Mercenary Mode

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“Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”[1]

Mercenary Mode allows players to enter unrated battlegrounds and Ashran as a member of the opposite faction. Players are transformed into an appropriate race and fully function as an indistinguishable member of their new team. Only available when a faction is experiencing long wait times, the feature aims to reduce queue times for these types of play, while still preserving the lore experience of factional conflict.

Functionality

Mercenary Mode is only available to players whose faction is currently experiencing long queue times for unrated battlegrounds and/or Ashran. At these times special NPCs will appear in the faction capital (Warspear for Horde, Stormshield for Alliance), offering players access to the mode.

Entering a battleground or Ashran through these NPCs will cause the player to be converted into a member of the opposite faction. Non-pandaren will be transformed into an appropriate race, including an exchange of racial traits. Players will function as regular members of their converted faction, and will not be marked in any way as mercenaries.

Players acting as mercenaries will still be able to earn the usual rewards for their participation, with the exception of any faction-specific achievements.

Mercenary Mode does not apply to PvP Brawls.[2]

Recruiters

[Mercenary Contract] is the buff obtained upon speaking to a mercenary recruiter and becoming a mercenary for the opposing faction.

The two Horde recruiters are:

The two Alliance recruiters are:

The recruiter NPCs are ONLY visible when the queue time for your faction is exceptionally high.

Which race the player becomes

Which race the player becomes is based on the players starting race and class.

Class
Druid
Druid
Hunter
Hunter
Mage
Mage
Paladin
Paladin
Priest
Priest
Rogue
Rogue
Shaman
Shaman
Warlock
Warlock
Warrior
Warrior
Death knight
Death knight
Monk
Monk
Demon hunter
Demon hunter
Alliance Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei TaurenTauren OrcOrc TaurenTauren TaurenTauren TaurenTauren TaurenTauren TaurenTauren TaurenTauren
DwarfDwarf Dwarf OrcOrc OrcOrc TaurenTauren UndeadUndead OrcOrc OrcOrc OrcOrc OrcOrc OrcOrc OrcOrc
GnomeGnome Gnome GoblinGoblin GoblinGoblin GoblinGoblin GoblinGoblin GoblinGoblin GoblinGoblin GoblinGoblin Blood elfBlood elf
HumanHuman Human UndeadUndead UndeadUndead Blood elfBlood elf UndeadUndead UndeadUndead UndeadUndead UndeadUndead UndeadUndead UndeadUndead
Night elfNight elf Night elf TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll Blood elfBlood elf
WorgenWorgen Worgen TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll
Void elfVoid elf Void elf TrollTroll TrollTroll Blood elfBlood elf TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll TrollTroll
Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Lightforged TaurenTauren OrcOrc TaurenTauren TaurenTauren TaurenTauren
Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orcMag'har orc TaurenTauren Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orcMag'har orc OrcOrc Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orcMag'har orc
Kul TiranKul Tiran Kul Tiran N/A
Neutral Neutral PandarenPandaren Pandaren PandarenPandaren PandarenPandaren PandarenPandaren PandarenPandaren PandarenPandaren PandarenPandaren PandarenPandaren
Horde Horde Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman Night elfNight elf
GoblinGoblin Goblin DwarfDwarf GnomeGnome GnomeGnome GnomeGnome DwarfDwarf GnomeGnome GnomeGnome GnomeGnome
OrcOrc Orc DwarfDwarf DwarfDwarf DwarfDwarf DwarfDwarf DwarfDwarf DwarfDwarf DwarfDwarf DwarfDwarf
TaurenTauren Tauren Night elfNight elf DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei
TrollTroll Troll Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf DraeneiDraenei HumanHuman Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf
UndeadUndead Undead HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman HumanHuman
NightborneNightborne Nightborne Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf HumanHuman Night elfNight elf Night elfNight elf
Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain Night elfNight elf DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei DraeneiDraenei
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari N/A

Notes

  • Which race of the opposite faction the players become in the flashbacks of Battle of Dazar'alor is the same as in Mercenary Mode.
  • Faction-specific mounts cannot be used with Mercenary Mode.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2015-10-06): "Fixed an issue where players queuing for Ashran as a Mercenary could incorrectly receive Recreant."
  • Hotfix (2015-09-21): "Players should no longer receive a bonus objective to kill a tower guardian for the wrong faction, Rylai Crestfall (Alliance) or Jeron Emberfall (Horde) while fighting as a mercenary."
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Added.

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