Temple of Atal'Hakkar (also known as Sunken Temple and more rarely, Lost Temple) is a shrine erected by the Atal'ai trolls, led by their master Jammal'an the Prophet, to the nefarious Blood God — Hakkar the Soulflayer. Believing that this was the intended site for Hakkar's reentry into Azeroth, the great Dragon Aspect, Ysera, and her green dragonflight sunk the temple into the depths of the Swamp of Sorrows...but the dragons did not realize that it was the wrong location until it was too late.

Many of the bosses in the instance have some kind of prerequisite in order to encounter them. Atal'alarion will appear after activation of statues, Jammal'an the Prophet can only be reached by killing the 6 troll mini-bosses, Avatar of Hakkar must be summoned and the Shade of Eranikus will only be killable after the death of the Prophet.

The Temple may be entered by level 45. The mob level range is 40-55, with the final boss being 55.


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On the official site

From World Dungeons on the old WoW site:

Over a thousand years ago, the powerful Gurubashi Empire was torn apart by a massive civil war. An influential group of troll priests, known as the Atal'ai, attempted to bring back an ancient blood god named Hakkar the Soulflayer. Though the priests were defeated and ultimately exiled, the great troll empire buckled in upon itself. The exiled priests fled far to the north, into the Swamp of Sorrows. There they erected a great temple to Hakkar - where they could prepare for his arrival into the physical world. The great dragon Aspect, Ysera, learned of the Atal'ai's plans and smashed the temple beneath the marshes. To this day, the temple's drowned ruins are guarded by the green dragons who prevent anyone from getting in or out. However, it is believed that some of the fanatical Atal'ai may have survived Ysera's wrath - and recommitted themselves to the dark service of Hakkar.

The name Atal’Hakkar can mean either "Devoted to Hakkar" or "In Honor of Hakkar" in Zandali, the language of the trolls.[1]


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In Cataclysm

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The Sunken Temple was raised to a level 50-60 dungeon in Cataclysm.

