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Loot lockouts limit how frequently your character can obtain loot from a bosses. While primarily focused around Raid bosses, these limits also effect Mythic & Heroic dungeons, and World bosses.

To check what lockouts your character is currently saved to, press the key, select the Raid tab, and click on Raid Info in the upper right. This will display your current lockouts and the time left until they reset.

Throughout the years, World of Warcraft has used several different lockout systems that currently coexist in the game. When thinking about lockout limits, keep in mind the raid sizes (10 / 25-player) and difficulties (LFR, Normal, Heroic, Mythic).

Instance-based Lockouts

  • All members of your raid will share the same unique instance for the entire duration of the lockout. If your raid defeats any boss without you, you won't be able to engage that boss until the next reset.
  • Instance-based lockouts primarily affect the oldest raids, but affect all Mythic-difficulty Raids as well as Heroic and Mythic dungeons.
  • Example: Molten Core

Boss-based Lockouts

  • Your character can enter different raid instances, but cannot enter any instance where a boss they've already killed is still alive.
  • This is tracked across both raid size and raid difficulty.
    • Example: If you defeat Lord Marrowgar on 10-player, you cannot zone into a different player's instance where he is not defeated, whether that instance is 10-player or 25-player, Normal or Heroic.
  • You can switch between Normal or Heroic difficulty for individual bosses.
    • Note: The final boss of each raid can only be challenged on Heroic difficulty if all previous bosses have been defeated on Heroic difficulty in that week.
  • This was the primary lockout system for Wrath of the Lich King through Mists of Pandaria.
    • Example: Icecrown Citadel

Loot-based Lockouts

  • In these lockouts, you'll be able to challenge and defeat a boss any number of times, but you can only receive loot once per lockout reset.
  • This is tracked per individual difficulty.
    • If you defeat Shriekwing on Normal difficulty, you can kill him on Heroic difficulty and receive additional loot.
  • Example: World Bosses, any Looking for Raid-difficulty

Timewalking Lockouts

  • The Black Temple, Ulduar, and Firelands raids can be accessed in Timewalking difficulty during their respective events. Timewalking difficulty has a different lockout than the normal raid does, and both difficulties can be done in the same week.


  • Dungeons operate under an instance-based lockout.
  • Normal dungeons can be reset at any time when the party is outside of the instance, and will reset automatically after a certain amount of time has passed.
  • Heroic dungeons reset daily.
    • This lockout does not affect you when queuing for random Heroic dungeons in the Group Finder. It only prevents you from queueing for specific dungeons you've already completed.
  • Mythic dungeons reset weekly, but this does not affect Mythic Keystone dungeons.

You can find the list of Raids, World bosses, and information on the lockout system they use below:


  • Original WoW
    • Onyxia (Current version)
    • Molten Core
    • Blackwing Lair
    • Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj (20-player)
    • Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
      • Zul'Gurub and the original Naxxramas have been removed.
  • Burning Crusade
    • Karazhan
    • Gruul's Lair
    • Magtheridon's Lair
    • Serpentshrine Cavern
    • Tempest Keep: The Eye
    • The Battle for Mount Hyjal
    • Black Temple
    • The Sunwell
      • The Zul'Aman raid has been removed, and was reintroduced as a dungeon in Cataclysm.


These are Boss-based Lockouts, with 10/25 player and LFR/Normal/Heroic difficulty. Note: Looking for Raid difficulty was first introduced with Dragon Soul. Note: Siege of Orgrimmar is considered a current era raid.

  • Wrath of the Lich King
    • Naxxramas (Current version)
    • Eye of Eternity
    • Obsidian Sanctum
    • Trial of the Crusader
    • Vault of Archavon
    • Icecrown Citadel
    • Ruby Sanctum
      • Ulduar was originally available in 10/25 and Normal/Heroic, but was condensed into one difficulty when it was introduced as a Timewalking raid. All bosses can drop either their 10-player or 25-player loot.
  • Cataclysm
    • Blackwing Descent
    • Bastion of Twilight
    • Throne of the Four Winds
    • The Firelands
    • Baradin Hold
    • Dragon Soul
  • Mists of Pandaria
    • Mogushan Vaults
    • Heart of Fear
    • Terrace of Endless Spring
    • Throne of Thunder


These are Loot-based Lockouts with flexible raid sizes, and LFR/Normal/Heroic/Mythic difficulties.

