Warcraft Rumble

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For information on the in-universe game, see Warcraft Rumble Machine.
"Rumble" redirects here. For the enchanted tiki, see Rumble (tiki). For the earth elemental, see Rumble (elemental).
Warcraft Rumble
Warcraft Rumble-logo.png
Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Incubation
Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Director(s) Tom Chilton
Engine Unity
Platforms Android, iOS, iPadOS
Release November 3, 2023
Latest release 4.0.0 (January 25, 2024)
Genre(s) Mobile action strategy, Tower Defense, Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Warcraft Rumble is a free-to-play mobile action strategy game announced by Blizzard Entertainment on 3 May 2022 as Warcraft Arclight Rumble,[1][2] where players build armies with their heroes and villains from Warcraft and battle it out in scenarios designed to test their tactical wits.

Gameplay

Key art

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 player has retrieved enough Onyxia Sigils.[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.
    • Extra gold can be gained by deploying a miner to harvest gold nodes, and by having minis attack treasure chests to open them.
  • 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

Coin Packs

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, known as Arclight Coins. The units can be bought in bundles.[4] Levels are purchased using in-game coins.[5] Coins can be earned through just by playing the game or can be purchased via the store tab or from the Battle.net Shop.

The game will not have NFTs.[4]

Families

Warcraft Rumble minis have five families, 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 family. Players can choose their leaders (and units) from all five to form a varied army.[4]

Minis

Main article: Warcraft 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.[4] Generally, flying beats melee, melee beats range, and range beats flying.[6]

Each season will introduce a brand new mini whether it is a leader mini, a troop mini or a spell mini.

Experience

Minis can gain experience (or XP) to level up, increasing their stats. Experience comes from a variety of sources:

  • Obtaining a mini will automatically grant it experience.
  • XP Boosts in the G.R.I.D., as well as on minis in daily offers and special offers, can grant bonus XP to purchased minis.
  • After each battle, one mini that participated will receive a small amount of XP. This happens whether the battle ended in victory or defeat.
  • The daily offers section of the shop can grant a small amount of XP to a random mini in your collection every four hours.
  • Tomes of Experience present a series of choices between two minis in your collection, each time allowing you to pick which one to give XP to.
  • Quests offer a choice between three minis in your collection. After a mini is picked, a battle begins against a random boss you've faced before. Achieving victory will grant XP to the chosen mini.
    • Quest battles can additionally grant the usual post-battle XP to a mini that participated. This mini can be different from the one chosen to receive quest XP.

Increasing your collection level increases future XP gains from all sources.

Rarity

Minis come in common, uncommon, rare, epic, and legendary rarities. Higher rarity grants bonus levels and unlocks talents for a mini. Minis generally appear in the store at common rarity, but they can sometimes appear at a higher rarity for a higher price.

Additionally, minis can be upgraded after they're obtained. This requires specific resources:

Rarity Star Points Arc Energy Cores
Common 1[note 1] - -
Uncommon 3 (total 4) 500 -
Rare 10 (total 14) 2,000 Rare Core
Epic 25 (total 39) 8,000 Epic Core
Legendary 25 (total 64) 20,000 Legendary Core
  • Star Points are earned by acquiring duplicates of a mini. Star Points are not shared; each mini has its own count.
    • Obtaining a higher-rarity duplicate of a mini will grant the total number of Star Points normally needed to reach that rarity. For example, acquiring a rare duplicate will grant 14 Star Points.
  • Arc Energy is earned by defeating dungeon bosses, as well as some campaign bosses. Star Points beyond 64 are also converted into Arc Energy: Troop Star Points convert to 225 Arc Energy, and leader Star Points convert to 300.
  • Rare Cores can be obtained from daily rewards or by completing heroic zones.
Note
  1. ^ This represents obtaining a mini at common rarity for the first time. It's essentially a single "copy" of the mini.

PvP

Ranks

  • Bright Spark (0-500)
  • Bronze Spark I (500-1000)
  • Bronze Spark II (1000-2000)
  • Bronze Spark III (2000-3000)
  • Silver Strategist I (3000-4000)
  • Silver Strategist II (4000-5000)
  • Silver Strategist III (5000-6000)
  • Golden General I (6000-7000)
  • Golden General II (7000-8000)
  • Golden General III (8000-9000)
  • Platinum Progidy I (9000-10000)
  • Platinum Progidy II (10000-11000)
  • Platinum Progidy III (11000-12000)
  • Dark Iron Overseer I (12000-13000)
  • Dark Iron Overseer II (13000-14000)
  • Dark Iron Overseer III (14000-15000)
  • Mithril Calcutron (15000-16000)
  • Truesilver Tactician (16000-17000)
  • Thorium Arcanosmith (17000-18000)
  • Elementium Electrolord (18000-19000)
  • Arcanite Reaper (19000-20000)
  • Arclight Mastermind (20000)

