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Hey, citizen! You look like a stout one. We guards are spread a little thin out here, and I could use your help...
See also: Northshire Valley quests

Northshire Valley is a pristine valley in Elwynn Forest in which both Northshire Abbey

[37, 49]

Echo Ridge Mine

[32, 17]

,  and the Northshire Vineyards

[55, 76]

are located. The Northshire River

[55, 35]

also flows through it. This is where the human starting area is located, though the valley is visited by adventurers from all over the world.

Northshire Valley is surrounded by impenetrable mountains, with the exception of a pass to the south which is protected by thick stone walls and guarded by Stormwind Guards. A river runs through the valley, which eventually exits Northshire and empties into Crystal Lake.

The guards of Stormwind have trouble maintaining the peace in Northshire Valley due to an increase in activity from various threats. Prior to the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, the guards had to contend with wolves inhabiting the woods, kobolds infesting the areas in and around Echo Ridge Mine, and the Defias Brotherhood thugs and pillagers led by Garrick Padfoot attacking the vineyards. Now, though, the Blackrock orcs, under command of Kurtok the Slayer, have invaded the vineyards completely, setting fire to much of the eastern half of the Valley. Echo Ridge Mine has been indefinitely closed, but goblin assassins lurk throughout the area.


Getting there

By foot or mount through northern Elwynn Forest.

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Alliance Access Horde Access
Elwynn Forest Alliance 5 - 10 South By foot or mount By foot or mount

Areas of interest




World of Warcraft In-game


Main article: Northshire Valley NPCs


There are no resources within the valley.





  • Northshire Abbey was one of the zones to be destroyed in the First War along with Goldshire, Stormwind City, and Moonbrook.
  • Northshire is one of the few zones that is barely raided by the Horde.
  • In World of Warcraft Classic, Marshal McBride is inside the Abbey, but in Cataclysm, he is outside the Abbey.
  • Northshire is one of the places with a lot of guards.
  • For some reason, if you raid Northshire, most of the NPCs in Northshire can't be attacked such as the trainers.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Northshire Valley now its own separate zone.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Major changes to landscape.