Nostro's Compendium of Dragon Slaying is a thick book full of writing that starts the quest chain to obtain the sword  [Quel'Serrar]. Unfortunately, the text appears to be garbled.


Post patch 3.2.2 text:

Nostro's Compendium of Dragon Slaying

...hide under a ledge or a bridge, if one is available to you. A good strong wall is also a safe bet.

<More faded text.>

Use complete heal, between five and fifteen clerics.

<More faded text.>

At the end of a successful raid, sit back and take in the victory. After a solid ten to fifteen seconds, proceed to town and display your phat lewt for all to see and worship.

<A glance at the rest of the compendium leaves you with a headache.>


This item drops from bosses in Dire Maul. The drop rate is very low.

As a quest objective

WoW Icon update.png The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 3.2.2 but is present in Classic.

Other versions

  • Retail

    • Nostro's Compendium of Dragon Slaying
    • Unique
    • <Right Click to Read>
    • Classes: Warrior, Paladin
    • Requires Level 60
    • "Several pages are blank."

Notes and trivia

  • With the revamping of Onyxia's Lair this item is no longer obtainable to players. However, the Broodmother drops level 80 versions of the sword:  [Burnished Quel'Serrar] in 25-man raid and  [Gleaming Quel'Serrar] in 10-man raid.
  • '...hide under a ledge or a bridge' referring to a fight in Everquest which a guild attempted to kill one of the bosses by hiding their Clerics under a bridge in order to avoid Area of Effect spells, and the guild was accused of hacking/exploiting and was promptly banned.
  • The reference to 5-15 Clerics and 10–15 seconds refers to what is known as a 'CHRot' or 'Complete Heal Rotation'. Complete Heal, at the time, was a level 39 Cleric spell that was capable of healing anyone in the game to their full hit point value. The spell had a 10 second cast time, so Clerics were set up in a rotation to continuously be hitting the tank with a Complete Heal every .5–2 seconds so they would not die from a damage spike.

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