Image of Ebonroc
Race Black drake (Dragonkin)
Level ?? Boss
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Black dragonflight
Location Crimson Laboratories, Blackwing Lair [35.9, 37.8]
Status Killable

Ebonroc is the fifth boss in Blackwing Lair, found patrolling the upper room of the Crimson Laboratories after Firemaw and before Flamegor. He is the 2nd drake and drops the Tier 2 epic set gloves for all classes. He is one of three powerful black drakes who guard the way to their master, Nefarian.

Attacks and abilities

  • Spell shadow gathershadows.png  Shadow of Ebonroc — When the target is melee damaged, heals Ebonroc.
  • Spell fire incinerate.png  Shadow Flame — Inflicts 3938 to 5062 Shadow damage to enemies in a cone in front of the caster.
  • Inv misc head human 02.png  Summon Player — Summons an enemy player. (summons to the front of the dragonkin)
  • Ability ghoulfrenzy.png  Thrash — Gives the caster 2 extra attacks.
  • Inv misc monsterscales 14.png  Wing Buffet — Inflicts 563 to 937 damage to enemies in a cone in front of the caster, knocking them back.
  • Spell shadow antishadow.png  Brand of Shadow — Additional damage taken from Brand of Shadow. (Season of Mastery only)

Seasons of Mastery

During the Season of Mastery, both Ebonroc and Flamegor join together in a single encounter. Ebonroc will cast Brand of Shadow and Flamegor will cast Brand of Flame, stacking debuffs which deal increasing damage over time. Both drakes must be killed at about the same time, or else the surviving drake will enrage.


The strategy is quite straightforward. Position Ebonroc so that your tanks are in a corner, to avoid erratic knockback. A good example of placement is at the angle between the staircase he patrols on and the wall. Have your tanks be very focused on shadow of Ebonroc, use the CT_RaidAssist mod to see who gets it. Big Wigs also is incredibly useful for detecting this.

As soon a tank is affected by Shadow of Ebonroc, other tanks must immediately taunt Ebonroc off him. Keep Mortal Strike up on him all the time and the heals will be hard to notice. Like Firemaw, he does a wing buffet every now and then. Use an offtank to taunt him away from the MT so that he does not get the buffet (50% threat reduction). Note that Shadow of Ebonroc is a low level spell, and a little amount of shadow resist on your tanks (around 100) will reduce your chance of getting hit by it to 25%.

A workable way to position is to assign 3 tanks for Ebonroc. Try and locate the side tanks at 3 and 9 o'clock where the MT is 12. The DPS should stay at 6 o'clock. One is to be the MT, one is to be the buffet eater, and one is just there for shadows of Ebonroc. Basically, if the MT gets the debuff, both tanks should try and taunt Ebonroc off (he resists a decent bit of the time, two taunts helps to ensure that he's not healing.) Come 15 seconds from the next wing buffet, the eater should stop taunting, to keep his taunt primed for just before the buffet. Be warned, the buffets can occur off as long as five seconds after the 30 second timer has expired, so the eater may have to tank for a bit. As nasty as the debuff is, it is critical that each tank have both challenging shout and mocking blow prepared in case their first taunt is resisted.

He does a Shadow Flame, but no other AoE attacks, everyone can remain in his LoS safely. The only danger is a caster pulling aggro right when he does Shadow Flame, which shouldn't happen if your tanks are taunting correctly. Have priests assigned to shield the main tank after each shadow flame, it is not necessary, but provides you with extra safety.

DPS him quite fast as the tanks tend to get tired, its a very straining fight for them. Healers are not quite as stressed, since his only serious damage comes from Shadow Flame. If you pull aggro, vanish, feign death, or run to the corner. If your guild has a shadow spec'd priest, you may consider allowing him or her to DPS for this fight.

Good luck and enjoy your purples!


Items marked with a * in the table are shared between Firemaw, Ebonroc, and Flamegor. Only two Tier 2 gloves will drop between the three drakes each reset.

Item Type
 [Bloodfang Gloves]* Rogue Rogue Tier 2 gloves
 [Dragonstalker's Gauntlets]* Hunter Hunter Tier 2 gloves
 [Gauntlets of Ten Storms]* Shaman Shaman Tier 2 gloves
 [Gauntlets of Wrath]* Warrior Warrior Tier 2 gloves
 [Handguards of Transcendence]* Priest Priest Tier 2 gloves
 [Judgment Gauntlets]* Paladin Paladin Tier 2 gloves
 [Nemesis Gloves]* Warlock Warlock Tier 2 gloves
 [Netherwind Gloves]* Mage Mage Tier 2 gloves
 [Stormrage Handguards]* Druid Druid Tier 2 gloves
 [Aegis of Preservation] Priest Priest trinket
 [Band of Forced Concentration] Caster finger
 [Dragonbreath Hand Cannon] Agility gun
 [Drake Fang Talisman] Dodge/AP trinket
 [Ebony Flame Gloves] Intellect cloth hands
 [Malfurion's Blessed Bulwark] Agility leather chest
 [Drake Talon Cleaver]* Strength 2H axe
 [Drake Talon Pauldrons]* Strength/Agility plate shoulder
 [Rejuvenating Gem]* Spirit trinket
 [Ring of Blackrock]* Spirit finger
 [Taut Dragonhide Belt]* Agility/dodge leather waist
 [Shadow Wing Focus Staff]* Spirit/spell power staff


Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-15): Self-healing for Ebonroc's Shadow of Ebonroc ability has been squished.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Fixed erratic taunt behavior for Ebonroc.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Added.

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