- Capital of the Steamwheedle Cartel and home to goblinhood's finest engineers, alchemists, and merchants.
- “All roads lead to Gadgetzan.”
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Rising out of the northern Tanaris desert, Gadgetzan is the capital city of the Steamwheedle Cartel, the largest of the goblin cartels. Having been built some three or four decades ago, the city was previously surrounded by desert, but since the Cataclysm it is now a prime beachfront property. Some of the best goblin engineers, miners and alchemists ply their trade here. The goblins believe in profit above loyalty, thus Gadgetzan is considered neutral territory in the Horde/Alliance conflict. Anyone with a fat wallet or services to offer is welcome in Gadgetzan. Both governments officially recognize goblin neutrality, and for those who don't, the streets are heavily patrolled by goblin bruisers ready to pound to a pulp anyone disrupting their trade by instigating conflict.
- 1 General Information
- 2 Travel Connections
- 3 Gadgetzan NPCs
- 4 Getting There
- 5 Reputation
- 6 Quest Guide
- 7 An article from the Gadgetzan Times
- 8 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
- 9 In Hearthstone
- 10 In the RPG
- 11 Notes & trivia
- 12 Video
- 13 Patch changes
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Although the goblins' neutrality is almost universally acknowledged, there are still those who seek to sow chaos and anarchy. For Gadgetzan, this comes in the form of the Wastewander bandits, a gang of miscreants who have occupied the Waterspring Field and Noonshade Ruins of northeast Tanaris. Few goblins care about ancient ruins (unless they have treasure) – for all they care, the bandits can have the old blocks of stone.
However, the Waterspring Field is vital to the goblins' survival in the desert, providing them with the liquid gold of the desert. Water towers out in the field were constructed under the blazing heat of the desert sun by the backbreaking work of their slaves, and by Az, the goblins aren't going to give up their hard earned towers that easily. However, the Bruisers need to stay in town to keep the gnomes' collective Napoleonic-complex from getting out of hand and to stop the seemingly endless dueling among the various visitors from disrupting business. Therefore, it falls to brave mercenaries from all corners of the world to help the goblins in their time of utmost need.
- Auction House. (Formerly neutral, but the merging of Horde and Alliance auction houses rendered this neutrality obsolete.)
- A handy Bank. Sit in the wonderfully soft and luxurious waiting area while you wait for a teller to become available.
- High-quality Forge & Anvil for any blacksmithing buffs out there. Used even by the Mithril Order.
- The renowned Inn, featuring nice hammocks and soft beds for people of all shapes and sizes. Continental breakfast for additional price.
- A friendly Stable Master who will gladly take care of your animal needs.
- On the northern side of town is a Wyvern handler for the friendly Horde — on the southern side of town is a Gryphon master for the amiable Alliance folk.
- Supplies for alchemists, engineers, and tailors, as well as engineering and mining trainers for those who wish to brush up on their skills.
- A teleportation pad for quick and safe arrival for Gnomish Engineers who have the .
In the center of Gadgetzan is the Thunderdrome, a large cage arena. It has one door on the north side. Fights are staged here for the entertainment of the populace - the bloodier the better! Interested parties should speak to if they wish to participate.
- Thunder Bluff
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- Ratchet, Northern Barrens
- Brackenwall Village, Dustwallow Marsh
- Mudsprocket, Dustwallow Marsh
- Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh
- Camp Mojache, Feralas
- Westreach Summit, Thousand Needles
- Fizzle and Pozzik's Speedbarge, Thousand Needles
- New Thalanaar, Thousand Needles
- Bootlegger Outpost, Tanaris
- Dawnrise Expedition, Tanaris
- Marshal's Stand, Un'Goro Crater
- Mossy Pile, Un'Goro Crater
- Cenarion Hold, Silithus
Gadgetzan is located in the zone of Tanaris, in the southeast corner of Kalimdor. It can be accessed by traveling through Thousand Needles, crossing a mountain pass at the southeastern edge to travel into Tanaris. The town is built at the base of the pass.
An alternate way to reach Gadgetzan for Alliance players is to swim south along the coast from Theramore Isle.
Killing Southsea Pirates and Wastewander nomads will increase your Reputation with the Steamwheedle Cartel. Having a Friendly or higher Reputation will make the Guards help you in case of initiated violence against you. Completing will cause you to lose reputation with the Bloodsail Buccaneers.
Most of the quests associated with the Gadgetzan faction are located in Tanaris.
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- - From / on board Fizzle & Pozzik's Speedbarge.
As you head east to Noonshade Ruins, you can complete both and , but don't worry if you don't collect enough Wastewander Water Pouches. For , head southeast of Gadgetzan to Waterspring Field. Here, the mobs have a much higher droprate for Pouches. will also be wandering the area with two stealthed escorts. Try to leave with Pouches in multiples of five; the first five for if you're Horde and the rest for repeated turn-ins for . You may want to hold on to the Pouches for the Horde quest line that follows.
An article from the Gadgetzan Times
Gadgetzan: The Jewel of Tanaris
GADGETZAN – Sitting like a sapphire on the silvery-white sands of Tanaris, Gadgetzan is one of the greatest cities of Kalimdor and, to hear goblins speak, of the world itself. Using their ingenuity, the goblins of the Steamwheedle Cartel have tamed the desert and erected a trading outpost the likes of which none have seen before. This city is open to both members of the Horde and Alliance, provided they keep their weapons sheathed. The city of Gadgetzan features a neutral bank, an auction house run by goblin auctioneers, and vendors galore.
