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Zones are areas of the map with designated themes, mobs, and scenery. These areas have borders much like a state or country, and though invisible, they define areas.[1] They may contain subzones, cities, towns, villages, or instances. For example, the zone of Dun Morogh contains the subzone of Coldridge Valley, the city Ironforge, the town Kharanos, and the instance Gnomeregan.

World of Warcraft currently consists of five continents: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Northrend, Pandaria, and Outland, which are sometimes divided into other sections which are also called continents, and further divided into smaller sections in-game known as zones.[2]

In lore and the official web site, a zone is usually referred to as a "region" (however, the community has basically forced Blizzard to start using zone instead). Furthermore, lore regions and in-game zones do not always match up (what may be a region in lore may be reduced to a subzone in-game, or some subregions may become their own zones).

For a graphical list, see Zones by level.

Zones by continent

Eastern Kingdoms

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Gnomeregan 1-6 Alliance AllianceBrewnall Village, AllianceNew Tinkertown, AllianceOld Dormitory Gnome starting zone. -
Dun Morogh 1-10 Alliance AllianceGol'Bolar Quarry, AllianceKharanos, (AllianceIronforge) Dwarf starting zone; gnomes directed here from Gnomeregan at approximately level 6. WP
Elwynn Forest 1-10 Alliance AllianceEastvale Logging Camp, AllianceGoldshire, (AllianceStormwind City) Human starting zone, The Stockade instance, Darkmoon Faire site; boats to Rut'theran Village (Teldrassil) and Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) WotLK from Stormwind Harbor. WP
Eversong Woods TBC 1-10 Horde HordeFalconwing Square, HordeFairbreeze Village, (HordeSilvermoon City) Blood elf starting zone. Orb of Translocation between Silvermoon City and Ruins of Lordaeron (Undercity). WP
Gilneas Cataclysm 1-12 Alliance AllianceDuskhaven, AllianceKeel Harbor, AllianceStormglen Worgen starting zone. WP
Tirisfal Glades 1-10 Horde HordeBrill, (HordeUndercity) Undead starting zone, Scarlet Monastery instance, zeppelins to Durotar, Stranglethorn Vale, and Howling Fjord WotLK, Orb of Translocation in Ruins of Lordaeron (Undercity) to Silvermoon City TBC. WP
Westfall 10-15 Alliance AllianceFurlbrow's Pumpkin Farm, AllianceMoonbrook, AllianceSentinel Hill Human secondary zone, Deadmines instance. WP
Ghostlands TBC 10-20 Horde NeutralHatchet Hills, HordeTranquillien Blood elf secondary zone, Zul'Aman instance entrance. WP
Loch Modan 10-20 Alliance AllianceThe Farstrider Lodge, AllianceThelsamar Dwarf and Gnome secondary zone. WP
Silverpine Forest 10-20 Horde HordeForsaken High Command, HordeForsaken Rear Guard, HordeThe Forsaken Front, HordeThe Sepulcher Undead secondary zone, Shadowfang Keep instance. WP
Redridge Mountains 15-20 Contested AllianceLakeshire Human favored. WP
Duskwood 20-25 Contested AllianceDarkshire Human favored, Twilight Grove - Emerald Dream portal. WP
Hillsbrad Foothills 20-25 Horde HordeRuins of Southshore, HordeSouthpoint Gate, HordeTarren Mill Alterac Valley battleground. WP
Arathi Highlands 25-30 Contested HordeGalen's Fall, HordeHammerfall, AllianceRefuge Point Arathi Basin battleground. WP
Wetlands 20-25 Contested AllianceMenethil Harbor Dwarf and human favored; boats to Theramore Isle (Dustwallow Marsh) and Valgarde (Howling Fjord) WotLK from Menethil Harbor. WP
