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Janeiro’s Point lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

Posted 3 years, 1 month ago by Preston in Field Photographer Friday, Lore, Warcraft.

Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at Janeiro’s Point!

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Prales contemplates stealing some treasure

Janeiro’s Point is a small island to the north-west of Booty Bay in the Cape of Stranglethorn zone. The island is home to a large, now damaged statue of a goblin with outstretched arms. The statue is allegedly of Baron Revilgaz, the goblin leader of Booty Bay. Inside the statue is a stash of treasure.

Janeiro's Point as it appeared before World of Warcraft's release (Wowpedia) Thumbnail
Janeiro's Point as it appeared before World of Warcraft's release (Wowpedia)

All the way back in the World of Warcraft alpha, the statue on the island was of a Human, not a Goblin. It’s not officially known why this was the case. It’s possible that Booty Bay was originally intended to appear as Blackwater Cove, a human settlement that existed there before.

Janeiro's Point as it was between Warcraft's release and the Cataclysm expansion (Wowpedia) Thumbnail
Janeiro's Point as it was between Warcraft's release and the Cataclysm expansion (Wowpedia)

With the release of World of Warcraft, the island and its statue existed largely unused and untouched. Serving only as a welcoming beacon to all travelers making their way into the goblin port.

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A still of the statue from the Cataclysm cinematic

Leading up to the Cataclysm expansion, the statue is seen in the Cataclysm cinematic before being overtaken by a massive tidal wave.

Janeiro's Point in Warlords of Draenor, with Booty Bay in the background Thumbnail
Janeiro's Point in Warlords of Draenor, with Booty Bay in the background

Following the tidal wave, and the launch of the Cataclysm expansion, the island and statue were heavily damaged. The island lost all of its trees and the statue lost an arm, both now covered in seaweed. This is the first time the treasure inside the statue is revealed. It’s unclear who put the treasure there, but it’s likely it was Baron Revilgaz. He offers a short questline that ends with the quest called A Shiny Reward. The quest sends you into the statue to get some of the treasure for yourself.

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Mok'rash hanging out on Janeiro's Point, smug as ever

Mok’rash the Cleaver now also calls the island home. He’s most known for sinking several pirate ships belonging to Captain Hecklebury Smotts. The Captain even sends players on a quest to kill Mok’rash so he can finally feel safe leaving the port again (the quest is simply called Mok’rash the Cleaver).

The island has been unchanged since the Cataclysm expansion, and there is no indication of any changes to come. The Booty Bay area is expected to be a location of the Demon Invasions in the Legion pre-patch, so it’s possible you could be fighting demons on the island. Other than that, the island will continue to quietly harbor its treasure and sea giant. Its statue serving as a beacon to travelers and a reminder of the changes the world has gone through.

Unrelated to the game itself, the statue is based on the “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Rio de Janiero. The name of the island lending itself to the city's name as well.

Additional Lore Resources for Janeiro's Point

Recommended Reading related to Janeiro’s Point

Baron Revilgaz - +

The leader of Booty Bay, he oversees his port city from atop the Salty Sailor Tavern.

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Captain Hecklebury Smotts - +

A pirate captain; his crew, boat, and entire fortune was lost when he was attacked by three sea giants.

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Mok'rash the Cleaver - +

Mok'rash the Cleaver is a sea giant, most known for sinking several ships belonging to Captain Hecklebury Smotts.

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