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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.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 four continents, Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Northrend, and Pandaria, as well of the realm of Outland, which are sometimes divided into other sections which are also called continents, and further divided into smaller sections in-game known as zones.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 continentEdit

Eastern KingdomsEdit

Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Dun Morogh 1-10 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Kharanos, ( Official alliance mini-icon Ironforge) Dwarf and gnome starting, Gnomeregan instance WW
Elwynn Forest 1-10 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Goldshire, ( Official alliance mini-icon Stormwind 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 Official horde mini-icon Falconwing Square, Official horde mini-icon Fairbreeze Village, ( Official horde mini-icon Silvermoon City) Blood elf starting zone WW
Gilneas Cataclysm-Logo-Small 1-12 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Duskhaven, Official alliance mini-icon Stormglen, Official alliance mini-icon Keel Harbor Worgen starting zone (phased for starting Worgen) WW
Tirisfal Glades 1-10 Horde Official horde mini-icon Brill, ( Official horde mini-icon Undercity) 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 Official horde mini-icon Tranquillien, Neutral 15 Hatchet Hills Blood elf favored, Zul'Aman instance entrance WW
Loch Modan 10-20 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Thelsamar Dwarf and Gnome favored WW
Silverpine Forest 10-20 Horde Official horde mini-icon The Sepulcher Undead favored, Shadowfang Keep instance WW
Westfall 10-15 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Sentinel Hill Human favored, Deadmines instance WW
Redridge Mountains 15-20 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Lakeshire Human favored WW
Duskwood 20-25 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Darkshire Human favored, Twilight Grove - Emerald Dream portal WW
Hillsbrad Foothills 20-25 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Southshore, Official horde mini-icon Tarren Mill WW
Wetlands 20-25 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Menethil 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 Official alliance mini-icon Refuge Point, Official horde mini-icon Hammerfall Arathi Basin battleground WW
Northern Stranglethorn 25-30 Contested Official horde mini-icon Grom'gol Base Camp, Official alliance mini-icon Rebel Camp Zeppelins to Durotar and Tirisfal Glades WW
The Hinterlands 30-35 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Aerie Peak, Official horde mini-icon Revantusk Village Seradane - Emerald Dream portal WW
Cape of Stranglethorn 30-35 Contested Neutral 15 Booty Bay boat to Ratchet WW
Western Plaguelands 35-40 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Chillwind Camp Scholomance instance WW
Eastern Plaguelands 40-45 Contested
(Sanctuary within Ebon Hold)
Neutral 15 Light's Hope Chapel, Neutral 15 Ebon Hold Wrath-Logo-Small Stratholme instance WW
Badlands 45-48 Contested Official horde mini-icon Kargath Horde favored, Uldaman instance WW
Searing Gorge 48-50 Contested Neutral 15 Thorium Point Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain) WW
Burning Steppes 50-52 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Morgan's Vigil, Official horde mini-icon Flame Crest Several instances (in Blackrock Mountain) WW
Swamp of Sorrows 52-54 Contested Official horde mini-icon Stonard Horde favored, Temple of Atal'Hakkar instance WW
The Blasted Lands 54-58 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Nethergarde Keep Dark Portal location - access to Outland Bc icon WW
The Scarlet Enclave Wrath-Logo-Small 55-58 Contested Neutral 15 Ebon 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 15 Sun'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 Official horde mini-icon Bloodgulch, Official horde mini-icon Crushblow, Official horde mini-icon Dragonmaw Port, Official alliance mini-icon Firebeard's Patrol, Official alliance mini-icon Highbank, Official alliance mini-icon Kirthaven, Official horde mini-icon The Krazzworks, Official alliance mini-icon Thundermar, Neutral 15 Vermillion Redoubt, Official alliance mini-icon Victory 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 Official alliance mini-icon Azure Watch, ( Official alliance mini-icon The Exodar) Draenei starting. Boat to Rut'theran Village and Stormwind. WW
Durotar 1-10 Horde Official horde mini-icon Razor Hill, Official horde mini-icon Sen'jin Village, ( Official horde mini-icon Orgrimmar) Orc and troll starting, (Ragefire Chasm instance), zeppelins to Tirisfal Glades, Stranglethorn Vale, and Borean Tundra Wrath-Logo-Small . WW
Mulgore 1-10 Horde Official horde mini-icon Bloodhoof Village, ( Official horde mini-icon Thunder Bluff) Tauren starting, Darkmoon Faire site WW
Teldrassil 1-10 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Dolanaar, ( Official alliance mini-icon Darnassus) Night elf starting. Flight point to Lor'danel. WW
Bloodmyst Isle Bc icon 10-20 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Blood Watch Draenei favored WW
Darkshore 10-20 Alliance Official alliance mini-icon Auberdine Night elf favored. Cataclysm-Logo-Small Auberdine destroyed, Flight point to Lor'danel for Boats to Azuremyst Isle Bc icon , Stormwind Harbor from Teldrassil WW
Azshara 10-20 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Talrendis Point, Official horde mini-icon Valormok Cataclysm-Logo-Small Goblin secondary zone, retuned to 10-20 with Patch 4.0.3a WW
Northern Barrens 10-20 Horde Official horde mini-icon Crossroads, Neutral 15 Ratchet Wailing Caverns instance WW
Ashenvale 20-25 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Astranaar, Official alliance mini-icon Forest Song, Official horde mini-icon Splintertree Post, Official horde mini-icon Zoram'gar Outpost Blackfathom Deeps instance,
Warsong Gulch battleground,
Bough Shadow - Emerald Dream portal
