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WoW Loremaster

Loremaster of Outland Guide

Updated for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1

If you played WoW during The Burning Crusade, you are probably close to completing Loremaster of Outland. When it was current content, it took most of the quests in the leveling zones to move on to the next. This only really diverges with Netherstorm and Shadowmoon Valley, as you could pick one or the other at level 68 and stay there until level 70.

If you did not play WoW during this expansion cycle, then you are probably much less progressed towards Loremaster of Outland. Later expansions reduced the amount of experience you need to level in the 60 – 70 level range. Taking into consideration Heirloom gear, you could out level all the Outland content with two zones worth of quests. Be sure to check the WoW Loremaster Calculator to see exactly where you left off and on what characters.

Storyline

Broken land in Netherstorm The Burning Crusade expansion was before Blizzard tried to give game content in WoW a central narrative focus. The trailer for the expansion had Illidan brooding over Gul'dan's skull while informing us how unprepared we were. That narrative focus did not carry through to the design of the questing zones. The individual storylines of the Outland zones were so disjoint that when Blizzard wanted to revisit the Illidan storyline in Legion, they first needed to publish a 368-page book to fill in those gaps . . . if not outright retcon the events of The Burning Crusade. (Illidan by William King is a good read. You should check it out to see how much had to change to set up Legion.)

The setting of The Burning Crusade expansion took place on Outland, the Orcish home world once known as Draenor. After the events of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Draenor was broken and corrupted into what we see in the Outlands today.

The Burning Crusade expansion was launched in January of 2007, meaning that the Outland zones have the oldest quest content still in the game. The classic zones in the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor were all reworked as part of the Cataclysm expansion released in December 2010. By going back and experiencing content created over 10 years ago, you can really appreciate how the design of the game has evolved since it was launched.

The Aldors and Scryers

Back when The Burning Crusade was current content, players received a breadcrumb quest to head to Shattrath. When they arrived, they get sent on a tour of the city by the slowest arcane elemental Khadgar could summon. On this tour, the player is introduced to the recent lore of Shattrath city and the two faction that share control of it: the Scryers and the Aldors. Afterwards you are directed to pick one faction to join.

Each faction had their own rep rewards, and it was through your faction that you gained access to some end-game quest lines. In order to start the final quest chains in both Shadowmoon Valley and Netherstorm you will need to have picked a faction. Both factions give the same quests, but if you don't choose a faction you cannot pick up the quests. If you didn't play during TBC, odds are you never had to pick a Shattrath faction while leveling. If you are coming back to finish off your Loremaster of Outland achievement, make sure you head to Shattrath and pick up the Haggard War Veteran (Wowhead | WoW DB) quest to start the process of picking your faction.

Where to Start

Hellfire portal in Orgrimmar The leveling zone changes implemented in the Legion 7.3.5 patch changed when you can get access to Outland. Prior to the 7.3.5 leveling changes, Hellfire Peninsula alone became available at level 58. Now, Outland and Northrend 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.

Hellfire portal in Stormwind Prior to the launch of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, you could begin your adventure in Outland by walking through the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands at level 58. The events of the novel Warcrimes by Christie Golden, a 400-page read required to understand how Warlords of Draenor happened, changed how the Dark Portal behaves. The Dark Portal now connects Azeroth to an alternate Draenor: the same planet just in an alternate universe set 30 years in the past.

In the present-day World of Warcraft, there are portals to Hellfire Peninsula inside the Mage Tower in Stormwind and the Cleft of Shadows in Orgrimmar. Taking this portal will place you right next to the quest giver you need to start your questing in Hellfire Peninsula. All the questing zones in Outland will scale with your character's level up to a max of 80. The level ranges of the individual zones are shown below.

Outland Zone Achievements

To Hellfire and Back
Level Range
58 - 80
Total Quests
Allaince: 104
Storylines
Cenarion Post
Green, But Not Orcs
Disrupt the Burning Legion
Overthrow the Overlord
The Exorcism of Colonel Jules
Drill the Drillmaster
Temple of Telhamat
In Search of Sedai
To Hellfire and Back
Level Range
58 - 80
Total Quests
Horde: 108
Storylines
Cenarion Post
Green, But not Orcs
Spinebreaker Post
Disrupt the Burning Legion
Cruel's Intentions
The Hand of Kargath
Falcon Watch
The Mag'har
Mysteries of the Marsh
Level Range
60 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 81 Horde: 77
Storylines
Saving the Poreloks
Dont't Eat THOSE Muchrooms!
A Trip With the Sporelings
Draining the Marsh
Telredor
Draenei Diplomacy
Orebor Harborage
The Defense of Zabra'jin
Swamprat Post
Zabra'jin
Terror of Terokkar
Level Range
62 - 80
Total Quests
Allaince: 95
Storylines
The Skettis Offensive
Refugee Caravan
Sha'tari Base Camp
the Warden's Secret
Allerian Stronghold
Terror of Terokkar
Level Range
62 - 80
Total Quests
Horde: 98
Storylines
The Skettis Offensive
Refugee Caravan
Sha'tari Base Camp
The Warden's Secret
Stonebreaker Hold
Nagrand Slam
Level Range
64 - 80
Total Quests
Allaince: 98
Storylines
Threats to Nagrand
The Ultimate Bloodsport
Throne of Elements
Encountering the Ethereals
The Ring of Blood
The Murkblood
Lantresor of the Blade
the Adventures of Corki
Nagrand Slam
Level Range
64 - 80
Total Quests
Horde: 111
Storylines
The Ultimate Bloodsport
Throne of Elements
Encountering the Ethereals
The Ring of Blood
Birth of a Warchief
The Murkblood
Lantresor of the Blade
threats to Nagrand
On the Blade'ss Edge
Level Range
65 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 110 Horde: 121
Storylines
Ogres of Ogri'la
Sylvanaar
Ruuan Weald
The Gronn Threat
Toshley's Station
Thunderlord Stronghold
The Mok'Nathal
Into the Nether
Level Range
67 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 166 Horde: 166
Storylines
Building the X-52 Nether-Rocket
The Violet Tower
Protect Area 52!
The Consortium
Destroying the All-Devouring
Socrethar
Shadow of the Betrayer
Level Range
67 - 80
Total Quests
Alliance: 156 Horde: 163
Storylines
The Cipher of Damnation
Anti-Demon Weapons
Borrowed Power
The Dark Conclave
Netherwing Ledge
The First Death Knight
Wildhammer Stronghold
Shadowmoon Village