Blackrock Spire, also known as Castle of Blackhand, or simply BRS is a dungeon hub divided in two large sections, Lower, for level 55-60 players and Upper Blackrock Spire, for level 100 players. It's situated on the higher levels of Blackrock Mountain. The lower spire is inhabited by the remnants of the Dark Horde - orcs, ogres and forest trolls and their allies, the black dragonflight led once by the son of Deathwing, Nefarian.
The upper spire has been claimed by the Iron Horde, an orcish union from a parallel Draenor, as a vanguard keep and a site of a terrible scheme to unleash an iron star upon the mountain and erupt it in order to destroy surrounding areas, including the human kingdom of Stormwind as an act of Garrosh Hellscream's revenge. His ally, Zaela, Warlord of the Dragonmaw clan is overseeing the operation alongside Tharbek, commander of the Ironmarch expeditionary forces. Some of the black dragonflight's underlings have also remained inside, such as Kyrak.
- Main article: Blackrock Mountain
The mighty fortress carved within the fiery bowels of Blackrock Mountain was designed by the master dwarf-mason, Franclorn Forgewright. Intended to be the symbol of Dark Iron power, the fortress was held by the sinister dwarves for centuries. However, Nefarian - the cunning son of the Dragon Aspect Deathwing - had other plans for the great keep.
Nefarian and his draconic minions took control of the upper spire and made war on the dwarves' holdings in the mountain's volcanic depths. Now, the dragon has carved out a swath of the spire and set the generals of his increasingly large army - including Rend Blackhand, the warchief of the Dark Horde - to defend the peak while he continues his sinister experiments. The spawn of Nefarian continue to creep from Blackrock Spire - and will do so until the keep can finally be broken.
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Blackrock Spire is divided into two large sections. The two sections split off near the entrance of the dungeon. The Lower Spire, makes up for the main chunk of the instance and can be found on the right side if looking from the entrance. The Upper Spire makes up for the rest of the area, and is found on the left side if standing at the same place.
Franclorn Forgewright built this grand fortress as the new home of the Dark Iron dwarves after their idiotic summoning of Ragnaros destroyed much of the mountain range. Nefarion, a dragon lieutenant, had other plans, and drove the dwarves to the dungeon in his attempt to seize the fortress. He and his forces cannot take the lower depths of the complex, as Ragnaros still wields power there.
- Upper and Lower Blackrock Spire also gain their names from real world rocky outlets off the coast of Saint Helena.
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Upper Blackrock Spire is now a separate instance, retuned for level 100 players, with heroic mode added. Encounters have been updated with recent storyline developments.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Upper Blackrock Spire is now a 5-man dungeon.
- Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): The minimum level requirement on the Blackrock Spire Meeting Stone has been set to level 15.
- Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Upper Blackrock Spire no longer requires the to be accessed.
- Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): The instance is now capped at ten players.
- Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): The minimum level requirement on the Blackrock Spire Meeting Stone has been properly assigned.
- Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07):
- The instances is now capped at fifteen players.
- Some Blackrock Spire bosses will now properly display their true level, instead of being considered world bosses (who do not display level).