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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] (WoWOSG 9) 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 has multiple continents including the Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Northrend, Broken Isles, Kul Tiras, Zandalar, and Pandaria, as well as the realms of Outland, Draenor, and Argus which are sometimes divided into other sections which are also called continents, and further divided into smaller sections in-game known as zones.[1] (WoWOSG 212)

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).

This article includes a list of all zones by level. Many zones are subject to level scaling, meaning the level of quests and mobs adapts to the level of the player's character. There are some exceptions, noted in the tables. Zones that share a table may have the same level cap, but often have a different entry level requirement. Keep in mind that, if playing on a Player vs. Player server, players will be automatically flagged for PvP once they progress to at least the "Up to level 60" zones and beyond.

World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, World of Warcraft: Legion, and World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth indicate the expansion each zone was introduced.

Up to level 10

These zones are the starting areas for the goblins and pandaren. They are both zoned off, meaning only those races can even play; once the zone has been played and the characters leave, there is no way to return.

Faction Restrictions Name Min Max Continent
Neutral Neutral PandarenPandaren Pandaren Wandering Isle World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 1 10 Pandaria
Horde Horde GoblinGoblin Goblin Kezan World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 1 5 The Maelstrom
Horde Horde GoblinGoblin Goblin Lost Isles World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 1 10 The Maelstrom

Up to level 20

These zones are considered starting areas. Unlike the goblin and pandaren zones, other races can freely enter and partake of the quests, the sole exception being Gilneas. Gilneas is a worgen-only questing zone. Players of other races and worgen who have finished the experience may enter, but they will be met with an abandoned zone.

Faction Name Min Max Continent Notes
Alliance Alliance Dun Morogh World of Warcraft 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Dwarf/Gnome
Dungeon: Gnomeregan
Alliance Alliance Elwynn Forest World of Warcraft 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Human
Dungeon:The Stockade
Transport: boats to Darkshore and Northrend World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King from Stormwind Harbor
Other: Darkmoon Faire site
Alliance Alliance Gilneas World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms WorgenWorgen Worgen-only
Alliance Alliance Azuremyst Isle World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Draenei
Transport: Boat to Rut'theran Village
Alliance Alliance Teldrassil World of Warcraft 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Night Elf
Transport: Boat to Azuremyst Isle and Stormwind
Horde Horde Eversong Woods World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Blood Elf
Horde Horde Tirisfal Glades World of Warcraft 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Undead
Arena: Ruins of Lordaeron
Dungeon: Scarlet Monastery
Transport: zeppelins to Durotar, Stranglethorn Vale, and Howling Fjord World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Horde Horde Durotar World of Warcraft 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Orc/Troll
Dungeon: Ragefire Chasm
Transport: zeppelins to Tirisfal Glades, Stranglethorn Vale, and Borean Tundra World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
Horde Horde Mulgore World of Warcraft 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Tauren
Other: Darkmoon Faire site

Up to level 60 (Neutral/Contested)

All of these zones are considered neutral to both factions, though one faction may be more dominant than the other. Level requirements to pick up quests may vary, but all cap at level 60. These areas will flag players for PvP if they are playing on a Player vs. Player server.

Note that The Scarlet Enclave quests may only be picked up and completed by Death Knights; during this time, opposing-faction Death Knights are not flagged. Though any class and Death Knights that have completed the questlines may return to the area, it will be devoid of NPCs and mobs.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Arathi Highlands World of Warcraft 25 60 Eastern Kingdoms Battleground: Arathi Basin
Ashenvale World of Warcraft 15 60 Kalimdor Battleground: Warsong Gulch (Alliance)
Dungeon: Blackfathom Deeps
Other: Bough Shadow - Emerald Dream portal
Badlands World of Warcraft 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms
Blasted Lands World of Warcraft 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Other: Dark Portal (for access to World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Outland)
Burning Steppes World of Warcraft 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeons: Blackrock Depths, Upper Blackrock Spire, and Lower Blackrock Spire
Raids: Molten Core and Blackwing Lair
Cape of Stranglethorn World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 30 60 Eastern Kingdoms Transport: boat to Ratchet
Deadwind Pass World of Warcraft 50 60 Eastern Kingdoms Raid: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Karazhan
Desolace World of Warcraft 30 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Maraudon
Dustwallow Marsh World of Warcraft 35 60 Kalimdor Raid: Onyxia's Lair
Transport: Boat to Menethil Harbor from Theramore Isle
Eastern Plaguelands World of Warcraft 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Stratholme
Felwood World of Warcraft 40 60 Kalimdor
Feralas World of Warcraft 35 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Dire Maul
Other: Dream Bough - Emerald Dream portal
The Hinterlands World of Warcraft 30 60 Eastern Kingdoms Other: Seradane - Emerald Dream portal
Northern Stranglethorn World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 25 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Zul'Gurub
Transport: Zeppelins to Durotar and Tirisfal Glades
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 55 58 Eastern Kingdoms Death Knight Death Knight-only
Searing Gorge World of Warcraft 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeons: Blackrock Depths, Upper Blackrock Spire, and Lower Blackrock Spire
Raids: Molten Core and Blackwing Lair
Silithus World of Warcraft 40 60 Kalimdor Battleground: Seething Shore World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Raids: Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
Southern Barrens World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 25 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Razorfen Kraul
Stonetalon Mountains World of Warcraft 20 60 Kalimdor
Swamp of Sorrows World of Warcraft 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Temple of Atal'Hakkar
Tanaris World of Warcraft 40 60 Kalimdor Dungeons: Zul'Farrak and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Caverns of Time
Thousand Needles World of Warcraft 40 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Razorfen Downs
Un'Goro Crater World of Warcraft 40 60 Kalimdor
Western Plaguelands World of Warcraft 35 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Scholomance
Winterspring World of Warcraft 40 60 Kalimdor

