Type Capital
Last known population 6,000
Races [1]

[2]Tauren (5,280) [3][4]Orc (300) [5][6]Forsaken (240) [7][8]Jungle troll (180)

Government Spiritual hierarchy
Rulers [9]

High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof

Languages Taur-ahe, Common, Orcish, Zandali
Faiths Shamanism, Druidism, Earth Mother, An'she
Affiliation Horde
Location Northern Mulgore


[10][11]Overhead view of Thunder BluffThe centaur were driving the tauren out of their homeland around the time of the Third War. When Thrall and his Horde arrived on the continent, an alliance was forged between the Horde and the tauren. Following the defeat of Archimonde and the end of the war, Thrall helped the tauren rout the centaur and reclaim their land. Shortly thereafter the tauren founded the city of Thunder Bluff and began the process of settling into their old surroundings and repairing the ecological damage the centaur had wrought. Thunder Bluff grows and expands at a tremendous rate.[1]

Thunder Bluff was settled fairly recently by the tauren, who successfully drove out the marauding Centaur from their lands. Thunder Bluff is the first city of its kind; for centuries, the tauren wandered the plains as nomads, unable to claim a permanent home. All Horde visitors are welcome here, and the expertise of the tauren in professions ranging from leatherworking to shamanism, druidism to hunting are all practiced and taught here.

In order to gain access to Thunder Bluff, visitors must either ride wyverns to the top one of the four towering mesas, use the zeppelin from Orgrimmar or be lifted via rope and wood elevators, an invention unique to the tauren.[2]

People and Culture

Although some of the historically nomadic tauren probably miss their itinerant lifestyle, they are intensely proud of their permanent home and spend much of their time trying to make it better. They gladly accept the help of the orcs and trolls that help them, but are somewhat less enthusiastic at the presence of the Forsaken, whom they only grudgingly tolerate because of their membership in the Horde. Tauren place a strong emphasis on the value of life, and the unlife of the Forsaken stands as an affront to their beliefs,[3] not to mention the less than honorable activities the Forsaken carry out.


Thunder Bluff is composed of four towering mesas, or rises. The only entrances from the plains below are elevators leading to the central platform. The central rise is connected to the others through large wooden bridges.

Thunder Bluff is located in the far north of Mulgore, among the sprawling flatlands of the Golden Plains. The weather is almost always warm and sunny, with intermittent breezes carried in from The Barrens.[4]


[12][13]Thunder BluffThe various rises in Thunder Bluff act a bit like neighborhoods or quarters in a human city [4], or the valleys and keeps of the orcish city Orgrimmar.

Thunder Bluff has a central mesa divided into three rises, surrounded by three additional mesas with distinct names:

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