- Author: Passion
- Date: October 14, 2023
- Updated: October 14, 2023
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Welcome to our strategy guide for the 10-man version of the Icecrown Citadel raid in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic! This raid is available starting with Phase 4 and offers many unique bosses, challenges, and the final Legendary item of the expansion!
Long time players often look back at Icecrown Citadel as one of the best ways Blizzard has ended an expansion. Concluding Arthas story arc within Warcraft, and leaving room for new threats. While your mileage may vary in Classic, this raid still has much to offer, including many boss fights still talked about today.
Players can obtain Tier 10 gear inside of Icecrown Citadel, in the form of “Sanctified” items. This raid consists of 12 bosses, with all of them being mandatory. Your path through the raid will be relatively linear, but once you are past the initial 4 bosses you are able to tackle the remaining bosses (excluding The Lich King) in any order you choose.
Due to the massive size of Icecrown Citadel, the raid has a handful of teleporters scattered around, allowing your raid to quickly teleport from place to place.
This guide aims to help you understand how best to prepare yourself and your raid group for Icecrown Citadel, by giving you an overview of each encounter, providing an in-depth explanation of each boss, discussing positioning, and how you can set yourself up for success.
You can find a full list of gear that can drop from this raid in the Icecrown Citadel (10-man) Loot section.
Like all Wrath of the Lich King raids, there is no attunement. The only thing that’s required is a flying mount, or a helpful Warlock willing to summon you. Slacker.
Finding the Entrance to Icecrown Citadel
The easiest way to enter Icecrown Citadel is to simply fly straight from Dalaran. You can even see the towering spires of the citadel from the floating city.
Icecrown Citadel is a 10-man and 25-man raid in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. The raid is mostly linear, but split into several zones with (sometimes multiple) teleporters found in each area of the raid.
The Lower Spire
- Lord Marrowgar
- Lady Deathwhisper
- The Gunship Battle
- Deathbringer Saurfang
- Professor Putricide
The Crimson Hall
- Blood Prince Council
- Blood-Queen Lana’thel
The Frostwing Halls
- Valithria Dreamwalker
The Frozen Throne
- The Lich King
Constructed from the bones of those that tried and failed to breach the citadel, Lord Marrowgar is the first line of defense for the Frozen Throne. Marrowgar was originally intended to be a gear check, artificially gating the rest of the raid. One of his main mechanics, Bone Slice, spreads a hefty amount of damage across three targets every second. Realistically, this isn’t going to be much of a hindrance in Wrath Classic, but you might not be able to get away with Tanks in full DPS sets.
One of the Cult of the Damned’s commanders, Lady Deathwhisper is another lich serving under the thrice slain Kel’thuzad.
The Gunship Battle
The iconic Lootship. This fight takes place across two dueling gunships, trading barrages while boarding parties attempt to take down the opposing ships commander.
Having fallen to The Lich King at the Wrathgate, Deathbringer Saurfang, formerly Commander Dranosh Saurfang, awaits our arrival. Saurfang is one of the few playable race bosses that is the same size as the players version, giving him an imposing presence, standing strong against 25 of Azeroth’s finest heroes.
One of the two constructs required to access Professor Putricide, Festergut is simple Patchwerk style fight.
The second in the construct duo before Professor Putricide, Rotface functions more as a war of attrition than as a DPS race.
One of the Scourges most vital members, Professor Putricide is responsible for potentially all of the green goo we have seen in our time on Azeroth.
Blood Prince Council
I guess our actions have consequences after all. Princes Keleseth, Valanar, and Taldaram have been resurrected after being slain in Utgarde Keep, Naxxanar, and Ahn’kahet respectively.
Potentially one of the hardest fights in the Citadel. Fighting against Blood-Queen Lana’thel involves contracting vampirism, biting your friends, and not killing the mind controlled players.
Valithria Dreamwalker is the name of the encounter, but is not your enemy. This fight requires Valithria to be healed to full health, as opposed to slaying her.
The Lich Kings personal choice for queen of the Frost Wyrms. Sindragosa offers many of the same tricks that any good ice dragon should, but still manages to keep it interesting enough to be one of the expansions hardest encounters.
The Lich King
The big man himself, fighting against The Lich King includes frozen platforms falling from the sky, and a guaranteed raid wipe, dealing a paltry 1 million damage to everyone in the raid.