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Dungeons & Raids - Raid Finder7

The Raid Finder interface.

Dungeons & Raids - Raid Finder

The Raid Finder interface in 6.0.2

Raid Finder 5

The Raid Finder interface as of 5.0.4


The previous Raid Finder interface in 4.3

Not to be confused with Raid Browser.

The Raid Finder (or “Looking For Raid”, commonly abbreviated as “LFR”), accessed through the Group Finder, is a tool that helps players find and join a random or specific raid instance with others. The feature was first released in patch 4.3.0 for Dragon Soul as a permanent addition to the raiding system, and has been included in all subsequent instanced raids.

The Raid Finder can be found in the Dungeons & Raids tab of the Group Finder, accessed through a button on the micro menu at the bottom of the user interface.

"Raid Finder" is also the difficulty level of any raid joined using the tool, and is only available using the tool. It is always in 25-player mode, and its difficulty is the lowest offered for any raid in which it is available. Raid Finder gear level falls between five-player heroics and the Normal raid mode on the same tier.[1] For the Siege of Orgrimmar in Mists of Pandaria, flexible difficulty was the next step above Raid Finder but this was removed in Warlords of Draenor.

Supported raids[]

Raid Finder eligibility is based on character level, average item level, and specific raid achievements. Generally, the first wing of a raid tier does not require any achievements, but subsequent wings (in the same raid instance or not) require the previous wing's achievement.

Players can use the Raid Finder to queue for the following raids:

