For lore about this location, see Zul'Dare. For the Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Shareware version of this mission, see Tol Ronal (WC2 demo).
Location Zul'Dare
Result 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 First War (Horde Stormwind Keep)
Next Horde Raid at Hillsbrad
Alternate level Alliance Hillsbrad
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Zul'dare is the first mission of the Horde campaign in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

Mission briefing

The Horde is preparing to launch an assault against the mainland of Lordaeron.

Orgrim Doomhammer - War Chief of the Orcish Hordes and Ruler of the Blackrock clan - has ordered you to establish a small outpost on Lordaeron's southern shores.

To secure the Zul'dare region as Doomhammer demands you will need to construct a Barracks and several Farms to feed your troops. Your success may help us determine the extent of the pathetic Human defenses and what resistance they can offer against our forces.



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

Utok Scratcher's commander had been given a pitiful number of troops and workers with whom to carry out their orders; yet they had managed to easily overtake a human outpost and convert it to their cause. Feeding the troops after the long voyage across the Great Sea was necessary to keep the forces from killing each other over what little meat they had brought with them. Therefore they beat an injured soldier into submission, made him a worker, and began fencing in new pig farms.[1]

Those who were not building were sent to labor in a nearby mine, for they needed mineral resources in addition to food. Bored with standing about, the troops began patrolling the area; they managed to find a few scattered humans to quench their thirst for blood. Only one of them returned, but by then they had begun construction of a new barracks. This they needed for the coming reinforcements, so all available workers were whipped into helping.[2]

Once the barracks were completed, the needed only a bit more farmland to raise pigs, and soon the promise reinforcements arrived. After a short time, all the human spies in the area had provided skulls to adorn their standard. With the area secure, they waited impatiently for new orders.[2]


Orcish Horde
Alliance of Lordaeron


Mission playthrough