  • Mists of Pandaria
  • Warlords of Draenor
    • Highmaul
    • Blackrock Foundry
    • Hellfire Citadel
  • Legion
    • Emerald Nightmare
    • Trial of Valor
    • Nighthold
    • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Antorus, the Burning Throne
  • Battle for Azeroth
    • Uldir
    • Battle of Dazar'alor
    • Crucible of Storms
    • Eternal Palace
    • Ny'alotha, the Waking City
  • Shadowlands

World Bosses

World Bosses

  • Burning Crusade has 2 bosses, with individual lockouts.
    • Doom Lord Kazzak
    • Doomwalker
  • Mists of Pandaria has several bosses, with mostly individual lockouts.
    • Nalak
    • Oondasta
    • Ordos
    • Salyis' Warband (Galleon)
    • Sha of Anger
    • August Celestials (Chi-Ji, Niuzao, Xuen, Yu'lon)
      • The Celestials share one lockout.
  • Starting with Warlords of Draenor, worldbosses began to rotate weekly. Information on these bosses can be found in the Adventure Journal in-game.
    • Warlords of Draenor has 4 bosses.
    • Legion has 15, split between the Broken Isles and the Broken Shore.
    • Battle for Azeroth has 6, with 2 additional bosses in Nazjatar.
    • Shadowlands has 4.

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Raid timers are the technique implemented by Blizzard to prevent members of large guilds from visiting high-end instances over and over to repeatedly farmbosses in a short period of time. Despite the name, a similar system also affects heroic dungeons.

Players re-entering an instance will find that bosses killed in previous visits to the same instance stay killed until the timer resets. The other implication is that the players associated with the instance have a time limit in which to complete their activities before the instance is reset. This time can be extended (from patch 3.2.0) with the Instance Lock Extension feature.

Raid timers (or Raid IDs) are the system used to save you to a raidinstance. To see which raids and boss encounters you are currently saved to, you can type "/raidinfo".

Lockout Types

Loot-based Lockout

Used for: All Raid Finder raids, Siege of OrgrimmarNormal/Heroic, Warlords raids Normal/Heroic.

  • You can kill a boss as many times per week as you like, but only loot it once per difficulty.
  • Anyone can join anyone’s instance.
  • Bosses are never locked to you, and you can always go back and kill them later even if you’ve skipped them by joining a group that had progressed further.
  • Raid sizes can be anywhere from 10 to 30 players, and difficulty automatically scales to match.

Flexible Boss-based Lockout

Used for: Normal difficulty raids from Wrath of the Lich King through Throne of Thunder.

  • You can only kill a boss once per week, and you may not enter an instance where a boss is alive that you have already defeated that week.
  • You can move from group to group during a week as long as you’re joining instances that don’t have bosses alive you’ve already killed.
  • If you enter an instance that is more progressed than your own and get saved to it, you will be locked to all prior bosses.
  • You can move between 10 and 25 raid size, given these constraints.

Strict Instance-based Lockout

Used for: All classic raids (Molten Core through Sunwell), Heroic difficulty of Wrath of the Lich King raids through Throne of Thunder, and all Mythic difficulty raids.

  • Progress is tied to a fixed instance ID. Once tied to an instance ID, you may not enter any other versions of that raid of that difficulty until your raid lock resets.
  • If other players complete that instance while you are absent, the instance will be empty for you as well, because progress is tied to the instance, and not your character.
  • You may not switch between 10-player and 25-player raid size once locked to one size or the other (does not apply to Mythic which is 20-player only).

Instance timers

Since patch 1.9.0, instances are reset according to a fixed calendar. This was decided by Blizzard to be fairest to most and replaces the previous system of resetting raid instances based on the absence from the instance of the raid members.

Unless a raid has been extended, the following is a list of when each raid is reset:

Note: Raid resets may vary. Check the in-game calendar for resets on your specific server and region. On European servers all raids are reset on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

Classic raids

Burning Crusade raids

Wrath of the Lich King raids

Cataclysm raids

All Cataclysm raids reset at the same time: Tuesdays at 11:59 AM

Heroic Dungeons

Heroicdungeons are reset every morning at 9:00AM (7:00AM EU).

Patch changes


  • WoW Icon update.pngPatch 1.9.0(2006-01-03):
  • The raid-lockout system has undergone a significant change. The new system will have all instances reset at a certain server time, regardless of when you were actually saved to the instance. The reset schedule is as follows:
    • Molten Core: Every 7 Days, resetting during weekly maintenance.
    • Blackwing Lair: Every 7 Days, resetting during weekly maintenance
    • Onyxia: Every 5 Days
    • Zul'Gurub: Every 3 Days
    • Temple of Ahn'Qiraj (40-man): Every 7 Days, resetting during weekly maintenance
    • Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj (20-man): Every 3 Days
  • All resets will occur during off-hours, when the least amount of raids are active.
  • WoW Icon update.pngPatch 1.3.0(2005-03-07):
    • "Raid lockout" is fixed. If the leader of your raid group is saved in a different instance than you would otherwise go to, you are added to your leader's instance.
    • Added /raidinfo command showing remaining time on saved raid instances. Also shows an ID to compare with other players (if you have the same saved ID as them, you will go into the same instance)
    • Added a chat window message when you are first saved to an instance.


  • WoW Icon update.pngHotfix (2020-05-05):Fixed an issue that caused players to immediately accept a Zul'Gurub instance lockout if they were in a party with a player who defeated Gahz'ranka.
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