|Level: 50 - 55
Battle Pet Level: 17 - 18
Winterspring (also known as Winterspring Valley) is a valley located in northeastern Kalimdor, east of Felwood and Hyjal, and north of Azshara. It is a cold land perpetually covered in snow, and holds the goblin city of Everlook, old night elf holdings, and the primary home of the blue dragonflight on Kalimdor. Many wild creatures roam the beautiful landscape.
Thousands of years ago, this valley upon the slopes of Mount Hyjal served as a place for the night elves to start anew in the wake of the Great Sundering. A realm of near-perpetual winter, the valley has long been involved in a struggle between malevolent blue dragons and the fearsome white frostsaber cats.
During the events of Third War the valley was in a rare period of springtime or summer with no snow to be seen anywhere. All, 's Horde, Alliance remnants, Scourge, night elven Sentinels and corrupted satyrs made camps here. Tyrande and Malfurion destroyed one human camp and the satyrs and awakened the druids of talon.
Winterspring can be accessed through Timbermaw Hold. To reach Winterspring, head through the hold entrance in the northeastern tip of Felwood and continue straight after the bridge. It used to be that, in order to pass through the hold without the Timbermaw Furbolgs attacking you, you would need to have reached at least unfriendly reputation with the Timbermaw furbolgs. There are several quests in Felwood which can be completed to raise reputation with them. This is no longer necessary and Timbermaw mobs are unfriendly but will not attack.
Winterspring Valley is above Moonglade and is the last stop along the road that winds up to Hyjal Peak. The valley is separated from Moonglade, lower on the mountain slope, by a thick, white cloud bank. Winterspring is a cold realm consistently covered with snow and frost. Once above the clouds, the air is crisp and clean and the sun shines often when the snow is not falling. The trees of Winterspring were bent and twisted into odd positions during the climactic Battle of Mount Hyjal. Many of the World Tree's massive roots are also exposed here, towering overhead like massive oak archways. This otherwise cold and serene place shakes with periodic conflict between the forces of the sorcerer-dragon Cobaltann and the night elves who strive to drive them from the slopes of Mount Hyjal. Snow cats, bears, and other creatures of the wild are seen here on occasion, but only rarely due to the high altitude. It is a place of cold medium forest and rugged mountains.
Both the Steamwheedle Cartel and the night elves have established bases in the region. Though there are no instanced dungeons or battlegrounds in Winterspring, there are several micro dungeons in the area.
Maps and subregions
|Ban'Thallow Barrow Den · Dun Mandarr · Everlook · Frostfire Hot Springs · Frostsaber Rock · Frostwhisper Gorge · Goodgrub Smoking Pit · The Hidden Grove · Ice Thistle Hills · Lake Kel'Theril · Mazthoril · Moon Horror Den · Owl Wing Thicket · The Ruins of Kel'Theril · Snowden Chalet · Starfall Village · Timbermaw Hold · Timbermaw Post · Winterfall Village|
Flight paths from Everlook
- Orgrimmar, Durotar
- Bilgewater Harbor, Azshara
- Talonbranch Glade, Felwood
- Irontree Clearing, Felwood
- Nordrassil, Mount Hyjal
Regions adjacent to Winterspring
|Zone Name||Faction||Level Range||Direction||Access|
|Azshara||10-20||Southeast||By jumping down with / / from the small camp east of Frostwhisper Gorge|
|Felwood||45-50||West||By foot through Timbermaw Hold or flightpaths from Everlook to Bloodvenom Post or Talonbranch Glade|
|Moonglade||N/A||Northwest||By foot through Timbermaw Hold or flight paths from Everlook to Shrine of Remulos|
|Mount Hyjal||80-82||Southwest||By flying|
- Main article: Winterspring NPCs
- Main article: Winterspring storyline
Quests in Winterspring mostly revolve around hunting the local wildlife or investigating the sources of madness plaguing them. Throughout their progression through the zone, players go from fighting the Winterfall tribe at the request of , to studying Highborne spirits at Lake Kel'Theril, to game hunting from Everlook and the Goodgrub Smoking Pit, to helping the blue dragonflight exiles at Mazthoril reclaim their home.
- Dark trolls
- Thunder lizards
- Darkwhisper Gorge formerly occupied a rather large portion of the zone. It held elite demons of an approximate five-man difficulty who have guarded a non-functional entrance to Mount Hyjal. When the Cataclysm expansion was released, the subzone was merged with the Hyjal zone. However, the edge of the mountain drop between Darkwhisper Gorge in Hyjal and Azshara is still considered part of Winterspring, and players briefly enter and exit Winterspring when flying between Hyjal and Azshara.
- Patch 0.10 (2004-09-18): Opened.