Your First Dungeon


While we eagerly wait for Battle for Azeroth, how about looking back to the very first time, we sat foot inside a Dungeon?

I am sure many recall their first one. I think a post Leto did a while back inspired me to do this, so here we go!

Recently Z and Cinder also asked about our most bad-ass moment in the game, which did happen in my very first Dungeon as well, so I want to combine these two πŸ™‚ (My first bad-ass moment, at least)

It involved ninjapulling, several deaths, corpserunning, respawns, using all cooldowns to stay alive, and ninjalooting too (by mistake…) – the whole package.

You guessed it; I played during Vanilla. As a Night Elf, somewhere in my level 20s, I found myself with a bunch of Quests in my log labelled <Dungeon>. They were Orange, too. (Remember back then? Anything that was not Yellow or Green was very intimidating.)


But off I went. After finding a group in the LFG channel, and after a long walk to the place…



Our journey began. Not inside the Dungeon though, no. That was back when most Dungeon entrances were guarded by Elite mobs, so you could not just hop in. You had to meet outside, with the rest of the group.



But so I did, and we had our first deaths already. Those pesky Nagas flee at low health, pulling multiple friends.


The update to the Naga model is amazing.


You know the stories, you heard them already. And my blog is about the screenshots and pictures, less about walls of text (or so, I’ll have you believe…)



Getting to the entrance back then was an accomplishment on it’s own.



Much like navigating inside, without falling down…




I can hardly recognize these creatures anymore. It sure has been a while, since I was there the last time.





A lot sure has changed. The altar, that provides the players with a significiant buff, is now placed earlier in the Dungeon.



So many new details has been added…







But, anyway! Throughout the entire Dungeon, I really had to learn how to play.

I was there as a Healer, my very first time doing so.

I can still recall the exact spot, I used Tranquility and Rebirth and saved the day.

It was my first time using it, since I learned it. Back when Rebirth had a 30 minute cooldown and Tranquility had a 10 minute cooldown, and was the only healing spell I had, that healed multiple targets.

Z and Cinder asked – and this was my first bad-ass in the game. This was it. Rebirth on the Tank, Tranquility on everyone, saving the group from disbanding, since we had respawns behind us.



I was playing alongside a friend back then, and I can still recall him turning to me with a “Wow, what just happened?!” – because the group went from dead tank, everyone else low on health, near another corpse run – to being on top of things. I was so new to the game. I felt great! And I have been healing ever since. Once a Druid, always a Druid.

But to finish the story;

In the mayhem of Nagas, Cultists and fleeing Murlocs, we managed to get all the way to the end. Doing every quest there was.

I got no upgrades, but I accidentially rolled Need on a Mail chest piece. I felt horrible. But the group knew it was a mistake and we carried on, and our tank got another upgrade later in the run.

Thinking back on that really helps to remind me, that everyone was a beginner once.



A new story telling in taking place in Blackfathom Deeps these days . No doubt Old Gods are lurking.




In the end, I was so relieved seeing the dwarf NPC, that suddenly appeared.Β I had dreaded the long walk back. All the respawns, that was behind us already. But there he was, ready to teleport me all the way to Darnassus. What joy.

Today though, the dwarf is no longer around. But the NPC from the beginning arrives.





Too much text! But I hope the screenshots made up for that πŸ˜‰

Now, tell me, I couldn’t help but wonder…


Can you remember your very first Dungeon experience?


Wishing you all a wondrous week – I hope this post reminds you to slow down, even inside Dungeons – and remember, that everyone was a beginner once πŸ™‚

29 thoughts on “Your First Dungeon

  1. Wow, that’s a cool post and a blog topic as well πŸ™‚
    I can’t remember my first dungeon. I believe it was Deadmines, as I obviously started in Dun Morogh (a gnome) and explored EK around Ironforge and Stormwind. What I surely remember is running around across Elwynn, Westfall and Stormwind trying to find a group. Praise Blizzard for group finder tool we have nowadays πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, terrific to hear that πŸ™‚ Ah yeah, Deadmines. I remember going there in my level 30s! But it was still tough, heh. Good times.

      Yes, Group finder sure shortened the wait time to Dungeons. I’d have loved it, if they kept it server exclusive.

