun’drak and its four bosses are a fun experience overall. Can’t wait to try out Heroic-mode.


Drakkari Colossus

Videos: Slad’ranDrakkari Colossus  |  Moorabi  |  Gal’darah  |  Screenshots


World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Violet Hold

Players level 75 may go to the Violet Citadel in Dalaran to talk to Rhonin. He starts a quest titled: Discretion is Key. You end up talking with Warden Alturas near the Violet Hold (prison) who gives you the Violet Key to open the gates to the Violet Hold.

This dungeon is scripted in the same fashion as Black Morass in Caverns of Time. You will see portals opening up one at a time. A dragonkin (portal keeper) will pop out and whelps pour out from the portal. You must kill the portal keeper and anything coming out. If they reach the exit door, and cast continually on it, the event resets and you lose.

Every five waves (approximately) one of the dragonkin will run to a random prison cell to shut down the magical wards allowing the prisoner to escape to attack you. From observation, each time you run Violet Hold, you will face two random bosses.  The third and final boss is Cyanigosa, a blue dragon. There were more cells with bosses, so definitely you are encouraged to run this dungeon many times for a shot at different and random loot tables from each of the bosses. Each dungeon run lasts around 35 minutes. In the video below, my first time in beta build 8905, we faced Erekem and his two guards (Arakkoa), Zuramat the Obliterator (Void Walker). In the cells, there is a two-headed magmadar-like dog, and one of those floating brain-like demons such as the first boss in Auchenai Crypts.  Near the sewer pool in Violet Hold is an imprisoned War Golem, and one of the lower prison cells has an Ethereum prisoner. There is obviously a variation to the two possible random bosses you might face in each run with decent loot.



World of Warcraft Easter Eggs – page 9

In-game Quote Reference
Father Lankaster – Priest trainer in Undercity

The Exorcist – A reference to a character named Father Lankester Merrin, played by actor Max von Sydow

Thanks, fortner

Un’Goro Crater region

Phonetically Un’Goro-Un’Goro Crater is a real world reference to the Ngorongoro Crater near the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa. The center of the real crater was a lake in it, right where the rocky fire elemental hill is in game.

Since there are some Zelda references in Un’Goro crater, maybe Goron city – from Ocarina of Time.

Thanks, AaronJ, Wayle and Palinar

Dadanga the Kodo by the entrance of the cavern in Marshal’s Refuge in Un’Goro Crater

Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) – Dodongo’s Cavern

Thanks, Palinar

Dirge Quikcleave – The goblin in Gadgetzan at the inn

Could be homage to Roman Dirge the creator of Lenore Comics.

Thanks, Aryel

Georgia (Bat Handler) in Light’s Hope, Eastern Plaguelands

Dead like me – Georgia Lass, played by actress Ellen Muth, is also the main character of the TV series about a girl who dies and continues living in a not-quite-alive state harvesting souls.

Thanks, DavidM

An ogre named Jorb (Lizzarik’s Bodyguard) traveling between Crossroads and Ratchet with a goblin salesman (The Barrens).

A Jorb well done (Flash SWF) –  Coach Z, a character created by the Brothers Chaps for their site, can’t pronounce the word “Job” correctly, and instead says Jorb.

Thanks, Joseff

There is a quest for warlocks at level 50 called “Trolls of a Feather

Birds of a Feather – Phish song

Birds of a Feather – was a successful situation comedy shown on BBC1 in the United Kingdom between 1989 and 1998.

Thanks, Bennett

There is an epic BoE mace item called Hand of Edward the Odd

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – by actor Johny Depp

Thanks, Bennett and Brian

There are two giant Dwarven statues in southern Loch Modan

Note: After the deaths of both Kings: Madoran and Khardros, their sons jointly commissioned two great statues in honor of their fathers. [Three Hammers War]

Lord of the Rings (2002) – There are two giant statues in the Fellowship of the Ring film.  There is also two statues in Neverending Story.

Thanks Bennett, Andy and Brian

Kresh the turtle in the Wailing Caverns instance

Finding Nemo (2003) – A reference to CRUSH, the surfer sea turtle. The rare item he drops is KRESH’S BACK. In Finding Nemo, characters hitch on Crush’s back through the EAC.

