World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (aka TBC), the first expansion for World of Warcraft, was announced on October 28th, 2005 and released on January 16th, 2007 in North America, Europe, and Australia, February 2nd, 2007 in Korea, April 3rd, 2007 in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and September 6th, 2007 in mainland China. The main features include an increase of the level cap, the introduction of the blood elves and the draenei as playable races, and the addition of the world of Outland, along with many new zones, dungeons, items, quests, and monsters.
Burning Crusade-related content on WoWWiki is categorized in Category:Burning Crusade.
Release information Edit
In preparation for The Burning Crusade, Blizzard released patch 2.0.1 in North America and Europe on December 5th, 2006. The patch introduced some of The Burning Crusade's content prior to the expansion itself — including a revamp of the honor system, skirmish Arena matches, and a new Looking For Group interface.
The expansion was released in standard as well as Collector's Edition packages. The Collector's Edition of The Burning Crusade includes a bonus Behind-The-Scenes DVD, an in-game Netherwhelp pet and many other exclusive extras. Installing the expansion does not break backwards compatibility — players are still able to log on to non-BC accounts using The Burning Crusade client.
System requirements for both editions remained virtually unchanged compared to the original World of Warcraft, with the notable exception of the increase in the required network bandwidth (from 56k dialup to a "broadband connection"). Blizzard has stated that the change was due to the size of the future patches, and that it will continue to offer tech support to players with dial-up, except for patching issues.
The quests in The Burning Crusade are generally set in continuity with original lore quests, meaning that timeline speaking, BC is basically the direct sequel to the original WoW. Some quests set in Outland, especially those that are related to Illidan, do speak of a five-year hiatus in the storyline, which suggests a one-year long interval between BC and the original. This is however unconfirmed, since there never was any real statement that TFT takes place one year after RoC. But generally agreed, there was a four year break between Warcraft III and WoW.
The expansion concretes around Outland, the former world of Draenor and the new continent in the game, and quests generally allow players to explore the world on their own. The main storyline points to Illidan the Betrayer and what happened to him during the last years. Players can also go on quests that suggest helping Illidan in his time-being or slaying him for a special reward.
Other than that, many links between the former world of Draenor and the current Outland are also made, such as the opening of the Dark Portal by Medivh, which is an instance quest located in Caverns of Time. Retelling of the old relationship between Orcish shamans and the Burning Legion is also told in quest-sequence storyline.
The Burning Crusade also centers on the two new playable races and their affiliation to the gameline. Many plotholes are filled with quests that set the blood elves in with the Horde and the draenei with the Alliance. Players still have to be part of the old world quests in order to obtain lore related to Outland.
New races Edit
The Burning Crusade contains two new playable races:
- Blood elf — A faction of former Alliance members join the Horde in the expansion. They are led by Regent Lord Lor'themar Theron. The blood elf capital is Silvermoon City. Their racial mount is the bird-like hawkstrider and their language is Thalassian.
- Draenei — A faction of uncorrupted eredar join the Alliance. They are led by their prophet, Velen. The draenei capital city is the Exodar. Their racial mount is the elephant-like elekk and their language is Draenei.
New mounts Edit
Each new race received its own new mount:
- Blood elf — A hawkstrider (originally called a cockatrice). These mounts can be found outside the entrance to Silvermoon City. Blood elf paladin mounts, are the same as Alliance though they are red instead of the Alliance blue.
- Draenei — An elekk. These mounts can be found outside The Exodar.
New mounts are also available via drop from high-end instances such as Karazhan.
Flying mounts Edit
- Main article: Flying Mount
In addition there are rare mounts such as the netherdrake and the swift Nether Drake. An armored nether drake can be obtained by ranking in the top 0.5% at the end of an Arena season, and the unarmored netherdrake can be obtained through a series of quests. There are also Nether Rays.
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Druids receive Flight Form at level 68 that offers the ability to fly and has a speed equivalent to a normal flying mount. Druids may obtain a quest at level 70 to obtain an epic flight form. Purchasing riding skill 300 is a requirement for the quest.
