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"Hillsbrad" redirects here. For the pre-Cataclysm zone, see Hillsbrad Foothills (Classic). For the town known as Hillsbrad, see Hillsbrad Fields. For other uses, see Hillsbrad (disambiguation).
NeutralHillsbrad Foothills
Level: 7-30
Battle Pet Level: 6 - 7
Hillsbrad Foothills
Capital(s) Alliance Southshore, Horde Tarren Mill
Races UndeadUndead Undead
OrcOrc Orc
OgreOgre Ogre
HumanHuman Human
WorgenWorgen Worgen
GoblinGoblin Goblin
NagaNaga Naga
MurlocMurloc Murloc
Gnoll Gnoll
Ruler(s) Alliance Unknown
Horde IconSmall Banshee Melisara
Former ruler(s) Horde IconSmall Sylvanas Sylvanas Windrunner
Alliance IconSmall Human Male Magistrate Henry Maleb
Major settlements Horde Sludge Fields
Horde Ruins of Alterac
Horde Durnholde Keep
Horde Dun Garok
Minor settlements Horde Southpoint Gate
Horde Eastpoint Tower
Horde Sludgeguard Tower
Horde Strahnbrad
Alliance Purgation Isle
Neutral Dalaran Crater
Neutral Brazie Farmstead
Neutral Ravenholdt Manor
Neutral Dandred's Fold
Mob Slaughter Hollow
Affiliation Forsaken, Horde, Stormpike clan, Bloodfang pack, Alliance, Dalaran, Ravenholdt, Crushridge, Mudsnout tribe, Daggerspine, Torn Fin tribe
Former affiliation(s) Refugee Leadership, Syndicate, Lordaeron, Alterac, Kul Tiras
Location Central-southern Lordaeron
PvP status Contested territory

The Hillsbrad Foothills (or Hillsbrad Plains)[1] is a large region of the former Kingdom of Lordaeron and is mostly untouched by the Scourge. This beautiful land is torn by conflict and aggressive expansion of the Forsaken, trying to conquer the whole of Lordaeron for themselves, opposed by dwarves of the Stormpike clan allied with Bloodfang worgen of the Alliance. The Forsaken maintain their holdings in Tarren Mill, which is the largest settlement in this region, the dreaded Sludge Fields, where many terrifying experiments are being performed. As a result of their expansion, the humans of Southshore were driven off to Fenris Keep in Silverpine and the town itself was devastated by the New Plague.

Due to the plaguing of Southshore, the conversion of the farms into the Sludge Fields and the destruction of Dun Garok, the Alliance lost all their major holdings in Hillsbrad following the Cataclysm. The Stormpike clan attempted a large counterattack from the Alterac Mountains to the north, but their plans were thwarted by Horde heroes and they lost many of their forces.[2] Despite this, by the time of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Stormpikes still maintain presence.[3]

During the Fourth War, the region was again at the center of conflict between the Horde and the Alliance, which managed to regain control of the ruins of Southshore, beginning its reconstruction after the armistice.

The land also consists of Alterac Mountains and its surroundings, such as Dalaran Crater and Strahnbrad.



Hillsbrad Foothills in Warcraft II.

Hillsbrad is traditionally the most blood-soaked battlefield on Azeroth, despite its pleasant, pastoral setting. The southwestern corner of the area, such as Azurelode Mine, used to be part of Gilneas before the Greymane Wall was built.[4] Central Hillsbrad was part of the Kingdom of Lordaeron from at least the 19 BDP.[5] The northern part of this region consists of the chilly Alterac Mountains, where the ruins of the city of Alterac have been claimed by a tribe of ogres and the majestic city of Dalaran was once annihilated by the demon lord Archimonde during the Third War.

