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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 currently consists of five continents, Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Northrend, and Pandaria, as well of the realms of Outland and Draenor, 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).

For a graphical list, see Zones by level.

Zones by continent

Eastern Kingdoms

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Dun Morogh 1-10 Alliance Alliance 15Kharanos, (Alliance 15Ironforge) Dwarf and gnome starting, Gnomeregan instance WW
Elwynn Forest 1-10 Alliance Alliance 15Goldshire, (Alliance 15Stormwind City) Human starting, The Stockade instance, Darkmoon Faire site; boats to Auberdine and Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small from Stormwind Harbor WW
Eversong Woods Bc icon 1-10 Horde Horde 15Falconwing Square, Horde 15Fairbreeze Village, (Horde 15Silvermoon City) Blood elf starting zone WW
Gilneas Cataclysm-Logo-Small 1-12 Alliance Alliance 15Duskhaven, Alliance 15Stormglen, Alliance 15Keel Harbor Worgen starting zone (phased for starting Worgen) WW
Tirisfal Glades 1-10 Horde Horde 15Brill, (Horde 15Undercity) Undead starting, Scarlet Monastery instance, Ruins of Lordaeron Arena, zeppelins to Durotar, Stranglethorn Vale, and Howling Fjord Wrath-Logo-Small WW
Ghostlands Bc icon 10-20 Horde Horde 15Tranquillien, Neutral 15Hatchet Hills Blood elf favored, Zul'Aman instance entrance 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 10-15 Alliance Alliance 15Sentinel Hill Human favored, Deadmines instance WW
Redridge Mountains 15-20 Alliance Alliance 15Lakeshire Human favored WW
Duskwood 20-25 Alliance Alliance 15Darkshire Human favored, Twilight Grove - Emerald Dream portal WW
Hillsbrad Foothills 20-25 Contested Alliance 15Southshore, Horde 15Tarren Mill WW
Wetlands 20-25 Contested Alliance 15Menethil Harbor Dwarf and human favored, location of Grim Batol; boats to Theramore Isle and Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small from Menethil Harbor WW
Alterac Mountains 30-40 Contested (merged with Hillsbrad Foothills with Patch 4.0.3a) Alterac Valley battleground WW
Arathi Highlands 25-30 Contested Alliance 15Refuge Point, Horde 15Hammerfall Arathi Basin battleground WW
Northern Stranglethorn 25-30 Contested Horde 15Grom'gol Base Camp, Alliance 15Rebel Camp Zeppelins to Durotar and Tirisfal Glades WW
The Hinterlands 30-35 Contested Alliance 15Aerie Peak, Horde 15Revantusk Village Seradane - Emerald Dream portal WW
Cape of Stranglethorn 30-35 Contested Neutral 15Booty Bay boat to Ratchet WW
Western Plaguelands 35-40 Contested Alliance 15Chillwind Camp Scholomance instance WW
Eastern Plaguelands 40-45 Contested
(Sanctuary within Ebon Hold)
Neutral 15Light's Hope Chapel, Neutral 15Ebon Hold Wrath-Logo-Small Stratholme instance WW
Badlands 45-48 Contested Horde 15Kargath Horde favored, Uldaman instance WW
Searing Gorge 48-50 Contested Neutral 15Thorium Point Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain) WW
Burning Steppes 50-52 Contested Alliance 15Morgan's Vigil, Horde 15Flame Crest Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain) WW
Swamp of Sorrows 52-54 Contested Horde 15Stonard Horde favored, Temple of Atal'Hakkar instance WW
The Blasted Lands 54-58 Contested Alliance 15Nethergarde Keep Dark Portal location - access to Outland Bc icon WW
The Scarlet Enclave Wrath-Logo-Small 55-58 Contested Neutral 15Ebon Hold Wrath-Logo-Small Instanced Death Knight starting. Becomes subzone of the Eastern Plaguelands after its destruction during the Death Knight starting quests. WW
Blackrock Mountain 49-60 Contested BRD, LBRS, UBRS, Molten Core, BWL instances -
Deadwind Pass 55-70 Contested Karazhan Bc icon instance WW
Isle of Quel'Danas Bc icon 65-70+ * Contested Neutral 15Sun's Reach Magisters' Terrace and Sunwell Plateau instances -
Vashj'ir Cataclysm-Logo-Small 80-82 Contested Neutral 15 Kelp'thar Forest, Neutral 15 Shimmering Expanse, Neutral 15 Abyssal Depths Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible. Contains Throne of the Tides instance. WW
Twilight Highlands Cataclysm-Logo-Small 84-85 Contested Horde 15Bloodgulch, Horde 15Crushblow, Horde 15Dragonmaw Port, Alliance 15Firebeard's Patrol, Alliance 15Highbank, Alliance 15Kirthaven, Horde 15The Krazzworks, Alliance 15Thundermar, Neutral 15Vermillion Redoubt, Alliance 15Victory Point Grim Batol and Bastion of Twilight instances WW

* Based upon the flight path for Alliance characters becoming available at level 65 in Ironforge and the ability for level 65 characters to use it to travel to the island. (tested 6/25/2009) However, only level 70 characters can accept quests here.

