Eastern Plaguelands

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For how the Eastern Plaguelands was prior to Cataclysm, see Eastern Plaguelands (original).
NeutralEastern Plaguelands
Level: 40 - 45
Battle Pet Level: 12 - 13
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Major settlements
Minor settlements

Contested between Argent Crusade and Scourge remnants


Northeastern Lordaeron

The Eastern Plaguelands is the more heavily devastated half of the Plaguelands, the remnants of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. They are located east of the Western Plaguelands, north of the Hinterlands, and south of the Ghostlands.

This region once was a main bastion of Scourge's rule in Lordaeron. They still retain at least half control over southern capital of Stratholme, under the rule of malevolent Lord Aurius Rivendare. The ground is brown, ugly, and sick, the trees corrupted into giant mushrooms and the air polluted with orange mist. Undead, necromancers, and Damned cultists still prowl the land. The Argent Crusade attempts to rid the land of the undead infestation one day and trains their faithful soldiers in renovated Light's Hope Chapel, and watch over the land from their towers scattered across it. Amani forest trolls strike from the north, attempting to reclaim their ancestral empire.[1]

The former Scarlet Crusade has fallen into disarray shortly after the fall of Scarlet Enclave and departure of the leadership to Northrend. The remnants were slain and risen into undeath by Balnazzar, who has returned from Twisting Nether after his defeat in Scarlet Bastion years ago.


The Tyr's Hand region during the Second War.
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Alliance and Horde fight over the Eastern Plaguelands towers

Like the Western Plaguelands, the Eastern Plaguelands were once beautiful and brimming with farms and small villages. The regional government was centered around the city of Stratholme, the largest city in Lordaeron. Also nearby were the towns of Darrowshire, Corin's Crossing, and Tyr's Hand, and to the east of Stratholme was the pass leading into the southern boundaries of Quel'Thalas.

In the opening hours of the Third War, the investigations into the origins of the Scourge led Prince Arthas and Jaina Proudmoore through the Tirisfal Glades and what is now the Western Plaguelands (more specifically, the towns of Andorhal and Hearthglen), where they confronted the necromancer Kel'Thuzad and his Cult of the Damned. Kel'Thuzad told Arthas to seek out the leader of the Scourge in Lordaeron, the Dreadlord Mal'Ganis, at Stratholme. While en route via Hearthglen, Arthas and Jaina were joined by Lord Uther, master of the Silver Hand. When they arrived at Stratholme, Arthas realized that the villagers had been infected with the Plague of Undeath. When Uther refused to obey Arthas' command to purge the city, Arthas relieved Uther of command and disbanded the Silver Hand, then slaughtered the townsfolk himself. After hunting down Mal'ganis in Northrend, Arthas returned as one of the Lich King's death knights and toppled the Kingdom of Lordaeron by murdering his own father, King Terenas. After the fall of Lordaeron's capital, the plague spread throughout the northern regions of Lordaeron, turning them into the blighted lands they are today.

The resistance against the Scourge was particularly bloody at Darrowshire, where the ghoul Horgus the Ravager and the death knight Marduk Blackpool (alias Marduk the Black) led an army of Scourge against the town. Only surviving paladins under Davil Crokford and the Darrowshire militia under Captain Joseph Redpath were able to stand in their way. Though they put up a valiant fight, the defenders of Darrowshire were not enough to stave off the endless legions of Scourge. Davil managed to defeat Horgus in combat, but he succumbed to the horrific wounds the ghoul had inflicted. Captain Redpath fell to Marduk's necromancy, his soul taken from his body and corrupted into the service of the Scourge, where he proceeded to turn on his fellows and tear Darrowshire apart, killing everyone who hid in their homes.

After the fall of Lordaeron, Alexandros Mograine formed a Crusade from the remnants of Lordaeron's Knights of the Silver Hand and attempted to retake the shattered kingdom from both the Scourge and the undead renegades known as the Forsaken. In the Eastern Plaguelands, they took control of both the town of Tyr's Hand and the western districts of Stratholme, where they battle the forces of Baron Rivendare to gain control of the destroyed city. After the death of Alexandros Mograine, the Crusade went through a schism; forming factions such as the Brotherhood of the Light and the Argent Dawn which established themselves in Light's Hope Chapel, and with those who remained in the original Crusade renaming themselves the Scarlet Crusade. Meanwhile, the Alliance and Horde continued to fight over the abandoned Lordaeron towers scattered around the Eastern Plaguelands.[2][3] Eventually, the master of the Scourge in Lordaeron made his return to the blighted lands. From his citadel of Naxxramas, floating over the Plaguewood near Stratholme, he prepared to continue the work he began in the name of his master, the Lich King.

