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This guide will cover the Alliance quests in Mt Hyjal. I will cover 100% of the quests in the zone. Please note that this is based on a play through of the BETA version of the zone. Things can and probably will change. I will do my best to maintain the accuracy of the quests and objectives until finalized in the live version.

Everything in this guide can be done solo unless I specifically state otherwise. All of the level 80+ zones in Cataclysm make very heavy use of phasing as you progress through the zone. Be aware of this if you are trying to get a group for anything, as they may not be in the same phase as you are.

As of this writing, the only "breadcrumb" quest for Mt Hyjal is in Moonglade, so I am starting the guide from there. I expect that such quests will be added to all of the capital cities, but I am not going to assume that until I see them implemented.

You will need to be able to use a flying mount in a couple places in this zone. You have been warned.

I will add coordinates to the guide once Blizzard allows for the use of addons in the beta realms.

I highly suggest you make use to the built-in quest tracking on the world map. I will describe as best I can where the NPCs and quest objectives are, but the objective tracking on the in game map will show you precisely where to go in most cases.

Please post and feedback, errors, or suggestions as comments.

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  • Quests
  • Items
  • Locations
  • Quest objectives to kill
  • NPCs

Table of Contents

  1. Getting to Mt Hyjal
  2. Nordrassil - The World Tree
  3. Archimonde's Revenge
  4. Shrine of Goldrinn

Getting to Mt Hyjal

1. Fly to Moonglade. The quickest way to do this (if you are not a druid) is to travel to Darnassus and fly from there.

2. Speak to Emissary Windsong to get the quest [81] As Hyjal Burns. Her location is marked on the picture above.

3. Go over to Aronus, the green dragon hovering right next to where you are at and hop on. You will go through a scripted flyby of Mt Hyjal, and land under the World Tree.

Nordrassil - The World Tree

1. Enter the building in front of you and speak to Ysera to turn in [81] As Hyjal Burns. Accept [81] Protect the World Tree.

2. Exit the building. Directly in front of you, accept [81] The Earth Rises from Anren Shadowseeker. Also get [81] Inciting the Elements from Tholo Whitehoof.

3. Head northeast up the road. Kill any Scalding Rock Elementls nearby. While doing that, collect 4 Juniper Berries from the small bushes in the area.

4. Find one of the Faerie Dragons in the same area as the elementals. Use one of the Juniper Berries you collected on the Faerie Dragon and it will lead you to a Twilight Inciter, who will attack you. Repeat this 3 more times to complete [81] Inciting the Elements. Also continue to kill Scalding Rock Elementls until you complete [81] The Earth Rises.

5. Return to Anren Shadowseeker and turn in [81] The Earth Rises.

6. Turn in [81] Inciting the Elements at Tholo Whitehoof right next to you. Accept the follow up [81] Flames From Above. You will receive Tholo's Horn.

7. From the two NPCs, follow the road west to Fayran Elthas. Get the Flight Point.

8. Go to the Twilight Encampment northwest of the flight point. Use Tholo's Horn in the center of the encampment to complete [81] Flames From Above.

Go back to Tholo Whitehoof and turn it in.

Archimonde's Revenge

1. Get on your flying mount and fly southwest until you meet up with the road. If you prefer to use a ground mount, follow the road that heads east and curves around the Well of Eternity. Continue to follow this road until it ends. Malfurion Stormrage and Windspeaker Tamila should be standing off to the right of the road. Speak to Malfurion to turn in [81] Protect the World Tree.

2. Get [81] War on the Twilight's Hammer from Malfurion Stormrage.

3. Get both quests from Windseeker Tamila - [81] Emerald Allies and [81] The Flameseer's Staff

4. Kill 4 Twilight Flamecallers and 10 Twilight Vanquishers for [81] War on the Twilight's Hammer. While doing this, pick up 8 Charred Staff Fragments for [81] The Flameseer's Staff. These can be found both around and inside the crater. If you go into the crater, stay away from the center.

