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For the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Orc campaign mission at the same location, see Goldshire and Moonbrook (WC1 Orc).

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Small city


HumanHuman Human


Central Elwynn Forest


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Sources: Lands of Conflict, 47-49

Goldshire is the second human town that most human characters visit during their adventures, sometime after level five. Goldshire is centrally located just southwest of Northshire and has most low level class trainers and some profession trainers. Besides a blacksmith it has the first Inn that most human characters will encounter — the Lion's Pride Inn.

Goldshire has roads that lead to Stormwind City to the northwest, Northshire Abbey to the northeast, Westfall to the west, and Lakeshire (Redridge Mountains zone) to the east. Its prime location makes it an important trade town. Travelers, merchants, adventurers, Stormwind guards, and priests from the abbey all stop and make regular visits to the town on their way to and from Stormwind, usually enjoying the hospitality of the Lion's Pride Inn, one of the most respectable ale houses in Azeroth.

Marshal Dughan patrols Goldshire for any threats. Many refugees from Westfall move to Goldshire and Elwynn Forest in an attempt to escape the Defias Brotherhood. It is considered a village by Stormwind standards.

Just south of Goldshire are located the Fargodeep Mine, The Maclure Vineyards, and The Stonefield Farm. To the east is Crystal Lake.


The First War

Goldshire, along with Moonbrook, was taken in preparation of the Horde's sack of Stormwind Keep during the First War. The goal of the orc Warchief was to sever the lifeline between King Llane and his people.[1]

The Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

The former Kirin Tor mage Karlain and his son Mardigan lived in the village. Shortly before the Shattering, a visitor was murdered in Lion's Pride Inn. Mardigan was held responsible for his death even though he just found his body.[2]

A flight path has been added to the town.[3] A Profession Trainer and a Hunter Trainer have also been added.

Trainers in and around Goldshire



Inside Lion's Pride Inn:

At House near Crystal Lake:


Inside Lion's Pride Inn:


Inside Lion's Pride Inn:

At House near Crystal Lake:

The Six Children:

Security threats

Defias Brotherhood

The Defias Brotherhood have camps throughout Elwynn Forest, especially to the south and east of Goldshire, which they use as staging grounds for raids on the local farmers and merchants. They have also taken over a number of homes and farmsteads, including the Brackwell Pumpkin Patch and Jerod's Landing, where they smuggle contraband from Redridge to Westfall. Some of the more notorious thieves in the region include Dead-Tooth Jack, Morgan the Collector, Erlan Drudgemoor and Surena Caledon. There are rumors the Defias have a relationship with the kobolds in Elwynn Forest, enlisting them to collect gold from the mines. They may even be associated with the Riverpaw Gnolls along the border of Westfall. The Westbrook Garrison frequently sends out patrols to search for thieves entering Elwynn Forest from Westfall.

Riverpaw gnolls

A significant number of gnolls have set up camps along the western borders of Elwynn Forest, led by their chieftain, Hogger. While currently held back by the Westbrook Garrison, if left alone they could pose a significant threat to Goldshire.


There have been rumors of murloc attacks near the rivers to the east of Goldshire, especially near Stone Cairn Lake, as well a fatal attack on two Stormwind guards. A report by Guard Thomas states that the murlocs pose a significant threat to Goldshire and are, at a minimum, affecting the region's fishing industry. There is a bounty on murloc fins placed by the Stormwind army.


Kobold clans have infested the Fargodeep and Jasperlode mines, forcing out the local workers. While they don't pose much of a threat to Goldshire, their foothold in Elwynn Forest will only grow stronger if ignored.

Wolves and bears

While not really a threat to Goldshire, the wolves and bears in the region are quite aggressive, especially in the area of the Eastvale Logging Camp and Stone Cairn Lake.


To find all the quests available in Goldshire and elsewhere, check out the List of Elwynn Forest NPCs and also the Elwynn Forest questing guide.

In the RPG

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Goldshire is heavily protected and patrolled by the Stormwind guards, and sports a population of 7,000 citizens [4] — mostly farmers, miners, and traders. The leader is an elected Marshal.

Children of Goldshire

Main article: Children of Goldshire

A bit to the north of Goldshire there is a house with skinning and leatherworking trainers. On the second floor of this house six children can sometimes be seen forming the pattern of a pentagram, silent and unmoving. They will occasionally move out of the house to walk/run in a pentagram formation. They return to their house at around 7:40 in the morning, and at this time a soundfile will play something eerie, usually "You will die". Whether they make their rounds at other times of the day is unknown. Unconfirmed rumors also say they despawn at 8:00 pm.

Player activity

Lion's Pride Inn on a average night on Moonguard

Players from the server Moonguard have given Goldshire a unique reputation as a consistent role playing hub since at least 2008[5] with the most concentration within Lion's Pride Inn, where during most server hours hundreds of players can be found. Many players can be found here, outside of the inn dueling can usually be found while on the inside players engage eachother in roleplay ( Usually through whispers, since all other forms of chat are usually filled nearly constantly due to the high amount of players. ) Some players try to make themselves as obtrusive as possible, using combinations of various toys or spells to make their model as large as they can in order to disrupt the experience of others and be silly.

What Goldshire is most known for has to be its Erotic Roleplaying community ( ERP for short ). On most hours players can be found here whispering each other and roleplaying in private in tones of usually a erotic nature. The roleplay in these scenes usually forgoes the cohesive narrative that most normal RP carries, often being one-off stories of both characters meeting up and engaging in romantic affairs. This aspect of Goldshire has been referenced in several community made videos and is usually seen as a oddity by those outside of the Roleplaying scene[6][7]

In August of 2010, Blizzard deemed this a issue for new players creating humans and having to be exposed to this community, they have since then started to look for individuals breaking the Terms of Service through things like unwanted, unsolicited messages and dealing with them in private. Since then Blizzard has anounced no further plans in regards to Lion's Pride Inn.[8]

In 2016 with the release of patch 7.0 Blizzard would give a reference to Goldshire inn as one of the possible results of the  [Scarlet Confessional Book] toy.


  • This is one of the locations featured in South Park's "Make Love, Not Warcraft" special episode.
  • Goldshire Pictures of the Overwatch setting may be a reference to the town.

Warcraft 3

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Goldshire is also a 4-player map for Warcraft III called "Goldshire Map".[9] War and hunger have brought interlopers to Elwynn Forest, endangering the town of Goldshire. The woods must be swept free of this threat so that masons can begin laying the foundation of the new Stormwind City. The town of Goldshire is in the center and consists of a tavern.

Film universe

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Goldshire is depicted close to its World of Warcraft incarnation, even to the locations of the guards. It still contains the Lion's Pride Inn.



  1. ^ Goldshire and Moonbrook (WC1 Orc)
  2. ^ Dark Riders
  3. ^ Frejya's (MVP) Cataclysm Compilation
  4. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg 47-49
  5. ^ Google Trends for phrases related to Goldshire.
  6. ^ Orc vs Wild: Moonguard/Goldshire RP Server.
  7. ^ Erotic Roleplay.
  8. ^ "Members of our CS team will ‘patrol’ Goldshire on Moon Guard on a regular basis, and take appropriate action for individuals violating the Harassment Policy. Note that this pertains primarily to public messages (/say, /yell, General) and unsolicited whispers. We won’t be showing up with that mythical crack of lightning– we’ll just be watching silently for any rule-breaking language and following up privately with the player[s] in question." -
  9. ^ [1]