- To clash with the greatest army Draenor has ever known, you'll need your own forces and your own fortress. Construct a mighty garrison: an enduring home base integrated seamlessly with the world, not a hiding spot far from the action. Customize it with specialized structures like farms, stables, armories, workshops and more.
- Establish trade routes and unlock new quests, gear and pets to support your war for Draenor. Recruit stalwart followers to man your base, and send them to loot dungeons, fulfill missions, and craft items, even if you're offline. Tame a deadly realm, and build an unbreakable monument to victory.
Garrisons are one of the main features of Warlords of Draenor.
Garrisons are phased, highly customizable character-specific sub-zones, where players can arrange, construct and manage their own base of operations against the Iron Horde. Expansive and fully explorable areas featuring dozens of different buildings and characters, garrisons are brought to life by the player's followers, interactable NPCs who must be inspired (or bribed) to join the player's ranks. Detailed characters in their own right, followers can be grouped up and sent off to undertake quick quests, delve into dangerous dungeons or join with an army of allies to tackle special raids against mighty foes. Successful missions can reward the player with epic loot and vital resources for the development of the garrison.
Each garrison building offers a special purpose - be it to improve the player's followers, grant access to alternate professions, or provide the player with bonuses in other areas of the game. Buildings and followers can be customized, with every upgrade and specialization reflected in the appearance of the base.
As well as providing unique gameplay functions, garrisons also feature as extensive explorable areas in their own right, with standard fixtures such as merchants, quest givers and flight masters. Garrisons can also be entered by party members, whether to appraise the base's strategic planning, to interact with followers, or to trade in special resources.
Garrisons are intended to be part of the expansion's levelling experience, and are integrated into the expansion's zones and gameplay, with players frequently redirected to their garrison throughout the levelling experience. However, they are also an ongoing feature at max level. Garrison development is tied to key quest lines throughout the expansion's zones, with each character's garrison located in their faction's home zone on Draenor. Garrison play extends beyond the garrison itself, with buffs that affect play in the rest of the game, and discoverable elements such as followers found through exploring the rest of the game world.
Garrisons offer a high level of customization, with a number of possible buildings and followers from which the player must choose, each providing different rewards. However, these choices are not permanent and can be undone by the player.
Players first begin to build their garrisons shortly after completing Warlords of Draenor's Dark Portal introductory experience. Horde players can find their garrison, Frostwall, in Frostfire Ridge, while Alliance players can find their garrison, Lunarfall, in Shadowmoon Valley.
- 1 Official preview
- 2 Garrisons and buildings
- 3 Followers
- 4 Missions
- 5 Garrison Blueprints
- 6 Monuments and pristine archaeology artifacts
- 7 Invasions
- 8 Visitors
- 9 Jukebox
- 10 Garrison decorations
- 11 Storyline
- 12 Phasing
- 13 Notes
- 14 Development
- 15 Trivia
- 16 Gallery
- 17 Patches and hotfixes
- 18 References
- 19 External links
- As you progress toward level 100, you’ll open up the opportunity to create your very own Garrison—one of Warlords of Draenor’s biggest new features. Once ground is broken, you can decide which buildings to construct, which followers to recruit, and which missions they should undertake. All of this becomes integral in your ultimate quest to advance your character, and you’ll be returning to your Garrison frequently to further your goal of protecting Azeroth from the Iron Horde. ... Garrison will have specializations similar to talent trees, and will grow over three tiers.
- Commissioned by their faction leader to establish a foothold on Draenor and bolster defenses against the formidable Iron Horde, each player will need to build and manage their own Garrison, a customizable fortress that serves as your personal base of operations throughout the course of the expansion. As you complete quests and win allies to your cause, your Garrison will expand and you’ll be able to choose which upgrades you’d like to construct from a variety of options. You’ll also meet and recruit NPC allies and followers who will join you at the Garrison, each providing different benefits.
- For example, a miner rescued from a dungeon might take up residence and help gather Mining resources. A heroic warrior you quarter might embark upon quests at your command, with a chance to return with valuable treasures. Other characters might provide you with quests that expand upon their own stories or lead you to valuable assets in your campaign.
- When it comes time to upgrade your Garrison, you might choose to build a Barracks to send more followers on missions simultaneously, an Inn to provide new recruits, or an Infirmary to speed up injured followers’ recovery time between assignments. You may instead decide to build a Smithy and recruit a Blacksmith to research new plans and craft valuable resources (such as those with daily cooldowns). You’ll also be able to invite friends to visit your Garrison to trade resources and see how your home base stacks up against their own.
- Your Garrison exists seamlessly in the world, but you won’t need to go into an instance portal to visit your home base - as you travel through Draenor, you’ll see your Garrison looming on the horizon.
Garrisons and buildings
Garrisons are real zones placed within the actual game world, which the player can explore in detail, entering individual buildings and interacting with followers and other NPCs. Players are able to enter garrisons seamlessly, without a loading screen, similar to Sunsong Ranch in Valley of the Four Winds. Each character's garrison is permanently located in their faction's home zone on Draenor - Shadowmoon Valley for the Alliance, Frostfire Ridge for the Horde. Players are given a , allowing quick travel back to the garrison with a 20 minute cooldown.
