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[[File:Challenges_Race_Against_the_Time.jpg|thumb|207px|A screenshot of a player's best times, viewable through the Roster tab of their Guild.]]
 
[[File:Challenges_Race_Against_the_Time.jpg|thumb|207px|A screenshot of a player's best times, viewable through the Roster tab of their Guild.]]
   
Previewed at [[BlizzCon 2011]], '''Challenge Modes''' will be a new system of [[dungeon]] challenges, like time trials. Players race to the end of the dungeon, competing for fast times in order to win medals (Gold, Silver, or Bronze).
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Previewed at [[BlizzCon 2011]], '''Challenge Modes''' was a new system of [[dungeon]] challenges, like time trials. Players race to the end of the dungeon, competing for fast times in order to win medals (Gold, Silver, or Bronze).
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== In Legion ==
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[[File:ChallengersKeystone.jpg|right|250px]]
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Challenge Mode receives an upgrade in the ''[[World of Warcraft: Legion]]'' expansion, approached as a small step above [[heroic mode]].<ref name="blizzcon2015LegionWorldContentPanel">[[BlizzCon 2015]]:<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft official gam site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/19957168/world-of-warcraft-legion-world-and-content-panel-11-6-2015|title=World of Warcraft: Legion World and Content Panel|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=6-Nov-2015}}<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft official gam site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/19957168/world-of-warcraft-legion-world-and-content-panel-06-11-2015|title=World of Warcraft: Legion World and Content Panel|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=6-Nov-2015}}</ref> A [[Challenger's Keystone]] can be used by an interested player:
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*Points to a random ''Legion'' dungeon
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*Power level determines difficulty and reward
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**Progression has no current cap
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*May have additional modifiers
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*Beat the timer to upgrade the stone in order to access higher difficulty and, thus, higher rewards
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*Failing results in depletion of the stone, but participants still receive loot
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Additional dungeon modifiers might include:
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*Enemies [[enrage|enraging]] at 30% health
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*Extra enemies
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*Corpses exploding shortly after death
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*Periodic damage over time taken by group members
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Rewards:
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*Loot chest at the end of each run
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*Jackpot for highest level completed each week
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*Alternate path to [[raiding]]
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== End of season ==
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The {{mists-inline}} Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes season ended before the {{warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor expansion.
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Changes after season ended:<ref name="officialCMEndChanges">{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft official game site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/12930280/challenge-mode-end-of-season-early-warning-update-42-4-2-2014|title=Challenge Mode End of Season Early Warning *Update 4/2|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=2-Apr-2014}}<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=World of Warcraft official game site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/12930280/challenge-mode-end-of-season-early-warning-update-42-02-04-2014|title=Challenge Mode End of Season Early Warning *Update 4/2|bydate=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=2-Apr-2014}}</ref>
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* Achievements: All achievements associated with Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes will become [[Feats of Strength]].
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* Rewards
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** Bronze: The “{{title|''Name'' the Undaunted|id=314}}” title for achieving a full set of Bronze medals will become account-wide.
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** Silver: The [[Pandaren Phoenix mounts]] awarded for a full set of Silver medals will become [[account-wide]]. If any character on an account has earned a full set of Silver medals, all four variants of the Pandaren Phoenix ({{loot|epic|Reins of the Crimson Pandaren Phoenix|Crimson}}, {{loot|epic|Reins of the Ashen|Ashen}}, {{loot|epic|Reins of the Violet|Violet}}, and {{loot|epic|Reins of the Emerald|Emerald}}) will become available to all characters account-wide.
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** Gold: The cosmetic class sets will remain character-specific. Any character that has earned all nine Gold medals will still be able to repurchase the appropriate set, should they misplace theirs, from {{NPC|Alliance|Challenger Soong}} or {{NPC|Horde|Challenger Wuli}} in the [[Vale of Eternal Blossoms]]. Any characters that have earned one or more “Challenger’s Path” teleport spells by earning Gold medals in Mists Challenge Modes will retain those spells.
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** Realm Best Titles: There are extremely limited titles that are held by the players who hold the best clear time for a given dungeon on a given server. Since those Challenge dungeons will no longer be available in Warlords of Draenor, their respective titles are also being permanently removed. However, players with the best clear time for any challenge mode dungeon on a server will be awarded the title of "Mistwalker." There will be new Challenge dungeons in the upcoming Warlords season, and new titles for which to contend, however.
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
From the official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria website:<ref name="challengemodes">{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|title=Challenge Modes}}<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|title=Challenge Modes}}</ref>
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From the official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria website:<ref name="challengemodes">{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|title=Challenge Modes}}<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|title=Challenge Modes}}</ref>
 