Thanks, Bennett, Zach, and Brian

You get a Bouquet of Scarlet Begonias for completing a quest in Redridge Mountains titled: An Unwelcome Guest, after you kill the Bellygrub the boar.

Scarlet Begonias (1974) is a Grateful Dead song.

Thanks Andy

The goblin named Short John Mithril in the Gurubashi Arena, Stranglethorn Vale

Reference to Long John Silver from the book Treasure Island (1883) by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Thanks JMM

Mithril and Truesilver minerals

Reference to metal from J.R.R. Tolken’s the Lord of the Rings series. In the series mithril was said to be “a precious silvery metal, stronger than steel but much lighter in weight. In the series mithril was also called true-silver. Gandalf explains it to the team while in Mines of Moria.

Thanks JMM

Region of Khaz’Modan

Lord of the Rings – the mines of Moria/middle earth, Khazad-d?m …. [Khaz][ad-dum] flipping the last word—> Khaz’Mud’da.  Khaz’Modan – the land of dwarves – is at the middle of the continent between Lordaeron and Stormwind kingdoms.
Tol Barad Island

Lord of the RingsBarad-d?r—- flipping it sounds like Dor Barad
The consumable item named Runn Tum Tuber

If you are into Broadway shows, Rum Tum Tugger is one of the many feline characters in the poetry book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot and in Cats the Musical.

Thanks, AJ

The loading screen tip “There is no cow level”

Techbot in Gnomeregan instance says “There is no Secret Cow Level” /Tips in loading screens repeat the quote.

It refers to a running joke starting with the original Diablo. There were rumors that there was a secret cow level somewhere in the game, but there wasn’t. In Starcraft one of the cheat codes is “there is no cow level.” In Diablo II, Blizzard did include a secret cow level and now the joke lives on in World of Warcraft.

Techbot – Those of us with enough experience know there is in fact a secret cow level… But Where? Thunder Bluff!

Thanks, JMM and Jesse

A troll named Zayus (High Priest Trainer) in Orgrimmar

Planet of the Apes (1968) – Dr. Zaius played by actor Maurice Evans(1968)

Thanks, Mentok

Apothecary Keever in the Apothecarium in the Undercity changes one of the caged humans into various creatures and pokes them. When the man turns into a sheep and Keever pokes him repeatedly, the sheep explodes

This is in reference to the easter eggs in Warcraft II, Warcraft III, and Starcraft where if you click on a critter in a level many times, it will explode.

Thanks, JMM

An exotic cookbook is an item pickpocketed by rogue players from Ogres

Twilight Zone Episode “To Serve Man” () – In the episode, aliens land and start doing all kinds of good things for mankind. The main characters are suspicous until they translate the cover of an alien book to read “How to Serve Man”. Finally at the end of the episode they translate some of the inside of the book and find it is a recipe; and the aliens were using humans as cattle. The translation reads something to the effect of “Find man. Serve man. Eat man.”

Thanks, JMM and Dizzly

In the quest line to open the Ahn’Qiraj Gates, you have to kill a big fish named Maws … on the coast of Azshara; and he will ruin your day if you are fishing for him alone

Jaws – film directed by Steven Spielberg

Thanks, Ryan

The wrecked raft in the lake of Un’Goro Crater, all the crystal references, the dinosaurs, the crystal pylons and the crystal matrices

Land of the Lost

Thanks, TMorris

A Mage quest in Stormwind by the Mage Tower. It’s name is something like “Investigate the Blue Recluse”. The mage gives you a scroll to activate a spell and containers to trap ghosts. you have to go into The Blue Recluse bar and you read off a scroll that activates a spell. Suddenly ghosts appear. You bring them down to zero health and then become “dazed”. Then you click the containers icon on your bag. Your character throws the container on the ground. The box opens up and then light beams shoot out trapping the ghost. then you have to go pick up the container with the trapped ghost!

Ghostbusters (1984)

Thanks, DarkWanderer

Morning Glory Dew is a consumable item. The acronym is MGD

Miller Genuine Draft – a beer from a large American beermaker based in Milwaukee. It was founded in 1855 by Frederick Miller. [scratches head trying to figure out which Blizzard dev drinks booze in the morning … O_o]

Thanks, IrvingMike

Undead Yvette Farthing at the Brill Inn in Tirisfal Glades

Most Haunted (2002) – Brittish Show on LivingTV Network based on investigating purported paranormal activity, with presenter and executive producer Yvette Fielding

Thanks Jim

Master Smith Burninate (The Thorium Brotherhood) in Searing Gorge

Trogdor, the Burninator from

Thanks, Gomek

In the Eastern Plaguelands there’s a quest titled: “When Smokey Sings, I Get Violent” – given by Smokey LaRue at Light’s Hope

ABC song titled, “When Smokey Sings”. The actual lyric is, “When Smokey Sings, I hear violins”.

