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Though they are free from the Lich King's dominance, the death knights' battle has just begun...


Use your Death Gate spell to return to Acherus: The Ebon Hold. Report to Highlord Darion Mograine once you arrive.


The haze has been lifted. I can see as clearly now as the day that I plunged the Ashbringer into my own heart to free my father's cursed soul: my last memory as a free man.

We must take back Acherus from the Scourge if our order is to survive in this new world. I have taught you how to call forth a death gate. The death gate will return you to Acherus when you call upon it, <name>. The first battle of the Knights of the Ebon Blade is underway! Death to the Scourge!


The Lich King has returned to Northrend, wounded by the Ashbringer, but the second floor still holds the last of his armies.


Stepping through the Death Gate will take you out of the instance and into the main world. The lands below Acherus are now the Ruins of the Scarlet Enclave, and everything has been destroyed. The plague cauldron is still there but you can no longer get Noth's Special Brew from it, and the pumpkins have been transformed into indescribably hideous things that look like they are breathing. The ground soil is now puke green colored, the trees are now brown and decaying, and the skies are filled with the same noxious reddish-orange mist as in the rest of the Eastern Plaguelands.

If you manually walk back to Death's Breach, you will remain in the instanced version of the Plaguelands until you use a Death Gate, and Acherus is completely empty save for a few trainers. This is an expected issue given that the battle for Acherus takes place in the non-instanced Acherus, but it is somewhat funny.

Quest progression

  1. N [55] In Service Of The Lich King
  2. N [55] The Emblazoned Runeblade
  3. N [55] Runeforging: Preparation For Battle
  4. N [55] The Endless Hunger
  5. N [55] The Eye Of Acherus
  6. N [55] Death Comes From On High
  7. N [55] The Might Of The Scourge
  8. N [55] Report To Scourge Commander Thalanor
  9. N [55] The Scarlet Harvest
  10. N [55] If Chaos Drives, Let Suffering Hold The Reins
  11. N [55] Gothik the Harvester
  12. N [55] The Gift That Keeps On Giving
  13. N [55] An Attack Of Opportunity
  14. N [55] Massacre At Light's Point
  15. N [55] Victory At Death's Breach!
  16. N [55] The Will Of The Lich King
  17. N [55] The Crypt of Remembrance
    Side quest: N [55] The Plaguebringer's Request & N [55] Noth's Special Brew & N [55] More Skulls For Brew
  18. N [55] Nowhere To Run And Nowhere To Hide & N [55] Lambs To The Slaughter
  19. N [55] How To Win Friends And Influence Enemies
  20. N [55] Behind Scarlet Lines
  21. N [55] The Path Of The Righteous Crusader, N [55] Brothers In Death
  22. N [55] Bloody Breakout
  23. N [55] A Cry For Vengeance!
  24. B [55] A Special Surprise
  25. N [55] A Sort Of Homecoming
  26. N [55] Ambush At The Overlook
  27. N [55] A Meeting With Fate
  28. N [55] The Scarlet Onslaught Emerges
  29. N [55] Scarlet Armies Approach...
  30. N [55] The Scarlet Apocalypse
  31. N [55] An End To All Things...
  32. N [55] The Lich King's Command
  33. N [55] The Light of Dawn
  34. N [55] Taking Back Acherus
  35. N [55] The Battle For The Ebon Hold
  36. A [55] Where Kings Walk or H [55] Saurfang's Blessing

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