Durotar Leveling Guide 1-12


Basic Rules and Addons taken from Jame’s Guide.

Basic rules

Spend your talent points so that you kill things as fast as possible. (e.g: Priest should specialize in Shadow Talents, Warriors in Arms/Fury, etc.
Don’t waste your time trying to find groups for questing, you can solo everything that is described in this guide unless I say otherwise. Only group with someone when it’s not gonna be a waste of time (e.g: meeting the person at the other end of the zone to show him the way to where your quest is, that is a waste of time)
Try to always log out in an inn or in one of the major cities when you take a break.
When I say you should make an inn your new home location, it’s for a good reason, and it will save you much time.

Useful Addons

To get the most out of my guide, you should get an addon which displays coordinates, because I use them to describe locations in my guide (x,y). You can use any addon you like, but here’s a very simple one I use.


DMiniCoords – A simple box which displays coordinates, left-click it to move it where you like.
LightHeaded – I absolutely love this addon. It gives you the quest comments from WoWHead and you can see what other people had to say about the quest, it also gives you clickable co-ordinates.
TomTom – Puts a Waypoint arrow on your screen when you click the co-ordinates on LightHeaded, also marks them on your map.


Below is a list of other addons I use, this is 100% optional though, it’s mostly for people who are curious to know which addons I use:

Bartender4 – A great action bar addon.
X-Perl UnitFrames – Very nice, highly customizable unit frames.
SexyMap – Really nice Mini-Map addon.
MikScrollingBattleText – I prefer this over the original scrolling text.

Side Note: In case you don’t know how to install add-ons, simply download an addon from one of the links above and unzip it. Then drag the unziped folder in your Addon folder (full path is c:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Interface\Addons). Then, restart World of Warcraft and it should be working.

If it isn’t working, you might need to log out to your character selection screen and click on “Addons” in the lower-left corner. Tick the box that says “Load out of date Addons”. Re-launch WoW.

Color Code

Quest objectives to kill

The Guide

Valley of Trials

Welcome to Durotar, home of the Orcs and the Trolls. It is here that you begin your quest to level 80.


1. Accept Your Place in The World from the NPC infront of you, and turn it in at the building, pick up the follow up Cutting Teeth.

2. Start killing Mottled Boars untill you reach Level 2.

3. Go to a dying troll at (40,62) and get his quest Sarkoth

4. Go up the hill west of the quest-giver and kill Sarkoth, be sure to loot his claw.

5. Go back to the quest-giver and turn in the quest. Get the follow up.

6. Make your way back to The Den while killing any remaining Mottled Boars you may still need for Cutting Teeth. Turn in both of the quests. Accept and turn in your class quest.


1. Pick up all the quests which are now available.

  • Sting of the Scorpid
  • Vile Familiars
  • Galgar’s Cactus Apple Surprise
  • Lazy Peons

2. Do these quests in the encompassed area.

  • Kill Scorpid Workers and loot their Scorpid Worker Tails
  • Hit Lazy Peons with the Foreman’s Blackjack
  • Kill Vile Familiars near the cave
  • Loot Cactus Apples from Cactuses


3. Go back to The Den and turn in all the quests. Get the two followups:

  • Burning Blade Medallion
  • Thazzril’s Pick

4. We are going back to the cave we were at earlier, except now we are going inside. Right infront of you as you enter should be a room. At the far end should be a shining mining pick. Loot it to get Thazzril’s Pick.

5. Exit the room and take a left and follow the path you should see Yarrog Baneshadow. Kill him and loot the Burning Blade Medallion.

Use your Hearthstone to return to The Den.

6. Turn in the two quests and get the follow up Report to Sen’Jin Village

Journey from Sen’Jin to Razor Hill


1. Run west to Sen’Jin Village pick up A Peon’s Burden on the way.

2. Turn in Report to Sen’Jin Village and get all the quests in the village.

  • Thwarting Kolkar Aggression
  • A Solvent Spirit
  • Practical Prey
  • Minshina’s Skull
  • Report to Orgnil
  • Zalazane

3. Start walking north towards Razor Hill while grinding mobs untill you reach Level 6 so that you can get training.

hs.jpg Go to the inn, turn in A Peon’s Burden and make the inn your home location.

