How to Choose Garrison Outpost for Leveling

A major feature in the WoD expansion is the Garrison. In the expansion, you will get a Garrison Hub that you build in the level 90 zone which also serve as your faction hub in Draenor. Then you will also get Garrison Outposts for the other four zones.

Garrison Outpost do not work like your Garrison Hub. You can’t create and level up additional buildings. Instead you get a special zone wide perk and different quest chains which also reward different followers.

Garrison Outpost can be found in Gorgond (92 – 94) , Talador (94 – 96), Spires of Arak (96 – 98) and Nagrand (98 – 100).


You will be given the option to select the type of Garrison Outpost after several zone introductory quests like the example below.


Depending on your choice you will get a special zone wide ability. The ability will only work with each specific zone ie. Gorgond Garrison ability will only work in Gorgond zone.

Your choice is actually very important if you want it to help you with leveling and I though I would share my opinion on which option is best when you venture into Draenor for the first time.

Lets compare the abilities and choose a winner for each zone…



Gorgond (92 – 94)

You get the choice to build either Logging Camp / Lumber Yard vs Sparring Ring / Savage Fight Club  outpost.

Logging Camp / Lumber Yard


The Logging Camp / Lumber Yard provide you with a vehicle to use the   Summon Mechashredder 5000, which give you three special abilities…

Abilities: Launch Sawblades, Flame Thrower, Rocket Boost

Sparring Ring / Savage Fight Club


This outpost will give the ability Champion’s Honor which summons a random champion to fight with you for 1 min then give you a 5 mins buff which could last longer depending on the number of enemies you kill with the champion present.

Logging Camp / Lumber Yard is the winner for leveling because the Summon Mechashredder 5000 will allow you to tank and deal very high damage which is great for taking down Rare Elites or clearing packs of NPCs.  The best part is that you also get Rocket Boost which will allow you to fly for short duration. You can use it to go over mountains or unreachable areas since you can’t fly at all in Draenor.

Arena’s Champion’s Honor in my opinion is inferior because the champion summon doesn’t seem to deal as much damage as the Shredder. I’m sure in the release both perks will be balanced in terms of damage but I would still choose Lumber Yard to get the Rocket Boost from the Shredder.



Talador (94 – 96)

You get the choice to build either Wrynn Artillery Tower vs Arcane Sanctum outpost.

Wrynn Artillery Tower


The zone-wide Talador perk is Artillery Strike: The Armory will fire 3 volleys over 3 sec.  Each volley deals 64000 to 96000 damage to all affected enemies and stuns them for 3 sec.  Max 3 charges.

Arcane Sanctum 


Your Arcane Sanctum perk is Guardian Orb: Summons a Guardian Orb at your location that electrocutes enemies within 15 yards for 9600 to 14400 damage every 2 sec for 30 sec.

Both outposts provide similar type of abilities and both very powerful but I would pick Wrynn Artillery Tower because Artillery Strike comes with 3 charges.  This good because this allow you to use 1 charge so you can use it more frequently or use all 3 charges at the same time for a ton of burst damage.



Spires of Arak (96 – 98)

You get the choice to build either Stoktron Brewery / Hearthfire Tavern vs Smuggler’s Den outpost.

Stoktron Brewery / Hearthfire Tavern


Choosing the Inn-themed perk rewards you with a Brewery. This rewards you with Home Away from Home, a teleport to your Inn in Spires and 20% boosted XP in Spires.

Smuggler’s Den


Once every 10 minutes, a vendor can be summoned who has a chance to sell a variety of interesting wares Smuggling Run!

Stoktron Brewery / Hearthfire Tavern  Home Away from Home does seems like an obvious choice for the 20% more XP for the zone but the passive XP buff becomes useless once you reach level 100. Blizzard will likely add new quest or objectives for each zone as there are some areas in the each zones with level 100 npcs so it’s likely that you will continue to use the Perks after you reach level 100.

Smuggling Run item provide with a vendor that can sell you unique food buff such as Ogreblood Potion and  Ravenlord’s Talon which will help you quest faster. You can also purchase an extra follower available only from Smuggling Run vendor and 28 slot   Gronnskin Bag.

For the long term I would choose Smuggler’s Den but alternatively you can choose the Inn for Home Away from Home until you reach level 100 then you can switch the outpost to Smuggler’s Den for 10,000g. But I probably rather keep the gold and just stick with Smuggler’s Den.



Nagrand (98 – 100)

You get the choice to build either Rangari Corral  vs Telarri Tankworks outpost.

Rangari Corral


Summon a Telaari Talbuk or Frostwolf War Wolf. This is mount allows you to use all your abilities while mounted. You can also loot while mounted as well so it pretty much a zone wide 100% speed buff.

