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A world boss is a raid boss-level monster that appears in the main, shared game world rather than an instance limited to a certain number of players. They are also known as world raid bosses, outdoor bosses, or outdoor raid bosses, and the phrase raid encounter may be used in place of "raid boss". These bosses were designed to be fought by one or more raid-sized groups of max-level characters, although lower level characters may be brought along.

World bosses were phased out of Blizzard's design philosophy starting with Wrath of the Lich King. Cataclysm did introduce some small group mini-bosses, but nothing that required a serious raid. With the release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, world bosses returned in the form of new encounters on Pandaria. This page contains a short overview of all world bosses, both current and removed.

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History of World Raid Bosses

Originally, Azuregos and Lord Kazzak were added early in WoW. They were two of WoW's greatest promotions of intraguild cooperation and interguild rivalry, as killing them required tracking their spawn, forming a raid, and beating the encounter AND the opposing faction (and at times same faction griefers). Their loot was also among the best at the time of their popularity.

Shortly before the Ahn'Qiraj event, the four Dragons of Nightmare were created, and added an entire new round of World Raid bosses. They were initially killed for having the best items for their slots, and later farmed for their nature resistant gear when it became apparent that some Temple of Ahn'Qiraj encounters required it. They were also involved in the Scepter of the Shifting Sands green piece questline.

As time passed, and Naxxramas came out without accompanying world raid bosses, the popularity of the world raid bosses began to fade.

With patch 2.0, Highlord Kruul began to terrorize Azeroth, in place of Lord Kazzak (and his Azeroth loot table). After the Burning Crusade came out, two new world raid bosses were introduced, Doom Lord Kazzak and Doomwalker (there were others initially shown in databases as ?? bosses, including a rare spawn from a quest in Blade's Edge in which you can spawn a raid boss who flies away, but is unaggro-able. But currently it is accepted that there are 2 BC world raid bosses). The popularity of the two was short-lived. After a couple months it became apparent that loot off of Karazhan was on par or better, while not having the additional faction vs. faction griefing factor.

In BC WoW 2.2, world bosses were often left untouched for long periods of time. There were occasional guilds that use them as either practice for raiding, or undergeared guilds trying to gear up. But with the announcement by Community Manager Bornakk that they did not plan to add additional world raid bosses[1][2], the days of a world raid boss came to an end.

Blizzard did not add any world raid bosses for Wrath of the Lich King. Cataclysm does contain some small group mini-bosses though. World bosses were reintroduced during Mists of Pandaria.

Kalimdor

Omen

Omen

Location: Moonglade
Raid 40
Omen is a demon boss summoned in the Moonglade during the Lunar Festival.

Outland

Doom Lord Kazzak

Doom Lord Kazzak

Location: Hellfire Peninsula
Raid 25
Former commander of the Burning Legion forces in the Blasted Lands, the former-Doomguard, now crowned Doom Lord Kazzak awaits with his formidable troops for the heroes of Azeroth to challenge his reign as Commander of the Burning Legion in Outland. He consumes the soul of all beings he slays to heal himself, casts a curse on players that makes their mana pools combust and if he isn't killed in 3 minutes, goes into his "supreme mode," allowing him to completely obliterate everything in his path.

Doomwalker

Doomwalker

Location: Shadowmoon Valley - In front of The Black Temple
Raid 25
Doomwalker is a powerful Fel Reaver sent by Kil'jaeden to assault the gates of the Black Temple in Shadowmoon Valley. He's a clear reminder for Illidan that Kil'jaeden hasn't forgotten about him...

Cataclysm

Cataclysm did introduce some small group mini-bosses, but nothing that requires a serious raid. One for each new zone.

Akma'hat <Dirge of the Eternal Sands>

Akma'hat

Location: Uldum
Party 5
Drops  [Belt of a Thousand Gaping Mouths]
Akma'hat is a Tol'vir style colossus located in Uldum.

Garr

Garr

Location: Mount Hyjal
Party 5
Drops  [Garr's Reinforced Girdle of Memories]
Garr is a lava elemental found to the west of Sulfuron Spire on Mount Hyjal. This guy seems to have survived our killing of him in molten core, apparently his falling apart into several chunks was merely a setback.

Julak-Doom <The Eye of Zor>

Julak-Doom

Location: Twilight Highlands
Party 5
Drops  [Vitreous Beak of Julak-Doom]
Julak-Doom is a merciless one controlling a flesh giant of the same name.

Mobus <The Crushing Tide>

Mobus

Location: Abyssal Depths
Party 5
Drops  [Mobus's Dripping Halberd]
Mobus is a whale shark found circling the Abyssal Breach.

Xariona

Xariona

Location: Deepholm
Party 5
Drops  [Xariona's Spectral Gauntlets]
Xariona is a twilight dragon roaming around the Temple of Earth.

