The Map & Quest Log in windowed mode as of Battle for Azeroth.

The Map & Quest Log interface contains the World Maps and the Quest Log. The interface can be opened with the default keybinds L or M.


Explored areas:

  • Any area of the map your character has discovered will appear with details (buildings, cave entrances, etc).

Character locations:

  • Your character: Your character will appear on the map at the location as a grey arrow, pointing at your direction.
  • Party members: If your character is in a party, any party members will appear on the map at the location as a dot, colored in that party member's class color.

Map UI redesigned

In the patch 3.3.0 PTR, the World map UI feature has been redesigned and combined with the Quest Log feature.


Patch 4.2.0 introduced a new animation when opening the world map, however, opening the map now cancels any other action in progress such as fishing.

Quest Log

Main article: Quest Log

The Quest Log is found on the right-hand side of the interface, listing the status and details of all currently active quests the character has not completed, or completed but not turned in.


Patch changes

Note: This list is extremely incomplete.

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • The Quest Log has been integrated into the World Map to make it easier to know where to go and what to do. Renamed from World Map to Map & Quest Log.
    • Undocumented change: The UI automatically turns transparent when the player moves with it open.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Opening the map now generates a ping visual effect at the location of the character arrow, helping players to quickly find their location on the map. The character arrow is also no longer hidden behind quest icons.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Levels are displayed in the difficulty color, if you hold your cursor on the zone to be inspected.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Opening a map now causes the character to open their own map.