If you’re going for Insane in the Membrane, you will invariably spend a lot of time traveling around Azeroth. It would be nice to cut down this time to the bare minimum, so you spend more time gaining reputation and less time staring at a wind rider’s tail.
For starters, let me say at the beginning that if you’re a mage you have the absolute advantage in traveling around the world. Next best, of course, is to have a mage who will give you free teleports whenever you want, but most of us won’t have that. If you haven’t yet started your grind, you may wish to do it on a mage for this reason.
There are many places you will need to go to repeatedly in order to complete Insane in the Membrane. All of these are covered here, broken down by location.
Cape of Stranglethorn
Isle of Quel’Danas
Tanaris / Zul’Farrak
It’s best to set your Hearthstone to some point which makes all of Azeroth as easy to access as possible. Currently for high level players this is Dalaran in the Broken Isles. Dalaran has all city services (except an auction house) as well as portals to all major cities and the Caverns of Time and Dalaran Crater which you will use frequently (see below). Upon entering Dalaran for the first time, you will receive a Dalaran Hearthstone which you can use every 20 minutes. You can also reach Dalaran via a portal in your class order hall, or via a portal made by a level 110 mage. You can access the Broken Isles at level 98.
For players below level 98, the Shrine of Seven Stars / Shrine of Two Moons in Pandaria’s Vale of Eternal Blossoms is the place to go. These shrines offer almost all city services (except some profession trainers) as well as portals to every major city. The Vale and the shrines are officially unlocked by a level 87 quest chain, but level 85 players can walk in by traveling overland from the Jade Forest to the Shado-Pan Fallback in Kun-Lai Summit, going upstairs to the wall, following the wall south for a bit, jumping down into the Vale at the point where there is a group of blood elves, and then heading back east to the shrine. Players below level 85 can be summoned in by a warlock.
Players who are in Draenor may use Stormshield / Warspear in Ashran, which have all city services and portals back to most major destinations in Azeroth. The down side to Ashran is that there are no portals to Dalaran, making travel via Dalaran more tricky. They open to players at level 91, and while they are next to the Ashran PvP combat zone, they are not part of it. You can reach Ashran by a flight once unlocked, or by using the Ashran portal in a tier 3 Draenor garrison. Players below level 91 can be summoned in by a warlock.
Lower level players who cannot access the Vale still have another option:
At level 68 and above, all players receive the Dalaran (Northrend) flight point for free, and can access it simply by taking either ship to Northrend and picking up a quest from the flight master. Dalaran in Northrend has all city services and offers portals back to Stormwind, Orgrimmar, and the Caverns of Time. Players at any level can be summoned into Dalaran, or can walk there overland and use the teleport crystal just below Dalaran in the Crystalsong Forest. For players below level 85 who are not yet playing Pandaria content, this may be even better than the Pandaria option, as it will cut down having to repeatedly take portals to Dalaran (Northrend) from the Pandaria shrines.
Tips for Druids
Druids can use Teleport: Moonglade to reach Everlook quickly, to do the cloth turn-ins and quests there. It is safe to take a flight to Everlook when your reputation is Hated, as the flight masters are far enough away from the city to not attract attention of the guards. However, Horde players should swing wide of the city entrance when going to do cloth turn-ins.
Alliance druids can reach Darnassus quickly via a short flight from Moonglade. A Darkmoon Faire Mystic Mage is just inside the city portal from Rut’theran Village, making it easy for druids to access the Darkmoon Faire without having to use their Hearthstone to get there.
All druids can also cast One with Nature repeatedly until arriving in Tirisfal Glades. This allows easy access to Arathi Highlands and Hillsbrad Foothills for Ravenholdt grinding, especially for Alliance players. Horde players may benefit, too, by avoiding a potentially lengthy ride to Undercity. One with Nature is obtained by learning the toy Nature's Beacon. This is really useful only for lower level druids without access to the Broken Isles, as it is much faster to use the Dalaran Crater portal in Dalaran.
Tips for Mages
If you are a mage, you can set your Hearthstone anywhere, as you have access to teleport and portal spells which can carry you to within a short flight of anywhere in Azeroth you may need to go.
If you have not already done so, visit your nearest Portal Trainer and ensure that you have every trainable teleport and portal spell, including Teleport: Dalaran - Broken Isles and Portal: Dalaran - Broken Isles.
