Dire Maul

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Dire Maul
DM
Dire Maul loading screen.jpg
Dire Maul loading graphic
Location
Race(s)
Advised level

Warpwood Quarter: 36-46
Capital Gardens: 39-49
Gordok Commons: 42-52

Minimum level

31 (all parts)

Player limit

5 (10)

The main entrance to Dire Maul.

Dire Maul is a three-wing instance found in northcentral Feralas. It was once a proud Highborne city called Eldre'Thalas, but now lies in ruins, overrun by ogres, satyrs, and undead. Only a tiny remnant of the original Highborne population remains in the form of a murderous sect called the Shen'dralar. The enemy level range is 36 to 47.

The subregion of Dire Maul plays host to two night elf archaeology dig sites: the Broken Commons Digsite and the Dire Maul Digsite.

History

From Blizzard's Official World Dungeons site:

Built twelve thousand years ago by a covert sect of night elf sorcerers, the ancient city of Eldre'Thalas was used to protect Queen Azshara's most prized arcane secrets. Though it was ravaged by the Great Sundering of the world, much of the wondrous city still stands as the imposing Dire Maul. The ruins' three distinct districts have been overrun by all manner of creatures — especially the spectral Highborne, foul satyr and brutish ogres. Only the most daring party of adventurers can enter this broken city and face the ancient evils locked within its ancient vaults.

World of Warcraft: The Comic

Dire Maul

WoW-comic-logo-16x68.png This section concerns content exclusive to the World of Warcraft comics.

In World of Warcraft: The Comic, Dire Maul is featured prominently as the location of the Crimson Ring's annual championship gladiator matches. The gladiatorial games begins with individual single combat matches and which ever gladiator team can survive the individual trials intact can advance to team combat matches to vie for the team championship. It is presumed that members of the teams who were unable to advance to team combat matches continue to fight in single combat matches to vie for the single combat championship(such as Bloodeye Redfist).Rehgar Earthfury's team, consisting of an amnesic Varian Wrynn, Broll Bearmantle, and Valeera Sanguinar, claimed victory over the previous year's team champions: Giago, Two-Heads, and Brlee (members of the Gordunni Clan of Ancient Draenor).

Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Dire Maul was lowered to a level 36-52 dungeon in Cataclysm. Cho'gall has appeared in Dire Maul he gave the Gordunni Ogres power as a reward for their loyalty and work for the Twilight's Hammer clan. Despite his attempts though, Cho'gall was pushed out of Dire Maul by adventures of the Horde and Alliance.

Dungeon Journal

Built thousands of years ago to house the kaldorei's arcane secrets, the formerly great city of Eldre'Thalas now lies in ruin, writhing with warped, twisted forces. Competing covens once fought for control of Dire Maul's corrupted energy, but they have since settled into uneasy truces, choosing to exploit the power within their own territories rather than continue to battle over the entire complex.

Geography and Layout

Dire Maul contains three wings in two instances. The wings are known as Warpwood Quarter (east), Capital Gardens (west) and Gordok Commons (north). The Capital Gardens and the Gordok Commons are contained in a single instance, and used to be connected via The Athenaeum, but this is no longer the case. At the end of a long hallway not on the official map, you will now find only a dead end, and you will be displayed as nowhere, yet in the Gordok Commons. At the center of Dire Maul, connecting the three wings, is an open plaza populated by ogres and containing what was a special PvP arena. This arena known as The Maul, consisting of a rectangular pit with entrances and exits on the east and west sides, was similar to the Gurubashi Arena in Stranglethorn Vale, in that "free for all" PvP combat is permitted within its confines.

Warpwood Quarter (36-46)

Warpwood Quarter (aka Dire Maul East ) has been taken over by the nefarious Alzzin the Wildshaper, a satyr who has corrupted the Fruit of Fertility tree so that it produces vile [Felvine Shards]. Alzzin has attracted all manner of corrupted plant life, satyrs, mages and demons to his cause. The entire district is overgrown with crazed plant life. Dire Maul East is considered the easiest of the three wings.

