How does World of Warcraft cross faction work?
Here is how to play WoW cross faction for a variety of content.
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With the launch of World Of Warcraft’s patch 9.2.5, the longly awaited feature, cross-faction is finally coming, after getting tested on the PTR. Players will be able to play with their friends across factions for quite a lot of WoW’s content, including raids and Mythic+. For those who want to know the full picture, including the features and how to play wow cross-faction, look no further.
How to play cross-faction WoW
To play with someone across faction, you need to have the player in some form of community or on your Battle.net friendslist to invite them to your party directly. If you’re looking to form a premade group, you will need to enable cross-faction groups. Then you can find both Alliance and Horde players while you list your party on the custom group finder for your raids, Mythic+ and PvP.
Once you enter an instance together, you can see each player become targetable and friendly, allowing you all to play as if you are all in the same faction. However, in the open world, you will appear unfriendly, under the orange color text rather than the red hostile font color.
It also allows you to earn achievements together, such as those playing rated PvP, raids and more. Speaking of raids and dungeons, there are some you cannot play cross-faction. The official list is as follows:
- Trial of the Champion
- Trial of the Crusader
- Vault of Archavon
- Icecrown Citadel
- Baradin Hold
- Siege of Boralus
- Battle of Dazar’alor
- Darkmaul Citadel (Exile’s Reach dungeon)
As for random dungeon finder and random battleground, these features are still faction-specific queues. Suppose you’re desperate to queue for random battlegrounds as the opposite faction. In that case, you can always use the mercenary NPCS, which were introduced in the BFA and Shadowlands PvP areas of their respective city regions. There may be one for Dragonflight, but we are yet to see that without the expansion launch.
Guilds, for now, are faction only, but you can always invite cross-faction players to guild runs. Just try not to invite too many as it can break guild achievements. It is also not really possible to do mythic cross-progression thanks to cross-server limitations until the Hall of Fame is over.
With all that said, you now know how to play World of Warcraft cross-faction. May the alliance and horde rejoice at their expanded prospects.