Character changes Edit
New spells and talents Edit
In the expansion, Blizzard added five to six new spells for the 60-70 level range to each class in order to round out the classes better. The talent trees were also greatly expanded and revised. All classes have additional talents leading up to a 41 talent point ability. Players gain new spells at every level from 60-70 instead of every two levels.
Since the Paladin and Shaman classes are no longer unique to either faction, Blizzard added new abilities to each class to make them what they truly feel they should be: Paladins received a long-awaited spell, Righteous Defense (a long-range, mass taunt-like ability); and Shamans received the spell Bloodlust (a long-cooldown, powerful buff) to complement their DPS and utility roles.
See each class's respective page for more specific information regarding new spells and talents.
Combat rating system Edit
- Main article: Combat rating system
With the release of The Burning Crusade, critical strike, defense, hit rate, spell critical, and dodge stats as well as a new stat, resilience, changed from being absolute percentages to ratings, with each player level requiring more rating points to achieve the same absolute percentage.
New zones Edit
New starting areas Edit
The blood elves have two new starting areas located in the Eastern Kingdom:
Similarly, the draenei have two starting zones off the west coast of Kalimdor:
New continent Edit
The expansion heralds the addition of Outland, an entirely new continent/world, reachable through the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands and portals in several major cities. Interactive maps and otherwise detailed maps are available for use.
Outland contains the following zones:
- Hellfire Peninsula — Level 58-63
- Zangarmarsh — Level 60-64
- Terokkar Forest — Level 62-65
- Nagrand — Level 64-67
- Blade's Edge Mountains — Level 65-68
- Netherstorm — Level 67-70
- Shadowmoon Valley — Level 67-70
New high-level dungeons Edit
The expansion has added several dungeons, most with separate wings to make runs faster, including some in both in Outland and Azeroth. The dungeons contain a plethora of new equipment including Tier 4 , Tier 5 and Tier 6 armor pieces.
- Karazhan in Deadwind Pass
- Caverns of Time in Tanaris
- Zul'Aman in Ghostlands (added in patch 2.3)
- Isle of Quel'Danas in Quel'Thalas (added in patch 2.4)
- Hellfire Citadel, located on the Hellfire Peninsula
- Coilfang Reservoir in the Zangarmarsh
- Auchindoun in the Terokkar Forest
- Tempest Keep outside Netherstorm
- Gruul's Lair in the Blade's Edge Mountains
- Black Temple in the Shadowmoon Valley
Raid and instance changes Edit
All future raids will now have caps not exceeding 25 players (older raids will remain at a 40 player cap, at least for now). This was done to allow a greater number of players to participate in epic raids, and to allow more flexibility in the design of encounters.
In addition, high level instances have a feature allowing players to have the option to run the instances at two different difficulty levels: Normal and Heroic. This would turn normal level 60-70 instances into much harder level 70 instances with better loot. The final boss of every hard mode instance will drop epic items, and every boss in hard mode instances will drop tokens to get special gear available in Shattrath. These instances will be marked with a purple portal.
Profession changes Edit
Jewelcrafting and socketed items Edit
New specializations and profession abilities Edit
For professions, the expansion adds a new level past Artisan (300) called Master (375). This can be maxed to 390 for gnomish engineers, draenei jewelcrafters, tauren herbalists, and blood elf enchanters.
Characters are also be able to take advantage of new specializations within each profession as well as many new recipes, enchantments, patterns and schematics.
New PvP features Edit
Eye of the Storm Edit
A new battleground called Eye of the Storm is based in Outland. The battleground features a mix of holding territory and capture the flag styles of gameplay. Each team has 15 members ranging from levels 61-69, 70-79 and 80 in it's own bracket.
Team PvP Arena Edit
- Main article: Arena PvP System
Following the introduction of Arena PvP, level 70 players are able to win prizes in these matches. The rewards for the arena is on par with even the most powerful PvE rewards. There are currently three Arenas: The Ring of Trials in Nagrand, the Circle of Blood in Blade's Edge Mountains, and the Ruins of Lordaeron, above Undercity.
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