A combat zone is an area where all players are flagged for PvP combat, even if on a PvE realm. Combat zones were introduced in Wrath of the Lich King World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

This is distinct from Player vs All zones, where a player can fight anyone not on their own team or raid.

Known combat zones


  • Tol Barad is only a combat zone, while the battle is taking place, when the battle is not taking place the area treats it as a contested zone per the type of realm players are on.
  • Battlegrounds could be considered combat zones, as realm types are ignored, and players are not able to switch off their PvP flag.