Maps

Duskwood key art

Dungeons and Raids

Dungeon/Raid Onyxia Sigils needed for unlock Bosses
Blackfathom Deeps 30 IconSmall DeepSeaMurloc.gif Grglmrgl
IconSmall Water.gif Baron Aquanis,
IconSmall Hydra.gif Aku'mai
Dire Maul 30 IconSmall Ogre2 Male.gif Stomper Kreeg,
IconSmall VoidTerror.gif The Eyes of Immol'thar,
IconSmall Ogre2 Male.gif King Gordok
Deadmines 30 IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Mr. Smite,
IconSmall Murloc.gif Cookie,
IconSmall Goblin Male.gifIconSmall Shredder.gif Sneed
Onyxia's Lair 100  Onyxia
Molten Core 100 Wing 1 IconSmall Flamewaker.gif Lucifron IconSmall CoreHound.gif Magmadar
Wing 2 IconSmall Flamewaker.gif Gehennas & Shazzrah IconSmall Lava.gif Garr
Wing 3 IconSmall Fire.gif Baron Geddon IconSmall MoltenGiant.gif Golemagg the Incinerator
End Boss IconSmall Ragnaros.gif Ragnaros

Zones

Onyxia Sigils needed for unlock Zone Onyxia Sigils needed for unlock Boss
0 Elwynn Forest 0 IconSmall Kobold.gif Goldtooth
1 IconSmall Spider.gif Mother Fang
2 IconSmall Goblin Male.gif The Dockmaster
3 IconSmall Human Male.gif Morgan the Collector
4 IconSmall Gnoll.gif Hogger
5 Westfall 5 IconSmall CarrionBird.gif Vultros
6 IconSmall Murloc Male.gif Old Murk-Eye
7 IconSmall Human Male.gif Marshal Redpaw
8 IconSmall HarvestGolem.gif Foe Reaper 4000
9 OrcJuggernautWC2.gif The Dreadnaught
10 Duskwood 10 IconSmall Ghoul.gif Ghoulia
11 IconSmall SkeletalWarrior.gif Mor'Ladim
12 IconSmall Human Male.gif Morbent Fel
13 IconSmall Banshee.gif Blind Mary
14 IconSmall Cultist Male.gif Abercrombie
15 Stranglethorn Vale 15 IconSmall Troll Male.gif Jin'do the Hexxer
16 IconSmall Gorilla.gif King Mukla
17 IconSmall SaberTiger.gif King Bangalash
18 IconSmall DireZandalari.gif Jin'rokh the Breaker
19 IconSmall Goblin Male.gif Baron Revilgaz
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Fleet Master Seahorn
20 The Barrens 20 IconSmall Gazlowe.gif Gazlowe
20 IconSmall Quilboar Female.gif Charlga Razorflank
20 IconSmall Gazelle.gif Geaulieu
20 IconSmall Centaur Male.gif Hezrul Bloodmark
21 IconSmall Grom.gif Grommash Hellscream
24 Ashenvale 24 IconSmall Orc Female.gifIconSmall Demolisher.gif Draaka
24 IconSmall Water.gif Tideress
24 IconSmall BogBeast.gif Branch Snapper
24 IconSmall Maiev.gif Maiev Shadowsong
26 IconSmall NightElf Female.gifIconSmall Saber2.gif Raene Wolfrunner
29 Darkshore 29  Murkdeep
29  Lunaclaw
29  Onu, Ancient of Lore
29  Shadowclaw
31  Lady Vespira
34 Thousand Needles 34 IconSmall SandTroll Female.gif Na'shala the Sandweaver
34 IconSmall Earth.gif Rok'Alim the Pounder
34 IconSmall Harpy2.gif Grenka Bloodscreech
34 IconSmall Magatha.gif Magatha Grimtotem
36 IconSmall Cairne.gif Cairne Bloodhoof

Development

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 consciously 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" acronym.
  • 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 families).[4]
  • The families themselves are relatively fast and loose with their definitions. The Alliance family encompasses basically any unit that comes from an alliance race, which leads to one of their leader units being Tirion Fordring; who is not part of the Alliance. Likewise, this leads to the Horde having Sneed, who was a member of the Defias. The Blackrock family doesn't exclusively refer to the clan, but instead the literal mountain, causing the Dark Iron clan, Blackrock clan, the fire elementals, and black dragonflight to all be working together; an exceptional irony considering most of these groups hate each other.
  • On 8 August 2023, the game was rebranded to just Warcraft Rumble, dropping Arclight from the name.[2]

Speculation

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This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

A Burning Legion icon can be found in the files among the icons for the known unit families. The Legion may have been cut during development, or it may be a planned family for a future update.

Gallery

Concept art

Miscellaneous

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