Loot Run Scenario: Trove of the Thunder King

Did you know that the new scenario is a LOOT RUN?! That got your attention, didn’t it – I know it got mine once I figured this out.

The Goal: Gather as much treasure as you can!

  • Once you open the doors, you have 5 minutes to grab as much treasure as possible. You can get gold, Elder Charms of Fortune, Shan’ze Ritual Stones, items to turn in for faction, and more. The Ritual Stones are used to summon bosses on the Isle of Thunder.
  • If you’re fast enough, you can kill an end boss to get 3 golden treasure chests that have higher drop rates of the good stuff.
  • There will be obstacles that try to slow and kill you, but you can run over speed boost tiles or buy consumables.

How to unlock the scenario:

You need to get a Key to the Palace of Lei Shen. WoWDB reports that it drops from Isle of Thunder treasure chests lying around, from mobs, and more often from the rare elites. In fact, they report a 25% drop from Echo of Kros, but the current sample size is small. If you have the Curse client, be sure to turn on the option that uploads drop rates to WoWDB (cilck here to enable it). 

A note from Bashiok at Blizzard about getting the Key to drop:

Just to clarify on drop chances for ritual stones and keys, you can only obtain one Key to the Palace of Lei Shen (aka treasure room) from any creature on the island, including the Isle of Thunder Rare Elites. Once you’ve already looted one off of a creature, no more will drop from creatures for your character that week. Additional keys can potentially drop from other select sources, but are extremely rare and not something you can try to farm.

To elaborate on what Bashiok said: it appears you can only loot one key from any creature on the island (rares or normal mobs) per week. This is clarified on Twizzcast’s episode 43 around 1:22:50.

Turn the key in to Taoshi, found inside the cave where the Shado-Pan Assault quartermaster is (you know, where you bought your 522 neck). You talk to her a second time to enter the scenario (but it won’t start the timer yet). Once inside, you talk to Taoshi one more time to start the run, which will activate your 5 minute countdown. The Key will be consumed once you start the run.


Tips to optimize your treasure gathering

Now that you know it’s a loot run, you’ll want to take this seriously I bet. I found a few tips around the web and wanted to share them.

  • You can buy several consumables to help you get past obstacles: A Common Rock, Arcane Propellant, Frost Rune Trap, Intact Direhorn Hide,  A Polymorphic Key, Potion of Light Steps, and Sleep Dust. A note about the Polymorphic Key: once inside there’s a room where you need to kill 2 sentries and pull 2 levers to get to the next room. If you buy this key, you can skip the killing and the levers. However, it requires Exalted with the Kirin Tor / Sunreaver Onslaught. Watch the Icy-Veins video, at 2:20 they show opening the gate the hard way. These items all cost Elder Charms of Fortune, but considering how many you will loot inside, it’s worth the expense. You buy these from the NPCs right before you start the scenario.
  • So what are these obstacles? Mobs that want to kill you, spiders that web you, tiles that stun you, lightning that slows you, and more. Watch the videos to get a good feel for this.
  • Look for the green tiles on the ground that give you speed boosts!

After 5 minutes are up, Taoshi pulls you into another room. You can use any burial trove keys you’ve collected from the treasure chests in this room. You don’t have a time limit in this room, so feel free to roll around in the gold you’ve just made.

How much lootz?

It looks like people are reporting getting around 10 Elder Charms of Fortune, 200-400+ gold, 10+ faction turnins and a few Shan’ze Ritual Stones. Have you done it? Tell us how much you got and if you killed the end boss!!

Clear the first room, or rush to the last room?

This is a tough decision – the last room has a boss that gives you 3 golden chests. But other rooms have those chests too. I failed pretty hard at getting past the obsticles in the subsequent rooms, so I might take Bashiok’s advice next time and clear room 1 😉




If you’re like me, you really want to do this now. And I couldn’t get my hands on enough information – I must know it ALL! So here are 3 videos that I found to be the most helpful. Icy-Veins has a really great walkthrough and they kill the end boss. Tankspot also has a great walkthrough. MMO-Champion shows a full run (no commentary).

