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The Crusaders' Coliseum in Icecrown, as it appears in patch 3.2.
Annotated map of the Argent Tournament Grounds.

The Argent Tournament is a world event that was introduced in patch 3.1 and is found northeast of Sindragosa's Fall in Icecrown at an area called the Argent Tournament Grounds.

On the purpose of the Argent Tournament itself, Highlord Tirion Fordring makes the following announcement from the stage to the east of the Ring of Champions at the top of every hour:

Five minutes before Tirion speaks:
Herald Beluus yells: Highlord Tirion Fordring approaches the stage to address those gathered upon the tournament grounds! Make way to the stage area to attend him!
Combatants of the Alliance and Horde! You are welcome under the banner of the Argent Crusade.
To the south lies our goal. We will march to the Citadel and cut out the heart of the Scourge where it dwells.
But this is no task to be taken lightly.
A massive attack with every able-bodied man would end in needless slaughter. Every soldier lost would rise as the enemy. Azeroth would be left defenseless against the undead threat.
Instead, we require a small, concentrated strike force for the attack to succeed. For that reason, we have created the Argent Tournament.
Within these walls, you will be tested. Your skill in combat will be matched against the fiercest dangers Northrend has to offer under the watchful eyes of your leaders.
Your prowess, your might, and your cunning will be under close watch. These games will determine the best Azeroth has to offer.
The victors will take their rightful place in the assault upon the Citadel. We will stand together in the face of evil, and Arthas WILL fall!

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Crusaders' Coliseum

During patch 3.1.0, participants worked to construct the Crusaders' Coliseum, however the Coliseum itself was completed and released in patch 3.2.0,[1][2] along with the Trial of the Champion 5-player dungeon (available in both normal and heroic modes), as well as the normal mode 10/25-player Trial of the Crusader raid and its heroic version, the Trial of the Grand Crusader.

Rewards

All rewards use [Champion's Seals] as currency.

Type Cost
Tabard 50 Champion's Seal
Banner 15 Champion's Seal
New-model mount 100 Champion's Seal
Old-model mount 500g 5 Champion's Seal
Small pet 40 Champion's Seal
Hippogryph mounts 150 Champion's Seal
Argent Pony 150 Champion's Seal
Epic weapons 25 Champion's Seal
Rare armor 10 Champion's Seal
Rare necklaces 10 Champion's Seal
Rare trinkets 10 Champion's Seal

Faction rewards

Players are eligible to purchase rewards from their racial faction and additional factions with which they have earned the right to champion.

Champion collectables

Race Faction 15 Champion's Seal Banner 500g 5 Champion's Seal Mount 100 Champion's Seal Mount 40 Champion's Seal Companion Pet
AllianceDraeneiDraenei Exodar [Exodar Banner] [Great Red Elekk] [Exodar Elekk] [Ammen Vale Lashling]
AllianceIronforge dwarfIronforge dwarf Ironforge [Ironforge Banner] [Swift Violet Ram] [Ironforge Ram] [Dun Morogh Cub]
AllianceGnomeGnome Gnomeregan [Gnomeregan Banner] [Turbostrider] [Gnomeregan Mechanostrider] [Mechanopeep]
AllianceNight elfNight elf Darnassus [Darnassus Banner] [Swift Moonsaber] [Darnassian Nightsaber] [Teldrassil Sproutling]
AllianceHumanHuman Stormwind [Stormwind Banner] [Swift Gray Steed] [Stormwind Steed] [Elwynn Lamb]
HordeBlood elfBlood elf Silvermoon [Silvermoon City Banner] [Swift Red Hawkstrider] [Silvermoon Hawkstrider] [Enchanted Broom]
HordeOrcOrc Orgrimmar [Orgrimmar Banner] [Swift Burgundy Wolf] [Orgrimmar Wolf] [Durotar Scorpion]
HordeTaurenTauren Thunder Bluff [Thunder Bluff Banner] [Great Golden Kodo] [Thunder Bluff Kodo] [Mulgore Hatchling]
HordeTrollTroll Darkspear Trolls [Sen'jin Banner] [Swift Purple Raptor] [Darkspear Raptor] [Sen'jin Fetish]
HordeForsakenForsaken Undercity [Undercity Banner] [White Skeletal Warhorse] [Forsaken Warhorse] [Tirisfal Batling]

