Hillsbrad Foothills

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For the pre-Cataclysm zone and associated lore, see Hillsbrad Foothills (original).
For the Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness campaign missions at the same location, see Hillsbrad (WC2 Human) and Raid at Hillsbrad (WC2 Orc).
HordeHillsbrad Foothills
Level: 15 - 60
Battle Pet Level: 6 - 7
Ruins of Southshore.jpg
The ruins of Southshore
Major settlements
Minor settlements

Central-southern Lordaeron

PvP status

Contested territory (PvP realms only)

The Hillsbrad Foothills is a large region of the former Kingdom of Lordaeron and is mostly untouched by the Scourge. This beautiful land is torn by conflict and aggressive expansion of the Forsaken, trying to conquer the whole of Lordaeron for themselves, opposed by dwarves of the Stormpike Clan allied with Bloodfang worgen of the Alliance. Its hills are green and pastoral, its meadows fertile and its soil rich. The Forsaken maintain their holdings in Tarren Mill, which is the largest settlement in this region, the dreaded Sludge Fields, where many terrifying experiments are being performed. As the result of their expansion, the humans of Southshore were driven off to Fenris Keep in Silverpine and the town itself devastated by the New Plague.

Due to the plaguing of Southshore, the conversion of the farms into the Sludge Fields and the destruction of Dun Garok, the Alliance lost all their major holdings in Hillsbrad following the Cataclysm. The Stormpike Clan attempted a large counterattack from the Alterac Mountains to the north, but their plans were thwarted by Horde heroes. Following H [24] Stormpike Apocalypse, the Alliance lost the last of their forces in Hillsbrad, delivering it to entirely the Horde.

The land also consists of Alterac Mountains and its surroundings, such as Dalaran Crater and Strahnbrad.


Hillsbrad Foothills in Warcraft II.

Hillsbrad is traditionally the most blood soaked battlefield on Azeroth, despite its pleasant, pastoral setting. The southwestern corner of the area, such as Azurelode Mine, used to be part of Gilneas before the Greymane Wall was built.[1] Central Hillsbrad was part of the Kingdom of Lordaeron from at least the 19 BDP.[2] The northern part of this region consists of the chilly Alterac Mountains, where the ruins of the city of Alterac have been claimed by a tribe of ogres and the majestic city of Dalaran was once annihilated by the demon lord Archimonde during the Third War.

Second War

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After they lost the First War, the people of Stormwind arrived in a grand exodus across the Great Sea to the shores of Lordaeron. These landless refugees then settled near the region of Southshore, pledging their loyalty to the Alliance and stationing their troops in the whole region for the coming invasion of the Horde.[3]

At the outset of the Second War orcish marauders started raiding coastal towns in the area. The newly-formed Alliance of Lordaeron established outposts to prepare themselves for the conflict.[4] During the war itself, the region saw several important skirmishes between orcs and forest trolls on one side, and humans and high elves on the other. The towns of Hillsbrad, Southshore and Tarren Mill all got attacked by the Horde, and Durnholde Keep was raided by Orgrim Doomhammer himself in order free Zul'jin and his war party from imprisonment.[5]

World of Warcraft

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In the Third War, the Scourge wiped out the human town of Tarren Mill, though it was later claimed as the southernmost holding of the Forsaken and expanded over the years. The undead battled fiercely with the humans of Southshore, until the crushing blow in form of New Plague rendered the town uninhabitable and forced its inhabitants to flee. Now the expansive Forsaken seek to maintain their holdings in order to conquer the rest of Lordaeron for the Horde.

The Dalaran mages fought against the Forsaken while they rebuilt their city, only to move the city to Northrend to combat the Lich King. What little Alliance activity is left in the region is centered around Dalaran Crater and the "four fingers" of Alterac, where the Stormpike with the aid of their new Bloodfang allies seek to drive out the Forsaken.


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The Burning Legion targeted the Hillsbrad Foothills as one of their invasion points. It was successfully defended by the Alliance, Horde and Illidari.


