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For information on the in-universe game, see Arclight Rumble.
Warcraft Rumble
Warcraft Rumble-logo
Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms Android, iOS, iPadOS
Release November 3, 2023
Genre(s) Mobile action strategy
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Warcraft Rumble key art

Key art

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

On 8 August 2023, the game was rebranded to just Warcraft Rumble, dropping Arclight from the name.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4] Certain modes only become available after the play has retrieved enough skulls.[5]

The game also has a quest system, which involves playing old maps to gain experience for specific units.[5] 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.[5]

Warcraft Rumble has been compared to the tower defense genre, but in the words of the developers, it is more of a tower offense game.[3]

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.[5]
  • 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.


Warcraft 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.[4] Levels are purchased using in-game coins.[5]

The game will not have NFTs.[4]


Warcraft 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.[4]


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.[4] Generally, flying beats melee, melee beats range, and range beats flying.[6]

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.[5]

Team Leaders


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.[5]

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


Dungeons and Raids[]

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


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Zone Skulls needed for unlock Stage Skulls needed for unlock Boss
Elwynn Forest 0 The Dockmaster 0 IconSmall Goblin Male The Dockmaster
Verminhide 1 IconSmall Kobold Goldtooth
Morgan the Collector 2 IconSmall Human Male Morgan the Collector
Fang's Feast 3 IconSmall Spider Mother Fang
Wanted: "Hogger" 4 IconSmall Gnoll Hogger
Westfall 5 Carrion Carnivore 5 IconSmall CarrionBird Vultros
Beachside Brawl 6 IconSmall Murloc Male Old Murk-Eye
Marshal Redpaw 7 IconSmall Human Male Marshal Redpaw
Bucket of Copper BoIts 8 IconSmall HarvestGolem Foe Reaper 4000
The Dreadnaught 9 OrcJuggernautWC2 The Dreadnaught
Duskwood 10 A Ghoul's Delight 10 IconSmall Ghoul Ghoulia
The Restless Dead 11 IconSmall SkeletalWarrior Mor'Ladim
Raven Hill Revenant 12 IconSmall Human Male Morbent Fel
A Banshee's Wail 13 IconSmall Banshee Blind Mary
He Hungers! 14 IconSmall Cultist Male Abercrombie
Stranglethorn Vale 15 Ruins of Zul'Kunda 15 IconSmall Troll Male Jin'do the Hexxer
Gurubashi Gorilla 16 IconSmall Gorilla King Mukla
Small Game Hunter 17 IconSmall SaberTiger King Bangalash
Swole Troll Patrol 18 IconSmall DireZandalari Jin'rokh the Breaker
Booty Bay Baron 19 IconSmall Goblin Male Baron Revilgaz
IconSmall Tauren Male Fleet Master Seahorn
The Barrens 20 The Sickly Gazelle 20 IconSmall Gazelle Geaulieu
Razorfen Crone 20 IconSmall Quilboar Female Charlga Razorflank
Gazlowe's Fireworks 20 IconSmall Gazlowe Gazlowe
Counterattack! 20 IconSmall Centaur Male Hezrul Bloodmark
The Crossroads 21 IconSmall Grom Grommash Hellscream
Onyxia's Lair 21 Onyxia 21 IconSmall Onyxia Onyxia
Ashenvale 24 Splintertree Post 24 IconSmall Orc FemaleIconSmall Demolisher Draaka
Mystral Lake 24 IconSmall Water Tideress
Fen Fatale 24 IconSmall BogBeast Branch Snapper
Strike from the Shadows 24 IconSmall Maiev Maiev Shadowsong
Sentinels of Astranaar 26 IconSmall NightElf FemaleIconSmall Saber2 Raene Wolfrunner
Thousand Needles 29 Sandweaver's Mirage 29 IconSmall SandTroll Female Na'shala the Sandweaver
Landslide 29 IconSmall Earth Rok'Alim the Pounder
Roguefeather Den 29 IconSmall Harpy2 Grenka Bloodscreech
The Pools of Vision 29 IconSmall Magatha Magatha Grimtotem
Freewind Post 31 IconSmall Cairne Cairne Bloodhoof
Zone Skulls needed for unlock Stage Skulls needed for unlock Boss
Lordaeron 34 Special Delivery 34 IconSmall Undead Female Chef Audrey
Pyrewood Village 34 IconSmall Worgen Son of Arugal
Blood for the Bloodmage 34 IconSmall SkeletalMage2 Bloodmage Thalnos
Blades of Light 34 IconSmall Human Male Herod
Scarlet Cathedral 36 IconSmall Sally Inquisitor Whitemane
Dustwallow Marsh 39 Raptor Run 39 IconSmall Raptor Goreclaw the Ravenous
The Hermit Alchemist 39 IconSmall Human Female Tabetha
Darkmist Cavern 39 IconSmall Spider Darkmist Broodqueen
The Daughter of the Sea 39 IconSmall Jaina Jaina Proudmoore
Wyrmbog Treasure Trove 41 IconSmall DrakeBlack Emberstrife
Un'Goro Crater 44 Lakkari Tar Pits 44 IconSmall BogBeast Tar Tyrant
Apes of Wrath 44 IconSmall Gorilla Uhk'loc
IconSmall Gorilla U'cha
Heart of Fire 44 IconSmall Fire Blazerunner
The Crystal Shaper 44 IconSmall Golem The Crystal Shaper
Devilsaur Queen 46 IconSmall Devilsaur2 Devilsaur Queen
Winterspring 49 Ursa Major 49 IconSmall PolarBear Ursius
Frostwhisper Gorge 49 IconSmall IceGiant Kashoch the Reaver
Wintersaber Ambush 49 IconSmall Wintersaber Shy-Rotam
Flight of the Whelps 49 IconSmall DrakeBlue Azurous
The MazthoriI General 51 IconSmall SpawnBlue Male General Colbatann
Plaguelands 54 The Immovable Object 54 IconSmall Gargoyle Gish the Unmoving
Ruins of Andorhal 54 IconSmall Lich Male Araj the Summoner
Light's Hope Chapel 54 IconSmall Tirion Tirion Fordring
Glutton for Punishment 54 IconSmall Abomination Ramstein the Gorger
The Baron of Stratholme 56 IconSmall DeathKnight IconSmall SkeletalHorse Baron Rivendare
Blackrock Mountain 59 Molten Mining Camp 59 IconSmall MoltenGiant Volchan
Omnotron 59 IconSmall DwarfGolem Omnotron
Keepers of Flame 59 IconSmall Thaurissan Emperor Thaurissan
Blackrock Stadium 59 IconSmall Rend IconSmall DrakeChromatic Rend Blackhand
Dragonspire Hall 63 IconSmall SpawnBlack Male General Drakkisath


When making Arclight Rumble, the developers took inspiration from tower defense games.[3] 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.[4]

The game entered internal alpha in mid-2021.[7] As of May 2022, there are no apparent plans to port the game to consoles, or to develop an e-sports scene.[4]

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.[3]
    • 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 original title formed the acronym "WAR" which could have been a reference to the franchise as a whole. Since the rename in August 2023, the title forms the "WR" acyonym.
  • 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).[4]


Concept art[]




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