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Shadowfang Keep

For the original version of this dungeon before World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, see Shadowfang Keep (original).

Shadowfang Keep is a haunted keep near the borders of Gilneas in southern Silverpine Forest

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, on a high bluff overlooking Pyrewood Village. It is the former base of operations for the demented archmage Arugal, who wrested the keep from Baron Silverlaine with his worgen "children" and held it until he was defeated by agents of the Horde. The keep is now occupied by the followers of renegade Gilnean nobleman Vincent Godfrey, traitor to both his homeland and to the Forsaken who returned him from death.


The courtyard

From World Dungeons on the old WoW site:

During the Third War, the wizards of the Kirin Tor battled against the undead armies of the Scourge. When the wizards of Dalaran died in battle, they would rise soon after - adding their former might to the growing Scourge. Frustrated by their lack of progress (and against the advice of his peers) the Archmage, Arugal elected to summon extra-dimensional entities to bolster Dalaran's diminishing ranks. Arugal's summoning brought the ravenous worgen into the world of Azeroth. The feral wolf-men slaughtered not only the Scourge, but quickly turned on the wizards themselves. The worgen sieged the keep of the noble, Baron Silverlaine. Situated above the tiny hamlet of Pyrewood, the keep quickly fell into shadow and ruin. Driven mad with guilt, Arugal adopted the worgen as his children and retreated to the newly dubbed 'Shadowfang Keep'. It's said he still resides there, protected by his massive pet, Fenrus - and haunted by the vengeful ghost of Baron Silverlaine.

Pyrewood Village is shadowed to the north by Shadowfang Keep, once a bastion of Alliance power but now the dark residence of a mad former mage of the Kirin Tor, named Arugal. The worgen that stalk the Keep, as well as the cursed villagers of Pyrewood, are the doings of this madman. During the Third War, Arugal made these worgen as allies but they could not be controlled and turned on him and the other soldiers. He went mad after this and now accepts them as his "children." His worgen run rampant throughout much of the forest.

During the events of World of Warcraft, agents of the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner were dispatched to both solve the mystery of the enigmatic worgen and ultimately terminate the source of the creatures' infestation in Silverpine. Eventually they were able to discover that the mad archmage, Arugal, was behind the worgen's presence, and the Forsaken command ordered him slain.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

The dungeon was updated to reflect current events. The level range was lowered and a Heroic mode added. Lord Godfrey replaced Arugal as the final boss, given the former's attempted assassination of leaders of both the Alliance and Horde, ending with him fleeing to Shadowfang Keep.


Shadowfang Keep entrance


SFK is one of the first instances players will step into. The mobs within are entirely undead, as the worgen mobs have long since disappeared with the death of Archmage Arugal.


SFK was the first vaguely challenging instance that players were likely to encounter. In addition to the volume of mobs present, several of the mobs here cast various curses, nearly every type of Worgen had some sort of special ability (active or passive) that affected a group's ability to deal with them, and the undead humans made use of Silence, which meant that a tank could be caught without healing in some fights if the healer(s) got hit with it.

For the level, the loot here is highly desirable, with a few different items that can sell well via the twink market. Several bind-on-pickup blue items are also to be found here, primarily for Mages and Warriors in particular. Although the level is still low enough that cash isn't hugely abundant, there is still some silver dropped.


The following bosses are present in Shadowfang Keep:


Bosses Monsters
  • Shadowfang Keep (up to and including Observatory)
  • Shadowfang Keep (up to and including Final Room)



Quest guide

Alliance Horde

A [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
A [18D] Sniffing Them Out
A [19D] Armored to the Teeth
A [20D] Fighting Tooth and Claw
A [21D] Fury of the Pack

H [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
H [18D] This Land is Our Land
H [19D] Plague...Plague Everywhere!
H [20D] Orders Are For the Living
H [21D] Sweet, Merciless Revenge

Class Quest Race
Druid} Druid A [20D] The Circle's Future
H [20D] The Circle's Future
Hunter} Hunter A [20D] A Well-Earned Reward
H [20D] A Marksman's Weapon
Mage} Mage A [20D] Mastering the Arcane
H [20D] Mastering the Arcane
Paladin} Paladin A [20D] The Hand of the Light
H [20D] A True Sunwalker TaurenTauren Tauren
H [20D] The Adept's Path Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
Priest} Priest A [20D] A Budding Young Surgeon GnomeGnome Gnome
A [20D] Favored of Elune Night elfNight elf Night elf
A [20D] A Well-Earned Reward HumanHuman Human
WorgenWorgen Worgen
Ironforge dwarfIronforge dwarf Ironforge dwarf
H [20D] A Seer's Staff TaurenTauren Tauren
H [20D] A Seer's Staff GoblinGoblin Goblin
H [20D] Staff of the Light Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
H [20D] The Dark Cleric's Bidding UndeadUndead Undead
H [20D] The Shadow-Walker's Task TrollTroll Troll
Rogue} Rogue A [20D] A Royal Reward
H [20D] Blade of the Shattered Hand
Shaman} Shaman A [20D] Blessings of the Elements
H [20D] Dreamseeker's Task
Warlock} Warlock A [20D] A Boon for the Powerful
H [20D] Token of Power
Warrior} Warrior A [20D] A Fitting Weapon
H [20D] A Fitting Weapon

Dungeon denizens


See Shadowfang Keep loot.




Main article: Shadowfang Keep (original)



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This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Shadowfang Keep probably earned it's name from the rumours of the worgen that guard it; before that, it may have been called "Silverlaine Keep" or "Pyrewood Keep."[citation needed]

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Revamped, gained a heroic mode for level 85 players.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Capped at ten players.

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