For the character's history and lore, see Zovaal.
BossThe Jailer
Image of The Jailer
Gender Male
Race Eternal One (Humanoid)
Level ?? Boss
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Mawsworn
Location Heart of Eternity, Sepulcher of the First Ones
Status Killable

The Jailer is the final boss of the Sepulcher of the First Ones and the Shadowlands expansion.

Adventure Guide

For untold millennia, the Jailer patiently unfolded his plan to reach the heart of the Sepulcher. Now poised upon the precipice of his final victory, the heroes of Azeroth must rally to prevent the Jailer from dominating all of reality.


The champions of Azeroth assault the Jailer as he attempts to use the Machine of Origination to unmake existence.

At the start of the battle the Jailer, using Inv cape special domination c 01.png  Unrelenting Domination, begins assert control over the Machine of Origination by dominating its Control Pylons.

Once all of the Control Pylons have been brought under the Jailer's control, he turns his attention to configuring the Machine of Origination to harness the energy of the world soul of Azeroth using Spell progenitor buff.png  Unholy Attunement. Every cast of Spell progenitor buff.png  Unholy Attunement raises 3 Control Pylons, in an attempt to make curcuit from the outer edge of the Machine of Origination to the middle. The champions can fight against this by using Ability demonhunter shatteredsouls.png  Shattering Blast to destroy the Control Pylons before the circuit is complete.

When the Jailer has completed attuning the machine to the world soul of Azeroth, its life force begins being drained to power the Machine of Origination. In addition to the automatic drain from the Machine of Origination, the Jailer will also directly attack Azeroth with Spell animamaw missile.png  Desolation. Once Azeroth's life force reaches 10% the Jailer will execute Azeroth and unmake all of existance.

Tank Alert Tanks

Damage Dealer Alert Damage Dealers

Healer Alert Healers


The Jailer's corpse after his defeat.

The Jailer non-conduit loot
Item Slot Type Notes
 [Fractal Cypher of the Zereth Overseer] Mount Mythic only
 [Bindings of the Banished One] Hands Cloth
 [Chains of Domination] Trinket Strength/Agility
 [Domination's Deliverance] One-Hand Fist Weapon Agility
Epochal Oppressor's Greaves Legs Mail
 [Forbidden Truth] Off-Hand Intellect
 [Gavel of the First Arbiter] Two-Hand Mace Strength
 [Legguards of the Ultimate Threat] Legs Plate
 [Runecarver's Twisted Ward] Waist Leather
 [Scars of Fraternal Strife] Trinket
 [Worldkiller Iris] Neck
 [Zovastrum, the Unmaking] Two-Hand Polearm Agility

Conduits that can drop as bonus loot:


Objective of



At the start of the encounter, a combined in-game cutscene/pre-rendered cinematic plays.

The players run into the Heart of Eternity, where the Jailer stands waiting in front of a globe of Azeroth, looking at the map of Northrend.
Zovaal says: Can your mortal minds fathom...
Zovaal says: how long I have waited?
Zovaal says: Every event set in motion.
Zovaal says: Every pawn put into play.
The cutscene transitions to a pre-rendered cinematic, opening with a shot of Icecrown Citadel below the shattered sky.
Zovaal: All to claim the power slumbering within your world.
The camera slowly pans down below ground to the Forge of Souls.
Zovaal: The soul of Azeroth, wounded, vulnerable, yet teeming with potential.
The dormant soul grinders light up and start spinning rapidly. The camera changes to a shot of the Spire, lit up by a yellow glow from the bottom of the citadel. Suddenly, a massive beam of Azerite energy shoots up along the Spire, out of the top of the citadel, and into the top of the Sanctum of Domination looming in the rift above.
Zovaal: Potential that I will use to eradicate this flawed reality.
The cinematic transitions back to an in-game cutscene. The Jailer turns away from the beam of Azerite shooting into the chamber, turning to face the players and materializing his hammer in his hand.
Zovaal: Death claims the soul of your world. Now bear witness, mortals, to eternity's end.


I will claim what is mine!
Rune of Damnation
  • Fall to ruin.
  • Your fate is sealed.
  • Break!
  • Rupture!
You cannot withstand my power!
Relentless Domination
My will dominates all.
Die at my feet!
Phase 2
The power of the First Ones is now mine to wield.
  • Decimation!
  • Extermination.
Shattering Blast
You will break!
Rune of Compulsion
Reality crumbles.
Phase 3
The Jailer casts Unbreaking Grasp, stunning all players.
For uncounted ages I plotted to break this flawed cycle. To forge a new cosmos... dominated under my will.
All players receive Boon of Azeroth, ending the stun.
The soul of your world defies me?! No matter. It cannot save you.
Chains of Anguish
  • Anguish binds you!
  • You are shackled to failure.
  • All that you touch is defiled.
  • Your existence is a blight upon the cosmos.
Rune of Domination
All will be made to serve.
Killing a player
  • This is your end.
  • Unmade.
  • Your failure was inevitable.
Every soul has its place... and your souls will know only oblivion.

Closing cinematic

Upon the Jailer's defeat, another pre-rendered cinematic, "The Jailer's Fall", plays:

The Jailer falls to his knees and grunts in pain as the visor on his helmet starts to melt away like smoke. Images briefly flash by of the rift above Icecrown Citadel and the triumphant Jailer in the Crucible after the death of the Arbiter.
Zovaal: This must not be...
The screen flashes to white and changes to showing a foggy memory of a chained Zovaal—not yet covered in Domination runes—being put on trial in the Crucible. The camera shifts to showing his point of view, looking up at Kyrestia the Firstborne.
Kyrestia: You have betrayed your duty as Arbiter, and shall be bound forevermore.
In the Heart of Eternity, Zovaal twists on the ground as more of his armor melts away. In the memory, the Winter Queen pronounces her judgment.
Winter Queen: Your madness has threatened the cycle of life and death entire.
Zovaal's skin starts melting away from his chest, hand, and face as well, gradually reverting to a lifeless metallic vessel. In the memory, Denathrius stretches down an open hand to Zovaal, then closes it into a fist.
Denathrius: You could have sought another way, brother. Imagine what we could have accomplished together.
The camera shifts to showing Zovaal from above, shackled on the ground as the shadow of the Primus looms over him from off-screen.
The Primus: Why, Zovaal? What drove you to this end?
Zovaal strains against his chains and looks up at the Primus. As he speaks, his facial expression changes from one of angry defiance to one resembling concern.
Zovaal: You preserve that which is doomed. A cosmos divided will not survive what is to come.
The camera shifts back to the Heart of Eternity, where the modern-day Zovaal finishes his own sentence, speaking the last three words as his final ones while the light fades from the eyes of his now lifeless vessel. The sigil lodged in the hole at the center of his chest loses its light, fading into an inert orb. On Azeroth, the light beam shooting up from Icecrown disappears while the rift above rapidly closes until the sky is once again intact.


  • In early PTR builds, the Jailer's Adventure Guide entry read: For millenia, Zovaal manipulated forces throughout the universe to place him in this position of power. At this final step, the heroes of Azeroth rally to fight a cosmic being who has never known defeat.

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