4. Turn in Report to Orgnil and get all the quests in Razor Hill.

  • Dark Storms
  • Vanquish The Betrayer
  • Encroachment
  • Break a Few Egg

Now go up to the watchtower northwest of Razor Hill at (49,40) and pick up Carry Your Weight

And so it begins…


1. Go south-east to Tiragarde Keep and kill Kul Tiras Sailors and Marines while making your way too the castle. Remember to loot their Canvas Scraps.

2. Once at the castle go upstairs into a big room, kill Captain Benedict. He has another mob with him so this may be difficult, but YOU HAVE to finish this quest. Once you kill him pick up Benedict’s Key.

3. Go up to the top of the castle and open Benedict’s Chest. Loot the Aged Envelope to start The Admiral’s Orders.

4. Go back to Razor Hill and turn in all 3 quests and get their folowups:

  • From the Wreckage…
  • The Admiral’s Orders (Part 2)

Sell junk, repair and re-stock food/drink.


1. Go south-east to about (32,50) and do From The Wreckage… and A Solvent Spirit (The items for this quest may take a while to drop but be patient.) The Gnomish Tools look like this:

2. Go to the north-west to the area around (49,49) and kill 4 Razormane Quilboars and 4 Razormane Scouts.

3. Go back to Razor Hill and turn in From the Wreckage… If you are level 8 get training, if not don’t worry we will be back here in a little while.


1. Run south to (50,78) and do Thwarting Kolkar Aggression. The attack plans are in a tent at (49,81), inside the canyon at (46,78) and on the opposite path at (46,77).

2. Go back to Sen’Jin Village and turn in A Solvent Spirit and Thwarting Kolkar Aggression.

3. Go south-east to the Echo Isles and work on:

  • Practical Prey kill Durotar Tigers and loot their fur.
  • Break a Few Eggs the eggs are located on all the islands and look like this:


4. When you are atleast halfway done with those quests go to the main island. Kill Voodo Trolls and Hexed Trolls (Watch out, these guys heal to full health, try to interrupt it) while going to the main encampment of trolls (The one with Zalazane in it.) Go to the back of the hill on the east and make sure that Zalazane isn’t near and loot Minshina’s Skull from an Imprisoned Darkspear for Minshina’s Skull.

5. Wait for Zalazane to come up and then kill him.

6. Make sure to finish up Practical Prey, Break a Few Eggs and Zalazane before you swim back to Sen’Jin Village.

7. Turn in Practical Prey, Zalazane and Minshina’s Skull.

hs.jpg Hearthstone to Razor Hill and turn in Break a Few Eggs. (Get training if you need it.)

Sell junk, repair and re-stock food/drink.


1. Go west of Razor Hill to (44,39) and kill 4 Razormane Dustrunners and 4 Razormane Battlegaurds for Encroachment.

2. Go north to a hut at (43,30) and accept Lost But Not Forgotten.

3. Go north-east to a goblin at (46,22) and accept Winds in the Desert.

4. Go south through the path on the canyon, there should be an entrance to the Razorwind Canyon at (51,23) look for Sack of Supplies on the ground. Collect 5 of them.

5. Go back to the goblin and turn in the quest, get it’s followup Securing The Lines.

==NOTE== Now there may be a grind depending on how lucky you were with drops. Make sure that you are atleast 625 XP points from level 10 before continuing on with the guide.

6. Go to Razor Hill and turn in Encroachment.

==NOTE== Congratulations on level 10 and your first Talent Point. Spend it wisely. Now you should get training and I recommend that you do your class quest, for a good chunk of XP points and a nice Green Item. Or, you can continue with the guide and do the class quest later on.


1. Go west from the Goblin Rezlak to Rhinag at (40,16) and pick up Need for a Cure.

==NOTE== This quest is on a timer for 45 minutes, though it shouldn’t take you that long.

2. Go into Orgrimmar and go to Thrall in the Valley of Wisdom. Turn in The Admiral’s Orders and get the quest Hidden Enemies.

