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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.[1] (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 has multiple continents including the Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Northrend, Broken Isles, Kul Tiras, Zandalar, and Pandaria, as well as the realms of Outland, Draenor, and Argus which are sometimes divided into other sections which are also called continents, and further divided into smaller sections in-game known as zones.[1] (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).

This article includes a list of all zones by level. Many zones are subject to level scaling, meaning the level of quests and mobs adapts to the level of the player's character. There are some exceptions, noted in the tables. Zones that share a table may have the same level cap, but often have a different entry level requirement. Keep in mind that, if playing on a Player vs. Player server, players will be automatically flagged for PvP once they progress to at least the "Up to level 60" zones and beyond.

WoW Icon 16x16, Bc icon, Wrath-Logo-Small, Cataclysm-Logo-Small, Mists-Logo-Small, Warlords-Logo-Small, Legion-Logo-Small, and Battle-B-logo indicate the expansion each zone was introduced.

Up to level 10 Edit

These zones are the starting areas for the goblins and pandaren. They are both zoned off, meaning only those races can even play; once the zone has been played and the characters leave, there is no way to return.

Faction Restrictions Name Min Max Continent
Neutral 15 Neutral IconSmall Pandaren MaleIconSmall Pandaren Female Pandaren Wandering Isle Mists-Logo-Small 1 10 Pandaria
Horde 15 Horde IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin Kezan Cataclysm-Logo-Small 1 5 The Maelstrom
Horde 15 Horde IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin Lost Isles Cataclysm-Logo-Small 1 10 The Maelstrom

Up to level 20 Edit

These zones are considered starting areas. Unlike the goblin and pandaren zones, other races can freely enter and partake of the quests, the sole exception being Gilneas. Gilneas is a worgen-only questing zone. Players of other races and worgen who have finished the experience may enter, but they will be met with an abandoned zone.

Faction Name Min Max Continent Notes
Alliance 15 Alliance Dun Morogh WoW Icon 16x16 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Dwarf/Gnome
Dungeon: Gnomeregan
Alliance 15 Alliance Elwynn Forest WoW Icon 16x16 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Human
Dungeon:The Stockade
Transport: boats to Auberdine and Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small from Stormwind Harbor
Other: Darkmoon Faire site
Alliance 15 Alliance Gilneas Cataclysm-Logo-Small 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female Worgen-only
Alliance 15 Alliance Azuremyst Isle Bc icon 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Draenei
Transport: Boat to Rut'theran Village
Alliance 15 Alliance Teldrassil WoW Icon 16x16 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Night Elf
Transport: Boat to Azuremyst Isle and Stormwind
Horde 15 Horde Eversong Woods Bc icon 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Blood Elf
Horde 15 Horde Tirisfal Glades WoW Icon 16x16 1 20 Eastern Kingdoms Starting area: Undead
Arena: Ruins of Lordaeron
Dungeon: Scarlet Monastery
Transport: zeppelins to Durotar, Stranglethorn Vale, and Howling Fjord Wrath-Logo-Small
Horde 15 Horde Durotar WoW Icon 16x16 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Orc/Troll
Dungeon: Ragefire Chasm
Transport: zeppelins to Tirisfal Glades, Stranglethorn Vale, and Borean Tundra Wrath-Logo-Small.
Horde 15 Horde Mulgore WoW Icon 16x16 1 20 Kalimdor Starting area: Tauren
Other: Darkmoon Faire site

Up to level 60 (Neutral/Contested) Edit

All of these zones are considered neutral to both factions, though one faction may be more dominant than the other. Level requirements to pick up quests may vary, but all cap at level 60. These areas will flag players for PvP if they are playing on a Player vs. Player server.

