This guide is a raid list for Wotlk of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. This will give you great insight to help you on your Wotlk classic journey.
Keep in mind that Raids don’t have an item level requirement in order to enter the raid. They only require a certain level, so you don’t have to worry about that. However, being better geared results in finding raiding groups faster and easier.
The version in Wrath of the Lich King raids are 10-man and 25-man groups, and your raiding group can choose between Normal or Heroic difficulty.
There are 10 Wotlk raids released for this expansion. Below, you will find each Wotlk raid listed, and we will summarize the most important tactics you need to know for your journey.
Loot Item Level: 251-284
Bosses: Lord Marrowgar, Lady Deathwhisper, Claim victory in the Gunship Battle, The Deathbringer, Festergut, Rotface, Professor Putricide, Prince Valanar, Blood-Queen Lana’thel, Rescue Valithria Dreamwalker, Sindragosa, The Lich King
This one is the most popular raid, and you have probably heard it before. But do you also know the most important facts related to it? Read on, and discover!
Icecrown Citadel – also known as ICC, was the final chapter of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. It was also one of the most famous and popular raids, and is known for it’s decent graphic and story-telling, reaching to Arthas, the Lich King.
ICC is also one of the hardest raids on the list, because the boss encounters require a lot of different tactics. Therefore, the raid is best run with a guild where you have practiced it before-hand. Once you have enough confidence, you can do the raid in Heroic difficulty, and earn probably the most reputated achievement in World of Warcraft: The Light of Dawn
In case you need in-depth tactics to all of the bosses for ICC 3.3.5 Wotlk, we recommend the following guide:
Location: Dragonblight (The Carrion Fields)
Loot Item Level: 200-226
Bosses: Noth the Plaguebringer, Heigan the Unclean, Loatheb, Instructor Razuvious, Bothik the Harvester, The Four Horsemen, Lady Blaumeux, Thane Korth’azz, Baron Rivendare, Sir Zeliek, Sapphiron, Kel’Thuzad, Mr. Bigglesworth
This raid is a great start upon your Wrath of the Lich King journey, because it does not require advanced tactics or the best ingame gear. For level 80 players, it’s considered as a entry-level raid dungeon. As the other Wrath raids, it has two versions: A 10 and 25-player version as well as Normal and Heroic difficulty.
Due to the Loot Item level being between 200-226 in Naxxramas, it means that the bosses drop Tier 7 raid sets.
The Ruby Sanctum
Location: Dragonblight (Wyrmrest Temple)
Loot Item Level: 258-284
TRS (The Ruby Sanctum) was the last raid added in the Wotlk expansion, and was therefore released in patch 3.3.5. As the final boss encounter, you will face Hallion – which will require good tactics. However, once you defeat the boss, it will reward you well with 258-284 Item level drop.
Location: Storm Peaks
Loot Item Level: 219-239
Bosses: Flame Leviathan, Ignis the Furnace Master, Razorscale, XT-002 Deconstructor, The Assembly of Iron, Kologarn, Auriaya, Freya, Thorim, Mimiron, Hodir, General Vezax, Yogg-Saron, Algalon the Observer
Ulduar is considered as an innovative and fun raid, also introduced in WLK (just like the other ones described throughout our list). You can use the vehicles to progress throughout Ulduar and clear mobs and bosses. In the end of the raid, you will meet Yogg-Saron which is a vrykul woman.
Ulduar was introduced in patch 3.1.0, with the intention of being a bit harder of the previously introduced raid, Naxxramas. Overall, the feedback by the players/gamers were very positive, and people loved the raid. Both the graphics, music and boss encounters were applauded.
Trail of the Crusader
Location: Icecrown (Argent Tournament Grounds)
Loot Item Level: 232-258
Bosses: Northrend Beasts, Lord Jaraxxus, Faction Champions, Eydis Darkbane, Anub’arak
Just like ICC, TotC is also placed in Icecrown. The raid has five encounters, and both horde as well as alliance have a part of this raid. The normal version is not considered too hard, however the heroic version does require quite a bit of effort to complete.
Trail of the Crusade is a unique raid in the sense that you don’t have to move a lot around. There’s not a lot of new areas to discover, as the mobs and bosses will be summoned in the same location as the entrance.
Location: Dustwallow Marsch (Wyrmbog)
Loot Item Level: 232-245
In Onyxia’s Lair, you have the purpsoe of defeating the final boss, Onyxia. It consists of 3 main phases, where you need to kill the dragon. She will fly in the air while you need to try and bring her down. The tactics are probably known to the majority already, hence we will not elaborate on that.
Unlike the other raids, the raid is simply located in Dustwallow Marsch (Kalimdor), hence it’s a quite unique location – most of the other Wotlk raids are somewhere in Northrend.
The Eye of Eternity
Location: Dragonblight (Coldarra)
Loot Item Level: 213-226
The Eye of Eternity (EoE) is the final raid of Nexus, and has the single solo boss called Malygos. You can compare the fight against Onyxia in terms that it’s the only boss in the raid that you have to defeat.
The drops are between 213-226 in terms of Item Level, so it’s not the best gear that you will get from killing Malygos. It’s a good starting raid when you don’t feel like taking up the strong raids such as Onyxia’s Lair or ICC.
Vault of Archavon
Location: Wintergrasp (Wintergrasp Keep)
Loot Item Level: 200-270
Bosses: Archavon the Stone Watcher, Emalon the Storm Watcher, Koralon the Flame Watcher, Toravon the Ice Watcher
With the unique map location of VoA, you will be able to find the entrances inside Wintergrasp, known as the area for PvP and fight between players in WLK. The tactics for Vault of Archavon are pretty clear; basically, you should consider the boss encounters as DPS’. Those bosses will spawn adds throughout the fight that you need to kill fast – therefore, you should prioritize the adds first.
Location: Dragonblight (Wyrmrest Temple)
Loot Item Level: 200-226
Bosses: Sartharion, Shadron, Tenebron, Vesperon
OS (Obsidian Sanctum) is also located in Dragonblight, just like several of the other raids. The raid gives you a molten feeling with dragons that you need to kill.
The size of the raid is quite small, however there are a lot of adds you need to kill. Also, the raid only has one boss (Sartharion) which is not too hard to slay. However, the raiding group needs to watch out for the one-shot mechanic, which is the primary tactic that the boss uses.
Gear requirements for the Wotlk Raids
As you have learned throughout the raid list, each raid have different difficulty. If you want to be a part of the high demanding raids like ICC and The Ruby Sanctum, there will be some requirements.
First of all, it’s best if you find a group through your guild. Having a guild means that your group will practice and discuss the tactics together, which are required for the high level raids.
Secondly, you need to ensure that your ingame character has sufficient gear. For example, as a DPS, you need enough of proper item gear to actually be on the top of the DPS list (which you want to be). As a tank, you need to have enough of armor and health to survive the boss encounters, and so on. It can be challenging to get enough good gear once getting started, but for this part you can go ahead and get Wotlk Gold for your classic experience. IGVault provides services where you can get quick ways to get gold once you start your classic journey.
As mentioned throughout the article, there are 9 raids in the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Each of the raids require different tactics. Some of the raids found on the raid list are easy to complete, while others require true practice and preferably a guild run. ICC and The Ruby Sanctum are considered as the hardest ones.
Once you have gotten decent items and have practiced the tactics, you can also switch to the Heroic difficulty mode and earn some of the most reputable WoW achievements. You can experience through raids for Wotlk classic or through Wotlk Private Servers