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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth has been out a little over a week now, bringing players the new War Mode, Island Expeditions, new gear to find, and new zones to explore. While the game steers you towards these features, BFA is also packing a ton of secrets that you might not find on your first playthrough.

On my own journey to 120, I’ve been scouring the Alliance-side islands of Kul Tiras for any cool things players can discover by going off the beaten track. Whether you’ve just started playing or have been grinding Azerite for the last week, here’s a master list of cool things you can find on your own journey.

#1 Auric’s Angels
Location: Boralus
This trio seems to be a gender-flipped gang of Charlie’s Angels. They hang out on the far side of the war ship from the inn, and they’re easy to spot. Two of them are lounging around shirtless, and all of them will flirt with you when you speak to them, offering seductive lines like “Hello, good looking,” and “Hello there. Come to have a look at the best?”

#2 Fiona’s Caravan
Location: Boralus
Remember Fiona, the Worgen lady from way back in the Eastern Plaguelands? Turns out she’s here, and her caravan made it all the way to Boralus. You can find Fiona and her wagon parked in an alley back behind the warship, on the ground floor.

#3 Ashvane Docks
Location: Boralus
These docks are packed with tiny details, from the workers who actually move hay around from cellars to the warehouses, to the PvP/dueling area where you can sign up for some sketchy fights, to the even poorer areas stocked with soup kitchens, desperate wretches, and penniless bums, all being prophesied to by Doomspeakers. Go far enough in, and you’ll enter an area where racketeers will attack you on sight and even the guards are “dubious guards.”

#4 The Kelp Club
Location: Boralus
This sketchy night club has bouncers, so you’ll need to have some form of stealth or fight your way in to see it all. There’s a mob boss in the basement, a dance floor, strippers, and even a line of drunks heading to the outhouses along the side. Just keep an eye on your wallet and try to stay sneaky, so you don’t bring the mob down on your head.

#5 That’s A Moray
Location: Boralus
Keep heading far enough south, and you’ll hit a more uptown borough populated with cute coffee shops, restaurants, and more. Look closely, though, and you’ll see that most of them have punny names, like That’s A Moray and Boe’s Crab Shack. (Thanks, Shakaria20!)

#6 Forbidden Romance
Location: Boralus
In one of the cellars in the uptown district, you can sneak inside. If you’re stealthy, you can see a Kul Tiran Noble and an Attendant seeming to flirt with each other in the basement, leaning on one another and chatting. The instant they see you, though, the noble will stand up and awkwardly salute you and act extremely interested in some boxes in the corner, while the attendant will run to pick up her tray and go back to serving. Gotta be sneaky! Thanks to PancakeMix85 for capturing this moment on film.

#7 Lost Puppy
Location: Boralus
That’s not the only basement secret hiding in uptown. In another spot, you can see a cute family with four kids holding a picnic outside, complete with a wagon wheel tire-swing. Stay with the kids long enough, and they’ll eventually run down into another open cellar and find a lost puppy inside. You can pet the puppy, too. (Thanks, LadyDwarf1!)

#8 Crazy Cat Lady
Location: Boralus
While still uptown, look for a house with an open door, a single lady inside, and about two dozen cats. Interestingly enough, one of the cats is named Nala. Does this mean that The Lion King canonically exists in Azeroth? Weirdly enough, we’ll get another clue pointing towards Disney later…

#9 Hedge Maze
Location: Boralus
Continue along towards the Academy on your map, and you’ll see a hedge maze just outside. It’s an actual hedge maze that you can enter and wander around in, with a fountain in the middle. You’ll also likely catch a glimpse of a taskmaster looking for his students in the maze, threatening them with more and more laps as punishment, and perhaps even the students themselves as they sneak off to play a game.

#10 The Academy
Location: Boralus
The school itself sports a map of Kul Tiras inlaid onto the floor in its central courtyard, which actually lines up with the world map. Move along to the back of the school, and you’ll find a fully-stocked classroom, complete with desks you can sit at to listen to lessons.

#11 Winnie the Pooh
Location: Stormsong
Remember how I mentioned Disney would show up later? Yeah, Winnie the Pooh, or, as the game calls him, Honey Bear, is here, along with all his friends: Hunter Robin, Tiger, Pig, and Melancholy Mule. You’ll find honey pots scattered along the ground, and even a recreation of Eeyore’s stick house.

