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Central Elwynn Forest
|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. 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.
According to a non-canon source, Goldshire is heavily protected and patrolled by the Stormwind guards, and sports a population of 7,000 citizens  — mostly farmers, miners, and traders. The leader is an elected Marshal, and the position is currently occupied by Marshal Dughan. 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.
- 1 In Cataclysm
- 2 Trainers in and around Goldshire
- 3 Inhabitants
- 4 Security threats
- 5 Quests
- 6 History
- 7 Children of Goldshire
- 8 Player activity
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Warcraft 3
- 11 References
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
A flight path has been added to the town. A Profession Trainer and a Hunter Trainer have also been added.
Trainers in and around Goldshire
- - Elected leader of the township of Goldshire
- <Stable Master>
Inside Lion's Pride Inn:
At House near Crystal Lake:
Inside Lion's Pride Inn:
Inside Lion's Pride Inn:
- <Warlock Trainer>
- <Mage Trainer>
- <Priest Trainer>
- <Rogue Trainer>
- <Demon Trainer>
- Imp Minion - Cylina Darkheart's Minion
At House near Crystal Lake:
The Six Children:
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.
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
The First War
"The complete and utter demolition of the twin cities Goldshire and Moonbrook will sever the lifeline between the King and his people, making him a figurehead waiting to be lopped off."
- — 11th Orc Mission, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, the original Warcraft game
The Frozen Throne
"War and hunger have brought interlopers to Elwynn Forest, endangering the town of Goldshire. Sweep the woods free of this threat so that masons can begin laying the foundation of Stormwind."
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.
Alliance (and Horde) players of all levels can frequently be found dueling in or near Goldshire. On RP realms, it is also a hub for role-players, perhaps because of the relaxed, serene environment of Elwynn Forest. It does attract a large number of non-role-players too, even on RP realms, and role-players referred to as "ERPers", or Erotic Role-Players. These players cause disruptive behavior such as communicating in "l33t" or "txt" speak, cybering, and spamming the /say and /yell chat channels, aka the griefer. Some have even gone so far as to harass other players in whispers with inappropriate requests. Some players have begun to call it "Whoreshire", "Pornshire", or a "Noob" hangout because of this, and openly refuse to go anywhere near the place. Appropriately, on some realms, it has earned the title "The Las Vegas of WoW". In fact, it is now debated whether the Barrens Chat has been brought back from the dead in the form of "Goldshire Chat".
In August of 2010, Blizzard deemed "Pornshire" such a huge issue for new players creating humans and having to be exposed to this community, that they began "patrolling" Goldshire and conducting what is commonly referred to as a "ban-wave", where Blizzard temporarily bans many accounts in a short amount of time. It's unknown how long their patrolling lasted, but seeing as "Pornshire" is still going strong to this day many years later, it's clear it was not as effective as they intended. 
- 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.
This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.
Goldshire is also a 4-player map for Warcraft III. 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.
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg 47-49
- ^ Frejya's (MVP) Cataclysm Compilation
- ^ "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." -http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/?topicId=26262580162&sid=1