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Neutral 32 Arathi Basin
Level 20-70
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RaceIconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human
IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Undead
LocationCentral Arathi Highlands
WorldMap-ArathiBasin

The Arathi Basin in-game map

Located in Arathi Highlands, Arathi Basin is a fast and exciting battleground. The Basin itself is rich with resources and coveted by both the Horde and the Alliance. The Forsaken Defilers and the League of Arathor have arrived at Arathi Basin to wage war over these natural resources and claim them on behalf of their respective sides. It is sort of a 'king of the hill' match, though with multiple 'hills'.

Overview Edit

The goal is to control locations on the map ("Resource Nodes"). While a node is controlled, it generates resources for your side, and the first side to gain 2,000 resources wins the contest.

Arathi Basin was introduced in patch 1.7.

Entering Arathi Basin Battleground Edit

Basic Rules Edit

  • Each side has up to 15 players.
  • There are five Resource Nodes on the map: the Blacksmith, the Farm, the Gold Mine, the Lumber Mill and the Stables.
  • A node only earns resources when it is captured (see below). With the exception of possible strategic value, there is no difference between the nodes.
  • The rate of resource accumulation increases non-linearly as more nodes are captured. That is, if a side owns 2 nodes, it will not accumulate resources 2x as fast as when it only has 1 node. See the Strategy section below for more info.
  • Arathi Basin is banded by level, just like Warsong Gulch. The minimum level to join is 20, and different instances will spawn for players between levels 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70.

Map and subzones Edit

Arathi Basin

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BlacksmithDefiler's DenFarmGold MineLumber MillStablesTrollbane Hall

Winning Arathi Basin Edit

Strategy and Tactics Edit

Accumulating Resources Edit

Resources accumulate at the rates shown in the table below.

Nodes
Captured
Resources
Per Tick
Tick Length
(sec)
Resources
Per sec
1 10 12 0.8
2 10 9 1.1
3 10 6 1.7
4 10 3 3.3
5 30 1 30.0

So if your team has three nodes, their team has two nodes, and they lead 1800 to 1700, you can still win if no nodes change hands. But if your team is at 1600 you cannot win unless you gain control of four nodes.

Honor Rewards Edit

The game awards bonus honor to everyone on your side of the match for reaching certain goals. Those goals are:

  • Collecting multiples of 330 resources (at 330, 660, 990 , ...), rewards 20 honor each (at level 60).
  • Winning the match rewards 20 honor (at level 60).

Honor for lower level matches scales down from the amounts given. Other scored events are not granted honor. These include: killing blows, assaulting a node, capturing a node, and defending a node. Honor is awarded for honorable kills as normal.

Winning a complete match (2000 resources and the win bonus) gives 140 honor (at level 60). It also awards 3 Arathi Basin Mark of Honor. Since Patch 2.0 there is no quest rewarding honor for 3 Arathi Basin Mark of Honor. Instead, they are used in conjunction with honor points to obtain PvP item rewards.

Losing a match gives you less bonus honor depending on how many resources your side managed to collect before the loss. You will still accumulate some honor from honorable kills. You will receive 1 Arathi Basin Mark of Honor at the end of a loss.

On the Battlegrounds Holiday weekend for Arathi Basin, the bonus honor goals are:

  • Collecting multiples of 200 resources (at 200, 400, 600, ...), rewards 20 honor each (at level 60).
  • Winning the match still rewards 20 honor (at level 60).

The total honor for the winning team on the holiday weekend is 200. The losing team only earns honor for resources collected; there is no additional bonus for a loss on the holiday weekend.

Quests Edit

There are a number of quests involving fighting in Arathi Basin, some of which need reputation with the battleground faction. You can get them from one of the NPCs near the battleground entrances in Hammerfall or Refuge Pointe.

The first quest will usually be The Battle for Arathi Basin!, for which you need to assault four different bases.

Alliance Edit

Horde Edit

As of the 2.3 patch, there is a daily quest available requiring a win in one random battleground, which awards experience, honor and coin. The AB version of this quest is Neutral 15 [70P] Call to Arms: Arathi Basin.

Reputation Edit

Doing battle in Arathi Basin improves your reputation with The Defilers (Horde) or The League of Arathor (Alliance).

  • Collecting multiples of 200 resources (at 200, 400, 600, ...) = 10 rep (total 100 rep if you win)
  • Quests in Arathi Basin give reputation too

On the Battlegrounds Holiday weekend for Arathi Basin, the Reputation rewards are:

  • Collecting multiples of 150 resources (at 150, 300, 450, ...) = 10 rep (total 130 rep if you win)

Rewards Edit

Arathi Basin items are now available by spending honor accumulated and a varying amount of Arathi Basin Mark of Honor. Though some of the Arathor and Defiler factions items have different names and artwork, their bonuses and equip effects are identical. More powerful versions of some items can be purchased as you gain levels, allowing higher level players to receive faction rewards with better equipment bonuses. However, the exalted rewards are only available at level 60.


