Shadowlands Dungeons - Theater of Pain Dungeon Guide
The Theater of Pain is a max level dungeon that is located in Maldraxxus.

Three Choose OneDefeat each of the combatants last throughout multiple completions of the Affront of Challengers encounter in the Theater of Pain on Mythic difficu...
Theater of PainDefeat Mordretha, the Endless Empress in Theater of Pain.
Royal RumbleDefeat Mordretha, the Endless Empress, after performing a /challenge and defeating 2 Ghostly Contenders in the Theater of Pain on Mythic difficulty.
Mythic: Theater of Pain Guild RunDefeat Mordretha, the Endless Empress, in the Theater of Pain on Mythic difficulty while in a guild group.
Mythic: Theater of PainDefeat Mordretha, the Endless Empress in Theater of Pain on Mythic or Mythic Keystone difficulty.
Heroic: Theater of PainDefeat Mordretha, the Endless Empress in Theater of Pain on Heroic difficutly or higher.
Harvester of SorrowObtain Sorrowbane from the Theater of Pain.
Fresh Meat!Defeat Gorechop after tenderizing 2 hunks of meat with Tenderizing Smash in the Theater of Pain on Mythic difficulty.
BloodsportDefeat all seven champions in the Theater of Pain.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Theater of Pain
In Maldraxxus you must constantly be tested and measured as the best to defend the Shadowlands. The best place to prove yourself is the Theater of Pain. Throngs of contenders face off for the hope of facing one of the champions. Brutality! Mayhem! Violence! And of course Pain! Only the strongest become champions of their house, and only one can be the strongest.

An Affront of Challengers
Champions are not fighting just anyone. First contenders fight among themselves to see which are worthy. Dessia the Decapitator, Paceran the Virulant, and Sathel the Accursed have brought their disparate fighting styles together to knock out other contenders. They will crush any who stand between them and the title match.

  • Overview - Defeat all three challengers to prove your worth. Each challenger has a unique ability when they reach 40% health remaining.
    • Tanks -
      • Mortal Strike is used when Dessia reaches 100 energy.
      • When Dessia Enrages, she will fixate on targets at random.
    • Healers -
    • Damage Dealers -
      • When Dessia Enrages, she will fixate on targets at random.
      • Searing Death inflicts damage to nearby allies.
      • When Sathel the Accursed uses One with Death, she is immune to interrupt effects until the shield is broken.
  • Dessia the Decapitator - Attacks her primary threat target as normal. Enrages at low health.
    • Mortal Strike - Dessia strikes her current target for 30 Physical damage and reduces their healing received by 30% for 10 sec.
    • Slam - Dessia slams her current target for 60 Physical damage.
    • Enrage - Dessia gains an absorb shield equal to 30% of her maximum health for 30 sec.
      While enraged in this way, Dessia moves 15% slower.
  • Paceran the Virulent - Targets players at random with Plague Bolt and creates Noxious Spores under players' feet. Afflicts all enemies with Genetic Alteration at low health.
    • Plague Bolt - Paceran inflicts 4 Plague damage to a random player.
    • Noxious Spores - Summons a zone of Noxious Spores at the target location for 10 min. that inflicts 10 Plague damage every 1.5 sec. to all players standing within it.
    • Genetic Alteration - The caster hurls vials of genetic altering plague at all players. While affected, victims drop a pool of Noxious Spores near their current location every 8 sec.
  • Sathel the Accursed - Attacks players at random with Necromantic Bolt and becomes One With Death at low health. Marks allies with Spectral Transference for healing.
    • Necromantic Bolt - Sathel blasts a random player, inflicting 10 Shadow damage.
    • Searing Death - Sathel inflicts a random player with Searing Death that inflicts 10 Shadow damage to all players within 3 yards of the victim every 3 sec. for 12 sec.
    • Spectral Transference - Sathel designates a random ally for Spectral Transference. Sathel's damaging spells and abilities will trigger a heal on the marked target.
    • One With Death - Sathel becomes one with death, absorbing damage equal to 30% of his maximum health and becoming immune to interrupt effects for up to 30 sec.
  • Xira the Underhanded - Periodically attacks players from stealth and retreats once she has either completed her Opportunity Strikes ability or it has been interrupted.
    • Opportunity Strikes - Xira ambushes a random player, stunning them for 10 sec. and inflicting 7 Physical damage every 1 sec.

As hungry for victory as he is for new parts, Gorechop is ready to show the House of Constructs can build the better warrior. Since arriving in Maldraxxus, he has earned every piece of his body, but he is not above finding something new on a challenger.

