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'''Connected Realms''' (previously known as 'Virtual Realms')<ref name="bluepostNaming">{{ref web|work=Official Website and Mobile Feedback &gt; Community Platform API forum (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/9572598584#3|title=#3 - Connected Realms vs Virtual Realms|author={{blizz}} [[Peratryn]]|date=6-Aug-2013 11:49 AM PDT}}</ref> are a joining of realms, where players from different realms function as though they were full members of any of the other connected realms, and whose players can persist with you in any zone you go into. Members of connected realms can trade gold, trade items, and share the same auction house. Players in a connected realm who are really members of another Realm, are marked with a #. These differ from the more temporary [[Coalesced Realms]], in that these joinings are constant and share persistence.
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== Details ==
 
[[File:Connected_Realms.jpg|thumb|300px|Connected Realms]]
 
[[File:Connected_Realms.jpg|thumb|300px|Connected Realms]]
'''Connected Realms''' (also called "Virtual Realms")<ref name="wowinsiderSame">{{ref web|work=[[WoW Insider]]|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/08/05/blizzard-releases-more-information-on-connected-realms/|title=Blizzard releases more information on Connected Realms|author={{wowinsider|Adam Holisky}}|date=5-Aug-2013 12:07PM}}</ref> is a new feature that will be implemented for [[Patch 5.4]], but not activated until some time after the patch launches.<ref name="officialConnectedRealmsPreview">{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft Official Game Site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-8_5_2013|title=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment|date=5-Aug-2013 9:00 AM PDT}}<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft Official Game Site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-05_08_2013|title=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|date=5 Aug 2013 17:00 BST}}</ref> Connected realms are essentially several fairly low population servers merged into one, they will be able to interact with the other players as though they were on the same realm. Unlike [[Cross-realm zones]] the player's server name will not appear alongside their name in the game world, but only in chat.<ref name="officialConnectedRealmsPreview" />
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'''Connected Realms''' (also called "Virtual Realms")<ref name="wowinsiderSame">{{ref web|work=[[WoW Insider]]|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/08/05/blizzard-releases-more-information-on-connected-realms/|title=Blizzard releases more information on Connected Realms|author={{wowinsider|Adam Holisky}}|date=5-Aug-2013 12:07PM}}</ref> is a new feature that was to be implemented for [[Patch 5.4]], but not activated until some time after the patch launched.<ref name="officialConnectedRealmsPreview">{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft Official Game Site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-8_5_2013|title=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=5-Aug-2013 9:00 AM PDT}}<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft Official Game Site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-05_08_2013|title=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|date=5 Aug 2013 17:00 BST}}</ref> Connected realms were supposed to be essentially several fairly low population servers merged into one, they will be able to interact with the other players as though they were on the same realm. Unlike [[Cross-realm zones]] the player's server name will not appear alongside their name in the game world, but only in chat.<ref name="officialConnectedRealmsPreview" />
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In practice, [[Blizz]]ard has often mixed medium to high population realms with low population realms.
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== Connected realms ==
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=== US completed connections ===
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As of July 7, 2014:<ref name="connectedRealms7Jul2014">{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Game Site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/11393305/connected-realms-update-707-7-7-2014|title=Connected Realms - Update 7/07|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=7-Jul-2014}}</ref>
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* {{realmlink|Aegwynn|US}}, {{realmlink|Bonechewer|US}}, {{realmlink|Daggerspine|US}}, {{realmlink|Gurubashi|US}}, and {{realmlink|Hakkar |US}}
