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NeutralArathi Basin
Level 10-90
Arathi Basin loading screen.jpg
Location Central Arathi Highlands

Located in Arathi Highlands, Arathi Basin (AB for short) is a fast and exciting battleground. The Basin itself is rich with resources and coveted by both the Horde and the Alliance. The Forsaken Defilers and the League of Arathor have arrived at Arathi Basin to wage war over these natural resources and claim them on behalf of their respective sides. A resource race battleground, players must dominate the Basin's bases in order to claim its resources, similar to "King of the Hill" or "Conquest" modes in other games.

Previous: Conflict in Warsong Gulch
Next: Conflict in Alterac Valley
Conflict in Arathi Basin
Conflict: Conlflict in Arathi Highlands
Place: Arathi Basin, Central Arathi Highlands
Outcome: Unknown, ongoing
Belligerents

Alliance

Horde

Commanders and leaders

Radulf Leder (outside battleground)

The Black Bride (outside battleground)

Strength

5-15 Adventurers

5-15 Adventurers

Casualties and losses

Unknown

Unknown

The Arathi Basin in-game map; for locations see below tactical map.
Tactical Map of Arathi Basin

Official overview

Arathi Basin is a mountain-rimmed valley with some of the most arable acres in the Eastern Kingdoms. The basin has long been a prime point of societal development, offering lumber, gold and prime grazing land for livestock. It was only a matter of time before this fertile place was viewed through the sights of bows and guns.

The Basin’s earliest days (and original owners) aren’t even footnotes in history – the land frenzy driving Alliance and Horde now dominates the landscape. The League of Arathor, the remnants of the once-proud kingdom of Stromgarde (now occupied by ogres and the criminals of the Syndicate), would claim the basin to profit their allies in Stormwind (and, through them, the whole of the Alliance). Set against them are the forsaken Defilers, free-willed undead who strive to savage the human kingdom of Lordaeron and secure their home in the Undercity – and they demand Arathi’s resources to do it.[1]

Entering Arathi Basin

"Controlling vital resource points is the key to victory. Control all five, and you are virtually guaranteed it." - Loraala.

As with all battlegrounds, players of sufficient level can queue for Arathi Basin through the PvP interface.

Players can also queue by speaking to a battlemaster, found in capital cities, or by travelling to their faction's game world entrance to Arathi Basin, found in the Arathi Highlands. The Alliance entrance is located inside Refuge Pointe, while the Horde entrance is located just north of Hammerfall. However, all methods open the same window, offering players the same options. There is therefore no practical reason not to simply queue via the PvP interface.

Overview

The goal is to control locations on the map ("Resource Nodes"). While a node is controlled, it generates resources for your side, and the first side to gain 1,600 resources wins the contest.

Basic rules

  • Each side has up to 15 players.
  • There are five Resource Nodes on the map: the Farm, the Stables (ST or occasionally SB), the Blacksmith (BS), the Lumber Mill (LM), and the Gold Mine (GM).
  • A node only earns resources when it is captured (see below). With the exception of possible strategic value, there is no difference between the nodes.
  • The rate of resource accumulation increases non-linearly as more nodes are captured. That is, if a side owns 2 nodes, it will not accumulate resources 2x as fast as when it only has 1 node. See below for more info.

Accumulating resources

Resources accumulate at the rates shown in the table below.

Nodes
Captured
Resources
Per Tick
Tick Length
(sec)
Resources
Per sec
1 10 12 0.8
2 10 9 1.1
3 10 6 1.7
4 10 3 3.3
5 30 1 30.0

So if your team has three nodes, their team has two nodes, and they lead 1400 to 1300, you can still win if no nodes change hands. But if your team is at 1200 you cannot win unless you gain control of four nodes.

Strategy and tactics

Honor rewards

The game awards bonus [Honor Points] to everyone on your side of the match for reaching certain goals. The amount of honor gained varies according to level. Those goals are:

  • Collecting multiples of 130 resources (at 130, 260, 390, 520, …), or multiples of 100 when the battleground is the current Call to Arms battleground
  • Winning the match

Other scored events are not granted honor. These include: killing blows, assaulting a node, capturing a node, and defending a node. Honor is awarded for honorable kills as normal.