Northern Stranglethorn 25-30 Contested AllianceRebel Camp, HordeGrom'gol Base Camp, NeutralNesingwary's Expedition WP
The Cape of Stranglethorn 30-35 Contested NeutralBooty Bay, AllianceExplorers' League Digsite, HordeHardwrench Hideaway boat to Ratchet (Northern Barrens) from Booty Bay and zeppelins to Durotar and Tirisfal Glades from Grom'gol Base Camp. WP
The Hinterlands 30-35 Contested AllianceAerie Peak, HordeHiri'watha Research Station, HordeRevantusk Village, AllianceStormfeather Outpost Seradane - Emerald Dream portal. WP
Western Plaguelands 35-40 Contested NeutralAndorhal, AllianceChillwind Camp, NeutralHearthglen, HordeThe Bulwark Scholomance instance. WP
Eastern Plaguelands 40-45 Contested Template:Hostile Icon SmallEbon Hold WotLK, NeutralLight's Hope Chapel Death Knights starting area. WP
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave WotLK 55-58 Contested
(Sanctuary within Ebon Hold)
NeutralNew Avalon, NeutralAcherus: The Ebon Hold Stratholme instance. WP
Badlands 44-48 Contested HordeBloodwatcher Point, AllianceDragon's Mouth, AllianceDustwind Dig, NeutralFuselight, HordeNew Kargath Horde favored, Uldaman instance. WP
Searing Gorge 48-50 Contested NeutralThorium Point Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain). WP
Burning Steppes 50-52 Contested HordeFlame Crest, AllianceMorgan's Vigil Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain). WP
Swamp of Sorrows 52-54 Contested AllianceMarshtide Watch, HordeStonard, AllianceThe Harborage Horde favored, Temple of Atal'Hakkar instance. WP
The Blasted Lands 55-58 Contested HordeDreadmaul Hold, AllianceNethergarde Keep, HordeSunveil Excursion, AllianceSurwich Dark Portal location - access to Outland TBC. WP
The Scarlet Enclave WotLK 55-58 Contested NeutralEbon Hold WotLK Instanced Death Knight starting. Becomes subzone of the Eastern Plaguelands after its destruction during the Death Knight starting quests. WP
Blackrock Mountain 47-65, 80-85 Contested BRD, LBRS, UBRS, Molten Core, BWL, BRC instances. -
Deadwind Pass 55-60, 70 Contested Karazhan TBC instance. WP
Isle of Quel'Danas TBC 65-80 * Contested NeutralSun's Reach Magisters' Terrace and Sunwell Plateau instances. WP
Twilight Highlands Cataclysm 84-85 Contested HordeBloodgulch, HordeCrushblow, HordeDragonmaw Port, AllianceFirebeard's Patrol, AllianceHighbank, AllianceKirthaven, HordeThe Krazzworks, AllianceThundermar, NeutralVermillion Redoubt, AllianceVictor's Point Grim Batol and Bastion of Twilight instances. WP
Tol Barad Cataclysm 84-85 Combat Zone AllianceBaradin Base Camp, NeutralBaradin Hold HordeHellscream's Grasp Southern half is a dedicated PvP zone, even on PvE realms, accessible only by flying mount or portal. Northern half is a daily quest hub. WP
Tol Barad Peninsula Cataclysm 84-85 Contested WP
Kelp'thar Forest Cataclysm 80-82 Contested Smuggler's Scar Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible. WP
Shimmering Expanse Cataclysm 80-82 Contested Silver Tide Hollow
HordeLegion's Rest
AllianceTranquil Wash
Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible. WP
Abyssal Depths Cataclysm 80-82 Contested HordeTenebrous Cavern
AllianceDarkbreak Cove
Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible. Contains Throne of the Tides instance. WP

* Based upon the flight path for Alliance characters becoming available at level 65 in Ironforge and the ability for level 65 characters to use it to travel to the island. (tested 6/25/2009) However, only level 70 characters can accept quests here.


Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Echo Isles 1-6 Horde HordeDarkspear Hold, HordeDarkspear Training Grounds Troll starting zone. -
Azuremyst Isle TBC 1-10 Alliance AllianceAzure Watch, (AllianceThe Exodar) Draenei starting zone. Boat to Rut'theran Village (Teldrassil). WP
Durotar 1-10 Horde HordeRazor Hill, HordeSen'jin Village, (HordeOrgrimmar) Orc starting zone; trolls directed here from the Echo Isles at approximately level 6, Ragefire Chasm instance in Orgrimmar, zeppelins to Tirisfal Glades, Grom'gol Base Camp (Stranglethorn Vale), and Warsong Hold (Borean Tundra) WotLK, zeppelin in Orgrimmar to Thunder Bluff. WP
Mulgore 1-10 Horde HordeBloodhoof Village, (HordeThunder Bluff) Tauren starting zone, Darkmoon Faire site, zeppelin in Thunderbluff to Orgrimmar. WP
Teldrassil 1-10 Alliance AllianceDolanaar, (AllianceDarnassus) Night elf starting zone. Free pre-activated Flight Path to Rut'theran Village and Lor'danel (Darkshore). WP
Azshara 10-20 Horde HordeBilgewater Harbor Goblin tertiary zone. Cataclysm WP
Bloodmyst Isle TBC 10-20 Alliance AllianceBlood Watch Draenei secondary zone. WP
Darkshore 10-20 Alliance AllianceLor'danel Night elf favored. Players can take the Flight Path directly from Rut'theran Village (Teldrassil) to Lor'danel for free without having visited it first. WP
Northern Barrens 10-20 Horde NeutralRatchet, HordeThe Crossroads Wailing Caverns instance. WP
Ashenvale 20-25 Contested AllianceAstranaar, AllianceForest Song, HordeSplintertree Post, HordeZoram'gar Outpost Blackfathom Deeps instance,
Warsong Gulch battleground,
Bough Shadow - Emerald Dream portal.
Stonetalon Mountains 25-30 Contested HordeKrom'gar Fortress AllianceStonetalon Peak, HordeSun Rock Retreat WP
Desolace 30-35 Contested HordeFurien's Post, AllianceNijel's Point, HordeShadowprey Village, AllianceThargad's Camp Horde favored, Maraudon instance. WP
Southern Barrens 30-35 Contested HordeDesolation Hold, AllianceFort Triumph, AllianceNorthwatch Hold Razorfen Kraul and Razorfen Downs instances. WP
Feralas 35-40 Contested AllianceFeathermoon Stronghold, HordeCamp Mojache Dire Maul instance, Dream Bough - Emerald Dream portal. WP
Dustwallow Marsh 35-40 Contested AllianceTheramore, HordeBrackenwall Village, NeutralMudsprocket Onyxia's Lair instance. Boat to Menethil Harbor (Wetlands) from Theramore Isle. WP
Thousand Needles 40-45 Contested HordeFreewind Post, HordeDarkcloud Pinnacle Horde favored, contains the largest Grimtotem base in Kalimdor. WP
Felwood 45-50 Contested AllianceTalonbranch Glade, HordeBloodvenom Post, NeutralEmerald Sanctuary, NeutralWhisperwind Grove WP
Tanaris 45-50 Contested NeutralGadgetzan Zul'Farrak and Caverns of Time TBC instances, location of the formerly sealed door to Uldum. WP
Un'goro Crater 50-55 Contested NeutralMarshal's Stand WP
Winterspring 50-55 Contested NeutralEverlook WP
Silithus 55-60 Contested NeutralCenarion Hold Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj instances. WP
Mount Hyjal Cataclysm 80-82 Contested NeutralGrove of Aessina, NeutralShrine of Aviana, NeutralShrine of Goldrinn Entrance to the Firelands, location of the first World Tree, Nordrassil. WP
Uldum Cataclysm 83-84 Contested NeutralOasis of Vir'sar,NeutralRamkahen, NeutralSchnottz's Landing Halls of Origination and Lost City of Tol'vir instances. WP
Ahn'Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom Cataclysm 55-60 Contested Ahn'Qiraj's outdoor zone. WP
Moonglade 55-60 Contested NeutralNighthaven Druid favored; almost mobless zone,
except Eranikus (summoned, with mobs) and Omen (Lunar Festival only).


