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For the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Orc campaign mission at the same location, see Goldshire and Moonbrook (WC1 Orc).
Goldshire Comic.jpg
Type Town[1][2]
Leader(s)  Marshal Dughan
Race(s) HumanHuman Human
Faith(s) Holy Light
Affiliation(s) Kingdom of Stormwind
Organizations Stormwind Guard
Location Central Elwynn Forest
Status Active

Done Inn          Done Mailbox

Done Stables

Done Anvil & Forge

Undone.gif Bank       Undone.gif Auctions
Trainers Done Class
Done Profession
Travel Done Flight Master(s)
Undone.gif Mass-transit
Undone.gif Portal(s)

Goldshire is the second human town that most human characters visit during their adventures. Goldshire is centrally located just southwest of Northshire and has most low level class trainers and some profession trainers. Besides a blacksmith it has the first Inn that most human characters will encounter — the Lion's Pride Inn.

Goldshire has roads that lead to Stormwind City to the northwest, Northshire Abbey to the northeast, Westfall to the west, and Lakeshire (Redridge Mountains zone) to the east. Its prime location makes it an important trade town. Travelers, merchants, adventurers, Stormwind guards, and priests from the abbey all stop and make regular visits to the town on their way to and from Stormwind, usually enjoying the hospitality of the Lion's Pride Inn, one of the most respectable ale houses in Azeroth.

Marshal Dughan of the Stormwind Guard is in charge of the security of town and its surrounding areas. Many refugees from Westfall move to Goldshire and Elwynn Forest in an attempt to escape the Defias Brotherhood. It is considered a village by Stormwind standards.

Just south of Goldshire are located the Fargodeep Mine, The Maclure Vineyards, and The Stonefield Farm. To the east is Crystal Lake.


Goldshire in World of Warcraft.

Centuries ago, throughout the Eastern Kingdoms, the disparate human nations flourished, among them the smallest and most isolated of the kingdoms was Stormwind who found prosperity through the farmsteads that dotted the surrounding fertile region. As its population grew, small towns sprang up in the nearby regions, notably Goldshire in Elwynn Forest.[3]

During the Gnoll War, the village was attacked by the Redridge gnolls.[4]

First War

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During the First War, Goldshire and Moonbrook were the final two towns to fall to the old Horde prior to the razing of Stormwind City, as the goal of the orc Warchief was to sever the lifeline between King Llane and his people in preparation of the sack of Stormwind Keep.[5]

Second War

Following the victory of the Alliance of Lordaeron in the Second War, the town was rebuilt with the help of Turalyon who oversaw the efforts to repatriate the kingdom's citizens.[6]

Wrath of the Lich King

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Goldshire during the Scourge Invasion, as seen in Journey Trailer.

Shortly before the Scourge Invasion of Stormwind City, the Scourge launched simultaneous attacks on Goldshire and Southshore.[7]

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During the war against the Lich King, the Unit Goldshire was sent to the Howling Fjord.[8]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Goldshire in the comic.

The former Kirin Tor mage Karlain and his son Mardigan lived in the village. Shortly before the Cataclysm, a visitor was murdered in Lion's Pride Inn, and Mardigan was held responsible for his death even though he just found his body.[9]

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

As part of the Operation: Shieldwall, several peasants left Goldshire and arrived to Krasarang Wilds, in Pandaria.


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During the War of the Thorns, the flood of night elves refugees from Darnassus spread to seemingly every surface of Stormwind, and spilled out most of the way to Goldshire.[10]


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

During Death Rising, troops of the Argent Crusade were mobilized under the orders of Crusader Lenna in order to protect the town and its inhabitants. The situation being rather calm, the crusaders remained vigilant and Crusader Lenna announced to the adventurers who came to help them that their patrols reported outbreaks of Scourge activity to the east, leading her to send a scout to speak with Guard Captain Josephine in the Redridge Mountains. She also transmitted a report to Commander Gregor in Stormwind City to brief them on the situation in the region.[11]

Travel connections


AllianceStormwind City, Elwynn Forest (0:25)
AllianceEastvale Logging Camp, Elwynn Forest (0:56)
AllianceDarkshire, Duskwood (1:08)


Inside Lion's Pride Inn:

At House near Crystal Lake:


Inside Lion's Pride Inn:


Inside Lion's Pride Inn:

At the house near Crystal Lake:

The Six Children:

Trainers in and around Goldshire


Security threats

Defias Brotherhood

The Defias Brotherhood have camps throughout Elwynn Forest, especially to the south and east of Goldshire, which they use as staging grounds for raids on the local farmers and merchants. They have also taken over a number of homes and farmsteads, including the Brackwell Pumpkin Patch and Jerod's Landing, where they smuggle contraband from Redridge to Westfall. Some of the more notorious thieves in the region include Dead-Tooth Jack, Morgan the Collector, Erlan Drudgemoor and Surena Caledon. There are rumors the Defias have a relationship with the kobolds in Elwynn Forest, enlisting them to collect gold from the mines. They may even be associated with the Riverpaw gnolls along the border of Westfall. The Westbrook Garrison frequently sends out patrols to search for thieves entering Elwynn Forest from Westfall.

