You've battled your way through multiple pet dungeons, against a wide variety of foes, and you've been victorious. However, in the beginning of your journey you couldn't help but notice there was something not quite right with the enemy pets, as though they'd somehow been changed. Then, your suspicions were confirmed in Gnomeregan, as you encountered sinister figures cloaked in shadows. Now you've cornered them in Blackrock Depths, and you'll finally get to see what these fiendish villains have been plotting...and building.
Welcome to a look at the new pet dungeon: Blackrock Depths! This is a 9-stage pet dungeon, and there doesn’t seem to be much walking inside this one. Rejoice!
That said, if you’d like to try your hand at this, you’ll need to download the PTR, and copy your account data and character. After that, find Radek Fuselock (Horde) or Tizzy Gearjolt (Alliance) to pick up the breadcrumb quest: Shadowy Showdown
Once you’ve picked it up, you’ll need to head over to Blackrock Mountain. Blackrock Mountain can be accessed from either Searing Gorge or Burning Steppes. Once inside, find the chain that connects downward toward the lava, and has two doorways.
Take the doorway without the elf, and cut left toward the Grinding Quarry. Once inside, your map changes, and you should be able to see the entrance to Blackrock Depths.
The NPC you’re meeting—Burt Macklin, not Sean Wilkers as the quest indicates—is just before the entrance to the BRD dungeon, and to the left. His text reads:
“My superior investigation techniques have followed these shadowy figures just inside. Another massive case solved, just days before I retire. Checkmate, bad guys.”
When you hand in Shadowy Showdown, he says; “These Shadowy Figures have been an annoyance for too long now. Get in there, and stop them.”
You then need to accept the quest: Shadows of Blackrock. Once you accept, head on in!
Our BRD strategies page can be found here.
The information below is obtained from the PTR, which means it has the potential to change. Information will be updated as new builds come in, and will be finalized once the patch goes live.
Stage 1: Enter the Arena
Walk your character into the arena area ahead of you.
Stage 2: The First Challenger
Horu Cloudwatcher is your first opponent. He also claims to be the best pet trainer on Azeroth, and the creator of the Black Claw and Hunting Party combo.
Horu has three pets: Bomber, Beta, & Alpha
Bomber – Dragonkin
Abilities: Howl, Twilight Meteorite, Tail Sweep
Beta – Beast
Abilities: Black Claw, Hunting Party, Strike
Alpha – Beast
Abilities: Black Claw, Hunting Party, Rend
Stage 3: Uncaged
This is a single pet fight, and you have three potential opponents: Rampage, Liz, & Ralf
Rampage – Beast
Power: 273, Speed: 324, HP:
Abilities: Thrash, Bash, Banana Barrage
Liz – Beast
Power: 249, Speed: 355, HP: 2343
Abilities: Toxic Bit, Poison Fang, Chomp
Ralf – Beast
Power: 249, Speed: 355, HP:
Abilities: Savage Talon, Cyclone, Rain Dance
Stage 4 – Futile Resistance
Defeat Therin Skysong
Therin has determined he’ll destroy you with Logic and Math, which also happen to be the names of his pets. Also, his pets have not only the boss buff, but a permanent Unstable Engineering buff, too.
Logic – Mechanical
Abilities: Overcharge, Mega Jolt, Zap
Math – Mechanical
Power: 350, Speed:
Abilities: Whirling Gears, Laser, Interrupting Jolt
Stage 5 – Desperate Measures
Defeat 2 Caged Creatures
At this point, the shadowy figures have determined they need a team meeting, so they unleash some pets to keep you busy. This stage has 2 sets of 3 random pets, which means you'll battle 1 random pet from each set.
The first set has: Char, Wilbur, & Tempton (Charlotte’s Web theme)
The second set has: Splint, Shred, & Ninn Jah (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme)
Char – Undead
Power: 287, Speed: 324, HP: 2416
Abilities: Brittle Webbing, Leech Life, Mudslide
Wilbur – Beast
Power: 255, Speed: 324, HP:
Abilities: Pig Out, Mudslide, Swarm of Flies
Tempton – Critter
Power: 329, Speed: 324, HP:
Abilities: Flank, Vengeance, Rabid Strike
Splint – Humanoid
Power: 224, Speed: 394, HP:
Abilities: Whirlwind, Burrow, Flurry
Shred – Mechanical
Power: 312, Speed: 324, HP:
Abilities: Shredder Blade, Build Turret, Feed
Ninn Jah – Aquatic
Power: 291, Speed: 355, HP: 2343
Abilities: Tail Sweep, Spiked Skin, Whirlpool
Stage 6 – They Have a New Plan
Defeat Alran Heartshade
This guy doesn’t care if he wins or loses—he just hopes it ends quick.
Frill – Magic
Abilities: Magma Trap, Immolation, Fade
Ruddy – Humanoid
Abilities: Clobber, Take Down, Mighty Charge
Wanderer – Elemental
Power: 311, Speed:
302, HP: 2139
Abilities: Scorched Earth, Quick Sand, Crush
Stage 7 – Smash it up
Defeat Zuna Skullcrush
Zuna is ready to crush you beneath her rocky pets, and avenge Horu.
Crushface – Elemental
311, Speed: 245, HP:
Abilities: Toxic Fumes, Leech Seed, Contagion Strike
Fozling (generic name, may change) – Elemental
367, Speed: 245, HP:
Abilities: Photosynthesis, Sunlight, Poison Lash (Yes, it’s THAT kind of fight)
Tremors – Magic
329, Speed: 192, HP:
Abilities: Toxic Fumes, Sludge Claw, Stone Shot
Stage 8 – The Final Countdown
Defeat Tasha Riley
Tasha has finally revealed the name of this group: Council of Chaos!
Presto -- Undead
Abilities: Necrotic Bomb, Raise Ally, Skull Toss
Fury -- Magic
Abilities: Howl, Surge of Power, Netherblast
Glitzy -- Dragonkin
Power: 350, Speed:
Abilities: Arcane Storm, Mana Surge, Tail Sweep
Stage 9 – They Spent Years on That?
Battle Against Pixy Whizzle and Defeat their “Powerful Weapon’.
Yes, they really have been working seven years on that
13,319 (Again: Yes, really.)
Abilities: Mega Discharge, Mayhem, Double Zap
This boss is also in possession of a special, un-dispellable buff: Unstable Circuits
Achievements & Rewards
There are two achievements to be had from the BRD pet dungeon ~~ Pet Challenge: Blackrock Depths & The Shadows Revealed.
The Shadows Revealed is the meta achievement for the completion of all the pet dungeons, minus the Celestial Tournament.
The rewards for these achievements will be two toys: Shadowy Disguise & Mayhem Mind Melder.
The Shadowy Disguise is the reward for the BRD Challenge version of the dungeon, and the MMM is the reward for the meta achievement. The disguise will give you the same look as the shadowy figures from Gnomeregan & Stratholme pet dungeons.
Pets for Shadowy Gem Currency
There are three pets available for purchase with this dungeon currency:
- Wailing Lasher - 1 Shadowy Gem
- Tiny Claw - 2 Shadowy Gems
- Experiment 13 - 3 Shadowy Gems
As per usual, there is also a supply crate for purchase with one shadowy gem.
And that’s everything! Best of luck to you all, and happy battling!