Mount a Vermillion Vanguard. Slay 8 Twilight Shadowdrakes.


Alexstrasza and Deathwing have taken into the skies over Grim Batol! Her plan unravels - the Dragon Queen is outside the Circle of Life she prepared earlier. We'll need to support her with everything we've got.

Hurry! Climb aboard one of the Vermillion Vanguard behind me.

If we find any Twilight Drakes aiding Deathwing, we will need to kill them off. Mount up, quickly!


Thanks to your quick action, the Dragon Queen still lives. She is being brought back to Wyrmrest to recover.

But the battle wasn't a complete failure. Deathwing was gravely wounded. I suspect he will go into hiding to recuperate. Alexstrasza has bought us time to strike!


You will receive:

  • 18g 80s
  • 86750 XP

You will also be able to choose one of the following:

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[Red Dragonheart Ring]
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[Pendant of Victorious Fury]
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[Cloak of the Red Flight]


Upon mounting the Vermillion Vanguard, players will be given access to three dragon abilities:

  • Spell fire flamebolt.png  [Fireblast]ω ϖ (40 mana) 60 yd range—Blasts a Twilight Shadowdrake for fire damage. 1 sec cast
  • Spell nature healingway.png  [Lifebinder's Boon]ω ϖ 60 yd range—Heals both yourself and a targeted Vermillion Vanguard for six seconds. Also restores mana.
  • Ability druid ravage.png  [Finishing Strike]ω ϖ 30 yd range—Dives at a weakened Twilight Shadowdrake, tearing out its throat and finishing it.

It's doubtful players will need to use the healing ability, as the drakes are easy to target and two-shot using Fireblast+Finishing Strike.


After killing the last drake, a scene unfolds showing the battle between Deathwing and Alexstrasza...

Alexstrasza the Life-Binder says: Neltharion! Look at yourself. Misshapen. Twisted. You're coming apart.

The two slam against each other high above Grim Batol. Locked in combat, tearing at each other's scales, they tumble from the sky, both badly wounded.

Calen says: There - they've fallen!

Calen rushes to where Alexstrasza lies, crumpled in her elven form. Beyond, Deathwing continue to fall over the cliff until he is out of sight. Alexstrasza raises herself weakly to one elbow.

Alexstrasza the Life-Binder says: The Earth Warder... he is dead.
Calen says: Mother, stay still. Your wounds are great.
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder says: The black aspect's blood is cursed. Wherever it was shed - nothing will grow for ten thousand years.
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder says: But it is over. We can work now to bottle up the horrors he has unleashed.

Deathwing rises from his fall, terrible wings spread as he crests the edge of the cliff.

Calen says: Deathwing - he lives!
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder says: Impossible!
Calen says: Mortal, take the dragon queen. Carry her to safety. Now! RUN! Get her away from here!

The player mounts one of the Vermillion Vanguards, Alexstrasza across the saddle.

Calen says: I will delay the Aspect of Death. Take her to safety. GO!
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder says: Calen, no!

Calen ignores his mother, shifting to his dragon form to confront Deathwing just as players fly off with Alexstrasza. He dodges and weaves, slowly the mighty Aspect as he attempts pursuit.

Deathwing says: The sun has set on this mortal world, fools. Make peace with your end, for the hour of Twilight falls.


Quest progression

  1. B [84] Warm Welcome
  2. N [84] Even Dragons Bleed
  3. N [84] Draconic Mending / N [84] Life from Death
  4. N [84] In Defense of the Redoubt
  5. N [84] Encroaching Twilight / N [84] Breach in the Defenses / N [84] Far from the Nest
  6. A [84] Mathias' Command / H [84] Patchwork Command
  7. B [84] Easy Pickings / B [84] Precious Goods
  8. H [84] The Gates of Grim Batol
  9. B [84] If The Key Fits / B [84] Paving the Way
  10. B [84] Pressing Forward
  11. N [84] Enter the Dragon Queen
  12. N [84] Battle of Life and Death

Patch changes

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.

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