This article is a copy of "Garrisons", an official article from the 2010 BattleNet World of Warcraft Site. These articles overviewed the Garrisons in Warlords of Draenor. The original articles are no longer available, but they can still be viewed through online archives (see below).


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The garrison is your personal stronghold on Draenor. It’s used to gather resources, recruit followers and prepare your faction's army to stand against the Iron Horde.

The Iron Horde presents an incredible threat to Azeroth. As such, the Alliance and the Horde have sent their greatest champions to Draenor, the Iron Horde’s home world, to put an end to this danger once and for all. You are one such champion, and you’re going to need an army of your own to stand a chance in this perilous new land.

It is your duty to plan the stronghold’s layout, recruit followers and lead them into battle. Command and inspire your army, and they’ll support you with their wares, build your base, or even complete missions on your behalf. Not even Azeroth’s greatest champions can be everywhere at once. To get started, after thwarting the Iron Horde’s invasion through the Dark Portal, alliance players should seek out Prophet Velen in Shadowmoon Valley. Horde players can begin construction of their garrison by going to Frostfire Ridge and looking for Farseer Drek’Thar.

Your Foothold in Draenor

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Level 1
Level 1
A starting garrison doesn’t have many buildings or plots to construct on, but it is sturdy and easily defendable.
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Level 2
Level 2
With more plots and elaborate buildings, this garrison can withstand constant assault without wavering.
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Level 3
Level 3
An inexpugnable fortress, the advanced garrison is a testament to dedication, leadership and military prowess.


Any self-sufficient fortress needs different structures to support its activities. Each building can give you access to different powers or resources, from crafting materials to consumable items or benefits for the troops stationed at your garrison. Your architect, found in your garrison’s Town Hall, can assist you with the planning and placement of your buildings. It is also possible to assign followers to work on certain buildings, and they will grant you special benefits (for example, if you assign a follower to your Enchanter’s study, he or she can unlock special cosmetic weapon enchants).



Barracks (Alliance), Barracks (Horde)

The Barracks houses your garrison's military forces and followers, increasing the number of followers you can have, unlocking more missions and allowing you to hire guards from different races for your garrison. You can also use it to hire bodyguards that will follow you anywhere outdoors in Draenor.
Dwarven Bunker / War Mill

Dwarven Bunker (Alliance), War Mill (Horde)

This building stores and maintains the garrison's armaments, allowing the collection of transmog gear, increasing your gear rewards from quests and raids and granting you a weekly raid bonus roll.
Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge

Mage Tower (Alliance), Spirit Lodge (Horde)

This building enables instant travel to strategic points in Draenor by collecting waystones from defeated Ogre enemies!

Stables (Alliance), Stables (Horde)

The Stables allow the capture and training of exclusive mounts, in addition to providing significant benefits to your mounts, such as increased speed and other benefits in Draenor zones.
Gnomish Gearworks / Goblin Workshop

Gnomish Gearworks (Alliance), Goblin Workshop (Horde)

This building allows you to crush your enemies with mechanized might by using rocket boosts, jet packs, siege vehicles, and even the option to go nuclear on your enemies!



Barn (Alliance), Barn (Horde)

The Barn allows the capture of creatures that provide the garrison with leather, meat, and fur. Use these materials to craft epic gear and cook epic meals for your group!

Inn (Alliance), Inn (Horde)

The Inn attracts visitors that offer dungeon quests, recruits random followers each week, and unlocks lucrative Treasure Hunting missions. Heroes and followers alike need a place to rest after a hard day's work.
Lumber Mill

Lumber Mill (Alliance), Lumber Mill (Horde)

The Lumber Mill enables access to different types of Timber throughout Draenor. Harvested timber can be converted into work orders, granting you special rewards.
Gladiator's Sanctum

Gladiator's Sanctum (Alliance), Gladiator's Sanctum (Horde)

The Gladiator’s Sanctum is a perfect location for improving strength and conditioning. Training here will provide you with combat benefits while outdoors in Draenor, as well as PvP-oriented quests. The Sanctum also grants access to the Highmaul Coliseum tournament.
Trading Post

Trading Post (Alliance), Trading Post (Horde)

The Trading Post is your Garrison's center of commerce with the natives of Draenor, allowing you to trade materials for Garrison Resources. It also gives you access to the Shattari Defense or Laughing Skull factions, an auction house robot and reputation increases.


