AllianceDraconic Vanguard
Start John J. Keeshan [73.6, 67.2]
End John J. Keeshan
Level 15-30
Category Burning Steppes
Experience 8,800
Previous B [15-30] Blackened Ashes, B [15-30] Latent Demons of the Land, B [15-30] A Heap of Delicious Worg
Next B [15-30] Placing the Pawns
For the Horde version of this quest, see H [15-30] Draconic Vanguard.


Slay Minyoth, Whelptamer Akumi, Terromath the Seared, and Tugnar Goremaw.


The Blackrock orcs don't come alone. You've already seen that they've got the Firegut ogres and Smolderthorn trolls on their side. Unfortunately for us, they're also teamed up with the black dragonflight.

The orcs and dragons have already sent some of their champions to stand guard at rally points, which are marked by a dragon skull on a pike. You and I are going to find these rally points and take out this vanguard before the battle starts.



Come on, <name>, there's still more of them left. Our job isn't done.


Your kill count is adding up, <name>. We're chipping away at them.

And we are going to win. Redridge will NOT fall to these cowards.


Pick up B [15-30] Blood Tour and B [15-30] A Deal With a Dragon before heading out. Accepting the first of these three quests will put Keeshan in the player's party. Accept the rest of them before leaving Troteman. First, exit camp and turn west to reach the southwestern rally point by the pass to Redridge. Kill Akumi, then circle around Dreadmaul Rock counterclockwise to the northeast. All four of the targets are level 51. If you use other creatures to fight for you (like Hunter pets or Warlock minions), be sure to let the enemies damage your character as well. Keeshan will not fight until the player character has been attacked directly.

Complete all three quests and Troteman will radio in with B [15-30] Placing the Pawns.


Optional breadcrumbs: N [15-30] Mouton Flamestar or A [15-30] Hero's Call: Burning Steppes! or H [15-30] Warchief's Command: Burning Steppes!

  1. Burning Vengeance
  2. B [15-30] Stocking Up / B [15-30] A Future Project / B [15-30] Mud Hunter
  3. B [15-30] The Sand, the Cider, and the Orb
  4. B [15-30] Warlocks Have the Neatest Stuff / B [15-30] Shadow Boxing
  5. A [15-30] Return to Keeshan / H [15-30] Return to Ariok
  6. B [15-30] Chiselgrip, the Heart of the Steppes
  7. B [15-30] A Needle in a Hellhole
    • Mandatory side chain:
    1. N [15-30] Prove Yer Allegiance / N [15-30] Scrapped Golems
    2. N [15-30] Golem Training
  8. B [15-30] A Perfect Costume
  9. B [15-30] Into the Black Tooth Hovel
  10. N [15-30] Grunt Work
  11. N [15-30] The Kodocaller's Horn
  12. B [15-30] Taking the Horn For Ourselves
  13. B [15-30] General Thorg'izog
  14. N [15-30] Trial by Magma
  15. N [15-30] I Am the Law and I Am the Lash
  16. B [15-30] Enough Damage For One Day
  17. A [15-30] Morgan's Vigil / H [15-30] Flame Crest
  18. B [15-30] Blackened Ashes / B [15-30] Latent Demons of the Land / B [15-30] A Heap of Delicious Worg
  19. B [15-30] Blood Tour / B [15-30] Draconic Vanguard / B [15-30] A Deal With a Dragon
  20. B [15-30] Placing the Pawns
  21. B [15-30] A Delivery for Thorg'izog / B [15-30] A Delivery for Neeralak / B [15-30] A Delivery for Xi'lun
  22. B [15-30] Locked and Loaded
  23. B [15-30] Assault on Dreadmaul Rock
  24. B [15-30] Glory Amidst Chaos
  25. B [15-30] The Spoils of War

Optional breadcrumb to Swamp of Sorrows: B [15-30] The Bogpaddle Bullet

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