Sholazar Basin

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NeutralSholazar Basin
Level: 20 - 50
Battle Pet Level: 21 - 22
River's Heart art.jpg
Races IconSmall Gorloc.gif Gorloc
IconSmall Wolvar.gif Wolvar
DwarfDwarf Dwarf
HumanHuman Human
GoblinGoblin Goblin
ScourgeScourgeScourgeScourge Scourge
IconSmall RevenantAir.gif Lightning revenant
IconSmall Water.gif Water elemental
IconSmall Aesir Male.gifIconSmall Aesir Female.gif Titanic watcher
Ruler(s) Neutral  High-Shaman Rakjak
Neutral  High-Oracle Soo-say
Major settlements Neutral Nesingwary Base Camp
Neutral Frenzyheart Hill
Neutral Rainspeaker Canopy
Minor settlements Neutral Kartak's Hold
Neutral Mistwhisper Refuge
Neutral Mosswalker Village
Neutral Sparktouched Haven
Neutral Spearborn Encampment
Affiliation Frenzyheart Tribe, Oracles, Nesingwary Safari, Titan, Scourge
Location Western Northrend
PvP status Contested territory

“Sholazar Basin is a self-contained environment where the world-shaping titans allowed their creations to roam and flourish. Shielded from the Scourge by a powerful magical barrier, the basin has remained a haven from the undead. It is viewed by many of Northrend's embattled races as a kind of promised land.”

The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, pg. 112

Sholazar Basin (pronounced SHOL-uh-zarh) is a tropical jungle basin in the midst of Northrend. It is found between Borean Tundra and Icecrown. The region's climate and safety from the Scourge is maintained by pylons, erected by the titans.[1] The whole history of Sholazar is that of a cradle of life, with at least some of the titan keepers taking an interest in the development of creatures great and small.[2]

During the war against the Lich King, one pylon in the east has fallen and the Scourge took this opportunity to invade from Icecrown to the north.

In Sholazar Basin, adventurers can take part in a faction war between the wolvar Frenzyheart Tribe and the gorlocs, arctic cousins of murlocs. The various gorloc tribes have gathered together to form the group called the Oracles. Adventurers are only able to choose one side at a time, but are allowed to easily change to whichever faction they wish to be allied with.


When the titans shaped Azeroth, Freya designed Sholazar Basin to be an area for experimentation along with Un'Goro Crater and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. All three locations were places where the power of the Well of Eternity had coalesced. The Wild Gods emerged from these cradles of life.[3] The titans' experiments were originally housed in the nearby Wintergrasp Fortress, with their most promising ones being relocated to Sholazar later.[4]

Exploring Azeroth

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Following the war against the Jailer, the brothers Bronzebeard met the Avatar of Freya who told them that the situation about the blighted Lost Lands was better than they were during the war against the Lich King, and healing slowly.[5]

When Muradin Bronzebeard wondered why Sholazar Basin and Un'Goro Crater were shaped so similarly, his brother Brann theorized that it could be to see how two similar setups diverge over time, like a science experiment. Or that there was one thing the titans and their keepers were trying to accomplish, and making two different places to work on it was better than one. However, these theories led Brann to wonder what they were trying to learn.[6]


After the bitter cold of the rest of Northrend, Sholazar Basin is like stepping onto an entirely different plane. It's a beautiful place, tropical, hot, and beard-curlingly humid. This is all the doing of the keepers and the magical artifacts they left to protect the basin from both ill weather and foul creatures like the Scourge. All of this for the benign love of the life they've created.[2]

A dense jungle, named the Wildgrowth Mangal, shot through with small streams spreading across the basin's central area.[7] Around the basin, spaced out to make a rough ring if you were to connect them like dots, are the so-called pillars, though they look far more natural to the topography than the name conjures. They're tall, narrow buttes that rise up from the relatively flat basin floor, each with a thin, elongated device hovering over it, swirling with magic.[8] The pillars emanate pure Life magic into the basin.[9]

Maps and subregions

Map of Sholazar Basin.

