Silverpine Forest

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"Silverpine" redirects here. For the zone prior to the Cataclysm, see Silverpine Forest (original).
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Level: 10 - 60
Battle Pet Level: 3 - 6
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Western Lordaeron

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Silverpine Forest, or simply Silverpine, is a vast, ancient wood that runs along Lordaeron's rugged western coast. The land ranges from fairly flat to hilly, and is nestled among even taller mountains. Gilneas and the Hillsbrad Foothills border the forest to the south, while Tirisfal Glades lays to the north. Lordamere Lake serves as Silverpine's eastern border.[1]

Silverpine Forest is the edge of the Forsaken homeland, and the southernmost point where effects of the undead plague can be seen in the plant life. This woodland is haunted and wild, characterized by its tall, silver-barked pines towering over grassy knolls. The forest is eerily silent save for the occasional unnatural howling echoing among the trees. Mossy overhangs shiver in the cold breeze, and the trees are all sickly or dying. Dilapidated farmsteads and abandoned mines dot the land, home now to the darker denizens of the woods.

Forsaken control the northern forest and that region serves as the staging area for their armies that march into the besieged kingdom of Gilneas. What remains of the human population retains control of the southern forest, but they are desperate and their forces thinly stretched. Since the fall of the Greymane Wall and the spread of the worgen curse, the Gilneas Liberation Front has decided to strike back at the Forsaken after their first invasion, openly fighting against their oppressors.

Though the territory belongs to the Forsaken, their claim is disputed by the wizards of Dalaran, Gilneans and the raised Gilnean noblemen that now have entrenched themselves along with the Scourge remnants in the Baron Silverlaine's former fortress, the Shadowfang Keep.


Silverpine Forest.
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Silverpine Forest at night.

The southern parts of Silverpine Forest was originally part of the kingdom of Gilneas, until it was walled off with the Greymane Wall.[2] The road that goes through Silverpine Forest was usually used by dignitaries traveling to Capital City, and was used by Anduin Lothar and the refugees from Stormwind when they escaped to Lordaeron after the First War.

During the Third War, the forest was affected by the plague of undeath. The forces of the Lich King invaded the woods, setting fire to the crops and massacring its people. The plague began to affect the trees, making them pale and lifeless with disease.[citation needed] 

The worgen threat was contained for millennia, until Archmage Arugal managed to pull the wolf-beasts from the Emerald Dream. Summoned by order of King Genn Greymane, the worgen were used to battle Scourge forces encroaching on the kingdom of Gilneas. Yet the feral creatures soon spread their curse throughout the human population of Silverpine Forest, infecting Gilnean soldiers stationed beyond the Greymane Wall. In order to contain this epidemic, Greymane abandoned Silverpine Forest in order to keep the curse at bay, though before long the affliction had advanced through the legendary barrier and was gradually eating away at Gilneas's humanity.[3]

Driven mad with guilt, Arugal adopted the worgen as his children and retreated to the newly dubbed 'Shadowfang Keep', situated above the tiny hamlet of Pyrewood. He has created a wolfcult in order to spread the worgen curse and expand his worgen family.

After the war, with Lordaeron destroyed, the wizards of Dalaran busy rebuilding their home and the citizens of Gilneas having locked themselves away behind the Greymane Wall, no one was left to take care of the forest.

Though many pockets of Alliance resistance were scattered across Lordaeron, the largest group had gathered in Silverpine Forest after the Third War. This force was led by Grand Marshal Othmar Garithos. Kael'thas and his blood elves quickly seized large swaths of land and began preparing for their journey to the ruins of Dalaran.[4]

A night elf expedition under Maiev Shadowsong and Tyrande Whisperwind arrived at Lordaeron through Silverpine Forest, looking for Illidan Stormrage. They soon joined with Kael and his blood elves and worked together to get through the forest to Dalaran.[5] Later, a fight between a temporary alliance of night elves and naga under Malfurion Stormrage and Illidan against the Scourge also took place in the woods, in an attempt to rescue Tyrande from the undead monstrosities.[6]

Silverpine Forest was also used as a refuge for a while by the banshee Sylvanas Windrunner while she was plotting to overthrow Arthas.[citation needed] 

After its fall, the forest became occupied by the Forsaken, minions of Thule Ravenclaw, and the forces of Arugal.


