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Zones are areas of the map with designated themes, mobs, and scenery. These areas have borders much like a state or country, and though invisible, they define areas.[1] They may contain subzones, cities, towns, villages, or instances. For example, the zone of Dun Morogh contains the subzone of Coldridge Valley, the city Ironforge, the town Kharanos, and the instance Gnomeregan.

In lore, novels, the RPG, the official web site, a zone is usually referred to as a region. However, the community has practically adopted the term 'zone' for any reference to the game itself. Furthermore, lore regions and in-game zones do not always match up (what may be a region in lore may be reduced to a subzone in-game, or some subregions may become their own zones).

Various editions of World of Warcraft Guide also described regions major tracts of land within Kalimdor (Northern, Central, and Southern) or the Eastern Kingdoms (Lordaeron, Khaz Modan, etc.); and divided these regions into a varying amount of zones.[2]

Zones in World of Warcraft

For a graphical list, see Zones by level.

The exterior open world of World of Warcraft currently consists of 10 multi-zone continents and worlds: Argus, the Broken Isles, Draenor, the Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Kul Tiras, Northrend, Outland, Pandaria, and Zandalar, and a number of single-zone areas: Deepholm, Helheim, Molten Front, and Nazjatar. Some zones have different phased versions that can be accessed by Zidormi. Another multi-zone location is being added in the future the Shadowlands.

Additionally a number of zones are only accessible in specific circumstances: Darkmoon Island is accessible 1 week each month, goblin, pandaren and demon hunter starting zones are accessible in their starting experience, the Maelstrom in a quest to Deepholm, unique Class Hall zones accessible only by a specific class, and Blackrock Depths, Mechagon City and Telogrus Rift are open world areas only for their respective allied races.