You should also learn Ancient Teleport: Dalaran and Ancient Portal: Dalaran. These two spells teleport you, or open a portal respectively, to Dalaran Crater in Hillsbrad Foothills, which offers easy access to Ravenholdt Manor and Arathi Highlands. To learn Ancient Teleport: Dalaran, enter the Scarlet Halls dungeon (it’s the rightmost dungeon entrance) and kill the final boss, Flameweaver Koegler. During the fight you must interrupt all of his Book Burner spells by standing in front of them, preventing the bookcases from catching fire (if you do this on normal, this is trivial since you’ll kill him before he gets off a cast). Do this successfully then loot his corpse. Turn around and look at the bookshelves to the left of the room entrance, and you will find a book you can right-click on. Do so, and you will receive Ancient Tome of Teleport: Dalaran. (If you can’t click the book, make sure you looted the corpse.) Once you have learned this, Endora Moorehead in Dalaran (Northrend) will sell you Ancient Tome of Portal: Dalaran.
Note well that when you port into Dalaran Crater, you will be in the middle of the crater above ground level, with a very long and deadly fall. To prevent dying, cast Slow Fall on yourself before going. If you’re taking a portal, mount up on a flying mount before entering the portal and you will remain in the air when you arrive. Note that it’s not possible to be mounted when taking the portal from Dalaran and you’ll need a way to slow your fall: After arrival, balance druids can use Flap, priests can use Levitate, or engineers can use a Goblin Glider, or anyone can use a Potion of Slow Fall or a Goblin Glider Kit, to slow their fall. Note that the ten second Parachute Cloak may not be sufficient here; the teleport and fall consumes nearly the entire duration of a 30 second Slow Fall.
Tips for Shamans
Shamans can use Astral Recall once every 15 minutes as an additional hearthstone to return to your home location.
Tips for Engineers
Gnomish engineers can use the Ultrasafe Transporter: Gadgetzan to reach Gadgetzan, but unless you don’t mind the occasional malfunction, it’s probably best to forgo the use of this device, as it is easier to reach Tanaris in other ways (see below).
Goblin engineers may find use for the Dimensional Ripper - Everlook when traveling there to do cloth turn-ins or quests; the occasional malfunction is acceptable here since, unlike Gadgetzan, there isn’t a good alternative way to get here quickly. If your reputation is Hostile or Hated, you will be attacked on arrival.
Having a MOLL-E is often helpful to avoid repeated trips to the mailbox when doing repeated turn-ins of cloth or junkboxes. If the character going for Insane is not an engineer, you can drop it from your engineer alt, then log off and log on the character who needs the mailbox, but to save time, make sure both characters are in that position before you drop the mailbox.
Most of the grinding for low-level Ravenholdt reputation, through the end of Honored, takes place here. A short low-level quest area for Booty Bay reputation, and grinding for Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation, is also available.
All players should use the portal to Dalaran Crater in Dalaran or one provided by a mage. After arriving, travel southeast until you reach the east-west road and follow the road east to reach Arathi Highlands and the Syndicate grinding areas. Alliance players restricted to ground mounts should not pass through Thoradin’s Wall on the road, as there is a Horde outpost on the other side. Instead, follow the wall north to an unguarded break in the wall which you can use to reach Northfold Manor.
Low level Alliance players should take a portal to Ironforge, then a flight to Refuge Pointe. The Syndicate grinding areas are west and southwest of Refuge Pointe.
Low level Horde players should take a portal or zeppelin to Undercity, then a flight to Galen’s Fall. The Syndicate grinding areas are east and southeast of Galen’s Fall.
A brief trip to the Badlands will allow you to complete a few quests for Steamwheedle Cartel reputation.
To reach Fuselight-by-the-Sea and begin the quest line, travel east from Fuselight and optionally use the teleporter. You can also take the rocket from Light’s Hope Chapel, Eastern Plaguelands, by accepting the breadcrumb quest Fuselight, Ho!.
To reach Fuselight directly, Alliance players should take a portal to Ironforge, then a flight to Fuselight. Horde players should take a mage portal to Stonard, if one is available, and a portal to Undercity otherwise, then a flight to Fuselight.
