10.2.6 Plunderstorm Launches for Dragonflight: Collect Treasure in a New Battle Royale Mini-Game

10.2.6 Plunderstorm Launches for Dragonflight: Collect Treasure in a New Battle Royale Mini-Game

When you log in to World of Warcraft after today’s extended maintenance, you’ll see a new button on the first screen for the new Plunderstorm event. The big mystery patch is here, and it’s something completely new for World of Warcraft: an entirely separate battle royale game that you can queue for alone or with friends.

Plunderstorm has a new, slimmed down UI with an action bar that has room for 7 abilities. You build your character over the course of the match, which lasts 10-15 minutes. You’ll be competing against 59 other players to be the last one standing.

You do not need to have the Dragonflight expansion to play Plunderstorm, only an active WoW subscription. That means it’s open to WoW Classic players as well, but they will need to install retail World of Warcraft to participate.

The characters you play are unique to this event and not connected to your broader WoW account. However, you can earn several rewards for use in retail World of Warcraft, including a parrot mount, a crab pet, and many pirate cosmetics.

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With the release of the 10.2.6 content update, players can get swept away in the Plunderstorm1— a fun, new, limited-time, pirate-themed event of prodigious proportions lasting the next several weeks. Scour the map and try to be the last pirate standing while dashing across the Arathi Highlands to find abilities, upgrades, and loot to plunder just to survive!


SET SAIL FOR THE PLUNDERSTORM

Plunge into a challenging battle that earns excellent rewards for World of Warcraft® Modern and Classic progression realms. All you have to do is survive…and plunder. Can’t seem to stay in the realm of the living? No problem. Plunderers still gain progression that helps unlock new rewards.

Each match is 10-15 minutes long and has 60 players per match, with the winner being the last one standing. Level up and acquire new abilities and spells by killing creatures and enemies, looting chests, and avoiding the encroaching storm.


A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR YOU

The Arathi Highlands is the backdrop for this pirating adventure, and you’ll have plenty of challenges to keep you busy.

PREPARE TO PLUNDER

Plunderstorm is perfect for pick-up and play! No expansion purchase is required, but a World of Warcraft Subscription or Game Time is needed to participate in a high-stakes, play-by-the-seat-your-pants match. This means that Classic players can also participate in a plethora of plundering fun by simply installing the modern (Live) World of Warcraft client:

  1. Launch the Battle.net desktop app.
  2. Click the World of Warcraft icon at the top. If the icon is missing, click on All Games and select the game from the list.
  3. On top of the Install button is a drop-down menu. Confirm that you wish to install World of Warcraft.
  4. Click Install.

Once you’re in modern WoW:

  1. Select Plunderstorm2 from the World of Warcraft game menu to get into the action.
  2. Create a new, ready-to-play character—player characters are unique to this event. You don’t need previous knowledge of races and classes to chart your course for mayhem.
  3. Choose between Solo or—to play with your Battle.net friends—make a group from the Plunderstorm character screen and select Duo. If queued for a Duo without a partner, you’ll be automatically matched with one. You can also access chat, customize characters, and see the queue from the Character Select Screen.
ACTION BAR AND ABILITIES, WORTHY MATES

Discover lootable spells, abilities, and upgrades as you plunder treasure chests and defeat enemies. Upon picking up, spells and abilities are automatically added to your Action Bar, with two slots dedicated to offensive skills and two for utilities such as leaps, speed boosts, and crowd-control.

Some abilities are more action-based and require good positioning and player targeting. Have fun discovering and experimenting with different combinations to find what works for you.

UPGRADES TO YOUR SPELLS AND ABILITIES

Your spells and abilities can be upgraded by discovering higher-quality versions from treasure chests or finding the same ability elsewhere and stacking it to Rank 3 (epic). There are also plenty of plundering opportunities—various treasure chests with different rarities that harbor all types of abilities are stashed around the map. Always stay on the lookout for better loot and upgrades.

SPECTATING SPECTRE

Upon death, keep watching the match from the perspective of your teammates (if they’re still alive) or other players, including their loadout.


REWARDS A-PLENTY FOR PLUNDERING PIRATES

Players can earn cosmetics, pets, titles, and mounts as they progress through the reward track, including a majestic Plunderlord parrot mountBubbles the crab petswashbuckling cosmetics, and more. 3 A victory is not required to claim the spoils of a well-fought fight.

Perch on the shoulders of this parrot instead of him perching on yours!
Proper pirate fashion is a must for plundering!
There isn’t a better first mate on the high seas than Pirate Pepe!

10.2.6 CONTENT UPDATE NOTES

Learn more details about Plunderstorm and the rest of the 10.2.6 Content Update in our update notes.


We look forward to seeing you drop from the skies to engage in pirate-themed mayhem. Also, stay tuned to worldofwarcraft.blizzard.com/news for more information about a new Esports tournament to celebrate Plunderstorm’s launch!

We’ll see you in Azeroth and wherever the adventure takes you!


1 Requires World of Warcraft® Subscription or Game Time.
2Plunderstorm is accessed from the World of Warcraft® game menu but exists outside of player progression in World of Warcraft® and Wrath of the Lich King Classic™.
3Plunderstorm offers rewards for both World of Warcraft® and Wrath of the Lich King Classic™.

About the Author

Luxrah

I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.

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