Ye Olde Raid Guide: Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj

Welcome to the 4th edition of “Ye olde raid guide”. This is a series of posts covering everything you need to know to clear old raids at max level. We continue with the relatively quick and easy Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj raid.

Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj

Previously commonly known as “AQ20”. This term should now be abolished since it was actually changed from a 20-man raid to 10-man raid in Cataclysm, so from now on it should be referred to as “AQ10”.

This is a quick and easy raid that you can solo, but if you want to earn the guild achievement you will have to bring a few friends (oh noes!).

The first two bosses (Kurinaxx and General Rajaxx) are mandatory, after that you can skip by Moam and head straight for the last boss (Ossirian).


The first thing to note about this raid is that it’s very easy at level 85. You can solo all the encounters with pretty much any class.

Kurinaxx and General Rajaxx

When you enter you see a bunch of bugs ahead of you, this is what you’ll see for the rest of the raid as well. Bugs, many bugs. These bugs will sometimes put a poison debuff on you that slows you down to a crawl for 30 seconds, which can be really annoying and if you pull too many at a time you’ll be knocked up in the air forever and ever. So, be sure not to engage too many mobs at once.

One of the odd pieces of loot that drops in AQ10

I have read that you can actually skip past the first boss (Kurinaxx) and his trash, but if you attempt to do so you will most likely get a very large group of mobs chasing after you, all knocking you up in the air. Making life very difficult for you.

So instead, kill all the pack of mobs in your way and kill Kurinaxx as well. He’ll put a debuff on you that stacks up that will eventually cause you to recieve no healing whatsoever. But don’t worry, he has so little health that you’ll kill him before it gets to be an issue.

The second boss is General Rajaxx, in a room full of mobs. Engage AOE mode and kill them all in glorious chaos. The boss itself hits like a cute little pussy cat apart from his knockback that he will use now and then.

Ossirian the Unscarred (last boss)

Once The General is down you can run past all the optional bosses and go straight to the last boss Ossirian the Unscarred. There is nothing really special about him, just nuke. After you have engaged him though, you’ll be travelling through a sandstorm for the rest of the instance. So if you don’t particularly enjoy that, save him for last.

Moam and Buru the Gorger (optinal)

What is going on in this picture?....

On the west side you have Moam which is also terribly unnoteworthy, there are no special abilities to note, just kill it.

On the east side you have two slightly more interesting bosses, the first one (from the entrance) is Buru the Gorger which you can kite around the room if you’re feeling vulnerable because he moves really slow at first.

This boss used to have to be killed by exploding the eggs when he got near them, nowadays you can just nuke him dead.

It’s also noteworthy that Beast Mastery hunters can tame this boss as a Silithid pet. Since the boss it’s optional and has no exciting loot other than the scarabs, idols and tokens that drop from every boss in the instance, there is no downside to having a hunter taming it instead of killing it.

Ayamiss the Hunter (optional)

The only boss that remains is the optional boss Ayamiss the Hunter (which is tameable as well). This guy will remain in the air until dpsed down below 70% health. This could be slightly annoying to melee classes with very few ranged abilities. Back in Wrath of the Lich King, warriors and Death Knights spent hours soloing the first 30% of this guy. Today though with Cataclysmic stats like ours, melee classes probably won’t have to spend that much time in the first 30% health range of the boss.

After he’s gone down below 70% health he’ll go down to the ground and can be attacked from melee range. At this point, if you are at least two players or have a pet out (any pet, even Shadowfiend or Ghost wolves) a player will be selected for sacrificing and will be paralyzed. After about 10-15 seconds the player will be sacrificed and just die. So if you’re playing a pet-class, you will just die and be unable to kill the boss on your own with the pet out. So dismiss your pets before engaging this boss solo. If you’re a hunter, this will be a painful experience as you attempt to melee off the last 70% health. Good luck. πŸ™‚

The loot of Ahn’Qiraj

Both Ahn’Qiraj raids drop scarabs, idols and tokens. These items make up the collector mini-game that are all used for assembling the two different gear sets related to these raids.Β  Scarabs often drop off random trash mobs and you can find more of them in the Scarab Coffers spread out all over the raids, you can find keys for these coffers off random trash mobs as well. Also dropping from mobs and coffers are idols, these are a lot more rare however and you will most likely only find them in coffers. The tokens drop off bosses. In Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj you have all the possible tokens dropping from every boss while in Temple of Ahn’Qiraj you have a specific set of tokens assigned to specific bosses.

With the items found in Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj you can assemble the 3-piece Cenarion Circle set and with the items found in Temple of Ahn’Qiraj you can assemble the 5-piece Brood of Nozdormu set (also known as Tier 2.5).

To assemble the full Cenarion Circle set you need to be exalted with Cenarion Circle and to assemble the full Brood of Nozdormu set you need to be honored with the faction with the same name. You can earn reputation for both these factions by killing mobs and bosses in both the Ahn’Qiraj raids.

Quick Raid Leading Notes

  • This is easytime, you can solo it. But bringing friends doesn’t hurt (unless you’re doing Ayamiss)!
  • Ayamiss the Hunter cannot be soloed with a pet out and if you are more than one, be prepared for your friends to be sacrificed.



About Gavendo

I write a World of Warcraft blog called "Rapid Fire" on the topics; hunters, pets and achievement hunting.
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5 Responses to Ye Olde Raid Guide: Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj

  1. Zinn says:

    AQ is one of those raids I wish I had a chance to experience when it was current content. I did actually get to do the first boss in Temple once, but that’s it. It’s a really cool instance, and I’d love it if they revamped that too. But then I’d love to see all the old raids revamped ^^ Except maybe BWL, I’m getting kinda sick of dragons πŸ˜‰

    • Gavendo says:

      There is actually a way to experience that now because of the xp-locking feature. You can level a character up to level 60 and then lock the xp and then just do lvl 60 content. You’ll probably have a very tough time trying to find people for this on your own realm but there are actually a few dedicated lvl 60 and lvl 70 guilds out there!

      Some quick googling got me this:
      US lvl 60 guild
      EU lvl 60 guild

      Those where just the first two I found, there are probably many more (I hope) πŸ™‚


    • Aybar says:

      They should put a sign up in front of BWL: Here be dragons πŸ˜›

      I have yet to do AQ10, but back in classic I raided AQ20 and ZG extensively (we didn’t have the 40 people to progress beyond)

      Moam and Buru were the most fun bosses there at the time. And I still remember a warlock that we brought for the first time asking “Can I talk to these NPCs” When he didn’t get a reply he did and the whole raid went WTF when all of general Rajaxx adds came running to the scattered raid πŸ˜›

      But all in all the best of the two was not AQ20, but ZG. It remains to this day one of my favourites, I hope the new 5 man version won’t ruin the memories.

  2. Bristal says:

    What do you have to do to get in to a raid instance to solo? If I have to form a raid group with someone, that player can’t do any questing or anything, right?

    Is there any way to get around that?

    • Gavendo says:

      You are correct, you need to form a raid group with someone and that person is then unable to join dungeons and/or do quests. He or she can however do battlegrounds.

      And yes, the trick to get around it is getting one of your friends to log to an alt they aren’t playing at the moment and invite that to the raid. Then when you have converted the group to a raid, they can log off that character and the raid will still be up. Leaving your friend to go back to the character he or she wants to play.


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