Battlemaster

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For other uses, see Battlemaster (disambiguation).

Battlemasters are NPCs that offer characters the opportunity to join the queue for battlegrounds. Originally one of the only ways to queue for battlegrounds, with the introduction of the PvP interface, battlemasters are largely redundant, and serve no practical purpose.

Each capital city has several battlemasters, but not all capital cities have battlemasters for all the battlegrounds: only Stormwind City and Orgrimmar have Tol Barad Battle-Mages, and only Dalaran has Wintergrasp Battle-Mages. The battlemasters can usually be found gathered in one place, often a war-room or similar. Battlemasters can also be found at the entrances to the original battlegrounds. Interacting with any battlemaster will open the PvP interface window. When using the tracking system with the minimap battlemasters will appear with the Alliance and Horde icons (MiniIcon BattleMaster.png) at their locations.

City battlemasters were originally the only way to queue for a battleground without travelling to the physical entrance of that battleground. There was one battlemaster for each battleground, with players having to seek out the correct battlemaster to queue for the corresponding battleground. Players who had queued for a battleground could continue to travel around and play the game while they were queued, but upon leaving the battleground would be immediately teleported back to the battlemaster's location. Since battlemasters were located in cities, players generally had to travel from the zones where they were adventuring in order to seek out a battlemaster, making it difficult to combine battlegrounds with non-city-based activities. With the introduction of the PvP interface, battlemasters were made redundant, as players can access the same options directly through the Micro Menu, without needing to seek out a battlemaster.

Tactics

Battlemasters come in two varieties: warriors and mages. Battlemasters without a mana bar are considered warriors. City battlemasters are often in separate areas from normal PvP combat, however Sylvanas Windrunner and Velen both pull with their respective city battlemasters.

Warrior battlemasters use strong physical attacks, can [Cleave], have a [Frightening Shout], [Mortal Strike], and [Whirlwind] attacks. As such, they are best kept separated from the rest of your party to minimize their overall damage and interference during combat.

Mage battlemasters are weak physically but use [Frost Armor], [Fireball], [Fire Blast], [Frostbolt], [Polymorph], and "Amplify Damage". "Amplify Damage" increases the target's damage taken by 100% for 10 seconds and as such should be dispelled quickly. When engaged with a city leader they should be quickly eliminated to avoid sudden spikes in tank damage.

Alliance Crest Alliance battlemasters

Location Battlemasters Battlegrounds
Darnassus (Warrior's Terrace) IconSmall NightElf Male.gif Landuen Moonclaw
IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Rissa Shadeleaf
All
All
Ironforge (Hall of Arms, Military Ward) IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Borim Goldhammer
IconSmall Gnome Female.gif Lixa Felflinger
All
All
Stormwind City (War Room, Stormwind Keep) IconSmall Human Female.gif Alison Devay
IconSmall Human Male.gif Devin Fardale
IconSmall Human Female.gif Kaellin Tarvane
All
All
Tol Barad Cataclysm
Exodar (Vault of Lights) The Burning Crusade IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Hunara
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Liedel the Just
All
All
Shattrath City (Lower City) The Burning Crusade IconSmall Draenei Male.gif Jonru
IconSmall Draenei Female.gif Mijiri
All
All
Dalaran (Silver Enclave) Wrath of the Lich King IconSmall HighElf Male.gif Arcanist Braedin Wintergrasp Wrath of the Lich King
Alterac Valley tunnel, Hillsbrad Foothills IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Grumbol Grimhammer All
Silverwing Grove, Ashenvale IconSmall NightElf Female.gif Su'ura Swiftarrow All
Refuge Pointe, Arathi Highlands IconSmall Human Male.gif Radulf Leder All

Horde Crest Horde battlemasters

Location Battlemasters Battlegrounds
Orgrimmar (Hall of the Brave, Valley of Honor) IconSmall Orc Female.gif Karba Blazemaw
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Karg Skullgore
IconSmall Orc Female.gif Zugra Flamefist
All
All
Tol Barad Cataclysm
Silvermoon City (Hall of Blood) The Burning Crusade IconSmall BloodElf Male.png Alenjon Sunblade
IconSmall BloodElf Female.png Irissa Bloodstar
All
All
Thunder Bluff (Hunter Rise) IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Mosha Starhorn
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Ruk Warstomper
All
All
Undercity (Royal Quarter) IconSmall Undead Male.gif Deathstalker Fane
IconSmall Undead Female.gif Misery
All
All
Shattrath City (Lower City) The Burning Crusade IconSmall BloodElf Female.png Asara Dawnblaze
IconSmall BloodElf Male.png Saeld Brightflare
All
All
Dalaran (Sunreaver's Sanctuary) Wrath of the Lich King IconSmall BloodElf Male.png Magister Surdiel Wintergrasp Wrath of the Lich King
Alterac Valley tunnel, Hillsbrad Foothills IconSmall Orc Female.gif Usha Eyegouge All
Mor'shan Base Camp, Northern Barrens IconSmall Orc Male.gif Gargok All
Hammerfall, Arathi Highlands IconSmall Undead Female.gif The Black Bride All

Removed battlemasters

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.

Over the years and several revamps of the PvP system, many battlemasters were removed from the game. Due to their representativeness of their respective races and factions, they are still archived here.

Warsong Gulch
Alterac Valley
Arathi Basin
Eye of the Storm
Wintergrasp
Strand of the Ancients
Isle of Conquest
Battle for Gilneas
Twin Peaks
Silvershard Mines
Temple of Kotmogu
Arena battlemasters
Other

Alliance Brigadier Generals and Horde Warbringers also existed before to be removed.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Most battlemasters removed, along with related Call to Arms events.
  • Hotfix (2010-12-07): "Players are no longer able to endlessly kite the outdoor Battlemasters."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Most battlemasters now only appears during their respective Call to Arms events.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Battlemasters in major cities affiliated with specific Battlegrounds have been replaced with a Battlemaster for each faction that will allow players to queue for any Battleground. Battlemasters for specific Battlegrounds will still be seen around the cities during corresponding Battleground holiday weekends. Undocumented: Battlemasters at the three old world entrances kept but also give access to all battlegrounds. All Arena Battlemasters removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Characters that use the Battlemaster to enter a Battleground will now port back to that Battlemaster when they leave the Battleground for any reason.