An unlikely faction leader is the final boss of WoW Dragonflight’s next raid

WoW's next "big bad" is here.
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight’s next raid is Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible. The raid will launch with Patch 10.1: Embers of Neltharion, and with it, WoW players will have the opportunity to face nine fearsome bosses, including the final boss of the raid, Scalecommander Sarkareth.

Aberrus is the personal secret laboratory of Neltharion (aka Deathwing). It’s inside Aberrus that the aspect of the Black Dragonflight worked on some of his darkest and most infamous experiments, including the creation of the Dracthyr army. Additionally, it’s inside this laboratory that Neltharion ultimately gave in to the whispers of the Old Gods and turned into the horrific and defiled aspect known as “Deathwing.”

Although the living, breathing version of Deathwing won’t be making a reappearance as a WoW boss anytime soon—especially since he was defeated permanently in the Dragon Soul raid back in 2011—some of his minions, followers, and descendants could definitely line the walls of Aberrus. With Embers of Neltharion going live on the WoW Public Test Realm today, we have our first look at who the final boss of the raid is going to be. 

Aberrus’ final boss revealed

Screengrab via Blizzard Entertainment

According to the dungeon journal on the WoW: Dragonflight Patch 10.1 PTR, Scalecommander Sarkareth will be the final boss of Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible. 

Scalecommander Sarkareth is the leader of the Sundered Flame, a group of insurgents who broke away from the Dracthyr and the Dragon Aspects in hopes to bring about a new age of Dragonkind. We first encountered Sarkareth and his faction of rebels in the Azure Vault dungeon, of which they are the main antagonist.  

Scalecommander Sarkareth, the main antagonist of WoW Dragonflight Patch 10.1, arrives on the Forbidden Reach in the Dragon Isles.
Screengrab via Blizzard Entertainment

According to Blizzard, Sarkareth and his forces “seek to claim the legacy of the Dracthyr” within Aberrus, and it’s up to us to stop the Sundered Flame’s efforts. While it’s still far too early in the raid’s development cycle to know for sure what Sarkareth is after inside Aberrus (and why we have to take him down), it’s likely that he’s not going to go down without a fight. The Sundered Flame have been a thorn in our side since the beginning of the Dragonflight campaign, and with the story of Patch 10.1 to also include themes surrounding the Blue Dragonflight—who are direct enemies of the Sundered Flame—it’s likely that Sarkareth and his followers will play a central role in the development of the game’s storyline this upcoming patch. 

Related: These are the bosses, rewards, and release date for WoW Dragonflight Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible raid

Although Sarkareth and the Sundered Flame do not pose as immediate of a threat as Iridikron and the Incarnates, there are likely going to be tie-ins to their combined stories since the Incarnates will also likely be looking to uncover the secrets within the raid. 

related content
Read Article WoW SoD: How to get Low-Background Truesilver Plates in WoW Classic Season of Discovery
A Gnome cheering in front of Mechanostrider mounts in WoW Classic SoD
Read Article WoW SoD: How to quickly farm Lesser Nether Essence in WoW Classic Season of Discovery
A WoW screenshot of the moon rising over Stormwind City's Trade District in WoW Classic.
Read Article WoW SoD: How to opt out of the Blood Moon PvP event in Stranglethorn Vale
Overview of Stranglethorn Vale in WoW Classic, specifically the area where you fight Tethis the Raptor in the Jungle
Related Content
Read Article WoW SoD: How to get Low-Background Truesilver Plates in WoW Classic Season of Discovery
A Gnome cheering in front of Mechanostrider mounts in WoW Classic SoD
Read Article WoW SoD: How to quickly farm Lesser Nether Essence in WoW Classic Season of Discovery
A WoW screenshot of the moon rising over Stormwind City's Trade District in WoW Classic.
Read Article WoW SoD: How to opt out of the Blood Moon PvP event in Stranglethorn Vale
Overview of Stranglethorn Vale in WoW Classic, specifically the area where you fight Tethis the Raptor in the Jungle
Author
Michael Kelly
Staff Writer covering World of Warcraft and League of Legends, among others. Mike's been with Dot since 2020, and has been covering esports since 2018.