Darkheart Thicket
Darkheart Thicket loading screen.jpg
Darkheart Thicket graphic
Location Val'sharah, Broken Isles
Race(s) IconSmall NightmareSatyr.gif Satyrs
Night elfNight elf Night elf
IconSmall NightmareAncient.gifIconSmall PlagueBear.gif Nightmare creatures
End boss  Shade of Xavius
Instance info
Type Dungeon
Advised level 100
Player limit 5

An overgrown enclave in Darkheart Thicket.

Darkheart Thicket is a dungeon located in Val'sharah at the base of the World Tree. It is the heart of the Nightmare corruption that is spreading throughout the zone.[1][2] A version exists fully built underneath Shaladrassil, but players enter it at Shala'nir, far from the start of the road in the instance. Entering that version causes the player character to fall asleep and wake up outside the entrance.


This grand forest was once rich in wildlife and magic. Sitting in below the great tree Shaladrassil, this is where some of the most ancient druids would practice their art. Unfortunately Xavius has rekindled the Emerald Nightmare and is spreading it throughout Val'sharah. Now, almost everything here has been consumed by it.

The great druids that once mended these lands now defile it. Some druids now morph into hideous spiders, while others strive to warp the minds of their once tamed beasts. However, sometimes the Nightmare is simply too strong for some to comprehend and many druids simply perish in its wake. Horrors and abominations occupy the deeper part of the dungeon. elementals tormented by the Nightmare wander aimlessly in the Tainted Burrow. Xavius' satyr army stands guard of the Heart of Dread, where Malfurion is being held prisoner.

Dungeon Journal

In the shadow of Shaladrassil, the Nightmare permeates every inch on the once-lush forest. Where the eldest and greatest druids once tended to the woods, meditating beneath the great world tree, corruption and madness now reign. Deep within the tangled thicket, the Nightmare Lord Xavius works to break the will of his greatest prize.

Maps and subregions

Darkheart Thicket is a rather linear dungeon. However, about two thirds in a deviation in the path allows access to either the Heart of Dread or the Tainted Burrow.



Heart of Dread · Miasmic Gorge · The Rotten Grotto · Sanctum of G'Hanir · Tainted Burrow

Quests guide

Quest name Quest giver Zone location
Neutral Neutral quests
N Enchanting [10-45D] Darkheart Thicket: The Glamour Has Faded Neutral Nalamya Temple of Elune (Val'sharah), Val'sharah
N Leatherworking [45] The Wisp and the Shadow Neutral Eliezer Hammerbeard Deliverance Point, Broken Shore
N [10-45D] Darkheart Thicket: Enter the Nightmare Neutral Tyrande Whisperwind Temple of Elune (Val'sharah), Val'sharah
N Hunter [45D] Darkheart Thicket: Nightmare Oak Neutral Halduron Brightwing Trueshot Lodge, Highmountain
N Druid [10-45D] Darkheart Thicket: Essence of Regrowth Neutral Glimmer of Aessina Emerald Dreamway
N Skinning [45D] Darkheart Thicket: Demons Be Different Neutral Ske'rit Suramar
N Demon hunter [45D] A Very Special Kind of Fuel Neutral Allari the Souleater Mardum, the Shattered Abyss, Felhammer
N Mining [10-45D] Darkheart Thicket: Nal'ryssa's Sisters Neutral Felsmith Nal'ryssa Nal'ryssa's Encampment, Suramar
N Death knight [10-45D] Darkheart Thicket: The Nightmare Lash Neutral Salanar the Horseman Acherus: The Ebon Hold, Broken Shore
N Archaeology [45D] Darkheart Thicket: Through the Fog Neutral Brann Bronzebeard Val'sharah
N Mage [45D] Three Is a Lucky Number Neutral Archmage Khadgar Hall of the Guardian, Dalaran
N [45D WQ] Darkheart Thicket: Rage Rot N/A World Quest
N [45D WQ] Darkheart Thicket: Preserving the Preservers N/A World Quest
Darkheart Thicket: Kudzilla N/A World Quest
N [45D WQ] Darkheart Thicket: Mythana N/A World Quest
Darkheart Thicket: A Burden to Bear N/A World Quest