3. Go to the Cleft of Shadow and talk to Khorgan pick up his quest Finding the Antidote

4. Now go back to Rhinag and kill Venomtail Scorpids for their Venomtail Scorpid Sac’s. Once you have 4 go back to Khorgan and turn in the quest for the Venomtail Antidote.

5. Go back to Rhinag and turn in Need for a Cure.


1. Go back to the Drygulch Ravine and go to the end where you should see a cave. Go through the cave and kill Dustwind Savages and Storm Witches untill you finish Securing the Lines

2. Head back to Rezlak and turn it in.

3. Make your way to the River west of Durotar and kill Dreadmaw Crocolisks untill one drops Kron’s Amulet.

4. Head into Thunder Ridge and go to (42,26) and kill Fizzle Darkstorm. He might be fairly tough to kill as he casts alot of shadowbolts and has an imp that casts firebolts, but try really hard to kill him as this quest has a lot of follow ups. Use Minshina’s Skull to help you kill him if he can’t do it. (Consider that as a last resort as we may need it further down the road.)

5. Go back to the hut at (43,30) and turn in Lost But Not Forgotten.

6. Turn in Dark Storms at Razor Hill and get the followup.


1. Go to Margoz at (56,20), turn in the quest and get the follow up: Skull Rock.

2. Go directly north to a cave. Kill Burning Blade NPC’s untill you finish Skull Rock and Hidden Enemies.

3. Find Gazz’uz and try to kill him. =TIP= Burn everything you’ve got on him, and try to kill him as fast as possible, use Minshina’s Skull, and be sure to loot him for the Eye of Burning Shadow. Right-click it to start Burning Shadows. If you can’t kill him just move on.

4. Go back to Margoz, turn in Skull Rock and accept the followup Neeru Fireblade.


1. Go to Thrall and turn in Hidden Enemies, get the same-name followup.

2. Go to The Cleft of Shadow and find Neeru Fireblade outside the entrance to Ragefire Chasm.

3. Turn in Burning Shadows and Neeru Fireblade there is no need to get the followup. Keep on talking to him to complete Hidden Enemies.

4. Go back to Thrall and turn in Hidden Enemies. (You may consider taking the followup if you want to run Ragefire Chasm, if not, do not take it.)

You should be Level 12 by now.

Optional – Instance: Ragefire Chasm

Now you can start looking for a group for the Ragefire Chasm instance.

You already have the quest Hidden Enemies and you can pick up Slaying the Beast from Neeru Fireblade outside of the instance.

This instance gives alot of XP points if you need them, and it may drop some nice Blue Items you may find of use.

Now you have a choice, you can either go back to Razor Hill and pick up Conscript of the Horde. Then follow Hosho’s Guide to the Barrens to Level 20, then follow Jame’s Guide all the way to 80.


You can follow Snowflake’s Guide to Ghostlands. (I would personally recommend this as Ghostlands is much faster to level in than the Barrens.)

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    Oct 23, 2010 @ 16:57 pm

    Yup, this whole section’sYup, this whole section’s been re-written in Cataclysm, so the change is very temporary. Just played through that section last night, actually, on live.

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    Oct 23, 2010 @ 16:32 pm

    the quest ZalazaneJust did this guide with the addon and only have 1 remark.
    Seems the quest Zalazane has been removed and replaced by Cleanup on Isle E.

    It is on the same location how ever so nothing else has to chance to the guide. But instead of killing someone, you have to get 8 masks on that same island.

    On wowhead there is mentioned that this is temperately.


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    Sep 3, 2010 @ 2:24 am

    guildgreat guild used it for the frist time today and lvl to lvl 12 in an hour and helf great work

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    May 25, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Typo“2. Go into Orgrimmar and go to Thrall in the Valley of Wisdom. Turn in The Admiral’s Orders and get the quest Hidden Enemies.”

    You turn in ‘The Admiral’s Orders’ to Vol’jin and get ‘Hidden Enemies’ from Thrall.

    I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.

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    May 25, 2010 @ 2:58 am

    Warning to magesIf you have rolled a mage and are using this guide, your trainer is located in Sen’jin and not in Razor Hill like the other classes.

