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Throughout the Warcraft Universe sources the term Azeroth [ˈæzəɹɔθ] is used to describe several things:

  • Azeroth, the world - The name of the planet where most of the action of World of Warcraft takes place.
  • Eastern Kingdoms - In some sources the term "Azeroth" is used interchangeable with Eastern Kingdoms.[1]

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

In Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, the term Azeroth refers to the kingdom in most cases, and it can be implied that it is a world in only one quote. It can be assumed that, when the game was released, the kingdom and land of Azeroth were one and the same. At the time, the kingdom of Azeroth was the only part of the world known to the player, thus it is possible that the reference to the world and other undefined uses of the term were actually referring to the same thing but were given different uses in the later games.

Warcraft II

Tides of Darkness

In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness in most cases it is referred as a kingdom, but is also referred as a continent and as a world.

Beyond the Dark Portal

In Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal is referred to as both a kingdom and a world.

Warcraft III

Reign of Chaos

In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is referred as a kingdom, as a land (continent), and as a world. It is revealed that the world was called Azeroth by it's inhabitants.

The Frozen Throne

In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Azeroth is referred as a world.

Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game

The term Azeroth is used to refer the world, the kingdom and the continent. It is also used as an alternate name of the Eastern Kingdoms.

World of Warcraft

In World of Warcraft's manual the term Azeroth is used to refer the world, but also used to refer one of the three continents that comprise the Eastern Kingdoms:

Throughout this manual and in the game itself, you will find the name Azeroth used in two different contexts. Azeroth is both the name of the world of Warcraft, and the name of one of the three continents that comprise the Eastern Kingdoms, the landmass opposite of Kalimdor on the world map. The other two continents of the Eastern Kingdoms are Loch Modan in the center and Lordaeron in the north. Sometimes you will see reference to Azeroth the world, and other times you will see reference to Azeroth the continent.

Although it's stated that there are two terms, there appears to be another use of the term Azeroth: an alternate name of the Eastern Kingdoms. This use is also used in Lands of Conflict and in an in-game quest.[2]

Because the original World of Warcraft took place on the world of Azeroth, but only on the continents of Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, some players colloquially refer to that combined area (the original World of Warcraft content), as "Azeroth" or "Classic Azeroth".

World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game

Azeroth is used to refer the world, a continent, and a country/kingdom. It appears that Azeroth is also used interchangeable with the Eastern Kingdoms.

Origins of the name

  • There are several places with names that sound similar to Azeroth in the Bible, most notably Hazeroth.
  • Azeroth is the name of a world in the science fiction book Fires of Azeroth, written by C.J. Cherryh and published in 1979.
    "There was a star Gate in Azeroth marked by alien fires that Morgaine must seal. But Morgaine and Vanye have brought devastation to the peaceful land. For the hordes of Shiuan were on their heels, determined to conquer a new land for themselves and to avenge their lost planet."


  1. ^ World of MapCraft
  2. ^ Dark Council: "The Argus Wake might run deep through the continent of Azeroth."