To reaach Light’s Hope Chapel, all players should take the portal to Dalaran Crater from Dalaran or from a mage, then a flight from Chillwind Camp / Tarren Mill to Light’s Hope Chapel.
Paladins of level 98 or higher can reach Light’s Hope Chapel via the trapdoor in their class order hall, which opens in both directions.
Low level Alliance players can take a portal to Ironforge, then a flight to Light’s Hope Chapel, while low level Horde players can take a portal to Undercity, then a flight to Light’s Hope Chapel.
Cape of Stranglethorn
Most reputation gain and loss for the Bloodsail Buccaneers and Booty Bay will take place in and near Booty Bay. You will be spending much of your time here during the initial stages of an Insane in the Membrane grind, with occasional return trips.
If you are on the level 85 Bwemba's Spirit / Bwemba's Spirit quest line, which phases out both Northern Stranglethorn and the Cape of Stranglethorn, complete the quest line before beginning Insane in the Membrane.
Alliance players can reach Booty Bay by taking a flight from Stormwind, and Horde players can take a zeppelin from Orgrimmar to Grom’gol Base Camp, then a flight to Booty Bay. Note that if you are Hostile or Hated with Booty Bay, you will be attacked instantly upon landing. This is not an issue if you are in the Brashtide Invasion event, but you should avoid entering this way if you are not in that phase and haven’t yet restored your reputation to at least Unfriendly. Enter while riding your own flying mount instead if you must go in this case.
You can also use the Boots of the Bay to teleport to the Salty Sailor Tavern (or a Hearthstone if you set your home here), but again, you will be attacked on sight if your reputation is low enough. Obtain this item by achieving Grand Prize or [Quest #32435] in the weekly Stranglethorn fishing contest.
Finally, you can take a boat from Ratchet if your reputation is at least Unfriendly with both Booty Bay and Ratchet.
Reaching the Darkmoon Faire is relatively easy. When the Faire is open, Darkmoon Faire Mystic Mages in Stormwind, Darnassus, Orgrimmar, Undercity, Shattrath and Dalaran (Northrend) will offer to teleport you to the Faire staging areas in Elwynn Forest / Mulgore. From wherever you are, simply go to the nearest Darkmoon Faire Mystic Mage. One is just outside each Auction House in Stormwind, near the city portal in Darnassus, near the flight master in Orgrimmar, near the flight master in Undercity, near the Aldor bank in Shattrath, and near the fountain in the center of Dalaran (Northrend).
The portal to the Darkmoon Faire is just south of Goldshire for Alliance players, and just outside Thunder Bluff below the western lift for Horde players.
Several quests granting Gadgetzan reputation are available in this zone, and require Neutral reputation to start. These quests are in and around Mudsprocket.
Alliance players may take a mage portal to Theramore and then travel southwest to Mudsprocket. Unlike Dalaran Crater, falling into the Theramore crater is not deadly. If a mage portal is not available, travel to either Dalaran, then take the portal to Caverns of Time, then a flight from Bootlegger Outpost or Gadgetzan to Mudsprocket.
Horde players should take a portal to Dalaran, then the portal to Caverns of Time, then a flight from Bootlegger Outpost or Gadgetzan to Mudsprocket.
A brief trip to Feralas will allow you to complete two quests for Steamwheedle Cartel reputation, as well as pick up one of the three OOX mechanical chickens.
Alliance players should travel to either Dalaran, then take the portal to Caverns of Time, then a flight from Bootlegger Outpost to Feathermoon Stronghold. Accessing Bootlegger Outpost requires Neutral reputation with both Gadgetzan and Ratchet, so players who are Unfriendly or lower with either of these should instead take a portal to Stormwind, then the portal to Uldum, then a flight to Feathermoon Stronghold.
Horde players should take a portal to Thunder Bluff, then a flight to Stonemaul Hold.
Ravenholdt Manor is in Hillsbrad Foothills, high in the mountains above and to the east of Tarren Mill. This will be a frequent destination for gaining high-level Ravenholdt reputation, from Revered to Exalted.
All players should use the portal to Dalaran Crater in Dalaran (Broken Isles) or one provided by a mage. After arriving, travel just south of due east, passing over Tarren Mill, to reach Ravenholdt Manor.