Garrisons provide various plots for a selection of buildings to construct, allowing easy switching of buildings that share the same plot sizes. Each building features lavish detail, and will change - outside and inside - as they are upgraded, developing from simple tents and huts to grand towers and imposing fortresses. Buildings can be entered and explored by the player, which are filled with related NPCs and objects which can be interacted with.
Garrisons also look very different depending on the character's faction, featuring iconic design from Warcraft tradition. The Alliance garrison strongly reflects human architecture, while that of the Horde reflects traditional orcish designs. Individual buildings, primarily the professions buildings, offer "racial hints" from other races of the player's faction.
Party members can visit the garrison of the current party leader through clicking on their portrait. This allows players to show off their garrisons and have their friends help fight off invading forces, and is often used to allow access to the variety of visiting NPCs randomly found in different garrisons each day (see below). Any number of friends can come in to your garrison, up to a 40-member raid.
Like the buildings within them, garrisons initially start at level 1, and can be upgraded from there to level 2, and then level 3. Each level expands the garrison significantly, radically altering the physical zone, adding new building plots and architectural features, and unlocking new building Blueprints. Level 3 also unlocks end-game elements such as the Garrison Support daily quests and the Garrison Campaign quest line. Upgrading the garrison is achieved through special quests, available at specific points in the character's progress. The level 1 and level 2 garrison become available through the introductory quest line, while the level 3 garrison is unlocked through reaching level 100. Upgrading the garrison requires a fair amount of gold and Garrison Resources.
While the introductory quest lines in Draenor's starting zones see the construction of the garrison itself, those in Draenor's other zones involve the construction of an outpost.
Outposts are essentially small towns, complete with innkeepers, flightmasters and other NPCs, and represent the efforts of the faction to build a base of operations to tackle the threats within that zone. During the initial quest line, the player will be given the choice of two special buildings, each related to the zone in question, only one of which they can choose to construct for their outpost. Once chosen, the building will actually be constructed in the outpost much like a building in the garrison, complete with related NPCs. The choice will also grant access to the corresponding Blueprints, allowing the player to construct the building of the same (or similar) name at their garrison - although the relationship between the outpost building and garrison building generally stops there. Players are however able to purchase Blueprints for all zone-specific buildings at level 100, allowing players to eventually explore all building options, and ensuring that the questing experience is not mandatory in order to fully explore the garrison feature.
Blueprints aside, the choice of building is only of consequence within the zone involved. Once a building is chosen, the player will be offered a related quest line, and more significantly is granted a permanent zone-specific special effect related to that building, such as the ability to summon a temporary guardian NPC to assist them in battle. These effects are only usable within the corresponding zone. For examples, players questing in Gorgrond are given the choice of constructing a Lumber Mill or a Sparring Arena in their Gorgrond outpost. The former grants access to a shredder vehicle, and a quest line set in the densely forested south of the zone - while the latter grants the aid of a variety of bodyguards, and a quest line set in the zone's rocky and ogre-filled north.
While at lower levels, garrisons require a reasonable amount of player interaction in order to recruit followers, gather resources and take on missions, as players progress garrisons become less time-intensive, aiming to reduce player fatigue while continuing to reward participation:
- "As you begin building up your Garrison, we expect that you’ll interact with it quite a bit. However, over time, it’s expected that your interaction will become more casual. At lower levels, your missions are on shorter time cycles (minutes, hours or days); once your followers have reached high levels, it’s likely that you’ll send some of them off on longer raid missions for a week at a time. We want garrisons to be important, but our goal is a system that’s easy to enjoy without being extremely intensive."
Buildings are the individual "pieces" of each garrison. They improve and expand the functionality of the garrison, such as by improving the player's ability to recruit, use, and train followers; to craft; to complete missions; and to run missions more quickly by reducing followers’ downtime. Buildings can also grant bonuses for play in the rest of the game, including player buffs, once a day free resurrections and access to professions. Players are able to choose from 21 unique building types in total.
Garrison buildings can be upgraded from level 1 to level 2, then level 3. Upgrading buildings will alter their appearance, causing them to grow larger and more impressive. More importantly, doing so will improve their function, granting additional or increased effects, and increasing work order numbers. For example, while a level 1 Barracks unlocks patrol missions, upgrading it to level 2 will allow a follower to escort you in Draenor as your bodyguard; while upgrading it to level 3 increases the number of followers the player is able to have active, as well as unlocking special racial guards and banners.
Profession buildings allow players with that profession to purchase recipes using a profession-specific currency (which is on a daily cooldown). All players can place work orders to transform baseline materials into high-end materials for that profession. Players without the profession will be able to craft low and mid-level crafted gear/enchants/consumables through an NPC at the building, but high-end items will only be available from players with that profession. Having a profession building is similar to having that profession trained to a lower level, although the limited number of plots will force players to choose which professions to focus on. All professions buildings are small buildings.
Upgrading and constructing buildings requires the player to have learned the blueprints for the building they wish to build or upgrade, and costs various amounts of and gold. The player can get a few blueprints by completing specific quests in zones around Draenor that reward a token redeemable at a vendor in Warspear or Stormshield. The rest of the blueprints may be purchased from a vendor inside the garrison once they have been unlocked. Once the player has learned the blueprint, they may go to the architect table in their town hall and construct or upgrade the building.
