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Capital cities are typically the main headquarters of a faction. They are typically the largest of the faction's cities, and where their leaders usually reside.

Game capitals

These are capital cities, that function as major social and economical hubs for players, and must contain a bank, flight path, mailbox, inn, and at least class and profession trainers, an auction house, or a faction leader.

Playable faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to one or more playable factions.

Capital Location Factions Races
Darnassus Teldrassil, Kalimdor Darnassus Alliance, Gilneas AllianceIcon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Night elf, Worgen
Exodar BC Azuremyst Isle BC, Kalimdor Exodar AllianceBC Draenei
Ironforge Dun Morogh, Eastern Kingdoms Ironforge Alliance, Gnomeregan Exiles Alliance Dwarf, Gnome
Orgrimmar Durotar, Kalimdor Orgrimmar Horde, Darkspear Trolls Horde, Bilgewater Cartel HordeIcon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Orc, Troll, Goblin
Silvermoon City BC Eversong Woods BC, Eastern Kingdoms Silvermoon City HordeBC Blood elf
Stormwind City Elwynn Forest, Eastern Kingdoms Stormwind Alliance Human
Thunder Bluff Mulgore, Kalimdor Thunder Bluff Horde Tauren
Undercity Tirisfal Glades, Eastern Kingdoms Forsaken Horde Undead

Non-playable faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to non-playable factions, that act as game capitals for players.

Capital Location Factions Races
Dalaran Wrath Crystalsong Forest, Northrend Wrath Kirin Tor Neutral*, The Sunreavers Horde*, The Silver Covenant Alliance* (*Wrath) Human, Half-elf, High elf, Blood elf, Gnome
Shattrath City BC Terokkar Forest, Outland BC Sha'tar*, Aldor*, Scryers*, Lower City*, Sha'tari Skyguard*, Shattered Sun Offensive* (*NeutralBC) Naaru, Draenei, Blood elf, Arakkoa, Human

Lore capitals

These are capital cities that do not function as capitals in World of Warcraft, but are considered capitals in lore.

Faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to factions with reputation that can be increased or are permenantly friendly.

Capital Location Factions Races
Aerie Peak Hinterlands, Eastern Kingdoms Wildhammer clan Alliance Hill dwarf
Bilgewater Harbor Azshara, Kalimdor Bilgewater Cartel Horde Goblin
Cenarion Refuge BC Zangarmarsh, Outland BC Cenarion Expedition Neutral Night elf, Tauren
Dun Baldar Alterac Valley, Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Stormpike Guard Alliance, Stormpike clan Alliance Mountain dwarf
Frostwolf Village Alterac Valley, Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Frostwolf clan Horde Orc
Garadar BC Nagrand, Outland BC Mag'har Horde Mag'har
Gadgetzan Tanaris, Kalimdor Steamwheedle Cartel Neutral Goblin
Gilneas City Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Ruins of Gilneas Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Gilneas Alliance Worgen
Nighthaven Moonglade, Kalimdor Cenarion Circle Neutral Night elf, Tauren, Dryad, Cenarius's children
Revantusk Village Hinterlands, Eastern Kingdoms Revantusk tribe Horde Forest troll
Darkspear Hold Durotar, Kalimdor Darkspear tribe Horde Jungle troll
Sporeggar BC Zangarmarsh, Outland BC Sporeggar Neutral Sporeling
Stromgarde Arathi Highlands, Eastern Kingdoms League of Arathor Alliance Human
Timbermaw Hold Felwood, Kalimdor Timbermaw Hold Neutral Furbolg
Zuldazar Zandalar Zandalar tribe Neutral Zandalar troll, Jungle troll

Other faction capitals

These are capital cities specific to non-playable factions without reputation that can be increased or are permenantly hostile.

Any faction not listed as Neutral, Horde or Alliance is considered Hostile.

