Archive

WoW: Horde Leveling Guide - Kalimdor - 10-20

Updated Sat, Dec 18, 2010 by Mem



Northern Barrens
Level 10-20
Location Central Kalimdor
Instances Wailing Caverns
Quest Hubs
Zone Resources
Resource List
The Northern Barrens is one of the two zones on the continent of  Kalimdor that players can use to achieve level 20. Only recently has the Northern Barrens sprung into existence. Before the return of Deathwing the Northern Barrens and Southern Barrens were combined to make one giant mega zone that was the birth place of the infamous Barrens chat. When the Cataclysm struck the zone was torn asunder with a huge lava river springing up from the earth and forever separating the Northern and Southern Barrens.

Shortly following the Cataclysm the giant lava river seemed like a mere nuisence when the once totally Horde zone was invaded by Alliance forces. Camp Taurajo has been burnt to the ground and the zone is now considered to be “contested”.  On a brighter note the seemingly endless searching of Mankrik for his beloved wife’s body has finally come to an end and thanks to the tireless efforts of the Druid Naralex the southern part of the zone has been revived from it’s desert state into a lush oasis. However, most of the zone still resembles the rugged African savannah.

Several breadcrumb quests can be found that lead to the Northern Barrens including “Conscript of the Horde”, “Warchief’s Command: Northern Barrens!” and “Preserving the Barrens” all of which can be obtained in the neighboring zone of Durotar. The Northern Barrens is also home to the Wailing Caverns, a five man instance for players levels 10-25.


Far Watch Post


  • Location: See Zone Map (1)
  • Total Number of Available Quests: Six
  • Elite/Group Quests: None

From Far Watch Post players will be sent to Grol’dom Farm by means of the quest “Crossraod Caravan Pickup”. To gain access to this quest players must complete the quest “The Far Watch Offensive” the last in a quest chain starting with “Conscript of the Horde“, “Preserving the Barrens“, or “Warchief’s Command: Northern Barrens”.

Grol'dom Farm

  • Location: See Zone Map (2)
  • Total Number of Available Quests: Nine
  • Elite/Group Quests: None
After Grol’dom Farm it will finally be time for players to head to the Crossroads and once again they will be doing so as part of a caravan escort via the quest “Crossroads Caravan Pickup”. This quest can be obtained immediately upon arrival at Grol’dom Farm, so be sure to complete all other quests here before joining the caravan.

The Crossroads

  • Location: See Zone Map (3)
  • Available Quests: Twelve
  • Elite/Group Quests: None
  • Tip: This is the first quest hub in the zone with a flight path, be sure to pick it up!
Upon arriving at the Crossroads players will find that as quickly as they arrive, they will be leaving once again. “The Forgotten Pools” sends the players to the Forgotten Pools, one of the lush oasis areas in the zone. Here two NPCs offer two quests of their own that can be completed alongside the ones previously obtained at the Crossroads.

The Forgotten Pools

  • Location: See Zone Map (a)
  • Total Number of Available Quests: Two
  • Elite/Group Quests: None
Once questing is completed at the Forgotten Pools players will once again head back to the Crossroads where they will obtain “In Fungus We Trust” and “A Growing Problem”, both of which will send the players away from the Crossroads again to the Stagnant Oasis.

The Stagnant Oasis

  • Location: See Zone Map (b)
  • Total Number of Available Quests: Five
  • Elite/Group Quests: None
  • Tips: While completing the quest “Flushing out Verog” please note that while there are plenty of Centaur tents around the Oasis, the tents containing the quest item you seek are actually on the Oasis. If you venture to tents outside the green edges of the Oasis you have gone to far.
After completing the quests in Crossroads players will have two options as to where to adventure next.  “The Purloined Payroll” and “Who’s Shroomin’ Who?” will lead players to the Goblin run town of Ratchet along the coast, while “Deathgate’s Reinforcements” will take players to the west of the zone where they will find a small outpost used to fend off the almost constant Centaur attacks. The outpost contains fewer quests and no breadcrumb quests leading players elsewhere so it is suggested this quest hub is visited first.

Regthar Deathgate's Outpost

Location: See Zone Map (4)
Total Number of Available Quests: Three
Elite/Group Quests: "Counterattack!"
Tips: While completing the Hezrul Bloomark quest please note that Herzrul is a level 19 mob accompanied by two level  17 guards making this quest rather difficult. While not listed as a group quest it may be a good idea to bring a friend along.

After the quests are completed at Regthar Deathgate’s Outpost are completed players should now head to Ratchet using the breadcrumb quests mentioned above.

Ratchet

Location: See Zone Map (5)
Total Number of Available Quests: Twenty
Elite/Group Quests: None
Tips: This quest hub is one of three in the zone with a flight path. Don’t forget to pick it up to save yourself time while traveling!

The quest “Raging River Ride” will send players out of Rachet in style on a river boat and after an uneventful ride players will find themselves at the next quest hub; Nozzlepot’s Outpost.

Nozzlepot's Outpost

Location: See Zone Map (6)
Total Number of Available Quests: Eleven
Elite/Group Quests: None
Tips: This quest hub is one of three in the zone with a flight path. Don’t forget to pick it up to save yourself time while traveling!

While completing quests at Nozzlepot’s Outpost players will obtain the quest “They Call Him Swiftdagger, He Kills Harpies” which will ask them to seek out Darsok Swiftdagger  who has a few quests up his sleeve. 

Darsok Swiftdagger

Location: See Zone Map (7)
Total Number of Available Quests: Three
Elite/Group Quests: None


Your questing experience in the Northern Barrens is over, and you are ready to move on and thankfully there is as per usual a breadcrumb quest to lead you onward. While you have already left the Crossroads far behind at least one more visit is in order. Here at level 19 the quest “To The Mor’shan Rampart” opens effectively leading players into Ashenvale. Don’t feel like heading back to the Crossroads? Seek out the nearest Warchief’s Command board where you will find the quest “Warchief’s Command: Ashenvale!”. Congratulations on a successful completion of the zone!





Zone Resources


HERBS ORE LEATHER CLOTH
Peacebloom Copper Ruined Leather Scraps Linen
Silverleaf Tin Light Leather Wool
Earthroot Silver Medium Leather
Mageroyal Kodo Hide Leather
Swiftthistle Deviate Scale
Briarthorn Perfect Deviate Scale
Bruiseweed
Stranglekelp



News from around the 'Net