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World of Warcraft Storyline and Expansion ProgressionEdit

Legend:

  • Text in red indicates elements added in a given expansion
  • Text in green indicates personal speculation of lore development and is not strictly predicted based on existing lore foundation

Note: This is a work in progress...links coming soon!

Chapter I. World of WarcraftEdit

a. Release Date: 11/04
b. Level Range: 1-60
c. Playable Races:
i. Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead
ii. Alliance: Human, Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome
d. Playable Classes: Warrior, Priest, Mage, Paladin (Alliance Only), Shaman (Horde Only), Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Druid
e. Playable Areas: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor
f. Playable Professions:
i. Gathering Professions: Skinning, Herbalism, Mining
ii. Manufacturing Professions: Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Engineering, Enchanting
iii. Secondary Skills: Cooking, Fishing, First Aid, Riding
g. Story Arc Focus: Intro to Major Threats – Burning Legion, Scourge, Old Gods
h. Transition: Defeat of Kel’Thuzad in the Plaguelands and Opening of the Dark Portal

Chapter II. World of Warcraft: The Burning CrusadeEdit

a. Release Date: 01/07
b. Level Range: 1-70
c. Playable Races:
i. Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Blood Elf
ii. Alliance: Human Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Draenei
d. Playable Classes: Warrior, Priest, Mage, Paladin, Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Druid
e. Playable Areas: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland
f. Playable Professions:
i. Gathering Professions: Skinning, Herbalism, Mining
ii. Manufacturing Professions: Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Engineering, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting
iii. Secondary Skills: Cooking, Fishing, First Aid, Riding
g. Story Arc Focus: Illidan the Betrayer and Kil’Jaeden the Deceiver
h. Transition: Defeat of Kil’Jaeden at the Sunwell and Invasion of Azeroth by the Scourge

Chapter III. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich KingEdit

a. Release Date: 11/08
b. Level Range: 1-80
c. Playable Races:
i. Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Blood Elf
ii. Alliance: Human Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Draenei
d. Playable Classes:
i. Regular: Warrior, Priest, Mage, Paladin, Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Druid
ii. Hero: Death Knight
e. Playable Areas: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend
f. Playable Professions:
i. Gathering Professions: Skinning, Herbalism, Mining
ii. Manufacturing Professions: Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Engineering, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, Inscription
iii. Secondary Skills: Cooking, Fishing, First Aid, Riding
g. Story Arc Focus: The Lich King
h. Transition: Defeat of the Lich King in Icecrown and the Opening of the Emerald Portals

Chapter IV. World of Warcraft: The Emerald NightmareEdit

a. Estimated Release Date: 05/10
b. Level Range: 1-90
c. Playable Races:
i. Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Blood Elf, Ogre
ii. Alliance: Human Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Draenei, Furbolg
d. Playable Classes:
i. Regular: Warrior, Priest, Mage, Paladin, Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Druid
ii. Hero: Death Knight, Beastmaster
e. Playable Areas: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend, Emerald Dream
f. Playable Professions:
i. Gathering Professions: Skinning, Herbalism, Mining
ii. Manufacturing Professions: Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Engineering, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, Inscription, Compilation
iii. Secondary Skills: Cooking, Fishing, First Aid, Riding
g. Story Arc Focus: The Old God who corrupts the Emerald Dream
h. Transition: Defeat of the Old God in the Emerald Nightmare and the Attack of the Naga Armies

Chapter V. World of Warcraft: The Tides of DoomEdit

a. Estimated Release Date: 11/11
b. Level Range: 1-100
c. Playable Races:
i. Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Blood Elf, Ogre
ii. Alliance: Human, Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Draenei, Furbolg
iii. Choice of Allegiance after Level 10: Goblin
d. Playable Classes:
i. Regular: Warrior, Priest, Mage, Paladin, Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Druid
ii. Hero: Death Knight, Beastmaster
e. Playable Areas: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend, Emerald Dream, Great Sea
f. Playable Professions:
i. Gathering Professions: Skinning, Herbalism, Mining, Forestry
ii. Manufacturing Professions: Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Engineering, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, Inscription, Compilation, Woodworking
iii. Secondary Skills: Cooking, Fishing, First Aid, Riding, Diving
g. Story Arc Focus: Queen Azshara and Old God who created the Naga
h. Transition: Defeat of the Old God in the Maelstrom and Massive Elemental Invasion

Chapter VI. World of Warcraft: Fury of the ElementsEdit

a. Estimated Release Date: 05/13
b. Level Range: 1-110
c. Playable Races:
i. Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Blood Elf, Ogre
ii. Alliance: Human, Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Draenei, Furbolg
iii. Choice of Allegiance after Level 10: Goblin, Pandaren
d. Playable Classes:
i. Regular: Warrior, Priest, Mage, Paladin, Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Druid
ii. Hero: Death Knight, Beastmaster, Geomancer
e. Playable Areas: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend, Emerald Dream, Great Sea, Elemental Plane
f. Playable Professions:
i. Gathering Professions: Skinning, Herbalism, Mining, Forestry
ii. Manufacturing Professions: Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Engineering, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, Inscription, Compilation, Woodworking
iii. Secondary Skills: Cooking, Fishing, First Aid, Riding, Diving, Brewery
g. Story Arc Focus: The Elemental Lieutenants and the final Old God
h. Transition: Defeat of the last Old God in the Abyssal Maw and the Opening of the Great Portal at the bottom of the Maelstrom

Chapter VII. World of Warcraft: Vengeance of the DestroyerEdit

a. Estimated Release Date: 11/14
b. Level Range: 1-120
c. Playable Races:
i. Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Blood Elf, Ogre
ii. Alliance: Human, Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Draenei, Furbolg
iii. Choice of Allegiance after Level 10: Goblin, Pandaren
d. Playable Classes:
i. Regular: Warrior, Priest, Mage, Paladin, Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Rogue, Druid
ii. Hero: Death Knight, Beastmaster, Geomancer, Demon Hunter
e. Playable Areas: Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend, Emerald Dream, Great Sea, Elemental Plane, Headquarters of the Burning Legion
f. Playable Professions:
i. Gathering Professions: Skinning, Herbalism, Mining, Forestry
ii. Manufacturing Professions: Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, Engineering, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, Inscription, Compilation, Woodworking, Infusion
iii. Secondary Skills: Cooking, Fishing, First Aid, Riding, Diving
g. Story Arc Focus: The Lieutenants of the Burning Legion and Sargeras
h. Finale: Defeat of Sargeras in the Legion’s Stronghold and the beginning of yet another Unsteady Ceasefire between Horde and Alliance…

ExplanationEdit

  • Completes all major conflicts: Scourge, Dragons, Old Gods, Burning Legion
  • Assuming estimated release dates are generally maintained Completes WoW just as it's predicted life-cycle comes to an end (10 years)
  • Gives players access to all major realms, continents and worlds involved in central storyline of Warcraft

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