|The subject of this article was removed in patch 4.0.3a but remains in World of Warcraft: Classic.
- For the lore of the zone and its status after the Cataclysm, see Searing Gorge.
|Level: 45 - 50|
|Races||Dark Iron dwarf|
Emperor Dagran Thaurissan |
|Major settlements||Thorium Point (850)|
|Affiliation||Dark Iron clan, Thorium Brotherhood, Independent|
|Location||Southern Khaz Modan|
|PvP status||Contested territory|
The Searing Gorge is a contested zone in the Eastern Kingdoms for players in the 43-52 range. It is home to a group of exceptionally stout dwarves called the Thorium Brotherhood, who have split from the Dark Iron clan.
For the Alliance, the entrance to the Searing Gorge in Loch Modan is locked until the is obtained via a quest line that culminates in (level 48 quest). However, any Rogue with lockpicking of at least 225 can pick the doors. An alternate path can be found in the Badlands just south of Kargath. This is the primary Horde entrance, as they have no way of obtaining the key.
Just as Blackrock orcs and their allies dominate Burning Steppes, so Dark Iron dwarves dominate the Searing Gorge. A large population of Dark Iron dwarves, War Golems, and Elementals resides in this dark, mountainous area.
The climate is very similar to Burning Steppes, as it was the same catastrophe that blackened both: the summoning of Ragnaros. The Searing Gorge is a part of Khaz Modan. Before being shattered by the summoning it was a mountainous region, part of the Redridge Mountains.
Large mining operations take place in The Cauldron, a giant excavation site forming a huge rift in the middle of the Searing Gorge. The Slag Pit lies within The Cauldron and is an underground mining site rich with multiple types of ore. The mining work is mainly done by slave labor, which consists for the most part of captured enemies.
Ever since the Dark Iron dwarves' capital, Thaurissan, was destroyed by the summoning of Ragnaros, they have searched for a landmass to control for their filthy, industrious works. The Searing Gorge was the obvious choice due to a low military presence, scarce population, few settlements, and high vulnerability. The dwarven garrisons were soon overrun by a massive Dark Iron invasion which forced them to retreat to Loch Modan and seal the passage.
This area was normally sealed, and adventurers could only enter by traversing through Blackrock Mountain or by obtaining the , which follows a series of quests. Recently, however, the Horde garrisons stationed at Kargath, in the Badlands, have grown curious about the use of the area for tactical purposes, and have cut a narrow pass through the mountains south of their encampment.
Maps and subregions
|Blackchar Cave • Blackrock Mountain • The Cauldron • Dustfire Valley|
|Grimesilt Dig Site • Firewatch Ridge • The Sea of Cinders • The Slag Pit|
|Stonewrought Pass • Tanner Camp • Thorium Point|
Dungeons and raids
There are none actually located in the Searing Gorge. However, Blackrock Mountain lies between it and the Burning Steppes. It is home to Blackrock Depths (Level 52-60 Instance), Blackrock Spire (Level 54-60 Instance), Molten Core (Level 60 Raid Instance), and Blackwing Lair (Level 60 Raid Instance).
|Zone name||Faction||Level range||Direction||Access subzone||Access method|
|Loch Modan||10-20||Northeast||Stonewrought Pass||By foot through the Stonewrought Pass; requires , or by attacking a bear, dying by the gate, and walking through the door in ghost form.|
|The Badlands||35-45||West||By footor by Horde flightpath from Thorium Point to Kargath|
|Blackrock Mountain||55-60||South||Blackrock Mountain||By foot|
|Burning Steppes||52-60||South||Blackrock Mountain||By foot through Blackrock Mountain or by flightpath from Thorium Point to Morgan's Vigil or Flame Crest|
- Main article: Searing Gorge NPCs
Searing Gorge is home to several characters of note. At Thorium Point, Hansel Heavyhands seeks aid in the battle against the golems, spiders, and incendosaurs of the region. Master Smith Burninate attempts to create fiery flux with the help of trustworthy individuals. And from his guarded spot nearby, Velarok Windblade sends bold adventurers into the holdings of the Dark Irons in an attempt to burn down all of their sentry towers.
- Main article: Searing Gorge quests
- Players taking the flight to Ironforge from Stormwind can observe many subzones of this area.
- If you were to die in one of the Blackrock Mountain Instances, it would take you to the Thorium Point Graveyard. This is another handy way of getting in. It is convenient as it is not far from the Flight Point
- Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Fire Elementals in Searing Gorge should be easier to find.
- Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Searing Gorge has a new quest hub for both Alliance and Horde players called Thorium Point.
- Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Closed a hole in the world in the Searing Gorge.