Champion weapons and armor

Horde Item Alliance Item Type Cost
[Sen'jin Beakblade Longrifle] [Blunderbuss of Khaz Modan] Gun 25 Champion's Seal
[Greatsword of the Sin'dorei] [Claymore of the Prophet] Two-Handed Sword 25 Champion's Seal
[Staff of Feral Furies] [Silvery Sylvan Stave] Staff (agi) 25 Champion's Seal
[Scalpel of the Royal Apothecary] [Dagger of Lunar Purity] Dagger (caster) 25 Champion's Seal
[Spinal Destroyer] [Dagger of the Rising Moon] Dagger (dps) 25 Champion's Seal
[Blade of the Keening Banshee] [Gnomeregan Bonechopper] One-Handed Sword (caster) 25 Champion's Seal
[Grimhorn Crusher] [Ironforge Smasher] One-Handed Mace (dps) 25 Champion's Seal
[Axe of the Sen'jin Protector] [Teldrassil Protector] One-Handed Axe (tank) 25 Champion's Seal
[Jouster's Fury] [Jouster's Fury] Trinket 10 Champion's Seal
[Necklace of Stolen Skulls] [Choker of Spiral Focus] Amulet 10 Champion's Seal
[Pendant of Emerald Crusader] [Necklace of Valiant Blood] Amulet 10 Champion's Seal
[Razor's Edge Pendant] [Pendant of Azure Dreams] Amulet 10 Champion's Seal
[Choker of Feral Fury] [Susurrating Shell Necklace] Amulet 10 Champion's Seal
[Gauntlets of Mending Touch] [Gauntlets of Shattered Pride] Plate Armor 10 Champion's Seal
[Clinch of Savage Fury] [Girdle of Valorous Defeat] Plate Armor 10 Champion's Seal
[Blood-Caked Stompers] [Stanchions of Unseatable Furor] Plate Armor 10 Champion's Seal
[Links of Unquenched Savagery] [Cinch of Bonded Servitude] Mail Armor 10 Champion's Seal
[Treads of Whispering Dreams] [Treads of the Glorious Spirit] Mail Armor 10 Champion's Seal
[Treads of the Earnest Squire] [Treads of Nimble Evasion] Leather Armor 10 Champion's Seal
[Waistguard of Equine Fury] [Wrap of the Everliving Tree] Leather Armor 10 Champion's Seal
[Sash of Trumpeted Pride] [Sash of Shattering Hearts] Cloth Armor 10 Champion's Seal

Silver Covenant/Sunreavers collectables

Hiren Loresong
Alliance [A Silver Confidant]
Vasarin Redmorn
Horde [The Sunreavers]
Type Cost
[Silver Covenant Tabard] [Sunreaver Tabard] Tabard 50 Champion's Seal
[Quel'dorei Steed] [Sunreaver Hawkstrider] Mount 100 Champion's Seal
[Silver Covenant Hippogryph] [Sunreaver Dragonhawk] Flying mount 150 Champion's Seal
[Shimmering Wyrmling] [Shimmering Wyrmling] Small pet 40 Champion's Seal

