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HordeNorthern Barrens
Level: 5 - 50
Battle Pet Level: 3 - 4
Northern Barrens
Races GoblinGoblin Goblin
OrcOrc Orc
TaurenTauren Tauren
TrollTroll Troll
QuilboarQuilboar Quilboar
Night elfNight elf Night elf
MurlocMurloc Murloc
Harpy Harpy
Ruler(s) Horde IconSmall Thrall3 Thrall
Former ruler(s) Neutral IconSmall Gazlowe Monte Gazlowe
Major settlements Horde The Crossroads
Neutral Ratchet
Minor settlements Alliance Mor'shan Rampart
Horde Nozzlepot's Outpost
Affiliation Horde, Steamwheedle Cartel
Former affiliation(s) True Horde
Location Central Kalimdor
PvP status Horde territory

The Northern Barrens is the northern half of what was once the Barrens. Before being divided it extended into Southern Barrens without break; the two areas are now separated by the Great Divide. It serves as a proving ground for young Horde warriors, ready to seek glory in the name of their people.

During the events of Battlefield: Barrens, this zone is contested for characters level 85 and up. Mobs associated with Battlefield: Barrens are neutral rather than hostile for characters below 85.


Main article: Barrens#History


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

During the Cataclysm, Deathwing tore through the Barrens, carving a steep, magma-filled gorge across its center, from Stonetalon Mountains to the Merchant Coast. The areas north and south of the divide became near inaccessible to each other. Following this, what was once the Barrens became more commonly referred to as Northern Barrens and Southern Barrens. The Horde kept its hold on Northern Barrens, desperate to keep trade routes to Orgrimmar open.

Shortly after the Cataclysm, the centaur raided orcs farms and outposts. They were opposed by the newly-formed Garad'kra.[1]


Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Events on Pandaria have caused the Kor'kron to construct new fortifications in the region, including lumber yard, an elemental camp, a meat camp, and a refinery as a response towards the anti-Garrosh uprising led by Vol'jin. During the Battlefield: Barrens, the Darkspear Rebellion and the Alliance fought over the Northern Barrens against the Kor'kron and the Blackfuse Company in order to take their resources.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

The Burning Legion targeted the Northern Barrens as one of their invasion points. It was successfully defended by the Alliance, Horde and Illidari.

Following the Argus Campaign, a big Horde army crossed Northern Barrens into the Ashenvale Forest, retaking Mor'shan Ramparts from the night elves.[2]

Battle for Azeroth[]

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

After the Mag'har of the alternate Draenor arrived on the main universe Azeroth, botani and saberon could be seen running off toward the Barrens.[3]

WoW-novel-logo-16x62 This section concerns content related to the Warcraft novels, novellas, or short stories.

Following the Fourth War, two tauren braves spotted two dark ranger spies on a ridge in the Northern Barrens and alerted a senior patrol who caught the two Forsaken. They, however, swallowed a concoction and died.[4]

Rexxar and Zekhan visited the area and reported that the Crossroads remains busy with merchants and its nearby memorial place is visited by all Horde races. Alliance and Horde have abandoned interests in the Wailing Caverns' natural resources, but the corruption of the Nightmare still remains. Over the years, Mor'shan Rampart has seen many conflicts, changed hands between the two warring factions, but now it is held by Alliance's troops.[5]


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

During Death Rising, Northern Barrens came under attack from the Scourge. To fight against the undead, troops of the Argent Crusade were mobilized in order to protect the region and its inhabitants.


The Northern Barrens is the northern half of what used to be the Barrens. It is bordered on the north by Ashenvale forest, east by the Great Sea and Durotar (across the Southfury River), west by Stonetalon Mountains, and south by the Great Divide, a steep, magma-filled canyon.

The territory is a large grassland, or veld-type area, dotted with trees and hills and containing three oases. To the east the plateau ends in a short cliff, separating off a small amount of land just above the neighboring Southfury River and coastline of the Great Sea. Savanna covers much of the northwest, with trees most dense near the border to Ashenvale.

Maps and subregions[]

VZ-Northern Barrens

Map of the Northern Barrens in patch 5.3.0.

Battlefield: Barrens

Undisplayed locations

Removed locations

Icon-RPG Warcraft RPG

Travel hubs[]

Horde Crossroads
Horde Flight paths from Mor'shan Rampart
Horde Nozzlepot's Outpost
Neutral Ratchet

Adjacent regions[]

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Durotar Horde 1 - 20 East On foot across the Southfury River, or by flight path from Crossroads or Ratchet to Orgrimmar
Ashenvale Neutral 15 - 60 North On foot or by flight path from Crossroads to Splintertree Post or Zoram'gar Outpost
Southern Barrens Neutral 30 - 60 South On foot or by flight path from Crossroads to Desolation Hold or Ratchet to Desolation Hold, Fort Triumph, or Northwatch Hold
Cape of Stranglethorn Neutral 30 - 60 By boat from Ratchet

Notable characters[]

Main article: Northern Barrens NPCs


Main article: Northern Barrens quests





Patch changes[]

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous zone level: 10 - 20.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-09-12): Kor'kron related NPCs and creatures in Northern Barrens should be neutral to players below level 85 once more.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): New orcish fortifications and high-level content added to build up the storyline's advancement towards the Siege of Orgrimmar. Northern Barrens is contested territory for characters between level 85 and 90.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Result of splitting The Barrens. While the Southern Barrens became a Contested zone, the Northern Barrens remains Horde territory.


External links[]

Northern Barrens Warfront