Shadowfang Keep

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For the pre-Cataclysm instance and associated lore, see Shadowfang Keep (Classic).
Shadowfang Keep in the Trading Card Game.

Shadowfang Keep is a haunted keep not far from the borders of Gilneas in southern Silverpine Forest, on a high bluff overlooking Pyrewood Village. It was named for the forces of its former master,[3] the demented Archmage Arugal, who wrested the keep from Baron Silverlaine with his worgen "children" and held it until he was defeated by a group of Horde heroes.[1][4] The keep was then occupied by the Scourge remnants and followers of the renegade Gilnean nobleman Vincent Godfrey, traitor to both his homeland and to the Forsaken who returned him from death.

During the Fourth War, the keep was taken by the Forsaken, who captured it and were using it as a bio-weapons facility to wage war against Gilneas. By the end of the war, the Bloodfang pack had taken control of the keep, moving most of its artifacts to Fenris Keep to be guarded closely.[1]


Shadowfang Keep was once a part of the kingdom of Gilneas. It was the home to the lords of Pyrewood Village, who answered to Darius Crowley's family.[5] The lord of the castle was Baron Silverlaine and his forces were led by Commander Springvale, a paladin of the Silver Hand. Jordan Stilwell and Daphne Stilwell used to live and work here before the Third War. Landen Stilwell was still here years later.

World of Warcraft

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Arugal, the Dark Master of Shadowfang.

When the Scourge washed over Lordaeron, the Gilnean Royal Archmage, Arugal, investigated the research of the mage Ur. With the sorcerer's knowledge, Arugal summoned the worgen with the blessings of King Genn Greymane[6] and against the advice of the Kirin Tor.[7] The worgen successfully turned the tide against the Scourge, but became uncontrollable, attacking the Gilnean military at the Greymane Wall. After this, Arugal's worgen ran rampant through Silverpine Forest, where they eventually overwhelmed the keep, killing Baron Silverlaine and his family. Distraught and broken, Arugal accepted the worgen as his children and retreated into the keep, which he named Shadowfang Keep.[1] Communing with Alpha Prime, he became a key servant of the Wolf Cult, converting the humans of Silverpine into worgen, namely the Moonrage and Shadowfang packs. Protected by his worgen minions as well as the ghosts of the fallen Baron and his household, Arugal served his master in converting most of the forest's remaining denizens to the curse, with locations such as Deep Elem Mine falling as well as Pyrewood.[8]

After some time, the entire Pyrewood Village was turned to the worgen curse, turning into the beasts at night. During the day, they were human and willing to provide supplies to Alliance travelers, though the keep was never friendly to these adventurers. They were led by the Pyrewood Council, who were all servants of Arugal. The Forsaken became increasingly suspicious of their activities, especially after the disappearance of one of their apothecaries, Apothecary Berard. After it was discovered that Arugal had transformed him into a worgen, the Forsaken assassinated the council.[9]

Arugal was eventually defeated and beheaded by agents of the Horde.[1][10]

Wrath of the Lich King

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During the Scourgewar, the Lich King saw it fit to bring Arugal back as one of his puppets.[1] Several San'layn blood princes traveled at Shadowfang Keep, where they found Arugal's grave and raised him as a shade to serve the Scourge.[11] Continuing his work to create the Wolfcult, the undead archmage made his home in a tower built and named for the keep, Shadowfang Tower on Bloodmoon Isle.


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After betraying both Gilneas and the Forsaken during the invasion of Gilneas, Vincent Godfrey, Baron Ashbury, and Lord Walden converted the abandoned keep into their holdfast against their enemies. The keep became a battleground between the Alliance and Horde vying for Godfrey's head, with both groups aiming to slaughter the man as well as claim the keep for their respective factions. These operations were led by Ivar Bloodfang and Deathstalker Commander Belmont respectively.[12][2]

Battle for Azeroth

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During the Fourth War, the Forsaken gained control over Shadowfang Keep, turning it into a bio-weapons facility where they began to produce plague to unleash against Gilneas. Meanwhile, the 7th Legion troops marched towards Shadowfang in order to prevent its deployment.[13]

