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Level: 30-60
Battle Pet Level: 25
Vol'dun 2
Capital(s) Neutral Temple of Sethraliss
Horde Vulpera Hideaway
Races Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari troll
Sethrak Sethrak
VulperaVulpera Vulpera
Sand trollSand troll Sand troll
HumanHuman Human
Tortollan Tortollan
MurlocMurloc Murloc
IconSmall Ranishu Ranishu
Ruler(s) Neutral IconSmall ThunderLizard Akunda
Neutral IconSmall Kimbul Kimbul
Horde IconSmall Kiro Kiro
Neutral IconSmall Sethrak Vorrik
Former ruler(s) Neutral IconSmall Sethrak Emperor Korthek †
Major settlements Horde Vorrik's Sanctum
Neutral Temple of Akunda
Neutral Temple of Kimbul
Neutral Sanctuary of the Devoted
Alliance Shatterstone Harbor
Mob Redrock Harbor
Minor settlements Neutral Scorched Sands Outpost
Neutral Tortaka Refuge
Neutral Goldtusk Inn
Affiliation Devoted, Voldunai, Zandalari Empire, Faithless, 7th Legion, Alliance, Ashvane Trading Company
Location Northwestern Zandalar
PvP status Contested territory

The unforgiving desert of Vol'dun is one of the three regions of Zandalar. Previously a vibrant and lush jungle, Vol'dun is now a virtually uninhabitable, vast sea of dunes dreaded by all Zandalari, for to be exiled to its endless wastes is a sure sentence of death. And yet somehow, the wily nomads known as the vulpera have managed to eke out an existence here, despite facing a constant threat from the sethrak, a brutal snakelike race determined to reign over this arid wasteland.[1]


Thousands of years ago, this vast desert with rolling sand dunes was once a dense, vibrant jungle,[2][3][4][5][6] described by Meerah as the jewel of the troll empire.[4] The Zandalari trolls and the snake-like sethrak lived in harmony in this region, and together they worshiped the snake loa Sethraliss.[7]

During the war between the trolls and the aqir[7] roughly 16,000 years ago,[8] the C'Thraxxi warbringer Mythrax the Unraveler was tasked with invading Vol'dun[7] and descended upon the region, slaughtering troll and sethrak alike. Sethraliss sacrificed herself to defeat Mythrax,[9][10] but not before the C'Thrax was able to destroy the disc at the heart of Atul'Aman.[9] Due to Sethraliss' death and the various cataclysms that occurred in the region as the years progressed, the jungles of Vol'dun were transformed into a vast desert.[3][7][10] As a result, most of the trolls abandoned the region. This left only the sethrak, who continued to survive and thrive in Vol'dun, which they considered the holiest of holy grounds.[7]

After witnessing the destruction wrought by Mythrax firsthand, the sethrak knew that something had to be done to prevent anyone from raising the C'Thrax again. Sulthis, Vorrik, and Korthek worked together to seal Mythrax within the great pyramid. Years later, Korthek grew power hungry and sought to free Mythrax to conquer Zuldazar. He gathered like-minded sethrak and declared himself emperor of the Faithless.[9][10]

In the present day, Zandalar sends its criminals here to die,[11] and most of them end up perishing. The area is mostly inhabited by Zandalari vagabonds, sethrak, and vulpera.[2] The Ashvane Trading Company has a presence in the southern edge of Vol'dun, mining for Azerite.

Getting there[]



Bonetrail Gulch

Bonetrail Gulch.

Located in the north west of Zandalar, Vol'dun is a vast and unforgiving land. Dunes of sand, salt flats, and bone breaking rocky terrain stretch from coast to coast, meeting up with Nazmir to the east and Zuldazar to the south. Danger here comes as much from the arid and unrelenting landscape as it does from the creatures who eke out a living here. The sand-bleached bones of giant beasts litter the land, long since picked clean and polished to a gleaming smooth by the shifting sands. Brief moments of reprieve from the heat can be found to the north in the small stretch of marsh and in the caverns and oasis tucked away from the unrelenting sun.[11]

Maps and subregions[]


Map of Vol'dun.


