NeutralThe Dark Riders
Start Revil Kost
End Revil Kost
Level 10-45
Category Artifact
Experience 14,800
Rewards 19g 40s
Previous N Druid [10-45] The Deadwind Hunt
Next N Druid [10-45] The Burden Borne


Defeat the Dark Riders in the Karazhan Catacombs and claim the Scythe of Elune.

  • Defeat the Dark Riders
  • The Scythe of Elune claimed


This sewer grate leads to the catacombs underneath Karazhan. I've never paid it much attention, but it seems to be where the Nightbane are being drawn to. To think, the Dark Riders may have been under our noses this entire time! Come, let us see where this leads.


You will receive: 19g 40s


Today was a great blow against the Dark Riders, and a victory for the people of Duskwood.

They are in your debt, as am I.



On accept:

Revil Kost says: Go in ahead, druid. I will join you inside.

Upon entering the catacombs, you are placed in a single-player scenario.

Stage 1: The Downward Spiral

  • Karazhan Catacombs infiltrated
Revil Kost says: Take care! There is a dark energy emanating from the spirits of this place. We had best not get too close.

The skeletal Cursed Guardians will awaken from their resting places along the walls as you descend and attack you. About halfway down, Revil will say:

Revil Kost says: How far down is this place? These stairs seem to go forever.

Once you reach the bottom of the stairs, two Dark Riders are guarding the entrance to the tunnel. Upon proceeding further inward, it becomes apparent that the way has been blocked by a field of "Grasping Spirits" summoned by Ariden, who is sitting on his steed on the other side.

Stage 2: Grasp of the Damned

  • Spirit Barrier crossed
Revil Kost says: The way is blocked!
Ariden yells: Intruders! You will go no further!
Revil Kost says: Hold, druid! Those spirits he's controlling look like they'll rip us apart!
Revil Kost says: We have to figure out a way to get past without being torn asunder.

Use [Solar Beam] to interrupt Ariden's channeled spell.

Ariden yells: Do not think you have won! Conservator, do your duty!

Stage 3: Removal Protocols

The Conservator, a damaged arcane golem, emerges from a room to the west.

The Conservator yells: Your presence is unauthorized. Removal protocols engaged.

Stage 4: Elune's Prize

  • Scythe of Elune found
Revil Kost says: Keep your guard up! I fear Ariden is not done with us yet.
Revil Kost says: The artifact chambers look to be just ahead. Let us proceed.
Revil Kost says: Over here! Is this the relic you seek?

The Scythe is resting, seemingly unguarded, in the room just ahead. Upon attempting to loot it, Ariden appears and knocks the player back.

Ariden yells: So this is what you're after? The artifacts of Karazhan belong here, and I will not allow them to be taken away!
Revil Kost says: You have no right to these artifacts, fiend! They must be reclaimed in the name of the Light!
Ariden uses his magic to lift Revil off the ground and choke him.
Ariden yells: Your Light does not reach here, priest!
Ariden equips the Scythe of Elune.
Ariden yells: If you want the Scythe, druid, come and claim it!
Ariden rides past the player deeper into the northern part of the catacombs.
Revil Kost says: Quickly, after him! I will only slow you down...

Stage 5: The Rider's Prize

  • Ariden followed

Head to the northernmost part of the catacombs and defeat any Dark Riders and Cursed Guardians you encounter along the way.

Stage 6: Reaping the Riders

  • Ariden defeated

Upon approaching Ariden in the final chamber:

Ariden says: You are a persistent one.
Ariden yells: Very well! If you so thirst for the power of the Scythe, then I will show it to you myself!

During the fight, Ariden occasionally transforms into a worgen.

The Scythe has overpowered Ariden! Keep him away from you to avoid [Bloodreap]!

Upon killing Ariden:

Ariden yells: I will ride... again...

Final Stage: The Scythe Reclaimed

The Scythe is stuck in the floor next to Ariden's corpse. Upon looting it, Revil runs into the chamber.

Revil Kost says: It is done. The Dark Riders are defeated.
Revil Kost says: Now I can reclaim these stolen artifacts and return them to their rightful owners.
Revil Kost says: You have proven an unexpected ally, druid. The weapon is yours. Let us hope it can turn the tide in this war.
Revil Kost says: The Dark Riders lost this battle, but I fear they will soon regroup. We had best be gone before they do.


  1. N Druid [10-45] A Summons From Moonglade
  2. N Druid [10-45] Call of the Wilds
  3. N Druid [10-45] The Dreamway
  4. N Druid [10-45] To The Dreamgrove
  5. N Druid [10-45] Weapons of Legend
  6. Acquire the chosen artifact:
  7. N Druid [10-45] Sowing The Seed
  8. N Druid [10-45] Ascending The Circle
  9. N Druid [10-45] Word on the Winds
  10. N Druid [10-45] Making Trails
  11. N Druid [10-45] Growing Power (optional)
  12. Complete all of:
  13. N Druid [10-45] Sister Lilith
  14. N Druid [10-45] Recruiting the Troops
  15. N Druid [10-45] A Glade Defense
  16. N Druid [10-45] Branching Out
  17. N Druid [10-45] Sampling the Nightmare
  18. N Druid [10-45] Dire Growth
  19. N Druid [10-45] Malorne's Refuge
  20. N Druid [10-45] Grip of Nightmare
  21. N Druid [10-45] Tracking the Enemy
  22. N Druid [10-45] Idol of the Wilds
  23. N Druid [10-45] Gathering the Dreamweavers
  24. N Druid [10-45] The Protectors
  25. Optional

Level 45

  1. N Druid [45] The Way to Nordrassil
  2. Complete all of:
  3. N Druid [45] A Dying Dream
  4. N Druid [45] Communing With Malorne
  5. N Druid [45] A New Beginning
  6. Complete both:
  7. Complete all of:
  8. N Druid [45] Enter Nightmare
  9. N Druid [45] Defenders of the Dream
  10. N Druid [45] The War of the Ancients
  11. N Druid [45] Archimonde, The Defiler
  12. N Druid [45] The Demi-God's Return
  13. N Druid [45] A Hero's Weapon

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