For other crypts, see Crypt (disambiguation).

Forgotten Crypt entrance

The Forgotten Crypt lies behind the tower of Karazhan, in the cemetery at Morgan's Plot.

The purpose of the crypt was originally unknown. Players theorized they may have been playground for developers, a testing site of sorts, an unfinished instance, or something else entirely. In vanilla World of Warcraft, the area could be accessed via dying close to the gate and running through it as a ghost, but this was changed in patch 2.0.1.


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In patch 7.0.3, the Well of the Forgotten was made available, and in patch 7.3.0, the entire crypt was opened for all who solved an extremely difficult puzzle.

Reasons for abandonment

Many players suspected that the crypt was originally never fully implemented because of the mildly disturbing content, mainly the now infamous room of upside-down sinners, would've made World of Warcraft's ESRB rating become M for Mature. On January 24th, 2014, Blizzard community manager Bashiok responded to a post inquiring to the reasons the crypt was never used and provided some insights on Blizzard's design processes back during the days of its creation, stating the reason it was abandoned was more than likely that Blizzard simply changed their minds about using it.

Why was the crypt not opened? | 2014-01-25 03:28 | Blizzard Entertainment Bashiok

Oh yeah, I remember that! Haven't seen a screenshot in quite a while. Not sure I know the story on it but knowing our development processes back then there tended to be a lot more stuff made that we just didn't use. I can't imagine the game rating rumor is accurate, because if it was content we wanted to use we'd just take out the upside-down sinners or whatever the issue was and use it for whatever it was we wanted to do with that space. It's not like they're permanent fixtures. Fun rumor though! :) More likely we just changed our minds.

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Additionally, in a Reddit AMA in September 2018, John Staats answered a question about the intentions for the crypt. He stated that crypts were meant to be questing areas, but that it turned out they weren't needed, so they were never finished.[1]


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): Rest of the area opened.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Subzone renamed from Crypt to Forgotten Crypt. The crypt is now partially accessible.


  1. ^ John Staats 2018-09-12. John Staats AMA, author of 'The World of Warcraft Diary'.​ “Additional quest areas. I turned out we didn't need them so I never finished them. They're only half-baked play spaces. :P”