Just before I quit WoW (for the umpteenth time) I decided to engage in some pleasant solo activities far removed from the daily grind. I grabbed my Hunter, of course, because he is my main and he's my "achievement" character.
I decided I would run through Scholomance. Scholo is an instance that I finished a couple of times a very long time ago in Classic WoW with my Paladin but the Hunter obviously needed the achievement. Besides, I kinda missed that place.
The problem here is that to get inside Scholomance you need the Skeleton Key. I didn't have one because when I was 60, I always had other people who opened the door for me. However, in order to get the key, you need to go through a series of quests culminating in The Key to Scholomance. For a level 80 character, you can imagine it is trivial but nonetheless time consuming.
Anyway, after killing Araj the Summoner (twice, first time for Alas, Andorhal) and traveling all the way to Tanaris and Un'Goro, I was finally in the possession of a brand-spanking new Skeleton Key. As a side-note regarding Araj, I can't tell you how satisfying it is to kill this guy in a few shots at 80. Back when we were 60, tackling this bag o' bones required a solid group.
To cut a long story short, Scholomance is definitely solo-able by a well(-ish) geared level 80 Hunter. The only thing I wasn't sure about was Darkmaster Gandling, the final boss. I knew he had a few tricks up his sleeve, chief one being that he teleports players in different rooms where they have to defeat some mobs in order to get back to fighting him. Well, now I'm sure even a level 70 could solo this instance easily.
Gandling only appears after you kill 5 other bosses, namely Lord Alexei Barov, Doctor Theolen Krastinov, The Ravenian, Lorekeeper Polkelt, Instructor Malicia and Lady Illucia Barov. When he teleported me into another room, there were 3 mobs waiting at the exit, non-elites and with around 700 HP. I multi-shot them in 1 hit, of course. When I got back to Gandling, he was still fighting my pet (lol!). So I capped him quickly and that was it.
In conclusion, I invite anyone who hasn't done this instance to go ahead and solo it because let's face it: it's fun to be overpowered! In addition, you can finally exact revenge on those scruffy undead for all those times you wiped back when you were a young 60! And let me tell you: there are few better ways to unwind than running through some nostalgic old content.
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