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Plant Your Flag on Draenor!
Your Garrison will be woven deeply into the storyline of Warlords of Draenor, beginning when your faction leader commissions you to establish a beachhead on this alien world—but the ultimate fate of your personal fortress on Draenor is entirely up to you.
- Warlords of Draenor: Take Charge of Your Garrison
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Garrison Interface

A garrison is a new feature to to be introduced with the Warlords-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion. They are Blizzard's response to player housing. Players build a base that can be located in any zone on Draenor. Followers of the base can go on missions and earn epic gear and get limited access to professions via followers. The facilities are customizable and may include gathering areas. Garrisons can be moved after being created. There will be an sub-area to show off monuments and trophies.

Facilities of garrisons Edit

  • Gathering areas.
  • Monuments and trophies area.
  • Buildings in garrison give bonuses and can be upgradeable (3 total with specialization at level 3).
    • Some upgrades can be done via blueprints which can be found out in the world (TBD).
  • Limited access to professions that you don't have.
  • Followers completing missions may reward players with such things as epic gear.

Buildings Edit

Garrisons buildings
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Main article: Building

Building functions Edit

Buildings are the individual “pieces” of your Garrison—Stables, Farms, Mines, Armories, and more. They improve your ability to recruit, use, and train followers; to craft; to complete missions; and to run missions more quickly by reducing your followers’ downtime. Each building in your garrison can be upgraded, which amplifies its mechanical effect and visuals. For example, an upgraded Barracks will grow bigger and more impressive, but it’ll also increase the number of followers you can send on missions at one time (for example, 5 followers at once for a level 1 Barracks, then 7 followers, then 12—though the exact numbers are still in flux).

Building arrangement Edit

Garrisons 3

Buildings in your Garrison can be placed in a number of configurations. You can only place small-sized buildings (primarily crafting-related) on small plots; a larger building, like a Barracks, won’t fit. Bigger buildings can be constructed early on—even a “starting” Garrison has room for a large structure. As your Garrison increases in level, you’ll get access to more and larger building space, and increase the versatility and power of your holdings.

The amount of plots available to a player appears to depend upon how many tiers they have advanced all their buildings:

  • Tier 1: 6 plots
  • Tier 2: 11 plots
  • Tier 3: 15 plots

Garrisons are visually distinct depending on whether you’re a Horde or Alliance player, and you’ll be able to place your Garrison in one of several zones on Draenor. You’ll also specify your Garrison’s layout (the physical location of buildings within your Garrison’s walls), and select the buildings you’d like to include. Choosing to “spec” your buildings (more on that below) will also change cosmetic aspects of those buildings, like furniture types and decorations, in addition to imparting different gameplay effects.

Garrisons can be shown off to same-faction players in your party, who can walk around your base, converse with your NPCs, and appraise your layout. You’ll have a reason to show your Garrison off, too: trading resources. For example, if you have extra building resources, you’ll be able to bring them to a friend’s Garrison and exchange them for materials that you need.

Building specialization Edit

When specializing your Garrison’s buildings, you’ll choose a variant on the bonuses and abilities the building provides. For example, one Mine specialization might make your miners gather ore faster by the hour, while another will increase the chance that your workers strike a rare mining node. Several buildings can provide you with access to professions that your character hasn’t mastered—though you won’t have enough plots to put one down for every profession.

As you begin building up your Garrison, we expect that you’ll interact with it quite a bit. However, over time, it’s expected that your interaction will become more casual. At lower levels, your missions are on shorter time cycles (minutes, hours or days); once your followers have reached high levels, it’s likely that you’ll send some of them off on longer raid missions for a week at a time. We want garrisons to be important, but our goal is a system that’s easy to enjoy without being extremely intensive.

Sizes Edit

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Buildings come in a starting set and three groups of sizes:[1]

Starting
Small buildings
R1 indicates starting rank.

Allow access to professions the player may not have.

Medium buildings
Large buildings

Each has a bonus

Others
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Followers Edit

Main article: Follower

Followers are NPCs (non-player characters) that you recruit to join your Garrison. You’ll send them on missions to improve your Garrison and earn loot for your character. You can also allocate them to complete tasks—things like crafting or gathering resources, which they’ll do whether you’re online or offline.

