exploration guide cosmic map
  • Author: Luxrah
  • Date: March 28, 2023
  • Updated: July 6, 2023
  • Expansion: World of Warcraft

After nine expansion packs, there are well over 100 zones to explore in World of Warcraft today. These zones span multiple continents and worlds. Getting around can be quite challenging, especially for new players or if you skipped a particular expansion. But we’re here to help! In this guide, we’ll give you an overview of all the zones in Azeroth. When you’re ready to head to a particular place, check out our individual “How to Get to” guides in the menu above.

Azeroth

Azeroth is the world on which most of the Warcraft series takes place. The world has several continents as well as some underwater zones and islands.

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Map of Azeroth

Eastern Kingdoms

Eastern Kingdoms is the eastern-most continent of Azeroth, and one of the original continents in the game. The continent has traditionally been dominated by the Alliance as the home of the human kingdoms. Over the years, the landscape has been altered and added to by the Burning Crusade and Cataclysm expansions.

Starting Zones in Eastern Kingdoms
  • Elwynn Forest (humans)
  • Dun Morogh (dwarves and gnomes)
  • Tirisfal Glades (undead)
  • Eversong Woods (blood elves)
  • Gilneas (worgen)
  • Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave (death knights)
Major Cities in Eastern Kingdoms
  • Stormwind (Alliance hub and human capital, Elwynn Forest)
  • Ironforge (dwarf capital, Dun Morogh)
  • Undercity (undead capital, Tirisfal Glades)
  • Silvermoon City (blood elf capital, Eversong Woods)
Zones of Eastern Kingdoms
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Elwynn Forest
1-30
Alliance
None
Dun Morogh
1-30
Alliance
None
Tirisfal Glades
1-30
Horde
None
Eversong Woods
1-30
Horde
Burning Crusade
Gilneas
1-20
Alliance
Cataclysm
Westfall
5-30
Alliance
None
Loch Modan
5-30
Alliance
None
Silverpine Forest
5-30
Horde
None
Ghostlands
1-30
Horde
Burning Crusade
Ruins of Gilneas
1-20
Alliance
Cataclysm
Redridge Mountains
7-30
Alliance
None
Hillsbrad Foothills
7-30
Horde
None
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave
8-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Duskwood
10-30
Alliance
None
Wetlands
10-30
Alliance
None
Arathi Highlands
10-30
Contested
None
Northern Stranglethorn
10-30
Contested
None
The Cape of Stranglethorn
10-30
Contested
None
The Hinterlands
10-30
Contested
None
Western Plaguelands
15-30
Contested
None
Eastern Plaguelands
15-30
Contested
None
Badlands
15-30
Contested
None
Searing Gorge
15-30
Contested
None
Burning Steppes
15-30
Contested
None
Deadwind Pass
10-30
Contested
None
Swamp of Sorrows
15-30
Contested
None
Blasted Lands
15-30
Contested
None
Isle of Quel’Danas
25-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
Vashj’ir: Kelp’thar Forest*
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Vashj’ir: Shimmering Expanse*
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Vashj’ir: Abyssal Depths*
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Twilight Highlands
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Tol Barad
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Tol Barad Peninsula
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm

*Vashj’ir is an underwater zone off the western coast of Dun Morogh.

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Map of the Eastern Kingdoms

Kalimdor

Kalimdor is the western-most continent of Azeroth, and one of the original continents in the game. The continent has been dominated by the Horde ever since the orcs came to Azeroth. Over the years, the landscape has been altered and added to by the Burning Crusade and Cataclysm expansions.

Starting Zones in Kalimdor
  • Durotar (orcs and trolls)
  • Mulgore (tauren)
  • Teldrassil (night elves)
  • Azuremyst Isle (draenei)
Major Cities in Kalimdor
  • Orgrimmar (Horde hub and orc capital, Durotar)
  • Thunder Bluff (tauren capital, Durotar)
  • Darnassus (night elf capital, Teldrassil)
  • The Exodar (draenei capital, Azuremyst Isle)
Zones of Kalimdor
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Durotar
1-30
Horde
None
Mulgore
1-30
Horde
None
Teldrassil
1-30
Alliance
None
Azuremyst Isle
1-30
Alliance
Burning Crusade
Azshara
5-30
Horde
None
Darkshore
5-30
Alliance
None
Northern Barrens
5-30
Horde
None
Bloodmyst Isle
5-30
Alliance
Burning Crusade
Ashenvale
7-30
Contested
None
Stonetalon Mountains
10-30
Contested
None
Desolace
10-30
Contested
None
Southern Barrens
10-30
Contested
None
Feralas
15-30
Contested
None
Dustwallow Marsh
15-30
Contested
None
Thousand Needles
15-30
Contested
None
Felwood
15-30
Contested
None
Tanaris
15-30
Contested
None
Un’goro Crater
15-30
Contested
None
Winterspring
15-30
Contested
None
Silithus
15-30
Contested
None
Ahn’Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom
15-30
Contested
None
Moonglade
1-30
Contested
None
Mount Hyjal
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Molten Front*
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Uldum
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm

*Molten Front is not physically on Kalimdor, but is accessible from Mount Hyjal.

