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NeutralHellfire Peninsula
Level: 10 - 50
Battle Pet Level: 17 - 18
Sons of Lothar at Honor Hold
Capital(s) Mob Hellfire Citadel
Races DemonDemonDemonDemon Demon
Fel orcFel orc Fel orc
Felblood elfFelblood elf Felblood elf
Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
OrcOrc Orc
TaurenTauren Tauren
Jungle trollJungle troll Jungle troll
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orc
ForsakenForsaken Forsaken
HumanHuman Human
DwarfDwarf Dwarf
DraeneiDraenei Draenei
Broken Broken
Arakkoa Arakkoa
Ruler(s) Unknown
Former ruler(s) Neutral IconSmall KargathFel Warchief Kargath Bladefist †
Neutral IconSmall Doomlord Doom Lord Kazzak
Major settlements Neutral Stair of Destiny
Alliance Honor Hold
Alliance Temple of Telhamat
Horde Thrallmar
Horde Falcon Watch
Minor settlements Alliance Shatter Point
Horde Spinebreaker Post
Affiliation Burning Legion, Fel Horde, Illidari, Mag'har, Horde, Sons of Lothar, Alliance
Location Eastern Outland
PvP status Contested territory

Hellfire Peninsula, once known as Tanaan Jungle,[1] is one of the surviving parts of Draenor. It is a pivotal area of Outland that has been the location of many of the most brutal battles in Warcraft history. This is where the other side of the Dark Portal is located. Two of its past cities include Hellfire Citadel and Zeth'kur.

As its name implies, Hellfire Peninsula is a grim place. In regards to topography, well, there isn't much. Aesthetically, the ground looks like it does in Durotar: reddish hue, barren, almost uninhabitable and hard-packed. There is one key difference, though — when you travel on the ground, you note bones cracking and shattering beneath your feet. These would be the remains of the countless draenei that the blood-crazed orcs systematically slaughtered prior to bringing their war to Azeroth.[2]

Hellfire Peninsula — indeed, most of the areas that The Burning Crusade introduced — is much larger than what classic WoW players are used to. Part of the motive for this is to justify the relative speeds at which flying mounts travel.



Hellfire Peninsula before Draenor's sundering.

Before the First War[]

A long time ago, the Peninsula was known as "Tanaan Jungle" instead. Surrounded by the Devouring Sea to the north, east, and south, the area was a wide stretch of forested wilderness. It was here the orcs built the Citadel as the capital city of the Horde and the fortress of Blackhand, the first Warchief of their people. After the orcs' abandoned their shamanistic ways and the elemental spirits, the whole region started withering under the corrupting effects of their new warlock magic. Fertile and verdant grounds desiccated and withered, leaving place to red dust and hard-packed mud instead. The sky even turned blood-red[3] during the day.[4] The whole area became known as "Hellfire Peninsula" and the fortress got its current name of Hellfire Citadel.

While the Temple of Karabor (later known as the Black Temple) served as the meeting place for Gul'dan's Shadow Council, Hellfire Citadel acted as the staging ground for the Horde's military force. Both the final attack against the draenei in Shattrath and the march along the Path of Glory, where the orcs committed genocide on the draenei, was planned here. At the end of the Path of Glory, the Stair of Destiny and Dark Portal was constructed. The portal was activated by the combined effort of the Shadow Council in Draenor and by Medivh, a powerful human wizard possessed by Sargeras, in Azeroth. The orcs rushed through and unleashed the Horde upon Azeroth, starting the First War in which the orcs conquered much of the Eastern Kingdoms. The orcs that remained in Draenor became known as the Horde of Draenor, led by Ner'zhul.

Aftermath of the Second War[]

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Hellfire Peninsula as it appeared when the Alliance Expedition stepped through the Dark Portal in Beyond the Dark Portal. What seems to be Hellfire Citadel can be seen on the horizon. Notice the few trees and spots of grass.

The Alliance of Lordaeron eventually managed to overpower the orcs during the Second War and pull them back to the Dark Portal. Khadgar attempted to destroy it, but discovered that even though he could shatter the structure, the rift connecting the two worlds still persisted. Blasting the structure still shattered many of the orcs' morale, and several were captured and put into internment camps under the Alliance Internment Act. This marked the end of the Second War.[5] To watch over the rift, Nethergarde Keep was constructed. Kilrogg Deadeye, one of the orcs eluding capture, played an important role. Kilrogg escaped back through the Dark Portal which had been reopened by Teron Gorefiend. Kilrogg met with Ner'zhul back on Draenor, telling him of Azeroth. Ner'zhul was intrigued by the tales and decided to open multiple portals across Draenor to new worlds for the orcs to conquer. To do so, he required several magical objects found in Azeroth, and sent Teron Gorefiend, Grom Hellscream, Kargath Bladefist and Kilrogg Deadeye to fetch them, two years[6] after the portal had been closed (it was reopened by Teron Gorefiend). The Alliance believed the orcs were amassing a new attack against Azeroth and decided to follow the orcs when they returned through the portal back to Draenor. They formed the Alliance Expedition whose goals were to retrieve some of the magical objects and defeat the orcs in their own home, crushing the orcs once and for all. The expedition's leaders, one of them being Khadgar, called themselves the Sons of Lothar in honor for Anduin Lothar who had been slain by Orgrim Doomhammer at the end of the Second War.

