For the pre- Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm instance and associated lore, see Stratholme (original).
For the level 80 wing of the Caverns of Time, see Culling of Stratholme.
This entire city must be purged!

The city of Stratholme[27, 8]
(pronounced ˈstrathːhɔlm[1]) was the northernmost and second most populous city of the kingdom of Lordaeron, and is the city where the Order of the Silver Hand was founded. Today, Stratholme is the Scourge's capital in Lordaeron. The mad Prince Arthas ravaged Stratholme in the Third War and the undead moved in soon after. Stratholme burns to this day.

Changes in Cataclysm

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Stratholme was originally divided between the forces of the Scarlet Crusade, led by Grand Crusader Saidan Dathrohan - secretly possessed by the dreadlord Balnazzar - and the Scourge under Baron Rivendare. The two sides were still accessable from either side, resulting in one large instance. This has changed in Cataclysm, as the gate between the Festival Lane and Elders' Square has been permanently shut, resulting in two separate dungeons within the same instance (much like the Scarlet Monastery's four separate wings). The instance portal inside the main entrance, which before Cataclysm was sealed behind a gate, is now open.

On the Scarlet side, Balnazzar has since shed his human form and killed all of the Crusaders with him, raising them into undeath and calling them "the Risen". Cannon Master Willey, Archivist Galford and Malor the Zealous - the other main bosses in the Scarlet wing - are now undead as a result, known as Willey Hopebreaker, Instructor Galford and Commander Malor, respectively. On the undead side, Baron Rivendare, who - despite his beheading - returned to Scourge service in the Scarlet Enclave and Naxxramas has been replaced by Lord Aurius Rivendare.

The questgivers for Stratholme - Crusade Commander Eligor Dawnbringer, Master Craftsman Wilhelm, and Packmaster Stonebruiser - will appear inside the instance at the main gate; at the service entrance, Crusade Commander Korfax and Archmage Angela Dosantos - who give quests for the Scourge side - will join them.


Maps and subregions

Alonsus Chapel · The Crimson Throne · Crusaders' Square · Elders' Square · Festival Lane · The Gauntlet · The Hall of Lights · The Hoard · King's Square · Market Row · The Scarlet Bastion · The Slaughter House · Slaughter Square

Dungeon denizens

Stratholme removed bosses

Stratholme removed boss


Bosses Monsters
King's Square
Market Row
Crusaders' Square
The Scarlet Bastion
The Hall of Lights
The Hoard
The Crimson Throne
Festival Lane
Elder's Square
Alonsus Chapel
The Gauntlet
Slaughter Square
The Slaughter House


Stratholme gates

The gates of Stratholme.

Stratholme is divided into two parts: Scarlet Side or "Live Side", which goes from the main entrance into the Scarlet Crusade-controlled citadel, and Scourge Side or "Undead Side", accessed through the Service Entrance to the east of the main gates (which requires a key or Lockpicking 300) to the Scourge slaughterhouse. However, both "sides" are part of the same instance and players can complete both tracks. When using the dungeon finder the end boss, and thus the side of Stratholme your party needs to clear, is determined by the entrance you are ported to. The main gate will lead to the Live Side, while the service entrance will lead to the Undead Side.

Engineers can blast their way through the Service Entrance using Seaforium ([Powerful Seaforium Charge] or better), and blacksmiths a skeleton key ([Arcanite Skeleton Key] or better). However, if you do, remember to take two charges with you, as there are two doors to open.

To get to Aurius Rivendare, the 3 Ash'ari Crystals must be toppled. These Crystals are guarded by 3 of the bosses: Baroness Anastari, Nerub'enkan and Maleki the Pallid. Kill them, and all the trash mobs inside the ziggurats they guard, and the Crystals will be toppled, allowing you entry to the Slaughterhouse where Baron Rivendare waits.

Scarlet side


The Scarlet Bastion


  1. Neutral 15 [45] A City Under Siege (optional)

Undead side


Festival Lane

The slaughterhouse

The Slaughterhouse — where Lord Aurius Rivendare dwells.



Main article: Stratholme loot


How to Solo Stratholme

How to Solo Stratholme

Patch and hotfixes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010):
    • Level reduced to 42-56.
    • Changes to bosses and mobs.
    • New quests.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.10.0 (28-Mar-2006): Cap changed from 10 to 5 players.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005):
    • Several spawns removed from Stratholme. This should make for a more enjoyable 5 player experience. Also, you will now be able to make additional attempts at Ramstein and/or Baron Rivendare should your initial attempt fail.
    • The trapped chests in Stratholme will now show up for Detect Traps and can be disarmed. In addition, the number of creatures that come out of the trapped chests has been reduced.
    • Many creatures in Stratholme have gained Detect Invisibility/Stealth.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05):
    • 26 new Rare items have been added to Stratholme.
    • Several Uncommon items have been upgraded to Rare quality.
    • There is a new load screen for Stratholme.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005):
    • Capped at ten players.
    • Lengthened the respawn time of many of the creatures in Stratholme.
    • Crimson Conjurers will no longer roam in pairs.
    • Changed the way the Gauntlet area works. The Crystals no longer respawn.
    • The Crystals no longer fire ribbon of souls (this was causing in-combat issues).
    • Fixed a bug that was causing monsters to leave combat in mid-fight, thus regaining all their health.



WoW Pro Lore The Scourge of Lordaeron

WoW Pro Lore The Scourge of Lordaeron

Arthas purges Stratholme


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