#12 Pengling Sledding
Location: Stormsong
Follow the icy paths up the mountains on Stormsong’s borders, and you might find Pengling Sledding. A broken-down chairlift leads to the top of the mountains, where you’ll find a large Pengling waiting for you. Jump on its back and you’ll be able to play a mini game as you race down the mountain and avoid obstacles. Is it a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender?To how Benedict Cumberbatch can’t pronounce the word “penguin”? Both? Either way, it’s fun.

#13 Sabertron
Location: Stormsong
A team of technicians is building five different colored mechanical cats in a cave just off the coast in what’s clearly a reference to Voltron. If you wait a bit before killing the technician, one of the cats will activate, starting a boss fight. Even better, though: if you’re a hunter with the ability to tame pets (or play a gnome/goblin), you can tame one of the lions (er, sabercats) to be your hunter pet companion!

#14 Bee Riding
Location: Stormsong
It’s just a flight path for now, but it’s still pretty cool. Head to the Mildenhall Meadery, and you’ll be able to take a giant bee to your next destination in place of the standard Alliance griffin. You can also catch some bee battle pets, fight living honey, and tame a bee to fight next to you if you’re a hunter in this area. The large-scale bee isn’t a mount you can get, at least not yet, but this flight path can let us dream.

#15 The Lichen King
Location: Stormsong
This fungi lives in the south part of the zone, and comes equipped with his own mini-Frostmourne and spouts lines like “There must always be… a Lichen King…” He’s much more adorable than his Lich King counterpart, so, you know, go easy when you murder him for loot.

#16 Rune Chests
Location: Drustvar
As you explore Drustvar, you may find chests protected by a series of glowing runes. You can click these runes, but selecting them in the wrong order will knock you back and cause some damage. The trick to unlocking them lies in the Nordic-looking runes you’ll find scattered around the area. It may take some logic to figure out where the missing pieces go, but by looking around the environment carefully, you can figure it out! These chests often contain toys or more valuable items than standard chests, so they’re worth solving. Keep an eye out for witch torches and other spooky happenings near chests for even more treasure.

#17 Time Traveling Underwear
Location: Drustvar
Yes, you read that right. During one of the zone’s major quests, you’ll investigate a series of events that happened at Whitegrove Chapel in the past. You get to snoop around Lucille’s room while you’re at it, and you’ll be specifically scolded for trying to go through Lucille’s underwear drawer. If you return after that quest is completed, however, you’ll be able to search through her underwear drawer unhindered, granting you the toy Lucille’s Handkerchief. (Sure, sure, Blizzard, it’s a handkerchief.) Use this toy to return to the past at any time.

#18 Haunted Tea Party
Location: Drustvar
Another off-the-beaten-path quest will let you meet little Abby Lewis, a totally normal and innocent little girl just looking for friends for her tea party. It’s totally normal that they’re all dead animals… right? Look for the quest called “Tea Party” to track it down.

#19 Flesh-eating Deer
Location: Drustvar
It’s a small detail, but the animals under the witches’ sway in Drustvar all act unnaturally. They attack the player, but they’re also quick to turn on one another. If you return to the corpses of animals you’ve killed, you may find other cursed animals standing over them, stripping the flesh from their former friends. Yes, even the herbivores like rabbits and deer. It’s unnerving, to say the least.

#20 Kobolds and Catacombs
Location: Drustvar
You’ll find all the children of Falconhurst gathered in one room, listening raptly to the tales told by a single storyteller. Hang around and listen to the stories, and eventually you’ll hear one that’s a bit familiar: the Kobolds and Catcombs song, released by Blizzard for the Hearthstone expansion of the same name during last year’s BlizzCon.

#21 Rodrigo’s Revenge
Location: Tiragarde Sound
Most players will stumble across this quest when they enter the Freehold, a pirate-infested port full of brawlers and drunkards. It’s not required to complete the zone’s story, but it’s still worth doing. After the main questline takes you to Freehold, look for Rodrigo, the flight master, surrounded by his flock of parrots. He’ll have a quest for you to jump on one of his parrots and take it for a bombing run – but all the “bombs” are parrot poop! Unload on the pirates underneath you and enjoy the panic and curses as you sail over their heads.

