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Battle for Azeroth 8.0 Pre-Patch
The pre-patch will likely go live the week of June 17, 2018. It’s available for playtesting since June 14 and comes with all Battle for Azeroth backend updates and features aside from new content. The pre-expansion event is called War of Thorns and results in the Burning of Teldrassil. Don’t forget to check out our article about things to do before the pre-patch goes live. Content such as the Mage Tower, or the Chosen achievement will be removed soon. Patch 8.0 is now available for pre-download.
World of Warcraft’s latest expansion will be released on August 14, 2018 in all regions at the same time. You can find out more information in this post.
Pre-Purchase Battle for Azeroth
If you pre-purchase the expansion, you’ll get a level 110 boost and gain early access to four Allied Races. The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with various goodies in all Blizzard games except Diablo. Collector’s Edition from local retailers also comes with two novellas and you can read excerpts here. Character slots will be increased to 18 per server. Inactive accounts have been upgraded to Warlords of Draenor.
$49.99 // 44.99 EUR
EU / US
Digital Deluxe Edition
$69.99 // 59.99 EUR
EU / US
Pre-Purchase Deal [More Details]
New players that pre-order Battle for Azeroth will get Legion bundled with it for 49.99 USD // 44.99 EUR.
Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne and Void Elves are four Allied Races that can be unlocked before Battle for Azeroth goes live. Pre-purchasing the expansion won’t unlock them though. They’re gated behind Exalted reputation standing with Legion factions and achievements.
If you boost an Allied Race character to level 110, you won’t be able to receive Heritage Armor.
It’s very likely that Blizzard removes the gating at some point before Battle for Azeroth launch. It would not make much sense having them gated behind old content.
Allied Races Unlock Requirements
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough + Exalted with Highmountain Tribe
You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Army of the Light
Insurrection + Exalted with the Nightfallen
You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Argussian Reach
Allied Races in Battle for Azeroth
Four Allied Races have been confirmed in Battle for Azeroth so far. The Alliance will be able to unlock Dark Iron Dwarves and Kul Tirans, whereas the Horde can convince Mag’har Orcs and Zandalari Trolls to join the faction. The aforementioned Allied Races will be gated behind Battle for Azeroth content and can’t be unlocked before launch. We learned that Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag’har Orcs will be available first and both Allied Races are now available for playtesting on Beta and in order to unlock them, you must finish your faction’s War Campaign in Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard confirmed that Blood Trolls will not be an Allied Race in the coming expansion.
Allied Races Official Page Update: May 4
Dark Iron Dwarves & Mag’har Orcs Overview
Dark Iron Dwarves & Mag’har Orcs Official Preview
Dark Iron Dwarf & Mag’har Orc Unlock Requirements
Dark Iron Dwarf Mole Machine Racial
Dark Iron Dwarf Mole Machine Locations
Dark Iron Dwarf Hub Preview: Shadowforge City
Dark Iron Dwarf Paladin Mount Preview
Kul Tiran & Mag’har Orc Heritage Armor
Kul Tiran Customization Options
Kul Tiran Druid Aquatic Forms
Kul Tiran Druid Bear Forms
Kul Tiran Druid Cat Forms
Kul Tiran Druid Flight Forms
Kul Tiran Druid Travel Forms
Zandalari Troll Druid Forms
Zandalari Troll Druid Forms Animations
Zandalari Troll Shaman Totems
Set bonuses are gone in Battle for Azeroth and the legendary amulet is used to unlock Azerite traits on Azerite Armor. The plan is to introduce three pieces of Azerite Armor to the game – Head, Shoulders & Chest. In this section, you can find a list of Azerite traits that have been added to the game so far.
PvP Azerite Traits (Beta Build 26788)
Uldir Azerite Traits (Beta Build 26734)
Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26707)
Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26624)
Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26567)
Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26530)
Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26476)
Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26433)
Azerite Traits on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Chest Piece)
Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26231)
Blizzard has recently updated the UI of Azerite Armor and you can find more details here. Azerite traits can be reset at an increasing gold cost that resets every week.
A collection of blue posts dealing with a variety of subjects in Battle for Azeroth.