Note that The Scarlet Enclave quests may only be picked up and completed by Death Knights; during this time, opposing-faction Death Knights are not flagged. Though any class and Death Knights that have completed the questlines may return to the area, it will be devoid of NPCs and mobs.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Arathi Highlands WoW Icon 16x16 25 60 Eastern Kingdoms Battleground: Arathi Basin
Ashenvale WoW Icon 16x16 15 60 Kalimdor Battleground: Warsong Gulch (Alliance)
Dungeon: Blackfathom Deeps
Other: Bough Shadow - Emerald Dream portal
Badlands WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms
Blasted Lands WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Other: Dark Portal (for access to Bc icon Outland)
Burning Steppes WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeons: Blackrock Depths, Upper Blackrock Spire, and Lower Blackrock Spire
Raids: Molten Core and Blackwing Lair
Cape of Stranglethorn Cataclysm-Logo-Small 30 60 Eastern Kingdoms Transport: boat to Ratchet
Deadwind Pass WoW Icon 16x16 50 60 Eastern Kingdoms Raid: Bc icon Karazhan
Desolace WoW Icon 16x16 30 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Maraudon
Dustwallow Marsh WoW Icon 16x16 35 60 Kalimdor Raid: Onyxia's Lair
Transport: Boat to Menethil Harbor from Theramore Isle
Eastern Plaguelands WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Stratholme
Felwood WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Kalimdor
Feralas WoW Icon 16x16 35 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Dire Maul
Other: Dream Bough - Emerald Dream portal
The Hinterlands WoW Icon 16x16 30 60 Eastern Kingdoms Other: Seradane - Emerald Dream portal
Northern Stranglethorn Cataclysm-Logo-Small 25 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Zul'Gurub
Transport: Zeppelins to Durotar and Tirisfal Glades
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave Wrath-Logo-Small 55 58 Eastern Kingdoms IconSmall Deathknight Death Knight-only
Searing Gorge WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeons: Blackrock Depths, Upper Blackrock Spire, and Lower Blackrock Spire
Raids: Molten Core and Blackwing Lair
Silithus WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Kalimdor Battleground: Seething Shore Battle-B-logo
Raids: Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
Southern Barrens Cataclysm-Logo-Small 25 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Razorfen Kraul
Stonetalon Mountains WoW Icon 16x16 20 60 Kalimdor
Swamp of Sorrows WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Temple of Atal'Hakkar
Tanaris WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Kalimdor Dungeons: Zul'Farrak and Bc icon Caverns of Time
Thousand Needles WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Kalimdor Dungeon: Razorfen Downs
Un'Goro Crater WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Kalimdor
Western Plaguelands WoW Icon 16x16 35 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Scholomance
Winterspring WoW Icon 16x16 40 60 Kalimdor

Up to level 60 (Alliance) Edit

These zones are leveling zones for the Alliance. These are considered secondary and tertiary leveling zones. Though they have differing level entry requirements, they all cap at 60.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Bloodmyst Isle Bc icon 10 60 Kalimdor
Darkshore WoW Icon 16x16 10 60 Kalimdor
Duskwood WoW Icon 16x16 20 60 Eastern Kingdoms Other: Twilight Grove - Emerald Dream portal
Loch Modan WoW Icon 16x16 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms
Redridge Mountains WoW Icon 16x16 15 60 Eastern Kingdoms
Westfall WoW Icon 16x16 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Deadmines
Wetlands WoW Icon 16x16 25 60 Eastern Kingdoms Transport: boats to Theramore Isle and Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small from Menethil Harbor

Up to level 60 (Horde) Edit

These zones are leveling zones for the Horde. These are considered secondary and tertiary leveling zones. Though they have differing level entry requirements, they all cap at 60.

Ratchet in the Northern Barrens is considered a neutral town to both factions.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Azshara WoW Icon 16x16 10 60 Kalimdor
Ghostlands Bc icon 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms Raid: Zul'Aman
Hillsbrad Foothills WoW Icon 16x16 15 60 Eastern Kingdoms Battleground: Alterac Valley
Northern Barrens Cataclysm-Logo-Small 10 60 Kalimdor Horde favored
Battleground: Warsong Gulch (Horde)
Dungeon: Wailing Caverns
Transport: boat to Cape of Stranglethorn
Silverpine Forest WoW Icon 16x16 10 60 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Shadowfang Keep

