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Capital cities are typically the main headquarters of a faction. They are usually the largest of the faction's cities, and where their leaders usually reside.

Game capitals

These are capital cities, that function as major social and economical hubs for players, and must contain a bank, flight path, mailbox, inn, and at least class and profession trainers, an auction house, or a faction leader.

Playable faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to one or more playable factions.

Capital Location Factions Races
Darnassus Teldrassil, Kalimdor Darnassus Alliance, Gilneas AllianceIcon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Night elf, Worgen
Exodar TBC Azuremyst Isle TBC, Kalimdor Exodar AllianceTBC Draenei
Ironforge Dun Morogh, Eastern Kingdoms Ironforge Alliance, Gnomeregan Alliance Dwarf, Gnome
Orgrimmar Durotar, Kalimdor Orgrimmar Horde, Darkspear Trolls Horde, Bilgewater Cartel HordeIcon Cataclysm 18x18.gif, Huojin Pandaren HordeMoP Orc, Troll, Goblin, Pandaren
Silvermoon City TBC Eversong Woods TBC, Eastern Kingdoms Silvermoon City HordeTBC Blood elf
Stormwind City Elwynn Forest, Eastern Kingdoms Stormwind Alliance, Tushui Pandaren AllianceMoP Human, Pandaren
Thunder Bluff Mulgore, Kalimdor Thunder Bluff Horde Tauren
Undercity Tirisfal Glades, Eastern Kingdoms Forsaken Horde Undead

Non-playable faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to non-playable factions, that act as game capitals for players.

Capital Location Factions Races
Dalaran WotLK Crystalsong Forest, Northrend WotLK Kirin Tor Neutral*, The Sunreavers Horde*, The Silver Covenant Alliance* (*WotLK) Human, Half-elf, High elf, Blood elf, Gnome
Shattrath City TBC Terokkar Forest, Outland TBC Sha'tar*, Aldor*, Scryers*, Lower City*, Sha'tari Skyguard*, Shattered Sun Offensive* (*NeutralTBC) Naaru, Draenei, Blood elf, Arakkoa, Human
Shrine of Seven Stars MoP Vale of Eternal Blossoms MoP, Pandaria AllianceMoP -
Shrine of Two Moons MoP Vale of Eternal Blossoms MoP, Pandaria HordeMoP -

Lore capitals

These are capital cities that do not function as capitals in World of Warcraft, but are considered capitals in lore.

Faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to factions with reputation that can be increased or are permenantly friendly.

Capital Location Factions Races
Aerie Peak Hinterlands, Eastern Kingdoms Wildhammer clan Alliance Hill dwarf
Bilgewater Harbor Azshara, Kalimdor Bilgewater Cartel Horde Goblin
Cenarion Refuge TBC Zangarmarsh, Outland TBC Cenarion Expedition Neutral Night elf, Tauren
Dun Baldar Alterac Valley, Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Stormpike Guard Alliance, Stormpike clan Alliance Mountain dwarf
Frostwolf Village Alterac Valley, Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Frostwolf clan Horde Orc
Garadar TBC Nagrand, Outland TBC Mag'har Horde Mag'har
Gadgetzan Tanaris, Kalimdor Steamwheedle Cartel Neutral Goblin
Nighthaven Moonglade, Kalimdor Cenarion Circle Neutral Night elf, Tauren, Dryad, Cenarius's children
Revantusk Village Hinterlands, Eastern Kingdoms Revantusk tribe Horde Forest troll
Darkspear Hold Durotar, Kalimdor Darkspear tribe Horde Jungle troll
Sporeggar TBC Zangarmarsh, Outland TBC Sporeggar Neutral Sporeling
Timbermaw Hold Felwood, Kalimdor Timbermaw Hold Neutral Furbolg
Zuldazar Zandalar Zandalar tribe Neutral Zandalari troll, Jungle troll

Other faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to non-playable factions without reputation that can be increased or are permenantly hostile.

Any faction not listed as Neutral, Horde or Alliance is considered Hostile.

