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[[File:WorldMap-WesternPlaguelands-cata.jpg|thumb|Western Plaguelands in Cataclysm]]
 
[[File:WorldMap-WesternPlaguelands-cata.jpg|thumb|Western Plaguelands in Cataclysm]]
In the upcoming expansion ''[[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm]]'', the Western Plaguelands will be free of the Lich King's influence, and the plague that taints it being mostly cleansed at last. It might even be renamed to a more appropriate name.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?sid=1&topicId=23425524394 |title=BlizzChat Developer Chat February 27, 2010|accessdate=2010-02-27 |author=Zahrym|date=2010-02-27}}</ref> The town of [[Hearthglen]] and its fortress of [[Mardenholde Keep]] have been retaken by [[Tirion Fordring]] and the [[Argent Crusade]].<ref>[http://www.worldofraids.com/topic/17178-cataclysm-lore-details/ Cataclysm Lore Details - World of Raids Forums]</ref>
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In ''[[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm]]'', the Western Plaguelands are free of the Lich King's influence, and the plague that taints it is mostly cleansed at last. It might even be renamed to a more appropriate name.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?sid=1&topicId=23425524394 |title=BlizzChat Developer Chat February 27, 2010|accessdate=2010-02-27 |author=Zahrym|date=2010-02-27}}</ref> The town of [[Hearthglen]] and its fortress of [[Mardenholde Keep]] have been retaken by [[Tirion Fordring]] and the [[Argent Crusade]].<ref>[http://www.worldofraids.com/topic/17178-cataclysm-lore-details/ Cataclysm Lore Details - World of Raids Forums]</ref>
   
The new level range will be 35-40. <ref>http://blue.mmo-champion.com/t/25968836776/current-zone-status/</ref>
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The level range was 50-60 <ref>http://blue.mmo-champion.com/t/25968836776/current-zone-status/</ref>.
   
 
Areas affected<ref>[http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=19377467311&sid=1 Frejya’s (MVP) Cataclysm Compilation]</ref>:
 
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* Other – many of the areas once owned by the [[Scarlet Crusade]] around Hearthglen are infested with [[Redpine Gnoll]]s; there appears to be no Scarlet Crusade presence any longer within the zone; the Western Plaguelands are largely lush now, with the few undead areas left those of [[Gahrron's Withering]], the Weeping Cave, and the Ruins of Andorhal; new sound files have been included for the zone
 
* Other – many of the areas once owned by the [[Scarlet Crusade]] around Hearthglen are infested with [[Redpine Gnoll]]s; there appears to be no Scarlet Crusade presence any longer within the zone; the Western Plaguelands are largely lush now, with the few undead areas left those of [[Gahrron's Withering]], the Weeping Cave, and the Ruins of Andorhal; new sound files have been included for the zone
 
* New [[Hunter]] Pets – [[Bullmastiff]] (appears to be Horde-only)
 
* New [[Hunter]] Pets – [[Bullmastiff]] (appears to be Horde-only)
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=== Flight Master Locations ===
 
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** [[Mountain Silversage]]
 
** [[Mountain Silversage]]
 
** [[Plaguebloom]] (One of the few regions where you can gather it)
 
** [[Plaguebloom]] (One of the few regions where you can gather it)
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** [[Fadeleaf]]
 
* [[Leather]]
 
* [[Leather]]
 
** [[Warbear Leather]] (Skinning level 50-55 [[bear]]s)
 
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*{{Patch 1.6.0|note=A neutral graveyard has been added on the island of Caer Darrow in Western Plaguelands. It will serve characters who die on Caer Darrow and in Scholomance.}}
 
*{{Patch 1.6.0|note=A neutral graveyard has been added on the island of Caer Darrow in Western Plaguelands. It will serve characters who die on Caer Darrow and in Scholomance.}}
   
==Videos==
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=== Videos ===
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== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 22:39, March 24, 2014

