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This is a questing guide detailing the best method to obtain and complete quests in the southern Barrens. See the Northern Barrens questing guide for questing information in the lower level, northern part of the zone.

For a list of all Barrens quests in table format, see Barrens 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.

Journey to Camp Taurajo Edit

The southern Barrens is a good option for characters who want to continue their questing in Thousand Needles, as it usually levels characters up to around the starting level for that zone. In addition, the questing hub Camp Taurajo is less often attacked by Alliance than the Crossroads is (though it is still a frequent battle site). Most southern Barrens quests involve killing humanoids, so it is also a good place to farm cloth. In addition, this area is ripe with ore veins.

This guide assumes characters are coming from the Crossroads and have acquired and completed quests as described in the Northern Barrens questing guide.

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [15] Chen's Empty Keg (2) IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Brewmaster Drohn Ratchet
Horde 15 [20] Lost in Battle IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Mankrik Crossroads
Horde 15 [22] Lakota'mani Ability smash [Hoof of Lakota'mani]
drop from Lakota'mani
North of Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [18] Jorn Skyseer IconSmall Orc FemaleHorde 15 Sergra Darkthorn Crossroads
Horde 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior [20] Speak with Ruga Warrior trainer -
  • You will be moving south to a new questing hub: Camp Taurajo. If you are a cook, stop by the tower on the road to Ratchet before heading out and pick up Horde 15 APB Skill Cooking [15] Dig Rat Stew (requires 80 skill level in Cooking)
  • Along the way south, find Mankrik's wife for the quest Horde 15 [20] Lost in Battle. If you follow the road south you will eventually cross a small bridge. Very near the bridge are a group of small huts. Click on the beaten corpse inside one of the huts.
  • The area near the huts and south of the ravine which cuts west to east across the Barrens is home to the rare kodo, Combat 15 Lakota'mani. Hunt him down and kill him, looting Ability smash [Hoof of Lakota'mani].
  • Continue south along the road. Along the way, you will see some thunder lizards. Kill thunder lizards in the area until you get a Inv misc bone 06 [Thunder Lizard Horn] for Horde 15 [15] Chen's Empty Keg (2).
  • When you arrive in Camp Taurajo, be sure to turn in the quest Horde 15 [18] Jorn Skyseer and pick up the follow-up.
  • You will be flying back to Ratchet soon, so wait to turn in Horde 15 [20] Lost in Battle until then.
  • Don't forget to set your hearth to Camp Taurajo, as this will now be your primary questing hub.

Hunting the creatures of the Barrens Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [15] Chen's Empty Keg (2) IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Brewmaster Drohn Ratchet
Horde 15 [19] Ishamuhale IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Jorn Skyseer Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [18] Enraged Thunder Lizards IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Jorn Skyseer Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [24] Owatanka Inv misc bone 06 [Owatanka's Tailspike]
drop from Owatanka
East of Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [20] Cry of the Thunderhawk IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Jorn Skyseer Camp Taurajo

The Bristleback Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [20] Consumed by Hatred IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Mankrik Crossroads
Horde 15 [21] Tribes at War IconSmall Quilboar MaleHorde 15 Mangletooth Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [21] Blood Shards of Agamaggan IconSmall Quilboar MaleHorde 15 Mangletooth Camp Taurajo
  • Head northeast of Camp Taurajo to an area similar in look to Thorn Hill, know as Bramblescar.
  • Kill quilboar in the area until you have completed both Horde 15 [20] Consumed by Hatred and Horde 15 [21] Tribes at War. Be sure to look any Inv misc gem ruby 01 [Blood Shards] that drop, as you can use these later to get buffs.
  • Return to Camp Taurajo and turn in Horde 15 [21] Tribes at War. Horde 15 [21] Blood Shards of Agamaggan will now become available. You should already have at least one blood shard, so you can turn in this quest as well. This will open up a large number of repeatable quests for which you turn in blood shards to receive buffs. It will also open up the quest Horde 15 [25] Betrayal from Within (1), which you should go ahead and pick up now.
  • Return to the Crossroads and turn in Horde 15 [20] Consumed by Hatred when you get the chance. Make sure you have Horde 15 [22] Egg Hunt while you are there, as you will be doing that quest next.