Thanks, Greg.J

Troggs say “Crush!” “Kill!” or “Destroy!

There was a robot called IDAK in the old Lost and Space  TV series (1965-1968), episode 224: Revolt of the Androids – that, when powered up, said, “… crush! …kill! …destroy! … Crush! Kill! Destroy! CRUSH! KILL! DESTROY!”

Thanks, Morfos

After killing the Scarshield Quartermaster – right outside the BRS portal by the opposite wing – by the Blackwing Lair entry orb. The Quatermaster drops Blackhand’s Command letter. Then go to Upper Blackrock Spire(BRS) to kill Drakkisath, and touch the orb behind him. The quest completition dialogue for Blackwing Lair attunement is “Have fun storming the castle!

This is a direct quote from Billy Crystal’s character Miracle Max from The Princess Bride.

Thanks, Joe

In Orgrimmar there is a weapon shop by the Cleft of Shadows, close to where the rogue trainer is. The name of the shop is “The Slow Blade”.

This is a reference to the book/film Dune.

Quote from film, Gurney Halleck: “The slow blade penetrates the shield”

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World of Warcraft Easter Eggs – page 5

In-game Quote


In Eastern Plaguelands, at Light’s Hope Chapel, there is an NPC named Father Inigo Montoy (Brotherhood of the Light) The Princess Bride (1987) – famous for the quote “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” – played by actor Mandy Patinkin

Thanks, Walker, cynthia and Stacey

Lieutenant Dangle in Orgrimmar Reno 911 (2003) – Lieutenant Jim Dangle – played by actor Thomas Lennon

Thanks, Ryan

Inside of the Wailing Caverns instance (The Barrens), you can find stones, stacked in small piles. Nearby, you can find Stickmen, made from wooden poles. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Thanks, robdingo

Lord Victor Nefarian yells: “Inconceivable!” during the Warchief Rend Arena event (since patch 1.11) The Princess Bride (1983) – Actor Wallace Shawn plays as Vizzini: “HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE!”.  He repeats Inconceivable often during the film.

Thanks, Stacey

Saru Steelfury (Artisan Blacksmith Trainer) in Orgrimmar says: “There is nothing in this world you can trust, not man, not woman not beast – this you can trust.” [Points to sword] Conan the Barbarian (1983) – Conan’s father played by actor William Smith says the same line.

Thanks, ksalmon

The area of Stonetalon Mountains called Malaka’jin – a Horde camp Tanqueray “Malacca Gin”, a robust and flavorful gin distilled from botanicals from the East Indies. Malacca has an exotic flavor that differs from London Dry, but unfortunately, it has been pulled from the U.S. market despite positive reviews. Clearly, someone at Blizzard enjoys good Gin. Hic!

Thanks, ericc

Ajeck Rouack is standing next to Nessingwary by the Nessingwary camp, northern Stranglethorn Vale Previously, we said Hemet Nessingwary is in reference to Ernest Hemingway. However, a fan just told us that Ajeck Rouack is an anagram to another great American author, Jack Kerouac.

Thanks, [email protected]’nilash

The shop next to the Auction House in Orgrimmar is called “Boomstick Imports” Dead Evil 3: Army of Darkness (1992)

Thanks, [email protected]

Arcanist’s Cookbook Reference to the Anarchist’s Cookbook (2002)

Thanks, Jim

There is a Blood Elf NPC in Azshara named Sanath Lim-yo who teleports you up a cliff to Archmage Xylem’s tower This may or may not be a reference to Lim Yo-Hwan (whose ID is SlayerS_`BoxeR`), a Korean Starcraft professional gamer who is considered to be the greatest Starcraft player of all time. Lim Yo-Hwan is credited to be extremely influential in the development of the sport of professional gaming in Korea. Blizzard undoubtedly knows of his name and his influence and impact on their game. The teleportation ability of Sanath Lim-yo may be an allusion to Lim Yo-Hwan’s amazing ability to use the Dropship (a flying transportation unit in Starcraft) with great control.

