Warlords of Draenor FAQ

I decided to make a FAQ for Warlords of Draenor because I’ve had a few questions about Draenor and how stuff works and I thought some of you might find it useful.

How do I get to Draenor?

If you’ve upgraded your account to Warlords of Draenor, a quest will pop up in your quest log, directing you to the Blasted Lands. You will receive this quest no matter where you are in the world. Speak to Khadgar outside the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands or Khadgar in one of the major cities to head to Draenor.

What are the new dungeons called and when can I queue for them?

Auchindoun (94-97)
Bloodmaul Slag Mines (90-92)
The Everbloom (100)
Grimrail Depot (100)
Iron Docks (92-94)
Shadowmoon Burial Grounds (100)
Skyreach (97-98)

Read more about dungeons here

What are the new zones in Draenor called?

Frostfire Ridge (90-92) Horde starts here.
Shadowmoon Valley (90-92) Alliance starts here.
Gorgrond (92-94)
Talador (94-96)
Spires of Arak (96-98)
Nagrand (98-100)
Tanaan Jungle (100)
Ashran (PvP) World PvP zone and capital cities Stormshield and Warspear

Read more about zones here

When will I be able to fly in Draenor?

You won’t be able to fly, at least not yet, maybe in a future patch but Blizzard hasn’t promised anything.

What is Ashran?

Ashran is a new world PvP zone in eastern Draenor. It has bases, vehicles and quests. The name also refers to the greater Ashran zone with the Alliance and Horde Capitals, which are set outside of the PvP zone itself. The PvP zone has a cap of roughly 100 players per side. You will be invited to join the battle when you enter the zone or placed in a queue to join if the zone is already at the cap for your faction. You can fly to Ashran from your garrison.

Read more about Ashran here

What are the new Draenor capitals called and how do I get there?

The new capitals are in Ashran, a zone located east in Draenor. Stormshield is the Alliance capital and Warspear is the Horde capital. You can fly there from your garrison in Frostfire Ridge after building your garrison. There are portals to the different cities in Azeroth in Stormshield/Warspear. I recommend setting Hearthstone in Warspear/Stormshield as you can use your Garrison Hearthstone to get to your garrison or other parts of Draenor. You can also fly from Stormshield/Warspear to other parts of Draenor.

Is there a portal to Draenor from Orgrimmar/Stormwind?

Yes, there is a portal from Orgrimmar to Frostfire Ridge and from Stormwind to Shadowmoon Valley. You can find the portal by the Cataclysm portals (to Uldum etc)

What are garrisons?

Garrisons are a new major feature in Warlords of Draenor. You can construct buildings to boost your professions or craft items without a profession, recruit followers and send them on missions for rewards.

Read more about garrisons here

What is required to queue for a Warlords of Draenor heroic dungeon?

You need a Silver Proving Grounds medal to your role to queue using the Looking For Group tool and 610 item level.

How do I get to Proving Grounds in Draenor?

At level 100, you can pick up the quest Proving Grounds (Alliance) / Proving Grounds (Horde) in your Garrison. Speak to Warmaster Zog (Horde) and Lieutenant Thorn (Alliance) to queue for Proving Grounds.

How do I gear up in Draenor?

Check out this gearing guide

Where do I learn Draenor profession skills?

Crafting professions:
Horde: The Butcher of Bladespire, killing Dorogg the Ruthless / Alliance: Shadows Awaken, killing Karnoth <Shard of the Dark Star> will drop two profession items for the crafting professions you got which will start a quest that will reward you with blueprints for the garrison profession buildings and Draenor profession skill.

Alchemy Mysterious Flask 
Blacksmithing Fractured Forge Hammer
Engineering Burned-Out Hand Cannon
Inscription Illegible Sootstained Notes
Leatherworking Tattered Frostwolf Shroud
Tailoring Frostwolf Tailoring Kit
Jewelcrafting Intricate Crimson Pendant
Enchanting Enchanted Highmaul Bracer

Gathering professions:
Picking a herb, mining a node or skinning a mob will drop the Draenor profession skill item.

Herbalism A Compendium of the Herbs of Draenor
Mining A Treatise on Mining in Draenor
Skinning A Guide to Skinning in Draenor

Secondary professions:
Fishing and first aid are world drops and can also be found while fishing. Cooking is a world drop. Archaeology can be found while digging.

Fishing Fishing Guide to Draenor
First Aid First Aid in Draenor
Archaeology Brittle Cartography Journal
Cooking The Joy of Draenor Cooking

Where can I find rare mobs, treasures and exploration puzzles?

