This article is about the in-game instance. For lore and history of the Emerald Nightmare, see Emerald Nightmare.
Emerald Nightmare
Emerald Nightmare loading screen.jpg
Location Val'sharah, Broken Isles
Race(s) IconSmall NightmareSatyr.gifIconSmall Satyr.gif Satyr
IconSmall NightmareCenarian Male.gifIconSmall NightmareCenarian Female.gif Cenarius' Children
Night elfNight elf Night elf
Green dragonflight Green dragonflight
IconSmall DireFurbolg.gif Polar Furbolg
IconSmall NightmareAncient.gif Ancients
IconSmall NightmareFaceless.gif N'raqi
End boss IconSmall Xavius2.gif Xavius
Instance info
Type Raid
Player limit 10-30

Emerald Nightmare is located in Val'sharah with its source being located at the tainted World Tree, Shaladrassil. From here the Nightmare Lord Xavius and his loyal satyr spread the corruption across both Emerald Dream and the physical world.

This instance opened on September 20th, 2016. Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder wing 1 opened on September 27th, 2016. Raid Finder wing 2 opened on October 4, 2016 (one week earlier than had been previously scheduled). The final Raid Finder wing opened on October 18, 2016.

Adventure Guide

The Emerald Dream was created by the titans as a blueprint for Azeroth itself - a verdant and perfect mirror that reflects the state of nature had it remained unspoiled by so-called civilization. For many years, the druids and keepers who are closest to nature have noticed signs of an unsettling presence stirring within the Dream. Spurred on by the Legion and Nightmare Lord Xavius, that creeping corruption has now burst forth, and will engulf all of Azeroth if it is not rooted out at its source.



To cleanse the Nightmare, the brave must ascend the great tree Shaladrassil, where the veil of dreams is thinnest.

Tormented Guardians

The Nightmare's sway is greatest over those closest to nature, clouding the minds of her stalwart protectors with fear and rage.

Rift of Aln

Deep within this dark and formless expanse, where reality shifts and the senses deceive, the Nightmare Lord awaits.

Maps and subregions



  • Clutch of Corruption: At the base of Shaladrassil, the withered husk of the once proud green dragon Nythendra remains guarding access to the Nightmare-corrupted Dream.
  • Core of the Nightmare: The Nightmare bleeds out into Azeroth, warping reality. Heroes will need to enter the Nightmare portals and cleanse the corruption sealing off access to the deeper depths.
  • Nightmare Grizzly Hills: Overlooking a dark and twisted Grizzly Hills, the wild god Ursoc waits to dispatch the enemies of his new master.
  • Nightmare Un'Goro Crater: A darkness grows in the middle of the jungles of this titan-shaped crater, the heart of corruption known as Il'gynoth beats from within a Nightmare-twisted world tree.
  • Nightmare Mulgore: Under the shadows of a broken mesa, the tormented soul of Elerethe Renferal lurks, spreading her webs of destruction as she finishes preparations to destroy those she feels betrayed her.
  • Emerald Dreamway: This once pristine glade has been completely consumed by the Nightmare thanks to the corrupting influence of Ysondre and the spirits of her companions, the Dragons of Nightmare. The way must be cleared if there is any hope of stopping the Nightmare's spread into Azeroth.
  • Nightmare Moonglade: The most sacred place in the Dream warps and collapses under the veil of the Nightmare, further harmed by the active corrupting influence of the demi-god Cenarius.
  • Rift of Aln: An endless abyss. Half formed, infinite darkness. This is the true soul of the Nightmare. This is the ultimate fate of Azeroth should her heroes fail to stop the Nightmare Lord.
  • The Emerald Dream: A pristine, untouched source of pure life. Can the veils of Nightmare be parted enough to find the path to this serene paradise?

Opening dates

Date opened (US) Difficulty Wing/bosses
September 20, 2017 Normal & Heroic All
September 27, 2017 Mythic All
Raid Finder  [Darkbough]

(Nythendra, Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption, Elerethe Renferal)

October 11, 2017 Raid Finder  [Tormented Guardians]

(Ursoc, Dragons of Nightmare, Cenarius)

October 25, 2017 Raid Finder  [Rift of Aln]


Getting there

Fly to Starsong Refuge in Val'sharah, and follow the road towards Shala'nir. The entrance to the raid is to the left over a series of bridges.



