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So, how does one get all of the garrison blueprints? Seems like an easy enough question, right? I thought so. It would seem I may have thought wrong. It’s a bit of a mess right now, and that’s probably due to this still being a beta. Still, there may be enough info here to give a general idea of what to do. Just keep in mind that my answers are coming from my experience in the beta so far. One good patch, and what I say here could become wildly inaccurate.
First level blueprints would seem to be the easiest plans to come by. Of course, I think this is the information I have that is most likely going to change. Right now, questing gives you all of the blueprints for your garrison’s buildings. As part of questing, you’ll eventually get a quest to upgrade your town hall from level one to level two. For doing that, you get a reward that provides you with ninety-nine percent of the first level garrison blueprints. It sounds simple enough, but I think it’s actually the one percent building that’s going to show us the future. The salvage yard blueprints are not given to the player when they level up their garrison for the first time. To get the salvage yard, the player needs to complete a quest chain in the Spires of Arak. In the end I think we’re going to have to work for them. I think we get the big pack of them now because it’s beta and it’s a way for people to test all of the buildings without needing to track down every single blueprint (some of which may be spread out across higher level content). For all we know, many of the blueprints may not be set up yet in the beta. The blueprints for the barracks (which you pick up as part of the garrison tutorial) and all the buildings you choose when setting up outposts across Draenor are set up already. But I don’t think we know the specifics yet of how to get the rest of them (or how to get the level one blueprints for buildings we didn’t choose for that matter).
The second level of blueprints are easier to explain, but a little harder to come by. There are two vendors that sell the level two blueprints. One of the two will be in close proximity to the Architect Table in your garrison. This vendor will sell all of the level two blueprints for small buildings for seven hundred and fifty gold a piece. For the medium and large size buildings, you’ll need to fly out to Ashran for the other vendor. The Ashran vendor carries all of the level two blueprints, but doesn’t sell them for gold. You need to trade Outpost Building Assembly Notes for each blueprint you want. The problem I had here is that so far I only ever got one OBAN. It was a quest reward. Which means I could only purchase one level two building blueprint. And as far as I’ve been able to research, that’s par for the course. This special currency doesn’t seem to drop any where and there doesn’t seem to be any way to craft more. So you’re limited to upgrading only two buildings until you reach level one hundred. At that point, you can upgrade your garrison to the third level, and the base vendor will sell you all of the level two plans for gold. Or at least, that’s how it appears to work with a level one hundred premade character on the beta. Which again, means that this could be false information I’m giving you here. We may only be able to purchase the blueprints for gold right now because they wanted to make it easier for us to test the buildings at those levels.
Once you get to this point, it’s all about achievement hunting. To get the third level blueprints for a building, you have to complete an achievement related to that building (with an exception for the profession buildings). The achievement doesn’t automatically reward the player with the blueprints. It just unlocks the ability to purchase them from the vendor in your garrison. This is actually the easiest to document because the blueprints on the vendor say what achievement you need to complete. Lets take a look.
That’s a lot of work. One may ask why someone would want to do all of that work. Well, next week, I’m going to try to cover the different buildings and the perks they offer as they level up. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what buildings may be worth the effort early on, and which ones may be something to save for later.