Followers have a character level, an item level, and traits that affect missions and tasks. For example, if they have the Mining trait, you’ll be able to assign them to a Mine in your Garrison to gather resources for you. There are common, uncommon, rare, and epic followers, and their rarity affects the number of traits they can have.

Recruiting followers Edit

To run an effective Garrison, you’ll first need to recruit followers. Some will make their own way to your base, but you can also upgrade your Inn to attract more followers. You can also win followers to your cause as you progress through the game’s story, when completing quests, or simply by coughing up the right sum of gold to hire mercenaries.

When they’re not away on missions, your followers hold down posts at your Garrison, where you can visit them at any time. A major goal for the Garrison system is for followers to be dynamic and interesting—for example, if a follower fails a mission that takes place in a local dungeon, they might be taken prisoner; the next time you adventure in that dungeon, you’ll be able to rescue them.

Follower progression Edit

Followers grow in power in a way that mirrors players’ progression. From levels 90–100, followers will gain character levels, which have a significant impact on their abilities and mission success chance. They’ll also increase their item level as you equip them with follower-specific gear; once they’ve reached level 100, equipment will have a larger role to play in their overall effectiveness.

Missions Edit

Main article: Mission

Mission objectives Edit

You’ll send your followers on missions for varied purposes. Successful missions will give you the resources you need to keep developing your Garrison, but you’ll also have the chance to acquire powerful loot for your character, and your followers will gain experience for each mission they run.

The length of mission depends on the type of mission chosen, ranging from a few hours to a week. Missions can also be run while the player is offline.

The resources you’ll acquire during missions include both existing crafting reagents and Garrison-specific materials. For example, if you assign a follower to a mining mission, you could receive ore, but you might also unearth stone, a new kind of resource used to construct and upgrade buildings.

Though followers are great for solo play, the system also has multiplayer elements. When you dispatch a party of your followers on certain missions, you’ll also be able to join forces with your guildmates’ followers, even if your guildmate is offline.

Types of missions Edit

Blizzcon 2013 Q + A Edit

This section contains questions and answers from the Q&A session (About Almost Everything) at BlizzCon 2013.

Alts as followers Edit

Fan says: For people with many alts can they have them as followers for their garrisons?
CS: We haven't thought about this, but it sounds cool! We need a solution to deal with the fact that garrisons are unique and not account wide, we need something to help you make a garrison on your alt. We're not far enough along the development stage to talk about that yet. However we could include something like their name and gear, it could be awesome.

Available via mobile app? Edit

Fan says: Will Garrisons be in the wow armoury app?
Tom Chilton (TC): No current plans, it's not ruled out though.

Garrison player limit Edit

Fan says: How many people can be in your Garrison, are there any plans for friends to access your Garrison whilst your offline?
Tom Chilton: No mechanics for friends to be their whilst offline. No plans right now, it's a nice idea. We are planning for co operative gameplay.
Fan says: How many friends can be there?
Tom Chilton: Raids, 40 or whatever (sorry server programmers!)

Locations limited Edit

Fan says: So I was wondering about the garrisons, will they be in pre determined locations? In one slide I noticed the dance studio.
Developers: (Denying it while smirking and laughing.) That's ridiculous!
CS: The garrisons will be in pre determined locations. Within the pre determined area you can move the buildings to how you want them. We have the positions in really awesome locations. If we allowed players to choose any position players would put it say at the entrance to Blackrock Foundry.

Pet battles Edit

Fan says: Are there going to be any major pet battles system?
Cory Stockton (CS): Adding more new pets in Draenor, new trainers to battle against, pet stables in garrisons (unique trainers there with epic pet battles?)

Profession follower limits Edit

Fan says: The garrisons kind of satisfy to secondary production profession, however what are the limits of that? I build a black smith shop, can he make me epic weapons?
CS: We're planning on letting you find recipes through the missions. You can send your Blacksmith on black smithing weapons. It's just a matter of trying to balance that out, we need to make sure that the Blacksmith still feels valued outside your Garrison.

Media Edit

Images Edit

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From BlizzCon 2013 World of Warcraft Raids, Gameplay, Questing, and More panel:v

Video Edit

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Talk Azeroth w Olivia -- Episode 19 -- All about Garrisons!(35:01)

Notes Edit

  • At this point, there are no plans to develop additional race-specific structures beyond human and orc.[3]

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