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This is a questing guide detailing the best method to obtain and complete quests in Thousand Needles.

For a list of all Thousand Needles quests in table format (arranged by level), see Thousand Needles quests

Icon-warning-22x22 Note: This guide is not meant for power-leveling purposes. Rather, it is meant to show a player the most efficient way to complete all quests available for a particular zone. If you know of a better order or method to accomplish this, your input is welcome (in fact, greatly desired). For major changes, feel free to edit, but make a note in the talk page as to your reasoning.

Horde 32 Horde Questing Guide (LVL 25-35)Edit

Though Alliance players can make use of the extensive questing available in the Shimmering Flats, an area in eastern Thousand Needles, there are many quests offered over the rest of the zone that are only available to Horde characters. This section of the guide targets those Horde characters, and is appropriate for levels 25-35. Alliance players should skip to the later section, the neutral questing guide, designed for the low 30s. The neutral area continues to offer quests that head out of this zone up until the mid 40s, but those quests will only briefly be covered in this guide.


Before You Leave Edit

Before heading to Thousand Needles, it would be a good idea to pick up a few prerequisites and pull quests for a little extra XP.

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [28] Calling in the Reserves IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Maggran Earthbinder Stonetalon Mountains - Sun Rock Retreat
(Official horde mini-icon [29] A New Ore Sample IconSmall Orc MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Tatternack Steelforge The Barrens - Camp Taurajo)
Official horde mini-icon [25] The Sacred Flame IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Zangen Stonehoof Thunder Bluff - Upper Rise
Official horde mini-icon [29] The Sacred Flame (2) IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Zangen Stonehoof Thunder Bluff - Upper Rise
Official horde mini-icon [30] Steelsnap IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Melor Stonehoof Thunder Bluff - Hunter Rise

Getting There Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [25] Message to Freewind Post IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Brave Moonhorn The Great Lift
Official horde mini-icon [28] Calling in the Reserves IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Maggran Earthbinder Stonetalon Mountains - Sun Rock Retreat
Official horde mini-icon [29] The Sacred Flame (2) IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Zangen Stonehoof Thunder Bluff - Upper Rise


Running Around Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [25] Pacify the Centaur IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Cliffwatcher Longhorn Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [29] The Sacred Flame (3) IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Rau Cliffrunner Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [26] Alien Egg IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Hagar Lightninghoof Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [26] Test of Faith IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Dorn Plainstalker The Weathered Nook

These early Thousand Needles quests are a collection of random errands that even a level 25 character can easily do.

  • First, head north from Freewind Post to the centaur area Splithoof Crag and kill the centaur you need for Official horde mini-icon [25] Pacify the Centaur.
    • If you feel up to it and you have the quest Official horde mini-icon [29] The Sacred Flame (3), you can enter Splithoof Hold and complete that quest as well, though it may be hard for a level 25/26 character. If you do not complete it now, remember to come back and complete it later.
  • Once you have killed all the centaur required, start heading east along the wall of the canyon. You will eventually come to a ramp leading up and back west. Climb up it to a cave at the top with a Tauren - this area is known as the Weathered Nook.
  • Talk to IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Dorn Plainstalker to get the quest Official horde mini-icon [26] Test of Faith. Talk to him again, then when you are ported to the top of a rock, jump off the planks. You will be returned to the cave, and can turn in the quest.
  • Get Dorn's next quest, Official horde mini-icon [30] Test of Endurance, while you are here.
  • Leave the cave and continue to follow the canyon wall to the east, looking for signs of cloud serpents and a large egg for the Official horde mini-icon [26] Alien Egg quest. The egg will be out in the open, NOT in a cave. If you can't find the egg here, check south of Freewind Post.
  • Once you have the egg and have killed all the needed centaur, return to Freewind Post. Turn in the Official horde mini-icon [26] Alien Egg quest and get Official horde mini-icon [26] Serpent Wild.

Arikara Preparations Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [28] A Different Approach IconSmall Blood Elf FemaleOfficial horde mini-icon Magistrix Elosai Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [26] Serpent Wild IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Hagar Lightninghoof Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [27] Sacred Fire IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Motega Firemane Whitereach Post

Before you move on to Darkcloud Pinnacle, you need to complete these two quests.

Darkcloud Pinnacle Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [28] Arikara IconSmall Tauren FemaleOfficial horde mini-icon Magatha Grimtotem <Elder Crone> Elder Rise on Thunder Bluff
Official horde mini-icon [28] Grimtotem Spying IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Cliffwatcher Longhorn Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [29] Wanted - Arnak Grimtotem Wanted Poster - Arnak Grimtotem Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [29] Free at Last IconSmall Tauren FemaleOfficial horde mini-icon Lakota Windsong Darkcloud Pinnacle

For this section, it would be very useful to have a small group (no more than 2-3 would be needed). The tauren of Darkcloud Pinnacle come in groups and tend to swarm. However, it is possible to solo these quests at level 29.