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Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Azuremyst Isle Bc icon 1-10 Alliance Alliance 15Azure Watch, (Alliance 15The Exodar) Draenei starting. Boat to Rut'theran Village and Stormwind. WW
Durotar 1-10 Horde Horde 15Razor Hill, Horde 15Sen'jin Village, (Horde 15Orgrimmar) Orc and troll starting, (Ragefire Chasm instance), zeppelins to Tirisfal Glades, Stranglethorn Vale, and Borean Tundra Wrath-Logo-Small. 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. Flight point to Lor'danel. WW
Bloodmyst Isle Bc icon 10-20 Alliance Alliance 15Blood Watch Draenei favored WW
Darkshore 10-20 Alliance Alliance 15Auberdine Night elf favored. Cataclysm-Logo-SmallAuberdine destroyed, Flight point to Lor'danel for Boats to Azuremyst Isle Bc icon, Stormwind Harbor from Teldrassil WW
Azshara 10-20 Contested Alliance 15Talrendis Point, Horde 15Valormok Cataclysm-Logo-Small Goblin secondary zone, retuned to 10-20 with Patch 4.0.3a WW
Northern Barrens 10-20 Horde Horde 15Crossroads, Neutral 15Ratchet Wailing Caverns instance WW
Ashenvale 20-25 Contested Alliance 15Astranaar, Alliance 15Forest Song, Horde 15Splintertree Post, Horde 15Zoram'gar Outpost Blackfathom Deeps instance,
Warsong Gulch battleground,
Bough Shadow - Emerald Dream portal
Stonetalon Mountains 25-30 Contested Alliance 15Stonetalon Peak, Horde 15Sun Rock Retreat WW
Desolace 30-35 Contested Alliance 15Nijel's Point, Horde 15Shadowprey Village Horde favored, Maraudon instance WW
Southern Barrens 30-35 Contested Razorfen Kraul instance WW
Dustwallow Marsh 35-40 Contested Alliance 15Theramore, Horde 15Brackenwall Village, Neutral 15Mudsprocket Onyxia's Lair instance. Boat to Menethil Harbor from Theramore Isle. WW
Feralas 35-40 Contested Alliance 15Feathermoon Stronghold, Alliance 15Thalanaar, Horde 15Camp Mojache Dire Maul instance, Dream Bough - Emerald Dream portal WW
Thousand Needles 40-45 Contested Horde 15Freewind Post Horde favored, contains the largest Grimtotem base in Kalimdor and Razorfen Downs instance WW
Tanaris 45-50 Contested Neutral 15Gadgetzan Zul'Farrak and Caverns of Time Bc icon instances, location of Uldum WW
Felwood 45-50 Contested Alliance 15Talonbranch Glade, Horde 15Bloodvenom Post, Neutral 15Emerald Sanctuary WW
Un'goro Crater 50-55 Contested Neutral 15Marshal's Refuge WW
Winterspring 50-55 Contested Neutral 15Everlook Blocked entrance to Hyjal 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)
Mount Hyjal Cataclysm-Logo-Small 80-82 Contested To be announced Entrance to the Firelands, Location of the World Tree NYI
Uldum Cataclysm-Logo-Small 83-85 Contested To be announced Halls of Origination and Lost City of Tol'vir instances NYI
Ahn'Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom Cataclysm-Logo-Small  ?? Contested To be announced Ahn'Qiraj's outdoor zone
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Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Hellfire Peninsula 58-63 Contested
(Sanctuary at Stair of Destiny)
Alliance 15Honor Hold, Horde 15Thrallmar, Alliance 15Temple of Telhamat, Horde 15Falcon Watch Hellfire Citadel instances WW
Zangarmarsh 60-64 Contested Alliance 15Telredor, Horde 15Zabra'jin, Alliance 15Orebor Harborage, Horde 15Swamprat Post, Neutral 15Cenarion Refuge, Neutral 15Sporeggar Coilfang Reservoir instances WW
Terokkar Forest 62-65 Contested
(Sanctuary within Shattrath)
