This article is about the Skywall 5-player instance. For the Blade's Edge Mountains subzone formerly named Vortex Pinnacle, see Vortex Summit.
The Vortex Pinnacle
VP, Sky5
Vortex Pinnacle loading screen.jpg
Vortex Pinnacle loading graphic
Location Skywall (Uldum) [77, 84]
Race(s) Air elemental Air elemental
IconSmall Djinn.gif Djinn
IconSmall DrakeStorm.gif Storm dragon
End boss IconSmall Djinn.gif Asaad
Instance info
Type Dungeon
Advised level 82-84 (normal)
85 (heroic)
Minimum level 81
Minimum average
item level
272 (normal)
329 (heroic)
Player limit 5

Grand Vizier Ertan


Vortex Pinnacle (5)

Grand Vizier Ertan

Throne of the Four Winds (10/25)

Conclave of Wind

The Vortex Pinnacle is the level 82-84 five-man wing in the Skywall complex, accessed at [77, 84] via the floating spires off the southeastern Uldum coast, introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Queuing for the Vortex Pinnacle through the Dungeon Finder requires level 82 and an average item level of 272.

Here the armies of Al'Akir reside, and will not take kindly to any intruders in his elemental plane. The air elementals have entered an unholy alliance with the Worldbreaker, Deathwing and now threaten the denizens of Uldum. It is up to the adventurers to stop the elemental incursion to the ancient land, and the task is uneasy as they have to face the most powerful lieutenants of the Windlord.


Dungeon Journal

The Vortex Pinnacle exists within the elemental plane of Skywall. Its elegant structures, crowned with bronze and gold, sit atop platforms bridged by pure air. Yet behind its exterior beauty, the pinnacle harbors Neferset tol'vir, as well as Al'Akir the Windlord's merciless elemental legions. As long as the barrier between Skywall and Azeroth remains open, terror will rain down on Uldum from the skies.


At present, however, it is more than a breathtaking spectacle - it is the staging ground of an army. The lieutenants and servants of Al'Akir, the elemental lord of wind, have allied themselves firmly with Deathwing, and they gather in the pinnacle to lay siege to Azeroth. Their incursion into the ancient, vital land of Uldum will be impossible to repel on the ground, so those who would defend their world must do the nearly impossible, and take wing to invade Skywall before it is too late.[1]

After Al'Akir's fall

When Typhinius obtained the Fists of the Heavens and returned to the Skywall, he immediately set out to end the air elementals' civil war. A huge battle nearly ripped apart the Vortex Pinnacle.[2]


The Vortex Pinnacle is located at the southeast corner of Uldum.



Cyclone Summit  · Nimbus Rise  · Temple of Asaad

Dungeon denizens



Bosses Monsters

Cyclone Summit

Nimbus Rise

Temple of Asaad


Boss Item Type
Normal Heroic
Grand Vizier Ertan  [Red Sky Pendant]  [Red Sky Pendant] DPS strength necklace
 [Stratosphere Belt]  [Stratosphere Belt] DPS cloth belt
 [Biting Wind]  [Biting Wind] Caster wand
 [Fallen Snow Shoulderguards]  [Fallen Snow Shoulderguards] Caster mail shoulders
 [Headcover of Fog]  [Headcover of Fog] Tank plate helmet
 [Grand Vizier Ertan's Heart]  [Grand Vizier Ertan's Heart] Quest item
Altairus  [Amulet of Tender Breath]  [Amulet of Tender Breath] Spirit necklace
 [Mantle of Bestilled Winds]  [Mantle of Bestilled Winds] Spirit leather shoulders
 [Hail-Strung Belt]  [Hail-Strung Belt] Agility belt
 [Axe of the Eclipse]  [Axe of the Eclipse] Strength one-hand axe
 [Skyshard Ring]  [Skyshard Ring] DPS strength ring
 [Reins of the Drake of the North Wind]  [Reins of the Drake of the North Wind] Mount
Asaad  [Billowing Cape]  [Billowing Cape] Tank cloak
 [Shadow of Perfect Bliss]  [Shadow of Perfect Bliss] DPS caster ring
 [Leggings of Iridescent Clouds]  [Leggings of Iridescent Clouds] Spirit cloth leggings
 [Lightningflash]  [Lightningflash] Gun
 [Thundercall]  [Thundercall] Gun
 [Gloves of Haze]  [Gloves of Haze] Agility leather gloves
 [Legguards of Winnowing Wind]  [Legguards of Winnowing Wind] DPS plate leggings
 [Lunar Halo]  [Lunar Halo] Caster plate helmet
 [Ring of Frozen Rain]  [Ring of Frozen Rain] Spirit ring
 [Heart of Thunder]  [Heart of Thunder] Health trinket
 [Chaos Orb] Trade goods




  • To pass from platform to platform, players have to jump onto Tornados.[3] This is achieved by clicking on the tornado (with the 'enter vehicle' icon visible) rather than by jumping off the platform and aiming for it.
  • Formerly, when a player fell (or leaped) off the edge of platforms in this instance they were swept up in the winds and flung back onto the platform unharmed, however after a hotfix they are now teleported to the instance entrance instead. Previously they were also rendered inactive after the fall for some time.
  • Vortex Pinnacle is one of the most remote dungeons in the game. Not only is it tucked in the absolute bottom corner of the world, but the dungeon is up in the clouds, off the coast, and barely visible from the rest of the zone.



Patch changes


External links

Vortex Pinnacle Uldum Entrance Shaman scenario Uldum assault