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Island Expeditions are 3-player scenarios introduced in Battle for Azeroth. Both factions sail across the seas of Azeroth to harvest and steal Azerite from the islands.[1] The maps for the expeditions will be provided by the gnomes and goblins, who have developed a new technology to find which islands may contain Azerite. Ships to the islands will depart from faction hubs.[2]

Island Expeditions unlock through the War Campaign account-wide. One can then do Island Expeditions on alts as they level.[3]

Description

Set sail for the previously unmapped isles of Azeroth. Battle in groups of three as you race against cunning rival intruders—or enemy players—to collect the island’s resources. Constantly evolving challenges await as you traverse frozen landscapes near Northrend, open the gates of an abandoned Gilnean castle, navigate a war between elementals and more. Rise of Azshara adds two new Island Expeditions to the mix—Crestfall, a gloomy, derelict skerry, and Snowblossom, an idyllic, mountainous island.[4]

Gameplay

Expeditions are role agnostic, and take around 15-20 minutes to complete. They can be played in four different modes, Normal, Heroic, Mythic, and PvP. The goal is to collect Azerite and mystery treasures. An island has 4 possible starting points. The enemy team uses an advanced AI designed specifically for this feature. NPCs on the island are randomized, the context can change entirely each time one visits an island. One time it might be populated with plundering ghost pirates, and next time with conquering mogu. There could be a thousand possible scenarios with the available islands and the possible mix of "puzzle" like a mix of mobs.[5]

Islands

There are currently 11 islands in rotation, with 3 available each week.

The Uncharted Island is visited as a tutorial scenario for Island Expeditions.

Island features

A group of Horde adventurers during an expedition.

Each time an Island Expedition is queued up, the island has different features. A list of features as seen below:

  • Different creatures with different organizations with different amounts of Azerite
  • You might find capture points
  • Chests and Azerite Nodes of all kinds
  • Different quest givers
  • Consumables and Shrines
  • Every island has at least 4 start locations
  • Caves, Ships...and more![6]
  • Different weather effects.[7]

Island denizens

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This is an incomplete list of creatures and islands where they can be encountered on:

Humanoid groups Encountered on Additional interactions
IconSmall Tol'vir.gif Amathet tol'vir Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins Swirling Sands portal to Dusty Tomb
IconSmall Ogre2 Male.gif Bloodfist ogres Molten Cay
VrykulVrykul Bloodwake vrykul Dread Chain, Molten Cay
IconSmall Makrura.gif Brineshell makrura Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
QuilboarQuilboar Bristlemane quilboars Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall DeepSeaMurloc.gif Coldlight deep sea murlocs Whispering Reef
IconSmall PandariaYeti.gif Craghorn yetis Dread Chain, Molten Cay
Cultist necromancers and undead
IconSmall Cenarian Male.gifIconSmall Cenarian Female.gifIconSmall TreeLife.gifIconSmall TreeofLifeTreant.gifIconSmall Spitter.gifIconSmall Orchid.gifIconSmall CarnivorousLasher.gifIconSmall CrystalDryad.gif Keepers & dryads Verdant Wilds
IconSmall Wildkin.gifIconSmall Saber.gifIconSmall Bear.gif Feral shapeshifted druids Verdant Wilds
WorgenWorgen Feral worgen Havenswood
IconSmall Yeti.gif Frostbeard wendigos Dread Chain
IconSmall Gorloc.gif Dampscale gorlocs Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Vargul.gif Fleshrot vargul
IconSmall Yaungol Male.gif Gulan yaungol Molten Cay, Un'gol Ruins
Ice trollIce trollIconSmall ScourgeTroll.gif Icetusk ice trolls Dread Chain, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Hozen.gif Kunzen hozen Un'gol Ruins, Uncharted Island
KvaldirKvaldirIconSmall SkeletalHound.gif Kvaldir Dread Chain, Un'gol Ruins Eerie Fog and Fetid Mist weather effects that reduce visibility
Misty Gateway to Quarters of the Damned on the Naglfar
IconSmall FacelessOne.gifIconSmall FacelessGeneral2.gif Minions of the Old Gods Havenswood Shadow Storm tentacles appear periodically
Dark Fissure portal to Maw of Go'rath
IconSmall Saurok.gif Mirelurk saurok Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef
TaunkaTaunka Mistscorn taunka Jorundall
IconSmall Murloc.gif Muckfin murlocs Whispering Reef
IconSmall Kobold.gif Mudwhisker kobolds Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall Pygmy.gif Oomgut pygmies Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall Trogg.gif Pebblestone troggs Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall Jinyu.gif Razorfin jinyu Rotting Mire
IconSmall Yeti.gif Rockmane wendigos Dread Chain
IconSmall Hozen.gif Saltfur hozen Un'gol Ruins
Sand trollSand trollDire troll Sandscalp sand trolls Molten Cay, Skittering Hollow, Whispering Reef
HumanHuman Shipwrecked humans Rotting Mire
IconSmall Saurok.gif Slitherblade saurok Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
HumanHumanDark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Southsea pirates Molten Cay, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef Shoot yourself from a cannon to a pirate ship
NagaNagaIconSmall NagaBrute.gif Spitefin naga Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef Swirling Postern portal to Animated Cavern
Virmen Stinkfur Virmen Snowblossom Village
IconSmall Mogu Male.gifIconSmall Quilen.gif Stonebound mogu Dread Chain, Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow
IconSmall Vargul.gif Undead vrykul
IconSmall Goblin Male.gifIconSmall Goblin Female.gifIconSmall Ogre Male.gifIconSmall Troll Male.gifIconSmall DarkIron Male.gifIconSmall Gnome Male.gifIconSmall Dwarf Female.gifIconSmall BomblingGoblin.gifIconSmall WolfMech.gif Venture Company Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds IconSmall CannonGoblin.gif Profit-O-Matic cannon operated by a Venture Goon
IconSmall Nerubian.gifIconSmall CryptLord.gifIconSmall NerubianFlyer.gifIconSmall NerubianSpiderling.gif Voru'kar nerubians Skittering Hollow
Polar furbolg Wildlands furbolgs Verdant Wilds
TrollTrollDire troll Witherbranch trolls Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall Mantid.gif Zara'thik mantid Molten Cay Creatures and Azerite encased in amber
IconSmall Mogu Male.gifIconSmall GhostMogu.gifIconSmall CloudSerpent.gifIconSmall Quilen.gif Zian-Ti mogu Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds Spirit Gateway to Unknown Crypt
Lone giants Encountered on Additional interactions
IconSmall Skrog.gif Beach Strider Dread Chain, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Skrog.gif Deepsea Tidecrusher Skittering Hollow, Verdant Wilds
IconSmall EarthlivingGiant.gif Earthliving Giant Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall StoneGiant.gif Frozen Stonelord Dread Chain
IconSmall Colossus.gif Gemshard Colossus Molten Cay
IconSmall Goldenvein.gif Goldenvein Dread Chain, Skittering Hollow
IconSmall Ettin.gif Island Ettin Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef
IconSmall AmberMonstrosity.gif Magma Giant Molten Cay
Dragonkin Encountered on Additional interactions
IconSmall DragonBlack.gifIconSmall DrakeBlack.gifIconSmall SpawnBlack Male.gifIconSmall DrakonidBlack.gifIconSmall Dragonman.gifIconSmall WhelpBlack.gif Black Dread Chain, Molten Cay
IconSmall DragonTwilight.gifIconSmall DrakeTwilight.gifIconSmall SpawnTwilight Male.gifIconSmall SpawnTwilight Female.gifIconSmall WhelpTwilight.gif Twilight Verdant Wilds