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* {{realmlink|Agamaggan|US}}, {{realmlink|Archimonde|US}}, {{realmlink|Jaedenar|US}}, and {{realmlink|The Underbog|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Aggramar|US}} and {{realmlink|Fizzcrank|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Akama|US}}, {{realmlink|Dragonmaw|US}}, and {{realmlink|Mug'thol|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Alleria|US}} and {{realmlink|Khadgar|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Alexstrasza|US}} and {{realmlink|Terokkar|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Altar of Storms|US}}, {{realmlink|Anetheron|US}}, {{realmlink|Magtheridon|US}}, and {{realmlink|Ysondre|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Alterac Mountains|US}}, {{realmlink|Balnazzar|US}}, {{realmlink|Gorgonnash|US}}, {{realmlink|The Forgotten Coast|US}}, and {{realmlink|Warsong|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Andorhal|US}}, {{realmlink|Scilla|US}}, and {{realmlink|Ursin|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Antonidas|US}} and {{realmlink|Uldum|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Anub'arak|US}}, {{realmlink|Chromaggus|US}}, {{realmlink|Crushridge|US}}, {{realmlink|Garithos|US}}, {{realmlink|Nathrezim|US}}, and {{realmlink|Smolderthorn|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Anvilmar|US}} and {{realmlink|Undermine|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Arygos|US}} and {{realmlink|Llane|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Auchindoun|US}}, {{realmlink|Cho'gall|US}}, and {{realmlink|Laughing Skull|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Azgalor|US}}, {{realmlink|Azshara|US}}, {{realmlink|Destromath|US}}, and {{realmlink|Thunderlord|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Azjol-Nerub|US}} and {{realmlink|Khaz Modan|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Azuremyst|US}} and {{realmlink|Staghelm|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Black Dragonflight|US}}, {{realmlink|Gul'dan|US}}, and {{realmlink|Skullcrusher|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Blackhand|US}} and {{realmlink|Galakrond|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Blackwater Raiders|US}} and {{realmlink|Shadow Council|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Blackwing Lair|US}}, {{realmlink|Dethecus|US}}, {{realmlink|Detheroc|US}}, {{realmlink|Lethon|US}}, and {{realmlink|Haomarush|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Bladefist|US}} and {{realmlink|Kul Tiras|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Blade's Edge|US}} and {{realmlink|Thunderhorn|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Blood Furnace|US}}, {{realmlink|Mannaroth|US}}, and {{realmlink|Nazjatar|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Bloodscalp|US}}, {{realmlink|Boulderfist|US}}, {{realmlink|Dunemaul|US}}, {{realmlink|Maiev|US}}, and {{realmlink|Stonemaul|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Borean Tundra|US}} and {{realmlink|Shadowsong |US}}
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* {{realmlink|Bronzebeard|US}} and {{realmlink|Shandris|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Burning Blade|US}}, {{realmlink|Lightning's Blade|US}}, and {{realmlink|Onyxia|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Cairne|US}} and {{realmlink|Perenolde|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Coilfang|US}}, {{realmlink|Dark Iron|US}}, {{realmlink|Dalvengyr|US}}, and {{realmlink|Demon Soul|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Darrowmere|US}} and {{realmlink|Windrunner|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Dath'Remar|US}} and {{realmlink|Khaz'goroth|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Dentarg|US}} and {{realmlink|Whisperwind|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Doomhammer|US}} and {{realmlink|Baelgun|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Draenor|US}} and {{realmlink|Echo Isles|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Draka|US}} and {{realmlink|Suramar|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Drak'Tharon|US}}, {{realmlink|Firetree|US}}, {{realmlink|Malorne|US}}, {{realmlink|Rivendare|US}}, {{realmlink|Spirestone|US}}, and {{realmlink|Stormscale|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Drak'thul|US}} and {{realmlink|Skywall|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Dreadmaul|US}} and {{realmlink|Thaurissan|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Drenden|US}} and {{realmlink|Arathor|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Duskwood|US}} and {{realmlink|Bloodhoof|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Eitrigg|US}} and {{realmlink|Shu'halo|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Eldre'Thalas|US}} and {{realmlink|Korialstrasz|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Eonar|US}} and {{realmlink|Velen|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Eredar|US}}, {{realmlink|Gorefiend|US}}, {{realmlink|Spinebreaker|US}}, and {{realmlink|Wildhammer|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Executus|US}}, {{realmlink|Kalecgos|US}}, and {{realmlink|Shattered Halls|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Exodar|US}} and {{realmlink|Medivh|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Farstriders|US}}, {{realmlink|Silver Hand|US}}, and {{realmlink|Thorium Brotherhood|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Fenris|US}} and {{realmlink|Dragonblight|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Frostmane|US}}, {{realmlink|Ner'zhul|US}}, and {{realmlink|Tortheldrin|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Frostwolf|US}} and {{realmlink|Vashj|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Ghostlands|US}} and {{realmlink|Kael'thas|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Gundrak|US}} and {{realmlink|Jubei'Thos|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Hellscream|US}} and {{realmlink|Zangarmarsh|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Hydraxis|US}} and {{realmlink|Terenas|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Icecrown|US}} and {{realmlink|Malygos|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Kargath|US}} and {{realmlink|Norgannon|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Kilrogg|US}} and {{realmlink|Winterhoof|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Kirin Tor|US}}, {{realmlink|Sentinels|US}}, and {{realmlink|Steamwheedle Cartel|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Misha|US}} and {{realmlink|Rexxar|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Mok'Nathal|US}} and {{realmlink|Silvermoon|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Nagrand|US}} and {{realmlink|Caelestrasz|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Nazgrel|US}} and {{realmlink|Nesingwary|US}}/{{realmlink|Vek'nilash|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Nordrassil|US}} and {{realmlink|Muradin|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Quel'dorei|US}} and {{realmlink|Sen'jin|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Runetotem|US}} and {{realmlink|Uther|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Scarlet Crusade|US}} and {{realmlink|Feathermoon|US}}
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* {{realmlink|The Scryers |US}} and {{realmlink|Argent Dawn|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Tanaris|US}} and {{realmlink|Greymane|US}}
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* {{realmlink|Uldaman|US}} and {{realmlink|Ravencrest|US}}
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=== EU completed connections ===
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As of 4-Jul-2014:<ref name="connectedRealmsListEU4Jul2014">{{ref web|work=Official Gameplay &gt; General forums (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/8715582685|desc=Connected Realms List|author={{blizz}} [[Takralus]]|date=04-Jul-2014 07:34 BST}}</ref>
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;English realms
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Wildhammer|EU}} / {{realmlink|Thunderhorn|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Kilrogg|EU}} / {{realmlink|Runetotem|EU}} / {{realmlink|Nagrand|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Aggramar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Hellscream|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Hellfire|EU}} / {{realmlink|Arathor|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Kor'gall|EU}} / {{realmlink|Bloodfeather|EU}} / {{realmlink|Executus|EU}} / {{realmlink|Burning Steppes|EU}} / {{realmlink|Shattered Hand|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Azjol-Nerub|EU}} / {{realmlink|Quel'Thalas|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Ghostlands|EU}} / {{realmlink|Dragonblight|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Darkspear|EU}} / {{realmlink|Terokkar|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Aszune|EU}} / {{realmlink|Shadowsong|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Shattered Halls|EU}} / {{realmlink|Balnazzar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Ahn'Qiraj|EU}} / {{realmlink|Trollbane|EU}} / {{realmlink|Talnivarr|EU}} / {{realmlink|Chromaggus|EU}} / {{realmlink|Boulderfist|EU}} / {{realmlink|Daggerspine|EU}} / {{realmlink|Laughing Skull|EU}} / {{realmlink|Sunstrider|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Emeriss|EU}} / {{realmlink|Agamaggan|EU}} / {{realmlink|Hakkar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Crushridge|EU}} / {{realmlink|Bloodscalp|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Grim Batol|EU}} / {{realmlink|Aggra|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Karazhan|EU}} / {{realmlink|Lightning's Blade|EU}} / {{realmlink|Deathwing|EU}} / {{realmlink|The Maelstrom|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Auchindoun|EU}} / {{realmlink|Dunemaul|EU}} / {{realmlink|Jaedenar|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Dragonmaw|EU}} / {{realmlink|Spinebreaker|EU}} / {{realmlink|Haomarush|EU}} / {{realmlink|Vashj|EU}} / {{realmlink|Stormreaver|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Zenedar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Bladefist|EU}} / {{realmlink|Frostwhisper|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Xavius|EU}} / {{realmlink|Skullcrusher|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Darksorrow|EU}} / {{realmlink|Genjuros|EU}} / {{realmlink|Neptulon|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Drak'thul|EU}} / {{realmlink|Burning Blade|EU}}
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* (RP) {{realmlink|Moonglade|EU}} / {{realmlink|The Sha'tar|EU}}
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* (RP PvP) {{realmlink|Scarshield Legion|EU}} / {{realmlink|Ravenholdt|EU}} / {{realmlink|The Venture Co|EU}} / {{realmlink|Sporeggar|EU}}
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;French realms
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Elune|EU}} / {{realmlink|Varimathras|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Marécage de Zangar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Dalaran|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Eitrigg|EU}} / {{realmlink|Krasus|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Suramar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Medivh|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Arak-arahm|EU}} / {{realmlink|Throk'Feroth|EU}} / {{realmlink|Rashgarroth|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Naxxramas|EU}} / {{realmlink|Arathi|EU}} / {{realmlink|Temple Noir|EU}} / {{realmlink|Illidan|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Garona|EU}} / {{realmlink|Ner'zhul|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Eldre'Thalas|EU}} / {{realmlink|Cho'gall|EU}} / {{realmlink|Sinstralis|EU}}
