A terrible force who will no doubt demonstrate his powers to those brave enough to enter the Pit of Saron. The scourgelord must die if players hope to make their way.[1]

Scourgelord Tyrannus is a human death knight mounted upon his frostbrood wyrm, Rimefang, encountered in the Pit of Saron, the second wing of the Frozen Halls.

His death is the objective of the storyline quest Deliverance from the Pit (Alliance) / (Horde).


Scourgelord Tyrannus

  • Melees for about 7.5k-8k on plate (heroic).
  • Inv mace 69.png  [Forceful Smash]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ) Melee range—Knocks an enemy back with a powerful blow, inflicting 28275 to 31725 Physical Damage Instant. 47125-52875 on Heroic (10 sec cooldown)
  • Spell shadow painandsuffering.png  [Overlord's Brand]ω ϖ 100 yd range—Brands an enemy with the mark of Tyrannus, causing all damage dealt by the Branded foe to be mirrored to the caster's primary target, and all healing done by the Branded foe to be amplified and mirrored to the caster. 1 sec cast. Lasts 8 seconds. "the caster" is Tyrannus! So any healing done is amplified and used to heal Tyrannus, not the target of the healer, and all damage sent towards Tyrannus is amplified and sent to Tyrannus's primary target, usually the tank.
  • Spell shadow shadowpower.png  [Unholy Power]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ)—Empowers the caster with dark might, increasing physical damage by 75% but reducing movement speed by 50% for 10 sec. 0.75 sec cast. Lasts 10 seconds. Heroic: +100% damage. No speed reduction


  • Ability hunter markedfordeath.png  [Mark of Rimefang]ω ϖ 200 yd range—Marks a target for attack by Overlord Tyrannus's frostwyrm, Rimefang. Instant. Lasts 7 seconds. (10 sec cooldown)
    • Spell frost frozencore.png  [Hoarfrost]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ)—Deals 4813 to 6187 Frost damage to enemies within 8 yards of the point of impact and stuns them for 5 sec. 5 sec cast. Cast on the player with the Mark of Rimefang. 7875-10125 on Heroic
  • Spell frost frozencore.png  [Icy Blast]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ)—Deals 4813 to 6187 Frost damage to enemies within 7 yards of the point of impact. Instant. Cast whenever Rimefang is not casting Hoarfrost. 6563-8437 on Heroic
    • Spell frost frozencore.png  [Icy Blast]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ)—Reduces movement speed by 75% and inflicts 2313 to 2687 Frost damage per 2 sec. on those caught within the lingering icy chill. Cast by the Icy Blast areas on the ground after Rimefang's Icy Blast attack. Ticks every second on Heroic


At the start of the fight, Tyrannus will be mounted atop Rimefang, his personal frost wyrm mount. After some dialog, he will hop off of Rimefang, heal to full, and engage the party on the ground. Rimefang will continue to fly overhead during the battle but cannot be targeted. Note that Tyrannus heals to full as soon as he dismounts, so don't bother attacking him at range until he's on the ground.

Tyrannus deals fairly heavy damage and can spike with Forceful Smash, so keeping the tank constantly at full is very important. You will be warned when he does so:

Scourgelord Tyrannus roars and swells with dark might!
Scourgelord Tyrannus yells: Power... overwhelming!

An added complication to this fight is that Rimefang will continually launch bolts of frost at random locations on the ground, which will be indicated beforehand by a blue rune design. When they hit, they will create an Icy Blast, which is a patch of frost on the ground that slows and deals heavy periodic Frost damage to anyone walking across (including Tyrannus). Tyrannus also occasionally marks a player with Mark of Rimefang.

The party will be warned when Rimefang is about to focus on a player:

Scourgelord Tyrannus yells: Rimefang, destroy this fool!
The frostwyrm Rimefang gazes at <player> and readies an icy attack!

It is important that the targeted player move away from other players, especially the healer (unless the healer is the target), because when Rimefang shoots an ice bolt at the marked player, it will deal Frost damage to and stun the player and anyone else who is too close for a few seconds.

The ice patches are vital because of Tyrannus' Unholy Power ability, which he casts after a Forceful Smash. He gains a double damage and speed buff, which can possibly overwhelm the tank or the healer because of the damage he deals. To survive this, the tank needs to drag Tyrannus over the frost patches created by Rimefang (while avoiding walking through them), which will slow him and allow you to kite him around until Unholy Power wears off, at which point you can return to tanking him normally. It is suggested tanking Tyrannus with the tank's back to an ice patch, that way just before Tyrannus' Unholy Power ability activates, the tank will get knocked backwards over the ice patch thus forcing Tyrannus to walk all the way through the ice patch to get to the tank again on the other side.

The only other major thing to watch for is Overlord's Brand. Any DPS that receives this needs to immediately stop doing damage, as any damage they deal will also be done to the tank. Additionally, if a healer is marked with the brand, all heals done will be amplified and then mirrored on Tyrannus. It is probably best to just heal through the brand if the healer is marked, but DPS must stop if marked unless the tank and healer heavily outgear this encounter.

Rimefang will fly away once Tyrannus is dead.

Alternative strategy

Instead of kiting Tyrannus when Empower is active, it is possible to continue tanking the boss, using defensive cooldowns such as [Shield Block] and [Divine Protection] to stay alive. This reduces the encounter to tank and spank, with only Rimefang and Overlord's Brand to watch out for.