5. Return to Malfurion Stormrage and turn in [81] The Flameseer's Staff and [81] War on the Twilight's Hammer. Accept the followup quest [81] Flamebreaker.

6. Use the Flameseer's Staff on the Blazebound Revenants in the areas around the outside of the crater. This will break up the revenants into 8-10 smaller elementals. Kill these Unbound Flame Spirits.

Repeat until [81] Flamebreaker is complete. Return to Malfurion Stormrage to turn in the quest.

7. Accept [81] The Return of Baron Geddon.

8. Get on your flying mount and fly above the crater until you find Alysra. She is a green dragon that patrols around the outside of the crater in the air. Turn in [81] Emerald Allies. Accept [81] The Captured Scout.

9. Scout Larandia is located in a cage northwest of the crater. Speak to her to turn in [81] The Captured Scout. Accept [81] Twilight Captivity.

10. Go to the center of the crater, where you will find Baron Geddon. You need to use the Flameseer's Staff on him. Every 10 seconds or so, he will begin to channel an AOE fire effect that will hurt you badly, forcing you to move away. When the fire dies down, run back in and use the staff again. Do this until [81] The Return of Baron Geddon is complete.

As soon as the quest is complete, Baron Geddon will cast Living Bomb on you. After about 10 seconds, you will blow up, causing you to fly into the air (you will take some falling damage) and dealing damage to anyone around you. So get away from everyone until it goes off.

11. While you are in the crater, find and kill a Twilight Overseer. They are the two-headed ogres inside the crater. Loot the key off of him to complete [81] Twilight Captivity.

Mount up and return to Malfurion. Turn in [81] The Return of Baron Geddon.

11. Return to Scout Larandia.

12. Turn in [81] Twilight Captivity. Accept [81] Return to Alysra

13. Fly up and find Alysra again. Turn in [81] Return to Alysra and accept [81] A Prisoner of Interest.

14. Go to the Hyjal Barrow Dens northeast of the crater. Travel all the way to the bottom of the barrow dens, until you reach Captain Saynna Stormrunner. Turn in [81] RA Prisoner of Interest.

15. Once you accept the follow up, [81] Through the Dream, you will be moved into a separate phase. Fight your way out of the barrow dens. You will get the quest complete message when you reach the top.

16. Alysra should be right in front of you. Turn in [81] Through the Dream and accept [81] Return to Nordrassil.

Mount up and fly back to Ysera in the building under the World Tree.

Shrine of Goldrinn

1. Turn in [81] Return to Nordrassil to Ysera. Accept [81] The Return of the Ancients.

2. Mount up and fly to the road on the far side of the crater, just past where Scout Larandia's cage is. You will see a small camp up on a ridge to the right of the road. Turn in [81] The Return of the Ancients to Oomla Whitehorn. Accept [78] Harrying the Hunters.

3. In the same camp, accept both quests from Jadi Falaryn - [78] End of the Supply Line and [78] In the Rear With the Gear.

4. Along the road just below the camp, kill 6 Twilight Hunters and 4 Twilight Providers. The hunters are the trolls off to each side of the road. The providers are the ogres with slaves following them.

5. There are Twilight Slavedrivers walking with the providers. When you kill them, the slaves following them will drop the packs they are carrying. Loot these packs to get Twilight Supplies. Keep killing slavedrivers and picking up packs until you complete [78] In the Rear With the Gear.

6. Return to the camp and turn in [78] Harrying the Hunters, [78] End of the Suplly Line, and [78] In the Rear With the Gear. Get the quest [78] The Voice of Goldrinn.

7. Follow the road west until it branches. Take the fork to the right, down to a valley. If you are following the road down, continue straight, past the wolf statue, to get to Ian Duran. He is in a cage at the edge of the small pond. Turn in [78] The Voice of Goldrinn and accept the follow up [79] Goldrinn's Ferocity.

8. Kill 10 Lycanthoth Vandals and loot 5 Polluted Incense from their corpses.

9. Return to Ian Duran and turn in [79] Goldrinn's Ferocity. Accept the follow up [78] Lycanthoth the Corruptor.

10. Go to the Maw of Lycanthoth in the southeast corner of the valley.

11. Use Lycanthoth's Incense near the altar inside the cave. This will summon Lycanthoth. Kill him to complete [79] Lycanthoth the Corruptor. The Spirit of Goldrinn will appear.