Second War[]

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Main article: Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills

After they lost the First War, the people of Stormwind arrived in a grand exodus across the Great Sea to the shores of Lordaeron. These landless refugees then settled near the region of Southshore, pledging their loyalty to the Alliance and stationing their troops in the whole region for the coming invasion of the Horde.[6]

At the outset of the Second War, orcish marauders started raiding coastal towns in the area. The newly-formed Alliance of Lordaeron established outposts to prepare themselves for the conflict.[7] During the war itself, the region saw several important skirmishes between orcs and forest trolls on one side, and humans and high elves on the other. The towns of Hillsbrad, Southshore and Tarren Mill all got attacked by the Horde, and Durnholde Keep was raided by Orgrim Doomhammer himself in order free Zul'jin and his war party from imprisonment.[8]

Third War[]

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On the onset of the Third War, Thrall gave the order to assemble the orcish clans in order for the new Horde to leave the continent and travel to Kalimdor. They skirmished with Alliance forces and freed Grommash Hellscream and his Warsong clan,[9] later secretly infiltrating Southshore during the night to steal its ships so they could sail to Kalimdor.[10]

Sunwell Trilogy[]

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Two years following the Third War, Kalecgos came to the area to look for Anveena Teague. In turn, Harkyn Grymstone and his team were tricked by Dar'Khan Drathir to hunt Kalecgos. Kalec, Tyrygosa, and Anveena came to Tarren Mill which was still inhabited by humans and assisted in defense against a Scourge attack led by Dar'Khan.[11]

At some point after that, the Forsaken claimed Tarren Mill as their southernmost holding at that time.

World of Warcraft[]

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Main article: Battle for Hillsbrad

The Forsaken, aided by the Horde, battled fiercely with the humans of Southshore and Hillsbrad Fields that joined the Alliance.

The Syndicate also had a presence here, taking over Durnholde Keep. Other enemies that the two factions encountered were the Daggerspine naga, the Mudsnout tribe of gnolls, and the Torn Fin murlocs.

Terrence Fallrook is known to have provided jobs for many of Southshore's residents as he held a monopoly on wine in the region, with his estate being located in the northern part of the area. Darkmoon Faire once set a camp near Southshore. Its members were accused of murder, but it turned out that Terrence's son, Cedrick Fallrook killed his brother Erik Fallrook. The Faire took revenge and buried Cedrick alive in a graveyard.[12]

The Burning Crusade[]

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Main article: Old Hillsbrad Foothills

Adventurers went back in time to the Old Hillsbrad Foothills in order to stop the infinite dragonflight's effort to sabotage the timelines.

Wrath of the Lich King[]

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Shortly before the Scourge Invasion of Stormwind City and the war against the Lich King, the Scourge launched simultaneous attacks on Goldshire and Southshore.[13]


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By the time of the Cataclysm, the Forsaken crushed the Alliance at Southshore and Hillsbrad by using the New Plague that rendered the town uninhabitable and forced its inhabitants to flee. Now the expansive Forsaken seek to maintain their holdings in order to conquer the rest of Lordaeron for the Horde.

The Dalaran mages fought against the Forsaken while they rebuilt their city, only to move the city to Northrend to combat the Lich King. What little Alliance activity is left in the region is centered around Dalaran Crater and the "four fingers" of Alterac, where the Stormpike with the aid of their new Bloodfang allies seek to drive out the Forsaken. However, the Horde sabotaged the fingers.

A large group of undead unleashed by Warden Stillwater terrorizes Brazie Farmstead.[14]


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The Burning Legion targeted the Hillsbrad Foothills as one of their invasion points. It was successfully defended by the Alliance, Horde, and Illidari. Later, the Ravenholdt Manor was attacked by Valitos. He was encountered by the agents of the Uncrowned.[15]

Exploring Azeroth[]

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Several years after Southshore's destruction, the town has successfully been reclaimed by Alliance forces and was undergoing the process of cleaning up and rebuilding. According to Mathias Shaw, the Hillsbrad Foothills was rife with the Scourge, worgen, and ghosts.[16]


Though the rest of Lordaeron was ravaged by the Scourge and twisted into a haunted perversion of its former self, the Hillsbrad Foothills largely managed to escape this fate. It remains the best-preserved region of the fallen kingdom, giving travelers a feeling of what the land was like before the Plague. Yet the destructive efforts of the Forsaken threaten this land with devastation. Pine trees dot the ample farmland, and the rolling pastures are frequently crisscrossed with roads leading to the gloomy Forsaken settlements. A river flowing from Darrowmere Lake in the Western Plaguelands runs north to south. There are a few small, empty islands off the southern coast, and one larger one, Purgation Isle.