  • Overview - Gorechop periodically calls forth a wall of Meat Hooks to sweep through the chamber, delivering Oozing Leftovers that assist their master.
  • Meat Hooks - Meat hooks descend and sweep across the arena. Players that are struck by a meat hook are stunned and suffer Jagged Gash.
    • Jagged Gash -
    • Oozing Leftovers - Some Meat Hooks have Oozing Leftovers attached to them that viciously attack players as they fall apart.
      • Oozing - Oozing Leftovers unravel themselves, losing 5% of their maximum health every 1 sec.
      • Leaping Thrash - Leaps towards a target, inflicting 20 Physical damage to all enemies within 4 yards.
      • Coagulating Ooze - Upon death, leaves a pool of Coagulating Ooze that inflicts 5 Plague damage every 1.5 sec to players standing in the area and reduces their movement speed by 50%.
  • Tenderizing Smash - Gorechop pulls in all players and smashes the ground, inflicting 40 Physical damage and knocking back players struck.
  • Hateful Strike - Gorechop strikes his target, inflicting 90 Physical damage.

Xav the Unfallen
Xav has fought and defeated so many foes that there is a line of contenders battling for their turn. If someone can make their way past them, Xav will relish a worthy challenge.

  • Overview - Xav the Unfallen tests his opponents with devastating combo attacks and war banners. Upon reaching 100 energy, Xav forces two players into the arena below where they must face each other in combat. To the victor goes glory, to the fallen shame.
  • Blood and Glory - Upon reaching 100 energy, Xav forces players into the dueling pit below. The winner of the duel is granted Glorified while the loser is affected by Bloodied.
    Players gain a stack of Glorious Combat every 1 sec.
    If neither player is defeated within 45 sec, both players are affected by Cowardice.
    • Glorious Combat - Combatants take 3% increased damage, stacking every 1 sec.
    • Glorified - Damage dealt increased by 10% for 20 sec.
    • Bloodied - Damage dealt decreased by 10% for 20 sec.
    • Cowardice - Damage dealt reduced by 10% for 20 sec.
  • Might of Maldraxxus - Xav leaps to the center of the arena inflicting 25 Physical damage to all players and performs a random combination of attacks.
    • Deafening Crash - Xav stomps, interrupting all spellcasting within 55 yards for 2 sec and inflicts 50 Physical damage and knocks back players within 12 yards.
    • Massive Cleave - Xav slashes in a frontal hemisphere, inflicting 40 Physical damage to all players struck.
    • Crushing Slam - Xav slams the ground, inflicting 40 Physical damage to players in a line in front of him.
  • Oppressive Banner - Xav plants an Oppressive Banner, reducing the movement speed of all players by 15% every 3 sec while it persists.
  • Brutal Combo - A series of brutal melee strikes that inflict increasing Physical damage to their target.

Kul'tharok is a master of the necromantic arts and shows that brute force is not the only way to the top. The path to victory is through his maze of magic portals, and then past his necrotic onslaught.

  • Overview - Kul'tharok will try to separate your body from your soul. Reunite them as quickly as possible to survive.
    • Tanks -
      • Draw Soul will always make your drawn soul move towards Kul'tharok.
      • Kul'tharok only uses her Spectral Reach when her primary target isn't in melee range.
    • Healers -
    • Damage Dealers -
      • Draw Soul will always make your move towards Kul'tharok.
      • Phantasmal Parasite inflicts damage to nearby allies.
      • Draw Soul prevents all actions and spell casting until your soul is recaptured.
  • Draw Soul - The caster draws out the soul of random players. Victims are Soulless for 30 sec.
    • Soulless - While separated from their soul, the player's body suffers 5 Shadow damage every 1 sec. and prevents all actions and spellcasting.
    • Reclaimed Soul - Reclaiming your soul increases your damage dealt by 30% for 30 sec.
    • Posession - Failure to reacquire your soul results in becoming a host for a hostile soul within the room.
      While Posessed, the hostile soul forces your body to attack your allies.
  • Phantasmal Parasite - Kul'tharok attaches a phantasm to random players that inflicts 8 Shadow damage to the target and all players within 4 yards every 1 sec. for 10 sec.
  • Grasping Hands - Kul'tharok summons spectral hands at several nearby locations. Players within 2 yards of the impact suffer 30 Shadow damage.
    These hands will bind both players and their souls, immobilizing them for 10 sec. Players immobilized this way take an additional 10 Shadow damage every 1 sec. for 10 sec.
  • Spectral Reach - While Kul'tharok's primary target is not in melee range she unleashes necrotic energy at them, inflicting 50 Shadow damage and causes the victim to suffer an additional 15 Shadow damage every 3 sec for 12 sec.
  • Chill of the Beyond - Kul'tharok's presence chills players to the bone, inflicting 5 Shadow damage every 3 sec.

