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This article lists all of the loading screens found in World of Warcraft and its expansions over its history.

Login

Beta

Music

Each login screen featured a variation of a 10-minute long piece of orchestrated score that features a medley of other music pieces that are heard throughout the game, with the beginning of the piece setting the main tone for the expansion. The theme for Cataclysm was called "The Shattering" by Russell Brower. Mists of Pandaria had a Chinese-like remix of The Shattering that replaced most of the hard drum beats with wind chimes.

In interviews in the past, Russell Brower has discussed how he likes to keep the original idea of the login music (the theming and key elements) and build on it with each new expansion. There's an expectation of hearing a certain style of music that says to people that they're logging in to World of Warcraft. It evokes emotions in many people and so he's said he doesn't want to take that away but instead, enhance and add to it with each of the expansions. If you sit and listen to the whole thing, you'll find that you've ended up on a journey of sorts through World of Warcraft history. It tells you about where you've been and where you are now or are going to depending on where you are in your gameplay.[1]

Login screen trivia

  • When information the players need to know about game service comes up, a "Breaking News" panel opens up in the upper left side of the screen.
  • Warlords of Draenor marked the third login screen out of seven to feature the Dark Portal, making it the most common theme so far. The second most common would be dragons, featured in both the Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm screens.
  • The Wrath of the Lich King screen opened with the frost wyrm, Sindragosa flying into the frame, flapping her wings, landing with a thud, and emitting an infamously powerful roar, all repeating at a set interval. That often irritated players who were trying to log in quietly, to the point "roaring dragon screen" complaints were rumored to have influenced the randomized and much quieter roar of a different dragon in the next expansion's loading screen.
  • The Wrath of the Lich King login was the first widescreen-compatible login.
  • The Cataclysm login screen is so far the only one that displayed a still-image while the rest of the game files finish downloading.[2]
  • During the Warlords of Draenor alpha and beta test before patch 6.0.2, the vanilla login screen was used.[3]
  • Two login screens showcased things which spent most of the expansion destroyed, the Guardians of the Vale (Mists), and the alternate Dark Portal (Warlords).
    • You could also include Cataclysm in this, as Stormwind is actively being damaged on the login screen - however it still stays operational during the expansion.

The total time that each login screen was used is listed here. Note that originally the loading screen would be determined by the expansions installed on the user's computer, but this was changed during Wrath of the Lich King so that all players see the current login screen regardless of which expansions they own.

Game Duration
1 - World of Warcraft 743 days
2 - Burning Crusade 679 days
3 - Wrath of the Lich King 770 days
4 - Cataclysm 644 days
5 - Mists of Pandaria 777 days
6 - Warlords of Draenor 686 days
7 - Legion Current expansion

World

World of Warcraft

Burning Crusade

Wrath of the Lich King

Wrath of the Lich King (Patch 3.3)

Cataclysm

Mists of Pandaria

Warlords of Draenor

Legion

World Screen Trivia

  • For the first time in an expansion, none of the Outland or Azeroth continents had their loading screens changed for Mists of Pandaria. Only the expansion logo (to reflect the change of current expansion) was changed for the EK and Kalimdor continents, while Outland and Northrend still retains the expansion logos that those areas were introduced in. Before, all loading screens to these continents got significant changes for each expansion.
  • Legion has the same loading screens for Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms as Warlords of Draenor, but with the WoD logo replaced with the classic WoW logo.

Instances

Kalimdor

World of Warcraft

The Burning Crusade

Wrath of the Lich King

Cataclysm


The Eastern Kingdoms

World of Warcraft

The Burning Crusade

Cataclysm

Legion

Outland

Northrend

Elemental Plane

Pandaria

Draenor

Broken Isles

PvP regions

Battlegrounds

World of Warcraft

Burning Crusade

Wrath of the Lich King

Cataclysm

Mists of Pandaria

Arenas

Scenarios

Garrisons

Class Halls

Miscellaneous

References

  1. ^ Login Music
  2. ^ Login Screen Cataclysm still-image.
  3. ^ Boubouille 2014-04-04. Warlords of Draenor Alpha Coming Up. MMO-Champion.