For the story of the battle itself, see Rescue of Zul'jin.
Raid at Hillsbrad
Location Durnholde Keep, Hillsbrad Foothills

Orcish Horde victory


Orcish Horde


Alliance of Lordaeron

Commanders and leaders

Orcish Horde


Alliance of Lordaeron

  • Unknown Alliance commander
Casualties and losses

Orcish Horde

  • Light

Alliance of Lordaeron

  • Light
Previous Horde Zul'dare
Next Horde Southshore
Alternate level Alliance Ambush at Tarren Mill
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Raid at Hillsbrad is the second mission of the Horde campaign in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

Mission briefing

Our spies report that a band of Human soldiers have captured a war party led by Troll commander Zuljin and have taken them to a secret prison near the township of Hillsbrad.

Seeing an opportunity to place these captives in debt to the Horde, Doomhammer sends you to ransom Zuljin and his Trolls and return them to their own encampment nearby.

The War Chief believes that this raid upon the unsuspecting prison will strike terror into the hearts of those who would dare resist the Horde.



Strategy guide account

Note: this account comes from the Official Strategy Guide, which features a first-person description of each mission from the game.

The Horde's grunts gathered in the courtyard of their village, eager to seek carnage. Every soldier marched north, shouting war cries, leaving the peons behind scratching their heads. The war party encountered feeble resistance and swept forward toward the enemy prison camp, leaving the village unattended. As such, the workers were given the day off. On reaching the prison camp, the troops first massacred the guards and patrolled about looking for more, before venting their frustration on the walls of the prison. They then followed the frozen river west and then south, finding more humans and slaughtering them. Finally they continued south to an abandoned troll village near Hillsbrad, which they claimed for themselves.[1]

Chronicle account

Main article: Rescue of Zul'jin

The forest troll warlord Zul'jin, being held in Durnholde Keep, was freed by Orgrim Doomhammer himself during the Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills.[2]


Orcish Horde
Alliance of Lordaeron


Mission playthrough