Bastion of Twilight is an entry-level raid instance introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. It features five bosses plus one optional heroic boss.[1][2]

The Bastion of Twilight, along with Throne of the Four Winds and Blackwing Descent, is meant to be the "Naxxramas" of Cataclysm: an entry level raiding.[1][2][3]

The instance entrance is located on top of the Twilight Citadel spire at [34, 78] in southwestern Twilight Highlands overlooking Loch Modan.

Location Twilight Citadel, Twilight Highlands [34, 78]
End boss Cho'gall, Sinestra (Heroic Mode)
Raid info
Type Raid
Advised level 85
Player limit 10/25

Background

The ravings of some of the cult's more vocal members have been easy to dismiss as mere fancy in the past - but not once one has seen the Bastion of Twilight, the embodiment of the Hammer's fascination with new forms and transcending earthly bodies. The entrance to the bastion sits at the peak of theTwilight Citadel, atop a twisted elementium spire that points at the sky. Here, a portal waits to take the greatest Twilight aspirants... where? No one can say for certain.

What is clear is that the Leader of the Twilight's Hammer, Cho'gall, directs his forces from this dread place. And, whatever the location, it is certain to be near to the Old Gods who dwell beneath Azeroth, and give fruit to the darkest dreams of the living.[4]

Dungeon Journal

The Bastion of Twilight stands as a dark symbol of the Old Gods' burgeoning power on Azeroth. Various branches of the Twilight's Hammer dwell deep beneath the towering form -- considered the cult's foremost command center -- along with their twisted leader, Cho'gall. There, he and his servants conspire to bring the Old Gods' apocalyptic visions to fruition by bleeding Azeroth of all sanity, hope and life.

Geography

Despite the entrance portal being atop a tall spire, the Bastion of Twilight seemingly takes place deep underground, with lava seen in several places, and goes deeper and deeper as one progresses. It has a traditional, linear raid design.

After some initial trash in the Bastion Antechamber, one finds Halfus Wyrmbreaker and his Proto-Behemoth keeping watch over several enslaved dragons in the Wyrmbreaker's Rookery. A long hallway filled with Twilight's Hammer cultists stands between here and the Twilight Enclave, home to the the twilight dragons Valiona and Theralion.

Further down one finds the elemental ascendants under Cho'gall's leadership. Here, in the Sanctum of the Ascended, resides the Ascendant Council, which consists of representatives of fire, earth, water, and wind. Those adventurers brave enough to survive this encounter may challenge Cho'gall himself in the Throne of the Apocalypse.

Yet it seems there is more going on than meets the eye. After defeating Cho'gall on heroic mode, the floor drops out to reveal the massive Twilight Caverns, home to Lady Sinestra, consort ofDeathwing. She is surrounded by twilight eggs and is sure to be one of the toughest encounters adventurers have yet faced.

While the location is officially unknown, the location of the portal spire and the presence of Sinestra hint that is is deep under Grim Batol, similar to (or including) the secret lair of Deathwing described in Night of the Dragon.

Encounters

  • Halfus Wyrmbreaker – Imbued with unnatural power and stamina by Cho'gall, the ettin Halfus Wyrmbreaker captures dragons for use as fodder in the Twilight's Hammer's rituals. To this end, he has enslaved a behemoth proto-dragon to aid him in hunting down his winged prey.
  • Theralion and Valiona – Magically aged to adulthood, Valiona and Theralion were to be paragons among a new clutch of twilight dragons, leading their brood in scouring Azeroth of life. Instead, they waste their incredible powers constantly bickering and fighting each other.
  • Ascendant Council – As the most powerful Twilight's Hammer cultists to be twisted into elemental beings, the Ascendant Council members have long forgotten their existence as mere mortals. From their wicked sanctum, they oversee the selection of new ascension candidates.
  • Cho'gall – Under Cho'gall's control, the orcish Twilight's Hammer clan was transformed into a murderous cult obsessed with the Old Gods and their herald, Deathwing. Extended contact with his dark master has hideously warped both Cho'gall's mind and body.
  • Sinestra – Originally Deathwing's prime consort, Sinestra created the first twilight dragons, but was later obliterated by one of her terrifying creations. Now a ravaged husk reanimated by insidious magic, Sinestra oversees the creation of new twilight clutches.

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