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Heart of Fear
Heart of Fear loading screen
Location Dread Wastes
Race(s) MantidMantid Mantid
Sha Sha
End boss IconSmall MantidQueen Grand Empress Shek'zeer
Instance info
Type Raid
Advised level 35
Minimum average
item level
Player limit 10/25
Heart of Fear Interior1

Heart of Fear concept art.

Heart of Fear is one of the three launch raids that opened in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. This is the seat of the mantid dominion, and a place where the queen of the mantid currently resides, possessed by the Sha of Fear.

The entrance to this raid dungeon is in the base of a large rotting tree structure in the west of the Dread Wastes.[39, 35]VZ-Dread WastesBlip

Normal mode opened October 30, 2012, first Raid Finder part and Heroic modes opened on November 6, 2012, and second Raid Finder part opened on November 13, 2012. Raid Finder difficulty requires an average item level of 470.


Dungeon Journal[]

The Sha of Fear has corrupted the grand empress of the mantid. Her increasingly erratic and paranoid commands have driven the Klaxxi--the keepers of mantid culture--to take aggressive action. Because they are few in number, the Klaxxi are reluctantly willing to accept outside help in destroying the empress and purging their race of the sha's negative influence.


The Dread Approach: After the Grand Empress Shek'zeer's army is repelled during N [30-35] The Wrath of Shek'zeer, the Klaxxi-aligned adventurers venture into the Heart of Fear to finish the job. Imperial Vizier Zor'lok, previously seen during N [30-35] The Empress' Gambit, stands as the first boss, constantly spouting praise of his fear-driven empress and using powerful sonic magic. After silencing the zealot, the adventurers face off against Blade Lord Ta'yak, the mantid blademaster who wields great skill with both steel and wind magic. Progressing upward onto a great terrace, the mantid mages of wind summon Garalon, mightiest of the mantid's Kunchong. Though it's carapace was mighty, the adventurers killed the beast by destroying it's legs to weaken it.

The Madness of Shek'zeer: Fearful of the coming threat, Wind Lord Mel'jarak rallies the remaining elite mantid forces to guard the empress' inner sanctum. Slaying him, the final room before the throne room is a expanse of experiments of Amber-Shaper Un'sok, chief scientist and former associate of Xaril the Poisoned Mind. The fearful mad scientist threw every experiment he had at the invaders before falling. During the final battle, the Sha of Fear empowers Shek'zeer, allowing her to use a combination of sonic and sha magic. As she dies, the Sha of Fear escapes, later to be hunted down to the Terrace of Endless Spring. The Klaxxi presumably take up leadership until the next empress is born.



Amber Research Sanctum · Atrium of the Heart · Dread Terrace · Heart of Fear · Oratorium of the Voice · Palace Antechamber · Royal Approach · Stairway to Honor · Staging Balcony · Training Quarters

Encounters by location[]

LFR Bosses Monsters
1 Oratorium of the Voice
Heart of Fear

Quest guide[]

All bosses have a chance (on all difficulties) to drop Inv legendary sigilofpower [Sigil of Power] or a Inv legendary sigilofwisdom [Sigil of Wisdom] for N [90] The Strength of One's Foes.

Dungeon denizens[]


The Dread Approach

Spurred on by the Klaxxi, the time has come to assault the heart of the mantid empire.

Nightmare of Shek'zeer

The mantid Empress, consumed by paranoia and twisted by the Sha of Fear, rules from her seat deep within the Heart of Fear.


All bosses have a chance to drop the Inv legendary sigilofpower [Sigil of Power] or Inv legendary sigilofwisdom [Sigil of Wisdom] in addition to the listed loot.

