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Isle of Quel'Danas (also known as Sunwell Isle or simply Quel'Danas)[1] (LoC #?) is a zone north of the Eastern Kingdoms added in patch 2.4, and is one of three areas that make up Quel'Thalas. It is the first outdoor zone added to the game via a patch, and includes many daily quests as well as the last raid and dungeon content released prior to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

The zone's highlights include the Sunwell Plateau, where Kil'jaeden is being summoned; Magisters' Terrace, the final resting place of Kael'thas Sunstrider; and Sun's Reach, a town reclaimed by a combination of Aldor and Scryers forces known as the Shattered Sun Offensive.


Seven thousand years ago, when Quel'Thalas was founded, the magisters of the new elven kingdom created a mystic fountain at a convergence of ley lines on this island off the northern coast of Eversong Woods, utilizing a vial of water stolen from the Well of Eternity sometime before the Sundering. As a result, the island - which became known as Quel'Danas - is also known as the Sunwell Isle. The Sunwell's power allowed the elves to build their cities and shape their land, as well as defend their city; during the Second War, the elven magisters used its power to erect a shield around Silvermoon City to hold off the Horde's invasion.[2] (ToD 228)

Separated from the mainland by a channel of the North Sea, this island nonetheless came under attack during the Third War, when the corrupted Prince Arthas Menethil led the Scourge in its slaughtering rampage through Quel'Thalas. Using the power of Frostmourne, Arthas had created a bridge of ice linking Quel'Danas to the mainland, allowing him and his forces to reach the Sunwell Isle and carry out their dark mission to resurrect Kel'Thuzad.[3] (RotLK 236) The Dead Scar, the path of Blight that splits Quel'Thalas in two — marking the route that Arthas' legions took to the Sunwell — abruptly ends about halfway across the island, near the entrance to the Sunwell Plateau. The Sunwell was befouled with the resurrection of Kel'Thuzad, and the island left to rot as the Scourge continued its relentless march through northern Lordaeron.

After the merciless campaign of Arthas, the essence of the sunwell endured, kept hidden by those who sought to protect it. Today, nearly six years after its destruction, the Sunwell has been reactivated by the power-mad Kael'thas Sunstrider, and is being used as a mystic portal to summon his master, the eredar overlord Kil'jaeden. At the end of the Dead Scar, near the still-shattered structures at its edge, eredar warlocks and wrathguards stand vigilant, and even some remnants of the Scourge's forces remain.

In response to the threat presented by Prince Kael'thas' operations on the Sunwell Isle, the Sha'tar — masters of Shattrath City — rallied the draenei priests of the Aldor and the blood elf magisters of the Scryers into a unified army, and dispatched them to Azeroth to end Kael'thas' nefarious scheme. This army, known as the Shattered Sun Offensive, has claimed the outpost of Sun's Reach and begins to retake the island from Kael'thas' legions.

Quel'Danas is also the island refuge of the blood elf dragonhawks. It is home to the aeries where the dragonhawks and giant eagles originated and are bred for the elite windriders. Aquel'Luer'Thala is the blood elf in charge of the units stationed on the island.[1] (LoC 113)

Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

During the Quel'Delar quest chain. Silvermoon Workers can be seen repairing various locations on the island. Also, guardians have been added near and inside the raid.


Maps and subregions

Map of the Isle of Quel'Danas.

World of Warcraft In-game
(WC3 & RPG)
Sunwell Grove


Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Heroic modeInstance (dungeon; Heroic 70) portal Magisters' Terrace 70 5-man 1-2 Hours
Instance (raid) portal Sunwell Plateau 70+ 25-man Unknown

Flight Paths

The Shattered Sun Staging Area, the primary staging area for the Shattered Sun Offensive, is the primary travel hub to and from the island. This flight node is available to all level 70 players.