Eastern Kingdoms

Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Dun Morogh 1-10 Alliance AllianceColdridge Valley, AllianceNew Tinkertown, AllianceKharanos, (AllianceIronforge) Dwarf starting zone; gnomes directed here from Gnomeregan at approximately level 6. WP
Elwynn Forest 1-10 Alliance AllianceNorthshire, AllianceGoldshire, (AllianceStormwind City) Human starting zone, The Stockade instance, Darkmoon Faire site; boats to Rut'theran Village (Teldrassil) and Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) Wrath of the Lich King from Stormwind Harbor. WP
Eversong Woods The Burning Crusade 1-10 Horde Horde Sunstrider Isle, HordeFalconwing Square, HordeFairbreeze Village, (HordeSilvermoon City) Blood elf starting zone. Orb of Translocation between Silvermoon City and Ruins of Lordaeron (Undercity). WP
Tirisfal Glades 1-10 Horde HordeDeathknell, HordeBrill, HordeThe Bulwark, (HordeUndercity) Undead starting zone, Scarlet Monastery instance, zeppelins to Durotar, Stranglethorn Vale, and Howling Fjord Wrath of the Lich King, Orb of Translocation in Ruins of Lordaeron (Undercity) to Silvermoon City The Burning Crusade. WP
Gilneas Cataclysm 1-12 Alliance AllianceDuskhaven, AllianceStormglen, (AllianceGilneas City) Worgen starting zone. WP
Westfall 10-60 Alliance AllianceSentinel Hill, AllianceMoonbrook Human secondary zone, Deadmines instance. WP
Ghostlands The Burning Crusade 10-60 Horde HordeTranquillien, NeutralHatchet Hills Blood elf secondary zone, Zul'Aman instance entrance. WP
Loch Modan 10-60 Alliance AllianceThelsamar, AllianceFarstrider Lodge Dwarf and Gnome secondary zone. WP
Silverpine Forest 10-60 Horde HordeForsaken Rear Guard, HordeThe Sepulcher Undead secondary zone, Shadowfang Keep instance. WP
Redridge Mountains 15-60 Alliance AllianceLakeshire, AllianceShalewind Canyon Human favored. WP
Duskwood 20-60 Alliance AllianceDarkshire, AllianceRaven Hill Human favored, Twilight Grove - Emerald Dream portal. WP
Hillsbrad Foothills 15-60 Horde HordeSludge Fields, HordeTarren Mill, HordeEastpoint Tower Alterac Valley battleground. WP
Wetlands 25-60 Alliance AllianceGreenwarden's Grove, AllianceSwiftgear Station, AllianceMenethil Harbor Dwarf and human favored; boats to Theramore Isle (Dustwallow Marsh) and Valgarde (Howling Fjord) Wrath of the Lich King from Menethil Harbor. WP
Arathi Highlands 25-60 Contested AllianceRefuge Pointe, HordeHammerfall Arathi Basin battleground. WP
Northern Stranglethorn 25-60 Contested AllianceFort Livingston, HordeGrom'gol Base Camp Part of Stranglethorn Vale. WP
The Cape of Stranglethorn 30-60 Contested AllianceExplorers' League Digsite, HordeHardwrench Hideaway, NeutralBooty Bay Part of Stranglethorn Vale. boat to Ratchet (Northern Barrens) from Booty Bay and zeppelins to Durotar and Tirisfal Glades from Grom'gol Base Camp. WP
The Hinterlands 30-60 Contested AllianceAerie Peak, AllianceStormfeather Outpost, HordeHiri'watha Research Station, HordeRevantusk Village Seradane - Emerald Dream portal. WP
Western Plaguelands 35-60 Contested AllianceChillwind Camp, HordeAndorhal Scholomance instance. WP
Eastern Plaguelands 40-60 Contested NeutralLight's Hope Chapel, NeutralAcherus: The Ebon Hold Wrath of the Lich King Death Knights starting area. WP
Badlands 40-60 Contested AllianceDragon's Mouth, HordeNew Kargath, NeutralFuselight Uldaman instance. WP
Searing Gorge 40-60 Contested NeutralIron Summit, NeutralThorium Point Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain). WP
Burning Steppes 40-60 Contested AllianceMorgan's Vigil, HordeFlame Crest Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain). WP
Deadwind Pass 50-60 Contested NeutralKarazhan Karazhan The Burning Crusade instance. WP
Swamp of Sorrows 40-60 Contested AllianceThe Harborage, HordeStonard, NeutralBogpaddle Temple of Atal'Hakkar instance. WP
Blasted Lands 55-60 Contested AllianceNethergarde Keep, AllianceSurwich, HordeDreadmaul Hold, HordeSunveil Excursion Dark Portal location - access to Outland The Burning Crusade. WP
Isle of Quel'Danas The Burning Crusade 70 Contested NeutralSun's Reach Magisters' Terrace and Sunwell Plateau instances. WP
Kelp'thar Forest Cataclysm 80-90 Contested AllianceSeafarer's Tomb, HordeLegion's Fate, NeutralDeepmist Grotto Part of Vashj'ir. Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible. WP
Shimmering Expanse Cataclysm 80-90 Contested AllianceTranquil Wash, HordeLegion's Rest, NeutralSilver Tide Hollow Part of Vashj'ir. Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible. WP
Abyssal Depths Cataclysm 80-90 Contested AllianceDarkbreak Cove, HordeTenebrous Cavern Part of Vashj'ir. Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible. Contains Throne of the Tides instance. WP
Twilight Highlands Cataclysm 84-90 Contested AllianceHighbank, AllianceFirebeard's Patrol, AllianceVictor's Point, AllianceThundermar, AllianceKirthaven, HordeDragonmaw Port, HordeKrazzworks, HordeBloodgulch, HordeCrushblow, HordeThe Gullet Grim Batol and Bastion of Twilight instances. WP
Tol Barad Peninsula Cataclysm 85 Contested AllianceBaradin Base Camp, HordeHellscream's Grasp Daily quest hub. WP
Tol Barad Cataclysm 85 Combat Zone NeutralBaradin Hold A dedicated PvP zone, even on PvE realms. WP


Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Echo Isles 1-6 Horde HordeDarkspear Hold, HordeDarkspear Training Grounds Troll starting zone. -
Azuremyst Isle The Burning Crusade 1-10 Alliance AllianceAzure Watch, (AllianceThe Exodar) Draenei starting zone. Boat to Rut'theran Village (Teldrassil). WP
Durotar 1-10 Horde HordeRazor Hill, HordeSen'jin Village, (HordeOrgrimmar) Orc starting zone; trolls directed here from the Echo Isles at approximately level 6, Ragefire Chasm instance in Orgrimmar, zeppelins to Tirisfal Glades, Grom'gol Base Camp (Stranglethorn Vale), and Warsong Hold (Borean Tundra) Wrath of the Lich King, zeppelin in Orgrimmar to Thunder Bluff. WP
Mulgore 1-10 Horde HordeBloodhoof Village, (HordeThunder Bluff) Tauren starting zone, Darkmoon Faire site, zeppelin in Thunderbluff to Orgrimmar. WP
Teldrassil 1-10 Alliance AllianceDolanaar, (AllianceDarnassus) Night elf starting zone. Free pre-activated Flight Path to Rut'theran Village and Lor'danel (Darkshore). WP
Azshara 10-20 Horde HordeBilgewater Harbor Goblin tertiary zone. Cataclysm WP
Bloodmyst Isle The Burning Crusade 10-20 Alliance AllianceBlood Watch Draenei secondary zone. WP
Darkshore 10-20 Alliance AllianceLor'danel Night elf secondary zone. Players can take the Flight Path directly from Rut'theran Village (Teldrassil) to Lor'danel for free without having visited it first. WP
Northern Barrens 10-20 Horde NeutralRatchet, HordeThe Crossroads Wailing Caverns instance. WP
Ashenvale 20-25 Contested AllianceAstranaar, AllianceForest Song, HordeSplintertree Post, HordeZoram'gar Outpost Blackfathom Deeps instance,
Warsong Gulch battleground,
Bough Shadow - Emerald Dream portal.
Stonetalon Mountains 25-30 Contested HordeKrom'gar Fortress AllianceStonetalon Peak, HordeSun Rock Retreat WP
Desolace 30-35 Contested HordeFurien's Post, AllianceNijel's Point, HordeShadowprey Village, AllianceThargad's Camp Maraudon instance. WP
Southern Barrens 30-35 Contested HordeDesolation Hold, AllianceFort Triumph, AllianceNorthwatch Hold Razorfen Kraul and Razorfen Downs instances. WP
Feralas 35-40 Contested AllianceFeathermoon Stronghold, HordeCamp Mojache Dire Maul instance, Dream Bough - Emerald Dream portal. WP
Dustwallow Marsh 35-40 Contested AllianceTheramore, HordeBrackenwall Village, NeutralMudsprocket Onyxia's Lair instance. Boat to Menethil Harbor (Wetlands) from Theramore Isle. WP
Thousand Needles 40-45 Contested HordeFreewind Post, HordeDarkcloud Pinnacle Horde favored, contains the largest Grimtotem base in Kalimdor. WP
Felwood 45-50 Contested AllianceTalonbranch Glade, HordeBloodvenom Post, NeutralEmerald Sanctuary, NeutralWhisperwind Grove WP
Tanaris 45-50 Contested NeutralGadgetzan Zul'Farrak and Caverns of Time The Burning Crusade instances, location of the formerly sealed door to Uldum. WP
Un'goro Crater 50-55 Contested NeutralMarshal's Stand WP
Winterspring 50-55 Contested NeutralEverlook WP
Silithus 55-60 Contested NeutralCenarion Hold Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj instances. WP
Ahn'Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom 55-60 Contested Ahn'Qiraj's outdoor zone. WP
Moonglade 55-60 Contested NeutralNighthaven Druid favored; almost mobless zone,
except Eranikus (summoned, with mobs) and Omen (Lunar Festival only).
Mount Hyjal Cataclysm 80-82 Contested NeutralGrove of Aessina, NeutralShrine of Aviana, NeutralShrine of Goldrinn Entrance to the Firelands, location of the first World Tree, Nordrassil. WP
Uldum Cataclysm 83-84 Contested NeutralOasis of Vir'sar,NeutralRamkahen, NeutralSchnottz's Landing Halls of Origination and Lost City of Tol'vir instances. WP


The Burning Crusade This section concerns content related to The Burning Crusade.

Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Hellfire Peninsula 58-63 Contested
(Sanctuary at Stair of Destiny)
AllianceHonor Hold, HordeThrallmar, AllianceTemple of Telhamat, HordeFalcon Watch Hellfire Citadel instances. WP
Zangarmarsh 60-64 Contested AllianceTelredor, HordeZabra'jin, AllianceOrebor Harborage, HordeSwamprat Post, NeutralCenarion Refuge, NeutralSporeggar Coilfang Reservoir instances. WP
Terokkar Forest 62-65 Contested
(Sanctuary within Shattrath)
AllianceAllerian Stronghold, HordeStonebreaker Hold, (NeutralShattrath City) Auchindoun instances, Darkmoon Faire site. WP
Nagrand 64-67 Contested AllianceTelaar, HordeGaradar, NeutralHalaa Ring of Trials arena. WP
Blade's Edge Mountains 65-68 Contested AllianceSylvanaar, HordeThunderlord Stronghold, AllianceToshley's Station, HordeMok'Nathal Village, NeutralEvergrove Gruul's Lair, Circle of Blood arena. WP
Netherstorm 67-70 Contested NeutralArea 52, NeutralStormspire, NeutralCosmowrench Tempest Keep instances, Eye of the Storm battleground. WP
Shadowmoon Valley 67-70 Contested AllianceWildhammer Stronghold, HordeShadowmoon Village, NeutralAltar of Sha'tar (Aldor), NeutralSanctum of the Stars (Scryer) Black Temple instance. WP


Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Borean Tundra 68-72 Contested AllianceValiance Keep, AllianceFizzcrank Airstrip, HordeWarsong Hold, HordeBor'gorok Outpost,HordeTaunka'le Village, NeutralUnu'pe, NeutralAmber Ledge, NeutralTransitus Shield The Nexus instances, boat to Stormwind Harbor, zeppelin to Durotar, turtle boat to Moa'ki Harbor (Dragonblight). WP
Howling Fjord 68-72 Contested AllianceValgarde, HordeNew Agamand, AllianceWestguard Keep, HordeVengeance Landing, HordeCamp Winterhoof, HordeApothecary Camp, AllianceFort Wildervar, NeutralKamagua Utgarde Keep instances, boat to Menethil Harbor (Wetlands), zeppelin to Tirisfal Glades, turtle boat to Moa'ki Harbor (Dragonblight). WP
Dragonblight 71-74 Contested AllianceWintergarde Keep, AllianceStars' Rest, AllianceFordragon Hold, Neutral Moa'ki Harbor, NeutralWyrmrest Temple, HordeAgmar's Hammer, HordeKor'kron Vanguard, HordeVenomspite Naxxramas, Azjol-Nerub and Chamber of Aspects instances, turtle boats to Unu'pe (Borean Tundra) and Kamagua (Howling Fjord). WP
Grizzly Hills 73-75 Contested AllianceAmberpine Lodge, AllianceWestfall Brigade Encampment, HordeConquest Hold, HordeCamp Oneqwah Drak'Tharon Keep WP
Zul'Drak 74-77 Contested NeutralEbon Watch, NeutralLight's Breach, NeutralThe Argent Stand, NeutralZim'Torga, NeutralGundrak Gundrak WP
Sholazar Basin 76-78 Contested NeutralNesingwary Base Camp, NeutralRiver's Heart WP
Storm Peaks 77-80 Contested NeutralK3, NeutralBouldercrag's Refuge, NeutralDun Niffelem, NeutralUlduar, HordeGrom'arsh Crash-Site, Horde Camp Tunka'lo, AllianceFrosthold, AllianceBrann's Base-Camp Ulduar instances. WP
Crystalsong Forest 77-80 Contested
(Sanctuary within Dalaran)
AllianceWindrunner's Overlook, HordeSunreaver's Command, (NeutralDalaran) Dalaran floats above the zone. Violet Hold instance in Dalaran. WP
Hrothgar's Landing 77-80 Contested WP
Icecrown 77-80 Contested
(Sanctuary at Argent Tournament Grounds)
NeutralThe Argent Vanguard, NeutralDeath's Rise, NeutralThe Shadow Vault, NeutralCrusaders' Pinnacle, NeutralArgent Tournament Grounds Crusaders' Coliseum, Icecrown Citadel WP
Wintergrasp 77-80 Combat zone AllianceValiance Landing Camp, HordeWarsong Camp Zone is a dedicated PvP zone, even on PvE realms. Accessible only by flying mount or portal. Contains Vault of Archavon raid instance. WP

The Maelstrom

Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Kezan 1-5 Horde HordeBilgewater Port Goblin starting zone. Inaccessible otherwise. WP
Lost Isles 6-12 Horde HordeTown-In-A-Box Goblin post-starting zone. Inaccessible otherwise. WP
Maelstrom 82 Contested WP
Deepholm 82-83 Contested NeutralTemple of Earth Located inside the Maelstrom. Contains the following instance: Stonecore WP
Wandering Isle Mists of Pandaria 1-10 Contested NeutralTemple of Five Dawns Drifting towards the Maelstrom. WP


Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Molten Front Cataclysm 85 Contested Firelands WP
Nazjatar Battle for Azeroth 120 Contested The Eternal Palace WP


Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
The Jade Forest 85-86 Contested AlliancePaw'don Village, AlliancePearlfin Village, HordeHoneydew Glade, HordeGrookin Hill, NeutralDawn's Blossom, NeutralTian Monastery Temple of the Jade Serpent WP
Valley of the Four Winds 86-87 Contested NeutralHalfhill, NeutralStoneplow Stormstout Brewery WP
Krasarang Wilds 86-87 Contested AllianceThe Incursion, AllianceSentinel Basecamp, HordeThunder Cleft, HordeDawnchaser Retreat, NeutralZhu's Watch, NeutralAnglers Wharf Unga Ingoo WP
Kun-Lai Summit 87-88 Contested Shado-Pan Monastery instance and Mogu'shan Vaults raid. WP
Townlong Steppes 88-89 Contested Siege of Niuzao Temple WP
Dread Wastes 89-90 Contested Gate of the Setting Sun, Heart of Fear WP
Vale of Eternal Blossoms 90 Contested AllianceShrine of Seven Stars, HordeShrine of Two Moons Gate of the Setting Sun, Mogu'shan Palace WP
The Veiled Stair 90 Contested NeutralTavern in the Mists Terrace of Endless Spring WP
Isle of Thunder 90 Contested AllianceViolet Rise, HordeDawnseeker Promontory Throne of Thunder WP
Isle of Giants 90 Contested WP
Timeless Isle 90 Contested WP


Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content related to Warlords of Draenor.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Frostfire Ridge 90-92 Horde HordeBladespire Citadel, HordeFrostwall Bloodmaul Slag Mines, Black Market Auction House WP
Shadowmoon Valley 90-92 Alliance AllianceKarabor, AllianceLunarfall Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, Black Market Auction House WP
Gorgrond 92-94 Contested HordeBeastwatch, AllianceHighpass The Everbloom, Grimrail Depot, Iron Docks, Blackrock Foundry WP
Talador 94-96 Contested NeutralShattrath City, AllianceFort Wrynn, HordeVol'jin's Pride Auchindoun WP
Spires of Arak 96-98 Contested HordeAxefall, AllianceSouthport Skyreach WP
Nagrand 98-100 Contested HordeWor'var, HordeRiverside Post, AllianceYrel's Watch, AllianceTelaari Station Highmaul WP
Tanaan Jungle 100 Contested AllianceLion's Watch, HordeVol'mar Hellfire Citadel WP
Ashran 100 Combat Zone AllianceStormshield, HordeWarspear WP

Broken Isles

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Val'sharah 100-110 Contested Black Rook Hold, Darkheart Thicket, Emerald Nightmare WP
Stormheim 100-110 Contested Halls of Valor, Helheim WP
Helheim 100-110 Contested WP
Azsuna 100-110 Contested Eye of Azshara WP
Highmountain 100-110 Contested Neltharion's Lair WP
Suramar 110 Contested Suramar City, The Nighthold WP
The Broken Shore 110 Contested Cathedral of Eternal Night, Tomb of Sargeras WP
Eye of Azshara 110 Contested WP


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Antoran Wastes 110 Contested Antorus, the Burning Throne WP
Krokuun 110 Contested WP
Mac'Aree 110 Contested Seat of the Triumvirate WP

Invasion Points

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Cen'gar 110 Contested Matron Folnuna WP
Naigtal 110 Contested Inquisitor Meto WP
Aurinor 110 Contested Pit Lord Vilemus WP
Sangua 110 Contested Sotanathor WP
Val 110 Contested Occularus WP
Bonich 110 Contested Mistress Alluradel WP

Kul Tiras

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

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Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Drustvar 110-120 Waycrest Manor WP
Mechagon Island 120 Operation: Mechagon WP
Stormsong Valley 110-120 Shrine of the Storm WP
Tiragarde Sound 110-120 Freehold, Siege of Boralus WP
Tol Dagor 110-120 Tol Dagor WP


Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
Zuldazar 110-120 Dazar'alor Atal'Dazar, The MOTHERLODE!!, Kings' Rest WP
Nazmir 110-120 The Necropolis Underrot, Uldir WP
Vol'dun 110-120 Sanctuary of the Devoted, Vulpera Hideaway, Shatterstone Harbor Temple of Sethraliss WP


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.
Region Level PvP status Key towns Notes Map
The Maw
A Dark Place Legion


  1. ^ BradyGames; Michael Lummis. World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide, 9. ISBN 978-0-7440-0405-2 and 978-0-7440-0503-5. 
  2. ^ BradyGames; Michael Lummis. World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide, 9, 212. ISBN 978-0-7440-0405-2 and 978-0-7440-0503-5. 

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