Riverpaw gnolls

A significant number of gnolls have set up camps along the western borders of Elwynn Forest, led by their chieftain, Hogger. While currently held back by the Westbrook Garrison, if left alone they could pose a significant threat to Goldshire.


There have been rumors of murloc attacks near the rivers to the east of Goldshire, especially near Stone Cairn Lake, as well a fatal attack on two Stormwind guards. A report by Guard Thomas states that the murlocs pose a significant threat to Goldshire and are, at a minimum, affecting the region's fishing industry. There is a bounty on murloc fins placed by the Stormwind army.


Kobold clans have infested the Fargodeep and Jasperlode mines, forcing out the local workers. While they don't pose much of a threat to Goldshire, their foothold in Elwynn Forest will only grow stronger if ignored.

Wolves and bears

While not really a threat to Goldshire, the wolves and bears in the region are quite aggressive, especially in the area of the Eastvale Logging Camp and Stone Cairn Lake.

Children of Goldshire

Main article: Children of Goldshire

A bit to the north of Goldshire there is a house with skinning and leatherworking trainers. On the second floor of this house, six children can sometimes be seen forming the pattern of a pentagram, silent and unmoving. They will occasionally move out of the house to walk/run in a pentagram formation. They return to their house at around 7:40 in the morning, and at this time a soundfile will play something eerie, usually "You will die". Whether they make their rounds at other times of the day is unknown. Unconfirmed rumors also say they despawn at 8:00 pm.


To find all the quests available in Goldshire and elsewhere, check out the List of Elwynn Forest NPCs and also the Elwynn Forest questing guide.

Player activity

Lion's Pride Inn on an average night on Moonguard

Players from the server Moonguard have given Goldshire a unique reputation as a consistent role playing hub since at least 2008[12] with the most concentration within Lion's Pride Inn, where during most server hours hundreds of players can be found. Many players can be found here, outside of the inn dueling can usually be found while on the inside players engage each other in roleplay ( Usually through whispers, since all other forms of chat are usually filled nearly constantly due to the high amount of players. ) Some players try to make themselves as obtrusive as possible, using combinations of various toys or spells to make their model as large as they can in order to disrupt the experience of others and be silly.

What Goldshire is most known for has to be its erotic roleplaying community (ERP for short). On most hours players can be found here whispering each other and roleplaying in private in tones of usually an erotic nature. The roleplay in these scenes usually forgoes the cohesive narrative that most normal RP carries, often being one-off stories of both characters meeting up and engaging in romantic affairs. This aspect of Goldshire has been referenced in several community-made videos and is usually seen as an oddity by those outside of the roleplaying scene[13][14]

In August of 2010, Blizzard deemed this an issue for new players creating humans and having to be exposed to this community, they have since then started to look for individuals breaking the Terms of Service through things like unwanted, unsolicited messages and dealing with them in private. Since then Blizzard has announced no further plans in regards to Lion's Pride Inn.[15]

In 2016 with the release of patch 7.0 Blizzard would give a reference to Goldshire inn as one of the possible results of the  [Scarlet Confessional Book] toy: "I really, really like the Goldshire Inn".

In Warcraft III

WC3RoC-logo.png This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

Goldshire is also a 4-player map for The Frozen Throne called "Goldshire Map".[16] Its description is the following: "War and hunger have brought interlopers to Elwynn Forest, endangering the town of Goldshire. Sweep the woods free of this threat so that masons can begin laying the foundation of Stormwind." The town of Goldshire is in the center of the map and consists of a tavern.

In the RPG

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Goldshire is heavily protected and patrolled by the Stormwind guards, has a goblin merchant and sports a population of 7,000 citizens — mostly farmers, miners, and traders. Its leader is Marshal Dughan.[17]

Film universe

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Goldshire is depicted close to its World of Warcraft incarnation, even to the locations of the guards. It still contains the Lion's Pride Inn.

Notes and trivia


See also


  1. ^ Stormrage, chapter 4
  2. ^ Stormwind Guard
  3. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 159
  4. ^ N [68-70] Race Through Time!
  5. ^ Goldshire and Moonbrook (WC1 Orc)
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 177
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 17: Gathering Thunder!
  8. ^ A [10-30] A Deserter
  9. ^ Dark Riders
  10. ^ Elegy, pg. 78
  11. ^ A [50] Field Reports
  12. ^ Google Trends for phrases related to Goldshire.
  13. ^ Orc vs Wild: Moonguard/Goldshire RP Server.
  14. ^ Erotic Roleplay.
  15. ^ "Members of our CS team will ‘patrol’ Goldshire on Moon Guard on a regular basis, and take appropriate action for individuals violating the Harassment Policy. Note that this pertains primarily to public messages (/say, /yell, General) and unsolicited whispers. We won’t be showing up with that mythical crack of lightning– we’ll just be watching silently for any rule-breaking language and following up privately with the player[s] in question." -
  16. ^ Goldshire Map at fileplanet
  17. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 47 - 49
  18. ^ Traveler
  19. ^ Legends Volume 4, Bloodsail Buccaneer
  20. ^ Frejya's (MVP) Cataclysm Compilation

External links

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