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Ascent to the Upper Kingdom
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Location Upper Kingdom, Azjol-Nerub
Result Successfully escaped the Old Kingdom.
Commanders and leaders

Undead Scourge


Faceless Ones

Casualties and losses

Undead Scourge

  • Light

Faceless Ones

  • Heavy
Previous The Forgotten Ones
Next A Symphony of Frost and Flame

Ascent to the Upper Kingdom is chapter 7, part three, of the Legacy of the Damned.

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Moments later, at the entrance to the Upper Kingdom...


As the Scourge flee from the Faceless Ones chasing them after the defeat of the Forgotten One, a sudden carve in separates Arthas from the rest of his forces. Seeking an escape, Arthas quickly moves forward and after dealing with the Faceless Ones in his way, he eventually reunites with Anub'arak and the rest of the Scourge. Led by the Lich King's champion, the undead successfully escape from Azjol-Nerub and reach the surface at Icecrown.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNAnimateDead.png Escape the Caverns

  • Escape before the timer expires
  • Arthas must survive
  • Anub'arak must survive

The death of the Forgotten One has stirred the depths of the Old Kingdom, and it has begun to crumble in on itself. You must quickly make your way out of the cavern before it callapses[sic] on you.

Optional Quests

Availablequest BTNChestOfGold.png Find the Gold Stashes

  • Find the three gold stashes (3 found)

Gold Coins have been hidden throughout these underground chambers. Find them for an increase of your gold coffers. This would be useful the next time you require gold to sustain and build your forces.



IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: We're running out of time, Anub'arak. How far are we from the exit?
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: Not far. We have entered the Upper Kingdom. The exit should lead us to the base of the glacier itself. However, there are still hidden traps and pitfalls to account for.
The cave starts to shake and the ceiling begins to collapse.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Take cover!
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: Arthas!
Arthas finds himself cut off from the remainder of his forces. He is all alone and very weak.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: The entire passage collapsed! There's no time to dig through this. I'll have to move quickly and find my own way out! Hopefully Anub'arak and the others survived.

During the Mission

  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I'll be singed if I get too close to those flames.
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: More of the nerubians' blasted mechanisms! I'll have to time this perfectly.
  • IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I must find a way across this strange obstacle.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Anub'arak! You made it!
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: I see now why the Lich King chose you as his champion, death knight. Few men could have survived this labyrinth alone.
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Something's breaking through! Defensive positions!
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: They're blocking the way to the exit! We'll have to fight our way through them to reach it!
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: Another quake!
  • IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: Another earthquake. We must hurry, death knight.
  • IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: We're running out of time. We must find the exit!

Optional Mission

IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: I'll need this gold for when we reach the glacier.


IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: Now, quickly--head through that door! The exit to the surface lies just beyond!
IconSmall ArthasDK.gif King Arthas: It'll be good to see the sun again.
IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak: Remember--Illidan and the true battle still await us in the world above. Hopefully, our trek through the dark earth bought us the precious time we needed.

Ascent to the Upper Kingdom Map.jpg


Undead Scourge
Faceless Ones


  • The room Arthas enters that caves in has two different locations on the map: one intact and one caved in.