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The Arathi Highlands are located in southeastern Lordaeron, east of Hillsbrad Foothills and south of the Hinterlands. It is a flat but craggy region that has traditionally been the home of the humans of Arathor, who gave the region its name. The main hubs of activity are now Refuge Pointe and Hammerfall, which houses bases for Alliance and Horde, respectively. The large city of Stromgarde lies in ruins to the southwest, and pockets of Syndicate resistance dot the land. The Boulderfist ogres also infest Arathor, and prove to be a constant threat.

Getting There

Thandol Span


From Tarren Mill in the Hillsbrad Foothills, run eastwards across the river and catch up with the main road. Follow the main road eastward until you go through Thoradin's Wall. Continue following the path for a considerable time, until you see a signed turnoff to the north to Hammerfall. Take that turn off and continue running until you get to Hammerfall.


From Ironforge, run east towards Loch Modan; take the road in the Loch north through Dun Algaz and into the Wetlands. Follow the road as it runs north, northeast, then west. When the road splits and heads north follow it north. You'll cross Thandol Span and you'll be in the highlands.


The Arathi Highlands are an area of grassy land in Southeastern Lordaeron. Notable features include the great circles of binding, which are protected by elementals and used to keep some unknown entity imprisoned. The region lies just north of the huge canyon gap running between the highlands and the Wetlands, which can only be crossed by Thandol Span. The wildlife of the highlands includes giant spiders, carrion birds, and raptors.

There are no instanced dungeons in the Arathi Highlands. The entrance to the Arathi Basin battleground can also be found in this zone.

Maps and subregions

Map of Arathi Highlands

Boulder'gorBoulderfist HallBoulderfist OutpostCircle of East Binding
Circle of Inner BindingCircle of Outer BindingCircle of West BindingCrypt
Dabyrie's FarmsteadThe Drowned ReefDrywhisker GorgeFaldir's Cove
Go'Shek FarmHammerfallNorthfold ManorRefuge Pointe
The SanctumStromgarde KeepThandol SpanThoradin's Wall
The Tower of ArathorWitherbark Village

Travel Hubs

Refuge Pointe

Alliance Flight paths from Refuge Pointe
Horde Flight paths from Hammerfall

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Wetlands Alliance 20-30 South By foot, or flightpath from Refuge Pointe to Menethil Harbor
Hillsbrad Foothills Alliance Horde 20-30 West By foot, flightpath from Hammerfall to Tarren Mill, or flightpath from Refuge Pointe to Southshore

Notable Characters

Faldir's Cove

Main article: Arathi Highlands NPCs

The Arathi Highlands are home to several characters of note. At Refuge Pointe, Alliance Skuerto seeks aid in the battle against the Boulderfist ogres. In Hammerfall, Horde Tor'gan attempts to raise the spirits of those who still reel from the loss of Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer. And in Faldir's Cove, Neutral Captain Steelgut and his trusted crew seek an end to their prime threat — naga.


Main article: Arathi Highlands quests
See also: Arathi Highlands questing guide


Drywhisker Gorge

Wild Creatures

Witherbark Village

  • Air Elementals
  • Dark Iron Dwarves
  • Earth Elementals
  • Fire Elementals
  • Forest Trolls
  • Kobolds
  • Naga
  • Ogres
  • Raptors
  • Sharks
  • Spiders
  • Vultures
  • Water Elementals


  • It is possible to swim along the southeastern edge of the zone to get to the undefined brown area southeast on the zone map. This area is in fact an isolated plains containing a couple of crops, two male dwarven farmers, cats, rams, rats, and a wooden chair that you can sit in. The region has no name, and visiting it will not reveal it on the zone map.
Subzones of Arathi Highlands

Map of Arathi Highlands

Boulder'gor · Boulderfist Hall · Boulderfist Outpost · Circle of East Binding · Circle of Inner Binding · Circle of Outer Binding · Circle of West Binding · Crypt · Dabyrie's Farmstead · The Drowned Reef · Drywhisker Gorge · Faldir's Cove · Forbidding Sea · Go'Shek Farm · Hammerfall · Northfold Manor · Refuge Pointe · The Sanctum · Stromgarde Keep · Thandol Span · Thoradin's Wall · The Tower of Arathor · Witherbark Village