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This article is about the tauren city. For the in-game faction of the same name, see Thunder Bluff (faction).
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Greetings young one, and welcome to Thunder Bluff. You'll find safe refuge from the burdens of the world here. All denizens of the Horde are welcome here.
The spirits of the present and past come alive here in this sacred place, my friend. Honor them, and in doing so honor yourself.
High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof

Thunder Bluff (sometimes spelled as Thunderbluff)[1][2] is the tauren capital city located in the northern part of the region of Mulgore on the continent of Kalimdor. The entire city is built on bluffs several hundred feet above the surrounding landscape, and is accessible by elevators on the southwestern and northeastern sides. Established by the wise chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof and his stalwart tribe, Thunder Bluff overlooks the verdant land of Mulgore from atop a series of windswept mesas. Prior to the construction of the capital, the tauren had lived as nomads for countless generations, often under attack by marauding bands of centaur. With Thunder Bluff’s founding, however, the proud and good-spirited race was finally granted a permanent home.


World of Warcraft

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Thunder Bluff was settled fairly recently by the tauren, who successfully drove out the marauding Centaur from their lands. Thunder Bluff is the first city of its kind; for centuries, the tauren wandered the plains as nomads, unable to claim a permanent home. All Horde visitors are welcome here, and the expertise of the tauren in professions ranging from leatherworking to shamanism, druidism to hunting are all practiced and taught here. Unfortunately, the central location of the Thunder Bluff also makes it easily accessible to members of the Alliance. Thus, it is often one of the easier Horde capitals for Alliance players to raid, with Baine being killed long before Horde reinforcements even become an issue.

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In order to gain access to Thunder Bluff, visitors must either ride wyverns to the top one of the four towering mesas, use the zeppelin from Orgrimmar or be lifted via rope and wood elevators from the foot of the bluffs, an invention unique to the tauren.

World of Warcraft: The Comic

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Some time prior the Lich King's awakening, Thunder Bluff's Pools of Vision became haunted by an element rumored to be summoned by Magatha. The city was visited by Rehgar Earthfury and his two gladiators - Broll and Lo'Gosh who destroyed the element and eventually escaped from slavery. A human assassin from Assassin's League also visited Magatha in order to learn the location of Lo'Gosh.


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Thunder Bluff was enveloped by the mists of the Nightmare but Malfurion was able to find and recruit Baine in the city.

Elemental Unrest

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The city was attacked by furious elements but the attack was repelled.

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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Following Cairne’s death in a duel with Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, Thunder Bluff was briefly seized in a coup by Magatha Grimtotem and elements of her tribe. Thunder Bluff became sabotaged by the Grimtotem Clan assassins. Their targets were experts in weapons, powerful druids, or shamans. They headed to the Spirit Rise, where The Skychaser clan's members were all murdered. The Forsaken below were supporting the Grimtotem, thus they needn't be worried. The hunters of the Hunter Rise were also killed and some others who could lift a weapon was also killed to struck fear to remaining tauren. The reign of Grimtotems was short lived however. Thanks to the effort of Jevan Grimtotem and Jaina Proudmoore, Baine was able to rally an army and buy weapons needed to defeat the Grimtotem in Thunder Bluff. In retaliation, Cairne's son, Baine, launched a brilliant counterattack using a fleet of zeppelins. After he strategically divided Magatha's forces, Baine recaptured Thunder Bluff and assumed his role as the high chieftain of the tauren. Having recovered from the recent unrest, the capital is once again a bastion of peace and security for Kalimdor's tauren. Magatha and her loyalists were sent to an exile. Jevan became the leader of the Grimtotem who remained with the Horde and he remained in Thunder Bluff.


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Baine now rules the tauren from the High Rise. New shamanistic tribe, the Cloudsong replaced the murdered Skychaser tribe.


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Thunder Bluff appears in the Emerald Nightmare with the rises being shattered and the city floating on its side. In the physical world, Thunder Bluff is under attack by infernals.[3]


Thunder Bluff is located in the far north of Mulgore, among the sprawling flatlands of the Golden Plains. The weather is almost always warm and sunny, with intermittent breezes carried in from The Barrens.[4]

Thunder Bluff is composed of four towering mesas, or rises. The only entrances from the plains below are elevators leading to the central platform. The central rise is connected to the others through large wooden bridges.