Crusader collectables and heirlooms

Item Type Cost
[Argent Crusader's Banner] Banner 15 Champion's Seal
[Argent Crusader's Tabard] Tabard 50 Champion's Seal
[Argent Warhorse] Mount 100 Champion's Seal
[Argent Charger] Mount (Paladin Only) 100 Champion's Seal
[Argent Pony Bridle] Small pet enhancement 150 Champion's Seal
[Polished Breastplate of Valor] Plate Chest 60 Champion's Seal
[Polished Spaulders of Valor] Plate Shoulder 60 Champion's Seal
[Champion Herod's Shoulder] Mail Shoulder 60 Champion's Seal
[Champion's Deathdealer Breastplate] Mail Chest 60 Champion's Seal
[Mystical Pauldrons of Elements] Mail Shoulder 60 Champion's Seal
[Mystical Vest of Elements] Mail Chest 60 Champion's Seal
[Preened Ironfeather Breastplate] Leather Chest 60 Champion's Seal
[Preened Ironfeather Shoulders] Leather Shoulder 60 Champion's Seal
[Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders] Leather Shoulder 60 Champion's Seal
[Stained Shadowcraft Tunic] Leather Chest 60 Champion's Seal
[Tattered Dreadmist Mantle] Cloth Shoulder 60 Champion's Seal
[Tattered Dreadmist Robe] Cloth Chest 60 Champion's Seal
[Balanced Heartseeker] One-Hand Dagger 60 Champion's Seal
[Bloodied Arcanite Reaper] Two-Hand Axe 95 Champion's Seal
[Charmed Ancient Bone Bow] Bow 95 Champion's Seal
[Devout Aurastone Hammer] Main Hand Mace 75 Champion's Seal
[Dignified Headmaster's Charge] Two-Hand Staff 95 Champion's Seal
[Repurposed Lava Dredger] Two-Hand Mace 95 Champion's Seal
[Venerable Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge] Main Hand Sword 60 Champion's Seal
[Venerable Mass of McGowan] One-Hand Mace 75 Champion's Seal
[Discerning Eye of the Beast] Trinket 75 Champion's Seal
[Swift Hand of Justice] Trinket 75 Champion's Seal

Quests

Starting the Argent Tournament: Aspirant & Valiant

The quest chain starts in the building to the west of the Crusaders' Coliseum. Justicar Mariel Trueheart directs questers to their faction's respective tents on the east side of the keep, where they must undertake a series of tests to join the tournament proper.

Alliance
  1. A [80] The Argent Tournament
  2. A [80] Up To The Challenge and complete the daily quests listed below to earn enough [Aspirant's Seals] to continue. (15 seals at 5 per day)
  3. A [80] The Aspirant's Challenge
  4. Players will be offered one of these quests based on their race:
  5. A [80] The Valiant's Charge and complete the daily quests listed below to earn enough [Valiant's Seals] to continue. (25 seals at 5 per day)
  6. A [80] The Valiant's Challenge
  7. A [80] A Champion Rises

After completing "The Valiant's Challenge", the following quests open up allowing players to repeat the valiant stage of daily quests (steps six and seven) for the other factions with which they have not yet earned the right to champion:

Horde
  1. H [80] The Argent Tournament
  2. H [80] Up To The Challenge and complete the daily quests listed below to earn enough [Aspirant's Seals] to continue. (15 seals at 5 per day)
  3. H [80] The Aspirant's Challenge
  4. Players will be offered one of these quests based on their race:
  5. H [80] The Valiant's Charge and complete the daily quests listed below to earn enough [Valiant's Seals] to continue. (25 seals at 5 per day)
  6. H [80] The Valiant's Challenge
  7. H [80] A Champion Rises

After completing "The Valiant's Challenge", the following quests open up allowing players to repeat the valiant stage of daily quests (steps six and seven) for the other factions with which they have not yet earned the right to champion:

Also note that like the fishing and cooking daily quests, the 3 blade quests (A Blade Fit of a Champion, The Edge of Winter, A Worthy Weapon) are not independent daily quests. Having one of them in your log prevents you from accepting the other two, should it be offered that day. In other words, should you not complete one of them on the day you accept it, you will not be able to do either of the other two quests the following day. This means that you should do all three daily quests on the day you accept them if you want to complete "Up To The Challenge" in three days.

Completing the four available valiant dailies will reward 52g 92s and 5x[Valiant's Seal] each day.