The first of these, the bank, accepts deposits from both the Horde and the Alliance and, working with the banks in Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff as well as the banks in Ironforge, Stormwind, and Darnassus, allows access to deposits made anywhere in the world. The agreements and technology that allows the goblins to access the other banks and deposits made in them is a closely guarded goblin secret.
The second feature is the Auction House. The auction house in Gadgetzan, to hear the goblins speak, puts the houses in Orgrimmar and Ironforge to shame. The Gadgetzan auction house allows members of the Alliance and the Horde to sell goods that can be purchased by anyone, even members of the opposing faction. One of the most popular trades made through the auction house is the lucrative "pet trade." On any given day, one can walk into the Gadgetzan auction house and see humans trading kittens to the Horde and the Tauren trading prairie dogs to the Alliance. Some speculate that the trade in cuddly creatures may cause the two sides to come to terms yet.
The third major feature of Gadgetzan is the sheer variety of vendors and professionals. In Gadgetzan, one can find materials for many professions from cooking to enchanting. A variety of armor and weapons is sold with no questions asked.
These three things alone make Gadgetzan an ideal city. The rest of the city's amenities, including an inn with beds for all races and sizes, a forge and anvil used and praised by the Mithril Order itself, a Stable Master who is an expert in handling animals from the world over, as well as transportation by Wyvern or Gryphon are just icing on the cake. Taken altogether, all of these things make Gadgetzan one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, city in the world.
That's not to say that Gadgetzan is perfect, of course. There are some minor problems that pester the people of this desert paradise. Small things like the Wastewander bandits who threaten the Waterspring Field. Adventurers who beat the bandits back earn the gratitude of the goblins and will be, in time, suitably rewarded. Of course, sometimes the problems come from the adventurers themselves. The Gadgetzan envisioned by the goblins is a trade haven but sometimes the Gadgetzan that really exists resembles a battlefield. Such battles are finished quickly once the Bruisers arrive on the scene, though, so future visitors need not worry overmuch about the violence they hear about in Gadgetzan. Aside from a few minor quirks, the city of Gadgetzan truly is the goblin-built jewel of Tanaris.
World of Warcraft: CataclysmThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
The ocean has flooded in close to the town, turning the area outside the eastern wall into beach-front property and obliterating Steamwheedle Port. Gadgetzan now functions as a port, and a new ship is being built just outside the town.
In HearthstoneThis section concerns content exclusive to Hearthstone.
Gadgetzan is the setting for the fifth expansion for Hearthstone, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. In the expansion, Gadgetzan is described as having massively expanded from a small desert town to a large, bustling port city following the flooding of Tanaris during the Cataclysm. Three major crime families rule the back alleys of the newly expanded Gadgetzan: the brutish weapon smugglers of the Grimy Goons led by the cunning and powerful , the mystical assassins of the Jade Lotus led by the young and clever and the outcast spellcasters and potion-peddlers of the Kabal led by the mysterious and intelligent . Besides these three, there are also some minor factions active in the city, such as the "quilboar biker gang."
As of 2017 there are no plans to recreate Gadgetzan in World of Warcraft to match the Hearthstone version.
In the RPGThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.
The neutral goblin trading outpost of Gadgetzar is the only spot of civilization in the entire desert of Tanaris. Why the goblins chose to build their trading town in such an inhospitable location is anyone's guess, but here weary explorers can find many modern amenities, as well as a place to escape from the blistering sun and other dangers of the desert.
Notes & trivia
- A druid of the Cenarion Circle lives here.
- Although Gadgetzan looks like, and appears to be, a reference to the desert town of Mos Eisley from Star Wars, it is even likelier to be a reference to "Barter Town" in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome; the main area in which the movie is situated is located in a desert and has an arena in the middle, similar to the one in Gadgetzan. Further evidence of this is the NPC named , whose name is very similar to Tina Turner, who played a lead part in that movie.
- The walls of The Cage (now known as Thunderdrome) used to block the neutral guards' line-of-sight, allowing Horde and Alliance to gank or otherwise slaughter each other to their content within it.
- Gadgetzan contains (or at least used to contain) a members-only discothèque, according to .
- Steamwheedle Port denizens have moved to Gadgetzan in the wake of the Shattering.
- Gadgetzan was infamous among low level players because of its extremely active high-level PvP. Most players around level 40 would get horribly murdered by high level players over and over. During The Burning Crusade, this area was heavily populated by level 70 players visiting the arena fighting each other. It was not uncommon to see both flight masters getting killed repeatedly. Even in Wrath of the Lich King, it was still a very active PvP area. However, with the Cataclysm, the area seems to be quite quiet now.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): The quests and give no more reputation.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 362
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 364
- ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120508043541/http://us.battle.net/wow/en/faction/gadgetzan
- ^ Ben Brode on Twitter (2016-11-14).
- ^ Ben Brode on Twitter (2016-11-14).
- ^ MMO-Champion: Tier Sets in BfA, Developer Interviews, Hotfixes Nov 14, Blue Posts, Lineage 2
- ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 211
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, chapter 21