Most buildings offer work orders, allowing the player to trade in baseline profession or world resources for refined resources or more . A level 3 building can have up to 21 work orders outstanding, and a level 3 Storehouse increases that to 36.
Work orders can be started by speaking to an NPC within the building. Once the player has turned in the required resources, work will begin, with completed orders appearing in a bundle outside the building. Work orders generally take 4 hours to complete, and continue regardless of the player's actions or login status. With level 3 buildings allowing 21 work orders at a time, this allows players to retrieve work orders only once every 3 days if desired, so that they aren't required to keep a constant eye on production. Work orders can be completed immediately using Rush Order items.
|Herb Garden||5x||Various Draenor Herbs|
|Engineering Works||2x & 2x|
|Barn||Captured beasts from Nagrand||Raw Beast Hide (amount varies by beast), Sumptuous Fur (amount varies by beast), meat (type varies by beast), Savage Blood (elite beasts, level 3 only)|
|Lumber Mill||10x Timber||20x|
|Trading Post||~10 of a random raw tradeskill material (herbs, ore, et cetera)||100x|
Some followers have specific profession traits that allow them to work at matching profession buildings. These can be assigned through the Architect Table. While a follower is at work at a profession building, collecting work orders from that building will yield double the usual resources. Followers who are working cannot be sent on missions, but do not usually need to be kept at profession buildings; simply put them to work there prior to collecting work orders in order to receive the benefits. Some profession buildings grant additional effects when a follower is working there. For example, assigning a follower to the Herb Garden allows the player to choose which type of herb to grow. While most of these can be accessed on demand, some, such as the Herb Garden, require the follower to remain working there in order to activate the additional effect.
Garrisons have a number of plots for creating buildings. These come in three sizes: small, medium and large. Each building matches a certain size of plot, with the limited number of available plots forcing players to choose which of the many possible buildings to construct. Players can place buildings according to their own wishes, allowing for a variety of possible garrison designs. Buildings of the same sizes can easily be swapped at the architect table without rebuilding, allowing for refined customization.
At specific points, special quests will allow the garrison to be upgraded to the next level, in exchange for a fair amount of gold. Garrison buildings can be upgraded from level 1 to level 2, then level 3. Each level will grant a number of bonuses, such as increased work order number, increased mounted travel speed and specific buffs. Most importantly, higher level garrisons also open up more plots for buildings.
The player's garrison will offer 1 small and 1 medium building plots at level 1; up to a maximum of 2 large, 2 medium and 3 small plots at level 3.
These buildings are given to the player for free after completing quests related to the buildings. They are unable to be moved around the garrison, but can still be upgraded.
Small buildings are constructed on small plots, and mostly are for professions. Most grant partial access to the corresponding profession, while the Storehouse helps out by proving the player with access to a bank, and the Salvage Yard has a chance to provide crates of salvage upon mission completion, with a chance to contain items to increase follower's item levels.
- Alchemy Lab
- Enchanter's Study
- Engineering Works
- Gem Boutique
- Salvage Yard
- Scribe's Quarters
- The Forge
- Tailoring Emporium
- The Tannery
Medium buildings are constructed on medium plots, and provide a variety of benefits around Draenor and in your garrison. The Inn allows the player to find and add followers with specific traits or abilities, and offers another rested area in the garrison. The Barn allows for the trapping of Draenor beasts, providing ways to gain leather, cloth ands.
Large buildings are constructed on large plots, and provide a more specialized benefit to the player. The Mage Tower allows the player to open ogre waygates around Draenor, with up to 3 spots for portals around different zones. The Barracks provides an increase in follower capacity, and also lets the player pick a follower to accompany them out into the world to help combat the savage wilds of Draenor.
Constructing buildings costs varying amounts of gold and . The gold cost is determined purely be level, while the Garrison Resources cost is also affected by the size of the building.
After completing the Dark Portal counterstrike chain in Tanaan Jungle the players will find themselves in Shadowmoon Valley/Frostfire Ridge. They will immediately be presented with a quest chain that ends with the construction of a Tier 1 garrison. They will quickly get a quest to build a Barracks in their only Large building slot.
|Tier 1 (Outpost)||1||1|
|Tier 2 (Fort)||1||1||2||From|
|Tier 3 (Garrison)||2||2||3||Level 100 and /|
|Frostwall Mine/Lunarfall Excavation||Level 92|
|First Level 2 medium/small building blueprint from||Complete the quest chains for|
|Fishing Shack||Level 94 and , which requires fishing|
|First Level 2 large building blueprint from||Talador outpost complete|
|Unlock Level 2 small building blueprints at vendor||Talador outpost complete or level 96|
|Herb Garden||Level 96|
|Second Level 2 medium/small building blueprint from||Reward from or|
|Unlock Level 2 medium building blueprints at vendor||Spires of Arak outpost complete or level 98|
|Reward from : the end of the goblin -vs- fungus quest chain in southern Spires of Arak|
|Second Level 2 large building blueprint from||Nagrand outpost complete|
|Unlock Level 2 large building blueprints at vendor||Nagrand outpost complete or level 100|
|Menagerie||Level 100 and defeating several level 25 Battle Pets within your garrison|
- Main article: Garrison followers
Followers are the life and soul of a garrison, NPCs that the player can recruit to join them in the battle against the Iron Horde. Followers can be sent on missions to earn experience and loot for both themselves and the player. They can also be allocated to certain buildings, boosting production from tasks such as crafting or gathering resources and granting special bonuses. Once assigned to a mission, followers' actions will play out whether the player is online or offline. Management of followers is a key feature of garrisons.
