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Portal
Spell arcane portalshattrath.png
  • Portal
  • 18% of base mana
  • 1 min cooldown
  • 10 sec cast
  • Creates a portal, teleporting group members that use it to <cityX>.
Usable by
Class Mage
Properties
Type Utility
School Arcane
Cooldown 1 min
"The shortest distance between two points is one incantation." - Blaize Brightspark

Portal spells are a useful line of Mage utility spells that allow the caster to transport himself and his party members to a several fixed locations (including all friendly capital cities).

Contents

Rank table

Alliance Alliance Cities
City Level Cost
Portal: Ironforge Ironforge 42 1g 65s
Portal: Stormwind Stormwind 42 1g 65s
Portal: Darnassus Darnassus 42 1g 65s
Portal: Exodar Exodar [1] 42 1g 65s
Portal: Theramore Theramore 42 1g 65s
Horde Horde Cities
City Level Cost
Portal: Orgrimmar Orgrimmar 42 1g 65s
Portal: Undercity Undercity 42 1g 65s
Portal: Thunder Bluff Thunder Bluff 42 1g 65s
Portal: Silvermoon Silvermoon[1] 42 1g 65s
Portal: Stonard Stonard 52 2g 25s
Both 15.gif Neutral Neutral
City Level Cost
Portal: Shattrath Shattrath[1] 66 10g 50s
Portal: Dalaran Dalaran[2] 74 14g 93s 33c
Portal: Tol Barad Tol Barad[3] 85 28g 20s
Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms Vale of Eternal Blossoms[4] 90 35g
  1. ^ a b c Exodar, Silvermoon, and Shattrath are only available to players with the TBC Burning Crusade expansion installed.
  2. ^ Dalaran is only available to players with the WotLK Wrath of the Lich King expansion installed.
  3. ^ Tol Barad is only available to players with the Cataclysm Cataclysm expansion installed.
  4. ^ Vale of Eternal Blossoms is only available to players with the MoP Mists of Pandaria expansion installed.

Non-Mage Portal Spell

There are currently three portal spells not exclusive to mages.

City Cost Faction Level Restriction
Teleport: Grim Guzzler Grim Guzzler None Alliance Horde 55 Requires  [Direbrew's Remote]; 1 hour cooldown
Portal: Karazhan Karazhan None Alliance Horde 60 Requires [Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian]; 1 minute cooldown
Portal: Dalaran Dalaran None Alliance Horde 80 Requires  [Jaina's Locket]; 1 hour cooldown

There was also an item that opened a portal to the heart of Maraudon -  [Scepter of Celebras], but it could only be used on an altar just before entering the instance. The portal ability was phased out in Patch 3.0.8, and replaced with weapon stats.

Notes

Each Portal spell is trained at a portal trainer, which is usually located near the mage trainers in a major city. In Shattrath the portal trainer is located in the center of the city, near the Silvermoon and Exodar city portals. There is also a trainer in Scryers Tier, although the portal location remains the same no matter where it is learned. In Theramore the portal trainer is located in the tower where Jaina resides.

After casting, a portal will appear roughly 5 yards in front of the mage. The shimmering portal looks different for each capital city, giving a glimpse of the city in the center of the portal. The portal lasts for 1 minute.

To use the portal, the mage and his group members must right click the portal. Group members are not required to enter the portal. Any player, including the mage, may elect to stay behind by not clicking on the portal.

You will appear in the capital city near the portal trainer of that city. In Stormwind, for example, you appear inside the mage tower at the center of the Mage Quarter.

You cannot learn the portal spells of the opposing faction.

Portal cannot be cast in combat. In addition, portals cannot be cast inside PvP battlegrounds.

Tips and tactics

It is not possible to create a portal in combat, but it is possible to enter one at any time.

If creating a portal in hostile territory, the mage should wait until all members of the party have used the portal. If the mage clicks too soon, they run the risk of leaving someone behind.

It is possible for a mage to stack his portals, such that it is very difficult for the players taking the portals to know where they will end up. This is commonly known as "portal roulette".

Etiquette

While most mages will offer portals for partymates at the end of quest, runs, etc., to ask for one outside of this should be approached tactfully.

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

  • When asking (especially on Trade) make sure you say where you are currently (or where you will be).
  • If a mage is coming from a different city, it's much easier if they can meet you at the teleport points (that's where they will arrive). Learn where they are and be standing there when you ask.
  • You will only be able to use the portal if you're in the same party as the mage. If you're in one, have the leader send the invite, or drop party to get portaled.
  • Mages are dropping what they are doing to help you. The minimum you should offer is 1g, 2-3g if they have to travel to you. You'll spend a good percent of that amount just to take taxis if you were getting there on your own anyway. Announce the amount you're offering when you ask for the teleport.
  • Make sure you know the level required to create the portal where you need to go before you ask directly. Stonard and Theramore are available at 35. Most of the Azeroth cities are available at 40 (except Thunder Bluff and Darnassus, which are 50),Shattrath is 65 and finally Dalaran at 74.
  • As with any service offered by another player, any buffs you can do is always a very nice and polite gesture.

Following these fairly simple guidelines will help you get along with your fellow players, and it makes people remember you.

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): [Teleport]: Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms now have new icons.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Reagent requirement removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Tol Barad portal added.
  • TBC Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Stonard and Theramore portals added.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Now requires a reagent.

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