Dustwallow Marsh is a vast and ancient swamp in Central Kalimdor that is home to many old and wonderful beasts. Navigation is often extremely difficult and many adventurers have lost their way in this great morass. Trees obscure the sunlight and raptors, spiders, and crocolisks lie in wait, hunting those brave enough to venture close to their lairs.
A hot, fetid swampland, Dustwallow Marsh is fed by underground springs that keep it eternally wet and muddy. Mosquitoes buzz in the air. Trees dip fronds into the waters. The climate is home to a variety of predators, including crocolisks and murlocs. Black dragons dwell in the southern end of the swamp in such profusion that the area garners the name "Wyrmbog". Dustwallow Marsh abuts the ocean on its east side, and the mixing of the waters makes a wide swath brackish. Off the coast is a rocky island, on which is perched the Alliance stronghold-city of Theramore. ( )
Near the low hills that from the eastern edge of the Marsh separating it from the Barrens, the Stonemaul ogre tribe have opened their Brackenwall Village to the races of the Horde. Brackenwall serves as an essential foothold for the Horde in the marshlands.
In Patch 2.3.0 Blizzard re-evaluated the Dustwallow Marsh zone to help the leveling process for levels 20-60. A new goblin town called Mudsprocket and new quests for both Theramore and Brackenwall Village were added.
- 1 History
- 2 Patch 2.3 zone revamp
- 3 Geography
- 4 Notable characters
- 5 Quests
- 6 In Cataclysm
- 7 Resources
- 8 Wild creatures
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Dustwallow Marsh was once a high plain filled with herd animals that thrived on the tall grasses. Then came the great Sundering, and the plain was smashed down into a depressed valley. The water table bled up and saturated the landscape, creating the great marsh that exists today. ( )
Dustwallow Marsh had long been home only to wild beasts, but all this changed in the Third War, when led her people here to settle down after the battle with at Mount Hyjal. Founding the city of Theramore, Jaina's humans rapidly extended into the swamp, building fortified guard towers at important points along the road to the Barrens.
The ogres of Stonemaul, having settled in the region after brought a regiment of them to Kalimdor with his fleet, were called to war upon the humans by their newly established leader , in response to an attack by and his Kul Tiras Marines. Dustwallow Marsh saw a great skirmish between the opposing forces, leading to the death of the zealous, albeit misguided hero of the Alliance.
Perhaps it is because of extreme terrain conditions that neither the Horde nor the Alliance has succeeded in establishing an extensive presence in the area. Located on the rocky tip of the peninsula on the eastern shore, the citadel of Theramore Isle is the home of and a great bastion of the Alliance. The gleaming walls of this bastion, however, often serve to contain the Alliance, and its presence does not extend far beyond them, despite a number of scattered checkpoints and towers that dot the road leading to The Barrens. Theramore Isle's military has recently been dwindling, partly due to the ever-increasing number of desertions, although why so many people have chosen to forsake their place with the Theramore garrison remains a mystery.
Despite bordering on Horde-controlled territory, tauren and orc presence in Dustwallow Marsh is equally marginal and is largely confined to Brackenwall Village to the northwest. Founded by the Stonemaul ogres and ruled by the iron fist of their leader, , Brackenwall Village is the only vestige of the Horde in the area. As the Stonemaul ogres do not generally seem to take much interest in the outside world, much of the area between the bastion of Theramore Isle and the Horde settlement remains wild and untamed, with even the road leading to the Barrens rapidly falling into disrepair.
Though neither faction controls a significant portion of Dustwallow Marsh, covert skirmishes between the Alliance and Horde have become common, in spite of the official truce that is maintained in the region. There have been reports of Brackenwall Village taking military action against the covert Theramore infiltrators, who have been spotted to the east of the village. Other sources indicate that a number of Horde spies have been murdered or simply disappeared while attempting to infiltrate Theramore. Clandestine activities on both sides continue to this day and are more likely to escalate into a full-fledged covert conflict than cease completely.
In the south of the marsh, the black dragonflight has established a presence. Consequently, these regions of the swamp have come to be known as the Dragonmurk and the Wyrmbog. Until recently, the Stonemaul ogres lived in Stonemaul Village in this region in relative peace. The Mok'Nathal assumed leadership of their tribe some time ago and forged an alliance between the Stonemaul and the Horde. The Black Dragonspawn attacked the village in a terrible rout and the surviving Stonemaul ogres were forced to retreat to Brackenwall. They have sworn revenge on the usurpers. It is said that this wilderness is also home to , a great dragon and the daughter of Deathwing, although few adventurers have ever ventured into her lair and lived to tell the tale.
Patch 2.3 zone revamp
In Patch 2.3, the whole zone of Dustwallow Marsh was improved to make it more quest-friendly and a less lonely place to be in.
- A new neutral town, Mudsprocket, led by Gadgetzan goblins. A quest hub with a flight master, inn and graveyard.
- The area where resides is now called Tabetha's Farm and has a pebble road leading to it (was in the middle of the marsh earlier). This area now also has a graveyard.