Tier Instance Awarded achievement Level iLvl Required achievement Date opened (US)
13 Dragon Soul - Part 1 Achievement reputation wyrmresttemple [Siege of Wyrmrest Temple] 85 372 None 29 November 2011
Dragon Soul - Part 2 Achievment boss madnessofdeathwing [Fall of Deathwing] 85 372 Siege of Wyrmrest Temple 6 December 2011
14 Mogu'shan Vaults - Part 1 Achievement dungeon halls of origination [Guardians of Mogu'shan] 90 460 None 9 October 2012
Mogu'shan Vaults - Part 2 Achievement dungeon halls of origination [The Vault of Mysteries] 90 460 Guardians of Mogu'shan 16 October 2012
Heart of Fear - Part 1 Achievement raid mantidraid01 [The Dread Approach] 90 470 None 6 November 2012
Heart of Fear - Part 2 Achievement raid mantidraid01 [Nightmare of Shek'zeer] 90 470 The Dread Approach 13 November 2012
Terrace of Endless Spring Achievement raid terraceofendlessspring04 [Terrace of Endless Spring] 90 470 None 20 November 2012
15 Throne of Thunder - Part 1 Archaeology 5 0 thunderkinginsignia [Last Stand of the Zandalari] 90 480 None 12 March 2013
Throne of Thunder - Part 2 Archaeology 5 0 thunderkinginsignia [Forgotten Depths] 90 480 Last Stand of the Zandalari 19 March 2013
Throne of Thunder - Part 3 Archaeology 5 0 thunderkinginsignia [Halls of Flesh-Shaping] 90 480 Forgotten Depths 2 April 2013
Throne of Thunder - Part 4 Archaeology 5 0 thunderkinginsignia [Pinnacle of Storms] 90 480 Halls of Flesh-Shaping 16 April 2013
16 Siege of Orgrimmar - Part 1 Achievement raid soo ruined vale [Vale of Eternal Sorrows] 90 496 None 17 September 2013
Siege of Orgrimmar - Part 2 Achievement raid soo orgrimmar outdoors [Gates of Retribution] 90 496 Vale of Eternal Sorrows 24 September 2013
Siege of Orgrimmar - Part 3 Achievement raid soo garrosh compound half1 [The Underhold] 90 496 Gates of Retribution 8 October 2013
Siege of Orgrimmar - Part 4 Achievement raid soo garrosh compound half2 [Downfall] 90 496 The Underhold October 22, 2013
17 Highmaul - Part 1 100 615 Achievement boss highmaul earthenfury [The Walled City] December 9, 2014
Highmaul - Part 2 100 615 Achievement boss highmaul felbreakerlord [Arcane Sanctum] December 16, 2014
Highmaul - Part 3 100 615 Achievement boss highmaul king [Imperator's Fall] January 6, 2015
Blackrock Foundry - Part 1 Achievement boss furyfurnace [Slagworks] 100 635 None February 17, 2015
Blackrock Foundry - Part 2 Achievement boss fomorsmith [Black Forge] 100 635 Achievement boss furyfurnace [Slagworks] February 24, 2015
Blackrock Foundry - Part 3 Achievement boss ironmaidens [Iron Assembly] 100 635 Achievement boss fomorsmith [Black Forge] March 10, 2015
Blackrock Foundry - Part 4 Achievement boss blackhand [Blackhand's Crucible] 100 635 Achievement boss ironmaidens [Iron Assembly] March 24, 2015
18 Hellfire Citadel - Part 1 100 650 Achievement boss hellfire siegeworks [Hellbreach] 30 June 2015
Hellfire Citadel - Part 2 100 650 Achievement boss hellfire gorefiend [Halls of Blood] 14 July 2015
Hellfire Citadel - Part 3 100 650 Achievement boss hellfire antipaladin [Bastion of Shadows] 28 July 2015
Hellfire Citadel - Part 4 100 650 Achievement boss hellfire mannorothreanimated [Destructor's Rise] 11 Aug 2015
Hellfire Citadel - Part 5 100 650 Achievement boss hellfire archimonde [The Black Gate] 25 Aug 2015
Emerald Nightmare - Part 1 Achievement emeraldnightmare [Darkbough] 110 835 None September 27, 2016
Emerald Nightmare - Part 2 Achievement emeraldnightmare cenarius [Tormented Guardians] 110 835 October 11, 2016
Emerald Nightmare - Part 3 Achievement emeraldnightmare xavius [Rift of Aln] 110 835 October 25, 2016
19 Nighthold - Part 1 Achievement thenighthold trillax [Arcing Aqueducts] 110 865 None January 24, 2017
Nighthold - Part 2 Achievement thenighthold highbotanisttelam [Royal Athenaeum] 110 865 February 7, 2017
Nighthold - Part 3 Achievement thenighthold grandmagistrixelisande [Nightspire] 110 865 February 21, 2017
Nighthold - Part 4 Achievement thenighthold guldan [Betrayer's Rise] 110 865 March 7, 2017
20 Tomb of Sargeras - Part 1 Achievement boss seawitch [The Gates of Hell] 110 885 None June 27, 2017
Tomb of Sargeras - Part 2 Achievement boss soulengine [Wailing Halls] 110 885 July 11, 2017
Tomb of Sargeras - Part 3 Achievement boss titanconstructshell [Chamber of the Avatar] 110 885 July 25 ,2017
Tomb of Sargeras - Part 4 Achievement boss kiljaeden2 [Deceiver's Fall] 110 895 August 8, 2017
21 Antorus, the Burning Throne - Part 1 Achievement boss argus maleeredar [Light's Breach] 110 915 None December 5, 2017
Antorus, the Burning Throne - Part 2 Achievement boss argus shivan [Hope's End] 110 915 December 19, 2017
Antorus, the Burning Throne - Part 3 Achievement boss argus bountyhunter [Forbidden Descent] 110 915 January 2, 2018
Antorus, the Burning Throne - Part 4 Achievement boss argus worldsoul [Seat of the Pantheon] 110 915 January 16, 2018
22 Uldir - Part 1 Achievement nazmir boss zekvoz [Halls of Containment] 120 340 None September 11, 2018
Uldir - Part 2 Achievement nazmir boss zul [Crimson Descent] 120 340 Halls of Containment September 25, 2018
Uldir - Part 3 Achievement nazmir boss ghuun [Heart of Corruption] 120 340 Crimson Descent October 9, 2018
23 Battle of Dazar'alor - Part 1 Alliance Inv zuldazar [Siege of Dazar'alor]
Horde Inv zuldazar [Defense of Dazar'alor]
120 370 None January 22, 2019
Battle of Dazar'alor - Part 2 Alliance Achievement boss zuldazar rastakhan [Empire's Fall]
Horde Achievement boss zuldazar rastakhan [Death's Bargain]
120 370 February 12, 2019
Battle of Dazar'alor - Part 3 Alliance Achievement boss zuldazar jaina [Might of the Alliance]
Horde Achievement boss zuldazar jaina [Victory or Death]
120 370 February 26, 2019
24 Crucible of Storms Inv stormsongvalley [Crucible of Storms] 120 380 April 23, 2019
The Eternal Palace - Part 1 Achievement boss nagazone [The Grand Reception] 120 380 None July 16, 2019
The Eternal Palace - Part 2 Achievement boss elitenagamale [Depths of the Devoted] 120 380 July 30, 2019
The Eternal Palace - Part 3 Achievement boss azshara [The Circle of Stars] 120 380 August 13, 2019
25 Ny'alotha, the Waking City - Part 1 Achievement nzothraid nyalothaguildrun [Vision of Destiny] 120 410 None January 28, 2020
Ny'alotha, the Waking City - Part 2 Achievement nzothraid raden [Halls of Devotion] 120 410 February 11, 2020
Ny'alotha, the Waking City - Part 3 Achievement nzothraid ilgynoth [Gift of Flesh] 120 410 February 25, 2020
Ny'alotha, the Waking City - Part 4 Achievement nzothraid nzoth [The Waking Dream] 120 410 March 10, 2020
26 Castle Nathria - Part 1 60 170 15 December 2020
Castle Nathria - Part 2 60 170 5 January 2021
Castle Nathria - Part 3 60 170 19 January 2021
Castle Nathria - Part 4 60 170 2 February 2021
27 Sanctum of Domination - Part 1 Achievement raid torghast thenine [The Jailer's Vanguard] 60 195 13 July 2021
Sanctum of Domination - Part 2 Achievement raid torghast painsmithraznal [The Dark Bastille] 60 195 27 July 2021
Sanctum of Domination - Part 3 Achievement raid torghast kel-thuzad [Shackles of Fate] 60 195 10 August 2021
Sanctum of Domination - Part 4 Achievement raid torghast sylvanaswindrunner [The Reckoning] 60 195 24 August 2021
28 Sepulcher of the First Ones - Part 1 Inv achievement raid progenitorraid progenium keeper [Ephemeral Plains] 60 220 8 March 2022
Sepulcher of the First Ones - Part 2 Inv achievement raid progenitorraid terrestrial keeper [Cornerstone of Creation] 60 220 22 March 2022
Sepulcher of the First Ones - Part 3 Inv achievement raid progenitorraid anduin [Domination's Grasp] 60 220 5 April 2022
Sepulcher of the First Ones - Part 4 Inv achievement raid progenitorraid jailer [The Grand Design] 60 220 19 April 2022
29 Vault of the Incarnates - Part 1 Achievement raidprimalist windelemental [The Primal Bulwark] 60 359 19 December 2022
Vault of the Incarnates - Part 2 Achievement raidprimalist kurog [Caverns of Infusion] 60 359 2 January 2023
Vault of the Incarnates - Part 3 Achievement raidprimalist raszageth [Fury of the Storm] 60 359 16 January 2023