Main article: Darkheart Thicket NPCs
Bosses Monsters NPCs
Darkheart Thicket
The Rotting Grotto
Sanctum of G'Hanir
Miasmic Gorge
  • IconSmall NightmareMistlurker.gif Nightmare Dweller
Tainted Burrow
  • IconSmall DarkGlobule.gif Hatespawn Abominationomination
  • IconSmall DarkGlobule.gif Hatespawn Smile
  • IconSmall WhelpNightmare.gif Hatespawn Whelpling
  • IconSmall Water.gif Bloodtainted Fury
  • IconSmall Water.gif Bloodtainted Burster
Heart of Dread

Dungeon denizens


Darkheart Thicket bosses


Boss Item Type
Archdruid Glaidalis  [Misshapen Abomination Heart] (H · M) Blood artifact relic
 [Touch of Nightfall] (H · M) Arcane artifact relic
 [Night Dreamer Crest] (H · M) Cloth helmet
 [Nightsfall Helmet] (H · M) Plate helmet
 [Tranquil Bough Vest] (H · M) Leather chest
 [Thornscar Wristguards] (H · M) Plate bracers
 [Gloves of Wretched Lesions] (H · M) Mail gloves
 [Bramblemail Belt] (H · M) Mail belt
 [Poisonroot Belt] (H · M) Cloth belt
 [Grove Darkener's Treads] (H · M) Leather boots
 [Arch-Druid's Tainted Seal] (H · M) Ring
 [Corrupted Starlight] (H · M) Caster DPS trinket
Oakheart  [Clotted Sap of the Grove] (H · M) Frost artifact relic
 [Corrupted Knot] (H · M) Life artifact relic
 [Vilescale Helm] (H · M) Mail helmet
 [Epaulets of Dessicated Foliage] (H · M) Leather shoulders
 [Breastplate of Preservation] (H · M) Plate chest
 [Blighted Grasp Bracers] (H · M) Mail bracers
 [Terrorweave Gloves] (H · M) Cloth gloves
 [Dreadhide Girdle] (H · M) Leather belt
 [Oakheart's Trunkwarmers] (H · M) Cloth leggings
 [Wracksoul Legplates] (H · M) Plate leggings
 [Band of Twisted Bark] (H · M) Ring
 [Oakheart's Gnarled Root] (H · M) Ranged DPS trinket
Dresaron  [Roiling Fog] (H · M) Storm artifact relic
 [Tranquil Bough Hood] (H · M) Leather helmet
 [Chain of the Green Flight] (H · M) Necklace
 [Slipstream Shoulderpads] (H · M) Cloth shoulders
 [Night Dreamer Robe] (H · M) Cloth chest
 [Thermal Bindings] (H · M) Leather bracers
 [Nightsfall Gauntlets] (H · M) Plate gloves
 [Greatbelt of Disruption] (H · M) Plate belt
 [Bramblemail Greaves] (H · M) Mail leggings
 [Whelp Handler's Lined Boots] (H · M) Mail boots
 [Nightmare Egg Shell] (H · M) Melee DPS trinket
Shade of Xavius  [Torch of Shaladrassil] (H · M) Fire artifact relic
 [Xavius' Mad Whispers] (H · M) Shadow artifact relic
 [Burning Sky Pauldrons] (H · M) Mail shoulders
 [Mantle of the Resolute Champion] (H · M) Plate shoulders
 [Cloak of Fading Echoes] (H · M) Cloak
 [Dream Bolstered Chestguard] (H · M) Mail chest
 [Wracksoul Chestplate] (H · M) Plate chest
 [Vilescale Bracers] (H · M) Mail bracers
 [Wristbands of Cursed Torment] (H · M) Cloth bracers
 [Gloves of Vile Defiance] (H · M) Leather gloves
 [Ashen Satyr Leggings] (H · M) Leather leggings
 [Terrorweave Leggings] (H · M) Cloth leggings
 [Curserunner Soulcrushers] (H · M) Plate boots
 [Dreadhide Boots] (H · M) Leather boots
 [Paranoid Sprinters] (H · M) Cloth boots
 [Signet of the Highborne Magi] (H · M) Ring
 [Writhing Heart of Darkness] (H · M) Tank trinket



Patch changes


External links

Darkheart Thicket Val'sharah