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Scenarios, introduced in Mists of Pandaria, are short, 3-player instances, with progressive objectives and a story arc. Scenarios are completely role-less, meaning tanks or healers aren't necessary to succeed - any class combination can work. Smaller scenarios play similar to group quests and help players earn faction reputation, while larger scenarios play out like epic PvE battlegrounds with major objectives and plenty of scripted events. They are instanced areas.
Scenarios are available at level 90. Most scenarios have a minimum average item level of 425 in order to queue for them. The four scenarios added in Patch 5.3.0 have an average minimum item level requirement of 496. Heroic mode versions of scenarios do not have an item level requirement.
From Warlords of Draenor onwards, there are no new endgame scenarios, and thus, no scenario rewards. Instead, some quests use scenario mechanics, which are seamlessly integrated into the main world using phasing, rather than being their own instances.
Through the group finder
Queuing for scenarios works identically to queuing for a dungeon, and is accomplished via the Scenarios pane of the Group Finder interface (default hotkey: I). Players can choose a specific scenario, or opt for a random scenario. Completing a random scenario will reward the player with roughly 20 and a that may contain either additional gold or a randomly enchanted piece of level 90 equipment tailored to their class (though not necessarily their spec).
Starting from level 91 you can't use the Group Finder interface for scenarios anymore. At the Seat of Knowledge you can still talk to Lorewalker Fu to queue for Normal scenarios, Lorewalker Shin for Heroic scenarios and Lorewalker Han for old LFR raids.
|Scenario||Location||Level||N iLvl||H iLvl|
|A Brewing Storm||Thunderpaw Peak, Jade Forest||90||425||496|
|Arena of Annihilation||Temple of the White Tiger, Kun-Lai Summit||90||425||N/A|
|Brewmoon Festival||Binan Village, Kun-Lai Summit||90||425||N/A|
|Crypt of Forgotten Kings||Vale of Eternal Blossoms||90||425||496|
|Greenstone Village||Greenstone Village, Jade Forest||90||425||N/A|
|Theramore's Fall||Theramore, Dustwallow Marsh||90||425||N/A|
|Unga Ingoo||Unga Ingoo, Krasarang Wilds||90||425||N/A|
|Assault on Zan'vess||Zan'vess, Dread Wastes||90||425||N/A|
|A Little Patience||Temple of the Red Crane, Krasarang Wilds||90||425||N/A|
|Dagger in the Dark||Ancient Passage, Veiled Stair||90||425||N/A|
|Domination Point||Domination Point, Krasarang Wilds||90||425||N/A|
|Lion's Landing||Lion's Landing, Krasarang Wilds||90||425||N/A|
|Battle on the High Seas||Great Sea||90||496||496|
|Blood in the Snow||Shimmer Ridge, Dun Morogh||90||496||496|
|Dark Heart of Pandaria||Big Blossom Excavation, Vale of Eternal Blossoms||90||496||496|
|The Secrets of Ragefire||Durotar||90||496||496|
There are a handful of scenarios on the Isle of Thunder that are designed for a single player. None of these single-player scenarios may be queued for the normal way by using the scenario-finder interface. Instead, the quest giver will provide a gossip option to queue for and start the scenario. All but one of these scenarios can only be completed once per player during the Isle of Thunder storyline. As such, the documentation and walk-throughs for these scenarios are provided in the quests where the scenarios take place:
The one repeatable single-player scenario is Troves of the Thunder King, the loot-grabbing scenario that requires a to begin.
Additionally, as part of Wrathion's legendary quest, he starts the solo scenario .
The Proving Grounds, added in Patch 5.4.0, uses the scenario mechanic. There is also one repeatable scenario as part of the Timeless Isle cooking chain. The quest is the walk-through and completion of this opens the dailies and .
Pet battle scenarios
These scenarios were planned, and appear in the game files, but have not been released.
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer rewards .
- Hotfix (2014-06-04): "Queuing for a non-random Normal Scenario now awards 30 Justice Points on completion (down from 70 Justice Points)."
- Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Heroic Scenarios no longer have a minimum item level requirement to enter.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Scenarios introduced.