|World of Warcraft: The Dark Below|
|Release date(s)||Early or late 2014|
|Platforms||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X|
World of Warcraft: The Dark Below colloquially referred to as TDB, is the fifth expansion pack for World of Warcraft. It was officially announced on August 13th, 2013. Set primarily in a second reformed Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms on the world of Azeroth, the expansion set follows the return of the Burning Legion led by the evil Dark titan Sargeras, who is taking residence in a place where he plans to unleash chaos.
Dark Below returns players to the two continents of Azeroth for most of their campaigning, after two years away in defeating Deathwing and the southern continent of Pandaria, opening new zones such as Dark Below, Dragon Isles, and Zandalar.
From the official site:
Deep beneath Azeroth's surface, the entrance to the underground realm has been unlocked. It is called the Dark Below where its inhabited by the demons, devils and infernal creatures led by the fallen titan, Sargeras, the true creator of the Burning Legion. The Legion is not giving up in terrorizing Azeroth.
The new area reveals itself as the Alliance and Horde are preparing to make another stand against the Legion. Will they succeed in defeating the Burning Legion and Sargeras?
- Level cap raised to 110
- Five new high-level zones from level 100-110:
- New class: Demon Hunter
- Four new playable races: Forest trolls (Horde), Furbolgs (Alliance), High elves (Alliance), and Ogres (Horde).
- Goblins and Worgen will have new quest lines and have access to the Monk class.
Four starting areas are available for the Forest trolls, Furbolgs, High elves, and Ogres.
- Barrow Forest: a level 1-12 starting area for the playable Furbolgs.
- Northeron: a level 1-12 starting area for the playable High elves.
- Maisara Hills: a level 1-12 starting area for the playable Forest trolls.
- Bladescar Highlands: a level 1-12 starting area for the playable Ogres.
- Kul'Tiras: a level 12-20 human nation located on a large island, south-west of Lordaeron where it is ruled by the Proudmoore family. Its capital city is Boralus.
- Plunder Isle: a level 20-25 island under the control of the Bloodsail Buccaneers with its capital, Bloodsail Hold. All the Bloodsail Humans, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Worgen pirates have joined forces with the Alliance while the Bloodsail Goblins, Jungle trolls, Orcs, and Tauren have traveled to Hiji and sided with the Horde.
- Agamand Isles: a level 10-20 island which is located west near Tirisfal Glades. The island is set to be occupied by the Forsaken after Silverpine Forest was fully taken by Gilneas and the Alliance.
- Hiji: a small level 20-25 island in the South Seas. The island is now occupied by Bloodsail pirates (Goblins, Jungle trolls, Orcs, and Tauren) that have aligned themselves with the Horde and built a city called Buccaneer Port.
- Zandalar: a level 100-103 island that lies south from the Maelstrom.
- Dragon Isles: a large group of three level 103-106 islands that lies between Kalimdor and Northrend.
- Dark Below: a large level 106-110 realm that lives deep beneath Azeroth.
Dungeon, raid and scenario contentEdit
Factions and organizationsEdit
Numerous factions/organizations are introduced and are expected to play major roles throughout the expansion.
New Playable Race FactionsEdit
- Alliance Bloodsail Buccaneers
- Alterac Legion
- Barkskin tribe
- Blue dragonflight
- Kirin Tor
- Knights of the Silver Hand
- Northfall tribe
- Obscurer tribe
- Royal Tiras Navy
- Stormwind Legion
- Thassarian Military
- Winterskorn tribe
- Bladescar clan
- Blightcaller Revolt
- Deathweaver Battalion
- Dragonflayer clan
- Durotan clan
- Horde Bloodsail Buccaneers
- Orgrimmar Legion
- Red dragonflight
- Sen'jin tribe
- Treebash tribe
- Thunderhoof tribe
- Argent Crusade
- Black dragonflight
- Burning Legion
- Drow Circle
- Forsaken Renegade Front
- Razorfen Legion
- Rhazin Empire
- Sagepaw Legion
- True Forsaken
- Zandalari Rebellion
- Zandalari Empire
Zones changed during Dark BelowEdit
Much of the Arathi Highlands has changed ever since the cataclysm and the discovery of Pandaria. All members of the Syndicate have aligned themselves with the Alliance while the Boulderfist ogres have joined forces with the Horde. Neutral Pandaren have now began to settle in this new land, but the whole nation is still crawling with Raptors and Spiders.