Though the rest of Lordaeron was ravaged by the Scourge and twisted into a haunted perversion of its former self, the Hillsbrad Foothills largely managed to escape this fate. It remains the best preserved region of the fallen kingdom, giving travelers a feeling for what the land was like before the Plague. Yet the destructive efforts of the Forsaken threaten this land with devastation. Pine trees dot the ample farmland, and the rolling pastures are frequently crisscrossed with roads leading to the gloomy Forsaken settlements. A river flowing from Darrowmere Lake in the Western Plaguelands runs north to south. There are a few small, empty islands off the southern coast, and one larger one, Purgation Isle.

The Alterac Valley battleground can be found in the zone.

Maps and subregions

Map of Hillsbrad Foothills.
Map of Hillsbrad Foothills prior to Cataclysm.

Alterac Mountains


Lore locations

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Travel hubs

The Sludge Fields.

Horde Flight paths from Southpoint Gate

Horde Flight paths from Ruins of Southshore

Horde Flight paths from Tarren Mill

Horde Flight paths from Eastpoint Tower

Horde Flight paths from Strahnbrad

Adjacent regions

Ruins of Southshore.
Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Silverpine Forest Horde 10 - 60 West By foot, or by flying.
Ruins of Gilneas Horde Alliance N/A Southwest By swimming from Purgation Isle, or by flying mount.
Arathi Highlands Horde Alliance 25 - 60 Southeast By foot, or by flying.
The Hinterlands Horde Alliance 30 - 60 East By foot, or by flying.
Western Plaguelands Horde Alliance 35 - 60 Northeast By foot, or by flying.

Notable characters

Tarren Mill.
Main article: Hillsbrad Foothills NPCs


Main article: Hillsbrad Foothills storyline


Azurelode Mine.

Dig sites

Hillsbrad Foothills

Southshore Fossil Field @ 56,61
Dun Garok Digsite @ 62,84

Hillsbrad Foothills has two dig sites:

  1. River next to Tarren Mill and Southshore; contains Fossil Archaeology Fragments.
  2. Dun Garok; contains Dwarf Archaeology Fragments.

Battle pets

Wild creatures

Nethander Stead.

Notes & trivia

  • Although considered a contested zone for PvP purposes, there are no Alliance settlements or flight points in Hillsbrad. By the end of the storyline, the Forsaken have taken control and Alliance players have little reason to visit the zone. Alliance players can still visit Brazie Farmstead, complete legacy quests related to the Alterac Valley battleground, or fight The Abominable Greench during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • On PvP servers, and less commonly, non-PvP servers, Hillsbrad was Ground Zero. It was arguably the single most actively contested region within the game before battlegrounds, with the area immediately surrounding Tarren Mill often being a major battlefield. This was due to a meeting point between the Forsaken players reaching level 20-25 (coming from Silverpine Forest) and level 30 Dwarf players (coming from Wetlands through Arathi Highlands). It was suggested that the zone should probably be avoided for solo questing (or by levels below 20), especially considering that some max level players of the opposing faction who visited customarily had no qualms about killing characters much lower in level than themselves. Although quests were available here, the area tended to be frequented by individuals whose primary interest was PvP combat (on PvP servers).
  • Having been previously known as "Gankbrad", "Pwnshore", and Killsbrad Foothills among others, Hillsbrad was the place for PvP action before Battlegrounds were introduced. This brought some peace to the area, but sometimes Alliance or Horde would still venture to the opposing faction's outpost in parties or raids to wreak havoc, especially when the battlegrounds were down.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

The eastern-most areas of the Hillsbrad Foothills (including Durnholde Keep and an Alliance naval base) may be considered part of the Arathi Highlands, as Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos indicates that Thrall's camp in a forested area west of Durnholde and east of a river (presumably the one east of Southshore in World of Warcraft) is within Arathi. The Highlands may, as a region, run up to this river, although due to Durnholde's inclusion Lordaeron's domain likely still runs up to Thoradin's Wall.


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous zone level: 20 - 25.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Retuned to 20-25 zone, merged with Alterac Mountains, scenery and quests updated as part of level 1-60 content revamp in Cataclysm expansion. Southshore has been destroyed due to the Forsaken's New Plague.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): The pair of gryphons guarding the entrance to the Hinterlands have finally decided to stop staring at one another and will now wander around the entrance to the pass.


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