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One Night in Karazhan logo full2.png The subject of this article is part of the
One Night in Karazhan adventure.



Set: One Night in Karazhan
Type: Hero
Health: 30 (Normal)
30 (Heroic)
Armor: 15 Armor.png (Heroic)
Artist: Laurel Austin

The dragon's loose! Return it to the menagerie!

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Nightbane is a boss found in the One Night in Karazhan adventure. He is the second boss of the third wing, The Menagerie.

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Normal and Heroic

Special cards[edit | edit source]

Looming Presence(27480).png

Deck[edit | edit source]

The below classes are listed purely for reference, and have no effect on the boss' use of the cards during the battle.

Normal Heroic
Class Card Quantity Class Card Quantity
Druid Claw 2 Boss Looming Presence 2
Mage Dragon's Breath 2 Hunter Kill Command 2
Flame Lance 2 Deadly Shot 2
Pyroblast 1 Starving Buzzard 2
Paladin Dragon Consort 1 Tundra Rhino 2
Rogue Sap 2 Savannah Highmane 2
Neutral Twilight Guardian 2 Giant Sand Worm 2
Book Wyrm 2 Mage Arcane Intellect 2
Moat Lurker 2 Shaman Ancestral Spirit 2
Mogor's Champion 2 Reincarnate 2
Scaled Nightmare 2 Windfury 2
Volcanic Drake 2 Neutral Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale 1
Core Hound 2 Sylvanas Windrunner 1
Grotesque Dragonhawk 2 Grotesque Dragonhawk 2
Chromaggus 1 Chromaggus 1
Malygos 1 Ragnaros the Firelord 1
Nefarian 1 Alexstrasza 1
Ysera 1 Deathwing 1

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The strategy for this boss is simple: include as many powerful cards in your deck as possible, regardless of cost. With both heroes having 10 Mana Crystals from the start of the match, very quick victories are possible. Alexstrasza is especially useful.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Nightbane Templar(42052).png
Runic Egg(42065).png

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Before match

This curator is... sorry. Please assist in recapturing the creatures.



Emote Response


Turn 1

Loose exhibits may come to harm. They must be restored to the menagerie.

Nightbane's Turn 2

Curator, we need to rescue Medivh!
The creatures must be saved. Then you may proceed.

Nightbane's Turn 4

The Explorer's League has arrived. RENO, PUT BACK THE SILVERWARE!


The dragon Nightbane. Once called Arcanagos, uncontrolled magic warped his mind.
On your left, a bust of Aran. To your right, the Lantern of Power.

Player's cards

Unstable Portal
The guest must be gentle. This dragon fears unstable magic.
Old God
No! The menagerie must not be corrupted!


Further assistance is required.

Lore[edit | edit source]

"The dragon Nightbane. Once called "Arcanagos", uncontrolled magic warped his mind." - The Curator[1]

Once a powerful member of the blue dragonflight, the dragon Nightbane has somehow ended up as an exhibit in Medivh's menagerie. After being released by the deranged Curator, the player will have to defeat Nightbane in order to progress to the tower's next level.

In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]

Arcanagos before his confrontation with Medivh
The transformed Nightbane

From Wowpedia:

Arcanagos was a powerful blue dragon who traveled to Karazhan back during/prior to the First War to warn Medivh and the surrounding village that something dark and sinister was happening in the area of the tower. He sensed Medivh was being used by a dark and sinister force. Arcanagos pleaded with Medivh to abandon the tower before the situation escalated out of control. When Medivh refused to leave his residence, the blue dragon attempted to remove him by force. The two masters of the arcane fought briefly, trading blows, but the blue wyrm met his match in the corrupted Titan-imbued Guardian of Tirisfal. Burning from a horrific spell from the inside out, Arcanagos frantically flew off and crashed into the mountains of Deadwind Pass, dying a painful death, his bones shattering and falling down to scatter the surrounding area.
The spell Medivh used against the dragon imparted some of his own essence into Arcanagos. In order to divine information about Medivh, the Violet Eye has adventurers resurrect the dead dragon in order extract the arcane essence. Arcanagos appears, now as a fiery skeletal monstrosity known as Nightbane, and proceeds to attack those who summon him.
Nightbane is a summonable raid boss in Karazhan. He is a fiery skeletal dragon, transformed by Medivh from Arcanagos and formerly of the blue dragonflight. While not the ruler of Karazhan, a position apparently held by Prince Malchezaar, many consider Nightbane to be the true final boss of the tower, due to his superior difficulty in the early days of the raid's release.
Nightbane has two phases that he transitions between several times during the course of the fight. During the Ground Phase, tank the boss on the ground in a style reminiscent of Onyxia. At 75%, 50%, and 25% health, he enters the Flight Phase and takes to the sky, during which time the raid's attention is focused elsewhere. After Nightbane finishes casting Rain of Bones and then Smoking Blast he begins a slow descent back down to the platform (to roughly the same location as the original landing) and Phase One begins anew. He is NOT tauntable.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Nightbane, full art
Nightbane WoW art.jpg

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]