Searing Gorge (Classic)

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For the lore of the zone and its status after the Cataclysm, see Searing Gorge.
NeutralSearing Gorge
Level: 45 - 50
Firewatch Ridge.jpg
Capital(s) Blackrock Spire
Population Unknown[1]
Races Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarf
Ruler(s) IconSmall Thaurissan.gif Emperor Dagran Thaurissan
IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif Overseer Oilfist
Major settlements Thorium Point (850)
Affiliation Dark Iron clan, Thorium Brotherhood, Independent
Location Southern Khaz Modan
PvP status Contested territory

The Searing Gorge is a contested zone in the Eastern Kingdoms for players in the 43-52 range. It is home to a group of exceptionally stout dwarves called the Thorium Brotherhood, who have split from the Dark Iron clan.

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 labor, 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
Blackchar CaveBlackrock MountainThe CauldronDustfire Valley
Grimesilt Dig SiteFirewatch RidgeThe Sea of CindersThe Slag Pit
Stonewrought PassTanner CampThorium Point
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

Travel hubs

Neutral Flight paths from Thorium Point

AllianceMorgan's Vigil, Burning Steppes
HordeKargath, The Badlands
HordeFlame Crest, Burning Steppes

Adjacent regions

Zone name Faction Level range Direction Access subzone Access method
Loch Modan Alliance 10-20 Northeast Stonewrought Pass By foot through the Stonewrought Pass; requires  [Key to Searing Gorge], or by attacking a bear, dying by the gate, and walking through the door in ghost form.
The Badlands Alliance Horde 35-45 West By foot [1, 62] or by Horde flightpath from Thorium Point to Kargath
Blackrock Mountain Alliance Horde 55-60 South Blackrock Mountain By foot
Burning Steppes Alliance Horde 52-60 South Blackrock Mountain By foot through Blackrock Mountain or by flightpath from Thorium Point to Morgan's Vigil or Flame Crest

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, Velarok 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


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

  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Fire Elementals in Searing Gorge should be easier to find.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Searing Gorge has a new quest hub for both Alliance and Horde players called Thorium Point.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Closed a hole in the world in the Searing Gorge.



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