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World of Warcraft: The Dark Below
Dark Below
Developer(s)Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher(s)Blizzard Entertainment
Release date(s)Early or late 2016
PlatformsMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X
Genre(s)MMORPG

World of Warcraft: The Dark Below colloquially referred to as TDB, is the sixth expansion pack for World of Warcraft. It was officially announced on August 13th, 2013. Set primarily in a second reformed Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms on the world of Azeroth, the expansion set follows the return of the Burning Legion led by the evil Dark titan Sargeras, who is taking residence in a place where he plans to unleash chaos.

Dark Below returns players to the two continents of Azeroth for most of their campaigning, after two years away in defeating Deathwing and the southern continent of Pandaria, opening new zones such as Dark Below, Dragon Isles, and Zandalar.

LoreEdit

From the official site:

After the death of Garrosh Hellscream, the Iron Horde has been dismantled and the alternate Dreanor will no longer threaten the current timeline, but an old enemy has returned.

Deep beneath Azeroth's surface, the entrance to the underground realm has been unlocked. It is called the Dark Below where its inhabited by the demons, devils and infernal creatures led by the fallen titan, Sargeras, the true creator of the Burning Legion. The Legion is not giving up in terrorizing Azeroth.

The new area reveals itself as the Alliance and Horde are preparing to make another stand against the Legion. Will they succeed in defeating the Burning Legion and Sargeras?

FeaturesEdit

  • Level cap raised to 110
  • Three new high-level zones from level 100-110:
  • New class: Demon Hunter
  • Four new playable races: Forest trolls (Horde), Furbolgs (Alliance), High elves (Alliance), and Ogres (Horde).
  • More than 100 cinematics will be availiable in the expansion.
  • A level 100 character upgrade—play immediately! Players will be able to instantly boost one character to level 100, which may be a pre-existing or a newly created character.
  • No new PVP zones are available in the expansion.
  • New Class-Race Combinations
    • Goblin and Worgen players will have access to become Monks.
    • Pandaren, Night Elf and Worgen players will have access to become Paladins.
    • Orc players will have access to become Priests.
    • Blood Elf players will have access to become Shamans.

Prominent figuresEdit

Among the many figures confirmed to have major roles in the Dark Below story arc are:

  • IconSmall DarkTitan MaleSargeras, also known as the The Fallen, is the main antagonist of the expansion. He will play a major role in questing and end-game content, and is expected to be the final boss of the expansion (in a later patch).
  • IconSmall AnduinAnduin Wrynn is the son of Varian Wrynn and the future king of Stormwind. After his father's death, he now leads the Alliance against the Burning Legion and its allies.
  • IconSmall Vol'jin MaleVol'jin is the first non-orc to become the Horde's honorable Warchief. He continues to rebuild everything that Garrosh Hellscream committed after the war between the Alliance and Horde. He now leads the Horde against the Burning Legion and its allies.
  • IconSmall KalecIconSmall KalecgosKalecgos returns to the Dragon Isles and brings the Blue dragonflight into the Alliance.
  • IconSmall Zandalari MaleRastakhan forms the Zandalari Empire and prepares to face against the Alliance and Horde that have united under Wrathion. He will play a major role in questing and end-game content, and is expected to be the first boss of the expansion.
  • IconSmall WrathionIconSmall WhelpBlackWrathion, the Black Prince, is the son of Deathwing and the last known Black Dragon to exist in the world of Azeroth. He will continue to unite the Alliance and Horde to save Azeroth from the Burning Legion.
  • IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall DragonRedVargastrasz becomes the new leader of the Red dragonflight and brings the faction into the Horde.
  • IconSmall Pandaren MaleChen Stormstout returns in the expansion. After he and his family side with the Horde and become allies to the honorable Warchief, Chen will be involved in helping the Horde in several places in Kalimdor.
  • IconSmall Draenei MaleTalgath, freed from the demonic corruption, becomes the new leader of the Draenei people after Velen was captured by the Burning Legion.
  • IconSmall Lich MaleKel'Thuzad, the founder of the Cult of the Damned and principle agent of the Lich King, was thought to have been killed until it was revealed that he lived. He leads a small remnant of the Scourge to aid Rastakhan and the Zandalari Empire in the expansion.
  • IconSmall SylvanasSylvanas Windrunner forms the True Forsaken and plans to use a deadly plague bomb which would eradicate all life in the Eastern Kingdoms.

New zonesEdit

Starting zonesEdit

Four new starting areas are available for the Forest trolls, Furbolgs, High elves, and Ogres:

Leveling zonesEdit

Two new leveling zones are available for the expansion:

High-leveled zonesEdit

The expansion will introduce three new high-leveled zones:

Dungeon, raid and scenario contentEdit

Blizzard developers announced at BlizzCon 2015 that they intended for Dark Below to ship with new end-game content and cinematics.

