BossSvala Sorrowgrave
Image of Svala Sorrowgrave
Gender Female
Race Val'kyr (Undead)
Level 67 - 82 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Dragonflayer clan
Location Observance Hall, Utgarde Pinnacle
Status Killable

Svala Sorrowgrave was a vrykul who had been turned into a val'kyr by the Lich King. As uninvited guests entered her room, an image of the Lich King congratulated her for having done a great service, for she was the one who discovered the Alliance and Horde's plans to invade Utgarde, allowing them to prepare. She is the first boss of Utgarde Pinnacle.

Adventure Guide

Svala distinguished herself as Ingvar the Plunderer's lieutenant, leading perilous scouting missions in Horde and Alliance outposts. It was she who discovered the enemy's plans to invade Utgarde, giving the Lich King time to prepare. For her service, he has transformed her into a val'kyr, revered warrior maiden of the Scourge.

Attacks and abilities

  • Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice.png  Sinister Strike — Svala Sorrowgrave strikes a player, inflicting Physical damage. 
  • Spell fire lavaspawn.png  Call Flames — Svala Sorrowgrave summons flames from the nearby braziers that inflict Fire damage to a random player. 
  • Inv sword 104.png  Ritual of the Sword — Svala Sorrowgrave summons a random player to her altar and begins to sacrifice them. While being sacrificed, three Ritual Channelers cast Paralyze on the player, stunning them until the channelers are killed. 
    • Inv sword 105.png  Ritual Strike — After 25 seconds, Svala's sword falls to the altar and inflits Shadow damage to all players within 0 yards. In addition, any player hit by the sword becomes corrupted, causing Shadow damage every second for 8 sec. 
Ritual Channeler
  • Spell shadow soulleech 3.png  Paralyze — Ritual Channelers focus on the player that Svala is sacrificing, stunning them for as long as the Ritual Channeler is alive. 
  • Spell shadow ragingscream.png  Shadows in the Dark — Ritual Channelers are surrounded with Shadows that have 100% chance of enveloping attackers, inflicting Shadow damage every 3 sec for 21 sec. This effect stacks. 


Normal - This fight is quite easy. Sorrowgrave's damage is low, and the adds have low health.

Every 20 seconds or so she will sacrifice a party member. She rises to the ceiling and teleports the targeted member to the altar. Three adds appear and channel a spell holding the party member in place.

You have approximately 8 seconds to kill all the adds before the sword reaches the altar and kills the sacrifice target. [Ice Block] can be used to avoid the sacrifice, it is unknown whether other abilities also work. These abilities do not remove the sacrifice on Heroic Mode.

Heroic - The adds have much more health and apply a dot to any player who casts a direct damage spell on them. Having substantial AOE damage is useful for killing the adds in time.


Normal mode
Heroic mode

Related Achievements


Svala yells: My liege! I have done as you asked, and now beseech you for your blessing!
Image of Arthas yells: Your sacrifice is a testament to your obedience. Indeed you are worthy of this charge. Arise, and forever be known as Svala Sorrowgrave!
Svala Sorrowgrave yells: The sensation is... beyond my imagining. I am yours to command, my king.
Image of Arthas yells: Your first test awaits you. Destroy our uninvited guests.
Svala Sorrowgrave yells: I will be happy to slaughter them in your name! Come, enemies of the Scourge! I will show you the might of the Lich King!
I will vanquish your soul!
Ritual of the Sword
  • Your death approaches.
  • Go now to my master.
  • Your end is inevitable.
  • Any last words?
Killing a player
  • You were a fool to challenge the power of the Lich King!
  • Your will is done, my king.
  • Another soul for my master.
Nooo! I did not come this far... to...


Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Updated with a new model.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2010-02-09): Svala Sorrowgrave in Utgarde Pinnacle should no longer get stuck in the air during her transformation phase.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.2 (2010-02-01): Svala Sorrowgrave now casts Ritual of the Sword 1 time during the encounter, down from 3.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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