For the Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Shareware version of this mission, see Thandol (WC2 demo).
Assault on Hillsbrad
Location Hillsbrad and Channel Islands, Hillsbrad Foothills
Result Orcish Horde victory

Orcish Horde


Alliance of Lordaeron

Commanders and leaders

Orcish Horde


Alliance of Lordaeron

  • Unknown Alliance commander
Casualties and losses

Orcish Horde

  • Moderate

Alliance of Lordaeron

  • Heavy
Previous HordeSouthshore
Next Horde Tol Barad
Alternate level Alliance Attack on Zul'dare
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Assault on Hillsbrad is the fourth mission of the Horde campaign in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

Mission briefing

Now that the Armada is well supplied with the precious black substance that your Tankers have amassed, Doomhammer feels it is time to make a gruesome example of Hillsbrad.

With the aid of new Foundry sites that allow you to construct more advanced ships, you may build Transports to deliver your forces across the channel to the cowering Human settlement.

All who oppose the Horde must be taught a harsh lesson - leave no one alive!


  • Destroy Hillsbrad
  • Slaughter the Alliance's defenders


Strategy guide account

Note: this account comes from the Official Strategy Guide, which features a first-person description of each mission from the game.

Needing a large number of pig farms to support the operation, much time was spent making preparations and gathering resources before constructing the lumber mill and shipyard required to begin the first stage. The Horde unit kept the destroyer that had brought them close to the shore north of town. With eight workers at their disposal, the shipyard went up near where the destroyer was anchored.

Soon they had both a shipyard and an oil refinery on the north shore, with several tankers, gathering oil from a nearby patch. Four destroyers were launched to clear the seas, then all five were sent far to the northeast where the enemy platform needed removal. From there, they swept westward to the coastline near Hillsbrad, sinking a transport ship that had managed to make a single delivery of humans to the Horde base. To prevent further annoyances of that sort, the Horde warships made quick work of the Alliance's coast structures, leaving the nearby enemy tower standing so they could watch. The destroyers remained near the shore while the Horde prepared to land their own force.

While a new barracks provided training for six grunts and six trolls, the Horde constructed two transports for them and the lumber mill cut new, nicely balanced throwing axes for the raid. Once the transports had been loaded and delivered to the waiting destroyers, they placed a single warship close enough to shore to pound the Alliance tower. This panicked their soldiers into thinking they could stop them at the shoreline; as they came, the Horde's other warships opened fire. With the coast reasonably clear, the transports landed and released the Horde soldiers to level the town. All the defenders were slaughtered first; then their structures fell like straw huts.[1]


Although the Horde had successfully left the townships of Hillsbrad and Southshore in ruins their base on Zul'Dare had been destroyed and they were driven from the shores of Lordaeron.[2] With the cities decimated rumors spread throughout the Seven Kingdoms like wildfire of their impending doom. Although they had lost their base, Doomhammer was pleased with his commander's and Utok Scratcher's success and ordered them into in Khaz Modan to help defend the outpost in Dun Modr.[3]

Novel account

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Main article: Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills

The armies of the Alliance of Lordaeron protected the shores of the Hillsbrad Foothills against larger numbers of Horde warriors, but despite their resistance the orcs managed to land and spread thousands of their soldiers into Lordaeron.


Orcish Horde
Alliance of Lordaeron


Mission playthrough