Monday, February 26, 2007, posted by WoW Fan at 4:46 AM
Karazhan is the first "raid" dungeon in Burning Crusade. It is a 10-man instance. This is about the Karazhan key quest and how to do it. The first two pieces of your Epic Tier 4 set drop in Karazhan, so getting this quest chain done as soon as possible is imperative to progressing.

Arcane Disturbances/Restless Activity
Beginning of the chain. Pick up these two quests outside of Karazhan from Archmage Alturus. It's in Deadwind Pass (just east of Darkshire). This part is soloable. Note that the Ghostly Essences have a very low drop rate, plus all the mobs are level 69-70 and very close together. Some classes may want to duo for this, for safety's sake.

Contact from Dalaran
Alturus at Karazhan instructs you to go to another mage in Dalaran, which is in Hillsbrad/Alterac Mountains. Also soloable.

You must go speak to Khadgar. He chills near the Naaru (A'dal) in the middle of Shattrath City. He gives you the first part of the chain that is group content.

Entry Into Karazhan
You need to go to the Shadow Labyrinth in Auchindoun and get an item there. This is the first Karazhan Key Fragment. To get into the Shadow Labyrinth, you'll need the key, which drops off of the last boss in Sethekk Halls. Many of us already have this key, and unlike the key to Karazhan, only one person in your group needs to have it for everyone to gain entrance to the instance (like UBRS). You'll find the first key fragment in an urn located to the left and slightly behind Murmur, the last boss in Shadow Labyrinth. You'll need to kill him to get it (he's really easy) and all players can loot the urn.

The Second and Third Fragments
For the next part of the chain, you must go to the Steamvault (in Coilfang Reservoir) and find the second key fragment. Jump to your right off the bridge that leads to the first boss. Swim down into the whirlpool-type thing and you'll find the urn near the bottom (kind of hard to see). Go to the Arcatraz (a 5-man dungeon in Tempest Keep in the Netherstorm) for the third key fragment. You'll need a key to get into the Arcatraz as well.

The Arcatraz key quest chain starts at Nether-stalker Khay'ji in Area 52. The first quest in the chain is Consortium Crystal Collection. You may have already done it, though, and will thus have to figure out where you are in the chain for yourself. Ultimately, you'll have to go to The Mechanar (Tempest Keep 5-man) and The Botanica (Tempest Keep 5-man) and obtain a drop from each of the final bosses of those instances. You take these two key shards back to Khay'ji, and he'll give you your Arcatraz Key.

Good job. You're almost there. Now you just need to actually go to the Arcatraz and get the third key fragment. It is located in the corner of a big blue room after the first boss. You don't even need to kill the first boss to get this key (but he's pretty easy, so you probably should).

The Master's Touch
You're almost done now. The final part of the chain involves completing the Black Morass encounter in the Caverns of Time and talking to Medivh at the end (you need to complete the "saving Thrall" encounter in Old Hillsbrad Foothills before you attempt the Black Morass). This is a tough encounter, but if you have a tight group and everyone focuses, you can certainly get it done. Here are some tips on it:

In this encounter, you must defend Medivh while he opens the Dark Portal. It is composed of 18 non-stop phases. In each phase, a portal opens, and a high-HP elite mob called a Rift Lord or Rift Keeper (melee and caster variations, respectively) will spawn. Every few seconds, non elite whelps or dragonkin will spawn from the portal until the Rift Keeper/Lord is dead. They will go straight to Medivh, unless someone attacks them. There are several ways to do this: you can try to kill them as they spawn (while killing the Rift Keeper/Lord) or you can try to DPS the Keeper/Lord down very quickly, and then clean them up afterward. But you have to do this REALLY fast, because once they get to Medivh they will start draining his shield. The best option is to have one person (preferably a hunter, or maybe a mage) do what they can to slow down/kill the adds, while everyone else burns down the Rift Keeper/Lord.

On phases 6, 12, and 18, there will be a boss in place of the Rift Keeper/Lord. Every player in your party gets a dragon that they can deploy in an area from an NPC at the beginning of the encounter. It is advisable to use these dragons on the boss fights. However, if you deploy the dragons near the boss, they will despawn. For this reason, put them right near Medivh. They will handle all the adds easily, so you can just focus on the boss.

The first boss is pretty straightforward. He does an AE arcane missiles type attack. You should be ok as long as your healer isn't a feral druid or shadow priest. The second boss is tougher; he has a mortal strike that stacks for up to 90% healing reduced. The best way to negate this is to have an off-tank. As this is not always possible, you'll need to be creative: Invulnerability Pots, etc. The third boss is the easiest of all. You shouldn't have any trouble with him.

Now just talk to Medivh and get your key.

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At February 26, 2007 at 6:07 PM, Anonymous Huma

Ugh.. Thx for the post dude.. Sounds a hell lot of work to get that key.. And at the and Medivh just gives us HIS key.. (as he says in the very last q's end) so just punch Medivh in the face.. ^_^