NeutralBooty Bay
Booty Bay (Post Cata).jpg
Type Port town
Leader(s)  Baron Revilgaz
Race(s) GoblinGoblin Goblin
HumanHuman Human
TrollTroll Troll
OrcOrc Orc
GnomeGnome Gnome
TaurenTauren Tauren
Language(s) Goblin, Common, Zandali, Orcish, Gnomish, Taur-ahe
Affiliation(s) Blackwater Raiders, Steamwheedle Cartel
  Formerly Kingdom of Stormwind
Location Southern Cape of Stranglethorn
Status Active

Done Inn          Done Mailbox

Done Stables

Done Anvil & Forge

Done Bank       Done Auctions
Trainers Done Class
Done Profession
Travel Done Flight Master(s)
Done Mass-transit
Undone.gif Portal(s)


“This booming coastal city is run by Baron Revilgaz of the Blackwater Raiders. Mortal enemies of the Bloodsail Buccaneers and part of the Steamwheedle Cartel.”

— Faction in-game description

Booty Bay is a large pirate port city nestled into the cliffs surrounding a beautiful blue lagoon on the southern tip of Stranglethorn Vale. The city is entered by traversing through the bleached-white jaws of a giant shark.


The area was previously known as the Blackwater Cove[1][2] and was described as a large, sheltered, semi-circular cove surrounded by cliffs at the southern end of Stranglethorn Vale. It was a former small port town inhabited by humans which was overrun by jungle trolls.[3][4][5] Eventually, the goblins of the Steamwheedle Cartel managed to drive out the trolls from the immediate area to claim the shores of the cove for their new center for operations in the Eastern Kingdoms — Booty Bay.[1][2][6] This happened prior to the First War, as Booty Bay was already territory of the Steamwheedle Cartel by then.[7]

After the Second War, two orcs visited the town. Bloodeye Redfist, having been a hotheaded troublemaker, was about to be captured by goblins but Rehgar Earthfury bought him from the goblins.[8]

World of Warcraft

Booty Bay during sunset.

Aerial view.

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Run by the Blackwater Raiders who are closely associated with the Steamwheedle Cartel, the port offers facilities to any traveler passing through, regardless of their faction. Combined with the world-renowned Salty Sailor Tavern, it is one of the most popular locations in Azeroth.

Outside of Booty Bay, on the island of Janeiro's Point, is a giant statue of Baron Revilgaz.[citation needed] 

Baron Revilgaz, ruler of this city, is hiring all the help he can get against the pesky Bloodsail Buccaneers and other threats of the city. He resides, together with the leader of the Blackwater Raiders, Fleet Master Seahorn, at the top of the inn of Booty Bay.

The water there occasionally has floating wreckage and schools of fish. The Schools that are most often are Firefin Snappers, Oily Blackmouths, and Stonescale Eels. Fishing in the floating wreckage will also give you very high chances of fishing out chests and items, making Booty Bay an ideal place for fishing.

Booty Bay is located at Blackwater Cove, a large, sheltered, semi-circular cove surrounded by cliffs at the southern end of Stranglethorn Vale. It was a former small port town inhabited by humans which was overrun by trolls. Eventually, the goblins managed to drive out the trolls from the immediate area to claim the shores of the cove for their new center for operations in the Eastern Kingdoms — Booty Bay.

During the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, level 71 Booty Bay Elites are present, guarding the fishing quest givers.

Scourge Invasion

During the second Scourge Invasion the port-town received shipment of infested crates. Soon, the people of Azeroth were whispering that something was wrong with the grain shipment.[9]

Legends: An Honest Trade

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At some point, a famous dwarven blacksmith, Nori Blackfinger‎, lived and had a shop called Black Finger in the town. It is unknown what happened with the shop after Nori's presumed death.

Pearl of Pandaria

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Li Li arrived in Booty Bay, which Chen had told her about in his letters as a place where many of his adventures had begun. In the Salty Sailor Tavern, a gnome privateer recognized her as a pandaren and said he hadn't seen one since he met Chen Stormstout. Li Li bought the gnome drinks if he told her the tale; he was part of a crew that attacked a ship from Stormwind that Chen happened to be on. While Chen fought them all off, the gnome stole a small box from him which he still had. Li Li demanded the gnome hand it over to her, threatening to knock out his teeth and also promising to buy him another beer. As she turned to leave with her prize, Strongbo appeared and told her to return to the Wandering Isle. Li Li, having expected him, told a pair of goblin bruisers that he took her rocket mount. As Bo fought them off, Li Li ran off into the jungles of Stranglethorn Vale on her way to Stormwind and the ship Chen was on.


The Cataclysm hits Booty Bay.

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Tensions between Booty Bay and the Bloodsail Buccaneers have come to a head.

The statue of an unknown goblin on Janeiro's Point was partially damaged due to a tidal wave caused by the Cataclysm,[10] exposing hidden treasure inside. The large red cannons have fallen into the sea, and flotsam and jetsam can be seen littered around the harbor. Booty Bay has been partially damaged.

Vol'jin once visited the town in order to warn Revilgaz about the new threat of the trolls.

Phased area

Booty Bay under attack by the Bloodsail Buccaneers.

