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Nov 15

With the launch of Wrath of the Lich King (which I am thoroughly enoying, incidentally), there are a whole bunch of unfamiliar instances to play in. Of course, one can dive right in and just go for the sights and the bosses and the loot, but in the drive to hit 80 some quest XP is always nice.

Edit: Galadria has posted a horde-side quest guide on her blog.

Instance Quest Checklist: Utgarde Keep

Utgarde Keep is the first and easiest dungeon in Wrath of the Lich King. It’s inhabited by half-giant vrykul, and is a quick and easy run (until you get to the last boss, who is disproportionately difficult).


These are the quests you should have when entering Utgarde Keep:


  • Quest level 71, requires 70 to get.
  • Given by Defender Mordun in Howling Fjord to loot items from within the dungeon.
  • No pre-requisites.

Into Utgarde!

Quick and easy, just like the instance!

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Comment by Phyllixia

Made Saturday, 15 of November , 2008 at 6:31 pm

AFAIK you don’t need to do the precursor. Someone managed to share both quests with me before summoning me with the meeting stone; I hadn’t set foot in Howling Fjord yet.

Comment by Jeffo

Made Saturday, 15 of November , 2008 at 11:32 pm

Both intro instances — Utgarde and Nexus — are largely easy up to the last boss, though the fact that it’s so unfamiliar keeps me on edge. I wonder how easy it would be if we weren’t all mostly T4/badge gear?

I did actually get a pair of boots out of Nexus that are a borderline upgrade for my badge boots (that was a surprise), and then found another Nexus quest that I missed that has a reward that are even better than those!

Having a blast so far!

Comment by Brandon Tilley

Made Sunday, 16 of November , 2008 at 5:22 am

Psst — the second quest link leads to “Into The Temple of Atal’Hakkar,” which is an awesome dungeon, but probably not the one you want. ;)

Comment by gillace

Made Sunday, 16 of November , 2008 at 2:26 pm

yep quest boots not to shabby

Comment by Siha

Made Monday, 17 of November , 2008 at 12:25 pm

@Jeffo – I’m pretty sure that the dungeons are tuned for ungeared people, level 70s who’ve hit Northrend in quest reward gear and a few instance drops. That’s the only fair way they could do it, or else alts would be in real trouble.
@Brandon – thanks for the headsup!

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