The keyring took the form of a sixth bag slot which held a number of keys, most usefully dungeon keys among other keys, with dynamic capacity. Not all keys or items with key in their names were compatible with the keyring.

When a player first acquired a key, they would automatically acquire a keyring that would hold compatible keys. The keyring sized dynamically for the number of keys in possession, up to 32 keys.

Keyring UI

Bag slots

The keyring is the leftmost button on the bag bar.

  • The keyring appeared as a thin key icon between the leftmost pack and the micro menu. Clicking this revealed a bag similar to a normal container.
  • Right-clicking a key in your bank moved that key into your a normal inventory bag slot.
  • The keyring would adjust the number of slots to always accommodate all keys. If it appeared that you had filled the bag, close and re-open it. It would expand until there are 32 total slots filled and then it would not expand anymore.

Keyring Compatibility

Compatible Dungeon Keys (unlimited use)

  1. [Workshop Key] aka Gnomeregan key
  2. [The Scarlet Key] aka Scarlet Monastery key (also usable in Stratholme to enter the Scarlet Bastion)
  3. [Prison Cell Key] opens Blackrock Depths prison cells
  4. [Shadowforge Key] aka Blackrock Depths key
  5. [Crescent Key] aka Dire Maul key
  6. [Skeleton Key] aka Scholomance key
  7. [Key to the City] aka Stratholme key
  8. [Shadow Labyrinth Key] Opens the doors to the Shadow Labyrinth Bc icon
  9. [Shattered Halls Key] Opens the doors to the Shattered Halls Bc icon
  10. [Key to the Arcatraz] Opens the doors to the Arcatraz Bc icon
  11. [The Master's Key] Opens the doors and allows access to Karazhan Bc icon
  12. [Reservoir Key] Allows access to Heroic Coilfang Reservoir Bc icon
  13. [Key of Time] Allows access to Heroic Caverns of Time Bc icon
  14. [Warpforged Key] Allows access to Heroic Tempest Keep Bc icon
  15. [Flamewrought Key] Allows access to Heroic Hellfire Citadel Bc icon
  16. [Auchenai Key] Allows access to Heroic Auchindoun Bc icon
  17. [The Eye of Haramad] Summons Yor from Nexus-Prince Shaffar's Stasis Chamber in Heroic Mana-Tombs Bc icon
  18. [Essence-Infused Moonstone] Summons Anzu in Heroic Sethekk Halls, Druids Only Bc icon
  19. [The Violet Hold Key] Violet Hold key Wrath-Logo-Small
  20. [Key to the Focusing Iris] Opens the Normal difficulty version of The Focusing Iris within The Eye of Eternity Wrath-Logo-Small
  21. [Heroic Key to the Focusing Iris] Opens the Normal and Heroic difficulty versions of The Focusing Iris within The Eye of Eternity Wrath-Logo-Small

Compatible World Keys (unlimited use)

  1. [Key to Searing Gorge] Alliance side only, through a quest
  2. [Jump-a-tron 4000 Key] Turns on the Jump-a-tron 4000. Bc icon
  3. [Deathforge Key] Allows access to the Deathforge. Bc icon
  4. [Icehammer's Harpoon Controller] Activates the large Nifflevar harpoon gun. Wrath-Logo-Small Alliance side only, through a quest

Compatible Machine Keys (one-time use)

  1. [Key to Refurbished Shredder] Activates shredders in Venture Bay Wrath-Logo-Small

Blacksmithing Keys (used to unlock doors and chests, one-time use)

  1. [Silver Skeleton Key]
  2. [Golden Skeleton Key]
  3. [Truesilver Skeleton Key]
  4. [Arcanite Skeleton Key]
  5. [Cobalt Skeleton Key] Wrath-Logo-Small
  6. [Titanium Skeleton Key] Wrath-Logo-Small

Compatible Loot Keys (still available to all players, one-time use)

