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For the pre-Cataclysm instance and associated lore, see Deadmines (original).

The Deadmines are expansive, winding tunnels dug out under Westfall and part of Northern Stranglethorn. There is even a secret tunnel into Stormwind. It is the lowest level Alliance instance, and is populated by members of the Defias Brotherhood. Its entrance can be accessed in the town of Moonbrook in southwestern Westfall, while its exit is located in the western part of the Dagger Hills near the ocean.

The Deadmines once were the center of the Defias operation, led by the ambitious Edwin VanCleef, who was constructing a juggernaut at the bottom of the mines with the aid of the goblins. His plans were stopped by the Alliance militia and Edwin himself was killed and beheaded. It wasn't the end of the Brotherhood, as his daughter, Vanessa witnessed his death and several years after began to slowly rebuild the organization, waiting for a proper moment to strike back against the Kingdom of Stormwind.

Prior to the First War, the Deadmines were the greatest gold-production center in human lands. However, they were abandoned during the First War. During that time, Lord Lothar ventured into the perilous Deadmines on a quest to obtain the Tome of Divinity but was captured by a band of ogres and held captive for 20 months. He was ultimately rescued and successful in his mission. It was also to the dungeons below the Deadmines to which Blackhand's daughter Griselda fled with the ogre Turok. Both were slain by an orcish raid. At that time, many slimes inhabited the dungeons but have not been encountered lately.

In Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

The dungeon was updated to reflect current events. The instance gained a Heroic mode for level 85 players. There are Goblin Teleporters scattered throughout the instance, usable only when the boss of the particular room they are located in is killed. Once unlocked, they can send players to either Ironclad Cove, the Mast Room, or the Foundry. The Goblin Transporter located at the beginning room with the quest givers only sends players further into the instance; it does not function as a destination point.


Location: Westfall. Entrance to the mine is in the southwestern barn in Moonbrook. Keep right without taking dead-ends and you’ll reach it, eventually. Cataclysm Dungeon Location Gallery.


Quest guide

Alliance Alliance quests
Quest name Quest giver
A [16] The Foreman Lieutenant Horatio Laine
A [16] The Carpenter Lieutenant Horatio Laine
A [16] The Machination Lieutenant Horatio Laine
A [16] The Admiral Lieutenant Horatio Laine
A [17] The Defias Kingpin Lieutenant Horatio Laine
Horde Horde quests
Quest name Quest giver
H [16] Not Quite There Miss Mayhem
H [16] Traitors!!! Slinky Sharpshiv
H [16] Only the Beginning Kagtha
H [16] Good Intentions...Poor Execution Kagtha
H [17] The Defias Kingpin Kagtha

Dungeon denizens

Staging Area

Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde


Rares NPCs/Mobs
Bosses Monsters
  • Deadmines (Tunnel to Mast Room)
  • Deadmines (Tunnel to Foundry)
  • Deadmines (Tunnel to Cove)


See The Deadmines loot.




Various walkthroughs/guides
Full Dungeon Guide (Normal) Normal/Heroic Guide by
Gnomeschool_The_Deadmines_(WoW_Dungeon_Guide_and_Lore) Deadmines_Dungeon_Guide
Entrance location Alliance All Bosses Heroic: Paladin Tanking Perspective (1080p)
How_to_find_your_way_into_the_Deadmines_instance_(normal_and_heroic) Paladin_Tanking_Heroic_Deadmines_Part_1_-_World_of_Warcraft
Various walkthroughs/guides
Deadmines_Heroic_-_Dungeon_Guide_and_Commentary LoD_Deadmines_Guide_(Heroic_Mode)

Related achievements

  • Inv misc head murloc 01.png [Deadmines]
    • [Heroic: Deadmines]
  • [Deadmines Guild Run]
  • [I'm on a Diet]
  • [It's Frost Damage]
  • [Prototype Prodigy]
  • [Rat Pack]
  • [Ready for Raiding]
  • [Vigorous VanCleef Vindicator]

Notes, Tips, & Additional Info

Exit from Deadmines instance.

The water gate, visible from the cove near Yojamba Isle in Stranglethorn Vale.

  • Also known as VC (named for its final boss, VanCleef) to avoid confusion with another instance (Dire Maul) that shares the more obvious initials. When in doubt about "which DM" is meant, check the level of the person asking for a group; a lower level character is most likely referring to this instance and is unaware of Dire Maul, or of the use of "VC" as an abbreviation.
  • If you travel to a small cove north of Yojamba Isle (in northwestern Northern Stranglethorn), you can see a large water gate which leads to the docks inside Deadmines. However, you cannot enter or leave through this. Interestingly, inside the Deadmines this gate exists to the North, but outside the gates exit to the south.
  • Very popular video which won the Rise to Power contest was based on The Deadmines and its (old) bosses.
  • The Mining Monkeys start yellow (neutral) but if you release their ball and chain, they turn green and will attack your enemies.
  • There is a secret area underneath the dungeon that could be accessed by a mage blinking through the Dungeon portal entrance and using slow fall. This is now no longer possible due to an invisible wall that has been placed there by Blizzard. The area has a similar resemblance to Nagrand and some people believe it was a testing area for The Burning Crusade Expansion. There are rumours the area still exists after the dungeon was revamped in Cataclysm, but is no longer reachable.

Patches and hotfixes

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Completely revamped, gained a heroic mode for level 85 players.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): New load screen added.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005):
    • Capped at ten players.
    • The "cannon door" can now be opened with a Small Seaforium Charge in addition to the lockpick ability.


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