    You will want to make sure that you are level 6 BEFORE you leave Sen’jin for Razor Hill.

    At lv 8, there will be no problem training. The guide takes you right through Sen’jin at this point.

    At lv 10, wait until the guide takes you into Ogrimmar to do your training. You won’t have to do any fighting until you leave Ogri anyway. You can afford to wait for now.

    I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.

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    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:34 pm

    I know this has been aI know this has been a complaint for this guide in the past as well. It’s been quite a while since I’ve leveled through Durotar, with or without this guide, but honestly I remember pretty much every area there being pure torture. Not just Tiragarde keep – the Zalazane quest was bad too. And don’t even freaking get me started on “Dark Storms” – I wanted to pull my hair out, probably died three times before completing it.

    Hopefully Cataclysm will improve this area. If not, this guide will definitely need to be revamped, but I wouldn’t push it until we see what happens in the expansion.

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    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:07 pm

    Very silly guide…The “Durotar Leveling Guide 1-12” fails big time. Sending people to Tiragarde keep at level 6 is just plain silly. Killing a level 8 with a friend (after having to kill a level 9), at level 6, is stupid for several classes. I know several classes will have an easy time with this, but for many it is ridiculously hard and takes way too much time to be efficient. There are much much better (faster) ways to level than what is shown in the guide.

    I finally got my hunter to make the quest, but it was very difficult. Yea, hunters may be the worst class to do it with (weak melee, no cc, no healing), but still…

    The reason I even post this is that the guide looks fine in other parts. Perhaps fix it, or add a note that states that the guide is not good for all classes?

    I’m expecting comments about that I’m a noob and should learn to play, etc, etc. I’m an experienced play who have leveled troll/orc several times, so I don’t think that is the problem. I’m just saying the guide fails big time for certain classes and I think that is bad.

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    fyra in training
    Oct 3, 2009 @ 21:52 pm

    i love hunters but… much as i love hunters i love rogues hunters are awsome but i would go with rogues or pallys pallys are cool i would prefer rogue tho

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    fyra in training
    Oct 3, 2009 @ 21:46 pm

    AWSOME GUIDE!im lvl 24 on my main he sucks now thnx to this guide i was stressing out ovr how i would grow lvls until i found these guides my lvl 8 rogue is now 8 in 1hr 3min this guide really helps thnx u guyz this is a big help to the world of warcraft

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    Jun 7, 2009 @ 13:48 pm

    Another hunterMade new hunter on other realm.
    35 minutes lvl 6
    2 h 24 minutes lvl 10
    4h 2 minutes lvl 12
    5h 40 minutes lvl 13 (Epic slowdown)
    7h 40 minutes lvl 17
    8 h 30 minutes lvl 18 (Lots of completed quests tho)

    Is this any good? =]

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    Jun 4, 2009 @ 19:37 pm

    Nice guideHey, nice guide ^^
    I dinged level 10 at 2 h 42 minutes played with my troll hunter, not bad I guess because hunters without pets aren’t really good at leveling, I had to melee a lot which hunters fail at, epically. On my human it took me 2h 25 minutes, 17 minutes difference.

    It seems like humans have the fastest 1-10 leveling spots
    Paladins are way faster than hunters at lvl 1-10
    I didnt log out once when lvling the hunter, I did with my pala which gave me 15% rested bonus.

    Well, I can get my pet now which will make lvling way faster for me 😉

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    May 19, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

    It’s doable. Use powerwordIt’s doable. Use powerword shield and melee them down. Sure it will take a while but it will get the job done 🙂

    If needed you can also lesser heal yourself, they’ll bash the first one but 3 seconds later you can cast again and they can’t bash that one.

    But most importantly, at level 5, buy a [url=]Lesser Magic Wand[/url] at the AH. Will make your life so much easier as a priest.

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    May 19, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    piss.Well yeah…. I’m leveling a troll priest and I CANNOT do this quest….. maybe things have changed recently, but its impossible to cast when they bash you and you cant cast for 3 more seconds….a priest cant melee them both down… fuck.

