Tempest's Reach

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AllianceTempest's Reach
Tempest's Reach Reclamation.jpg
Type Village
Leader(s) Unknown
Race(s) HumanHuman Human
WorgenWorgen Worgen
Faith(s) Holy Light, Old Ways
Affiliation(s) Kingdom of Gilneas, Alliance
Location Southeastern Gilneas
Status Active

Tempest's Reach is a village and lighthouse on the eastern coast of Gilneas. Atop the hills to the northeast, there is a small outdoor chapel.



Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Tempest's Reach in Curse of the Worgen.

When Alpha Prime and his Wolf Cult attacked Stormglen Village, converting some of the townspeople into worgen,[1] the survivors left for Tempest's Reach.[2]

After the events in the Blackwald, the refugees at Stormglen were told to continue east, through the Blackwald where Lord Darius Crowley and his worgen would protect them from the Forsaken, and into the mountains to Tempest's Reach.[3] However, King Genn Greymane was betrayed on the way by Lord Vincent Godfrey and his men who took him prisoner to Tempest's Reach.[4] At the bridge before the village, the Royal Alchemist Krennan Aranas managed to warn the Gilnean adventurer that Godfrey wished to strike a deal with the Forsaken in exchange for the king, and gave them an invisibility potion to eliminate the eastern lords Baron Ashbury and Lord Walden who joined Godfrey's cause. At this point, Tempest's Reach Watchmen and their mountain mastiffs could be seen protecting and patrolling the area. After his minions were dealt with, Greymane told his old friend that it was over and not to make it difficult, but Lord Godfrey committed suicide by jumping off the cliff onto the jagged rocks below the village, unwilling to live with a worgen for a king.[5][6] After the incident, King Greymane decided to stay at Tempest's Reach to organize the final push for the battle for Gilneas City.[7]

Following the Gilnean exodus to Darnassus, the village remained abandoned until Deathstalker Commander Belmont, the Val'kyr Arthura and the Horde adventurer came to recover Godfrey's body on the orders of Sylvanas Windrunner. At the same time, Belmont's men also recovered the bodies of Ashbury and Walden in the area.[8] Once the mission was completed, Arthura took the body and the adventurer with her, leaving Belmont behind. However, they soon discovered that the 7th Legion and Bloodfang forces were waiting at the village to attack them, but they eventually managed to escape.[9]


Dragonflight This section concerns content related to Dragonflight.

Over a decade later, Tempest's Reach returned under the control of the kingdom following the Reclamation of Gilneas. However, unlike the other villages in Gilneas, the area remained devoid of citizens.


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

During the worgen starting zone
Tempest's Reach during the worgen questing.
During H [5-30] The Great Escape


The unused placeholder model for the Castle.

Tempest's Reach was originally conceptualized as holding a Gilnean castle which overlooked the sea. Similar to the end product of the lighthouse, it would have been connected by a bridge that led into the castle itself. An unused object named "Gilneas_Castle.wmo" still exists within the files; which roughly matches the outline of the concept art for said castle.

Numerous pieces of concept art that depict the castle can be found from Cataclysm's design phase. The castle can also be seen on the earliest versions of Gilneas' map. It was ultimately cut, possibly due to development time constraints, despite the significant amount of inclusion in Gilneas' concept art. The map, which includes the castle, can still be found in game in numerous areas of Gilneas.


  • A wedding was seemingly taking place at the small outdoor chapel, as roses and some bottles litter the area.
  • While it is possible to just be coincidence, there seems to be a nod to each town from Gilneas in the Battle for Gilneas. The Lighthouse may be a nod to Tempest's Reach, which is known for its lighthouse.


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External links

Gilneas Ruins of Gilneas