Delves in The War Within: Seasonal, Bite-Sized Content for Solo or Small Groups

Delves in The War Within: Seasonal, Bite-Sized Content for Solo or Small Groups

As the upcoming The War Within expansion enters Beta testing today, Blizzard is sharing previews of content that will be included, such as a new type of instanced content, Delves.

Delves are small instances, like mini-dungeons, that can be completed solo or with up to four other players. This content will be role-agnostic, meaning you don’t need to have a tank, a healer, and 3 DPS like a normal dungeon – you’ll be able to experience them with any kind of group composition. Delves will be repeatable and seasonal, so we can expect to see new sets of Delves as the expansion progresses.

Regardless of whether you choose to explore Delves alone or with other players, you’ll be accompanied in your adventures by Brann Bronzebeard, whose abilities you’ll be able to customize through a special talent tree.

Each Delve is expected to take 10-15 minutes to complete and they can be found across the new continent of Khaz’Algar. Some delves will involve puzzles or platforming challenges while others will be more focused on combat. From the video in the preview, it looks like some will be underwater. Throughout the Delve, you’ll find supplies that include special abilities that can help you complete the Delve.

Delves will offer endgame rewards in line with those you can get through dungeons, raids, and PvP, including their own rewards in the Great Vault. Upon reaching max level, you’ll also be able to unlock the Delver’s Dirigible, a fully customizable mechanical mount, through Delves.

Delves will come with 11 tiers of difficulty, with the first three tiers being unlocked with the launch of the expansion and Tier 4 coming with Season 1. Completing a tier will unlock the next tier for your entire Warband. At launch, there will be three Delves per zone in Isle of Dorn, The Ringing Deeps, and Azj–Kahet, and four Delves available in Hallowfall.

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Take your adventure to a new level with Delves.  Explore bite-sized world instances, gain experience, and epic rewards! You can explore alone or with up to four additional friends, along with an NPC companion—Brann Bonzebeard— you customize through their talent tree.

These replayable, seasonal, role-agnostic adventure experiences offer a new way to enjoy the leveling and endgame progression alongside traditional Dungeons, Raids, and PvP.

Bring Your Friends or Go Solo

Along with your NPC companion, Delves can be explored solo or with a group of up to five, with any combination of classes. And, since they take 10-15 minutes on average to complete, they’re ideal for players who want to experience a meaningful game progression without significant time commitments.

Short Adventures Big Rewards

Delves can be found in any of the available zones of Khaz’Algar while questing and exploring, and they offer quick combat, puzzles, platforming challenges, and bosses to defeat. As you progress, you can find chests and supplies with impactful special abilities and powers for immediate use that can help you in the Delve.

Delves will have 11 levels of difficulty called Tiers to challenge yourself. Tiers 1, 2, and 3 are available to players when The War Within Launches. Tiers 4 and above will be unlocked when Season 1 begins. Successfully completing a higher Tier unlocks access to the next tier for your Warband.

Delves to Explore

Isle of Dorn
The Ringing Deeps
Earthcrawl Mines
The Waterworks
The Spiral Weave
Skittering Breach
Kriegval’s Rest
The Dread Pit
Rak-Rethan Abyss
Nightfall Sanctum
Fungal Folly
Deepwalker Hold
Mystery 13th Delve
The Sinkhole
Myconmancer Cavern

New Season New Companion

Each new season delivers a fresh companion with a customizable Talent Tree to aid your journey, starting with Brann Bronzebeard. Players can choose Brann Bronzebeard to be a healer or damage dealer depending on what support your class needs. Brann will level up and gain new abilities to support you, and his level is shared across your entire Warband. As you travel through Delves, you will find equipment called Curios that Brann can equip and upgrade to give him even more utility to aid you in your adventure!

Small Adventures Lead to Big Rewards

As you complete Delves, you’ll earn experience and epic endgame rewards similar to dungeons, raids, and PvP, such as transmog items and endgame gear. When The War Within Season 1 begins you’ll also be able to earn progress within the Great Vault by completing delves.

Players who reach max level in The War Within will be able to unlock a new fully customizable mount, the Delver’s Dirigible!

Mix and match customizations to make your new mount your own.

We look forward to exploring The War Within with you—we’ll see you in Khaz’Algar!

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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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7 days ago

Ok I have a serious question if a new player starts during season 2 just as a reference will that player miss the content from the previous delves or what happens will you be able to choose between companions or is all of the story progress main quest driven. I understand the delves are season is that just the rewards

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