Up to level 70 Edit

This zone is primarily for daily quests related to the Shattered Sun Offensive. Mobs do not scale to level here.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Isle of Quel'Danas Bc icon 70 70 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeon: Magisters' Terrace
Raid: Sunwell Plateau

Up to level 80 Edit

These zones span much of The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. They each have different entry level requirements, but all cap at 80. Players may conceivably skip an entire expansion's worth of content, or go back and forth between the two.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Blade's Edge Mountains Bc icon 65 80 Outland Arena: Circle of Blood
Raid: Gruul's Lair
Borean Tundra Wrath-Logo-Small 58 80 Northrend Dungeons: The Nexus instances
Transport: Boat to Stormwind Harbor. Zeppelin to Durotar. Turtle boat to Dragonblight.
Crystalsong Forest Wrath-Logo-Small 67 80 Northrend Other: Dalaran floats above the zone.
Dungeon: Violet Hold (Dalaran)
Dragonblight Wrath-Logo-Small 61 80 Northrend Dungeons: Naxxramas, Azjol-Nerub, and Chamber of Aspects
Transport: turtle boats to Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord
Grizzly Hills Wrath-Logo-Small 63 80 Northrend Dungeon: Drak'Tharon Keep
Hellfire Peninsula Bc icon 58 80 Outland Dungeon: Hellfire Citadel
Howling Fjord Wrath-Logo-Small 58 80 Northrend Dungeon: Utgarde Keep
Transport: Boat to Menethil Harbor. Zeppelin to Tirisfal Glades. Turtle boat to Dragonblight.
Hrothgar's Landing Wrath-Logo-Small 67 80 Northrend
Icecrown Wrath-Logo-Small 67 80 Northrend Dungeons: Crusaders' Coliseum and Icecrown Citadel
Nagrand Bc icon 64 80 Outland Arena: Ring of Trials
Netherstorm Bc icon 67 80 Outland Battleground: Eye of the Storm
Dungeon: Tempest Keep
Shadowmoon Valley Bc icon 67 80 Outland Raid: The Black Temple
Sholazar Basin Wrath-Logo-Small 66 80 Northrend
Storm Peaks Wrath-Logo-Small 67 80 Northrend Dungeon: Ulduar
Terokkar Forest Bc icon 62 80 Outland Dungeon: Auchindoun
Other: Darkmoon Faire site
Wintergrasp Wrath-Logo-Small 67 80 Northrend Raid: Vault of Archavon
Other: PvP zone, even on PvE realms. Accessible only by flying mount or portal.
Zangarmarsh Bc icon 60 80 Outland Dungeon: Coilfang Reservoir
Zul'Drak Wrath-Logo-Small 64 80 Northrend Dungeons: Drak'Tharon Keep and Gundrak

Up to level 87 Edit

These zones are split between PvP (Tol Barad), daily quest hubs (Tol Barad Peninsula - Alliance 15 Baradin's Wardens / Horde 15 Hellscream's Reach; Molten Front - Guardians of Hyjal), and the Veiled Stair that links the Valley of the Four Winds to Kun-Lai Summit in Pandaria.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Tol Barad Cataclysm-Logo-Small 84 85 Eastern Kingdoms Battleground PvP zone.
Dungeon: Baradin Hold
Tol Barad Peninsula Cataclysm-Logo-Small 85 85 Eastern Kingdoms
Molten Front Cataclysm-Logo-Small 85 85 Kalimdor
Veiled Stair Mists-Logo-Small 87 87 Pandaria Raid: Terrace of Endless Spring

Up to level 90 Edit

These zones span much of Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria. They each have different entry level requirements, but all cap at 90. Players may conceivably skip an entire expansion's worth of content, or go back and forth between the two.

