Area 52 is a neutral goblin-run town found on the southwestern most island of Netherstorm. It is a settlement structured much like Gadgetzan and Everlook, with a short wall surrounding a small hovel of buildings. The goblins are seen building a rocket ship to journey into the Twisting Nether named the X-52 Nether-Rocket.
Food & Drink
Alliance 15 Toshley's Station
Horde 15 Thunderlord Stronghold
Horde 15 Mok'Nathal Village
Neutral 15 The Stormspire
Neutral 15 Cosmowrench
Neutral 15 Evergrove
Locations and NPCs
Area 52 Inn
Innkeeper Remi Dodoso <Innkeeper>
Liza Cutlerflix <Stable Master>
Warpy <Liza's Pet>
Blazzle <Blacksmithing Supplies>
Rocket-Chief Fuselage <B.O.O.M. Commander>
Bill <B.O.O.M. Fire Marshal>
Papa Wheeler <B.O.O.M. Mech Tech>
Chubis <B.O.O.M. Jr. Mech Tech>
Gant <Food & Drink>
Kablamm Farflinger <Transportation Engineer>
Dash <Trade Supplies>
Boots <B.O.O.M. Master Mixologist>
Off-Duty Engineer <B.O.O.M. Engineering>
Ravandwyr <Kirin Tor Apprentice>
Sagan <Ravandwyr's Familiar>
Lee Sparks <The Taskmaster>
Chief Engineer Trep <B.O.O.M. Engineering>
Xyrol <Master Engineering Trainer>
Qiff <Engineering Supplies>
Kizzie <General Supplies>
Leeni "Smiley" Smalls <Arena Vendor>
Big Zokk Torquewrench <Arena Vendor>
Grex Brainboiler <Exceptional Arena Weaponry>
Area 52 Big Bruiser
Lead Sapper Blastfizzle <B.O.O.M. Sap Foreman>
Crash Bigbomb <B.O.O.M. Sap Operations>
Outside Area 52
Krexcil <Flight Master>
Area 52 Bruiser
Area 52 Death Machine
The following converstation takes place in the Area 52 inn between Anchorite Karja, Exarch Orelis, Magistrix Larynna and Spymaster Thalodien.
Anchorite Karja says: With all due respect, A'dal sent us here to investigate Kael's activities, not mount a full-scaled attack.
Spymaster Thalodien says: Look, sweetheart. No one's talking about storming Tempest Keep ourselves, but when we see a target of opportunity we have to take it.
Exarch Orelis says: Hold your tongue, Knave! Do not dare use that tone with a priestess of the Light!
Magistrix Larynna says: [Thalassian] DOr shar'adore da shando (Translation: I'm surrounded by idiots!)
Anchorite Karja says: The magistrix will be happy to know I'm fluent in Thalassian. Your courtesy is not lost on me.
Anchorite Karja says: Back to the topic... we should focus our attention on these manaforges. We need to learn what the enemy is doing with them and why.
Magistrix Larynna says: We've told you all there is to know! Do you forget that many of us used to be trusted followers of Kael'thas?
Spymaster Thalodien says: ...and just look at where that got us!
Exarch Orelis says: Even you must admit that your information from defectors is outdated and unreliable. Let us make calculated attacks on these manaforges and gather what information we can.
Spymaster Thalodien says: Finally, some talk of action from the big guy!
Area 52 has a few references to the outside world in it. The name of the town itself is a reference.
The X2 Nether Rocket has many goblins working on it, most of whom are clad in Star Trek-inspired uniforms.
Two of the goblins working on the X2 Nether Rocket have a dialogue running along the lines of Elton John's "Rocket Man".
The X2 name is a reference to the X-plane, the experimental U.S. airplane/rocket program.
The town's name is a reference to Area 51, a US military base which has strong pop culture ties to extraterrestrials and their space-faring technology.
When going through the doors, players receive a short "debuff" (with no apparent effects) from the A-52 Neuralyzer, which says "The flash of light you did not see did not erase your memories." In the film Men in Black, agents were issued a device, also called a Neuralyzer, that wiped people's memories with a flash of light whenever they had any contact with aliens.
Innkeeper Remi Dodoso's name in Area 52 spells out the notes 'Re' 'Mi' 'Do' 'Do' 'So' in the solfege scale. This is a reference to the musical theme used in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kindto communicate with the aliens which have landed on Earth.
Area 52 and the X2 rocket also periodically get attacked by Negatron, a reference to Megatron from the Transformers series.