Blizzard Posts World of Warcraft Traveling Guide

Blizzard has posted a handy guide that outlines the traveling options in World of Warcraft. While it may not be required reading for veteran players, new players will certainly find this information helpful.

The guide covers mounts, Flight Masters, boats, zeppelins, portals and summoning via a meeting stone or warlock. It also mentions the Deeprun Tram and the Rocketway Exchange in Azshara. You can read the guide after the jump.


One if by Zeppelin: Two if by Boat -- Traveling Azeroth

Azeroth is a large world and it's recently become much larger. There are hills to climb, deserts to explore, fjords to ford, and a vast sea separating the continents. And let’s not forget that beyond Azeroth proper there lies a whole other shattered world -- Outland. Traveling has never been more interesting, and for some, confusing. To help you with getting around, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more common ways you can see the world, meet new creatures, and (likely) be killed by them.

 

Mounts

Mounts come in all shapes and sizes, and each race has its own type of mount that becomes available at level 20. You’ll need to learn how to ride, of course, and then you'll need to keep your feet on the ground until level 60 when you can take to the skies -- after purchasing the flying skill and a flying mount.

Riding Skill: Available At: Requirements:
Apprentice Riding Level 20  
Journeyman Riding Level 40  
Expert Riding Level 60 (Allows for flying in Outland) The Burning Crusade
Artisan Riding Level 70  
Master Riding Level 80  
     
Cold Weather Flying Level 68 (Allows for flying in Northrend) Wrath of the Lich King
Flight Master's License Level 60 (Allows for flying in Azeroth) Cataclysm

*Tip - Hitchhiking: Some mounts are designed to carry more than one person, so you can always try to catch a ride with a friend.

 

Flight Masters

For a little pocket change, you can get a lift from a Flight Master. You’ll need to find the flight paths (as indicated by the green exclamation (!) point) and learn the route before you can fly to many destinations, but they should be easy to find as you explore. It’s important to note that there are flight paths that can be used by Alliance only, Horde only, and by both. These are noted on your map as red for Horde, blue for Alliance, and gold for Neutral (both factions can use.)


Boats

Boats are free to use, and while the crew may look like they have loyalties to the Horde or Alliance (depending on the harbor they make their home), they will never attack their passengers. The residents of the harbor, however, may have other things in mind. Most boats dock in Alliance ports and can be an inconvenient means of transport for the Horde, though Booty Bay in the Eastern Kingdoms runs a neutral port.


Zeppelins

These flying contraptions may look like floating death traps, but they use the best in goblin technology... so yes, they'e probably death traps. You can’t beat free airfare, though, which is surprising given the goblins' greedy nature. Much like the boats, zeppelins are faction-neutral, but perhaps more difficult to use for the Alliance.


Portals

Portals are magical constructs that allow travel from one location to another.

Mage Portals: They may cost you -- either because the mage is charging a fee or you’re generously leaving a tip. These portals are created by a mage and allow party members to travel through them. When traveling alone, mages can teleport themselves without opening a portal.

NPC Portals: NPCs can sometimes help you get where you need to go, though their transportation methods are generally attached to a quest or progression path.

Static Portals: Many portals offer travel to a fixed destination. These can be found in a variety of locations.

  • Orgrimmar:
    • The Western Earthshrine - Offers portals to Hyjal, Vashj’ir, Deepholm, Uldum, and Twilight Highlands after you've completed the quests that guide you to these new Cataclysm zones.
    • Tol Barad - Found near the Western Earthshrine, you must be level 85 to enter this world PvP zone.
    • Blasted Lands - Found in the Valley of Spirits, you must be level 58 to use this portal. It delivers you safely to an outpost just outside The Dark Portal.
  • Stormwind:
    • Blasted Lands - Found in the Wizard’s Sanctum, you must be level 58 to use this portal. It delivers you safely to an outpost just outside The Dark Portal.
    • The Eastern Earthshrine - Offers portals to Hyjal, Vashj’ir, Deepholm, Uldum, and Twilight Highlands after you've completed the quests that guide you to these new Cataclysm zones.
    • Tol Barad- Found near the Eastern Earthshrine, you must be level 85 to enter this world PvP zone.
  • Outland Portals:
    • The Stair of Destiny: Offers portals to Orgrimmar and Stormwind on either side of the Dark Portal.

       
  • Neutral Portals:
    • Shattrath: Within the Terrace of Light, a portal transports those of the appropriate level to the Isle of Quel'Danas.
    • Dalaran: Within the Violet Citadel, a portal is available for travelers heading to the Caverns of Time to defend Azeroth’s timeline from the machinations of the Infinite Dragonflight.
    • Within the Sunreaver’s Sanctuary (Horde) and the Silver Enclave (Alliance), portals are available for Wintergrasp, Strand of the Ancients, Warsong Gulch, Alterac Valley, Arathi Basin, Eye of the Storm, and Isle of Conquest. (Note that queuing for Battlegrounds can be done anywhere from within the User Interface.)