Boss Item Type Description
Imperial Vizier Zor'lok Inv pants plate raiddeathknight l 01 [Articulated Legplates] (LFR · H) Plate leggings Tank
Inv bracer cloth raidwarlock l 01 [Attenuating Bracers] (LFR · H) Cloth bracers Caster
Inv boot leather raidrogue l 01 [Boots of the Still Breath] (LFR · H) Leather boots Agility
Inv chest plate raidpaladin l 01 [Chestplate of the Forbidden Tower] (LFR · H) Plate chest Spirit
Inv jewelry ring 145 [Fragment of Fear Made Flesh] (LFR · H) Ring Caster DPS
Inv glove leather raidmonk l 01 [Gauntlets of Undesired Gifts] (LFR · H) Leather gloves Spirit
Inv gauntlets cloth challengepriest d 01 [Gloves of Grasping Claws] (LFR · H) Cloth gloves Spirit
Inv cape pandaria d 01 [Hisek's Chrysanthemum Cape] (LFR · H) Cloak Strength DPS
Inv chest mail raidshaman l 01 [Mail of Screaming Secrets] (LFR · H) Mail chest Spirit
Inv jewelry necklace 103 [Pheromone-Coated Choker] (LFR · H) Necklace Agility
Inv boots cloth challengepriest d 01 [Scent-Soaked Sandals] (LFR · H) Cloth boots Spirit
Inv jewelry ring 149 [Vizier's Ruby Signet] (LFR · H) Ring Tank
Inv belt plate raiddeathknight l 01 [Warbelt of Sealed Pods] (LFR · H) Plate belt Strength DPS
Inv chest mail raidhunter l 01 [Zor'lok's Fizzing Chestguard] (LFR · H) Mail chest Agility
Trade archaeology dwarf runestone [Soothsayer's Runes] Quest item Darkmoon Faire
Blade Lord Ta'yak Inv boot bracer raidmage l 01 [Boots of the Blowing Wind] (LFR · H) Cloth boots Spirit
Inv bracers mail raidshaman l 01 [Bracers of Tempestuous Fury] (LFR · H) Mail bracers Spirit
Inv bracer leather raidrogue l 01 [Bracers of Unseen Strikes] (LFR · H) Leather bracers Agility
Inv jewelry necklace 94 [Choker of the Unleashed Storm] (LFR · H) Necklace Agility
Inv cape pandaria d 02 [Drape of Gathering Clouds] (LFR · H) Cloak Spirit
Inv helm leather raiddruid l 01 [Hood of Stilled Winds] (LFR · H) Leather helm Caster
Inv glove mail raidshaman l 01 [Kaz'tik's Stormseizer Gauntlets] (LFR · H) Mail hands Spirit
Inv shoulders plate raidwarrior l 01 [Pauldrons of the Broken Blade] (LFR · H) Plate shoulders Tank
Inv misc epicring a3 [Ring of the Bladed Tempest] (LFR · H) Ring Strength DPS
Inv pant mail raidhunter l 01 [Sword Dancer's Leggings] (LFR · H) Mail legs Agility
Inv offhand 1h pandaraid d 01 [Tornado-Summoning Censer] (LFR · H) Off-hand Caster
Inv bracer raidmage l 01 [Twisting Wind Bracers] (LFR · H) Cloth bracers Caster DPS
Inv belt plate raidwarrior l 01 [Waistplate of Overwhelming Assault] (LFR · H) Plate belt Strength DPS
Inv gauntlet plate raidwarrior l 01 [Windblade Talons] (LFR · H) Plate gloves Tank
Garalon Inv glove leather raidmonk l 01 [Bonebreaker Gauntlets] (LFR · H) Leather gloves Agility
Inv chest plate raiddeathknight l 01 [Garalon's Graven Carapace] (LFR · H) Plate chest Strength DPS
Inv helm plate raiddeathknight l 01 [Garalon's Hollow Skull] (LFR · H) Plate helm Tank
Inv glove plate raidpaladin l 01 [Grasps of Panic] (LFR · H) Plate gloves Spirit
Inv glove mail raidhunter l 01 [Grips of the Leviathan] (LFR · H) Mail gloves Agility
Inv cape pandaria d 01 [Legbreaker Greatcloak] (LFR · H) Cloak Agility
Inv jewelry necklace 104 [Necklace of Congealed Weaknesses] (LFR · H) Necklace Strength DPS
Inv misc epicring a2 [Ring of the Shattered Shell] (LFR · H) Ring Tank
Inv robe leather raiddruid l 01 [Robes of Eighty Lights] (LFR · H) Leather chest Spirit
Inv boot cloth raidwarlock l 01 [Sandals of the Unbidden] (LFR · H) Cloth boots Caster DPS
Inv shoulder cloth challengepriest d 01 [Shoulders of Foaming Fluids] (LFR · H) Cloth shoulders Spirit
Inv cape pandaria d 03 [Stormwake Mistcloak] (LFR · H) Cloak Caster DPS
Inv robe mail raidshaman l 01 [Vestments of Steaming Ichor] (LFR · H) Mail chest Spirit
Inv helmet cloth raidwarlock l 01 [Xaril's Hood of Intoxicating Vapors] (LFR · H) Cloth helm Caster
Wind Lord Mel'jarak Inv cape pandaria d 04 [Cloak of Raining Blades] (LFR · H) Cloak Tank
Inv glove leather raiddruid l 01 [Clutches of Dying Hope] (LFR · H) Leather gloves Caster
Inv boots plate raidwarrior l 01 [Impaling Treads] (LFR · H) Plate boots Strength DPS
Trade archaeology insect in amber [Korven's Amber-Sealed Beetle] (LFR · H) Necklace Spirit
Inv jewelry ring 154 [Painful Thorned Ring] (LFR · H) Ring Agility
Inv chest cloth challengepriest d 01 [Robes of Torn Nightmares] (LFR · H) Cloth chest Spirit
Inv shoulder mail raidhunter l 01 [Wingslasher Pauldrons] (LFR · H) Mail shoulders Agility
