Maraudon is a system of caves located in the Valley of Spears, north east of Shadowprey Village, in Desolace. It is a combination of ancient centaur burial grounds, as well as a primal temple dedicated to the elemental earth. Enemy levels range from 44-48 and the instance portal will block out all adventurers under 30.
Maraudon is a holy place to the centaur — it is the tomb of Zaetar, keeper of the grove and son of Cenarius, and the house of Princess Theradras, an earth elemental.Template:Cite Zaetar rejected his keeper heritage when he joined with the princess of the chaotic earth elementals, Theradras. Their unholy union gave birth to the misshapen and cursed centaur who promptly slew their father for his part in their misbegotten creation. Fearful of Cenarius' wrath, the grief-stricken Theradras sequestered her dead lover's body in her secret sanctuary, the Crystal Caverns of Terramok, where she watches over him to this day. Travelers who come to Desolace have little trouble spotting Zaetar's tomb, for the blessing of nature that permeates his being transformed his resting place into a verdant paradise of flora and tranquil pools. Today, this tomb is now trodden by the hooves of Zaetar's children who have claimed this great cavern as their sacred stronghold Maraudon.
Within the tomb is a maze of underground caves and tunnels, populated by the spirits of the long-dead centaur khans. Earth elementals, basilisks, and rock borers also inhabit the site. It is rumored that satyrs and other emissaries of the Burning Legion have moved into these caverns as well.Template:Cite
Although each of the five centaur tribes (known as Black tribe, Brown tribe, Green tribe, Red tribe, and Yellow tribe) maintained its own stronghold elsewhere in Desolace, this was once the region's capital (shortly after the Battle of Mount Hyjal,Template:Cite) when there were no other cultures of any note in all of Desolace.Template:Cite At that time, the centaur had run all others down in their unceasing lust for conquest. However, now that Desolace has no affiliation, and members of other civilizations have moved back in, it is only one of several major settlements.Template:Cite Desolace no longer has a capital.Template:Cite
Maraudon has a vast gathering of palatial tents surrounded by a palisade, the Valley of Spears, it once served as a cultural center and meeting place for all centaurTemplate:Cite. However, in recent times, many of the centaur tribes are at war and now it is inhabited only by the Maraudine clan. They are the protectors of Maraudon and only the bravest and mightiest of the tribe's warriors are chosen to guard the tomb of Zaetar.Template:Cite
Behind a series of spiked barriers in the center of this mesa stands Terramok, an ancient titan vault rumored to hold Theredras, former princess of the vile earth elementals and legendary mother of the centaur race. Some even claim that Theradras guards the tomb of her husband, the keeper of the grove killed by the first khans. The only permanent centaur resident is Krullaran the Prophet. The centaur of Desolace turn to the khans for protection, but they look to Krullaran for guidance. Many believe he communes with the titans and possesses insight to the glorious return that the centaur will someday make to the northern lands.Template:Cite The name Maraudon may come from Maraudos.
- Protected by the fierce Maraudine centaur, Maraudon is one of the most sacred sites within Desolace. The great temple/cavern is the burial place of Zaetar, one of two immortal sons born to the demigod, Cenarius. Legend holds that Zaetar and the earth elemental princess, Theradras, sired the misbegotten centaur race. It is said that upon their emergence, the barbaric centaur turned on their father and killed him. Some believe that Theradras, in her grief, trapped Zaetar's spirit within the winding cavern - used its energies for some malign purpose. The subterranean tunnels are populated by the vicious, long-dead ghosts of the Centaur Khans, as well as Theradras' own raging, elemental minions.
