Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom

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Not to be confused with Azj-Kahet.
Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom
AK, OK, Kahet, Old Kingdom
Ahn'kahet the Old Kingdom loading screen.jpg
Location Azjol-Nerub (entrance in Pit of Narjun, Dragonblight)
Race(s) ScourgeScourgeScourgeScourge Scourge
NerubianNerubianNerubianNerubian Nerubian
IconSmall FacelessOne.gif Faceless ones
End boss IconSmall FacelessOne.gif Herald Volazj
Instance info
Type Dungeon
Level 61 - 80
Player limit 5
Cross-faction? Cross-faction allowed

Elder Nadox
Prince Taldaram
Jedoga Shadowseeker
Amanitar (heroic)
Herald Volazj


Azjol-Nerub (5)

Krik'thir the Gatewatcher

Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom (5)

Elder Nadox
Prince Taldaram
Jedoga Shadowseeker
Amanitar (heroic)
Herald Volazj

Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom (also known as the Inner Kingdom)[1] is an instance which entrance can be found in the Pit of Narjun in the Dragonblight at the end of a grand hall; from Kilix the Unraveler, go left and head downward. The huge underground city serves as home to remnants of the once magnificent Nerubian Empire.

Ahn'kahet is one of the sections of Azjol-Nerub, the other being the Upper Kingdom. The city is controlled by Scourge nerubians and Yogg-Saron's faceless ones, with a presence of the Twilight's Hammer.


As its name suggests, Ahn'kahet is "the heart of the old nerubian empire".[2] Kilix the Unraveler refers to it as "Ahn'kahet, from whence we came"[3] and "the city of our ancestors".[4]

The Frozen Throne

The gate leading to the Old Kingdom in Warcraft III.

WC3RoC-logo.png This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

The Old Kingdom (also called Inner Kingdom on the map) was a section of Azjol-Nerub located behind the Old Kingdom Door found in the Shadow Web Caverns and unlocked using a Blood Key. Anub'arak confirms that the Old Kingdom begins behind the gate, but where it ends is up for debate, though the Upper Kingdom begins after it.

Arthas Menethil and Anub'arak crossed it to reach the Upper Kingdom and ultimately Icecrown Glacier. On their way across the Old Kingdom, they fought still-living nerubians, who considered Anub'arak a traitor for serving the Scourge, rescued a group of imprisoned crypt fiends, destroyed some nerubian eggs and killed one of their queens. They also faced some faceless ones and a terrifying forgotten one before escaping to the Upper Kingdom.[1]

Wrath of the Lich King

Wrath-Logo-Small.png This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

Overview of Ahn'kahet in World of Warcraft.

In the Upper Kingdom, undead nerubians patrol the ruins of their homeland, guarding clutches of eggs that will one day bring forth a new generation of Scourge warriors. Meanwhile, in the depths of the Old Kingdom, Ahn'kahet, another enemy stirs: the faceless ones. Little is known of these horrifying creatures, but rumor has it that they answer to an evil power lurking beneath Northrend. Destroying the undead nerubians and their tainted eggs will deal a great blow to the Lich King, but eliminating the mysterious faceless ones is also crucial to reclaiming the fallen empire.[5]

Adventure Guide

Azjol-Nerub was an empire of great strength when the Lich King arrived in Northrend. Despite ferocious resistance, however, Scourge forces managed to overtake the subterranean kingdom and slaughter its inhabitants, the nerubians. Scarred by years of war and abandonment, this vast domain is now occupied on two fronts.


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Dungeon denizens

Ahn'kahet bosses.


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Main article: Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom loot


On heroic, it awards approximately 2300 reputation.

In the RPG

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

The Old Kingdom is one of the two sections of Azjol-Nerub, the other being the Upper Kingdom. This area is deep below the surface and is the original location of the Nerubian empire. The nerubians preferred to stay well below surface level. This area has not been well maintained because the Scourge never descended this far. By the same token, that means they have not looted as much here, and it is also easier to avoid them by staying to these lower levels. Most of the nerubian rebels live down here.[6]



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