:''The clock is ticking. Your group is making good progress, but you realize that if you don't hurry and work as a team, you will never make it in time. You approach the dungeon's last boss with a look of grim determination on your face; you will get that gold medal this time, come what may. He's almost down, but there are only seconds left on the timer. You yell at your group mates to give it their all for one last push, fingers flying across your keyboard. Finally he drops, and your group screams triumphantly: you've beaten the dungeon's best time. You've mastered its Challenge Mode.''
 
:''The clock is ticking. Your group is making good progress, but you realize that if you don't hurry and work as a team, you will never make it in time. You approach the dungeon's last boss with a look of grim determination on your face; you will get that gold medal this time, come what may. He's almost down, but there are only seconds left on the timer. You yell at your group mates to give it their all for one last push, fingers flying across your keyboard. Finally he drops, and your group screams triumphantly: you've beaten the dungeon's best time. You've mastered its Challenge Mode.''
   
 
== Information ==
 
== Information ==
From the official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria website:<ref name="challengemodes"/>
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From the official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria website:<ref name="challengemodes" />
 
:Mists of Pandaria's Challenge Mode presents a new way to reward great team players and seasoned dungeon specialists. The idea is simple: if you select Challenge Mode for a dungeon, you and your group will be racing against the clock to finish the dungeon as quickly as possible. The faster you finish, the greater your reward.
 
:Mists of Pandaria's Challenge Mode presents a new way to reward great team players and seasoned dungeon specialists. The idea is simple: if you select Challenge Mode for a dungeon, you and your group will be racing against the clock to finish the dungeon as quickly as possible. The faster you finish, the greater your reward.
 
 
:You select Challenge Mode before you enter a dungeon. In this mode, your objective is to clear the instance and down all the dungeon's bosses as fast as you can. Your gear will be normalized, meaning that instead of your own equipment you will be fighting using a set of items that's appropriate for the instance. That way, the challenge level will be equal for all players. Depending on how quickly you clear the dungeon, your group can earn one of three possible medals: gold, silver, or bronze. Working together as a team, communicating well, and supporting and encouraging each other is the best way to get those shiny gold medals.
 
:You select Challenge Mode before you enter a dungeon. In this mode, your objective is to clear the instance and down all the dungeon's bosses as fast as you can. Your gear will be normalized, meaning that instead of your own equipment you will be fighting using a set of items that's appropriate for the instance. That way, the challenge level will be equal for all players. Depending on how quickly you clear the dungeon, your group can earn one of three possible medals: gold, silver, or bronze. Working together as a team, communicating well, and supporting and encouraging each other is the best way to get those shiny gold medals.
   
 
:So practice your pulls, lay out your strategies, and remember that communication and coordination are key. Challenge Mode is coming. Are you ready?
 
:So practice your pulls, lay out your strategies, and remember that communication and coordination are key. Challenge Mode is coming. Are you ready?
   
* Challenge modes should be enabled for all 6 of the expected [[Pandaria]] dungeons and the 3 updated dungeons.<ref name="mistsdevQnA">{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3825589/Mists_of_Pandaria_Developer_QA_Transcript-10_27_2011|title=Mists of Pandaria Developer Q&A Transcript|author={{blizz}} [[Zarhym]]|date=27-Oct-2011 6:15 PM PDT|archiveurl=http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2532-Tyrael-s-Charger-PTR-Build-14899-Mists-of-Pandaria-Live-Developer-Q-A|archivedate=27-Oct-2011 08:59 PM}}<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3157827/Mists_of_Pandaria_Live_Developer_QA_Transcript-27_10_2011|title=Mists of Pandaria Live Developer Q&A Transcript|author={{blizz}} [[Zarhym]]|date=27 Oct 2011 22:22 UTC}}</ref>
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* Challenge modes should be enabled for all 6 of the expected [[Pandaria]] dungeons and the 3 updated dungeons.<ref name="mistsdevQnA">{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3825589/Mists_of_Pandaria_Developer_QA_Transcript-10_27_2011|title=Mists of Pandaria Developer Q&A Transcript|author={{blizz}} [[Zarhym]]|date=27-Oct-2011 6:15 PM PDT|archiveurl=http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2532-Tyrael-s-Charger-PTR-Build-14899-Mists-of-Pandaria-Live-Developer-Q-A|archivedate=27-Oct-2011 08:59 PM}}<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3157827/Mists_of_Pandaria_Live_Developer_QA_Transcript-27_10_2011|title=Mists of Pandaria Live Developer Q&A Transcript|author={{blizz}} [[Zarhym]]|date=27 Oct 2011 22:22 UTC}}</ref>
 
