WoW TBC Black Temple Raid: Release Date, Attunement Quest, Location, and More

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TLDR: The Black Temple raid is now live, and Illidan Stormrage awaits all comers!

ORIGINAL STORY - The Black Temple is one of the most anticipated raid releases apart of Classic WoW, where players will fight their way through the fortress to fight Lord Illidan Stormrage, who awaits players on top of the instance.

Black Temple is a 9 boss instance where players will fight against some of the greater terrors Outland has to offer. The raid is a part of the third phase of The Burning Crusade Classic, which will also release with the Hyjal Summit raid and the third Arena Season, as per the five content phase plan.

While there is no date released for the next patch, players can expect to see this new phase early in 2022. After Phase 2 raids Serpentshrine Caverns and Tempest Keep's The Eye were released on the 15th of September, this gives plenty of time for guilds to progress through these raids.

What Is The Black Temple In The Burning Crusade Classic

The Black Temple can be found to the east in Shadowmoon Valley and will require an attunement questline to enter much like many of the other 25 man raids in TBC.

Black Temple is known for Lord Illidan as the final boss who also drops the first legendary items in the expansion, The Warglaives of Azzinoth which will be desired by most melee classes and cause interesting loot discussions in almost every guild.

The release of the Black Temple will mean most of The Burning Crusade's 25 man raids will be out, only leaving Sunwell Plateau to come in Phase 5.

When Does The Black Temple Release In The Burning Crusade Classic?

The Black Temple raid goes live in Burning Crusade Classic on January 27. Here's a quick rundown of what you should expect, as per Blizzard's Burning Crusade Classic Phase 3 Release Schedule:


Defeat the Betrayer himself—Illidan Stormrage—atop the Black Temple.

Raid bosses: 9 (High Warlord Naj'entus, Supremus, Shade of Akama, Teron Gorefiend, Gurtogg Bloodboil, Reliquary of Souls, Mother Shahraz, The Illidari Council, Illidan Stormrage)
Level: 70
Location: The Black Temple, Shadowmoon Valley

Players must be attuned to enter the instance. Read about the attunement process below. Improve your standing with the Ashtongue Deathsworn to earn rewards from Okuno inside the Black Temple.

Black Temple Attunement - How To Access The Black Temple

To earn a chance to face Illidan Stormrage, travel to Shadowmoon Valley and seek out Anchorite Ceyla at the Altar of Sha'tar (for the Aldor) or Arcanist Thelis at the Sanctum of the Stars (for the Scryers). Complete the following quests:

  1. Tablets of Baa'ri
  2. Oronu the Elder
  3. The Ashtongue Corruptors
  4. The Warden's Cage
  5. Proof of Allegiance
  6. Akama
  7. Seer Udalo
  8. A Mysterious Portent
  9. The Ata'mal Terrace
  10. Akama's Promises

    - After completing "Akama's Promise", the quest chain continues inside the Serpentshrine Cavern raid instance in Coilfang Reservoir (Zangarmarsh). Look for Seer Olum after defeating Fathom-Lord Karathress to pick up the next quest.
  11. The Secret Compromised
  12. Ruse of the Ashtongue
  13. An Artifact From the Past

    - “An Artifact From the Past” requires entry into the Battle for Mount Hyjal raid. The attunement quest for that raid must be completed in order to gain entry to the Black Temple.
  14. The Hostage Soul
  15. Entry into the Black Temple
  16. A Distraction for Akama

Completing "A Distraction for Akama" will award you the Medallion of Karabor, which allows its wearer entry into the Black Temple.

Page Updated by James Wright on January 20, 2022. Contributions by Justin Ware
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