Pandaria

True world bosses were reintroduced during Mists of Pandaria. All Mists world bosses use personal loot, rather than the traditional loot system.

Salyis's Warband

Salyis's Warband atop Galleon

Location: Valley of the Four Winds
A gargantuan mushan beast named Galleon carries the saurok warmongers led by Chief Salyis along the border between the Valley and the Krasarang Wilds, serving as a transport, assault steed, and artillery platform via the cannons mounted on his back.

Sha of Anger

Sha of Anger

Location: Kun-Lai Summit
One of the most powerful Sha manifestations that plague Pandaria, this creature treads upon the barren lands of Kun-Lai, corrupting everything it encounters with pure anger and terrorizing anything that is able to notice the presence of this dreadful monstrosity, his constant yells can be heard even as far as in the Jade Forest.

Nalak

Nalak

Location: Isle of Thunder
The gate guardian for the palace of Emperor Lei Shen. He can only be fought once the Isle of Thunder has been fully conquered.

Oondasta

Oondasta

Location: Isle of Giants
A truly gigantic Devilsaur that the Zandalari trolls have outfitted with armor and weapons.

August Celestials

Niuzao
Chi-Ji

Location: Timeless Isle
The trial of four August Celestials.

Yu'lon
Xuen




Ordos

Ordos

Location: Timeless Isle
The Fire-God of the Yaungol.

Previous old bosses

These world bosses have been removed from World of Warcraft.

Dragons of Nightmare

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.

In recent times, Ysera's most trusted lieutenants have been warped by a dark new power within the Emerald Dream. Now these wayward sentinels have passed through the Great Trees into Azeroth, intending to spread madness and terror throughout the mortal kingdoms.

Emeriss

Emeriss

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Emeriss is a gruesome, rotting monstrosity. Along with his AoE Sleep, he also casts a disease which damages nearby allies, and turns the corpses of the dead into deadly mushrooms. And every 25%, he casts Corruption of Earth, a Shadow DoT that deals 100% damage to the players health over 8 seconds.

Lethon

Lethon

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Lethon has become exceedingly evil, enough so to darken the hue of his scales, and his eyes have also been forced open, an oddity amongst Green Dragons. He has a massive Shadowbolt Volley, and every 25% he extracts shades from his enemy that will heal him.

Ysondre

Ysondre

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Ysondre's once beneficial healing powers have given way to dark magics. Casts an AoE Lightning Wave that deals direct Nature damage, and summons fiendish Druids every 25%.

Taerar

Taerar

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Taerar was perhaps the most affected of Ysera's lieutenants. His corporeal form has been shattered and he exists as a specter. Has an AoE Fear, and creates 3 Shades of himself every 25%.

Others - Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.

Azuregos

Azuregos

Location: Azshara
Raid 40
A mighty blue dragon who resides in the wilderness of Azshara, perusing over the countless magical artifacts there. He randomly teleports himself and all players within 30 feet a short distance, wiping aggro, casts a blizzard-like spell that eats mana, and occasionally puts up a magic reflection shield. Also, in order to prevent graveyard-zerging, he places a debuff on players that he kills. Any living players with this debuff will freeze whenever they go near him.

Highlord Kruul

Highlord Kruul

Location: Blasted Lands
Raid 40
Highlord Kruul is a doomguard boss who appears in various parts of Azeroth during the Dark Portal Opens event, introduced in patch 2.0.3. After the Dark Portal reopened, he officially replaced Lord Kazzak (now Doom Lord Kazzak in Outland's Hellfire Peninsula) as the Burning Legion's field commander in Azeroth, residing in the Tainted Scar in the Blasted Lands, southwest of the Portal.

He has since been removed from the game as of the release of The Burning Crusade.

Teremus the Devourer

Teremus the Devourer

Location: Blasted Lands
Raid 10?
Teremus was an immensely powerful black drake found in the Blasted Lands. He had an AoE Lifesteal and wiped aggro when he used a knockback attack. When he got down to 20% health, he regenerated to full health, making him one of the most difficult and prolonged fights in the game.

He used to be a popular target for the makers of machinima, most frequently being kited by a hunter and a priest from the Blasted Lands to Stormwind or Ironforge, but was eventually leashed to the Blasted Lands, causing him to reset when a player tried to kite him out of the zone.

As of Cataclysm, Teremus is no longer an elite mob but only rare; as such he is significantly weaker.

Patch changes

References

  1. ^ Bornakk; Mehrunes 2009-03-09. New world bosses please. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved on 2013-12-30.
  2. ^ Bornakk; Burningmist 2009-04-24. World Bosses?. Archived from the original on 2009-04-24. Retrieved on 2013-12-30.