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Warcraft Arclight Rumble
Arclight Rumble-logo.png
Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Incubation
Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms Android, iOS, iPadOS
Release TBA
Genre(s) Mobile action strategy
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Warcraft Arclight Rumble is a free-to-play mobile action strategy game announced by Blizzard Entertainment on 3 May 2022,[1] where players build armies with their heroes and villains from Warcraft and battle it out in scenarios designed to test their tactical wits.

Gameplay

Modes include the single player campaign, dungeons, and raids. Players can engage in these modes in co-op, and battle against other players in PvP.[2] It is primarily a PvE game, and the game's campaign represents a number of locations from World of Warcraft, including Elwynn Forest, Duskwood, and Westfall. 70 PvE maps will be available at launch, each of which has a boss with a specific mechanic that players must find a way around.[3] Certain modes only become available after the play has retrieved enough skulls.[4]

The game also has a quest system, which involves playing old maps to gain experience for specific units.[4] The game's dungeon mode is a 3-map gauntlet with a single army. For every map, the player gets to pick one new relic. The relic has various properties, and can provide a troop-wide buff, such as increasing certain units' speed or health. After each successful dungeon is cleared, the dungeon will level up. Dungeons will only be available for a certain amount of time. Dungeons are also the only means of obtaining Valor, which is an in-game resource used to upgrade leaders.[4]

Arclight Rumble has been compared to the tower defense genre, but in the words of the developers, it is more of a tower offense game.[2]

A match will generally consist of the following aspects:

  • 1: Deployment: Use gold reserves to deploy minis on the battlefield. The player gains gold passively over time by mining and finding treasure chests.
    • The gold rate can be increased by deploying a miner to harvest gold.[4]
  • 2: Capture: Capture objectives such as guard towers and meeting stones, then use them to deploy minis closer to the objectives.
  • 3: Conquer: The player's minis will march toward the enemy leader to take them down.

Monetization

Arclight Rumble uses a free-to-play model. It has been stated that it is not a "gacha game," and will not have loot boxes. Players will be able to purchase any unit they choose either with their own money or through in-game coins. The units can be bought in bundles.[3] Levels are purchased using in-game coins.[4]

The game will not have NFTs.[3]

Factions

Arclight Rumble has five factions, each of whose leaders specialize in a certain area:

  • Alliance Alliance: Alliance leaders support defense, healing, and stealth tactics, as well as heavy use of spells.
  • Horde Horde: Horde leaders encourage building momentum through earning additional gold, fast attacking troops, and enemy control with area of effect stuns.
  • Beast Beast: Beast leaders can disable enemy defenses, helping the player's forces quickly overwhelm the enemy. Others specialize with using a flurry of fast troops to swarm the enemy.
  • Blackrock Blackrock: Blackrock leaders reward the player for fielding heavy-hitting flying troops and searing elemental magic users.
  • Undead Undead: Undead leaders use powerful necromancy on the battlefield, allowing them to summon endless armies.

The game does not force players to choose one faction. Players can choose their leaders (and units) from all five to form a varied army.[3]

Minis

There are over 65 Warcraft minis to collect, including leaders, rank-and-file troop minis and spells. Different minis have different advantages in combat—flying troops are effective against infantry, siege troops deal additional damage to guard towers, etc. Each unit is classified as either ranged, melee, or flying, and the three form a rock-paper-scissors system.[3] Generally, flying beats melee, melee beats range, and range beats flying.[5]

After each battle, experience is gained that levels up minis. Leveling them up unlocks the ability to use game-changing talents.

Leaders

The leader is typically the most powerful unit the player will field. Each leader also has one leader ability that will affect offer units in your army while they are on the battlefield. For example, when Rend is in play, it costs one less piece of gold to summon flying units.[4]

Team Leaders
Alliance
Horde
Beast
Blackrock
Undead

Troops

Troops in-game include rank-and-file troop minis and spells. Each unit has three passive abilities called "talents," which can be unlocked over time.[4]

