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Cataclysm new zones and sub-zones list

Zach Yonzon

An anonymous tipster pointed us in the direction of a text document that seems to reveal all the zones in World of Warcraft and also appears to include most of the new zones and subzones in Cataclysm. A lot of information is bound to pop up now that the friends and family alpha of the expansion has been released, and it's reasonable to expect a lot of false information as tricksters try to take advantage of the community's interest. However, we examined the file closely and the wealth of details make it appear pretty legit. If you're not averse to some minor spoilers, check out the list of new zones after the break.

New zones listed in full below with selected highlights of changes we noticed to the old world. (But the list of changes is some 2700 items long -- so if you want to see everything, check out the list yourself!) Any notes we have are listed in italics.


  • The Headlands (a worgen starting zone)
  • Keel Harbor (a worgen starting zone)
  • Aderic's Repose
  • Northern Headlands
  • Northgate Woods
  • The Blackwald
  • Stormglen Village
  • Emberstone Mine
  • Galewatch Lighthouse
  • Emberstone Village
  • Northgate Breach
  • The Bite
  • Duskhaven
  • Stagecoach Crash Site
  • Tempest's Reach
  • The Greymane Wall
  • Northgate River
  • Hailwood Marsh
  • Allen Farmstead
  • Hammond Farmstead
  • Koroth's Den
  • Wahl Cottage
  • Crowley Orchard
  • Hayward Fishery
  • Queen's Gate
  • King's Gate
  • Greymane Manor
  • Crowley Stable Grounds
  • Tal'doren
  • Livery Outpost
  • Rygna's Lair
  • The Bradshaw Mill
  • Wood's End Cabin

Mount Hyjal
  • The Regrowth
  • Wolf's Run
  • Shrine of Goldrinn
  • Maw of Lycanthoth
  • Twilight Crossing
  • The Twilight Gauntlet
  • Gar'gol's Hovel
  • Grove of Aessina
  • Shrine of Aviana
  • Darkwhisper Gorge
  • Darkwhisper Pass
  • The Forge of Supplication
  • Seat of the Chosen
  • Doom's Vigil
  • Gates of Sothann
  • Lightning Ledge
  • Blackhorn's Penance
  • The Inferno
  • Leyara's Sorrow
  • Whistling Grove
  • The Scorched Plain
  • Ashen Lake
  • Sanctuary of Malorne
  • The Flamewake
  • The Searing Gateway
  • Rim of the World
  • Hyjal Barrow Dens
  • The Twilight Blockade
  • Archimonde's Vengeance
  • Nordrassil
  • Sulfuron Spire
  • The Throne of Flame
  • Ascendant's Circle
  • Firelands Hatchery
  • Firelands Forgeworks
  • Sulfuron Spire (INTERIOR)
  • Sethria's Roost
  • The Crucible of Flame