- Boulder'gor is the home of the Boulderfist ogres. The whole area has abandoned when all the ogres settled in Hammerfall. Now, the place has been taken by Gnolls.
- Boulderfist Hall is the fortress of the Boulderfist ogres. All the ogres somehow abandoned the fortress and settled in Hammerfall when they aligned themselves with the Horde. The fortress has been taken by Gnolls.
- Ying'mo Village, formerly known as Dabyrie's Farmstead, is a village of neutral Pandaren that came to settle in the new land.
- Galen's Fall is a Forsaken camp that was built near Thoradin's Wall. The camp has been ravaged by Gnolls.
- Go'Shek Farm is a farmstead that has been occupied by the Horde during the cataclysm. The whole area has become battle ground between the Hammerfall Grunts and Gnoll invaders.
- Hammerfall is a large internment camp that was taken by the Horde. After making peace with the Witherbark Forest trolls and Boulderfist Ogres, the whole camp has been turned into a large fortified fortress with newer structures that the Horde has built.
- Northfold Manor is a farm that was once occupied by forces of the Syndicate. After all members of the Syndicate abandoned the fortress and aligned themselves with the Alliance, the farmstead has been taken by Gnolls.
- Stromgarde is a large and fortified city that has been reconstructed by the Alliance, the Arathi Humans, and former members of the Syndicate. It is ruled by King Danath Trollbane.
- Witherbark Village is a village occupied by Forest trolls of the Witherbark tribe. When Gnolls took over the village, the Witherbark trolls align themselves with the Horde and fight to reclaim their village.
The Dwarves had constructed a bridge which connects from Loch Modan to the Badlands. Several areas in the Badlands have been overrun by the demons of the Burning Legion. The Alliance, Horde, and the Black dragonflight work together in defeating the Burning Legion. The Gnolls of the Sagepaw Legion have also infiltrated the land and have taken a few territorial spots.
- Agmond's End is an abandoned dig-site where the dwarven prospector Agmond met an unfortunate end thanks to the troggs which have infested the site. After Deathwing's fall, all the remaining Trogg have been transformed into ordinary dwarves and the whole the dig site becomes occupied until the Gan'args launch an attack.
- Angor Fortress is the main site of operations of the Dark Iron Dwarves. All the Dark Iron Dwarves inside the fortress have joined the Anvilrage of the Alliance. The fortress has become an Alliance military base.
- Camp Boff is the home of some of the Dustbelcher ogres. All the ogres in the camp have left and joined the Horde in New Kargath until the Gnolls took over.
- Camp Cagg is the home of some of the Dustbelcher ogres. All the ogres in the camp have left and joined the Horde in New Kargath until the Gnolls took over.
- Camp Kosh is the home of some of the Dustbelcher ogres. All the ogres in the camp have left and joined the Horde in New Kargath until the Gnolls took over.
- Camp Wurg is the home of some of the Dustbelcher ogres. All the ogres in the camp have left and joined the Horde in New Kargath until the Gnolls took over.
- Dustbelch Grotto is a large camp that was the home of the Dustbelcher ogres. The entire camp has been abandoned when all the ogres joined the Horde in New Kargath. The Gnolls have taken over the grotto.
- Fuselight is run by the Steamwheedle Cartel goblins. However, the goblins abandon their neutrality and join forces with the Horde.