* Challenge mode runs will be cross-realm.<ref name="ChallengeModeCrossRealm">{{ref web|work=Official Mists of Pandaria Beta &gt; Beta Dungeons forum (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6522503690?page=1#4|title=#4 - Will challenge modes be cross realm?|author={{blizz}} [[Watcher]]|date=13-Sep-2012 5:14 PM PDT}}</ref>
 
* Challenge mode runs will be cross-realm.<ref name="ChallengeModeCrossRealm">{{ref web|work=Official Mists of Pandaria Beta &gt; Beta Dungeons forum (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6522503690?page=1#4|title=#4 - Will challenge modes be cross realm?|author={{blizz}} [[Watcher]]|date=13-Sep-2012 5:14 PM PDT}}</ref>
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* ''*Note - Mists of Pandaria Challenge modes will be retired in the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch 6.0 to prepare for the upcoming versions. All Challenge mode achievements, from Mists of Pandaria, will be converted to Feats of Strength.''
   
 
== Restrictions ==
 
== Restrictions ==
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== Challenge ==
 
== Challenge ==
;Level 90 [[Heroic mode]] dungeons
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;Level {{mists-inline}} 90 or {{Warlords-inline}} 100 [[Heroic mode]] dungeons
* Challenge Modes are timed heroic instance runs.<ref name="wowheadMistsChallengeModes" />
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* {{challengemode}} Challenge Modes are timed heroic instance runs.<ref name="wowheadMistsChallengeModes" />
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* For level 90 dungeons: Gear over 463 is scaled down to 463.<ref name="wowheadMistsChallengeGuide">{{ref web|work=[[Wowhead]]|url=http://www.wowhead.com/guide=1523/challenge-mode-guide-rewards-narrated-videos-rules-and-useful-items|title=Challenge Mode Guide: Rewards, Narrated Videos, Rules, and Useful Items|accessdate=18-Nov-2015}}</ref>
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* For level 100 dungeons: Gear over 630 is scaled down to 630.<ref name="wowheadWarlordsChallengeGuide">{{ref web|work=[[Wowhead]]|url=http://www.wowhead.com/guides/dungeons/warlords-of-draenor-challenge-mode-guide|title=Warlords of Draenor Challenge Mode Guide|accessdate=18-Nov-2015}}</ref>
   
 
== Results and rewards ==
 
== Results and rewards ==
Rewards are received at the end of each challenge. The best rewards are given to those who can achieve gold medals. Things such as armor, titles, and mounts have been mentioned as possible rewards for those who are willing enough to complete the hardest difficulty and earn a gold medal.<ref name="challengemodes"/>
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Rewards are received at the end of each challenge. The best rewards are given to those who can achieve gold medals. Things such as armor, titles, and mounts have been mentioned as possible rewards for those who are willing enough to complete the hardest difficulty and earn a gold medal.<ref name="challengemodes" />
 
* There are three tiers of achievements and rewards: gold, silver, and bronze.<ref name="wowheadMistsChallengeModes" />
 
* There are three tiers of achievements and rewards: gold, silver, and bronze.<ref name="wowheadMistsChallengeModes" />
 
* Player's UI will show medal tabulation, record times, rewards, and how much time mid-run until you hit the next bracket.<ref name="wowheadMistsChallengeModes" />
 
* Player's UI will show medal tabulation, record times, rewards, and how much time mid-run until you hit the next bracket.<ref name="wowheadMistsChallengeModes" />
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=== Gold rewards ===
 
=== Gold rewards ===
 
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[[File:Gold_Medal.jpg|thumb|Screenshot of a player recieving a Gold Medal.]]
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[[File:Gold Medal.jpg|thumb|Screenshot of a player receiving a Gold Medal.]]
 
