Tarren Mill

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Tarren Mill is a Forsaken town located in the northern Hillsbrad Foothills. Prior to the Third War, Tarren Mill was a simple Lordaeronian town. It was destroyed by the Scourge and claimed by the Forsaken afterward, where it served as the staging point against the Alliance forces of Southshore and Dun Garok. As time passed, Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner had the town improved and reinforced. Tarren Mill now stands as a bastion of Forsaken power, while its former rival Southshore lays destroyed.


The Second War

The Hillsbrad Foothills during the Second War.
Tarren Mill during the Second War.

Tarren Mill was once a thriving human town. During the early days of the Second War, the mysterious high elves of Silvermoon sent a contingent of archers south to survey the supposed orcish threat in the area for themselves. Shortly after passing through the Alterac grasslands near Tarren Mill, the elves were ambushed by Horde troops.[1]

King Terenas ordered Alliance forces to the town in order to free the archers that had been captured and were now being held in a nearby prison camp. With the success of the mission and with the safe return of the elves from the orcs, the Council of Silvermoon then resolved to combine the armies of Quel'Thalas with those of the Alliance of Lordaeron.[2]

The Sunwell Trilogy

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While the reason is not clear, Tarren Mill was later moved inland northeast of Southshore (and southeast of Alterac). Humans once ran this mill, but it fell to the Scourge, and later the Forsaken. The undead, led by High Executor Darthalia, attacked Hillsbrad’s citizens mercilessly.[3] Tarren Mill was destroyed and taken over by the Forsaken soon after the Battle of Mount Hyjal.

World of Warcraft

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Tarren Mill was depicted as a small town, with a church, a few houses and withered orchards. In the years between the Third War and the Cataclysm, Tarren Mill was as concerned with keeping its boarders safe from the ogres, yetis and Syndicate thieves that roamed the surrounding areas as dealing with the Alliance. During this time, the town was, as many Forsaken towns were, in a state of disrepair.


Tarren Mill after the Cataclysm.
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Tarren Mill has been rebuilt using the new Forsaken architecture first introduced during the invasion of Northrend. The only traces of what the town used to be is the old barn on the outskirts of town. High Warlord Cromush leads the Horde war effort to finish off the remnants of the Alliance remaining in Hillsbrad as well as defending against the Stormpike counterattack from the north. Following H [24] Stormpike Apocalypse, the forces of Tarren Mill are successful in destroying the last major Alliance force in Hillsbrad, delivering the region entirely to the Horde.

Tarren Mill is under attack!

The shabby settlement of Tarren Mill before the Cataclysm.

Before the introduction of battlegrounds, Tarren Mill was often inaccessible because of the frequent all-out war that took place right outside it, and oftentimes even inside it; this situation was created because Southshore was so close by. In the early days, it was not uncommon for every single NPC — merchants, quest NPCs, and even the bat handler — to be killed immediately upon their spawning. The honor system did eventually manage to curb this slaughter, but it didn't even put a dent in the real problem: ganking of low-level players, a problem that existed mainly because Horde players arrive there at level 20-30, whilst many Alliance players go there 5 to 10 levels later.

The huge load of dozens of players fighting at once created massive zone-wide slowdown, oftentimes leading to a condition known as 'lag death' simply because a network connection couldn't possibly handle the overload — more than once an entire server has crashed whenever hundreds were fighting simultaneously. If one were to be either foolish or masochistic enough to turn on the LocalDefense channel (or, alternately, the WorldDefense channel), the phrase that gave Tarren Mill its nickname would literally crowd out anything and everything else in the chatbox. A very similar situation happened at Southshore; if the Alliance were not attacking Tarren Mill, the Horde would be attacking Southshore. Upon the introduction of the honor system all out wars would be held containing upwards of 100 players per side resulting in many servers actually crashing.

A common sight (if one's hardware could manage to show it) was a veritable wall of Alliance charging the town, with another wall of Horde rushing forward to meet them. Common latency times were 5+ seconds, with the highest values of 7+ seconds. Since the introduction of battlegrounds, however, what was once a fool's dream is now a reality: sporadic peace in Tarren Mill. However, on PvP servers it is still a favorite area for Alliance players to hunt lower-level Horde players.

Tarren Mill vs. Southshore

Main article: Tarren Mill vs Southshore

With Warlords of Draenor the developers plan to recreate the "timeless struggle" between the two towns with a new 100v100 "team deathmatch-style" battleground, available only for a limited period. The battleground will recreate the zone as it was in vanilla World of Warcraft.

Travel connections


Horde The Undercity
Horde The Sepulcher
Horde Revantusk Village
Horde Hammerfall
Horde The Bulwark



Former inhabitants (pre-Cataclysm)

Former inhabitants (Old Hillsbrad Foothills)

Notes & trivia

  • The mailbox and stable master, unlike nearly every other town, is not in front of the inn.
  • Newer players, who are not paying attention, often call Tarren Mill "Tauren Mill" and sometimes "Terran Mill".
  • Some Horde players also know Tarren Mill as "ganking hell".
  • The town was under the control of the Barov family.[4]
  • The map for Lands of Conflict shows Tarren Mill as Tebren Mill.
  • Near the Tarren Mill entry in Lands of Conflict, it is also spelled as Tarrin's Mill. In the entry itself, it is spelled correctly.[3]
  • Tarren Mill is an Uncommon Location card in the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game's Drums of War set.