The subject of this article or section was part of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj, a world event that heralded the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. This is no longer available as event is permanently over as of patch 3.2.0.
  • Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal
  • Binds when picked up
  • Unique
  • Mount
  • Use: Teaches you how to summon this mount.
  • Requires Level 40
  • Requires Journeyman Riding

Black Qiraji Battle Tank

The Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal teaches players to summon the Black Qiraji Battle Tank, a legendary mount. Currently, it was the only legendary mount to have ever been added to the game for players. The Crystal is a quest reward from N [60] Bang a Gong! which required the player to use the Scepter of the Shifting Sands on the gong on the Scarab Dais during the 10 hour battle with the Silithid, which occurred during the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. This was a one time server event.

Mount Journal

Although many varieties of Qiraji Battle Tank can still be found in the ruins of Ahn'Qiraj today, the darkest of the species were only seen on the day the Scarab gong was rung.


  • As with all mounts until Patch 3.0.2, the Crystal itself was an item that summoned a swift, rideable Scarab that can be ridden when outside of the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj.
  • Should other players possess the scepter, they could also receive the mount if they activated the gong up to 10 hours after the opening.
  • This mount has the same riding speed as normal epic mounts.
  • Because of the mount's dual purpose (usable both inside the Temple, where normal mounts formerly could not be used, and outside), it has never had the exact same casting behavior as a normal mount.
  • There is currently only one other legendary mount, the GM flying mount  [Peep's Whistle]. Although GMs themselves have clarified it as being a scrapped version of an another mount  [Ashes of Al'ar]. The files are yet to be deleted and are not used by GMs.

On February 6, 2009, sometime after Patch 3.0.8a, Bornakk posted on the forums that the Ahn'Qiraj gates will automatically be open on all new future realms. He would also later clarify in the thread that there are no plans to have an alternative method to obtain the Black Qiraji Battle Tank.[1]

On February 11, 2009, a day after Patch 3.0.9, Server:Nesingwary US was the world's first realm to be opened in this way.

The final step of closure came with the release of Patch 3.2. The commendation officers in all major cities where removed and replaced with mailboxes.

With the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, a new silithid mount has been added in the Archaeology profession, the  [Scepter of Azj'Aqir].

One-time bug

The scarab 'wasp' mount on PTR

If a player was logged out while mounted on this mount when patch 2.2 was deployed, upon logging in after the patch, the mount "buff" was replaced by a buff that transformed the player into a flying wasp. This was a one time occurrence, however, as there is no evidence the flying wasp buff is obtainable by any other means. However, a buff like it is available from  [Underbelly Elixir], possibly inspired by this bug.

During the Patch 3.0.2 PTR, the Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal had a changed tooltip which was roughly "This mount changes depending on your Riding skill and location." Upon testing this in several locations, it was found that the mount became a wasp in any zone you could fly in and the regular scarab in other zones. This functionality was removed before the patch was released.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Scarab lords now have access to the [Black Qiraji War Tank].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Converted into a normal mount, which removed one of its unique features - the ability to start summoning the mount while still in combat as long as the player was out of combat at the completion of the summon.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): This mount can no longer be used while falling.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.9.0 (2006-01-03): Added.


  1. ^ Bornakk 2009-02-06. Ahn’Qiraj Gates Open on All New Realms. Retrieved on 2009-08-27.

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