For information about the modern encounter, see Darkmaster Gandling.
BossDarkmaster Gandling
Image of Darkmaster Gandling
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Level 61 Elite
Class Necromancer
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) The Scourge
Occupation Headmaster of Scholomance
Location Headmaster's Study, Scholomance
Status Killable

Darkmaster Gandling is the final boss in Scholomance. He is not, arguably, the most difficult boss nor is he the owner of it like Lord Alexei Barov. He is, however, the headmaster of the School of Necromancy at Caer Darrow, appointed personally by Kel'Thuzad.

Gandling appears after the six bosses and all human mobs found in the six chambers around the Headmaster's Study are slain. The bosses are Lord Alexei Barov, Doctor Theolen Krastinov, The Ravenian, Lorekeeper Polkelt, Instructor Malicia and the Lady Illucia Barov.


Gandling is a 61 elite caster boss. He casts Shadow Portal, a spell that teleports a random member of the group into a room with 3-4 level 60 non-elite mobs. That member must clear the room alone before the door to the rest of the instance opens and he is released (unless you can run past the mob without catching aggro). Those mobs do not vanish nor does the room open automatically upon Gandling's death. Despite their high level, each mob has very low stamina, taking only a few hits.

Gandling will spawn even if trash mobs remain in Shadow Vault, Vault of the Ravenian, Hall of Secrets, Barov Family Vault, and Hall of the Damned, however the trash must be cleared in the The Coven in order for him to spawn. Because he will teleport even solo adventurers to those halls during the fight, it remains wise to clear all of them.

Other spells he casts are:

  • Arcane Missiles - Launches magical missiles at an enemy, inflicting Arcane damage.
  • Curse of the Darkmaster - Reduces an enemy's Strength by 35 and Stamina by 50 for 1 minute.
  • Shadow Shield - Surrounds the caster with a shield woven of Shadow magic. The shield lasts 30 sec. and absorbs damage.


Dungeon 1 Helm
Inv helmet 24.png [Beaststalker's Cap] Inv helmet 04.png [Coif of Elements]
Inv crown 01.png [Devout Crown] Inv helmet 29.png [Dreadmist Mask]
Inv helmet 02.png [Helm of Valor] Inv helmet 08.png [Lightforge Helm]
Inv crown 02.png [Magister's Crown] Inv helmet 41.png [Shadowcraft Cap]
Inv helmet 27.png [Wildheart Cowl]
Inv jewelry talisman 12.png [Headmaster's Charge] Inv scroll 03.png [Pattern: Robe of the Void]
Inv misc bone taurenskull 01.png [Bonecreeper Stylus] Inv boots 08.png [Boots of the Shrieker]
Inv belt 09.png [Detention Strap] Inv jewelry ring 16.png [Don Mauricio's Band of Domination]
Inv sword 41.png [Silent Fang] Inv chest chain 17.png [Tombstone Breastplate]
Inv bracer 18.png [Vigorsteel Vambraces] Inv weapon shortblade 25.png [Witchblade]
Winter's Veil
Inv helmet 68.png [Green Winter Hat]


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Preceded by:
Araj the Summoner
Headmaster of the Scholomance
Succeeded by: