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Battlegrounds are instanced areas used for player versus player combat. Each classic battleground (Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin and Alterac Valley) has two red instance entrance portals: one for the Alliance, and one for the Horde. Crossing these portals was originally one of the ways to enter the queue for their respective battlegrounds. Now, to enter the queue for any battleground, the player must seek out a Battlemaster, which can be found at the portal or in any capital city, or do so through the Player vs. Player tab. Once inside the instance, the two teams will engage in large-scale PvP, with various objectives determining the winner. Players will earn honor points making PvP rewards available.

If a character goes AFK, he/she will leave the battleground and gain the Deserter debuff. This prevents entry to another battleground for a 15 minute duration. You can report an inactive player by right clicking the player's portrait and selecting "Report AFK". When enough reports are registered, a 60 second debuff will begin to count down. Once the timer is up a new debuff will appear that will prevent the player from gaining any honor or marks while it is on. This debuff can be negated as soon as the player engages in PvP combat. This system is often abused, since a player can have good reasons for not participating in PVP, for example when he is defending.

The two initial Battleground areas, Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch, went live June 7th, 2005. Arathi Basin was added to the list in Patch 1.7 on September 13th, 2005. A fourth battleground, named Eye of the Storm, was released with the Burning Crusade. A fifth battleground, the Strand of the Ancients, was added in Wrath of the Lich King. The sixth battleground, the Isle of Conquest, was added in Patch 3.2 on August 4th, 2009.

Types Edit

Blizzard separates the various battlegrounds into three separate types:[1]

  • Resource Race
    • Keep the resources flowing into the stores of your faction by capturing and holding nodes. Stall the enemy, disrupt their operations and you may soon be cruisin’ the road to victory.
  • Capture the Flag
    • Sneak into the enemy’s fort, take their symbol of pride (flag) and return triumphantly (means: alive) to your own flag. Do not allow the enemy to take your flag or you will be unable to capture theirs.
  • Warfare
    • RUSH YOUR ENEMIEEEES, NYAHHHHHHHHHHHH! What? Oh… *ahem*. Ride into the fields of battle and clash with the enemy force. Burn down their towers, obliterate their defenses and eliminate, or secure, high priority targets.

Existing battlegrounds Edit

Warsong Gulch Edit

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Alliance Horde
Factions Silverwing Sentinels Warsong Outriders
Base Silverwing Hold Warsong Lumber Mill
Entrance Silverwing Grove Mor'shan Base Camp
Levels
Level range Level range Level range Level range
10 - 14 15 - 19 20 - 24 25 - 29
30 - 34 35 - 39 40 - 44 45 - 49
50 - 54 55 - 59 60 - 64 65 - 69
70 - 74 75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
10 per faction

Arathi Basin Edit

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Alliance Horde
Factions The League of Arathor The Defilers
Base Trollbane Hall Defiler's Den
Entrance Refuge Pointe, Arathi Highlands Hammerfall, Arathi Highlands
Levels
Level range Level range Level range Level range
10 - 14 15 - 19 20 - 24 25 - 29
30 - 34 35 - 39 40 - 44 45 - 49
50 - 54 55 - 59 60 - 64 65 - 69
70 - 74 75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
15 per faction

Alterac Valley Edit

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Alliance Horde
Factions Stormpike Guard Frostwolf Clan
Base Dun Baldar Frostwolf Keep
Entrance Headland, Hillsbrad Foothills Northeast of Sofera's Naze, Hillsbrad Foothills
Levels
Level range Level range Level range Level range
- - - 45 - 49
50 - 54 55 - 59 60 - 64 65 - 69
70 - 74 75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
40 per faction

Eye of the Storm Edit

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Requires TBC World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

Alliance Horde
Factions No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of Alliance The Exodar and Horde Silvermoon City appear during its battleground holiday.
Base Northern rock Southern rock
Exterior entrance There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Eye of the Storm is located somewhere above Netherstorm.
Levels
Level range Level range Level range Level range
- 35 - 39 40 - 44 45 - 49
50 - 54 55 - 59 60 - 64 65 - 69
70 - 74 75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
15 per faction

Strand of the Ancients Edit

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Requires WotLK World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Alliance Horde
Factions No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of Alliance The Silver Covenant and Horde The Sunreavers appear during its battleground holiday.
Base Neither side has a fixed base as teams alternate playing offense by attacking the keep and defense by preventing the attack
Exterior entrance There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Strand is presumably found south of Dragonblight.
Levels
Level range Level range Level range Level range Level range
65 - 69 70 - 74 75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
15 per faction

Isle of Conquest Edit

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Requires WotLK World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Alliance Horde
Factions No reputation can be gained while playing in the Isle of Conquest, however the Alliance Alliance is represented by members of the Alliance Vanguard and the Horde Horde by members of the the Horde Expedition
Base Alliance Keep Horde Keep
Exterior entrance There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Isle of Conquest is located northwest of Sholazar Basin and west of Icecrown.
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
40 per faction

