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For the pre-Mists of Pandaria instance and associated lore, see Scholomance (Classic). For the achievement, see Spell holy senseundead [Scholomance].
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Location Caer Darrow, Western Plaguelands
Race(s) CultistCultist Cultist
ScourgeScourgeScourgeScourge Scourge
End boss IconSmall Arugal Darkmaster Gandling
Instance info
Type Dungeon
Minimum level 33 (90 Heroic)
Player limit 5

The Scholomance (SKOH-loh-mance), also known as the School of Necromancy,[1] is a vile academy for prospective necromancers of the Scourge, is located in the ruins of the palatial House of Barov, on a rise overlooking the abandoned city of Caer Darrow. Scholomance received a heroic mode along with a content redesign in a manner similar to Deadmines or Shadowfang Keep in the expansion, Mists of Pandaria. The layout of the dungeon changed to be less confusing, similar to how the Sunken Temple was done. Five bosses await adventurers there.


Following the Second War, the fortress at Caer Darrow was restored. The manor was the Barov's primary residence amidst their far-reaching empire which comprised Caer Darrow, Brill, Southshore, and Tarren Mill, but as the years closed to the Third War, the aristocrats became depressed, greedy, and rageful. After decades of rule, in order to preserve their fortune and hold of the land well past their lifespan, the Barovs made a deal with Kel'Thuzad, leader of the Cult of the Damned. The once opulent keep of Caer Darrow secretly became the horrific Scholomance, a school of necromancy.[2]

Six months passed and the keep became decrepit and inhabited by dark undead beings. Acolytes of the Cult learned their craft, while the family servants were used as experiments for the Plague of Undeath.[2] Finally, while the Scourge did not even yet fully exist in Lordaeron, a devastating disease, which was not the Plague that the Scourge would employ later but an experience of Scholomance,[3] was unleashed and ravaged Caer Darrow before a visit from Uther the Lightbringer was scheduled.[4] None survived,[5] while the plague variant compelled its victims to wander as ghosts.[3] The first abominations were also created in the catacombs of Scholomance from unearthed corpses that were hacked apart and pieced together.[6] Salramm the Fleshcrafter was one of the first necromancers trained in the halls beneath Scholomance.

After the Third War, the Barovs remained as undead monsters. One of Kel'Thuzad's mightiest agents, the Ravenian, also lived within the recesses of the school — ever ready to devour those students who showed any sign of weakness. The lich Ras Frostwhisper ruled over the site guarding it for the Scourge, until he was destroyed. The mortal necromancer, Darkmaster Gandling, serves as headmaster of the school, succeeding Araj the Summoner[7] who was headmaster after Kel'Thuzad. Constructs, spirits, and demons are allowed to roam the halls untended, which is unexpected for such practiced necromancers.[8]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

With the death of the Lich King and many of its leaders, including those once found in Scholomance, the Scourge became weakened. With no leadership, Darkmaster Gandling used his ability to control the undead and began to unofficially take control of the Scourge forces using them to keep control of Scholomance, the last holdout west of Thondroril,[9] and attempt to take control of Andorhal. When Gandling failed to take Andorhal, he retreated back into Scholomance to bide his time.

Alexi and Weldon Barovs reunited and both turned their attention to Scholomance, attempting to rid their former home of the Scourge.[10][11]


From the World Dungeons page on the official World of Warcraft Community Site:

The Scholomance is housed within a series of crypts that lie beneath the ruined keep of Caer Darrow. Once owned by the noble Barov family, Caer Darrow fell into ruin following the Second War. As the wizard Kel'thuzad enlisted followers for his Cult of the Damned, he would often promise immortality in exchange for serving the Lich King. The Barov family fell to Kel'thuzad's charismatic influence and donated the keep and its crypts to the Scourge. The cultists then killed the Barovs and turned the ancient crypts into a school for necromancy known as the Scholomance. Though Kel'thuzad no longer resides in the crypts, devoted cultists and instructors still remain. The powerful lich, Ras Frostwhisper, rules over the site and guards it in the Scourge's name — while the mortal necromancer, Darkmaster Gandling, serves as the school's insidious headmaster.

Dungeon Journal[]

Individuals seeking to master the powers of undeath know well of Scholomance, the infamous school of necromancy located in the dark and foreboding crypts beneath Caer Darrow. In recent years, several of the instructors have changed, but the institution remains under the control of Darkmaster Gandling, a particularly sadistic and insidious practitioner of necromantic magic.

