Following the Cataclysm, Ragnaros's elemental
minions assaulted Mount Hyjal in a bid to set the ancient World Tree of
Nordrassil ablaze. Although the Guardians of Hyjal and their allies
heroically repelled this invasion, their work on the sacred mount is far
from over. In the newly healed Regrowth, Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage
and his comrades have transformed the Sanctuary of Malorne into a
staging ground for an assault on Ragnaros's domain: the Firelands. Thus
far, their efforts have been frustrated by a resurgence in elemental
activity that has engulfed the Regrowth and divided Malfurion's forces.
If Hyjal's defenders quell this counterattack, they have plans to create
a permanent outpost in the Firelands from which to maintain an eternal
vigil over the molten elemental realm. To do so, Malfurion's druids are
planning to use an enchanted Sentinel Tree. With its roots sunk deep in
Azeroth itself, this extraordinary tree's protective canopy will grow in
the Elemental Plane, providing a much-needed shelter for the Guardians
of Hyjal. Yet accomplishing such a feat will take weeks of brutal
fighting against foes such as the treacherous Druids of the Flame, a
splinter group of night elves bristling with Ragnaros's fiery powers.
Regardless of the many challenges ahead, Hyjal's protectors and other
heroes remain steadfast in their goal to establish a foothold in the
Firelands. The safety of Hyjal and Nordrassil hinges on the campaign's
In patch 4.2, stalwart adventurers will have the opportunity to test
their mettle at two new daily quest areas located in the fertile
hillsides of Mount Hyjal and the burning depths of the Firelands. Known
as the Regrowth and Molten Front, these areas will offer an
unprecedented amount of daily solo content for level-85 players to enjoy
-- including over 60 new quests, four "unlockable" iLevel 365 gear
vendors, and a world that evolves right before your eyes.
Unlock Your Destiny
Like many of the daily quest areas already in the game, the Regrowth and
Molten Front will feature several stages of content. Players will begin
their journeys at the renewed Sanctuary of Malorne in Mount Hyjal,
joining forces once again with Matoclaw and Archdruid Hamuul Runetotem
to repel invading armies of elementals. From there, they must open a
portal directly to the Firelands and establish a forward outpost that
the Guardians of Hyjal, led by Malfurion Stormrage, can use to thwart
further incursions by Ragnaros's forces.
Rather than these stages only becoming available after a certain period
of time or at the end of a long quest series, players will instead get
to use a new alternate currency called Marks of the World Tree to unlock
them at their own pace.
Similar to Champion's Seals from the Argent Tournament in Wrath of the
Lich King, Marks of the World Tree can be earned by completing quests
located in both daily quest areas. These marks can then be turned in to
NPCs to open up individual daily quests, unique daily quest chains
(detailed further below), up to four vendors selling a brand-new tier of
gear, and important fortifications including a moonwell, an armory, and
a legion of Ancients.
You'll have a lot of freedom in choosing what content you unlock and
when, giving you more control than ever over your questing experience.
What's more, this element of choice won’t only be reflected in the
content you can access, but also in the world around you. As you help
Malfurion's druids gain a stronger foothold in the Firelands, you'll
start to see new NPCs and structures appear, and the fledgling Sentinel
Tree planted at your arrival at the Molten Front will begin to grow into
a massive protective canopy.
(For those who assisted the Shattered Sun Offensive in The Burning
Crusade, these types of environment changes will likely feel similar to
the transitions that occurred on the Isle of Quel'Danas.)
Personal Progression, Personal Gain
Unlike the Isle of Quel'Danas, though, which unlocked in stages for all
players on an entire realm (at the same time), progression at the
Regrowth and Molten Front will be completely personal. Your actions will
have a direct impact on what quests you'll unlock next, and how each
hub will evolve visually.
To ensure that friends can play together even if they're not progressing
identically, we've avoided separating players through phasing for all
but a couple individual quests. The hub may look very different from one
player to another, but they can all still adventure together. No matter
where you are in the progression, the Sentinel Tree will be alive and
thriving with fellow defenders of Mount Hyjal!
I Choose You, Druids of the Talon! (Or maybe you, Shadow Wardens!)
Within the Regrowth and Molten Front daily quest areas, players will
have numerous options, both in terms of the content they unlock and what
quests they might play through on a daily basis. One of the first
places players will get to experience this type of "modular" gameplay is
near the entrance to the Molten Front, in the forward base known as
In addition to your normal duties at this outpost, you'll also be asked
to secure the aid of two benevolent orders stationed in Mount Hyjal: the
Druids of the Talon, led by Skylord Omuron, and the Shadow Wardens, a
fierce group of night elves under the guidance of Captain Saynna
Stormrunner. This will be a pivotal point in your progression within the
Molten Front and represents the first big unlock of new content for the
To secure the allegiance of the druids and wardens, you'll need to
collect Marks of the World Tree to present to each order's leader. Once
you've gained the appropriate amount of marks and turn them in, you'll
unlock a unique set of daily quests tailored to either the Druids of the
Talon or the Shadow Wardens. If you unlock the Druids of the Talon
dailies, your journeys will take you into the shadow of the Furnace, an
area wreathed in constant flame; the Molten Flow, a river of lava
inhabited by flamewakers for as far as the eye can see; and Fireplume
Peak, a floating island protected by hot-tempered fire hawks. If you
opt to unlock the Shadow Warden dailies, you'll lay siege to the Forlorn
Spire, wresting it from the enemy's grasp and establishing a new
forward outpost. From there, you’ll be poised to attack the Widow’s
Clutch, the breeding grounds for hordes of fire spiders, and Wildflame
Point, a base of operations for the nefarious Druids of the Flame.
Once you've recruited both the Druids of the Talon and the Shadow
Wardens, you'll have the option to choose which set of daily quests you
complete each day. You'll only able to be complete one set of daily
quests per reset (either the Druid of the Talon dailies or the Shadow
Warden dailies), but the choice of which path you take is up to you.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Earlier, we mentioned that over 60 new quests would be available at the
Regrowth and the Molten Front. Since this is quite a lot of content --
almost half a zone's worth! -- many of these quests will be randomized
into smaller groups. Out of 15 possible quests at a certain hub, for
example, you might be able to pick up between three to five each day.
This should help keep the content feeling fresh and fun, and your daily
quest load a lot more manageable.
This randomization will also play off the environment. On one day, you
may be tasked to bolster the defenses outside of Malfurion’s Breach
against an onslaught of Molten Giants. On another, you'll be pitted
against lava worms that have surfaced throughout the outpost. These
quests will be based on the events taking place around you and are
likely to change daily.
Rewards? I Love Rewards! Hippogryphs all around!
You'll be rewarded handsomely for your efforts in these embattled
regions. In addition to all the new gear you'll be able to purchase from
the unlockable vendors, you'll also receive an additional set of
rewards upon opening up all the available content at both daily quest
Players who take on this task will be presented with a stunning
Flameward Hippogryph (shown below), as well a special one-time quest
line that will explore the origins of Leyara, the powerful Druid of the
Flame who commands the Firelord’s forces at the Regrowth and Molten
Front, and why her hatred for Malfurion Stormrage burns so brightly.
After years of preparation and maneuvering, the Firelord's power is now
potent enough to threaten Azeroth with a devastating invasion. The
Guardians of Hyjal will require the aid of the mightiest heroes to have a
chance of survival. You've heard their call -- will you answer?