;Achievement and item
 
;Achievement and item
 
* Completing individual dungeons at gold level gives an achievement: [[File:Money_achievement.png|link=Achievement]] <span style="color:goldenrod;">''dungeon name'': Gold</span>
 
* Completing individual dungeons at gold level gives an achievement: [[File:Money_achievement.png|link=Achievement]] <span style="color:goldenrod;">''dungeon name'': Gold</span>
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;Achievement and item
 
;Achievement and item
 
* Completing individual dungeons at silver level gives an achievement: [[File:Money_achievement.png|link=Achievement]] <span style="color:goldenrod;">''dungeon name'': Silver</span>
 
* Completing individual dungeons at silver level gives an achievement: [[File:Money_achievement.png|link=Achievement]] <span style="color:goldenrod;">''dungeon name'': Silver</span>
* Completing the Silver level (or better) on all dungeons rewards an achievement, {{achievement|Challenge Conqueror: Silver|id=6375|subdomain=mop}}, and an {{loot|epic|Ancestral Phoenix Egg|id=90045|subdomain=mop}} ([[Bind on Pickup]]). THe egg can be redeemed from {{NPC||Kai Featherfall|Phoenix Egg Trader|id=66973|subdomain=mop}} in [[Mogu'shan Palace]] for one of the following mounts:<ref name="wowheadChallengeModes" />
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* Completing the Silver level (or better) on all dungeons rewards an achievement, {{achievement|Challenge Conqueror: Silver|id=6375|subdomain=mop}}, and an {{loot|epic|Ancestral Phoenix Egg|id=90045|subdomain=mop}} ([[Bind on Pickup]]). The egg can be redeemed from {{NPC||Kai Featherfall|Phoenix Egg Trader|id=66973|subdomain=mop}} in [[Mogu'shan Palace]] for one of the following mounts:<ref name="wowheadChallengeModes" />
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Ashen Pandaren Phoenix}}
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Ashen Pandaren Phoenix}}
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Emerald Pandaren Phoenix}}
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Emerald Pandaren Phoenix}}
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Violet Pandaren Phoenix}}
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Violet Pandaren Phoenix}}
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Crimson Pandaren Phoenix}}
 
** {{loot|epic|Reins of the Crimson Pandaren Phoenix}}
* Completing the Gold level on all dungeons while in a guild group rewards an achievement, {{achievement|Challenge Conquerors: Silver - Guild Edition|id=6633|subdomain=mop}}.
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* Completing the Silver level on all dungeons while in a guild group rewards an achievement, {{achievement|Challenge Conquerors: Silver - Guild Edition|id=6633|subdomain=mop}}.
   
 
;Non-item
 
;Non-item
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;Achievement and item
 
;Achievement and item
 
* Completing individual dungeons at bronze level gives an achievement: [[File:Money_achievement.png|link=Achievement]] <span style="color:goldenrod;">''dungeon name'': Bronze</span>
 
* Completing individual dungeons at bronze level gives an achievement: [[File:Money_achievement.png|link=Achievement]] <span style="color:goldenrod;">''dungeon name'': Bronze</span>
* Completing the Bronze level on all dungeons rewards an [[achievement]] and [[title]], <ref name="challengemodes"/> {{achievement|Challenge Conqueror: Bronze|id=6374|subdomain=mop}} and {{title|The Undaunted}}.<ref name="wowheadChallengeConquerorBronze">{{ref web|work=[[Wowhead]]|url=http://mop.wowhead.com/achievement=6374|title=Challenge Conqueror: Bronze|accessdate=21-Jul-2012}}</ref><ref name="wowheadChallengeModes" />
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* Completing the Bronze level on all dungeons rewards an [[achievement]] and [[title]], <ref name="challengemodes" /> {{achievement|Challenge Conqueror: Bronze|id=6374|subdomain=mop}} a
* Completing the Gold level on all dungeons while in a guild group rewards an achievement, {{achievement|Challenge Conquerors: Bronze - Guild Edition|id=6632|subdomain=mop}}.
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* d {{title|The Undaunted}}.<ref name="wowheadChallengeConquerorBronze">{{ref web|work=[[Wowhead]]|url=http://mop.wowhead.com/achievement=6374|title=Challenge Conqueror: Bronze|accessdate=21-Jul-2012}}</ref><ref name="wowheadChallengeModes" />
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* Completing the Bronze level on all dungeons while in a guild group rewards an achievement, {{achievement|Challenge Conquerors: Bronze - Guild Edition|id=6632|subdomain=mop}}.
   