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* (RP) {{realmlink|Confrerie du Thorium|EU}} / {{realmlink|Les Clairvoyants|EU}}
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* (RP PvP) {{realmlink|La Croisade écarlate|EU}} / {{realmlink|Culte de la Rive noire|EU}} / {{realmlink|Conseil des Ombres|EU}}
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;German realms
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Gilneas|EU}} / {{realmlink|Ulduar|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Garrosh|EU}} / {{realmlink|Shattrath|EU}} / {{realmlink|Nozdormu|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Nethersturm|EU}} / {{realmlink|Alexstrasza|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Un'Goro|EU}} / {{realmlink|Area 52|EU}} / {{realmlink|Sen'jin|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Ambossar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Kargath|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Ysera|EU}} / {{realmlink|Malorne|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Malygos|EU}} / {{realmlink|Malfurion|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Nazjatar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Dalvengyr|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Arthas|EU}} / {{realmlink|Vek'lor|EU}} / {{realmlink|Blutkessel|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Dethecus|EU}} / {{realmlink|Terrordar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Mug'thol|EU}} / {{realmlink|Theradras|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Echsenkessel|EU}} / {{realmlink|Taerar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Mal'Ganis|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Anetheron|EU}} / {{realmlink|Festung der Stürme|EU}} / {{realmlink|Rajaxx|EU}} / {{realmlink|Gul'dan|EU}}
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* (RP PvP) {{realmlink|Die Arguswacht|EU}} / {{realmlink|Die Todeskrallen|EU}} / {{realmlink|Das Syndikat|EU}} / {{realmlink|Der Abyssische Rat|EU}}
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;Spanish realms
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Exodar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Minahonda|EU}}
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* (PvE) {{realmlink|Colinas Pardas|EU}} / {{realmlink|Tyrande|EU}} / (RP) {{realmlink|Los Errantes|EU}}
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Zul'jin|EU}} / {{realmlink|Sanguino|EU}} / {{realmlink|Shen'dralar|EU}} / {{realmlink|Uldum|EU}}
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;Russian realms
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* (PvP) {{realmlink|Подземье|EU}} / {{realmlink|Разувий|EU}}
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== To be connected ==
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=== US future connections ===
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Planned on Thursday, July 10:<ref name="connectedRealms7Jul2014" />
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* Ysera and Durotan
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* Zuluhed and Andorhal, Scilla, and Ursin
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Planned on Thursday, July 17:<ref name="connectedRealms7Jul2014" />
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* Dawnbringer and Madoran
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* Deathwing and Executus, Kalecgos, and Shattered Halls
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Future, but no date specified:<ref name="connectedRealms7Jul2014" />
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* Gilneas and Elune
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* The Venture Co and Maelstrom
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=== EU future connections ===
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Planned for 9-Jul-2014:<ref name="connectedRealmsUpdateEU4Jul2014">{{ref web|work=Official Gameplay &gt; General forums (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/9582578502#1|title=Connected Realms Update - 04/07|author={{blizz}} [[Takralus]]|date=7-Jul-2014 12:59 BST}}</ref>
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;English Realms
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* (PvE) Khadgar and Bloodhoof
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* (PvE) Bronze Dragonflight and Nordrassil
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;German Realms
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* (PvE) Tichondrius and Lordaeron
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* (PvE) Arygos and Khaz'goroth
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;Russian Realms
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* (PvP) Король-лич and Седогрив
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Future, but no date specified:<ref name="connectedRealmsUpdateEU4Jul2014" />
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;English Realms
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* (PvE) Saurfang and Darkspear/Terokkar
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;German Realms
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* (PvE) Teldrassil and Perenolde
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* (PvE) Durotan and Tirion
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* (PvE) Lothar and Baelgun
   
