Karazhan, my favorite raid

I read this Breakfast topic on Blizzard Watch earlier and it made me think of all the memories I have from all the different raids.

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It can be hard to pick just one favorite because there are so many amazing raids in this game. I have so many great memories from most of them. I remember the first time we completed the Zul’Aman timed run for the Amani Battle Bear mount, the first time we clicked the bridge to Lady Vashj in Serpent Shrine Cavern, wipes on Archimonde in Battle for Mount Hyjal, trying to learn the Kael’thas Sunstrider fight in Tempest Keep and our first Illidan Stormrage kill in the Black Temple.

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I’ll never forget how amazing Ulduar was with Norse mythology inspired bosses, exciting hard modes and a perfect soundtrack. There were so many different bosses with different mechanics, I loved that the hardmodes were something you could choose to do by the order you killed the bosses in or something you had to activate in some way. Ulduar is probably the best raid Blizzard have ever made and it will always be one of my favorite raids.

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Icecrown Citadel, both the raid and the dungeons, were awesome because I had been looking forward to fighting him for so long, especially after the Wrathgate. The dungeons The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection were thrilling introductions to the raid in Icecrown Citadel because they had such a great storyline, the dungeons were well designed and the music was awesome. I have so many memories from the bosses in Icecrown Citadel, Sindragosa and those damn iceblocks, wipes on Lich King which were caused by the defile which in some way covered the whole platform, the cinematic after defeating the Lich King and the day we finally defeated him on heroic difficulty.

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But I raid I haven’t mentioned yet which will always be special to me is Karazhan. It was the first raid I did. I had just leveled my first character and joined my first raiding guild. Everything was new and exciting. I couldn’t wait to start exploring this new world and I wanted to see all of it.

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So I was so excited the first time we were going to Karazhan. It looked so small and boring on the outside but I was surprised to see what was on the inside of the building. I still remember that we needed a key to open the gate and the creaking sound the door made when you opened it, the first time I heard the characteristic music in Karazhan.

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I loved the haunted feeling, the design and all the small rooms and details you could find. The bosses were fun because they had different mechanics and their speeches and voices were so good. I can also remember the times we managed to get into the Karazhan Crypt which was so creepy. I always wished Blizzard would go back and make it into a raid. I would actually love it if Blizzard re-did Karazhan or made it a timewalk raid.

Which raid is your favorite and why?

World of Warcraft Secrets: Karazhan Crypt

I finally found a working way to get into the Karazhan Crypt. Last time I was there was in the Burning Crusade when you could duel and get sheeped or feared inside the gate. This time I had to be much more clever, and it wasn’t the first time I tried, just found a new place and first time I succeeded in all these years.

The Karazhan Crypt lies in the cemetery Morgan’s Plot behind Karazhan. It’s very old and I think most people know about it but few have been there after they made it harder to get into. None knows the purpose of the crypt. It might have been a test area for a designer or maybe it was meant to be a part of the Karazhan raid, or a whole new raid or instance, but rumours say that it was too creepy.

There are many stories about Karazhan, but none of them tells us who built it. But we get an idea as they build a whole castle with beautiful interior and design, and if they built it exactly where they did on purpose.

It’s said that there was an explosion in the area at an unknown time that weakened reality in the area so the Twisting Nether leaked through which means that space and time doesn’t exist in Karazhan. The land is similar in shape to a human skull, and all ley lines on Azeroth lead to a location under Karazhan which was the source to some of Medivh’s great powers.

There is a small village in front of Karazhan, maybe that’s where the servants who worked in Karazhan lived. One of the cellars beneath the village is called The Master’s Cellar. There is also another cellar where the floor has collapsed into a cave system leading deep underground. There are many ghosts down in the cellars and in the village above. It’s unclear who murdered the villagers, it may have been Medivh or maybe the Black Riders while seeking for the Scythe of Elune.

It is rumored that the monsters of Deadwind Pass capture travelers and take them back to Karazhan and many curious people have tried to get close to or enter Karazhan but never returned.

The crypt is still the biggest mystery. It’s not only a crypt where maybe the original builders were meant to, or maybe are buried. It’s more like a place taken out from a horror movie.

The Well of the Forgotten: As you enter the gate from Morgan’s Plot you get into this room, it has a hole in the ground which is the well and it leads down to the Pit of Criminals, but you can also walk down the Pauper’s Walk which will lead you to the rest of the crypt area if you don’t feel like taking the “shortcut” cause it might hurt..

The Pit of Criminals: A room with a massive pile of bones. It’s the lowest you get in the crypt.

Tome of the Unrepentant: Tome of those who feel no sorrow for wrongdoing. This place has two floors, lowest is just a big room with a shallow pool of water and holes in the roof up to the upper floor which is closed off with 4 gates, which you can open. The upper room is a mausoleum with two large stone coffins/sarcophaguses and several smaller ones.

The Upside-down Sinners: This is a deep water filled room with heavy chains with hooks on the ends hanging from the ceiling and down in the water. Men are tied to the chains, most by their legs, some by their neck or arms.

The Slough of Dispair: This is a big room with a deep pit in the ground.

Pauper’s Walk: Pauper=poor. This is the path leading up and down in the crypt area. Many skeletons lie on the sides.

Crypt: A big mausoleum with 6 smaller tombs with doors and gates which you can open, some of them have what looks like gravestones inside.

I have so many questions about this place, I make up my own theories as there aren’t many theories about the crypt and it’s purpose. It makes me think that those who built it were insane and evil, especially if they threw people down the well and just let them lay there and die or rotten if they already were dead. Imagine how many that must have been when you look at the size of that pile of bones.

  • Why are there only men hanging in the upside-down sinners and why did they hang them there?
  • Who are buried in the big mausoleum?
  • What is the Slough of Dispair?
  • Why are there so many skeletons in the Pauper’s Walk?
  • And why can you hear a heartbeat in the crypt and whose is it?
  • And again, who built this and why?
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World of Warcraft Secrets: Zul’Gurub in Karazhan

I’ve known about this place for years but never been there, always wanted to go there and see for myself what I till then just had seen on videos on YouTube. I have tried to get there before, but then I didn’t have a blood elf, only taurens, and taurens are too big to get up there.

So sadly I couldn’t get there on Syrco. But I cleared Karazhan with my boyfriend and after I logged my priest alt Gresskar which is a blood elf. A priest is a good class to use cause of Levitate and Body and Soul talent. It took me a few tries to get up there in the window. You have to climb the right bookshelf, then jump over. Just have to time the shield, run, jump and Levitate. Fairly easy. And then just jump out and Levitate down. I guess this works in other ways too like rocket boots, slowfall effects etc.

So this place in Karazhan is a small village in Zul’Gurub style. There are no NPCs or anything, just the small houses, ruins and plants. Still I’m very excited about places like this, test areas or what they are (couldn’t find any info about it on Wowiki or similar websites).

When you enter an instance portal and then jump out of the instance, sometimes you just get ported back out like a portal, but other times you get out to a different but sometimes parallel world. I’ve tried it many times, different instances, doesn’t always work, but so fun when you discover something. My favorite jump-out-of-the-instance-place so far is Battle for Mount Hyjal. You can get to Felwood and Winterspring. Old YouTube screenshot slideshow of it here.

If you want to read more about secrets and hidden places in WoW, be sure to check out my other adventures and secrets I’ve explored. And if you know about any other secrets in WoW I’d love to hear about them!