- Hammertoe's Digsite is an area that was recently ruled by a gang of Dark Irons. The Alliance has taken full control over the area, but the Gnolls attack the dig site.
- Maker's Terrace is a large excavation site located just outside the entrance to Uldaman. The excavation site has become a battleground between the Dark Irons of the Anvilrage and the demons of the Burning Legion.
- New Kargath is a full-fledged Horde town that was built after the cataclysm. The town has been remodeled and expanded with newer structures, turning the whole place into a protective fortress when the Burning Legion launches an attack.
- Scar of the Worldbreaker is a massive scar that was caused by Deathwing. The Scar has been overrun by the Burning Legion that have taken over.
- Tomb of the Watchers is a dig site where Alliance and Horde excavators scour and hammer away at the land nearby. The dig site has been abandoned by the excavators until it was taken by Gnolls.
The Blasted Lands is still crawling with demons of the Burning Legion as they continue to corrupt the land under the command of Sargeras. All the Ogres have fled the Dreadmaul Furnace and aligned themselves with the Horde. Gnolls from the Sagepaw Legion have also invaded the land and aid the Burning Legion to annihilate the Alliance and Horde.
- The Altar of Storms was a place that was built by Lady Sevine. The Altar is now controlled by a group of Warlock gnolls to summon Felhounds.
- The Dreadmaul Furnace was a cavern which was populated with Ogres until the Gnolls took over the area.
- Dreadmaul Hold is a Horde town which was named by the Dreadmaul ogres who took control of it. After all the Ogres swore their allegiance to the Horde, the Hold has expanded with newer structures and turned into a fortified fortress to prevent the Infernal Raiders from attacking.
- Nethergarde Keep is a heavily defended Alliance town which was ruled by Quartermaster Lungertz. The town has been remodeled with newer structures and making the place more defensible when the Infernal Raiders were attacking.
- The Nethergarde Supply Camps is an area where Alliance and Horde soldiers were fighting for control. The camp has been taken by Gnolls.
- Red Reaches is a large beach shore along the southeastern most part of the Blasted Lands. All the Bloodwash naga that have enslaved the Rockpool Murloc were transformed into Night elves and serve alongside the Alliance as the Nightwash Infantry in Surwich and the Tainted Forest.
- Bloodwash Cavern is a large cavern where the Bloodwash naga have setup up a fortress and send many of their enslaved murlocs. The cavern has been taken by Gnolls, but the Rockpool Murlocs fight back to retake it.
- Bloodwash Fighting Pits is a small area on the Red Reaches in the Blasted Lands, where the Bloodwash naga force their enslaved murlocs to fight each other. The area has become a battle ground between the Rockpool Murloc and the Gnolls.
- Bloodwash Shrine is a small area on the Red Reaches in the Blasted Lands, where the Bloodwash naga built a shrine to Queen Azshara. The shrine has been taken by the Rockpool Murloc.
- Rockpool Village is the village of the Rockpool murlocs that were enslaved by the Bloodwash naga. The village has been retaken by the merlons after the naga were turned into Night elves.
- The Tainted Forest is an expanse of the revitalized area in the Tainted Scar, but was corrupted by the Burning Legion. The forest was later healed and became a more greener forest.
- Maldraz is a great tree, grown by Marl Wormthorn, in the Tainted Scar which it consumed creating the Tainted Forest in the Blasted Lands. The tree has been taken by a group of Night elf druids that were able to heal it, including the forest.
- Surwich is a Gilnean-controlled Alliance port and fishing village in the Blasted Lands. The port has been remodeled and expanded with new structures that were built by the Worgen and Night elves.
The snowy region of Dun Morogh has changed ever since the Cataclysm happened. The Dwarven population has increased rapidly when the Dwarves found a way to transform Trogg into ordinary Dwarves. The city of Ironforge has been constructed with more settlements and structures for newly-welcomed Grummle, Pandaren, Vrykul, and Wolvar, that have joined the Alliance.