 
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
{{elink|type=bnetwowus|site=Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (US)|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|desc=Challenge Modes}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|desc=Challenge Modes}}
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|site=Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|desc=Challenge Modes}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/feature/challenge-modes|desc=Challenge Modes}}
   
 
;Achievements
 
;Achievements
{{elink|type=wowhead|link=http://mop.wowhead.com/achievements=1.168.15115|desc=Character Achievements &gt; Dungeons &amp; Raids &gt; Dungeon Challenges}}
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{{elink|type=wowdb|link=http://www.wowdb.com/achievements/character/dungeons-raids/dungeon-challenges|desc=Achievements &gt; Character &gt; Dungeons &amp; Raids &gt; Dungeon Challenges}}
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{{elink|type=wowdb|link=http://www.wowdb.com/achievements/guild/dungeons-raids/dungeon-challenges|desc=Achievements &gt; Guild &gt; Dungeons &amp; Raids &gt; Dungeon Challenges}}
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{{elink|type=wowhead|link=http://www.wowhead.com/achievements=1.168.15115|desc=Character Achievements &gt; Dungeons &amp; Raids &gt; Dungeon Challenges}}
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{{elink|type=wowhead|link=http://www.wowhead.com/achievements=3.15079.15151|desc=Guild Achievements &gt; Dungeons &amp; Raids &gt; Dungeon Challenges}}
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;Guides
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{{elink|type=wowhead|link=http://www.wowhead.com/guides/dungeons/warlords-of-draenor-challenge-mode-guide|desc=Warlords of Draenor Challenge Mode Guide|bydate=by [[Wowhead]]}}
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{{elink|type=wowhead|link=http://www.wowhead.com/guide=1523/challenge-mode-guide-rewards-narrated-videos-rules-and-useful-items#combat|desc=Challenge Mode Guide: Rewards, Narrated Videos, Rules, and Useful Items|bydate=by [[Wowhead]]}}
   
 
;News
 
;News
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/19957168/world-of-warcraft-legion-world-and-content-panel-11-6-2015|desc=World of Warcraft: Legion World and Content Panel|bydate=[[Blizzard Entertainment]] 11/6/2015}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/19957168/world-of-warcraft-legion-world-and-content-panel-06-11-2015|desc=World of Warcraft: Legion World and Content Panel|bydate=[[Blizzard Entertainment]] 06/11/2015}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/12930280/challenge-mode-end-of-season-early-warning-update-42-4-2-2014|desc=Challenge Mode End of Season Early Warning *Update 4/2|bydate=[[Blizzard Entertainment]] 4/2/2014}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/12930280/challenge-mode-end-of-season-early-warning-update-42-02-04-2014|desc=Challenge Mode End of Season Early Warning *Update 4/2|bydate=[[Blizzard Entertainment]] 02/04/2014}}
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{{elink|type=wowheadnews|link=http://www.wowhead.com/news=210743/challenge-mode-guide-rewards-narrated-videos-rules-and-useful-items|desc=Challenge Mode Guide: Rewards, Narrated Videos, Rules and Useful Items|bydate=by [http://www.wowhead.com/news&user=perculia perculia] 2013/02/16 11:52 AM}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/7628989/Unique_Challenge_Mode_Gear_Effects-10_23_2012|desc=Unique Challenge Mode Gear Effects|bydate=by [[Bashiok]], Oct 23, 2012 9:58 AM PDT}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/7628989/Unique_Challenge_Mode_Gear_Effects-10_23_2012|desc=Unique Challenge Mode Gear Effects|bydate=by [[Bashiok]], Oct 23, 2012 9:58 AM PDT}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/6309438/Unique_Challenge_Mode_Gear_Effects_-23_10_2012|desc=Unique Challenge Mode Gear Effects|bydate=by [[Bashiok]], 23 Oct 2012 18:00 BST}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/6309438/Unique_Challenge_Mode_Gear_Effects_-23_10_2012|desc=Unique Challenge Mode Gear Effects|bydate=by [[Bashiok]], 23 Oct 2012 18:00 BST}}

Latest revision as of 17:49, December 24, 2015

Challenges Race Against the Time

A screenshot of a player's best times, viewable through the Roster tab of their Guild.

