Zones and Regions (WoW)  

The World of Warcraft is a big place, and the only way to make it easier to understand is breaking it into pieces. While the most obvious division is the continents of Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, and eventually Northrend, those areas are still much too large. Each continent is divided into many different zones, all of which have their own specific chat channels and map.

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The land of Kalimdor once included the landmass now known as the Eastern Kingdoms. Now it is home to the Night Elves, Draenei and the Cenarion Circle in the north, while the Tauren, Orcs, and Darkspear Trolls live in the central regions. The southern portion of the continent remains largely wild and uninhabited, but is home to the insect race of Silithids that threaten the continent out of Ahn'Qiraj.

Northern Kalimdor
Darnassus (city)
The Exodar (city)
Blackfathom Deeps (instance)
Warsong Gulch (battleground)
Azuremyst Isle
Bloodmyst Isle

Central Kalimdor
Thunder Bluff (city)
Orgrimmar (city)
Ragefire Chasm (instance)
The Barrens
Razorfen Downs (instance)
Razorfen Kraul (instance)
The Wailing Caverns (instance)
Dustwallow Marsh
Onyxia's Lair (raid)
Maraudon (instance)
Stonetalon Mountains

Southern Kalimdor
Caverns of Time
The Black Morass (instance)
Hyjal Summit (raid)
Old Hillsbrad Foothills (instance)
Purgation Isle
Dire Maul (instance)
Ahn'Qiraj (raid)
Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj (raid)
Zul'Farrak (instance)
Thousand Needles
Un'goro Crater

Eastern Kingdoms

The Eastern Kingdoms consist of the human Kingdom of Azeroth in the south, the formerly-human kingdom of Lordaeron in the north, and the dwarven kingdom of Khaz Modan in between.

Silvermoon City (city)
The Undercity (city)
Alterac Mountains
Alterac Valley (battleground)
Eastern Plaguelands
Naxxramas (raid)
Stratholme (instance)
Eversong Woods
The Hinterlands
Hillsbrad Foothills
Isle of Quel'danas
Sunwell Plateau (raid)
Silverpine Forest
Shadowfang Keep (instance)
Tirisfal Glades
Scarlet Monastery (instance)
Western Plaguelands
Scholomance (instance)

Khaz Modan
Ironforge (city)
Deeprun Tram
Arathi Highlands
Arathi Basin (battleground)
Uldaman (instance)
Blackrock Mountain
Molten Core (raid)
Blackrock Depths (instance)
Blackrock Spire (instance)
Dun Morogh
Gnomeregan (instance)
Loch Modan
Searing Gorge

Kingdom of Azeroth
Stormwind (city)
Deeprun Tram
The Stockade (instance)
Blasted Lands
Burning Steppes
Deadwind Pass
Karazhan (raid)
Elwynn Forest
Redridge Mountains
Stranglethorn Vale
Zul'Gurub (raid)
Swamp of Sorrows
The Temple of Atal'Hakkar[1] (instance)
The Deadmines (instance)


The Burning Crusade
The beautiful planet of Draenor that was home to the Draenei, Orcs and Ogres has been shattered horribly, and all that remains is this husk of a world. Added to the game during the Burning Crusade expansion, Outland is designed for players from levels 60-70.

Zone Instance Hub Instances
Blade's Edge Mountains Gruul's Lair (raid)
Hellfire Peninsula Hellfire Citadel (hub) The Blood Furnace (instance)
Hellfire Ramparts (instance)
Magtheridon's Lair (raid)
The Shattered Halls (instance)
Netherstorm Tempest Keep (hub) The Arcatraz (instance)
The Botanica (instance)
The Mechanar (instance)
Tempest Keep - The Eye (raid)
Shadowmoon Valley The Black Temple (raid)
Terokkar Forest Auchindoun (hub) Auchenai Crypts (instance)
Mana-Tombs (instance)
Sethekk Halls (instance)
Shadow Labyrinth (instance)
Zangarmarsh Coilfang Reservoir (hub) The Underbog (instance)
Serpentshrine Cavern (raid)
The Slave Pens (instance)
The Steamvault
Eye of the Storm (battleground)


Wrath of the Lich King
Northrend is home to the Lich King and The Scourge. Although it is not presently part of the game, it was the setting for a large part of Warcraft III and its expansion, The Frozen Throne. Northrend will be the focus for the second expansion to World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King.

Known Northrend zones include:

Azjol-Nerub Borean Tundra Crystalsong Forest
Dalaran The Dragonblight Grizzly Hills
Howling Fjord Icecrown Glacier - NYI Lake Wintergrasp
Sholazar Basin The Storm Peaks - NYI Zul'drak
Northrend Instances include (sorted by level):

Name Location Key Rec. Lvl Group size End Boss
Utgarde Keep Utgarde Keep Howling Fjord - 70-72 5 man Ingvar the Plunderer
The Nexus The Nexus Coldarra - 71-73 5 man Keristrasza
Azjol-Nerub The Dragonblight - 72-74 5 man Anub'arak
Drak'Tharon Keep Grizzly Hills / Zul'Drak - 74-76 5 man The Prophet Tharon'ja
Halls of Stone Ulduar, The Storm Peaks - 77-79 5 man Sjonnir the Ironshaper
Utgarde Pinnacle Utgarde Keep, Howling Fjord - 80 5 man King Ymiron
The Oculus The Nexus, Coldarra - 80 5 man Ley-Guardian Eregos
Halls of Lightning Ulduar, The Storm Peaks - 80 5 man Kronus
Naxxramas Dragonblight - 80 10 & 25-man raid Kel'thuzad
Ahn'kahet Azjol-Nerub, The Dragonblight - 80 Unk. Herald Volazj
The Eye of Eternity The Nexus, Coldarra - 80 10 & 25-man raid Malygos
Icecrown Citadel Icecrown Glacier - 80 10 & 25-man raid The Lich King
Chamber of Aspects The Dragonblight - Unk. 10 & 25-man raid Sartharion the Onyx Guardian
Gundrak Zul'Drak - Unk. 5 Man Gal'darah
The Violet Hold Dalaran - Unk. 5 man Cyanigosa

Other Places

Beyond the three continents, Northrend and Outlands, there are other locations within the lore.

  • The Emerald Dream is home to the sleeping druids of the Cenarion Circle, and looks exactly as the original Kalimdor did before The Sundering. Although there are (or at least were) no humanoid races in the Dream, it is starting to fall under dark influences and may be a potential location for a future expansion.
  • The Undermine is the home of the Goblins of the Steamwheedle Cartel.
  • Kul Tiras is a naval kingdom that exists on some of the islands in the center of The Great Sea. Some of their marines can be found in Durotar and The Barrens.
  • The Maelstrom is the large swirling storm in the center of the Great Sea. Little is known about the Maelstrom, but it is suspected that the naga capital lies beneath it.
  • There are a great many other worlds in the universe. Little is known about most of these, other than that the Burning Legion has made it their goal to conquer each of these worlds. Before finally settling on Draenor, the Eredar tribe known as the Draenei fled from planet to planet chased by the legion.


  1. ^ also known as The Sunken Temple

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