Blackrock Depths

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You've battled your way through multiple pet dungeons, against a wide variety of foes, and you've been victorious. However, in the beginning of your journey you couldn't help but notice there was something not quite right with the enemy pets, as though they'd somehow been changed. Then, your suspicions were confirmed in Gnomeregan, as you encountered sinister figures cloaked in shadows. Now you've cornered them in Blackrock Depths, and you'll finally get to see what these fiendish villains have been plotting...and building.

Welcome to the new pet dungeon: Blackrock Depths! This is a 9-stage pet dungeon, and there doesn’t seem to be much walking inside this one. Rejoice!

That said, if you’d like to try your hand at this, you’ll need to find Radek Fuselock (Horde) or Tizzy Gearjolt (Alliance) to pick up the breadcrumb quest: Shadowy Showdown and your character needs to be at least level 50.

Once you’ve picked it up, you’ll need to head over to Blackrock Mountain.
It can be accessed from either Searing Gorge or Burning Steppes. Once inside, find the chain that connects downward toward the lava, and has two doorways.

Take the doorway without the elf, and cut left toward the Grinding Quarry. Once inside, your map changes, and you should be able to see the entrance to Blackrock Depths.

The NPC you’re meeting—Burt Macklyn—is just before the entrance to the BRD dungeon, and to the left. His text reads:

“My superior investigation techniques have followed these shadowy figures just inside. Another massive case solved, just days before I retire. Checkmate, bad guys.”

When you hand in Shadowy Showdown, he says; “These Shadowy Figures have been an annoyance for too long now. Get in there, and stop them.”

You then need to accept the quest: Shadows of Blackrock. Once you accept, head on in!

A successful run rewards you with a Shadowy Gem, used to purchase the following pets from Burt:

Wailing Lasher
Experiment 13
Xu-Fu can scan this section for the most suitable strategies according to your preferences and show the required pets.
The Regular option will allow using pets multiple times.
Heroic mode will use each pet only once due to the restriction of no healing.


wrote on 2023-06-07 14:56:40

First time posting and want to say thanks to all the contributors - I've been a lurker for a long time and have enjoyed this website a bunch.

Looking for some help... Last week I ran the BRD dungeon and it was on normal mode. After the reset, I've come back to run it on challenge/heroic mode, and for the life of me, I don't see how to make the change! There is only one quest (from Burt Macklyn) and no other means to switch the instance.

How do you enter the instance in challenge/heroic mode?



wrote on 2023-06-07 16:08:46

Went into the dungeon and noted that it was in Challenge mode, so apparently after the first completion, it's on challenge mode for the following attempts.


wrote on 2023-06-07 18:34:38

Ues, that is correct. "Normal" mode, where you can heal, never happens after you turn in the first quest for it.

After that, it's always Challenge mode.


wrote on 2023-01-20 23:46:24

a little bug i noticed when generating the heroic table for both this and gnomeregan, it appears that any team with a specific pet type like elemental seems to be ignored as a non-option. like this team for example doesn't come up as an option despite dream whelpling being owned and leveled by me and not present in any other encounters https://www.wow-petguide.com/Strategy/7108/Shred


wrote on 2022-11-14 06:32:17

I've beat the dungeon on both normal and heroic modes now, and neither time did Tasha offer to let me join the team (other than the normal "cutscene" dialogue - no actual option). Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to talk to someone else in there?


wrote on 2022-11-14 07:01:13

You're doing nothing wrong. Tasha Riley should have a gossip option that will let you "join" the team and earn the title Minion of Mayhem. Tasha bugging out has been a recurring problem since she was first added in patch 8.3.0.

Fortunately, it seems Shadowlands added a second way to obtain the title just by obtaining the pet Carpal, which you can either assemble together yourself or buy it from the Auction House. (Don't be surprised if there's a delay in being granted the title, though.)


wrote on 2021-09-25 03:20:11

Great guide thank you, and the functionality of being able to use strats based on my own collection is fantastic, the table comes in very handy when looking for 'any level 25 pet' so I don't use one which will be needed later.


wrote on 2021-04-22 09:12:47

Can the dungeons be accessed in normal mode, once overcome in Heroic, in order to heal and polish strategies?


wrote on 2021-04-24 06:27:54

just do that on heroic mode. if a strat fails just switch to an alt and bandage and you wont be disconnected from the dungeon


wrote on 2021-04-24 12:34:12

Thank you. Although sometimes when changing to an alt, he tells me, this team of pets is blocked because this account is connected 2 times, and it does not let me use bandages either. (edited)


wrote on 2021-06-24 16:29:06

Not an alt on another account, an alt on the same account I believe.... unfortunately - you cannot pet battle from two accounts bound together with a single battle id... - that is regular functionality


wrote on 2021-04-09 19:17:49

Erm... how do you leave the dungeon after the fights? I had to heart out and return to deliver the quest.


wrote on 2021-04-10 03:45:42

Right-click your portrait and choose "Leave Instance".

