You surely know it: Tomorrow, on March 24, 2022, the 10-player challenge Zul'Aman in TBC Classic will open its doors. The corresponding update "Gods of Zul'Aman" has already gone online last night. Our preview of Phase 4 of TBC Classic can be found here, and you can check out our original retro guide for Zul'Aman here.

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Highlights of Phase 4 of Burning Crusade Classic

Here again, briefly and concisely, the most important innovations of the new content phase:

  • All Outland dungeons have now been set to their final reduced difficulty.
  • Heroic dungeon keys now require a reputation level of Benevolent (previously Respectful).
  • Zephyr has arrived at the World's End Tavern in Shattrath and is offering free teleportation to the Caverns of Time in Tanaris to players who have achieved Respectful on Keeper of Time.
  • Magtheridon's Black Sack of Gems and Shining Glass from Jewel Cutters can now contain Epic Gems. Note that existing Shining Glass and previously captured, unopened Black Bags of Gems do not contain Epic Gems.
  • Urnether and Nethervortex are no longer soulbound.
  • Nethervortex can be purchased for Badges of Justice from G'eras in Shattrath.
  • Doomlord Kazzak and Doomwalker now share loot more willingly. Their loot is now bound when put on (previously when picked up).
  • The following bosses can now drop Badges of Justice, giving you more opportunities to obtain this valuable currency: Doomlord Kazzak and the Doomwalker / All bosses in Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, and Magtheridon's Chamber / All bosses in Serpentshrine Lair and Fortress of Storms / All bosses in Zul'Aman.
  • Additionally, G'eras in Shattrath now has new, more powerful goods available in exchange for Badges of Justice.
  • The following leatherworking items can be learned or purchased as recipes from faction traders in Outland: Great Drums / Knotted Skin Leather Quivers / Knotted Skin Leather Ammunition Pouches.
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Surprise: No more attunements for Tier 6 raids!

Blizzard has published the official patch notes parallel to the start of the phase. We'll get to those in a moment. Before that, however, we want to highlight a particularly big surprise: The elaborate Attunement quest lines for the Tier 6 raids

Black Temple and Battle for Hyjal have already been cancelled! In the original Burning Crusade, this step only occurred with the last content patch 2.4 around Sunwell Plateau. The Zul'Aman phase of TBC Classic, on the other hand, corresponds to the previous patch 2.3.

WoW: Official patch notes for phase 4 of TBC Classic

New 10 player raid: Zul'Aman

Defeat the devious warlord Zul'jin at the seat of power of the Amani trolls and stop him from exacting his deadly vengeance.

  • Raid bosses: 6 (Nalorakk, Akil'zon, Jan'alai, Halazzi, Hex Lord Malacrass, Zul'jin.)
  • Level: 70
  • Location:Ghostlands, Eastern Kingdoms

There is no attunement required to enter the instance. Zul'Aman has a 3-day reset lockout.

Timed challenge: Amani War Bear

Zul'jin and his lieutenants are holding several hostages in Zul'Aman. When you enter the instance, the Amani will begin preparations to terminate them. If you defeat one of Zul'jin's lieutenants and reach a hostage before time runs out, you'll be rewarded with an additional piece of loot and a timer extension-a brief stay of execution. Rescue all hostages, and your raid will be rewarded with one Amani War Bear epic mount.


  • Doomlord Kazzak and Doomwalker now drop Bind on Equip loot.
  • The following bosses can now drop Badges of Justice:
    • Doomlord Kazzak and Doomwalker
    • All bosses in Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, and Magtheridon's Lair
    • All bosses in Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep
    • All bosses in Zul'Aman
  • G'eras in Shattrath now has new, more powerful wares to offer in exchange for Badges of Justice.
  • Greater Drums, Knothide Quiver, and Knothide Ammo Pouch can now be obtained from Outland faction vendors.
  • Primal Nether and Nether Vortex are no longer soulbound.
  • Nether Vortex can be purchased for Badges of Justice from G'eras in Shattrath.
  • Magtheridon's Black Sack of Gems and Jewelcrafter's Brilliant Glass can now contain epic gems.
    • Please note that existing Brilliant Glasses and previously looted, unopened Black Sack of Gems will not contain epic gems.
  • With the release of Zul'Aman:
    • The Battle for Mount Hyjal and The Black Temple no longer require attunement to enter.
    • The reputation requirement to purchase Heroic dungeon keys has been reduced to Honored.
    • Heroic dungeons have been adjusted to their "final" 2.4.3 state.

User Interface

  • New accessibility options such as Text to Speech and Speech to Text have been added to Burning Crusade Classic. You can learn more about these features here 53.
  • There is now a display option to Show Free Bag Space in Interface Options.
  • The search bar has been restored to the Professions UI.
  • Advanced Combat Logging will now report exact health values for NPC creatures.

Bug Fixes

  • The correct number of lifetime Honorable Kills will display when inspecting another players Honor tab.
  • The Skull of Impending Doom and Nifty Stopwatch items no longer cause players to drop the flag in PvP Battlegrounds.
  • Resolved an issue that caused players to sometimes not receive credit when completing the quest "The Missing Diplomat".
  • Resolved an issue with certain channeled and lightning affect visuals that caused them to appear incorrectly.
  • Resolved an issue that caused Hunter pets to not path properly in some areas in Serpentshrine Cavern.
  • Fixed a visual issue that caused channeled beam effects to not display properly on subsequent rapid recasts.
  • Resolved an issue that caused many periodic healing effects to not trigger item and spell procs.
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