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|Location||Upper Blackrock Spire, Blackrock Mountain|
|Race||Template:Black Dragonflight Race|
Blackwing Lair is a 40-man raid instance found at the very top of Blackrock Mountain, beyond Upper Blackrock Spire. It was released with patch 1.6, and requires the completion of a one-step attunement quest, Blackhand's Command, to enter. There, Nefarian plans to end Ragnaros' tenure on Azeroth.
Nefarian has vowed to crush Ragnaros. To this end, he has recently begun efforts to bolster his forces, much as his father Deathwing had attempted to do in ages past. However, where Deathwing failed, it now seems the scheming Nefarian may be succeeding. Nefarian's mad bid for dominance has attracted concern from the Red Dragon Flight, which has always been the Black Flight's greatest foe. Though Nefarian's intentions are known, the methods he is using to achieve them remain a mystery. It is believed, however that Nefarian has been experimenting with the blood of all of the various Dragon Flights to produce unstoppable warriors.
In order to enter Blackwing Lair you must be at least level 55 and be attuned. To become attuned, you must first kill the Scarshield Quartermaster who is found near the Orb of Command (see location above for directions to the orb. Note: The Quartermaster is no longer located in the room where the Orb of Command is. He is in the first hallway you encounter as you're heading to the Orb room, turn left and you will see him with two guards. It is no longer possible to stealth and just fight him. Due to his relocation, any attack on him will also pull the two guards). Once you kill the quartermaster, loot an item from him called which begins a quest. This quest requires that you go to the end of Upper Blackrock Spire and touch a brand (found behind General Drakkisath). This will brand you with the Mark of Drakkisath and allow you to use the Orb of Command to enter Blackwing Lair.
The entrance to Blackwing Lair is located within upper Blackrock Spire, several turns past Rend's room. There is a shortcut to the raid zone if you go to the end of the hallway on the right hand side of the entrance to the zone and touch the Orb of Command. There are enemies that spawn on the orb so killing them prior to entering is recommended. This shortcut requires completing the  Blackhand's Command quest, detailed later in this article. If you die in Blackwing Lair, you can recover your corpse via two portals:
- Running into the Blackrock Spire portal
- Running into the Orb of Command room
|Dragonmaw Garrison • Halls of Strife • Nefarian's Lair • Shadow Wing Lair|
- Razorgore the Untamed
- Vaelastrasz the Corrupt
- Broodlord Lashlayer
- Main article: Blackwing Lair loot
Drama, an Alliance (US) guild that resided on the Shattered Hand server was the first guild world wide to clear Blackwing Lair, they subsequently moved to Korgath.
Once your guild has mastered Blackwing Lair, you are encouraged to attempt the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj.
As of the Burning Crusade expansion, as with Molten Core the future of this instance is uncertain. The average Outland uncommon item is comparable in stats to the tier 2 items gained from Blackwing Lair, and are considerably easier to obtain. As such, the instance in its current form exists outside the accepted leveling path.
- Elite Chaos - Blackwing Lair on Fileplanet.com