Upper Blackrock Spire Entrance & Location

Upper Blackrock Spire is an updated version of the classic Blackrock Spire, which was available prior to the release of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

For a limited time, during patch 6.0.2 (the pre-Warlords of Draenor release event), a special level 90 version of the instance was open to players, featuring new bosses tied to the Warlords of Draenor expansion. These bosses included:Orebender Gor'ashan, Kyrak, and Commander Tharbek.

The Blizzard announcement for this event read:
"An advance party of Iron Horde forces has barged right out of the Blasted Lands and pushed all the way to Blackrock Mountain, where they found refuge and supplies in Upper Blackrock Spire. There can be only one response: the Alliance and the Horde of Azeroth must face this iron incursion head on."

This instance was updated, with a Heroic mode (level 100) version for the  Warlords of Draenor expansion. In addition to the three bosses mentioned above, this permanent version contains two additional bosses:Ragewing the Untamed and Warlord Zaela.


Inside Blackrock Spire,Blackrock Mountain



End boss

Warlord Zaela

Instance info


Advised level


Player limit



Orebender Gor'ashan
Commander Tharbek
Ragewing the Untamed
Warlord Zaela



Dungeon Journal

The history of this imposing fortress is long and complex. Carved into the fiery core of Blackrock Mountain by the Dark Iron clan centuries ago, and eventually taken by the black dragon Nefarian and his brood, the upper reaches of Blackrock Spire are now home to the Ironmarch vanguard. As preparations to use the Spire as the staging ground for a full-scale invasion of Azeroth continue, the Iron Horde has set up a terrifying contingency plan: a doomsday weapon within the heart of Blackrock Mountain.

Quick Facts
  • Level: 100
  • Required levels: 90, 100
  • Territory: Contested
  • Instance type: Dungeon
  • Heroic mode available (100)
  • Mythic mode available
  • Number of players: 5


  • Orebender Gor'ashan – A powerful elementalist with a natural affinity for shaping and channeling his powers through metal, Gor'ashan was part of the Iron Horde vanguard in their initial invasion of Azeroth. He bides his time waiting for further orders by attempting to unravel the secrets of the Dark Iron runes left behind by the Spire's creators.
  • Kyrak – One of the last remaining survivors of Nefarian's twisted experiments, Kyrak was spared by the Iron Horde and tasked with finding ways to preserve and fortify the few Black Dragonflight eggs remaining in the Spire Rookery. Iron Horde emissaries quickly struck a deal with the cunning dragon.
  • Commander Tharbek – A cunning warrior of the Warsong clan, Tharbek was entrusted with the task of leading the expeditionary Ironmarch assault through the Dark Portal. Following Garrosh's instructions, he made his way to the home of the Blackrock orcs in Azeroth to rally forces for the next phase of the operation.
  • Ragewing the Untamed – Ragewing is a gargantuan proto-drake raised in the Twilight Highlands by the Dragonmaw clan. Her indomitable spirit has kept her from being broken and used as a mount, although she has formed a close bond with Warlord Zaela herself, following her to Blackrock Spire and roosting in its cavernous halls.
  • Warlord Zaela – When Garrosh instructed the Ironmarch vanguard as to their mission in Azeroth, he urged them to rendezvous with an old ally whom he knew would be fierce, loyal, and thirsting for revenge: Zaela, Warlord of the Dragonmaw clan. Now, as she readies a doomsday weapon in the heart of Blackrock Mountain, her moment of vengeance draws near.


The dungeon encompasses a single quest that updates as players progress. This quest contains the following steps:

Quest phase Description
Extinguish Runes Kill inhabitants of rooms to extinguish runes.
  • 5 Runes Extinguished
Defeat Orebender Gor'ashan ((mouseover description))
  • 7 Rune conduits disrupted
  • Orebender Gor'ashan slain
Defeat Kyrak ((mouseover description))
  • Kyrak slain
Enter Arena and Defeat Gauntlet ((mouseover description))
  • Blackrock Stadium entered
  • Wave 1 defeated
  • Wave 2 defeated
  • Wave 3 defeated
Defeat Ragewing ((mouseover description))
  • Ragewing defeated
Defeat Zaela ((mouseover description))
  • Warlord Zaela defeated