The Alterac Valley battleground can be found in the zone.

Maps and subregions[]


Map of Hillsbrad Foothills.


Map of Hillsbrad Foothills prior to Cataclysm.

Alterac Mountains

Undisplayed locations

Lore locations

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Icon-RPG Alterac Valley region

Travel hubs[]

The Sludge Fields

The Sludge Fields.

Horde Flight paths from Southpoint Gate[]

Horde Flight paths from Ruins of Southshore[]

Horde Flight paths from Tarren Mill[]

Horde Flight paths from Eastpoint Tower[]

Horde Flight paths from Strahnbrad[]

Adjacent regions[]

Ruins of Southshore

Ruins of Southshore.

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Silverpine Forest Horde 10 - 60 West By foot, or by flying.
Ruins of Gilneas Horde Alliance N/A Southwest By swimming from Purgation Isle, or by flying mount.
Arathi Highlands Horde Alliance 25 - 60 Southeast By foot, or by flying.
The Hinterlands Horde Alliance 30 - 60 East By foot, or by flying.
Western Plaguelands Horde Alliance 35 - 60 Northeast By foot, or by flying.

Notable characters[]

Tarren Mill (Cataclysm)

Tarren Mill.

Main article: Hillsbrad Foothills NPCs


Main article: Hillsbrad Foothills storyline


Azurelode Mine (Cataclysm)

Azurelode Mine.

Dig sites[]

Hillsbrad Foothills

Southshore Fossil Field @ 56,61
Dun Garok Digsite @ 62,84

Hillsbrad Foothills has two dig sites:

  1. River next to Tarren Mill and Southshore; contains Fossil Archaeology Fragments.
  2. Dun Garok; contains Dwarf Archaeology Fragments.

Battle pets[]

Wild creatures[]

Nethander Stead

Nethander Stead.

In the RPG[]

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The Hillsbrad Foothills are buffered from the Plaguelands by the Alterac Mountains, and so, Hillsbrad is free from undead influence and is one of the last stable human realms in Lordaeron. This region offers safety and sustenance to a people long beset by misery. Yet Hillsbrad is not completely idyllic. The Syndicate has inveigled its way into the region, and murlocs and Forsaken roam its wilderness.[17] Its hills are green and pastoral, its meadows fertile and its soil rich.[18] Halmish lives here in a small cabin warning people about Silverpine Forest.[19]

Brann Bronzebeard suspected that the necromancer Linnena Hallow was near Hillsbrad Foothills.[20]


Hillsbrad's people fought in the Second and Third Wars, though few Hillsbraders traveled to Kalimdor with Jaina Proudmoore, thinking it dubious that the mysterious continent could hold anything better than their own land. They might be in for a sorry surprise when Kel'Thuzad strikes south. Nevertheless, Hillsbraders have earned their peace and they know it. Recently, Forsaken took over Tarrin's Mill, and the Syndicate, Torn Fin murlocs, and rogue ogres from Alterac moved into the area. The Hillsbraders just want peace, but they are unlikely to get it any time soon. They hate the Scourge for what it has done to Lordaeron, and they are capable warriors with a strong militia.[21]

