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Temple of Atal'Hakkar (also known as Sunken Temple and more rarely, Lost Temple) is a shrine erected by the Atal'ai trolls, led by their master Jammal'an the Prophet, to the nefarious Blood God — Hakkar the Soulflayer. Believing that this was the intended site for Hakkar's reentry into Azeroth, the great Dragon Aspect, Ysera, and her green dragonflight sunk the temple into the depths of the Swamp of Sorrows...but the dragons did not realize that it was the wrong location until it was too late.

Many of the bosses in the instance have some kind of prerequisite in order to encounter them. Atal'alarion will appear after activation of statues, Jammal'an the Prophet can only be reached by killing the 6 troll mini-bosses, Avatar of Hakkar must be summoned and the Shade of Eranikus will only be killable after the death of the Prophet.

The Temple may be entered by level 45. The mob level range is 40-55, with the final boss being 55.


On the official site

From World Dungeons on the old WoW site:

Over a thousand years ago, the powerful Gurubashi Empire was torn apart by a massive civil war. An influential group of troll priests, known as the Atal'ai, attempted to bring back an ancient blood god named Hakkar the Soulflayer. Though the priests were defeated and ultimately exiled, the great troll empire buckled in upon itself. The exiled priests fled far to the north, into the Swamp of Sorrows. There they erected a great temple to Hakkar - where they could prepare for his arrival into the physical world. The great dragon Aspect, Ysera, learned of the Atal'ai's plans and smashed the temple beneath the marshes. To this day, the temple's drowned ruins are guarded by the green dragons who prevent anyone from getting in or out. However, it is believed that some of the fanatical Atal'ai may have survived Ysera's wrath - and recommitted themselves to the dark service of Hakkar.

The name Atal’Hakkar can mean either "Devoted to Hakkar" or "In Honor of Hakkar" in Zandali, the language of the trolls.[1]


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In Cataclysm

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

The Sunken Temple was raised to a level 50-60 dungeon in Cataclysm.

