For character background and biography, see Dal'rend Blackhand.
BossRend Blackhand
Image of Rend Blackhand
Gender Male
Race Orc (Humanoid)
Level 60 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Blackrock Stadium, Upper Blackrock Spire
Status Killable

Rend Blackhand was the Warchief of the Dark Horde and the last boss in Upper Blackrock Spire. He was removed with the instance revamp in patch 6.0.2.

Dungeon Journal

After the Horde was defeated in the Second War, Rend Blackhand, son of the first warchief, brought the remnants of his clan to Blackrock Spire and fought the Dark Iron dwarves for possession of the stronghold. Rend allied his orcs with Nefarian and the black dragonflight, who routed the dwarves and expelled them from Blackrock's upper reaches.


Stage One: Gyth

The Warchief mounts a deadly chromatic drake and assaults the Blackrock Stadium.

  • Gyth — A fully matured chromatic drake, capable of breathing fire, ice and acid.
    • Spell frost glacier.png  Freeze Magic Effect — Gyth sends out a blast of ice, stunning players in front of him for 6 sec and inflicting 139 to 161 Frost damage every 3 seconds.
    • Spell arcane starfire.png  Chromatic Chaos Magic Effect — Gyth is empowered with chromatic energy, increasing his chance to hit by 20 and reduces his damage taken by 25% for 5 min.
    • Spell fire fire.png  Flame Breath — Gyth breaths fire, inflicting Fire damage to all players in front of him.
    • Spell nature acid 01.png  Corrosive Acid Breath — Gyth breaths corrosive acid, reducing the armor of all players in front of him and inflicting Nature damage every 5 seconds.
    • Knock Away — Gyth inflicts Physical damage to his current target, knocking them away.

Stage Two: The False Warchief

When Gyth reaches 25% remaining health, Warchief Rend Blackhand dismounts and joins the fight.

  • Ability whirlwind.png  Whirlwind — Warchief Rend Blackhand attacks in a whirlwind of steel, inflicting Physical damage to all players within 8 yards every 2 seconds.
  • Ability warrior cleave.png  Cleave — Warchief Rend Blackhand inflicts Physical damage to his current target and their nearest allies, affecting up to 3 targets.
  • Ability warrior savageblow.png  Mortal Strike — Warchief Rend Blackhand inflicts Physical damage to his current target, reducing the effectiveness of their healing received by 50% for 5 sec.
  • Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png  Frenzy — Warchief Rend Blackhand goes into a frenzy, increasing his attack speed by 60% for 2 min.


This encounter is pretty simple, once several waves of enemies are taken out (Either 1 Elite chromatic dragonkin and an orc handler or 2 dragonkin; and 3 chromatic whelps) he will come through the gate to face you. It is important to note throughout this fight that a multitude of orcs spawn at the top of the arena. They will remain there until the event is completed.

This fight can be done simply: Everyone DPS Gyth (His mount) until Rend falls off, then another Tank keeps Rend busy while everyone finishes Gyth off, from there it is an easy matter of DPSing the crap out of Rend until he falls. 2 warriors, 2 Rogues, 2 mages, a Priest, a Warlock, and 2 of any other class can bring him down without even coming close to any deaths.

Note that if anyone has the  [Seal of Ascension] (UBRS key), by equipping it and Using it he can summon a giant spectral dragon (Vaelastrasz the Red, whom you will later fight in Blackwing Lair), who will heal everyone for five thousand as well as damage Rend. Nefarius will eventually banish him, however timely use of the UBRS key can ensure victory. Summoning Vaelastrasz when Rend falls off Gyth triggers him to attack Rend, while using it any any time beforehand only causes him to heal the raid. The ring is on a 3 minute cooldown, and this is shared with any other raid member who holds a Seal of Ascension. Equipping the ring will also randomly provide a +100 Resistance buff to any school of magic that Gyth uses.

For mages, warlocks, hunters, and other classes with (temporary) pets, it is important that you do not put them on aggressive mode, since they might aggro the spectators on top of the ledge with ranged attacks. This is especially important to mages using Mirror Image: since there is no pet bar for the mage to control the images, they will attack the nearest hostile target in range should they still be up after Rend's and Gyth's deaths (namely, the spectators). A mage soloing this event should either DPS Rend and Gyth slowly to ensure the images despawn before the end of the fight, or not cast it at all.

Objective of


Inv weapon shortblade 25.png [Felstriker] Inv jewelry ring 16.png [Band of Rumination]
Inv bracer 17.png [Battleborn Armbraces] Inv weapon halberd 04.png [Blackhand Doomsaw]
Inv shoulder 11.png [Bonespike Shoulder] Inv sword 43.png [Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge]
Inv sword 40.png [Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian] Inv boots 05.png [Dragonrider Boots]
Inv helmet 46.png [Eye of Rend] Inv boots cloth 03.png [Faith Healer's Boots]
Inv belt 03.png [Feralsurge Girdle] Inv pants 04.png [Warmaster Legguards]


Rend Blackhand art from the WoW TCG.

Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Excellent... it would appear as if the meddlesome insects have arrived just in time to feed my legion. Welcome, mortals!
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Let not even a drop of their blood remain upon the arena floor, my children. Feast on their souls!
During the battle
  • Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Do not force my hand, children! I shall use your hides to line my boots.
  • Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Foolsss... Kill the one in the dress!
  • Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Concentrate your attacks upon the healer!
  • Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Your efforts will prove fruitless. None shall stand in our way!
  • Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Inconceivable!
  • Warchief Rend Blackhand yells: Sire, let me join the fray! I shall tear their spines out with my bare hands!
  • Warchief Rend Blackhand yells: Defilers!
  • Warchief Rend Blackhand yells: Impossible!
Rend Blackhand's entrance
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: THIS CANNOT BE!!! Rend, deal with these insects.
Warchief Rend Blackhand yells: With pleasure...
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: The Warchief shall make quick work of you, mortals. Prepare yourselves!
Buffing Gyth
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Taste in my power!
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Your victory shall be short lived. The days of both the Alliance and Horde are coming to an end. The next time we meet shall be the last.

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Hotfix (2005-04-21): Hotfixed a bug that was causing Rend Blackhand's corpse to disappear immediately after he was killed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Rend Blackhand's treasure table has been modified.

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