Mankrik's wife is very far away from him, and he offers almost no directions to her location. There is also no NPC called "Mankrik's Wife", as she is called "Beaten Corpse". This results in almost everyone accepting this quest resorting to asking for her location in Barrens general chat. This becomes extremely annoying, as Horde characters spend large amounts of time in the Barrens, and hearing the same question repeated over and over and over again tends to drive the somewhat more experienced players a tad irritable.
Repeated requests for the location of Mankrik's Wife have resulted in responses that vary wildly in accuracy — some place her quite close to her actual location (though such responses are probably given out of pity for the lost player), while others — depending on the prevailing mood — attempt to send players to far-off, hard-to-reach (or often totally impossible to reach) places (such as 'Inside Blackrock Mountain' or 'Next to Illidan's Throne'). Even the World of Warcraft general database Wowhead has answered this question, using location markers to spell out the word "THERE" and a giant arrow pointing at the location of the Beaten Corpse.
On many realms "Mankrik's Wife" has also become a generic response to general chat questions involving quest-givers, merchants, etc. For example:
- Player 1: "Where do you train Shadow bolt?"
- Player 2: "Mankrik's Wife."
Many people who begin blood elves often ask in General Chat for the location of the Shrine of Dath'Remar. A handful of people have recently dubbed this "The Shrine of Mankrik's Wife"
Near the time of the Cataclysm, Mankrik will finally recover and bury his wife, ending the legend.
Searching for "Mankrik's Wife" now points to the location of the Humble Monument, but still uses the same "THERE" with a giant arrow pointing to the new location on the Northern Barrens map.