Quest guide


Temple of Atal'Hakkar bosses

Quest name Quest giver Zone location
Alliance 15 Alliance quests
Alliance 15 [50D] Into The Temple of Atal'Hakkar
chain start: In Search of The Temple
IconSmall Dwarf MaleAlliance 15 Brohann Caskbelly Dwarven District, Stormwind City
Alliance 15 [52] Haze of Evil
chain start: Muigin and Larion
IconSmall Dwarf MaleNeutral 15 Gregan Brewspewer
Marshal's Refuge, Un'goro Crater
Horde 15 Horde quests
Horde 15 [50] The Temple of Atal'Hakkar
chain starts: Pool of Tears
IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Fel'zerul Stonard, Swamp of Sorrows
Horde 15 [52] Zapper Fuel
chain start: Larion and Muigin
IconSmall Goblin FemaleNeutral 15 Liv Rizzlefix
Ratchet, The Barrens
Marshal's Refuge, Un'goro Crater
Neutral 15 Neutral quests
Neutral 15 [51] Into the Depths
chain start: The Sunken Temple
IconSmall Goblin MaleNeutral 15 Marvon Rivetseeker
Alliance 15 Angelas Moonbreeze /Horde 15 Witch Doctor Uzer'i
Broken Pillar, Tanaris
Alliance 15 Feathermoon Stronghold / Horde 15 Camp Mojache
Neutral 15 [51] Secret of the Circle
chain start: The Sunken Temple
IconSmall Goblin MaleNeutral 15 Marvon Rivetseeker Broken Pillar, Tanaris
Neutral 15 [53] The God Hakkar
chain start: Screecher_Spirits
IconSmall Troll MaleNeutral 15 Yeh'kinya Steamwheedle Port, Tanaris
Neutral 15 [53D] Jammal'an the Prophet IconSmall Troll MaleNeutral 15 Atal'ai Exile Shadra'Alor, The Hinterlands
Neutral 15 [55] The Essence of Eranikus Drops off Shade of Eranikus, Inside Sunken Temple
Neutral 15 Class quests
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes druid [52D] A Better Ingredient
chain start: Torwa_Pathfinder
IconSmall Tauren MaleNeutral 15 Torwa Pathfinder
Alliance 15 Denatharion
Horde 15 Turak Runetotem
Neutral 15 Loganaar
Un'Goro Crater
Alliance 15 Darnassus
Horde 15 Thunder Bluff
Neutral 15 Moonglade
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes hunter [52D] The Green Drake
chain start: The Hunter's Charm
IconSmall FurbolgNeutral 15 Ogtinc
Horde 15 Ormak Grimshot (Orgrimmar)
Horde 15 Oninath (Silvermoon City)
Alliance 15 Olmin Burningbeard (Ironforge)
Alliance 15 Ulfir Ironbeard (Stormwind)
Timbermaw Hold, Azshara
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes shaman [52D] Da Voodoo
chain start: Elemental Mastery
IconSmall Troll MaleNeutral 15 Bath'rah the Windwatcher
Alliance 15 Farseer Umbrua / Horde 15 Searn Firewarder
Chillwind Point ruins, Alterac Mountains
Alliance 15 Stormwind City / Horde 15 Orgrimmar
Alliance 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes paladin [52D] Forging the Mightstone
chain start: Chillwind_Camp
IconSmall Human MaleAlliance 15 Commander Ashlam Valorfist
Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker
Chillwind Camp, Western Plaguelands
Stormwind City
Horde 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes paladin [52D] Ancient Evil
chain start: To_The_Bulwark
IconSmall Undead FemaleHorde 15 Lady Sylvanas Windrunner
Champion Bachi / Champion Cyssa Dawnrose
Royal Quarter, Undercity
Silvermoon / Undercity
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes priest [52D] Blood of Morphaz
chain start: Cenarion_Aid
IconSmall FurbolgNeutral 15 Ogtinc
Alliance 15 High Priest Rohan / Horde 15 Ur'kyo
Timbermaw Hold, Azshara
Alliance 15 Ironforge / Horde 15 Orgrimmar
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes rogue [52D] The Azure Key
chain start: A Simple Request
IconSmall Human MaleNeutral 15 Archmage Xylem
various rogue trainers
Azshara Tower, Azshara
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes mage [52D] Destroy Morphaz
chain start: Magic Dust
IconSmall Human MaleNeutral 15 Archmage Xylem Azshara Tower, Azshara
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior [52D] Voodoo Feathers
chain start: A Troubled Spirit
IconSmall Orc MaleNeutral 15 Fallen Hero of the Horde
various Warrior trainers
On the border between Swamp of Sorrow & Blasted Lands
Neutral 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes warlock [52D] Trolls of a Feather
chain start: An Imp's Request or Hot and Itchy
IconSmall ImpNeutral 15 Impsy
Impsy or any of several warlock trainers
Shatter Scar Vale, Felwood

Group info

A good group to have for this instance would consist of a tank, a healer, and three damage dealers, preferably one with good AoE. AoE's are very helpful, as there are many packs with non-elites. The instance offers a lot of opportunity for crowd control (specifically rogue saps and Priest shackle undeads, and magic dispels (from priests, paladins, and Resto shamans) make it a lot easier, as there a various negative effects (Fear and Sleep being the most dangerous). One of the three damage dealers should be able to tank, or have a pet that can tank, for the Shade of Eranikus fight.

Each class brings something useful to this instance, and as much depends on player skill and character levels as does group composition. That said, it's very nice to have reliable Crowd Control, good healing from a suitably geared and/or spec'd healer, as well as some form of out of combat Resurrection and Wipe Recovery.

One of the most important things to bring to this instance is knowledge of the layout or a good guide/map, as it's very easy to get lost here!


See pre- Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm walkthrough at Old walkthrough.
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Dungeon denizens


See Temple of Atal'Hakkar loot.


Sunken Temple (circa Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm)
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Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Level range raised to 52 - 55, but layout dramatically simplified.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Meeting stone now operational for all levels, previously level 45 - 53.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Boss levels lowered.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): The minimum level requirement on the Temple of Atal'Hakkar Meeting Stone has been properly assigned.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Capped at ten players.


  1. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 127

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