Field of Giants Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [22] Egg Hunt IconSmall Troll MaleHorde 15 Korran Crossroads
Horde 15 [24] The Harvester Inv misc monsterspidercarapace 01 [Harvester's Head]
drop from Silithid Harvester
Field of Giants
Horde 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior [20] Trial at the Field of Giants IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Ruga Ragetotem Camp Taurajo
  • Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior Warriors: Pick up your quest Horde 15 Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior [20] Trial at the Field of Giants from IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Ruga Ragetotem now. Keep in mind that you have only 30 minutes to complete this quest, so be fast.
  • Head south along the road from Camp Taurajo until you see large mounds on either side of the road, somewhat like anthills. This area is known as the Field of Giants.
  • Search for eggs around the large anthill-like mounds and right click on them to use the Inv gauntlets 04 [Digging Claw] and loot the Inv egg 03 [Silithid Eggs]. You will need twelve of these to complete Horde 15 [22] Egg Hunt. During this time, keep your eye out for the rare spawn Combat 15 Silithid Harvester, which drops an item starting an easy turn-in quest.
  • Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior Warriors: Check the duration on Inv gizmo pipe 04 [Twitching Antenna] you have collected thus far, as these will only be good for 15 minutes after you collect them. The drop rate is 100%, so you should be able to quickly collect 5 new antennae if needed. When you have all 5, return to Camp Taurajo and turn in the quest - remember if you hearth you can get there instantly, and may not need to collect new antennae.
  • Fly to the Crossroads and turn in Horde 15 [22] Egg Hunt when convenient. Don't forget to turn in Horde 15 [24] The Harvester to IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Jorn Skyseer if you have it.

Bael Modan Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 APB Skill Cooking [23] Dig Rat Stew IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Grub East of the Crossroads
Horde 15 [23] Gann's Reclamation IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Gann Stonespire Southern Gold Road
Horde 15 [26] Revenge of Gann IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Gann Stonespire Southern Gold Road
Horde 15 [26] Revenge of Gann (2) IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Gann Stonespire Southern Gold Road
Horde 15 [30] The Tear of the Moons IconSmall Dwarf MaleHorde 15 Feegly the Exiled Bael Modan
  • Follow the Southern Gold Road south until you find IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Gann Stonespire. Speak with him to receive Horde 15 [23] Gann's Reclamation.
  • Continue south until you come to a large pit to the east of the road, known as Bael Modan. Follow the path down into the pit and head for the southern part of it, killing dwarves as you go. If you are on the quest Horde 15 APB Skill Cooking [23] Dig Rat Stew, don't forget to collect Inv misc pelt bear ruin 04 [Dig Rats] as well. Kill IconSmall Dwarf MaleCombat 15 Prospector Khazgorm <Explorers' League> and loot Inv misc book 09 [Khazgorm's Journal]. Kill any dwarves you have left to complete Horde 15 [23] Gann's Reclamation.
  • Return to Gann and turn in the quest, getting the next.
  • Northeast of the pit is a hill with a dwarf hall set into the mountain, known as Bael'dun Keep. Head there and kill the dwarves in the area for their vials of Inv potion 08 [Nitroglycerin], bundles of Inv tradeskillitem 03 [Wood Pulp], and samples of Inv misc ammo gunpowder 01 [Sodium Nitrate]. Continue to kill dig rats as you go, until you complete Horde 15 APB Skill Cooking [23] Dig Rat Stew. If you are high level (close to 30) and/or in a group, you should pick up Horde 15 [30] The Tear of the Moons from IconSmall Dwarf MaleHorde 15 Feegly the Exiled, located on the hill south of the entrance to the hall. Be warned that this quest involves killing a level 30 dwarf who pulls with four level 24-26 guards, and is therefore very difficult. If you are not on this quest, be sure to avoid the lowest level of the dwarf hall, as that is where the high level dwarf is.
  • After you have the items, return to Gann and turn in the quest, getting the followup. This simple quest requires you to head back to the ramp leading into the pit. Halfway down the ramp you will see a tower with a flying machine on top - simply use the item Gann gives out at the flying machine to destroy it. The tower is guarded, but not by any large force.
  • Finally, return to the tower south of the Crossroads when convenient to turn in the dig rat quest. You may want to do this after completing the quilboar quests described below, as they also take place in the southern-most part of the Barrens

