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Thunder Bluff is the Tauren capital city located in the northern part of the region of Mulgore on the continent of Kalimdor. The entire city is built on bluffs several hundred feet above the surrounding landscape, and is accessible by elevators on the southwestern and northeastern sides.


Thunder Bluff was settled fairly recently by the Tauren, who successfully drove out the marauding centaur from their lands. Thunder Bluff is the first city of its kind; for centuries, the Tauren wandered the plains as nomads, unable to claim a permanent home. All Horde visitors are welcome here, and the expertise of the Tauren in professions ranging from leatherworking to shamanism, druidism to hunting are all practiced and taught here. Unfortunately, the central location of Thunder Bluff also makes it easily accessible to members of the Alliance. Thus, it is often one of the easier Horde capitals for Alliance players to raid, with Cairne being killed long before Horde reinforcements even becomes an issue.


Thunder Bluff is composed of four towering mesas, or rises. The only entrances from the plains below are elevators leading to the central platform. The central rise is connected to the others through large wooden bridges.


Thunder Bluff has a central mesa divided into three rises, surrounded by three additional mesas with distinct names:

  • Central Rise (In-game is split in to the Lower Rise, Middle Rise and High Rise)
    • Lower Rise (southwestern lifts from main north road)
    • Middle Rise (northeastern lifts from plains)
    • High Rise (east from wind rider roost)
  • Elder Rise (rope bridges from middle and high rise)
  • Hunter Rise (rope bridges from lower and high rise)
  • Spirit Rise (rope bridges from lower and middle rise)
    • Pools of Vision (cave entrance from Spirit Rise)

Notable Characters

Overhead view of Thunder Bluff

Main article: Thunder Bluff NPCs

The ancient Chief of the Bloodhoof clan, Cairne Bloodhoof, has become the High Chieftain of the Tauren race. He watches over Thunder Bluff, and over his people in an ever-darkening world. Many believe that he is training his son Baine Bloodhoof, who can be found in Bloodhoof Village, to take Cairne's place one fateful day. Cairne can be found in the Chieftain's Tent in the eastern Main City, and is accompanied by his Honor Guard.

Magatha Grimtotem is the elder crone of the mighty Grimtotem clan. Blessed with shamanic powers when she was just a young girl, Magatha has sought power and prestige nearly her whole life. The Grimtotems believe that Magatha will lead them in eradicating the lesser races from Kalimdor and retaking the Tauren ancestral holdings abroad. Magatha constantly spars with Cairne Bloodhoof over the direction of the Tauren's future and feels that only she is fit to rule her people.

Hamuul Runetotem is the elder druid of Thunder Bluff, and a childhood friend of Cairne. It remains to be seen where Hamuul will stand in the possible conflict that may arise between his chieftain and Magatha.


Main article: Thunder Bluff quests
See also: Thunder Bluff questing guide

Points of interest

  • The Bank is on the southeastern side of the Lower Rise.
  • The Wind Rider Master Tal is located on the top of the wind rider roost in the central totempole.
  • The inn is on the southern part of the Lower Rise.
  • The Auction House is located on the Lower Rise, just west of the entrance to the wind rider roost.
  • The mailbox is located just outside the bank.
  • The Fishing hole is located on the lower rise smack dab in the middle.

Travel connections

Thunder Bluff map


Horde Orgrimmar
Horde Valormok
Horde Sun Rock Retreat
Horde The Crossroads
Horde Camp Taurajo
Horde Shadowprey Village
Horde Brackenwall Village
Horde Camp Mojache
Horde Freewind Post
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  • Rumstag Proudstrider has the Thunder Bluff repeatable Runecloth quest used by non-tauren Horde players to obtain the right to ride kodos.
  • In Thunder Bluff, the Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin battlemasters are located on the Hunter Rise. One of the curious things in Thunder Bluff is the ability to enter a battleground mounted. Since the battlemasters are outside, if you are mounted when you queue for the battleground, and stay mounted until you enter it, you will enter the battleground already mounted and with a significant speed/time advantage.
  • It's a bad idea to jump from the top of one of the bluffs, as the fall is generally fatal without some sort of slowing effect. You can also reduce damage by landing on the small platform next to the elevators, also known as "platform jumping".

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Subzones of Mulgore

Map of Mulgore

Bael'dun Digsite · Bloodhoof Village · Brambleblade Ravine · Camp Narache · The Golden Plains · Kodo Rock · Palemane Rock · Ravaged Caravan · Red Cloud Mesa · Red Rocks · The Rolling Plains · Stonebull Lake · Thunder Bluff · Thunderhorn Water Well · The Venture Co. Mine · Wildmane Water Well · Windfury Ridge · Winterhoof Water Well
Zones of Kalimdor

Map of Kalimdor

Ashenvale · Azshara · Darkshore · Darnassus · Desolace · Durotar · Dustwallow Marsh · Felwood · Feralas · Moonglade · Mulgore · Orgrimmar · Silithus · Stonetalon Mountains · Tanaris · Teldrassil · Thousand Needles · Thunder Bluff · The Barrens · Un'Goro Crater · Winterspring