Assessing WoW Classic Dungeon and Boss Levels

The members of Crag Boar Rebellion have been discussing which dungeon to tackle next. Our challenge is that while we don’t want to skip content, we also have a goal of being optimally leveled for each instance. I think we’d like to be challenged a bit and able to make use of any drops, but not wipe when we walk in the door.

Usually we check familiar sources to see what party level range they recommend for a given instance (Viniki and Skronk do most of this work). However, the recommendations sometimes seem off.

Possibly related: Is WoW Classic Easier Than Original Wow?

Out of curiosity I decided to compare the recommendations of two popular resources, Wowhead and Icy Veins – and then compare those against recommendations from the old print publication Brady Games’ World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion.

Cover of the old Dungeon Companion.

The following table shows the results of my casual, non-scientific data gathering. (Please post corrections/updates in the comments). Note that level ranges assume a full group of 5, and that these figures are for WoW release 1.12.


WH = Wowhead

I-V = Icy Veins

DC = Dungeon Companion

Dungeon WH I-V DC
Ragefire Chasm13-1813-1613-18
Wailing Caverns15-2517-2318-25
Shadowfang Keep22-3018-2320-26
Blackfathom Deeps24-32*20-2723-28
The Stockade(s)24-30*23-3024-29
Razorfen Kraul30-4025-3225-30
Scarlet Monastery26-4529-4233-40
Razorfen Downs37-47*37-4335-40
Blackrock Depths56-59**n/a52-57
Temple of Atal’Hakkar50-55*n/a50-55
Dire Maul55-6055-6055-60
Blackrock Spire55-60n/a57-60

* Taken from the Wowhead dungeon guide page, not its table of contents (see below).

** This is the usual level range for “most players.”

Clearly there’s disagreement over precisely what minimum and maximum level party members should be for most dungeons (not looking at you, Dire Maul). You can see this especially with Wailing Caverns, Shadowfang Keep, Razorfen Downs, and Zul’Farrak.

Another thing I discovered is that the sources don’t always agree with themselves. Wowhead level recommendations can differ between its dungeon table of contents and the actual dungeon guide page. This is probably because content is edited by multiple authors. Here are examples.

Blackfathom Deeps20-3024-32
The Stockade(s)22-3024-30
Razorfen Downs40-5037-47
Temple of Atal’Hakkar55-6050-55

Another factor that we consider when deciding on dungeon level is the main boss level. Here are my findings on the maximum boss level in each instance, using multiple sources. (Getting accurate info here is trickier than you might think. Please submit corrections in the comments, and I will also correct inaccuracies as we complete each instance.) As above, these numbers are for WoW release 1.12. Don’t forget that all bosses are elites.

Dungeonbossboss level
Ragefire Chasm(All 4 bosses same level)16
Wailing CavernsMutanus the Devourer22
Shadowfang KeepArchmage Arugal26
Blackfathom DeepsAku’Mai28
The Stockade(s)Bazil Thredd29
Razorfen KraulCharlga Razorflank33
GnomereganMexgineer Thermaplugg34
Scarlet Monastery (SM)
— SM GraveyardBloodmage Thalnos34
— SM LibraryArcanist Doan37
— SM ArmoryHerod40
— SM Cathedral(Shared)
Scarlet Cmdr. Mograine42
High Inq. Whitemane42
Razorfen Downs(Shared)
Plaguemaw the Rotting40
Chief Ukorz Sandscalp48
Blackrock Depths(Various)60+
MaraudonPrincess Theradras51
Temple of Atal’HakkarShade of Eranikus55
Dire Maul(Various)61+
Blackrock Spire(Various)60+

As for our Wow Classic group, we found ourselves to be somewhat above-level for Ragefire Chasm, Wailing Caverns, Deadmines, Shadowfang Keep, the Stockade, and much of Gnomeregan. The group skipped Blackfathom Deeps because we felt we’d outleveled it by too much by the time we got there (although I hope we take a different group in the future).

With everyone in the 28-30 range now, we may end up missing Razorfen Kraul as well and jump into the first part of Scarlet Monastery, although I don’t think that’s been decided just yet.

As usual, TAGN has been documenting each dungeon run, and our levels at the start of each, on his blog. He did the same back in the 2000s, so you can look for those posts as well if you think they might be helpful. Just enter the dungeon name into the search on his blog, and comment here if there’s anything you aren’t finding.

To see us on our WoW Classic instance runs, browse the Instance Run videos.

4 thoughts on “Assessing WoW Classic Dungeon and Boss Levels

  1. I said it before on Wilhelm’s blog, but I found the ideal level to do a dungeon in Classic to be the final boss’s level minus 3. Keeps things decently challenging but also rewarding.

    A lot of the final boss levels in your table seem off though. Arugal is level 26, Aku’mai level 28, Thermaplugg is 34 etc. The Wowhead Classic NPC database appears to be pretty accurate from my experience.


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