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Neutral 32 Southern Barrens
Level 30 - 35
Southern Barrens Cataclysm
The Battlescar
PopulationAtleast 9700.warning.png"." is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.
RacesIconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Dwarf
IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin
IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human
IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf
IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc
IconSmall Quilboar MaleIconSmall Quilboar Female Quilboar
IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren
GovernmentNone
Major settlementsDesolation Hold
Fort Triumph
Northwatch Hold
LocationCentral Kalimdor

Southern Barrens is a generic term for all the lands on the southern part of the Great Divide. This region is not only one of the most hardest hit by the Cataclysm, but also is one of the biggest war zones in the escalating conflict between the Alliance and Horde. In the wake of the Cataclysm, the Alliance has been aggressively expanding into the heart of the continent from the east coast.

Geography defines the conflict here. The Battlescar sits in the middle of a narrow pass, a natural bottleneck. The Alliance needs to blast its way through here in order to maintain an overland link between Theramore and Northwatch Hold, not to mention a route into the Stonetalon Mountains, where the Alliance can lend aid to its allies. If the Horde can seal off this pass, then Theramore will essentially be isolated. The conflict comes to a head in the Battlescar... and the future of Kalimdor may hinge on the outcome.

Geography

The landscape here is predominately a savanna-esque landscape caught in the dry season, the exception being the Overgrowth situated in the northern part of the region, near the Great Divide - a growth stated by local quests to not be entirely natural.

Maps and subregions

WorldMap-SouthernBarrens

Southern Barrens Map


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Flight Master Locations

Official alliance mini-icon Fort Triumph
Official alliance mini-icon Honor's Stand
Official alliance mini-icon Northwatch Hold
Official horde mini-icon Desolation Hold
Official horde mini-icon Hunter's Hill
Official horde mini-icon Vendetta Point

Regions adjacent to Southern Barrens

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Official alliance mini-icon Access Official horde mini-icon Access
Dustwallow Marsh Official horde mini-icon Official alliance mini-icon Neutral 15 35-40 East By foot east; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Fort Triumph to Mudsprocket; also MiniIcon FlightMaster from Northwatch Hold to Theramore Isle By foot east; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Desolation Hold to either Mudsprocket or Brackenwall Village
Mulgore Official horde mini-icon 1-10 West By foot west By foot west; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Hunter's Hill to Thunder Bluff
Northern Barrens Official horde mini-icon 10-20 North By foot north; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Honor's Stand or Northwatch Hold to Ratchet By foot north; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Hunter's Hill to Crossroads
Stonetalon Mountains Official horde mini-icon Official alliance mini-icon 25-30 Northwest By foot northwest; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Honor's Stand to Northwatch Expedition Base Camp By foot northwest
Thousand Needles Official horde mini-icon Neutral 15 40-45 South By foot south; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Fort Triumph to Fizzle and Pozzik's Speedbarge (multi-point flight) By foot south; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Desolation Hold to Westreach Summit

Notable characters

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Quests

Main article: Southern Barrens quests

Resources

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Changes

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Areas affected[1]:

  • Bael Modan – slightly expanded with new stonework; tiny Horde camp set just to the north called Spearhead
  • Bael Modan Excavation Site – now attacked by Horde raiders, though Bael Modan itself is not
  • Blackthorn Ridge – the northern corner now has a Goblin-run mine
  • Camp Taurajo – burned down by Alliance forces and is now being looted; the nearby road to Mulgore is now blocked by a Tauren-erected gate, The Great Gate
  • Field of Giants – west side taken by the Horde who have erected Desolation Hold and are constantly fighting with the Alliance; east side taken by the Alliance, called Fort Triumph; both have flight paths and serve as quest hubs
  • Fields of Blood – the Quilboar have more defenses in some areas, but have lost an encampment to the Horde, now called Vendetta Point near Camp Taurajo
  • The Great Lift – the road running north of here almost all the way to Blackthorn Ridge has been overrun with giant brambles; the Lift itself appears to be destroyed; just outside the brambles is Mankrik, elite now and fighting the Quilboar; further north is a small, neutral quest hub called Firestone Point, run by the Earthen Ring
  • Honor's Stand – the Alliance have taken this pass into Stonetalon Mountains and are erected a gate of their own while fighting off the Horde; full-fledged Alliance camp here with flight master; the Horde have a camp of their own just south of here in the hills called Hunter's Hill, with a flight path and 'The High Road' to enter Stonetalon Mountains
  • The Overgrowth – the lands south of the Lushwater Oasis have become overgrown and lush; there is a new Horde camp on the NE side, Camp Una'fe, that houses some of the Camp Taurajo refugees; further to the east is another encampment where Naralex awaits with quests; further east and on the edge of the Overgrowth is a small Alliance camp, Teegan's Expedition
  • Northwatch Hold – Controlled by the Alliance and is now a quest hub with flight master; a road leads from the back side down to the shores shared with Dustwallow Marsh where a dock sits – the boat seems to come from the Eastern Kingdoms (according to the NPC); The Hold is under constant attack by the Horde, who have a small camp just to the north in the hills and ships in the water; due west of here and near the main road is an Alliance encampment, Forward Command

Gallery

Videos

Southern Barrens HD - World of Warcraft Cataclysm03:40

Southern Barrens HD - World of Warcraft Cataclysm

Cataclysm Southern Barrens12:14

Cataclysm Southern Barrens

Cataclysm Beta - Southern Barrens Overview04:45

Cataclysm Beta - Southern Barrens Overview

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