Previewed at BlizzCon 2011, Challenge Modes was a new system of dungeon challenges, like time trials. Players race to the end of the dungeon, competing for fast times in order to win medals (Gold, Silver, or Bronze).

In Legion Edit

0700Legion-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
Icon-information This section concerns content that is not yet released.
ChallengersKeystone

Challenge Mode receives an upgrade in the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion, approached as a small step above heroic mode.[1] A Challenger's Keystone can be used by an interested player:

  • Points to a random Legion dungeon
  • Power level determines difficulty and reward
    • Progression has no current cap
  • May have additional modifiers
  • Beat the timer to upgrade the stone in order to access higher difficulty and, thus, higher rewards
  • Failing results in depletion of the stone, but participants still receive loot

Additional dungeon modifiers might include:

  • Enemies enraging at 30% health
  • Extra enemies
  • Corpses exploding shortly after death
  • Periodic damage over time taken by group members

Rewards:

  • Loot chest at the end of each run
  • Jackpot for highest level completed each week
  • Alternate path to raiding

End of season Edit

The 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes season ended before the 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Changes after season ended:[2]

  • Achievements: All achievements associated with Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes will become Feats of Strength.
  • Rewards
    • Bronze: The “<Name the Undaunted>ω ϖ” title for achieving a full set of Bronze medals will become account-wide.
    • Silver: The Pandaren Phoenix mounts awarded for a full set of Silver medals will become account-wide. If any character on an account has earned a full set of Silver medals, all four variants of the Pandaren Phoenix ([Crimson], [Ashen], [Violet], and [Emerald]) will become available to all characters account-wide.
    • Gold: The cosmetic class sets will remain character-specific. Any character that has earned all nine Gold medals will still be able to repurchase the appropriate set, should they misplace theirs, from Alliance 15 Challenger Soong or Horde 15 Challenger Wuli in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Any characters that have earned one or more “Challenger’s Path” teleport spells by earning Gold medals in Mists Challenge Modes will retain those spells.
    • Realm Best Titles: There are extremely limited titles that are held by the players who hold the best clear time for a given dungeon on a given server. Since those Challenge dungeons will no longer be available in Warlords of Draenor, their respective titles are also being permanently removed. However, players with the best clear time for any challenge mode dungeon on a server will be awarded the title of "Mistwalker." There will be new Challenge dungeons in the upcoming Warlords season, and new titles for which to contend, however.

Background Edit

From the official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria website:[3]

The clock is ticking. Your group is making good progress, but you realize that if you don't hurry and work as a team, you will never make it in time. You approach the dungeon's last boss with a look of grim determination on your face; you will get that gold medal this time, come what may. He's almost down, but there are only seconds left on the timer. You yell at your group mates to give it their all for one last push, fingers flying across your keyboard. Finally he drops, and your group screams triumphantly: you've beaten the dungeon's best time. You've mastered its Challenge Mode.

Information Edit

From the official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria website:[3]

Mists of Pandaria's Challenge Mode presents a new way to reward great team players and seasoned dungeon specialists. The idea is simple: if you select Challenge Mode for a dungeon, you and your group will be racing against the clock to finish the dungeon as quickly as possible. The faster you finish, the greater your reward.
You select Challenge Mode before you enter a dungeon. In this mode, your objective is to clear the instance and down all the dungeon's bosses as fast as you can. Your gear will be normalized, meaning that instead of your own equipment you will be fighting using a set of items that's appropriate for the instance. That way, the challenge level will be equal for all players. Depending on how quickly you clear the dungeon, your group can earn one of three possible medals: gold, silver, or bronze. Working together as a team, communicating well, and supporting and encouraging each other is the best way to get those shiny gold medals.
So practice your pulls, lay out your strategies, and remember that communication and coordination are key. Challenge Mode is coming. Are you ready?
  • Challenge modes should be enabled for all 6 of the expected Pandaria dungeons and the 3 updated dungeons.[4]
  • Challenge mode runs will be cross-realm.[5]
  • *Note - Mists of Pandaria Challenge modes will be retired in the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch 6.0 to prepare for the upcoming versions. All Challenge mode achievements, from Mists of Pandaria, will be converted to Feats of Strength.

