The following is a list of followers possible in the commander's garrison.

Several followers are characters the heroes have met throughout Warcraft's history, while some were created as references to real people in the Warcraft community. The followers interface only shows followers the player can recruit on Draenor through meeting, quests, or achievements, however hundreds of followers exist and can be recruited randomly through the tavern every week.

Quality, experience and item level

Follower experience
Level XP
91 400
92 800
93 1,200
94 1,600
95 2,000
96 3,000
97 3,500
98 4,000
99 5,400
100 6,000
Rare 60,000
Epic 120,000

Followers are hired anywhere from level 90 to 100 and come in three quality levels: uncommon, rare, and epic. Experience is gained by running missions, and a set amount of XP is required to gain levels, as seen in the table to the right. Follower quality affects the number and quantity of active abilities and passive traits followers have. Uncommon followers have one ability and one trait, rare followers have one ability and two traits, and epic followers have two abilities and three traits.

When hired, followers have a slim chance of being upgraded from their nominal quality (much like quest rewards), but even if they don't proc the bonus, they can still gain quality points once they reach level 100. It takes 60,000 XP to upgrade from uncommon to rare quality, and 120,000 XP to upgrade from rare to epic quality.

At level 100, the follower UI shows the average equipped item level of followers, which starts at 600 and can be increased up to the cap of 655 (in Patch 6.1: 670). Followers can have their armor sets and weapons upgraded with special follower-only tokens, which can be as specific mission rewards, found in salvage at the Salvage Yard, or from work orders at the Dwarven Bunker (for Alliance) or War Mill (for Horde). Having those two buildings constructed is the best way to quickly increase follower item levels. See  [Armor Enhancement Token] and  [Weapon Enhancement Token] for a full list of follower upgrade items. In Patch 6.1, salvage crates will no longer drop follower armor and weapons (615/630/645), but will still drop armor and weapon upgrade tokens (+3/6/9).

In order to gain full experience and be effective, followers should be sent on missions that are designed for their level (or item level) or lower, as their abilities and traits will lose effectiveness and they will gain substantially less experience if they are sent on missions above their level. Once two level 100 followers reach item level thresholds (specifically: 615, 630, 645, and 660), higher item-level follower missions are unlocked. These work just like higher follower level missions in that followers need to have the required item level to be fully effective. The table below breaks down the requirements:

Levels and missions
Level Item level XP Effective Other notes
≥ +1 ≥ +1 100% Yes Mission success > 100% = bonus XP
0 0 100% Yes
-1 – -2 -1 – -14 50% Partially Abilities/traits worth less success chance
≤ -3 ≤ -15 10% No

Abilities and traits


Abilities are restricted by class. Each ability counters one of 9 possible threats. Followers can use each ability once per mission (for example, a follower with Recklessness and Taunt could counter one Timed Battle threat and one Wild Aggression threat on the same mission, but if a mission had two separate Timed Battle threats, countering both of them would require two separate followers with appropriate counters).

Threat Counters
Deathknight Druid Hunter Mage Monk Paladin Priest Rogue Shaman Warlock Warrior
Danger Zones
Danger Zones
- Dash Disengage Blink Roll - Leap of Fauth Sprint Ghost Wolf - Heroic Leap
Deadly Minions
Deadly Minions
- Entangling Roots Freezing Trap Polymorph Paralysis Repentance Dominate Mind Sap Hex Fear -
Group Damage
Group Damage
- Wild Growth - - Chi Wave Holy Radiance Prayer of Healing - Chain Heal Drain Life -
Magic Debuff
Magic Debuff
Anti-Magic Shell Nature's Cure - - Detox Cleanse Dispel Magic - Purify Spirit Singe Magic -
Massive Strike
Massive Strike
Bone Shield Barkskin Deterrance Ice Block Guard Divine Shield - Evasion - Unending Resolve Shield Wall
Minion Swarms
Minion Swarms
Death and Decay Hurricane Multi-Shot Blizzard - Divine Storm Mind Sear Fan of Knives Chain Lightning Rain of Fire Cleave
Powerful Spell
Powerful Spell
Mind Freeze - Counter Shot Counterspell Spear Hand Strike Rebuke - Kick Wind Shear Spell Lock Pummel
Timed Battle
Timed Battle
Empower Rune Weapon Berserk / Celestial Alignment / Innervate Rapid Fire Conjure Food / Time Warp Energizing Brew / Mana Tea Avenigng Wrath / Divine Plea Shadowfiend Marked for Death Ascendance / Water Shield Metamorphosis / Summon Infernal Recklessness
Wild Aggression
Wild Aggression
Dark Command Growl Feign Death - Provoke Reckoning - - - - Taunt


Traits provide various benefits, such as increased mission success chance in certain circumstances or increased mission rewards.