- The Grimtotem Clan has expanded and set up a base in northern Dustwallow by the name of Blackhoof Village and one just north of Tabetha's Farm named Direhorn Post.
- Many new quests - see Dustwallow Marsh quests.
Dustwallow is a temperate to hot watery swamp. Dustwallow Marsh is located southeast of the Barrens and north of Thousand Needles. The swamp curls to the east, forming a bay around the island of Theramore. Dustwallow is a flood plain fed by underground springs and surrounded by the dry savannas of the Barrens. The marsh is eternally wet, muddy, and hot, unfit for proper settlements and a haven for creatures that crave the wetness and humidity. Narrow banks of slippery mud separate endless stagnant pools and algae-choked channels, making Dustwallow a traveler’s nightmare. The roads that cross the fen are muddy and treacherous, and the surrounding swamp is even more dangerous to traverse. Those who mistake the thick, wandering bogs of the marsh for solid land may fall through, only to have the floating plants close above and trap them in the brackish water. Dustwallow teems with predators that lurk just beneath the surface of every pool and skulk behind every bush. In the east, the turbid water of the marsh mixes with salt water from the sea. The rocky form of Theramore Isle lies just beyond in the bay.
The marsh is the best way to approach Theramore by land, as jagged rocks outside the bay make sailing directly from the goblin city of Ratchet difficult. The marsh’s southern expanse grows rockier as it approaches Thousand Needles. The pools are larger and far deeper, with half-submerged rocky outcrops. Many of these rock clusters have openings that lead into cave systems. The caves are often surprisingly dry and serve as lairs for a variety of beasts. Some conjecture exists whether the caves are interconnected with the underground river that keeps the swamp submerged or if they might even extend out to the sea.
The hundreds of shallow pools that comprise the marsh hold creatures ranging from massive plant eating kodo beasts to ambushing packs of raptors to territorial water-loving murlocs. The saltwater swamp of east Dustwallow is a popular breeding area for the murloc packs. Indeed, the waters teem with aquatic creatures of all sorts. Humans and murlocs drag nets down the channels to harvest gigantic mudfish, but also pull in everything from alligators to eels. Poisonous snakes hang from the trees, and some of the larger specimens are known to drag the unwary up into the branches. Of course, these dangers are nothing compared to those of Dustwallow’s southern region. The rocky outcroppings common to this area are ideal lairs for black dragons, and those creatures are so common in the area that it has earned the name "Wyrmbog". ( )
It should also be noted that the zombies and spirits that haunt the areas of Witch Hill and Swamplight Manor do not appear linked to the Scourge or the Lich King but may be the sole work of the demon who is summoned and defeated at the end of the quest chain .
Maps and subregions
|Dungeon Name||Level Range||Group Size||Approximate Run Time|
- Micro Dungeon
- Alcaz Island: This island lies off the coast of the marsh and is patrolled by dangerous monsters (level 57-62 elite). It is inhabited mostly by nagas, though hydras can be found in the water around the island. Under the surface of the island is a heavily guarded prison, where the missing king of Stormwind, was kept after his abduction by the Defias.
Flight Master Locations
|Zone Name||Faction||Level Range||Direction||Access||Access|
|Northern Barrens||10-20||North||By foot north; from Theramore Isle to Ratchet||By foot north; from Brackenwall Village to Crossroads or Ratchet|
|Southern Barrens||30-35||West||By foot west; from Mudsprocket to Fort Triumph or from Theramore Isle to Northwatch Hold||By foot west; from Brackenwall Village or Mudsprocket to Desolation Hold|
|Thousand Needles||40-45||South||By foot south of Mudsprocket; from Mudsprocket to Fizzle and Pozzik's Speedbarge||By foot south of Mudsprocket; from either Brackenwall Village or Mudsprocket to Westreach Summit; also from Mudsprocket to Fizzle and Pozzik's Speedbarge|
|Wetlands||20-25||East (across the ocean)||By boat from Theramore Isle||By boat from Theramore Isle (not recommended)|
- Main article: Dustwallow Marsh NPCs
Dustwallow Marsh is home to several characters of note. At Brackenwall Village, seeks aid in the battle against the black dragonflight. In her cottage in the Quagmire, recruits the arcanely inclined in an attempt to cleanse the taint that has affected a mystical orb. In his lair, unwittingly helps disguised agents of the Horde in entering his queen's lair, and at Theramore Isle, sends bold adventurers into the swamp in search of a missing diplomat. also resides at Nat's Landing, where adventurers from around the world come to hear of his fishing adventures and from where he offers guidance to those who have significantly advanced the patient art.
- Main article: Dustwallow Marsh quests
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
- Mudsprocket – two new quest givers added for Horde and Alliance; path leads from Mudsprocket through the Wyrmbog and into Thousand Needles
- Theramore Isle – new highway runs from Theramore across Dustwallow Bay and directly west to the Southern Barrens
Videos of Cataclysm changes
- Bog beasts
- Dragon whelps
- Sea giants
- Wind serpents