Mists of Pandaria[]

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Lilian Voss entered Scholomance, hoping to put an end to the necromancers. However, Darkmaster Gandling managed to take and subdue her, in order to turn the undead against her allies.

After being defeated and left for dead by the adventurers, she managed to escape, leaving behind some gear, among them a necklace with a dark luster.[12]

Adventurers also attacked Gandling with the help of Lord Alexei Barov who hoped that his death would lift the curse upon Caer Darrow and would allow Alexei's spirit to finally rest in peace.[13]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

The Shadow Council made a camp in Caer Darrow and spoke with the Cult of the Damned in Scholomance to get the Book of Medivh.[14]

Kharmeera sent an adventurer to Scholomance to retrieve Ancient Arkhana from a Pile of Ancient Arkhana.[15]

Exploring Azeroth[]

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Mathias Shaw reported that as of the end of the Fourth War, Scholomance was still in operation as a school of necromancy, and is under the investigation by the Argent Crusade. The Crusade's reports mention that some of the Barovs are still there and Darkmaster Gandling, still active, has many puppets to play with. This includes Jandice Barov and Rattlegore. Mathias also reported that one of the ritual hoods used by the Cult. He advised it to be locked in the manor, but the hood and the Barovian family sword eventually ended up displayed in Mardenholde Keep of Hearthglen.[16]




Dungeon - Scholomance[]

The key to lifting the curse of this place rests in the final death of Darkmaster Gandling.

  • Instructor Chillheart defeated
  • Jandice Barov defeated
  • Rattlegore defeated
  • Lilian Voss defeated
  • Darkmaster Gandling defeated

Dungeon denizens[]

Bosses Monsters NPCs
The Balcony
Jandice's Room
Chamber of Summoning
Lilian's Room
Viewing Room
Headmaster's Study


Boss Item Type
Normal Heroic
Instructor Chillheart Inv jewelry necklace 53 [Anarchist's Pendant] Inv jewelry necklace 53 [Anarchist's Pendant] Intellect/hit Neck
Inv chest plate29v2 [Breastplate of Wracking Souls] Inv chest plate dungeonplate c 07 [Breastplate of Wracking Souls] Strength/parry Plate chest
Inv sword 03 [Gravetouch Greatsword] Inv sword 113 [Gravetouch Greatsword] Strength/hit Two-hand sword
Inv belt 94v2 [Icewrath Belt] Inv belt leather dungeonleather c 06 [Icewrath Belt] Agility/crit Leather waist
Inv bracer 72v1 [Shadow Puppet Bracers] Inv bracer mail dungeonmail c 06 [Shadow Puppet Bracers] Intellect/spirit Mail wrist
Jandice Barov Inv helmet robe common c 01v2 [Barovian Ritual Hood] Inv helmet cloth dungeoncloth c 06 [Barovian Ritual Hood] Intellect/hit Cloth head
Inv pants leather 42v2 [Ghostwoven Legguards] Inv pants leather dungeonleather c 06 [Ghostwoven Legguards] Agility/crit Leather legs
Inv armor shield naxxramas d 01 [Metanoia Shield] Inv armor shield naxxramas d 01 [Metanoia Shield] Intellect/spirit Shield
Inv cape firelands fireset d 01 [Phantasmal Drape] Inv cape pandaria c 04 [Phantasmal Drape] Strength/hit Back
Inv boots plate 22 [Wraithplate Treads] Inv boots plate dungeonplate c 07 [Wraithplate Treads] Strength/parry Plate feet
Rattlegore Inv boots mail 13v3 [Bone Golem Boots] Inv boot mail dungeonmail c 06 [Bone Golem Boots] Agility/hit Mail feet
Inv bracer robe common c 01v1 [Deadwalker Bracers] Inv bracer cloth dungeoncloth c 06 [Deadwalker Bracers] Intellect/hit Cloth wrist
Inv axe 20 [Goresoaked Headreaper] Inv axe 20 [Goresoaked Headreaper] Strength/crit Two-hand axe
Inv wand 1h pandung c 01 [Necromantic Wand] Inv wand 1h pandung c 01 [Necromantic Wand] Intellect/crit Wand
Inv gauntlets 112 [Rattling Gloves] Inv gauntlets leather dungeonleather c 06 [Rattling Gloves] Intellect/spirit Leather hands
Doctor Theolen Krastinov Inv misc bag 11 [Krastinov's Bag of Horrors] Toy
Lilian Voss Inv gauntlets 117 [Dark Blaze Gauntlets] Inv gauntlets plate dungeonplate c 07 [Dark Blaze Gauntlets] Strength/crit Plate hands
Inv pants robe common c 01v2 [Leggings of Unleashed Anguish] Inv pants cloth dungeoncloth c 06 [Leggings of Unleashed Anguish] Intellect/crit Cloth legs
Inv neck firelands 03 [Necklace of the Dark Blaze] Inv neck firelands 03 [Necklace of the Dark Blaze] Strength/dodge Neck
Inv chest mail 18 [Shivbreaker Vest] Inv chest mail dungeonmail c 06 [Shivbreaker Vest] Intellect/spirit Mail chest
Inv helmet 183v2 [Soulburner Crown] Inv helmet leather dungeonleather c 06 [Soulburner Crown] Agility/hit Leather head
Darkmaster Gandling Inv jewelry talisman 12 [Headmaster's Will] Intellect/hit Staff
Inv gauntlets 113v2 [Gloves of Explosive Pain] Inv glove mail dungeonmail c 06 [Gloves of Explosive Pain] Intellect/spirit Mail hands
Inv belt robe common c 01v2 [Incineration Belt] Inv belt cloth dungeoncloth c 06 [Incineration Belt] Intellect/hit Cloth waist
Inv misc cat trinket12 [Lessons of the Darkmaster] Inv misc cat trinket12 [Lessons of the Darkmaster] Strength/expertise Trinket
Inv jewelry trinket 18 [Price of Progress] Inv jewelry trinket 18 [Price of Progress] Intellect/mana Trinket
Inv misc cat trinket08 [Searing Words] Inv misc cat trinket08 [Searing Words] Agility/crit Trinket
Inv shoulder 145v3 [Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons] Inv shoulder plate dungeonplate c 07 [Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons] Intellect/spirit Plate shoulder
Inv gauntlets 112 [Tombstone Gauntlets] Inv gauntlets leather dungeonleather c 06 [Tombstone Gauntlets] Agility/hit Leather hands
Inv shoulder 145 [Vigorsteel Spaulders] Inv shoulder plate dungeonplate c 07 [Vigorsteel Spaulders] Strength/hit Plate shoulder


