World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

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This article is about the expansion itself. For the conflict and lore of the expansion, see Blood War.
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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)

Blizzard Entertainment

Director(s)
Producer(s)
Designer(s)
Platforms
Release

August 13/14, 2018[1][2][3]

Latest release
Latest preview
Genre(s)

Expansion pack

Mode(s)

Multiplayer

Expansion packs chronology
Legion
(2016)
Battle for Azeroth
(2018)

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (abbreviated as Battle or BfA) is the seventh expansion for World of Warcraft. It was announced at BlizzCon 2017 on November 3, 2017.

The idea of the expansion came up after the heroes of Azeroth dealt with so much external threats like the Burning Legion. In their own words, "so when we talk about what's the biggest threat in this world, is it the titan or is it the dwarf paladin that put a hammer in that titan's head"? As such, the enemy (at least during the early parts of the scenario) will be the opposite faction, a "vast army of world-destroying forces".[4]

On January 30, 2018 Battle for Azeroth was made available for preorder, coming with the unlocking of the four first allied races. With the announcement of the Collector's Edition and release date for Battle for Azeroth on April 5, 2018,[3][5] Legion was the first expansion to be offered for free with a preorder.[6] Battle for Azeroth is the first expansion to launch in the Americas, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand at the same time.[1] Battle for Azeroth became the fastest-selling World of Warcraft expansion ever.[7]

Battle for Azeroth comes in three versions: Standard Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition.

Story

Declare Your Allegiance (original website)

Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion's crusade—but even as the world's wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend. As this age-old conflict reignites, join your allies and champion your faction's cause—Azeroth's future will be forged in the fires of war.[8]

Preorder pitch

Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion's crusade—but even as the world's wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove the hardest to mend. In Battle for Azeroth, the fall of the Burning Legion sets off a series of disastrous incidents that reignites the conflict at the heart of the Warcraft saga. As a new age of warfare begins, Azeroth's heroes must set out on a journey to recruit new allies, race to claim the world's mightiest resources, and fight on several fronts to determine whether the Horde or Alliance will lead Azeroth into its uncertain future.[9]


Whoever wins the coming war will likely win a dying world thanks to the Burning Legion. Magni Bronzebeard reached out to the faction leaders and was rebuffed. So now Magni turns to the adventurers, needing help to save the world, and these chosen ones will receive a gift from the titan herself.

An epic "War Campaign" arc will be woven throughout entire questing areas.

The expansion pack happens during Year 33.[10]

