A continent (or landmass) is the largest geographical subdivision of a planet or world. Continents, which can actually be parts of larger continents, are broken down into regions or zones, but some break them down into groups of regions or zones called subcontinents.

Azeroth's geography

The earliest information about landmasses is brief. A huge war between the Titans and the Old Gods "ripped Azeroth into new shapes".[1]

At the time of the War of the Ancients, 10,000 years ago, Azeroth had one singular continent called Kalimdor.[2] The Sundering broke apart this landmass into various continents and islands. Currently, the ancient landmass known as Kalimdor would be called a supercontinent since all the land was once a part of it.

The number of continents has grown and shrunk as time has gone by. This is due to the discovery of new lands, the importance of those lands, and maybe politics. As of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, there were three large continents in the game: the Eastern Kingdoms (formed of three subcontinents) in the east, Kalimdor (formed of three subcontinents) in the west, and Northrend in the north. These continents are bordered by the Great Sea which seem to occupy the whole of the planet. As of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria expansion, the continent of Pandaria was revealed as part of Azeroth to the south of the Maelstrom. As a part of the World of Warcraft: Legion Legion expansion, the Broken Isles were revealed (south of Howling Fjord, Northrend, and east of the Maelstrom) as essentially a separate continent.

Azeroth's continents

Azeroth's "subcontinents"

  • Quel'Thalas (part of Lordaeron)
  • Teldrassil (described as an island, a mid-sized island, an island continent or a giant tree[4])

Other important landmasses

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The Undermine

The Undermine was already in the early World of Warcraft Betas,[citation needed] but not as a city on an island, but as a continent south of Kalimdor, but there was only water there and nothing else.

The Undermine might be added as a new continent later on. According to lore, the Undermine is under the island of Kezan.

Miscellaneous landmasses

Outland's continents

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Outland does not have continents in the traditional sense. Outland is itself a single continent that represents the remnants of what was once Draenor. Draenor may have had more than one continent before it was shattered, but these land masses have names lost to the mists of history.

The Elemental Plane's continents

The Elemental Plane has one continent: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Deepholm.[1]

The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Firelands might be considered a subcontinent.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Vashj'ir has been associated with the Abyssal Maw.

The Emerald Dream's continents

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The Emerald Dream and Azeroth "are quasi-duplicates of each other".[5]


  1. ^ a b World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 22
  2. ^ The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth
  3. ^ "World of Warcraft: Intro to Mists of Pandaria" panel at BlizzCon 2011
  4. ^ Teldrassil's size varies with the source
  5. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 23