Reputation Considerations

Over the course of championing all five faction's cities you can expect to gain 11,250 reputation with each capital city. Keep this in mind when considering champion-level quest rewards. The [Champion's Writ] can only be used to buy reputation tokens worth 250 reputation with one city at a time. Do not purchase reputation with a faction when you can reasonably expect to reach exalted status while doing the valiant chain for the rest of the cities. The [Champion's Purse] is a better alternative for players who already have high reputation with their faction's cities. It is also possible to continue doing a faction's valiant-level quests, earning reputation with that faction, if one does not turn in the "The Valiant's Charge" quest with that faction.

In the past completion of city-faction dailies would award 250 reputation for the related city and 62 "splash" reputation for allied cities. Those wishing to use the Argent Tournament to become exalted with all Alliance (or Horde) cities would use spreadsheets to optimize the amount of time they lingered at valiant level with each city. The splash reputation was removed some point prior to patch 4.0.6 and spreadsheets are no longer necessary. This effectively halved the amount of reputation gained by lingering at Valiant level (250 instead of 250+248). People wishing to achieve exalted with their faction cities can also run dungeons wearing the city tabards.

Two of the daily quests and the items sold by Dame Evniki Kapsalis (such as  [Argent Pony Bridle] and  [Argent Crusader's Tabard]) are restricted to players with the Crusader title which requires exalted reputation with the five faction cities.

The Black Knight chain

  1. A [80] The Black Knight of Westfall? -or- H [80] The Black Knight of Silverpine?
  2. N [80] The Seer's Crystal
  3. N [80] The Stories Dead Men Tell
  4. N [80] There's Something About the Squire
  5. N [80] The Black Knight's Orders
  6. After reaching the rank of Champion:
    N [80] The Black Knight's Fall
  7. Starting in Patch 3.2.0:
    N [80] The Black Knight's Curse
  8. N [80] The Black Knight's Fate

Champion dailies

  1. B [80] A Champion Rises
  2. N [80] Eadric the Pure -or- N Death knight [80] The Scourgebane
  3. Start earning [Champion's Seals] to purchase rewards:

N.B: Threat From Above requires the completion of The Black Knight's Fall. See above for the The Black Knight chain.

Completing these dailies will reward 52g 92s and up to 4x[Champion's Writ] or 4x[Champion's Purse] each day.

Also available for players not exalted with the Argent Crusade is N [80 Daily] Contributin' To The Cause.

Crusader dailies

In order to be eligible for these quests, players are required to have earned the title <Crusader>. Several daily quests are offered randomly each day, one from each questgiver:

High Crusader Adelard Offers one of these each day:

Crusader Silverdawn Offers one of these each day:

Silver Covenant (Alliance) / Sunreavers (Horde) dailies

In order to be eligible for these quests, players are required to have earned the achievement Alliance [A Silver Confidant] or Horde [The Sunreavers] by being exalted with the Silver Covenant/Sunreavers and being a champion of at least one racial faction. Several daily quests are offered randomly each day, two from Alliance Narasi Snowdawn/Horde Girana the Blooded and one from Alliance Savinia Loresong/Horde Tylos Dawnrunner.

From Alliance Savinia Loresong or Horde Tylos Dawnrunner:

one of...

From Alliance Narasi Snowdawn or Horde Girana the Blooded:

and one of...

Goblin dailies

These quests dealt with the construction of the Crusaders' Coliseum and were removed in Patch 3.2.0.

Achievements

The following achievements are related to the Argent Tournament:

Note
Note: Meta achievements are listed in a separate table at the bottom of this section.

Interactive map

Alliance and Horde leadership

At roughly 10-past, Thrall, Garrosh Hellscream, and a few Kor'kron Elites arrive:

Herald Beluus yells: The Warchief of the Horde, Thrall, and Overlord Garrosh Hellscream have arrived upon the tournament grounds! Clear the way to the entrance!
Thrall, Garrosh and their escort appear from inside the Sunreaver Pavilion and walk along the path following the Ring of Champions. Here, they stop between the Ironforge and Gnomeregan banners and observe.
Thrall says: Garrosh, I expect you to control yourself here. I do not want a repeat of the Violet Citadel.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Pah! That was a show of strength, worthy of a leader. I only regret I did not kill that human before the mage interfered.
Thrall says: We are guests here, Garrosh, and you will conduct yourself honorably.
Garrosh Hellscream says: What honor is there in thrashing about with blunted sticks? This is a waste of time.
The group proceeds to the western entrance of the Crusaders' Coliseum, where Highlord Tirion Fordring awaits.
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: Welcome, Warchief Thrall. Overlord Hellscream.
Thrall says: Thank you for the invitation, Lord Fordring. We look forward to observing these games.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Speak for yourself, Thrall.
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: I hope you'll see the merit of these events in time, Garrosh. We cannot win against the Scourge if we continue to war against one another.
Thrall says: Wise words.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Words of a fool, you mean. The Horde will destroy the undead without your aid, human, or that of the pompous king.
Thrall immediately turns to face Garrosh and rebukes him directly.
Thrall says: Garrosh, enough!
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: Under my roof, gentlemen, I trust you will behave.
Thrall turns back to Tirion.
Thrall says: Of course, Tirion. I apologize for his outburst. It will not be repeated.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Bah.
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: If you will follow me, then.
The group then walks in to the coliseum proper and disappears inside.

At roughly 25-past, Varian Wrynn, Jaina Proudmoore, and a few Stormwind Royal Guards arrive.

Herald Beluus yells: His Majesty, King Varian Wrynn, and Lady Jaina Proudmoore have touched down upon the tournament grounds! Make way!
Varian, Jaina and their escort appear from inside the Silver Covenant Pavilion and walk west towards the Argent Pavilion. Fordring greets them at the entrance to the Coliseum.
King Varian Wrynn says: Tirion.
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: King Varian, Lady Jaina. Welcome to the tournament. Your place in the coliseum is waiting.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: Thank you. It's the least I can do to support this; we need to stand together.
King Varian Wrynn says: You ask much of me, Tirion, to sit and watch, trusting the savages to keep themselves in check.
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: My people are here to ensure they honor the rules of engagement. It will do your subjects well to see you in the stands.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: I'm sure Thrall will have his people under control...
King Varian Wrynn says: Perhaps. I doubt the effectiveness of this gambit. We would be better served preparing our armies for the final assault.
King Varian Wrynn says: But if my presence is required in these games to gain your support in the battle, then I will remain. For now.
Highlord Tirion Fordring nods and gestures for his guests to follow.
The group then walks in to the coliseum proper and disappears inside.

Videos

Narrated video guide of The Grand Melee (Alliance) and Among the Champions

Gallery

Patch changes

  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): The Argent Tournament Expands
    • All new Argent Crusader daily quests and rewards have been added for players with the Crusader title. Rewards include a new Argent Crusader banner and tabard (which can teleport players to the tournament grounds), a mounted squire (can periodically run bank, mail or vendor errands for the player), a paladin-exclusive Argent Crusader Charger mount, and new heirloom items.
    • All new Silver Covenant and Sunreaver daily quests and rewards have been added for players exalted with these factions. Rewards include tabards, new ground and flying mounts, and a new pet.
    • Just when you thought you had seen the last of the Black Knight, he makes his astonishing return to the tournament. Wait, didn't you kill him? (Source)
  • Hotfix (2009-04-16): "We have made it so players cannot attack additional quest giver NPCs at the Argent Tournament.[3]"
  • WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Added.

References

  1. ^ Blizz.gif Zarhym 2009-02-25. Re:Argent Tournament Timing?. Retrieved on 2009-02-28.
  2. ^ Blizz.gif Blizzard. Under Development: Patch 3.2: Call of the Crusade. Retrieved on 2009-05-24. “The Argent Tournament Expands: With the help of Azeroth's heroes, the Argent Crusade will finish the Argent Coliseum just in time to call for all brave citizens to prepare for battle with the Lich King. New dailies, rewards, and more will be available at the Argent Tournament grounds to lure adventurers into the coliseum.”
  3. ^ Blizz.gif Bornakk 2009-04-16. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.

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