I’ve been questing in the Borean Tundra for the past few days and wanted to write a few quick impressions as I am nearing the last few quests.Â Since my Death Knight is undead, I’ll be giving you guys a Horde point of view.Â Borean Tundra is one of two “starter” zones in Northrend that can be done starting at level 68 and ideally last until around 72.Â Â I didn’t begin questing here until 69 though because I spent a level in Howling Fjord (which I don’t regret, but don’t like nearly as much as Borean Tundra).Â The quests begin at the huge Orc fortress that was built in response to the attack on Orgrimmar – it’s basically the entire reason why the Horde has come here: they’re pissed off.Â Big mistake pissing off the Horde!Â Â The Orcs are especially miffed and brought all their big names to Northrend including the infamous Varok Saurfang and Garrosh Hellscream.
The quests from the Orcs were a great starter for the region.Â They have you doing everything from blowing up Nerubian Sinkholes (where you’ll see lots of great looking Nerubians) to driving tanks mowing down the armies of Kel’Thuzad.Â Oh, and you actually see Kel’Thuzad standing there!Â From what I hear, he’s the boss of Naxxramas once again.
After you do quests for the Orcs and earn their respect and prove you are honorable, which always seems to be in question, they send you off to aid their neighbors in Borean Tundra.Â These neighbors are a needy bunch but the quests are really entertaining.Â Â You’ll find quests from the Tuskin (walrus people), the D.E.H.T.A. (Druids for the Ethical and Human Treatment of Animals – a group that wants to bring Nesingwary to justice… not a bad bunch in my eyes because Nesingwary can DIAF) and the Taunka (extra furry Taurens, imo).Â The Taunka quests can be a bit tedious because they involve the ever-tedious gnomes who always seem to blow stuff up and leave parts everywhere but they do give amazing quest rewards and lead into some fun chains.Â The Taunka quests also allude to an overall objective that you’ll accomplish as you move through more WotLK zones.
Probably the best quests in the entire zone though come from the Wizards of Dalaran.Â The quests start at Amber Ledge and involve you investigating the kidnapping of some magical people.Â The story unfolds and eventually leads you into Coldarra – a region that is home to the Nexus and a ton of Blue Dragonflight.Â This Coldarra area is amazing.Â It contains so much lore!Â [LORE SPOILER ALERT – SKIP THE REST OF THIS PARAGRAPH]Â The storyline here all leads to Malygos, one of the Aspects and leader of the Blue Dragons, who has regained his sanity (cool storyline involving Neltharion (Deathwing for you lore impaired)) and how he is pissed at the use of magic by humanity.Â The sub-plot here eventually leads into the Nexus where you get to free Karastrasza who has been warped by Malygos.Â This entire area establishes a HUGE section of the WotLK lore for Dalaran and the eventual raid of Malygos for level 80’s.
Overall, this zone has a ton of quests and a ton of lore.Â The quests are diverse enough so that I didn’t find myself bored or wanting to leave and the lore was so good that I found myself actually wanting to push onward and see it unfold.Â I don’t get many “WOAH!” moments in games anymore but I definitely had more than a few in Borean Tundra.Â Well done!