Same as random dungeons, but it gets a lot of people because you didn't teleport in, so you don't expect "Leave" to teleport you out to the entrance. :)


wrote on 2021-01-15 16:47:45

Wow! This is such a cool feature when you add your collection in and have it tailored to what you have. Makes it so easy to see what I need to level up before going in there. Thank you! (edited)


wrote on 2021-01-10 17:39:29

as of 1.10.21 I was able to pick this up from Radek WITHOUT beating the challenge modes of the other ones. I only have the WC achieve but I have done the rest on normal mode. Got Shadowy Showdown from Radek, went to BRD, talked to Burt, got the quest Shadows of Blackrock, and zoned into the pet dungeon without any problems.


wrote on 2020-11-22 06:07:00

for some reason when I click "Heroic Mode" it says that I'm missing 1/2 Sky-bo
but I do actually have 2 sky-bo both max level.


wrote on 2020-11-22 06:36:05

It's probably looking at this strat


wrote on 2020-11-22 07:22:40

You are absolutely correct I didn't even notice that the guide is asking me for 3 Sky-bo for total BRD Heroic (edited)


wrote on 2020-10-29 19:38:17

My issue is that for some reason my title disappeared and after thinking I was done with collecting and doing all the dungeons now I have to re-do it :(


wrote on 2020-10-14 03:07:18

I have a small issue with the table. It says that I need 2 Menagerie Custodian. One for Liz and one for Ralf. The one for Liz have to be H/P. I have 2 of them already, one H/P and one H/S. It have matched the H/S with the Liz fight and the H/P with Ralf. Both rare lvl 25.
I don't know if it's something that should be fixed, just thought I would let you know! :)


wrote on 2020-10-01 01:06:21

This needs fixed as it is telling me I need 4 Ikky's for Heroic. Unless you lucked out for some reason and got to have 4...3's the max.


wrote on 2020-10-01 04:50:19

Yeah I got that noted down as a bug / issue to add:

Has to wait a bit, couple of tougher bugs to crack first. To address this for you, you can go to the individual strategies and pick a different one that works for you, then favourite that (the heart on top). Favourite strategy always overrides any other criteria :)


wrote on 2020-10-01 17:58:58

Thanks for working on it.


wrote on 2020-09-28 00:46:24

Anyone who has their collection scanned and sees you need 3 Ikkys, you don't as 2 of those fights alternate, so they're never on the same week.


wrote on 2020-06-16 21:11:46

I promise you, I have been in here over and over, I have been doing pet battles and pet battle dungeons from the time they started. But I cannot even beat the first one in here at all. This is the most frustrated I have ever been. lol


wrote on 2020-06-17 13:14:08

How can you not beat Horu? What's going wrong? Marionette is so strong here that there are several ways to follow up, and your roster is very strong.

I see you have a comment about it failing here:
but you never followed up to explain exactly what went wrong. DragonsAfterDark is amazingly good about following up problems that are clearly reported, and I and others do it occasionally as well, so if you can narrow it down, I'm sure somebody can help.


wrote on 2020-05-08 01:58:28

When I went to Tizzy Gearjolt, she had the quests for Gnomeragan and Stratholme, but not for Blackrock Depths. Am I missing something?


wrote on 2020-05-08 02:02:05

You have to have completed all previous dungeons on challenge mode to access BRD.

eta: Pretty sure it's for challenge mode. You can try to do just the normals and see, if you'd like. (edited)


wrote on 2020-05-08 02:15:10

Thank you! I haven't yet completed Gnomeregan, so I'll wrap that up and try again. Thanks so much!


wrote on 2020-05-08 02:30:52

No problem! Have fun! :D

DarkCloud wrote on 2020-04-24 23:25:40

When done, don't leave yet!! Be sure to try talking to all the chars and one of them gives you the option to join their club or something. Then it gave me some rep with some faction. Sorry for lack of details, was super late and so sleepy, but wanted to mention the basic message, talk to them before leaving.


wrote on 2020-04-25 08:31:55

What you get is the title "Minion of Mayhem".

If you don't take it this week, you can choose again next time you complete it.

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