Inv misc rune 10
  • The Cipher of Damnation
  • Item Level 1
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Quest Item
  • Unique
  • Use: Unleashes the ancient words at the Altar of Damnation in Shadowmoon Valley.
  • "Herein lies the words of the eternal."

The Cipher of Damnation is the spell used by Gul'dan to raise the fel volcano known as The Hand of Gul'dan, in the process waking and driving insane Cyrukh the Firelord.


This item is provided, and is an objective of, the quest Neutral 15 [70G-5] The Cipher of Damnationω τ ϖ.


This cipher was used by Gul'dan to sever the bond between the orcs and the elemental spirits of Draenor. When he murmured the words in it, he also created The Hand of Gul'dan and beckoned Cyrukh the Firelord. Cyrukh was also responsible for desecrating the world thus creating the Outlands.


It is constructed by it's three fragments:

Upon completing the quest, this [Letter from Shattrath] is received:

Letter from Shattrath


The Cipher of Damnation is indeed a powerful incantation. Ancient and chaotic, the cipher itself has been responsible for many tragedies in the history of our worlds. That is to say, it is not unique to Draenor.

The burning symbol you saw was the mark of Kael'Thas. His knowledge of the ancient words explains much.

Your discovery has roused the naaru. A'dal has requested your presence in Shattrath City. Should you choose to come, seek me out at the Terrace of Light.

Humbly Yours,


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