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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.
 
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.
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== Types ==
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[[Blizz]]ard separates the various battlegrounds into three separate types:<ref name="officialBattlegrounds">{{Bnetwowbattlegrounds}}</ref>
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* Resource Race
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** 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.
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* Capture the Flag
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** 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.
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* Warfare
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** 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 ==
 
== Existing battlegrounds ==
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=== [[Arathi Basin]] ===
 
=== [[Arathi Basin]] ===
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|'''Factions''' ||[[The League of Arathor]] ||[[The Defilers]]
 
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=== [[Alterac Valley]] ===
 
=== [[Alterac Valley]] ===
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|'''Factions''' ||[[Stormpike Guard]] ||[[Frostwolf Clan]]
 
|'''Factions''' ||[[Stormpike Guard]] ||[[Frostwolf Clan]]
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=== [[Eye of the Storm]] ===
 
=== [[Eye of the Storm]] ===
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|'''Factions''' ||colspan="2"|No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of {{Alliance}} [[Exodar (faction)|The Exodar]] and {{Horde}} [[Silvermoon City (faction)|Silvermoon City]] appear during its battleground holiday.
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|'''Factions'''
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|colspan="2"|No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of {{Alliance}} [[Exodar (faction)|The Exodar]] and {{Horde}} [[Silvermoon City (faction)|Silvermoon City]] appear during its battleground holiday.
 
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|'''Base''' ||Northern rock ||Southern rock
 
|'''Base''' ||Northern rock ||Southern rock
 
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|'''Exterior entrance''' ||colspan="2"|There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Eye of the Storm is located somewhere above [[Netherstorm]].
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|'''Exterior entrance'''
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|colspan="2"|There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Eye of the Storm is located somewhere above [[Netherstorm]].
 
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=== [[Strand of the Ancients]] ===
 
=== [[Strand of the Ancients]] ===
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|'''Factions''' ||colspan="2"|No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of {{Alliance}} [[Silver Covenant|The Silver Covenant]] and {{Horde}} [[Sunreavers|The Sunreavers]] appear during its battleground holiday.
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|'''Factions'''
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|colspan="2"|No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of {{Alliance}} [[Silver Covenant|The Silver Covenant]] and {{Horde}} [[Sunreavers|The Sunreavers]] appear during its battleground holiday.
 
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|'''Base''' ||colspan="2"|Neither side has a fixed base as teams alternate playing offense by attacking the keep and defense by preventing the attack
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|'''Base'''
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|colspan="2"|Neither side has a fixed base as teams alternate playing offense by attacking the keep and defense by preventing the attack
 
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|'''Exterior entrance''' ||colspan="2"|There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Strand is presumably found south of [[Dragonblight]].
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|'''Exterior entrance'''
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|colspan="2"|There is no exterior entrance to the battleground as in the classic battlegrounds, but the Strand is presumably found south of [[Dragonblight]].
 
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=== [[Isle of Conquest]] ===
 
=== [[Isle of Conquest]] ===
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|'''Factions''' ||colspan="2"|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]]
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|colspan="2"|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]]
 
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|'''Base''' ||[[Alliance Keep]] ||[[Horde Keep]]
 
|'''Base''' ||[[Alliance Keep]] ||[[Horde Keep]]
 
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|'''Exterior entrance''' ||colspan="2"|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]].
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|'''Exterior entrance'''
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|colspan="2"|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]].
 
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=== [[Battle for Gilneas]] ===
 
=== [[Battle for Gilneas]] ===
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|'''Factions''' ||colspan="2"|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]].
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|colspan="2"|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]].
 
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|'''Base''' ||colspan="2"|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).
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|colspan="2"|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).
 
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|'''Exterior entrance''' ||colspan="2"|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]].
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|colspan="2"|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]].
 
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=== [[Twin Peaks]] ===
 
=== [[Twin Peaks]] ===
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|'''Factions''' ||[[Wildhammer clan]] ||[[Dragonmaw clan]]
 
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=== [[Silvershard Mines]] ===
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[[File:Silvershard Mines loading screen.jpg|thumb|SS Mines loading screen]]
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[[File:WorldMap-Goldrush.jpg|thumb|SS Mines in-game map]]
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'''Requires {{mists-inline}} [[World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria]]'''
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=== [[Temple of Kotmogu]] ===
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[[File:Temple of Kotmogu loading screen.jpg|thumb|Temple of Kotmogu loading screen]]
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[[File:WorldMap-TempleOfKotmogu.jpg|thumb|Temple of Kotmogu in-game map]]
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'''Requires {{mists-inline}} [[World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria]]'''
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=== [[Deepwind Gorge]] ===
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[[File:Deepwind_Gorge.jpg|thumb|Deepwind Gorge]]
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<!--[[File:Deepwind Gorge loading screen.jpg|thumb|Deepwind Gorge loading screen]]
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[[File:WorldMap-TigersPeak.jpg|thumb|Tiger's Peak in-game map]]-->
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'''Requires {{mists-inline}} [[World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria]]'''
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== In Wrath of the Lich King ==
 
== In Wrath of the Lich King ==
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== In Mists of Pandaria ==
 
== In Mists of Pandaria ==
 
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* Several new battlegrounds.
 