Capital Location Factions Races
Azjol-Nerub Wrath Azjol-Nerub, Dragonblight, Northrend Wrath Nerubian Empire Nerubian
Blackrock Spire Blackrock Mountain, Eastern Kingdoms Dark Horde, Black dragonflight, Smolderthorn tribe, Spirestone clan Orc, Dragonkin, Forest troll, Ogre
Boralus Kul Tiras Kul Tiras Alliance Human
Unknown Dragonmaw Capital Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Twilight Highlands Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif, Eastern Kingdoms Dragonmaw clan Orc
Gundrak Wrath Zul'Drak, Northrend Wrath Drakkari tribe Ice troll
Grizzlemaw Wrath Grizzly Hills, Northrend Wrath Polar Furbolgs Polar Furbolg
Hellfire Citadel BC Hellfire Peninsula, Outland BC Fel Horde Fel orc
Icecrown Citadel Wrath Icecrown Glacier, Northrend Wrath Scourge Undead, Lich, Nerubian, Abomination
Mak'aru The Rift, The Maelstrom Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Makrura Makrura
Mok'Nathal Village BC Blade's Edge Mountains, Outland BC Mok'Nathal clan Horde Mok'Nathal
Nazjatar The Rift, The Maelstrom Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Naga Naga
Razorfen Kraul Southern Barrens, Kalimdor Razorfen tribe Quilboar
Shadowforge City Blackrock Depths, Blackrock Mountain, Eastern Kingdoms Dark Iron clan Dark Iron dwarf, Fire Elemental
Skettis BC Terokkar Forest, Outlands BC Skettis Arakkoa
Temple of Ahn'Qiraj Ahn'Qiraj, Silithus, Kalimdor Qiraji Empire Qiraji, Silithid
Zul'Aman BC Ghostlands BC, Eastern Kingdoms Amani Empire Forest troll
Zul'Farrak Tanaris, Kalimdor Sandfury tribe Sand troll
Zul'Gurub Northern Stranglethorn, Eastern Kingdoms Hakkari tribe, Atal'ai tribe Jungle Troll

Former capitals

This is a list of capital cities that were once the capitals of playable races or factions, but have since fallen or changed hands. The factions, races, and location names are listed to reflect the capital's situation at the time of its "golden age".

Any faction not listed as Neutral, Horde or Alliance is considered Hostile.

Capital Region Affiliation What Happened Race
Alterac City Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Alterac Alliance Destroyed in the Second War Human
Angerfang Encampment Wetlands, Eastern Kingdoms Dragonmaw clan Defeated by adventurers and faction relocated to Twilight Highlands Orc
Bleeding Hollow Village BC Terokkar Forest, Outland BC Bleeding Hollow clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Bonechewer Village BC Terokkar Forest, Outland BC Bonechewer clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Burning Blade Village BC Nagrand, Outland BC Burning Blade clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Capital City Tirisfal Glades, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Lordaeron Alliance Destroyed by the Scourge Human
Dalaran City Alterac Mountains, Eastern Kingdoms Kirin Tor Neutral Destroyed by Archimonde in the Third War and rebuilt. Human, High elf, Half-elf, Gnome
Dragonmaw Fortress BC Shadowmoon Valley, Outland BC Dragonmaw clan Defeated by adventurers and faction relocated to Twilight Highlands Fel Orc
Echo Isles Durotar, Kalimdor Darkspear tribe Horde Taken over by Zalazane Jungle troll
Gilneas City Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Gilneas Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Gilneas Alliance Destroyed by the Forsaken, but later re-taken by The Alliance. Human/Worgen
Gnomeregan Dun Morogh, Eastern Kingdoms Gnomeregan Exiles Alliance Irradiated Gnome
Grim Batol Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Twilight Highlands Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif, Eastern Kingdoms Wildhammer clan Alliance Abandoned after the War of the Three Hammers Hill dwarf
Icemist Village Wrath Dragonblight, Northrend Wrath Taunka Horde Destroyed by the Scourge Taunka
Kaskala Wrath Borean Tundra, Northrend Wrath Kalu'ak Under attack by the Kvaldir Tuskarr
Laughing Skull Village BC Nagrand, Outland BC Laughing Skull clan Horde Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Sen'jin Village Durotar, Kalimdor Darkspear Trolls Horde Supplanted by Darkspear Hold Troll
Strom Arathi Highlands, Eastern Kingdoms Kingdom of Arathor Alliance Abandoned and slowly lost in favor of new kingdoms Human
Shrine of Ula-Tek Zul'Aman BC, Eastern Kingdoms Amani Empire Empire pushed back by Humans and Quel'Dorei Forest troll
Thaurissan Burning Steppes, Eastern Kingdoms Dark Iron clan Destroyed by Ragnaros Dark Iron dwarf
Thunderlord Stronghold BC Blade's Edge Mountains, Outland BC Thunderlord clan Destroyed after the Second War Orc
Undermine Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Kezan Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Trade Princes Neutral, Bilgewater Cartel Horde Destroyed by the eruption of Mount Kajaro Goblin, Goblin (playable), Hobgoblin
Zin-Azshari Kalimdor Kaldorei, Quel'Dorei Destroyed during the Great Sundering Kaldorei
Zul'Gurub Northern Stranglethorn, Eastern Kingdoms Gurubashi Empire Taken over by the Hakkari tribe Jungle troll

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