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The world map in windowed mode as of Battle for Azeroth.

In World of Warcraft, the term map usually refers to the world map, accessible from a map button on the minimap in the very top right corner (or using the default key shortcut: "M").

Sometimes people use the term 'map' when referring to the minimap.

World map

The world map shares the Map & Quest Log interface with the Quest Log.

Map features

Explored areas:

  • Any area of the map your character has discovered will appear with details (buildings, cave entrances, etc).

Character locations:

  • Your character: Your character will appear on the map at the location as a grey arrow, pointing at your direction.
  • Party members: If your character is in a party, any party members will appear on the map at the location as a dot, colored in that party member's class color.

Map UI redesigned

In the Patch 3.3.0 PTR, the World map UI feature has been redesigned and combined with the Quest Log feature.


Patch 4.2.0 introduced a new animation when opening the world map, however, opening the map now cancels any other action in progress such as fishing.


Main article: Maps#Other Locations

UI mods

Atlas is a UI mod that grants access to maps that would normally not be available in-game. The package includes maps for all the instances, flight path maps and more. Be wary that those maps are NOT interactive (i.e. you cannot see your current position nor your teammates).

On the web

  • - Fullscreen interactive Google Map of WoW. All continents in 1 map, all veins and herbs. New marker sets are added weekly!


Patch changes

Note: This list is extremely incomplete.

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • World map updated.
    • The quest log has been integrated into the world map to make it easier to know where to go and what to do.
    • Undocumented change:
The World map automatically turns transparent when the player moves with it open.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Opening the map now generates a ping visual effect at the location of the character arrow, helping players to quickly find their location on the map. The character arrow is also no longer hidden behind quest icons.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Levels are displayed in the difficulty color, if you hold your cursor on the zone to be inspected.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Opening a map now causes the character to open their own map.