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Map of Kalimdor

Northrend

Northrend is the northern-most continent of Azeroth. The continent is the home to the Lich King and his Scourge army. Northrend was added to the game by the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

Navigating Northrend
Major Cities in Northrend

The primary city in Northrend is Dalaran, which is floating high above Crystalsong Forest. It is a neutral city that is accessible to both Alliance and Horde.

Zones of Northrend
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Borean Tundra
10-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Howling Fjord
10-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Dragonblight
15-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Grizzly Hills
15-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Zul-Drak
20-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Sholazar Basin
20-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Storm Peaks
25-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Crystalsong Forest
25-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Icecrown
25-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Hrothgar’s Landing
25-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
Wintergrasp
25-30
Contested
Wrath of the Lich King
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Map of Northrend

The Maelstrom

The Maelstrom is a vortex of water in the middle of the Great Sea. The region was added to the map in the Cataclysm expansion.

Starting Zones in The Maelstrom

There are two starting zones located in The Maelstrom:

  • Kezan (goblins)
  • Wandering Isle (pandaren)
Zones of The Maelstrom
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Kezan
1-20
Horde
Cataclysm
Lost Isles
1-20
Horde
Cataclysm
Maelstrom
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Deepholm
30-35
Contested
Cataclysm
Wandering Isle
1-20
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
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Map of the Maelstrom

Pandaria

Pandaria is the southern-most continent of Azeroth. The continent is home to the pandaren. Pandaria was added to the game by the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Navigating Pandaria
Major Cities in Pandaria

There are two main hubs in Pandaria, one for each faction. Both are located in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. They are:

  • Shrine of Seven Stars (Alliance)
  • Shrine of Two Moons (Horde)
Zones of Pandaria
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
The Jade Forest
10-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Valley of the Four Winds
15-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Krasarang Wilds
15-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Kun-Lai Summit
20-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Townlong Steppes
25-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Dread Wastes
30-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
30-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
The Veiled Stair
30-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Isle of Thunder
32-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Isle of Giants
35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
Timeless Isle
30-35
Contested
Mists of Pandaria
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Map of Pandaria

Broken Isles

The Broken Isles is a chain of islands near the center of the map of Azeroth. The continent is home to the nightborne elves and houses the Tomb of Sargeras. The Broken Isles were added to the game by the Legion expansion.

Navigating the Broken Isles
Starting Zones in the Broken Isles

Mardum is the starting zone for demon hunters and the location of their class order hall. It is not technically a part of the Broken Isles, but is accessible from New Dalaran.

Major Cities in the Broken Isles

The primary city in the Broken Isles is Dalaran, which is floating high above the sea between Azsuna, Suramar, and The Broken Shore. This version of Dalaran is often referred to as “New Dalaran” so as not to confuse it with the version of the city that floats above Northrend. It is a neutral city that is accessible to both Alliance and Horde.

Zones of the Broken Isles
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Dalaran
10-45
Neutral
Legion
Val’sharah
10-45
Contested
Legion
Stormheim
10-45
Contested
Legion
Helheim*
10-45
Contested
Legion
Azsuna
10-45
Contested
Legion
Highmountain
10-45
Contested
Legion
Suramar
45
Contested
Legion
The Broken Shore
45
Contested
Legion
Eye of Azshara
10-45
Contested
Legion
Mardum, the Shattered Abyss**
8-45
Contested
Legion
Argus: Antoran Wastes**
45
Contested
Legion
Argus: Krokuun**
45
Contested
Legion
Argus: Eredath**
45
Contested
Legion

*Helheim is not physically part of the Broken Isles, but is accessible from Stormheim.
**Mardum and Argus are not physically part of the Broken Isles, but are accessible from New Dalaran.

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Map of the Broken Isles

Kul Tiras

Kul Tiras is located between the Broken Isles and the Eastern Kingdoms on the map of Azeroth. The continent is home to kul tiran humans and mechagnomes. Kul Tiras was added to the game with the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

Navigating Kul Tiras
Major Cities in Kul Tiras

The Alliance hub city of Boralus is located in Tiragarde Sound. Horde have no major cities in Kul Tiras.