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A flashback in Warcraft III showing the Alliance Expedition fighting the Horde of Draenor in Draenor, presumably Hellfire Peninsula. Notice that the scenery is identical (even having floating islands) to after the sundering, even though this battle took place before it happened.

In Hellfire Peninsula, the Alliance Expedition clashed together with the combined forces of the Horde of Draenor and the orcs that had escaped back to Draenor.[6] The expedition founded the Expedition Armory and later Honor Hold which was under siege for several months before successfully attacking Hellfire Citadel. They also attacked the shipyard of Zeth'kur, later constructing their own warships to cross the Devouring Sea. The orcish clans were eventually defeated after several battles across Draenor and were nearly wiped out.[7] This did however not stop Ner'zhul from carrying out his plan, tearing Draenor apart when he activated his multiple portals. According to Kael'thas Sunstrider, it seems Ner'zhul (also) opened the gates simply to escape the expedition.[7] This sundering "replaced" the Devouring Sea with the Twisting Nether. The expedition suspected that the sundering would spread through the Dark Portal and crush Azeroth as well, and decided to shut down the portal from the Draenor-side to prevent it - even if it meant their own deaths. Khadgar managed to use the Skull of Gul'dan and Book of Medivh to close it while his soldiers fended off the last orcs, and thus Outland and Azeroth were severed. What remained of the orcs' homeworld was a blasted continent of floating red rocks in the Twisting Nether. The remaining orcs were rallied by a pit lord named Magtheridon who settled down at the Black Temple. Ner'zhul himself was caught by Kil'jaeden who transformed him into the Lich King and placed him in Icecrown. There, he would create the dreaded menace later known as the Scourge. The fate of the expedition trapped in Draenor, now known as Outland, remained a mystery for 20 years.

After the Third War[]

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The demon Kazzak the Supreme managed to reactivate the Dark Portal.

When Illidan Stormrage teleported to Outland, he discovered that Magtheridon was using the multiple portals that Ner'zhul opened to bring in demons from the Twisting Nether. However, Illidan was captured by Maiev Shadowsong and her Watchers. Not knowing the geography of the broken world, Maiev discovered the Alliance refugees of Honor Hold and set out to get their help. Before she could reach them, however, Illidan's servants, Kael'thas Sunstrider and Lady Vashj dispatched the Watchers, defeating the majority of the night elves. Maiev and her surviving followers were driven into the parched land of Hellfire for a time,[8] and were forced to evade the fel reavers and local ravagers.[9]

Afterward, Illidan and his followers closed the Legion portals down[10] and defeated Magtheridon, placing the fel orcs under Illidan's command instead.[11] Kargath Bladefist became one of the orcs following him. Magtheridon was enslaved within Hellfire Citadel and acted as a new source of demon blood for Illidan's orcs to drink, as the previous pit lord supplying this was killed at the end of the Third War. The orcs were performing several experiments on the blood, probably attempting to make themselves stronger.

The Burning Crusade[]

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Hellfire Peninsula.

When Kazzak the Supreme used some magical artifact to reopen the Dark Portal, the inhabitants of Azeroth discovered (to some degree) what had happened with the Alliance Expedition. Honor Hold is still standing, though most of its soldiers are getting old. Both Stormwind City and Nethergarde Keep has brought them supplies and imbued their militia. The Expedition Armory is however destroyed, now haunted by the ghosts of the Alliance soldiers raised by Ner'zhul's death knights. Thus, Honor Hold has become one of the two Alliance bases in Hellfire Peninsula. The other is some old draenei ruins to the northwest, inhabited by draenei from the Exodar. The Sons of Lothar have had various fates - Khadgar traveled to Shattrath where he became good friends with A'dal, Kurdran Wildhammer became the leader of the Wildhammer Stronghold in Shadowmoon Valley (he later returned to Azeroth), and Danath Trollbane is still the leader of Honor Hold. Alleria Windrunner and Turalyon have disappeared, but their son Arator can also be found at Honor Hold.

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Aged human and dwarven soldiers in Honor Hold, weary from having fought orcs and demons for 20 years.

