Admiral Taylor can be found within the eastern portion of the Outer Ring of Oribos after completing the final Twisting Corridors quest, The Captive King. It is currently unknown what zone Taylor was sent to, or when exactly he arrived in the Shadowlands, but as he is not in The Maw, it is safe to assume it was before the events that led to the machine of death breaking.
Alliance players that have been playing WoW for a while are very acquainted with Taylor, as they worked with him for several expansions:
- Captain Taylor was part of the Alliance expedition that ended up shipwrecked in Vashj’ir during Cataclysm.
- In Mists of Pandaria, he was promoted to Admiral Taylor, and accompanied Anduin Wrynn in his expedition to Pandaria, helping search for the young prince through Pandaria, and then serving as a major Alliance commander during Landfall and Siege of Orgrimmar.
- In Warlords of Draenor, Taylor helped command Alliance forces from within his own Garrison in Spires of Arak. However, during this mission, one of his subordinates betrayed the admiral, turning both Taylor and his subordinates into undead. Taylor’s spirit was imprisoned and tortured by this subordinate, and eventually, put down by adventurers traversing through the Spires of Arak. Taylor died that day, but his spirit persisted in Draenor, joining Alliance player’s garrisons as a follower.
After the events of Warlords of Draenor, Taylor finally seemed to be at peace with his death, crossing over the veil.
Admiral Taylor’s Years of Services Reference
For Horde players, Taylor is simply a neutral mob with no dialogue, but he will have a short dialogue for Alliance players.
For some time now, Admiral Taylor has served as a reference to the Service Awards given to Blizzard employees – People who work at Blizzard receive special service awards after completing certain milestones. Admiral Taylor has several items named after him, and some of those items reflect the Service Awards given to Blizzard Employees!
Based on the items received by Admiral Taylor and his Shadowlands dialogue, he had been serving the Alliance for 19 years when he died.
Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword – “Awarded for Five Years of Distinguished Service – VW”
Blizzard employees that have been working with the company for 5 years receive a sword prop.
Admiral Taylor’s Shield – “Awarded for Ten Years of Distinguished Service – VW”
Blizzard employees that have been working with the company for 10 years receive a shield prop.
Admiral Taylor’s Loyalty Ring – “Awarded for Fifteen Years of Distinguished Service – VW”
Blizzard employees that have been working with the company for 15 years receive a ring.
Taylor’s dialogue in the Shadowlands – To think I was less than a year away from earning my helmet…
Blizzard employees that have been working with the company for 20 years receive a stylized Helm of Domination prop.
Shadowlands features several familiar characters from various points in World of Warcraft from Classic through Legion, which we’ve written a series of articles showcasing. Some of these characters may look familiar, but due to the nature of the afterlife within Shadowlands, others have changed in unexpected ways. Not all of these characters are involved with any major quests, but whether they were heroes in life or villains right up until their death, their stories continue, so check out their highlights below!
During the Shadowlands Beta, we also highlighted many prominent story characters which were either datamined or found throughout the zones.