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Entrance to Shadow Hold

Shadow Hold, located in western Felwood, is the main dwelling of the Shadow Council. It is a gigantic subterranean labyrinth roamed by Jaedenar warlocks and their demonic pets.

Night elf Arko'narin is being held captive inside as well as her close friend, a human by the name of Trey Lightforge, who later turns out to have been tortured to death.

The satyr Prince Xavalis and dreadlord Lord Banehollow also reside here.


The area is heavily populated by humanoids and demons ranging between levels 40 to 60.

Related quests

Quests to get before entering

First trip

Start N [55] Rescue From Jaedenar by picking up a randomly dropped blood key from the Shadow Hold mobs.

Return to the Emerald Sanctuary to turn in quests and start N [57] Retribution of the Light.

Second trip

After killing the main succubus, Rakaiah, return to the Emerald Sanctuary and claim your fabulous prizes.


The layout of Shadow Hold and the presence of several named mobs suggest that Blizzard likely considered making this an instanced dungeon, but for some reason decided to make it a unique, uninstanced microdungeon instead.