The word "continent" is also used to refer to the in-game regions where the events of an expansion take place. For example, while the Broken Isles is labeled as an in-game continent, lore-wise it is just a big chain of islands.
At the time of the War of the Ancients, 10,000 years ago, Azeroth had one singular continent called Kalimdor. The Great Sundering broke apart this landmass into various continents and islands. Currently, the ancient landmass known as Kalimdor would be called a supercontinent since all the land of the planet was once a part of it.
The number of continents has grown and shrunk as time has gone by. This is due to the discovery of new lands, the importance of those lands, and maybe politics. Currently on Azeroth, there are four continents: the Eastern Kingdoms (formed of three subcontinents) in the east, Kalimdor (formed of three subcontinents) in the west, Northrend in the north, and Pandaria in the south. These continents are bordered by the Great Sea, which occupies all the water expanse between them, and some other seas.
Concepted during development
The Undermine was already in the early World of Warcraft Betas, not as a city on an island, but instead as a continent southeast of Kalimdor (where Pandaria is located now). The concept has been re-imagined into a city on the isle of Kezan.
Outland / Draenor's continents
Outland does not have continents in the traditional sense, since it is itself a single continent that represents the remnants of what was once Draenor. Although, Draenor had at least two continents before it was shattered, Draenor (the continent) and a big unnamed landmass to the southwest as seen in its alternate version.
Areas labeled as "in-game continents"
In the RPG
Notes and trivia
- Lordaeron could be considered a sole continent since it is separated by a channel from the landmass that composes Khaz Modan and Azeroth, which in itself, these last two would make up another bigger continent.
- Nazjatar was called as an in-game continent by Jeremy Feasel at BlizzCon 2018 World of Warcraft: What's Next panel.
- Kul Tiras and Zandalar have been called subcontinents. As well as Quel'Thalas which is part of Lordaeron. Teldrassil has been described as an island, a mid-sized island, an island continent, or a giant tree.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
- ^ World of Warcraft: Legion – Feature Overview
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Features Overview
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 22
- ^ Battle for Azeroth: Tiragarde Sound Visitor’s Guide
- ^ Battle for Azeroth Preview: Zuldazar Visitor’s Guide