  • The ramp up to Darkcloud Pinnacle can be found along the road between Freewind Post and The Great Lift, just east of where the road forks to go to Whitereach Post. Head up the ramp and across the bridges until you reach the top. When you reach the central pinnacle (there should be bridges in all four directions), head straight (east). You will find a pinnacle with a pile of wood.
  • When you are ready, use the [Incendia Powder] near the wood to light a fire to summon Arikara. Defeat her and loot [Arikara Serpent Skin] from her.
  • Back at the central pinnacle, head over the south bridge. You will now be looking for little chests/boxes that hold the notes for the Official horde mini-icon [28] Grimtotem Spying quest. Two are on separate rocks which can only be reached by bridges from the main village rock. The other one is in the main village, in the biggest building.
  • Return again to the central pinnacle. This time go north. You will reach a cliff. Kill Arnak Grimtotem and his friends, then talk to Lakota Windsong to receive Official horde mini-icon [29] Free at Last. Protect her as she makes her way down off the pinnacle, but beware, groups of Grimtotem tauren will ambush you.
  • Finally, take a trip to Whitereach Post and Freewind Post to turn in the quests.

Whitereach Post Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [28] A Dip in the Moonwell IconSmall Goblin MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Wizlo Bearingshiner Whitereach Post
(Official horde mini-icon [29] A New Ore Sample IconSmall Orc MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Tatternack Steelforge border to Feralas)
Official horde mini-icon [28] Assassination Plot Inv letter 17[Assassination Note]
drop from Galak Messenger
Whitereach Post
and surrounding area
Official horde mini-icon [28] Protect Kanati Greycloud IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Kanati Greycloud Whitereach Post
  • Head to the far western reaches of Thousand Needles. At the base of the needle closest to the night elf post Thalanaar, there is a Concealed Command Console. To reach it, you must climb up to the ledge from the east side of the needle.
  • Once you have reached the console, use the [Robotron Control Unit] from the Official horde mini-icon [28] A Dip in the Moonwell quest. You will gain control of a robot. Have him run into the moonwell and click on the flask icon to gather the water. A vial with moonwell water will appear in your bags. You can dispel the robot like you would a buff.
  • If have to get Official horde mini-icon [29] A New Ore Sample, kill kobolds around Whitereach to obtain it and take it to Camp Taurajo when you get there next time. The ore sample also drops from the kobolds near the Shimmering Flats.
  • Return to Whitereach Post and turn in Official horde mini-icon [28] Testing the Tonic. If you haven't yet found a Galak Messenger, wait along the road to the northeast of the post until one comes along (or try finding him at Splithoof Crag, he waits there quite a long time after spawning), kill him, and loot [Assassination Note] to start Official horde mini-icon [28] Assassination Plot.
  • Turn in Official horde mini-icon [28] Assassination Plot to Kanati Greycloud and get Official horde mini-icon [28] Protect Kanati Greycloud (Note: you may want help for this quest, though it is solo-able).
  • Three centaur will attack. Kill them and keep Kanati alive to complete Official horde mini-icon [28] Protect Kanati Greycloud.

Highperch Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [29] Wind Rider IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Elu <Wind Rider Apprentice> Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [29] Homeward Bound IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Pao'ka Swiftmountain Highperch

Now it's time to visit Highperch.

  • Head south from Whitereach Post until you come to the cliffs. Search for a path leading up, marked by a totem pole. Head up the ramp.
  • Gather [Highperch Wyvern Eggs] until you have the required 10.
  • Search for a path at the southeastern edge of Highperch. Up the path is the NPC Pao'ka Swiftmountain. Speak with him to receive Official horde mini-icon [29] Homeward Bound.
  • Escort Pao'ka safely down from Highperch, then return to Whitereach to turn in Official horde mini-icon [29] Homeward Bound.


Group Quests Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [30] Steelsnap IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Melor Stonehoof Thunder Bluff - Hunter Rise
Official horde mini-icon [30G] Hypercapacitor Gizmo (Group) IconSmall Goblin MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Wizlo Bearingshiner Whitereach Post
Official horde mini-icon [30] Test of Endurance IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Dorn Plainstalker The Weathered Nook
Official horde mini-icon [30] Test of Strength IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Dorn Plainstalker The Weathered Nook

The remaining quests in this part of the Needles are best done with a group. Official horde mini-icon [30] Steelsnap and Official horde mini-icon [30] Test of Endurance are both technically solo quests, but are more difficult than the norm. A group of 3-4 would be best, though 2 will probably suffice.

