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Not to be confused with Northwatch Foothold.

Northwatch Hold

Northwatch Hold

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is an Alliance fortress located between the Merchant Coast in Southern Barrens and Dustwallow Marsh. It blocks the coastal approaches to Theramore from the north, forcing any Horde assault to travel south and navigate the marshes in order to reach Theramore Isle. It is guarded by a large number of human Theramore Marines and Theramore Preservers, all levels 15-17. The forces here serve Lady Proudmoore of Theramore.

The large naval base has massive walls and gates, an archery range, a stable, a blacksmith, tents, and two watch towers at the top of the mountain which the fort is located upon. The eastern tower is the home of Cannoneer Smythe and the western tower is the home of Cannoneer Whessan, both targets of the Horde. There is also a central tower in which a captured high elf, Gilthares Firebough, is chained to an iron ball and seeks help and rescue by the hands of the Horde. At the top of this tower resides Captain Fairmount, leader of Northwatch Hold, who also is target of the Horde.

The inhabitants of the naval fortress of Northwatch Hold are friendly towards the Alliance, and they can also shop with the Innkeeper. The residents of the hold are targeted by the Horde who are trying to claim the land, as well as a vengeful Captain Thalo'thas Brightsun due to an unprovoked attack on his ship.

Flight Paths

Neutral Ratchet, Northern Barrens
Alliance Fort Triumph, Southern Barrens
Alliance Honor's Stand, Southern Barrens
Alliance Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh


World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Northwatch Hold received a flight master and new quests in Cataclysm, reflecting the Alliance's invasion of the Barrens.

Tides of War

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Garrosh Hellscream and the Horde attacked Northwatch Hold as a stepping stone in their quest to destroy Theramore. The Hold was completely routed, especially after Garrosh used molten giants against it.

Later, after the Horde's advance was stopped, Varian Wrynn and the Alliance retook the Hold.