Battle for Gilneas Edit

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Requires Cataclysm World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Alliance Horde
Factions There are no specific reputation factions for the Battle for Gilneas, but the Alliance Alliance are represented by the local Gilnean worgen and the Horde Horde is reperesented by the invading Forsaken.
Base There are no bases, just initial spawn points (Forsaken start from the Forsaken Landing Site from a ship docked along the northern coast and worgen from the Gilnean Outpost in the southwest).
Exterior entrance There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Battle for Gilneas appears to be located northwest of Gilneas City.
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
10 per faction

Twin Peaks Edit

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Requires Cataclysm World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Alliance Horde
Factions Wildhammer clan Dragonmaw clan
Base Wildhammer Longhouse Dragonmaw Clan Compound
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
75 - 79 80 - 84 85
Combatants
10 per faction

Silvershard Mines Edit

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Requires Mists of Pandaria World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Alliance Horde
Factions ? ?
Base ? ?
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
90 90 90
Combatants
10 per faction

Temple of Kotmogu Edit

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Requires Mists of Pandaria World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Alliance Horde
Factions ? ?
Base ? ?
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
90 90 90
Combatants
10 per faction

Deepwind Gorge Edit

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Requires Mists of Pandaria World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Alliance Horde
Factions ? ?
Base ? ?
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
90 90 90
Combatants
15 per faction

In Wrath of the Lich King Edit

WotLK This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

In Cataclysm Edit

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Main article: Battlegrounds holiday

In Cataclysm Cataclysm Patch 4.1, another Dungeon Finder incentive called "Call to Arms" was added which encourages under represented combat roles to join dungeon queues, but it is not to be confused with the Battlegrounds holidays also prefixed with "Call to Arms".

Patch 4.3 cross-realm battlegrounds Edit

As of Patch 4.3, Real ID cross-realm groups/parties can queue for battlegrounds together.[2]

In Mists of Pandaria Edit

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Patch 5.3 Edit

Canceled Battlegrounds Edit

Azshara Crater Edit

Originally slated to be an Alterac Valley style instance, this battleground was far enough along in development that there were even Horde and Alliance entrances in Azshara. It never saw release, however, and with the zone overhaul in Cataclysm Cataclysm removing the physical location in which it would have existed, its fate seems to have been sealed.

Azshara Crater in Mists of Pandaria Edit

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
22px This section concerns content that is not yet implemented.

At BlizzCon 2011, Blizzard revealed that they may be working on adding it into World of Warcraft's fourth expansion pack.[citation needed]

Gurubashi Catacombs Edit

A "deathmatch" style battleground, it was scrapped early in development but the concept eventually turned into Arena PvP.

Notes Edit

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XP in Battlegrounds Edit

  • Blizzard stated that XP for playing in the battlegrounds has been added in Patch 3.2.
  • Horde Slahtz and Alliance Behsten are the NPCs that can eliminate your experience gaining for a 10g fee should you decide you want to stay a certain level in the battlegrounds. Note that turning off xp will do so for all sources of experience, including quests.
  • In Patch 3.1.3, Alterac Valley (AV) you can earn XP by killing mobs, however the XP gain is very low if a lot of your faction players are within range.
  • By glitch or by design, XP awards were increased to move twinks to next bracket quickly, but Call to Honor weekend play still acts as a multiplier of this increased amount, allowing the player to add one level in as little as three wins.[citation needed] Players that know this can use PvP for leveling. Example: Level 42 to level 47 was done on a Sunday in about 5 hours. Incredible XP! :)

Patch changes Edit

References Edit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment Kaivax 2011-12-01. #12 - Cross-Realm Real-ID BG Grouping is Now Avail.. Official PvP > Battlegrounds forum (US).
  2. Olivia Grace 2012-05-29. Mists of Pandaria Beta: A first look at Battleground blacklisting. WoW Insider.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment Nethaera 2012-06-05. The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US)
    Is the way we queue for Battlegrounds changing at all?
    Blizzard Entertainment Tom Chilton - Yes, we’re adding a way for players to down-vote two Battlegrounds that they don’t want to see show up when queuing for random Battlegrounds. The exception to this is if it’s the Battleground featured with Call to Arms. You won’t be able to down-vote those when they happen, but this should make it so that it’s less likely you’ll be taking part in a Battleground that you don’t particularly enjoy. It should also help make it more likely that when a particular Battleground comes up on the Call to Arms, you may be able to enjoy it more. We’re also changing the way Call to Arms works so that there will always be a Call to Arms Battleground available. This will allow us to cycle through a larger amount of Battlegrounds on a regular basis.

       

    Nethaera 2012-06-05. The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).

  4. Patch 5.3.0

See also Edit

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