Heart of Fear
Heart of Fear loading screen.jpg
Location Dread Wastes
Race(s) MantidMantid Mantid
Sha Sha
End boss IconSmall MantidQueen.gif Grand Empress Shek'zeer
Instance info
Type Raid
Advised level 90
Minimum average
item level
Player limit 10/25

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]

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  [Sigil of Power] or a  [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  [Sigil of Power] or  [Sigil of Wisdom] in addition to the listed loot.

Boss Item Type Description
Imperial Vizier Zor'lok  [Articulated Legplates] (LFR · H) Plate leggings Tank
 [Attenuating Bracers] (LFR · H) Cloth bracers Caster
 [Boots of the Still Breath] (LFR · H) Leather boots Agility
 [Chestplate of the Forbidden Tower] (LFR · H) Plate chest Spirit
 [Fragment of Fear Made Flesh] (LFR · H) Ring Caster DPS
 [Gauntlets of Undesired Gifts] (LFR · H) Leather gloves Spirit
 [Gloves of Grasping Claws] (LFR · H) Cloth gloves Spirit
 [Hisek's Chrysanthemum Cape] (LFR · H) Cloak Strength DPS
 [Mail of Screaming Secrets] (LFR · H) Mail chest Spirit
 [Pheromone-Coated Choker] (LFR · H) Necklace Agility
 [Scent-Soaked Sandals] (LFR · H) Cloth boots Spirit
 [Vizier's Ruby Signet] (LFR · H) Ring Tank
 [Warbelt of Sealed Pods] (LFR · H) Plate belt Strength DPS
 [Zor'lok's Fizzing Chestguard] (LFR · H) Mail chest Agility
 [Soothsayer's Runes] Quest item Darkmoon Faire
Blade Lord Ta'yak  [Boots of the Blowing Wind] (LFR · H) Cloth boots Spirit
 [Bracers of Tempestuous Fury] (LFR · H) Mail bracers Spirit
 [Bracers of Unseen Strikes] (LFR · H) Leather bracers Agility
 [Choker of the Unleashed Storm] (LFR · H) Necklace Agility
 [Drape of Gathering Clouds] (LFR · H) Cloak Spirit
 [Hood of Stilled Winds] (LFR · H) Leather helm Caster
 [Kaz'tik's Stormseizer Gauntlets] (LFR · H) Mail hands Spirit
 [Pauldrons of the Broken Blade] (LFR · H) Plate shoulders Tank
 [Ring of the Bladed Tempest] (LFR · H) Ring Strength DPS
 [Sword Dancer's Leggings] (LFR · H) Mail legs Agility
 [Tornado-Summoning Censer] (LFR · H) Off-hand Caster
 [Twisting Wind Bracers] (LFR · H) Cloth bracers Caster DPS
 [Waistplate of Overwhelming Assault] (LFR · H) Plate belt Strength DPS
 [Windblade Talons] (LFR · H) Plate gloves Tank
Garalon  [Bonebreaker Gauntlets] (LFR · H) Leather gloves Agility
 [Garalon's Graven Carapace] (LFR · H) Plate chest Strength DPS
 [Garalon's Hollow Skull] (LFR · H) Plate helm Tank
 [Grasps of Panic] (LFR · H) Plate gloves Spirit
 [Grips of the Leviathan] (LFR · H) Mail gloves Agility
 [Legbreaker Greatcloak] (LFR · H) Cloak Agility
 [Necklace of Congealed Weaknesses] (LFR · H) Necklace Strength DPS
 [Ring of the Shattered Shell] (LFR · H) Ring Tank
 [Robes of Eighty Lights] (LFR · H) Leather chest Spirit
 [Sandals of the Unbidden] (LFR · H) Cloth boots Caster DPS
 [Shoulders of Foaming Fluids] (LFR · H) Cloth shoulders Spirit
 [Stormwake Mistcloak] (LFR · H) Cloak Caster DPS
 [Vestments of Steaming Ichor] (LFR · H) Mail chest Spirit
 [Xaril's Hood of Intoxicating Vapors] (LFR · H) Cloth helm Caster
Wind Lord Mel'jarak  [Cloak of Raining Blades] (LFR · H) Cloak Tank
 [Clutches of Dying Hope] (LFR · H) Leather gloves Caster
 [Impaling Treads] (LFR · H) Plate boots Strength DPS
 [Korven's Amber-Sealed Beetle] (LFR · H) Necklace Spirit
 [Painful Thorned Ring] (LFR · H) Ring Agility
 [Robes of Torn Nightmares] (LFR · H) Cloth chest Spirit
 [Wingslasher Pauldrons] (LFR · H) Mail shoulders Agility
 [Gauntlets of the Shadowy Conqueror] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
 [Gauntlets of the Shadowy Protector] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
 [Gauntlets of the Shadowy Vanquisher] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Amber-Shaper Un'sok  [Belt of Malleable Amber] (LFR · H) Cloth belt Caster DPS
 [Monstrous Stompers] (LFR · H) Mail boots Agility
 [Scimitar of Seven Stars] (LFR · H) One-handed sword Strength
 [Seal of the Profane] (LFR · H) Ring Spirit
 [Shoulderpads of Misshapen Life] (LFR · H) Plate shoulders Strength DPS
 [Treads of Deadly Secretions] (LFR · H) Leather boots Agility
 [Un'sok's Amber Scalpel] (LFR · H) Dagger Spirit
 [Leggings of the Shadowy Conqueror] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
 [Leggings of the Shadowy Protector] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
 [Leggings of the Shadowy Vanquisher] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Grand Empress Shek'zeer  [Claws of Shek'zeer] (LFR · H) Fist weapon Agility
 [Crown of the Doomed Empress] (LFR · H) Mail helm Agility
 [Hood of Dark Dreams] (LFR · H) Mail helm Caster
 [Kri'tak, Imperial Scepter of the Swarm] (LFR · H) One-handed mace Spirit
 [Leggings of Shadow Infestation] (LFR · H) Cloth leggings Caster
 [Legplates of Regal Reinforcement] (LFR · H) Plate leggings Tank
 [Shadow Heart Spaulders] (LFR · H) Leather shoulders Agility
 [Chest of the Shadowy Conqueror] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
 [Chest of the Shadowy Protector] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
 [Chest of the Shadowy Vanquisher] (LFR · H) Armor token N/A
Trash mobs  [Darting Damselfly Cuffs] Cloth bracers Spirit
 [Gleaming Moth Cuffs] Cloth gloves Caster
 [Inlaid Cricket Bracers] Plate bracers Spirit
 [Jade Bandit Figurine] Trinket Agility
 [Jade Charioteer Figurine] Trinket Strength
 [Jade Courtesan Figurine] Trinket Healer
 [Jade Magistrate Figurine] Trinket Caster
 [Jade Warlord Figurine] Trinket Tank
 [Jagged Hornet Bracers] Mail bracers Agility
 [Luminescent Firefly Wristguards] Mail bracers Caster
 [Pearlescent Butterfly Wristbands] Leather bracers Caster
 [Plated Locust Bracers] Plate bracers Strength DPS
 [Serrated Wasp Bracers] Plate bracers Tank
 [Shining Cicada Bracers] Cloth bracers Caster DPS
 [Smooth Beetle Wristbands] Leather bracers Agility





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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