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This article is about the original instance. For the present-day instances, see Stratholme Main Gate and Stratholme Service Entrance. For history, see Stratholme. For the events of the Culling of Stratholme, see Culling of Stratholme (disambiguation).
Strat Live and Strat Undead
Scarlet Strat and Strat UD
Stratholme loading screen
Stratholme loading graphic
Location Plaguewood, Eastern Plaguelands
Race(s) HumanHuman Human
CultistCultist Cultist
ScourgeScourgeScourgeScourge Scourge
End boss Mob IconSmall Dreadlord Balnazzar (Main Gate)
Mob IconSmall DeathKnight Baron Rivendare (Service Entrance)
Advised level 56-61
Minimum level 45
Player limit 5
Key [The Scarlet Key] (Scarlet Crusade side)
[Key to the City] (Eastwall Gate Service Entrance)
Scarlet Stratholme

Skul (rare)
Balzaphon (Scourge Invasion)
Stratholme Courier
Fras Siabi
Atiesh (summoned)
Hearthsinger Forresten (rare)
The Unforgiven
Postmaster Malown (summoned)
Timmy the Cruel
Malor the Zealous
Crimson Hammersmith (summoned)
Cannon Master Willey
Archivist Galford
Jarien and Sothos (summoned)


Stratholme loot
Undead Stratholme

Stonespine (rare)
Baroness Anastari
Black Guard Swordsmith (summoned)
Maleki the Pallid
Magistrate Barthilas
Ramstein the Gorger
Baron Rivendare


Defenders of the Chapel

Aelmar the Vanquisher (summoned)
Cathela the Seeker (summoned)
Gregor the Justiciar (summoned)
Vicar Hieronymus (summoned)
Nemas the Arbiter (summoned)



Ysida Harmon


Stratholme loot

The city of Stratholme[27, 8]VZ-Eastern PlaguelandsBlip (pronounced ˈstrathːhɔlm[1] or STRATH-olm)[2] was the northernmost and second most populous city of the kingdom of Lordaeron, and is the city where the Order of the Silver Hand was founded. Today, Stratholme is the Scourge's capital in Lordaeron. The mad Prince Arthas ravaged Stratholme in the Third War and the undead moved in soon after. Stratholme burns to this day, and its districts have been split between the overzealous Scarlet Crusade led by Grand Crusader Dathrohan, and the Scourge forces led by the death knight Baron Rivendare.


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

Once the jewel of northern Lordaeron, the city of Stratholme is where Prince Arthas turned against his mentor, Uther Lightbringer, and slaughtered hundreds of his own subjects who were believed to have contracted the dreaded plague of undeath. Arthas' downward spiral and ultimate surrender to the Lich King soon followed. The broken city is now inhabited by the undead Scourge -- led by the powerful lich, Kel'Thuzad. A contingent of Scarlet Crusaders, led by Grand Crusader Dathrohan, also holds a portion of the ravaged city. The two sides are locked in constant, violent combat. Those adventurers brave (or foolish) enough to enter Stratholme will be forced to contend with both factions before long. It is said that the city is guarded by three massive watchtowers, as well as powerful necromancers, banshees and abominations. There have also been reports of a malefic Death Knight riding atop an unholy steed, dispensing indiscriminate wrath on all those who venture within the realm of the Scourge.


Maps and subregions[]

Dungeon denizens[]

Stratholme bosses

Stratholme bosses


Bosses Monsters
King's Square
Market Row
Crusaders' Square
The Scarlet Bastion
The Hall of Lights
The Hoard
The Crimson Throne
Festival Lane
Elder's Square
Alonsus Chapel
The Gauntlet
Slaughter Square
The Slaughter House


Stratholme gates

The gates of Stratholme.

On first entering Stratholme through the main entrance, the gate closes. Therefore, the only way out is to fight your way to the service entrance (the key to which is held by Magistrate Barthilas), also known as the "back door", or use a hearthstone or mage portal to get out. Teleporting out is also possible through the dungeon finder, if it was used to form your group. If someone is already at the service entrance, they can use the lever to open the gate and let others in. Another way to do this is duel, then aggro nearby hostiles (or just aggro monsters from the start), and slip through the door in ghost from, and resurrect on the other side.