Inv gauntlets 29 [Gauntlets of the Shadowy Conqueror] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Inv gauntlets 29 [Gauntlets of the Shadowy Protector] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Inv gauntlets 29 [Gauntlets of the Shadowy Vanquisher] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Amber-Shaper Un'sok Inv belt cloth raidwarlock l 01 [Belt of Malleable Amber] (LFR · H) Cloth belt Caster DPS
Inv boot mail raidhunter l 01 [Monstrous Stompers] (LFR · H) Mail boots Agility
Inv sword 1h pandaraid d 01 [Scimitar of Seven Stars] (LFR · H) One-handed sword Strength
Inv jewelry ring 147 [Seal of the Profane] (LFR · H) Ring Spirit
Inv shoulder plate raiddeathknight l 01 [Shoulderpads of Misshapen Life] (LFR · H) Plate shoulders Strength DPS
Inv boot leather raidmonk l 01 [Treads of Deadly Secretions] (LFR · H) Leather boots Agility
Inv knife 1h pandaraid d 02 [Un'sok's Amber Scalpel] (LFR · H) Dagger Spirit
Inv misc desecrated platepants [Leggings of the Shadowy Conqueror] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Inv misc desecrated platepants [Leggings of the Shadowy Protector] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Inv misc desecrated platepants [Leggings of the Shadowy Vanquisher] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Grand Empress Shek'zeer Inv hand 1h pandaraid d 02 [Claws of Shek'zeer] (LFR · H) Fist weapon Agility
Inv helm mail raidhunter l 01 [Crown of the Doomed Empress] (LFR · H) Mail helm Agility
Inv helm mail raidshaman l 01 [Hood of Dark Dreams] (LFR · H) Mail helm Caster
Inv mace 1h pandaraid d 03 [Kri'tak, Imperial Scepter of the Swarm] (LFR · H) One-handed mace Spirit
Inv pants cloth raidwarlock l 01 [Leggings of Shadow Infestation] (LFR · H) Cloth leggings Caster
Inv pants plate raidwarrior l 01 [Legplates of Regal Reinforcement] (LFR · H) Plate leggings Tank
Inv shoulder leather raidrogue l 01 [Shadow Heart Spaulders] (LFR · H) Leather shoulders Agility
Inv chest chain 10 [Chest of the Shadowy Conqueror] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Inv chest chain 10 [Chest of the Shadowy Protector] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Inv chest chain 10 [Chest of the Shadowy Vanquisher] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Trash mobs Inv bracer cloth challengepriest d 01 [Darting Damselfly Cuffs] Cloth bracers Spirit
Inv bracer cloth raidwarlock l 01 [Gleaming Moth Cuffs] Cloth gloves Caster
Inv bracer plate raidpaladin l 01 [Inlaid Cricket Bracers] Plate bracers Spirit
Ability rogue honoramongstthieves [Jade Bandit Figurine] Trinket Agility
Ability mount ridinghorse [Jade Charioteer Figurine] Trinket Strength
Spell brokenheart [Jade Courtesan Figurine] Trinket Healer
Inv hammer 29 [Jade Magistrate Figurine] Trinket Caster
Inv sword 139 [Jade Warlord Figurine] Trinket Tank
Inv bracer mail raidhunter l 01 [Jagged Hornet Bracers] Mail bracers Agility
Inv bracers mail raidshaman l 01 [Luminescent Firefly Wristguards] Mail bracers Caster
Inv bracer leather raiddruid l 01 [Pearlescent Butterfly Wristbands] Leather bracers Caster
Inv bracer plate raidpaladin l 01 [Plated Locust Bracers] Plate bracers Strength DPS
Inv bracers plate raidwarrior l 01 [Serrated Wasp Bracers] Plate bracers Tank
Inv bracer raidmage l 01 [Shining Cicada Bracers] Cloth bracers Caster DPS
Inv bracer leather raidmonk l 01 [Smooth Beetle Wristbands] Leather bracers Agility





Heroic Guides[]


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.

The Heart of Fear might once have been Manti'vess.

Patch changes[]

  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-22): In Raid Finder, entering the second wing of Heart of Fear should place players in the proper instance with appropriate enemies spawned.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): The Strength of One's Foes: All bosses in Mogu'shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, and Terrace of the Endless Spring now have a chance to drop either a Sigil of Power or Sigil of Wisdom.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-01-22): Sigils of Power now only drop in Mogu'shan Vaults, and Sigils of Wisdom will only drop in Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring, with a very small chance to drop in LFR Mogu'shan Vaults. This should ensure that players who had access to Mogu'shan Vaults for a longer period of time are now seeing more Sigils of Wisdom.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.

External links[]

Heart of Fear Dread Wastes