The following guides tells you everything you need to know. There is also a great addon called HandyNotes + HandyNotes DraenorTreasures which will show treasures and rare mobs on your map.
Rares, Treasures, and Temples in Shadowmoon Valley
Rares, Treasures, and Shamanstones in Frostfire Ridge
Rares, Treasures, and Garrison Outpost Caches in Gorgrond
Rares and Treasures in Talador
Rares, Treasures, and Jumping Puzzles in Spires of Arak
Rares, Treasures, and Gliders in Nagrand

How does the Toy Box work and where can I get more toys?

Check out this toy box guide

How does the free level 90 character boost work?

A free character boost is included when you buy the Warlords of Draenor expansion. You can boost one character on your account to level 90.

If the character is at least level 60 before the boost, their primary professions and first aid will be leveled up to 600. If the character is at least level 60 and doesn’t have any primary professions, they’ll automatically be given two primary professions based on your class. Cloth armor classes will get enchanting and tailoring, leather/mail classes will get leatherworking and skinning, plate armor classes will get blacksmithing and mining.

Read more about 90 boost here and here

What will my boosted 90 character get?

The boosted character will receive a set of gear with 483 item level, bags and some gold to get started. Any gear the character already had will be mailed to them. After completing the introductory questline, your character will receive all riding skills up to Artisan (280% flying speed) and all regional riding skills up to Pandaria (Cold Weather Flying, Flight Master’s License etc)

How will I know how to play the level 90 character?

You will start off with the most essential skills for your class and spec and you will unlock more skills as you progress through the introductory questline.

What kinds of bonuses will I earn from level 90 to 100?

You will get perks which are passive abilities improving existing abilities. Each spec has access to 4 perks granted upon reaching levels 92, 94, 96 and 98. These perks don’t have a fixed level at which they are acquired, instead a perk will be randomly selected from those not yet known.

Read more about perks here


Let me know if there is anything else you think I should add or if anything is incorrect. Will also add more as I progress through Draenor.

 

First days in Draenor

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The launch of Warlords of Draenor clearly didn’t go as expected for Blizzard. It wasn’t as I expected either. I knew it would be latency and that the servers might crash but I had no idea it would be this bad. I was in Blasted Lands a few hours before midnight and half of Kazzak were already there, so it took several minutes to mount up and even longer to kill a mob. Some poor players ran around trying to finish their Blasted Lands quest but it was impossible.

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We all bunched up at the Dark Portal, ready to pick up the quest and go through. But the server went down right before midnight because there were too many players in Blasted Lands. It took a while to get back in the game cause of the queue, and when I finally got past the queue Blasted Lands was still down, so you would get stuck on loading screen for 5 minutes or longer when trying to log in before you finally got thrown back to character list.

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I kept trying to log on different characters but all of my characters were either in Blasted Lands, Orgrimmar or Shrine of Two Moons. I got instantly teleported to Shrine of Two Moons when I finally got on my character which was in Blasted Lands. This was before Khadgar casted Mirror Image to place himself in the major cities, so I had to get back to Blasted Lands to speak to him. I think I went back twice or three times and got teleported to Shrine again every time. So we decided to do a few dungeons just to get started but it wasn’t exactly very fun to just do the same dungeon over and over again.

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I think it was around 2:30 am when I finally got to Draenor and we finally got to start on the quests in Tanaan Jungle. Questing went fine without any lag or disconnects because most people were in Frostfire Ridge at that time.

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Everything worked fine until we got to Frostfire, then we understood what everyone were complaining about. Because there were so much people there, at every quest giver and at every quest spot. It took a good while before we got started on our quests and got to build our Garrison. But it got even worse as we progressed and got to the next quest hub. Some quests were impossible to finish because there were no mobs around, it seemed like it took several minutes for them to spawn and when they finally spawned it lagged so much that you couldn’t tag it and before you knew it had already died. Another quest took very long to finish because you couldn’t see further than 5 feet around where you were standing and if you moved too fast you would just run past the mobs because they didn’t get time to phase in because of the lag, so you had to move one step at a time and wait to see if there were any mobs. So it was like we were blind searching for stealthed mobs we only could see if we stood right on top of them. So you can only imagine how long it took for us to finish.

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After a while we decided to skip these quests so we went exploring in stead and found a few extra quests on the way which we managed to complete. Garrisons worked at the time so we spent some time there completing missions. Warlords of Draenor had been out for 8 hours when we decided we needed some sleep. We were only level 91 but we couldn’t get further because we couldn’t complete the quests and barely kill a mob.

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But it wasn’t much better when we woke up 7 hours later. I tried to get into my Garrison by using the Garrison Hearthstone but got stuck on loading screen for some time before I got disconnected. So I logged back on expecting to find myself where I were when I started casting my Garrison Hearthstone. But I wasn’t there, nor in the Garrison or Shrine of Two Moons. I was in Shadowmoon Valley, falling from the sky before I hit the ground and died. So I ressed there and had a long, nice walk back to Frostfire, picked up a few flight paths on the way and took some screenshots of the beautiful world.