Alliance 15Allerian Stronghold, Horde 15Stonebreaker Hold, (Neutral 15Shattrath City) Auchindoun instances, Darkmoon Faire site WW
Nagrand 64-67 Contested Alliance 15Telaar, Horde 15Garadar, Neutral 15Halaa Ring of Trials arena WW
Blade's Edge Mountains 65-68 Contested Alliance 15Sylvanaar, Horde 15Thunderlord Stronghold, Alliance 15Toshley's Station, Horde 15Mok'Nathal Village, Neutral 15Evergrove Gruul's Lair, Circle of Blood arena WW
Netherstorm 67-70 Contested Neutral 15Area 52, Neutral 15Stormspire, Neutral 15Cosmowrench Tempest Keep instances, Eye of the Storm battleground WW
Shadowmoon Valley 67-70 Contested Alliance 15Wildhammer Stronghold, Horde 15Shadowmoon Village, Neutral 15Altar of Sha'tar (Aldor), Neutral 15Sanctum of the Stars (Scryer) Black Temple instance WW
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Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Borean Tundra 68-72 Contested Alliance 15Valiance Keep, Alliance 15Fizzcrank Airstrip, Horde 15Warsong Hold, Horde 15Bor'gorok Outpost,Horde 15Taunka'le Village, Neutral 15Unu'pe, Neutral 15Amber Ledge, Neutral 15Transitus Shield The Nexus instances. Boat to Stormwind Harbor. Zeppelin to Durotar. Turtle boat to Dragonblight. WW
Howling Fjord 68-72 Contested Alliance 15Valgarde, Horde 15New Agamand, Alliance 15Westguard Keep, Horde 15Vengeance Landing, Horde 15Camp Winterhoof, Horde 15Apothecary Camp, Alliance 15Fort Wildervar, Neutral 15Kamagua Utgarde Keep instances. Boat to Menethil Harbor. Zeppelin to Tirisfal Glades. Turtle boat to Dragonblight. WW
Dragonblight 71-74 Contested Alliance 15Wintergarde Keep, Alliance 15Stars' Rest, Alliance 15Fordragon Hold, Neutral 15 Moa'ki Harbor, Neutral 15Wyrmrest Temple, Horde 15Agmar's Hammer, Horde 15Kor'kron Vanguard, Horde 15Venomspite Naxxramas, Azjol-Nerub and Chamber of Aspects instances, turtle boats to Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord. WW
Grizzly Hills 73-75 Contested Alliance 15Amberpine Lodge, Alliance 15Westfall Brigade Encampment, Horde 15Conquest Hold, Horde 15Camp Oneqwah Drak'Tharon Keep instance WW
Zul'Drak 74-77 Contested Neutral 15Ebon Watch, Neutral 15Light's Breach, Neutral 15The Argent Stand, Neutral 15Zim'Torga, Neutral 15Gundrak Gundrak instance WW
Sholazar Basin 76-78 Contested Neutral 15Nesingwary Base Camp, Neutral 15River's Heart WW
Storm Peaks 76-80 Contested Neutral 15K3, Neutral 15Bouldercrag's Refuge, Neutral 15Dun Niffelem, Neutral 15Ulduar, Horde 15Grom'arsh Crash-Site, Horde 15 Camp Tunka'lo, Alliance 15Frosthold, Alliance 15Brann's Base-Camp Ulduar instances WW
Crystalsong Forest 77-80 Contested
(Sanctuary within Dalaran)
Alliance 15Windrunner's Overlook, Horde 15Sunreaver's Command, (Neutral 15Dalaran) Dalaran floats above the zone. Violet Hold instance in Dalaran. WW
Hrothgar's Landing 77-80 Contested WW
Icecrown 77-80 Contested
(Sanctuary at Argent Tournament Grounds)
Neutral 15The Argent Vanguard, Neutral 15Death's Rise, Neutral 15The Shadow Vault, Neutral 15Crusaders' Pinnacle, Neutral 15Argent Tournament Grounds Crusaders' Coliseum and Icecrown Citadel instances WW
Wintergrasp 77-80 Combat zone Alliance 15Valiance Landing Camp, Horde 15Warsong Landing Camp Zone is a dedicated PvP zone, even on PvE realms. Accessible only by flying mount or portal. Contains Vault of Archavon raid instance. WW
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The Maelstrom

