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The Deadmines are expansive, winding tunnels dug out under Westfall and part of northwestern Stranglethorn Vale. It is the lowest level Alliance instance, and is populated by members of the Defias Brotherhood. Its entrance can be accessed in the town of Moonbrook in southwestern Westfall while its exit is located in the western part of the Dagger Hills near the ocean. The Deadmines is the center of the Defias operation, led by the ambitious Edwin VanCleef, who is constructing a juggernaut at the bottom of the mines with the aid of the goblins. Many quests occur in and around the Deadmines.

Prior to the First War, the Deadmines were the greatest gold production center in human lands. However, they were abandoned during the First War. During that time, Lord Lothar ventured into the perilous Deadmines on a quest to obtain the Tome of Divinity but was captured by a band of ogres and held captive for 20 months. He was ultimately rescued and successful in his mission. It was also to the dungeons below the Deadmines to which Blackhand's daughter Griselda fled with the ogre Turok. Both were slain by an orcish raid. At this time, many slimes inhabited the dungeons but have not been encountered lately.


Map and subregions
Defias HideoutMast RoomGoblin FoundryIronclad Cove
0. Entrance
  1. Marisa du'Paige
  2. Brainwashed Noble
  3. Foreman Thistlenettle
  4. Instance portal
  5. Rhahk'Zor
  6. Miner Johnson
  7. Sneed & Sneed's Shredder
  8. Gilnid
  9. Defias Gunpowder
  10. Mr. Smite
  11. Cookie
  12. Captain Greenskin
  13. Edwin VanCleef
  14. Exit

The Deadmines Map


The tunnels leading to the instance portal first contain the level 15-16 Defias Digger, Defias Henchman, and Defias Conjurer mobs. Close to the instance portal, it will then have the level 16-17 Defias Worker, Defias Watchman, and Defias Magician mobs. The undead portion of the Deadmines has the level 17-18 Skeletal Miner, Undead Dynamiter, and Undead Excavator mobs. Three mini-bosses, Marisa du'Paige, Brainwashed Noble, and Foreman Thistlenettle, exist outside of the instance. Inside the instance, it is full of level 17-18 Defias Miners. It also has two kinds of level 17-18 Elites: Defias Overseer and Defias Evoker.

The first boss you encounter is the ogre Rhahk'Zor. He is a level 20 Elite, hits quite hard, and has high amounts of armor. He has two level Defias Watchmen in his room.

The instance is populated with non-Elite Defias Strip Miners, and level 18 or 19 Elites.

After fighting Rhahk'Zor, you will fight more Defias Miners, Defias Overseers, and Defias Evokers. You will then enter the Mast Room where goblin carvers are working on a mast for the dreadnaught. Sneed and his Shredder are the bosses here. He is level 20 elite. Sneed's Shredder is immune to burn, bleed, and concussion effects. After destroying his Shreeder, Sneed himself will jump out and attack you.

Immediately after Sneed's Shredder, you will then fight level 18-19 Defias Strip Miners. It also has two kinds of level 18-19 Elites: Defias Taskmaster and Defias Wizard. You will then eter the Goblin Foundry, where the goblins are busy creating anchors and cannonballs for the Defias Dreadnaught. The Goblin Craftsman can be found there, along with the Goblin Engineer that can summon a Remote-Controlled Golem, which will fight alongside them. Gilnid is the boss here. He comes with 3 adds. Killing him opens the door to the next area.

You will fight more Defias Strip Miners, Defias Taskmasters, and Defias Wizards, and eventually come to an alcove which contains Defias Gunpowder. This should be looted as it is required to open the door to the docks. A Rogue can also attempt to pick the lock on the door.

If the party elects to blast open the door, you will alert Mr. Smite, the tauren First Mate, who will send Defias Pirates to see what the disturbance was. If you pick the lock instead, you will not alert them.

Mr. Smite is the next boss. All adds should be cleared from the area (the ship ramp) before you engage him. There are two stealthed Elites (Defias Blackguards)) at the bottom of the ramp. These should be eliminated before taking Mr. Smite on. Mr. Smite will perform a Warstomp and stun the entire party at 75%, and 50% health. This stun cannot be interrupted, or avoided. Any adds still alive will continue to attack the party. Mr. Smite will run over to his chest, and take out a new, stronger weapon, and attack the party again.

The ship contains level 19 Elite Goblin Shipbuilders, Defias Pirates, and Defias Squallshapers. The boss at the top is Captain Greenskin, the ship's captain. He comes with two adds.

