For the pre-Cataclysm instance and associated lore, see Deadmines (original).

The Deadmines are expansive, winding tunnels dug out under Westfall and part of Northern Stranglethorn. There is even a secret tunnel into Stormwind. It is the lowest level Alliance instance, and is populated by members of the Defias Brotherhood. Its entrance can be accessed in the town of Moonbrook in southwestern Westfall, while its exit is located in the western part of the Dagger Hills near the ocean.

The Deadmines once were the center of the Defias operation, led by the ambitious Edwin VanCleef, who was constructing a juggernaut at the bottom of the mines with the aid of the goblins. His plans were stopped by the Alliance militia and Edwin himself was killed and beheaded. It wasn't the end of the Brotherhood, as his daughter, Vanessa witnessed his death and several years after began to slowly rebuild the organization, waiting for a proper moment to strike back against the Kingdom of Stormwind.

Prior to the First War, the Deadmines were the greatest gold-production center in human lands. However, they were abandoned during the First War. During that time, Lord Lothar ventured into the perilous Deadmines on a quest to obtain the Tome of Divinity but was captured by a band of ogres and held captive for 20 months. He was ultimately rescued and successful in his mission. It was also to the dungeons below the Deadmines to which Blackhand's daughter Griselda fled with the ogre Turok. Both were slain by an orcish raid. At that time, many slimes inhabited the dungeons but have not been encountered lately.

In Cataclysm

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The dungeon was updated to reflect current events. The instance gained a Heroic mode for level 85 players. There are Goblin Teleporters scattered throughout the instance, usable only when the boss of the particular room they are located in is killed. Once unlocked, they can send players to either Ironclad Cove, the Mast Room, or the Foundry. The Goblin Transporter located at the beginning room with the quest givers only sends players further into the instance; it does not function as a destination point.


Location: Westfall. Entrance to the mine is in the southwestern barn in Moonbrook. Keep right without taking dead-ends and you’ll reach it, eventually. Cataclysm Dungeon Location Gallery.


Quest guide

Alliance 15 Alliance quests
Quest name Quest giver
Alliance 15 [16] The ForemanLieutenant Horatio Laine
Alliance 15 [16] The CarpenterLieutenant Horatio Laine
Alliance 15 [16] The MachinationLieutenant Horatio Laine
Alliance 15 [16] The AdmiralLieutenant Horatio Laine
Alliance 15 [17] The Defias KingpinLieutenant Horatio Laine
Horde 15 Horde quests
Quest name Quest giver
Horde 15 [16] Not Quite ThereMiss Mayhem
Horde 15 [16] Traitors!!!Slinky Sharpshiv
Horde 15 [16] Only the BeginningKagtha
Horde 15 [16] Good Intentions...Poor ExecutionKagtha
Horde 15 [17] The Defias KingpinKagtha

Dungeon denizens

Staging Area

Alliance 15 Alliance
Horde 15 Horde


Rares NPCs/Mobs
Bosses Monsters
  • Deadmines (Tunnel to Mast Room)
  • Deadmines (Tunnel to Foundry)
  • Deadmines (Tunnel to Cove)


See The Deadmines loot.




Various walkthroughs/guides
Full Dungeon Guide (Normal) Normal/Heroic Guide by
Gnomeschool The Deadmines (WoW Dungeon Guide and Lore)

Gnomeschool The Deadmines (WoW Dungeon Guide and Lore)

Deadmines Dungeon Guide

Deadmines Dungeon Guide

Entrance location Alliance 15 All Bosses Heroic: Paladin Tanking Perspective (1080p)
How to find your way into the Deadmines instance (normal and heroic)

How to find your way into the Deadmines instance (normal and heroic)

Paladin Tanking Heroic Deadmines Part 1 - World of Warcraft

Paladin Tanking Heroic Deadmines Part 1 - World of Warcraft

Various walkthroughs/guides
Deadmines Heroic - Dungeon Guide and Commentary

Deadmines Heroic - Dungeon Guide and Commentary

LoD Deadmines Guide (Heroic Mode)

LoD Deadmines Guide (Heroic Mode)

How To - Vigorous Vancleef Vindicator - Heroic Deadmines Nightmare Event

How To - Vigorous Vancleef Vindicator - Heroic Deadmines Nightmare Event

Related achievements

Notes, Tips, & Additional Info

The Deadmines Exit

Exit from Deadmines instance.


The water gate, visible from the cove near Yojamba Isle in Stranglethorn Vale.

  • Also known as VC (named for its final boss, VanCleef) to avoid confusion with another instance (Dire Maul) that shares the more obvious initials. When in doubt about "which DM" is meant, check the level of the person asking for a group; a lower level character is most likely referring to this instance and is unaware of Dire Maul, or of the use of "VC" as an abbreviation.
  • If you travel to a small cove north of Yojamba Isle (in northwestern Northern Stranglethorn), you can see a large water gate which leads to the docks inside Deadmines. However, you cannot enter or leave through this. Interestingly, inside the Deadmines this gate exists to the North, but outside the gates exit to the south.
  • Very popular video which won the Rise to Power contest was based on The Deadmines and its (old) bosses.
  • The Mining Monkeys start yellow (neutral) but if you release their ball and chain, they turn green and will attack your enemies.
  • There is a secret area underneath the dungeon that could be accessed by a mage blinking through the Dungeon portal entrance and using slow fall. This is now no longer possible due to an invisible wall that has been placed there by Blizzard. The area has a similar resemblance to Nagrand and some people believe it was a testing area for The Burning Crusade Expansion. There are rumours the area still exists after the dungeon was revamped in Cataclysm, but is no longer reachable.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Completely revamped, gained a heroic mode for level 85 players.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): New load screen added.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005):
    • Capped at ten players.
    • The "cannon door" can now be opened with a Small Seaforium Charge in addition to the lockpick ability.


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