* Several new battlegrounds.
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** [[Silvershard Mines]]
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** [[Temple of Kotmogu]]
 
* Ability to "blacklist" some battlegrounds from adding you to their queue.<ref name="wowinsiderFirstLookBGBlacklisting">{{ref web|work=[[WoW Insider]]|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/05/29/mists-of-pandaria-beta-a-first-look-at-battleground-blacklistin/|title=Mists of Pandaria Beta: A first look at Battleground blacklisting|author={{wowinsider|Olivia Grace}}|date=29-May-2012 8:00PM}}</ref>
 
* Ability to "blacklist" some battlegrounds from adding you to their queue.<ref name="wowinsiderFirstLookBGBlacklisting">{{ref web|work=[[WoW Insider]]|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/05/29/mists-of-pandaria-beta-a-first-look-at-battleground-blacklistin/|title=Mists of Pandaria Beta: A first look at Battleground blacklisting|author={{wowinsider|Olivia Grace}}|date=29-May-2012 8:00PM}}</ref>
 
* Call to Arms battleground available everyday.<ref>{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/6176110/The_Future_of_PvP_in_Mists_of_Pandaria-6_5_2012|title=The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria|author={{blizz}} [[Nethaera]]|date=5-Jun-2012 9:00 AM PDT|quote2=<div style="margin-left:48px;"><u>Is the way we queue for Battlegrounds changing at all?</u><br/>{{blizz}} '''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.</div>}}<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;
 
* Call to Arms battleground available everyday.<ref>{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/6176110/The_Future_of_PvP_in_Mists_of_Pandaria-6_5_2012|title=The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria|author={{blizz}} [[Nethaera]]|date=5-Jun-2012 9:00 AM PDT|quote2=<div style="margin-left:48px;"><u>Is the way we queue for Battlegrounds changing at all?</u><br/>{{blizz}} '''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.</div>}}<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;
 
{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/5054687/The_Future_of_PvP_in_Mists_of_Pandaria_-05_06_2012|title=The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria|author=[[Nethaera]]|date=05 Jun 2012 16:05 UTC}}</ref>
 
{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/5054687/The_Future_of_PvP_in_Mists_of_Pandaria_-05_06_2012|title=The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria|author=[[Nethaera]]|date=05 Jun 2012 16:05 UTC}}</ref>
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=== Patch 5.3 ===
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* [[Deepwind Gorge]]<ref>[[Patch 5.3.0]]</ref>
   
 
== Canceled Battlegrounds ==
 
== Canceled Battlegrounds ==
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/pvp/battlegrounds|desc=Game Guide &gt; PvP &gt; Battlegrounds}}
{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/1293872|desc=New Battleground Brackets|bydate=by Blizzard Entertainment, Dec 1, 2010 3:54:23 AM UTC}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/pvp/battlegrounds|desc=Game Guide &gt; PvP &gt; Battlegrounds}}
:{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2580678286#1|desc=Hotfix: Battleground Multi-Queuing|bydate=by [[Bashiok]] 5/24/11 11:39 AM}}
 
{{elink|icon=mmochampion|site=Blue posts at MMO-Champion|link=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/21793/cataclysm-currency-changes-explained-*update#post184|desc=Cataclysm Currency Changes Explained *Update #184|bydate=by [http://blue.mmo-champion.com/author/Nethaera/ Nethaera] 2010/09/15 06:52:08 PM }}
 
   
 
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{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/02/23/how-to-heal-in-battlegrounds/|desc=How to heal in Battlegrounds|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Michael Gray}} Feb 23rd 2012 at 3:00PM}}
 
{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/02/23/how-to-heal-in-battlegrounds/|desc=How to heal in Battlegrounds|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Michael Gray}} Feb 23rd 2012 at 3:00PM}}
   
;{{Mists-inline}} {{beta|mists|&beta;}} News
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{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/05/29/mists-of-pandaria-beta-a-first-look-at-battleground-blacklistin/|desc=Mists of Pandaria Beta: A first look at Battleground blacklisting|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Olivia Grace}} May 29th 2012 at 8:00PM}}
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Latest revision as of 23:57, February 9, 2014

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

Warsong Gulch loading screen
WSG loading screen
WorldMap-WarsongGulch
WSG in-game map
Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
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 - 89