Features

  • New continents: Kul Tiras (Alliance) and Zandalar (Horde).
    • Kul Tiras
    • Zandalar
    • More lands to explore after launch being on the flow of content is one of the occupations of the World of Warcraft development team.[11]
  • Eight new allied races (two of which are not yet available) who start at level 20:
    • Alliance:
      • Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Lightforged draenei - "For untold millennia, the Army of the Light waged war against the Burning Legion throughout the Twisting Nether. The draenei most committed to their long crusade would undergo a ritual to become Lightforged, infusing their bodies with the very essence of the Holy Light. After finally achieving victory on Argus, the Lightforged Draenei have undertaken a new mission: protecting Azeroth from rising threats and helping the Alliance push back against Horde aggression."
        Classes: Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Warrior
      • Void elfVoid elf Void elf - "Many have sought to harness the corruptive magic of the Void. Most who tried have fallen into madness. Determined to use this power for the good of Azeroth, Alleria Windrunner is the first mortal to succeed at defying the shadow's whispers. Coming to the aid of a group of her kin who nearly gave in to the darkness, Alleria has vowed to train these Void Elves to control the shadows within them and pledge their newfound powers to the Alliance."
        Classes: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior
      • Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarf - "Known for their fiery tempers and fierce determination, Dark Iron dwarves have a turbulent history with the other clans. A failed coup in Ironforge ignited the War of the Three Hammers, and many of the Dark Iron once fought in the service of Ragnaros the Firelord. Though one faction is pledged to Queen-Regent Moira Thaurissan, others refuse to stand alongside their kin. The Alliance seeks a united Dark Iron clan to harness the power of Azerite and aid their struggle against the Horde."
        Classes: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior
      • Kul Tiran humanKul Tiran human Kul Tiran human (not yet available)
        Classes: Druid (more TBA)
    • Horde:
      • Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain tauren - "Descended from Huln, brave hero of the War of the Ancients, the Highmountain tauren honor the spirits of earth, river, and sky. Though the Legion invaded their lands and sowed seeds of distrust between them, the tribes of Highmountain stand united once more. At long last they are ready to venture beyond their sacred mountain and stand beside their kin from Kalimdor, lending their nobility and strength to the mighty Horde."
        Classes: Druid, Hunter, Monk, Shaman, Warrior
      • NightborneNightborne Nightborne - "Isolated behind a protective barrier for 10,000 years, the elves of Suramar grew increasingly dependent upon the arcane magic of the Nightwell. To protect this font of power, the leaders of the Nightborne struck a bargain with the Burning Legion that plunged their kingdom into civil war. After fighting for freedom from their demonic masters, the Nightborne seek allies in the Horde to help them reclaim their place in the world."
        Classes: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior
      • Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orc - "For untold generations, the orc clans of Draenor battled one another in endless war. But when Gul'dan offered them the blood of his demonic masters, the disparate tribes of Mag'har—the orcish word for "uncorrupted"—refused the dark bargain and banded together to drive out the Burning Legion. United under the leadership of Grommash Hellscream, the Mag'har pledged to one day repay Azeroth's heroes for aiding their cause. As war against the Alliance intensifies, the Horde must call upon the might of the Mag'har to seize victory."
        Classes: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior
      • Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari troll (not yet available) - "Descended from the first troll tribes, the Zandalari are an ancient kingdom steeped in ritual and superstition. Their warriors ride mighty dinosaurs into battle, and they possess one of the most formidable fleets in the known world. But as enemies encroach upon the borders of Zuldazar, unrest within the king's council threatens to topple the empire. If the heroes of the Horde can return stability to Zandalar, they would gain a powerful new ally."
        Classes: Druid, Shaman (more TBA)
  • Island expeditions - 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. Can be done either in PvP or PvE against advanced AIs.
  • Warfronts (new 20-player PvE mode)
  • New dungeons and raids
  • War Campaigns for each faction
  • Level 110 Character Boost
  • Level cap raised to 120
  • Items
  • Player vs. Player
  • Communities
  • Others
    • As new allied races are made available to players the number of races added will also add the same number of new character slots per server.
    • Second stat squish
    • First Aid profession removed; bandages and anti-venoms that were in the profession were move to Tailoring and Alchemy and will need to be relearned.
    • New visual customization options for individual existing races: new straight back posture for male orcs and new face options with golden eyes for blood elves.
      • Unlockable new skin color customization option with black eyes for night elves in patch 8.1.0.

In addition to those, a new battleground, the Seething Shore, as well as embassies in Stormwind City and Orgrimmar were added early in patch 7.3.5 in order to prepare the coming of the expansion.

Zones

Old world changes

The Horde will now control most of Kalimdor, and the Alliance most of the Eastern Kingdoms. For a low-level character the quests and storylines won't change, but for high-level players many zones will see changes via phasing. Teldrassil will burn and Undercity will be ruined. Arathi Highlands and Darkshore will be updated to reflect their warfront status for high-level players, with more to follow.

New level up zones

You will level up in your faction's zones, and access the zones of the other faction at 120 through world quests and emissaries. The scaling technology introduced in Legion comes back, and you can do the zones in any order.

Dungeons and raids

Dungeons

Raids

Prominent figures

Main characters

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Protagonists

Antagonists

Others

New creatures

Humanoids
Undead
Beasts
Mechanical
Elemental
Giants
Aberration
Unique

Tie-in literature

Novels
Comics
Animated shorts
Novellas

Gallery

Official art

See also War of the Thorns#Gallery and Battle for Lordaeron#Gallery

Screenshots

Concept art

Creatures and people
Locations
Others

Miscellaneous

Videos

System requirements

Main article: System requirements

Notes and trivia

References

External links