Frost Death Knight Changes: June 12
Changes to Block, MM Hunters, Protection/Retribution Paladins, Brewmaster/Mistweaver Monks: June 9
Surival Hunter & Frost Death Knight Beta Class Feedback: June 6
Arms Warrior Changes on BfA Beta: June 5
Mage Tower to Become Permanently Active as We Near Expansion Launch
Affliction Warlock Beta Feedback: June 5
Battle for Azeroth Class Feedback: April 30
Battle for Azeroth Class Feedback: May 3
Blue Posts Roundup: April 12
Changes to Block in Battle for Azeroth
Class Development in Battle for Azeroth
Fury Warrior & Discipline Priest Changes: May 25
Fury Warrior & Marksmanship Hunter Changes: May 31
Moonkin Changes in Battle for Azeroth
DPS & HPS Cooldowns on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Experimental Change)
Protection Paladin & Discipline Priest Changes: May 24
Racials and Trinkets Off the Global Cooldown on Beta
Battle for Azeroth is currently in Alpha. We have overviews with creature models, items, and latest changes:
Battle for Azeroth Alpha 26310 Highlights
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26287 Highlights
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26231 Highlights
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26175 Highlights
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26131 Highlights
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26095 Highlights
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 25976 Highlights
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26287 Creature Models
Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26032 Creature Models
New Earth Elemental Models in Battle for Azeroth
In the latest dev watercooler, Blizzard talked about Class design philosophy in Battle for Azeroth. There’s a new Battle for Azeroth build every week and we keep track of all talent changes here. A detailed overview of every build can be found below:
Beta Talent Changes *NEW*
Beta Build 26871 Talent Changes
Beta Build 26812 Talent Changes
Beta Build 26788 Talent Changes
Beta Build 26734 Talent Changes
Beta Build 26707 Talent Changes
Beta Build 26624 Talent Changes
Beta Build 26567 Talent Changes
Beta Build 26530 Talent Changes
We teamed up with Bellular to bring you a series of Class reviews for Battle for Azeroth in the coming weeks. The series is sponsored by Icy Veins and goes through all important changes for your favorite Class.
Death Knight Class Review for Battle for Azeroth
Hunter Class Review for Battle for Azeroth
Mage Class Review for Battle for Azeroth
Warrior Class Review for Battle for Azeroth
Alpha Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26476 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26433 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26367 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26310 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26287 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26231 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26175 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26131 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26095 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 26032 Talent Changes
Alpha Build 25976 Talent Changes
In addition to that, Hunters can no longer change a Pet’s specialization in Battle for Azeroth and we also looked at changes to Druid Travel forms.
Unicorns Tameable in Battle for Azeroth
Communities in Battle for Azeroth bring people with common interests together, just like D3 communities. The new feature will launch in the pre-patch and there are also improvements coming to Guilds (e.g. chat history).
Communities – Official Preview
Below you will find articles about interesting Cosmetic items and transmogs coming in the next expansion.
Taebu’s Scorching Straight Sword
Waist of Time
Books & Comics
Christie Golden’s Before the Storm novel is a prequel to Battle for Azeroth that’s now available for purchase.
Before the Storm Novel Spoilers (Amazon Preview)
Before the Storm Novel Excerpt 1: Anduin Letter to Sylvanas
Before the Storm Novel Excerpts 2 & 3
Digital Comics: Reunion (Jaina)
Digital Comics: The Speaker (Magni Bronzebeard)
Digital Comics: Three Sisters
Articles here deal with additional customization options for existing races.
Change Skin Color in the Barber Shop
Golden Eyes Customization Option for Blood Elves
How to Create Upright Orcs
Upright Orcs Overview
Ten new dungeons will be added to the game in Battle for Azeroth. We looked at Dungeon Journal entries and compared item levels of loot rewards after the squish and we started to upload previews of available dungeons on Normal difficulty.
Flying in Battle for Azeroth
Flying will be handled the same way as in Legion. We have two Pathfinder achievements and whilst the requirements to complete the first part have been datamined, the second part will be added to the game at a later time as part of a BfA content patch.