#22 Sharknado
Location: Tiragarde Sound
In the dungeon version of Freehold, you’ll likely come across a very special boss: Trothak, The Shark Puncher. This huge ogre has punched his way straight through two sharks, which he wears as bracers. Keep an eye on his attacks, since halfway through the fight he’ll begin whirling around, beginning a “Shark Tornado” assault. Sound familiar?

#23 Crashed Zeppelin
Location: Tiragarde Sound
High in the mountains to the south of the zone lies the remains of a tragedy. A Horde zeppelin—which looks just like the one that carried players between Orgrimmar and Northrend—has crashed into the mountain. Inside are the skeletons of its inhabitants, who seemed to have lived for a little while after the crash. You can see their campfire, a few crates of goods they set out as furniture, and the ultimate remains of the crew itself: tucked into bedrolls, holding hands as they freeze or starve to death. (But they were Horde, so they probably deserved it.)

#24 Waltzing the night away
Location: Tiragarde Sound
The esteemed Norwington Estate has a perpetual party going on, especially in the outdoor ballroom where many inhabitants are dancing. There’s a secret here, though. If you join the dance with a human character, male or female, you’ll be able to waltz along with the guests. Unfortunately, it seems that other races haven’t adapted to this human style of dancing yet, but if you play a human, head on over to check it out. If you don’t have a human character, enjoy this clip of PancakeMix85 waltzing away.

So far, my voyages have only taken me around the Alliance zones, but there’s just as much content for the Horde over on Zandalar. With all that I’ve found, it’s crazy to think that there’s still a whole other half of the expansion out there to explore. There’s bound to be plenty more that I still haven’t found, so if you’re thinking of dropping into Battle for Azeroth, keep an eye out for more hidden secrets on both sides.

Special thanks to PancakeMix85, Shakaria20, LadyDwarf1, and Deaf_Control for helping me spot secrets!

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About Emma Schaefer

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Emma’s early gaming was mostly done in secret, as the only gamer in a family of normal people. She still retains skills from this dark period in her life, such as the ability to teleport instantly across the house away from the computer, and holds a gold medal in the Olympic sport of “Hide the Gameboy.” Sorry, Mom, now you know. Find her on Twitter @Emma4EGM

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is bursting with little secrets

Check out two dozen secrets you probably haven't found in Battle for Azeroth's Alliance zones.

By Emma Schaefer | 08/24/2018 11:00 AM PT

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth has been out a little over a week now, bringing players the new War Mode, Island Expeditions, new gear to find, and new zones to explore. While the game steers you towards these features, BFA is also packing a ton of secrets that you might not find on your first playthrough.

On my own journey to 120, I’ve been scouring the Alliance-side islands of Kul Tiras for any cool things players can discover by going off the beaten track. Whether you’ve just started playing or have been grinding Azerite for the last week, here’s a master list of cool things you can find on your own journey.

#1 Auric’s Angels
Location: Boralus
This trio seems to be a gender-flipped gang of Charlie’s Angels. They hang out on the far side of the war ship from the inn, and they’re easy to spot. Two of them are lounging around shirtless, and all of them will flirt with you when you speak to them, offering seductive lines like “Hello, good looking,” and “Hello there. Come to have a look at the best?”

#2 Fiona’s Caravan
Location: Boralus
Remember Fiona, the Worgen lady from way back in the Eastern Plaguelands? Turns out she’s here, and her caravan made it all the way to Boralus. You can find Fiona and her wagon parked in an alley back behind the warship, on the ground floor.

#3 Ashvane Docks
Location: Boralus
These docks are packed with tiny details, from the workers who actually move hay around from cellars to the warehouses, to the PvP/dueling area where you can sign up for some sketchy fights, to the even poorer areas stocked with soup kitchens, desperate wretches, and penniless bums, all being prophesied to by Doomspeakers. Go far enough in, and you’ll enter an area where racketeers will attack you on sight and even the guards are “dubious guards.”

#4 The Kelp Club
Location: Boralus
This sketchy night club has bouncers, so you’ll need to have some form of stealth or fight your way in to see it all. There’s a mob boss in the basement, a dance floor, strippers, and even a line of drunks heading to the outhouses along the side. Just keep an eye on your wallet and try to stay sneaky, so you don’t bring the mob down on your head.

#5 That’s A Moray
Location: Boralus
Keep heading far enough south, and you’ll hit a more uptown borough populated with cute coffee shops, restaurants, and more. Look closely, though, and you’ll see that most of them have punny names, like That’s A Moray and Boe’s Crab Shack. (Thanks, Shakaria20!)