Stratholme is basically divided into two parts, though the boundaries are somewhat vague. Scarlet Side or "Live Side", which goes from the main entrance into the Scarlet Crusade-controlled citadel, and Scourge Side or "Undead Side", which can also be accessed from the main entrance, but more commonly through the Service Entrance (which requires a key or Lockpicking 300) to the Scourge slaughterhouse. However, both "sides" are part of the same instance and players can complete both tracks. When using the dungeon finder the end boss, and thus the side of Stratholme your party needs to clear, is determined by the entrance you are ported to. The main gate will lead to the Live Side, while the service entrance will lead to the Undead Side. Players can complete the other side as well, but will not earn credit for completing the dungeon until they destroy the end boss of the appropriate side. The Spell deathknight armyofthedead [Stratholme] achievement requires completion of both sides, but this can be accomplished during separate runs.

Engineers can blast their way through the Service Entrance using Seaforium ([Powerful Seaforium Charge] or better), and blacksmiths a skeleton key (Inv misc key 08 [Arcanite Skeleton Key] or better). However, if you do, remember to take two charges with you, as there are two doors to open.

To get to Baron Rivendare, the 3 Ash'ari Crystals must be toppled. These Crystals are guarded by 3 of the bosses: Baroness Anastari, Nerub'enkan and Maleki the Pallid. Kill them, and all the trash mobs inside the ziggurats they guard, and the Crystals will be toppled, allowing you entry to the Slaughterhouse where Baron Rivendare waits.

Scarlet side[]


The Scarlet Bastion


Undead side[]


Festival Lane

The slaughterhouse

The Slaughterhouse — where Baron Rivendare dwells.


The streets of Stratholme.


Main article: Stratholme loot
Old version of Naxxramas still flying over Stratholme

The original version of Naxxramas - the one from even before Patch 1.11.0 - can still be seen flying over Stratholme


  • It is interesting to note that there is a raid instance portal at the end of the instance, outside the Slaughter Square. This was intended to lead to Naxxramas, similar to the Molten Core entrance from Blackrock Depths.[3] Carefully using a flying mount to approach Stratholme from the outside shows that an old version of the necropolis is still flying near Slaughter Square. There are ruined flags carrying the insignia of Lordaeron (in original blue) inside the tunnel, which are not seen anywhere else inside Stratholme. The portal can be seen during the event before Rivendare, when lesser undead are brought in from the area. If you delay, the area will close and you will become stuck.
  • The Ghostly Citizens and Spectral Citizens in the instance will emote back things like /wave and /dance.
  • Inv misc cape 19 [Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape] drops in this instance. This particular item is white and looks longer than your average cloak or cape.
  • The sign post at the entrance says "To Stranglethorn." This is technically true.


Patch and hotfixes[]

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23):
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Cap changed from 10 to 5 players.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • Several spawns removed from Stratholme. This should make for a more enjoyable 5 player experience. Also, you will now be able to make additional attempts at Ramstein and/or Baron Rivendare should your initial attempt fail.
    • The trapped chests in Stratholme will now show up for Detect Traps and can be disarmed. In addition, the number of creatures that come out of the trapped chests has been reduced.
    • Many creatures in Stratholme have gained Detect Invisibility/Stealth.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19):
    • 26 new Rare items have been added to Stratholme.
    • Several Uncommon items have been upgraded to Rare quality.
    • There is a new load screen for Stratholme.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07):
    • Capped at ten players.
    • Lengthened the respawn time of many of the creatures in Stratholme.
    • Crimson Conjurers will no longer roam in pairs.
    • Changed the way the Gauntlet area works. The Crystals no longer respawn.
    • The Crystals no longer fire ribbon of souls (this was causing in-combat issues).
    • Fixed a bug that was causing monsters to leave combat in mid-fight, thus regaining all their health.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.10 (2004-09-18): Added.


  1. ^ YouTube - Let's Play Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 13 - Uther Arrives
  2. ^
  3. ^ Ion Hazzikostas on Twitter: "That was going to be the original Naxx entrance, the way you zoned into MC through BRD, BWL through UBRS, etc."

External links[]

Dungeon Eastern Plaguelands subzone