Mount farming: Temple of Ahn’Qiraj

[Master post]

The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, or AQ40 as it is better known, can drop four mounts – all of them dropping from trash.

mounts-aq40-red Red Qiraji Resonating Crystal
mounts-aq40-green Green Qiraji Resonating Crystal
mounts-aq40-blue Blue Qiraji Resonating Crystal
mounts-aq40-yellow Yellow Qiraji Resonating Crystal

Unfortunately none of these can be used outside of Ahn’Qiraj – if you wish to have this type of mount outside of Ahn’Qiraj you’ll need to grind Tol’Vir archeology to get the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank.

The Black Qiraji Battle Tank is also usable outside of Ahn’Qiraj, but it is no longer obtainable by players as it was the reward for ringing the Scarab Gong to open the Ahn’Qiraj gates.

So if these four mounts can’t be used outside of Ahn’Qiraj, why farm them?

They appear in your mounts list and count towards the total number of mounts you have

They’ll be useful as you work towards the mount achievements

Getting there

Ahn’Qiraj is in the south of Silithus


The easiest way to reach it is to use the portal to Uldum in your capital city and then fly to the west.


Mobs to kill

The following mobs are present before the first boss:


The Anubsiath Sentinels come in linked packs of four.

The Obsidian Eradicators patrol around:

  • One goes from the enterance to near the boss
  • One patrols around in front of the boss
  • One patrols from behind the boss to infront of it – wait for it to path to where you’ll not pull the boss at the same time

How to reset an instance Once you’ve killed these mobs, go outside the instance and reset it

Right click on your character portrait and select “Reset all instances“.

You can run up to 10 instances per hour – this is an accountwide limit – and since it only takes ~2 minutes to kill the trash I’d recommend getting the SavedInstances addon which will warn you when you’re getting close to the accountwide cap.

How fast do they drop?

You’ll probably find that the blue, green and yellow qiraji resonating crystals will drop quickly – they have a 10% drop rate.

I got a blue and two green qiraji resonating crystals drop in the two resets of the raid I did putting this guide together!

The red one is much rarer with a 1% drop rate, so expect to clear the trash 20 or so times to get it.

There is an achievement for getting the red qiraji resonating crystal: Why? Because It’s Red

Whilst farming the trash you’ll have lots of Small Obsidian Shard to mine which can be used to craft some nice items – I made my shield collecting warrior the Jagged Obsidian Shield from these!

There is always the chance for rare transmog green items to drop as well – although the salvage yard has reduced the value of these.

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