Zones of Kul Tiras
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Tiragarde Sound
10-60
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Drustvar
20-60
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Stormsong Valley
30-60
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Tol Dagor
10-60
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Mechagon Island
50
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Nazjatar*
50
Contested
Battle for Azeroth

*Nazjatar is not physically part of the Kul Tiras continent, but is accessible from Kul Tiras for Alliance characters.

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Map of Kul Tiras

Zandalar

Zandalar is located between the Broken Isles and Pandaria on the map of Azeroth. The continent is home to zandalari trolls and vulpera. Zandalar was added to the game with the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

Navigating Zandalar
Major Cities in Zandalar

The Horde hub city of Dazar’alor is located in Zuldazar. Alliance have no major cities in Zandalar.

Zones of Zandalar
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Zuldazar
10-60
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Nazmir
20-60
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Vol’dun
30-60
Contested
Battle for Azeroth
Nazjatar*
50
Contested
Battle for Azeroth

*Nazjatar is not physically part of the Zuldazar continent, but is accessible from Zuldazar for Horde characters.

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Map of Zandalar

Dragon Isles

The Dragon Isles are located in the northeast of the map of Azeroth. They are the broodlands of the dragonflights and the home of the dracthyr. The Dragon Isles were added to the game by the Dragonflight expansion.

Navigating Dragon Isles
Starting Zones in the Dragon Isles

There is one starting zone in the Dragon Isles: the Forbidden Reach for evokers.

Major Cities in the Dragon Isles

The primary city for the Dragon Isles is Valdrakken, which is located within the Thadraszus zone. It is a neutral city that is accessible to both Alliance and Horde.

Zones of the Dragon Isles
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Forbidden Reach
58-60, 70
Contested
Dragonflight
Waking Shores
58-64
Contested
Dragonflight
Ohn’ahran Plains
62-66
Contested
Dragonflight
Azure Span
64-68
Contested
Dragonflight
Thaldraszus
66-70
Contested
Dragonflight
Zaralek Cavern
70
Contested
Dragonflight
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Map of the Dragon Isles

Beyond Azeroth

While most of the action takes place on Azeroth, there are some other worlds and realms that you can access in the game.

exploration guide cosmic map
Map of the Cosmos

Outland

Outland is the shattered remains of the world Draenor, the original home of the orcs. There is another version of Draenor in the game that exists in a parallel universe. Typically, the alternate universe version is known as Draenor while the shattered version is referred to as Outland. Outland was added to the game with the Burning Crusade expansion.

Navigating Outland
Major Cities in Outland

The primary city in Outland is Shattrath City, which is located in Terokkar Forest. It is a neutral city that is accessible to both Alliance and Horde.

Zones of Outland
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Hellfire Peninsula
10-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
Zangarmarsh
10-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
Terokkar Forest
15-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
Nagrand
15-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
Blade’s Edge Mountains
20-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
Netherstorm
25-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
Shadowmoon Valley
25-30
Contested
Burning Crusade
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Map of Outland

Draenor

Draenor is a parallel universe version of Outland from 35 years ago. This version of Draenor has not been shattered like Outland. Draenor was added to the game in the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Navigating Draenor
Major Cities in Draenor

There are two main hubs in Draenor, one for each faction. Both are located in Ashran. They are:

  • Stormshield (Alliance)
  • Warspear (Horde)
Zones of Draenor
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
Frostfire Ridge
10-40
Horde
Warlords of Draenor
Shadowmoon Valley
10-40
Alliance
Warlords of Draenor
Gorgrond
15-40
Contested
Warlords of Draenor
Talador
20-40
Contested
Warlords of Draenor
Spires of Arak
30-40
Contested
Warlords of Draenor
Nagrand
35-40
Contested
Warlords of Draenor
Tanaan Jungle
40
Contested
Warlords of Draenor
Ashran
40
Contested
Warlords of Draenor
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Map of Draenor

The Shadowlands

The Shadowlands is the realm of death in World of Warcraft. It is ruled over by the Eternal Ones. The Shadowlands was added to the game by the Shadowlands expansion.

Navigating the Shadowlands
Major Cities in The Shadowlands

The primary city in The Shadowlands is Oribos, which is its own zone in the center of the realm. It is a neutral city that is accessible to both Alliance and Horde.

Zones of The Shadowlands
Zone
Level
Faction
Expansion
The Maw
60
Contested
Shadowlands
Bastion
10-53
Contested
Shadowlands
Maldraxxus
10-55
Contested
Shadowlands
Ardenweald
10-58
Contested
Shadowlands
Revendreth
10-60
Contested
Shadowlands
Oribos
10-60
Contested
Shadowlands
Zereth Mortis
60
Contested
Shadowlands
exploration guide shadowlands map
Map of The Shadowlands

 

About the Author

Luxrah

I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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