World Event Edit
- By what I can remember, the opening of the dark portal in the expansion was supposed to be a world event having quite a bit to do with warlocks and rituals, however later on one CM (forget who) said Blizz didn't want a world event to rely so heavily on one class so they scrapped it. This was on the old forums and before the alpha tests, probably when they were still internally messing with it. Lorewise now, Kazzak finds some artifact and re-opens the Dark Portal, so it will be open on launch. -Edman —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Edman7425 (talk · contr).
- I still say they hinted it was Ner'zhul in TFT, but Rise of the Horde retconned it into nobody. It says they are "cowled figures".-- 00:21, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
- I've got, like, maybe 2 ideas about this. One's that maybe the lads on both sides are warlocks, explained to be robed and cowled. Also, it is possible that they're death knights, because they loot bulky. I think it's one of the two. Cheers! Malfurion Stormrage (talk) 2:46, 14 October 2009
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The Opening Edit
I recall reading in the original manual (I can't remember if it's WC1 or 2) that the portal started out as a tiny, tiny tear in the dimensions, and through intense channeling Gul'dan and Medivh were able to slowly stretch it, until it was large enough for a single orc to enter, and eventually wide enough for 3 orcs shoulder to shoulder, and eventually it reached its current size. This was later retconned to the instant opening of the gigantic, already-built portal (who knew the Last Guardian was also a mason?) with legions of orc soldiers waiting to cross through on the other side. I'd edit the article myself but I can't seem to find my old manual to quote and appropriately cite it. Could someone confirm this, or correct me if I got any details wrong? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Monuke (talk · contr).
- In the Warcraft 1 manual it says that the warlocks began experimenting with the rift to make it larger. In the Warcraft 2 manual it says with somewhat more detail, but neither mentions of Medivh working with the warlocks. This is what says on the Wowwiki page about the 2 manuals. Andreioplst (talk) 12:04, October 7, 2009 (UTC)
- I do not know what the current lore is for this. Which came first for Medivh: the rift or the arch? Rise of the Horde seems to contradict the way the orc side was started, but the rift may have been there from the start.-- 20:29, October 7, 2009 (UTC)
- On an unrelated note, don't forget to sign your posts on talk pages with
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Lowest Level to Pass Through Edit
what is the lowest level a player can pass through after getting the Burning Crusade xpac06:33, July 12, 2010 (UTC)
- I believe the Dark Portal still has a level 58 minimum to enter it. -- Dark T Zeratul (talk) 07:12, July 12, 2010 (UTC)
DP Use Restrictions Edit
Going through the Portal, like accessing the new racial areas, requires the expansion pack to be installed. If the Burning Crusade expansion pack is not installed and a player tries to enter the Dark Portal, they simply pass through to the rear side and get the notification "Burning Crusade Expansion Pack Required". A player used to need to have a character of level 58 or higher, but this is no longer a requirement. If the Expansion Pack was installed, but the character is under level 58, the player used to get "Must be Level 58", but now players are able to access the region with a lower level. However, players will still get the "Must be Level 58" message if they try to use the portal to Blasted Lands from a capital city.
This text seems to suggest that players below level 58 can use the Dark Portal. Either not true, or at the very least it is coded to prevent starter ed accts from using it. Perhaps this could be reworded? Granted, portals and warlock summons may still work for lower levels (the latter being the only option for starter accts) but normal DP use is still limited.