Obtaining the Drakefire Amulet to Enter Onyxia's Lair (Horde)
Warlord's Command (5 man LBRS)
This is where it all begins. The lowest level you can probably find a group for this is 58. You talk to at the top of the tower in Kargath in Badlands, except you need to actually *talk* to him - he's got a conversation line (which is only available if you are level 55 or higher) you can follow through (around 6 pages or so) before he'll give you Warlord Goretooth's Command, which starts the quest Warlord's Command. The quest requires that you run a 5-man Lower Blackrock Spire, and kill all the leaders (, , and ). NOTE: You also need to pick up that spawn near a random leader in LBRS. This is by far the hardest part of the Onyxia key questline.
As many of you have doubtlessly noticed, it is possible to bypass the ogres and the trolls and go straight to the orc/dragonkin area, and that there is a hole near Wyrmthalak that you can jump through to reach the ogres.
When you enter the BRS instance, walk up the ramp, kill the orcs sitting on either side and then the patrol. Walk up the ramp again and make a right out the doorway. Kill a second patrol and you're set for the fun part. Last time I did this you could MIND SOOTHE the two mobs closest to the doorway on the left here and just hug the wall to skip fighting. Once out of the S-shaped hallway, you find yourself on a big platform with some orcs. Instead of fighting them, just hug the wall to your right and jump off the edge. You'll see two ledges sticking out of the wall further down, so make sure you aim for these. When you're all the way at the bottom here you'll be almost at the spiders. Careful pulling ahead is the key and make sure you avoid runners. After the spiders, make sure you look for the documents by the pile of skulls on the Ogre platform.
Once Wyrmthalak is dead, check for documents and head back to the previous room that was full of orcs. Jump down the first crack and presto, Omokk is only one pull away! Check for docs again! Fight your way out of Omokk's area, across the bridge and jump down the first crack you get to (where Bijou is hiding). Fight your way down to the main floor of the troll area and make sure you take a right at the bottom fork of the ramp down there. Hugging the wall should get you to Voone in a total of 6-7 pulls from Bijou.
This way should save you a lot of time since you skip a LOT of killing this way.
Important Blackrock Documents
The look like papers on the ground and are spawned near a random boss (usually within about 10 feet of where they stand). On mouse-over they are called "Inconspicuous Documents." Once you find them, everyone on the quest can loot them (as of 1.7) - the documents do not despawn.
Completing the Quest
Eitrigg's Wisdom (Orgrimmar)
Warlord Goretooth gives you this quest when you complete the quest Warlord's Command. He tells you to go speak to and then see . Eitrigg is in Thrall's throne room in Orgrimmar. The tricky part is that Eitrigg doesn't have a ? or ! over his head - you just have to walk up and talk to him and click through the conversation. Once you've completed the conversation, Thrall's question mark will light up and you can complete the quest.
For the Horde! (UBRS)
What the Wind Carries (Orgrimmar)
Listen to Thrall to get the next quest.
The Champion of the Horde - Seek out Rokaro (Shadowprey Village in Desolace)
So now that you have Warchief's blessing that you provided for yourself, you get to waste most of it while you fly to Shadowprey Village in Desolace. You will find at the top of the hill, from the docks.
- As of The Burning Crusade, this quest has been changed. Previously, you had to seek out . However, Rexxar has now moved to Blade's Edge Mountains in the Outland.
Mistress of Deception - Go Talk to Myranda the Hag (Western Plaguelands)
Another easy part that sends you across the world. Go to Sorrow Hill in Western Plaguelands (slightly northeast of Chillwind Point, the Alliance equivalent of the Bulwark) and deliver a letter from Rokaro to (a Gnome). She'll send you to obtain 20 to disguise youself as a member of the sBlack Dragonflight.
Oculus Illusions - Black Dragon Eyeballs (UBRS)
Another simple section that takes a group and some time. Go run Upper Blackrock Spire. You'll notice that all the black dragon enemies (other then the generated spawns in the Rookery) drop two eyeballs each. Because the drop rate is 100% for a pair of eyeballs this is reasonable to do with several people needing the quest. When I ran it I was the only one in my group that needed them, and I was done before we even got to the rookery, which isn't that far in. Return the eyes to Myranda.
Visiting Emberstrife (Dustwallow Marsh)
Myranda the Hag will make you the and send you off to Dustwallow Marsh to talk to . Get to Emberstife's cave on the southern wall of Dustwallow. Once you're in the cave equip and use the necklace to transform you to look like a dragonspawn from UBRS (fun!). Go talk to Emberstrife like this, and he won't attack you. Pick up the three quests from him about killing important dragons from the other dragonflight.
Killing three Elite Dragons (Tanaris, Winterspring, Swamp of Sorrows)
There is an elite named dragon in Tanaris (outside the Caverns of Time), Winterspring (in the back of a cave filled with elite dragonspawn), and Swamp of Sorrows (wanders around the lake that the Sunken Temple has sunken into). The quests are raid quests. You can have as many as your raid will allow. Previous releases only allowed 5-man, although these dragons are easy enough to do in a sub-5-man group.