Thanks, Panorama

Sergeant Houser in Undercity, at the War Quarter The GI Joe character Duke’s real name is Conrad S. Hauser and he is a first sergeant.

Thanks, Bandyspring

The Vorpal Dagger, a green dagger drop The poem, Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll. Quote: “He took his Vorpal Sword in hand” and “The Vorpal Blade went snickersnack”.

Dungeons & Dragons –  the Vorpal weapon was also a most infamous and sought after sword/weapon capable of beheading on a critical hit. In the game’s reference manual Deities and Demigods, King Arthur’s sword Excalibur is described as being a “vorpal weapon.” Many MUDs (multi-user dungeons) also incorporate this adjective into some of their weapon descriptions..

Thanks, Glonos and Steve.S

Meggi Peppinrocker in Everlook, Winterspring, gives a quest titled: “Trouble in Winterspring!”

“There’s trouble in Winterspring!

Why, sure, I spend some time out in the wilds and know about these things… I’m always mighty proud to say it. I consider the hours I spend out there in the hills to be golden. Help you cultivate quick reflexes, a cool head and a keen eye…

It takes judgement, brains and maturity to appreciate the wilderness in the way that I do.

Now, what was I talking about?

Ah yes, trouble. See Donova Snowden at the hot springs and she can tell you more.”

The NPC quest text is a parody of the song “Ya got trouble!” sung by the main character Harold Hill in the broadway show “The Music Man

“With a cue in my hand are golden. Help you cultivate horse sense. And a cool head and a keen eye.”—read full lyrics.

Thanks, Andrew

In Caer Darrow (the island Scholomance is on), once you complete the quest chain to get the trinket that allows you to see and talk to the ghostly citizens of the island, you can see a ghost named Joseph Dirte standing outside by the outhouse. When you talk to him he says “Perhaps you should speak into these sound enhancing devices attached to my FISTS OF FURY!” “My Job Title is Waste Management Specialist.” and “Ahh, my sweet Brandy how I miss her so.” All are references to the movie Joe Dirt staring David Spade about a Janitor in search of his lost love Brandy. Any time he was faced with a fight he would put up his fists and call them his Fists of Fury.

Thanks, Drunkenhelm

The priest ability “Spirit of Redemption’s tooltip says “You have become more powerful than you could ever imagine” This is in reference to when Darth Vader killed Obi-wan in Episode 4. Obi-wan tells Darth Vader that ‘If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could ever imagine.’ He is refering to the ‘blue ghost’ state that he, Yoda, and Anakin are in at the end of the 6th movie. Indeed, the blue rez angel is hoving above the player.

Thanks, Ikono

The Two Ring item which drops in Alterac Valley Battleground – inscribed on this items is: “Almost as good as The One Ring.” Lord of the Rings

Thanks, Vlad

In Ironforge, when you ask for the Tailoring trainer, sometimes the guard makes a reference to the tailor’s boastful ways, saying he claims to have killed giants…“seven in one blow.” This is a reference to a fairy tale (Brothers Grimm), “The Valiant Little Tailor” (also made into a Mickey Mouse cartoon in 1938 called “The Brave Little Tailor”)

Thanks, NateB

Ambassador Berrybuck (Council of Darkshire) and Councilman Millstipe (Council of Darkshire)

Images provided above.

inside the Darkshire town hall is Clerk Daltry.

Watcher Keefer (Night Watch)

Berrybuck and Millstipe are a direct reference to R.E.M. (American Band), members referenced are Drummer Bill Berry, Guitarist Peter Buck, Bassist Mike Mills, and Vocalist Michael Stipe

Clerk Daltry is a spinoff of Roger Daltrey – lead singer and founder of the English rock band, The Who

Guard Keefer is a spinoff of Tom Keifer, lead singer and guitarist of Cinderella

Thanks, Jerry

Hammon Karwn in Refuge Point, Arathi Highlands Hamon Karn the female leader of Zeon in Zeta Gundam and ZZ Gundam

Thanks, Whisp

In Elwynn forest, the Stonefield Farm and the MacClure Farm quests soap opera-drama feud Reference to the famous family feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky.

Thanks, Whisp and thekeyofe


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