Classic zones

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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.

Classic World of Warcraft consisted only of two continents, Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, 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
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) Wrath of the Lich King from Stormwind Harbor. WP
Tirisfal Glades 1-10 Horde HordeBrill, (HordeUndercity) Undead starting zone, Scarlet Monastery instance, zeppelins to Durotar, Stranglethorn Vale, and Howling Fjord Wrath of the Lich King. WP
Westfall 10-15 Alliance AllianceFurlbrow's Pumpkin Farm, AllianceMoonbrook, AllianceSentinel Hill Human secondary zone, Deadmines instance. 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 AllianceSouthshore, HordeSouthpoint Gate, HordeTarren Mill Alterac Valley battleground. WP
Arathi Highlands 25-30 Contested HordeGalen's Fall, HordeHammerfall, AllianceRefuge Point Arathi Basin battleground. WP
Wetlands 25-30 Contested AllianceMenethil Harbor Dwarf and human favored; boat to Theramore Isle (Dustwallow Marsh) WP
Stranglethorn Vale 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
Western Plaguelands 35-40 Contested NeutralAndorhal, AllianceChillwind Camp, NeutralHearthglen, HordeThe Bulwark Scholomance instance. WP
Eastern Plaguelands 40-45 Contested NeutralLight's Hope Chapel Stratholme instance. Naxxramas raid. WP
Badlands 45-48 Contested HordeBloodwatcher Point, AllianceDragon's Mouth, AllianceDustwind Dig, NeutralFuselight, HordeNew Kargath Horde favored, Uldaman instance. WP
The Hinterlands 45-50 Contested AllianceAerie Peak, HordeHiri'watha Research Station, HordeRevantusk Village, AllianceStormfeather Outpost Seradane - Emerald Dream portal. WP
Searing Gorge 45-50 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 52-55 Contested AllianceMarshtide Watch, HordeStonard, AllianceThe Harborage Horde favored, Temple of Atal'Hakkar instance. WP
The Blasted Lands 54-58 Contested HordeDreadmaul Hold, AllianceNethergarde Keep, HordeSunveil Excursion, AllianceSurwich Dark Portal location - access to Outland The Burning Crusade (not available in Classic). WP
Blackrock Mountain 49-60 Contested BRD, LBRS, UBRS, Molten Core, BWL instances. -
Deadwind Pass 55-60 Contested Karazhan The Burning Crusade instance (not available in Classic) WP


Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
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), 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 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 instance. 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
Moonglade N/A Contested NeutralNighthaven Druid favored; almost mobless zone,
except Eranikus (summoned, with mobs) and Omen (Lunar Festival only).


  1. ^ BradyGames; Michael Lummis. World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide, 9. ISBN 978-0-7440-0405-2 and 978-0-7440-0503-5. 
  2. ^ BradyGames; Michael Lummis. World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide, 212. ISBN 978-0-7440-0405-2 and 978-0-7440-0503-5.