 
== FAQ ==
 
== FAQ ==
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{{Text|blizz|Q. Why are you implementing Connected Realms?}}
 
{{Text|blizz|Q. Why are you implementing Connected Realms?}}
 
:{{Text|blizz|A. As WoW has evolved, we’ve seen players naturally gravitate toward a subset of very active realms, leaving behind lower-populated realms. Due to the massively multiplayer nature of World of Warcraft, certain kinds of gameplay experiences simply aren’t well-suited to a low-pop realm. By allowing players from two or more lower-pop realms to play together, we hope to give more players more opportunities to participate in group-oriented activities, helping to foster a more vibrant in-game community.}}
 
:{{Text|blizz|A. As WoW has evolved, we’ve seen players naturally gravitate toward a subset of very active realms, leaving behind lower-populated realms. Due to the massively multiplayer nature of World of Warcraft, certain kinds of gameplay experiences simply aren’t well-suited to a low-pop realm. By allowing players from two or more lower-pop realms to play together, we hope to give more players more opportunities to participate in group-oriented activities, helping to foster a more vibrant in-game community.}}
:{{Text|blizz|Connected Realms also allow us to link populations in a way that’s not disruptive to players, and that doesn’t negatively impact players’ sense of identity and character. Other alternatives such as merging realms would require us to force character name changes if there were conflicts, and could lead to confusion for returning players who’d log in to find their realm missing from the realm list. Some players also feel strong ties to their realm’s name or history, and we don’t want to erase that.}}<br/>
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:{{Text|blizz|Connected Realms also allow us to link populations in a way that’s not disruptive to players, and that doesn’t negatively impact players’ sense of identity and character. Other alternatives such as merging realms would require us to force character name changes if there were conflicts, and could lead to confusion for returning players who’d log in to find their realm missing from the realm list. Some players also feel strong ties to their realm’s name or history, and we don’t want to erase that.}}<br />
   
 
{{Text|blizz|Q. Why implement this now?}}
 
{{Text|blizz|Q. Why implement this now?}}
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{{Text|blizz|Q. When will Connected Realms be available?}}
 
{{Text|blizz|Q. When will Connected Realms be available?}}
 
:{{Text|blizz|A. We haven’t yet determined when we’ll be creating the first Connected Realms, but we expect it will be some time after the launch of Patch 5.4.}}
 
:{{Text|blizz|A. We haven’t yet determined when we’ll be creating the first Connected Realms, but we expect it will be some time after the launch of Patch 5.4.}}
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=== Unofficial FAQ ===
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Q. Can you mail items between characters on Connected Realms?
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:A. Yes. This has been tested by WoWWiki users. See "A Guide to Cross-Realm Mailing" in the [[#External_links|External links section]] for how to enter destination character name and realm. This similar to how you can mail [[Bind to Account]] items across realms, but also applies for [[Bind on Equip]] and [[Bind on Use]] items between Connected Realms.
   
 
== Virtual Realms ==
 
== Virtual Realms ==
This was the original name for Connected Realms and was slated to be a part of [[Patch 5.4]], but now has apparently been renamed and delayed until some time after the launch of the patch.
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This was the original name for Connected Realms<ref name="bluepostNaming" /> and was slated to be a part of [[Patch 5.4]], but was apparently renamed and delayed until some time after the launch of the patch.
   
 
From the PTR patch notes:<ref name="officialPTR54PatchNotes11Jun2013">[[Patch_5.4.0#PTR_patch_notes|PTR patch notes section]] of [[Patch 5.4.0]].</ref>
 
From the PTR patch notes:<ref name="officialPTR54PatchNotes11Jun2013">[[Patch_5.4.0#PTR_patch_notes|PTR patch notes section]] of [[Patch 5.4.0]].</ref>
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* Players belonging to the same Virtual Realm will have a (#) symbol next to their name.
 