Since then the queues have been really high and I think the longest I’ve been in queue was 7 1/2 hours. But I’ve read about all the updates and improvements they are doing to make it work better so I think it will only get better from now on. This post has been very useful.

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So yesterday I finally got to play some, after several hours in queue of course. Even the garrison worked so I spent a lot of time there and at the auction house in Warspear in Ashran. I learned to craft some new glyphs which sold good and I finally got to level 92. There weren’t any latency last night so hopefully everything will go a bit smoother and faster from now on and I won’t spent another three days on the same level.

How were your first days in Draenor?

5 Fandom Friday: Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without

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I thought I had a bunch of apps but I really don’t have that many. Of those I have these are my favorites which I use every day.

1. Facebook/Messenger: I use these two apps a lot to see what my friends are up to, chat with them and read up on different news.

2. Twitter: One of my most used apps. I use it to promote my blog and to chat with other bloggers and WoW players,. I’ve met so many great people there.

3. Instagram: I’ve had Instagram since it was new in the app store and none else had it. I follow many interesting people and post pictures every now and then.

4. Yahoo Weather: The best weather app I know of. I use it every day to check today’s weather and the coming days. The weather changes fast and often here.

5. Music: I know I can’t live without music on my iPhone. I listen to audio books almost every night when I go to bed and music when I’m on the bus or walking somewhere.

What are your favorite apps?

 

Bye-bye Pandaria

It has been over two years since Mists of Pandaria was released. I think it was a great expansion because we finally got to explore Pandaria and learn more about the pandaren which I always have found very interesting. But now I’m ready for a new expansion and I can’t wait to explore Draenor and see everything it has in store.

I wanted to say good-bye to Pandaria, so I flew around the continent and took some screenshots.

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A watcher on the great wall on the border of Kun-Lai Summit and Townlong Steppes

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By Yan-Zhe River in Valley of the Four Winds

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Binan Village in Kun-Lai Summit

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Serenity Falls in Jade Forest

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Sunset at the Heartland and Verdant Belt in Valley of the Four Winds

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Heart of Fear in Dread Wastes

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Ruins of Guo Lai in Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Will you miss Pandaria?

BlizzCon 2014

BlizzCon is over for now. It was two days filled with exciting news, tournaments, amazing cosplay and the greatest closing ceremony I’ve seen so far thanks to Metallica! Of course I wish I were there in person but it wasn’t possible so I had to go with the second best option which was the virtual ticket and the live stream. It has become a tradition to watch the BlizzCon live stream now, so my boyfriend and I watched it together. We managed to stay awake during the whole night both nights so we didn’t go to bed until early morning.

This year’s BlizzCon was special because of the 10 year anniversary of World of Warcraft. They showed this special documentary called Looking For Group to celebrate the 10 year anniversary. We learned everything from how they came up with the idea of the game and what they thought players would think of it to learning that they never thought it would get this big and that they once were just a bunch of regular people who loved games like so many of us are. The interviews with all the different developers and employees at Blizzard and the players who play World of Warcraft were so fun to watch because we got to hear so many different stories about their experiences in the game and what it has meant for them through all these years.

World of Warcraft has meant a lot to me because it helped me get through a difficult time, I got new friends, learned a lot, had so much fun and most importantly I met my boyfriend there. You should definitely watch the documentary if you haven’t done so yet, you can find it on here.

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I was super excited to see what news Blizzard had for us because I noticed the hole in the schedule and wondered what it might be. Of course I hoped it had something to do with World of Warcraft, like the next expansion or a big patch, but then I thought it would be too early for news like that with Warlords of Draenor not even released yet. Then I thought it might be Warcraft 4, a new StarCraft expansion or that they never really cancelled the project called Titan after all and they were going to finally announce it. So I guess I wasn’t entirely wrong, because they did announce a new StarCraft expansion, Legacy of the Void.

But I was surprised when they announced the new game Overwatch and said that it wasn’t the Titan project, because it was exactly what I thought Titan might be like, a cartoonish shooter set in the future. Though I didn’t really expect them to have come that far with it already. Beta in 2015. The announcement trailer for Overwatch was so good that I would love to see more of them. I like that there are many different characters with different roles, like offence, defence, tank and support, and the characters have so many unique abilities to use. I can’t wait to try the game so I’ve already signed up for the beta and I hope I’ll be one of the lucky ones. Also looking forward to hear the music from the game which Neal Acree, Derek Duke and Sam Cardon among others are working on.  You can learn more about Overwatch on the official website.