How to Unlock Flying in Battle for Azeroth
Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Update (Beta Build 26707)
Heart of Azeroth
With the removal of Artifact weapons and traits, all players will receive a Legendary neckpiece called Heart of Azeroth. The main goal is to collect Azerite (Artifact power) and empower it in order to unlock Azerite armor traits. The first set of traits is now available for testing on Battle for Azeroth Alpha. The appearance of Legion Artifacts will still be available in the new expansion as a transmog.
Heart of Azeroth Explained
How to Get the Heart of Azeroth
Several community websites had the chance to sit down with WoW devs at PAX East 2018 to talk about Battle for Azeroth and we have roundups of their interviews:
Battle for Azeroth Community Interviews Part I
Battle for Azeroth Community Interviews Part II
Forbes Interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Part I
Forbes Interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Part II
InvenGlobal Developer Interview
PCGamesN Interview with Production Director John Hight *NEW*
The Starting Zone Interview
Plunder uncharted Islands in Battle for Azeroth. The new 3-player dynamic Scenarios come in four difficulties and the goal is to collect 6,000 Azerite before the opposing faction!
Island Expeditions Preview – Un’gol Ruins
Island Expeditions Mounts
Island Expeditions (Official Preview)
Legacy Loot Mode
Personal Loot used in dungeons since Patch 7.3.5 was not well received by transmog collectors. Blizzard is trying to fix it with the introduction of Legacy Loot mode.
Legion Artifact Weapons
We’re retiring our Artifact weapons soon and Battle for Azeroth goes back to standard weapon drops. You will still be able to transmogrify the Artifact appearance though and some of them will still whisper you.
Legion Artifacts in Battle for Azeroth
Legion Artifact Retirement Questline
Legendary Items in Battle for Azeroth
Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but there may be at least one Legendary item in Battle for Azeroth. The Legion Legendary system will be abandoned and their effects will no longer work past level 115.
Battle for Azeroth Login Screen
This section contains various articles about lore characters, scenarios and gameplay previews.
Battle for Lordaeron Scenario (Alliance & Horde PoV)
Environmental Changes of Teldrassil and Undercity
The Burning of Teldrassil Intro
The Stormwind Extraction Scenario (Horde Intro)
Zandalar Forever Scenario
World boss spawns and boat/zeppelin locations will be indicated on the world map in Battle for Azeroth.
Map Improvements in Battle for Azeroth
If you’re an avid mount collector, Battle for Azeroth will most definitely not disappoint you. Plenty of cool mounts are coming and we covered the following flying/ground mounts so far:
Reputation Mounts in Battle for Azeroth
Mounts from Mythic(+) Dungeons
Mount Rewards for 100 Exalted Reputation & Collecting 400 Mounts
Basilisk PvP Mounts
Battle for Lordaeron Faction Mounts
Brutosaur Mount (Mount with an Auctioneer Costs 5 Million Gold)
Clefthoof PvP Mount
Goblin Hovercraft Mounts
Obsidian Krolusk Mount (Glory of the Wartorn Hero Reward)
Swift Spectral Phoenix Mount
Tempestuous Skystallion Mount
Vicious War Hippo Mount
Main Battle for Azeroth Soundtrack
Mythic Keystone Changes
No huge changes are planned for the Mythic Keystone system. It has been received well in Legion. We datamined some spells related to Mythic Keystone customization and a new (possibly level 10) affix. Tyrannical & Fortified affixes will be moved to level 2 Keystones to avoid awkward power spikes and the weekly Mythic chest has a chance to contain up to 3 pieces of loot.
Infested Affix in Battle for Azeroth
Mythic Keystone Customization
New Mythic Affixes
Weekly Mythic Cache Rewards in Battle for Azeroth
In Battle for Azeroth, level of the pets opposing you will scale to the highest level pet on your team. New pet mechanics will be introduced and some existing mechanics will change.
Pet Battle Changes in Battle for Azeroth
Pet Battle Philosophies in Battle for Azeroth
Pet Battle Updates (Beta Build 26707)
Most First Aid recipes have been moved to Tailoring and achievements are now Feats of Strength, hinting at a possible removal of First Aid. An early look at Profession changes and new recipes can be found here.
