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Mists of Pandaria Battlefield: Barrens
Kor'kron refinery
Location Northern Barrens

Darkspear Rebellion-Alliance victory




Darkspear Rebellion

Commanders and leaders



Darkspear Rebellion

Casualties and losses


  • Heavy

Darkspear Rebellion

  • Moderate
Previous Purge of Dalaran
Next Siege of Orgrimmar
Battlefield: Barrens
The subject of this article or section is part of Battlefield: Barrens, a world event that preceded the Siege of Orgrimmar during patch 5.3.0.

Battlefield: Barrens was a world event set in the Northern Barrens, taking place during patch 5.3.0. It involved the building conflict between Garrosh Hellscream and his loyal Kor'kron and the rebelling forces of Vol'jin's Darkspear Rebellion, with the assistance of adventurers from both the Horde and the Alliance.

Featuring large-scale changes to the zone and the introduction of numerous quests, enemies and rewards, the event ended with the conclusion of patch 5.3, where the rebellion's story continued beyond the barrens, taking the next step toward would be recorded as a historic shift in power.[1]

With the release of patch 5.4.0, related quests, quartermasters and many NPCs were removed. Most of the unnamed Kor'kron mobs and area changes introduced with the event were left in place however.


With the conflict heating up between the Horde and Alliance in Pandaria, both sides continue to seek the upper hand in this seemingly endless conflict. While the Alliance grows stronger amid the pressures of war, the Horde, under the weight of Garrosh’s command, continues to fracture. The Darkspear Trolls are rebelling, Orgrimmar is on lock down, and the Warchief has sent crews into the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and into the Northern Barrens in search of resources to push his war machine forward.[1]

Battlefield: Barren represents Vol'jin's response via the Darkspear Rebellion to Garrosh Hellscream's Kor'kron build-up in the Northern Barrens. The Kor'kron have set up four new camps across the Northern Barrens to build up a supply chain for Garrosh's war effort, and Vol'jin will pay dearly for any interruptions.

Additionally, Alliance Pack Kodos and Horde Barrens Caravans need escorts across the Barrens, as they are being harried by Kor'kron Caravan Raiders. Beyond that, Kor'kron Commanders appear occasionally to oversee the operations. Commanders will require a group to defeat.


The quest chain to start the Battlefield: Barrens conflict begins in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, where Lorewalker Cho seeks out information regarding recent Alliance and Horde actions in Dun Morogh and in the vale itself.

  1. N [30-35] The King and the Council
  2. N [30-35] The Warchief and the Darkness
  3. Battlefield: Barrens fork (pre-patch 5.4):
    1. H [90] The Darkspear Rebellion / A [90] A Little Field Work
    2. H [90] Vol'jin of the Darkspear / A [90] Gathering Intelligence
    3. H [90] Battlefield: Barrens / A [90] The Darkspear Rebellion
    4. H [90] Battle of Sen'jin Village / A [90] Vol'jin of the Darkspear
    5. H [90] Battle of Razor Hill / A [90] Battlefield: Barrens
  4. N [30-35] The Old Seer
  5. N [30-35] Path of the Last Emperor



From time to time, an announcement will be made in the zone that a caravan of supplies needs to be escorted. A small icon representing the caravan will show on the zone map when it becomes available. You (and hopefully some allies) need to help protect it from Kor'kron Raiders as it makes its way across the Barrens. You'll gain a buff for staying near the caravan which will stack over time. The longer you stay with it, the more stacks of the buff you'll get up to a total of ten stacks. If you manage to successfully escort the caravan to its destination, you'll be rewarded with some Inv crate 01 [Surplus Supplies]. The amount you receive will depend on how long you were a part of the caravan escort and the buff stacks you've accrued.


Main article: Kor'kron Commander

If you really want to do some damage to Garrosh's troops, you’ll get the opportunity when an Elite Commander is spotted in the zone. You'll need help though if you want to come out of this encounter alive. These are some of the toughest Kor'kron that Garrosh has at his command and they won’t go down without a fight.

Overturned Kor'kron Caravans[]

Main article: Overturned Kor'kron Caravan

A zone wide announcement will be made when a Kor’kron caravan has been overturned. This is a great way to gather some additional resources in a quick snatch and grab before the Kor’kron manage to recover their supplies. Once overturned, the spoils will remain for exactly 5 minutes, if anything hasn't been collected in that time, whatever is left will despawn.