Losing a match gives you less bonus honor depending on how many resources your side managed to collect before the loss. You will still accumulate some honor from honorable kills.

When Arathi Basin is the Call to Arms battleground, players can gain additional rewards, in the form of Honor and [Conquest Points], and Bonus Honor is awarded to the team for every 100 resources gained, instead of every 130.

Reputation

Doing battle in Arathi Basin improves your reputation with The Defilers (Horde) or The League of Arathor (Alliance).

  • Collecting multiples of 160 resources (at 160, 320, 480, ...) = 10 rep (total 100 rep if you win)
  • You would need 320 wins to become exalted with the faction.
  • Quests in Arathi Basin give reputation too

Experience in Arathi Basin

  • Players are awarded ~0.8% of a level for completing a Match.
  • Players are awarded ~0.8% of a level per 260 Resources.
  • Players are awarded ~0.8% of a level for a Victory.
  • The specific % of exp does vary per level, but it should amount to just under 16 Victories per level.

Quests

There are a number of quests involving fighting in Arathi Basin, some of which need reputation with the battleground faction. You can get them from one of the NPCs near the battleground entrances in Hammerfall or Refuge Pointe.

The first quest will usually be The Battle for Arathi Basin!, for which you need to assault four different bases.

Alliance

Horde

Arathi Basin items

Arathi Basin items are available by spending Honor Points. The Alliance vendor for these items is Samuel Hawke <League of Arathor Supply Officer> near the Alliance Arathi Basin battleground entrance in Arathi Highlands. The Horde vendor for these items is Rutherford Twing <Defilers Supply Officer> outside the Horde Arathi Basin battleground entrance in Hammerfall in Arathi Highlands.

Though some of the Arathor and Defiler factions items have different names and artwork, equivalent items' bonuses and equip effects are identical. Highlander's items are Arathor items.

The bulk of the items are belts, boots, and shoulders tailored to various classes. More powerful versions of some items can be purchased as you gain levels, allowing higher level players to receive faction rewards with better equipment bonuses.

See Honor rewards for other items which can be purchased with Honor Points.

