|Auchenai Crypts (5)|
|Sethekk Halls (5)|
|Shadow Labyrinth (5)|
The Mana-Tombs are a wing of the Auchindoun instance. It is accessed north from the Ring of Observance. Note that although the instance itself is called Mana-Tombs, the entrance area outside the portal is called Mana Tombs without the dash. The instance normally takes about 90-120 minutes.
Auchindoun is a former draenei holy site and Horde fortress in the middle of the Bone Wastes, in Outland's Terokkar Forest. It was a holy ground for draenei burial until the Shadow Council took over, summoned an extremely powerful demon as old as time itself, and destroyed half of Terokkar Forest in the process. Different factions now vie for power in this magical spot: Ethereals suck the arcane energy from the Mana-Tombs, the Burning Legion harvests souls inside the Auchenai Crypts, arakkoa zealots work dark magic in the Sethekk Halls, and the Shadow Council plots its domination of Outland from within the Shadow Labyrinth.
Its inhabitants are mostly ethereals opposing the Consortium. The Mana-Tombs provide reputation for the Consortium until Honored; afterwards, in order to gain rep with the Consortium in Mana-Tombs, it must be run on Heroic (which requires honored with Lower City). The ethereals of the Consortium cannot enter due to the anti-ethereal wards set by Nexus-Prince Shaffar; they have attempted to breach the gates with little success, but have still tested whether or not their efforts worked - often resulting in the spotaneous combustion (for lack of a better term) of the ethereal tester sent through the gate. According to the Consortium, the ethereals in the Mana-Tombs are robbing it blind and if you wish to do business with them, you'll have to aid in taking out the competition.
Group and Level Guidance
It is recommended that you take characters in the 64-66 level range. It is essential to have Crowd Control and/or Anti-caster abilities in group. One primary mage or warlock and a secondary can be helpful (Mage, Warlock, Second Priest, Hunter, Rogue). Tanking is not nearly as important in mana-tombs as it is in other instances so an off tank is not required. Having a back up healer is also helpful on boss fights, but they should be able to add to dps when demanded. A Priest or paladin is also needed for their shadow resistance buffs.
Preparation for the Instance
Having Shadow resist items will make the first boss a lot easier, in fact, shadow resist items will be essential for players at the lower end of spectrum (63-64) that do not have a perfectly well formed party.
This dungeon provides moderate to heavy difficulty for a party made entirely of rogues and druids. No mobs have stealth detection, but there are several 'pinch-points' where 2 saps may not be enough to sneak by.
- Pandemonius is linked to all mobs in his room. Everything inside the room must be cleared. You may safely sneak around this boss.
- Tavarok fights alone, and can be pulled with little to no preparation from the east side. You may safely sneak around this boss.
- Yor fights alone, but the eels around its prison should be cleared at the very least.
- Shaffar is linked to all mobs in his room. Everything past the stairs must be cleared. This fight is especially cruel to melee, and may be impractical for stealth running.
- Colossus (one, Tavarok)
- Arcane wraiths
- Mana surges
- Mana wyrms
- Rats (critters)
- Roaches (critters)
- Snakes (critters)
- Spiders (critters)
- Void lord (one, Pandemonius)
- Void terror (one, Yor)
- First Boss: Pandemonius
- Second Boss: Tavarok
- Third Boss: Nexus-Prince Shaffar
- Summoned Boss: Yor (Heroic Mode only)
- All mobs immune to mind control in heroic mode.
|Mob||Special Note||Heroic Mode|
|Ethereal Crypt Raider||Behaves like an arms Warrior, charging the furthest member of the group, interrupting spells, and using melee attacks. Has Mortal Strike ability. Be careful using Mind Control on a target within a group containing a Crypt Raider as they are likely to interrupt it.||Better to have one Raider crowd controlled when there are two of them.|
|Ethereal Scavenger||Behaves like a prot Warrior with Shield bash ability. Can deliberately leave tank and Shield Bash a nearby healer or spellcaster player locking their currently used magic school for 8 seconds. When doing this, the mob usually must be manually taunted in order to return it to the tank.|
|Ethereal Priest||Priests can be mind controlled; heal for 3k+ and the shield is comparable to a player's shield. For most groups, a single mind controlled priest is enough to solo heal the group.|
|Ethereal Sorcerer||Mage-like mob with Arcane Missiles. After short time in combat summons two arcane elementals with Arcane Explosion.|
|Ethereal Darkcaster||Shadow-Priest-like mob. Mana burn for up to 3.5k with a 30 yard range. Shadow Word: Pain ticks up to 1k. Vampiric Aura - melee attacks restore health on successful hit. Best way to deal with these is to mind control them before the pull and let the other mobs kill it. Alternatively, they can be burned down quickly and silenced/stunned when casting Mana Burn.||Vampiric Aura restores up to 20% of the mobs health. ~10k mana drained from mana burn.|
|Ethereal Spellbinder||Behaves like a Warlock, putting Immolate DoT spells on everyone. Summons 2 Mana Wraiths with Shadowbolt volley attack. Also have a 3 second Counterspell ability with a short (5 second) cooldown.||Immolate DoT ticks for 725 damage, initial hit ~2.5k. Two Spellbinders can put double Immolate on every group member in few seconds, and that hurts.|
|Nexus Stalker||Rogue-like mob with gouge and Ghostly Strike poison used on random target. Will usually gouge the tank, causing all attacking mobs to ignore him/her for several seconds.||Poison deals 1000-1400 damage each tick|
|Nexus Terror||Melee attacks deal pure shadow damage, 600-1500, not mitigated by armor, can crit. AoE fear (Psychic Scream). Immune to crowd control.||Instead of an AoE fear, casts single target Death Coil at random party member (excludes first on threat list). Melee Shadow Damage: 2500-3600.|
|Ethereal Theurgist||Have a Polymorph and a Blast Wave AoE abilities.||Immune to Mind Control.|
|Mana Leech||Non elite mana beast. Come in groups and individually do weak melee damage. Upon death, they explode into an arcane explosion for up to 1400 damage. When more than 1 target in melee range, all leeches begin to do Arcane Explosion. Mana Burn: 2 second cast, 30 yard range, burns 2.8k mana and deals 50% as damage, no cooldown. Recommended to send tank on them and kill safely one by one from distance, or send a suicidal mage that will need good healing.||Arcane Explosion up to 2200 damage. Mana Burn up to 3.6k.|
See Mana-Tombs loot.
Reputation gains go to Consortium.
A complete clear of Mana-Tombs will give about 1200 reputation with the Consortium until Honored, and 2400 each Heroic clear.
Two quests are available at the entrance to the instance:
-  - Kill mobs in the instance, completed at the control panel prior to reaching Shaffar
-  - Kill Nexus-Prince Shaffar
The following are part of a quest chain that begins with in Blade's Edge Mountains after completing  :
- This dungeon is often one of the least favorites for tanking classes in its level range due to the number of mobs that interfere with tanking functions, such as the Ethereal Scavengers' habit of leaving the tank to attack casters, or the Ethereal Stalkers' tendency to gouge the tank, causing all attacking mobs to ignore the tank for several seconds.
- It's easy to forget that the Mana Leeches in this dungeon often perform an arcane explosion-like attack when they die. If several are pulled at once, it can quickly wipe out most of your non-tank melees.