Alchemy Lab

Alchemy Lab (Alliance), Alchemy Lab (Horde)

The Alchemy Lab creates a variety of reagents and alchemical wonders, on top of increasing the Alchemical knowledge of those initiated through new Recipes.
Enchanter's Study

Enchanter's Study (Alliance), Enchanter's Study (Horde)

The Enchanter's Study creates materials and usable item enchantments as well as allowing anyone to disenchant items, though not with the mastery of someone used to the tools of the trade. Enchanters with the required skill can also learn wondrous Formulas here.
Engineering Works

Engineering Works (Alliance), Engineering Works (Horde)

The Engineering Works produces a host of useful gizmos and creates wondrous mechanical devices. Engineers can also improve their skill and study the latest Schematics here.
Gem Boutique

Gem Boutique (Alliance), Gem Boutique (Horde)

The Gem Boutique allows for the creation of wondrous gems and other jewelcrafted items. Exquisite Designs are also available for skilled Jewelcrafters.
Salvage Yard

Salvage Yard (Alliance), Salvage Yard (Horde)

The Salvage Yard turns other people's trash into your treasure. You can obtain salvaged items through follower missions. Those can include reagents, crafting materials and equipment for you and your followers.
Scribe's Quarters

Scribe's Quarters (Alliance), Scribe's Quarters (Horde)

The Scribe's Quarters produces magical inks, pigments, and paper, and can also create Glyphs and other magical items. Scribes can study new Techniques here to improve their skills.

Storehouse (Alliance), Storehouse (Horde)

The Storehouse has room to keep your items safe and secure, giving you access to your bank, guild bank and void storage from your garrison, as well as increasing the number work orders you can have active at once.
Tailoring Emporium

Tailoring Emporium (Alliance), Tailoring Emporium (Horde)

The Emporium refines raw materials into special Tailoring reagents each day, and allows the production of tailored items. Highly skilled Tailors can obtain the latest Patterns here as well.
The Forge

The Forge (Alliance), The Forge (Horde)

The Forge produces both basic components for use by Blacksmiths, as well as armor and weapons ready for battle. Blacksmiths can learn Plans for sturdy armor and mighty weapons here.
The Tannery

The Tannery (Alliance), The Tannery (Horde)

The Tannery refines raw leather into strong, leatherworked items that are useful for anyone. Leatherworkers will also find new Patterns available here.


Fishing Shack

Fishing Shack (Alliance), Fishing Shack (Horde)

The Fishing Shack allows Draenor fish to be caught in your Garrison’s waters. The bigger your Shack is, the bigger the fish you can catch! If turn out to be particularly good at it, you may even be visited by Azeroth’s most famous angler.
Herb Garden

Herb Garden (Alliance), Herb Garden (Horde)

The Herb Garden gives you access to Draenor’s flora even if you’re not a specialist in herbalism. Those with a green thumb can obtain special seeds that grow into any kind of herb. You can also plant a tree that grows a unique kind of fruit, and consuming it greatly enhances your combat abilities.
Lunar Excavation / Frostwall Mine

Lunar Excavation (Alliance), Frostwall Mine (Horde)

This building allows you to collect Draenic Stones, which can be traded for Draenor’s minerals. As you venture deeper, you’ll find that the mines are inhabited by monsters, but it is possible to assign guards to patrol duty and keep your mining operations safe.

Menagerie (Alliance), Menagerie (Horde)

The Menagerie keeps your pets safe and sound, and allows you to catch even more powerful Battle Pets. It also increases the trap chance and reduces the cooldown on the Revive Battle Pets ability while on Draenor, along with providing quests to battle Draenor’s finest trainers.

Your Troops


Inspired by your heroic deeds, Qiana Moonshadow (Alliance) and Olin Umberhide (Horde) are eager to assist you.

Throughout your travels in Draenor, you will find others that will join your cause against the Iron Horde. These followers range from common laborers and artisans to merchants and aspiring heroes. Every single one is dedicated to making your garrison the best it can be, and only through your guidance will they succeed.

Mission Specialists

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Assign followers their duties and missions, and your field commanders will take care of the rest.


Dictate where you want to place a building, and the Architects will make it happen - just provide them with the resources they need.


Azeroth’s greatest leaders make camp at your base of operations from time to time in order to discuss war strategies.



As an important strategic resource, your garrison is a prime target of attacks. It is your duty to rally your troops and allies to defend it against any threats. Bring your friends, make use of your followers, and make your stand. The Garrison must not fall!


Aspiring heroes working under your guidance can be sent on missions, and they’ll earn rewards from their quests. Upon returning from their assignments, your followers will occasionally bring you powerful loot that you can equip to battle the Iron Horde.

United Front

As busy as you’ll be with the war effort, you shouldn’t forget your friends and family! Invite them over to your Garrison and awe them with a display of your accomplishments, like monuments, statues specially commissioned to celebrate your victories on Draenor.


Extend your Garrison beyond the reaches of Frostfire Ridge and Shadowmoon Valley by constructing outposts, unique buildings that offer you bonuses in Gorgrond, Talador, Spires of Arak and Nagrand. Those range from experience bonuses while in those zones to mounted speed increases and summoning vehicles that assist in the extraction of Resources for your Garrison.


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As you explore Draenor, you’ll find intricate blueprints that will allow you to construct unique buildings within your Garrison. Let your Architect review them as soon as possible!


A garrison requires resources to feed the troops, construct buildings, fund artisans and keep missions and other operations going. Resources can be obtained in several ways, such as questing or sending your followers on missions. Spend your Resources wisely!