For the pre-6.0 instance, see Upper Blackrock Spire (Classic). For the lore and history of the fortress, see Blackrock Spire.
Upper Blackrock Spire
Upper Blackrock Spire loading screen.jpg
Location Inside Blackrock Spire, Blackrock Mountain
Race(s) IconSmall Dragonmaw Male.gifIconSmall Dragonmaw Female.gif Orc
OgreOgre Ogre
IconSmall Dragonman.gif Dragonman
End boss IconSmall Zaela.gif Warlord Zaela
Instance info
Type Dungeon
Advised level 100
Player limit 5
Blackrock Mountain

Upper Blackrock Spire is the upper area of greater Blackrock Spire complex, and serves as a main base of operations for the Ironmarch expedition of the Iron Horde in Azeroth, led by one of the Garrosh's staunchest supporters, Warlord Zaela. Formerly occupied by the Dark Horde and black dragonflight under Nefarian, remnants of his forces also entrenched themselves in the area.

Dungeon Journal

The history of this imposing fortress is long and complex. Carved into the fiery core of Blackrock Mountain by the Dark Iron clan centuries ago, and eventually taken by the black dragon Nefarian and his brood, the upper reaches of Blackrock Spire are now home to the Ironmarch vanguard. As preparations to use the Spire as the staging ground for a full-scale invasion of Azeroth continue, the Iron Horde has set up a terrifying contingency plan: a doomsday weapon within the heart of Blackrock Mountain.


Maps and subregions


The dungeon encompasses a single quest that updates as players progress. This quest contains the following steps:

Quest phase Description
Extinguish Runes Kill inhabitants of rooms to extinguish runes.
  • 5 Runes Extinguished
Defeat Orebender Gor'ashan ((mouseover description))
Defeat Kyrak ((mouseover description))
  • Kyrak slain
Enter Arena and Defeat Gauntlet ((mouseover description))
  • Blackrock Stadium entered
  • Wave 1 defeated
  • Wave 2 defeated
  • Wave 3 defeated
Defeat Ragewing ((mouseover description))
  • Ragewing defeated
Defeat Zaela ((mouseover description))
  • Warlord Zaela defeated

Dungeon denizens

Bosses Monsters
Dragonspire Hall
Hall of Binding
The Rookery
Hall of Blackhand
Blackrock Stadium
  • (etc...)
The Furnace
  • (etc...)
Spire Throne
  • (etc...)
Molten Span
  • (etc...)


Boss Item Type
Orebender Gor'ashan  [Petrified Willow] (H · M) Strength two-hand mace
 [Gor'ashan's Lodestone Spike] (H · M) Agility trinket
Kyrak  [Pip's Flenser] (H · M) Caster dagger
 [Kyrak's Vileblood Serum] (H · M) Tank trinket
Commander Tharbek  [Tharbek's Brutal Possessor] (H · M) Strength one-hand sword
 [Tharbek's Unholy Charge] (H · M) Agility one-hand sword
 [Tharbek's Lucky Pebble] (H · M) Spirit trinket
Ragewing the Untamed  [Blackhand Doomcutter] (H · M) Agility polearm
 [Ragewing's Firefang] (H · M) Caster trinket
Warlord Zaela  [Bleakblade of Shahram] (H · M) Strength two-hand sword
 [Felshanker] (H · M) Agility dagger
 [Draconian Doomshield] (H · M) Strength shield
 [Emberscale Talisman] (H · M) Strength trinket


  1.  [Upper Blackrock Spire Challenger]
  2.  [Upper Blackrock Spire: Bronze]
  3.  [Upper Blackrock Spire: Silver]
  4.  [Upper Blackrock Spire: Gold]

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-14): Resolved an issue where items were incorrectly disenchanting into Warlords of Draenor enchanting materials.
This is in reference to the special level 90 version of UBRS that existed during the Iron Horde Incursion world event.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now a separate instance from LBRS, retuned for level 100 players. Encounters updated to reflect recent storyline developments. Partially expanded. Blackwing Lair entrance moved to Blackrock Mountain.

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