Stonetalon Mountains 25-30 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Stonetalon Peak, Official horde mini-icon Sun Rock Retreat WW
Desolace 30-35 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Nijel's Point, Official horde mini-icon Shadowprey Village Horde favored, Maraudon instance WW
Southern Barrens 30-35 Contested Razorfen Kraul instance WW
Dustwallow Marsh 35-40 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Theramore, Official horde mini-icon Brackenwall Village, Neutral 15 Mudsprocket Onyxia's Lair instance. Boat to Menethil Harbor from Theramore Isle. WW
Feralas 35-40 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Feathermoon Stronghold, Official alliance mini-icon Thalanaar, Official horde mini-icon Camp Mojache Dire Maul instance, Dream Bough - Emerald Dream portal WW
Thousand Needles 40-45 Contested Official horde mini-icon Freewind Post Horde favored, contains the largest Grimtotem base in Kalimdor and Razorfen Downs instance WW
Tanaris 45-50 Contested Neutral 15 Gadgetzan Zul'Farrak and Caverns of Time Bc icon instances, location of Uldum WW
Felwood 45-50 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Talonbranch Glade, Official horde mini-icon Bloodvenom Post, Neutral 15 Emerald Sanctuary WW
Un'goro Crater 50-55 Contested Neutral 15 Marshal's Refuge WW
Winterspring 50-55 Contested Neutral 15 Everlook Blocked entrance to Hyjal WW
Silithus 55-60 Contested Neutral 15 Cenarion Hold Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj instances WW
Moonglade N/A Contested Neutral 15 Nighthaven 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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Bc icon This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Hellfire Peninsula 58-63 Contested
(Sanctuary at Stair of Destiny)
Official alliance mini-icon Honor Hold, Official horde mini-icon Thrallmar, Official alliance mini-icon Temple of Telhamat, Official horde mini-icon Falcon Watch Hellfire Citadel instances WW
Zangarmarsh 60-64 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Telredor, Official horde mini-icon Zabra'jin, Official alliance mini-icon Orebor Harborage, Official horde mini-icon Swamprat Post, Neutral 15 Cenarion Refuge, Neutral 15 Sporeggar Coilfang Reservoir instances WW
Terokkar Forest 62-65 Contested
(Sanctuary within Shattrath)
Official alliance mini-icon Allerian Stronghold, Official horde mini-icon Stonebreaker Hold, ( Neutral 15 Shattrath City) Auchindoun instances, Darkmoon Faire site WW
Nagrand 64-67 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Telaar, Official horde mini-icon Garadar, Neutral 15 Halaa Ring of Trials arena WW
Blade's Edge Mountains 65-68 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Sylvanaar, Official horde mini-icon Thunderlord Stronghold, Official alliance mini-icon Toshley's Station, Official horde mini-icon Mok'Nathal Village, Neutral 15 Evergrove Gruul's Lair, Circle of Blood arena WW
Netherstorm 67-70 Contested Neutral 15 Area 52, Neutral 15 Stormspire, Neutral 15 Cosmowrench Tempest Keep instances, Eye of the Storm battleground WW
Shadowmoon Valley 67-70 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Wildhammer Stronghold, Official horde mini-icon Shadowmoon Village, Neutral 15 Altar of Sha'tar (Aldor), Neutral 15 Sanctum of the Stars (Scryer) Black Temple instance WW
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Wrath-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Borean Tundra 68-72 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Valiance Keep, Official alliance mini-icon Fizzcrank Airstrip, Official horde mini-icon Warsong Hold, Official horde mini-icon Bor'gorok Outpost, Official horde mini-icon Taunka'le Village, Neutral 15 Unu'pe, Neutral 15 Amber Ledge, Neutral 15 Transitus Shield The Nexus instances. Boat to Stormwind Harbor. Zeppelin to Durotar. Turtle boat to Dragonblight. WW
Howling Fjord 68-72 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Valgarde, Official horde mini-icon New Agamand, Official alliance mini-icon Westguard Keep, Official horde mini-icon Vengeance Landing, Official horde mini-icon Camp Winterhoof, Official horde mini-icon Apothecary Camp, Official alliance mini-icon Fort Wildervar, Neutral 15 Kamagua Utgarde Keep instances. Boat to Menethil Harbor. Zeppelin to Tirisfal Glades. Turtle boat to Dragonblight. WW
Dragonblight 71-74 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Wintergarde Keep, Official alliance mini-icon Stars' Rest, Official alliance mini-icon Fordragon Hold, Neutral 15 Moa'ki Harbor, Neutral 15 Wyrmrest Temple, Official horde mini-icon Agmar's Hammer, Official horde mini-icon Kor'kron Vanguard, Official horde mini-icon Venomspite Naxxramas, Azjol-Nerub and Chamber of Aspects instances, turtle boats to Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord. WW
Grizzly Hills 73-75 Contested Official alliance mini-icon Amberpine Lodge, Official alliance mini-icon Westfall Brigade Encampment, Official horde mini-icon Conquest Hold, Official horde mini-icon Camp Oneqwah Drak'Tharon Keep instance WW
Zul'Drak 74-77 Contested Neutral 15 Ebon Watch, Neutral 15 Light's Breach, Neutral 15 The Argent Stand, Neutral 15 Zim'Torga, Neutral 15 Gundrak Gundrak instance WW
Sholazar Basin 76-78 Contested Neutral 15 Nesingwary Base Camp, Neutral 15 River's Heart WW
Storm Peaks 76-80 Contested Neutral 15 K3, Neutral 15 Bouldercrag's Refuge, Neutral 15 Dun Niffelem, Neutral 15 Ulduar, Official horde mini-icon Grom'arsh Crash-Site, Official horde mini-icon Camp Tunka'lo, Official alliance mini-icon Frosthold, Official alliance mini-icon Brann's Base-Camp Ulduar instances WW
Crystalsong Forest 77-80 Contested
(Sanctuary within Dalaran)
Official alliance mini-icon Windrunner's Overlook, Official horde mini-icon Sunreaver's Command, ( Neutral 15 Dalaran) 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 15 The Argent Vanguard, Neutral 15 Death's Rise, Neutral 15 The Shadow Vault, Neutral 15 Crusaders' Pinnacle, Neutral 15 Argent Tournament Grounds Crusaders' Coliseum and Icecrown Citadel instances WW
Wintergrasp 77-80 Combat zone Official alliance mini-icon Valiance Landing Camp, Official horde mini-icon Warsong 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 MaelstromEdit