Each follower has a name, character level, item level, class and specialization. Followers may be recruited as uncommon, rare, or epic, and their rarity affects the number of abilities and traits they can have. Followers' rarity can be increased through experience once they reach level 100, and when first recruited followers also have a chance to be granted a rarity upgrade similarly to quest rewards. Followers also come in types, such as melee, ranged and caster, and players can choose to recruit tank, DPS and healer followers.
Followers have a variety of abilities and traits that affect missions and tasks. Each mission offers one or more threats - each belonging to one of that mission's bosses - and countering these threats increases the mission's likelihood of success. For example, if a follower has the Taunt ability, they will be able to counter the Wild Aggression threat. Traits have a smaller impact than abilities, and can increase mission success chance in more synergistic ways, or add other benefits such as increasing experience gained. Some traits are not related to missions but rather to buildings, allowing that follower to be put to work at a specific building within the garrison, doubling work order production and granting special bonuses. For example, if a follower has the Enchanting trait, the player will be able to assign them to the Enchanter's Study, gaining twice as many Fractured Temporal Crystals from work orders, and also granting access to unique cosmetic enchantments.
Followers can increase in level, rarity and item level by running missions. Followers start at between level 90 and 100, and have a maximum level of 100. Experience gained from missions will cause them to increase in level, allowing them to tackle higher level missions in a similar way to player character level. Once a follower has reached level 100, further experience will allow them to upgrade in rarity until they reach epic rarity. Regular followers cannot exceed epic rarity, although there is one legendary follower - Garona Halforcen. Once followers reach level 100, it becomes possible to improve the item level of their weapon and armor through special upgrade items provided as mission rewards. All followers start with item level 600 gear, and upgrading it will increase their chance of success against higher item level missions.
Followers exist in the garrison game world as NPCs, and feature more dynamic behavior than found in other NPCs. Players will be able to see followers walking around their garrison, while sending followers off on missions will cause them to stop what they are doing and travel together out through the front gate of the garrison. Followers will notice and walk around, rather than through, the player, respond dynamically to inputs such as placement of buildings, and can also be interacted with, with followers /waving to each other and /dancing with the player. Followers will also help the player defend their garrison when it is attacked by hostile NPCs (see below).
Followers must be recruited by the player, which can be achieved through various means. A reasonable number of followers are obtained while leveling to 100, either from quest lines or through encounters within zones, such as , who must be tracked down atop his lonely perch in Gorgrond and "persuaded" into the player's service through an impressive combat performance. Followers can also be recruited through the Lunarfall Inn/Frostwall Tavern, where a new follower can be chosen from a large range each week. Max-level quest lines, reputation-limited vendors and other means offer further sources of followers once at level 100.
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- Main article: Garrison Missions
One of the main uses of followers is to send them on missions. Missions are special undertakings which the player can send groups of followers to fulfil, ranging from 15 minute Quests to week-long Raids featuring dozens of followers. Successful missions can reward resources for developing the garrison and crafting reagents, as well as actual player loot usable by the character. In addition, missions serve to earn followers experience, slowly increasing their level and improving their abilities.
Each mission has its own name, follower level (similar to player instances), specific duration, group size requirement, and other characteristics. Players can view available missions through the interface and choose which followers to send on a mission. Some missions are unlocked through having specific buildings. Missions are specific to the garrisons feature, and are not related to any playable content.
Players can choose to send their followers on four different types of mission:
- Time: 15-30 mins
Quests are very quick and generally used to level up your followers. Higher level quests can yield player loot.
- Time: 2-3 hours
Sending your followers on a scenario will take longer but has a higher chance to yield player loot.
- Time: 1-3 days
Dungeons are much more difficult and take longer but are guaranteed to yield player loot.
- Time: 4-7 days
Raids unlock when you get 10 followers to level 100. Occasionally you will receive transmog missions for older raids.
Each mission offers a special reward, available only if the mission is successfully completed. There are several types of reward, including player and follower XP, player and follower gear, Garrison Resources, and others such as contracts granting new followers.
Player gear granted by missions will include some normal mode raid pieces and maybe a few heroic raid quality items towards the end of the raid tier. Mythic raiders will be fine without making use of their garrisons.
All missions also reward experience (XP) for followers, allowing them to level up. This XP is rewarded regardless of whether the mission is a success or a failure. Many missions also offer bonus XP as a reward for successfully completing the mission. Followers that are 3 or more levels below the mission level will only receive 10% of the mission XP and bonus XP.
Garrison Blueprints are plans used to learn how to construct or upgrade buildings around your garrison.
