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Mount Hyjal

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For the mountain this zone is named after and resides on, see Mount Hyjal (mountain). For the Caverns of Time raid, see Battle for Mount Hyjal.
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Level: 80 - 82
Battle Pet Level: 22 - 24
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Northern Kalimdor

Mount Hyjal.

Mount Hyjal is a level 80-82 zone in the expansion, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Hyjal is under heavy siege by Ragnaros, who is trying to destroy the World Tree. Malfurion Stormrage is returning from the Emerald Dream, and commands the armies of Cenarius, known as the Guardians of Hyjal. The zone makes extensive use of the terrain phasing technology.[1]

Zone usage before Cataclysm

Before World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, two versions of the Hyjal zone were present in the game. The first one in terms of lore-chronology is the map used for the Caverns of Time instance "Battle for Mount Hyjal". This map, however, was a retouched version of the zone which was present in the game from the very beginning but inaccessible via normal means. Nevertheless, it used to be possible to access pre-Cataclysm Hyjal via Winterspring with some skillful rock climbing, or a glitch that allowed you to die close to the zone's entry gate then resurrect on the other side[2]. However, after Patch 2.1.2, Blizzard implemented a "No Man's Land" teleport that removed players from the zone. It was still possible for a shaman to chain-cast [Far Sight] from neighboring zones such as Winterspring to see inside Hyjal.

The ruins of the Alliance and Horde bases from the Battle of Mount Hyjal do not appear in the Cataclysm-era Hyjal, most likely either due to retconning or game mechanics. In place of the former Alliance bases are the Grove of Aessina and the Shrine of Goldrinn, and the Circle of Cinders is located in place of the former Horde bases.

Description from official site

For years, Mount Hyjal and the wounded World Tree, Nordrassil, have remained cut off from the rest of Azeroth. Sealed away within a protective field of dense foliage by Malfurion Stormrage, Nordrassil has been slowly recovering from the devastation of the Third War, when Malfurion called upon the tree's power to destroy the archdemon Archimonde and repel the forces of the Burning Legion and Scourge. Now, with the impending cataclysm, the World Tree's well-being is threatened once more. From the Firelands within the Elemental Plane, Ragnaros and his minions prepare to burst into Hyjal and set Nordrassil ablaze -- and the conflagration would endanger all life on Azeroth.

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, players will have the opportunity to explore the newly reopened Mount Hyjal as Azeroth's heroes, with the help of Ysera, Malfurion Stormrage and Hamuul Runetotem, are called upon to push back the armies of the Firelord, banish Ragnaros to the Elemental Plane and lay waste to the twilight dragon stronghold in nearby Darkwhisper Gorge. This all-new level 78-82 zone will feature multiple quest hubs, phased terrain and quest lines, portals to micro-zones within the Firelands, an all-new raid dungeon, and much more.

The World Tree

Underneath Nordrassil.

Players will be able to enter Hyjal by way of Moonglade, to take on a series of high-stakes quests in a historic location alongside some of Azeroth's most renowned heroes. With a longstanding rivalry among the night elf leadership threatening to undermine the campaign against Deathwing, players will quickly discover the task of defending Nordrassil is more daunting than they had anticipated. In order to succeed, they must seek out the help of extremely powerful allies: the Ancients.

The Ancients

To protect Nordrassil and heal the devastation the invading fire elementals are causing across Mount Hyjal, players must first recapture the shrine of the wolf god Goldrinn. The ogres surrounding the shrine will not leave peacefully, but seizing the shrine will allow players their first opportunity to infiltrate the Firelands and shut down a key Twilight portal, slowing the advance of the nearby Twilight's Hammer in Hyjal. With the first portal dismantled, players will soon be sought by the wilderness spirit Aessina to assist in cleansing and healing the nearby forest, ultimately returning the land to its former splendor. This small victory, however, isn't enough to deter the Twilight Remnants from attempting to scorch the forest once more. As you struggle to keep these foes at bay, you'll also need to help the Guardians of Hyjal -- a new neutral faction of druids and worshipers of the Ancients—repopulate the forest with animal life. It's even rumored that Malorne has been spotted in the wilderness. Perhaps further investigation is necessary.... Amid the chaos, the Druids of the Talon will need players' assistance to resurrect the goddess of winged creatures. Players begin the process by helping to slay a group of black dragons and closing a second Firelands portal from within. Just when you think things might be heating up, you'll need to fight through a burning night elf town to shut down the third and final portal with the assistance of the turtle god Tortolla.

Darkwhisper Gorge

Your successes in Hyjal will ultimately lead you to the assembly of the Ancients, who have set a plan in motion to bring a powerful ally and demigod back into this realm. Before that can happen, however, you will need to infiltrate Darkwhisper Gorge disguised as a follower of the Twilight's Hammer, acting quickly to sow discord within the entrenched faction, weakening it for the coming struggle. Only time will tell if the Ancients' plan is a success—but you'll need to do your part if there's any hope of saving Mount Hyjal from the twilight dragons, Ragnaros, and his minions of the Elemental Plane.[3]


Maps and subregions

Map of Hyjal
Ashen Lake · Ascendant's Rise · Blackhorn's Penance · The Circle of Cinders · Darkwhisper Gorge (Doom's Vigil · The Forge of Supplication · Gates of Sothann · Seat of the Chosen · The Twilight Gauntlet) · Darkwhisper Pass · Firelands (The Crucible of Flame · Firelands Forgeworks · Firelands Hatchery · The Inner Spire) · The Flamewake · Gar'gol's Hovel · Grove of Aessina · Hyjal Barrow Dens · The Inferno · Lake Edunel · Leyara's Sorrow · Lightning Ledge · Maw of Lycanthoth · Nordrassil · The Regrowth · Rim of the World · Ruins of Lar'donir  · Sanctuary of Malorne · The Scorched Plain · Sethria's Roost · Shrine of Aviana · Shrine of Goldrinn · Sulfuron Spire · The Throne of Flame · Twilight Command Post  · The Verdant Thicket  · Whistling Grove · Wolf's Run


Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Instance portal Firelands 85++ 10/25 man  ?

Regions adjacent to Mount Hyjal

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Moonglade HordeAlliance N/A North Via breadcrumb quest
Ashenvale HordeAlliance 20-25 South By flying
Felwood HordeAlliance 45-50 West By flying
Winterspring HordeAlliance 50-55 Northeast By flying
Molten Front HordeAlliance 85 Via Portal


The portals to Mount Hyjal in the Eastern and Western Earthshrines unlock after players complete a quest underneath Nordrassil. Those portals will always drop players off underneath the World Tree.

Portals At Nordrassil

  • AllianceStormwind, located on the north side of the main structure.
  • HordeOrgrimmar, located on the south side of the main structure.
  • DruidEmerald Dreamway, a portal hub within the Emerald Dream, located on the western shores of the Well of Eternity, nestled in Nordrassil's roots. Legion

Notable characters

Main article: Mount Hyjal NPCs



Zone map before Aessina's Miracle.
Main article: Mount Hyjal quests

The quest line in Hyjal is intensively phased and takes players from Nordrassil to the four shrines to Darkwhisper Gorge and finally to Sulfuron Spire. Hyjal is one of the few non-starting-experience zones that has a phased zone map as well as phased terrain, unlocked halfway through the storyline.

At level 85, adventurers are called once again to Hyjal, this time for the Firelands Invasion against the Druids of the Flame and eventually Ragnaros himself.


Wild creatures




External links

MMO Melting Pot - guide to how to get to the zone.