Encounter Timer

This encounter appears to be limited in number of attempts, (not a number of attempts counter). If this timer is exceeded, the falling ice in the access tunnel will close it off entirely, precluding additional attempts. To give a rough idea until better/more exact information is available, is roughly equivalent to seven attempts with everyone having to run and mount back, rebuff, etc.

Adds From Behind

Sometimes the defensive line behind the encounter can be breached, and scourge forces can quickly overwhelm the group (or at least take out players with a quick barrage of shadow-bolts if they step too close to the entrance). It has been suggested, but not officially confirmed, that the strength of the defensive line is determined by how many slaves the group freed earlier in the instance, so groups should not skip freeing the slaves just because nobody has that particular quest. Simply moving the ranged and healers to the far end of the arena area while Tyrannus goes through his startup sequence should help avoid this problem.


Inv misc cape 18.png
Inv bracer 31.png
Inv helmet 157.png
Inv jewelry necklace 04.png
Inv chest cloth 79.png
Inv shield 55.png
Inv weapon rifle 13.png
Inv pants cloth 01.png
Inv chest plate23.png
Inv pants leather 30a.png
Inv chest mail 12.png
Inv helmet 130.png
Spell holy summonchampion.png

Inv jewelry ring 12.png
Inv belt 69.png
Inv staff 81.png
Inv pants leather 30a.png
Inv chest plate23.png
Inv chest plate23.png
Inv boots chain 11.png
Inv datacrystal09.png
Inv boots cloth 26.png
Inv weapon shortblade 86.png
Inv gauntlets 94.png
Inv axe 96.png
Spell holy summonchampion.png

Related Achievements


  • Rimefang! Trap them within the tunnel! Bury them alive!
Scourgelord Tyrannus yells: Alas, brave, brave adventurers, your meddling has reached its end. Do you hear the clatter of bone and steel coming up the tunnel behind you? That is the sound of your impending demise.
Gorkun Ironskull/Martin Victus yells: Heroes! We will hold off the undead as long as we can, even to our dying breath. Deal with the Scourgelord!
Scourgelord Tyrannus yells: Ha, such an amusing gesture from the rabble. When I have finished with you, my master's blade will feast upon your souls. Die!
Mark of Rimefang
  • Rimefang, destroy this fool!
Unholy Power
  • Power... Overwhelming...
Killing a player
  • Such a shameful display...
  • You are better off dead!
  • Perhaps you should have stayed in the mountains!
Impossible! Rimefang...Warn...-
Gorkun Ironskull/Martin Victus yells: Brave champions, we owe you our lives, our freedom... Though it be a tiny gesture in the face of this enormous debt, I pledge that from this day forth, all will know of your deeds, and the blazing path of light you cut through the shadow of this dark citadel.
Gorkun Ironskull/Martin Victus yells: This day will stand as a testament not only to your valor, but to the fact that no foe, not even the Lich King himself, can stand when Alliance and Horde set aside their differences and ---
Sindragosa flies up from the pit below!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Take cover behind me! Quickly!
Lady Jaina Proudmoore yells: Heroes, to me!
Jaina/Sylvanas teleports the party to her location, just inside the mouth of the tunnel, as Sindragosa drops a Frost Bomb on the open area which kills all of the freed slaves including Martin Victus/Gorkun Ironskull, except for the few mages who had time to [Ice Block] themselves.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: The Frost Queen is gone. We must keep moving - our objective is near.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: I... I could not save them... Damn you, Arthas! DAMN YOU!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: I thought he'd never shut up. At last, Sindragosa silenced that long-winded fool. To the Halls of Reflection, champions! Our objective is near... I can sense it.
Jaina/Sylvanas runs to the sealed iron doors to the Halls of Reflection, concluding Deliverance from the Pit and offering Frostmourne (Alliance) / (Horde).


If any action is taken during the roleplaying before the fight (This bug is not fixed as of july 22nd, 2010) Scourgelord Tyrannus may mount back, Rimefang still flying around attacking the group, while Tyrannus is out of harm's way. The only two ways to fix him is to either wipe, or somehow have everyone alive in your group run out of the instance to have him reset. It might not work at all, even with a wipe and letting the trash respawn.

It seems that this bug is caused by people attacking Rimefang or Tyrannus during the Roleplaying that precedes the fight. Staying out of combat during the event between Tyrannus and Martin Victus and avoiding any actions might reduce the chance of this bug happening, if that is what causes it.

Best way to avoid this bug seems, so far, to keep all the party in the middle of the crowd of slaves, and have one player just run in and start the Roleplaying event, then return to the crowd. Do not cast any spells, heal or do anything. Wait for Tyrannus to run to you, then the tank can pick him up and fight normally. The Deadly Boss Mods timer for combat start is a few seconds early, so you have to wait for him to run to you.


  • Tyrannus's quote, "Power... Overwhelming..." is the same as the Protoss Archon train speech, a unit from Starcraft. It is also a cheat code in the same game (power overwhelming).
  • Tyrannus's quote, "Perhaps you should have stayed in the mountains!" may be a reference to the Storm Peaks as Thorim's Intro quote in which he mentions having met the player "In the mountains."
  • Coincidentally, he also shares the name of Count Dooku (Darth Tyrannus) from the Star Wars franchise. They are somewhat similar, though. Both serve an almighty lord (Darth Sidious aka The Emperor and Lich King).
  • Tyrannus's name is Greek for 'tyrant.'
  • Tyrannus's armor looks like Tier 10 Death Knight armor.


External links