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Image of Emberstrife
Gender Male
Race Black drake (Dragonkin)
Level 15-30 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Black dragonflight
Location Emberstrife's Den, Dustwallow Marsh[56, 87]VZ-Dustwallow MarshBlip
Status Killable

Emberstrife is an ancient black drake located in Emberstrife's Den in the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh. He is a gatekeeper of Nefarian, burdened with the duty to test those dragonspawn that would ascend to the rank of elite guard to Onyxia.

Only a few dragonspawn pass his tests and only the strongest of them are allowed entry into the lair of the brood mother. Many trials must be passed and the key to enter ceremoniously enchanted by General Drakkisath himself.


  • Ability warrior cleave Cleave — Inflicts 110% of normal melee damage to an enemy and its nearest allies, affecting up to 3 targets.
  • Spell fire fire Flaem Breath — Inflicts Fire damage to enemies in a cone in front of the caster.
  • Spell shadow unholyfrenzy Frenzy — Increases the caster's attack speed by 60% for 2 min.


WoW Icon update The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a but is present in Classic Era.

Emberstrife was also required to create the key to Upper Blackrock Spire; players must battle him, weaken his will, and take control of his mind long enough for his flames to forge the unfired key.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

While his status is not directly mentioned, it is possible that he is dead as most black dragons. However, as there is no quest to kill him, he may be alive and, in fact, he may be one of the dragons mentioned by Jaina Proudmoore prior the Destruction of Theramore.[1]



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