* Players belonging to the same Virtual Realm will have a (#) symbol next to their name.
   
== Reference List ==
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== References ==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
   
== External Links ==
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== See also ==
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* [[Cross-realm]]
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* [[Cross-realm mail]]
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== External links ==
 
;Preview
 
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-8_5_2013|desc=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Aug 5, 2013 9:00 AM PDT}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-8_5_2013|desc=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Aug 5, 2013 9:00 AM PDT}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-05_08_2013|desc=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], 05 Aug 2013 17:00 BST}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10551009/Patch_54_Feature_Preview_Connected_Realms-05_08_2013|desc=Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], 05 Aug 2013 17:00 BST}}
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;EU list
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|site=Official Gameplay &gt; General forums (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/8715582685|desc=Connected Realms List|bydate=by {{blizz}} [[Takralus]] 20/11/2013 10:05 GMT; <small>Edited by Takralus on 04/07/2014 07:34 BST</small>}}
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;Guides
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/10859085859|desc=(Sticky) A Guide to Cross-Realm Mailing|bydate=by [http://us.battle.net/wow/en/search?f=post&a=Xes%40Zul%27jin&sort=time Xes] 12/10/13 9:03 AM (PST)}}
   
 
;News
 
;News
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/11393305/connected-realms-update-707-7-7-2014|desc=Connected Realms - Update 7/07|bydate=[[Blizzard Entertainment]] 7/7/2014}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|site=Official Community &gt; General Discussion forums (US)|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/11836453594|desc=Connected Realms – Updated 7/07|bydate={{blizz}} [[Nethaera]] 2/20/2014 3:07 PST; <small>Edited by Nethaera on 7/7/2014 11:35 AM PDT</small>}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|site=Official Gameplay &gt; General forums (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/9582578502|desc=Connected Realms Update - 04/07|bydate=by {{blizz}} [[Takralus]] 03/02/2014 8:53 GMT; <small>Edited by Takralus on 07/07/2014 12:59 BST</small>}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/11393305/connected-realms-update-44-4-4-2014|desc=Connected Realms - Update 4/4|bydate=[[Blizzard Entertainment]] 4/4/2014}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|site=Official Gameplay &gt; General forums (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/9582578502#1|desc=Connected Realms Update - 02/04|bydate=by {{blizz}} [[Takralus]] 03/02/2014 08:53 GMT; <small>Edited by [[Rynundu]] on 02/04/2014 17:53 BST</small>}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|site=Official Gameplay &gt; General forums (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/8427764143#1|desc=#1 - Connected Realms (Updated 13/11)|bydate=by {{blizz}} [[Takralus]] 23/10/2013 12:23 BST; <small style="color:gray;">Edited by [[Draztal|<span style="color:gray;">Draztal</span>]] on 13/11/13 10:56 (GMT)</small>}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/11393305/Connected_Realms_Update-11_12_2013|desc=Connected Realms Update|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Nov 12, 2013 9:00 PM PST}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/11393305/Connected_Realms_Update-10_25_2013|desc=Connected Realms Update|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Oct 25, 2013 5:00 PM PDT}}
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{{elink|type=mmochampion|link=http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/3482-Patch-5-4-1-RaF-Changes-EU-Connected-Realms-Dampening-Hotfix-Blue-Posts-Comic|desc=Patch 5.4.1 - RaF Changes, EU Connected Realms, Dampening Hotfix, Blue Posts, Comic|bydate=by [http://www.mmo-champion.com/members/523085-chaud chaud] 2013-10-25 06:11 AM}}
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{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/10/24/vaneras-on-the-merging-of-high-pop-realms/|desc=Vaneras on the merging of high-pop realms|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Sarah Pine}} Oct 24th 2013 at 7:00PM}}
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{{elink|type=mmochampion|link=http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/3464-New-Connected-Realms-Coming-Oct-16-Hotfixes-Flex-Mechanics-Scaling-Blizzard-Art|desc=New Connected Realms Coming, Oct 16 Hotfixes, Flex Mechanics Scaling, Blizzard Art|bydate=by [http://www.mmo-champion.com/members/523085-chaud chaud] 2013-10-17 06:07 PM}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|site=Official Gameplay &gt; General forums (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/8276847630?page=7#139|desc=#139 - still no virtual realms (why some of the highest population realms will not be connected with other realms)|bydate=by [[Vaneras]] 04/10/2013 10:26 BST}}
 