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Region Level PvP Status Key Towns Notes Map
Kezan 1-6 Horde Official horde mini-icon Bilgewater Port Goblin starting, but phased so only starting goblins can visit. WW
Lost Isles 6-15 Horde Official horde mini-icon 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-22x22 Arboretum Icon-neutral-22x22 Dawn's Blossom Icon-neutral-22x22 Jade Temple Grounds Icon-neutral-22x22 Tian Monastery Icon-alliance-22x22 Pearlfin Village Icon-horde-22x22 Grookin Hill Dungeons: Temple of the Jade Serpent WW
Valley of the Four Winds 86-87 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22 Halfhill

Dungeons:Stormstout Brewery

World Bosses: Galleon

Kun-Lai Summit 87-88 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22 Binan Village, Icon-neutral-22x22 Temple of the White Tiger

Dungeons: Shado-Pan Monastery

Raids: Mogu'shan Vaults

World Bosses: Sha of Anger

Krasarang Wilds 87-88 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22 Anglers Wharf, Icon-alliance-22x22 Lion's Landing, Icon-horde-22x22 Domination Point WW
Townlong Steppes 88-89 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22 Longying Outpost, Icon-neutral-22x22 Gao-Ran Battlefront, Icon-neutral-22x22 Shado-Pan Garrison 

Dungeons: Siege of Niuzao Temple

Portals: Isle of Thunder

Dread Wastes 89-90 Contested Icon-neutral-22x22 Klaxxi'vess Raids:Heart of Fear WW
Vale of Eternal Blossoms 90 Contested Icon-alliance-22x22 Shrine of Seven Stars, Icon-horde-22x22 Shrine 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-22x22 Violet Rise, Icon-horde-22x22 Dawnseeker Promontory Raids:Throne of Thunder World Bosses:Nalak WW
Timeless Isle 90 Contested World Bosses: Chi-Ji, Niuzao, Ordos, Xuen, Yu'lon WW

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