Team Rank-and-file troops Spells
Alliance
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Defias Bandits
  • IconSmall Human Male.gif Footmen
  • IconSmall Wildhammer Female.gifIconSmall Gryphon.gif Gryphon Rider
  • IconSmall HarvestGolem.gif Harvest Golem
  • IconSmall NightElf Female.gifIconSmall Nightsaber.gif Huntress
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gifIconSmall Bear.gif Mountaineer
  • IconSmall Gnome Female.gifIconSmall Flyingmachine.gif S.A.F.E. Pilot
  • IconSmall Worgen Male.gif Worgen
  • Arcane Blast
  • Blizzard
  • Holy Nova
Horde
  • IconSmall Troll Female.gifIconSmall Bat.gif Bat Rider
  • IconSmall Troll Male.gif Darkspear Troll
  • IconSmall Orc Female.gif Frostwolf Shaman
  • IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Goblin Sapper
  • IconSmall Ogre Mage.gif Ogre Mage
  • IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Stonehoof Tauren
  • IconSmall Orc Male.gif Warsong Grunts
  • IconSmall Orc Female.gifIconSmall Garn.gif Warsong Raider
  • Chain Lightning
  • Execute
Beast
  • IconSmall Chicken.gif Angry Chickens
  • IconSmall Gnoll.gif Gnoll Brute
  • IconSmall Harpy.gif Harpies
  • IconSmall Murloc.gif Murloc Tidehunters
  • IconSmall Wolf.gif Prowler
  • IconSmall Quilboar Male.gif Quilboar
  • IconSmall Raptor.gif Raptors
  • IconSmall Spider.gif Spiderlings
  • IconSmall CarrionBird.gif Vultures
  • Polymorph
Team Rank-and-file troops Spells
Blackrock
  • IconSmall Orc Female.gif Blackrock Pyromancer
  • IconSmall CoreHound.gif Core Hounds
  • IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif Dark Iron Miner
  • IconSmall DrakeBlack.gif Drake
  • IconSmall Earth.gif Earth Elemental
  • IconSmall Fire.gif Fire Elemental
  • IconSmall DarkIron Female.gif Flamehammer
  • IconSmall Flamewaker.gif Flamewaker
  • IconSmall MoltenGiant.gif Molten Giant
  • IconSmall WhelpBlack.gif Whelp Eggs
  • Living Bomb
  • Smoke Bomb
Undead
  • IconSmall Abomination.gif Abomination
  • IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee
  • IconSmall Gargoyle.gif Gargoyle
  • IconSmall Ghoul.gif Ghoul
  • Inv encrypted05.png Meat Wagon
  • IconSmall Necromancer.gif Necromancer
  • IconSmall Zombie.gif Plague Farmer
  • IconSmall Skeleton.gif Skeleton Party
  • IconSmall Skeleton.gif Skeletons
  • Cheat Death

Maps

Dungeons and Raids

Dungeon/Raid Skulls needed for unlock Boss
Blackfathom Deeps 22 IconSmall DeepSeaMurloc.gif Grglmrgl,
IconSmall Water.gif Baron Aquanis,
IconSmall Hydra.gif Aku'mai
Dire Maul 22 IconSmall Ogre2 Male.gif Stomper Kreeg,
IconSmall VoidTerror.gif The Eyes of Immol'thar,
IconSmall Ogre2 Male.gif King Gordok
Deadmines 22 IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Mr. Smite,
IconSmall Murloc.gif Cookie,
IconSmall Goblin Male.gifIconSmall Shredder.gif Sneed