      I did enjoy the “Have to discover the entrance to the Dungeon before you can queue for it” function though – that was in the game around Cataclysm, I believe? I’m not sure why they got rid of that.


  2. Nice topic! Ooh, the memories! My first dungeon was BFD as well… At that time, I was totally new to the game, I had no idea what greed/need meant, what I was supposed to do as druid and I was laughing at the chat where people were spamming “LFG SM” (I didn’t know that SM was not a kinky thing). To this day, those are amongst my best memories from WoW.

    We were still innocent and everything looked so amazing. Even if I can still be amazed by the game, it’s not the same as back in the days, when everything was new. I definitely loved to meat the group before the dungeon and run together through the landscape… It created bonds between the players… Something the new players will never know… LFG/LFR kinda ruined it by introducing the “everything has to go fast”.

    Thanks for the memories πŸ˜‰

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    1. Oh, my, it’s Sir Gamrok πŸ˜€ Good to see you around again πŸ™‚ Aww, yeah? Haha, I felt the same way, all those abbrevations, is the word? I’m lost on some of the new ones today, even.

      Yes, I agree. Running through Barrens to Razorfen Dawns stand clear in my memory.

      Yes, if just they kept the LFG at least exclusive to servers, so you had a chance to meet up with the same people – who you could trade too.

      Thank you for sharing your story! πŸ™‚


  3. My first dungeon was BFD too! I guess it was in a good level range for it. I was too busy exploring and learning about the game, and too intimidated by grouping with other people, to do the lower ones until much later!

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  4. I think the first dungeon I entered was with you and a third person. BFD! That jumping from stone to stone. Oh I failed… Several times. Everything was so new and hard and frustrating back then. We didn’t do the whole instance. On 3 it would have been impossible. It was also quite hard to gather a group for BFD, at least on Alliance.
    As you write, BFD and many instances had long, hard sometimes even labyrinthic “pre-dungeon” area. Sometimes groups disbanded before reaching entrance… xD
    The first instance I finished I think was a pug in Stockades. I healed on my feral druid. It went quite well, I think. To my utter astonishment haha.
    Vanilla was a training camp in patience. πŸ˜‰

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    1. We go way back πŸ˜€ β™₯ Haha, yeah. It took so long to finish, too.

      Lol, right, disbanding before reaching the entrance. Players new to the game would look at us with a weird look, if we told them that!

      Stockades was a good one, in terms of size; though all the fleeing mobs could sure ruin the day. πŸ™‚

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  5. Nice post, that was a lot of fun to read! I have a very clear memory of my first dungeon experience. I put some decent hours into vanilla just before BC came out, but it can be tricky to recall some of those memories. I was playing as my dwarf hunter in Deadmines and I remember my jaw hitting the floor when we opened up the doors into that big chamber with the giant pirate ship. I wasn’t expecting that at all, and it was so epic! The first in a long list of awesome dungeon experiences. It’s crazy what they could do way back in 2004.

    It can definitely be difficult to remember being new to the game as well. It’s not too often you’ll meet someone in-game that’s brand new. I have some super early memories of the same dwarf hunter wandering around the starting zone and getting into a conversation with another player. They ended the conversation with, “NP” and I had to ask what it meant. I had no idea what any of the abbreviations or leet speak meant back then, so I had to ask around a lot. πŸ™‚ Great times.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story too πŸ™‚ Oh, yeah! The ship in Deadmines. Gosh. I remember it being incredibly tough to do, as well. Mobs from the upper floor, would sometimes run all the way down, because of aggro from below.

      Heh, I had the same; all those abbrevations. It took courage to ask, what they meant. Remember the ongoing argument with Deadmines? LFG DM! No, it’s VC (VanCleef) πŸ˜€

      Very great times indeed.

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      1. oh yeah, you reminded me of when we used to try and jump onto that big wheel on the side of the ship in order to try and reset the mobs! Some of my first WoW memories ❀

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  6. That was in MoP, i was so nervous, i was reading wikis and guides about how to play “right” in dungeons, most of them written for Classic era, so there are so many warning about playing bad, then i joined Dead Mines and back then in MoP Dungeons are so easy a tank can almost solo them with heirlooms, so from nervous to feeling silly because there is nothing to be afraid off.

