Cross-realm grouping, introduced between Patch 4.2.0a and Patch 4.2.2, is the ability to invite a character from another realm (of the same faction) to your party while in an instance if they are connected to the party leader by Real ID. It may be a paid service at a future date, but currently is a free feature of the Real ID system.
- In high population zones (like Orgrimmar or Stormwind City), party members may not be able to see each other.
- Despite hotfixes for daily quests in cross-realm zones, as of Patch 5.1, different realms may have different sets of daily quests for various factions, such that spawns for quests may not appear if the leader of the party does not have those quests available. This problem is especially bad in Pandaria dailies.
- Example: Party leader has quest A available for Golden Lotus dailies on their realm, but a party member has quest B available on their realm. The party member may not be able to see mob or object spawns for their quest until they become the party leader.
- If a member of the party can't see a mob, it may only appear when a member of the party that can see it attacks it or goes in combat with it.
- Sometimes a member of the party will not be able to attack a mob that is not part of a quest active on their realm, even if another party member on another realm can see and attack it.
Expanded cross-realm raiding
- ^ a b Nethaera 2011-05-17. Cross-Realm Dungeon Feature Coming Soon. Official General Discussion forum (US).
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2011-08-16. New Real ID Party Feature Now Live. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
Blizzard Entertainment 2011-08-16. New Real ID Party Feature Now Live. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
- ^ Kaivax 2011-12-01. #12 - Cross-Realm Real-ID BG Grouping is Now Avail.. Official PvP > Battlegrounds forum (US).
- ^ Kaivax 2012-01-07. Coming in Patch 4.3.2 -- Cross-Realm Raids. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
Kaivax 2012-01-09. Coming in Patch 4.3.2: Cross-Realm Raids. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
- ^ Cross-Realm Dungeon Finder in Patch 3.3
- ^ Rygarius 2014-03-18. Siege of Orgrimmar: Cross-realm Raids Enabled. Official Gameplay and Guides > Dungeons, Raids and Scenarios forum (US).
Takralus 2014-03-19. Siege of Orgrimmar: Cross-realm Raids Enabled. Official Gameplay > Raids and Dungeons (EU).
- Battleground, Patch 4.3 cross-realm battlegrounds section
- Coalesced Realm
- Cross-realm zones
- Dungeon Finder
- Raid Finder
- Real ID