Blueprints are obtained in a few different ways, depending on the level and size of the Blueprints. Players may level through zones, allowing them to pick a building as an outpost and receiving that building's blueprint for the garrison, or at level 100 players may purchase blueprints from a vendor to acquire those that they missed during the leveling process.
- All level 1 Blueprints become available once the Garrison reaches Tier 2
- Because you get them all for free at Garrison Tier 2, you might consider hanging on to the small building blueprints that come from the profession-specific dropped item quest line so you can sell the redundant blueprints for gold.
- Level 2 Blueprints become available at different points depending on their size:
- Level 3 Blueprints become available upon completing various account-wide Warlords of Draenor achievements
- Level 3 Blueprints are account-wide, with all known level 3 Blueprints automatically known by all characters on the player's account.
|All||5||Teaches all level 1 blueprints (excluding Salvage Yard)|
|Small||150||Also reward from|
Monuments and pristine archaeology artifacts
At Tier 3, garrisons also feature monuments and the ability to display pristine archaeology finds.
Monuments can be earned by completing achievements. They can then be displayed on one of the three monument bases in the garrison. There are currently six known, with five available.
Pristine archaeology artifacts can be collected by completing the various Archaeology artifacts around Draenor and obtaining a pristine version. Once the player is level 100, the artifacts can be turned in at the player's Town Hall and displayed in the back room on tables, pedestals, and hung on the wall. These are permanent objects that unlike at the Seat of Knowledge, cannot be read (likely to reduce garrison server load).
Garrisons will sometimes be invaded by "the enemies of Draenor". Players will be able to defend their garrison with help from their followers and up to 2 friends. These assaults will happen repeatedly, and will get harder as time goes on.
At certain points the player will be notified that an invasion is approaching. This is intended to occur ostensibly as a result of the player provoking the local Iron Horde forces through their actions in the area. When ready, the player can speak to an NPC to start the invasion.
Each invasion sees attack by a variety of NPCs invading the base, and engaging in combat with the garrison's defenders. There are 6 or 7 different types of invasion, with each playing out differently. Invasions make use of new AI technology to randomise the experience, with invaders sometimes attacking NPCs or the garrison walls, and at others kidnapping followers. Objectives include defeating snipers and stealthed assassins who are picking off the garrison's defenders, and healing injured defenders before they die. Objectives are marked on the mini-map for players to see. Guards and buildings destroyed by invading forces will be replaced following the invasion.
You do not have to do the invasion immediately, despite your garrison UI indicator blinking. If you talk to the quest giver but do not start it, and then come back and find it is "failed", you can abandon the quest - you'll be able to pick it right back up and start the invasion.
Success in repelling invasions is measured by the number of enemies defeated, and the number of guards and buildings that survive.
Performance is graded similarly to Challenge Mode dungeons, with players awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal, higher medals offering superior rewards. All players taking part in an invasion will be able to gain rewards from it. Each player can gain each medal once per week. After that, they can still gain Garrison Resources for completing invasions.
Having a larger number of players will improve the player's chances of attaining the higher rewards. In this way garrisons are intended to encourage players to group with their friends, with each potentially taking turns to assist the others in their own invasions.
The first garrison invasion occurs after the player has improved their garrison to Tier 2, intended to be approximately mid-way through the Frostfire Ridge or Shadowmoon Valley questing experience. However, it is possible to reach Tier 3 before this invasion takes place.
Once the player reaches max level, invasions will be triggered "organically" by player actions within the wider world. These will primarily by triggered through actions in and around mission areas. 
One of four visitors will visit the garrisons of level 100 characters with a Tier 3 town hall each day. Each character is random, but the four visitors and the quests they offer are the same region-wide. That is, if one player has the fur trader in his or her town hall, all characters with a trader will have the fur trader, and no characters will have the herb or ore traders that day. Players need to visit other players' garrisons to pick up quests, but can turn in at their own garrison.
Bounty dailies, offered by to Alliance characters and to Horde characters, are Group-3 quests that have players kill the specified bounty. Each bounty quest awards 81 62 and a slim chance to loot the from the bounty.
Dungeon dailies, offered by to Alliance characters and High Overlord Saurfang to Horde characters, task players to complete the specified Warlords of Draenor dungeon. The specified dungeon does not have to be completed in Heroic mode, but does require that the attempting character be level 100. Each dungeon quest awards 61 60 175.
Raid quests are once-weekly endeavors, and require the completion of a single specified raid encounter. They are offered by the same NPC as the Dungeon dailies, and at the same time. These quests can be accomplished on any difficulty level, from Raid Finder to Mythic, and will award a cache of and 61 60. The spoils contain an item level 645 or 655 token, but the contents do not depend on the encounter difficulty.
Five profession dailies are available, trading Warlords crafting reagents for Primal Spirits. Unlike the other daily quests, players need only be level 90 to complete the daily quest. Also, rather than the vendors being randomly available, they appear in a set pattern: ore, dust, fur, leather, herb. After the daily quest, The traders also exchange the same reagents for a lesser quantity of Primal Spirits and additionally sell recipes for professions that use the reagent items.
|Herb||10 10 10 10 10|
offers one of six quest lines daily. The initial quests are linked here, but see the full series on each quest page. Completing all six quest chains awards the achievement , needed for , which awards Harrison Jones as a follower! The final quest in the chain awards 150.
