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Instance portal blueShadowfang Keep
SFK
Shadowfang Keep loading screen
Shadowfang Keep loading graphic
LocationSilverpine Forest [45, 68]
Race(s)IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Undead

IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human

IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female Worgen summon
End bossLord Godfrey
Instance info
TypeDungeon
Advised level16 - 26; 85 (Heroic)
Minimum level11
Player limit5
Shadowfang Keep2

Shadowfang Keep

For the original version of this dungeon before Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, see Shadowfang Keep (original).

Shadowfang Keep is a haunted keep near the borders of Gilneas in southern Silverpine Forest [45, 68], on a high bluff overlooking Pyrewood Village. It is the former base of operations for the demented archmage Arugal, who wrested the keep from Baron Silverlaine with his worgen "children" and held it until he was defeated by agents of the Horde. The keep is now occupied by the followers of renegade Gilnean nobleman Vincent Godfrey, traitor to both his homeland and to the Forsaken who returned him from death.

History

Shadowfang Keep - Official Site

The courtyard

From old World Dungeons site:

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.

Pyrewood Village is shadowed to the north by Shadowfang Keep, once a bastion of Alliance power but now the dark residence of a mad former mage of the Kirin Tor, named Arugal. The worgen that stalk the Keep, as well as the cursed villagers of Pyrewood, are the doings of this madman. During the Third War, Arugal made these worgen as allies but they could not be controlled and turned on him and the other soldiers. He went mad after this and now accepts them as his "children." His worgen run rampant throughout much of the forest.

During the events of World of Warcraft, agents of the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner were dispatched to both solve the mystery of the enigmatic worgen and ultimately terminate the source of the creatures' infestation in Silverpine. Eventually they were able to discover that the mad archmage, Arugal, was behind the worgen's presence, and the Forsaken command ordered him slain.

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

The dungeon was updated to reflect current events. The level range was lowered and a Heroic mode added. Lord Godfrey replaced Arugal as the final boss, given the former's attempted assassination of leaders of both the Alliance and Horde, ending with him fleeing to Shadowfang Keep.

Overview

Shadowfang Keep

Shadowfang Keep entrance

Current

SFK is one of the first instances players will step into. The mobs within are entirely undead, as the worgen mobs have long since disappeared with the death of Archmage Arugal.

Pre-Cataclysm

SFK was the first vaguely challenging instance that players were likely to encounter. In addition to the volume of mobs present, several of the mobs here cast various curses, nearly every type of Worgen had some sort of special ability (active or passive) that affected a group's ability to deal with them, and the undead humans made use of Silence, which meant that a tank could be caught without healing in some fights if the healer(s) got hit with it.

For the level, the loot here is highly desirable, with a few different items that can sell well via the twink market. Several bind-on-pickup blue items are also to be found here, primarily for Mages and Warriors in particular. Although the level is still low enough that cash isn't hugely abundant, there is still some silver dropped.

Bosses

The following bosses are present in Shadowfang Keep:

Encounters

Bosses Monsters
Summoned
  • Shadowfang Keep (up to and including Observatory)
  • Shadowfang Keep (up to and including Final Room)

NPCs

Alliance
Horde
Other

Quest guide

AllianceHorde

Official alliance mini-icon [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
Official alliance mini-icon [18D] Sniffing Them Out
Official alliance mini-icon [19D] Armored to the Teeth
Official alliance mini-icon [20D] Fighting Tooth and Claw
Official alliance mini-icon [21D] Fury of the Pack

Official horde mini-icon [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
Official horde mini-icon [18D] This Land is Our Land
Official horde mini-icon [19D] Plague...Plague Everywhere!
Official horde mini-icon [20D] Orders Are For the Living
Official horde mini-icon [21D] Sweet, Merciless Revenge

Class Quest Race
Ui-charactercreate-classes druid Druid Official alliance mini-icon [20D] The Circle's Future
Official horde mini-icon [20D] The Circle's Future
Ui-charactercreate-classes hunter Hunter Official alliance mini-icon [20D] A Well-Earned Reward
Official horde mini-icon [20D] A Marksman's Weapon
Ui-charactercreate-classes mage Mage Official alliance mini-icon [20D] Mastering the Arcane
Official horde mini-icon [20D] Mastering the Arcane
Ui-charactercreate-classes paladin Paladin Official alliance mini-icon [20D] The Hand of the Light
Official horde mini-icon [20D] A True Sunwalker IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren
Official horde mini-icon [20D] The Adept's Path IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf
Ui-charactercreate-classes priest Priest Official alliance mini-icon [20D] A Budding Young Surgeon IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female Gnome
Official alliance mini-icon [20D] Favored of Elune IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf
Official alliance mini-icon [20D] A Well-Earned Reward IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human
IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female Worgen
IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Ironforge dwarf
Official horde mini-icon [20D] A Seer's Staff IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren
Official horde mini-icon [20D] A Seer's Staff IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin
Official horde mini-icon [20D] Staff of the Light IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf
Official horde mini-icon [20D] The Dark Cleric's Bidding IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Undead
Official horde mini-icon [20D] The Shadow-Walker's Task IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll
Ui-charactercreate-classes rogue Rogue Official alliance mini-icon [20D] A Royal Reward
Official horde mini-icon [20D] Blade of the Shattered Hand
Ui-charactercreate-classes shaman Shaman Official alliance mini-icon [20D] Blessings of the Elements
Official horde mini-icon [20D] Dreamseeker's Task
Ui-charactercreate-classes warlock Warlock Official alliance mini-icon [20D] A Boon for the Powerful
Official horde mini-icon [20D] Token of Power
Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior Warrior Official alliance mini-icon [20D] A Fitting Weapon
Official horde mini-icon [20D] A Fitting Weapon

Dungeon denizens

Loot

See Shadowfang Keep loot.

Geography

Maps

Pre-Cataclysm

Main article: Shadowfang Keep (original)

Media

Images

Loading screens

Videos

Gnomeschool's Dungeon Guide (Normal)
Gnomeschool Shadowfang Keep (WoW Dungeon Guide and Lore)21:37

Gnomeschool Shadowfang Keep (WoW Dungeon Guide and Lore)

Guide by love2playwow.com
Shadowfang Keep Guide03:40

Shadowfang Keep Guide

Entrance location
How to find your way into the Shadowfang Keep Dungeon - World of Warcraft03:07

How to find your way into the Shadowfang Keep Dungeon - World of Warcraft

Shadowfang Keep Heroic - Dungeon Guide and Commentary03:50

Shadowfang Keep Heroic - Dungeon Guide and Commentary

LoD Shadowfang Keep Guide (Heroic Mode)06:59

LoD Shadowfang Keep Guide (Heroic Mode)

Notes

Speculation

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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.

Shadowfang Keep probably earned it's name from the rumours of the worgen that guard it; before that, it may have been called "Silverlaine Keep" or "Pyrewood Keep."[citation needed]

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Revamped, gained a heroic mode for level 85 players.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Capped at ten players.

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