Neutral 32 Western Plaguelands
Level 35-40
WesternPlaguelandsWoods
TypeProvince
CapitalAndorhal (30,120)
Population39380
RacesIconSmall Lich MaleIconSmall AbominationIconSmall BansheeIconSmall GhoulIconSmall Skeleton Scourge (29,000)
IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human (8,400)
IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei (50)
IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc (25)
IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf(30)
IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Forsaken (1,000)
IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll ()
IconSmall Gnoll Gnoll ()
IconSmall Cultist MaleIconSmall Cultist Female Cultist (875)
GovernmentDictatorship
RulersAraj the Summoner/Tirion Fordring
Major settlementsHearthglen (8,240),
Caer Darrow (875),
Andorhal (30,120)
Minor settlementsChillwind Camp (60),
Menders' Stead (40),
Taelan's Tower
LanguageCommon/Orcish
ResourceFelstone Field (35)
Dalson's Farm (25)
Gahrron's Withering (45)
The Writhing Haunt (15)
Northridge Lumber Camp (25)
AffiliationScourge/Argent Crusade/Stormwind/Exodar/Night elf
LocationNorthern Lordaeron


The Western Plaguelands are located in northern Lordaeron, wedged between Tirisfal Glades to the west, the Eastern Plaguelands to the east, and the Alterac Mountains to the south. It is filled with a smoky gray mist and the creatures here are blighted and sick, angrily attacking anyone who wanders too close with surprising ferocity. The land is also home to countless undead who infest the ruins of Andorhal, the four cauldron fields, and Sorrow Hill. The Scarlet Crusade has a significant holding in and around Hearthglen to the north, and the Alliance has settled in the small Chillwind Camp to the south.

Like their eastern counterparts, the Western Plaguelands were once fertile and beautiful but are now gray, blighted and noxious. Undead wander the land and haunt the abandoned towns and farmsteads. The largest Scourge city here is Andorhal, beneath which is an underground complex housing the undead’s School of Necromancy. The Scarlet Crusade strikes against the Scourge from Hearthglen. The only place of any sanity in the Western Plaguelands is Uther's Tomb, a consecrated monument to the fallen hero Uther Lightbringer.[1]

History Edit

RuinsofAndorhal
Ruins of Andorhal

The area now called the Western Plaguelands was a beautiful forested farmland to the east of the Capital City of Lordaeron. It was the lush eastern belt of the Tirisfal Glades stretching from Lordaeron in the west to the Darrowmere Forest to the east. The town of Hearthglen was the seat of the regional administration, while the town of Andorhal was the center of grain distribution in the Kingdom of Lordaeron's northern provinces.

Knowing that the quickest way to spread the Plague of Undeath would be via the grain exported from Andorhal, the necromancer Kel'Thuzad and his Cult of the Damned infected the grain with the Plague, and set up four massive plague cauldrons in the fields of the area's four largest farmsteads. As Lordaeron collapsed, the farmlands and the forests began to die. The trees in the Plaguelands pulsate with tumor-like growths, and the needles of the pines are a sickly brown. With the Kingdom collapsed, the Scarlet Crusade attempted to salvage what little of their lands remained, taking possession of Mardenholde Keep in Hearthglen as a regional headquarters. The Argent Dawn also has a presence here, including setting up a camp near the overcrowded cemetery at Sorrow Hill for the Alliance, aiding the Forsaken in reinforcing their bulwark on the eastern border of Tirisfal, and sending soldiers of the Horde into battle against the Scourge.

Despite being where the Plague took hold in Lordaeron, the Western Plaguelands are in surprisingly better condition (though still quite dead) than the Eastern Plaguelands. It is clear that the land is trying to resist the Plague with what little it has left.

Getting there Edit

There are several ways to get there on foot (or mounted):

  • From Tirisfal Glades: Follow the main road east of the Undercity, passing through the Bulwark. Alliance players beware: Though there are Argent Dawn NPCs there, the Bulwark is a Horde encampment. Stay on the main road, do not pass into any of the camps.
  • From the Hinterlands: Between Aerie Peak and the Quel'Danil Lodge is a narrow pass known as the Plaguemist Ravine. It runs through the mountains and comes out along Darrowmere Lake, not far from the gates of Caer Darrow. Horde players beware: Aerie Peak is an Alliance town, and the high elves of the Quel'Danil Lodge are hostile to Horde players (though if you are high enough level to enter the plaguelands, these elves should not pose much of a threat).
  • From the Alterac Mountains: The main road leading north from the Hillsbrad Foothills (west of Tarren Mill) splits once inside Alterac; one road leading west to the Ruins of Alterac, the other east to Strahnbrad. Take the east road through Strahnbrad (beware the Syndicate rogues and Boulderfist ogres that wander near there), and follow it as it curves north, through Chillwind Point. Follow it north until you enter the Western Plaguelands. Horde players beware: Though there are Argent Dawn NPCs there, Chillwind Camp (located almost on the border between WPL and Alterac) is an Alliance encampment. It is advised to remain on the far right side of the road (the camp is on the left), to avoid aggroing any Alliance-flagged NPCs.
  • An alternate path through the Alterac Mountains is to follow the river north from Hillsbrad Fields to Chillwind Point, than go north to the road leading to Chillwind Camp, or follow the river all the way to Darrowmere Lake in the south part of the zone.