Combatants
10 per faction

Arathi Basin Edit

Arathi Basin loading screen
AB loading screen
WorldMap-ArathiBasin
AB in-game map
Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
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 - 89
Combatants
15 per faction

Alterac Valley Edit

Alterac Valley loading screen
AV loading screen
WorldMap-AlteracValley
AV in-game map
Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
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 - 89
Combatants
40 per faction

Eye of the Storm Edit

Eye of the Storm loading screen
EotS loading screen
WorldMap-NetherstormArena
EotS in-game map

Requires Bc icon World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of Official alliance mini-icon The Exodar and Official horde mini-icon 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 - 89
Combatants
15 per faction

Strand of the Ancients Edit

Strand of Ancients loading screen
SotA loading screen
WorldMap-StrandoftheAncients
SotA in-game map

Requires Wrath-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions No factions are directly associated with the battleground, but members of Official alliance mini-icon The Silver Covenant and Official horde mini-icon 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 - 89
Combatants
15 per faction

Isle of Conquest Edit

Isle of Conquest loading screen
IoC loading screen
WorldMap-IsleofConquest
IoC in-game map

Requires Wrath-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions No reputation can be gained while playing in the Isle of Conquest, however the Official alliance mini-icon Alliance is represented by members of the Alliance Vanguard and the Official horde mini-icon 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 - 89
Combatants
40 per faction

Battle for Gilneas Edit

Battle for Gilneas City loading screen
BfG loading screen
WorldMap-GilneasBattleground2
BfG in-game map

Requires Cataclysm-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions There are no specific reputation factions for the Battle for Gilneas, but the Official alliance mini-icon Alliance are represented by the local Gilnean worgen and the Official horde mini-icon 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 - 89
Combatants
10 per faction

Twin Peaks Edit

Twin Peaks loading screen
TP loading screen
WorldMap-TwinPeaks
TP in-game map

Requires Cataclysm-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions Wildhammer clan Dragonmaw clan
Base Wildhammer Longhouse Dragonmaw Clan Compound
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
75 - 79 80 - 84 85 - 89
Combatants
10 per faction

Silvershard Mines Edit

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Silvershard Mines loading screen
SS Mines loading screen
WorldMap-Goldrush
SS Mines in-game map

Requires Mists-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions ? ?
Base ? ?
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
90 90 90
Combatants
10 per faction

Temple of Kotmogu Edit

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Temple of Kotmogu loading screen
Temple of Kotmogu loading screen
WorldMap-TempleOfKotmogu
Temple of Kotmogu in-game map

Requires Mists-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions ? ?
Base ? ?
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
90 90 90
Combatants
10 per faction

Deepwind Gorge Edit

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Deepwind Gorge
Deepwind Gorge

Requires Mists-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon
Factions ? ?
Base ? ?
Levels
Level range Level range Level range
90 90 90
Combatants
15 per faction

In Wrath of the Lich King Edit

Wrath-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

In Cataclysm Edit

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

In Cataclysm-Logo-Small 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-Logo-Small 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-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Icon-information 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.
  • Official horde mini-icon Slahtz and Official alliance mini-icon Behsten are the NPCs that can eliminate your experience gaining for a 10Gold 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

  • Mists-Logo-Small β Patch 5.0.1 (Beta): New battlegrounds added. Ability to blacklist some battlegrounds fromt he queue.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): New Battleground Level Brackets.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Battlegrounds holidays now called "Call to Arms".
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.4 (05-Dec-2005): Battles must now last at least ten minutes after the start of the battle in order for the losing team to receive a Mark of Honor.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Upon completion of a Battleground, the winning side will be awarded three Marks of Honor while the losing side will be awarded one Mark of Honor.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005):
    • Arathi Basin added.
    • In the Battlegrounds, you will now automatically be resurrected by Spirit Healers unless you choose to decline.
    • Characters that use the Battlemaster to enter a Battleground will now port back to that Battlemaster when they leave the Battleground for any reason.
    • Fixed range check for removing insignia from players in Battlegrounds.
    • Entering a battleground now resets the timer for the AFK flag. This should prevent players being kicked by the AFK timer moments after they enter the Battleground instance.
    • Using the /who command while in a Battleground instance will now only display players in your instance.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Battleground scoreboards now display the time elapsed in a battleground.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch added.

References Edit

  1. ^

  2. ^ Blizz Kaivax 2011-12-01. #12 - Cross-Realm Real-ID BG Grouping is Now Avail.. Official PvP > Battlegrounds forum (US).
  3. ^ Olivia Grace 2012-05-29. Mists of Pandaria Beta: A first look at Battleground blacklisting. WoW Insider.
  4. ^ Blizz 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?
    Blizz 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).

  5. ^ Patch 5.3.0

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