Killing Chronalis The Test of Skulls, Chronalis (Tanaris)
hangs out outside the Caverns of Time, southeast from Gadgetzan.
Killing Scryer The Test of Skulls, Scryer (Winterspring)
is in the back of a cave filled with blue dragonkin in Mazthoril, south-southwest of Everlook. There is a rune on the ground that will teleport you to the top of the mountain, so take care not to wander on to it during the fight.
Killing Somnus The Test of Skulls, Somnus (Swamp of Sorrows)
wanders around the lake in eastern Swamp of Sorrows (the same lake that the Sunken Temple has sunken into). Somnus is easily the hardest of the three dragons as he hits hard and has the ability to sleep people (if this happens to your only healer then it's bad news).
Visiting Emberstrife Again (Dustwallow Marsh)
Visit Emberstrife once again. Turn in the three skulls and get the next quest, The Test of Skulls, Axtroz.
The Test of Skulls, Axtroz - Yet Another Elite Dragon (Wetlands)
Visiting Emberstrife Again...receive the quest Ascension... (Dustwallow Marsh)
This all seems so familiar. Go and turn in the skull to Emberstrife and then it's off to Rokaro... again.
Finding Rokaro Again (Desolace)
Blood of the Black Dragon Champion - Drak's Blood (UBRS)
Pretty straightforward. Do a full UBRS run (make sure to get the BWL Attunement quest before you go in!). When you kill Drakkisath (last UBRS boss) he'll drop for the quest. As of patch 1.11, Drakkisath will drop blood for everyone running the quest (previously he would drop only two to four blood).
Finding Rokaro Once Again. (Desolace)
Now that you've spent all this time on the quest line, you have to go through the joys of finding Rokaro again. Turn in the blood, get your , rejoice. This part alone is worth 10,900 experience points, so if you were able to do this before reaching 60 you should be most of the way there by now.
Obtaining the Drakefire Amulet to Enter Onyxia's Lair (Alliance)
Dragonkin Menace in the Burning Steppes
- To start the quest line, you must speak with Helendis Riverhorn at Morgan's Vigil in the southeastern part of Burning Steppes. Starts the quest .
True Masters chain in Lakeshire and Stormwind
- The next set of quests starts with . You are sent to Lakeshire to , then Stormwind Keep to , then right next to him, then back to Lakeshire and finally Morgan's Vigil again.
The search for Marshal Windsor in Blackrock Depths
- will give you the quest , in which you search for who is located north of Ruins of Thaurissan in Burning Steppes.
- After that, you need to return to Marshal Maxwell to get , which sends you to Blackrock Depths in search of Marshal . Find him here, and he will tell you to return to Marshal Maxwell.
Jailbreak from Blackrock Depths
- Travel back to Blackrock Depths and hunt early mobs like Anvilrage Guardsmans, and Anvilrage Wardens. One of them will drop . These can even be found outside of the Blackrock Depths instance itself. Upon obtaining , you will talk to Marshal Windsor once again. He will then give you . This requires you to kill General Angerforge and Golem Lord Argelmach in order to retrieve documents from each. Then return to Marshall Windsor to start the escort quest
- Escorting Windsor first involves him getting some gear. This is best to do with a group and to have cleared the mobs outside ahead of time as Windsor can easily pull more than a group can handle. Once you sucessfully escort him out of Blackrock Depths, you will meet up with him in Stormwind at the front gates with the quest .
The Revelation in Stormwind Keep
- Head to the Stormwind gates and talk to . He will get Marshal Windsor. Talk to him to start . There is a lot of story which you should just watch - don't try to help.
Haleh directs you to Upper Blackrock Spire
- Afterwards, you get and are told to restore its power. Do this in Winterspring with . She is located in the mountains south of Everlook (read here). She gives you the quest so you can get in Upper Blackrock Spire. Completion of this quest will give you the and in turn access to Onyxia's Lair.
|The subject of this article was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 3.0.2.
The Great Masquerade was the alliance quest chain that leads to obtaining the Drakefire Amulet, the key to Onyxia's Lair. This is one of the most arduous quest chains in the game, involving multiple trips into Blackrock Depths, a major event in Stormwind City, and a raid in Upper Blackrock Spire. It may require several Lower Blackrock Spire runs as well, to acquire the key to the raid area.
The Great Masquerade
Monumental events, from such simple beginnings...
Prelude: The Dragonkin Menace
As have other people elsewhere on Azeroth, Helendis has other problems, and used this task to see if you would be up to challenges greater yet...
Act 1: The True Masters
Helendis tells you of the outpost's findings: that they believe the Blackrock orcs are under the control of the black dragonflight. Helendis has decided to "kick the issue upstairs", and wants you to take a letter to Magistrate Solomon, in Lakeshire, in the Redridge Mountains.
