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Zones are, by and large, the major areas that make up the two major continents of Azeroth: the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor. Zones are further subdivided into smaller areas, referred to as subzones. Each zone has a level range for quests and mobs.

Some zones are considered either strictly Alliance or Horde, meaning not only is there nothing for the opposite faction to do there, but they will also be flagged for player-versus-player combat. These are typically the starter zones that players begin in, as well as secondary zones. Players that are of the appropriate faction for that zone are considered safe from player-versus-player actions, unless they choose to flag themselves.

Other zones are considered contested. This means that options exist for both factions in terms of quests and activities. On player-versus-player servers, however, all players are automatically flagged within these zones. Though contested, some zones do lean more toward favoring one faction over the other, and this is noted in the table below.

Zones

Eastern Kingdoms

Name Level range Status Notes
Elwynn Forest 1-10 Alliance Human Starting
Dun Morogh 1-10 Alliance Dwarf/Gnome Starting
Tirisfal Glades 1-10 Horde Undead Starting
Loch Modan 10-20 Alliance Dwarf Favored
Silverpine Forest 10-20 Horde Undead Favored
Westfall 10-20 Alliance Human Favored
Redridge Mountains 15-25 Contested Alliance Favored
Duskwood 18-30 Contested Alliance Favored
Hillsbrad Foothills 20-30 Contested
Wetlands 20-30 Contested Alliance Favored
Alterac Mountains 30-40 Contested
Arathi Highlands 30-40 Contested
Stranglethorn Vale 30-45 Contested
Badlands 35-45 Contested
Swamp of Sorrows 35-45 Contested
The Hinterlands 45-50 Contested
Searing Gorge 43-50 Contested
Blasted Lands 45-55 Contested
Burning Steppes 50-58 Contested
Western Plaguelands 51-58 Contested
Eastern Plaguelands 53-60 Contested
Deadwind Pass 55-60 Contested

Kalimdor

Name Level range Status Notes
Durotar 1-10 Horde Orc/Troll Starting
Mulgore 1-10 Horde Tauren Starting
Teldrassil 1-10 Alliance Night Elf Starting
Darkshore 10-20 Alliance Night Elf Favored
The Barrens 10-25 Horde Horde Favored
Stonetalon Mountains 15-27 Contested Horde Favored
Ashenvale 18-30 Contested Alliance Favored
Thousand Needles 25-35 Contested Horde Favored
Desolace 30-40 Contested Horde Favored
Dustwallow Marsh 35-45 Contested
Feralas 40-50 Contested
Tanaris 40-50 Contested
Azshara 45-55 Contested
Felwood 48-55 Contested
Un'Goro Crater 48-55 Contested
Silithus 55-60 Contested
Winterspring 53-60 Contested