Some followers have special traits that must be recruited for certain jobs, such as the Bodyguard trait which allows a follower to accompany heroes throughout Draenor. Phylarch the Evergreen is an example of a follower that is unique in having the only Evergreen trait, which allows him to work in the lumber mill.

Increased success chance traits

Duplicate traits from multiple followers stack with each other.

  • Racial Preference (Alliance)
    • Ally of Argus Ally of Argus
    • Canine Companion Canine Companion
    • Child of the Moon Child of the Moon
    • Dwarvenborn Dwarvenborn
    • Gnome-Lover Gnome-Lover
    • Humanist Humanist
    • Apex Predator Apex Predatorb
    • Beast Beastslayer
    • Demon Demonslayer
    • Fury Furyslayer
    • Breaker Gronnslayer
    • Ogre Ogreslayer
    • Orc Orcslayer
    • Primal Primalslayer
    • Arakkoa Talonslayer
  • Racial Preference (Horde)
    • Death Fascination Death Fascination
    • Child of Draenor Child of Draenor
    • Economist Economist
    • Elvenkind Elvenkind
    • Totemist Totemist
    • Voodoo Zealot Voodoo Zealot
    • Underground Cave Dweller
    • Snow Cold-Blooded
    • Jungle Guerilla Fighter
    • Swamp Marshwalker
    • Mountains Mountaineer
    • Forest Naturalist
    • Plains Plainsrunner
    • Desert Wastelander
  • Racial Preference (Neutral)
    • Brew Aficionado Brew Aficionado
    • Bird Watcher Bird Watchera
    • Mechano Affictionado Mechano Affictionadoa
    • Ogre Buddy Ogre Buddya
    • Wildling Wildlinga
    Mission Duration
    • Burst of Power Burst of Power
    • High Stamina High Stamina
    Other bonuses
    • Combat Experience Combat Experienceb
    • Demonic Knowledge Demonic Knowledgeb
    • Master Assassin Master Assassinb
    • Mentor Mentorb (incorrectly categorized as increased rewards)

a: Trait is granted by a book ( [Guide to Arakkoa Relations],  [Grease Monkey Guide],  [Ogre Buddy Handbook],  [Winning with Wildlings])
b: Trait is exclusive to a single follower (Blook, Garona Halforcen, Harrison Jones, Oronok Torn-heart, Pallas)

Increased rewards traits

  • Apexis Attenuation Apexis Attenuation
  • Extra Training Extra Training
  • Fast Learner Fast Learner
  • Hearthstone Pro Hearthstone Pro (gained from  [Hearthstone Strategy Guide])
  • Greasemonkey Greasemonkey
  • Scavenger Scavenger
  • Extreme Scavenger Extreme Scavenger
  • Treasure Hunter Treasure Hunter (replaced by Extreme Scavenger in patch 7.0.3)

Special traits

Profession traits

Some followers are guaranteed traits that make them suitable for employment in specific garrison buildings (after the building is upgraded to level 2). Other followers can randomly acquire these traits (except for bodyguard, Angler and Evergreen, which are special).

Trait Followers guaranteed to have it
Alchemy Alchemy Alliance Bruma Swiftstone
Horde Mulverick
Blacksmithing Blacksmithing Weaponsmith Na'Shra


Enchanting Enchanting Ahm
Engineering Engineering Neutral Kimzee Pinchwhistle

Apprentice Artificer Andren

Herbalism Herbalism Shadow Hunter Rala


Inscription Inscription Benjamin Gibb

Admiral Taylor

Jewelcrafting Jewelcrafting Olin Umberhide

Artificer Romuul

Leatherworking Leatherworking Ka'la

Shelly Hamby

Mining Mining Lantresor of the Blade
Skinning Skinning Goldmane the Skinner

Dark Ranger Velonara
Hulda Shadowblade

Tailoring Tailoring Pleasure-Bot 8000
Evergreen Evergreen (Lumber Mill) Exclusive to Phylarch the Evergreen, not available as a random trait
Angler Angler Exclusive to Nat Pagle, not available as a random trait
Bodyguard Bodyguard (Barracks)

Alliance Defender Illona
Alliance Delvar Ironfist
Horde Aeda Brightdawn
Horde Vivianne
Neutral Leorajh
Neutral Talonpriest Ishaal
Neutral Tormmok

List of followers

Follower upgrades

Armor item-level

Normal upgrades

The following items increase the armor level of a follower by a specific amount, up to 675.

Pre-set levels

The following items increase the armor level of a follower to the armor level listed.