    Nice post and story, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw, how dedicated, preparing like that. I do that too, even today, even for LFG. It’s not needed, but it’s nice to know beforehand, what to expect of damage and debuffs incoming as a Healer.

      I imagine that, a lot has changed since Vanilla. Thank you for sharing too πŸ™‚


  7. Great post Alu πŸ™‚

    I only started playing during WotLK so, my first dungeon was the Nexus. I remember being so intimidated, I panicked and started mashing my keyboard like some possessed maniac. This remembrance always makes me laugh now…

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    1. Ooh, and Sisqi too, good to see you again πŸ™‚

      β™₯ Hah, I bet that. Nexus was a tough instance when it comes to navigating around in too, I think. Then again, I can get lost in just about every cave and prefer to HS out no matter the size…

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  8. What a great memory!

    My first dunegon was the sunken temple back in the vanilla days. It took hours, but I recall forming strong bonds with these real players that were pushing through thar dungeon with me! What an experience. Definitely something that cemented WoW as a special game.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story πŸ™‚ Gosh, Sunken Temple, that was a huge challenge back then. The “puzzle” to get the statues alligned so one could “unlock” the boss. Not easy at all.

      Yes, I sure miss the reason to form bonds with players who you are in Dungeons with. Made it very special.


    1. Thank you for stopping by, Jon πŸ™‚

      It can take a lot of tries to be able to capture it.

      Sometimes I study the fighting animations and just have to wait till the perfect moment.

      I’m glad the effort shows πŸ™‚

      I really like this sort of thing too. Capturing expressions on characters, that we hardly see, when they are in the normal idle pose.

      I used to do portrait sessions for guildies, back when I was RPing πŸ™‚


  9. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your screenshots and the dungeon run – my first dungeon was Blackfathoms – oh, that was hilarious because I was playing on an antique of a computer and on dialup – took me so many tries to make that fatal jump to where the fun would begin. I’d jump, get lagged and drop back into the water, it was so embarrassing. Yes, I have improved since then and so has the equipment. πŸ˜€

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  10. Wow, I wish I still had my screenshots from back in the days… Yours are gorgeous πŸ˜‰

    My first dungeon was also Blackfathom Deeps and I had no clue what to do, I didn’t even know what need/greed meant,… I was baffled by the world as I was discovering it and the idea that there was even more dungeons hidden like this one was so exciting…

    It was so great to join your party people in front of the dungeon or to run with them (Scarlet Monastery), it made us meet people, be part of something.

    I also love the fact that the loot was really meaning something, even the blue items from dungeons were such upgrades compared to quest rewards…

    Oh man, I miss the days far from the AOE it has become, when we had to use tactics and crowd control…

    Anyway, great post and, as usual, amazing screenshots πŸ˜‰

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    1. Oh my, it’s the fine Sir Gamrok! πŸ˜€ Happy to see you πŸ™‚

      Hehe, thank you! πŸ˜‰

      Aww, yeah, I remember you telling me! Oh, gosh, yes, the run to Scarlet Monastery. The memories. That was truely something. I remember taking the Flight Path in Western Plaguelands – the journey across the continent was more dangerous than the Dungeon.

      Me too. Even the smallest upgrade was meaningful πŸ™‚

      I hope those days, at least a little bit will be brought back. I know the chance is small, especially seeing how Mythics are all about speed and not about CC at all, but…

      Thank you so much, Sir πŸ™‚


  11. I loved your post ^^ Your story telling is awesome!!! (and those screenshots, perfect as always!)
    I can’t really remember the first dungeon I did, but I can remember the first dungeon I went to πŸ˜› I accidentally went inside the Sunken Temple and I didn’t know what a dungeon was, but I saw these quests… so after accepting them, I went on to fight the enemies. I don’t really need to say what happened next, do I? xD

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    1. Thanks sweet Princess πŸ™‚ Hah, awww, what a memory. And Sunken Temple, gosh. That was a maze back in the day. Quite a Dungeon to begin with. I was so intimidated and amazed at that place. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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