Telarri Tankworks


You can summon a Telaari Siege Engine or Wor’var Demolisher with the following abilities:
Launch Rocket/ Hurl Boulder, Flame Vents, High Gear, Rain of Death

While the tank provide a ton of damage, Rangari Corral for the mounted combat is the better choice. Mounted combat is a unique experience and extremely fun while at the same time I think you will level much faster with it as well since you never have to get off your mount (except indoor areas).

The tank is also on a 10 mins cooldown while the mount has no cooldown at all.

On a PVP server I think choosing the mount is mandatory or else you will get dominated by other players with the mount. The tank provide lots of damage but you will never be able to catch PVP players with the mount.




Well I hope you find this post helpful and help you make the right choice when you level for the first time in Draenor.


Leave A Reply (41 comments So Far)

  1. LILLY  8 months ago

    Thank you for putting this guide out, it was very helpful in helping to choose my outposts specialties. I will be coming back here for more feed back, and suggestions.


  2. Winterhart  11 months ago

    I have a question about Wrynn Artillery Tower and Artillery Strike. I’m a Hunter and in the description it says requires Druid. Doesn’t that mean I won’t be able to use it?


  3. Saph  4 years ago

    I was thinking about the talador outpost choice. thing is:
    1) Artillery strike: 3 volleys, 38400 dmg each (a total of 115200 dmg per 3.33 min CD). So over 10 minutes you get 3 strikes for a total of 345.6k dmg. [per mob]
    2) Arcane sanctum: 1 orb, 14400 dmg every 2 sec for 30 sec (216000 dmg per 5 min CD). So over 10 min, 2 orbs will give you 432k dmg. [per mob]
    All the above, assuming you are using the abilities on CD.
    I ve only tried the artillery tower so far, and since i am lvling an alt now, i am thinking of trying the sanctum. Anyone has a hint? Is it actually worth it?


    nieth Reply:

    Ya I used the sanctum and it’s does good dmg I like it but I’ve yet to try the artillery


  4. bud  4 years ago

    Can you change your garrison if already picked I need the wolf riding mount instead of tank


    Dugi Reply:

    There is an npc that you can talk to near the outpost, but it will cost you 10,000 gold.


    winterkrieg Reply:

    thanks for the info!


  5. thekiddnme  4 years ago

    Thanks for the information it settles many issues.


  6. Kim  4 years ago

    Glanced through the comments and it might have been covered, but as for the Corral choice in Nagrand, if you are a Druid, it should be a no-brainer. Since feral and guardian druids can’t mount in their respective fighting forms, the mount is useless. So instead, those specs get a speed increase while in their cat and bear forms. It matches the ground mount level 40 speed, so while in Nagrand, there is never a reason to mount. Just kill and move on. It’s a blast!


  7. Greg  4 years ago

    I can’t believe this wasn’t covered.

    Another huge decision to make between the Smuggler’s Den and the Tavern/Brewery is the followers you get access to.

    If you go with the Smuggler’s Den then you get access to Ziri’ak, an Apexis Guardian.

    If you go with the Tavern/Brewery you get access to Dark Ranger Velonara/Hulda Shadowblade respectively.


    anonimous Reply:

    You are goddamn right. I read this guide for outposts and made the choices based on it. I did choose: shredder, artillery, smuggling run and corral. However I should have choose arcane tower instead of artillery since, though the ability of artillery is better, the follower is far more rewarding.


    APH Reply:

    Why is the Follower for the Tower more rewarding? I’ve been looking everywhere for more info on this, but not finding it. From what I can see, the follower for the artillery has shield block to counter massive strike, while the follower for the tower has the ability to counter powerful spell. What am I missing to make the mage “far more rewarding?”


  8. Hellikitty  4 years ago

    someone did their homework. Gosh! Thank you very much ^_^ really useful and I’ve ‘liked’ it for FB & g+ purposes.


  9. Emil  4 years ago

    Thank you! Such a useful guide!


  10. Stephen Pribut  4 years ago


    Just another thanks for your guides. I hit 100 a few days ago and did it with your guide 🙂

    Thanks for all your work!


  11. Christopher  4 years ago

    Would you happen to know where to change outposts at? I’m trying to change the one in spires but I have no idea where to even begin looking for the guy. I am horde, I went to axefall and nothing. Am I looking in the wrong place?


    alison Reply:

    hi its not released yet, but soon will be it will cost 10000 gold per zone


  12. Wilko Koning  4 years ago

    Thanks for this great guide.


  13. Xagnut  4 years ago

    I’d like to point out that the Sparring Ring / Savage Fight Club gives an INSANE damage buff if you know how to use it. Your guardian doesn’t do much damage, but you get a stacking buff for every mob you kill in the minute he’s out, then for the next 5 minutes you get a buff that scales upward for each one in the stack. I was doing on average about 140K DPS if I found good spots to mow down small creatures with AOE. I highly recommend it over the shredder if you like a little bit of a challenge for an incredible reward. 🙂


    Hellikitty Reply:

    I hit this one without doing any googling. With my next toon I piced the shredder. Yeah, I like the flying to places I can’t reach, that’s a nice touch, but wholeheartedly agree with you comment.