The (new) Horde have recently established their own base, Thrallmar, to the north. Falcon Watch is another base built and inhabited by blood elves allied with the Horde. Interestingly, it is discovered that Hellfire Peninsula is still inhabited by the Mag'har, orcs that were never tainted by demonic blood. While their village is hidden in some mountains to the north, it's still a wonder how they've managed to elude the Burning Legion for so long. Kilrogg Deadeye's son, Jorin Deadeye, is one of them. He is the current leader of the Bleeding Hollow clan. There is also a small group of arakkoa living in a crag to the west.

The area is still teeming with both demons serving the Burning Legion and fel orcs serving Illidan (who became an enemy of the Burning Legion after failing to destroy the Frozen Throne - twice). A never-ceasing stream of demons is walking along the Path of Glory towards the Dark Portal, trying to invade Azeroth through it. Most of them are however killed by forces from both the Horde and the Alliance. Notably, Hellfire Peninsula is the most demon-influenced zone in Outland next after Shadowmoon Valley. Kazzak himself is an outdoor raid boss at the Throne of Kil'jaeden to the north.

It is also discovered that Kael'thas Sunstrider and his blood elves (presumably after he broke away from Illidan and Vashj) have been conducting some kind of experiment at Fallen Sky Ridge, planting a massive red crystal in the ground there. The project is led by Pathaleon the Calculator and is apparently intended to somehow create and corrupt colossi. The player helps the Cenarion Expedition by foiling the experiment. This, along with the Burning Legion and Illidan's fel orcs, are the three major forces the player will fight against in World of Warcraft's Hellfire Peninsula.


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Makasa Flintwill led an army from Azeroth through Hellfire Peninsula to invade the Hidden citadel south of Falcon Watch. After a great battle, the demons were defeated, and the Darkstorm threat thwarted.[12]


Map and subregions[]

Hellfire Peninsula is a barren wasteland looking like a cross between the Blasted Lands and Tanaris. It remains mostly intact even after Draenor's sundering, although parts of it can be seen floating above and outside in the form of smallish islands. The eastern part of the peninsula is cut in two parts by the Path of Glory, itself being surrounded by the ruined human cannons and orcish blade throwers of the Second War.

Accessing the Dark Portal to Hellfire Peninsula is the most common way to reach Outland for the first time; thus, it is typically the first zone encountered in the 60+ content of The Burning Crusade.

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Map of Hellfire Peninsula.

Undisplayed locations

Removed locations

Lore locations

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Concept art of Hellfire Citadel which houses all the dungeons in Hellfire Peninsula.

Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size
Instance portal Hellfire Ramparts 58-80 5-man
Instance portal Blood Furnace 59-80 5-man
Instance portal Shattered Halls 67-80 5-man
Instance portal Magtheridon's Lair 70+ 25-man

Elite areas[]

Travel hubs[]


Spinebreaker Post, a small Horde camp with a flight master in the southern Hellfire Peninsula.

Alliance Honor Hold
Alliance Temple of Telhamat
Alliance Shatter Point
Horde Thrallmar
Horde Falcon Watch
Horde Spinebreaker Post
Neutral Stair of Destiny

Adjacent regions[]

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Zangarmarsh AllianceHorde 60-80 West By foot, or by flight path
Terokkar Forest AllianceHorde 62-80 Southwest By foot, or by flight path


Portal to the Stair of Destiny in Alliance Alliance capital cities:

Portal to the Stair of Destiny in Horde Horde capital cities:

At the Neutral Stair of Destiny:

Notable characters[]

Main article: Hellfire Peninsula NPCs

While Hellfire has a variety of NPCs the most known are Force Commander Danath Trollbane and Arator the Redeemer for the Alliance and Nazgrel for the Horde.

World PvP - Hellfire Fortifications[]

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The Broken Hill, Overlook and Stadium in art.

Three PvP objectives, small ruined forts of Broken Hill, The Overlook and The Stadium, stand in the center of the region just west of Hellfire Citadel. As with other World PvP games each of these points may be captured by PvP flagged characters holding position within the objective. In order to flag a fort, you need to be non-stealthed, and the fort in question needs to be currently flagged by opposing faction, or unflagged (shown as gray on zone map).

The faction with the most flagged characters within the objectives vicinity will slowly gain ownership of the point. When all three points are controlled by a faction they will gain a zone-wide bonus of +5% Damage, applicable even within the Hellfire Citadel instances. This bonus is called Inv bannerpvp 01 [Hellfire Superiority].

In addition, any opposing players killed while fighting for the objectives will reward the player and the player's party with a PvP token, [Mark of Honor Hold] for the Alliance and [Mark of Thrallmar] for the Horde. Grouping is encouraged as only the party that performs the killing blow will receive a token.

The repeatable quest, B [10-30P] Hellfire Fortifications, awards 150 reputation points for either Honor Hold or Thrallmar, and 3 tokens. The quest requires the player to capture each point once, is repeatable and cannot be completed in a raid. The quest can only be completed once per day.