Instance name Level range Group size Approximate run time
Instance portal Temple of Sethraliss 110 - 120 5 player Unknown

Travel hubs[]

Redrock Mesa

Redrock Mesa.

Whispering Crag

The Whispering Crag.

Alliance Deadwood Cove
Horde Goldtusk Inn
Neutral Sanctuary of the Devoted
Horde Scorched Sands Outpost
Alliance Shatterstone Harbor
Horde Temple of Akunda
Neutral Tortaka Refuge
Horde Vorrik's Sanctum
Horde Vulpera Hideaway
Alliance Vulture's Nest

Adjacent regions[]

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Nazmir HordeAlliance 110 - 120 East ???
Zuldazar HordeAlliance 110 - 120 South ???

Notable characters[]

Temple of Sethraliss

Skycallers' Spire.

Sanctuary of the Devoted

The Sanctuary of the Devoted.

Main article: Vol'dun NPCs


Main article: Vol'dun storyline


Main article: Vol'dun vignettes


Eastern Dunes

The Eastern Dunes.

Wild creatures[]

Whistlebloom Oasis

Whistlebloom Oasis.

Notes and trivia[]

  • Vol'dun's backstory is highly inconsistent, with different sources giving contradictory explanations for why the zone turned from a jungle to a desert:
    • At BlizzCon 2017, the zone's state was explained as being due to the aqiri armies of the Old Gods attacking the region thousands of years ago.[2] However, the aqir are never even mentioned in the live version of the zone. Several models of silithid fossils exist in Vol'dun's game files but go unused in-game, suggesting that the zone's backstory was changed sometime between its announcement at BlizzCon and the release of Battle for Azeroth.
    • At the beginning of the Temple of Sethraliss dungeon, Vorrik says that it was Sethraliss' death that caused Vol'dun's jungles to wither to sand.[3]
    • In A [35-60] The Keepers' Keys, Vorrik says that Mythrax destroyed the entirety of Atul'Aman and implies that it was the power unleashed from this event that caused Vol'dun's transformation. However, this is visibly contradicted by the fact that most of the pyramid is still standing, and in the Horde version of the same quest, Vorrik only says that the disc at the center of the pyramid was destroyed.
    • In an interview at BlizzCon 2018, Alex Afrasiabi stated that it was Sethraliss' death combined with various cataclysms that happened in the region as the years progressed that caused Vol'dun's desertification.[7]
  • The children of Zandalari who were banished to Vol'dun used to be exiled alongside their parents, but this is no longer the case.[12]
    • A chain of exemption is required for being allowed to leave Vol'dun, to prevent exiled trolls from escaping. [13]
  • Neutral "sleeping" lashers can be found in large quantities in Vol'dun. Area of Effect attacks must be used carefully.


Concept art[]



Patch changes[]

See also[]


  1. ^ File:Blizzard Museum - Zandalar.jpg
  2. ^ a b c BlizzCon 2017 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Panel Transcript - Page 3 of 12 - Blizzplanet (2017-11-04). Retrieved on 2018-09-10.
  3. ^ a b c Vorrik#Quotes: Vorrik says: This temple is the resting place of Sethraliss, a powerful loa that protected my people from destruction long ago. / She sacrificed herself to stop Mythrax... but with her death, the jungles of Vol'dun withered to sand.
  4. ^ a b H [30-60] The Warguard's Trail
  5. ^ H [30-60] Sacred Remains
  6. ^ Inv helm cloth zandalardungeon c 01 [Tales of de Loa: Sethraliss]
  7. ^ a b c d e f The Lost Codex 2018-11-03. Blizzcon 2018 Interview: Alex Afrasiabi & Patrick Dawson - Story and Systems | The Lost Codex. YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-11-03.
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 70
  9. ^ a b c H [30-60] The Keepers' Keys
  10. ^ a b c A [35-60] The Keepers' Keys
  11. ^ a b Battle for Azeroth: Vol'dun Visitor's Guide
  12. ^ Mugjabu#Quotes
  13. ^ Inv jewelry necklace 23 [Chain of Exemption]

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