The Lost Isles

  • Shipwreck Shore (a goblin starting zone)
  • Kaja'mite Cavern (a goblin starting zone)
  • Horde Base Camp
  • The Vicious Vale
  • Wild Overlook
  • The Savage Glen
  • Alliance Beachhead
  • Vengeance Wake
  • The Great Sea
  • Draka's Fury
  • Dire Strait (money for nothing?)
  • Landing Site
  • Town-In-A-Box
  • Raptor Rise
  • Scorched Gully
  • Ruins of Vashj'elan
  • Vashj'elan Spawning Pool
  • Oomlot Village
  • Lost Peak
  • Oostan Nord
  • Oostan Sor
  • Oostan Ost
  • Oostan
  • Lost Caldera
  • Volcanoth's Lair
  • Warchief's Lookout
  • Tranquil Coast
  • Sky Falls
  • Gallywix Reeducation Cavern
  • Bilgewater Lumber Yard
  • KTC Oil Platform
  • Gallywix Docks
  • The Slave Pits
  • Verdant Highlands
Kezan (goblin capital city)
  • KTC Headquarters
  • Kaja'mine
  • Bilgewater Port
  • Gallywix's Villa
  • First Bank of Kezan
  • Drudgetown
  • The Slick
  • Swindle Street
  • Kajaro Field
  • South Seas
  • Gallywix's Yacht
  • The Pipe
Gilneas City (worgen capital city)
  • Merchant Square
  • Military District
  • Greymane Court
  • Cathedral Quarter
  • Light's Dawn Cathedral
  • Stoneward Prison
Vashj'ir - Kelp Forest
  • Kelp Forest
  • The Abyss
  • Shimmerweave Shelf
  • Silver Tide Trench
  • Nespirah
  • Glimmerdeep Gorge
  • Oracle's Cleft
  • Beth'mora Ridge
  • Ruins of Vashj'ir
  • Quel'Dormir Terrace
  • Tranquil Wash
  • Legion's Rest
  • L'ghorek
  • Thermal Vents
  • The Overlook
  • Coldlight Chasm
  • Tenebrous Cavern
  • Darkbreak Cove
  • Korthun's End
  • Silver Tide Hollow
  • Damplight Chamber
  • Ruins of Thelserai Temple
  • Shimmering Grotto
  • The Briny Cutter
  • Shallow's End
  • Abyssal Breach
  • Honor's Tomb
  • Legion's Fate
  • Gurboggle's Ledge
  • The Accursed Reef
  • Gnaws' Boneyard
  • The Immortal Coil
  • Smuggler's Hole
  • Deepmist Grotto
  • Holding Pens
  • Harrison's Dig (our favorite archeologist is back!)
  • Gorrok's Lament
  • Quel'Dormir Gardens
  • Nar'shola Terrace
  • The Broken Reach
  • Promontory Point
  • Deepfin Ridge
  • Nightmare Depths
  • Fireplume Trench
  • The Undershell
  • Pincer X2
  • The Verne
  • Sira'kess Front
  • Quel'Dormir Temple
  • Seabrush
  • Abandoned Reef
  • The Severed Span
Twilight Highlands
  • Verrall River
  • Dragonmaw Port
  • The Krazzworks
  • Bloodgulch
  • The Gullet
  • Highbank
  • Smoot's Patrol
  • Thundermar
  • Kirthaven
  • Vermillion Redoubt
The Battle for Gilneas (presumably a battleground)
  • Cathedral Quarter
  • Greymane Court
  • Light's Dawn Cathedral
  • Stoneward Prison
  • Merchant Square
  • The Tidebreaker
  • Voldrin's Hold
  • Stygian Bounty
  • Galerek's Remorse
  • The Iron Reaper
  • Glory of the Crimson Tide
Other Zones
  • The Park
  • Mage Quarter DELETE ME (notation as made in the original source files)
  • Storm Cliffs
  • Blackrock Caverns
  • Halls of Origination
  • Grim Batol
  • The Ruby Sanctum (confirmed for Patch 3.3.5)
  • Throne of Tides
  • Twin Peaks
  • Uldum
  • Skywall
  • Deephome
  • Steelspark Station
  • Deepholm Dungeon
  • Blackwing Descent
  • Tol Barad
  • Seat of Life
  • Slitherblade Shore
  • Vashj'ir -- Shimmering Expanse
  • Vashj'ir -- Abyssal Depths
  • Gillijim's Isle
  • Island of Doctor Lapidis
  • Slitherblade Shore
  • Nightmare Scar
  • The Frost Queen's Lair
  • Putricide's Laboratory of Alchemical Horrors and Fun
Unused (we're not entirely sure what it means when an area is marked as "unused" but suspect these might be gone entirely in Cataclysm)
  • Durotar: Orgrimmar UNUSED
  • Northern Barrens: Bael Modan [UNUSED], Camp Taurajo [UNUSED], Northwatch Hold [UNUSED], Field of Giants [UNUSED], Southern Barrens [UNUSED], Razorfen Downs [UNUSED], Raptor Grounds UNUSED, Grol'dom Farm UNUSED, Honor's Stand UNUSED, Blackthorn Ridge UNUSED, Bramblescar UNUSED, Agama'gor UNUSED, Raptor Grounds [UNUSED], Agama'gor [UNUSED], Blackthorn Ridge [UNUSED], The Great Lift [UNUSED], Bael'dun Keep [UNUSED]
  • Eastern Plaguelands: UNUSEDThe Marris Stead
  • Teldrassil: Darnassus UNUSED, Craftsmen's Terrace UNUSED, Tradesmen's Terrace UNUSED, The Temple Gardens UNUSED, Temple of Elune UNUSED, Cenarion Enclave UNUSED, Warrior's Terrace UNUSED
  • Mulgore: Thunder Bluff UNUSED, Hunter Rise UNUSED, Spirit RiseUNUSED, Elder RiseUNUSED, The Pools of VisionUNUSED
  • Hillsbrad Foothills: UNUSED Alterac Valley
  • UNUSED Stonewrought Pass
  • South Seas UNUSED
  • Feralas: Lower Wilds UNUSED

Looking at the subzones, it would seem that the underwater zone of Vashj'ir is pretty big and seems to have at least one (and most likely three) dungeons associated with it. The Battle for Gilneas seems confirmed to be a battleground (as there is info in this file for both The Battle for Gilneas and Gilneas City), so fortunately it will not rob worgens of a capital city. Other zones of note include Tol Barad, the new quest hub in Cataclysm which resembles Wintergrasp meets the Isle of Quel'danas, and Uldum, the long-awaited "Land of the Titans" at the southern end of Tanaris. It's also interesting to note that Grim Batol will finally open up.

Check out the full list of zones and subzones (including current zones in Azeroth) for yourself and see if you can find other places of note.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will destroy Azeroth as we know it. Nothing will be the same. In's Guide to Cataclysm you can find out everything you need to know about WoW's third expansion. From goblins and worgens to mastery and guild changes, it's all there for your cataclysmic enjoyment.

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