Low level Alliance players can take a portal to Ironforge, then a flight to Aerie Peak. Ravenholdt Manor is southwest along the line of the mountains; fly over the second-to-last peak and you will reach it. A mailbox is available at Aerie Peak.
Low level Horde players can take a portal or zeppelin to Undercity, then a flight to Tarren Mill. Ravenholdt Manor is nearly due east. A mailbox is available at Tarren Mill.
Players restricted to ground mounts will need to use the ground path up to Ravenholdt Manor which starts in the hills north of Durnholde Keep. This is accessible from Tarren Mill or Aerie Peak.
One of the three OOX mechanical chickens is located near Agol’watha, near the center of the zone.
All players should take the portal to Dalaran Crater in Dalaran (Broken Isles) or one provided by a mage, then a flight from Aerie Peak / Tarren Mill.
Low level Alliance players may take a portal to Ironforge, then a flight to Stormfeather Outpost.
Low level Horde players may take a portal or zeppelin to Undercity, then a flight to Hiri’watha Research Station.
Isle of Quel’Danas
A good spot for farming Heavy Junkboxes is at Greengill Coast.
All players may take the Isle of Quel’Danas portal from Shattrath City upon reaching level 70. A portal to Shattrath is available in Dalaran (Broken Isles) and in the Pandaria Shrines.
Low level Alliance players of at least level 70 may take a flight from Ironforge, and low level Horde players of at least level 70 may take a flight from Silvermoon City or Undercity.
Players will need to visit Ratchet for a few quests, and nearby Fray Island for pirate grinding.
All players can take a boat from Booty Bay if their reputation is at least Unfriendly with both Booty Bay and Ratchet.
Alliance players should travel to Dalaran (Broken Isles), take the portal to the Shrine of Seven Stars, then use the teleporter to teleport directly to Ratchet. The teleporter costs 10 gold and is safe to use even if you are hated with Ratchet. Alliance players can also take a mage portal to Theramore, then fly north to Ratchet.
Horde players should travel to Orgrimmar and then fly directly to Ratchet.
Tanaris / Zul’Farrak
Tanaris is where the majority of your Insane reputation grind will likely take place. The pirates on Southbreak Shore just east of the Caverns of Time provide most of the reputation grind for restoring your goblin reputations. Sandsorrow Watch and the nearby Zul’Farrak dungeon in the northwest of the zone provide a few quests which will increase your Steamwheedle Cartel reputation. One of the three OOX mechanical chickens is just south of the cavern entrance.
To reach Tanaris, travel to either Dalaran then take the portal to Caverns of Time. When exiting the cavern, Southbreak Shore is directly east on the opposite side of the mountain. Gadgetzan is north, and Bootlegger Outpost, the nearest flight point, is southwest.
To reach Sandsorrow Watch and Zul’Farrak from the Caverns of Time, travel northwest across the zone. It has no nearby flight point.
All players should take a portal to either Dalaran, then the portal to Caverns of Time, then a flight from Bootlegger Outpost to Marshal’s Stand or Mossy Pile.
Players who are already in or near Sholazar Basin and have learned Flight Master's License can simply use the Waygate.
It is safe for all players to take flights to Everlook. However, Horde players should give the city entrance a wide berth when passing by it to do cloth turn-ins.
Druids should use Teleport: Moonglade and then take a flight from Moonglade to Everlook. All players may do this during the Lunar Festival using a Lunar Festival Invitation, which can be obtained in all major cities in Azeroth, as well as in Dalaran (Northrend) and at the Pandaria Shrines.
Goblin engineers may use their Dimensional Ripper - Everlook but will be attacked on arrival if they are Hostile or Hated. It is possible to resurrect far enough away from the city to avoid being attacked a second time; resurrect outside the city wall as close to the flight master Yugrek as possible.
Alliance players should travel to Stormwind, take the portal to Mount Hyjal, then a flight to Everlook. Alliance players below level 80 should take a mage portal to Darnassus, exit the city via the portal to Rut’theran Village, then take a flight to Everlook. If a mage portal is not available, take a boat from Stormwind to Rut’theran Village, then a flight to Everlook.
Horde players should travel to Orgrimmar, take the portal to Mount Hyjal, then a flight to Everlook. Horde players below level 80 should fly directly to Everlook from Orgrimmar.