Raids Overview – Season of Discovery (SoD) & Classic Era

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This guide is an overview of the raids in World of Warcraft Classic, detailing group sizes, lockouts, bosses, and more. You can also check out our individual guides for each of the raids, which are linked in their sections below.

There are no difficulty levels or variable raid sizes in Vanilla WoW. Most raids have their own unique requirements for attunement before you can enter.

WoW Classic Raids

Raid
Patch
Raid Tier
Group Size
Lockout
1.0.0
Tier 1-2
40
Weekly
1.0.0
Tier 1
40
Weekly
1.6.0
Tier 2
40
Weekly
1.7.0
20
3 Days
1.9.0
20
3 Days
1.9.0
Tier 2.5
40
Weekly
1.11.0
Tier 3
40
Weekly

Classic Era Raids

Onyxia’s Lair

  • Location: Dustwallow Marsh
  • Tier: 1-2
  • Raid Size: 40 players
  • Lockout: Weekly
  • Boss Encounters: Onyxia

Molten Core

  • Location: Blackrock Mountain
  • Tier: 1
  • Raid Size: 40 players
  • Lockout: Weekly
  • Boss Encounters: Lucifron, Magmadar, Gehennas, Garr, Baron Geddon, Shazzrah, Sulfuron Harbinger, Golemagg the Incinerator, Majordomo Executus, Ragnaros

Blackwing Lair

  • Location: Blackrock Mountain
  • Tier: 2
  • Raid Size: 40 players
  • Lockout: Weekly
  • Boss Encounters: Razorgore the Untamed, Vaelastrasz the Corrupt, Broodlord Lashlayer, Firemaw, Ebonroc, Flamegor, Chromaggus, Nefarian

Zul’Gurub

  • Location: Stranglethorn Vale
  • Raid Size: 20 players
  • Lockout: 3 days
  • Boss Encounters: High Priestess Jeklik, High Priest Venoxis, High Priestess Mar’li, Bloodlord Mandokir, Gri’lek, Hazza’rah, Renataki, Wushoolay, High Priest Thekal, Gahz’ranka, High Priestess Arlokk, Jin’do the Hexxer, Hakkar

Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj

  • Location: Silithus
  • Raid Size: 20 players
  • Lockout: 3 days
  • Boss Encounters: Kurinnaxx, General Rajaxx, Moam, Buru the Gorger, Ayamiss the Hunter, Ossirian the Unscarred

Temple of Ahn’Qiraj

  • Location: Silithus
  • Tier: 2.5
  • Raid Size: 40 players
  • Lockout: Weekly
  • Boss Encounters: The Prophet Skeram, Lord Kri/Princess Yauj/Vem, Battleguard Sartura, Fankriss the Unyielding, Viscidus, Princess Huhuran, The Twin Emperors, Ouro, C’Thun

Naxxramas

  • Location: Eastern Plaguelands
  • Tier: 3
  • Raid Size: 40 players
  • Lockout: Weekly
  • Boss Encounters: Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, Maexxna, Noth the Plaguebringer, Heigan the Unclean, Loatheb, Patchwerk, Grobbulus, Gluth, Thaddius, Instructor Razuvious, Gothik the Harvester, The Four Horsemen, Sapphiron, Kel’Thuzad

Season of Discovery added three level-up raids to the game in the form of revamped dungeons.

In Phase 4, the first two raids of Vanilla World of Warcraft were added, as well as instanced versions of the Azuregos and Lord Kazzak world bosses.

The reset days for twice a week resets are Tuesdays and Saturdays for North America and Europe, or Wednesdays and Sundays for Asia.

Raid
Phase
Level
Group Size
Lockout
1
25
10
3 Days
2
40
10
3 Days
3
50
20
Twice a Week
4
60
20-40
Twice a Week
4
60
20
Weekly
4
60
20-40
Twice a Week
4
60
20-40
Twice a Week

New Raids in Season of Discovery

Blackfathom Deeps

  • Location: Ashenvale
  • Level: 25
  • Raid Size: 10 players
  • Lockout: 3 days
  • Boss Encounters: Baron Aquanis, Ghamoo-ra, Lady Sarevess, Gelihast, Lorgus Jett, Twilight Lord Kelris, Aku’mai

Gnomeregan

  • Location: Dun Morogh
  • Level: 40
  • Raid Size: 10 players
  • Lockout: 3 days
  • Boss Encounters: Grubbis, Viscous Fallout, Crowd Pummeler 9-60, Electrocutioner 6000, Mechanical Menagerie, Mekgineer Thermaplugg

The Temple of Atal’Hakkar

  • Location: Swamp of Sorrows
  • Level: 50
  • Raid Size: 20 players
  • Lockout: Twice a week
  • Boss Encounters: Atal’alarion, Festering Rotslime, Dreamscythe and Weaver, Atal’ai Defenders, Jammal’an and Ogom, Morphaz and Hazzas, Shade of Eranikus, Avatar of Hakkar

The Tainted Scar

  • Location: Blasted Lands
  • Level: 60
  • Raid Size: 20-40 players
  • Lockout: Twice a week
  • Boss Encounters: Lord Kazzak

Storm Cliffs

  • Location: Azshara
  • Level: 60
  • Raid Size: 20-40 players
  • Lockout: Twice a week
  • Boss Encounters: Azuregos

 

About the Author

Luxrah

I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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