Farming: AQ10 – Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj:
Welcome to my AQ10 – Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj farming guide. This raid used to be a 20-man raid but has since been reduced to a 10-man. To prevent any confusion, I’ve changed the title from AQ20 to AQ10. This instance is an excellent place to farm, as you can travel throughout the raid instance on your mount and group up and AoE all the trash mobs.
You can find the entrance to AQ10 south of Silithus in Kalimdor, coordinates [36.93].
What To Farm in AQ10?
The loot you’ll be concentrating on here is primarily uncommon pieces: Glorious Plate set, Lofty Plate set, and Vanguard Plate set. Be warned, the drop rates for all these items are meager, hence why they demand so much gold on the Auction House. So be prepared to do many instances before you start seeing results.
There are other items of interest from this instance, be sure to check Wowhead and TheUndermineJournal (TUJ) for any potentially lucrative items.
It’s important to remember we’re specifically concentrating on trash mobs in AQ10 and ignoring all the bosses. With this tactic, we can clear our way throughout the whole instance, and once all the trash mobs are dead, we exit the instance and reset it – rinse and repeat to our heart’s content.
Following this advice means we can complete as many runs as we want and, each time, improve our chances of looting some desirable pieces. Not that it’s likely, but remember there is a maximum of 10 instances per one-hour period.
If you kill a boss, you will not be able to reset the instance. Instead, you will need to wait until the instance lockout resets. So please take care maneuvering past the boss(es).
Handy Macro For Resetting An Instance:
Check out this post for a handy script/macro to reset instances quickly and effortlessly.
How to get to AQ10:
There are two options available to you, starting with the best method.
Option One: Go to the Cataclysm Portals within both Orgrimmar and Stormwind, and take the portal to Uldum. This option will result in you needing to take a short flight from Rumkahen, Uldum to Silithus. Additionally, this portal may not be available to you if you do not have access to Cataclysm content.
Option Two: Head to the new portal room within both Orgrimmar and Stormwind, and look for the Caverns of Time Portal. Taking this portal takes you to the Caverns of Time in Tanaris. This option is slightly longer.
Helpful tip: The Caverns of Time Portal in Orgrimmar is on the bottom floor, below the main portal room. Take the stairs on the left-hand side after entering the portal room entrance.
Clean Your Inventory Before Starting:
Before you make the journey, make sure you have plenty of bag space; if not, use the following mounts; The Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth, Grand Expedition Yak, or the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur, and clean your inventory.
Alternatively, use the three vendors located outside the instance, Keyl Swiftclaw, Warden Haro, and Windcaller Yessendra.
Above, you can see a detailed map illustrating the route to take and the position of all the bosses within the instance. Please take extra care within the blue circle; pulling any of the mobs here will pull the boss!
Enter the instance and group up as many mobs as you can. However, be aware that the mobs do use pushbacks that may result in stunning you. You may wish to limit the number of mobs you pull, but this is entirely up to you and the class you’re playing.
Once this area is clear, you’ll approach the first boss Kurinnaxx. You can clear the mobs around him when they come to you, when they’re dead, maneuver around the boss from a safe distance and enter Zone Two.
We have to be very careful, and why I highlighted it in blue. You can kill the two guards at all three entrances, but do not kill anyone else inside that room. If you pull even one mob, they will all come, including the boss General Rajaxx. Weave in and out of the packs and head into Zone Three.
If your class has the option, I’d recommend using Stealth to make this situation more manageable. Also, if you pull a mob or the boss and your class has a Feign Death ability, you can use it to reset the boss.
There are a lot more mobs here, don’t pull too many. The pushbacks from these mobs are far worse than the ones from Zone One, and they’re multiple pushbacks too. I’d recommend pulling a couple of packs, get into a corner, and AoE them down immediately. Then, rinse and repeat until all the mobs are dead.
The boss Moam is up in the far right corner, so easily missed. Move on up the long set of stairs to Zone Four.
Ossirian the Unscarred is the boss in this zone; he’s located up the stairs on the right-hand side. Just concentrate on the Anubisath Guardians. Round them up and AoE them down. You will get a debuff, but nothing that will harm you.
Head towards Zone Five once you’ve cleared the room.
In this zone, you must make sure you kill the Silicate Feeders. These mobs have a decent drop rate for the plate set items we want. Carefully group the Feeders without aggroing the boss Ayamiss the Hunter (he is above the altar at the back), kill and loot them all, then head down the corridor on the left-hand side.
Check the rooms for further Silicate Feeders as you go through this corridor.
There isn’t a lot to do here; kill anything you see at the top, go to your right first, kill the pack, then take yourself back around to the other side, as shown in the map above. Finally, you’ll find yourself back at the alternative entrance to Zone Two.
Exiting And Resetting The Instance:
If you’ve followed the directions carefully, enter Zone Two again, carefully weave in and out of the mobs and make your way through Zone One and towards the exit making sure you don’t pull any bosses.
Once you’ve exited, reset the instance! Now would be an excellent opportunity to clear your inventory of any unwanted trash items. I remind you to use The Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth, Grand Expedition Yak, or the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur to repair and sell your junk.
Once you’re ready, reenter the instance and rinse and repeat.
Items Of Interest:
The prices used below are Region Median from TheUndermineJournal (TUJ). The valuations are average across the region and could be lower or higher than your specific realm. Enter your realm details for a definitive valuation.
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