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Before the Cataclysm, the Crimson Courier could be seen roaming from Tyr's Hand to Stratholme. She was usually escorted by four Crimson Bodyguards. Demetria, the Scarlet Oracle, could also be made to leave Tyr's Hand alongside eight Scarlet Troopers.

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Recently, Naxxramas floated away from the Plaguelands and reappeared over Dragonblight in Northrend, though it was replaced by Acherus: The Ebon Hold over the far eastern portion of the zone. From there, Arthas sent his death knights to exterminate both the Scarlet Crusade and the Argent Dawn and leave his grip over the Plaguelands unchallenged. But, there is that old saying about the best-laid plans of mice and men (and Lich Kings)...

Wrath of the Lich King

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Map of the death knight instanced starting area in the WotLK Beta.

The Eastern Plaguelands have been expanded somewhat to include a small area for death knights, including their home base of Acherus: The Ebon Hold, a massive Scourge necropolis floating above the hills behind Light's Hope Chapel. It is here that the death knight trainers, as well as their leader Highlord Darion Mograine, can be found.

Death knights start out in Scourge service in a special instanced area east of Tyr's Hand known as the Scarlet Enclave. As they progress in their training, death knights are tasked with laying waste to the towns of New Avalon and Havenshire, which lay below the fortress. The towns are left in ruins as the death knights sweep through them with the Scarlet Crusade inhabiting them all but destroyed. After sacking both towns, death knight players participate in a final, epic Battle for Light's Hope Chapel. After the battle is concluded, the death knight is deposited into the "main" (non-instanced) Eastern Plaguelands, where they begin their service to the faction their race belongs to. In the "main" Eastern Plaguelands, the Scarlet Lands - consisting of Tyr's Hand, New Avalon and Havenshire - are left completely in ruins, their once-green pastures devoured by the blight that permeates the rest of the region.

The ruins of the towns of New Avalon and Havenshire, collectively referred to as the Ruins of the Scarlet Enclave, are reachable from two directions. First, players may travel through Tyr's Hand, and take the final fork in the road to the north. Alternately, players may travel through Browman Mill into the Noxious Glade and follow the south wall to a cave which leads to Death's Breach, at the northern end of the Ruins.


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Since the Cataclysm, the Argent Crusade has strengthened its presence in the Plaguelands, claiming not only outposts formerly held by the now-defunct Argent Dawn, such as Light's Hope Chapel, but also the former Scarlet Crusade town of Hearthglen, and the four towers through the Eastern Plaguelands; around which the plague has receded. They have also joined forces with the Cenarion Circle to help heal the Plaguelands from its plagued state.

Despite Montoy's treachery, the Brotherhood of Light eventually triumphed over the Scourge in Northrend and have returned to the Eastern Plaguelands. They have begun their own campaign against the remaining Scourge and Risen forces in Lordaeron; attempting to reclaim the cities of Stratholme and Tyr's Hand for the Argent Crusade. Though the Brotherhood and the Argent Crusade are still allied with one another, they seem to be growing apart. The Argent Crusade is concerned with the Brotherhood's recklessness and the Brotherhood dislike the Argent Crusade's rigid code of ethics.

The amount of corruption in the land itself seems to have diminished somewhat, roughly to levels displayed by the Western Plaguelands before the Cataclysm. The plague has been cleansed from Argent Crusade controlled territory, such as Light's Hope Chapel and the five towers, and water flows again in formerly drained riverbeds.


The Eastern Plaguelands contain a normal instanced dungeon (Stratholme), and formerly contained the raid dungeon Naxxramas. The micro dungeon Tyr's Hand can also be found here. Light's Hope Chapel serves as a travel hub for both the Horde and the Alliance. There are no battlegrounds in this zone, though it is a world PvP area.

Maps and subregions

Map of Eastern Plaguelands
Original map, plus towers

Acherus: The Ebon Hold · Blackwood Lake · Browman Mill · Chapel of the Crimson Flame · Corin's Crossing · Crown Guard Tower · Crypt of Remembrance · Darrowshire · Death's Breach · Eastwall Gate · Eastwall Tower · The Fungal Vale · Hall of Arms · Havenshire · Havenshire Farms · Havenshire Lumber Mill · Havenshire Mine · Havenshire Stables · The Infectis Scar · King's Harbor · Lake Mereldar · Library Wing · Light's Hope Chapel · Main Hall · The Marris Stead · Mazra'Alor · New Avalon · New Avalon Forge · New Avalon Orchard · New Avalon Town Hall · Northdale · Northpass Tower · The Noxious Glade · The Pestilent Scar · Plaguewood · Quel'Lithien Lodge · Scarlet Base Camp · The Scarlet Basilica · Scarlet Hold · The Scarlet Overlook · Stratholme · Terrordale · Terrorweb Tunnel · Thondroril River · Tyr's Hand · Tyr's Hand Abbey · The Undercroft · Zul'Mashar