Of note, Moonglade in and of itself is not a leveling zone, but is connected to several holiday events and questlines.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Vashj'ir Cataclysm-Logo-Small 80 90 Eastern Kingdoms Underwater zone; walking on seafloor possible.
Dungeon: Throne of the Tides
Twilight Highlands Cataclysm-Logo-Small 80 90 Eastern Kingdoms Dungeons: Grim Batol and Bastion of Twilight
Moonglade WoW Icon 16x16 1 90 Kalimdor Druid favored; almost mobless zone, except Eranikus (summoned, with mobs) and Omen (Lunar Festival only)
Mount Hyjal Cataclysm-Logo-Small 80 90 Kalimdor Other: Entrance to Firelands
Uldum Cataclysm-Logo-Small 83 90 Kalimdor Dungeons: Halls of Origination and Lost City of Tol'vir
Deepholm Cataclysm-Logo-Small 82 90 Maelstrom Dungeon: The Stonecore
Jade Forest Mists-Logo-Small 80 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Temple of the Jade Serpent
Valley of the Four Winds Mists-Logo-Small 81 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Stormstout Brewery
Krasarang Wilds Mists-Logo-Small 81 90 Pandaria
Kun-Lai Summit Mists-Logo-Small 82 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Shado-Pan Monastery
Raid: Mogu'shan Vaults
Townlong Steppes Mists-Logo-Small 83 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Siege of Niuzao Temple
Portal: Isle of Thunder
Dread Wastes Mists-Logo-Small 84 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Heart of Fear
Vale of Eternal Blossoms Mists-Logo-Small 85 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Mogu'Shan Palace, Gate of the Setting Sun
Raid: Siege of Orgrimmar
Isle of Giants Mists-Logo-Small 85 90 Pandaria
Isle of Thunder Mists-Logo-Small 85 90 Pandaria Dungeon: Throne of Thunder
Timeless Isle Mists-Logo-Small 85 90 Pandaria

Up to level 100 Edit

Warlords-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

These zones encompass the entirety of Warlords of Draenor. Currently there is no way to skip this expansion's content.

Note that Ashran is a PvP zone, while Tanaan Jungle refers to the zone players return to after shutting down the Dark Portal.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Frostfire Ridge 90 100 Draenor Dungeon: Bloodmaul Slag Mines
Other: Starting area for the Horde players.
Shadowmoon Valley 90 100 Draenor Dungeon: Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
Starting area for the Alliance players.
Gorgrond 92 100 Draenor Dungeons: Iron Docks, Grimrail Depot and The Everbloom
Raid: Blackrock Foundry
Talador 94 100 Draenor Dungeon: Auchindoun
Spires of Arak 96 100 Draenor Dungeon: Skyreach
Nagrand 98 100 Draenor Dungeon: Highmaul
Ashran 100 100 Draenor PvP zone
Tanaan Jungle 100 100 Draenor Raid: Hellfire Citadel

Up to level 110 Edit

Legion-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

These zones are part of the Legion expansion. Note that the last six zones are for max level players only, with the Broken Shore a later version than what players initially experience.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Val'sharah 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeon: Black Rook Hold
Raid: Emerald Nightmare
Highmountain 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeon: Neltharion's Lair
Stormheim 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeon: Maw of Souls
Raid: Trial of Valor
Azsuna 98 110 Broken Isles Dungeons: Vault of the Wardens, Eye of Azshara
Suramar 110 110 Broken Isles Dungeons: The Arcway, Court of Stars
Raid: The Nighthold
Broken Shore 110 110 Broken Isles Raid: Tomb of Sargeras
Antoran Wastes 110 110 Argus Raid: Antorus, the Burning Throne
Krokuun 110 110 Argus
Mac'Aree 110 110 Argus Dungeon: Seat of the Triumvirate

Up to level 120 Edit

Battle-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Battle for Azeroth.

These zones are part of the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

Name Min Max Continent Notes
Tiragarde Sound 108 120 Kul Tiras Dungeon: Freehold; Siege of Boralus (?)
Drustvar 108 120 Kul Tiras Dungeon: Waycrest Manor
Stormsong Valley 108 120 Kul Tiras Dungeon: Shrine of the Storm (?)
Zuldazar 108 120 Zandalar
Nazmir 108 120 Zandalar Dungeon: Underrot (?), Atal'Dazar (?)
Vol'dun 108 120 Zandalar Dungeon: Tol Dagor (?)

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b WoWOSG, 9

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