TBC This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Hellfire Peninsula 58-63 Contested
(Sanctuary at Stair of Destiny)
AllianceHonor Hold, HordeThrallmar, AllianceTemple of Telhamat, HordeFalcon Watch Hellfire Citadel instances. WP
Zangarmarsh 60-64 Contested AllianceTelredor, HordeZabra'jin, AllianceOrebor Harborage, HordeSwamprat Post, NeutralCenarion Refuge, NeutralSporeggar Coilfang Reservoir instances. WP
Terokkar Forest 62-65 Contested
(Sanctuary within Shattrath)
AllianceAllerian Stronghold, HordeStonebreaker Hold, (NeutralShattrath City) Auchindoun instances, Darkmoon Faire site. WP
Nagrand 64-67 Contested AllianceTelaar, HordeGaradar, NeutralHalaa Ring of Trials arena. WP
Blade's Edge Mountains 65-68 Contested AllianceSylvanaar, HordeThunderlord Stronghold, AllianceToshley's Station, HordeMok'Nathal Village, NeutralEvergrove Gruul's Lair, Circle of Blood arena. WP
Netherstorm 67-70 Contested NeutralArea 52, NeutralStormspire, NeutralCosmowrench Tempest Keep instances, Eye of the Storm battleground. WP
Shadowmoon Valley 67-70 Contested AllianceWildhammer Stronghold, HordeShadowmoon Village, NeutralAltar of Sha'tar (Aldor), NeutralSanctum of the Stars (Scryer) Black Temple instance. WP


WotLK This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Borean Tundra 68-72 Contested AllianceValiance Keep, AllianceFizzcrank Airstrip, HordeWarsong Hold, HordeBor'gorok Outpost,HordeTaunka'le Village, NeutralUnu'pe, NeutralAmber Ledge, NeutralTransitus Shield The Nexus instances, boat to Stormwind Harbor, zeppelin to Durotar, turtle boat to Moa'ki Harbor (Dragonblight). WP
Howling Fjord 68-72 Contested AllianceValgarde, HordeNew Agamand, AllianceWestguard Keep, HordeVengeance Landing, HordeCamp Winterhoof, HordeApothecary Camp, AllianceFort Wildervar, NeutralKamagua Utgarde Keep instances, boat to Menethil Harbor (Wetlands), zeppelin to Tirisfal Glades, turtle boat to Moa'ki Harbor (Dragonblight). WP
Dragonblight 71-74 Contested AllianceWintergarde Keep, AllianceStars' Rest, AllianceFordragon Hold, Neutral Moa'ki Harbor, NeutralWyrmrest Temple, HordeAgmar's Hammer, HordeKor'kron Vanguard, HordeVenomspite Naxxramas, Azjol-Nerub and Chamber of Aspects instances, turtle boats to Unu'pe (Borean Tundra) and Kamagua (Howling Fjord). WP
Grizzly Hills 73-75 Contested AllianceAmberpine Lodge, AllianceWestfall Brigade Encampment, HordeConquest Hold, HordeCamp Oneqwah Drak'Tharon Keep instance. WP
Zul'Drak 74-77 Contested NeutralEbon Watch, NeutralLight's Breach, NeutralThe Argent Stand, NeutralZim'Torga, NeutralGundrak Gundrak instance. WP
Sholazar Basin 76-78 Contested NeutralNesingwary Base Camp, NeutralRiver's Heart WP
Storm Peaks 77-80 Contested NeutralK3, NeutralBouldercrag's Refuge, NeutralDun Niffelem, NeutralUlduar, HordeGrom'arsh Crash-Site, Horde Camp Tunka'lo, AllianceFrosthold, AllianceBrann's Base-Camp Ulduar instances. WP
Crystalsong Forest 77-80 Contested
(Sanctuary within Dalaran)
AllianceWindrunner's Overlook, HordeSunreaver's Command, (NeutralDalaran) Dalaran floats above the zone. Violet Hold instance in Dalaran. WP
Hrothgar's Landing 77-80 Contested WP
Icecrown 77-80 Contested
(Sanctuary at Argent Tournament Grounds)
NeutralThe Argent Vanguard, NeutralDeath's Rise, NeutralThe Shadow Vault, NeutralCrusaders' Pinnacle, NeutralArgent Tournament Grounds Crusaders' Coliseum and Icecrown Citadel instances. WP
Wintergrasp 77-80 Combat zone AllianceValiance Landing Camp, HordeWarsong Camp Zone is a dedicated PvP zone, even on PvE realms. Accessible only by flying mount or portal. Contains Vault of Archavon raid instance. WP

