Maraudon (pronounced Maraw-dun) is a 5-player dungeon, consisting of 3 wings (The Wicked Grotto, Foulspore Cavern, and Earth Song Falls), located in the Valley of Spears in Desolace. It is a combination of ancient centaur burial grounds, as well as a primal temple dedicated to the elemental earth.
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. 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.
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,) when there were no other cultures of any note in all of Desolace. 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. Desolace no longer has a capital.
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 centaur. 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.
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. The name Maraudon may come from Maraudos.
From World Dungeons on the old WoW site:
- 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.
The Wicked Grotto (30-40)Edit
Originally associated with the 'purple tunnels' or crystals, this is a smaller wing containing one boss, Vyletongue. Groups of non-elite imps patrol, so AOE capability can be handy. Some Satyrs use gouge, incapacitating the tank and causing all the monsters to attack the next person on the threat list. Warriors can use Berserking Rage judiciously to mitigate this. Vyletongue himself comes with stealthed guards, and randomly teleports around when you start fighting him.
Foulspore Cavern (32-42)Edit
Originally associated with the 'orange tunnels' or crystals, this wing's denizens are composed of slimes, plants, and dryads (mostly). Things to watch out for are some of the plants knockback abilities, and the oozes, which must be kited and killed by ranged DPS. These oozes have an aura which does a large amount of damage every three seconds. Bosses consist of Razorlash and Noxxion.
Earth Song Falls (34-44)Edit
The elemental shrine, consisting of many giants.
|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]||Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh|
|[47D]||Nijel's Point, Desolace|
|[51D]||Nijel's Point, Desolace|
|[42D]||Valley of Spirits, Orgrimmar|
|[47D]||Shadowprey Village, Desolace|
|[51D]||Sar'theris Strand, Desolace|
|[47D]||Kormek's Hut, Desolace|
|[48D]||South of Mannoroc Coven, Desolace|
|[49D]||Outer caves, Maraudon|
|[49D]||Poison Falls, Maraudon|
|[51D]||Zaetar's Grave, Maraudon|
Note: the last two quests ( [49D] and [51D] ) are obtained after you enter the dungeon itself. Also, [49D] 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
- The Wicked Grotto (Purple instance) = 4th
- Foulspore Cavern (Orange instance) = 5th
Quick run downEdit
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 for a full run-through, you won'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: bring ample AoE. There are a lot of points where you get attacked by a lot of non-elites, and AoE attacks are vital.
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.
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.
Inside is a very easy instance that drops a lot of green AH fodder. 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.
Prior to Patch 3.0.8, you could 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 would then open a portal to take you to the shallow part of Earth Song Falls. After the patch, the portal to Inner Maraudon is simply open to all without need for the staff.
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 . 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 bossesEdit
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.
- Tinkerer Gizlock you can do by going up, past Zaetar's Grave, and clearing some non-elite snake clusters. He has a channeled fire attack that you can back away, but otherwise is straightforward.
- 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)
CataclysmEditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Maraudon's wings were lowered in level.
- Main article: Maraudon loot
- If player /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. Note that it may not work, leaving one group member stuck inside.
- It is possible to run out of the instance after jumping down Earth Song Falls, simply follow the tunnel directly to the west of the falls. It will be full of Deep Borers and take you upwards towards the neutral turtles at the top of the falls. There is another smaller tunnel leading further up to Celebras. You do NOT have to hearthstone out, as is common belief.
- Maraudon did not get many groups until the Dungeon Finder debuted, 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 leveling in Desolace. Other reasons were that the instance was 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.
Patches and hotfixesEdit
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Level range adjusted for the wings.
- Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005):
- Capped at ten players.
- Characters dying in the instanced portions of Maraudon will now correctly receive a corpse marker in the minimap and see the message letting them know that they need to enter the instance before they will be able to resurrect.
- Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Added.
- ^ a b Lands of Mystery, pg. 32
- ^ Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft The Roleplaying Game, pg. 33
- ^ Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft The Roleplaying Game, pg. 194-195
- ^ a b Lands of Mystery, pg. 31
- ^ Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft The Roleplaying Game, pg. 195
- ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 33
- ^ Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft The Roleplaying Game, pg. 195-196