Boss Item Type
Nythendra  [Despoiled Dragonscale] (LFR · H · M) Shadow Artifact Relic
 [Preserved Worldseed] (LFR · H · M) Holy Artifact Relic
 [Shaladrassil's Blossom] (LFR · H · M) Life Artifact Relic
 [Unwaking Slumber] (LFR · H · M) Frost Artifact Relic
 [Greyed Dragonscale Coif] (LFR · H · M) Mail helmet
 [Ancient Dreamwoven Mantle] (LFR · H · M) Cloth shoulders
 [Insect-Etched Chestplate] (LFR · H · M) Plate chest
 [Wristclamps of Mad Dreams] (LFR · H · M) Plate bracers
 [Creeping String of Larva] (LFR · H · M) Mail belt
 [Lifeless Buckled Girdle] (LFR · H · M) Leather belt
 [Stained Maggot Squishers] (LFR · H · M) Leather boots
 [Grubby Silver Ring] (LFR · H · M) Ring
 [Ravaged Seed Pod] (LFR · H · M) Melee DPS trinket
 [Swarming Plaguehive] (LFR · H · M) Caster DPS[note 1] trinket
Elerethe Renferal  [Fel-Bloated Venom Sac] (LFR · H · M) Fel Artifact Relic
 [Scything Quill] (LFR · H · M) Iron Artifact Relic
 [Shrieking Bloodstone] (LFR · H · M) Blood Artifact Relic
 [Mask of Multitudinous Eyes] (LFR · H · M) Leather helmet
 [Venom-Fanged Barbute] (LFR · H · M) Plate helmet
 [Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak] (LFR · H · M) Cloak
 [Patient Ambusher's Hauberk] (LFR · H · M) Mail chest
 [Wristwraps of Broken Trust] (LFR · H · M) Leather bracers
 [Pliable Spider Silk Cinch] (LFR · H · M) Cloth belt
 [Ragged Horrorweave Leggings] (LFR · H · M) Cloth leggings
 [Storm-Battered Legplates] (LFR · H · M) Plate leggings
 [Black Venom Sabatons] (LFR · H · M) Mail boots
 [Cocoon of Enforced Solitude] (LFR · H · M) Healer trinket
 [Twisting Wind] (LFR · H · M) Ranged DPS trinket
Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption  [Cube of Malice] (LFR · H · M) Frost Artifact Relic
 [Gore-Drenched Fetish] (LFR · H · M) Blood Artifact Relic
 [Radiating Metallic Shard] (LFR · H · M) Holy Artifact Relic
 [Sloshing Core of Hatred] (LFR · H · M) Fire Artifact Relic
 [Celestially Aligned Hood] (LFR · H · M) Cloth helmet
 [Otherworldy Leather Mantle] (LFR · H · M) Leather shoulders
 [Pauldrons of Shifting Runes] (LFR · H · M) Plate shoulders
 [Cinch of Cosmic Insignficance] (LFR · H · M) Cloth bracers
 [Dreamsculptor's Gloves] (LFR · H · M) Leather gloves
 [Gauntlets of Malevolent Intent] (LFR · H · M) Mail gloves
 [Waistplate of Nameless Horror] (LFR · H · M) Plate belt
 [Singular Chain Leggings] (LFR · H · M) Mail leggings
 [Dreadful Cyclopean Signet] (LFR · H · M) Ring
 [Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor] (LFR · H · M) Tank trinket
 [Spontaneous Appendages] (LFR · H · M) Melee DPS trinket
 [Wriggling Sinew] (LFR · H · M) Caster DPS trinket
Tormented Guardians
Boss Item Type
Ursoc  [Bloodied Bear Fang] (LFR · H · M) Blood Artifact Relic
 [Reverberating Femur] (LFR · H · M) Storm Artifact Relic
 [Tuft of Ironfur] (LFR · H · M) Iron Artifact Relic
 [Cursed Beartooth Necklace] (LFR · H · M) Necklace
 [Matted Fur Pauldrons] (LFR · H · M) Mail shoulders
 [Scarred Ragefang Chestpiece] (LFR · H · M) Leather chest
 [Ragged Fur Wristwraps] (LFR · H · M) Cloth bracers
 [Scored Ironclaw Sabatons] (LFR · H · M) Mail bracers
 [Primal Gauntlets of Rage] (LFR · H · M) Plate gloves
 [Splotched Bloodfur Leggings] (LFR · H · M) Leather leggings
