In order for your raid to enter Karazhan, only one person needs to possess [The Master's Key]. This page provides an in-depth, step-by-step description of the steps required to obtain the key.

As of Patch 2.4.0, The Master's Key is not needed to enter Karazhan, but is still needed to open the Front and Side Gates.

Quest chain at a glance

The key can be obtained by completing the following questline (Starts just outside Karazhan, with Archmage Alturus, an Archmage of the The Violet Eye (46,75)):

The whole questline rewards 2100 reputation with the Violet Eye. Before patch 2.4, that fact could be used to look up if someone has The Master's Key in the Armory. Now that a player can enter Karazhan without the key, it can't be used anymore.

For a description of the entire Karazhan Quest chain see: Karazhan Quest Progression

Access requirements

Some of the quests in this chain have access requirements that may sidetrack a player. These include access into:

Detailed descriptions are provided at the respective pages.

In-depth explanation

  1. Quests: Neutral 15 [70] Arcane Disturbances and Neutral 15 [70] Restless Activity
    Travel to Karazhan in Deadwind Pass, where Archmage Alturus gives you two quests, Arcane Disturbances and Restless Activity, which you do in the immediate area. Upon completion, Alturus sends you to Dalaran with the quest Contact from Dalaran.
  2. Quest: Neutral 15 [70] Contact from Dalaran
    At Dalaran, go to the north side of the bubble to speak to Archmage Cedric. He gives you the quest Khadgar, to return to Shattrath.
  3. Quest: Neutral 15 [70] Khadgar
    Go to the center of Shattrath and speak to Khadgar, the one who you started the guided tour at and who asked you to decide which faction you wanted to align with. He gives you Entry Into Karazhan, which requires a trip to Shadow Labyrinth in Auchindoun.
  4. Quest: Neutral 15 [70] Entry Into Karazhan
    Your goal is to obtain the first key fragment, located near Murmur, the last boss in Shadow Labyrinth. An elite guard spawns when you open the container; loot the fragment off of its corpse. Return to Shattrath with your fragment.
  5. Quest: Neutral 15 [70] The Second and Third Fragments
    When you return to Shattrath, Khadgar asks that you obtain the second and third key fragments.
    • The second key fragment is in The Steamvault in Coilfang Reservoir. The container is in the corner at the bottom of a deep pool of water near the first boss.
      Note: The second key fragment was originally lootable from the box directly, and could be done solo by mages, druids and rogues. With patch 2.0.7, the key is now looted off of an elite guard that spawns when you open the container. For this reason, you may be more successful if you go with others. (Druids are still ok - he is a beast so hibernate will work when you need a rest)
    • The third key fragment is in Arcatraz in Tempest Keep in Netherstorm, accessible by a flying mount or flying form. Entry into the instance requires a key or a rogue with 350 lockpicking. See Key to the Arcatraz for details on obtaining the key.
      You need not kill any bosses to get to the key shard, located up the "glass" ramp in the first room where you encounter voidwalkers. As you enter, the container is to your immediate right in the corner of the room.
      Note: As with the second key, this one requires a group to kill the guard. Two rogues can distract the patrolling voidwalker while a druid (feral) and another rogue kills the guard (with the first rogue distracting joins the fight) can make things easier. Still stealthable, just challenging.
      It is possible to stealth through most of the path to the Arcatraz key. At one point the hallway narrows and you must pass a "dead" arcane guardian construct (a 70 elite that explodes when it dies), which has stealth detection even though it doesn't display a stealth-detection icon above its head. If you kill the arcane guardian you can stealth into the voidwalker room to wait in the corner by the quest container and loot it as noted above.
  6. Neutral 15 [70] The Master's Touch
    Return to Shattrath and hand your second and third key fragments to Khadgar. He then sends you to The Black Morass in the Caverns of Time to speak to Medivh, who activates your key.
    Note: This step requires Opening the Dark Portal, where you protect Medivh from waves of mobs (including elites) while he opens the Dark Portal. From every sixth portal a boss will spawn. After the 18th portal the Dark Portal will open and the task is complete. You can now speak to Medivh and claim your Master Key to Karazhan.
    Note: If you are not inside of the instance when Aeonus is killed, you will not be able to speak with Medivh.
    Note: Keep in mind that you must first complete Escape from Durnholde Keep to access Opening the Dark Portal.
  7. Neutral 15 [70] Return to Khadgar
    Return to Khadgar in Shattrath, and he gives you [The Master's Key]. He then gives you the quest The Violet Eye. This sends you back to Karazhan, where your Karazhan quests will begin.

Congratulations, you can now enter Karazhan!

As of Patch 2.2 a Druid can be attuned to Kara before 70. The chain starts at 68 and can be completed at 68 as long as you have your flight form. Note that the Warlock "Ritual of Summoning" does not function in Netherstorm or near any of the Tempest Keep instances. As of Patch 2.4, the Warlock "Ritual of Summoning" can now be used in Netherstorm and to summon players into any instance from outside.

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