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The Great Sea

The Great Sea makes up the deep waters between the continents of Azeroth. Every single sea in the world connects to it. This sea is so vast players will die of fatigue before they can swim any significant distance. Some say that somewhere within the Great Sea are lost islands still to be explored, and mysterious places such as the Undermine await travelers in the future.

When the Horde ravaged the Kingdom of Azeroth and killed its advocate, King Llane, Anduin Lothar rallied his countrymen and charted their retreat across the Great Sea — and onto the shores of Lordaeron.[1] (W2Man 28)

The Great Sea did not exist prior to the Great Sundering. After the Well of Eternity was destroyed and Kalimdor was split asunder, the waters that filled in the void became known as the Great Sea.

In Cataclysm

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The Great Sea played a large role during the third expansion.

The goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel were forced to escape the isle of Kezan because of the upheaval caused by Deathwing's emergence from the Elemental Plane that caused Mount Kajaro to erupt. The goblins eventually shipwrecked on the Lost Isles after getting caught in an Alliance-Horde crossfire.[2]

Players were also introduced to Vashj'ir, which is located deep underneath the Great Sea to the west of the Eastern Kingdoms and is the location of the gateway to Abyssal Maw, the elemental plane of water.

The Darkmoon Faire relocated to its own island, which is surrounded by the Great Sea.

In Legion

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  • RepFrame - Neutral.png Combat IconSmall Crab.gif Deep Water Clacker
  • RepFrame - Neutral.png Combat IconSmall Turtle.gif Great Sea Flatback
  • RepFrame - Neutral.png Combat IconSmall Stingray.gif Great Sea Ray
  • RepFrame - Neutral.png Combat IconSmall Grouper.gif Saltscale Grouper

In Battle for Azeroth

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Kul Tiras are Zandalar discovered in the Great Sea! Also many unknown smaller islands are also discovered.[3]



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There are many subzones of the Great Sea that touch land subzones.
Parts of the Great Sea
Azshara World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Darkmoon Island Durotar Dustwallow Marsh
Hillsbrad Foothills World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Northern Barrens World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Northern Stranglethorn Silverpine Forest
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm The Lost Isles Tirisfal Glades Westfall Wetlands
Winterspring Unknown shores
World of Warcraft: Legion Broken Isles
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Kul Tiras World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Zandalar