NeutralTrial of the Naaru: Mercy
Start A'dal
End A'dal
Level 30 (Requires 30)
Type Heroic
Category Shattrath City
Experience 19000 (or 11g 40s at 70)
Reputation +500 Sha'tar
Previous N [30] The Tempest Key


A'dal in Shattrath City wants you to recover the Unused Axe of the Executioner from the Shattered Halls of Hellfire Citadel.

This quest must be completed in Heroic dungeon difficulty.


Four trials you must pass before you are deemed worthy by the naaru.

Within the Shattered Halls of Hellfire Citadel are three of your people. They are held there by the merciless one, Kargath Bladefist. He seeks to execute them as a sign of his virility and power. You must save these prisoners before such an atrocity can come to pass. As proof of deed, bring me the unused axe of the executioner. It must not have a drop of blood on its blade!


Upon completion of this quest you will gain:


<A'dal greets you.>


Well done, <name>. You have passed the trial of mercy.


The  [Flamewrought Key] is required to open Heroic Mode in Hellfire Citadel. The key can be obtained at honored reputation with Honor Hold or Thrallmar.

After defeating Mob Grand Warlock Nethekurse and upon entering the gauntlet afterwards, your group has 80 minutes to reach Mob Warchief Kargath Bladefist. Similar to the quest N [60D] Dead Man's Plea - the 45-minute baron run - a timer-debuff appears and Kargath Bladefist will occasionally yell something about executing the prisoners. Although you lose the debuff upon death you still can complete the quest.

The quest description is misleading, as a prisoner or two may be killed and you can still get the quest item - so don't be quick to give up if you miss the deadline, or even a few kills.


This is [The Tempest Key] quest chain. Prerequisite: The Cipher of Damnation quest chain

  1. N [30] The Tempest Key
  2. N [30R] Trial of the Naaru: Magtheridon

Patches and hotfixes

  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-12-20): Players are now able to complete the quest Trial of the Naaru: Mercy by beating the 55-minute timer.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added.

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