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    Apr 10, 2009 @ 22:04 pm

    Tiragarde is certainlyTiragarde is certainly doable at level 6. But I recall dieing there several times when i just started the game. It’s just a case of experience, once you’ve leveled 3+ character through the same zone, you know which quests are more dangerous than the others, and you know you have to be careful.
    Also whenever you have to clear a small area packed with mobs, try to pull one at a time, and run back with him a little, this prevent the mob from pulling even more mobs if he runs away at low health.

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    Apr 10, 2009 @ 21:54 pm

    OkI have been through there with every single class, and I have not died a single time. It may be varying skill levels here, but pull one mob at a time, and take your time. And when fighting the Admiral just burst the add down and then kill him. If not, just run back in ghost form and finish the deed.

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    Mar 29, 2009 @ 5:28 am

    TypoWelcome to Durotar, home of the Orcs and the Trolls. It is here that you begin you’re quest to level 80.

    Notice how you say “begin you’re quest to level 80”

    It should say “begin your quest to level 80” just pointing that out

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    Feb 23, 2009 @ 10:39 am

    I’m sorry, but I can onlyI’m sorry, but I can only give you three stars. Because sending level 6 clothies to wipe in Tiragarde Keep is cruel. I think I died five-six times with my mage there.

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    Feb 17, 2009 @ 3:11 am

    Hey I just noticed CarryHey I just noticed Carry Your Weight is never turned in in your guide, I guess you turn it in when you turn in From the Wreckage…?

    Edit: Never mind, it says turn in the 3 quests, I always tend to “skip” over lines like that 😛 I’m testing my TourGuide conversion of this guide and I forgot that quest, my bad 😛

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    Feb 13, 2009 @ 8:50 am

    Guide MakingI was thinking about making a guide thats really detailed so complete noobs can even understand any tips guys


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    Feb 13, 2009 @ 0:40 am

    It means if you aren’t levelIt means if you aren’t level 8 then don’t get spells, and it’s ok not to be level 8 because you will come back to Razor Hill in a few steps, which means you will be 8 then and can train your skills.

    Hope this helps 😉

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    Feb 12, 2009 @ 23:39 pm

    Sweet guide man I reallySweet guide man I really needed help! just for clarification i just dont get”3. Go back to Razor Hill and turn in From The Wreckage… If you are level 8 get training, if not don’t worry we will be back here in a little while.” thanks man


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    Feb 7, 2009 @ 1:25 am

    Hey friend, doing the shamanHey friend, doing the shaman class quests will not offset you on the guide, like at level 4 or whenever you get your first quest, simply complete that chain right before you leave the Valley of Trials. The level 10 quest you should do at level 10, just pause wherever your at in the guide do the quest then come back.

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    Feb 5, 2009 @ 21:44 pm

    ShamanI really want a shaman but I dont know if doing the shaman quests will send me offcourse on the guides can anyone help me out?

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    Feb 2, 2009 @ 0:01 am

    Awesome! Be sure to add itAwesome! Be sure to add it to the huge list of guides for TG.

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    Feb 1, 2009 @ 21:36 pm

    Hey I just made your guideHey I just made your guide into addon-format (TourGuide Style). Here’s a download link if people want to test it:;13168119;/fileinfo.html

    To add this in to TourGuide, edit Guides.xml and add this line:


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    Dec 25, 2008 @ 22:45 pm

    YesYes, I would recommend the class quest before continuing on because by the time you reach some harder mobs like Fizzle and Gazz’Uz you should be a higher level.

    Also, you can do the hunter clas quest almost synchronously with the guide.

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    Dec 25, 2008 @ 19:48 pm

    Great job. I wish someoneGreat job. I wish someone would revamp some of the old starting guides. 🙁 Also, do you recommend doing the class quest before you continue on? I plan on running another hunter with this to test it, and am wondering that.

    Comment me on my blog.

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    Dec 24, 2008 @ 23:37 pm

    Hmm looks great! A niceHmm looks great! A nice upgrade to our old durotars leveling guides. Good job 😉

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    Dec 24, 2008 @ 17:20 pm

    New MapsI will be adding new maps as I finally got around to downloading GIMP, so they should be up later today or tommorow.

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