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After the defeat of Archmage Arugal and the complete takeover of the forest by the Forsaken, this region was fairly silent for a while. However, the new Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream ordered the Forsaken to conquer Gilneas in order to establish a main oversea supply route to the continent of Lordaeron. Silverpine Forest became the staging ground for the Forsaken soldiers invading Gilneas.

The war proved costly and the first invasion was repelled by the proud, now worgen, defenders of Gilneas. After the Forsaken defeat, the Gilneas Liberation Front gained the upper hand in the conflict, and the worgen quickly began to wash over Silverpine Forest, reaching even the distant lands of Brill near the Undercity in Tirisfal Glades.

The Forsaken had to resort to more reckless and experimental methods in order to win back their territory, such as using Val'kyr, the former servants of the Lich King, to raise the Gilnean noblemen: Godfrey, Ashbury and Walden, who did not accept the fact that their king became a half-man, half-beast. With their help, the Forsaken managed to drive off the worgen offensive back to Gilneas, but after the deed was done, Godfrey and his henchmen assassinated Sylvanas and then fled to the abandoned fortress of Shadowfang Keep. Luckily for the Horde, Sylvanas was resurrected thanks to the power of her val'kyr servants. Now both Sylvanas and Ivar Bloodfang seek to eliminate the traitorous noblemen that now reside and plot behind the walls of Silverlaine's keep.


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Silverpine Forest is a vast, primeval wood that runs along Lordaeron's rugged western coast. The land is fairly flat, but small hills, mossy overhangs and grassy knolls are common. Razed farms and vacant gold mines dot a land commonly described as "forsaken". Many wild and aggressive creatures roam through the trees.[7]

Silverpine Forest contains no raid dungeons or PvP areas. Shadowfang Keep, the level 18-21 instanced dungeon, can be found here, as well as the former micro dungeon Pyrewood Village. There are Horde-only travel hubs, such as Forsaken High Command or the Sepulcher.

The southern portion of the land is more dreary, and the terrain resembles that of Gilneas, rather than the rest of the forest, because of the close proximity to the kingdom's border.

Maps and subregions

Map of Silverpine Forest.
Map of Silverpine Forest prior to Cataclysm.

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Dungeon Name Level Range Approximate Run Time
Instance portal Shadowfang Keep 16-26 20–40 minutes

Travel hubs

The Sepulcher.
Horde Flight paths from Forsaken High Command
Horde Flight paths from Forsaken Rear Guard
Horde Flight paths from the Sepulcher
Horde Flight paths from The Forsaken Front

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Tirisfal Glades Horde 1 - 20 North By foot or by flightpath from the Sepulcher to the Undercity
Ruins of Gilneas AllianceHorde N/A South By foot or by flightpath from the Sepulcher to Forsaken Forward Command
Hillsbrad Foothills AllianceHorde 15 - 60 East By foot or by flightpath from the Sepulcher to Tarren Mill; Or by swimming across Lordamere Lake

Notable characters

The Forsaken Front.
Main article: Silverpine Forest NPCs


Sylvanas and her val'kyr at the Sepulcher.
Main article: Silverpine Forest storyline

The story covers the Forsaken war effort against the kingdom of Gilneas. After an initial defeat, the Gilneans have launched a counter-offensive against the Forsaken in Silverpine. The adventurer is sent to help out the Forsaken in order to reclaim Gilneas, performing a series of dangerous tasks from small errands to even participating in the final battle against the Alliance in the region. Lady Sylvanas Windrunner oversees the Horde war effort personally and is present throughout the experience.


Pyrewood Village.

Battle pets

Wild creatures

Warcraft III

Silverpine Forest in Warcraft III.

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Silverpine Forest was home to a large band of forest trolls called Shadowglen, who had dammed the River Arevass, putting them at odds with Illidan Stormrage's naga. It was also inhabited by gnolls, as in World of Warcraft.[9]

There is a non-campaign map in Warcraft III named Silverpine Forest.

In the RPG

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The Alliance of Lordaeron once kept Silverpine Forest pristine and beautiful. In those days, the forest must have resembled the Hinterlands to the far east. Since the Third War, no one is left to take care of the forest and it has grown wild.[10]


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous zone level: 10 - 20.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Heavily changed with the Cataclysm.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): In Silverpine Forest on Fenris Island, moved a Rot Hide Plague Weaver's spawn point from inside a tree.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05):
    • There are no longer fish flying around above the water line in Silverpine Forest.
    • Aggro radius of Bears and Wolves in Silverpine have been reduced.


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