{{elink|site=2P.com|link=http://2p.com/1039954_1/Player-Number-Decline-Is-A-Reason-WoW-Gets-Virtual-Realms.htm|desc=Player Number Decline Is A Reason WoW Gets Virtual Realms|bydate=By [http://2p.com/user/activity.htm?userId=50e7fcb6c01da455247bf8bd JoeLW] on Jul 22, 2013}}
 
{{elink|site=2P.com|link=http://2p.com/1039954_1/Player-Number-Decline-Is-A-Reason-WoW-Gets-Virtual-Realms.htm|desc=Player Number Decline Is A Reason WoW Gets Virtual Realms|bydate=By [http://2p.com/user/activity.htm?userId=50e7fcb6c01da455247bf8bd JoeLW] on Jul 22, 2013}}
 
{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/06/21/wow-insider-round-table-virtual-realms/|desc=WoW Insider Round Table: Virtual realms|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Alex Ziebart}} (but really hosted by {{wowinsider|Olivia Grace}}) Jun 21st 2013 at 7:00PM}}
 
{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/06/21/wow-insider-round-table-virtual-realms/|desc=WoW Insider Round Table: Virtual realms|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Alex Ziebart}} (but really hosted by {{wowinsider|Olivia Grace}}) Jun 21st 2013 at 7:00PM}}
 
{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/06/12/patch-5-4-ptr-virtual-realms-announced/|desc=Patch 5.4 PTR: Virtual Realms announced|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Matthew Rossi}} Jun 12th 2013 at 2:07AM}}
 
{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/06/12/patch-5-4-ptr-virtual-realms-announced/|desc=Patch 5.4 PTR: Virtual Realms announced|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Matthew Rossi}} Jun 12th 2013 at 2:07AM}}
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[[Category:Cross-realm]]
 
[[Category:Cross-realm]]

Latest revision as of 20:28, July 8, 2014

Connected Realms (previously known as 'Virtual Realms')[1] are a joining of realms, where players from different realms function as though they were full members of any of the other connected realms, and whose players can persist with you in any zone you go into. Members of connected realms can trade gold, trade items, and share the same auction house. Players in a connected realm who are really members of another Realm, are marked with a #. These differ from the more temporary Coalesced Realms, in that these joinings are constant and share persistence.

Details Edit

Connected Realms

Connected Realms

Connected Realms (also called "Virtual Realms")[2] is a new feature that was to be implemented for Patch 5.4, but not activated until some time after the patch launched.[3] Connected realms were supposed to be essentially several fairly low population servers merged into one, they will be able to interact with the other players as though they were on the same realm. Unlike Cross-realm zones the player's server name will not appear alongside their name in the game world, but only in chat.[3]

In practice, Blizzard has often mixed medium to high population realms with low population realms.

Connected realms Edit

US completed connections Edit

As of July 7, 2014:[4]

EU completed connections Edit

As of 4-Jul-2014:[5]

English realms
French realms
German realms
Spanish realms
Russian realms

To be connected Edit

US future connections Edit

Planned on Thursday, July 10:[4]

  • Ysera and Durotan
  • Zuluhed and Andorhal, Scilla, and Ursin

Planned on Thursday, July 17:[4]

  • Dawnbringer and Madoran
  • Deathwing and Executus, Kalecgos, and Shattered Halls

Future, but no date specified:[4]

  • Gilneas and Elune
  • The Venture Co and Maelstrom

EU future connections Edit

Planned for 9-Jul-2014:[6]

English Realms
  • (PvE) Khadgar and Bloodhoof
  • (PvE) Bronze Dragonflight and Nordrassil
German Realms
  • (PvE) Tichondrius and Lordaeron
  • (PvE) Arygos and Khaz'goroth
Russian Realms
  • (PvP) Король-лич and Седогрив

Future, but no date specified:[6]

English Realms
  • (PvE) Saurfang and Darkspear/Terokkar
German Realms
  • (PvE) Teldrassil and Perenolde
  • (PvE) Durotan and Tirion
  • (PvE) Lothar and Baelgun

FAQ Edit

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Q. Why are you implementing Connected Realms?

