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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade This article concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

Watchkeeper Gargolmar is the first boss of the Hellfire Ramparts instance in Hellfire Citadel. He is charged by Kargath Bladefist with the defense of the ramparts.


  • Ability warrior savageblow.png Mortal Wound: Inflicts 150% weapon damage to an enemy and leaves it wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 5% for 20 sec. 10% on Heroic; stacks up to 10 times
  • Ability meleedamage.png Overpower: Instantly overpowers an enemy, causing weapon damage plus 30. Can only be used after the target dodges. Overpower cannot be blocked, dodged, or parried.  
  • Ability warrior challange.png Retaliation: Instantly counterattack any enemy that strikes you in melee for 15 sec. Melee attacks made from behind cannot be counterattacked. Begins using at 30%
  • Ability warrior charge.png Surge: Charges an enemy, inflicting damage to the target and any of its nearby allies, as well as knocking them all back.


Gargolmar patrols back and forth with two healer guards, Hellfire Watchers, so clear the groups near the end of his patrol path closest to you; if you can handle them, you shouldn't have any problems beating him.

Any combination of CCing the adds and kill order will work; the only things to consider are the heals from the Watchers, managing his charge, and the debuff that occurs in Heroic mode. It should be noted that priests can MC the Watchers (Heal, Renew and Shadow Word: Pain), perhaps using them to absorb Gargolmar's charges. Unfortunately, the healing spells have a cooldown of about 20 secs, so it won't be of much help healing the tank.


Increased damage from Surge, but still not very high. Mortal Wounds now reduces healing by 10% a stack (up from 5% on Normal).


Normal and Heroic

Normal Drops
Inv bracer 07.png
Inv chest plate03.png
Inv shoulder 01.png
Inv sword 63.png
Inv pants leather 15.png

Heroic Drops
Inv bracer 18.png
Inv misc cape 11.png
Inv shield 05.png
  • Blood Knight Defender
  • Item Level 115
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Binds when picked up
  • Shield
  • Off-Hand"Off-Hand" is not in the list (Back, Chest, Feet, Finger, Hands, Head, Held in off-hand, Legs, Main Hand, Neck, ...) of allowed values for the "Item slot" property.
  • 2949 Armor
  • +26 Stamina
    +20 Arcane Resistance
  • Requires level 70
  • Equip: Increases your dodge rating by 18.
  • Icon-3D-48x48.png
  • Sell Price: 5g 49s 36c
Inv boots cloth 05.png
Inv boots chain 03.png
Spell holy championsbond.png200200

Jewels (Heroic Only)
Inv jewelcrafting talasite 03.png
Inv jewelcrafting talasite 03.png
Inv jewelcrafting nobletopaz 03.png



  • Do you smell that? Fresh meat has somehow breached our citadel. Be wary of any intruders.
  • This may hurt a little...
  • What have we here?
  • I'm going to enjoy this...
  • Back off, pup!
40% Health
  • Heal me, quickly!
Killing a player
  • Say farewell!
  • Much too easy...
  • Laughing, passing into dying sounds.


  • Gargolmar's quote "Back off, pup!" could be a reference to the Shaman unit in Warcraft III, where one of the 'Pissed' quotes is the exact same line.
  • Gargolmar has blades for hands, very similar to Warchief Kargath Bladefist.
  • Gargolmar's name may be a reference to the Smurfs villain Gargamel.

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