Pawn Captures Queen is a quest that requires the player to travel from Tanaris to Un'Goro Crater to slay a silithid queen.

This is part of the Rise of the Silithid quest chain.


Defeat the Gorishi Hive Queen once she is summoned.

Quest text

Here's the lure. Inside the hive network should be a crystal of some sort. We think the silithid use the crystal as some sort of hive-wide attunement device. As for where this crystal might be, I'd say try the hatcheries inside the hive.

Using the lure on the crystal should roust out the queen, but be warned - she will probably be protected by several guards. Take out the queen and remove her brain. As icky as that sounds, we desperately need to study it. Good luck, <name>!


Acquiring the queen's brain for our research is absolutely imperative. From what we have learned, we believe that these silithid are quite possibly being controlled by a malign intelligence. I shudder to think what could control something as insidious as the silithid, <name>.


Fantastic, <name>! We've won quite the victory here today. It will take some time for us to fully understand what we have here; we'll put it to good use though, don't you worry about that.

As for the silithid, I genuinely doubt that this was the full extent of their presence. This is much too clean of a resolution, I'm sorry to say.


  • 7900 Experience


The Gorishi Hive Queen appears in a large chamber

in the Gorishi Hive[44, 81]

southern Un'Goro Crater. Turn to the right at each intersection to get to the chamber.

There are 3 waves:

It has been reported that the guards can be pulled separately from the queen. A tactic that has been reported successful is to pull the guards into the tunnel, to avoid the room mobs that are likely to spawn with unfortunate rapidity.

Do bring friends for this. While it has been reported that you can solo this, it is not easy, and failing means you have to go back to Gadgetzan to get the quest again.

Quest progression

  1. Neutral 15 [46] Gadgetzan Water Survey
  2. Neutral 15 [47] Noxious Lair Investigation
  3. Neutral 15 [48] The Scrimshank Redemption
  4. Neutral 15 [48] Insect Part Analysis
  5. Neutral 15 [48] Insect Part Analysis
  6. Horde 15 [48] Rise of the Silithid /Alliance 15 [48] Rise of the Silithid
  7. Horde 15 [53] March of the Silithid /Alliance 15 [53] March of the Silithid
  8. Neutral 15 [53] Bungle in the Jungle
  9. Neutral 15 [53] Pawn Captures Queen
  10. Horde 15 [53] Calm Before the Storm /Alliance 15 [53] Calm Before the Storm
  11. Horde 15 [53] Calm Before the Storm /Alliance 15 [53] Calm Before the Storm

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