Zones

Zone Skulls needed for unlock Stage Skulls needed for unlock Boss
Elwynn Forest 0 The Dockmaster 0 IconSmall Goblin Male.gif The Dockmaster
Verminhide 1 IconSmall Kobold.gif Goldtooth
Morgan the Collector 2 IconSmall Human Male.gif Morgan the Collector
Fang's Feast 3 IconSmall Spider.gif Mother Fang
Wanted: "Hogger" 4 IconSmall Gnoll.gif Hogger
Westfall 5 Carrion Carnivore 5 IconSmall CarrionBird.gif Vultros
Beachside Brawl 6 IconSmall Murloc Male.gif Old Murk-Eye
Marshal Redpaw 7 IconSmall Human Male.gif Marshal Redpaw
Bucket of Copper BoIts 8 IconSmall HarvestGolem.gif Foe Reaper 4000
The Dreadnaught 9 OrcJuggernautWC2.gif The Dreadnaught
Duskwood 10 A Ghoul's Delight 10 IconSmall Ghoul.gif Ghoulia
The Restless Dead 11 IconSmall SkeletalWarrior.gif Mor'Ladim
Raven Hill Revenant 12 IconSmall Human Male.gif Morbent Fel
A Banshee's Wail 13 IconSmall Banshee.gif Blind Mary
He Hungers! 14 IconSmall Cultist Male.gif Abercrombie
Stranglethorn Vale 15 Ruins of Zul'Kunda 15 IconSmall Troll Male.gif Jin'do the Hexxer
Gurubashi Gorilla 16 IconSmall Gorilla.gif King Mukla
Small Game Hunter 17 IconSmall SaberTiger.gif King Bangalash
Swole Troll Patrol 18 IconSmall DireZandalari.gif Jin'rokh the Breaker
Booty Bay Baron 19 IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Baron Revilgaz
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Fleet Master Seahorn
The Barrens 20 The Sickly Gazelle 20 IconSmall Gazelle.gif Geaulieu
Razorfen Crone 20 IconSmall Quilboar Female.gif Charlga Razorflank
Gazlowe's Fireworks 20 IconSmall Gazlowe.gif Gazlowe
Counterattack! 20 IconSmall Centaur Male.gif Hezrul Bloodmark
The Crossroads 21 IconSmall Grom.gif Grommash Hellscream
Onyxia's Lair 21 Onyxia 21 IconSmall Onyxia.gif Onyxia
Ashenvale 24 Splintertree Post 24 IconSmall Orc Female.gifIconSmall Demolisher.gif Draaka
Mystral Lake 24 IconSmall Water.gif Tideress
Fen Fatale 24 IconSmall BogBeast.gif Branch Snapper
Strike from the Shadows 24 IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong
Sentinels of Astranaar 26 IconSmall NightElf Female.gifIconSmall Saber2.gif Raene Wolfrunner
Thousand Needles 29 Sandweaver's Mirage 29 IconSmall SandTroll Female.gif Na'shala the Sandweaver
Landslide 29 IconSmall Earth.gif Rok'Alim the Pounder
Roguefeather Den 29 IconSmall Harpy2.gif Grenka Bloodscreech
The Pools of Vision 29 IconSmall Magatha.gif Magatha Grimtotem
Freewind Post 31 IconSmall Cairne.gif Cairne Bloodhoof
Zone Skulls needed for unlock Stage Skulls needed for unlock Boss
Lordaeron 34 Special Delivery 34 IconSmall Undead Female.gif Chef Audrey
Pyrewood Village 34 IconSmall Worgen.gif Son of Arugal
Blood for the Bloodmage 34  Bloodmage Thalnos
Blades of Light 34 IconSmall Human Male.gif Herod
Scarlet Cathedral 36 IconSmall Sally.gif Inquisitor Whitemane
Dustwallow Marsh 39 Raptor Run 39 IconSmall Raptor.gif Goreclaw the Ravenous
The Hermit Alchemist 39 IconSmall Human Female.gif Tabetha
Darkmist Cavern 39 IconSmall Spider.gif Darkmist Broodqueen
The Daughter of the Sea 39  Jaina Proudmoore
Wyrmbog Treasure Trove 41 IconSmall DrakeBlack.gif Emberstrife
Un'Goro Crater 44 Lakkari Tar Pits 44 IconSmall BogBeast.gif Tar Tyrant
Apes of Wrath 44 IconSmall Gorilla.gif Uhk'loc
IconSmall Gorilla.gif U'cha
Heart of Fire 44 IconSmall Fire.gif Blazerunner
The Crystal Shaper 44 IconSmall Golem.gif The Crystal Shaper
Devilsaur Queen 46 IconSmall Devilsaur2.gif Devilsaur Queen
Winterspring 49 Ursa Major 49 IconSmall PolarBear.gif Ursius
Frostwhisper Gorge 49 IconSmall IceGiant.gif Kashoch the Reaver
Wintersaber Ambush 49 IconSmall Wintersaber.gif Shy-Rotam
Flight of the Whelps 49 IconSmall DrakeBlue.gif Azurous
The MazthoriI General 51 IconSmall SpawnBlue Male.gif General Colbatann
Plaguelands 54 The Immovable Object 54 IconSmall Gargoyle.gif Gish the Unmoving
Ruins of Andorhal 54 IconSmall Lich Male.gif Araj the Summoner
Light's Hope Chapel 54  Tirion Fordring
Glutton for Punishment 54 IconSmall Abomination.gif Ramstein the Gorger
The Baron of Stratholme 56   Baron Rivendare
Blackrock Mountain 59 Molten Mining Camp 59 IconSmall MoltenGiant.gif Volchan
Omnotron 59 IconSmall DwarfGolem.gif Omnotron
Keepers of Flame 59 IconSmall Thaurissan.gif Emperor Thaurissan
Blackrock Stadium 59   Rend Blackhand
Dragonspire Hall 63  General Drakkisath

Development

When making Arclight Rumble, the developers took inspiration from tower defense games.[2] The game's unit roster was decided on the need to make the characters to stand out on small phone screens. As such, each model needed an identifiable silhouette, as well as a color-coded palette. The developers conciously chose factions outside the Alliance and Horde, as they wanted representation from across the Warcraft universe.[3]

The game entered internal alpha in mid-2021.[6] As of May 2022, there are no apparent plans to port the game to consoles, or to develop an e-sports scene.[3]

Notes and trivia

  • The in-universe conceit for Arclight Rumble is that in taverns across Azeroth, a mysterious machine has been found, powered by gnomish technology and "arclight." The machine depicts (in)famous battlegrounds where animated figures do battle for the users' entertainment.[2]
    • In the game's cinematic trailer, the users in question appear to be patrons of the Hearthstone inn, including Velaris, Urk, and a much older Ava.
  • The game's title forms the acronym "WAR." This could be a reference to the franchise as a whole.
  • Comparisons have been made between Arclight Rumble and Clash Royale. The developers have played a lot of the latter, but have stressed the differences of the former (elevation, leaders, and factions).[3]

Gallery

Concept art

Videos

References

External links

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