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The garrison

Post by Termínator™ on Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:38 pm

The garrison plays a large part of your overall experience in Warlords of Draenor. It's also essential for pet collecting and Pet Battles. Here's an overview of garrison buildings and the pets that come with them.

The Menagerie
The Menagerie is a plot located inside your garrison. It requires a level 3 garrison, which can only be achieved at player level 100. After building the Menagerie, completing the quest Pets Versus Pests will finalize the plot.

Upgrading the Menagerie is a must as it offers different abilities, perks and rewards at each level.

Level 1: "Attracts elite pets you can battle for rewards. Also lets 5 of your battle pets hang out in your garrison."

The NPC located at your Menagerie will offer a daily quest to defeat legendary pets that visit each day. This quest is not account-wide and can be completed on multiple characters.

Completing Battle Pet Roundup (Alliance) and Scrappin' (Horde) rewards 8 Pet Charms. You can use these to purchase various items from the Menagerie NPC, such as battle-stones (for quality and leveling), pet bandages, Perky Pug hats, treats, and a Mystery Bag which contains a random family-specific leveling stone.

Level 2: "Increases your trap chance and reduces the cooldown of Revive Battle Pets while in Draenor. Up to 10 of your pets can now hang out in your garrison."

Blueprints to upgrade the Menagerie to level 2 can be bought from the Blueprints Vendor for 1000 gold. The blueprints are account-wide so you only need to buy it on one character.

At level 2 you receive a better trap, Draenic Trap, along with a reduced cooldown (4 minutes, down from 8 minutes) on Revive Battle Pets.

Level 3: "Unlocks a pet battle daily with unique pet rewards."

Upgrading to level 3 will require dedication and a lot of battles. You must complete the achievement Draenic Pet Battler to unlock the last blueprint.

Defeating wild pets, Draenor trainers, or the daily opponent inside your garrison count towards the achievement, and matches won on different characters also add to your total.

Once upgraded to level 3, the Menagerie NPC will have a new daily that replaces the previous one. Mastering the Menagerie has the same objectives as Battle Pet Roundup and Scrappin', however the rewards are even more tantalizing.

You'll continue to receive Pet Charms but the new reward, Big Bag of Pet Supplies, will also drop a random family-specific leveling stone and has a chance to drop 1 of 7 new pets, such as the [url= kid]Ghastly Kid[/url] (pictured right).

Medium Plot Buildings
You can collect pets directly from three medium-sized garrison buildings. There are only two medium plots in each garrison, though, so you may need to swap out buildings or utilize an atl's garrison to gain access all three.

Barn: In a level 3 Barn there's a Warm Glass of Milk that someone has carelessly left behind (pictured right). Hopefully it doesn't spoil!

The Pygmy Cow can be looted from a wooden mug which may spawn on the first floor or the second floor. There is no direct path up to the second floor, however, so you'll need to devise a creative way to get up. Goblin Glider Kits and the XD-57 "Bullseye" Guided Rocket Kit paired with calculated launching positions are just a couple of methods.

Much like other hidden treasures of Draenor, it seems you can only loot the mug once per character. However, unlike other lootable containers, the mug doesn't have a noticeable glow unless you hover over it with your cursor. Be sure to do a thorough search of your Barn!

Trading Post: The Trading Post offers two different pets, one for Alliance and one for Horde. To collect both, you'll need to build this building on two different characters.

Upgrading the Trading Post to level 2 will unlock the Sha'tari Defense (Alliance) and the Laughing Skull (Horde). A quartermaster will appear in your upgraded building, but before you can purchase the Sky Fry or Bone Wasp, you'll need to be Revered with the faction.

Inn (Alliance) or Tavern (Horde): You won't need to upgrade this building; NPCs will appear immediately and start offering quests. The familiar faces rotate daily, but you can pick up any quest and turn it in the next time they visit.

Keep an eye out for Mylune, who's quest rewards the adorable Everbloom Peachick, and Cowled Ranger, who gives away the Sentinel's Companion (pictured right).

All of the pets mentioned above are cageable, except for the Pygmy Cow. You'll need to build the Barn on at least one character to collect this mini-bovine.

Primary Profession Buildings
Three professions will have new pets to craft — Tailoring, Engineering and Blacksmithing. If you have these professions, the garrison plot dedicated to the craft will be invaluable to you.

Tailoring Emporium: Tailors gain access to a Draenor recipe vendor. Before you can purchase anything, though, you'll need to craft Secrets of Draenor Tailoring. The Elekk Plushie recipe costs five of this new currency.

Engineering Works: There are three new engineering pets, Lifelike Mechanical Frostboar, Mechanical Axebeak and Mechanical Scorpid. The schematic for each costs one Secret of Draenor Engineering.

You can also purchase schematics for Blingtron 5000 for one Secret of Draenor Engineering. The WoD version has a slightly higher chance to drop Sky-Bo than Blingtron 4000.

The Forge: In the same fashion as the other professions, blacksmiths will need to create one Secret of Draenor Blacksmithing in order to purchase the recipe for the pet Soul of the Forge.

It should be noted that players who do not have Tailoring or Blacksmithing will not be able to access the recipes or craft the pets from the associated plots. However, non-engineers that build the Engineering Works can craft the pets, but only in a level 3 building. Blingtron 5000 cannot be crafted by non-engineers.

It's possible to craft the new Draenor profession pets at any skill level. You can also travel to your faction hub in Ashran to visit profession trainers and purchase the recipes there.

Secondary Profession Buildings
All garrisons come with secondary profession buildings that unlock as you level up and upgrade your garrison.

Herb Garden: Both herbalists and non-herbalists can loot the nodes found on this plot. But watch out, picking Draenor plants can occasionally upset a Disturbed Podling. These savage flower creatures have a chance to drop a Nightshade Sproutling.

Don't forget to save any Draenic Seeds that you find. The vendor located at the Herb Garden sells the Crazy Carrot (pictured right). What makes this carrot so crazy? Perhaps it's the steep price, 1000 seeds!

Frostwall Mines or Lunarfall Excavation: Similar to the Herb Garden, anyone can mine the ore on this plot. If you're lucky, you'll find a Goren Protector while mining. This mob has a chance to drop the Ore Eater.

Fishing Shack: To unlock Nat Pagle who sells the Land Shark and Sea Calf (pictured right), anglers will need to upgrade this building to level 3 and have the Good Friends reputation with Pagle. The currency to buy the pets require a Fishing skill of 700. El's Extreme Anglin' has all you need to know about Warlords of Draenor fishing and earning Nat's Lucky Coins to purchase the pets.

Mobs spawned from ore and herb nodes are not exclusive to your garrison. They can also appear while mining and herbing in any part of Draenor. The Herb Garden and Mines are just convenient for all characters, regardless of profession.

With so many buildings that reward pets, the garrison might prove to be a central hub for pet collecting in WoD. If only the entire garrison could be filled exclusively with pets. The Menagerie attendant might have something to say about that, though — so many critters to clean up after, yuck!


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