- Author: Luxrah
- Date: April 1, 2023
- Expansion: World of Warcraft
The Shadowlands expansion added a new realm to the game: the plane of death, where mortal souls go when they die. It’s a very different place than Azeroth or the other worlds you can visit in the game. To get there, you’ll need to complete a few quests. We’ll start there. If you’ve already been to the Shadowlands, you can skip to the “Portals to the Shadowlands” section to find out how to get back.
Starting the Shadowlands Story
The first step is to start the Shadowlands storyline. If you haven’t reached level 50 on any character yet, you may need to complete the Battle for Azeroth introduction before these quests become available. We have a separate guide for that here: BFA Intro Guide. Once you have completed the Battle for Azeroth introduction and earned the Welcome to Zandalar (Horde) / Come Sail Away (Alliance) achievement, you should be able to start the Shadowlands expansion. Your character must be at least level 10 to start these quests.
This introductory quest chain starts in your faction’s capital city.
How to Get to Oribos
Although you only need to do a couple of quests to get to the Shadowlands, you will need to do a lot more if you want to unlock the portal in Oribos and explore beyond The Maw. If you’ve done these quests before on any character, you should be able to skip The Maw introduction and head straight to Oribos. Here are all of the quests required to unlock the portals in Oribos:
- ! Shadowlands: A Chilling Summons
- If you’ve done these quests before on any character, you can skip ahead to Oribos by talking to High Inquisitor Whitemane (Alliance) or General Nazgrim (Horde). This will jump you to the quest Stranger in an Even Stranger Land in Oribos.
- ! Through the Shattered Sky
- ! A Fractured Blade + ! Mawsworn Menace
- ! Ruiner’s End
- ! Fear to Tread
- ! On Blackened Wings
- ! A Flight from Darkness
- ! A Moment’s Respite
- You have a second opportunity here to skip ahead to Oribos if you’ve done these quests before. Just talk to Lady Jaina Proudmoore.
- ! Field Seance
- ! Speaking to the Dead
- ! Soul in Hand
- ! The Lion’s Cage
- ! The Afflictor’s Key + ! An Undeserved Fate
- ! From the Mouths of Madness
- ! By and Down the River
- ! Wounds Beyond Flesh + ! A Good Axe
- ! Draw Out the Darkness
- ! The Path to Salvation
- ! Stand as One
Portals to the Shadowlands
The only ways to get to the Shadowlands beyond the introductory quests are through portals.