A turtle boat

Concept art

Turtle boats are a form of tuskarr transportation, though the pandaren have a similar concept.


That reminds me of another example: the turtle boat. If you look at Northrend, the continent is shaped a little bit like a crescent, with the two starting zones, Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra, at the ends. There's a port located in the middle of the coast between these zones, and we wanted to have an easy method for traveling between the zones. The method of transportation we settled on is a giant turtle with a deck mounted on top of its shell, very much like the turtles from Warcraft II. It’s simple, effective, grounded in Warcraft lore, but it’s also one of those light moments that are so important to create the iconic Warcraft feel.[1]

Wrath of the Lich King

Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, giant turtles serve as neutral boats between the Tuskarr ports of Unu'pe (Borean Tundra; west side of Northrend), Moa'ki Harbor (Dragonblight; central Northrend), and Kamagua (Howling Fjord; east side Northrend).

Turtle routes

Other turtle boats

Mists of Pandaria

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

In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, a giant turtle serves as the starting area of the playable pandaren.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Holiday Icon Thousand Boat Bash.png

The subject of this article or section is part of the Thousand Boat Bash, a micro-world event, lasting a very short time.

During the The Thousand Boat Bash event there are turtle boats at Shimmering Deep in Thousand Needles.