Sholazar Basin

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NeutralSholazar Basin
Level: 75 - 80
Battle Pet Level: 21 - 22
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Concept art of Sholazar Basin
Capital

None

Races
Government

Tribal

Major settlements
Minor settlements
Resources
Affiliation
Location

Northwestern Northrend

Sources: Wrath of the Lich King
Sholazar Basin is a self-contained environment where the world-shaping titans allowed their creations to roam and flourish. Shielded from the Scourge by a powerful magical barrier, the basin has remained a haven from the undead. It is viewed by many of Northrend's embattled races as a kind of promised land.[1]

Sholazar Basin (pronounced SHOL-uh-zarh) is a tropical jungle basin in the midst of Northrend. It is found between Borean Tundra and Icecrown Glacier. The zone's climate and safety from the Scourge is maintained by pylons, erected by the Titans.[2] Recently, one pylon in the east has fallen and the Scourge have taken this opportunity to invade from Icecrown to the north. They are now streaming down The Avalanche.

In Sholazar Basin, players take part in a faction war between the wolvar (Frenzyheart Tribe) and the gorlocs (arctic cousins of murlocs). The various gorloc tribes have gathered together to form the group called the Oracles. Players are only able to choose one side, but are allowed to easily change to whichever faction they wish to be allied with.

History

When the Titans shaped Azeroth, Freya designed Sholazar Basin to be an area for experimentation along with Un'Goro Crater and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. All three locations were places where the power of the Well of Eternity had coalesced. The Wild Gods emerged from these cradles of life.[3]

In the RPG

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Much like Kalimdor's Un'Goro Crater, the Sholazar Basin is an anomaly. It fills the northwest corner of the Borean Tundra, and is surrounded by a nasty ridge, requiring climbing to reach it. Those that reach the top of the ridge look down into a lush tropical jungle. Hot springs dot the basin and you have to watch out for steam vents and geysers — hot enough to cook flesh from bones in an instant if something gets caught in one. Thick vegetation fills the basin, and birds and small animals are everywhere. So are insects. It is an amazing place, and hard to believe it’s part of Northrend.[4]

A high elf scholar that once visited Kaskala believed that the titans used the Sholazar Basin as a testing ground. Some of their experiments, or at least the remains of those experiments, may still exist. Thus, the basin is a potential treasure trove of knowledge and power. Who knows what species the Titans left here, and what notes and tools?[5]

Geography

Maps

Map of Sholazar Basin in World of Warcraft.
Subregions
The Avalanche · Bittertide Lake · The Blight Line · The Bonefields · The Bones of Nozronn · Bristlepine Den · Death's Hand Encampment · Dorian's Outpost · Frenzyheart Hill · Frenzyheart River · The Glimmering Pillar · Kartak's Hold · Lakeside Landing · The Lifeblood Pillar · The Lost Lands · The Lost Passage · Makers' Overlook · Makers' Perch · Mistwhisper Refuge · The Mosslight Pillar · Nesingwary Base Camp · The Path of the Lifewarden · Rainspeaker Canopy · Rainspeaker Rapids · River's Heart · Sapphire Hive · The Savage Thicket · The Seabreach Flow · The Skyreach Pillar · Sparktouched Haven · Spearborn Encampment · The Stormwright's Shelf · The Sundered Shard · The Suntouched Pillar · Swindlegrin's Dig · Waygate · Wildgrowth Mangal · Wintergrasp River · Savage Thicket · The Skyreach Pillar · The Stormwright's Shelf · The Suntouched Pillar · Wildgrowth Mangal

Travel Hubs

Sholazar Basin in-game
Concept art.
Concept art.
Neutral Flight paths from Nesingwary Base Camp (only available after completing quest chain that starts with N [76] Need an Engine, Take an Engine)
Neutral Flight paths from River's Heart

Regions adjacent to Sholazar Basin

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Borean Tundra AllianceHorde 68-72 Southwest By foot, or by flight path
Wintergrasp AllianceHorde PvP South By flight path
Icecrown Glacier AllianceHorde 77-80 Northeast By flight path

Notable characters

Main article: Sholazar Basin NPCs

Sholazar Basin is home to several characters of note. At Frenzyheart Hill, High-Shaman Rakjak leads the Frenzyheart Tribe in the fight against local fauna and their hated enemies, the Oracles, led by High-Oracle Soo-say. The wolvar are not the only new arrivals to the basin, as Hemet Nesingwary leads his band of hunters in search of new game, targeting Broodmother Slivina as the ultimate challenge to a hunter. Artruis the Heartless leads the Scourge attack on the region, but is continually held at bay by the mysterious Avatar of Freya.

Quests

Main article: Sholazar Basin quests

Resources

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Herbalism

Skinning

Mining

Fishing

Wild creatures

Main article: Sholazar Basin NPCs

Many fearsome and exotic beasts dwell in the steamy jungle of Sholazar Basin. Goretalon rocs glide through the Basin and Sapphire Hive wasps buzz and go about the business of protecting their hive. The gigantic and bad-tempered shardhorn rhinos graze while hardknuckle gorillas forage nearby. Sinuous emperor cobras and massive dreadsabers stalk their prey through the undergrowth, both of which are deadly apex predators and more than a match for an unwary traveler in the Basin. Mangal crocolisks also make their home in the Basin's waters and should be treated with caution as well.

The Basin has more than a few unique beasts of such singularly impressive size, strength and or beauty as to earn them the distinction of being named. Some of these include:

Rare elite NPCs associated with the  Northern Exposure achievement:

Reputation

Sholazar Basin is the home of both the Oracles and the Frenzyheart Tribe. Both are constantly at war with eachother, and players will choose to align with one faction at a time through one of the main quest chains of the area. Players can switch their chosen faction by repeating the last quest in the starting chain and killing/saving the character of the opposite faction (A Hero's Burden). Sholazar Basin also has its own hidden reputation, which is currently unused, that will increase as faction dailies are completed, and will not decrease if a player decides to switch factions.

Notes

  • In Lands of Mystery, this area was treated more as a subzone of the Borean Tundra.
  • To open up the flight path at Nesingwary Base Camp, there is a 2-part quest chain from Weslex Quickwrench that you have to complete first.
  • Given Blizzard's fondness for pop-culture references, Sholazar may be a nod to the Savage Land of Marvel Comics. Both are tropical paradises formed in Arctic regions by a powerful race of creator-beings.
  • At co-ordinates (38,37), a hatch with the numbers 5 9 16 17 24 43 can be found as a reference to the series Lost.
  • The naming of subzone The Lost Lands is a reference to Land of the Lost, which both Sholazar Basin and Un'Goro Crater are based on.
  • Sholazar Basin, like Un'Goro Crater, is littered with mysterious Titanic crystals that can be activated through structures or watchers when the need arises.

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