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Zones
Classified by
Level Location Faction
See also
Instance Maps Closed zones

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. 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.

World of Warcraft currently consists of two continents, Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, which are sometimes divided into other sections which are also called continents, and further divided into smaller sections in-game known as zones.

In lore and the old Official web site (now defunct), a zone is usually referred to as a "region" (however, the community has basically forced Blizzard to start using zone instead). 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).

For a graphical list, see Zones by level.

Eastern Kingdoms

Eastern Kingdoms
Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Elwynn Forest 1-10 Alliance Alliance 15Goldshire, (Alliance 15Stormwind City) Human starting, The Stockade instance, Darkmoon Faire site WW
Dun Morogh 1-12 Alliance Alliance 15Kharanos, (Alliance 15Ironforge) Dwarf and gnome starting, Gnomeregan instance WW
Tirisfal Glades 1-10 Horde Horde 15Brill, (Horde 15Undercity) Undead starting, Scarlet Monastery instance WW
Loch Modan 10-20 Alliance Alliance 15Thelsamar Dwarf and Gnome favored WW
Silverpine Forest 10-20 Horde Horde 15The Sepulcher Undead favored, Shadowfang Keep instance WW
Westfall 10-20 Alliance Alliance 15Sentinel Hill Human favored, Deadmines instance WW
Redridge Mountains 15-25 Contested Alliance 15Lakeshire Alliance favored WW
Duskwood 18-30 Contested Alliance 15Darkshire Alliance favored, Twilight Grove - Emerald Dream portal WW
Hillsbrad Foothills 20-30 Contested Alliance 15Southshore, Horde 15Tarren Mill WW
Wetlands 20-30 Contested Alliance 15Menethil Harbor Alliance favored, location of Grim Batol WW
Alterac Mountains 30-40 Contested Alterac Valley battleground WW
Arathi Highlands 30-40 Contested Alliance 15Refuge Point, Horde 15Hammerfall Arathi Basin battleground WW
Stranglethorn Vale 31-45 Contested Neutral 15Booty Bay, Horde 15Grom'gol Base Camp, Alliance 15Rebel Camp Zul'Gurub instance WW
Badlands 35-45 Contested Horde 15Kargath Uldaman instance WW
Swamp of Sorrows 35-45 Contested Horde 15Stonard Horde favored, Temple of Atal'Hakkar instance WW
The Hinterlands 40-50 Contested Alliance 15Aerie Peak, Horde 15Revantusk Village Seradane - Emerald Dream portal WW
Searing Gorge 45-50 Contested Neutral 15Thorium Point Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain) WW
The Blasted Lands 45-55 Contested Alliance 15Nethergarde Keep WW
Burning Steppes 50-58 Contested Alliance 15Morgan's Vigil, Horde 15Flame Crest Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain) WW
Western Plaguelands 50-58 Contested Alliance 15Chillwind Camp Scholomance instance WW
Eastern Plaguelands 53-60 Contested Neutral 15Light's Hope Chapel Stratholme instance, Naxxramas instance WW
Blackrock Mountain 49-60 Contested Blackrock Depths, Lower Blackrock Spire, Upper Blackrock Spire, Molten Core, Blackwing Lair instances -
Deadwind Pass 55-60 Contested WW

Kalimdor

Kalimdor
Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Durotar 1-10 Horde Horde 15Razor Hill, Horde 15Sen'jin Village, (Horde 15Orgrimmar) Orc and troll starting, (Ragefire Chasm instance) WW
Mulgore 1-10 Horde Horde 15Bloodhoof Village, (Horde 15Thunder Bluff) Tauren starting, Darkmoon Faire site WW
Teldrassil 1-10 Alliance Alliance 15Dolanaar, (Alliance 15Darnassus) Night elf starting WW
Darkshore 10-20 Alliance Alliance 15Auberdine Night elf favored WW
The Barrens 10-25 Horde Horde 15Crossroads, Horde 15Camp Taurajo, Neutral 15Ratchet Wailing Caverns, Razorfen Kraul, and Razorfen Downs instances WW
Stonetalon Mountains 15-27 Contested Alliance 15Stonetalon Peak, Horde 15Sun Rock Retreat Horde favored WW
Ashenvale 18-30 Contested Alliance 15Astranaar, Alliance 15Forest Song, Horde 15Splintertree Post, Horde 15Zoram'gar Outpost Alliance favored, Blackfathom Deeps instance,
Warsong Gulch battleground,
Bough Shadow - Emerald Dream portal
WW
Thousand Needles 25-35 Contested Horde 15Freewind Post Horde favored WW
Desolace 30-40 Contested Alliance 15Nijel's Point, Horde 15Shadowprey Village Horde favored, Maraudon instance WW
Dustwallow Marsh 35-45 Contested Alliance 15Theramore, Horde 15Brackenwall Village Onyxia's Lair instance WW
Feralas 40-50 Contested Alliance 15Feathermoon Stronghold, Alliance 15Thalanaar, Horde 15Camp Mojache Dire Maul instance, Dream Bough - Emerald Dream portal WW
Tanaris 40-50 Contested Neutral 15Gadgetzan Zul'Farrak instance WW
Azshara 45-55 Contested Alliance 15Talrendis Point, Horde 15Valormok WW
Felwood 48-55 Contested Alliance 15Talonbranch Glade, Horde 15Bloodvenom Post WW
Un'goro Crater 48-55 Contested Neutral 15Marshal's Refuge WW
Winterspring 53-60 Contested Neutral 15Everlook WW
Silithus 55-60 Contested Neutral 15Cenarion Hold Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj instances WW
Moonglade N/A Contested Neutral 15Nighthaven Druid favored; almost mobless zone,
except Eranikus (summoned, with mobs) and Omen (Lunar Festival only)
WW

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