12. Turn in [79] Lycanthoth the Corruptor and accept the follow up [79] The Shrine Reclaimed.

13. You'll be in a new phase. Go to the shrine in the north area of the valley. Ian Duran has been released from his cage. Go to him and turn in [79] The Shrine Reclaimed. Accept the quest [79] Cleaning House.

14. In the same camp, from Brighitte Duran accept [79] From the Mouth of Madness.

15. Find Royce Duskwhisper, who wanders around the camp, to get the quest [79] The Eye of Twilight.

16. Gather 1 Bitterblossom from the plants around the edge of the pond.

17. Kill 8 Hovel Brutes for [79] Cleaning House while completing the next steps.

18. The rest of the quests you just picked up are all done in the Twilight Hammer camp in the southwest area of the valley. Search around the base of the rock formations there to find a Stonebloom

19. Go to the brazier pictured below. Collect a Darkflame Ember from it.

20. Click on the cauldron just south of the brazier to turn in [79] From the Mouth of Madness. Accept the followup quest [79] Free Your Mind, the Rest Follows.

21. Turn in [79] The Eye of Twilight at the orb outside the cave entrance. Take the followup [79] Mastering Puppets.

22. Enter the cave. As you go through the cave, talk to 8 of the Twilight Servitors and select the dialog option available to complete [79] Free Your Mind, the Rest Follows.

23. Stay to the left from the entrance to reach Kristoff Manheim. He'll be hanging from a meat hook in the back of the cave. Accept his quest, [79] Gar'gol's Gotta Go.

24. Continue through the cave, hugging the wall on your left, until you reach a pedestal with a book on it. Turn in [79] Mastering Puppets. Note the large stone portal nearby.

25. Accept the quest from the book, [79] Elementary!. This quest requires you to activate the four orb floating near the pedestal in a particular order. The correct order is as follows.

Crucible of Fire
Crucible of Earth
Crucible of Air
Crucible of Water

Be prepared to fight as soon as you click on the Crucible of Water. A Twilight Hammer cultist named The Manipulator will come out of the portal and attack. Kill him, then turn in the quest at the podium. Accept the followup [79] Return to Duskwhisper.

26. Continue hugging the left wall until you reach the center of the cave. You will see Gar'gol, a large blue skinned ogre, sitting on a small rise. Kill him and loot a key from the chest on the rise where he was sitting to complete [79] Gar'gol's Gotta Go.

27. Head back to Kristoff Manheim to turn in [79] Gar'gol's Gotta Go. Accept [79] Get Me Outta Here! and escort Kristoff out of the cave.

28. Once you get the quest complete message, head back to the Shrine and turn in all of your quests.

29. From Ian Duran accept [79] Sweeping the Shelf and [79] Lightning in a Bottle.

30. Follow the road west out of the valley, to Lightning Ledge. Kill 8 Twilight Stormcallers and 5 Howling Riftdwellers for [79] Sweeping the Shelf.

31. Loot a Charged Condenser Jar from the lightning rods scattered around the area.

32. Use the Totem of Goldrinn to summon the wolf spirit. Turn in [79] Lightning in a Bottle and accept [81] Into the Maw!.

33. Finish killing everything [79] Sweeping the Shelf.

34. Enter the portal in the center if the Twilight Cultists camp. You will be teleported to the Firelands Forgeworks.

35. Turn in [81] Into the Maw!.

36. Pick up [81] Forged of Shadow and Flame and [81] Crushing the Cores.


fastest progression?

Hello and thanks so much for creating these wonderful guides! I have a
question about the fastest way to progress through the new zones in
of experience maximizing. I do not have a beta key so can't really test

this out myself unfortunately. Do yall think I would level faster going
through both the low level zones first (Hyjal and Vashj'ir) and then on
to Deepholm? Or would it make more sense to go straight to Deepholm
after, say, finishing Hyjal?


