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  • Black Diamond
  • Item Level 0
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable

Black Diamond is a mineral used in some crafting professions and quests. It can be mined from Dark Iron Deposits and drops from mobs in Blackrock Depths.

As an ingredient

Black Diamond is used in the following recipes:

Inv helmet 10.png [Darkrune Helm]
Inv boots 08.png [Mongoose Boots]
Inv jewelcrafting truesilvercrab.png [Figurine - Black Diamond Crab]
Inv misc gem 01.png [Prismatic Black Diamond]

As a quest item

Black Diamond is needed for the following quests:


Not to be confused with a Pristine Black Diamond which is also acquired as a drop. It is also used for quests, but despite the name, generally has a much lower value.

Black Diamonds are generally considered to be part of the Classic (pre-Burning Crusade) endgame, and thus less valuable with the Burning Crusade expansion. With the addition of Wrath of the Lich King, they can now by cut into Prismatic Black Diamonds, producing a random cut uncommon TBC gem.

Many classic crafted items using Black Diamonds are inferior to Uncommon or better items available in Outland, and thus available even to players without the expansion (via the Auction House). The Darkrune Helm may in theory be useful to people who do not play the expansion, yet are interested in the classic endgame, but could be replaced by a "of Shadow Protection" helm, or possibly any uncommon helm with +Stamina, from Outland, as well as certain classic boss drops like Grand Crusader's Helm, Judgement Crown or Helm of Wrath.

The Librams could be useful as low level enchants before other Augments become available, but a player heading to Outland at level 58 may find the price too high.

Figurine - Black Diamond Crab is a useful tank trinket, added with the expansion since it is a Jewelcrafted item. It is bind on pickup, limiting the use of Diamonds even in the expansion.

Prior to Patch 2.2, Enchant Cloak - Subtlety required Black Diamonds.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Drop rate greatly increased. Now found in Dark Iron deposits.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Black Diamonds may now be found in the Miscellaneous Junk category of the Auction House.
                While not noted in patch notes, these are currently found in the Quest category.

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