A. As WoW has evolved, we’ve seen players naturally gravitate toward a subset of very active realms, leaving behind lower-populated realms. Due to the massively multiplayer nature of World of Warcraft, certain kinds of gameplay experiences simply aren’t well-suited to a low-pop realm. By allowing players from two or more lower-pop realms to play together, we hope to give more players more opportunities to participate in group-oriented activities, helping to foster a more vibrant in-game community.
Connected Realms also allow us to link populations in a way that’s not disruptive to players, and that doesn’t negatively impact players’ sense of identity and character. Other alternatives such as merging realms would require us to force character name changes if there were conflicts, and could lead to confusion for returning players who’d log in to find their realm missing from the realm list. Some players also feel strong ties to their realm’s name or history, and we don’t want to erase that.

Q. Why implement this now?

A. Our cross-realm technology has continued to evolve since it was first developed for joining players in dungeons. It’s now at a point where we can create seamless worlds made up of multiple individual realms, and we think there are some really positive benefits to that.

Q. How can I tell if someone is on my Connected Realm, but from a different realm?

A. We want the experience to feel seamless so we won’t be indicating player’s home realms in the game world. In certain places, such as chat, players' home realms will be displayed next to their name.

Q. Which realms will be connected as Connected Realms?

A. We haven’t decided yet which realms will be made part of a Connected Realm, or which other realms they’ll be connected to, though realms will only be connected to other realms of the same type (e.g. PvE to PvE, PvP to PvP, RP to RP). In the end, we’re considering a number of factors, including Battlegroup, population, and faction balance.

Q. How many realms will make up a Connected Realm?

A. We don’t know how many realms will make up a Connected Realm yet, and it’s likely to differ from Connected Realm to Connected Realm. Our goal is to create a vibrant and fun online experience where you can join guilds, access an active Auction House, and band together to take on group content.

Q. Will Connected Realms have any limitations?

A. There should be no limitations. We want the experience to be seamless, and we expect it work as if you’re suddenly part of a much more active realm.

Q. When will Connected Realms be available?

A. We haven’t yet determined when we’ll be creating the first Connected Realms, but we expect it will be some time after the launch of Patch 5.4.

Unofficial FAQ Edit

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Q. Can you mail items between characters on Connected Realms?

A. Yes. This has been tested by WoWWiki users. See "A Guide to Cross-Realm Mailing" in the External links section for how to enter destination character name and realm. This similar to how you can mail Bind to Account items across realms, but also applies for Bind on Equip and Bind on Use items between Connected Realms.

Virtual Realms Edit

This was the original name for Connected Realms[1] and was slated to be a part of Patch 5.4, but was apparently renamed and delayed until some time after the launch of the patch.

From the PTR patch notes:[7]

  • Virtual Realms are sets of realms that are fused together, and will behave exactly as if they were one cohesive realm. Players on the same Virtual Realm will be able to join guilds, access a single Auction House, join arena teams and raids, as well run dungeons or group up to complete quests.
  • Players belonging to the same Virtual Realm will have a (#) symbol next to their name.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b Blizz Peratryn 2013-08-06. #3 - Connected Realms vs Virtual Realms. Official Website and Mobile Feedback > Community Platform API forum (US).
  2. ^ Adam Holisky 2013-08-05. Blizzard releases more information on Connected Realms. WoW Insider.
  3. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment 2013-08-05. Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms. World of Warcraft Official Game Site (US).
       Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms. World of Warcraft Official Game Site (EU) (2013-08-05).
  4. ^ a b c d Blizzard Entertainment 2014-07-07. Connected Realms - Update 7/07. Official World of Warcraft Game Site (US).
  5. ^ Error on call to Template:ref web: Parameters url and title must be specifiedBlizz Takralus 2014-07-04. . Official Gameplay > General forums (EU).
  6. ^ a b Blizz Takralus 2014-07-07. Connected Realms Update - 04/07. Official Gameplay > General forums (EU).
  7. ^ PTR patch notes section of Patch 5.4.0.

See also Edit

External links Edit

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