I thought I would make a basic post about Garrisons and getting started with them. This is going to be alliance side, because that is what I play 99% of the time. I will possibly include the horde part later, when I level my tauren paladin to 100. For now, sorry!
Baros in Shadowmoon.
So you planted your banner and Baros Alexston steps through a portal from Stormwind (just how could he do this if they needed a–never mind!) He asks you to take care of a couple things: mark trees to be used as lumber and rid the area from these pesky birds. You get a quest from Yrel to take out Quakefist–a mini boss. After that you return to Baros and boom! You have your Garrison! Go inside and he gives you a couple more quests.
My philosophy is to get my followers as soon as possible. If you are on you first run through, you might want to just hit things organically, and that is totally cool. If you don’t, I will walk you through getting your followers as soon as you can.
Tip: While out adventuring and even within your Garrison, make sure to explore. There are things scattered about that will give you experience and/or Garrison resources!
Head out the north path from your Garrison to the shore to take care of business. When you return, Baros will send you to an area that is under construction to get some blueprints. Go pick those up. Right click on them to “learn”. You can find plans for the garrison from drops or quests and ultimately purchase them from a vendor. You are then instructed to use the Architect’s table to place your newly learned Town Hall on the map so it can be constructed! Whenever you build something, you will have to run over and click on it to “finalize it”. Anytime you construct anything new it will put you outside of your Garrison and phase it in. Go back and talk to Maraad, who has a quest for you. You learn a neat spell (Call to Arms) and a quest to get your first follower!
Qiana and the Garrison ability.
Qiana Moonshadow was so taken with your heroic abilities she wants to join you as soon as your garrison is set. Which is cool. After you set things up you can send her on a mission. There is a little tutorial of the garrison UI. It’s real easy.
Qiana Moonshadow- Growl is her main ability and she gets a random trait. I got inscription on this character. Which is a good candidate to swap out for me.
Tip: When you get most followers, they have a chance to be upgraded to rare or epic level. There are a few that are already at that level. Good luck!
Garrison UI and tutorial.
Send her on her first mission and pick up your second follower–Bruma Swiftstone. Yrel asks to accompany you to go to Embari Village. On your way, you can pick up your third follower. He’s waiting on a hill just west of the town. There is no ? quest marker, just a little X (crossed swords) like you see on Timeless Isle when there is a rare event going on.
Bruma Swiftstone- Is a nice little rogue with Fan of Knives and the alchemy trait.
Artificer Romuul is right where the little arrow is, on a hill.
Artificier Romuul- Has Rebuke for his main ability and Jewelcrafting as a trait.
After you are finished in Embaari Village you can go a few different ways. Follow Velen to Twilight Glade, where you will unlock a quest to get another follower or head to the Draakorium. Near the Draakorium you can go a little further south and start the questline to get Fiona. The other option is to turn in “Migrant workers” which you should have picked up before leaving your Garrison. It starts a quest that leads you to Elodor–probably my favorite village in Shadowmoon. There is also another follower to be had there, one you will have to choose from 3 available.
I go for Elodor, but I have done this 5 times now. I think I went to Twilight Glade my first time through. Eventually the quests will take you to Exarch Naielle in the Rangari Enclave. Completing those quests will bring you back to Exarch Nataaru to compete the quests that will open up your choice of 1 of 3 followers:
Apprentice Artificer Andren- He has Heroic Leap and Engineering–which only 1-2 other followers have. The other one you will not pick up until level 96 I think, so if you want to assign a follower to your engineer thing, you might want to pick him up.
Rangari Chel- Multishot is her ability and she has a random trait.
Vindicator Onaala- Has Cleanse and a random assigned trait.
At this point, you can go south and pick up Fiona or go Twilight Glade and get that going. You might want to head back to your garrison and send some of your followers on missions first. Unlocking the quest for Rulan will also open up the quest to upgrade your Town Hall to level two, which is cool.
When you get back to your Garrison you may have other quests pop up. Not sure exactly what triggers it, but there is a quest to send you to Ashran. I do suggest going there ASAP because you get a rare follower:
Delvar Ironfist- He has Bone Shield and has the Bodyguard trait, which is only possessed by a handful of followers. He also has one more random trait. Ashran is kind of neat and all the quests are simple “talk-to” different NPCs.
I decided going to Twilight Grove is probably the best option if you are looking to progress your Garrison further. After you complete “The fate of Karabor” Baros sends a messenger for you to come back. This opens up level 2 of your Town Hall and should prompt a quest to go after another follower, in addition to the quest that unlocks Rulkan.
Rulkan- She comes with the Hex ability and the Blacksmithing trait. I lucked out on my druid and got a rare version. The extra trait was Gronnslaying. Which is nice.
When you come back to Baros he suggest upgrading your Town Hall. Who am I to argue? For a paltry 200 resources to boot. Level 2 of the Town Hall unlocks a slot for a medium building and an additional small building. Feel free to set those up. It also opens up Garrison invasions and a couple more quests. You may want to explore things at this point.
Upgrade your Garrison at the architect table!
The quest “Lost lumberjacks” will pop up but the camp has moved to west of your Garrison Entrance. This is the questline that leads to Shelly. You can either do that one or go south to get Fiona.
I went to get Shelly because I can do that pretty fast. The quest is kind of annoying. At one point they say you need to go to the “pond” to get a clue, you start following the Phlox and he disappears. This takes you away from the area. Double back a little and you will see him again. The clue you need will be to his left. I was going around for about 20-minutes trying to find this the first time.
Shelly Hamby- Has Sprint and Leatherworking.
The last follower I pick up in Shadowmoon is Fiona. You have to do all the quests for her and the two other NPCs in her caravan. After that, she asks to be your follower.
Fiona’s caravan in Shadowmoon Valley.
Fiona- She has a nice AoE heal and has the herbalism trait, which later on, you can put her to work in your herb garden.
This should give you a nice start to Garrisons and collecting some followers. Hopefully you get a few rare and maybe even an epic follower. Good luck!