Up to level 60 (Alliance)

These zones are leveling zones for the Alliance. These are considered secondary and tertiary leveling zones. Though they have differing level entry requirements, they all cap at 60.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Bloodmyst Isle World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 10 60 Kalimdor
Darkshore World of Warcraft 10 60 Kalimdor
Duskwood World of Warcraft 20 60 Eastern Kingdoms Other: Twilight Grove - Emerald Dream portal
Loch Modan World of Warcraft 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms
Redridge Mountains World of Warcraft 15 60 Eastern Kingdoms
Westfall World of Warcraft 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Deadmines
Wetlands World of Warcraft 25 60 Eastern Kingdoms Transport: boats to Theramore Isle and Northrend World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King from Menethil Harbor

Up to level 60 (Horde)

These zones are leveling zones for the Horde. These are considered secondary and tertiary leveling zones. Though they have differing level entry requirements, they all cap at 60.

Ratchet in the Northern Barrens is considered a neutral town to both factions.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Azshara World of Warcraft 10 60 Kalimdor
Ghostlands World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms Raid: Zul'Aman
Hillsbrad Foothills World of Warcraft 15 60 Eastern Kingdoms Battleground: Alterac Valley
Northern Barrens World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 10 60 Kalimdor Horde favored
Battleground: Warsong Gulch (Horde)
Dungeon: Wailing Caverns
Transport: boat to Cape of Stranglethorn
Silverpine Forest World of Warcraft 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Shadowfang Keep

Up to level 70

This zone is primarily for daily quests related to the Shattered Sun Offensive. Mobs do not scale to level here.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Isle of Quel'Danas World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 70 70 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Magisters' Terrace
Raid: Sunwell Plateau

Up to level 80

These zones span much of The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. They each have different entry level requirements, but all cap at 80. Players may conceivably skip an entire expansion's worth of content, or go back and forth between the two.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Blade's Edge Mountains World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 65 80 Outland Arena: Circle of Blood
Raid: Gruul's Lair
Borean Tundra World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 58 80 Northrend Dungeons: The Nexus instances
Transport: Boat to Stormwind Harbor. Zeppelin to Durotar. Turtle boat to Dragonblight.
Crystalsong Forest World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 67 80 Northrend Other: Dalaran floats above the zone.
Dungeon: Violet Hold (Dalaran)
Dragonblight World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 61 80 Northrend Dungeons: Naxxramas, Azjol-Nerub, and Chamber of Aspects
Transport: turtle boats to Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord
Grizzly Hills World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 63 80 Northrend Dungeon: Drak'Tharon Keep
Hellfire Peninsula World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 58 80 Outland Dungeon: Hellfire Citadel
Howling Fjord World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 58 80 Northrend Dungeon: Utgarde Keep
Transport: Boat to Menethil Harbor. Zeppelin to Tirisfal Glades. Turtle boat to Dragonblight.
Hrothgar's Landing World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 67 80 Northrend
Icecrown World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 67 80 Northrend Dungeons: Crusaders' Coliseum and Icecrown Citadel
Nagrand World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 64 80 Outland Arena: Ring of Trials
Netherstorm World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 67 80 Outland Battleground: Eye of the Storm
Dungeon: Tempest Keep
Shadowmoon Valley World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 67 80 Outland Raid: The Black Temple
Sholazar Basin World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 66 80 Northrend
Storm Peaks World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 67 80 Northrend Dungeon: Ulduar
Terokkar Forest World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 62 80 Outland Dungeon: Auchindoun
Other: Darkmoon Faire site
Wintergrasp World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 67 80 Northrend Raid: Vault of Archavon
Other: PvP zone, even on PvE realms. Accessible only by flying mount or portal.
Zangarmarsh World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 60 80 Outland Dungeon: Coilfang Reservoir
Zul'Drak World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 64 80 Northrend Dungeons: Drak'Tharon Keep and Gundrak

