Ruins of Lordaeron

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This article is about the in-game ruins. For the history before the ruins, see Capital City. For the arena, see Ruins of Lordaeron (arena).
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City ruins



Former ruler(s)
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Southern Tirisfal Glades


Plagued Battle for Azeroth

The Ruins of Lordaeron (or Lordaeron Keep,[1] also called Ruins of Capital City[2] and Capital City Ruins and still referred to as Lordaeron City[3]) is all that remains of the city of Lordaeron, the great capital city of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. Now it serves as a sad reminder of the power of the Scourge. The area is literally haunted by the final tragic events that led to the death of King Terenas and the city's destruction.


Burning Legion

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The throne room of Lordaeron.

After the massacre of its citizens at the hands of the Scourge and the destruction of the city and its Alliance defenders, the ruins were overseen by Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras. When Arthas returned from Kalimdor, he ousted the dreadlords and named himself King of Lordaeron.[4] When Ner'zhul recalled Arthas to Northrend, Balnazzar took control over the city once again. The combined forces of Grand Marshal Garithos and Sylvanas Windrunner defeated Balnazzar, at which point Sylvanas betrayed her allies and took the city for herself.[5] The Undercity, which lies beneath the ruins of the city, became the capital of the Forsaken.

World of Warcraft

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To this day you can still hear the moments before King Terenas' death; hushed whispers in the courtyard, the clanging of bells in the entryway, the faint cheer echoing the welcome of Prince Arthas, and the murmur of voices in the throne room. One such sentence that is uttered says "This kingdom shall fall, and from the ashes shall arise a new order that will shake the very foundations of the world." — Arthas after slaying his father, and proclaiming the Scourge's invasion and victory over Lordaeron. If you can detect invisibility, you will see the ghosts of the citizens of Lordaeron still haunting the castle's courtyard. Beneath the ruins now lies the Forsaken capital city — the Undercity, where the dark queen prepares to conquer the lands to the east and south.

The lands outside the ruins are no longer full of cheerful people enjoying the sun, but with demons such as Darkhounds and Duskbats and the Scourge lurking nearby at the borders of the Plaguelands.

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A new section of this zone holding an Orb of Translocation was added that connects the Undercity to the blood elf capital of Silvermoon City for those with the Burning Crusade expansion. Additionally an Arena was added.

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The Horde forces led by Thrall and Sylvanas battled through the entrance against Varimathras's demons.


Overview of Ruins of Lordaeron in Cataclysm.

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The city received a overhaul, and is finally completely visible to players due to the addition of flying mounts to the Eastern Kingdoms. The architecture of the Ruins of Lordaeron as well as the Undercity was not heavily changed in Cataclysm, however it was updated to allow flying mounts. Little Forsaken presence could be seen here until patch 4.2.0, when the area was populated with Forsaken Citizens and Kor'kron Overseers. Apothecary Initiates were also added near the plague wagons.

Warlords of Draenor

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Since the fall of Garrosh Hellscream in the Siege of Orgrimmar, the Kor'kron Overseers have left the Undercity and the Ruins of Lordaeron, and the abominations have returned to their posts as Undercity Guardians.

Battle for Azeroth

The siege of Lordaeron.

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Capital City would be put under siege by the Alliance during the reignited war between the Alliance and the Horde. Led by High King Anduin Wrynn, the Alliance sought to reclaim the fallen capital of Lordaeron from the Forsaken and the Horde. Though Sylvanas and the Horde put up a fierce defense, they are forced to abandon Capital City and the Undercity beneath it, leaving the ruins plagued and unclaimed.

In the RPG

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Undercity is beneath Lordaeron's ruins, but above the Forsaken city one can visit Lordaeron's palace. Terenas' throne room and the royal crypts are still intact. The bloodstain where Arthas slew his father can still be seen. The magnificent gardens are also accessible, though they have grown wild and play home to lurking beasts.[6]


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (NYI): Subzone revamped, models updated, plagued and abandoned.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Subzone redone and opened for flying mounts.