Summoning

When there’s no portal available, you can ask your friends for a helping hand. Players can be summoned by using a meeting stone outside of a dungeon (level requirements need to be met) or by utilizing the services of a warlock.


Special

Many additional means of transportation around the world become accessible via quests, special items, or NPCs, but there are two specialized methods that we just couldn’t leave out.

  • Rocketway Exchange: The goblins have arrived, and with them, a little extra goblin ingenuity. You can find the largest of these Rocketways in Azshara.
  • Deeprun Tram: Running between Ironforge and Stormwind, players can take this underground train for free and easy transit between the two cities.

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I havent checked
# Jan 01 2011 at 3:39 AM Rating: Decent
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But both Shatt/Dal should have a portal to the outside of caverns of time(tanaris). Its not so much a portal in shat but an npc you talk to in the taver in lower city. You must be revered(possibly honored) with keepers of time to use the portal ability(no such restrictions for the dal port).

basically if your not lazy when you finish in Northrend to hop the portal ride up to gadgetzan and flap to theramore(alliance) or ratchet(both factions).

and or just flap to your designated FP in Borean ot get the boat/zep to SW or Ogrimmar(just for those of you who dont want to "tip" a mage to get back to your main city)
Dalaran
# Dec 31 2010 at 3:16 PM Rating: Default
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Dalaran the Ghost Town. Now instead of a packed Dalaran, all those people have gone to AH cities to make them more packed. Senseless!

I'm assuming that it was the over crowding in Dalaran that caused the problem. I don't see how driving everyone back to the old cities solves that problem.
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# Jan 01 2011 at 2:42 AM Rating: Decent
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Dalaran is indeed a ghosttown. For now. However it does have trainers/AH (yes, for everybody) and daily quests. The same applies to Shattrath.

So why are both cities so empty?
Levelling 1-58: hearthstone mainly in Stormwind questing starts from there.
Level 58-68: Now you want your HS in Shattrath as you quest in Outlands
Level 68-73: You HS changed location to the nearest Inn in Northrend - or to Stormwind again, for easy access to AH etc...
Level 74-78: Now Dalaran can be your quest hub - but not for long...
Level 78-85: Back in Stormwind, endgame questing

That's the theory - in practice people level so fast 1-78 that the majority does not even bother with changing the HS to Shattrath/Dalaran. And why only Stormwind (and not Ironforge/Darnassus) ? Because only in Stormwind are the new portals to the level 80-85 questing areas and all daily cooking/fishing quests are found there, too, making Stormwind the new "Lagaran". (Similar applies to Orgrimmar).
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# Jan 01 2011 at 5:36 AM Rating: Good
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That's the theory - in practice people level so fast 1-78 that the majority does not even bother with changing the HS to Shattrath/Dalaran. And why only Stormwind (and not Ironforge/Darnassus) ? Because only in Stormwind are the new portals to the level 80-85 questing areas and all daily cooking/fishing quests are found there, too, making Stormwind the new "Lagaran". (Similar applies to Orgrimmar).


See, what they SHOULD have done, is they should have put the new portals in all of the new capital cities. That way, you don't get everyone bunched up in SW/Org, and it doesn't become a huge lagfest.

They should have learned their lesson from Lagaran, and they had the tools to fix this (they had FIVE capital cities at their disposal, but they chose to use only one). I can't help but to feel that they dropped the ball here slightly, heck, even the Blasted Lands portal was in all 5 cities. So why the heck aren't there portals to the Cata areas in all 5 cities? That'd allow people to spread out more.
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# Jan 02 2011 at 5:23 AM Rating: Good
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If not all five at least two. Maybe one on each continent. I'm sure Darnassus has plenty of room to add some portals in. I agree, this was somewhat of a fail.
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# Dec 31 2010 at 10:45 AM Rating: Good
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I didn't know about the portal to SW/Org near the Dark Portal in Outland.

This is utterly awesome news!

You could, for instance:

Alliance: Set your Hearth in Darnassus; you can take the Blasted Lands portal, and then the Stair of Destiny Portal to Stormwind!

Horde: Set your Hearth in Undercity, and do the same of using the Blasted Lands Portal and then use the Stair of Destiny Portal to Orgrimmar!

This is cool, this won't solve Azeroth>Northrend problems, but it will allow for easy EK/Kalimdor travel.
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# Dec 31 2010 at 10:10 AM Rating: Decent
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I have been holding them for some special use later on, but I needed the inventory space so I sold them. I can't find a explanation for those blue scintillas. Anybody know?
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