Restrictions Edit

Item level
  • Any gear worn above item level 463 will be scaled down.[6]
  • Gear will retain all hit and expertise, so players can remain capped. Stats that will be scaled down are secondary ones.[6]

Challenge Edit

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  • For level 90 dungeons: Gear over 463 is scaled down to 463.[7]
  • For level 100 dungeons: Gear over 630 is scaled down to 630.[8]

Results and rewards Edit

Rewards are received at the end of each challenge. The best rewards are given to those who can achieve gold medals. Things such as armor, titles, and mounts have been mentioned as possible rewards for those who are willing enough to complete the hardest difficulty and earn a gold medal.[3]

  • There are three tiers of achievements and rewards: gold, silver, and bronze.[6]
  • Player's UI will show medal tabulation, record times, rewards, and how much time mid-run until you hit the next bracket.[6]
  • Completing any challenge mode will reward an achievement specific to that dungeon: Money achievement dungeon name Challenger
Note: It is not clear if Wowhead DB info was actually pulled from game data or manually inserted based on observation or speculation.

General rewards Edit

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Gold rewards Edit

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Silver rewards Edit

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Bronze rewards Edit

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Starting a challenge mode instance can be done through the Dungeon Finder window via the "Challenges" tab.

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Challenges

Leaderboard Edit

Challenges leaderboard BlizzCon2011

Example leaderboard for participants

Challenge participants can compare their performance to others who attempted the various challenges, their ranks, times and medals.[16] The UI will give info about potential rewards based on the medals achieved.

Realm and Challenge-mode leaderboards Edit

From Wowhead News:[6]

References Edit

  1. ^ BlizzCon 2015:
       Blizzard Entertainment 2015-11-06. World of Warcraft: Legion World and Content Panel. World of Warcraft official gam site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2015-11-06. World of Warcraft: Legion World and Content Panel. World of Warcraft official gam site (EU).
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2014-04-02. Challenge Mode End of Season Early Warning *Update 4/2. World of Warcraft official game site (US).
       Challenge Mode End of Season Early Warning *Update 4/2. World of Warcraft official game site (EU) (2014-04-02).
  3. ^ a b c d Challenge Modes. Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (US).
       Challenge Modes. Official World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria site (EU).
  4. ^ Blizz Zarhym 2011-10-28. Mists of Pandaria Developer Q&A Transcript. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US). Archived from the original on 2011-10-27.
       Blizz Zarhym 2011-10-27. Mists of Pandaria Live Developer Q&A Transcript. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
  5. ^ Blizz Watcher 2012-09-14. #4 - Will challenge modes be cross realm?. Official Mists of Pandaria Beta > Beta Dungeons forum (US).
  6. ^ a b c d e f perculia 2012-07-21. Mists of Pandaria: Challenge Modes. Wowhead News.
  7. ^ Challenge Mode Guide: Rewards, Narrated Videos, Rules, and Useful Items. Wowhead. Retrieved on 2015-11-18.
  8. ^ Warlords of Draenor Challenge Mode Guide. Wowhead. Retrieved on 2015-11-18.
  9. ^ Ashelia 2012-07-27. Mists of Pandaria - Build 15913 - Spell Changes and More. Wowhead News.
  10. ^ a b c d perculia 2012-09-15. Mists of Pandaria: Challenge Modes. Wowhead.
  11. ^ a b c chaud 2012-06-26. Account Wide Mounts, Challenge Mode Valor Rewards, Heroic Scholomance, Blue Posts. MMO Champion.
  12. ^ Search Results for challenge gold (Quests tab). Wowhead. Retrieved on 2012-07-21.
  13. ^ Search Results for challenge silver (Quests tab). Wowhead. Retrieved on 2012-07-21.
  14. ^ Challenge Conqueror: Bronze. Wowhead. Retrieved on 2012-07-21.
  15. ^ Search Results for challenge bronze (Quests tab). Wowhead. Retrieved on 2012-07-21.
  16. ^ "World of Warcraft: Intro to Mists of Pandaria" preview panel (featuring Tom Chilton, Game Director; Cory Stockton , Lead Content Designer; and Greg Street, Lead Systems Designer) at BlizzCon 2011
  17. ^ Blizz Watcher 2012-09-14. #16 - Will challenge modes be cross realm?. Official Mists of Pandaria Beta > Beta Dungeons forum (US).

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