- Bahrum's Post is a subzone of Dun Morogh. The post has been remodeled with newer structures and filled with newly-recruited Dwarves, Gnomes, Pandaren, Vrykul, Wolvar, and Yaungol to face against the Gnolls.
- Brewnall Village is a tiny dwarf village which served as the home for the Barleybrews, who constantly work to experiment and improve on the venerable dwarven beer brewing tradition. The village has been turned into a large village filled with new structures that were built by the Pandaren and Vrykul that came to settle in Dun Morogh.
- Frostmane Retreat is a Ice troll village in Dun Morogh. The village has been remodeled with newer structures.
- Ironforge is the capital city of the dwarves, a member of the Alliance. Much of Ironforge has changed and expanded with newer structures that have been built over the capital.
- Gol'Bolar Quarry is a large dig site which was inhabited by Trogg. All the Trogg in the site have been captured and turned into Dwarves, but the site was soon taken by the Kobold, and Frostmane trolls. The quarry has become a battleground when the Alliance attempts to reclaim the quarry.
- Iceflow Lake is a medium-sized lake where the dwarves of Brewnall Village keep a hole clear of ice in order to access fresh water and provide fishing opportunities. The lake is now filled with Frostmane trolls that have take over the lake.
- Ironband's Compound is a base of operations for a band of Dark Iron Dwarves who readily assault anyone unfortunate enough to wander too close. The compound has been taken by Frostmane trolls.
- Ironforge Airfield is an airfield located in a high mountain valley northeast of the dwarven capital city of Ironforge. The whole airfield has been remodeled and expanded, along with many recruiters that have joined the Ironforge Siege Brigade.
- Kharanos is a bustling little town that was surrounded by the stark wintry wilds of Dun Morogh. The whole town has changed with newer structures that were constructed by the Grummle, Pandaren, Vrykul, and Wolvar.
Eastern Darrowmere ForestEdit
Parts of Loch Modan have been rebuilt after the drastic cataclysm that Deathwing committed. The Great Dam of Stonewrought has been rebuilt by the dwarves of the Alliance, allowing the lake to be restored again. All of the Trogg in the area have been turned into ordinary pureblood Dwarves and added into the Alliance.
- Ironband's Excavation Site is an extensive dwarves dig site that was invaded by hostile creatures, displacing the prospectors and miners. The whole site has become a battleground between the Dwarves and Gnolls.
- Loch Camp, formerly known as the Twilight Camp, is now crawling with Gnolls while all members from the Twilight's Hammer clan abandoned their camp and rejoined the Alliance after the cataclysm.
- The Loch is the single most prominent feature of the dwarven territory of Loch Modan. However, Deathwing's emergence into Azeroth resulted in the destruction of the Stonewrought Dam, draining much of the lake into the Wetlands. After the dam was fully rebuilt, the Loch has been refilled again with new water.
- Mo'grosh Stronghold is a set of ogre-infested caves. After Cho'Gall was defeated, which resulted the end of the cataclysm, all the Ogres that dwelled in the caves have all fled and joined the Horde while the Gnolls took over.
- Stonesplinter Valley is a valley that was crawling with hostile Stonesplinter trogg. All the Stonesplinter trogg have been captured and turned into ordinary dwarves while the Gnolls took over the valley.
- Stonewrought Dam was built by the dwarves of Ironforge and is one of the most impressive wonders of the world. Ever since the cataclysm erupted, Stonewrought Dam has been rebuilt and occupied by the Dwarves.
- Thelsamar is a dwarven town on the west side of Loch Modan. The town has been remodeled and expanded with newer structures.
The Redridge Mountains has changed a bit after the cataclysm ended. All the Blackrock Orcs in the land have fled the land and joined the Horde in Durotar. The Alliance has gained the upper hand in claiming a few places, but Gnolls from the Sagepaw Legion begin to launch attacks.
