The Trading Post is a new World of Warcraft feature that offers a monthly rotation of items you can collect, such as cosmetics for transmog, unique pets, and mounts. Keep reading to learn everything you want to know about the Trading Post, and how you can obtain these new items.
When Does The Trading Post Release?
The Trading Post will begin its first month of rewards on February 1, 2023. It will be available on the live version of World of Warcraft, it is not available in Classic WoW.
Where Is The Trading Post
Alliance: The T&W shop is run by Tawny and Wilder located in the Mage District in Stormwind near the Stormwind Stockades dungeon.
Horde: In Orgrimmar next to Grommash Hold you will find the Zen’shiri Trading Post.
Each Trading Post can be easily located by looking for the new gold token icon on your map.
When you visit the Trading Post you will be able to see new outfits and weapons on mannequin displays, pets under the tent, and mounts in the nearby stable area.
How To Unlock The Trading Post
With a level 10 or higher character, you’ll want to head over to your factions trade post and complete the introductory quest “Tour the Trading Post” – this quest will automatically be prompted when you enter Stormwind or Orgrimmar. You can also start it from the Adventure Journal.
Completing the intro quest will reward you with 500 Trader’s Tender. This is an account wide currency that can be accumulated on any of your characters.
How To Get Trader’s Tender
Every month on the 1st you will be able to earn Trader’s Tender. After you complete the intro quest, you will gain access to the Collector’s Cache and the Traveler’s Log. To obtain this currency and the items from the Trader’s Post you will need to have an active WoW Subscription, whether it is paid for monthly or by WoW Tokens.
The Collector’s Cache is a treasure chest located at your Trader’s Post, once a month when you log in you can open this cache to gain 500 Trader’s Tender.
Blizzard is giving a Thank You bonus of 500 Trader’s Tender to players who have the Dragonflight expansion, this will be added to your Collector’s Cache.
To gain more Trader’s Tender you’ll want to open your Traveler’s Log located in the Adventure Journal (SHIFT J). Here you will find a list of themed monthly activities to earn an additional 500 Trader’s Tender.
Each month you will be able to earn a total of 1000 Trader’s Tender that you can incrementally collect from your Collector’s Cache. The variety of activities include things like completing quests, defeating raid bosses, participate in holidays, pet battles, PvP, professions and more. This list of activities will rotate each month. Activity categories include:
- Dungeons and Raids
- Holidays and Events
- Pet Battles
Upon filling the bar of Travel Points in your Traveler’s Log you will earn a special reward. For the first month, beginning in February 2023, the reward is the saber-tooth mount Ash’adar, Harbinger of Dawn.
There is no need to complete all the activities once you’ve filled up the bar of Travel Points until the next month when it resets.
Speak with Zen’kala or Shiri at the Zen’shiri Trading Post in Orgrimmar or Tawny and Wilder at the T&W Post in Stormwind to open a new interface where you can view the current items in the shop.
Your Trader’s Tender is tracked at the top of the items list along with a handy filter.
You can Freeze an item and save it for a future purchase by dragging it to the bottom of the list.
Once an item is purchased, it appears you will be able to refund it within a 2 hour limit.
Trading Post Achievements
At this time, there are two associated Achievements for the Trader’s Post, they are located in the Character section:
Trading Post: Dragonflight
To earn this Achievements you need to own any edition of the Dragonflight expansion and you will be rewarded with 500 Trader’s Tender.
Trading Post Enthusiast
Earn the monthly special reward from the Trading Post 12 times to earn the cosmetic ensemble: Burden of Unrelenting Justice, an outfit in the style of the Wardens. You’ll need to fill up the Traveler’s Log of 1000 points per month and collect the special reward for each month, 12 times.
I’ve experienced similar reward systems in other games, like Elder Scrolls Online and Lord of the Rings Online, two different systems with varied rewards. After playing around with the Trading Post on the PTR and making some general comparisons, the WoW Trading Post appears to offer more in terms of rewards than the other systems, and gathering the tokens feels like a reasonable side option of content with enough variety to make it enjoyable, or worthwhile.
I get the sense that the game developers are trying to respect players time, as the means to earn the tokens doesn’t feel like an insane grind. If the Trading Post’s goal is to be an optional way for players to participate in picking up some cool rewards while supporting the game with a subscription, this could be a positive experience, and something to look forward to each month.
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