Alterac Mountains (original)

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For the lore of the zone and its status after the Cataclysm, see Alterac Mountains.

NeutralAlterac Mountains
Level: 30 - 40
Ruins of Alterac.jpg
The Ruins of Alterac within the mountains.
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Central Lordaeron

Alterac Mountains is the location of the former nation of Alterac and the city-state of Dalaran, and its chief settlements included Alterac City, Dalaran and Strahnbrad. The central mountains have been overrun by ogres, while the organization called the Syndicate controls Strahnbrad and other areas. Dalaran was enclosed within an impregnable magic shell before the city was lifted in the air and moved to Northrend. A high, wooded region, the Alterac Mountains see much rainfall and its skies are constantly overcast. Crushridge ogres and the Syndicate, a wicked group of rogues led by fallen human nobles, clash repeatedly for control of this land.[1]

World of Warcraft

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The ruins of the city of Alterac has since been claimed by a tribe of ogres, and the majestic city of Dalaran was annihilated by the demon lord Archimonde during the Third war. The Dalaran mages warred against the Forsaken while they rebuilt their city, only to move the city to Northrend via powerful magic. What little Alliance activity is left in the region is centered around Dalaran Crater and the entrances to Alterac Valley, where the Stormpike Guard and the orcish Frostwolf clan vie for supremacy.

Getting there

 Horde
From Tarren Mill in the Hillsbrad Foothills, follow the road west out of the town, and then turn north at the junction. Follow the road north for a short while. Or start in Silverpine or the Undercity and swim southeast through Lordamere Lake.
 Alliance
From Southshore in the Hillsbrad Foothills, follow the road north out of the town, and then turn east at the junction. Follow the road east until just past a tower, where the road splits again. Take the north fork and continue straight past the next crossroads. When the terrain rises up beneath, you'll have reached Alterac.

Geography

The Uplands

The Alterac Mountains are high peaks rising up north of the Hillsbrad Foothills, and spreading to the border of the Western Plaguelands in the north and The Hinterlands in the east. Covered with snow at their highest point, these mountains were once the location of three major human settlements. Now these settlements lie in ruins and are controlled by hostile forces. What remains of the third settlement, the city of Dalaran, is now a crater. The mountains themselves are home to several kinds of high-altitude flora and fauna, such as yeti, mountain lions and the rare herb  [Wintersbite].

There are no flight paths, dungeons or raid dungeons in the Alterac Mountains. However, the Alterac Valley, a high level PvP battleground, lies within these mountains. In addition, the Ruins of Alterac are home to many ogres. They used to be elites until Patch 2.3.0 and the area was considered a micro dungeon.

The layout of the Alterac Mountains zone may be confusing. It is effectively divided into two subregions. Apart from the mountain pass leading to Chillwind Point in the Western Plaguelands at the north, the "outer" green zone encircling the actual mountains has no clear-cut borders, instead smoothly transiting into Silverpine Forest and Hillsbrad Foothills. It is the outer zone that contains Dalaran (or, in WotLK, the place where it stood), Chillwind Point, the Uplands, and the southern coast of Lordamere Lake.

The "inner" zone, containing the Ruins of Alterac and Strahnbrad, looks very different. It is a snowy highland region surrounded by mountains, sharply transiting into the outer zone outside Stratholme. A traveler entering the inner area by road from Hillsbrad Foothills may mistake it for the entire Alterac Mountains zone, making it seem much smaller than it actually is.

Maps and subregions

Alterac Mountains
Chillwind PointCorrahn's DaggerCrushridge HoldDalaran Crater (formerly Dalaran) • Dandred's FoldGallows' CornerGavin's NazeGrowless CaveLordamere Internment CampMisty ShoreRuins of AlteracSofera's NazeStrahnbradThe HeadlandThe Uplands
Alterac Valley (Valleys of Alterac) • Barony Mordis (Manga) • Foothill Caverns (RPG) • King's Road (WC3) • Vandermar Village (WC3 - Speculation) • Lordamere Lake (other) • Ravenholdt Manor (other) • Slaughter Hollow (Game Guide)

Topographic map of Alterac Mountains

Battlegrounds

Alterac Valley: Both the Horde and Alliance entrances to Alterac Valley can be found in these mountains, just below the snow line.

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Silverpine Forest Horde 10-20 Northwest By swimming
Hillsbrad Foothills AllianceHorde 20-30 South By foot only
Western Plaguelands AllianceHorde 50-58 Northeast By foot only

Notable characters

Dalaran Crater

The Alterac Mountains are home to several characters of note. At the entrance to Alterac Valley, Lieutenant Haggerdin seeks aid in the battle against the Frost Wolves, and Warmaster Laggrond has similarly declared war on the Stormpikes. At his manor, Lord Jorach Ravenholdt attempts to teach adventuring rogues the true skills of their trade. And at Dalaran, Archmage Ansirem Runeweaver sends bold adventurers to the jungles of Stranglethorn in search of his missing daughter.

Quests

Main article: Alterac Mountains quests

Both Alliance and Horde quests in the Alterac Mountains begin in the low 30s and continue into the low 40s. The quests, for the most part, come from Southshore and Tarren Mill, respectively, in the Hillsbrad Foothills which border the mountains. For some reason, most of the Horde's Alterac Mountains quests are categorized as Hillsbrad Foothills, though the Alliance quests seem to be more properly categorized. Alterac is unique in the game in having no proper quest hub for either faction. For this reason, many of the quests obtained in Hillsbrad Foothills send players north into the Alterac Mountains.

Resources

Ravenholdt Manor
Herbs
Ore
The snowy areas around the Ruins of Alterac are very abundant with iron and sometimes mithril, especially inside ogre mounds and caves.

Wild creatures

Dandred's Fold

The Alterac Mountains are also home to Narillasanz, a rare elite dragon.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Retuned to a 20-25 zone and merged with Hillsbrad Foothills. Scenery and quests updated as part of level 1-60 content revamp in Cataclysm.

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