Up to level 87

These zones are split between PvP (Tol Barad), daily quest hubs (Tol Barad Peninsula - Alliance Baradin's Wardens / Horde Hellscream's Reach; Molten Front - Guardians of Hyjal), and the Veiled Stair that links the Valley of the Four Winds to Kun-Lai Summit in Pandaria.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Tol Barad World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 84 85 Eastern Kingdoms Battleground PvP zone.
Dungeon: Baradin Hold
Tol Barad Peninsula World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 85 85 Eastern Kingdoms
Molten Front World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 85 85 Kalimdor
Veiled Stair World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 87 87 Pandaria Raid: Terrace of Endless Spring

Up to level 90

These zones span much of Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria. They each have different entry level requirements, but all cap at 90. Players may conceivably skip an entire expansion's worth of content, or go back and forth between the two.

Of note, Moonglade in and of itself is not a leveling zone, but is connected to several holiday events and questlines.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Vashj'ir World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 80 90 Eastern Kingdoms Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible.
Dungeon: Throne of the Tides
Twilight Highlands World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 80 90 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeons: Grim Batol and Bastion of Twilight
Moonglade World of Warcraft 1 90 Kalimdor Druid favored; almost mobless zone, except Eranikus (summoned, with mobs) and Omen (Lunar Festival only)
Mount Hyjal World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 80 90 Kalimdor Other: Entrance to Firelands
Uldum World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 83 90 Kalimdor Dungeons: Halls of Origination and Lost City of Tol'vir
Deepholm World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 82 90 Maelstrom Dungeon: The Stonecore
Jade Forest World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 80 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Temple of the Jade Serpent
Valley of the Four Winds World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 81 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Stormstout Brewery
Krasarang Wilds World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 81 90 Pandaria
Kun-Lai Summit World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 82 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Shado-Pan Monastery
Raid: Mogu'shan Vaults
Townlong Steppes World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 83 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Siege of Niuzao Temple
Portal: Isle of Thunder
Dread Wastes World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 84 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Heart of Fear
Vale of Eternal Blossoms World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 85 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Mogu'Shan Palace, Gate of the Setting Sun
Raid: Siege of Orgrimmar
Isle of Giants World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 85 90 Pandaria
Isle of Thunder World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 85 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Throne of Thunder
Timeless Isle World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 85 90 Pandaria

Up to level 100

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

These zones encompass the entirety of Warlords of Draenor. Currently there is no way to skip this expansion's content.

Note that Ashran is a PvP zone, while Tanaan Jungle refers to the zone players return to after shutting down the Dark Portal.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Frostfire Ridge 90 100 Draenor Dungeon: Bloodmaul Slag Mines
Other: Starting area for the Horde players.
Shadowmoon Valley 90 100 Draenor Dungeon: Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
Starting area for the Alliance players.
Gorgrond 92 100 Draenor Dungeons: Iron Docks, Grimrail Depot and The Everbloom
Raid: Blackrock Foundry
Talador 94 100 Draenor Dungeon: Auchindoun
Spires of Arak 96 100 Draenor Dungeon: Skyreach
Nagrand 98 100 Draenor Dungeon: Highmaul
Ashran 100 100 Draenor PvP zone
Tanaan Jungle 100 100 Draenor Raid: Hellfire Citadel

Up to level 110

World of Warcraft: Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

These zones are part of the Legion expansion. Note that the last six zones are for max level players only, with the Broken Shore a later version than what players initially experience.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Val'sharah 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeon: Black Rook Hold
Raid: Emerald Nightmare
Highmountain 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeon: Neltharion's Lair
Stormheim 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeon: Maw of Souls
Raid: Trial of Valor
Azsuna 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeons: Vault of the Wardens, Eye of Azshara
Suramar 110 110 Broken Isles Dungeons: The Arcway, Court of Stars
Raid: The Nighthold
Broken Shore 110 110 Broken Isles Raid: Tomb of Sargeras
Antoran Wastes 110 110 Argus Raid: Antorus, the Burning Throne
Krokuun 110 110 Argus
Mac'Aree 110 110 Argus Dungeon: Seat of the Triumvirate

Up to level 120

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content exclusive to Battle for Azeroth.

These zones are part of the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Tiragarde Sound 108 120 Kul Tiras Dungeon: Freehold; Siege of Boralus (?)
Drustvar 108 120 Kul Tiras Dungeon: Waycrest Manor
Stormsong Valley 108 120 Kul Tiras Dungeon: Shrine of the Storm (?)
Zuldazar 108 120 Zandalar
Nazmir 108 120 Zandalar Dungeon: Underrot (?), Atal'Dazar (?)
Vol'dun 108 120 Zandalar Dungeon: Tol Dagor (?)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b WoWOSG, 9

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