rathi Basin, located in Arathi Highlands, is a fast and exciting Battleground. The Basin itself is rich with resources and coveted by both the Horde and the Alliance. The Forsaken Defilers and the League of Arathor have arrived at Arathi Basin to wage war over these natural resources and claim them on behalf of their respective sides.
Eastern Kingdoms (Arathi Highlands)
Level 20-80 players (level range breakup: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80)
10 Horde/10 Alliance
15 Horde/15 Alliance
Accumulate 2000 resources
WoW Gameplay Trailer: Arathi Basin
Witness the unending bloodfeud between the Alliance and Horde
Come to brutal confrontation in this gameplay trailer featuring the newest addition to the PvP Battlegrounds.
See the frantic race for control of the resource-rich Arathi Basin fuel the vicious enmity as both sides struggle to gain dominance.
Charge into the heart of the battle, who needs a "/truce" command?!
Date added: December, 2005
Size: 6,46 MB
Both sides of up to 15 players each compete to occupy the five resource nodes spread throughout Arathi Basin. Each claimed node generates resources for the owning team. The more nodes your team controls, the quicker you gain natural resources. The first team that gains 2,000 resources wins. Both the winning and losing team earn honor after completing an Arathi Basin Battleground, as accumulated resources translate directly into bonus honor for players. Even if you don't win the Battleground, you walk away with honor. As players compete, they will improve their reputation with the Defilers or League of Arathor, thereby earning many new and powerful rewards.
Entering Arathi Basin Battleground
The two entrances to the Arathi Basin Battleground are located within the Arathi Valley zone. For the Alliance, the entrance is located inside Refuge Point. For the Horde, it is located just north of Hammerfall. In each entrance there is a guard NPC, a quest giver NPC, and a vendor NPC who can sell you various new items and rewards as your reputation grows. Also, even if your reputation is not yet high enough, the vendor will still display any potential rewards you can earn, to whet your appetite and inspire you to increase your reputation even faster.
Controlling the Five Resource Nodes
Victory in Arathi Basin goes to the team that can accumulate 2,000 resources first. Controlling one resource node begins a slow trickle of resources to your side. Seizing additional resource nodes multiplies the flow of resources exponentially. The five spots up for grabs are the smithy in the middle of the Basin, the stables near the Alliance base, the farm near the Horde base, the gold mine in the northeast of the map, and the lumber mill in the southwest. Marking each node is a neutral flag and if a flag is clicked on, the entire Battleground will be notified by message that the node has been captured. In a matter of seconds, your flag will replace the current flag, and a few minutes later, resources will start pouring in. If you already own a node, the opposing team can still swoop in and steal it. But with five nodes in total, controlling all of them can be a great challenge. In the end, as long as you hold more nodes than the other team, you'll quickly advance to victory.
Arathi Basin Power-Ups
There are three types of power-ups found in Arathi Basin. To use them, simply walk up to one. They will respawn after a short period of time. Click on the pictures below to see what each power-up looks like in-game.
The League of Arathor
Samuel Hawke serves as the quartermaster for The League of Arathor, selling all their reputation rewards. All items from The League of Arathor should be available for purchase (provided you have the required reputation).
Rutherford Twing serves as the quartermaster for The Defilers, selling all their reputation rewards. All items from The Defilers should be available for purchase (provided you have the required reputation).