Thank you!

wkjezz's picture

Good Question

Vashj'ir seems like it's an experience of a zone with new challenges, so it may require a degree of learning.  I Have always leveled my characters through Howling Hjord and Borean Tundra in LK, as it's nice to over power the mobs a bit. I would think there will be 2 scenarios for speed (if going for Realm First)

1. People may well skip Vashj'ir simply because of the underwater dynamic

2. People will dive straight into Vashj'ir first, so they can get it out of the way and ultimatelty push the other zones with their flying mounts in tow.


Arixan's picture

It will be updated.

I am planning another pass through closer to the end of beta to update everything, plus add maps and coordinates.

Thanks for the feedback though. I was a little surprised to see how much they had updated some of the areas in this zone.

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A little bit of an update

I went through the early part of the zone again to get the changes there, since it got quite the overhaul. Added a couple maps I was able to pound out along the way. More updates to come later.

solitha's picture

Darkwhisper Gorge

Darkwhisper Gorge

Step 4... might have been bugged when you went through. Using the blackjack killed the mob.

Step 18... If an Twilight Guard sees you take the Twilight Communique, he will attack. He's an 81 elite; soloable, but he hurts, especially if you're not prepared to be attacked.

All I got time for this weekend... Stopped at step 42.

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The Scorched Plain

The Scorched Plain

Step 2... east, not west. Looks like that needs to change a lot in this chapter.

Steps 5 and 6 are duplicates.

Step 23... The quest is now named Commander Jarod Shadowsong.

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Sanctuary of Malorne

Santuary of Malorne

Step 3... the target are now Core Hounds. You need 4 Core Hound Entrails.

Step 5... the targets are now Lava Surgers. You still need 10.

Step 7... Nemesis no longer prompts a vehicle bar. When he eats the bait, he becomes clickable with a gear. Run up and "use" him, and then run away. If you do it fast enough you can mount up before he comes out of it and aggros on you.

Step 9-16... A Gap in Their Armor now becomes available immediately after picking up Sethria's Brood. So you can kill dragonkin and pick up armor plate along with getting The Codex of Shadows, turn in all three, then go back out for Disassembly and Egg Hunt.

Step 29... Apparently the (person)'s Message to Ysera quests have been yanked out. Now Ysera appears in a vision at each point these would have been and expresses her gratitude at your work.

Step 43... No breadcrumb quest, but you still have to go all the way back to Ysera for The Last Living Lorekeeper. I think this may be bugged... Aviana tried to give me a followup that said I wasn't qualified for it. Without the Message to Ysera quests, there's going to be a lot of lost questers.

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Grove of Aessina

Grove of Aessina

19... The fawns can be killed while you're leading them. If you fight something that AoE's, your fawns will probably die. They do follow while you're flying but seem vulnerable still if you go into combat. I'm not sure if they draw aggro by themselves.

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Shrine of Goldrinn Step

Shrine of Goldrinn

Step 4... Twilight Providers should be Twilight Proveditors.

Step 8... there is no longer a kill count on this quest, but now it's 6 Polluted Incense.

Step 12... When you turn in Lycanthoth the Corruptor, Goldrinn will take you on his back for a ride around the shrine. He beats up a lot of Vandals and then drops you off when he's done and back at his... altar, I suppose. Currently the ride-along part is very buggy, with your camera view half in the ground and you cannot change camera angles at all. Once he drops you off, he offers The Shrine Reclaimed.

Step 14... Brighitte Duran is now named Rio Duran (lol). Unfortunately, there is no sand for her to dance on Sad

Step 25... Apparently you get a buff after turning in at the book... "Make Gar'gol Ogres Friendly". "Your manipulation of the Eye of Twilight has convinced Gar'gol's Ogres that you are friendly." I don't know how long it lasts, I didn't see it till I was turning in at the camp and it had 3 minutes left, but I didn't have to fight anything after step 25 at all. Might want to re-arrange 23-28 so that the player picks up this buff and then finishes the rest of the cave quickly.