The final boss is Edwin VanCleef. He is a level 20 elite. He is hiding in the cabin on top of the ship. Attacking him will bring his two guards out as well. He can stun, and will summon more adds as his life gets low. The other boss is optional. After killing VanCleef, you can jump down the other side of the ship, and find more Defias. You will also find Cookie, a level 19 elite Murloc who is also the ship's cook. After leaving the ship you can continue to go up the path into the tunnel, which leads to the instance exit.

Notable characters

Deadmines bosses

The Deadmines are home to the notorious Defias Brotherhood, and several of its more important members are stationed here. Sneed and Sneed's Shredder operate the mast room, Gilnid the smelter presides over the goblin foundry, and Mr. Smite the first mate guards the ship. Captain Greenskin patrols the ship itself, where Edwin VanCleef himself rules from the ship's cabin.

Quest guide

Defias Hideout

Alliance Alliance quests
Quest name Quest giver Zone location
A [17] Red Silk Bandanas IconSmall Human Female.gifAlliance Scout Riell Sentinel Hill, Westfall
A [18] Collecting Memories IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifAlliance Wilder Thistlenettle The Dwarven District, Stormwind City
A [20] Oh Brother... IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifAlliance Wilder Thistlenettle The Dwarven District, Stormwind City
A [20] Underground Assault IconSmall Gnome Female.gifAlliance Shoni the Shilent The Dwarven District, Stormwind City
A [22] The Defias Brotherhood (7) IconSmall Human Male.gifAlliance Gryan Stoutmantle Sentinel Hill, Westfall
Neutral 15.png Class specific
A Paladin} [20] The Test of Righteousness IconSmall Human Male.gifAlliance Jordan Stilwell Gates of Ironforge, Ironforge


The Deadmines

  • Copper Ore
  • Tin Ore
  • Silver Ore

Dungeon denizens


Bosses Monsters
  • Defias Hideout
    • IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Rhahk'Zor
    • IconSmall Human Male.gif Miner Johnson (Rare)
  • Defias Evoker
  • Defias Miner
  • Defias Overseer
  • Defias Watchman
  • Defias Strip Miner
  • Defias Taskmaster
  • Defias Wizard
  • Goblin Woodcarver
  • Goblin Foundry
    • IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Gilnid
  • Goblin Craftsman
  • Goblin Engineer
  • Remote-Controlled Golem
  • Defias Blackguard
  • Defias Companion
  • Defias Pirate
  • Defias Squallshaper
  • Goblin Shipbuilder



See The Deadmines loot.


Exit from Deadmines instance.

  • The Deadmines Instance Guide gives a walkthrough of the instance.
  • After a small period of time, after a room is cleared, 2-3 Defias mobs will wander and patrol that room and the mine around that room. Be careful when backtracking to a room, or running back after a death. These patrols can be evaded by hiding until they pass - the shredder's ramp is one such hiding place (even though it does not look like you are hidden.)
  • Defias Strip Miners do not run in fear when their health falls too low as other typical humanoid mobs do.
  • The Deadmines has no herbs nor beast mobs to skin. There are mineral veins to mine.
  • In the Goblin Foundry section of the instance are lootable engineering boxes that yield minor engineering ingredient items.
  • Strange fact: Although players enter from Moonbrook and continue going underground throughout the instance, the one-way instance exit is in the hills above Moonbrook.
  • This exit is just above the southwest limit of the Westfall coast. There are a few points of interest that can be reached relatively easily from this exit. If you go straight west you bypass the Defias mobs (there's quite a few if you go north) and the coastal murlocs. You should see a dock.
[Recipe: Clam Chowder] (one of two vendors) and
[Recipe: Spiced Chili Crab] (one of three vendors, and the most easily accessed).
You might even have picked up enough [Flasks of Oil] to complete N [16] Keeper of the Flame.
    • For Alliance players, this is where you start the swim to Booty Bay if you want to get there at a low level.
Swim south, stay away from the coast.
Stay on the surface — although if you stay in fairly deep water there aren't any mobs.
(Herbalists can more or less safely harvest [Stranglekelp], but bypass any kelp near any mobs).
Stay out of the dark water, and if a fatigue bar procs, get into lighter colored water quickly.
Booty Bay is on the west side of the south point of Stranglethorn Vale, You should see the Goblin statue as you approach.
Swim in to the inner part of the dock and you will see a ramp extending into the water; you use this to climb out.
Find the Alliance flight master on a high tier north of the inn. (South is the Horde flight master.)
  • If you travel to a small cove north of Yojamba Isle (in northwestern Stranglethorn Vale) you can see a large water gate which leads to the docks inside Deadmines. However, you cannot enter or leave through this.
Yojamba Isle is safe, the inhabitants are neutral, but if you are low level, you will not be able to do anything with them.

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