 Other resources:

  • Thanks to Elkagorasa, the first place I found out about this loot run!!
  • Icy-Veins has a short writeup here.
  • Perculia has a walkthrough guide in the comments on this page.
  • Did you know you can get a 522 Necklace without farming any rep? Find out how!


  1. I don’t know if anyone mentioned, but before you talk to Taoshi to start the run, there’s another door on the other side of this room. On the PTR, you could open the door and step into an area which was kind of an arena. A GM told me that the arena is implemented on Live servers too, but gets unlocked later with higher stages of the island.
    Maybe its noteworthy? And perhaps it makes sense to keep the keys until this arena gets unlocked, I don’t know. 🙂

  2. You can get LFR gear from the chests at the end as well. I was able to loot the 502 spiderweb tabi for my rogue. My b/f’s DK got the Mastery/Str 502 raid finder boots. Items actually say “Raid Finder” in the tooltips.

    • Oooh, very cool. Thanks for sharing! When you say the chests at the end, is that the burial coffins, or the gold chests from the end boss?

    • My hunter got the 502 raidfinder belt.

      This is from the bonus chests after the scenario was finished.

  3. I’m confused with this “5 minutes”. I know once the time is up you’re pulled through, but what is the point of saying “get to the exit” – do you get some other reward for making it out within the time??

    I did my first run last night, looted a key from one of the island rares. During the timed run I think I ended up with approx. 6 keys to the chests at the end.
    Overall (run and end room) I ended up with
    – approx. 200 gold
    – 10 Elder Charms (I was surprised at this amount!)
    – 5 rep boost items
    – 8 motes of harmony
    – some green gear
    The only thing I really was happy with was the Charms, as I was at 0 and there’s still two items from TOES I really want in LFR (I know I know, RNG and all that)
    I wasn’t aware you could get the LFR gear from the end chests… definitely can’t wait until next week now!!!

    • You have 5 minutes to collect as much stuff as you can. If you get to the last room you can kill an end-boss that has 3 gold chests (which drop the same stuff, just at a higher rate). However, I’m wondering if that is worth it or if you should just run around and pick up the easier chests. I don’t know the answer to that.

  4. 3 Times in here, so far gotten about 15-18 elder charms and 300-500 gold. 30 or so Faction turn ins and anywhere from 3-5 Ritual stones. Idk if I am getting lucky but so far it seems to be pretty steady on all my toons.

  5. Your welcome! Only 10 days after you posted… Sadly I haven’t found another key since that initial run.

    • I got mine this week on a rare kill. But you have to really hunt for them – people are quick to kill them. I call it out everytime I spot one, since extra people being in on the kill doesn’t affect your personal loot… but a lot of people don’t call them out. I think it should be a common courtesy 🙂

  6. its official, im a pure noob.for last 2 weeks i had no idea there was other rooms. thank the heavens i checked this out. WD guys

  7. I have run a few times on my paladin and hunter, the last time I ran on my hunter at the end room where you open up the trove chests I actually received a pair of 502 raidfinder mail boots in the chest as well as all the tokens and gold for the rest of the run.

  8. Been doing this since start. have my own strategy of clearing the rooms.

    On average i get this:
    1-3 ritual stones
    1-5 keys
    20+ parchments for rep
    10+ elder charms

    and out of the keys i get
    0-2 ritual stones
    1-10 parchments for rep
    1-6 elder charms
    0-1 mogu charms

    This is on average. i do this 5-6 times per week

    • Crazy, where are you getting all of those keys? I know you can only get 1 drop per mob, and another out of a treasure box. Share your secrets with us 🙂

      • tdzz1@yahoo.co.uk

        April 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        From the chests in the scenario. The keys he mentions is the ones you
        use on the chests at the end. Not the ones to start the scenario. At
        least, that’s what I think.

        • I think she was referring to the “I do this 5-6 times per week” part. But you probably have multiple 90s, because it’s incredibly difficult to get more than 2 keys a week.

    • YOU ARE A BALDFACED LIAR! That is all.

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