Exploring Azeroth

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Following the Fourth War, Mathias Shaw and Flynn Fairwind embarked on their journey to explore Azeroth as well as catalogue the locations of various artifacts, and eventually visited Silverpine Forest. Shaw noted his main contact in the area as Ivar Bloodfang, stating that the packleader was his contact within Shadowfang Keep. The pack had apparently claimed it, alongside Fenris Isle, and had taken most of the artifacts within the Shadowfang to Fenris Keep to be guarded closely.[1]

Dungeon Journals

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During the Third War, the wizards of the Kirin Tor battled against the undead armies of the Scourge. When the wizards of Dalaran died in battle, they would rise soon after - adding their former might to the growing Scourge. Frustrated by their lack of progress (and against the advice of his peers) the Archmage, Arugal elected to summon extra-dimensional entities to bolster Dalaran's diminishing ranks. Arugal's summoning brought the ravenous worgen into the world of Azeroth. The feral wolf-men slaughtered not only the Scourge, but quickly turned on the wizards themselves. The worgen sieged the keep of the noble, Baron Silverlaine. Situated above the tiny hamlet of Pyrewood, the keep quickly fell into shadow and ruin. Driven mad with guilt, Arugal adopted the worgen as his children and retreated to the newly dubbed 'Shadowfang Keep'. It's said he still resides there, protected by his massive pet, Fenrus - and haunted by the vengeful ghost of Baron Silverlaine.[14]

Adventure Guide

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Looming over Pyrewood Village from the southern bluffs of Silverpine Forest, Shadowfang Keep casts a shadow as dark as its legacy. Sinister forces occupy these ruins, formerly the dwelling of the mad archmage Arugal's worgen. The restless shade of Baron Silverlaine lingers while Lord Godfrey and his cabal of erstwhile Gilnean noblemen plot against their enemies both living and undead.


The quests and storyline for Alliance players and Horde players are different. The quest giver for Alliance players is Ivar Bloodfang, and the Horde quest giver is Deathstalker Commander Belmont. However, the quests for both factions are similar in that both are about the retaking of Shadowfang Keep from Vincent Godfrey. The quests for each faction (A [8-30D] Fury of the Pack and H [8-30D] Sweet, Merciless Revenge) end with their respective faction taking Shadowfang Keep.



Quest guide

Alliance Horde

A [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
A [8-30D] Sniffing Them Out
A [8-30D] Armored to the Teeth
A [8-30D] Fighting Tooth and Claw
A [8-30D] Fury of the Pack
A Warrior [8-30D] A Fitting Weapon
A Mage [8-30D] Mastering the Arcane
A Rogue [8-30D] A Royal Reward
A Paladin [8-30D] The Hand of the Light
A Priest [8-30D] Favored of the Light
A IconSmall NightElf Male.gifIconSmall NightElf Female.gif Priest [8-30D] Favored of Elune
A IconSmall Gnome Male.gifIconSmall Gnome Female.gif Priest [8-30D] A Budding Young Surgeon
A Hunter [8-30D] A Well-Earned Reward
A Shaman [8-30D] Blessings of the Elements
A Warlock [8-30D] A Boon for the Powerful
A Druid [8-30D] The Circle's Future

H [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
H [8-30D] This Land is Our Land
H [8-30D] Plague...Plague Everywhere!
H [8-30D] Orders Are For the Living
H [8-30D] Sweet, Merciless Revenge
H Warrior [8-30D] A Fitting Weapon
H Mage [8-30D] Mastering the Arcane
H Rogue [8-30D] Blade of the Shattered Hand
H IconSmall BloodElf Male.gifIconSmall BloodElf Female.gif Paladin [8-30D] The Adept's Path
H IconSmall Tauren Male.gifIconSmall Tauren Female.gif Paladin [8-30D] A True Sunwalker
H IconSmall Troll Male.gifIconSmall Troll Female.gif Priest [8-30D] A Seer's Staff
H IconSmall Undead Male.gifIconSmall Undead Female.gif Priest [8-30D] Forsaken Faith
H IconSmall BloodElf Male.gifIconSmall BloodElf Female.gif Priest [8-30D] Staff of the Light
H IconSmall Tauren Male.gifIconSmall Tauren Female.gif Priest [8-30D] A Seer's Staff
H IconSmall Goblin Male.gifIconSmall Goblin Female.gif Priest [8-30D] A Seer's Staff
H Hunter [8-30D] A Marksman's Weapon
H Shaman [8-30D] Hretar's Task
H Warlock [8-30D] Token of Power
H Druid [8-30D] The Circle's Future