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The various rises in Thunder Bluff act a bit like neighborhoods or quarters in a human city,[4] or the valleys and keeps of the orcish city Orgrimmar.

Thunder Bluff has a central mesa divided into three rises, surrounded by three additional mesas with distinct names:

Points of interest

Main article: Thunder Bluff points of interest
  • The Bank is on the southeastern side of the Lower rise.
  • The top of the Wind Rider Roost in the central totem pole houses Wind Rider Master Tal, the Flight master, and Brave Tuho, the Thunder Bluff Quartermaster.
  • The inn is on the southern part of the lower rise.
  • The Auction House is located on the lower rise, just west of the entrance to the wind rider roost.
  • The mailbox is located just outside the bank. (There's only one mailbox in TB.)
  • The fishing hole is located in the center of the lower rise.
  • The zeppelin dock is located on the west of Spirit Rise.

Notable characters

Baine Bloodhoof, Chieftain of the Tauren
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The new Chief of the Bloodhoof clan, Baine Bloodhoof has become the High Chieftain of the tauren race in wake of his father's death. He watches over Thunder Bluff, and over his people in an ever-darkening world. Baine can be found in the Chieftain's Tent in the eastern Main City, and is accompanied by his Honor Guards.

Hamuul Runetotem is the elder druid of Thunder Bluff, and a childhood friend of Cairne. Although he at one point left to fight on Mount Hyjal, he can always be found on Elder Rise.

Travel connections

Thunder Bluff as seen in World of Warcraft: The Comic
Thunder Bluff as seen in World of Warcraft: The Comic


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In the RPG

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The centaur were driving the tauren out of their homeland around the time of the Third War. When Thrall and his Horde arrived on the continent, an alliance was forged between the Horde and the tauren. Following the defeat of Archimonde and the end of the war, Thrall helped the tauren rout the centaur and reclaim their land. Shortly thereafter the tauren founded the city of Thunder Bluff and began the process of settling into their old surroundings and repairing the ecological damage the centaur had wrought. Thunder Bluff grows and expands at a tremendous rate.[5]

The city was described as being built atop a near-impenetrable mesa deep in the south of Mulgore.[6]

People and culture

Although some of the historically nomadic tauren probably miss their itinerant lifestyle, they are intensely proud of their permanent home and spend much of their time trying to make it better. They gladly accept the help of the orcs and trolls that help them, but are somewhat less enthusiastic at the presence of the Forsaken, whom they only grudgingly tolerate because of their membership in the Horde. Tauren place a strong emphasis on the value of life, and the unlife of the Forsaken stands as an affront to their beliefs,[7] not to mention the less than honorable activities the Forsaken carry out.


A card back themed after Thunder Bluff in Hearthstone.
  • Daily fishing and cooking quests that give Thunder Bluff reputation are offered from Kah Mistrunner and Aska Mistrunner on the High Rise.
  • It's a bad idea to jump from the top of one of the bluffs, as the fall is generally fatal without some sort of slowing effect. If you want to save time, you can jump on the platform under the main elevators. The fall damage may not kill you, but will reduce your health significantly.
  • Thunder Bluff is most likely the optimal place for flying in Kalimdor for the Horde, as it is located in almost the center of the continent.
  • Thunder Bluff is the only capital city in which player duels are permitted, becoming available when within the Hunter Rise.
  • While the Shattering describes "hundreds of corpses", strangely the only change the city received was the replacement of the Skychasers.
  • Thunder Bluff is a Rare Location card in the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game's Drums of War set.
  • In Hearthstone, the Thunder Bluff card back was rewarded for achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 23, which took place during February 2016. The flavor text reads: "Unofficial slogan: "Great warriors come from happy Tauren tribes. Happy Tauren come from Thunder Bluff!""
Thunder Bluff after the Cataclysm


Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05):
    • The Rainsticks sign in Thunderbluff is no longer floating.
    • Patrolling scouts that can see through stealth and invisibility have been added to Thunder Bluff.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): You can now design guild tabards in Thunder Bluff.


  1. ^ H [60] A Fair Trade
  2. ^ H [27] Sacred Fire
  3. ^ N Shaman [100 - 110] A Ring Unbroken
  4. ^ a b Lands of Mystery, pg. 47
  5. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 48
  6. ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 207
  7. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 46-47

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