The Maelstrom

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Kezan 1-5 Horde HordeKezan Goblin starting zone. Inaccessible otherwise. WP
Lost Isles 6-12 Horde HordeTown-In-A-Box Goblin post-starting zone. Inaccessible otherwise. WP
Maelstrom 82 Contested WP
Deepholm 82-83 Contested NeutralTemple of Earth Located inside the Maelstrom. Contains the Stonecore instance. WP
Wandering Isle 1-10 Contested NeutralTemple of Five Dawns Drifting towards the Maelstrom. WP


Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Molten Front Cataclysm 85 Contested Firelands instance. WP


MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
The Jade Forest 85-86 Contested AlliancePaw'don Village, AlliancePearlfin Village, HordeHoneydew Glade, HordeGrookin Hill, NeutralDawn's Blossom, NeutralTian Monastery Temple of the Jade Serpent instance. WP
Valley of the Four Winds 86-87 Contested NeutralHalfhill, NeutralStoneplow Stormstout Brewery instance. WP
Krasarang Wilds 86-87 Contested AllianceThe Incursion, AllianceSentinel Basecamp, HordeThunder Cleft, HordeDawnchaser Retreat, NeutralZhu's Watch, NeutralAnglers Wharf Unga Ingoo scenario. WP
Kun-Lai Summit 87-88 Contested TBA Shado-Pan Monastery instance and Mogu'shan Vaults raid. WP
Townlong Steppes 88-89 Contested TBA Siege of Niuzao Temple instance. WP
Dread Wastes 89-90 Contested TBA Gate of the Setting Sun instance and Heart of Fear raid. WP
Vale of Eternal Blossoms 90 Contested AllianceShrine of Seven Stars, HordeShrine of Two Moons Gate of the Setting Sun and Mogu'shan Palace instances. WP
The Veiled Stair 90 Contested NeutralTavern in the Mists Terrace of Endless Spring raid, Black Market Auction House. WP
Isle of Thunder 90 Contested AllianceViolet Rise, HordeDawnseeker Promontory Throne of Thunder raid. WP
Isle of Giants 90 Contested WP
Timeless Isle 90 Contested WP


WoD This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Frostfire Ridge 90-92 Horde Bloodmaul Slag Mines instance. WP
Shadowmoon Valley 90-92 Alliance Shadowmoon Burial Grounds instance. WP
Gorgrond 92-94 Contested The Everbloom, Grimrail Depot and Iron Docks instances and Blackrock Foundry raid. WP
Talador 94-96 Contested Auchindoun instance. WP
Spires of Arak 96-98 Contested Skyreach instance. WP
Nagrand 98-100 Contested Highmaul raid. WP
Tanaan Jungle 100 Contested WP
Ashran 100 Combat Zone WP


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