Our roundup of every single vanilla World of Warcraft zone gallery for Eastern Kingdoms
To celebrate the launch of WoW Classic, we’ve been sharing galleries of all of the game’s zones as they looked before the Cataclysm struck Azeroth. But there are a lot of zones in the game, and we want to make sure you can find the zone you’re looking for as easily as possible. With that in mind, here’s a roundup of all our vanilla WoW galleries for the Eastern Kingdoms leveling zones.
Tirisfal Glades (1-10)
Anyone playing Forsaken will be starting in this simplified (though still similar) version of pre-BFA Tirisfal.
Dun Morogh (1-10)
Like Trolls and Orcs, Dun Morogh is the starting zone for both Gnomes and Dwarves, who have an identical experience rather than separate sub-zones to start in.
Elwynn Forest (1-10)
Both the Human starting zone and a zone that will feel much larger than it does now after your tenth time running all the way across it on foot.
Likely where most Humans will end up after Elwynn, this zone doesn’t quite tell the captivating story it does nowadays. It also doesn’t have multiple tornadoes tearing it apart, which is actually pretty nice.
Loch Modan (10-20)
Stop #2 for Dwarves and Gnomes, Loch Modan is a lot different than it is in the live game, almost entirely due to the Stonewrought Dam still being intact.
Silverpine Forest (10-20)
Far less Forsaken-themed than the Silverpine of today, this zone is also notable for terrifying Sons of Arugal sneaking up on you and messing up your whole day.
Redridge Mountains (15-25)
An interesting zone that shows how wonky the leveling “path” could be, given the closest leveling zone you’ll encounter is about 30 levels higher.
Stitches will mess your day up. Also a zone that houses a Dragon of Nightmare.
For me, this zone is most notable as the place I spent hours farming for a Crimson Whelpling pet.
Hillsbrad Foothills (20-30)
Ah, Hillsbrad. The zone that spawned an entire throwback battleground. This one should be fun for both Horde and Alliance players.
Alterac Mountains (30-40)
Nowadays, this zone is baked into Hillsbrad — and for good reason. It never quite felt like its own zone back in the day, but it still does have a bit of a questing experience for those who don’t mind running south to Hillsbrad to turn them in. Oh, and Dalaran is in a giant bubble here, which is cool.
Arathi Highlands (30-40)
Before BFA, this zone was virtually unchanged. Even now, it’s mostly a graphic overhaul, so you’re probably going to be seeing a lot of familiar views here.
Stranglethorn Vale (30-45)
Originally one giant zone, Stranglethorn Vale spanned a whole 15+ levels and was home to the Green Hills of Stranglethorn quest, which never ceases to prove how difficult it is to find that one drop you still need.
There’s probably more to say about this zone, but I remember it as the place you set your Hearthstone to as a Horde player so you didn’t spend 7 minutes on a flight path just to get to Molten Core.
Swamp of Sorrows (35-45)
The biggest change in this zone isn’t really the zone itself, but rather the dungeon. Run it once to experience it in its former glory, then swear it off for the rest of eternity.
Searing Gorge (43-50)
I honestly couldn’t tell you what’s changed from this version of the zone to the one we have now, but I can tell you it has one heck of a graveyard run for MC raiders.
The Hinterlands (45-50)
Hinterlands, AKA the zone where the Horde hub is aaaaaalllllllllllll the way on the other side of the zone. But also the home to a Dragon of Nightmare.
The Blasted Lands (45-55)
See that darker area in the bottom-left corner? That’s where Lord Kazzak spawns. If you’re a Hunter, try kiting him to Stormwind. Should be fun.
Burning Steppes (50-58)
I don’t remember a ton about this zone except for the Warlock altar in the northwest corner. Still, a hot zone all the same. (Get it?)
Western Plaguelands (51-58)
This, along5 with Eastern Plaguelands (below) changed a ton in Cataclysm, and it’s well worth checking out the much gloomier takes on both Plaguelands zones.
Eastern Plaguelands (53-60)
As I said above, you’ll want to check out this zone if you’ve never experienced the dark-and-spooky EPL. Also, the Battle for Darrowshire quest chain is one of the most notable in all of vanilla. You don’t want to skip it.
And finally, a zone that doesn’t really have much of a leveling experience, Deadwind Pass was largely the place people went if they wanted to explore the creepy Crypts or hypothesize what the deal with Karazhan could be.
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