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In World of Warcraft, the term map usually refers to the World map, accessible from a globe button on the minimap in the very top right corner (or using the default key shortcut: "M").

Sometimes people use the term 'map' when referring to the minimap.

Contents

World map

Azeroth and Outland

Map features

Explored areas:

  • Any area of the map your character has discovered will appear with details (buildings, cave entrances, etc).

Character locations:

  • Your character: Your character will appear on the map at the location as a grey arrow, pointing at your direction.
  • Party members: If your character is in a party, any party members will appear on the map at the location as a dot, colored in that party member's class color.

Map UI redesigned

In the Patch 3.3.0 PTR, the World map UI feature has been redesigned and combined with the Quest Log feature.

Animation

Patch 4.2.0 introduced a new animation when opening the world map, however, opening the map now cancels any other action in progress such as fishing.

Resources

Main article: Maps#Other_Locations

UI mods

Atlas is a UI mod that grants access to maps that would normally not be available in-game. The package includes maps for all the instances, flight path maps and more. Be wary that those maps are NOT interactive (i.e. you cannot see your current position nor your teammates).

Yatlas is a UI mod that allows the user to view the entire minimap of both continents. Features include panning, zooming, player tracking and functionality with CT_MapMod mapnotes.

Cartographer is a UI mod that can display unexplored areas (with the option of shading) and zone information (levels, instances). Other features include coordinates, battleground maps, instance maps with boss locations noted, the ability to save map notes and waypoints, and resizing the map.

On the web

  • Mapwow is a Google Maps-based map of all of Azeroth. You can activate location names, zone names, travel paths, as well as the resources found in each region. Very useful for farming ore, herbs, etc.
  • WyriMaps.net/wow - Fullscreen interactive Google Map of WoW. All continents in 1 map, all veins and herbs. New marker sets are added weekly!

Patch changes

Note: This list is extremely incomplete.

The World map automatically turns transparent when it's open if you move.
  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Opening the map now generates a ping visual effect at the location of the character arrow, helping players to quickly find their location on the map. The character arrow is also no longer hidden behind quest icons.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Levels are displayed in the difficulty color, if you hold your cursor on the zone to be inspected.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Opening a map now causes the character to open their own map.