Item (Alliance/Horde) Type Level #:   Pvpcurrency-honor-both   Arathi basin mark of honor Classes Description
[Talisman of Arathor] /
[Defiler's Talisman]
Trinket Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
30 Unrestricted Absorbs a fixed amount of physical damage for 15 seconds
[Highlander's Chain Girdle] /
[Defiler's Chain Girdle]
Waist (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Hunter, Shaman Stamina bonus
Improves chance to crit by 1%
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Determination or The Defiler's Determination set.
[Highlander's Cloth Girdle] /
[Defiler's Cloth Girdle]
Waist (Cloth) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Mage, Priest, Warlock Stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
Increases healing done by spells and effects
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Intent or The Defiler's Intent set.
[Highlander's Lizardhide Girdle] /
[Defiler's Lizardhide Girdle]
Waist (Leather) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Rogue, Druid Stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Will or The Defiler's Will set.
[Highlander's Leather Girdle] /
[Defiler's Leather Girdle]
Waist (Leather) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Rogue, Druid Stamina bonus
Increases chance to crit by 1%
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Purpose or The Defiler's Purpose set.
[Highlander's Lamellar Girdle] Waist (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Paladin Strength, stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Resolve set.
[Defiler's Mail Girdle] Waist (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Hunter, Shaman Stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Defiler's Fortitude set.
[Highlander's Plate Girdle] /
[Defiler's Plate Girdle]
Waist (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Warrior, Paladin Strength and stamina bonuses
Improves chance to crit by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Resolution or The Defiler's Resolution set.
[Highlander's Chain Greaves] /
[Defiler's Chain Greaves]
Feet (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Determination or The Defiler's Determination set.
[Highlander's Cloth Boots] /
[Defiler's Cloth Boots]
Feet (Cloth) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Mage, Priest, Warlock Stamina and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases healing done by spells and effects
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Intent or The Defiler's Intent set.
[Highlander's Lizardhide Boots] /
[Defiler's Lizardhide Boots]
Feet (Leather) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Rogue, Druid Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Will or The Defiler's Will set.
[Highlander's Leather Boots] /
[Defiler's Leather Boots]
Feet (Leather) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Rogue, Druid Agility and stamina bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Purpose or The Defiler's Purpose set.
[Highlander's Lamellar Greaves] Feet (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Paladin Strength, agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Resolve set.
[Defiler's Mail Greaves] Feet (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases chance to crit with spells by 1%
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Defiler's Fortitude set.
[Highlander's Plate Greaves] /
[Defiler's Plate Greaves]
Feet (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 175
Lvl 38: 258
Lvl 48: 382
Lvl 58: 2805
20 Warrior, Paladin Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Resolution or The Defiler's Resolution set.
[Highlander's Chain Pauldrons] /
[Defiler's Chain Pauldrons]
Shoulders (Mail) Level 60: 8415 40 Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Determination or The Defiler's Determination set.
[Highlander's Epaulets] /
[Defiler's Epaulets]
Shoulders (Cloth) Level 60: 8415 40 Mage, Priest, Warlock Stamina and intellect bonuses
Restores 5 mana every 5 seconds
Increases healing done by spells and effects
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Intent or The Defiler's Intent set.
[Highlander's Lizardhide Shoulders] /
[Defiler's Lizardhide Shoulders]
Shoulders (Leather) Level 60: 8415 40 Rogue, Druid Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Increases attack power
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Will or The Defiler's Will set.
[Highlander's Leather Shoulders] /
[Defiler's Leather Shoulders]
Shoulders (Leather) Level 60: 8415 40 Rogue, Druid Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases attack power
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Purpose or The Defiler's Purpose set.
[Highlander's Lamellar Spaulders] Shoulders (Plate) Level 60: 8415 40 Paladin Strength, agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Resolve set.
[Defiler's Mail Pauldrons] Shoulders (Mail) Level 60: 8415 40 Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Restores 4 mana every 5 seconds
These shoulders are part of The Defiler's Fortitude set.
[Highlander's Plate Spaulders] /
[Defiler's Plate Spaulders]
Shoulders (Plate) Level 60: 8415 40 Warrior, Paladin Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Resolution or The Defiler's Resolution set.
[Cloak of the Honor Guard] /
[Deathguard's Cloak]
Back Level 60: 4590 20 Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases Attack Power
[Ironbark Staff] Staff Level 60: 15300 40 Unrestricted Intellect and stamina bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 2%
Increases damage and healing from spells and effects
[Sageclaw] /
[Mindfang]
Dagger Level 60: 8160 40 Unrestricted Stamina bonus
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
Increases damage and healing from spells and effects

Old Faction Reward System Edit

Prior to patch 2.01, you had to improve your reputation with the Arathi Basin faction to be eligible for rewards.
See Old Arathi Basin Rewards for details.

Useful TerminologyEdit

During the course of playing, you may hear the following frequently used acronyms and term(s) used by players to give out directions:

  • LM: Lumber Mill
  • BS: Blacksmith
  • GM: Gold Mine
  • ST: Stables
  • inc: Incoming
  • gy: Graveyard (the area or in the proximity of the area in which players re-spawn after death)

See AlsoEdit

External links Edit

Previews Edit

Humor Edit

  • Who's Arathi MP3, a parody by anim5 of International Detective Dragons From Outer Space of Abott and Costello's "Who's on First?" skit.

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