- Alther's Mill is an abandoned lumber which was overrun by spiders, buzzards and the occasional stray orc. The Mill has become battleground between a group of Alliance Farmers and Gnolls that are fighting to claim the Mill.
- Lakeridge Highway is an old highway that was originally highly traveled in the days before the First War. The Gnolls continue to to establish more camps and prepare to launch an attack on Lakeshire.
- Lakeshire is an ancient human town that sits on the banks of the majestic and large Lake Everstill. The town has been remodeled and expanded with newer structures that the Alliance constructed.
- Redridge Canyons is a labyrinthine network of passages nestled in the northwestern section of the Redridge Mountains. Many Gnolls have established more camps to prepare their attack on Lakeshire until the Alliance, along with the elite Ettin, battle against them.
- Render's Camp is an orcish outpost which contained a number of powerful Blackrock orcs. All the Blackrock orcs somehow abandoned the camp and joined forces with the Horde while the Gnolls took over.
- Render's Valley is an orcish outpost which was named after Rend Blackhand and contains a number of Blackrock orcs. All the Blackrock orcs abandoned the outpost when they joined the Horde in Durotar. Now, the outpost contains a number of Gnolls that have taken control over the area.
- Stonewatch is a human fortress which served as a defensive base in the Redrige Mountain Region from Orcish raids from the nearby Burning Steppes. The whole fortress was taken by the Blackrock clan under the leadership of their warchief Gath'Ilzogg, and his chief lieutenant, Tharil'zun. The fortress has been rebuilt and retaken by the Alliance while the Blackrock orcs abandoned the place and joined the Horde.
- Stonewatch Keep is the main structure of the human stronghold of Stonewatch. After the death of Darkblaze, the keep has been deserted when all the Blackrock orcs left and joined the Horde later on. The keep has been rebuilt by the Alliance.
- Stonewatch Tower is the secondary structure of the human stronghold of Stonewatch. The tower was once controlled by the Humans of Lakeshire, but was taken by orcs of the Blackrock clan. After the death of Gath'Ilzogg, all the Blackrock orcs somehow abandoned the tower and joined the Horde while the Alliance successfully retook Stonewatch and its tower.
The Searing Gorge has changed when the Dark Iron Dwarves of the Thorium Brotherhood have increased their numbers while the rest fled and joined the Anvilrage. However, the demons of the Burning Legion have arrived and plan to take power over the land.
- The Cauldron is an enormous excavation site in the center of the Searing Gorge. The whole excavation site has become a battleground between the Thorium Brotherhood and the Burning Legion.
- Firewatch Ridge is where the main campsite of the Dark Iron Dwarves had settled. The ridge has been taken by the Gan'args and Imps where several Dark Iron Dwarves are held as prisoners.
- Grimesilt Dig Site is a digsite commandeered by the Dark Iron Dwarves. The whole dig site has become a military base for the Thorium Brotherhood to take advantage against the Burning Legion.
- Pyrox Flats is an area that was once inhabited by Dark Iron Dwarves. The Dark Iron Dwarves of the Thorium Brotherhood are now defending the area from the Burning Legion.
- The Sea of Cinders is a relatively flat stretch of land in the southern area of Searing Gorge. The demons of the Burning Legion have built a several camps around the whole southern area.
- The Slag Pit lies deep within the Cauldron excavation site. After the cataclysm, all the Searing Flamewraiths under the command of Archduke Calcinder have been destroyed, but the Wrathguards and Imps had taken over the area.
- Thorium Point is a small, neutral town in northern Searing Gorge inhabited by the Thorium Brotherhood. The point has transformed into a large fortified fortress.
Westfall was once controlled by the Defias Brotherhood and was filled with many Stormwind Citizens and drifters that have become homeless and bankrupt. After Anduin Llane Wrynn becomes the King of Stormwind and all the remaining members of the Defias Brotherhood have surrendered, all the citizens and drifters were given food and wealth by their King, including the Jinyu, Pandaren, and Vrykul that have came to settle in the land.
