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Deepholm[1] (also called Deepholme[2] or Deephome,[3] though the latter may be a misspelling or typo) is a continent situated far below the Skywall[4][5]. The surface is rough, covered with fissures and craters, and it regularly quivers with earthquakes. When the realm of fire beneath breaks through, massive volcanoes form, until Therazane's earth elementals can put a halt to the incursion.[3]

Deepholm is lined with caves, tunnels and endless passageways. Worms, burrowing animals and other subterranean creatures abound. Gems and jewels of all kinds, including those not known to Azeroth, can be found within, though they are considered the property of Therazane herself. No mining efforts are permitted in her realm. Some sages believe that a few of the precious stones possess strong innate magical powers, but the truth of this speculation may never be verified.[3]

The surface of this land is not pleasant to live on, but hardy plants and animals do eke out an existence here. Life for them is short and vicious, but Therazane the Stonemother nurtures them when she can. Striking at those she considers her "children" is the quickest way to earn her enmity.[3]

In a few rare places, the surface of Deepholm resembles a rocky, deserted section of Azeroth. Visitors to the Elemental Plane can find some measure of rest here, although the ground does shake and tremble with frightening regularity. Underground, travelers face not only quakes, but also cave-ins, rockslides and other dangers.[3]

One of the four "levels" of the Elemental Plane, occupied by the Earth elementals.[3]


Deepholm (a.k.a. the Elemental Plane of Earth) is where Deathwing was nursed back to health after the events of Day of the Dragon. After he regained his health, he ruptured out through the middle section of Deepholm above the Temple of Earth, which housed the World Pillar. For a while the temple was the main base of operations for the Twilight's Hammer, but after the rupture The Earthen Ring took control of the temple in an attempt to stabilize the fractured World Pillar. Meanwhile, Deathwing's return to Azeroth caused all four elemental planes to become unstable, thus allowing Elemental Lords to visit the surface.


Deepholm is a vast land of rock, filled with plateaus and crystal spires, as well as winding underground caves.

White crystalline towers jut above the northern reaches

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, stone drakes soaring between them to battle the elemental giants. The Crimson Expanse

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is littered with glowing, ruby-like protrusions, filled with Fungal Behemoths and stone troggs, while hostile elementals roam the jade-encrusted landscape of the Quaking Fields

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Deep caves litter every corner of the zone, some inhabited by beasts that even the Stone Lords fear. Some have transformed these into headquarters to carry out their attacks, including applying magic to the local fauna to soften their skin, performing research to ascend into elemental form, and to carry out attacks against the local earthen.

Standing to the north is Therazane's Throne

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, glowing with a radiance that reflects off the mirror-like surface of the surrounding rocks. Within resides the Stonemother herself with her stalwart Stone Lords, giant colossi who lead the elementals within the zone. The interior is covered with crystals of varying sizes and colors, the sheer volume of them causing all other areas in the Stonemother's domain to pale in comparison.


Getting there


The only way for members of both factions to access Deepholm is to complete the introductory quests leading into the zone, starting with A [82] Hero's Call: Deepholm!/H [82] Warchief's Command: Deepholm!. Once the initial quests are complete, they may then utilize the portals located at the AllianceEastern Earthshrine/HordeWestern Earthshrine to return.

Transportation hubs

There are no flight masters or mass transportation services located within the zone.

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Access
Maelstrom HordeAlliance None Via the eye of the Maelstrom.
Orgrimmar Horde None Via portal
Stormwind Alliance None Via portal




Classification Type
Beast Basilisks
Shale spiders
Stone Bats
Dragonkin Stone drakes
Twilight dragons
Elemental Bound air elementals
Bound earth elementals
Bound fire elementals
Bound water elementals
Earth elementals
Earth revenants
Fungal horrors
Living Blood
Mercurial Oozes
Unbound earth elementals
Giants Colossi
Fungal giants
Humanoid Cultists
Rock flayers
Stone troggs
Undead Spirits

Rare mobs Combat

Name Type
RepFrame - Alliance Hostile.png RepFrame - Horde Hostile.png Combat IconSmall DrakeTwilight.gif Aeonaxx <Mate of Aeosera> Inv misc stonedragonpurple.png [Reins of the Phosphorescent Stone Drake]
RepFrame - Alliance Hostile.png RepFrame - Horde Hostile.png Combat IconSmall EmeraldColossus.gif Golgarok <The Crimson Shatterer> [Golgarok's Tenderized Treads]
RepFrame - Neutral.png Combat IconSmall ShaleSpider.gif Jadefang Inv misc qirajicrystal 01.png [Tiny Shale Spider]
RepFrame - Alliance Hostile.png RepFrame - Horde Hostile.png Combat IconSmall Gyreworm.gif Terborus [Terborus's Rotating Bands]
RepFrame - Alliance Hostile.png RepFrame - Horde Hostile.png Combat IconSmall DragonTwilight.gif Xariona Uncommon through Epic loot


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Source Item Skill Level
Herbalism Inv misc herb cinderbloom.png [Cinderbloom] 425
Inv misc herb heartblossom.png [Heartblossom] 475
from Obsidium Deposits
from Rich Obsidium Deposits
Item pyriumore.png [Elementium Ore] from Elementium Veins 475
Item pyriumore.png [Elementium Ore] from Rich Elementium Veins 500
Source Item
Cloth (Drop) Inv misc emberweaveclothbolt 01.png [Embersilk Cloth]
Skinning Item savageleather.png [Savage Leather]
Inv misc rubysanctum2.png [Blackened Dragonscale]
Fishing (Pools) Inv misc fish 81.png [Albino Cavefish]

Notable characters

Main article: Deepholm NPCs

Players throw their lot in with the Earthen Ring as soon as they begin questing in the zone. Horde will find Maruut Stonebinder a familiar face, as he was instrumental in defending Thunder Bluff during the Elemental Unrest that led up to the Cataclysm. He is leader of the Earthen Ring, spearheading the effort locate all the pieces of the World Pillar in order to reform it and repair the rift between worlds.

The earthen have a home in Deepholm, and will enlist the aid of players to rescue their leader. Flint Oremantle, his son, is a earthen players will see repeatedly during this line.

Further along, players will meet Therazane's Stone Lords, concerned with the "fleshlings" that have invaded their domain. They are initially hostile, but eventually come around to trusting the players after they have completed a series of trials.


Main article: Deepholm quests

The main focus of the zone is the Earthen Ring's quest to locate the pieces of the World Pillar in order to repair it and seal the rift between the elemental plane and Azeroth. Players begin by hunting down clues, which invariably lead to the discovery of the Twilight's Hammer clan infiltrating many areas of the zone. The cult is responsible for the Alliance Gunship destroying the Horde gunship, Storm's Fury, then slaughtering the Alliance crew after. The quest to repair the shattered Pillar will lead players to meet and aid the Earthen, fight against the stone troggs, and engage the cultists on several fronts.

Areas of interest

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Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Heroic modeInstance (dungeon; Heroic 85) portal The Stonecore 82-85 5 man 30 mins


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Additional information

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Patch changes


  1. ^ File:Cataclysmzonelocations.jpg
  2. ^ Cataclysm conceptual maps and concept art (2009-08-21). Retrieved on 2009-09-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Shadows & Light, p.137
  4. ^ File:Deepholm.jpg Deepholm panel at BlizzCon 2009
  5. ^ BlizzCon 2009 - Cataclysm Panel. Retrieved on 2009-09-10.
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