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Beneath Kezan



Map of Kezan and the Undermine as seen on the World of Warcraft Behind the Scenes DVD

Undermine, also known as The Undermine, is an underground city located on the small island Kezan in the southern seas of Azeroth near the Maelstrom.

Making their home in the Undermine are the goblins, who are native to the island.

Undermine is home to the fabled goblin trade princes, who hide from Alliance and Horde authorities on Kalimdor. The princes each control their own private armies and trade fleets. As a result, Undermine is a busy place, as the goblin fortress city goes about its business.

Trolls originally enslaved the goblins and forced them to mine kaja'mite ore from the bowels of Mount Kajaro.[2] Now, troll slaves work there.[3]


Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Deathwing interrupts the goblin players' footbomb game and caused Mount Kajaro to erupt. Many goblins fled to Bilgewater Port as slaves on Trade Prince Gallywix's yacht, ending up shipwrecked on the Lost Isles. The status of the city is unknown.

References to the Undermine

World of Warcraft

  •  [Undermine Clam Chowder]
  • There is a Spanish normal server called Minahonda, which means Undermine (Minahonda is more precisely translated as Deepmine).
  • There is an American normal server called Undermine.
  • Wharfmaster Dizzywig of Ratchet states, "...you could tell him that I've got some things from Undermine for him..." at the opening of the quest The Missing Shipment.
  • The ending of the quest Excelsior says, "Thanks for you help I'll have this order filled and sent off to Director Riddlevox on the next boat to Undermine."
  • Gazlowe in Ratchet states that Pozzik "was one of the most respected tinkerers in Undermine before he retired to start working on the racers."
  • When the quest Samophlange (4) is turned in to Sputtervalve in Ratchet, he says, "This is... er... interesting... yes. I'll have it sent along to the Tinkers' Union headquarters in Undermine. I'm sure after some careful dissection and research, they'll be able to make some sense of it."
  • When the quest Wenikee Boltbucket is received from Sputtervalve (after the above Samophlange quest), he says, "I think I might have broken that Samophlange. That's not good, because I already told some colleagues in Undermine about it and they were very intrigued."
  • When the quest Miner's Fortune is turned into Wharfmaster Dizzywig in Ratchet, he says, "Look at the size of that thing! We're going to be rich! Let's see, according to the rates I've seen on gems going into Undermine, I should be able to figure out your cut--fifty percent, don't worry!"
  • When you turn in the quest Southsea Freebooters to Gazlowe in Ratchet, he says, "I don't even want to think about the profits I've lost from pirate raiding, and now they set up camp on my doorstep? It's getting out of hand, Undermine's got to do something about it."
  • In the Horde quest Further Instructions (2) Sputtervalve says, "The matter of this gnome that has been hired by Venture Company has caused a bit of a stir in Undermine." It also mentions the trade princes, Director Riddlevox (the head of the Tinkers' Union), and Razdunk (the head of the Venture Company).
  • In the shipment quests from Timothy Jones in Dalaran, a "wealthy shipping concern" from the Undermine request different collection of jewelry.
  • After finishing the quest Gerenzo's Orders (2) and bringing the  [Unidentified Ore] to Ziz Fizziks, he says, "I'm sure the engineers in Undermine will be most interested to look at this..."
  • Al'tabim the All-Seeing mentions Undermine and how the trade princes took Kezan from the trolls.
  • The Claims Adjuster on Kezan is from "Undermine Insurance Unlimited."
  •  [Erorus' Ledger of Trade] allegedly contains "Absurdly detailed records of countless transactions between buyers and sellers in the Undermine". (Note: The flavor text is a nod to The Undermine Journal - a fan website which tracks items and transactions on auction houses for US and EU regions - that was created and is maintained by Erorus.)

Other references

New Year event

The New Year 2005 content on the official community site, which states: "The innovative and artistic engineers of Undermine have been slaving away since their display of pyrotechnics in July."

Midsummer Fire Festival Event

The Midsummer Fire Festival 2008 event on the official community site, which states: "The lengthy Midsummer Fire Festival traditionally ends with the sky itself being set alight. The goblins of Undermine have lent their considerable skill (and copious amounts of gunpowder) to the task, resulting in a tremendous fireworks show! Take up a festival mug and raise a toast to the season as the multicolored explosions dance across the sky above you!"

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.

In Lands of Mystery, the city had a population of 20,000. The Undermine is the center of goblin civilization. It is located beneath and within Kezan, and is connected to the island via a series of volcanic tunnels. The main centers of Undermine are in volcanic caverns beneath Kezan. Secondary island caverns exist farther away, and the goblins have constructed tunnels of thick glass that lead to these smaller areas. Passing through these tubes means walking along the ocean’s floor and looking out to see the colorful fish and hungry sharks nearby. As the capital of goblin culture, Undermine teems with chaotic activity. Goblin alchemists and tinkers practice their crafts and set off explosions. Slave markets bustle in out-of-the-way places. Shops and businesses of all kinds are based here, and the headquarters of the Trade Coalition, the Venture Company and myriad other enterprises are within this city. In Undermine, you can find the extremes on both ends: reeking slave pens in one area, the trade princes’ lavish palaces in another.

Of particular interest is the fact that, wandering around Undermine, is a strange breed of creature called hobgoblins. They resemble goblins, but are much taller and have purple skin.[4]


  • There seems to be an inconsistency of when the Undermine was established. The creation screen when choosing a goblin character says that the trolls enslaved goblins and forced them to mine kaja'mite out of the Undermine, deep in the bowels of Mount Kajaro. The official site says that the Undermine was created from the camps in the mines after they overthrew the trolls.
  • Jungle trolls were initially said to have enslaved the goblins of Kezan.[5] It was later changed to the Zandalari trolls.[6] Moreover, the game portrays them as forest trolls.
  • Note that the Undermine was already in the early World of Warcraft Betas not as a city on a island, but as a continent south of Kalimdor, but there was only water there and nothing else.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • Foreman Dampwick believes Kezan to be destroyed, and states such on the Lost Isles.
  • Even after the Cataclysm and Mount Kajaro's eruption, Drizzlik has an order filled for Director Riddlevox and placed on the next boat to Undermine. The fact that this quest still exists shows that there still may be an Undermine.
  • At BlizzCon 2010, it was stated that the goblins will go back to reclaim Kezan, and the rest of Kezan and the Undermine will be accessible to players at an unknown point in the future.[7][8]