Step 44... It seems that you may have to do some sort of damage to Forgemaster Pyrendius to get credit for the kill. I had to kill him twice; I didn't get credit when I only used the runes on him.

Step 47... I did not get Goldrinn's Message to Ysera. Abandoning quests is currently broken, but I'm going to make an assumption that this is not available since I already picked up Wings Over Mount Hyjal. Seems like a breadcrumb quest that they removed the need for.

Step 44... It seems that you

Step 44... It seems that you may have to do some sort of damage to Forgemaster Pyrendius to get credit for the kill. I had to kill him twice; I didn't get credit when I only used the runes on him.


I was going after him at same time as two others (one alliance, one horde) - best I could tell, as long as you get a single shot of damage you will gain credit for the quest.  


Similar to the prior quest: Cindermaul, the Portal Master - I think you just need to deal some damage for credit.  Just as I was getting close, a horde warlock engaged him.  I took a shot at him, saw he was greyed out for me, so disengaged.  After he was dead, I noticed that I was able to click on the quest items.  Not bad for only firing one shot.  :)


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Wings Over Mount Hyjal is

Wings Over Mount Hyjal is available at least when The Return of the Ancients is. It may not have been that way before. It seems wise now to perhaps pick up both and do both shrines one after the other instead of returning to Nordrassil in between.

That is, of course, assuming that it will also be available to toons coming straight from Northrend and perhaps not having reached lvl 80 first.

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Archimonde's Vengeance changes


Archimonde's Vengeance has been heavily redone. Beats me why. There's not even a crater there now, at least not during that section.

Alysra is now a non-patrolling questgiver at some ruins not far from the barrow den, northeast of what used to be the crater area.

Suggested arrangement of steps: 1-7, 10, 8, 9, 11 (not returning to Malfurion), 12-16, Return to Malfurion, Return to Ysera. Turning in the Baron quest to Malfurion is out of the way no matter which way it's arranged, but for the ground-bound it seems best to do that last before hitting the road back to Ysera.

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Love it, looks great...

Love it, looks great... can't wait until I can actually play through it on live :)I really hope it keeps being updated as Beta goes on, because many things could probably change.

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Yeah, still needs some work.


There are a few things I am not happy with still, mostly style things though. I'll work on maps eventually, as I am horrible at photoshoping and I haven't been able to do a map that looks decent enough to me. For right now though, I want to get at least the text of the walkthroughs done for all 5 zones by the time Cataclysm goes live.

With any luck, I'll be able to make a second pass through all the Cata zone guides right before launch, making maps and getting coords for everything.

Once the Alliance guides are done, if nobody has picked it up yet, I'll try to do the horde versions as well. For this zone, I believe everything is the same regardless of faction, except for the Shrine of Goldrinn.

Jiyambi's picture

For photoshopping... have

For photoshopping... have you read my Gimp Guide? Gimp is a free alternative to photoshop, and is pretty easy to use once you learn your way around it. The guide basically takes you step by step through how to make a simple map.

Let me know if you have any questions, I don't use photoshop itself so unfortunately I can't help ya there.

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That's Perfect!!

Just what I needed. Thanks for pointing it out Laughing out loud

Jiyambi's picture

Yay, glad it was useful!

Yay, glad it was useful!

Arixan's picture

All Done!

Here you go guys, have at it!!

Gonna start on Vashj'ir next.

Jame's picture

Damn, that looks incredible.

Damn, that looks incredible. Thank you very much!

I'll test it as soon as I get beta access!

Jiyambi's picture

Arixan, you are full of win.

Arixan, you are full of win. Obviously it still needs coords and maps, but this looks really nice. Thanks a ton for all the hard work!

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Now that is an awesome guide!

Unfortunally i haven't been lucky enough to get a beta key for cataclysm..

But i am 100% sure i am going to level by this for 85 Sticking out tongue

Keep work up, (for 82-85 Laughing out loud)


Old enough to know what is wrong, young enough to do it anyway..

Old enough to know what is wrong, young enough to do it anyway..