Island Expeditions are new to Battle for Azeroth. Find out what they are and how to get there!In the video below, Lead Game Producer Daniel Stahl (formerly Executive Producer of Star Trek Online) and Senior Game Designer Jeremy Feasel talk about the Island Expeditions.
What’s there to find?
As part of the Battle for Azeroth expansion, players can expect to find Azerite, a valuable resource used to empower your Heart of Azeroth. The Alliance and Horde will race to control as much of the world’s Azerite as possible.
What do we do?
Just like Dungeons and Raids, players are able to queue up for Normal, Heroic, Mythic, and also PvP difficulties. Queues are available as a group or, if you prefer, solo. You will be able to queue up for the three-person encounters by visiting the Expedition Table at either Zuldazar Harbor for the Horde or Boralus Harbor for the Alliance.
While you can play as any role during the Encounter, you’ll want to coordinate with the other members of your group to ensure your faction gets 6,000 Azerite before the enemy does.
After disembarking from your ship, there are many ways to get Azerite. You can find Azerite by killing mobs, finding treasures, defeating the opposing faction’s forces, or by mining nodes.
How does it work?
Your team won’t be alone on the island. Queuing for the Expedition with Normal, Heroic, or Mythic difficulties will pit your team against a team of three Horde or Alliance “Advanced NPCs”. These NPCs are quite advanced (as the name suggests) and will move around the island just like a player would. Each group of NPCs as a unique personality, ranging from the more aggressive to the more passive. You’ll never know which group of NPCs you’ll encounter, so be prepared for all of them.
If you choose PvP difficulty, you’ll be facing off against players of the opposing faction instead of NPCs.
Don’t expect to fully explore the entire island on your first go-around. Each island is dynamically generated which produces many challenges for you to overcome.
In addition to the Alliance and Horde seeking out Azerite, you’ll also find many others who want to claim Azerite for their own use. As you explore the island, you’ll find small groups of enemies guarding the village store of Azerite, a gathering of water elementals looking after a treasure chest full of Azerite, and also rare or elite monsters. As you continue your Expedition, you’ll encounter random events that will challenge you at every turn.
Be on the look out for those shrines, food, or other objects that will help you during your quest to control the world’s supply of Azerite. Since each Expedition is different, you never know what you’ll run into!
Even though you may not win an expedition, you’ll still gain Artifact Power to empower your Heart of Azeroth, depending on how much Azerite your team was able to gather. More rewards are on the way, so keep an eye out for that!