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It seems that every class has access to 4 different Combat Allies, being able to assign one of them at a time for 50
, helping you while outdoors in the Broken Isles. You can freely switch them around, unassign them to send them on missions etc., but assigning one will always cost Resources.
You can level your followers by assigning them as Combat Allies (at level 110, every quest and world quest gives 150 xp).
Combat Allies can be put in 3 categories:
Bodyguards: Pretty much the same as the bodyguards in WoD.
Will show up when you're on the Broken Isles (not in Dalaran or your order hall) and accompany you permanently.
Depending on the champion, will either be a pure dps, a tank (taunting every few seconds, but not necessarily holding aggro all that well), or a dps who will also heal you occasionally.
Classes without a tank spec don't seem to get tanking champions, I assume the same goes for non-healers.
Ranged dps will stand still while fighting, but they don't pull additional mobs even if they patrol right across them.
When bodyguards get killed, they will simply show up again seconds later with full health.
They will start attacking only when you attack something. If you get attacked by a mob, they will not automatically intervene. If you switch targets, they will switch a few seconds later. They will stop attacking cc'd mobs, e.g. disoriented.
Summonable allies: Can be summoned on a cooldown to help you for a short time.
If you have one of these assigned, you will get a button (
in the middle of your screen. You can drag that button to your action bars, same as the garrison abilities in WoD.
Will damage / debuff your enemies and/or heal you once or for a few seconds before they despawn.
"Random" allies: Will show up "randomly", but really when the internal cooldown is up and you meet a certain requirement (e.g. taking damage, so they will only show up while you're fighting).
When you're in a zone where the ally can show up, you will get a buff reminiscent of his ability.
None of the combat allies can be used while fighting a world boss.
Whenever you come near a world boss, bodyguards will disappear (but respawn when you move a few yards away). The random ally's buff will disappear and the summonable ally's ability will have no effect.
When you let your combat ally do most of the work and don't contribute enough dps, you might not get loot.
Something is not quite right... I have Duke Hydraxis (not sure how to link to Champions, but he is a summonable ally?) assigned as combat ally, but he does not always get the exp gain when I complete world quest (for instance
Curio of Abundant Happiness
does work though (and no, he is not epic). I did not summon him during the fight.
Dear anyone from Blizzard...the combat ally is standing right next to me...I can't apply an upgrade because it says he's on a mission...seriously.
Garrison Timer Mobile App
Assign a champion here to be your combat ally.
Legion Class Hall Mission Guide