Dungeon denizens



Bosses Monsters NPCs
  • Shadowfang Keep (Courtyard)

IconSmall Cromush.gif High Warlord Cromush


Boss Item
Normal Heroic
IconSmall Undead Male.gif Baron Ashbury  [Robes of Arugal]  [Robes of Arugal]
 [Baron's Scepter]
 [Wolfmaster Cape]
 [Baron Ashbury's Cuffs]
 [Boots of the Predator]
 [Gloves of the Greymane Wall]
 [Traitor's Grips]
 Baron Silverlaine  [Blindwatcher's Chain]
 [Girdle of the Blindwatcher]
 [Rift Bracers]
 [Rugged Spaulders]
 [Shadowfang Pauldrons]
 [Silverlaine's Family Seal]
 [Baroness Silverlaine's Locket]
 [Baron Silverlaine's Greaves]
 [Boots of Lingering Sorrow]
 [Gloves of the Uplifted Cup]
 [Pendant of the Keep]
 Commander Springvale  [Arced War Axe]  [Arced War Axe]
 [Breastplate of the Stilled Heart]  [Breastplate of the Stilled Heart]
 [Boots of Lingering Sorrow]
 [Boots of the Predator]
 [Commander's Crest]
 [Gloves of the Greymane Wall]
 [Haunting Footfalls]
 [Springvale's Cloak]
 [Thieving Spaulders]
IconSmall Undead Male.gif Lord Walden  [Phantom Armor]  [Phantom Armor]
 [Black Wolf Bracers]
 [Butcher's Cleaver]
 [Eerie Stable Lantern]
 [Blinders of the Follower]
 [Burden of Lost Humanity]
 [Double Dealing Bracers]
 [Iron Will Girdle]
IconSmall Undead Male.gif Lord Godfrey  [Greaves of the Misguided]  [Greaves of the Misguided]
 [Meteor Shard]  [Meteor Shard]
 [Worgen Hunter's Helm]  [Worgen Hunter's Helm]
 [Feline Mantle]
 [Gloves of the Uplifted Cup]
 [Odo's Ley Staff]
 [Helm of Untold Stories]
 [Lord Walden's Breastplate]
 [Mantle of Loss]
 [Mantle of the Eastern Lords]
 [Shackles of Undeath]
 [Staff of Isolation]
 [Wolfshide Vest]

Related achievements

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air
The subject of this article or section is part of Love is in the Air, a seasonal event that lasts two weeks. Once the event has run its course, this will no longer be available until next year, but there are no guarantees.

Part of the Love is in the Air event takes place in Shadowfang Keep. Adventurers are sent by the Steamwheedle Cartel to investigate Crown Chemical Company inside Shadowfang Keep. Defeating the Apothecary Trio awards the achievement  [Tough Love].

During the Gala of Gifts in Dragonflight, the Crown Chemical Company returned and once again made Shadowfang Keep and Pyrewood Village their base of operations, before being rooted out by the adventurers.[15][16][17]

In the RPG

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The Worgen Curse afflicts the inhabitants of this dark castle. Unlike Pyrewood's good folk, Shadowfang's lords were bastards to begin with. They revel in their curse and eagerly lope into the moonlight to spill blood and rip warm flesh from living bones. Their howls can be heard as far away as Ambermill.[18]



This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Before being renamed Shadowfang Keep, it may have been called "Silverlaine Keep" or "Pyrewood Keep."



Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous instance level: 16 - 26.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Revamped, gained a heroic mode for level 85 players.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Capped at ten players.


External links

Shadowfang Keep Silverpine Forest Entrance