New dungeonsEdit

Classic dungeonsEdit

Four additional dungeons from classic World of Warcraft, both low-level instances or former raids, have had level 100 heroic 5-man versions added with new content:

RaidsEdit

Dark Below will ship with three end-game raid dungeons and a PvP-unlocked raid dungeon, each with both 10 and 25-man settings. Once the final boss of each has been defeated, players can set each boss to heroic mode.

Factions and organizationsEdit

Numerous factions and organizations are introduced and are expected to play major roles throughout the expansion.

New racial factionsEdit

Alliance factions and organizationsEdit

  • Official alliance mini-icon Blue dragonflight - a small organization that still remains in the world of Azeroth. Led by Kalecgos, the Blue dragonflight sides with the Alliance and plan to retake the Dragon Isles from the Burning Legion.
  • Official alliance mini-icon Northfall tribe - a large tribe of Wolvar that have united their tribes into one. After the effects of the cataclysm, the Northfall Wolvar were aided by the Alliance in finding a new home. Given sanctuary in Dun Morogh, the Northfall Wolvar become aligned with the Alliance.
  • Official alliance mini-icon Obscurer tribe - a large tribe of lost Vrykul that refused to support the Scourge and remained hidden in the mountains. Destined to find a new home, the Obscurer tribe were given sanctuary by King Anduin Wrynn and joined the Alliance.
  • Official alliance mini-icon Royal Tiras Navy - a new organized fleet that was formed to serve within the Alliance.
  • Official alliance mini-icon Stormwind Legion - a reorganized military that now serves within the Alliance. In the expansion, the Stormwind Legion travels to Zandalar to end the Zandalari threat.

Horde factions and organizationsEdit

  • Official horde mini-icon Bladescar clan - a vast clan of Ogres that have united their clans into one and sided with the Horde. The clan is named after the land that they settled in.
  • Official horde mini-icon Mjordin - is a clan of Vrykul that were once aligned with the Scourge. After leaving Northrend, the Mjordin aligns itself with the Horde.
  • Official horde mini-icon Oracles - are a faction of several friendly gorloc tribes that once lived in Sholazar Basin. After the effects of the cataclysm, the Oracles side with the Horde while their Wolvar enemies side with the Alliance.
  • Official horde mini-icon Orgrimmar Legion - a reorganized military that serves within the Horde and its Warchief. In the expansion, the Orgrimmar Legion travels to Zandalar to end the Zandalari threat.
  • Official horde mini-icon Red dragonflight - a noble and honorable group of creatures that were once neutral. Now led by Vargastrasz, the Red dragonflight sides with the Horde and plan to retake the Dragon Isles from the Burning Legion.
  • Official horde mini-icon San'layn - a faction of darkfallen that served within the Scourge. It collapsed after the death the Lich King, but several Darkfallen were able to survive and became unemployed. Now led by Blood Lord Vorath, who was the one who reorganized the faction, the San'layn sides with the Horde.
  • Official horde mini-icon Scryers - a faction of blood elves led by Voren'thal the Seer. The Scryers now side with the Horde and are responsible for turning all the Felblood elves back into ordinary blood elves.
  • Official horde mini-icon Sen'jin tribe - a vast tribe of Jungle trolls that have united their tribes into one under the leadership of Warchief Vol'jin, who named it after his father.
  • Official horde mini-icon Venture Company - is the most notorious goblin organization, deforesting and plundering the world for its natural resources. After Jastor Gallywix made peace with Mogul Razdunk, the Venture Company aligns itself with the Horde.

Neutral factions and organizationsEdit

  • Neutral 15 Burning Legion - the first main antagonist organization in the Dark Below. It is an a vast, innumerable army of demons, infernals, and corrupted races who seek to destroy any trace of order in the universe.
  • Neutral 15 Farraki tribe - a tribe of Sandfury trolls that have abandoned their service with the Zandalari and return to Tanaris.
  • Neutral 15 Forsaken Renegade Front - a small resistance that was formed by surviving Forsaken that were part of the True Forsaken. After Sylvanas' death, the Forsaken Renegade Front attends to takeover Western Darrowmere Forest for their own.
  • Neutral 15 Razorfen Legion - a vast organization of Quilboars that serve as allies to the Burning Legion. The Razorfen's main goal is to takeover Kalimdor and bring order for Sargeras' return.
  • Neutral 15 Risen - an undead faction of Forsaken that were former Scarlet Crusaders.
  • Neutral 15 Sagepaw Legion - a vast organization of united Gnoll tribes that serve as allies to the Burning Legion. The Sagepaw's main goal is to takeover the Eastern Kingdoms and bring order for Sargeras' return.
  • Neutral 15 Thorium Brotherhood - a group of dwarves who have split from the Dark Iron clan. The Brotherhood is expected to play a major role in the expansion where they battle minions of the Burning Legion.
  • Neutral 15 Zandalari Rebellion - is an open resistance that was formed to stand against Rastakhan and his newly formed Empire.

New RacesEdit

HumanoidEdit

BeastsEdit

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