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Scholomance faculty[]

In the RPG[]

Icon-RPG This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

The School of Necromancy is housed in an underground complex beneath the city of Andorhal.[17] The School of Necromancy is a sprawling subterranean labyrinth akin to Undercity on a much smaller scale. Undead horrors, necromancers, warlocks, and Damned cultists haunt the tunnels. Darkmaster Gandling, a mummified wretch, teaches students how to raise the dead in the Lich King's name. Formerly a Dalaran wizard, he betrayed his masters for dark power and now revels in undeath. His graduates go on to Stratholme, the Scourge's capital in the Eastern Plaguelands.[18]

In Hearthstone[]

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

A very non-canon take on Scholomance is the setting of the Hearthstone expansion Scholomance Academy. It is portrayed as a school for all character classes, outwardly jovial but hiding dark secrets, run by the sinister Headmaster Kel'Thuzad before his transformation into a lich.


  • The term Scholomance literally means "school of magic".
  • According to WoW Map Viewer the name for the Scholomance instance is SchoolofNecromancy.
  • There is a cut subzone in the Western Plaguelands called the School of Necromancy.
  • According to Romanian legend, a real Scholomance exists by an unnamed lake in the mountains south of the city of Hermannstadt (called Sibiu in Romanian) in Transylvania. This school of black magic is said to be run by the Devil, and would accept only ten students at a time. The tenth would remain to serve the Devil as payment for his teachings. The Scholomance in WoW is placed in the middle of the lake, much like its legendary namesake. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, Count Dracula is said to have spent several years training under the Devil in the Scholomance. It is referenced in both Stoker's novel and an article titled "Transylvanian Superstitions" on page 136 of The Nineteenth Century by Emily Gerard.
  • During the development of classic World of Warcraft, Scholomance was internally known as "keep micro dungeon" for around half a year before Chris Metzen came in at the very end and named the dungeon "Scholomance".[19]



Patch changes[]

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned from the original Scholomance. Now has a Heroic mode for level 90 players.


External links[]

Scholomance School of Necromancy Entrance