- The Dagger Hills is a ridge that was once control by the Defias Brotherhood. Now, the hills has been taken by a large group of Gnolls that have settled there.
- The Dead Acre was once one of many farms that was once controlled by the Defias Brotherhood. After the mechanical Harvest Watchers were reconstructed to serve the Alliance, Gnolls roam the smoldering fields of the Dead Acre.
- Demont's Place is the remain of a the original farmstead that was once occupied by Defias agents. The place has been taken by a group of Gnolls.
- The Dust Plains is an area that is populated by Gnolls. The plains has become a battle ground between the Westfall Brigade and the Gnolls.
- Furlbrow's Pumpkin Farm is one of farms that were taken by the Defias Brotherhood. The farm has been remodeled with new farmhouses that were built over the area.
- The Jansen Stead is the northernmost farm in Westfall. The stead has been ravaged by Gnolls.
- The Molsen Farm is one of the farms of Westfall that have been taken over by the Defias Brotherhood. The farm has been retaken by the Alliance, but Gnolls begin invading the area.
- Moonbrook is an Alliance controlled town. The town has been rebuilt and expanded with newer structures that were built by the Alliance.
- Sentinel Hill is newly-constructed fortress that was built by the Westfall Brigade in hopes of rebuilding the former breadbasket of the kingdom. The whole area has been fully constructed and expanded with newer settlements. All the poor Stormwind citizens and drifters were given food and wealth by King Anduin Llane Wrynn.
Western Darrowmere ForestEdit
Formerly called the Western Plaguelands, Western Darrowmere Forest has been cleansed by the Scourge, but the Alliance and Horde must face against the Forsaken Renegade Front that plan to control the land and avenge Queen Sylvanas Windrunner.
The Wetlands has changed when the Alliance and Horde have occupied the nation. After Warlord Zaela's downfall, all the remaining Dragonmaw Orcs have left the Wetlands and aligned themselves with the Horde when they settled in Orgrimmar. The Alliance has gained the upper hand in retaking the nation, but this is when the demons of the Burning Legion invade the land.
- Angerfang Encampment is home to a group of Dragonmaw orcs. After Nek'rosh Skullcrusher (who was thought to have been killed during the cataclysm) led all Dragonmaw orcs from the camp and led them to Orgrimmar. However, the camp has been taken by Fel gnolls that have aligned themselves with the Burning Legion.
- Black Channel Marsh is located in the southwestern area of Wetlands. The whole place is crawling with Gan'args that constructed a large camp.
- Bluegill Marsh is a site occupied by Bluegill murlocs. After Gobbler's death, some of Bluegill murlocs have sided with the Burning Legion while the rest have been enslaved while the children were imprisoned.
- Direforge Hill is a major campsite that once belonged Dark Iron dwarves led by the warlock Balgaras the Foul. After the cataclysm ended with all the Rampant Fire Elementals and Smouldering Oozes gone, the whole encampment has become a battle ground between the Trogg-turned Dwarves and the Gan'args.
- Dun Modr is a fortified middle-sized dwarves town that was turned to ruin and became occupied by the Dark Iron dwarves. The Dwarves have finally taken the city while the remaining Dark Iron Dwarves were forced to surrender and aligned themselves in the Alliance.
- Green Belt is an area of the eastern Wetlands where the trees and shrubs grow especially thick and where swamp flowers bloom all year around. The whole area has become a battleground between the Greenwarden Bog Defenders, along with Night elven allies, and the demons of the Burning Legion.
- Greenwarden's Grove is a night elven and bog beast themed Alliance town. When the Burning Legion launched an invasion, the town has been expanded and turned into a defensive, fortified fortress.
- Whelgar's Excavation Site lies east of Menethil Harbor and southwest of Dun Modr in the Wetlands. The site has become a battle ground between the Explorers' League and Gnolls that invaded the area.