World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Easter Eggs & Pop Culture References
This is a list of all the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth easter eggs and pop culture references found in Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
Location: Stormsong Valley
Hunter Robin, the tiger, Honey Bear, Melancholy Mule and the pig are a reference to Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger.
Location: Freehold (dungeon)
Skycap'n Kraag made its debut as a Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament legendary card. Skycap'n Kragg is now a boss in the Freehold dungeon in Battle for Azeroth.
Quest: Monstrous Energy
Location: Norwington Estate, Tiragarde Sound
Joma (Tortolla kid) asks you to gather eel pulsating extract to craft an energy drink for his dad. This and the quest title makes for an allusion to Monster Energy (a popular energy drink brand).
Totes McGoats or "Totes Magoats" is a silly slang expression that means: "Totally!" The expression was used by Paul Rudd (playing as Peter Klaven) in the 2009 film I Love You, Man (IMDB).
There is an elite goat named Totes.
Location: Crimson Forest, Drustvar
This potion can be found on the ground at Crimson Forest. It spawns at random locations and can be noticed by its visual sparkles. When you drink it you get a curse named "Witch's Curse: Newt," and after 10 seconds you can read in the general chat: "You got better."
Reference: Monty Python
Location: Glenbrook Hunting Grounds, Drustvar
The Cottontail Matron (rare elite) and a wave of rabbits spawn after clicking the Beastly Ritual Skull in a cave at Glenbrook Hunting Grounds.
Reference: Monty Pyton & The Holy Grail
Location: The Golden Throne, Zuldazar
Yazma is a member of the Zanchuli Council in Zuldazar. Peculiar purple-themed gear in sort of an Incan-inspired empire.
Reference: Yzma (Emperor's Advisor). The Emperor's New Groove (Disney)
Location: Mariner's Wake, Stormsong Valley
There is a a quest in Stormsong Valley titled The Days Are Just Packed -- given by an NPC named Hobbs.
You are tasked with finding Sergeant Calvin in Brennadam Square.
The quest title and the NPC are a reference to the daily comic strip Calvin & Hobbs by American cartoonist Bill Watterson. Bill Watterson's book is titled: The Days Are Just Packed
Location: Thresher's Wharf, Stormsong Valley
There are three NPCs on the roof of a cottage in a small isle to the west: Coxswain Hook, Master Gunner Line, and "Sinker."Potential Reference:
Considering the NPCs are next to the sea, I'd wager the former options. However, there are other less elegant lingo terms where the expression was used.
Location: Crimson Forest, Drustvar
A bear elite named Hyo'gi ✔ check
Picnic basket ✔ check
piece of cake ✔ check
honey pot ✔ check
Flower + Engagement ring ✔ check
Loot: Hyo'gi Basket Binders
Reference: Yogi Bear and Cindy Bear?
This Hanna-Barbera cartoon character was inspired by The Honeymooners TV show.
Location: Crimson Forest and also at a cave in Glenbrook Hunting Grounds, Drustvar
There is a book with a face on the ground next to al altar.
Reference: The Evil Dead II (The Book of the Dead -- Necronomicon Ex-Mortis)
Location: Gol Koval, Drustvar
Bonus Objective Quest: The Hills Are Alive
First, some context. The middle of Drustvar is a snowy mountain named Alpine Rise. In real life, there is an extensive mountain range named The Alps that covers several countries: France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. The key to keep in mind here is Austria and Switzerland.
Once you reach Gol Koval, in the snowy area of Drustvar, on the southeast -- a Bonus Objective quest pops onscreen. It is titled: The Hills Are Alive.
Reference: The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. The main theme song of The Sound of Music film is titled The Hills Are Alive.
Location: Barrowknoll Cemetery, Drustvar
Rare Eilite: There is a peculiar elite raven above a crypt named Nevermore.Reference: The Raven (Poem by Edgar Allan Poe)
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door—
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”
But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—
Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said “Nevermore.”
Location: Gol Koval, Drustvar
NPC: Lost Goat
When you talk to Lost Goat, a dialogue window opens. It says in her collar the name Marzipan. When you interact with the goat, a massive Gluttonous Yeti (rare elite) jumps in.
Potential Reference: Homestar Runner (Goatface) and Marzipan.
Location: The Frogmarsh, Nazmir
NPC: Kremit & Miggy
Kremit is a frog. On his right, there is a banjo on the ground. To his left is a pig named Miggy.
Reference: The Muppets Show. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
Location: Mangrove Shore, Nazmir
NPC: Tortollan Seeker Scrollsage Nola
This voice over quote is said by Scrollsage Nola (a Tortollan NPC): "It's About the Journey not the Destination." Kinda a funny pun, because turtles are very slow.
Reference: While the quote can date back to 1922 exactly as it is written, the quote is more famously used in the song lyric of "Amazing" (2009) by Aerosmith.
Location: Hook Point (Boralus), Tiragarde Sound (in the basement)
NPC: Don Adams (The Don)
Reference: Don Adams (World of Warcraft Senior game designer) -- thanks @Azapls
Actor Don Adams better known as Maxwell Smart (Agent 86). The Get Smart TV show made its television premiere on NBC on September 18, 1965. As Maxwell Smart, he had funny quotes like: " I think it's only fair to warn you, this facility is surrounded by a highly trained team of 130 Black Op Snipers.... Would you believe two dozen Delta Force Commandos?... How about Chuck Norris with a BB gun?" In World of Warcraft he says: "Boralus belongs to me, (race)." When you kill him he says: "We'll call it a draw."
Location: Tradewinds Market
NPC: Miri Fiddlewizz (Gadget Vendor)
Potential Reference: Riri Williams (aka Ironheart). In Marvel Comics, Riri is an MIT engineering student who Tony Stark (Ironman) took interest in as a protegé. After the Civil War II event, Tony Stark was injured, and Miri took over his mantle as Ironheart. Not sure about this one, but I am an avid comics book reader. Miri + Engineer (Gadget) really rang a bell.
Location: Windswept Coast, Stormsong Valley
Rare Elite: Sabertron
In a cave, there are five mechanical cats: pink, red, yellow, green, and orange. They are being mantained by Venture Co. goblin technicians, and an ogre oil worker. The Sabertron Technician says: "Five mini cats come together to form one super cat! Nothing can withstand Sabertron!"
WIP: A quest in Nazmir rewards you with a pet named Dart, which looks similar to Dustin's pet D'Artagnan (in his baby stage).
Reference: Stranger Things
Location: Fort Daelin, Stormsong Valley
NPC: Specialist Wembley (Ammunitions)
Reference: Wembley Fraggle -- of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock.
Location: Brennadam, Stormsong Valley
Small Isle south of Brennadam, there is a house with 16 cats.
Reference: Unknown, but suspicious.
Location: Mildenhall Meadery, Stormsong Valley
Quest: Don't Go in the Basement
The kid named Ancel Mildenhall says in the quest text "We checked everywhere... well, (gulps) everywhere except the basement. B-b-but, dad told me never to go down there. He said it's dark, scary, and dangerous to go alone -- I could be eaten by a brue!." In addition, when you go to the basement, and click a barrel, a honey ooze spawns. It is named: The Brue.
Reference: Zork (Video game by Infocom) -- in the game you are told not to go into dark places: "It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."
Location: Millstone Hamlet, Stormsong Valley
If you attack a single Cranky Chicken, all of them will aggro and attack until you die, or untl you outrun them.
Reference: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time -- when you attack a chicken multiple times, waves of chicken land to attack Link.
Location: Kennings Lodge, Tiragarde SoundThanks: Maiyumie
Reference: The location name is a reference to Kenny Loggins (Singer)