Most of my followers are now level 100. I've currently got a mix of green, blue (rare), and purple (epic) followers. My question is: do they still benefit from Base XP or Bonus XP?

I've tried answering my question, firstly by using the in-game hints and common sense. Here's a typical scenario for my followers:

garrison mission situation

There's no real indication that Ilona would or would not gain the XP, but then again: what would she need it for? Your own character obviously won't get any XP from quests anymore, turning quest XP in gold if I'm not mistaken. However, there is even a "(+32)" in green mentioned, which is not mentioned for -say- Hulda Shadowblade (a rare/blue follower).

I've tried the ingame help as well, but it's plain awful ("garrison xp" yields zero results). I've skimmed and searched through Wowhead's Garrison Guide but I can't quite seem to find my answer.

So, to summmarize:

  • how does XP work for level 100 followers?
  • how can you find out (is there any in-game clue to this)?
  • does the rareness (green/blue/purple) of folllowers matter?
  • does the level of the quest matter?
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    The +32 is just bonus EXP from having a better than 100 percent chance to complete the mission, or from follower abilities.
    – Lawton
    Dec 14, 2014 at 20:04

2 Answers 2


Once a follower reaches level 100, any experience they gain from there goes into increasing their quality (green → blue → purple).

In-game, you can still see the XP bar on non-epic (green/blue) level 100 followers. See for example Songla and Hulda in your screenshot, which would have a bar like this:

XP bar for blue follower

Epic (purple) followers do not have such a bar anymore: they do not benefit from base or bonus XP at all. For example, your epic character "Ilona" will look like this:

no XP bar for epic follower

The green "+32 XP" in your screenshot is extra XP a character would get for being overqualified for a quest, but again: since your follower is already epic this XP will go to waste.

Higher quality followers have additional traits and abilities (which let them counter more stuff).

  • Makes sense. To verify then, there is absolutely no point in sending epic level 100 followers on XP missions? (Except for perhaps the achievements about number of quests completed.)
    – Jeroen
    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:48
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    @Jeroen None at all. Only reason is if you need their traits or abilities and can't find them on a unit that still needs XP Dec 15, 2014 at 7:17
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    @Psychemaster Or if you want the salvage crates
    – Lyrion
    Dec 15, 2014 at 9:07
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    @Lyrion Unless I've missed a huge trick, sending out a level 100 epic unit doesn't give any more chance of a salvage crate than a level 100 uncommon or rare unit would. Unless you meant that sending an XP capped unit is better than not doing the mission (which is of course true) Dec 15, 2014 at 9:17
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    @Psychemaster Yeah it was just, if you don't have any uncommon or rare 100 units left. If you don't have a salvage yard it is better to keep them. But if you do hava a salvage yard, then it is better to just send them on missions.
    – Lyrion
    Dec 15, 2014 at 9:25

I send my 100 level characters on XP missions just to clear out my available mission queue; rather than letting them all expire which seems to take longer. I first do any armor upgrade missions, then resources (with Ben Gibb), then gold, then all the XP missions that are short duration (so I have followers available when the other missions are ready). Chance of success is irrelevant so I just send anyone. Not sure this is smart but keeps me busy.

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