A quick guide to the Operation Mechagon dungeon from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Several old dungeons have re-entered the mythic plus pool for season 4 of Shadowlands. Out of all these old dungeons, the one I am looking forward to most is Operation Mechagon. This is a two-part dungeon in mythic plus with great design and fun boss fights. In this guide, I’ll show you how to get to the entrance of Operation Mechagon, give you a quick strategy for each boss, and answer a few common questions.
Before we dive in, I want to give a quick tip to players who landed on this article because they are in the process of unlocking Mechagnomes. If you’re struggling to complete the dungeon quest for the Mechagnome unlock, you can speak to Prince Erazmin (who gave you the quest) and select the option to skip the dungeon! Easy peasy!
Okay, now on with the rest of the guide…
Where is the Operation: Mechagon Dungeon?
You can find the Operation: Mechagon dungeon entrance on the island of Mechagon off the northwest coast of Kul’Tiras. The entrance is in the middle of Rustbolt — the main city on the island. Operation Mechagon is a “mega-dungeon” because it contains 8 bosses instead of the standard 3 or 4.
In season 4, you can get to Mechagon by taking the portal found near the Oribos flight master! This will get you to the island, but you’ll still need to go through the storyline if you want to farm up stuff in Mechagon.
To fully unlock Mechagon, you’ll need to complete a few requirements — including completing several portions of the Battle for Azeroth storyline. The unlock process gets a little confusing at some points, so I wrote an entire article on how to get to Mechagon that you should check out when you are done here (link in the FAQs as well).
In season 4 of Shadowlands, players can again access the mythic plus (m+) difficulty of Operation Mechagon.
Keystones for the Operation Mechagon dungeon and divided into Junkyard and Workshop keys. Junkyard contains the first 4 bosses on the surface of Mechagon island. Workshop includes the final 4 bosses in the underground city of Mechagon.
How to enter Operation Mechagon: Workshop
If you have a key for Operation Mechagon: Workshop, all you need to do is place it in the font of power to be teleported to the underground portion of the dungeon.
In contrast, players attempting the dungeon on heroic or mythic difficulty will need to fight through all the junkyard bosses to get into the workshop.
Operation Mechagon Bosses
There are a total of 8 bosses in the Operation: Mechagon dungeon. The first 4 bosses are part of the Mechagon: Junkyard sub-instance, and the last 4 are part of Mechagon: Workshop.
Operation Mechagon: Junkyard Bosses
The junkyard portion of the dungeon takes place entirely on the surface of the island and contains 4 bosses, including:
- King Gobbamak
- Trixie & Naeno
- HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit
The first 3 bosses (King Gobbamak, Gunker, Trixie & Naeno) can be defeated in any order. Boss 4 — HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit — will fly over the island until you beat the other bosses. You’ll want to make sure that it isn’t flying over the boss you are planning to fight unless you want to do the hard mode version of the dungeon.
You can see where the oppression unit is at any time by opening your map and looking for the strange icon that looks like pilot wings.
Let’s talk quickly about each boss and give you a one to two-sentence strategy for each one.
- King Gobbamak – Don’t get hit by falling rocks during Rumble, stack for Charged Smash, and then move to nearby junk towers to clear out adds.
- Gunker – Free 3 squirt bots from nearby slimes, stand near squirt bots to avoid getting rooted by goop, and free people trapped in goop.
- Trixie & Naeno – avoid Naeno’s charges on his motorcycle, interrupt Trixie’s taze when possible, and hide in smoke clouds from Naeno’s bike when targeted by Mega Taze.
- HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit – Avoid Shockie X1 bots and electricity on the ground. Once the tank buster dies, make your way to the pillar of the lit-up charging station (dodging more bots and stuff on the ramp), then burn the Oppression Unit when it falls from the sky (during Haywire).
Once you defeat the oppression unit, you can make your way to the underground workshop by taking the junk ramp to an entrance on the side of the mountain. You can see the exact location of the entrance marked with the door and yellow arrow on your map.
Operation Mechagon: Workshop Bosses
After entering the workshop, you’ll make your way down the ramp to the first boss — the Tussle Tonks. Here is a quick overview of each boss in the workshop and a quick strategy for each one:
- Tussle Tonks – Tank the Platinum Pummeler under hammers on the sides of the arena to remove 3 stacks of his armor while DPS focuses down Gnomercy 4.U. DPS and healers should watch for the Gnomercy’s charge and flames while avoiding blades that spawn randomly throughout the fight.
- K.U.-J.O. – Watch for falling crates; hide behind crates during venting flames unless they are red (they explode). Move away from existing crates after venting flames to avoid putting two boxes next to each other.
- Head Machinist Sparkflux – Watch for bouncing blades and beams of fire from the center pillar. DPS should kill plants around the edge immediately when they appear.
- King Mechagon – Stay out of the electrical orb’s path (indicated by arrows), spread out during Giga Zap, and avoid beam from the boss when he is floating. Once he switches to the big mech suit, avoids the same mechanics, run from the magnet, and don’t fall off (or let an orb hit you off) the edge near the boss.
All around, the workshop portion of Operation Mechagon is less trash intensive than Junkyard but has more mechanics and puzzles that can slow your group down.
Junkyard Buff Bots
One of my favorite things about the Operation Mechagon: Junkyard portion of the dungeon is the presence of dozens of buff-giving bots scattered throughout the instance. These bots will give you a 2-hour buff when you click on them.
There are three different types of buff bots in the Junkyard. You can have all 3 buffs active on your character simultaneously.
Here is a list of the bot names and the buffs they provide:
- Grease Bot – Move speed increased by 10% and 5% more haste
- Shock Bot – Chance to add chain lightning to your attacks
- Welding Bot – Increased HP and healing received by 10%
The best way to find the location of each bot is to download the Mythic Dungeon Tools addon. Once installed, you can navigate to the Battle for Azeroth dungeons with the top left dropdown and select Mechagon – Junkyard.
The bots will be shown as red, green, and blue icons on your map, as illustrated below.
If you are planning on pushing keys in Shadowlands season 4, make sure to also check out my Return to Karazhan dungeon guide!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You’ll need to have a level 50 character and complete several parts of the Heart of Azeroth and Nazjatar questlines before you can unlock Mechagon. For a complete walkthrough of every requirement, check out my guide to unlocking Mechagon.
No, you do not earn rep for mobs killed in Operation Mechagon.
Yes, it is possible to solo the heroic and mythic versions of Operation Mechagon. However, the mythic might present a challenge for lower-geared players. I soloed the dungeon with my 264 ilvl elemental shaman and found it simple on heroic but much more difficult on mythic.
No, a heroic version of Operation Mechagon was added in patch 8.3. You can change the dungeon difficulty by right-clicking on your character’s health bar and changing the “Dungeon Difficulty” dropdown.
The easiest way to complete the Operation Mechagon: the Mechoriginator quest is by talking to Prince Erazmin again after accepting the quest. Shadowlands patch 9.1.5 introduced an option to skip the quest to make the Mechagnome unlock process easier.
Check out my complete guide to unlocking Mechagnomes in Shadowlands.
King Mechagon is found at the end of Operation Mechagon: Workshop. However, you’ll need to fight through the Junkyard to get to the workshop anyway. So unless you can run the m+ version of the workshop, you’ll have to defeat all 7 bosses leading up to King Mechagon (the 8th and final boss).