 [Crimson Wool-Lined Slippers] (LFR · H · M) Cloth boots
 [Trampling Warboots] (LFR · H · M) Plate boots
 [Bloodthirsty Instinct] (LFR · H · M) Agility DPS trinket
 [Heightened Senses] (LFR · H · M) Healer trinket
 [Unbridled Fury] (LFR · H · M) Tank trinket
 [Ursoc's Rending Paw] (LFR · H · M) Strength DPS trinket
Dragons of Nightmare  [Bioluminescent Mushroom] (LFR · H · M) Life Artifact Relic
 [Entrancing Stone] (LFR · H · M) Arcane Artifact Relic
 [Nightmare Engulfed Jewel] (LFR · H · M) Shadow Artifact Relic
 [Cowl of Fright] (LFR · H · M) Leather helmet
 [Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments] (LFR · H · M) Cloth chest
 [Horror Inscribed Chestguard] (LFR · H · M) Plate chest
 [Dragonbone Wristclamps] (LFR · H · M) Plate bracers
 [Dragonspur Wristguards] (LFR · H · M) Leather bracers
 [Gauntlets of the Demented Mind] (LFR · H · M) Mail gloves
 [Handwraps of Delusional Power] (LFR · H · M) Cloth gloves
 [Malignant Sabatons] (LFR · H · M) Mail boots
 [Mindrend Band] (LFR · H · M) Ring
 [Phantasmal Echo] (LFR · H · M) Tank trinket
 [Unstable Horrorslime] (LFR · H · M) Ranged DPS trinket
 [Vial of Nightmare Fog] (LFR · H · M) Healer trinket
 [Breath of the Undying Serpent] Artifact appearance
Cenarius  [Blessing of Cenarius] (LFR · H · M) Life Artifact Relic
 [Radiant Dragon Egg] (LFR · H · M) Holy Artifact Relic
 [Uplifting Emerald] (LFR · H · M) Storm Artifact Relic
 [Crown of Steely Brambles] (LFR · H · M) Plate helmet
 [Mantle of Perpetual Bloom] (LFR · H · M) Cloth shoulders
 [Thorny Bramblemail Pauldrons] (LFR · H · M) Mail shoulders
 [Evergreen Vinewrap Drape] (LFR · H · M) Cloak
 [Tunic of the Grove Keeper] (LFR · H · M) Leather chest
 [Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets] (LFR · H · M) Plate gloves
 [Forest-Lord's Waistwrap] (LFR · H · M) Leather belt
 [Laughing Sister's Pouch-Chain] (LFR · H · M) Mail belt
 [Cozy Dryad Hoof-Socks] (LFR · H · M) Cloth boots
 [Horn of Cenarius] (LFR · H · M) Healer trinket
 [Nature's Call] (LFR · H · M) Melee trinket
Rift of Aln
Boss Item Type
Xavius  [Azsharan Councillor's Clasp] (LFR · H · M) Fel Artifact Relic
 [Crystallized Drop of Eternity] (LFR · H · M) Arcane Artifact Relic
 [Fragment of Eternal Spite] (LFR · H · M) Fire Artifact Relic
 [Illusion: Nightmare] Weapon illusion
 [Nightmarish Elm Branch] (LFR · H · M) Shadow Artifact Relic
 [Hood of Darkened Visions] (LFR · H · M) Cloth helmet
 [Blackened Portalstone Necklace] (LFR · H · M) Necklace
 [Midnight Herald's Pauldrons] (LFR · H · M) Plate shoulders
 [Maddening Robe of Secrets] (LFR · H · M) Cloth chest
 [Manacles of the Nightmare Colossus] (LFR · H · M) Mail bracers
 [Eon-Tempered Waistplate] (LFR · H · M) Plate belt
 [Disjointed Linkage Leggings] (LFR · H · M) Mail leggings
 [Repulsive Leathery Pants] (LFR · H · M) Leather leggings
 [Boots of Endless Betrayal] (LFR · H · M) Leather boots
 [Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet] (LFR · H · M) Ring
 [Bough of Corruption] (LFR · H · M) Caster DPS trinket
 [Grotesque Statuette] (LFR · H · M) Tank trinket
  1. ^ Also drops for Enhancement shaman.

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