Quality of life improvements are coming to PvP in Battle for Azeroth. Strand of the Ancients will be removed, the two 40v40 battlegrounds will have a separate queue, and more!
Changes to Multiboxing in Battle for Azeroth
Dueler’s Guild Preview
PvP Talents in Battle for Azeroth
PvP Rating Updates in Battle for Azeroth
Battleground Updates in Battle for Azeroth
New PvP Ranking and Item Level Systems in Battle for Azeroth
Prestige Levels in Battle for Azeroth
War Mode in Battle for Azeroth
Enabled War Mode Increases XP Gains by 10%
Multiple factions have been added to the game in Battle for Azeroth and you can gain reputation with them by completing world quests.
Reputation Rewards in Battle for Azeroth
There are six tiers of research that provide various boons in the new expansion.
Research Advancement in Battle for Azeroth
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas is periodically answering your Battle for Azeroth questions. The latest Q&A was conducted on April 26.
Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (June 14)
Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (April 26)
Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (March 15)
Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (January 30)
Every Man for Himself and Arcane Torrent will be nerfed in Battle for Azeroth. You can find more information here.
Uldir will be the first raid of the expansion. In a future raid (probably the Nighthold raid equivalent in BfA), we’re going to fight Azshara. FatbossTV have done previews of Uldir encounters on Heroic difficulty.
Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: G’huun
Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: Mythrax the Unraveler
Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: Taloc & Fetid Devourer
Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: MOTHER & Vectis
Uldir Raid Encounters
Uldir Sets Preview
Uldir Zone Preview & Zek’voz, Herald of N’zoth (Heroic) Testing
Mists of Pandaria is receiving its first Timewalking raid in Battle for Azeroth.
Siege of Orgrimmar Timewalking
Warfronts are 20-player PvE scenarios coming in Battle for Azeroth. The first Warfront was recently enabled for testing on Alpha.
Battle of Stromgarde Warfront Preview
Warfronts Schedule in Battle for Azeroth
Even though this is not BfA-related, we finally got some news about WoW Classic development in a Watercooler on June 16. You can find more details here.
Hunters and Warlocks received new spell animations.
Hunter Spell Animations
Warlock Spell Animations
Warlock Summon Demon Animations
Summoning Stone & Soulwell Animations
This section contains zone previews of Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
Arathi Highlands Updated in Preparation for Warfronts
High-Resolution Maps of Kul Tiras & Zandalar
Drustvar Zone Preview
Nazmir Zone Preview (Official)
Vol’dun Zone Preview
Uther’s Tomb Visual Update
Uther’s Tomb Visual Update #2
Zuldazar City Official Preview
Added the official preview of the new WoW Communities feature and the Darkforge Ram preview.
Added map improvements in BfA and Bellular’s third Class review about Death Knights.
The hub has been updated with all missing articles.
Added latest talent changes and PvP Azerite traits (Beta Build 26788).
Updated the hub with new mounts, new Beta build coverage, one launch to rule them all, various blue posts & more.
Added Uldir powers and latest Beta Build 26734 talent changes.
Updated the hub with all missing articles.
Added datamined Azerite traits for Build 26530, Heroic Uldir raid testing and PCGamesN interview with John Hight.
Added Legion Artifacts in BfA.
Updated with the latest news and the PvP section.
The hub has been updated with new links to our latest news and previews and Battle for Azeroth Beta is now live!
Blizzard revealed the release date of Battle for Azeroth. We also added the latest information to the hub, including Dark Iron Dwarf & Mag’har Orc playable classes, latest talent updates, Azerite traits, and more!
The hub got updated with a bunch of new articles including new customization options for Blood Elves, talent updates for Alpha Build 26287, new creature models and a post dealing with global cooldowns in Battle for Azeroth.
A new Alpha Build arrived on Battle for Azeroth Alpha realms. Blizzard added the Dark Iron Dwarf racial mount, two Dwarf Paladin Ram mounts and more!
We added our preview of Island Expeditions to the website.