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Kezan 1-6 Horde Horde 15 Bilgewater Port Goblin starting, but phased so only starting goblins can visit. WW
Lost Isles 6-15 Horde Horde 15 Town-in-a-Box Goblin post-starting, but phased so only starting goblins can visit. WW
Wandering Isle Mists-Logo-Small 1-10 Contested Neutral 15 Temple of Five Dawns Pandaren starting zone. WW
Deepholm 82-83 Contested Neutral 15 Temple of Earth Therazane faction favored. The Stonecore instance. Combat 15 Aeonaxx rare spawn. WW
Tol Barad 85 Combat Zone Battleground PvP zone. Baradin Hold instance. WW
Tol Barad Peninsula 90 Contested Tol Barad Peninsula is a daily quest hub connected to Tol Barad battleground. WW


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Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Jade Forest 85-86 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22ArboretumIcon-neutral-22x22Dawn's BlossomIcon-neutral-22x22Jade Temple GroundsIcon-neutral-22x22Tian MonasteryIcon-alliance-22x22Pearlfin VillageIcon-horde-22x22Grookin Hill Dungeons: Temple of the Jade Serpent WW
Valley of the Four Winds 86-87 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22Halfhill

Dungeons:Stormstout Brewery

World Bosses: Galleon

Kun-Lai Summit 87-88 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22Binan Village, Icon-neutral-22x22Temple of the White Tiger

Dungeons: Shado-Pan Monastery

Raids: Mogu'shan Vaults

World Bosses: Sha of Anger

Krasarang Wilds 87-88 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22Anglers Wharf, Icon-alliance-22x22Lion's Landing, Icon-horde-22x22Domination Point WW
Townlong Steppes 88-89 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22Longying Outpost, Icon-neutral-22x22Gao-Ran Battlefront, Icon-neutral-22x22Shado-Pan Garrison 

Dungeons: Siege of Niuzao Temple

Portals: Isle of Thunder

Dread Wastes 89-90 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22Klaxxi'vess Raids:Heart of Fear WW
Vale of Eternal Blossoms 90 Contested Icon-alliance-22x22Shrine of Seven Stars, Icon-horde-22x22Shrine of Two Moons

Dungeons: Mogu'Shan Palace, Gate of the Setting Sun

Raids: Siege of Orgrimmar

Isle of Giants 90 Contested World Bosses:Oondasta WW
Isle of Thunder 90 Contested Icon-alliance-22x22Violet Rise, Icon-horde-22x22Dawnseeker Promontory Raids:Throne of Thunder World Bosses:Nalak WW
Timeless Isle 90 Contested World Bosses: Chi-Ji, Niuzao, Ordos, Xuen, Yu'lon WW

Warlords of Draenor

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Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Shadowmoon Valley (Draenor) 90-93 Contested Icon-alliance-22x22Karabor, Icon-alliance-22x22Lunarfall, Icon-neutral-22x22Anguish Fortress Dungeons: Shadowmoon Burial Grounds

Starting area for the Alliance players.

Contains rare-elite Swift Breezestrider.

Frostfire Ridge 90-93 Contested Icon-horde-22x22Bladespire Fortress, Icon-horde-22x22Frostwall, Icon-neutral-22x22Bloodmaul Stronghold

Dungeons: Bloodmaul Slag Mines

Starting area for the Horde players.

Contains rare-elite Nok-Karosh and Gorok.

Gorgrond 92-94 Contested Icon-horde-22x22Beastwatch, Icon-alliance-22x22Highpass, Icon-neutral-22x22Grimrail Depot, Icon-neutral-22x22Iron Docks

Dungeons: Iron Docks, Grimrail Depot and The Everbloom

Raids: Blackrock Foundry

World Bosses: Drov the Ruiner, Tarlna the Ageless

Talador 94-96 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22Shattrath City, Icon-alliance-22x22Fort Wrynn, Icon-horde-22x22Vol'jin's Pride Dungeons: Auchindoun WW
Spires of Arak 96-98 Contested Icon-horde-22x22Axefall, Icon-alliance-22x22Southport

Dungeons: Skyreach

World Bosses: Rukhmar

Nagrand (Draenor) 98-100 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22Grommashar, Icon-neutral-22x22Ring of Trials,

Icon-horde-22x22Wor'var, Icon-horde-22x22Riverside Post,

Icon-alliance-22x22Yrel's Watch, Icon-alliance-22x22Telaari Station

Raids: Highmaul

Contains rare-elite Mottled Meadowstomper and

Bloodhoof Bull

Tanaan Jungle 100 Contested Unknown

This area has not yet been opened and is locked until a later patch.

Ashran 100 Contested Icon-alliance-22x22Stormshield,Icon-horde-22x22Warspear This area is a 100vs100 PvP zone and requires players to enter the

area trough a call to arms or queue.


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