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Alpha is over and Battle for Azeroth has now moved into Beta testing.
All existing characters have been wiped. More people will be invited to testing. Make sure to opt-in for the Beta. Blizzard posted upcoming changes to addons in Battle for Azeroth for developers. Note: Your account will be directly flagged for Beta. Check your e-mail and beware of scams!
For more information check out our Battle for Azeroth content hub.
With maintenance on the test realms, we're bringing up the BFA Beta test today. For those of you who tested the Alpha with us, you can expect a clean slate with regard to characters.
For those of you just joining us, thank you for testing! Please have a look at our various subforums for Beta discussion:
BFA Beta General Discussion (this one)
BFA Beta Bug Report
BFA Beta Zones and Leveling
BFA Beta Dungeons, Island Expeditions, and Raids
BFA Beta Items and Classes
BFA Beta Warmode and PvP
We greatly appreciate you posting on-topic in each of these forums.
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas will be answering your Battle for Azeroth questions on Thursday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. PDT.
You can submit questions by posting in this thread or via Twitter using the hashtag #WarcraftQA. We will be back with a roundup after the Q/A has ended.
The Battle for Azeroth beta has begun! Join us live on Twitch Thursday, April 26, as we sit down with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas for our next live developer Q&A where he’ll be answering your World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth beta questions.
Feel free to submit questions by posting in this forum thread or via Twitter using the hashtag #WarcraftQA.
We’re really looking forward to getting the chance to dive in and answer as much as we can, so we hope to see you Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PDT!
Our Battle for Azeroth content hub is filled to brim with useful information to get you started with WoW's latest expansion!
Your source of the latest Battle for Azeroth news!
World of Warcraft's latest expansion will be released on August 14, 2018. 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.
Game Version Pricing Buy Link Standard Edition $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
Allied Race Requirements Highmountain Tauren Ain't No Mountain High Enough + Exalted with Highmountain Tribe Lightforged Draenei You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Army of the Light Nightborne Insurrection + Exalted with the Nightfallen Void Elf 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 Alpha.
Dark Iron Dwarf & Mag'har Orcs Overview *NEW* Kul Tiran & Mag'har Orc Heritage Armor Kul Tiran Customization Options Kul Tiran Druid Bear Forms Kul Tiran Druid Cat Forms Zandalari Troll Druid Forms Zandalari Troll Druid Forms Animations Zandalari Troll Shaman Totems Azerite Armor
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.
Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26476) *NEW* Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26433) Azerite Traits on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Chest Piece) Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26231) Blue Posts
A collection of blue posts dealing with a variety of subjects in Battle for Azeroth.
Blue Posts Roundup: April 12 Changes to Block in Battle for Azeroth DPS & HPS Cooldowns on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Experimental Change) Build Highlights
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 Class Changes
In the latest dev watercooler, Blizzard talked about Class design philosophy in Battle for Azeroth. There's a new BfA build every week and we keep track of all talent changes here. A detailed overview for every build can be found below:
Alpha Build 26476 Talent Changes *NEW* 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.
Articles here deal with additional customization options for existing races.
Change Skin Color in the Barber Shop *NEW* Golden Eyes Customization Option for Blood Elves How to Create Upright Orcs Upright Orcs Overview Dungeons
Ten new dungeons will be added to the game in BfA. We looked at Dungeon Journal entries and compared item levels of loot rewards after the squish.
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.
Heart of Azeroth Explained Interviews
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 InvenGlobal Developer Interview The Starting Zone Interview Island Expeditions
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 (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.
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.
This section contains various articles about lore characters, scenarios and gameplay previews.
Battle for Lordaeron Scenario (Alliance & Horde PoV) *NEW* The Burning of Teldrassil Intro *NEW* The Stormwind Extraction Scenario (Horde Intro) *NEW* Zandalar Forever Scenario *NEW* Mounts
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:
Basilisk PvP Mounts Battle for Lordaeron Faction Mounts Bee Mounts Bloodfeaster Mounts Brutosaur Mount Clefthoof PvP Mount Crawg Mounts Darkhound Mount Frog Mounts Goblin Hovercraft Mounts Hyena Mounts Parrot Mounts Proto-drake Mounts Raptor Mounts Vulture Mounts Vicious War Hippo Mount 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.
Mythic Keystone Customization New Mythic Affixes Profession Changes
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.
Every Man for Himself and Arcane Torrent will be nerfed in Battle for Azeroth. You can find more information here.
