Bonus Events are special time-limited events that last one week. The current Event is selected through a rotating schedule of seven different Bonus Events, each granting a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offering a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal.
The schedule for current and future Bonus Events can be viewed through the in-game calendar. Players can also find the current Event and accept any special quests through the Adventure Guide. All Bonus Events except Timewalking Events grant players a special buff for the duration, which can be moused over to reveal the current bonus.
There are six different Timewalking Bonus Events: One for content from each expansion from The Burning Crusade through Legion. Completing five timewalking dungeons during the event will grant a reward.
Battle for Azeroth dungeons
During this Bonus Event, the final boss of each Battle for Azeroth dungeon will award an extra item upon defeat.
During this Bonus Event, skirmishes will award at an increased rate. A special quest awards Steel Strongbox and for winning 10 skirmishes.
During this Bonus Event, players will earn extra reputation with the appropriate faction upon completing world quests in Kul Tiras or Zandalar. Completing 20 world quests as part of a special quest will award 1000 .
Pet Battle Bonus Events grant players triple pet experience from pet battles. Winning five PvP Pet Battles as part of a special quest will award an .
When patch 7.0.3 was released, the usual schedule was replaced for the final run-up to Legion: Timewalking (BC, WotLK, Cata), Apexis, and Draenor dungeons. The final bonus event concluded one week before the launch of the Legion expansion. Bonus events did not start up again until September 27, 2016, when an updated Arena Skirmish began.
In Legion, the Draenor Dungeons event was replaced by Legion Dungeons, and Apexis replaced by World Quests.
With the release of patch 8.0.1, the schedule remained unchanged but otherwise generally followed Legion precedent: No bonus events in the two weeks prior to launch of Battle for Azeroth, and beginning again five weeks later with Battle for Azeroth Dungeons on September 11, 2018.
During this Bonus Event, the final boss of each Legion dungeon will award an extra item upon defeat.
During this Event, eligible creatures will drop extra Apexis Crystals. Completing three area assault objectives during the Event will award the player with additional Oil for use in the garrison shipyard.
Warlords of Draenor dungeons
During this Bonus Event, players will earn reputation with an appropriate faction upon defeating enemies in any Draenor dungeon. Completing four Mythic-difficulty Warlords dungeons as a part of a special quest during the Event will award a Heroic Hellfire Citadel Raid cache.
- Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Legion dungeons event replaced.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Apexis and Warlords of Draenor dungeons events replaced. Skirmish updated.
- Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Bonus Events now begin earlier in the week on Wednesday.
- Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Added.
- Patch 6.2 Preview—Bonus Events and Adventure Guide (2015-05-07)