Highmaul loading screen.jpg
Location Nagrand
Race(s) IconSmall Ogre2 Male.gifIconSmall Ogre Female.gif Ogre
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Orc
IconSmall Ogron.gif Ogron
IconSmall Pale.gifIconSmall DirePale.gif Pale orc
End boss  Imperator Mar'gok
Instance info
Type Raid
Advised level 100
Minimum average
item level
Player limit 10-30

Highmaul concept.jpg

Highmaul is the capital of the Gorian Empire and a raid instance introduced in Warlords of Draenor which opened on December 2, 2014. It features 7 bosses,[1] and serves as the first raid of the expansion. The entrance is in western Nagrand. It is ogre-themed, showing them at the height of their civilization. The layout of the instance is nonlinear, allowing groups to select their own path of progression.

Opening dates

Date opened (US) Mode Wing/bosses Required achievement
2 Dec 2014 Normal All None
2 Dec 2014 Heroic All None
9 Dec 2014 Mythic All None
9 Dec 2014 Raid Finder First wing (Kargath/Butcher/Brackenspore)  [The Walled City][2]
16 Dec 2014 Raid Finder Second wing (Tectus/Twin Ogron/Ko'ragh)  [Arcane Sanctum]
6 Jan 2015 Raid Finder Third wing (Imperator Mar'gok)  [Imperator's Fall]


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Dungeon Journal

Highmaul is the seat of power for the Gorian Empire, the ogre civilization that ruled Draenor for generations, until the arrival of the draenei. A massive city that belies the ogre reputation for brutish stupidity, Highmaul is full of bustling markets, wealthy nobles, and the roar of the Coliseum crowd echoing through the streets of the slums. Visible from everywhere within the city's walls, Imperator Mar'gok's citadel casts a long shadow, a reminder of his watchful eye and iron grip.


Walled City

As ogres and Iron Horde leaders gather for a spectacle in the great arena of Highmaul, a destructive plot roils in the shadows.

Arcane Sanctum

Only a select few have seen the inside of the Gorthenon atop Highmaul: rumors abound of strange relics and sorcery within.

Imperator's Rise

Atop Highmaul, Imperator Mar'gok works to unlock ancient secrets so that the ogres may reclaim their birthright as lords of Draenor.

Getting there

The instance line and summoning stone for Highmaul are at [34, 38] in western Nagrand, between Mok'gol Watchpost and the Ancestral Grounds on the east coast of the big island. The nearest flight path is at [50.8, 30.6] at Rilzit's Holdfast, eastward along the northern road.

Maps and subregions



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Bosses Monsters NPCs
Gladiator's Rest
  • Neutral  Gharg <Arena Master>
The Coliseum
Path of Victors
The Underbelly
Market District
  • Boss  Tectus <The Living Mountain>
    • Mob  Shard of Tectus <Shard of the Mountain>
    • Mob  Night-Twisted Berserker
    • Mob  Night-Twisted Earthwarper
Gorian Strand
  • Neutral  Living Mushroom
  • Neutral  Rejuvenating Mushroom
Chamber of Nullification
Imperator's Rise
Throne of the Imperator


The gear from Highmaul starts at item level 640 for Raid Finder mode, and increases by 15 item levels for each increase in difficulty. Each piece of loot has the chance to be Warforged, socketed, or contain a bonus stat. Warforged items are automatically 6 item levels higher than their regular versions. In addition to gear, players on the legendary ring quest line have a chance to receive Abrogator Stones from each boss kill.


Notes and trivia

A card back themed after Highmaul in Hearthstone.

  • Pet rocks were once a fad in Highmaul.[3]
  • During the beta, the outdoor zone was named Highmaul Palace.
  • In Hearthstone, the Highmaul card back was rewarded for achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 19, which took place during October 2015. The flavor text reads: "5 out of 10 ogres agree: this card back is SMASHING!"

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): A raid-wide debuff has been added to reduce damage dealt by all creatures and NPCs in Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry on Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulty.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Added.
    See opening dates.


External links

Highmaul Nagrand