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Another thing I was excited to hear more about was the Warcraft movie. When I read “Warcraft Movie Presentation” on the schedule, I was pretty sure it meant a trailer or at least a teaser from the movie, but the only ones who got to see a teaser were the people who actually were there at BlizzCon in person. Super sad and disappointed face. We got to see some of the actors, Orgrim with the Doomhammer and what an orc would look like which was interesting, but I still wish we could have seen something more. It’s a bit annoying because everyone who were there and saw the teaser keep talking about how amazing it was and how excited they are for the movie. So hopefully we’ll get to see one soon.

I don’t doubt that the movie will be good, but Duncan Jones himself said it would be like Avatar and Lord of the Rings, which I’m not sure I’ll believe until I see it because those movies are some of my all time favorite movies and Avatar pretty much blew my mind and I wanted to jump right into the movie the first time I saw it. I do hope the Warcraft movie will be a movie that anyone can watch and enjoy, that they don’t have to be WoW or Warcraft players to understand it. You can get more info about the Warcraft movie by choosing to fight either for the Horde or for the Alliance.

The contests were of course something I looked forward to. It’s always fun to see the amazing costumes, movies, art and music people have made. There were so many great costumes this year so I can’t possibly pick a favorite. But I thought the winners were amazing. I can’t even imagine how much work they must have put into those costumes. I could never make anything like that. I would have liked to dress up as something if I were to attend BlizzCon, for fun, not to win the contest, so I’m not sure I would even enter the contest. I would be happy just walking around and being funny. You can check out the contest winners here.

Chris Hardwick was the perfect host. I knew he would do good as I watch him every week on Talking Dead which he’s hosting. So I hope to see him again next BlizzCon!

I watched the WoW Q&A and kept hoping someone would ask about Moonkin Form and whether or not we will see an update to it in the near future. One year after I asked Tom Chilton the very same question through Twitter at BlizzCon 2013. His answer then was that they have given a lot of love to druids over time with their different forms, so the moonkin will have to wait a little bit longer (read more here). Most people asked very silly questions at this year’s Q&A and none asked about the Moonkin Form. So I asked on Twitter if anyone could ask about it, and Restokin said she would ask someone about it if she found someone to ask and she did. The answer she got was that they might do it after they do the blood elves, but it’s not high on the priority list. So I doubt we’ll see any update in Warlords of Draenor, but I guess it depends on what else they got on their list, maybe we’ll be surprised.

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Heroes of the Storm looks great but I’ve never been a big fan of games like that, mostly because my experiences haven’t been very good. The few times I tried similar games I didn’t really know what to do and everything seemed so complicated. I tried my best to learn it but everyone else on my team and our opponents were so much better and I felt so useless and I don’t think the rest of my team enjoyed playing with me. But I think I’ll like it if I play with friends. I haven’t tried Heroes of the Storm yet but I would like to mostly because it has to be more fun when you know the characters and recognize their abilities and I hope they won’t make it as complicated as other similar games.

I had to watch the panel Heroes of the Storm – Sound of the Nexus because I love to learn about how they make the music for the games. It was interesting to hear how they come up with the different sound effects and hear them play the Heroes of the Storm theme which was amazing! You can listen to Heroes of the Storm music here.

The closing ceremony was the best I’ve seen so far! Metallica blew the roof of Anaheim Convention Center and I was headbanging, playing air guitar, air drums and whispering the lyrics in my living room. Whispering because I recently lost my voice after a week of the flu. I was incredible tired when Metallica finally went on stage, but I couldn’t miss it. They played all my favorite songs so I was happy when the show was over and I could go to bed.

I haven’t had time to go back and watch everything I wanted to see from BlizzCon yet, but I will do it now the next days. It was also very fun to read tweets and see pictures from the people who were at BlizzCon and tweets from people who like me watched the stream at home.

Thank you, Blizzard for yet another amazing BlizzCon and happy 10 year WoW anniversary!

Did you watch the BlizzCon live stream or were you there in person? What were you most excited about?

5 Fandom Friday: Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better

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Top 5 foods that always make me feel better:

1. Pizza from Peppes Pizza or Dolly Dimples: My favorite pizza is Heavy Heaven from Peppes Pizza, Sult from Dolly Dimpes is on second place. Two really good pizzas!

2. Apple crumble pie: I love crumble pie and apple with cinnamon is my favorite! With vanilla ice cream <3

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3. Lasagna: I make this great lasagna, very simple but still so good because it has bechamel sauce.

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4. Brownies: Especially with chocolate chips!

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5. Noodles with peanut sauce: There is this thai place in Sweden which make the best egg noodles with an amazing peanut sauce, wish I could have it every day, but it’s gonna be a while until I get to eat it again as we live in Norway now. Don’t have a picture of it so borrowed this one, which is without peanut sauce, from their website.

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