Getting There

The flight path to the zone from Ironforge, Hatchet Hills, Light's Hope, and Silvermoon City is learned automatically at level 65. After a certain phase of reclaiming the island (as indicated by the number of completed daily quests), a portal will be opened between Quel'Danas and Shattrath City, allowing easy transport to the island. The portal from Shattrath to Quel'Danas is located in the alcove behind where Exarch Nasuun stands and drops off the player in the Sun's Reach Sanctum. Complete the daily quest Know Your Ley Lines to collect an item that allows a one-time-use teleport back to Shattrath.

The Alliance flight path from Ironforge to the Isle of Quel'Danas is distinctive among flight paths in that once the gryphon flies past the front gates of Ironforge the gryphon and rider are instantly teleported to the edge of the Isle of Quel'Danas zone and then fly the rest of the way normally. This saves the rider from a very lengthy flight.

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Alliance Access Horde Access
Eversong Woods Horde 1-10 South MiniIcon FlightMaster.png to Zul'Aman, then by foot north MiniIcon FlightMaster.png to Silvermoon City

Notable characters

Main article: Isle of Quel'Danas NPCs

The Isle of Quel'Danas is known primarily for its vendors. Smith Hauthaa is both the repair vendor and the [Badge of Justice] vendor on the Isle located behind the Sun's Reach Armory, while Shaani is the Jewelcrafting recipes and epic gems vendor located on the first floor of the Inn of Sun's Reach Harbor. Hauthaa begins selling her wares late in the Shattered Sun Offensive storyline, while Shaani doesn't start until the very end.

Additionally, the Exotic Gear Purveyors of the Sun's Reach Armory are notable for selling Season 1, Season 2 and Vindicator's gear in exchange for Tier 4, Tier 5 and Tier 6 loot tokens, as well as Veteran's gear in exchange for Badges of Justice. Karynna, Olus, Soryn and Kayri are all located on the second floor of the Armory, starting in phase 3.


Main article: Isle of Quel'Danas quests

All quests on the Isle of Quel'Danas are part of the Shattered Sun Offensive storyline. See the SSO quests section for a formatted list, Isle of Quel'Danas quests for the table style, or the unformatted list of all quests in the Isle of Quel'Danas category.


There are three groups of monsters at the island — demons with undead, naga, and finally Kael's blood elves. The naga go by the name of the Darkspine tribe, while the blood elves go under the name of Dawnblade.

Darkspine naga

At Greengill Coast, the Darkspine naga have enslaved the Greengill murlocs, mind controlling them to do their bidding.


There are a wide variety of demons located around the island, primarily guarding Dawnstar Village, with reinforcements being brought in via a portal to the Throne of Kil'jaeden. There are also a number of demons at the Dead Scar, holding the undead at bay. The demons and Kael's blood elves are attacking as a unified force.

Dawnstar Village:

The Dead Scar:


There are packs of undead which roam the southern coasts and the Dead Scar, where they battle the demons.


Malfunctioning arcane guardians patrol the western coasts of the island.

Kael's blood elves

Kael's forces are scattered throughout the island, primarily centered around Sun's Reach, where they occupy the Sun's Reach Harbor, as well as several ships which are located a short distance from the shore. The invading forces also contain the wretched, emaciated elves which have fallen to their magical addictions.



During part of The Return of Quel'Delar quest chain (Journey To The Sunwell, Thalorien Dawnseeker, and The Purification of Quel'Delar) the demons and Wretched are not assaulting the island. Halduron Brightwing is inspecting the Sunwell Guardians.


  • It should be noted that this is the only place in Azeroth in which Outland metals can be mined.
  • The Dead Scar is seen on the Isle of Quel'Danas. Although Arthas made a path of ice from Eversong to the Island, if one swims underneath the water, the dead scar actually continues underwater despite the fact the scourge never walked underwater to the Isle of Quel'Danas.
  • One cannot swim between this island and the Eversong Woods; an invisible barrier is between the two zones.


Patch changes

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Added.


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