- "WAR" redirects here. For the old archive format, see WAR (archive format). For information on the in-universe game, see Arclight Rumble.
|Warcraft Arclight Rumble|
|Platforms||Android, iOS, iPadOS|
|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, where players build armies with their heroes and villains from Warcraft and battle it out in scenarios designed to test their tactical wits.
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. 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. Certain modes only become available after the play has retrieved enough skulls.
The game also has a quest system, which involves playing old maps to gain experience for specific units. 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.
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.
- 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.
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. Levels are purchased using in-game coins.
The game will not have NFTs.
Arclight Rumble has five factions, each of whose leaders specialize in a certain area:
- Alliance: Alliance leaders support defense, healing, and stealth tactics, as well as heavy use of spells.
- Horde: Horde leaders encourage building momentum through earning additional gold, fast attacking troops, and enemy control with area of effect stuns.
- 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 leaders reward the player for fielding heavy-hitting flying troops and searing elemental magic users.
- 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.
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. Generally, flying beats melee, melee beats range, and range beats flying.
After each battle, experience is gained that levels up minis. Leveling them up unlocks the ability to use game-changing talents.
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.
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.
Dungeons and Raids
|Blackfathom Deeps||22|| Grglmrgl,|
|Dire Maul||22||Stomper Kreeg, |
The Eyes of Immol'thar,
|Deadmines||22||Mr. Smite, |
|Elwynn Forest||0||The Dockmaster||0||The Dockmaster|
|Morgan the Collector||2||Morgan the Collector|
|Fang's Feast||3||Mother Fang|
|Beachside Brawl||6||Old Murk-Eye|
|Marshal Redpaw||7||Marshal Redpaw|
|Bucket of Copper BoIts||8||Foe Reaper 4000|
|The Dreadnaught||9||The Dreadnaught|
|Duskwood||10||A Ghoul's Delight||10||Ghoulia|
|The Restless Dead||11||Mor'Ladim|
|Raven Hill Revenant||12||Morbent Fel|
|A Banshee's Wail||13||Blind Mary|
|Stranglethorn Vale||15||Ruins of Zul'Kunda||15||Jin'do the Hexxer|
|Gurubashi Gorilla||16||King Mukla|
|Small Game Hunter||17||King Bangalash|
|Swole Troll Patrol||18||Jin'rokh the Breaker|
|Booty Bay Baron||19||Baron Revilgaz |
Fleet Master Seahorn
|The Barrens||20||The Sickly Gazelle||20||Geaulieu|
|Razorfen Crone||20||Charlga Razorflank|
|The Crossroads||21||Grommash Hellscream|
|Fen Fatale||24||Branch Snapper|
|Strike from the Shadows||24||Maiev Shadowsong|
|Sentinels of Astranaar||26||Raene Wolfrunner|
|Thousand Needles||29||Sandweaver's Mirage||29||Na'shala the Sandweaver|
|Landslide||29||Rok'Alim the Pounder|
|Roguefeather Den||29||Grenka Bloodscreech|
|The Pools of Vision||29||Magatha Grimtotem|
|Freewind Post||31||Cairne Bloodhoof|
|Lordaeron||34||Special Delivery||34||Chef Audrey|
|Pyrewood Village||34||Son of Arugal|
|Blood for the Bloodmage||34||Bloodmage Thalnos|
|Blades of Light||34||Herod|
|Scarlet Cathedral||36||Inquisitor Whitemane|
|Dustwallow Marsh||39||Raptor Run||39||Goreclaw the Ravenous|
|The Hermit Alchemist||39||Tabetha|
|Darkmist Cavern||39||Darkmist Broodqueen|
|The Daughter of the Sea||39||Jaina Proudmoore|
|Wyrmbog Treasure Trove||41||Emberstrife|
|Un'Goro Crater||44||Lakkari Tar Pits||44||Tar Tyrant|
|Apes of Wrath||44||Uhk'loc |
|Heart of Fire||44||Blazerunner|
|The Crystal Shaper||44||The Crystal Shaper|
|Devilsaur Queen||46||Devilsaur Queen|
|Frostwhisper Gorge||49||Kashoch the Reaver|
|Flight of the Whelps||49||Azurous|
|The MazthoriI General||51||General Colbatann|
|Plaguelands||54||The Immovable Object||54||Gish the Unmoving|
|Ruins of Andorhal||54||Araj the Summoner|
|Light's Hope Chapel||54||Tirion Fordring|
|Glutton for Punishment||54||Ramstein the Gorger|
|The Baron of Stratholme||56||Baron Rivendare|
|Blackrock Mountain||59||Molten Mining Camp||59||Volchan|
|Keepers of Flame||59||Emperor Thaurissan|
|Blackrock Stadium||59||Rend Blackhand|
|Dragonspire Hall||63||General Drakkisath|
When making Arclight Rumble, the developers took inspiration from tower defense games. 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.
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.
- 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).
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2022-05-03. Warcraft® Arclight Rumble™ Revealed!.
- ^ a b c d 2022-05-04, Developer Overview | Warcraft Arclight Rumble. YouTube, retrieved on 2022-05-04
- ^ a b c d e f g h 2022-05-04, Everything You Need to Know About Warcraft Arclight Rumble, According to its Developers. GamerBraves, retrieved on 2022-05-09
- ^ a b c d e f g 2022-05-05, Warcraft Arclight Rumble Alpha First Impressions: A Good Start For Azeroth’s Arcades. GamerBraves, retrieved on 2022-05-12
- ^ 2022-05-18, Warcraft Arclight Rumble. Game Informer, retrieved on 2022-06-05
- ^ https://www.linkedin.com/posts/colincashin_warcraft-arclight-rumble-announcement-cinematic-activity-6927310882335064065-vzg1/?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=member_desktop_web