Quest guide

Temple of Atal'Hakkar bosses

Quest name Quest giver Zone location
Alliance Alliance quests
A [50D] Into The Temple of Atal'Hakkar
chain start: In Search of The Temple
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifAlliance Brohann Caskbelly Dwarven District, Stormwind City
A [52] Haze of Evil
chain start: Muigin and Larion
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifNeutral Gregan Brewspewer
Marshal's Refuge, Un'goro Crater
Horde Horde quests
H [50] The Temple of Atal'Hakkar
chain starts: Pool of Tears
IconSmall Orc Male.gifHorde Fel'zerul Stonard, Swamp of Sorrows
H [52] Zapper Fuel
chain start: Larion and Muigin
IconSmall Goblin Female.gifNeutral Liv Rizzlefix
Ratchet, The Barrens
Marshal's Refuge, Un'goro Crater
Neutral 15.png Neutral quests
N [51] Into the Depths
chain start: The Sunken Temple
IconSmall Goblin Male.gifNeutral Marvon Rivetseeker
Alliance Angelas Moonbreeze /Horde Witch Doctor Uzer'i
Broken Pillar, Tanaris
Alliance Feathermoon Stronghold / Horde Camp Mojache
N [51] Secret of the Circle
chain start: The Sunken Temple
IconSmall Goblin Male.gifNeutral Marvon Rivetseeker Broken Pillar, Tanaris
N [53] The God Hakkar
chain start: Screecher_Spirits
IconSmall Troll Male.gifNeutral Yeh'kinya Steamwheedle Port, Tanaris
N [53D] Jammal'an the Prophet IconSmall Troll Male.gifNeutral Atal'ai Exile Shadra'Alor, The Hinterlands
N [55] The Essence of Eranikus Drops off Shade of Eranikus, Inside Sunken Temple
Neutral 15.png Class quests
N Druid} [52D] A Better Ingredient
chain start: Torwa_Pathfinder
IconSmall Tauren Male.gifNeutral Torwa Pathfinder
Alliance Denatharion
Horde Turak Runetotem
Neutral Loganaar
Un'Goro Crater
Alliance Darnassus
Horde Thunder Bluff
Neutral Moonglade
N Hunter} [52D] The Green Drake
chain start: The Hunter's Charm
IconSmall Furbolg.gifNeutral Ogtinc
Horde Ormak Grimshot (Orgrimmar)
Horde Oninath (Silvermoon City)
Alliance Olmin Burningbeard (Ironforge)
Alliance Ulfir Ironbeard (Stormwind)
Timbermaw Hold, Azshara
N Shaman} [52D] Da Voodoo
chain start: Elemental Mastery
IconSmall Troll Male.gifNeutral Bath'rah the Windwatcher
Alliance Farseer Umbrua / Horde Searn Firewarder
Chillwind Point ruins, Alterac Mountains
Alliance Stormwind City / Horde Orgrimmar
A Paladin} [52D] Forging the Mightstone
chain start: Chillwind_Camp
IconSmall Human Male.gifAlliance Commander Ashlam Valorfist
Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker
Chillwind Camp, Western Plaguelands
Stormwind City
H Paladin} [52D] Ancient Evil
chain start: To_The_Bulwark
IconSmall Undead Female.gifHorde Lady Sylvanas Windrunner
Champion Bachi / Champion Cyssa Dawnrose
Royal Quarter, Undercity
Silvermoon / Undercity
N Priest} [52D] Blood of Morphaz
chain start: Cenarion_Aid
IconSmall Furbolg.gifNeutral Ogtinc
Alliance High Priest Rohan / Horde Ur'kyo
Timbermaw Hold, Azshara
Alliance Ironforge / Horde Orgrimmar
N Rogue} [52D] The Azure Key
chain start: A Simple Request
IconSmall Human Male.gifNeutral Archmage Xylem
various rogue trainers
Azshara Tower, Azshara
N Mage} [52D] Destroy Morphaz
chain start: Magic Dust
IconSmall Human Male.gifNeutral Archmage Xylem Azshara Tower, Azshara
N Warrior} [52D] Voodoo Feathers
chain start: A Troubled Spirit
IconSmall Orc Male.gifNeutral Fallen Hero of the Horde
various Warrior trainers
On the border between Swamp of Sorrow & Blasted Lands
N Warlock} [52D] Trolls of a Feather
chain start: An Imp's Request or Hot and Itchy
IconSmall Imp.gifNeutral Impsy
Impsy or any of several warlock trainers
Shatter Scar Vale, Felwood

Group info

A good group to have for this instance would consist of a tank, a healer, and three damage dealers, preferably one with good AoE. AoE's are very helpful, as there are many packs with non-elites. The instance offers a lot of opportunity for crowd control (specifically rogue saps and Priest shackle undeads, and magic dispels (from priests, paladins, and Resto shamans) make it a lot easier, as there a various negative effects (Fear and Sleep being the most dangerous). One of the three damage dealers should be able to tank, or have a pet that can tank, for the Shade of Eranikus fight.

Each class brings something useful to this instance, and as much depends on player skill and character levels as does group composition. That said, it's very nice to have reliable Crowd Control, good healing from a suitably geared and/or spec'd healer, as well as some form of out of combat Resurrection and Wipe Recovery.

One of the most important things to bring to this instance is knowledge of the layout or a good guide/map, as it's very easy to get lost here!


See pre- World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm walkthrough at Old walkthrough.
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Dungeon denizens


See Temple of Atal'Hakkar loot.


Sunken Temple (circa World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm)

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Level range raised to 52 - 55, but layout dramatically simplified.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Meeting stone now operational for all levels, previously level 45 - 53.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Boss levels lowered.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): The minimum level requirement on the Temple of Atal'Hakkar Meeting Stone has been properly assigned.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Capped at ten players.


  1. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 127

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