Travel hubs

Sholazar Basin landscape
Neutral Flight paths from Nesingwary Base Camp (only available after completing quest chain that starts with N [20-30] Need an Engine, Take an Engine)
Neutral Flight paths from River's Heart

Regions adjacent to Sholazar Basin

Zone name Faction Level range Direction Access
Borean Tundra AllianceHorde 68 - 80 Southwest By foot, or by flight path
Wintergrasp AllianceHorde 67 - 80 PvP South By flight path
Un'Goro Crater AllianceHorde 40 - 60 Far to the Southwest By entering the Waygate (must first complete the quests that open the Waygate).
Icecrown AllianceHorde 67 - 80 Northeast By foot or flight path

Notable characters

Main article: Sholazar Basin NPCs

Sholazar Basin is home to several characters of note. At Frenzyheart Hill, High-Shaman Rakjak leads the Frenzyheart Tribe in the fight against local fauna and their hated enemies, the Oracles, led by High-Oracle Soo-say. The wolvar are not the only new arrivals to the basin, as Hemet Nesingwary leads his band of hunters in search of new game, targeting Broodmother Slivina as the ultimate challenge to a hunter. Artruis the Heartless leads the Scourge attack on the region, but is continually held at bay by the mysterious Avatar of Freya.


Main article: Sholazar Basin quests






Wild creatures

Main article: Sholazar Basin NPCs

Many fearsome and exotic beasts dwell in the steamy jungle of Sholazar Basin. Goretalon rocs glide through the Basin and Sapphire Hive wasps buzz and go about the business of protecting their hive. The gigantic and bad-tempered shardhorn rhinos graze while hardknuckle gorillas forage nearby. Sinuous emperor cobras and massive dreadsabers stalk their prey through the undergrowth, both of which are deadly apex predators and more than a match for an unwary traveler in the Basin. Mangal crocolisks also make their home in the Basin's waters and should be treated with caution as well.

The Basin has more than a few unique beasts of such singularly impressive size, strength and or beauty as to earn them the distinction of being named. Some of these include:

Rare elite NPCs associated with the  Northern Exposure achievement:


Sholazar Basin is the home of both the Oracles and the Frenzyheart Tribe. Both are constantly at war with eachother, and players will choose to align with one faction at a time through one of the main quest chains of the area. Players can switch their chosen faction by repeating the last quest in the starting chain and killing/saving the character of the opposite faction (N [20-30] A Hero's Burden). Sholazar Basin also has its own hidden reputation, which is currently unused, that will increase as faction dailies are completed, and will not decrease if a player decides to switch factions.

In the RPG

Map of Sholazar Basin in Lands of Mystery.

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Sholazar Basin fills the northwest corner of the Borean Tundra and is difficult to believe it is part of Northrend. Like Kalimdor's Un'Goro Crater, the Sholazar Basin is an anomaly. To get there you will have to climb a nasty ridge to reach it. Once you top that ridge, however, you will be looking down into a lush tropical jungle. Hot springs dot the basin and you will have to watch out for steam vents and geysers — they will cook the flesh from your bones in an instant if you get caught in one. Thick vegetation fills the basin, and birds and small animals are everywhere. So are insects.[10] In the past, the Dragonblight was the most fertile region in Northrend followed by Sholazar Basin. After it became a wasteland, the Basin took its place.[11]

A high elf scholar that once visited Kaskala believed the Titans used the Sholazar Basin as a testing ground. Some of their experiments, or at least the remains of those experiments, may still exist. Thus, the basin is a potential treasure trove of knowledge and power.[12]

Notes and trivia

  • In Lands of Mystery, this area was treated as a subzone of the Borean Tundra instead of its own zone.
  • To open up the flight path at Nesingwary Base Camp, there is a 2-part quest chain from Weslex Quickwrench that you have to complete first.
  • Given Blizzard's fondness for pop-culture references, Sholazar may be a nod to the Savage Land of Marvel Comics. Both are tropical paradises formed in arctic regions by a powerful race of creator-beings.
  • At the co-ordinates [38, 37], a hatch with the numbers "5 9 16 17 24 43" can be found as a reference to the series Lost.
  • The naming of subzone The Lost Lands may be a reference to the Land of the Lost, which both Sholazar Basin and Un'Goro Crater seem to be based on.
  • Sholazar Basin, like Un'Goro Crater, is littered with mysterious Titanic crystals that can be activated through structures or watchers when the need arises.


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous zone level: 76 - 78.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.


External links

fr:Bassin de Sholazar