|Earth Song Falls • Foulspore Cavern • The Noxious Hollow • Poison Falls|
|Vyletongue Seat • The Wicked Grotto • Zaetar's Grave|
|Quest name||Quest giver||Zone location|
|[42D] Shadowshard Fragments (Alliance)||Archmage Tervosh||Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh|
|[47D] Vyletongue Corruption (Alliance)||Talendria||Nijel's Point, Desolace|
|[51D] Corruption of Earth and Seed (Alliance)||Keeper Marandis||Nijel's Point, Desolace|
|[42D] Shadowshard Fragments (Horde)||Uthel'nay||Valley of Spirits, Orgrimmar|
|[47D] Vyletongue Corruption (Horde)||Vark Battlescar||Shadowprey Village, Desolace|
|[51D] Corruption of Earth and Seed (Horde)||Selendra||Sar'theris Strand, Desolace|
|[47D] Twisted Evils||Willow||Kormek's Hut, Desolace|
|[48D] The Pariah's Instructions||Centaur Pariah||South of Mannoroc Coven, Desolace|
|[49D] Legends of Maraudon||Cavindra||Outer caves, Maraudon|
|[49D] The Scepter of Celebras||Celebras the Redeemed||Poison Falls, Maraudon|
|[51D] Seed of Life||Zaetar's Spirit||Zaetar's Grave, Maraudon|
Note: the last two quests ( [49D] The Scepter of Celebras and [51D] Seed of Life) are obtained after you enter the dungeon itself. Also, [49D] Legends of Maraudon is found in the Maraudon area but before you go through the portal, in the pre-instance area.
You need to do the following:
- Kill The Nameless Prophet at the start of the dungeon. Get the amulet.
- Find the five khans. Use the amulet on each. Kill them and loot the gem.
- Use one of the gems
- Return to the Pariah
The khans are found in these areas:
- Middle area = 1st
- Purple area = 2nd
- Orange area = 3rd
- Purple instance = 4th
- Orange instance = 5th
Quick run down
Maraudon can be split into several sections. At the start of the dungeon, you'll kill the mobs without blinking. You will eventually find an area with purple glowing rocks on the left, orange on the right. There is also a central entrance which takes you to the Princess, but you can't do that at first. Following the rocks, you enter an orange area or purple area, which lead to orange and purple entrances to the instance.
You can do Orange or Purple Maraudon at level 45 or 46. On the other hand, the Princess requires at least a couple of level 48s. I can't emphasize this enough: take a Mage. There are a lot of points where you get attacked by a lot of non-elites, and AoE attacks are vital.
The big pools aren't lava, they're water. Jump into one and fill your vial for Vyletongue Corruption. Talk to Cavindra. Kill the Khan and go into the instance.
There are small plants dotted around. They're not selectable. Use the filled vial near them and you'll get attacked (quite viciously). Killing each assailant purifies one plant. If you systematically clear the place you'll get 8 plants on the way to Noxxion. Every group member will get credit for the plant purification, regardless of who used the vial on the plants.
A couple of notable things: the bright green Creeping Sludge move very slowly and hit very hard - usually for 200-300 damage per hit, so its best to stay out of melee range, with a tank kiting them, and have your ranged DPS take them out one at a time. These aren't very difficult to kite around since they do move very slowly. A few tips:
- Melees should only attack mobs that are nearly dead
- Ranged attackers should unload everything they got and kite. Arcane Missiles are really useful here.
- Anyone with a slowing attack (including Mind Flay) should unload it on the leading mob.
- It is possible to run away from these things forever. As long as you run in a circle. In the middle of a very bad battle, I saw a paladin get seven of these to follow him around the instance. We picked them off one at a time and prevented the wipe.
You've got to kill Noxxion for Legends of Maraudon. About halfway through he will split up and spawn some non-elite elementals and will re-form after you've killed them.
After Noxxion, you can leave or push forward. There's one more boss (Razorlash) with a couple of good drops, and then Celebras. There's no point in doing Celebras without both the rod and the diamond.
Vyletongue himself has four stealthed guards. Two of them can be pulled without aggroing him. He's easy, anyway. He drops the other piece of what you will need to create the Scepter of Celebras.
Do note, however, that the Satyrs can gouge your tank, which can be disastrous if you aren't prepared.
You'll notice that there's a lot of information about the orange side and not very much about the purple side. That is, quite simply, because the purple side is very easy in comparison.
You get to him either by pushing on in the orange or purple sides. A bit of an insane battle because he keeps summoning non-elites. A lot of AoE is the only way to go here.
After that (assuming you have the rod and diamond from Noxxion and Vyletongue), talk to him repeatedly and complete the sceptre quest. No more monsters will appear, so this bit is completely safe.
Phew, now you're halfway through the instance. If you push on, you'll fall into a big lake.
Players may access the final part of Maraudon directly using the , by bringing it to an alcove in the middle of the pre-instance area and using it. It will then open a portal granting access to the shallow part of Earth Song Falls.