Geography Edit

The Western Plaguelands contain the instanced dungeon Scholomance and the micro dungeon Hearthglen. There are no other dungeons or battlegrounds in this area.

Maps and subregions Edit

WorldMap-WesternPlaguelands
Western Plaguelands Map
WoW Icon 16x16 In-game
Warcraft RPG
Cinderhome
Novels
Hearthglen Woods
Warcraft III
Hearthglen Hills · Vandermar Village
Uther
Uther's Tomb

Dungeons Edit

Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Instance portal blue Scholomance 56-61 5-man Unknown

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Edit

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
WorldMap-WesternPlaguelands
Western Plaguelands in Cataclysm

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the Western Plaguelands are free of the Lich King's influence, and the plague that taints it is mostly cleansed at last. It might even be renamed to a more appropriate name.[2] The town of Hearthglen and its fortress of Mardenholde Keep have been retaken by Tirion Fordring and the Argent Crusade.[3]

The level range was 50-60 [4].

Areas affected[5]:

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Edit

Mists-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Level range is now 35-40.

Flight Master Locations Edit

Neutral 15 Hearthglen
Neutral 15 Menders' Stead
Official alliance mini-icon Andorhal
Official alliance mini-icon Chillwind Camp
Official horde mini-icon Andorhal

Adjacent regionsEdit

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Official alliance mini-icon Access Official horde mini-icon Access
Eastern Plaguelands Neutral 15 40-45 East By foot east; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Chillwind Camp or Menders' Stead to Thondroril River; also MiniIcon FlightMaster from Chillwind Camp to Light's Hope Chapel; also MiniIcon FlightMaster from Hearthglen to Plaguewood Tower By foot east; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Hearthglen to Plaguewood Tower; also MiniIcon FlightMaster from Menders' Stead to Thondroril River
Hillsbrad Foothills Official horde mini-icon 20-25 South By foot, following the river running south from Darrowmere Lake By foot, following the river running south from Darrowmere Lake
Hinterlands Official horde mini-icon Official alliance mini-icon 30-35 Southeast By foot through Plaguemist Ravine; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Andorhal or Chillwind Camp to Aerie Peak By foot through Plaguemist Ravine; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Andorhal to Hiri'watha Research Station
Tirisfal Glades Official horde mini-icon 1-10 West By foot west By foot west; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Andorhal to Bulwark

Notable characters Edit

CaerDarrow
Caer Darrow
Main article: Western Plaguelands NPCs

The Western Plaguelands are home to several characters of note. At Chillwind Camp, Commander Ashlam Valorfist seeks aid in the battle against the Scourge. At Caer Darrow, Eva Sarkhoff attempts to rid the Scholomance of its most powerful evils. At Andorhal, the bronze dragon Chronormu sends bold adventurers into the ruins in search of temporal anomalies.

Quests Edit

Main article: Western Plaguelands quests

ResourcesEdit

Mardenholde Keep
Mardenholde Keep

Wild Creatures Edit

Gahrrons withering
Gahrron's Withering

Notes, tips, & additional info Edit

  • Western Plaguelands often sees the inadvertent death of curious new players who venture too far east from Tirisfal Glades and get killed by one of the high-level beasts near the zone border.
See also: Welcome Bear

Patches and hotfixesEdit

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): A neutral graveyard has been added on the island of Caer Darrow in Western Plaguelands. It will serve characters who die on Caer Darrow and in Scholomance.

Media Edit

Videos Edit

References Edit

External links Edit

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