|The subject of this article was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a but is present in World of Warcraft: Classic.
- For the lore of the zone and its status after the Cataclysm, see Wetlands.
Menethil Harbor (12,000)
Northern Khaz Modan
The Wetlands is a large, wet zone below Stonewrought Dam and north of Loch Modan, covered with small rivers, lakes, and ponds. Bordered on three sides by mountains, the Wetlands are open to the ocean to the west. Adventurers seeking a route to the Wetlands must either come through sieged Dun Algaz from Loch Modan or cross the damaged Thandol Span from Arathi Highlands. The northern slopes of Wetlands are generally classed within mountains of Khaz Modan.
The Wetlands is a vast, cold swamp. Mists cloak the ground, and the overcast sky makes the land a uniform gray. Many Ironforge strongholds once stood in this region, but war has reduced them to rubble. Wild creatures, murlocs and renegade orcs now control the land. Menethil Harbor, a city on the west coast, is the Alliance’s only presence in this dreary region.
The Wetlands have been the site of many a battle through the times. Nestled among the mountains of Khaz Modan and open to the ocean as it is, it is a prime location for invading forces. It was historically part of the original dwarven kingdom while the three tribes were united, but after the War of the Three Hammers, it fell under control of the Wildhammer Clan. The Dark Irons invaded Grim Batol and almost succeeded in taking full control of it, but were driven back at the last minute. During the Second War, the bastion finally fell prey to the invading orcs, most notably by those of the Dragonmaw Clan.
Although the orcs took possession of Grim Batol for a time, they were subject to the wrath of the red dragonflight who, when freed of their enslavement from the orcs, destroyed their bases and burned their catapults, killing orcs en masse. The orcs who survived the onslaught fled south to the mountains, where they live to this day. Horde and Scourge forces devastated the Wetlands in the Second and Third Wars, forcing the Ironforge dwarves to retreat to Loch Modan and Dun Morogh.
Grim Batol is now under the control of the red dragonflight, who fiercely defend their lair from outsiders. Alliance forces have since established Menethil Harbor, but the area is still wild and untamed. The dwarves and allied humans built the port city on an island in Baradin Bay, which they named after King Terenas Menethil II — Menethil Harbor. The Wetlands is a buffer zone between inhabited Khaz Modan and Scourge-infested Lordaeron.
- From Hammerfall in the Arathi Highlands, run south/southwest to the bottom of the zone. Cross the ruined bridge.
- From Ironforge run east towards Loch Modan take the road in the Loch north through Dun Algaz pass and into the Wetlands. Or, take the boat from Auberdine (for night elves). Also, a lot of skill and well timed usage of a gnome's increased jump height can get you across to the Wetlands (starting at the mountains near Ironforge).
Maps and subregions
Dungeons and elite areas
- Ironforge, Dun Morogh
- Thelsamar, Loch Modan
- Southshore, Hillsbrad Foothills
- Refuge Pointe, Arathi Highlands
|Zone Name||Faction||Level Range||Direction||Access subzone||Access method|
|Loch Modan||10-20||South||Dun Algaz||By foot or Alliance flightpath from Menethil Harbor to Thelsamar|
|Arathi Highlands||30-40||North||Thandol Span||By foot or Alliance flightpath from Menethil Harbor to Refuge Pointe|
|Dustwallow Marsh||35-45||West across the ocean||Baradin Bay||By boat from Menethil Harbor to Theramore Isle|
|Darkshore||9-25||West across the ocean||Baradin Bay||By boat from Menethil Harbor to Auberdine|
- Main article: Wetlands NPCs
The Wetlands are home to several characters of note. In Menethil Harbor, Captain Stoutfist sends promising young adventurers to end the threat of the Dragonmaw Clan. At Dun Modr, Rhag Garmason seeks to recover the besieged town from the dark iron dwarves. And in the Green Belt, the wise Rethiel the Greenwarden wishes to put an end to the gnoll incursion and the corruption of his lesser bog beast brethren.
- Main article: Wetlands quests
- Bog beasts
- Dark Iron dwarves
A Warcraft III map exists called Wetlands. A once thriving metropolis has all but been covered by the jungle.