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Just prior to the Cataclysm, the gnomes' leader, High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque, led an attack on Gnomeregan’s invaders. The Gnomeregan exiles were priming their forces at Steelgrill's Depot, the staging grounds for the Gnomeregan offensive and the production site of the gnome's mechano-tanks. After the preparations were made, Gelbin led a full assault to wrest control of Gnomeregan's air field, surface command post, and ultimately underwent a raid into the tunnels of lower Gnomeregan. Despite the Gnomeregan exiles' best efforts to reclaim their techno-city, Sicco Thermaplugg detonated a radiation bomb in the city; forcing Mekkatorque's forces to hastily teleport to the surface to escape the re-irradiated city. It was a successful first maneuver, but there will be much more bloodshed before the entirety of the gnomeland is liberated. In the ongoing effort to reclaim Gnomeregan from Sicco Thermaplugg and his twisted cohorts, the gnomes have carved out a tenuous foothold in New Tinkertown, near the techno-city’s gates.
As Gnomeregan's exiles set out to reclaim their beloved capital from the treasonous Mekgineer Thermaplugg, we bring you a first look at how this wondrous techno-city will exist in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Following the conclusion of Operation: Gnomeregan, High Tinker Mekkatorque and his people have gained a foothold just outside the city in New Tinkertown. Soon, though, they'll find that the surface is rife with a host of new perils that they couldn't have prepared for.
Resolute in reclaiming their lost capital, Gnomeregan's exiles have begun an assault against the traitorous Mekgineer Thermaplugg. Traveling from their temporary residence in Ironforge, they are led by the esteemed High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque, leader of the gnomes, and seek to restore Gnomeregan to its past glory. In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, new gnome adventurers will get to experience this ongoing struggle to retake their former home firsthand, beginning their journey in the besieged upper levels of the techno-city.
In the wake of Operation: Gnomeregan, survivors of the fallout will make their way to New Tinkertown, the gnomes' foothold outside their captured city. From there they will be called into action by the high tinker himself to help protect reclaimed gnomish land from new and imminent threats. As one of the newest recruits to this cause, your mettle will be put to the test when you face perilous trials like rescuing captured gnomish demolitionists, destroying a tunnel riddled with vicious troggs, and extinguishing toxic sludge that has begun to rise from the irradiated depths of the city.
Your most important mission, however, will be to thwart the plans of Razlo Crushcog, conspirator and ally of Mekgineer Thermaplugg. Before Chill Breeze Valley can be fully resettled, Crushcog must be stopped, and only your efforts can bring that goal to fruition. Gnomish know-how and engineering will be your allies, but your greatest weapons will be your wits and the will to fight the good fight... for Gnomeregan!
In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, you'll encounter these challenges and more in the gnomes' new starting (levels 1-5) experience. Keep a good head on your shoulders and ingenuity in your pocket, and your contributions will help secure a proper home for your fellow gnomes.
- High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque
- Hinkles Fastblast
- Captain Tread Sparknozzle <Mekkatorque's Advisor>
- Elgin Clickspring <High Tinker's Assistant>
- Nevin Twistwrench <S.A.F.E Commander>
- Engineer Grindspark
- Corporal Fizzwhistle
- Gnomeregan Infantry
- Recovered Gnome
- Physician's Assistant
- Wounded Infantry
- Monk Trainee
- Gnomeregan Trainee
- S.A.F.E. Operative
- S.A.F.E. Officer
- S.A.F.E. Technician
- Mina Gleespanner
- Class trainers
- Drill Sergeant Steamcrank <Warrior Trainer>
- Kelsey Steelspark <Rogue Trainer>
- Alamar Grimm <Warlock Trainer>
- Bipsi Frostflinger <Mage Trainer>
- "Doc" Cogspin <Priest Trainer>
- Xi, Friend to the Small <Monk Trainer>
- Muffinus Chromebrew <Hunter Trainer>
- Sculpin <Muffinus's Pet>
Notes and trivia
- The Great Gnomeregan Run starts here.
- During the development of Cataclysm the town was inside a subzone called Gates of Gnomeregan.
- The outdoor area at this location was simply named Gnomeregan until Cataclysm.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.