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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.
- Role agnostic (no need for specific role set ups).
- 15-20 minutes to complete.
- NPCs will use an advanced AI designed just for this new feature. Blizzard cites "Spellbreaker" and "Phoenix Mage" are two examples of specs you could see with blood elf island AI opponents. Examples of reoccurring enemy groups would be the Headhunters and the Wolfpack, but an unnamed trio of dwarves was also shown.
- Players will collect azerite and mystery treasures.
- Islands will have 4 possible starting points.
- Islands will be somewhat randomized with a small story being told each time you visit the same location.
- It was stated at BlizzCon 2017 that there could be a thousand possible scenarios with the available islands and the possible mix of "puzzle" like mix of mobs.
There will be four different modes in this feature:
- PvP - This option allows players to compete against 3 other players of the opposite faction.
- Havenswood - Abandonned Gilnean castle and village.
- Un'Gol Ruins - Tropical island with ogre ruins in it.
- Molten Cay (volcano island)
- The Rotting Mire
- The Dread Chain  - "Frozen landscapes near Northrend"
- "A war between elementals" (possibly referring to Molten Cay)
- Names seen at the BlizzCon 2017. panel
- Skittering Hollow (spider island)
- Snowblossom Village (pandaren farm)
- Verdant Wilds
- Whispering Reef
- Briona's Buccaneers: dwarven and gnome pirates (, , )
- Auric's Angels: male hydromancers (, , )
- Light's Vengeance: Lightforged and normal draenei (, , )
- Razak's Roughriders: Gnome soldiers and engineers (, , , )
- Riftrunners: Void elves (, , )
- The Wolfpack: Worgen (, , )
- The Headhunters: Zandalari and normal trolls (, , )
- Warbraves: Highmountain tauren (, , )
- Greenbelly's Raiders: orcish and goblin pirates (, , )
- The Blazing Sunhawks: blood elf pyromancers (, , )
- The Highborne: nightborne (, , )
- Gazlowe's Greasemonkeys: engineers (, , )
It seems the groups will be mirrored between the Alliance and Horde, with a pirate group on each side, a gnomish/goblin engineers duality, Horde pyromancers against Alliance cryomancers, etc.
The Spirits of Vengeance, now changed to The Headhunters.
Notes & trivia
- Island expeditions will introduce a new type of tactical AI being tested in Battle for Azeroth.
- A magnaron was shown as an example of an enemy on the isles, despite them not being from and on Azeroth at all and only encountered in the alternate Draenor in Warlords of Draenor.
- The Ultimate Visual Guides state that many small islands dot Azeroth's oceans and explorers agree that more remain to be discovered.
- ^ MMO-Champion: World of Warcraft – Gameplay and Systems Deep Dive
- ^ Battle for Azeroth Muffinus Interview - Island Expeditions, Wrathion
- ^ MMO-Champion: Shadow the Fox Plush, Collegiate Dungeon Race, Developer Interviews, WoW History
- ^ http://warcraft.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/island-expeditions-videos
- ^ a b Battle for Azeroth website