Mount Hyjal is probably the first Cataclysm zone you’ll encounter once your character hits level 80. Hyjal, on the continent of Kalimdor, is – as its name suggests – a mountain. The zone is higher than any other zone on the continent, so if you’re flying in from elsewhere you’ll need to travel almost as much vertical distance as horizontal! Check our quick guide if you want to know How to get to Mount Hyjal.
Mount Hyjal was not accessible until the release of Cataclysm, although the zone has played an important part in Warcraft lore. During the Third War, the power of Nordrassil the World Tree was harnessed in order to repel the Burning Legion. As a result, Nordrassil was badly damaged and Hyjal was devastated.
Now the region is once again under threat, this time from that grumpy old fire lord Ragnaros and his minions. A desperate defense has been mounted under the leadership of Malfurion Stormrage. Playing through the Mount Hyjal zone questline will involve the player in this battle, and will eventually result in an assault upon the elemental stronghold of Ragnaros himself.
Mount Hyjal is also the site of Thrall’s rather impromptu marriage to Aggra – an event which can be witnessed in-game by completion of the correct questchain – as well as the gateway to the Firelands raid (at Sulfuron Spire in the south of the zone) and the associated daily quests (at the Sanctuary of Marlorne in the west of the zone).
There are some great quests in Hyjal. If you’re old enough to remember the videogame Joust, you’re going to have a great time playing through Blizzard’s three-dimensional homage. Alternatively, you might enjoy rescuing stranded bear cubs from trees (by climbing the tree, grabbing the cub, and throwing it down onto a trampoline, naturally) or saving baby turtles from a fire (by drop-kicking them into the Ashen Lake).
Mount Hyjal is a great zone to quest in. Most quests in this zone will earn your reputation with the Guardians of Hyjal faction. Hyjal is also a great place to mine Obsidium or gather the Cinderbloom herb.
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