Northshire Valley

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Alliance 32 Northshire Valley
Level 1-5
Northshire Valley
CapitalStormwind City
RacesIconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human
IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin
IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc
IconSmall Kobold Kobold
GovernmentHereditary monarchy and the House of Nobles
RulerKing Varian Wrynn
Major settlementsNorthshire Abbey
LocationEast of Stormwind City
Hey, citizen! You look like a stout one. We guards are spread a little thin out here, and I could use your help...
See also: Northshire Valley quests

Northshire Valley is a pristine valley in Elwynn Forest in which both Northshire Abbey[37, 49]Echo Ridge Mine[32, 17],  and the Northshire Vineyards[55, 76] are located. The Northshire River[55, 35] also flows through it. This is where the human starting area is located, though the valley is visited by adventurers from all over the world.

Northshire Valley is surrounded by impenetrable mountains, with the exception of a pass to the south which is protected by thick stone walls and guarded by Stormwind Guards. A river runs through the valley, which eventually exits Northshire and empties into Crystal Lake.

The guards of Stormwind have trouble maintaining the peace in Northshire Valley due to an increase in activity from various threats. Prior to the Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, the guards had to contend with wolves inhabiting the woods, kobolds infesting the areas in and around Echo Ridge Mine, and the Defias Brotherhood thugs and pillagers led by Garrick Padfoot attacking the vineyards. Now, though, the Blackrock orcs, under command of Kurtok the Slayer, have invaded the vineyards completely, setting fire to much of the eastern half of the Valley. Echo Ridge Mine has been indefinitely closed, but goblin assassins lurk throughout the area.

Travel Edit

Getting there Edit

By foot or mount through northern Elwynn Forest.

Adjacent regions Edit

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Official alliance mini-icon Access Official horde mini-icon Access
Elwynn Forest Official alliance mini-icon 5 - 10 South By foot or mount By foot or mount

Areas of interest Edit

Map Edit


Subzones Edit

WoW Icon 16x16 In-game

Inhabitants Edit

Main article: Northshire Valley NPCs

Resources Edit

There are no resources within the valley.

Media Edit

Images Edit


  • Northshire Abbey was one of the zones to be destroyed in the First War along with Goldshire, Stormwind City, and Moonbrook.
  • Northshire is one of the few zones that is barely raided by the Horde.
  • In World of Warcraft Classic, Marshal McBride is inside the Abbey, but in Cataclysm, he is outside the Abbey,
  • Northshire is one of the places with a lot of guards.
  • For some reason, if you raid Northshire, most of the NPCs in Northshire can't be attacked such as the trainers.

Patch changes Edit

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Northshire Valley now its own separate zone.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Major changes to landscape.

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