  1. [Captain's Key]
  2. [Relic Coffer Key] as of Patch 2.0.1
  3. [Gordok Shackle Key] (Patch 2.0.1?) unique, but can leave dungeon
  4. [Scarab Coffer Key] can leave dungeon
  5. [Greater Scarab Coffer Key] can leave dungeon
  6. [Coilskar Chest Key] Bc icon opens chests in Shadowmoon Valley
  7. [Ethereum Prison Key] Bc icon opens prisons, or turn in 5 for [Ethereum Stasis Chamber Key]
  8. [Bash'ir's Skeleton Key] Bc icon opens larger prisons
  9. [Ethereum Stasis Chamber Key] received from Neutral 15 [70G] Purging the Chambers of Bash'ir Bc icon opens larger prisons
  10. [Shaffar's Stasis Chamber Key] received from Neutral 15 [70 Heroic] Nexus-Prince Shaffar's Personal Chamber Bc icon
  11. [Dark Keeper Key]
  12. [Elders' Square Postbox Key]
  13. [King's Square Postbox Key]
  14. [Market Row Postbox Key]

Compatible Quest Keys (used during quest, not available after)

  1. [Bristlelimb Key] Alliance side only through a quest
  2. [Gatekeeper's Key] Horde side only through a quest
  3. [Benedict's Key]
  4. [Burning Key]
  5. [Cresting Key]
  6. [Thundering Key]
  7. [Sha'naar Key]
  8. [Cho'war's Key]
  9. [Shackle Key (stv)]
  10. [Shackle Key (hinterlands)] Horde side only
  11. [Cuergo's Key] repeatable with [Cuergo's Treasure Map]
  12. [Boulderfist Key] Bc icon
  13. [Lianthe's Key] Quest Bc icon
  14. [Crystalline Key] Bc icon
  15. [Veil Skith Prison Key] Bc icon
  16. [Warmaul Prison Key] Bc icon
  17. [The Warden's Key] Bc icon
  18. [The Doctor's Key] Bc icon
  19. [Panther Cage Key] Horde side only through a quest
  20. [Camp Anger Key] Bc icon
  21. [Ignition Key] Quest
  22. [Derelict Caravan Chest Key] Quest Bc icon
  23. [Restored Apprentice's Key] Quest Bc icon
  24. [Grimtotem Key]

Event Dungeon Keys (available and used for access to parts of the dungeon, one-time use)

  1. [Executioner's Key] Opens cage in Zul'Farrak
  2. [Gordok Courtyard Key] (Patch 2.0.1) Only available in Dire Maul, key leaves inventory if player leaves Dire Maul
  3. [Viewing Room Key] Opens door to inner part of Scholomance

Incompatible "Keys" (cannot be placed in the keyring)

  1. [Grimesilt Outhouse Key] Quest Key (note: this key was in the keyring from ver. 2.0.1 and was reverted to a regular item as of Patch 2.1)
  2. [Drakefire Amulet] aka Onyxia 'key'
  3. [Grim Guzzler Key] one time use
  4. [Goblin Transponder] for Gnomeregan (Horde)
  5. [Mallet of Zul'Farrak] aka Gahz'rilla summoning 'key' No longer a key
  6. [Scepter of Celebras] aka Maraudon 'key' (more like a portal) (Patch 2.0.1) No longer a key
  7. [Seal of Ascension] aka UBRS 'key' (Patch 2.0.1)
  8. [Burning Legion Gate Key] Quest Key Bc icon
  9. [Fel Cannon Activator] Quest Key Bc icon


  • The keyring button was removed from the Interface Bar around Patch 4.2 build 14133 to make room for the Dungeon Journal button. A blue post effectively made it official that the keyring is going away.[1]
    • The tips as you login still mention the keyring as of Patch 4.2.2, even though it was removed from the game.
    • On the PTR, it could be brought up if you give it a keybinding, but all the keys in it would try to move to your bags and you can't put them back, so the keyring was effectively broken. Presumably even the keybinding method to bring it up will be removed when the keyring is fully removed.
    • Excess keys (not obsolete nor useless) will try to move to your regular bags. If there is no room they will stay in a "backlogged storage system". So phantom keys could start filling up your free bag space. Frowney
    • Incomplete list of keys that won't be removed:[2]
    • Bashiok said, "it is our goal to make sure the removal of the Keyring causes as little inconvenience to you as possible."[1] However, almost no one in the player population agreed this was a result.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Removed. Existing keys either converted to gold, removed entirely, or moved to players' bags. If there was no room, hidden queue space would be used.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.1 (28-Jun-2006): Added.
  • Added back to WoW Classic in Patch 1.13.3


See also

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