#6 Forbidden Romance
Location: Boralus
In one of the cellars in the uptown district, you can sneak inside. If you’re stealthy, you can see a Kul Tiran Noble and an Attendant seeming to flirt with each other in the basement, leaning on one another and chatting. The instant they see you, though, the noble will stand up and awkwardly salute you and act extremely interested in some boxes in the corner, while the attendant will run to pick up her tray and go back to serving. Gotta be sneaky! Thanks to PancakeMix85 for capturing this moment on film.

#7 Lost Puppy
Location: Boralus
That’s not the only basement secret hiding in uptown. In another spot, you can see a cute family with four kids holding a picnic outside, complete with a wagon wheel tire-swing. Stay with the kids long enough, and they’ll eventually run down into another open cellar and find a lost puppy inside. You can pet the puppy, too. (Thanks, LadyDwarf1!)

#8 Crazy Cat Lady
Location: Boralus
While still uptown, look for a house with an open door, a single lady inside, and about two dozen cats. Interestingly enough, one of the cats is named Nala. Does this mean that The Lion King canonically exists in Azeroth? Weirdly enough, we’ll get another clue pointing towards Disney later…

#9 Hedge Maze
Location: Boralus
Continue along towards the Academy on your map, and you’ll see a hedge maze just outside. It’s an actual hedge maze that you can enter and wander around in, with a fountain in the middle. You’ll also likely catch a glimpse of a taskmaster looking for his students in the maze, threatening them with more and more laps as punishment, and perhaps even the students themselves as they sneak off to play a game.

#10 The Academy
Location: Boralus
The school itself sports a map of Kul Tiras inlaid onto the floor in its central courtyard, which actually lines up with the world map. Move along to the back of the school, and you’ll find a fully-stocked classroom, complete with desks you can sit at to listen to lessons.

#11 Winnie the Pooh
Location: Stormsong
Remember how I mentioned Disney would show up later? Yeah, Winnie the Pooh, or, as the game calls him, Honey Bear, is here, along with all his friends: Hunter Robin, Tiger, Pig, and Melancholy Mule. You’ll find honey pots scattered along the ground, and even a recreation of Eeyore’s stick house.

#12 Pengling Sledding
Location: Stormsong
Follow the icy paths up the mountains on Stormsong’s borders, and you might find Pengling Sledding. A broken-down chairlift leads to the top of the mountains, where you’ll find a large Pengling waiting for you. Jump on its back and you’ll be able to play a mini game as you race down the mountain and avoid obstacles. Is it a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender?To how Benedict Cumberbatch can’t pronounce the word “penguin”? Both? Either way, it’s fun.

#13 Sabertron
Location: Stormsong
A team of technicians is building five different colored mechanical cats in a cave just off the coast in what’s clearly a reference to Voltron. If you wait a bit before killing the technician, one of the cats will activate, starting a boss fight. Even better, though: if you’re a hunter with the ability to tame pets (or play a gnome/goblin), you can tame one of the lions (er, sabercats) to be your hunter pet companion!

#14 Bee Riding
Location: Stormsong
It’s just a flight path for now, but it’s still pretty cool. Head to the Mildenhall Meadery, and you’ll be able to take a giant bee to your next destination in place of the standard Alliance griffin. You can also catch some bee battle pets, fight living honey, and tame a bee to fight next to you if you’re a hunter in this area. The large-scale bee isn’t a mount you can get, at least not yet, but this flight path can let us dream.

#15 The Lichen King
Location: Stormsong
This fungi lives in the south part of the zone, and comes equipped with his own mini-Frostmourne and spouts lines like “There must always be… a Lichen King…” He’s much more adorable than his Lich King counterpart, so, you know, go easy when you murder him for loot.

#16 Rune Chests
Location: Drustvar
As you explore Drustvar, you may find chests protected by a series of glowing runes. You can click these runes, but selecting them in the wrong order will knock you back and cause some damage. The trick to unlocking them lies in the Nordic-looking runes you’ll find scattered around the area. It may take some logic to figure out where the missing pieces go, but by looking around the environment carefully, you can figure it out! These chests often contain toys or more valuable items than standard chests, so they’re worth solving. Keep an eye out for witch torches and other spooky happenings near chests for even more treasure.

