Searing Gorge

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NeutralSearing Gorge
Level: 47-51
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Location

Southern Khaz Modan, west of Badlands

The Searing Gorge is a contested zone in the Eastern Kingdoms for players in the 47-51 range. It is home to a group of exceptionally stout dwarves called the Thorium Brotherhood, who have split from the Dark Iron Clan.

History

Dustfire Valley

Just as Blackrock orcs and their allies dominate Burning Steppes, so Dark Iron dwarves dominate the Searing Gorge. A large population of Dark Iron dwarves, War Golems, and Elementals resides in this dark, mountainous area.

The climate is very similar to Burning Steppes, as it was the same catastrophe that blackened both: the summoning of Ragnaros. The Searing Gorge is a part of Khaz Modan. Before being shattered by the summoning it was a mountainous region, part of the Redridge Mountains.

Large mining operations take place in The Cauldron, a giant excavation site forming a huge rift in the middle of the Searing Gorge. The Slag Pit lies within The Cauldron and is an underground mining site rich with multiple types of ore. The mining work is mainly done by slave labor, which consists for the most part of captured enemies.

Ever since the Dark Iron dwarves' capital, Thaurissan, was destroyed by the summoning of Ragnaros, they have searched for a landmass to control for their filthy, industrious works. The Searing Gorge was the obvious choice due to a low military presence, scarce population, few settlements, and high vulnerability. The dwarven garrisons were soon overrun by a massive Dark Iron invasion which forced them to retreat to Loch Modan and seal the passage.

For many years the area was sealed, and adventurers could only enter by traversing through Blackrock Mountain or by obtaining the  [Key to Searing Gorge], following a series of quests. More recently, the Horde garrisons stationed at Kargath, in the Badlands, having grown curious about the use of the area for tactical purposes, have cut a narrow pass through the mountains south of their encampment, and with the events of the Cataclysm, the gates from Loch Modan have been re-opened.

Prior to the start of the war in Outland, the Searing Gorge was invaded by a group of Burning Legion demons led by Highlord Kruul.[1]

Geography

Maps and subregions

Map of Searing Gorge
Blackchar CaveBlackrock MountainThe CauldronDustfire Valley
Grimesilt Dig SiteFirewatch RidgePyrox FlatsThe Sea of CindersThe Slag Pit
Stonewrought PassTanner CampThorium PointThorium AdvanceIron Summit
The Sea of Cinders

Dungeons and raids

There are none actually located in the Searing Gorge. However, Blackrock Mountain lies between it and the Burning Steppes. It is home to Blackrock Depths (Level 52-60 Instance), Blackrock Spire (Level 54-60 Instance), Molten Core (Level 60 Raid Instance), Blackwing Lair (Level 60 Raid Instance), Blackrock Caverns (Level 80-83 Dungeon)Cataclysm, and Blackwing Descent (Level 85 Raid Instance)Cataclysm.

Thorium Point

Travel hubs

Neutral Flight paths from Thorium Point
Neutral Flight paths from Iron Summit

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access subzone Access method
Loch Modan Alliance 10-20 Northeast Stonewrought Pass By foot through the Stonewrought Pass
The Badlands Alliance Horde 44-48 West By foot [1, 62] or by Horde flightpath from Thorium Point to Kargath
Blackrock Mountain Alliance Horde 52-60 South Blackrock Mountain By foot
Burning Steppes Alliance Horde 49-52 South Blackrock Mountain By foot through Blackrock Mountain or by flightpath from Thorium Point to Morgan's Vigil or Flame Crest

Notable characters

Tanner Camp
Main article: Searing Gorge NPCs

Searing Gorge is home to several characters of note. At Thorium Point, Hansel Heavyhands seeks aid in the battle against the golems, spiders, and incendosaurs of the region. Master Smith Burninate attempts to create fiery flux with the help of trustworthy individuals. And from his guarded spot nearby, Kalaran Windblade sends bold adventurers into the holdings of the Dark Irons in an attempt to burn down all of their sentry towers.

Quests

Main article: Searing Gorge storyline

Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

The storyline covers the Dark Irons' involvement with the Twilight's Hammer.

Areas affected[2]:

Resources

The Cauldron

Wild creatures

The Slag Pit

Notes

Searing Gorge prior to Cataclysm
  • Players taking the flight to Ironforge from Stormwind can observe many subzones of this area.
  • If you were to die in one of the Blackrock Mountain Instances, it would take you to the Thorium Point Graveyard. It is convenient as it is not far from the Flight Point.

Before Cataclysm

Prior to the Cataclysm, the Alliance entrance to the Searing Gorge in Loch Modan was locked. Players had to obtain the  [Key to Searing Gorge] via a quest line culminating in A [48] At Last!, although rogues with lockpicking of 225 could simply pick the doors, and players (especially Horde) could always enter through the Badlands. With the Cataclysm, the key and the quest to obtain it have been removed, and the entrance is now unlocked.

The zone was also changed from a level 43-52 zone to one suited to level 47-51 characters.

Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Fire Elementals in Searing Gorge should be easier to find.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Searing Gorge has a new quest hub for both Alliance and Horde players called Thorium Point.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Closed a hole in the world in the Searing Gorge.
  • Patch 0.8 (2004-07-07): Opened and itemized.

References

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