  • Once you have a group ready, head to the centaur camp north of Whitereach Post, the area known as Camp E'thok. Kill the centaur in the immediate area of the panther cage, then use the key to release the panther. Defeat it and loot [Hypercapacitor Gizmo]. Return to Whitereach to complete Official horde mini-icon [30G] Hypercapacitor Gizmo.
  • Steelsnap and his two buddies wander around the northwest of Whitereach and can be difficult to find, particularly because they sometimes hide inside a centaur tent. When you do locate them, defeat them and loot his rib. Turn in the quest in Thunder Bluff the next time you travel there.
  • Next head southeast along the southern canyon wall until you find a path going up (not the one to Highperch, further southeast). It will lead to a cave known as the Roguefeather Den. Head to the back of the cave and right-click one of the boxes. Before 2.3, waves of harpies came, now it's only Grenka Bloodscreech - defeat and loot her to complete the quest.
  • Return to Dorn Plainstalker in the Weathered Nook to turn in Official horde mini-icon [30] Test of Endurance and receive Official horde mini-icon [30] Test of Strength.
  • Head back to the area near Whitereach Post. The object of Official horde mini-icon [30] Test of Strength, Rok'Alim the Pounder, roams the area south of the road. Locate him and defeat him (you can solo this one, but the other group members will want to complete the quest too).

Tidying Up Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [29] Wind Rider IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Elu <Wind Rider Apprentice> Freewind Post
Official horde mini-icon [30G] Test of Strength (Group) IconSmall Tauren MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Dorn Plainstalker The Weathered Nook
Official horde mini-icon [28] Testing the Tonic IconSmall Goblin MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Wizlo Bearingshiner Whitereach Post

The final steps before moving to the Shimmering Flats include:


Before moving on to the Shimmering Flats, you should be around level 30.


Shimmering Flats Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Official horde mini-icon [35] The Swarm Grows IconSmall Troll MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Korran Crossroads
Official horde mini-icon [35] The Swarm Grows (2) IconSmall Orc MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Belgrom Rockmaul Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar
Official horde mini-icon [35] The Swarm Grows (3) IconSmall Orc MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Moktar Krin Ironstone Camp
Official horde mini-icon [35] Parts of the Swarm Inv shoulder 03[Cracked Silithid Carapace] drop from Silithid Rustmaul Dig Site
Official horde mini-icon [35] Parts of the Swarm (2) IconSmall Troll MaleOfficial horde mini-icon Korran The Crossroads in The Barrens

The Horde quests of the Shimmering Flats are best suited for level 35 players, so it is likely you will need to level a bit between the other Horde quests of Thousand Needles and these. The neutral quests available from Mirage Raceway in the Shimmering Flats could be useful for this purpose.

To obtain the Horde quests for the Shimmering Flats, players need to begin in the Crossroads.

Neutral 32 Neutral Questing Guide (LVL 30-33)Edit

The Shimmering Flats are a prime questing hub for the low 30s, and continue to offer quests that head out of this zone until the mid 40s. Both Alliance and Horde players often partake of these quests at the Mirage Raceway. As this is one of the first contested zones many players will encounter, it is a place where many new players on PvP servers test their skills.


Mirage Raceway Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Subzone
Neutral 15 [30] Salt Flat Venom IconSmall Gnome MaleNeutral 15 Fizzle Brassbolts Mirage Raceway
Neutral 15 [30] Load Lightening IconSmall Goblin MaleNeutral 15 Pozzik Mirage Raceway
Neutral 15 [30] Hardened Shells IconSmall Gnome MaleNeutral 15 Wizzle Brassbolts Mirage Raceway
Neutral 15 [31] Rocket Car Parts IconSmall Dwarf MaleNeutral 15 Kravel Koalbeard Mirage Raceway
Neutral 15 [33] A Bump in the Road IconSmall Tauren MaleNeutral 15 Trackmaster Zherin Mirage Raceway

Upon arrival at the Mirage Raceway in the center of the Shimmering Flats of Thousand Needles, players will be confronted by a large number of available quests.


Further Questing Edit

Further questing from the Mirage Raceway sends players out of the zone. There are a few stand-alone or short-chain quests - these include:

In addition, two lengthy quest chains originate at the Raceway, both of which send players all over the world on various errands. See Goblin Sponsorship quest chain and Errands for Kravel quest chain for more information.

Where to go from here Edit

After this point, most zones become equally viable for both Horde and Alliance. For those wishing to stay on Kalimdor, Desolace is probably the best option, though by level 35 a few quests in Dustwallow Marsh will also be opening up. In the Eastern Kingdoms, the vast questing hub of Stranglethorn Vale is available. Other Eastern Kingdom zones for the next level range include: Alterac Mountains (note that most quests for this zone come from the Hillsbrad Foothills), Arathi Highlands, the Badlands, and the Swamp of Sorrows.

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