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The Searing Gorge is a contested zone in the Eastern Kingdoms for players in the 40-60 range. It is home to a group of exceptionally stout dwarves called the Thorium Brotherhood, who have split from the Dark Iron Clan. Except for them, the Dark Iron Clan have 2000+ dwarves in the gorge working on various things and also keeping a watching eye on the Thorium Brotherhood.

For the Alliance, the entrance to the Searing Gorge in Loch Modan is locked until the Key to Searing Gorge is obtained via a quest line that culminates in At Last! (level 48 quest). However, any Rogue with lockpicking of at least 225 can pick the doors. An alternate path can be found in the Badlands just south of Kargath. This is the primary Horde entrance, as they have no way of obtaining the key.


Dustfire Valley

Just as Blackrock orcs and their allies dominate Burning Steppes, so Dark Iron dwarves dominate the Searing Gorge. A large population of Dark Iron dwarves, War Golems, and Elementals resides in this dark, mountainous area.

The climate is very similar to Burning Steppes, as it was the same catastrophe that blackened both: the summoning of Ragnaros. The Searing Gorge is a part of Khaz Modan. Before being shattered by the summoning it was a mountainous region, part of the Redridge Mountains.

Large mining operations take place in The Cauldron, a giant excavation site forming a huge rift in the middle of the Searing Gorge. The Slag Pit lies within The Cauldron and is an underground mining site rich with multiple types of ore. The mining work is mainly done by slave labour, which consists for the most part of captured enemies.

Ever since the Dark Iron dwarves' capital, Thaurissan, was destroyed by the summoning of Ragnaros, they have searched for a landmass to control for their filthy, industrious works. The Searing Gorge was the obvious choice due to a low military presence, scarce population, few settlements, and high vulnerability. The dwarven garrisons were soon overrun by a massive Dark Iron invasion which forced them to retreat to Loch Modan and seal the passage.

This area was normally sealed, and adventurers could only enter by traversing through Blackrock Mountain or by obtaining the Key to Searing Gorge, which follows a series of quests. Recently, however, the Horde garrisons stationed at Kargath, in the Badlands, have grown curious about the use of the area for tactical purposes, and have cut a narrow pass through the mountains south of their encampment.

Recently, the Thorium Brotherhood built a settlement in this area called Thorium Point.


Maps and subregions

Map of Searing Gorge

World of Warcraft In-game

The Sea of Cinders

Dungeons and raids

There are none actually located in the Searing Gorge. However, Blackrock Mountain lies between it and the Burning Steppes. It is home to Blackrock Depths (Level 52-60 Instance), Blackrock Spire (Level 54-60 Instance), Molten Core (Level 60 Raid Instance), and Blackwing Lair (Level 60 Raid Instance).

Thorium Point

Flight Master Locations

Neutral Iron Summit
Neutral Thorium Point

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Alliance Access Horde Access
Badlands Alliance Horde 45-48 East By foot east By foot east; MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Thorium Point to New Kargath
Burning Steppes Alliance Horde 50-52 South By foot south through Blackrock Mountain; MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Iron Summit to Flamestar Post; also MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Thorium Point to Morgan's Vigil By foot south through Blackrock Mountain; MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Iron Summit to Flamestar Post; also MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Thorium Point to Flame Crest
Dun Morogh Alliance 1-10 Northwest MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Thorium Point to Ironforge MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Thorium Point to Bloodwatcher Point (multi-point flight), then by foot north to Loch Modan, then west to Dun Morogh
Loch Modan Alliance 10-20 Northeast By foot through Stonewrought Pass (key required); MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Thorium Point to Thelsamar MiniIcon FlightMaster.png from Thorium Point to Bloodwatcher Point (multi-point flight), then by foot north

Notable characters

Tanner Camp

Main article: Searing Gorge NPCs

Searing Gorge is home to several characters of note. At Thorium Point, Hansel Heavyhands seeks aid in the battle against the golems, spiders, and incendosaurs of the region. Master Smith Burninate attempts to create fiery flux with the help of trustworthy individuals. And from his guarded spot nearby, Kalaran Windblade sends bold adventurers into the holdings of the Dark Irons in an attempt to burn down all of their sentry towers.


Main article: Searing Gorge quests


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

Searing Gorge in Cataclysm

The Searing Gorge will be a 48-50 zone in Cataclysm.[1] The storyline covers the Dark Irons' involvement with the Twilight's Hammer.

Areas affected[2]:


The Cauldron

Wild creatures

The Slag Pit


  • Players taking the flight to Ironforge from Stormwind can observe many subzones of this area.
  • If you were to die in one of the Blackrock Mountain Instances, it would take you to the Thorium Point Graveyard. This is another handy way of getting in. It is convenient as it is not far from the Flight Point

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Fire Elementals in Searing Gorge should be easier to find.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Searing Gorge has a new quest hub for both Alliance and Horde players called Thorium Point.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Closed a hole in the world in the Searing Gorge.


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