The boss fights in a Raid Finder raid are simplified: their difficulty relative to normal and flexible is scaled down with the intent that they be manageable by randomly assembled, less organized pickup groups. Reduced boss health and damage compared to higher level modes in the same group size, as well as the removal or modification of specific mechanics that normally make the raid dependent on the performance of a single player.

A Raid Finder run is a gentle introduction to the bosses, and can be educational for a player who is new to, or still learning the fight. Some important differences in boss tactics exist between Raid Finder and Normal mode, and it is especially important to remain informed of this when or if you transition to Normal mode.

Each time a Raid Finder group wipes on a given boss, the Spell nature focusedmind [Determination] buff will be applied to the players which increases their health, damage dealt, and healing received by 5%, stacking up to 10 times, and dropping when the boss is killed.

Loot rules[]

Main article: Personal loot

Raid Finder uses a system called Personal Loot. When a boss is killed for the first time each week, every player has a fixed percentage chance of receiving a loot item. For each player, the game will decide whether the player will receive loot. If so, the game will then select a class- and spec-appropriate item from the boss's loot table and immediately deposit the item into the player's inventory. The specialization is the one the player is using at the time of the boss's death, and is not related to the role chosen by the player when queueing for the raid. All players who do not receive a loot item will instead be issued a bag of gold. All loot gained through this method is strictly Bind on Pickup and can not be traded with other players.

Bosses may only be looted once per week, though they can be run as often as desired.

Extra loot rolls[]

Main article: Bonus roll

Level 90 players can choose to use an Inv misc coin 17 [Elder Charm of Good Fortune] (for Patch 5.0 bosses), Archaeology 5 0 mogucoin [Mogu Rune of Fate] (for Patch 5.2 bosses) or Inv arcane orb [Warforged Seal] (for Patch 5.4 bosses) for an additional roll on loot after every attempt. This bonus roll works just like the first roll does and will not affect in any way other players' loot.

A charm may also be used, on most bosses, for an additional roll even on subsequent kills during the same week. For example, a player may return to Lei Shi and kill her a second time, receiving no loot by default, but use a charm and get another chance. Notable exceptions include open world bosses and the final bosses of an instance, on which only one bonus roll may be used per week.


Queuing can done by forming a complete 25-man raid and initiating a queue request. You will then immediately be teleported to the raid.

You can also form an incomplete 25-man raid and queue, with additional members being chosen by the game to fill out the 25-man roster; all players will be teleported to the raid.

It is currently possible to form a regular party including cross-realm Real-ID friends and queue for the raid. It is not yet possible to convert a party including Real-ID friends into a raid.


Since the Raid Finder is designed to serve players whose schedules do not permit regular raiding, it is designed to replace drop-outs. It is not possible to invite specific players to a Raid Finder raid once it has started (to prevent players from kicking pugged players to make room for friends).


There is no lock-out for Raid Finder in the traditional sense. You can queue in the Raid Finder repeatedly and defeat the same bosses over and over again. However, you are only entitled to a chance to receive loot from a boss the first time you kill that boss per weekly reset. If you kill the boss again later during the same weekly period, you are not eligible to receive any loot other than that from a charm bonus roll.

If you are chosen as a replacement for a partially-completed raid it is possible for you to complete that raid, then queue again later and try for loot for bosses that you had not personally defeated yet. When the raid reaches bosses you have defeated, you will not be eligible for loot. If you have completed bosses later in the progression schedule for a raid, the system will give you priority to join a group that will take on the bosses that you have missed.

If you leave a Raid Finder squad while they are in combat with a boss and that squad defeats the boss during that same battle, you will not receive loot but will still be marked as having defeated that boss, and will not be eligible for any more rewards from that boss until the weekly reset. Players who need to leave the keyboard in the middle of a fight may leave their characters in the raid to avoid being subject to this consequence.


Patch changes[]

See also[]


  1. ^ Patch 4.3 Interview with Greg Street (Ghostcrawler). MMO-Champion (2011-09-19). Retrieved on 2011-09-19.

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