Capital Location Factions Races
Blackrock Spire Blackrock Mountain, Eastern Kingdoms Dark Horde, Black dragonflight, Smolderthorn tribe, Spirestone clan Orc, Dragonkin, Forest troll, Ogre
Boralus Kul Tiras Kul Tiras Alliance Human
Dragonmaw Port Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Twilight Highlands Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif, Eastern Kingdoms Dragonmaw clan Orc
Gundrak WotLK Zul'Drak, Northrend WotLK Drakkari tribe Ice troll
Grizzlemaw WotLK Grizzly Hills, Northrend WotLK Polar Furbolgs Polar Furbolg
Hellfire Citadel TBC Hellfire Peninsula, Outland TBC Fel Horde Fel orc
Icecrown Citadel WotLK Icecrown Glacier, Northrend WotLK Scourge Undead, Lich, Nerubian, Abomination
Mak'aru The Rift, The Maelstrom Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Makrura Makrura
Mok'Nathal Village TBC Blade's Edge Mountains, Outland TBC Mok'Nathal clan Horde Mok'Nathal
Nazjatar The Rift, The Maelstrom Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Naga Naga
Razorfen Kraul Southern Barrens, Kalimdor Razorfen tribe Quilboar
Shadowforge City Blackrock Depths, Blackrock Mountain, Eastern Kingdoms Dark Iron clan Dark Iron dwarf, Fire Elemental
Skettis TBC Terokkar Forest, Outland TBC Skettis Arakkoa
Temple of Ahn'Qiraj Ahn'Qiraj, Silithus, Kalimdor Qiraji Empire Qiraji, Silithid
Zul'Aman TBC Ghostlands TBC, Eastern Kingdoms Amani Empire Forest troll
Zul'Farrak Tanaris, Kalimdor Sandfury tribe Sand troll
Zul'Gurub Northern Stranglethorn, Eastern Kingdoms Hakkari tribe, Atal'ai tribe Jungle Troll

Former capitals

This is a list of capital cities that were once the capitals of playable races or factions, but have since fallen or changed hands. The factions, races, and location names are listed to reflect the capital's situation at the time of its "golden age".

Any faction not listed as Neutral, Horde or Alliance is considered Hostile.

Capital Region Affiliation What Happened Race
Alterac City Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Alterac Alliance Destroyed in the Second War Human
Angerfang Encampment Wetlands, Eastern Kingdoms Dragonmaw clan Defeated by adventurers and faction relocated to Twilight Highlands Orc
Azjol-Nerub WotLK Azjol-Nerub, Dragonblight, Northrend WotLK Nerubian Empire Conquered by the Scourge Nerubian
Bleeding Hollow Village TBC Terokkar Forest, Outland TBC Bleeding Hollow clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Bonechewer Village TBC Terokkar Forest, Outland TBC Bonechewer clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Burning Blade Village TBC Nagrand, Outland TBC Burning Blade clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Capital City Tirisfal Glades, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Lordaeron Alliance Destroyed by the Scourge Human
Dalaran City Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Kirin Tor Alliance Destroyed by Archimonde in the Third War and rebuilt. Human, High elf, Half-elf, Gnome
Dragonmaw Fortress TBC Shadowmoon Valley, Outland TBC Dragonmaw clan Defeated by adventurers and faction relocated to Twilight Highlands Fel Orc
Echo Isles Durotar, Kalimdor Darkspear tribe Horde Taken over by Zalazane Jungle troll
Eldre'Thalas Feralas, Kalimdor Highborne Ruins known as Dire Maul Night elf
Gilneas City Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Gilneas Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Gilneas Alliance Destroyed by the Forsaken Human/Worgen
Gnomeregan Dun Morogh, Eastern Kingdoms Gnomeregan Alliance Irradiated Gnome
Grim Batol Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Twilight Highlands Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif, Eastern Kingdoms Wildhammer clan Alliance Abandoned after the War of the Three Hammers Hill dwarf
Icemist Village WotLK Dragonblight, Northrend WotLK Taunka Horde Destroyed by the Scourge Taunka
Kaskala WotLK Borean Tundra, Northrend WotLK Kalu'ak Under attack by the Kvaldir Tuskarr
Laughing Skull Village TBC Nagrand, Outland TBC Laughing Skull clan Horde Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Sen'jin Village Durotar, Kalimdor Darkspear Trolls Horde Supplanted by Darkspear Hold Troll
Strom Arathi Highlands, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Arathor Alliance Abandoned and slowly lost in favor of new kingdoms Human
Stromgarde City Arathi Highlands, Eastern Kingdoms League of Arathor Alliance slowly lost to various other factions after the death of Thoras Trollbane Human
Shrine of Ula-Tek Zul'Aman TBC, Eastern Kingdoms Amani Empire Empire pushed back by Humans and Quel'Dorei Forest troll
Thaurissan Burning Steppes, Eastern Kingdoms Dark Iron clan Destroyed by Ragnaros Dark Iron dwarf
Thunderlord Stronghold TBC Blade's Edge Mountains, Outland TBC Thunderlord clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Undermine Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Kezan Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Trade Princes Neutral, Bilgewater Cartel Horde Destroyed by the eruption of Mount Kajaro Goblin, Goblin (playable), Hobgoblin
Zin-Azshari Kalimdor Kaldorei, Quel'Dorei Destroyed during the Great Sundering Kaldorei
Zul'Gurub Northern Stranglethorn, Eastern Kingdoms Gurubashi Empire Taken over by the Hakkari tribe Jungle troll