- Main article: Garrison Jukebox
Added in Patch 6.1, a Garrison Jukebox can be unlocked after completing a fetch quest, allowing players to change the music that plays in their garrison. 31 tracks are available from such varied sources as fishing in Ironforge's Forlorn Cavern or Thunder Bluff's Pools of Vision, to chests next to in Undercity and in Darnassus to raid encounters like Kel'Thuzad, the Lich King, and .
A full list is found in the Garrison Jukebox article.
will sell decorations for garrisons, in exchange for special resources available only during the Hallow's End and Winter Veil events. There are several kinds of decorations, each adding new NPCs, objects and/or cosmetic effects to the player's garrison.
Once purchased the items can be used to create the desired decorations. The decorations can be removed by speaking to Izzy Hollyfizzle again. Decorations are not time-limited, and can be used at any time of year. Multiple decorations can be combined for intense effect.
|5||Summons three holiday pets to battle, plus , a rare mob who drops|
|5||Transforms the garrison's guards into festive appearances matching humanoid Hallowed Wands|
|5||Summons pumpkins, lanterns and other appropriate decorations for your garrison|
|5||Invites an arakkoan seer to your garrison, who in turn brings along some Ghastly Guests|
|5||A pandaren brew witch sets up outside the Town Hall, offering a special brew that transforms players into Alementals|
Feast of Winter Veil
|5||Adds lights and wreaths to the garrison.|
|5||Adds trees and presents around the garrison.|
|5||Adds a and PX-238 Winter Wondervolt to the garrison.|
|5||Transforms half of the garrison's guards into festive appearances and spawns a Snowman NPC.|
|5||Adds candy canes, mistletoe, and stockings to the garrison.|
|5||Contains a random gift.|
|5||A controllable toy.|
- After rescuing members of the Frostwolf Clan during Warlords of Draenor's introductory experience, Horde players will be given a plot of land by Durotan. This is where they will begin building their garrison.
- The Alliance, after the player helped to destroy the Dark Portal, set up two garrisons: one commanded by the adventurer at Lunarfall, and the other commanded by veteran officer in Spires of Arak. Taylor's garrison would unfortunately fall, to treachery from within.
- Some questgivers will be able to be recruited by players to be followers, following completion of their quest lines.
- Garrisons are integrated into the levelling experience, with levelling players frequently redirected to their garrison, and regular changes to reflect players' progression on Draenor. NPC attacks upon the garrison may also be tied to storyline events.
- While levelling, players will be given choices between possible buildings to add to their garrison. As well as affecting garrison play, the player's choices will also impact the levelling experience through influencing which quests are offered. Completing construction of the chosen building will also provide the player with a zone-specific benefit.
- At various points, the player's garrison will be visited by important characters including "notable heroes" from the player's faction, presumably as part of quest lines.
- While having a garrison will be a mandatory part of the expansion, progressing or customising it will not. Players who choose not to progress their garrison, and those who level through non-quest means such as dungeons, will be able to get back to their garrison later if they wish.
Each week characters with a level 3 garrison will be offered a Garrison Campaign quest. The quest is the same across all characters. Sometimes the quests can result in permanent upgrades to the garrison (like a mole machine that teleports the character to their outpost in Gorgrond).
Characters with a level 3 garrison will be provided with a choice of two random assault missions daily, only one of which can be completed each time. These assault missions take place across Draenor and reward a large number of Apexis Crystals.
- Multiple same-faction characters walking into the garrison zone will each phase to a different garrison
- For opposite faction players, trying to go to the location of the opposite factions garrison will take them to the zone as it appeared before any garrison was built there.
- Garrison will play a major role in your character’s professions in this expansion — similar to how your farm was key to the Cooking profession in Mists of Pandaria, only on a much more epic scale.
- The mailbox in the tier 2 Alliance garrison and the mailbox in the tier 3 Alliance garrison are on opposite sides on the steps in each. This becomes an issue when mailing things around between alts in different level garrisons.
- During seasonal events the garrisons don't seem to get any seasonal decor.
Garrisons were partly conceived as a way of incorporating the concept of player housing found in other games into World of Warcraft, but in a very Warcraft way. The developers had discussed the concept of adding player housing for "a long time" prior to Warlords, but wanted to find a way to have the feature change the way people played the game, rather than merely providing a cosmetic addition.
Warlords of Draenor provided "the perfect time" to implement player housing, with the storyline stranding players on an alternate Draenor, needing to build a base for their operations against the Iron Horde. The garrison was intended to be reminiscent of the Warcraft RTS games, with the player slowly developing a base of operations in a new region. The garrison was also intended to provide a form of external character progression, allowing max level players to continue to progress in the world. Garrisons also help to create a sense of importance and standing for characters themselves, with the player in charge of a sprawling base inhabited by NPCs which salute the player and refer to them as "Commander".