Bolvar, though, is reluctant to send troops without having undisputable proof. (You may have learned earlier, that it's hard all over, troops are spread thin, and nobody is getting enough military aid... See the Defense of Lakeshire quest chain quest chain.)
Bolvar asks you to speak to Lady Prestor, who downplays the situation.
Politician that he is, Bolvar determines to make you an acting deputy of Stormwind, and sends you back to Magistrate Solomon.
Understandably, Solomon is not overjoyed to find that instead of an army, he only gets you...
When you get there, Maxwell just laughs.
It seems you aren't the first to be so deputized. Brave men and true have been lost in this fight.
The former commander, Marshal Windsor, had gathered a great amount of information before being ambushed and taken by the orcs. The only person to win free of the fight was Ragged John, who has retreated to a cave to the north.
Act 2: The Search for Marshal Windsor
Marshal Windsor is furious with Bolvar. (Join the club, mate. They've got truncheons and inscribed breastplates...) But without his notes, and without Ironfoe (his mace), Windsor is despondent. The situation appears hopeless.
You return to Maxwell, who believes that Windsor has simply gone around the bend. Still, he rewards you for your dangerous work.
Unwilling to completely abandon Marshal Winsor to his fate, you travel back to the depths, and go ... investigating.
You take the note to Marshal Windsor, who believes that between them, these two Dark Iron dwarven leaders hold the most of his notes. If you retrieve them, it will be enough to force the issue in Stormwind...
You and your friends venture into the dark places of Blackrock Depths and overcome both the general and the golem lord, retrieving Windsor's plans.
Marshal Windsor seems completely re-energized by the return of the tablets. He insists on leaving the dungeon immediately, and asks your aid in escaping.
First, however, there's some unfinished business that he has to attend to, other members of the patrol he was with, fellow prisoners.
You escort him to a supply closet, where he rearms himself. He may not have Ironfoe with him, but at least he's got good solid steel between him and the world. He leads you across the prison compound to the other cells, where certain people he sets free, and others - treacherous ones - he dispatches rough justice upon.
Eventually, though, you manage your way back out of the depths. Once in the clear, though, even you can't keep up with him. You make your way back to Morgan's Vigil, and talk with Marshal Maxwell. By the time you get there, Windsor has been there and gone again, off to Stormwind.
Act 3: Revelation at Stormwind Keep
Maxwell tells you that Windsor's instructions are for you to meet him at the gates of Stormwind, with as many people as you can gather. (You do recall that Windsor was the post's commander, right? Maxwell was merely standing in for him in absence of direction from the Keep...)
You gather such a force as you are able, and head to Stormwind.
You meet up with Windsor at the gates of Stormwind, resplendent in polished armor, white charger and all. The guard at the gate challenges him, and Lady Prestor calls for his head.
Bolvar countermands her, though, commanding that none of the guards are to touch him.
You escort Windsor through the city to the keep, where he presents his information to the highlord. The highlord is stirred to action, yes, but it is too late for Reginald Windsor - Lady Prestor reveals her true identity as the broodmother Onyxia, slaying the hero and summoning a good portion of the black dragonflight to wreak havoc.
Windsor's act of defiance has broken Onyxia's hold on Bolvar, though, and he makes up for lost time, slaying many of the black dragonflight (with your aid), and forcing Onyxia to retreat.
Act 4: The Drakefire Amulet
Breaking Bolvar's Medallion freed him from Onyxia's control. The amulet also gave him some access to Onyxia's mind, though. With the amulet, you could penetrate the defenses around Onyxia's Lair, and perhaps put an end to her.
But the medallion is shattered, and must be mended if that is to be attempted. While he can't direct you to anyone specific, he can tell you that another of dragonkind might be able to help you rekindle its powers.
Haleh tells you that the amulet is one of Onyxia's scales, enchanted and transformed. Useless now, she says, but repairable. To repair it, you have to get the blood of a black dragon champion. Haleh directs you to one - General Drakkisath, ruler of the dragonspawn army of Nefarian.
You gather an army, and assault Blackrock Spire, beating back the best the black dragonflight can throw at you. You defeat Rend Blackhand and his mount Gyth, and the chromatic dragonflight that Gyth is part of. And finally, you face and slay the black dragonflight's general himself.
You return to Haleh with a vial of his blood, and watch while she repairs the amulet, restoring its enchantment and effectiveness against Onyxia's wards.
As you leave with the amulet, she wishes you good luck on behalf of the blue dragonflight.
This permits entry into Onyxia's Lair. Don't lose it!
Reputation awards from this chain:
Typically this chain requires several trips into dungeons, and at least one raid...
- BRD - to complete .
- BRD - to acquire the crumpled note. With luck, combine this run with . Otherwise, a third BRD run
- UBRS - presuming someone has access to a key to UBRS, a raid to get the blood.
Patches and hotfixes
- / Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): The mission is no longer offered, though still may be. As you can't start the chain, you can't complete it either. However, if you were working on the chain and accepted from Bolvar Fordragon before his removal in 3.0.2, you can continue to the next and final quest, .