For the lore of the zone and its status after the Cataclysm, see Silithus.
Level: 55-60
Population 800

TaurenTauren Tauren (240)
Night elfNight elf Night elf (160)
OrcOrc Orc (160)
TrollTroll Troll (160)

HumanHuman Human (80)
Government None
Major settlements Cenarion Hold
Minor settlements Twilight Base Camp (640)
Valor's Rest (160)
Affiliation None
Location West of Un'Goro Crater

Silithus forms the south-western corner of Kalimdor. It can only be reached by traveling to the north-western corner of the Un'Goro Crater, where a wide path extends out of the crater and into Silithus.

Silithus is one of the insect-infested sections of southern Kalimdor. This area houses a section of the once great Aqiri empire, known as Ahn'Qiraj. It is currently uninhabited, but the central temple is sealed off by the night elves, who attempted to prevent an infestation from breaking out. Judging by the ruins in the area, as well as the massive Silithid colonies, they were unsuccessful in their attempt. The Cenarion Circle maintains a constant presence in Silithus, at Cenarion Hold. From here, they monitor the Silithids, whom some believe to be a force so powerful and threatening that the Alliance and Horde must ally to combat. In addition to the Cenarion Druids, a second, more ominous presence has recently made itself known in Silithus. The bronze dragonflight, Nozdormu's brood, has returned to the desert for the first time in ten thousand years.

Silithus has been fleshed out as a major quest hub with episodic storylines that extend into its depths and past its borders. The redesign of this zone includes a high-end outdoor quest area for the solo players, 5-man groups and includes outdoor raid bosses. The repeatable quests can lead to epic items as a casual alternative to raid dungeons.

In Patch 1.12, objective based world PvP was introduced into Silithus. A new crystalline substance, called " [Silithyst]", has been discovered, and both the Horde and the Alliance have taken an interest in it. Players collect the dust where they can, but must be careful they are not ambushed by opposing faction members before they can make their drop off. See The Silithyst Must Flow for details.


Silithus has for thousands of years held the prison of the Qiraji, trapped behind the Scarab Wall in the aftermath of the War of the Shifting Sands. The Qiraji's servants, the silithids, have since multiplied and spread across southern Kalimdor, and in the end, the night elves decided that it was time to reopen the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj and put an end to the Qiraji threat once and for all.


This huge desert lies in the southwestern tip of Kalimdor. The rock and sand terrain is broken up only by the massive hives of the silithid.

Silithus is the location of two raid dungeons, the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. There are also several micro dungeons. Though there are no battlegrounds in this area, there is some outdoor PvP available.

Maps and subregions

Current map of Silithus

Bones of GrakkarondBronzebeard EncampmentCenarion HoldThe Crystal Vale
Hive'AshiHive'RegalHive'ZoraIronforge Brigade OutpostOrgrimmar Legion Camp
Ortell's HideoutRavaged Twilight CampThe Scarab DaisThe Scarab Wall
Southwind VillageStaghelm PointThe Swarming PillarTwilight Base Camp
Twilight OutpostTwilight PostTwilight's RunValor's Rest

Topographic map of Silithus Map of Silithus pre 1.8

Instanced dungeons

Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj 60+ 20-man Unknown
Temple of Ahn'Qiraj 60+ 40-man Unknown

Travel Hubs

Cenarion Hold

AllianceHorde Flight paths from Cenarion Hold

To get there on foot, travel to the NW corner of Un'Goro Crater. The river that passes through Un'Goro looks like a snake. It is at the snakes head. You will see two pillars. [29, 21].

Regions Adjacent to Silithus

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Un'Goro Crater Horde Alliance 45-55 East By foot or flightpath from Cenarion Hold to Marshal's Refuge

Notable Characters

Bronzebeard Encampment

Main article: Silithus NPCs

Silithus is home to several characters of note. At Cenarion Hold, Commander Mar'alith seeks information about his missing wife, who was last seen in the company of the silithid. At Bronzebeard Encampment, Rutgar Glyphshaper helps him unravel the mystery and inquires about the whereabout of the famous explorer Brann Bronzebeard. And at the Ravaged Twilight Camp, Highlord Demitrian has a mission of great importance to the most experienced heroes - face off against Prince Thunderaan and defeat him.


Main article: Silithus quests


The Crystal Vale

Silithus is a desert stretch of land, arid and hostile. Miners will find various spots of Thorium ore all over the area, both small, rich and ooze-covered, above ground and in tunnels wherever the Silithid have dug their hives.

Wild creatures



  • Silithus is one of the two outdoor PvP zones in Azeroth, the other one being Eastern Plaguelands.
  • Silithus was completely revamped in patch 1.8, to coincide with the opening of Ahn'Qiraj.
  • There's a well-hidden Tauren Village on the "shores" of Silithus; only accessible by swimming from Tanaris.

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