Another important development aspect was for the garrison to be integrated into levelling and activities in other zones, and to remain relevant at max level. The developers also wanted the garrison to feel "part of the world" rather than a separate feature. This was achieved through the incorporation of garrison-related quests, special abilities usable in each zone, and loot rewards from follower missions.
The garrison feature went through significant alterations following its original announcement at Blizzcon 2013.
- Prior to April 2014, it was planned for players to be able to choose the location of their garrison with a number of possible zones, and the ability relocate their garrison if they changed their minds. However, as the developers realized they wanted to "heavily integrate the Garrison into the leveling flow" it became necessary to fix the garrison to a single location, with the starting areas allowing them to be involved in quest lines from the start of the leveling experience.
- The team originally intended for players to learn how to use the garrison while leveling, and then offer more choices once they reached maximum level. They realized that players wanted the flexibility earlier, so the experience now has more choices early on.
- Originally the team wanted to have all of the buildings affect your garrison's missions, but as they playtested it became clear that the buildings should have more of an impact on your gameplay out in the world. The garrison also was tied into the storyline more than originally planned.
- Buildings originally granted relatively simple buffs and improvements, but over time the developers realised that it was necessary to have them impact gameplay more substantially. As a result, buildings were changed to start quest lines and add additional gameplay elements such as using vehicles. Buildings also provided an opportunity to provide limited access to special features the developers had not been able to offer previously.
- Garrisons were originally far larger than their final implementation, as showcased at Blizzcon, and featured a larger number of building plots. However, the developers received a lot of feedback that the expansive bases were too large, with players struggling to get their bearings and to feel personally in charge of such a large area. As a result, the bases were "squished down", allowing players to feel more personally connected to their garrisons.
- A listing of some of the minor changes and bugs from the Warlords of Draenor beta can be found at Warlords of Draenor beta timeline.
- Blizzcon footage showed a 'Dance Studio' listed among the small buildings. However, this was apparently "Just the UI guys having a little fun." There is a mission called The Dance Studio: "Rumored not to exist, yet clearly baseless". It awards the trait.
- During the beta, an NPC known as provided garrison-related services.
- refers to the town hall in Frostwall as a Great hall.
- Concept art of buildings progressing
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): A new events coordinator can now be found in level 3 garrisons. Visit the coordinator during Hallow’s End or Feast of Winter Veil to obtain garrison decorations that are usable all year round!
- Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23):
- New NPCs
- New features
- Second mailbox added by Small Building plots.
- New road to Garrison Shipyard added.
- Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24):
- New Garrison visitors
- One of five new visitors may visit each day offering a quest to anyone that visits players with a Tier 3 garrison.
- Defeat a dungeon boss: Completing this daily quest awards Garrison Resources.
- Defeat a raid boss: Completing this weekly quest awards gold and an item level 645 token with a chance for it to be an item level 655 token.
- Bounty (intended for 2 or more players): Group up with 2 or more additional players to hunt down and defeat a powerful enemy and you'll earn gold and a chance to get an heirloom quest item off of the creature you kill for the quest.
- Relic: Completing these quests will reward gold and ultimately as a new Follower.
- Profession: Get your hands on more Primal Spirits, reduce surplus reagents, and buy new recipes for crafted upgrades and transmutes.
- For the Pet Battlers out there, there's a separate chance for an additional visitor offering unique Pet Battles with a chance to award a bag containing Pet Battle items and new Battle Pets.
- One of five new visitors may visit each day offering a quest to anyone that visits players with a Tier 3 garrison.
- Summon a Raid or World Boss
- Players may find an item while completing a Garrison Invasion that that summons one of six new raid or world boss in the Garrison.
- Summoned raid or world bosses have scaling health and is intended for 10-40 players.
- New Garrison Music Box
- Players can assemble a music box allowing them to play music in their Garrisons.
- The music box can be obtained as a reward from a new quest found in your Garrison.
- New songs can be collected from throughout the world to expand your music library.
- New Garrison Vendor
- New Follower Trait: Treasure Hunter
- Treasure Hunter trait increases the amount of gold rewarded from a mission.
- Garrison Followers
- Garrison Followers may now be upgraded to item level 675.
- Follower Missions
- New Profession Missions are now available on upgrading a profession building to level 3. Successfully completing these missions award an item that allows instant completion of work orders.
- Players can unlock Relic and Bounty missions for their followers by completing the corresponding Relic or Bounty quest offered by one of the random daily new visitors to the Garrison.
- New exploration missions are available to players with a skill of at least 1 in Archeology. Successfully completing these missions can award Archeology fragments, keystones, or treasure maps for a Draenor zone. Treasure maps obtained in this manner does not require quest achievement completion for the Draenor zone.
- Archeology Vendors in Stormshield and Warspear now sell an item that'll spawn a follower exploration mission for 5 Restored Artifacts.
- New Level-100 Scouting missions to a Battlefield now awards an item that grants access to missions that award Apexis Crystals.
- New Raid missions to Blackrock Foundry are now available for a cache that awards level 665, 680, or 695 items.
- New follower missions have been added that can award gold, Apexis Crystals, Savage Blood, or Augmentation runes.
- Level 90-94 gold and Garrison Resource missions will now continue to appear even if there are no Followers that are level 90-94.
