No-fly zones are zones in which flying is not allowed or is restricted in some manner. First introduced in Wrath of the Lich King, Dalaran and Wintergrasp were such zones. However, those zones later became restricted to a point rather than completely flight-free. For example Wintergrasp, a combat zone, flying was allowed until it got near battle time, then after a short time after flying into the zone players would be kicked off their mounts with a parachute.

With the release of Cataclysm, the flight restrictions were lifted on Dalaran and is fully accessible by flying mounts.


Can't fly during certain times

In Wintergrasp you can fly through the whole zone, land, and takeoff from the ground so long as a battle is not taking place. During combat, you will be forcefully dismounted after a few seconds (though you will also get a prompt asking if you would like to join in the battle, as well, making the debuff a moot point unless a player chooses no in the prompt).

Can't fly in at all

There are several zones in the game where flight is not allowed. These zones include:

The unknown

Instanced starting areas like the Lost Isles and Kezan, where it's unknown if flight is possible as players don't have access to flying mounts during their time here and are not able to revisit these areas when they can fly. The same goes for Gilneas, although its non-instanced version (Ruins of Gilneas, respectively) can be visited in the main world and flown over.


Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Dalaran is no longer a no-fly zone.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The no flying zone rules are slightly changed.
    Pre-patch one could not fly in the no-fly zones or mount up on a flying mount in one.