Trial of the Crusader (25) Raid Guide


Welcome to Warcraft Tavern’s Trial of The Crusader 25-man raid guide! This raid is available with Phase 3 of Wrath of the Lich King: Classic and features exciting and challenging encounters, epic achievements and even more epic loot!

Tirion Fordring and the Argent Crusade are recruiting the finest warriors in Azeroth to lead the charge on Icecrown Citadel. Gather your team and conquer all five trials to prove that you are worthy to join the fight versus The Lich King!

Trial of the Crusader is the first raid in World of Warcraft Classic to feature a Heroic difficulty. Set the raid difficulty to Heroic to experience Trial of the Grand Crusader (ToGC) for even more challenging encounters and vastly superior loot!

Read this guide to gain an in-depth understanding of the five encounters in ToC. We’ll dissect the most popular and successful boss strategies, discuss positioning & mechanics, and give role specific advice to make these trials a piece of cake.

You can find a full list of gear that can drop from this raid in the ToC (25) Loot section.

Attunement Process

Like all Wrath of the Lich King raids, there is no attunement. Fly or be summoned to the Argent Tournament Grounds in Northern Icecrown.

Finding the Entrance to the Raid

The Trial of the Grand Crusader exists in the top right of Icecrown, in the Argent Tournament grounds.

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Raid Preparation

Trial of the Grand Crusader is a 10-man and 25-man raid in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. The raid is unique in that it contains zero trash whatsoever and only a single room; a stark contrast to Ulduar which was massive in scale and required teleporters to zip around the instance.

Speak with Barrett Ramsey at the start of the Coliseum when you are ready to begin the next boss encounter.

Boss Encounters

The Beasts of Northrend

beasts of northrend

The Beasts of Northrend is compromised of three unique boss fights that occur one after another, with little to no downtime in-between. Face off versus Gormok the Impaler, vanquish the Acidmaw and Dreadscale Jorumgar duo, and finally slay Icehowl to end the encounter.

All three of these encounters are packed with nuance and strategy.

Be sure to check out an in-depth breakdown in our Beasts of Northrend Strategy Guide!

Lord Jaraxxus


Lord Jaraxxus, the Illidari Lord of the Burning Legion himself, enters the arena. Battle against a variety of demons and survive long enough to see Jaraxxus fall.

Be sure to check out an in-depth breakdown in our Lord Jaraxxus Strategy Guide!

Faction Champions

faction champions

Face off against the opposite faction in a PvP style encounter that is sure to get your heart racing. Showcase your awareness, crowd control and survivability skills in this epic & challenging encounter!

Be sure to check out an in-depth breakdown in our Faction Champions Strategy Guide!

Twin Val’kyrs

twin valkyrs

Battle the most powerful lieutenants in the army of the Scourge: Eydis Darkbane and Fjora Lightbane! An epic battle of light versus darkness, this encounter will push your raids movement and adaptability to its limits.

Be sure to check out an in-depth breakdown in our Twin Val’kyrs Strategy Guide!

Plot Twist!?

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The trials are over and your team is victorious. Before you can celebrate your victory, the Lich King appears and shatters the floor beneath you. You plummet into the Icy Depths beneath the Coliseum and battle not for the glory of the trials, but for the survival of Azeroth itself!



Once a king of the Nerubian Empire, Anub’arak has been ressurected to serve as an agent to the Scourge. Defeating this foe will require a mastery of add management and coordination.

Be sure to check out an in-depth breakdown in our Anub’arak Strategy Guide!


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World of Warcraft veteran of 18 years. Ex world first raider and rank 1 healer. Slayer of dragons. Lover of cats.
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