Warcraft II

Tyr's Bay (WC2)


Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Instance portal Stratholme: Main Gate 42-52 5-man
Instance portal Stratholme: Service Entrance 46-56 5-man
Instance portal Naxxramas (original) 60-70 40-man N/A (relocated to Dragonblight)

Elite areas

Travel hubs

Light's Hope Chapel
Neutral Flight paths from Thondroril River
Neutral Flight paths from Crown Guard Tower
Neutral Flight paths from Light's Shield Tower
Neutral Flight paths from Light's Hope Chapel
Neutral Flight paths from Eastwall Tower
Neutral Flight paths from Northpass Tower
Neutral Flight paths from Plaguewood Tower

Regions adjacent to Eastern Plaguelands

Eastern Plaguelands prior to Cataclysm
Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Ghostlands Horde 10-20 North By foot (through instance portal portal north of the Northpass Tower), neutral flightpath from Light's Hope Chapel to Hatchet Hills, or Horde flight path from Light's Hope Chapel to Tranquillien TBC
Western Plaguelands Horde Alliance 35-40 West By foot, or by Alliance flightpath from Light's Hope Chapel to Chillwind Point
Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Badlands Horde Alliance 45-48 South By rocket from Light's Hope Chapel to Fuselight-by-the-Sea (breadcrumb quest)

Notable characters

Main article: Eastern Plaguelands NPCs
The Marris Stead

The Eastern Plaguelands are home to several characters of note. At Light's Hope Chapel, Lord Maxwell Tyrosus leads the Argent Dawn in the fight against the Scourge. At the Marris Stead, Nathanos Blightcaller sends bold heroes of the Horde against the Scarlet Crusade. At his home by the Thondroril River, Tirion Fordring seeks to eradicate the dark horrors that the Plaguelands offer. And in the halls of Acherus, high above Light's Hope Chapel, Highlord Darion Mograine commands the Knights of the Ebon Blade.


Main article: Eastern Plaguelands storyline

The main plotline in Eastern Plaguelands deals with an adventure of a worgen merchant named Fiona and her two paladin friends, Gidwin Goldbraids and Tarenar Sunstrike that run a caravan riding across the zone, as the story progresses. Gidwin and Tarenar along with the adventurer later join the Argent Crusade forces stationed in Light's Hope Chapel in order to rid the land of undead infestation.


Tyr's Hand

Wild creatures



  • Near Quel'Lithien Lodge, there is a small path that leads to Quel'Thalas — more specifically, to the Ghostlands. Guarding this path is single high elf NPC by the name of Adon, a reference to the addon/expansion: The Burning Crusade. The path was previously blocked by fallen trees, some of which still can be seen to the left of the current road, which goes through a mountain pass. The pass goes through an instance portal, which blocks those without the expansion from entering the blood elves' homeland.
  • The Undead Scourge have also set up a small siege camp near the gateway to Quel'Thalas. Scourge Siege Engineers are found around here, along with many meat wagons. Lord Solanar Bloodwrath (and previously, Lady Liadrin herself) sent aspiring Blood Knight Masters to destroy the meat wagons and the engineers as a demonstration of loyalty.
  • Upon entering the Eastern Plaguelands, players will receive the buff [Echoes of Lordaeron], which increases damage done to Undead mobs up to 5%. Which rank of the buff players receive depends on how many towers are controlled by their faction.
  • This forest, like much of Lordaeron, lies under a light covering of pine. However, in Old Stratholme, the area around the city itself is covered in a deciduous forest reminiscent of Elwynn Forest far to the south, with not a pine to be seen. The exact reason why there is such a drastic change in vegetation has yet to be explained. It is likely that the developers just used existing models for living trees, instead of redesigning the dead trees to be alive again.



Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2014-05-21): "Resolved an issue where players transitioning from Eastern Plaguelands into Ghostlands while on certain flying mounts would be unable to resummon the mount until they relog back in."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Level range changed to 40-45.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Sign post near North Tower has the direction to Quel'Thalas removed
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • The Eastern Plaguelands have been converted over to the new graveyard system. The system will place your character's spirit at the closest allowed graveyard in the zone.
    • A neutral graveyard has been added in the Eastern Plaguelands near the northwestern shore of Blackwood Lake. Characters that die in The Fungal Vale will continue to use the Darrowshire graveyard due to the mountains between it and the new graveyard. Additionally, characters dying in Stratholme will now use the new Blackwood Lake graveyard.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Players can no longer kill creatures with ranged attacks while the mobs are unable to damage the player when standing atop the cauldrons in Eastern Plaguelands.


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