The first part of this area is full of interesting bosses to kill, but they're all pretty easy apart from the Princess. The ordinary mobs present more of a challenge:
- The basilisks in this area silence all the time. Casters should stand much further back than they usually do.
- The rock elementals splinter and produce non-elites. AoE is very effective. Aggro management is essential if you don't want to kill your healers.
There are a lot of patrols. Always wait for them, because they'll wipe even a good group very fast. The worst is that you can get pincered at T junctions by patrols going different ways.
The princess herself is a level 48 elite, but has a kick like a mule. She has two main notable attacks. She fears melees quite a lot and has a large range AoE attack. Nature protection potions are extremely useful here. If your party is underlevelled, make sure you buy some before going after her. Although fast, she's very kitable. As long as you can stay away from her, a hunter or mage can pound away without difficulty. A good way of maximizing that is to actually have your ranged casters on opposite sides of her, although this can obviously cause problems for your healers. Important: Make sure you're not close to the edges, or else you can get knocked off and down into the river below.
Having killed her, you'll get a quest called the Seed of Life. You need to get to Moonglade to do that, which involves grinding reputation with the Timbermaw furbolgs, but that's another story...(An alternative quick way to get to Moonglade is to swim north of Darkshore until you get a notice that you are entering Moonglade waters. Then drown and you will be taken to the Moonglade graveyard. Rez at the spirit healer and you will be in Moonglade!) Of course, druids are exempt from doing any of these since they can simply teleport themselves to Moonglade.
Other interesting bosses
For details of the items these mini-bosses drop, see Maraudon loot.
A few other bosses need a mention as they drop blue items. Some, of course, are more interesting than others.
Rotgrip can be found by jumping off the waterfall after you kill the Princess. He's a big crocodile that hits pretty hard but otherwise is pretty straightforward. You may want to pull him to surface to eliminate problems with breathing underwater.
Landslide is up in the central cavern, after you climb up several ramps and fight off a patrol and several stationary guards. He's tricky in that he summons additional non-elites rock fellows, but they all spontaneously combust if you kill Landslide, so kill Landslide as soon as possible while distracting the little guys. Also, he occasionally has an AoE stun attack which can be annoying.
Meshlok the Harvester is a rare spawn between the orange and purple zones who drops some very nice rogue/hunter armor. He is a little bugged and sometimes will be hard to see without using a "/target Meshlok" macro. He can be soloed by a skillful 49-52 rogue on a stealth run (bring some free action potions to prevent getting stunned).
Just about everything in Maraudon uses nature spells or poisons. Equipping gear with good nature resistance isn't necessary but will make your life easier. Hunters are very beneficial in this instance thanks to their Aspect of the Wild which gives all group members an extra 45 nature resistance.
Against the princess, shadow resistance is helpful for the tanks to prevent the Fear effect. Once again, this is handy but not necessary. If you have a priest in the party with Fear Ward, this may also be useful applied against all of the party or just the tanks.
- Bog beasts
- Crocolisks (one, Rotgrip)
- Earth elementals
- Frogs (critters)
- Goblins (one, Tinkerer Gizlock)
- Mountain giants
- Roaches (critters)
- Schools of Fish (critters)
- Snakes (critters)
- Water elementals (one, Noxxion)
- Main article: Maraudon loot
- It is pronounced: Mara-dawn.
- Lesser bosses: Noxxion (a poison elemental), Razorlash (a lasher), Lord Vyletongue (a satyr), Meshlok the Harvester (a rare-spawned bog beast), and Celebras the Cursed (a keeper of the grove).
- Pre-end boss: Landslide, a bigger mountain giant.
- End boss: Princess Theradras
- Post-end bosses: Rotgrip (a crocolisk) and Tinkerer Gizlock (a goblin).
- If you /camp (note that this boots you from your group) behind the final keeper of the grove spirit (after defeating Princess Theradras) and then log back in, it is possible to appear inside of the orange side of the instance and avoid having to hearth (since it is not possible to run out). Note that it may not work, leaving 1 group member stuck inside.
- Maraudon does not get many groups anymore, the biggest reason being that most people do not have a flight path to Desolace. This may be because most people between levels 30-39 head to Stranglethorn Vale instead of levelling in Desolace. Other reasons are that the instance is too far to get to even though it's possible to get there from Feralas. The instance itself is also very long to go through.
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