AllianceA Villain Unmasked
Start Pile of Explosives [50.4, 42.4]
End King Varian Wrynn [85.8, 31.7]
Level 84 (Requires 84)
Category Stormwind City
Experience 69000
Reputation +350 Stormwind
Rewards  [Truth-Seeker Belt] or  [Treads of Revelation] or  [Corruption-Seeking Chestguard] or  [Detective's Shoulderplates] or  [Truthbreaker Shield]
Shareable Yes
Previous A [84] Cataclysm in the Catacombs
Next A [30-35] Twilight Shores


Major Samuelson
He's been in the Stormwind throne room this entire time. Right next to the king!

Unmask and slay Major Samuelson in the Stormwind Keep Throne Room.

Provided item:  [Evidence Against Samuelson]


<You find a complete list of all the Twilight's Hammer cultists in Stormwind.>

<More importantly, you discover a letter from Major Samuelson to his compatriots outlining this entire scheme. The Prince was right: Samuelson is the real villain here, using his connections as commander of the city guard to disguise cult activity.>

<It's time to return to Stormwind keep and bring Samuelson to justice!>


You will be able to choose one of these rewards:
Inv belt robe dungeonrobe c 03.png [Truth-Seeker Belt] Inv boots leather cataclysm b 02.png [Treads of Revelation]
Inv chest mail dungeonmail c 03.png [Corruption-Seeking Chestguard] Inv shoulder plate dungeonplate c 03.png [Detective's Shoulderplates]
Inv shield cataclysm b 01.png [Truthbreaker Shield]

You will also receive: 18g


You have evidence incriminating Samuelson? Let's see what he has to say for himself!


Samuelson - corrupted by the Twilight's Hammer? This must have been going on for years. Right here in my very keep!

I am grateful that you and my son were able to get to the bottom of this before my city was brought to harm. I've underestimated how much Anduin has grown - his command of the holy light just saved my life, if not the entire kingdom.

As for you - words alone can't do justice to your heroism this day. Thank you, <class>.


Head back to the throne room and talk to Samuelson.

Back so soon, <name>? Did you learn anything from the dockworkers?

Gossip It's over, Samuelson. We know who you are and I put a stop to your little cathedral scheme.

Samuelson kneels.
Major Samuelson says: Yes... yes <class>. It's all true. I am not ashamed. The powers I submit to make mortal kings look like insects.
Major Samuelson suddenly draws out a hidden dagger!
Major Samuelson says: But I am not yet finished. Death to the king!
Anduin Wrynn says: Father, watch out!
Samuelson leaps at the king! Anduin thinks faster, however...
Anduin Wrynn protects his father with [Power Word: Shield].
Samuelson strikes at Varian, but the shield saves him. Varian swings at the would-be assassin with Shalamayne and Samuelson leaps backwards out of harm's way.
Samuelson runs to the center of the room, casting Twilight Impunity and starts to rise... purple beams of energy striking him and being absorbed by his body as he shouts:
Major Samuelson yells: Gods of shadow, lords of twilight ... give me strength!
Samuelson transforms into Samuelson Unmasked, an 84 elite faceless one with 322,000 health!

He has the following abilities as Samuelson Unmasked:

  • Twilight Impunity — Unnatural energies render the caster immune to all damage. Cast on himself during the transformation at the start of the fight.
  • Chaos Slam — Hurls enemies away from the caster, terrifying those with weaker minds. Instant. Functions as a fear on the Stormwind Royal Guards who are affected by it.
  • Shadow Crash — Fires a missle towards a random target. When this missile lands, it deals Shadow damage to all enemies within 5 yards of that location. Instant. Hits for 3000-3700 Shadow
  • Basic melee — 1800-2600 Physical on the Stormwind Royal Guards 

The guards can take him on their own, but help out some to speed along the process.

On death:

Samuelson Unmasked says: Al'golath mal shal'nel... darkness consumes...

Varian's gossip text:

What WAS that thing?


  1. A [30-35] Hero's Call: Twilight Highlands!
  2. A [84] My Son, the Prince
  3. Complete all of:
  4. Complete all of:
  5. A [84] Expert Opinion
  6. A [84] The Old Barracks
  7. A [84] Cataclysm in the Catacombs
  8. A [84] A Villain Unmasked
  9. A [30-35] Twilight Shores
  10. A [30-35] Twilight Shores

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-20): Major Samuelson should no longer despawn before a player who has attacked him can earn credit for killing him in the quest "A Villain Unmasked".
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.

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