Island expedition is a scenario of 3 players.
This scenario takes you to a random island where you must gather Azerite power faster than 3 other characters. These 3 other characters are either NPS´s or other players.
You choose what type of scenario you want when queuing up. The difficulties are
- Normal mode (against 3 NPC´s)
- Heroic mode ((against 3 NPC´s)
- Mythic mode (against 3 NPC´s)
- PvP mode (against 3 other players)
The amount of Azerite power you need to gather in that island differs depending on what difficulty you choose. On normal mode, you compete who gathers 6000 Azerite Power first, on Heroic mode, you compete who gathers 9000 Azerite Power first, etc.
You gather Azerite power from many different sources on that island (chests, looting mobs, Rare mobs etc).
The Azerite Power you gather on island expedition is only tied to the scenario. The actual Artifact Power you get from this is the reward when you win. The harder difficulty should (not on beta) reward more Artifact Power.
Further, there is a bar on the top side when you will que up for an island expedition. This bar counts how much Azerite Power you (your team) have gathered from Island expeditions.
For example, if you win one heroic mode Island exp, you have gathered 9000 Azerite Power. When you win another one, you have gathered 9000 more with a total of 18 000 Azerite Power. If you lost a heroic mode but gathered 7500 on that scenario, it adds 7500 more, with a total of 25 000 Azerite Power.
Now, why is this important, because, every time you gather 40 000 Azerite power, you will be rewarded 2000 more Artifact Power.
It seems that this will be a weekly task, but on beta, I could do this over and over. It started at 0/40 000 everytime I reached 40 000.
The different difficulties
You complete objectives and race against advanced 3 AI opponents to see who gets it first.
These are called champions.
This will be in 4 difficulties
Where do I que up for Island Expedition
can queue from the Expedition table in Boralus Harbor, near the Tradewinds Market. Look for the green ship occupying the second slip.
Can queue from the Expedition table in Zuldazar Harbor, at the Port of Zandalar, on the west side. Look for the red ship.
Stages in Island expedition
There are three stages in island expedition on normal, heroic and mythic difficulty.
When you start the scenario, and start farming Azerite power.
In this stage, Azerite clusters comes up from the ground on a specific area that is announced. These a guarded by elemental adds. This stage offers loads of Azerite power.
How to enter stage 2
This stage is mainly dependent on the total amount of azerite gathered but could also be based on time.
Normal Mode – Triggers when you have gathered around 3-4 k Azerite Power in total between Alliance and Horde (33%).
Heroic Mode – Triggers when you have gathered around 6k Azerite Power between Alliance and Horde (33%)
Mythic Mode – Triggers when you have gathered around 12k Azerite Power between Alliance and Horde (50 %)
This stage is the main stage you want to get to if you are farming rewards such as mounts. This stage starts a specific event. This event has large enemies entering the island on a specific location that is announced as well. Killing these enemies and looting chests will enable you to have chances on extra loot once you complete the island expedition.
Enemies that enters the event are;
1) Boss with 2 huge chests
2) Several rares and non rares with normal sized chests and satchels.
3) Mini bosses with chests.
Each event have different rewards that you have a chance on getting once you complete the island expedition. To get a chance on getting a mount it has to be a specific event tied to the mount, and the specific event is also tied to the specific islands.
How to enter Stage 3
This stage is dependent on the total amount of Azerite power collected between Alliance and Horde.
Normal Mode – Triggers when you have gathered 6k Azerite power in total between Alliance and Horde (50%).
Heroic Mode – Triggers when you have gathered 12k Azerite Power in total between Alliance and Horde (50%).
Mythic Mode – Triggers when you have gathered 20k Azerite Power in total (80%).
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