During N [10-30] Return to Revilgaz, as soon as the  [Doublerum] is collected, Booty Bay turns into a phased area where the whole town is on fire, the port is blockaded, and Brashtide Raiders storm the area. Many NPCs are still in town, many of those based outside showing themselves to be in terror, others have stationed themselves outside their buildings ready for a fight.

This phase is the easiest, and most lucrative, way to earn reputation with the Bloodsail for the aptly named  [Insane in the Membrane] Feat of Strength.

Quest for Pandaria

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Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

The Crimson Veil docked here.[11]

Shops and services


Excluding the above areas:



Quest NPCs



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Travel connections


Alliance Explorers' League Digsite, Cape of Stranglethorn (0:49)
Alliance Rebel Camp, Northern Stranglethorn (1:58)
Alliance Surwich, Blasted Lands (2:24)
Alliance Sentinel Hill, Westfall (2:28)
Alliance Darkshire, Duskwood (2:48)
Alliance Stormwind City, Elwynn Forest (3:19)
Horde Grom'gol Base Camp, Northern Stranglethorn
Horde Stonard, Swamp of Sorrows
Horde New Kargath, Badlands


Neutral Ratchet, Northern Barrens, Kalimdor (The Maiden's Fancy)



Having all of the Steamwheedle Cartel's goblins' factions at exalted is a requirement for  [Insane in the Membrane].

Killing the Bloodsail Buccaneers and Venture Co. in Stranglethorn will increase your Reputation with the Steamwheedle Cartel.

As of Cataclysm, several goblins of Bogpaddle in the Swamp of Sorrows are part of the Booty Bay faction.

Hated Hostile Unfriendly Neutral Friendly Honored Revered Exalted Rep Item
Quests 500 [Silk Cloth] x 40 and [Red Dye] x 4
Mobs 2.5 12.5 Rep for Named NPCs
2.5 7.5 Rep for Named NPCs
2.5 12.5 Rep for Named NPCs
Southsea Strongarm and Musketeers in Southbreak Shore (Tanaris)
2.5 12.5 Rep for Named NPCs
5 25 Rep for Named NPCs ; unnamed until honored only
5 Only those in Stranglethorn Vale and Grizzly Hills

See Steamwheel Cartel Reputation Rebuilding Quests.

In Warcraft III

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Pirates once anchored their ships here. The tileset is called "Lordaeron Summer".[12]

In the RPG

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This dangerous little town is the home base for the pirates who traffic off the southwestern coast of Azeroth. Inhabited mostly by goblins and ruled by Baron Revilgaz, Booty Bay is home to the Blackwater Raiders, a group of notorious pirates comprised of goblins, humans, and many others who swore them allegiance. After a raid, these pirates send their loot up the road to the Arena to sell, or even further into Azeroth.[13]

Booty Bay has a prison which can drain one's will to live.[14]

A pirate shanty

Well we hate to see her go,
But we love to watch her leave!
She'll do her best for William
And Wes and Mike and Steve!

Her name is spread both far and wide!
Her legend is renowned!
They call her Broadside Betty,
She's the roundest game in town!

So if you've mind to travel south,
Be sure to stop and play!
'Cause she's the real reason
That they call it Booty Bay![15]

Notes and trivia

  • Spider egg omelette was a fad there.[16]
  • According Flynn Fairwind, Booty Bay rum is made up of lots of spices and nectar, and would be very pleasant to drink.[17]
  • Zul'Gurub Protector Stones are hanging on several buildings in Booty Bay.
  • Foreman Razelcraz is from Booty Bay.[18]
  • At some point, a tol'vir came to Booty Bay and spoke with Li Li Stormstout.[19] While the time is not specified, it could have happened during the events of Quest for Pandaria when Li Li and Chen visited the town prior to the discovery of Pandaria.
  • During the alpha phase of World of Warcraft's initial development, Booty Bay was named Blackwater Cove[1][2] and was designed differently. The name Darkwater Cove was also used at some point.[citation needed]  However, with the way boat transportation was going to work (with boats needing space for their travel arc), change was needed.[20] Booty Bay was one of the first areas that got textured in-game and was used as a proving ground for many of WoW's frame rate issues.[21]
  • Mark Kern originally wanted Booty Bay to include an easter egg in the form of a three-headed monkey, as a reference to a running gag from the Monkey Island adventure games (a series that Kern was a big fan of). The monkey would have been an NPC who popped up at random before quickly disappearing again, never allowing players to clap eyes on it for very long, mimicking the behavior of the three-headed monkey from Monkey Island. Kern received permission to add the easter egg from his friend Ron Gilbert, one of the original designers of Monkey Island, but to his regret he never got the opportunity to implement the monkey as the developers were kept busy by WoW's stressful development cycle.[22]
  • The favored pet of the goblins of Booty Bay is the senegal, renowned for its ability to count coins, tally budgets, and lie about contracts.[23]
  • Initially in the Mists of Pandaria beta, it was said that the Horde would reestablish a supply route to Booty Bay.[24]
  • The bay features as an attraction in the Blizzard World map in Overwatch.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Blackwater Cove was presumably one Stormwind's settlements that sparked the Gurubashi War. This war was sparked when Stormwind made settlements in Stranglethorn and angered the Gurubashi trolls,[25] which matches the description of trolls driving humans out of Blackwater Cove before it became Booty Bay.


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See also


External links

Booty Bay zone Blackwater Cove Booty Bay faction