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The Burning Crusade, the first expansion pack for World of Warcraft, adds new story elements. After years of rebuilding following the Burning Legion's defeat, the Horde and Alliance open the Dark Portal and enter Outland. This new land is filled with danger and adventure for those brave enough to enter the Portal. The Portal is only open to characters level 58 and higher.

Two new races enter the world of Azeroth in this expansion - the Blood Elves and the Draenei. The Draenei are from Outland and having heard of the defeat of the Burning Legion by the forces on Azeroth, they have taken their ship, the Exodar, to Azeroth in search of help defeating the Legion in Outland. However, the Blood Elves sabotaged their ship and they crashed onto Azeroth and must pick up the pieces and go out in search of more allies. The Blood Elves, on the other hand, have come to do anything they can to stop the the Draenei and have little trust for either the Horde or Alliance. They are rebuilding the elven capital in Quel'Thalas and have a thirst for both magic and power. Both of the new races come with new mounts to ride and even new level 1 pets.

The expansion extends the level cap to 70 and the majority of the content is for characters level 60 to 70 with the exception of the two starting areas for the new races that offer enough quests to get characters up to level 20 before heading out into the rest of Azeroth. There is also a new neutral city for both Horde and Alliance to visit.

Another major addition to the game is the new profession of Jewelcrafting as well as socketed items that gems can be placed into for added benefits. This new profession works in conjunction with mining to prospect gems from the ore and create new items that can be used by the crafter or sold to others. Anyone can place gems in the sockets of their equipment, but Jewelcrafters are the ones who are most likely to find the gems to use in those sockets.

Additional new content includes:
  • 6 new dungeons
  • 3 controllable flying mounts to be used in Outland after reaching level 70
  • Arena PVP for those not interesting in Battlegrounds
  • A new Battleground in Outland
  • A new Looking For Group interface
  • An improved Character Sheet
  • Many more monsters and creatures to fight
  • 11 new Factions


World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Windows The Draenei crash site
World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Windows The character selection screen
World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Windows Wandering near SunStrider Isle.
World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Windows The view in Mulgore is simply breathtaking.

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World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Concept Art
World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Concept Art
World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Concept Art
World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "WoW:BC" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

OMG!!!! You will be addicted to this like heck! Windows William Ma (2)

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Windows Jan 26, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
YouGamers Windows Mar 05, 2007 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot Windows Feb 05, 2007 9.2 out of 10 92
4Players.de Windows Jan 23, 2007 91 out of 100 91
Gamesmania.de Windows Jan 24, 2007 91 out of 100 91
PC Powerplay Windows Feb, 2007 91 out of 100 91
Play.tm Windows Jan 26, 2007 90 out of 100 90
Gaming Target Windows Feb 06, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Feb 07, 2007 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Windows Feb 02, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade was released at participating Electronics Boutique/EBGames stores across the USA and Australia, which opened their doors at midnight for fans to pick up their expansion packs within the first few minutes of the game's scheduled release date.

South Park

South Park's animated TV episode, Make Love, Not Warcraft was produced on the alpha server for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. The folks at Blizzard were very cooperative in assisting the animators in crafting the machinima that was filmed in-game. They even provided the model files and graphics so they could be altered and used for animation. The developers even used "The Sword of a Thousand Truths" as an actual weapon to be found in the game.

Trial Edition

In June 2007, Blizzard Entertainment Europe sent out a trial edition by mail to anyone who had a current paid subscription or had ever had a paid subscription to World of Warcraft, to try the expansion for free for 10 days. It requires to have the base game installed and offers limited functionality.

Players can start a new dranei or blood elf character and explore their new starting areas. An existing high level character (+58) can also be taken through the Dark Portal into the Outland. All expansion quests are available, as well as the items and skill advancements, but the characters cannot level beyond level 60. New skills such as jewelcrafting are also present, but players are not able to train new levels or certain recipes as the trainers are all located in the expansion zones. Pets can also be kept, and the characters count against the character limit (10 per realm, 50 per account). When the trial expires, the new characters become inaccessible but can be unlocked when the expansion is bought.


  • Apple Design Awards
    • 2007 - Best OS X Game
  • Games for Windows Magazine
    • March 2008 - #5 Game of the Year 2007
  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #7 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – #5 PC Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PC RPG of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • March 28, 2008 - Best PC Online RPG in 2007 (Readers' Vote)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2007 - Online Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Agent 5, PCGamer77, Sciere, and Vaelor.

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