Elemental groups Encountered on Additional interactions
IconSmall UnboundAir.gifIconSmall AirNoble.gifIconSmall Djinn.gif Air elementals Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds Tornadoes that lift players off the ground and damage them
Gusting Portal to a visible sanctum in the sky above the island
IconSmall AirSpirit.gif Air pandaren spirits Dread Chain, Rotting Mire
IconSmall Azerite.gifIconSmall GreaterAzerite.gifIconSmall LesserAzerite.gifIconSmall ShaleSpider.gifIconSmall Geode.gif Azerite elementals Encountered on all 9 islands in rotation
IconSmall HellHound.gif Brimstone hell hounds Molten Cay
IconSmall UnboundEarth.gifIconSmall EarthFury.gifIconSmall GemstoneColossus.gif Earth elementals Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef Sandstorm weather effect
Crystalline Ingress portal to Crystalline Depths
IconSmall EarthSpirit.gif Earth pandaren spirits Rotting Mire, Verdant Wilds
IconSmall Fire.gifIconSmall UnboundFire.gifIconSmall FireFury.gifIconSmall MoltenGiant.gifIconSmall Djinn.gifIconSmall Shannox.gif Fire elementals Molten Cay, Skittering Hollow, Verdant Wilds Blazing Sky weather effect with fires that break out periodically
Volcanoes that erupt rocks in a location that damage players
Blazing Gateway to Blazing Cavern
IconSmall FireSpirit.gif Fire pandaren spirits Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall MountainSprite.gif Thistlebrush sprites Dread Chain, Verdant Wilds
Nettlevine sprites Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall Water.gifIconSmall UnboundWater.gifIconSmall LesserWater.gifIconSmall SnowOrb.gif Water and ice elementals Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef Snowstorm weather effect
Frozen ground that slows movement speed
Swirling Postern portal to Marine Grotto
IconSmall WaterSpirit.gif Water pandaren spirits Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins
Wild beasts Encountered on Additional interactions
IconSmall Jormungar.gif Bonescale worms Molten Cay, Dread Chain, Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall CarrionBird.gif Breakbeak vultures Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef
IconSmall WindSerpent.gif Brightscale wind serpents Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow, Whispering Reef
IconSmall DragonTurtle.gif Brineshell turtles Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall Tarantula.gif Bristlethorn tarantulas Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Skittering Hollow
IconSmall Crab.gif Coralback crabs Dread Chain, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Goat.gif Craghoof goats Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Jormungar.gif Darktunnel worms Whispering Reef
IconSmall Scorpion.gif Deathsting scorpids Molten Cay
IconSmall SandCrab.gif Deepsea crabs Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Snake.gif Dreadfang snakes Molten Cay, Verdant Wilds
IconSmall SiberianTiger.gif Duskcoat tigers Dread Chain, Molten Cay
IconSmall Hydra2.gif Flamescale hydras Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall Hydra2.gif Frostscale hydras Dread Chain, Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Jormungar.gif Garnetback worms Skittering Hollow, Whispering Reef
IconSmall SpinyBasilisk.gif Gritplate basilisks Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef Other island denizens as statuesque Petrified Foes that can be released
IconSmall Bear.gif Grizzlefur bears Molten Cay, Verdant Wilds
IconSmall SpiderBone.gif Ironweb spiders Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Jormungar.gif Jadescale worms Skittering Hollow
IconSmall SiberianTiger.gif Jungle tigers Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall SpiderFire.gif Kindleweb spiders Molten Cay
IconSmall Gorilla.gif Knucklebump gorillas Un'gol Ruins
IconSmall GiantBoar.gif Mudsnout boars Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Skittering Hollow
IconSmall Yak.gif Muskflank yaks Molten Cay, Rotting Mire
IconSmall Nightsaber.gif Nightsabers Dread Chain
IconSmall WindSerpent.gif Nightscale wind serpents Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Stag.gifIconSmall Doe.gif Pinegraze deer Verdant Wilds
IconSmall Bear.gif Rotclaw bears Dread Chain
IconSmall Stag.gifIconSmall Doe.gif Runehoof deer Molten Cay, Verdant Wilds
IconSmall FrostWolf.gif Rustpelt wolves Dread Chain, Molten Cay
IconSmall FrostWolf.gif Snowfur wolves Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Skittering Hollow, Whispering Reef
IconSmall Crab.gif Sparkleshell crabs Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall SandCrab.gif Spineclaw crabs Dread Chain, Un'gol Ruins, Whispering Reef
IconSmall DragonTurtle.gif Spineshell turtles Rotting Mire
IconSmall Spider.gif Venomfang spiders Molten Cay, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds
IconSmall Hydra2.gif Venomscale hydras Molten Cay, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds
IconSmall CataclysmCrocolisk.gif Vicejaw crocolisks Dread Chain, Molten Cay, Rotting Mire, Skittering Hollow, Un'gol Ruins, Verdant Wilds, Whispering Reef


