Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj

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Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
AQ10, AQ20 (Pre-Cataclysm), RQ, RAQ
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Location Ahn'Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom
Race(s) QirajiQiraji Qiraji
SilithidSilithidSilithidSilithid Silithid
End boss  Ossirian the Unscarred
Instance info
Type Raid
Level 30
Player limit 10
Cross-faction? Cross-faction allowed
Associated faction Cenarion Circle
Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj (10)

General Rajaxx
Buru the Gorger
Ayamiss the Hunter
Ossirian the Unscarred

Temple of Ahn'Qiraj (40)

The Prophet Skeram
Silithid Royalty
Battleguard Sartura
Fankriss the Unyielding
Princess Huhuran
Twin Emperors

The Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj is a 10-man (20-man before Cataclysm) outdoor raid dungeon located in southern Silithus, released with patch 1.9. Its release was joined by a massive server-dependent event called the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj. It can be found by entering the main Ahn'Qiraj Gate and continuing on the left path. Most of the area is mountable, however, the bug mounts from the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj do not work here. If any member of your party is in combat then your entire party is in combat no matter where they are in the instance.

It uses a similar loot system to what Zul'Gurub used, via tokens dropped from bosses which are used to complete quests that give item rewards. Additionally, the quests can only be completed once a certain reputation has been reached with the Cenarion Circle. The rewards are class-specific: a ring at honored, a cloak at revered and a weapon at exalted. There is a set bonus for all three.


Main article: Ahn'Qiraj

During the final hours of the War of the Shifting Sands, the combined forces of the night elves and the four dragonflights drove the battle to the very heart of the qiraji empire, to the fortress city of Ahn'Qiraj. Yet at the city gates, the armies of Kalimdor encountered a concentration of silithid war drones more massive than any they had encountered before. Ultimately the silithid and their qiraji masters were not defeated, but merely imprisoned inside a magical barrier, and the war left the cursed city in ruins.

A thousand years have passed since that day, but the qiraji forces have not been idle. A new and terrible army has been spawned from the hives, and the ruins of Ahn'Qiraj are teeming once again with swarming masses of silithid and qiraji. This threat must be eliminated, or else all of Azeroth may fall before the terrifying might of the new qiraji army.[1]

Dungeon Companion

Deep within the deserts of Silithus lies an ancient and powerful race of beings known as the Qiraji. One thousand years ago, the Night Elves and Bronze Dragonflight combined their considerable powers to seal the Qiraji behind the scarab wall with the help of the children of some of the aspects. This is remembered as the "War of the Shifting Sands".

Recently it was discovered that some of the Qiraji were finding ways past the wall. Anachronos, the bronze dragon, helped the adventurers of Azeroth open the Scarab Wall to prevent more incursions. The mortal races have now banded together to confront the evil Qiraji in their own land. A champion has opened the gate and the Horde and Alliance have driven the armies of the Qiraji back into the ruins in retreat. It now falls to heroes to delve into the lair of the Qiraji and put an end to their masters once and for all.[2]

Ahn'Qiraj War

The Horde led by Varok Saurfang invaded the Ruins. The collapsed sections teemed with qiraji clutches and every nightmare of the Void could drum up. As the Horde advanced, the enemy numbers increased beyond counting, and faced Kurinnaxx deep in the marrow of the hive.[3]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

During the Elemental Unrest, the ruins were entered by the Alliance and Horde to kill Prince Sarsarun.

Map and subregions




Many of the mobs in the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj use poison or nature-based attacks, so nature resistance gear would be ideal. However, nature resistance in Ahn'Qiraj seems not to be near as crucial as fire resistance to Molten Core.

Guilds who attempt the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj should not be required to be decked out in epic-quality equipment.

Likewise to nature resistance gear, Greater Nature Protection potions have some potential use in Ahn'Qiraj. However, the formula for these potions is known to sell for more than Greater Fire Protection potions.

Since the progression for the instances of this size is to go from Blackrock Spire to Zul'Gurub to the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, the type of gear to have would be ZG-level or above. Those wearing Tier 1 gear and above will find this instance a lot simpler. Note that since the removal of Zul'Gurub as a raid instance, players wishing to tackle AQ10 with a group of Lv. 60 players may have a harder time since this progression step is now gone.

Inside the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj there are two portals. The one on the left side is the portal to the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj. The one on the right is the portal to the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj.

Having at least 1 druid on your raid is not only a good idea, but essential. Entangling Roots, although unreliable, is the only form of Crowd Control that will work in AQ10. A balance Druid will shine in AQ10.

Dungeon denizens

Main article: Game Guide/Monsters of Ahn'Qiraj
Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj bosses


One of the nice things about AQ10 is that there are only two mandatory boss encounters between the entrance line and Ossirian: Kurinnaxx and General Rajaxx. The raid can then ignore Moam in the Reservoir to skip directly to Ossirian if desired.

Bosses Monsters NPCs



Main article: Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj loot

The loot in AQ10 comes from:

  • killing bosses.
  • killing mobs.
  • coffer chests in the instance containing scarabs and idols, requiring coffer keys that drop off of mobs. The keys are not soulbound and as of 1.10 no longer disappear when you leave the zone. If you only receive one (1) key it is recommended you use it on the chest near Ossirian.
  • If you're in an aq10 group and your group downs at least the second boss then all the mobs up to him do not respawn after a soft reset, aka 30 minutes. But, the scarab coffers do respawn along with the level 55 non-elite scarabs. Typically you get one idol and 11-15 scarabs.
  • After killing Ossirian the Unscarred, his head will drop and that will start the quest the N [30R] The Fall of Ossirian, which rewards the player with an epic neck piece.

Loot-quest system

Main article: Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj quest loot

AQ10 loot-quests require scarabs and idols which drop from trash mobs and Qiraji items which drop from bosses, combined with a certain level of faction with the Cenarion Circle.

Players must collect ten scarab items of two certain types (two lots of five), two stone idols of a certain type, and a single Qiraji item. When a player has the appropriate collection for a particular item and a certain level of reputation with the Cenarion Circle, they can turn them in for the item.

Patch changes


External links

Instance Silithus subzone