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Loremaster of Northrend Guide

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The Wrath of the Lich King expansion was the first time players were given a choice in leveling zones. Blizzard learned from the chaos of the Burning Crusade expansion launch where everyone on your server was fighting over the same quest targets in Hellfire Peninsula. In addition to providing some load balancing between the leveling zones, this also made leveling alts more engaging. You could set your own paths through the zones in Northrend that are different for each character.

This design decision has an impact on how you obtain the Loremaster achievement. Unless you specifically went out of your way to complete all the quests, there will still be many zones you need to finish for Loremaster of Northrend. The WoW Loremaster Calculator can tell you how far you have progressed in the WotLK quest zones and what character you should use to finish them off.

Storyline

While the Wrath of the Lich King expansion followed the Burning Crusade expansion, the events of TBC did not greatly influence the storyline of WotLK. The plot of WotLK picks up after the events of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. This expansion provides a resolution to the Arthas storyline and was WoW's first attempt at structuring an expansion within a cohesive narrative setting.

The buildup to the final confrontation with Arthas influenced the storylines of the WotLK leveling zones to some small extent. Each zone still served as its own self-contained unit, but Arthas would make the occasional cameo appearance and attempt to anchor the story of the zone to the rest of the expansion content.

The end Working through Icecrown and finally brining down Arthas are some of the fondest memories I have in World of Warcraft. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne launched just after I graduated high school, so I had an entire summer of few responsibilities before starting at University in the fall. By the time the WoW patch 3.3 was live and we were able to storm Icecrown Citadel itself, I had a career, a baby, and all the responsibilities that comes with a family.

Coming back to the Arthas storyline brought me back to a simpler place. From different people I've talked to IRL, different forums threads, and other online discussions, the experience I had working though this story is not unique to me. For a large portion of the player base, the story of Arthas is a fond childhood memory. Thankfully, with this expansion Blizzard really did it justice.

Where to Start

Orgrimmar zepplin to Northrend The leveling zone revamp implemented in the Legion 7.3.5 patch changed when you can get access to Northrend. Prior to the 7.3.5 leveling changes, the Northend starting zones, Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord, both became available at level 68. Now, Northend and Outland zones are both in the 58 – 80 level range. This means that the questing zones in those two expansions become available starting at level 58 and will scale with your character's level up to 80.

Stormwind ship to Northrend To get to Northwind, you must take a ship, zeppelin, or find a friendly mage to open a portal to the WotLK Dalaran (it is a different spell than the Legion Dalaran portal). Alliance players can take a ship from the northern dock in Stormwind to get to Borean Tundra or the ship out of Menethil Harbor in the Wetlands zone to get to Howling Fjord. Horde players can take the zeppelin from the Undercity to Howling Fjord or the zeppelin in Orgrimmar to get to Borean Tundra.

When your character is at the appropriate minimum level, a leader quest for each zone will be available on the Command Boards in capital cities and in the Adventure Guide menu. The level range for individual Nothrend zones are shown below.

Northrend Zone Achievements

Nothing Boring About Borean
Level Range
58 - 80
Total Quests
Allaince: 178
Storylines
Friends from the Sea
Participant Observation
D.E.H.T.A.
The Blue Dragonflight
Hiding in Plain Sight
To the Aid of Farshire
Last Rites
A Family Reunion
Nothing Boring About Borean
Level Range
58 - 80
Total Quests
Horde: 202
Storylines
Participant Observation
D.E.H.T.A.
The Blue Dragonflight
Friends from the Sea
The Fate of Fareseer Grimwalker
Return of the Dread Citadel
The Scourge Necrolord
To the Aid of the Taunka
Hellscream's Champion
Somber Realization
I've Toured the Fjord
Level Range
58 - 80
Total Quests
Allaince: 153
Storylines
Sisters of the Fjord
the Debt Collector
The End of Jonah Sterling
Doom Approaches
The Scourge and the Vrykul
The Conqueror of Skorn
Alpha Worg
A New Plague
Descendants of the Vrykul
The Iron Dwarves
The Ill-Equipped Port
Iron Rune Constructs
I've Toured the Fjord
Level Range
58 - 80
Total Quests
Horde: 125
Storylines
Sisters of the Fjord
the Debt Collector
The End of Jonah Sterling
Doom Approaches
Visitors from the Keep
The Conqueror of Skorn
The Scourge and the Vrykul
A New Plague
Volitile Viscera
Alpha Worg
The Iron Dwarves
Assassinating Bjorn Halgurdsson
Might of Dragonblight
Level Range
61 - 80
Total Quests
Allaince: 165
Storylines
Oacha'noa
Strategic Alliance
Redirecting The Ley Lines
Informing the Queen
The Dragonflights
the Warden's Task
Frostmourne
Angrathar the Wrathgate
Might of Dragonblight
Level Range
61 - 80
Total Quests
Horde: 193
Storylines
Oacha'noa
Strategic Alliance
The Dragonflights
the Taunka
Redirecting the Ley Lines
Containing the Rot
Informing the Queen
Traitors to the Horde
The Scarlet Onslaught
Angrathar the Wrathgate
Fo' Grizzle My Shizzle
Level Range
63 - 80
Total Quests
Allaince: 121
Storylines
Revelation!
Eons of Misery
Hour of the Worg
the Iron Thane
Loken's Orders
Ursoc, the Bear God
Fo' Grizzle My Shizzle
Level Range
63 - 80
Total Quests
Horde: 112
Storylines
Revelation!
Eons of Misery
Hour of the Worg
The Iron Thane
Loken's Orders
Ursoc, the Bear God
The Final Showdown
The Empire of Zul'sDrak
Level Range
64 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 134 Horde: 133
Storylines
SSertus
The Argent Patrol
Quetz'lun
Betrayal
Akali
Finding Allies
The Storm King's Crusade
The Amphitheater of Anguish
Into the Basin
Level Range
66 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 104 Horde: 104
Storylines
The wolvar
Watching over the Basin
The Lifewarden
The Oracles
Hunting Bigger Game
Teeth, Spikes, and Talons
The Summit of Storm Peaks
Level Range
67 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 132 Horde: 134
Storylines
Defending K3
Bearly Ready
The Sons of Holdir
Brinigng Down the Iron Colossus
Loken
Heartbreak
Norgannon's Shell
The Harpy Problem
For the Frostborn King
The Story of Stormhoof
Pursuing a Legend
Icecrown: The Final Goal
Level Range
67 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 280 Horde: 283
Storylines
Cursader Bridenbrad
In Defiance of the Scourge
Malykriss: The Vile Hold
Seizing Saronite
The Unthinkable
Teaching the Meaning of Fear
What's Yours is Mine
The Heart of the Lich King
Aldur'thar: The Desolation Gate