Weapon item-level

Normal upgrades

The following items increase the weapon level of a follower by a specific amount, up to 675.

Pre-set levels

The following items increase the weapon level of a follower to the armor level listed.

Follower quality upgrade

Follower Weapons

Followers recruited from Headhunter's Harvest will change weapons as their item level increases.

Class Starting gear Item Level 615 Item Level 630 Item Level 645
Blood Death Knight  [Darksteel Bastard Sword] - -  [Vengeful Gladiator's Greatsword]
Frost Death Knight - - -  [Grievous Gladiator's Slicer] +  [Tyrannical Gladiator's Slicer]
Unholy Death Knight  [Blackrock Champion's Axe] - -  [Shin'ka, Execution of Dominion]
Balance Druid  [Soul-Drain Dagger] +  [Witch's Finger]  [Elementium Shank] +  [Battle Tome]  [Warp Splinter's Thorn] +  [Orb of the First Satyrs]  [Alysra's Razor] +  [Ledger of Revolting Rituals]
Feral Druid  [Ursol's Claw]  [Anguish]  [Fandral's Flamescythe]  [Spire of Scarlet Pain]
Guardian Druid  [Wildfury Greatstaff]  [Mag'hari Chieftain's Staff]  [Thornwood Staff]  [Cataclysmic Gladiator's Staff]
Restoration Druid  [Ironbark Staff]  [Jinyu Meditation Staff]  [Jaina's Staff]  [Spire of Withering Dreams]
Beast Mastery Hunter
Marksmanship Hunter
Survival Hunter
Arcane Mage  [Flaming Quartz Staff] -  [Nibelung]  [Visage of the Destroyer]
Fire Mage  [Thaumaturgist Staff]  [Brutal Gladiator's War Staff]  [Funeral Pyre]  [Ti'tahk, the Steps of Time]
Frost Mage  [Cold-Forged Shank] +  [Raincaller Scepter]  [Light Earthforged Blade] +  [Orb of the Soul-Eater]  [Keleseth's Blade of Evocation] +  [Accursed Spine]  [Frozen Bonespike] +  [Cataclysmic Gladiator's Endgame]
Brewmaster Monk  [Novice's Staff]  [Faded Forest Combat Staff]  [Silvery Sylvan Stave]  [Jalak's Maelstrom Staff]
Mistweaver Monk  [Jinyu Divining Rod]  [Rain Poppy Staff]  [Ruthless Gladiator's Energy Staff]  [Kor'kron Spire of Supremacy]
Windwalker Monk  [Sporeling Claw] - -  [Amun-Thoth, Sul's Spiritrending Talons]
Holy Paladin  [Scepter of the Unholy] +  [Light's Shield]  [Mastersmith's Hammer] +  [Templar Shield]  [War Mace of Unrequited Love] +  [Bastion of Purity]  [Valius, Gavel of the Lightbringer] +  [Norushen's Enigmatic Barrier]
Protection Paladin  [Sturdy Cobalt Quickblade] +  [Bioluminescent Buckler]  [Honor's Call] +  [Dreadmaul Shield]  [Crusader's Glory] +  [Tortos' Discarded Shell]  [Quel'Delar, Lens of the Mind] +  [Cataclysmic Gladiator's Barrier]
Retribution Paladin  [Destiny]  [Steelspark Greatsword]  [Quel'Delar, Might of the Faithful]  [Greatsword of Frozen Hells]
Discipline Priest  [Silvermoon War-Mace] +  [Lunar Sphere]  [Blesswind Hammer] +  [Consecrated Scepter]  [Ice Spire Scepter] +  [Star-Heart Lamp]  [Valius, Gavel of the Lightbringer] +  [Tornado-Summoning Censer]
Holy Priest
Shadow Priest  [Rod of the Void Caller]  [Crystalfire Staff]  [Enlightenment]  [Spire of Scarlet Pain]
Assassination Rogue  [Syndicate Dagger] +  [Kobold Sticker]
Combat Rogue
Subtlety Rogue
Elemental Shaman  [Blade of the New Moon] +  [Bloodspattered Shield]  [Brainsplinter] +  [Zulian Swirling Shield]  [Electrowing Dagger] +  [Blackhorn's Mighty Bulwark]
Enhancement Shaman
Restoration Shaman  [Tuning Knife] +  [Kamagua Shield]  [Haunting Call] +  [Yaungol Battle Barrier]  [Midnight Sun] +  [Elementium Stormshield]  [Cataclysmic Gladiator's Shanker] +  [Tyrannical Gladiator's Shield Wall]
Affliction Warlock
Demonology Warlock
Destruction Warlock
Arms Warrior
Fury Warrior
Protection Warrior


See also