#17 Time Traveling Underwear
Location: Drustvar
Yes, you read that right. During one of the zone’s major quests, you’ll investigate a series of events that happened at Whitegrove Chapel in the past. You get to snoop around Lucille’s room while you’re at it, and you’ll be specifically scolded for trying to go through Lucille’s underwear drawer. If you return after that quest is completed, however, you’ll be able to search through her underwear drawer unhindered, granting you the toy Lucille’s Handkerchief. (Sure, sure, Blizzard, it’s a handkerchief.) Use this toy to return to the past at any time.

#18 Haunted Tea Party
Location: Drustvar
Another off-the-beaten-path quest will let you meet little Abby Lewis, a totally normal and innocent little girl just looking for friends for her tea party. It’s totally normal that they’re all dead animals… right? Look for the quest called “Tea Party” to track it down.

#19 Flesh-eating Deer
Location: Drustvar
It’s a small detail, but the animals under the witches’ sway in Drustvar all act unnaturally. They attack the player, but they’re also quick to turn on one another. If you return to the corpses of animals you’ve killed, you may find other cursed animals standing over them, stripping the flesh from their former friends. Yes, even the herbivores like rabbits and deer. It’s unnerving, to say the least.

#20 Kobolds and Catacombs
Location: Drustvar
You’ll find all the children of Falconhurst gathered in one room, listening raptly to the tales told by a single storyteller. Hang around and listen to the stories, and eventually you’ll hear one that’s a bit familiar: the Kobolds and Catcombs song, released by Blizzard for the Hearthstone expansion of the same name during last year’s BlizzCon.

#21 Rodrigo’s Revenge
Location: Tiragarde Sound
Most players will stumble across this quest when they enter the Freehold, a pirate-infested port full of brawlers and drunkards. It’s not required to complete the zone’s story, but it’s still worth doing. After the main questline takes you to Freehold, look for Rodrigo, the flight master, surrounded by his flock of parrots. He’ll have a quest for you to jump on one of his parrots and take it for a bombing run – but all the “bombs” are parrot poop! Unload on the pirates underneath you and enjoy the panic and curses as you sail over their heads.

#22 Sharknado
Location: Tiragarde Sound
In the dungeon version of Freehold, you’ll likely come across a very special boss: Trothak, The Shark Puncher. This huge ogre has punched his way straight through two sharks, which he wears as bracers. Keep an eye on his attacks, since halfway through the fight he’ll begin whirling around, beginning a “Shark Tornado” assault. Sound familiar?

#23 Crashed Zeppelin
Location: Tiragarde Sound
High in the mountains to the south of the zone lies the remains of a tragedy. A Horde zeppelin—which looks just like the one that carried players between Orgrimmar and Northrend—has crashed into the mountain. Inside are the skeletons of its inhabitants, who seemed to have lived for a little while after the crash. You can see their campfire, a few crates of goods they set out as furniture, and the ultimate remains of the crew itself: tucked into bedrolls, holding hands as they freeze or starve to death. (But they were Horde, so they probably deserved it.)

#24 Waltzing the night away
Location: Tiragarde Sound
The esteemed Norwington Estate has a perpetual party going on, especially in the outdoor ballroom where many inhabitants are dancing. There’s a secret here, though. If you join the dance with a human character, male or female, you’ll be able to waltz along with the guests. Unfortunately, it seems that other races haven’t adapted to this human style of dancing yet, but if you play a human, head on over to check it out. If you don’t have a human character, enjoy this clip of PancakeMix85 waltzing away.

So far, my voyages have only taken me around the Alliance zones, but there’s just as much content for the Horde over on Zandalar. With all that I’ve found, it’s crazy to think that there’s still a whole other half of the expansion out there to explore. There’s bound to be plenty more that I still haven’t found, so if you’re thinking of dropping into Battle for Azeroth, keep an eye out for more hidden secrets on both sides.

Special thanks to PancakeMix85, Shakaria20, LadyDwarf1, and Deaf_Control for helping me spot secrets!

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About Emma Schaefer

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Emma’s early gaming was mostly done in secret, as the only gamer in a family of normal people. She still retains skills from this dark period in her life, such as the ability to teleport instantly across the house away from the computer, and holds a gold medal in the Olympic sport of “Hide the Gameboy.” Sorry, Mom, now you know. Find her on Twitter @Emma4EGM