You'll be able to scavenge Latent Kor'kron Armor (item level 489) from the battlefield or from the Darkspear Quartermaster, and with your weekly quest reward –Inv drink 31 embalmingfluid [Radical Mojo]– you can upgrade the armor into a usable item. These items will have randomized stats that may have some unexpected results that you won't be able to get from other gear.

Vanity items are also available for purchase to help you remember your time besieging Orgrimmar with fondness.

Additionally, normal Kor'kron mobs in the Northern Barrens have a slim chance to drop the Inv misc bag 26 spellfire [Kor'kron Supply Satchel].

IconSmall Troll Female Ravika
<Darkspear Rebellion Quartermaster>
Item Cost Slot Focus
Inv belt 02 [Latent Kor'kron Belt] 100 Kor'kron Stone, 100 Kor'kron Oil
Inv boots 05 [Latent Kor'kron Boots] 100 Kor'kron Lumber, 100 Kor'kron Meat
Inv chest chain 12 [Latent Kor'kron Chestpiece] 100 Kor'kron Lumber, 100 Kor'kron Oil
Inv gauntlets 04 [Latent Kor'kron Gloves] 100 Kor'kron Lumber, 100 Kor'kron Oil
Inv helmet 15 [Latent Kor'kron Helm] 100 Kor'kron Oil, 100 Kor'kron Meat
Inv pants 02 [Latent Kor'kron Leggings] 100 Kor'kron Lumber, 100 Kor'kron Stone
Inv shoulder 30 [Latent Kor'kron Spaulders] 100 Kor'kron Stone, 100 Kor'kron Meat
Inv weapon hand 30 [Raptorhide Boxing Gloves] 1 Radical Mojo Quest
Inv bijou blue [Gahz'rooki's Summoning Stone] 1 Radical Mojo Companion Pet
Inv misc flute 01 [Xan'tish's Flute] 150 Kor'kron Lumber, 150 Kor'kron Oil
Inv potion 107 [Bom'bay's Color-Seein' Sauce] 500 Kor'kron Oil
Inv misc tournaments banner troll [Darkspear Battle Standard] 10 Kor'kron Stone Banner
Spell lifegivingspeed [Griftah's Authentic Troll Shoes] 500 Kor'kron Lumber Feet Cosmetic
Trade archaeology vrykul runestick [Rainstick] 10 Kor'kron Lumber
Inv misc archaeology trolldrum [Sen'jin Spirit Drum] 500 Kor'kron Meat
Inv hand 1h trollshaman c 01 [Whole-Body Shrinka'] 500 Kor'kron Stone





  • Overburdened Laborers are peons rarely found at all four camps, are subject to shared tap rules, and may drop 5-10 of one of the materials.
  • Rexxar was planned to participate in the conflict, fighting against the Kor'kron soldiers.[2]

Patch changes[]

  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-09-19): With the conclusion of the Battlefield: Barrens event, realm coalescing has been re-enabled for the Durotar area.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-09-12): Kor'kron related NPCs and creatures in Northern Barrens should be neutral to players below level 85 once more.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10):
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-07-19): Alliance players that are hostile with the Steamwheedle Cartel should no longer be immediately attacked by Ratchet Bruisers when teleporting into Ratchet from Shrine of Seven Stars.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-05-29):
    • Markers on the World Map for Barrens Commanders are now properly removed when defeated.
    • Jessina the Blazing's Unstable Magma Totem now has an arming time after spawning and can no longer be hit by area-of-effect damage.
    • Kor'kron Immolators and Kor'kron Earthshakers no longer use Corrupted Fire Nova or Corrupted Stoneskin totems.
    • Kor'kron Motivators, Kor'kron Grunts, and Kor'kron Spotters now use Mortal Strike instead of Wild Cleave.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-05-24): Adjusted the pathing for southbound caravans being escorted by players. Those caravans should now stop before crossing into Southern Barrens.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-05-23):
    • Goblin Kor'kron Commanders' Throw Dynamite ability now deals 40% less damage.
    • Shaman Kor'kron Commanders' Crackling Fury will now only increase in damage by 50% each jump, down from 200%.
    • Warrior Kor'kron Commanders will now only cast Titanic Thunderclap when there are enemies within 10 yards.
    • Some Kor'kron Commander abilities will no longer target or affect pets and totems.
    • Fixed an issue where Overturned Caravans were despawning earlier than intended.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-05-22): Kor'kron Commanders are now non-faction specific multi-tap for all characters that attack them.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-05-21):
    • Map markers for caravans that have been destroyed should now be properly removed from the world map.
    • Overturned caravans should now despawn properly.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Added.


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