  14. kay  4 years ago

    i picked tank by mistake i don’t want it how do i get rid of it


    kaynen Reply:

    Go back to telaari station the NPC is there. Pay him 10k gold and you can switch it.


  15. MtnDew  4 years ago

    I would just like to add if you choose, I personally agree with Dugi, the corral / mount in Nagrand. If you have a water strider mount, You can over lay that onto your wolf mount.
    first mount wolf
    second mount strider.. you can still run on water!

    Also I am a hunter and my pet does not go into passive mode even with the strider over lay.
    Only thing is if you are running a distance on water (like when I was in Zangar Shore) your pet fslls behind.


  16. Mynx  4 years ago

    Thank you so much! I found this very helpful (and yay I made the right choice for the first two 🙂 )


    Mynx Reply:

    I should add I’ve only chosen two so far, so this ensures I’ll pick the rest correctly.


  17. Diamondgin  4 years ago

    I’m a hunter and my pet is active.I’m on my Talbuuk fighting as we speak,and my pet is fighting to,so maybe its bugged for you Tonym144 reload ui if that doesn’t work make a ticket.So to you hunters Ragnari Corral works fine for me.


    Hellikitty Reply:

    Oh! >.< Nm. Thanks for the input though….Hunters be mindful


  18. Tonym144  4 years ago

    I loved your guide, except…(yes, there’s always the one guy, but this is a valid point.) You suggested the Ragnari Corral over the Telarri Tankworks based on the fact that you can do mounted combat. For hunters, however, this could be a drawback. Those hunters that rely on their pets for extra DPS will be dismayed to find that the pet stays in passive mode and don’t assist you. Unless they fix this, that could make the Tankworks the better choice for hunters.


  19. iGald  4 years ago

    Thanks Dugi , this article has really helped me on my way from level 90 to level 100


  20. Kitz  4 years ago

    This was concise, easy to navigate (as opposed to the cluttered or verbose guides out there) and super helpful. I’ll definitely be checking out your other guides. Thanks a ton.


  21. Itsme  4 years ago

    On Hearthfire Tavern, there is also the free food buff table, +75 Mastery.


  22. Arya  4 years ago

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    Jag saluterar er alla !! Dugi <3 speciellt tack till dej!!
    Trogen medlem


  23. James1967  4 years ago

    I also used Dugis guides from the very beginning. Yesterday I finished my last charakter to level 90. So now I have all classes at that level – And I am ready to go for WoD. As always Dugi surprises us with new Features and Sideinfos – THAT is, what a good guide is supposed to be. Keep on your outstanding work !


  24. Phyllis Wilkey  4 years ago

    Great guide!!! I did notice a “typo” I think. Under Spires of Arak (96 – 98) was the line “You get the choice to build either Wrynn Artillery Tower vs Arcane Sanctum outpost”. I believe it should have read, “You get the choice to build either Stoktron Brewery / Hearthfire Tavern vs Smuggler’s Den outpost”. If the coming expansion guide is as good as all your other guides have been, WoD is going to be “Party Time”.

    Just wondering about group leveling. My husband and I level our toons on Grizzly Hills game server together. We never play them separately while leveling. So, in this situation, should one of us choose one Outpost and one the other Outpost to get the benefit of both for the group? Now, in Nagrand, we will most likely choose the Rangari Corral so both of us will be mounted on the faster mount.


    Dugi Reply:

    Sorry about that, I fixed the typo.

    If you like to stick together then I don’t recommend you choose different outpost as you will get different quest lines and will have to seperate.

    In Gorgond especially the quest lines are completely different for most of the zone depending on the outpost you choose.


  25. mikeart  4 years ago

    Yet again you guys come up with even more reasons to stick with your guides, I feel proud to have been with you for 5 years now, great work and a trustworthy company to deal with, well done and kind regards Mike.


  26. Dugi  4 years ago

    thanks for you the outstanding support 🙂


  27. peter  4 years ago

    hi dugi will you be upgrading or patching a new quest helper at all if so can you please get rid of unwanted quests thete pointless like fire hatchery no need for it and few other things and only need to important quest and the next zone quest from cross roads to north from the cross roads as well get rid of the quest on the flying bird where the red blobs and ghost night elfs are as the quest wont take you to the garrison to hand in the quest thank you dugi


  28. Bartholomeau  4 years ago

    As always, you keep dishing out reasons why I am a loyal customer 🙂

    Thank you for your continued contributions, with both your products and participation in the community!


    errans Reply:

    Dugi, My words never seem to measure up, so I would like to echo both Bartholomeau & fdgiggy & to say Thank you for all your work across your Ultimate Guides!


  29. fdgiggy  4 years ago

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