Mordretha, the Endless Empress
Endless battles and endless victories, Mordretha has bested every opponent who has challenged her. In life she was a master of dark magic and her time in Maldraxxus has only expanded that knowledge. Is this the title match the Theater of Pain has been waiting for?

  • Overview - Mordretha wields the forces of Death to overwhelm her opponents, haunting players and tearing open rifts that drag players towards them.
  • Echos of Carnage - Upon reaching 50% health remaining, Mordretha conjures Echoes of Carnage for the remainder of the encounter.
    Echoes of Carnage inflicts 20 Shadow damage to all players instantly and 2 Shadow damage every 2 sec thereafter.
    Ghostly Combatants are periodically drawn to the arena while Echoes of Carnage is in effect.
    • Ghostly Combatants -
      • Echo of Battle - Ghostly combatants clash, inflicting 40 Shadow damage to players within 8 yards.
      • Ghostly Charge - Ghostly riders charge across the arena, inflicting 50 Shadow damage and knocking back players caught in their path.
  • Grasping Rift - Mordretha tears open a Grasping Rift that draws all players towards it for 6 sec. Players that are pulled into the Grasping Rift are afflicted with Death Grasp.
    • Death Grasp - Stuns the victim, rendering them unable to move or attack and inflicts 16 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 8 sec.
  • Manifest Death - Mordretha haunts all players, inflicting 3 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 6 sec. When this effect expires, it inflicts 20 to the player and allies within 0 yards.
  • Dark Devastation - Mordretha channels a beam of Anima, inflicting 15 Shadow damage every 0.5 sec and pushing back players within it.
  • Reaping Scythe - Mordretha empowers her scythe and strikes her primary target, inflicting 40 Shadow damage and 40 Physical damage.


Theater of Pain Loot List
Theater of Pain drops item level 158 (Normal), 171 (Heroic), and 184 (Mythic) loot.

LevelTypeSlotNameModel Viewer
1QuestMemory of Death's Embrace
1QuestMemory of Razelikh's Defilement
1QuestMemory of Lycara
1QuestMemory of the Magistrate's Judgment
1QuestMemory of Cauterizing Shadows
1QuestMemory of the Master Assassin's Mark
1QuestMemory of the Diabolic Raiment
1QuestMemory of the Unhinged
158FingerFingerFleshfused Circle
158FingerFingerRitual Bone Band
158FingerFingerBloodoath Signet
158FingerFingerRing of Perpetual Conflict
158TrinketTrinketGrim Codex
158TrinketTrinketViscera of Coalesced Hatred
158TrinketTrinketSoulletting Ruby
158TrinketTrinketVial of Spectral Essence
158Off HandOff HandDeathwalker's Promise
158ClothShouldersPlague-Licked Amice
158ClothChestSoulsewn Vestments
158ClothWaistFallen Empress's Cord
158ClothWristsContaminated Gauze Wristwraps
158LeatherChestVest of Concealed Secrets
158LeatherWaistGirdle of Shattered Dreams
158LeatherLegsFearless Challenger's Leggings
158LeatherFeetVanquished Usurper's Footpads
158MailHeadAmphitheater Stalker's Hood
158MailChestTriumphant Combatant's Chainmail
158MailFeetBoots of Shuddering Matter
158MailHandsGrips of Overwhelming Beatings
158PlateShouldersUnyielding Combatant's Pauldrons
158PlateChestAbdominal Securing Chestguard
158PlateLegsGalvanized Oxxein Legguards
158PlateWristsPit Fighter's Wristguards
158ShieldOff HandBarricade of the Endless Empire
158One-handed AxeOne HandGorestained Cleaver
158Two-handed AxeTwo HandDessia's Decimating Decapitator
158One-handed MaceOne HandGorebound Predator's Gavel
158PolearmTwo HandXav's Pike of Authority
158DaggerOne HandFleshcrafter's Knife
145OtherFueled by Violence
145OtherMaster Flame
145OtherNether Precision
145OtherCelestial Effervescence
145OtherUnnerving Focus
145OtherWithering Plague
145OtherEmbrace Death
145OtherCall of Flame
145OtherHaunting Apparitions
145OtherDebilitating Malady
145OtherDancing with Fate
145OtherWrench Evil
145OtherTemplar's Vindication
145OtherSharpshooter's Focus
145OtherDeadly Chain
145OtherFocused Malignancy
145OtherCombusting Engine
145OtherControlled Destruction
145OtherStellar Inspiration
145OtherUnchecked Aggression
145OtherPoisoned Katar
145OtherCount the Odds

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