Capital Gardens (39-49)

Capital Gardens (a.k.a Dire Maul West) is haunted by the ghosts and skeletons of deceased Highborne, and is home to a variety of arcane creatures, including ancients and mana surges. Yet the most notable resident of the Captial Gardens is Immol'thar, a demon imprisoned on this plane by Prince Tortheldrin. Millennia ago, the Prince, aided by his Shen'dralar loyalists, constructed five mystical pylons to bind Immol'thar so that they could siphon his energy to sustain their immortality. Tendris Warpwood, a corrupted Ancient of War, also resides in the Capital Gardens. It also guards the door leading from Capital Gardens into Immol'thar's prison, where players can also access The Athenaeum.

Gordok Commons (42-52)

Gordok Commons (a.k.a Dire Maul North) is considered the hardest, or, at the very least, the most interesting and unusual, wing of Dire Maul. The district is now occupied by a tribe of ogres known as the Gordok. Dire Maul is unique in that parties adventuring there have a choice. They may, in the traditional fashion, kill all the various bosses in the instance for some guaranteed rare drops, or they can use a series of questing and sneaking tasks to perform a "tribute run." In a tribute run the characters only kill King Gordok, ruler of the Gordok tribe, while keeping the other bosses alive. As a reward for sparing the lives of the other instance bosses, the characters receive higher quality, though fewer, rare drops from a tribute chest. In addition, the Gordok proclaim the characters as kings, which grants access to a variety of two-hour buffs, alcoholic brews, and the quest A [47D] Unfinished Gordok Business.

Maps and subregions

Area Subregions

Central

Broken Commons · Eldreth Row · The Hidden Reach · The Maul

Warpwood Quarter (East)

The Conservatory · The Shrine of Eldretharr

Capital Gardens (West)

The Athenaeum · Court of the Highborne · Prison of Immol'thar

Gordok Commons (North)

Gordok's Seat · Halls of Destruction

Quest guide

Quest name Quest giver Zone location
Warpwood Quarter (East)
B [38D] Adventurers Wanted: Dire Maul Warpwood Quarter Heroes/Warchief's Command Board All capital cities
A [40D] Saving Warpwood IconSmall NightElf Male.gifTelaron Windflight Dreamer's Rest, Feralas
H [40D] Saving Warpwood IconSmall Tauren Male.gifHadoken Swiftstrider Camp Mojache, Feralas
N [40D] An Unwelcome Guest IconSmall AncientofLore.gifFurgus Warpwood Warpwood Quarter, Dire Maul
N [41D] Shards of the Felvine IconSmall AncientofLore.gifFurgus Warpwood Warpwood Quarter, Dire Maul
N [41D] Alzzin the Wildshaper IconSmall AncientofLore.gifFurgus Warpwood Warpwood Quarter, Dire Maul
N [40D] Lethtendris's Web IconSmall Ogre Male.gif"Ambassador" Dagg'thol Warpwood Quarter, Dire Maul
N [40D] Pusillin The Thief IconSmall Ogre Male.gif"Ambassador" Dagg'thol Warpwood Quarter, Dire Maul
Capital Gardens (West)
B [41D] Adventurers Wanted: Dire Maul Capital Gardens Heroes/Warchief's Command Board All capital cities
A [42D] The Highborne IconSmall NightElf Male.gifTelaron Windflight Dreamer's Rest, Feralas
H [42D] The Highborne IconSmall Tauren Male.gifHadoken Swiftstrider Camp Mojache, Feralas
N [43D] The Cursed Remains IconSmall Highborne Male.gifEstulan Capital Gardens, Dire Maul
N [43D] The Shen'dralar Ancient IconSmall Highborne Male.gifEstulan Capital Gardens, Dire Maul
N [43D] The Warped Defender IconSmall Highborne Male.gifShen'dralar Watcher Capital Gardens, Dire Maul
N [44D] The Madness Within IconSmall Highborne Male.gifShen'dralar Ancient Capital Gardens, Dire Maul
N [44D] The Treasure of the Shen'dralar IconSmall Highborne Male.gifShen'dralar Ancient Capital Gardens, Dire Maul
Gordok Commons (North)
B [44D] Adventurers Wanted: Northern Dire Maul Heroes/Warchief's Command Board All capital cities
H [46D] Ogre in the Field IconSmall Mok'Nathal Female.gifOrhan Ogreblade Stonemaul Hold, Feralas
A [46D] Eyes in the Sky IconSmall Shandris.gifShandris Feathermoon Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas
N [46D] A Broken Trap Broken Trap Halls of Destruction, Dire Maul North
N [46D] The Gordok Ogre Suit IconSmall Goblin Male.gifKnot Thimblejack Halls of Destruction, Dire Maul North
N [42D] The Gordok Taste Test IconSmall Ogre Male.gifStomper Kreeg Gordok Commons, Dire Maul
A [47D] Unfinished Gordok Business IconSmall Ogre Male.gifCaptain Kromcrush Gordok Commons, Dire Maul
N [47D] King of the Gordok IconSmall Crow.gifDruid of the Talon (Dire Maul) Gordok Commons, Dire Maul
H [47D] King of the Gordok IconSmall Ogre Male.gifStonemaul Ogre (Dire Maul) Gordok Commons, Dire Maul