Item (Alliance/Horde) Type Level #:   Honor Points Classes Description
[Talisman of Arathor] /
[Defiler's Talisman]
Trinket Lvl 28: 25
Lvl 38: 35
Lvl 48: 45
Lvl 58: 55
Unrestricted Absorbs a fixed amount of physical damage for 15 seconds
[Highlander's Chain Girdle] /
[Defiler's Chain Girdle]
Waist (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Hunter, Shaman Stamina bonus
Improves chance to crit by 1%
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Determination or The Defiler's Determination set.
[Highlander's Cloth Girdle] /
[Defiler's Cloth Girdle]
Waist (Cloth) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 38: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Mage, Priest, Warlock Stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
Increases healing done by spells and effects
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Intent or The Defiler's Intent set.
[Highlander's Lizardhide Girdle] /
[Defiler's Lizardhide Girdle]
Waist (Leather) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 38: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Rogue, Druid Stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Will or The Defiler's Will set.
[Highlander's Leather Girdle] /
[Defiler's Leather Girdle]
Waist (Leather) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 38: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Rogue, Druid Stamina bonus
Increases chance to crit by 1%
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Purpose or The Defiler's Purpose set.
[Highlander's Lamellar Girdle] Waist (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Paladin Strength, stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Resolve set.
[Defiler's Mail Girdle] Waist (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Hunter, Shaman Stamina and intellect bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Defiler's Fortitude set.
[Highlander's Plate Girdle] /
[Defiler's Plate Girdle]
Waist (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Warrior, Paladin Strength and stamina bonuses
Improves chance to crit by 1%
The level 58 version of this belt is part of The Highlander's Resolution or The Defiler's Resolution set.
[Highlander's Chain Greaves] /
[Defiler's Chain Greaves]
Feet (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Determination or The Defiler's Determination set.
[Highlander's Cloth Boots] /
[Defiler's Cloth Boots]
Feet (Cloth) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 38: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Mage, Priest, Warlock Stamina and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases healing done by spells and effects
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Intent or The Defiler's Intent set.
[Highlander's Lizardhide Boots] /
[Defiler's Lizardhide Boots]
Feet (Leather) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 38: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Rogue, Druid Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Will or The Defiler's Will set.
[Highlander's Leather Boots] /
[Defiler's Leather Boots]
Feet (Leather) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 38: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Rogue, Druid Agility and stamina bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases attack power
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Purpose or The Defiler's Purpose set.
[Highlander's Lamellar Greaves] Feet (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Paladin Strength, agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Resolve set.
[Defiler's Mail Greaves] Feet (Leather/Mail) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
Increases chance to crit with spells by 1%
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Defiler's Fortitude set.
[Highlander's Plate Greaves] /
[Defiler's Plate Greaves]
Feet (Mail/Plate) Lvl 28: 45
Lvl 40: 55
Lvl 48: 70
Lvl 58: 85
Warrior, Paladin Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
Run Speed increased slightly
The level 58 version of these boots is part of The Highlander's Resolution or The Defiler's Resolution set.
[Highlander's Chain Pauldrons] /
[Defiler's Chain Pauldrons]
Shoulders (Mail) Level 60: 130 Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Determination or The Defiler's Determination set.
[Highlander's Epaulets] /
[Defiler's Epaulets]
Shoulders (Cloth) Level 60: 130 Mage, Priest, Warlock Stamina and intellect bonuses
Restores 5 mana every 5 seconds
Increases healing done by spells and effects
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Intent or The Defiler's Intent set.
[Highlander's Lizardhide Shoulders] /
[Defiler's Lizardhide Shoulders]
Shoulders (Leather) Level 60: 130 Rogue, Druid Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Increases attack power
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Will or The Defiler's Will set.
[Highlander's Leather Shoulders] /
[Defiler's Leather Shoulders]
Shoulders (Leather) Level 60: 130 Rogue, Druid Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases attack power
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Purpose or The Defiler's Purpose set.
[Highlander's Lamellar Spaulders] Shoulders (Plate) Level 60: 130 Paladin Strength, agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Resolve set.
[Defiler's Mail Pauldrons] Shoulders (Mail) Level 60: 130 Hunter, Shaman Agility, stamina, and intellect bonuses
Restores 4 mana every 5 seconds
These shoulders are part of The Defiler's Fortitude set.
[Highlander's Plate Spaulders] /
[Defiler's Plate Spaulders]
Shoulders (Plate) Level 60: 130 Warrior, Paladin Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
These shoulders are part of The Highlander's Resolution or The Defiler's Resolution set.
[Cloak of the Honor Guard] /
[Deathguard's Cloak]
Back Level 60: 85 Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases Attack Power
[Ironbark Staff] Staff Level 60: 185 Unrestricted Intellect and stamina bonuses
Improves chance to crit with spells by 2%
Increases damage and healing from spells and effects
[Sageclaw] /
[Mindfang]
Dagger Level 60: 130 Unrestricted Stamina bonus
Improves chance to crit with spells by 1%
Increases damage and healing from spells and effects

Achievements

Historic info

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2014-03-11): "Bonus Honor is now awarded to the team for every 130 resources gained (down from 260) or every 100 resources gained when it’s featured on Call to Arms (down from 200)."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Minimum required level lowered to 10, brackets now span 4 or 5 levels instead of 10.
  • WotLK Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Battlegrounds will no longer award Marks of Honor.
    • Players with existing Marks of Honor can still turn them in to their respective faction's quest givers, including individual marks for those who may have more marks for one Battleground than another.
    • Items which previously required Marks of Honor will have their costs adjusted to remove these requirements.
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04):
    • When standing at a capture point that you control, you will gain a buff called Honorable Defender. This buff grants +50% honor gained from kills.
    • The time it requires to capture a base has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10 seconds.
    • The game now ends when one team reaches 1600 victory points, down from 2000.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.8.1 (2005-10-25): Certain geometry exploits in Arathi Basin have been fixed.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.7.1 (2005-09-22): Altered geometry in Arathi Basin to prevent a possible exploit.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Added.

See also

References

External links

Previews

Humor

  • Who's Arathi MP3, a parody by anim5 of International Detective Dragons From Outer Space of Abott and Costello's "Who's on First?" skit.