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas is periodically answering your Battle for Azeroth questions. The latest Q/A was conducted last week.
Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q/A (March 15) Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q/A (January 30) Raids
Uldir will be the first raid of the expansion. We previewed early Dungeon Journal entries and found out that Blood God G'huun is the final boss of the raid. In a future raid (probably a Gul'dan equivalent in BfA), we're going to fight Azshara.
Uldir Raid Encounters Uldir Zone Preview & Zek'voz, Herald of N'zoth (Heroic) Testing Timewalking
Mists of Pandaria is receiving its first Timewalking raid in Battle for Azeroth.
Siege of Orgrimmar Timewalking Warfronts
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 *NEW* Visuals
Hunters and Warlocks received new spell animations.
Hunter Spell Animations Warlock Spell Animations Zone Previews
This section contains zone previews of Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
High-Resolution Maps of Kul Tiras & Zandalar *NEW* Vol'dun Zone Preview Changelog
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 BfA.
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.
Don't forget to check out your Beta Profile Settings to make sure you opt in for Battle for Azeroth Beta.
How to Opt-In for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Beta
Visit the official Battle for Azeroth website Navigate to "Beta Opt-In" Log in to your Battle.net account Make sure that Warcraft is selected under Beta Profile Settings. On a relatively fresh account, all future betas were selected automatically, but it's never a bad idea to verify that everything has been set up correctly before testing starts. That's it. You now have a chance to be selected for upcoming Warcraft Betas and potentially other Blizzard games of your choice! Screenshots
A gameplay preview of the Horde Intro in Battle for Azeroth, taking place after the Battle for Lordaeron. The article contains spoilers.
This article contains spoilers!
Welcome to our preview of the Stormwing Extraction Scenario. The event is available to Horde players that finished the Battle for Lordaeron. While the Battle for Lordaeron will be available in the 8.0 pre-patch, The Stormwind Extraction is coming later. It's the Horde's Intro to Battle for Azeroth and Zandalar.
High Overlord Saurfang has been captured by Anduin and the Alliance. From the Battle for Lordaeron we learn about Saurfang's growing distrust in the Warchief of the Horde.
The Stormwind Extraction Scenario
Nathanos informs you about a mission of utmost secrecy. Not even he knows what it entails. Sylvanas assembles a team of champions to infiltrate Stormwind. You meet with First Arcanist Thalyssra, Rokhan and Nathanos in the Broken Tusk Inn (Orgrimmar). Nathanos gives you a potion (Blightcaller's Easy Death) that can be used in Stormwind if you find yourself out of options.
The plan is to infiltrate the Stockades and extract the prisoners. You find High Overlord Saurfang in a cell and learn that he does not want to return back to Orgrimmar.
You think you are here to take me back to Orgrimmar. Back to the Warchief. You are mistaken.
You must now fight your way through various 7th Legion forces in the Stormwind Stockades, until you find a cell with Princess Talanji and Zul the Prophet. You must free them and and escape the Stockades. The next goal is to follow Rokhan and reach the Stormwind Harbor. Rokhan casts Stealth on the whole party and you must stay close to him to remain undetected.
Your party is now trapped near the Cathedral and attacked by Worgen, Genn Greymane and Jaina Proudmoore.
Zul the Prophet sets the whole city ablaze while you escape Genn.
Nathanos Blightcaller appears and you must now evade the wrath of Lady Jaina Proudmoore. Icy Barriers are blocking the path to the docks, Princess Talanji prays to the mighty Rezan and the Loa breaks the barrier.
When you're about to escape, you encounter Jaina, but she has to go extinguish Zul's fire, because Stormwind's on fire.
<Placeholder RTC: Zul "Persuades" Jaina.>
A NYI (not yet implemented) cinematic plays: <Placeholder: Talanji wrecks the Alliance fleet IGC.>
You set sail for Zuldazar and encounter the Zandalari Trolls for the first time. The Zanchuli Council does not trust you, but you are brought directly to King Rastakhan (Talanji's father) and he names you Speaker of the Horde, because you freed her daughter from the Stockades.
While Zul helps the Horde escape Stormwind, he later betrays King Rastakhan and you can find more in our Zuldazar Forever Scenario Preview. High Overlord Saurfang remains imprisoned and his fate is unknown for now.
What do you think about the conflict between Sylvanas and Saurfang? Let us know in the comments!
Note: Some cutscenes and voice lines are still missing. The scenario is subject to change at any time during testing.