- Author: Luxrah
- Date: November 14, 2023
- Updated: November 27, 2023
- Expansion: WoW Classic
Phase 1 of Season of Discovery adds some new endgame level 25 content to Classic WoW in the form of a zone-wide PVP event in Ashenvale. This event will offer some valuable rewards including PVP gear, a world buff, and the only mount that will be available until Phase 2.
Starting the Event
The Ashenvale PVP event will be triggered by player kills in the zone. A leader will spawn for each faction at their central camp: a Far Seer and a Priestess of the Moon. These are boss-level enemies that will require many players to defeat.
There will be many smaller camps scattered across the zone where faction lieutenants can be found. Killing them will weaken their faction leader, much like in the Alterac Valley battleground. These sub-bosses are Horde Blademaster and Keeper of the Grove.
When you’re within 40 yards of one of your faction’s lieutnants, you’ll gain a buff:
- Battlefield Inspiration: Allies within 40 yards of a battlefield leader gain 50% increased health and 20% increased damage.
When you’re within 40 yards of your faction’s leader, you’ll gain an even more powerful buff:
- Battlefield Genius: Allies within 40 yards of the Priestess of the Moon gain 100% increased health and 50% increased damage. These values are increased by each living Keeper of the Grove in the Priestess’s army, each one granting 100% increased health and 50% increased damage.
- Battlefield Genius: Allies within 40 yards of the Far Seer gain 100% increased health and 50% increased damage. These values are increased by each living Blade Master in the Far Seer’s army, each one granting 100% health and 50% increased damage.
Ashenvale has always been one of the most contested PVP zones in World of Warcraft. Both the Alliance and Horde have quest hubs in the zone, and it separates the Alliance zone of Darkshore from the Horde zone The Barrens, as well as connecting to two higher level zones, Felwood and Azshara.
Each faction has one major hub in the zone with an innkeeper and a flightmaster: Astranaar and Splintertree Post. The Horde has an extra flight path at The Zoram Strand. Both factions control multiple smaller posts throughout the zone which are likely to be spawn points for lieutenants. Horde control points are concentrated in the east while the Alliance occupies the center of the zone.
Bough Shadow in the northeast corner is a high level area with elite enemies that are level 60 and up. This area houses one of the Emerald Dream portals where world bosses could spawn in later phases of vanilla WoW. It remains to be seen if anything new will be done with these areas for Season of Discovery.
The entrance to Blackfathom Deeps can be found in the upper left corner of the map. This former dungeon has been revamped as a 10-man level 25 raid for Season of Discovery.
Players will be able to earn Honor as well as reputation with their Warsong Gulch faction ( Silverwing Sentinels or Warsong Outriders) through the Ashenvale event. This will open up some of the best level 25 gear in the game, including some new items that are being added for Season of Discovery.
By winning the event, you’ll earn an item with an on-use World Buff. These items can be saved and used at a later time, such as for a raid. Here is the buff it provides:
- Ashenvale Rallying Cry: Increases all damage and healing done by 5% for 2 hrs.
You’ll also be able to unlock a level 25 mount that only works in Ashenvale. This mount will increase movement speed by 50% within the zone. It uses the original unarmored mount models from vanilla WoW that were removed early in the game.
Since you can’t use regular mounts at level 25, these will be the only mounts available in the game during Phase 1.
Binds when picked up
Requires any Alliance race
Requires Level 25
Use: Summons a Trainee’s Sentinel Nightsaber. Only usable in Ashenvale. (3 Sec Cooldown)
This mount uses the same model as Reins of the Nightsaber.
Binds when picked up
Requires any Horde race
Requires Level 25
Use: Summons a Trainee’s Outrider Wolf. Only usable in Ashenvale. (3 Sec Cooldown)
This mount uses the same model as Horn of the Red Wolf.