Strategy guides

Doing Dire Maul in one visit

Some tips for doing Dire Maul in just one visit:

  • Plan to do a Tribute Run. Keep Captain Kromcrush and Stomper Kreeg alive as quests are available from them after the tribute run is complete.
  • Remember to speak to the Shen'dralar Ancient before killing Immol'thar.
  • You need to kill Immol'thar to make Prince Tortheldrin hostile and to loot the chest behind the Prince to complete Captain Kromcrush's quest.
Dire Maul East
  • Enter from the northwest (there are three entrances) or make your way there and speak with Pusillin (#1 on the map), in the northwest corner by the broken walkway, to get him to move (this is on the 2nd floor of the room that Old Ironbark, #2 on the map, is in). Chase Pusillin to the north east corner of this main room and then speak with him again.
    • Follow him east into the large room and go upstairs (#5 on the map). Speak with him again to fight him. Pick up the [Crescent Key] from his corpse.
  • When you return towards the main room, turn south and enter a large room (#3 on the map). Three bosses reside here (Hydrospawn, Lethtendris, and Zevrim Thornhoof), but only Zevrim Thornhoof must be killed to finish Dire Maul East.
  • After killing Zevrim Thornhoof, take the spiral stairway downstairs to safely reach the room with Old Ironbark (#2 on the map). Speak with him to have him break down the door on the north side. Go through the passage to #4.
  • In the final room make your way down one side of the circle, clear the mobs in front of Alzzin the Wildshaper, and then kill him.
Dire Maul West
Dire Maul North

Loot

Main article: Dire Maul loot

Resources

Herbs

Dungeon Denizens

Dire Maul bosses

Encounters

Bosses Monsters NPCs
East
North
West

Notes, Tips, & Additional Info

  • Also known as DM, which is an abbreviation shared with The Deadmines. When in doubt, check the level of the person asking for a group (shift click their name). Some players try to avoid confusion by abbreviating Dire Maul to DiM or The Deadmines to VC (after the final boss Vanessa VanCleef). This may not apply, however, since before the dungeon finder people running Dire Maul would abbreviate what part of Dire Maul they are running, i.e.: Dire Maul: East (DM East), Dire Maul: North (DM North), etc.
  • Dire Maul is one of seven 5-man instances added to the game via patch, the other six being Maraudon, Magisters' Terrace, Trial of the Champion, Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection.
  • Until Patch 4.0.1 the [Crescent Key] was required to open doors towards and inside the Northern and Western wings of Dire Maul. The key was obtained from the imp Pusillin after a chase through the east wing of Dire Maul.

Achievements

Gallery

Dire Maul during A [37] Might of the Sentinels / H [37] Might of the Stonemaul

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Level reduced to 37-47.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Dire Maul has had several spawn locations changed and a slight increase in population.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): The minimum level requirement on the Dire Maul meeting stone has been properly assigned.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Added

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