Explorers

Explorers that can be found on Island Expeditions[8] are listed below:

Advanced NPC opponents

In three difficulties Normal, Heroic, Mythic the 3 person player group faces off against a team of 3 Advanced NPC opponents from the opposite faction in a race who can gather more Azerite to reach the required amount of Azerite for victory.

The Advanced NPC groups seem to be mirrored between the Alliance and Horde, with a pirate group on each side, gnomes on one side and goblins on the other, Horde pyromancers against Alliance cryomancers, so on.

Alliance Alliance

All of them can be seen resting at Tradewinds Market in Boralus.

Horde Horde

All of them can be seen resting in Dazar'alor.

Rewards

Island maps shown at BlizzCon 2017 that didn't make it into the game.

Obtaining rewards through an Island Expedition is based on the themes provided with the creatures and invasions that occur during an expedition. For example,  [Squawks] is a mount reward from a pirate-themed expedition. If the player encounters some pirate-themed rare creatures and kills them, pirate-themed items such as Squawks may show up in the loot window when the expedition has been completed. Another example would be the  [Plundered Blade of Northern Kings], which is only available from encountering and killing vrykul-themed creatures in an expedition which provides a chance for this two-handed sword or other vrykul-themed items to be awarded at the end of the expedition.

Focusing on special enemies, such as themed creatures and rare-quality mobs, is believed to improve the odds of being rewarded special loot. Regardless, it still comes down to the RNG on if anyone in the group manages to loot items related to the creatures that were killed.[9]

Notes and trivia

Gallery

Islands
Opponents and user interface

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.2.0 (2019-06-25):
    • Crestfall and Snowblossom added.
    • New expedition teams representing Raptari and Thornspeaker druids.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11):
    • Jorundall and Havenswood added.
    • The logic used to spawn Island Expeditions has been adjusted to favor more organic concentrations of foes, with more clear paths in between, to make it easier to navigate without being forced into combat.
    • New enemies and relocation of many enemies on existing Islands. Many many rare enemies are present on every Island.
    • New events and changes to existing events such as an Azerite Extractor that slowly collects Azerite overtime.
    • New expedition teams representing Dark Iron dwarves and Mag'har orcs.
    • The chance for cosmetic rewards are now based on all the enemies and Azerite present on the island, and no longer tied to only the enemy camps your team defeats. Completing an Island Expedition at a higher difficulty increases the chance of receiving these bonus rewards.
    • Battle pets rewarded from the completion of islands that were previously uncageable can now be caged.
    • The weekly quest to recover Azerite now requires 36,000 Azerite (was 40,000).
    • Mythic and PvP Islands now reward 350 Artifact Power (was 300), and PvP Islands now award 50 Conquest on a win (was 8).
    • Look for new vendors in Boralus and Dazar'alor who offer exclusive rewards in exchange for your Seafarer's Dubloons.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Added.

References