The Syndicate sent a messenger to Southshore, claiming that they have researched a new spell that is extremely effective against murlocs. They offered to parley with a Southshore representative, trading this new magic for some concessions. Magistrate Maleb did not trust the Syndicate, but the murlocs have been preying on incoming ships and damaging Southshore's economy. He asked some trustworthy heroes to accompany his agent to the meeting with them. The Syndicate did indeed possess such a spell and were willing to part with it for the right price. Unfortunately, the Forsaken of Tarrin's Mill ambushed the Syndicate messenger on his way home and tortured the information out of him. High Executor Darthalia sent agents to the rendezvous point to slay both sides and steal the spell for herself, intending to use it to leverage the murlocs into obeying her commands.[21]

People and culture[]

Hillsbrad's people are industrious and proud. They work hard to keep their realm in its current, peaceful state, reporting undead and other dangers immediately. They do not tolerate crime of any sort and punishments are brutal. The locals dress in white, Lordaeron's traditional color. Each year they celebrate Hordefall, the anniversary of the Second War's end.[17]


The Hillsbrad Foothills are located south of the Alterac Mountains and northwest of the Arathi Highlands. It borders the sea to the south.[17] The area is largely peaceful, with numerous thriving farms and one or two large settlements. They offer a land of rolling green hills and fertile meadows. Rich rainfall creates many arable tracts, and this natural bounty aids Hillsbrad's self-sufficiency. The southern shore is windy but gentle, allowing ships to dock easily at Southshore's harbors. Torn Fin murlocs frequent the shores as well. Mountain lions, creeper spiders and gray bears roam Hillsbrad's pastoral landscape.[21]

RPG notes[]

Notes and trivia[]

  • Death is Contagious refers to the Hillsbrad Foothills as "Old Hillsbrad" during the meeting of the Silver Hand paladins in Southshore. This is either a mistake or an homage to the Caverns of Time dungeon instance of Hillsbrad which is called Old Hillsbrad Foothills.
  • Although considered a contested zone for PvP purposes, there are no Alliance settlements or flight points in Hillsbrad. By the end of the storyline, the Forsaken have taken control and Alliance players have little reason to visit the zone. Alliance players can still visit Brazie Farmstead, complete legacy quests related to the Alterac Valley battleground, or fight The Abominable Greench during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • On PvP servers, and less commonly, non-PvP servers, Hillsbrad was Ground Zero. It was arguably the single most actively contested region within the game before battlegrounds, with the area immediately surrounding Tarren Mill often being a major battlefield. This was due to a meeting point between the Forsaken players reaching level 20-25 (coming from Silverpine Forest) and level 30 Dwarf players (coming from Wetlands through Arathi Highlands). It was suggested that the zone should probably be avoided for solo questing (or by levels below 20), especially considering that some max-level players of the opposing faction who visited customarily had no qualms about killing characters much lower in level than themselves. Although quests were available here, the area tended to be frequented by individuals whose primary interest was PvP combat (on PvP servers).
  • Having been previously known as "Gankbrad", "Pwnshore", and Killsbrad Foothills among others, Hillsbrad was the place for PvP action before Battlegrounds were introduced. This brought some peace to the area, but sometimes Alliance or Horde would still venture to the opposing faction's outpost in parties or raids to wreak havoc, especially when the battlegrounds were down.


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The eastern-most areas of the Hillsbrad Foothills (including Durnholde Keep) may be considered part of the Arathi Highlands, as Warcraft III indicates that Thrall's camp in a forested area west of Durnholde and east of a river (presumably the one east of Southshore in World of Warcraft) is within Arathi. The Highlands may, as a region, run up to this river, although due to Durnholde's inclusion Lordaeron's domain likely still runs up to Thoradin's Wall.


Patch changes[]

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous zone level: 20 - 25.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Retuned to 20-25 zone, merged with Alterac Mountains, scenery and quests updated as part of level 1-60 content revamp in Cataclysm expansion. Southshore has been destroyed due to the Forsaken's New Plague.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): The pair of gryphons guarding the entrance to the Hinterlands have finally decided to stop staring at one another and will now wander around the entrance to the pass.

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