The quest is available at the following NPCs:

Inv misc token honorhold [Mark of Honor Hold] may be redeemed at the following NPCs:

Inv misc token thrallmar [Mark of Thrallmar] may be redeemed at the following NPCs:


Main article: Hellfire Peninsula quests


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Concept art.




Wild creatures[]

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Concept art.

In Warcraft III[]

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In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, some of the missions are played out in Outland. They are part of the human (blood elf) campaign Curse of the Blood Elves which tells Illidan Stormrage's conquest of the Black Temple, here referred to as the Black Citadel. On the Outland map seen in WC3 (below), Hellfire Peninsula occupies a large portion to the south. As such, this map is often regarded as being a map of this zone in WC3. There are however several geographical errors related to this map when compared with other maps:

  • As stated, Hellfire's Black Citadel was later confirmed to be the same as the Black Temple. This means that the upper body of the map is actually Shadowmoon Valley.
  • There are Shadowmoon Ruins and dimensional gateways which are absent in this region in World of Warcraft.
  • In the TBC "Behind the Scenes" DVD, one of the designers still states that players had only visited Hellfire Peninsula during Warcraft III.
  • Moreover, the Hellfire Peninsula-part doesn't resemble Hellfire Peninsula in World of Warcraft at all. This is somewhat odd as the map in World of Warcraft still resembles the map in Warcraft II, which naturally was launched before WC3.

As such, although the areas seen on the WC3 Outland map here on Wowpedia are treated as being parts of Hellfire Peninsula, this is purely speculation.

In the RPG[]

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This great tract of land spreads before the distant Black Citadel. Orcs and humans clashed across the peninsula numerous times in the Second War; battle-scarred the ground and blood-soaked the soil. Ruined encampments and strongholds dot the landscape and derelict war machines stand, slowly rotting in the Nether's winds. The desolate battlefield is now a haven for ghosts and more terrible beings that prey on wanderers.[14]

Notes and trivia[]

  • Interestingly, the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual originally implied that the Dark Portal was making the land more sick[15] and swamp-like[16] instead of making it burnt and dead.
  • Hellfire Peninsula seems to act as a "representative" for both Outland and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, being the location which most artwork presenting them are set in. The reason may be that it is the Outland-zone seen in both Warcraft II and Warcraft III. Another reason may be that it holds the Dark Portal which is connected to much of the lore in the Warcraft-universe.
    • While it appeared that it was in Hellfire Peninsula that Illidan met Akama,[10] there is some discrepancy on exactly where Illidan's actions were played out. This includes the Black Citadel appearing in Warcraft III being retconned to be in Shadowmoon Valley.
  • The name is spelled the Hellfire Peninsula in Rise of the Horde and in a TBC description on the official site (with the definite article), but in newer sources like, Illidan, World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, A Thousand Years of War, and Traveler: The Shining Blade, the name is spelled without the definite article.
  • The never-ending fight between the combined Alliance/Horde forces and the never-ending supply of Burning Legion minions at the Stair of Destiny previously made a great place to level up weapon skills (before the stat was removed). The mobs have fair health values, and since there's a constant distraction of NPCs to tank them, it was fairly easy to sit there taking pot shots with your weapon to build up your skill. Buying the white quality weapons from the various vendors around Dalaran could help as well, as these weapons are very fast and weapon skill was gained based on using the weapon rather than how hard you hit.
  • The beginning of the Pink Floyd song Shine On You Crazy Diamond is the background music in many areas of the Hellfire Peninsula (the NPC Floyd Pinkus is also a reference to this band).
  • The The Burning Crusade Flash site had this to say about the zone: "Once a lush and verdant land, the Hellfire Peninsula is now a dry, barren wasteland rendered lifeless by the dark practices of orc warlocks. It is here that the Dark Portal stands, cementing the peninsula's place in history as the site of many pitched battles between the Alliance and Horde. The nefarious Burning Legion has gathered here also, using the area as a staging ground for its apocalyptic crusade."[17]
  • When The Burning Crusade expansion was released, this zone became severely overloaded as almost the entire player base, on every server, came here to start playing the expansion. As a result, there were a few server issues, and in-game huge groups of players of both factions were trying to do the same quests in the same place for the same mobs at the same time. As a few days passed and people finally moved on to other zones, the problem died down. It is because of this that the next two expansions offered two starting zones - Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord in Wrath, and Mount Hyjal and Vashj'ir in Cataclysm. A single-zone starting area was not done again until Mists of Pandaria, with both factions starting on opposite ends of the Jade Forest, and in Warlords the factions start in completely different zones (Shadowmoon Valley for the Alliance and Frostfire Ridge for the Horde).


Patch changes[]

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous zone level: 58 - 63.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added.


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