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Searing Gorge is a contested zone in the Eastern Kingdoms for players in the 43-52 range. Searing Gorge is home to a group of exceptionally stout dwarves called the Thorium Brotherhood, who have split from the Dark Iron clan.

For the Alliance, the entrance to Searing Gorge in Loch Modan is locked until the character obtains the Key to Searing Gorge from a series of quests that culminate in the level-48 quest At Last!. However, any rogue with lockpicking of at least 225 can pick the doors. An alternate path can be found in the Badlands just south of Kargath. This is the primary Horde entrance, as they have no way of obtaining the key.


Dustfire Valley

Large mining operations take place in The Cauldron, a giant excavation site forming a huge rift in the middle of Searing Gorge. The Slag Pit lies within The Cauldron and is an underground mining site rich with multiple types of ore. The mining work is mainly done by slave labor, which consists for the most part of captured enemies.

Maps and subregions

Map of Searing Gorge

Blackchar CaveBlackrock MountainThe CauldronDustfire Valley
Grimesilt Dig SiteFirewatch RidgeThe Sea of CindersThe Slag Pit
Stonewrought PassTanner CampThorium Point

Dungeons and raids

The Sea of Cinders

There are none actually located in the Searing Gorge. However, Blackrock Mountain lies between it and the Burning Steppes. It is home to Blackrock Depths, Blackrock Spire, Molten Core, and Blackwing Lair.

Travel hubs

Thorium Point

Neutral 15.png Flight paths from Thorium Point

AllianceMorgan's Vigil, Burning Steppes
HordeKargath, The Badlands
HordeFlame Crest, Burning Steppes

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access subzone Access method
Loch Modan Alliance 10-20 Northeast Stonewrought Pass By foot through the Stonewrought Pass; requires Key to Searing Gorge, or by attacking a bear, dying by the gate, and walking through the door in ghost form.
The Badlands Alliance Horde 35-45 West By foot [1, 62]
or by Horde flightpath from Thorium Point to Kargath
Blackrock Mountain Alliance Horde 55-60 South Blackrock Mountain By foot
Burning Steppes Alliance Horde 52-60 South Blackrock Mountain By foot through Blackrock Mountain or by flightpath from Thorium Point to Morgan's Vigil or Flame Crest

Notable characters

Tanner Camp

Main article: Searing Gorge NPCs

Searing Gorge is home to several characters of note. At Thorium Point, Hansel Heavyhands seeks aid in the battle against the golems, spiders, and incendosaurs of the region. Master Smith Burninate attempts to create fiery flux with the help of trustworthy individuals. And from his guarded spot nearby, Kalaran Windblade sends bold adventurers into the holdings of the Dark Irons in an attempt to burn down all of their sentry towers.


Main article: Searing Gorge quests


The Cauldron

  • Herbs
  • Ore
    • Silver Vein
    • Iron Deposit
    • Gold Vein
    • Mithril Deposit
    • Truesilver Deposit
    • Dark Iron Deposit (One of the few regions where you can gather it)
    • Small Thorium Vein

Wild creatures

The Slag Pit

  • Fire elementals
  • Golems
  • Incendosaurs
  • Lava elementals
  • Nightmares
  • Spiders
  • Thunder lizards


  • Players taking the flight to Ironforge from Stormwind can observe many subzones of this area.
Subzones of Searing Gorge

Map of Searing Gorge

Blackchar Cave · Blackrock Mountain · The Cauldron · Dustfire Valley · Grimesilt Dig Site · Firewatch Ridge · The Sea of Cinders · The Slag Pit · Stonewrought Pass · Tanner Camp · Thorium Point