For the pre-Mists of Pandaria encounter, see Darkmaster Gandling (Classic).
BossDarkmaster Gandling
Image of Darkmaster Gandling
Title <Cult of the Damned>
Headmaster of Scholomance
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Level 15-30 Elite
Class Necromancer
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Cult of the Damned
Location Headmaster's Study, Scholomance
Status Active (lore)[1]
Killable Mists of Pandaria

Instructor Chillheart
Jandice Barov
Doctor Theolen Krastinov (rare)
Lilian Voss
Darkmaster Gandling



Darkmaster Gandling is a human necromancer of the Cult of the Damned. He serves as the final boss of Scholomance.


Darkmaster Gandling served as the headmaster of necromancy at the Scholomance and, along with his teacher Ras Frostwhisper, oversaw the atrocities committed against many innocent souls.[2]

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One of the few classic bosses of the Scholomance to survive until after World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Gandling took up sole rulership of the Scholomance and the remaining Scourge of the Western Plaguelands.[3][4]

Gandling appears briefly in Andorhal, where he is defeated by the combined might of Koltira Deathweaver and Thassarian before he flees back to Scholomance.[5] There, Lucien Sarkhoff asked the adventurers to kill Gandling.[6]

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The defeat during the Battle for Andorhal, put the Darkmaster in the foulest of moods, and he immediately began preparations to reanimate Rattlegore so he could guard against intruders. The darkmaster sought to make Rattlegore more ferocious than ever, imbuing him with an insatiable desire to harvest raw materials from his enemies.[7]

Lilian Voss turned her wrath on the Scourge necromancers of Scholomance.[8] The darkmaster and Voss faced each other in the Chamber of Summoning, where he was aided by a group of Boneweavers. Soon, a group of adventurers also arrived and assisted Lilian in defeating the undead, after which Gandling teleported further in Scholomance. Lilian caught up with him, but he managed to briefly control her. He forced her to fight the adventurers, but they managed to defeat and free Lilian. She mustered her strength and attacked Gandling, breaking the improved bone shield that was protecting him. With his protection broken, he retreated into his study.

The adventurers allied with the Spirit of Lord Alexei Barov, who believed Gandling's defeat would allow his spirit to finally rest in peace, attacked him.[9]

Gandling in Andorhal.

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Following the Fourth War, Mathias Shaw stated that according to Argent Crusade reports, Darkmaster Gandling is still active at the head of Scholomance, with Jandice Barov and Rattlegore, and has many puppets to play with.[1]

Whether this means he was resurrected as an undead or simply was not killed as previously believed is unknown. The continued presence of Jandice Barov appears to mean that the curse upon the Barovs continues.

Adventure Guide

Course: Advanced Studies

The recent defeat in Andorhal has put Darkmaster Gandling in the foulest of moods. More than ever, all students of Scholomance are advised to impress him at every turn. Pupils who dissatisfy the headmaster will be removed from class to perform lab work... or become lab work.

Spells and abilities

Western Plaguelands
  • Spell shadow shadowbolt.png  Shadow Bolt — Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting Shadow damage.
  • Ability rogue envelopingshadows.png  Shadow Eruption — Erupts with shadow in all directions, creating shadow pools randomly nearby. These pools deal Shadow damage on impact.
  • Spell shadow antishadow.png  Shadow Prison — Imprisons the target.

The Darkmaster attacks players with Incinerate and Immolate and periodically assigns one a Harsh Lesson, sending the player to a side room to fight Expired Test Subjects. When a tank or healer is sent, Gandling channels Rise!

  • Spell fire burnout.png  Incinerate — Gandling deals 323 to 376 Fire damage to his target.
  • Ability mage worldinflamesgreen.png  Immolate — Gandling burns an enemy for 150 Fire damage, then inflicts 94 to 105 additional Fire damage every 3 sec. for 21 sec.
  • Spell deathknight armyofthedead.png  Rise! Damage Dealer Alert — Gandling summons a legion of Failed Students to fight for him. The students swarm the area, fighting anything they can. While channelling[sic] this spell, the Darkmaster takes 50% less damage.
    • Failed Student — The Darkmaster raises the bodies of failed students to attack players.
  • Inv misc book 01.png  Harsh Lesson Important — Darkmaster Gandling teleports a random player to one of his study rooms for a harsh lesson!

Study Rooms

  • Expired Test Subject — The Darkmaster keeps these former test subjects in the nearby rooms. They attack anyone who enters their rooms.
  • Fresh Test Subject Healer Alert — The Darkmaster keeps these subjects alive in the nearby rooms for testing. Each is afflicted by Explosive Pain.
    • Spell shadow painandsuffering.png  Explosive Pain Magic Effect — Inflicts excruciating pain and explodes when dispelled, inflicting 400 Shadow damage to Expired Test Subjects within 8 yards.


Gandling does not need to be tanked normally, as he will only use Incinerate and Immolate from his spot in the middle of the room. He will occasionally teleport a random player in to one of the side rooms. Said player must fight his or her way out back to the study on their own.

There are several possible ways to deal with the Expired Test Subjects when trapped:

  • Damage dealers and tanks can just kill their way out.
  • Healers should dispel the friendly Fresh Test Subjects of their Explosive Pain to kill the Expired Test Subjects. If the healer is a Mistweaver monk, they can instead AoE everyone down with [Spinning Crane Kick].
  • [Alter Time], [Transcendence: Transfer], and [Demonic Gateway] can teleport a stuck player back to the main room, with the necessary preparations.

If a tank or a healer gets teleported, a large number of weakly-hitting skeletons will swarm the room. Focus on them instead of Gandling, as he takes much less damage while Rise is being channeled.


Item Type
Normal Heroic
 [Headmaster's Will] Intellect/hit Staff
 [Gloves of Explosive Pain]  [Gloves of Explosive Pain] Intellect/spirit Mail hands
 [Incineration Belt]  [Incineration Belt] Intellect/hit Cloth waist
 [Lessons of the Darkmaster]  [Lessons of the Darkmaster] Strength/expertise Trinket
 [Price of Progress]  [Price of Progress] Intellect/mana Trinket
 [Searing Words]  [Searing Words] Agility/crit Trinket
 [Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons]  [Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons] Intellect/spirit Plate shoulder
 [Tombstone Gauntlets]  [Tombstone Gauntlets] Agility/hit Leather hands
 [Vigorsteel Spaulders]  [Vigorsteel Spaulders] Strength/hit Plate shoulder

Related achievements

Objective of


Western Plaguelands

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Talking Skull says: Finally.
Darkmaster Gandling yells: If you haven't come to study, I'll use you to teach a lesson.
Talking Skull yells: PREPARE TO DIE, VILLAIN!
School is in session!
Killing a player
Darkmaster Gandling yells: Class...dismissed.
Spirit of Lord Alexei Barov says: It's over. The curse is lifted. Thank you, <name>. Thank you!

In the RPG

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Darkmaster Gandling is a mummified wretch. He teaches students how to raise the dead in the Lich King’s name. Formerly a Dalaran wizard, he betrayed his masters for dark power and now revels in undeath. His graduates go on to Stratholme, the Scourge's capital in the Eastern Plaguelands.[10]

Darkmaster Gandling in Scholomance.

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

Darkmaster Gandling appears as a legendary Priest/Warlock card in the Scholomance Academy expansion for Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "He doesn’t grade on a curve, but on a sharp spike instead."

Notes and trivia

  • On Scholomance mentions that Gandling hid behind a bookcase, giggling, as he watched adventurers slay each of the school's administrators within the crypts.
  • Darkmaster Gandling is voiced by Jim Pirri.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned from the original fight.

See also


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