Molten Core

Molten Core

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Found near the entrance to Blackrock Depths, Molten Core currently provides some of the toughest challenges in all of World of Warcraft. This 40-man raid instance is on a weekly timer, making it possible for a guild to enter, defeat a few bosses, and then return throughout the week to finish the job. At the end of the raid lies Ragnaros, one of the biggest bosses in all of WoW.

In order to enter Molten Core, you'll need to do the "Attunement to the Core" quest, which then grants you a shortcut to the instance. There are also several quests you can get for Molten Core, starting in Azshara. Following is a list of all the quests associated with Molten Core; for a rundown of the 10 bosses that lurk within the instance, check out the Molten Core bosses page.

Quest List

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Molten Core Attunement
Attunement to the Core (60+, done in Blackrock Depths)
Duke Hydraxis' quest line

Poisoned Water (56)
Stormers and Rumblers (56)
Eye of the Emberseer (60+ raid)
The Molten Core (60+ raid)
Agent of Hydraxis (60+ raid)
Hands of the Enemy (60+ raid)
A Hero's Reward (60)

Molten Core Attunement

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Attunement to the Core (60+)
Starts At: Lothos Riftwalker - Blackrock Mountain
Category: Blackrock Depths (5 or 10-man)
Before you can actually enter Molten Core, you'll need to get "attuned" via this quest in Blackrock Depths. Deep inside BRD, after Summoner's Tomb and before the Lyceum, is the Molten Bridge, which leads to an entrance to Molten Core. Outside the entrance is a core fragment you need to bring back to Riftwalker - it blends in with the rest of the rocks, so just mouse over the rocks until you get the special icon to grab the fragment. Once you've turned in the quest, there's a crystal next to Riftwalker you can click as a shortcut to Molten Core.

Duke Hydraxis' quest line

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On a small island off the southeast coast of Azshara sits Duke Hydraxis, who offers most of what few quests exist for Molten Core. Once you've finished his quest line, you'll be able to pick from one of two nice fire resist rings as a reward, and receive a vial of Aqual Quintessence, which is used to douse the flames in Molten Core, a necessary step to killing all the bosses and reaching Ragnaros.

Poisoned Water (56)
Starts At: Duke Hydraxis - Azshara
Zones: Azshara, Eastern Plaguelands
Use the Aspect of Neptulos on poisoned elementals of Eastern Plaguelands, which transforms them into the mobs you need to kill. Collect 12 Discordant Bracers and bring them and the Aspect of Neptulos to Duke Hydraxis in Azshara. The elementals can be found in a few pools in the Eastern Plaguelands; the small pool to the south of the zone is the easiest one to complete the quest.

Stormers and Rumblers (57)
Starts At: Duke Hydraxis - Azshara
Zones: Azshara, Silithus
Travel to Silithus, kill 15 Dust Stormers and 15 Desert Rumblers, and return to Duke Hydraxis. Both mobs are most easily found in the Crystal Vale, in the northwest part of Silithus.

Eye of the Emberseer (60+ raid)
Starts At: Duke Hydraxis - Azshara
Category: Upper Blackrock Spire
Kill Pyroguard Emberseer in the early stages of Upper Blackrock Spire and bring the Eye of the Emberseer to Duke Hydraxis in Azshara. The Emberseer is in one of the first rooms of UBRS, and is a trivial kill for most raids.

The Molten Core (60+ raid)
Starts At: Duke Hydraxis - Azshara
Category: Molten Core
Kill 1 Firelord, 1 Molten Giant, 1 Ancient Core Hound and 1 Lava Surger, then return to Duke Hydraxis in Azshara. These mobs are all run into fairly early on in Molten Core, before reaching the first boss.

Agent of Hydraxis (60+ raid)
Starts At: Duke Hydraxis - Azshara
Zones: Molten Core
Earn an Honored faction with the Hydraxian Waterlords. When you're halfway through Friendly, you can only gain faction by killing the Emberseer in Blackrock Spire, and by killing mobs and bosses in Molten Core -- a few runs through MC should get you Honored.

Hands of the Enemy (60+ raid)
Starts At: Duke Hydraxis - Azshara
Category: Molten Core
Now things get tough: Bring the Hands of Lucifron, Gehennas, Shazzrah and Sulfuron to Duke Hydraxis in Azshara. If your guild can kill all these bosses, you're just about ready for Ragnaros.

A Hero's Reward
Starts At: Duke Hydraxis - Azshara
Zones: Azshara
For defeating these bosses, collect your reward from Hydraxis' Coffer, under the surf at the southern base of Duke Hidraxis' island. You can choose from two rings: Ocean's Breeze or Tidal Loop, both with +15 fire resistance, which will come in handy when you finally face off against Ragnaros.


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