- Level-100 Garrison resource missions now award more Garrison Resources.
- Scavenger trait for Followers now increases Garrison Resources gained from a mission by 100% (down from 200%).
- Follower Mission UI Improvements
- List of missions available now displays the amount of bonus XP, gold, and resources awarded without having to mouse-over the mission tooltip.
- Improved tooltips displaying which followers that can counter threats on a mission.
- Followers that can counter a threat and available show up with a green checkmark.
- Followers that can counter a threat but are out on a mission displays the time remaining until the follower is available.
- Followers that can counter a threat but assigned to a building will display a working icon.
- A new icon will notify the player when assigning a follower that'll receive less XP reward because they're below level or item level requirements.
- Garrisons with 10 or more followers now have access to a sortable list with a quick overview of how many followers can counter a particular threat or how long a follower will be out on a mission.
- Garrison Buildings
- Garrison Work Order Changes
- Work orders now check if a follower is assigned to the building every 4 hours when factoring in production bonuses.
- Followers assigned to work at a building now receive XP for each work order that they provide a production bonus on.
- Players now have an option to queue up all remaining work order slots through the building's work order UI.
- NPCs that accept Work Orders are now titled as such along with a new interaction cursor to make them easier to locate.
- Alchemy Lab
- Level 2: Followers working at the Alchemy Lab now offers a choice on the free potions you want to receive, but those potions are now soulbound.
- Armory (Dwarven Bunker / War Mill)
- Level 3: A daily quest has been added to allow players to exchange Iron Horde Scraps for an armor or weapon enhancement token.
- Barn traps are no longer targetable, causes the cursor to be highlighted, or usable in Rated Battlegrounds, Arenas, or outside of Draenor.
- Barn traps can now be placed on top of a trap that has already been sprung.
- Savage Blood now drops more frequently when a follower is assigned to the building (it didn't affect the chance previously).
- Caged creatures now stack to 1000 (up from 20).
- A vendor at the Barracks now sells an item that allows a character to shrink their Bodyguards for 60 minutes.
- Fishing Shack
- (Level 3 Fishing Shack) will now give you any of the standard baits if you ask nicely.
- Lunkers can now be caught from fishing pools and have an improved catch rate with higher fishing skill.
- Summoned Cavedwellers now drops random fish flesh and drops less Worm Supreme.
- Fish Eggs used as turn-in for the Fishing Shack Daily quest are now bind on pickup and no longer have a sell value.
- Lumber Mill
- Lumber Mill no longer requires Garrison Resources to build or upgrade.
- Work orders now award 30 Garrison Resource (up from 20).
- Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge
- The building now accepts Ogre Waystones as work orders awarding Apexis Crystals and a chance to receive an item that allows instant completion of a mission that's in-progress.
- Characters visiting the Garrison are now able to use Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge portals.
- Mine (Lunarfall Excavation / Frostwall Mines)
- no longer has a stack limit, is now bind on pickup, and has a sell price. It now has an exclusive category so it cannot be applied multiple times by splitting it into different stacks. However, the aura can now correctly stack up to 5 times.
- no longer has a stack limit, is now bind on pickup, has a sell price, and offers a bonus even if you have the Peon's Mining Pick.
- Reduced the difficulty of quests to unlock the Menagerie, elite pet challenges, and pet battle daily quests.
- Salvage Yard
- Tier-3 salvage recovered from Follower missions no longer has an independent chance to drop an uncommon (green), rare (blue), or epic (purple) item and will instead always drop one of them. This change is intended to reduce overall item spam without affecting their value. Existing chance for Tier-3 salvage to potentially also contain an uncommon Tier-2 salvage item remains unchanged.
- Follower Weaponry and Armor Set tokens (War Ravaged, Blackrock, Goredrenched) no longer drops from salvage. Weapon and Armor enhancement tokens that can upgrade a Follower's weapon or armor item levels will continue to have a chance to drop from Salvage Crates.
- Town Hall
- The fireplace in Tier-2 and Tier-3 Alliance Garrison Town Halls can now be used as a cooking fire.
- Trading Post
- Players trading Garrison Resources for tradeskill materials can now shift-click to specify the amount of items they want to purchase.
- Trading Post Parts that drop in Ashran now have a chance to drop from all creatures and NPCs that drop Artifact Fragments, with an increased drop chance based on the quality of the creature or NPCs.
- Trading Post no longer requires Garrison Resources to build or upgrade.
- Some merchants have started accepting Crescent Saberfish Flesh as payment.
- Garrison Work Order Changes
- Garrison Invasions
- Players that have performed above-and-beyond expectations for a Gold rating while defending their Garrisons from an invasion can now attain a Platinum rating. Platinum rating awards a level 660 item and a chance at obtaining an item that can be used to summon a raid or world boss.
- Players that have performed above-and-beyond expectations for a Gold rating while defending their Garrisons from an invasion can now attain a Platinum rating. Platinum rating awards a level 660 item and a chance at obtaining an item that can be used to summon a raid or world boss.
- New Garrison visitors
- Hotfix (2014-11-18): Followers that are 3 or more levels below the mission level now receive 10% of the mission XP and bonus XP (up from 0%).
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Added.
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