The Razormane Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [24] Weapons of Choice IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Tatternack Steelforge Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [25] Betrayal from Within (1) IconSmall Quilboar MaleHorde 15 Mangletooth Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [25] Betrayal from Within (2) IconSmall Quilboar MaleHorde 15 Mangletooth Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [25] Washte Pawne Spell magic featherfall [Washte Pawne's Feather]
drop from Washte Pawne
Southern tip of Barrens
Horde 15 [24] Chen's Empty Keg (3) IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Brewmaster Drohn Ratchet
  • Head south on the Southern Gold Road until you see thorns to your right, an area known as Blackthorn Ridge.
  • Ui-charactercreate-classes shaman Shaman: The orc shaman IconSmall Orc FemaleHorde 15 Brine is located on a hill on the north-eastern edge of Blackthorn Ridge. Brine is the questgiver for most of the Call of Water quests, which allow shaman to use water totems. This quest chain begins with a shaman trainer and sends the shaman to several different zones, including Ashenvale and Hillsbrad Foothills. Eventually Brine will send shamans to IconSmall Tauren FemaleHorde 15 Islen Waterseer at the Tidus Stair, south of Ratchet (see Isha Awak section below).
  • While questing in this area, keep an eye out for Combat 15 Washte Pawne, a thunder lizard who patrolls the area. She drops a quest starting item which can be turned in at Camp Taurajo. Also watch out for IconSmall Quilboar MaleCombat 15 Hagg Taurenbane <Razormane Champion> - he is a rare elite who sometimes spawns in the area, and can be devastating to the unwary solo quester. If you have a group, however, it can be quite rewarding to take him down.
  • You have several objectives in this area:
  • Once you have all the needed items, return to Camp Taurajo to turn in the quests. You will receive a follow-up quest to deliver to the Crossroads. Make sure you have the quest Horde 15 [27] Mahren Skyseer before leaving Camp Taurajo, as you may not be returning.

Isha Awak Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [27] Mahren Skyseer IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Jorn Skyseer Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [27] Isha Awak IconSmall Tauren FemaleHorde 15 Mahren Skyseer Tidus Stair

Where to go from here Edit

At this point, players are most likely somewhere between level 25 and 30. The best fit for the next questing zone is Thousand Needles, which has a range around 25-35. Other zones are mostly 20-30 or 30-40, which is awkward for characters of this level - either you pick up in the middle of the level range, or you are struggling to complete quests that are too difficult. A few possible zones will be discussed here.

Thousand Needles (LVL 25-35) Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [29] A New Ore Sample IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Tatternack Steelforge Camp Taurajo
Horde 15 [30] Melor Sends Word IconSmall Tauren MaleHorde 15 Jorn Skyseer Camp Taurajo

Thousand Needles is an area south of the Barrens. Quests in this area involve quelling the centaur tribes, keeping the Grimtotem tauren in check, and running errands for the racers of Mirage Raceway. Horde 15 [29] A New Ore Sample sends players directly to the Needles, while Horde 15 [30] Melor Sends Word requires a trip to Thunder Bluff. There are a few more pull quests available from other zones, so check the Thousand Needles questing guide before heading out.

Stonetalon Mountains (LVL 15-27) Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [20] Letter to Jin'Zil IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Darsok Swiftdagger Crossroads
Neutral 15 [20] Deepmoss Spider Eggs IconSmall Goblin MaleNeutral 15 Mebok Mizzyrix Ratchet
Neutral 15 [21] Ziz Fizziks IconSmall Goblin MaleNeutral 15 Sputtervalve <Tinker's Union> Ratchet
Horde 15 [25] The Runed Scroll Inv scroll 03 [Runed Scroll] drop from
IconSmall Night Elf FemaleAlliance 15 Aean Swiftriver <Alliance Outrunner>
Southern Gold Road
Horde 15 [29G] Horde Presence IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Kadrak The Mor'shan Rampart

The Stonetalon Mountains lie to the northwest of the Barrens. Quests there involve killing, looting, and otherwise interrupting Venture Company operations in the area; putting an end to night elf activity on the peak; and curbing the harpies of the Charred Vale. Be sure to pick up the quests Neutral 15 [20] Deepmoss Spider Eggs and Neutral 15 [21] Ziz Fizziks from Ratchet and Horde 15 [20] Letter to Jin'Zil from the Crossroads before heading out. In addition, if you have a group you can defeat the Alliance Outrunners in the southern barrens to receive a Inv scroll 03 [Runed Scroll], which provides another quest in the mountains. See the Stonetalon Mountains questing guide for more information.

Desolace (LVL 30-40) Edit

Quest Name Quest Giver Zone-Subzone
Horde 15 [32] The Kolkar of Desolace IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Regthar Deathgate West of the Crossroads

Desolace is a barren wasteland which lies to the northwest. You can reach this area by entering the Stonetalon Mountains and following the path northwest until you reach Sun Rock Retreat. From there head west through the mountains, and turn southwest once you enter the Charred Vale. You will find a pass through the southern hills which will take you into Desolace. The quests in this area involve killing centaur (and in some cases, befriending them), battling orcs of the Burning Blade, and even fighting demons. Pick up Horde 15 [32] The Kolkar of Desolace from IconSmall Orc MaleHorde 15 Regthar Deathgate in the burrow near the Forgotten Pools before heading out. See the Desolace questing guide for more information.

Other Zones Edit

There are many other possible zones open to players at this point. A short list is as follows:

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