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It's time to find out what awaits us in Patch 8.2.5 which is now available for playtesting on Public Test Realms.
Welcome to our Patch 8.2.5 content hub. We will be frequently updating it with links to our latest news coverage.
Patch 8.2.5 Release Date Speculuation
Based on the datamined Vulpera mug icon, it's safe to assume that the Allied Race will go live before next Brewfest, which is on or before September 20th.
While no Allied Races have been confirmed for Patch 8.2.5, we're speculating that Blizzard is adding Mechagnomes and the Vulpera of Vol'dun this time around.
The Future of Allied Races Vulpera Coming in Patch 8.2.5 New Goblin and Worgen Models
Blizzard is adding new models for both races introduced back in Cataclysm. Blizzard confirmed that there will be no Heritage Armor in 8.2.5.
Goblin and Worgen Models Preview Celebrate 15 Years of Warcraft
November 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of World of Warcraft, and players who log in during the event period will receive a celebration package in the mail with a Lil' Nefarian pet and other in-game goodies. Throughout the duration of the event, you’ll be able to participate in three unique raids with iconic encounters from past expansions along with an old-school-inspired Alterac Valley battleground. Players who defeat all nine bosses in the raid wings will receive the Obsidian Worldbreaker, a Black Dragonflight mount inspired by Deathwing. Players who participate in Alterac Valley will receive a new anniversary event currency which can be exchanged for two new mounts: the Stormpike Battle Charger (Alliance) and the Frostwolf Snarler (Horde).
Obsidian Worldbreaker Mount Preview Frostwolf Snarler & Stormpike Battle Charger Mount Preview 15th Anniversary Alabaster Mounts Honeyback Harvester (Bee Mount)
Alliance players will finally be able to get their hands on the long-awaited Bee mount (Honeyback Harvester)
Where Is My Bee Mount? New Timewalking Raid: Firelands
When Cataclysm Timewalking is active, max-level players will be able to form raid groups and enter the Sulfuron Spire once more. As with previous Timewalking raids (Black Temple, Ulduar), your gear and power are scaled to the challenge, and all the bosses and rewards you expect lie in wait.
Blizzard is experimenting with a new mode in the forthcoming patch that makes it easier for players in a party to do quests and play together: Party Sync. When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state, including phases. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who is on the quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn in the quest. There’s something else we’re going to try out on the PTR, a “replay” quest feature. This will allow players who have already completed certain quests to replay those quests with their friends for rewards that are appropriate to their current level, regardless of the original level of the quest.
They're also relaxing level restrictions on queueing for instanced content with your friends. This allows lower-level players to queue for content in their level range, and higher-level players can choose to join them by having their level scaled down while they’re in the instance. This feature will be available for dungeon instances for PTR Week 1, with PvP instances being flagged in the following weeks. Please note that unlike Timewalking, when your level is scaled down via Party Sync you will temporarily lose access to abilities and powers (such as Azerite traits) with requirements that exceed your reduced level.
Recruit A Friend Returns
Coming in 8.2.5 is a revamped Recruit A Friend system. If you have active game time you’ll be able to recruit your friends—both brand-new to the game and returning champions—to share in your adventures. To do so, you’ll be able to use a new URL generation tool to create a custom link to give to your friends. By following the link, you’ll be connected to each other and will be able to see if they have purchased game time, resulting in rewards for you! For each month your recruits have active game time, you’ll earn a new reward such as unique pets, mounts, game time and more. These rewards unlock per month and scale with how many months your recruits have subscribed for. And, of course, with Party Sync you’ll be able to journey with your friends on any of your characters. We’ll have more information about Recruit A Friend rewards before 8.2.5 release.
Recruit-a-Friend Mount Preview: Explorer's Dunetrekker The Story Continues...
We datamined new models for Wrathion, Valeera, Zekhan, and Calia Menethil in 8.2.5 Build 31337. Wrathion is part of the story in the new patch and he's involved in a Karazhan Scenario and we also found a new Hearthstone Tavern in the game.
Do you guys not have phones? In Patch 8.2.5, you can use your phone to log into the game.
Log In to World of Warcraft with Your Phone Battle Pets
New butterfly pets and the anniversary battle pet Lil' Nefarian await in 8.2.5!
All Patch 8.2.5 Battle Pets Build Highlights
In the following section, you'll find a summary of what's been added in the latest 8.2.5 PTR builds.
Patch 8.2.5 Build 31521: Highlights Patch 8.2.5 Build 31401: Highlights Patch 8.2.5 Build 31337: Highlights Patch 8.2.5 Build 31337: New Creature Models Patch 8.2.5: Initial Development Notes Important 8.2.5 information, all in one place!
Sadly, there will be no Heritage Armor added in Patch 8.2.5.
Both Goblins and the Worgen received new models in Patch 8.2.5, but Blizzard today confirmed that they were no plans for any Heritage Armor questlines, even though the latest MMORPG.com interview claims the direct opposite.
So according to the interview with Morgan Day and Shani Edwards on MMORPG dot com, it was mentioned that the heritage armor sets for worgen and goblins will be landing at the same time as the model upgrades.
I lack the posting count to have permission to include links in my posts but the article on there is titled “New World of Warcraft 8.2 Info: Tyrande, Sylvanas, Customization, OH MY!” for those who want to go have a look themselves. Here’s a quote, though:
"Goblin and Worgen fans will be pleased to hear that the long-awaited model update for each will be arriving in a future content patch.
“Shortly after Rise of Azshara, you’ll see that,” Morgan explained. “These are the two races that haven’t been updated. They’ll have new heritage armor with that as well.”
Is this still going to be the case? I ask because there was no mention of this in the development notes for the 8.2.5 PTR. Can we get some blue confirmation as to whether or not those plans have changed?
I can confirm that 8.2.5 does not include any new Heritage Armor questlines
Blizzard added a new Hearthstone Tavern to the game in Patch 8.2.5 and here's a first look at the new zone.
Check out our Patch 8.2.5 for the latest news!
We currently do not know what the purpose of the tavern is going to be. In the initial 8.2.5 build, we found a zone called "Tradewind & Crow: Dreamgrove Detectives" in the LFG Dungeons table and some sort of murder investigation scenario steps.
On top of that, World Safe Locs have been updated with the following entries:
Hearthstone Tavern - Buddy Cop Scenario - Start Loc (JLW) Hearthstone Tavern - Buddy Cop Scenario - Graveyard Hearthstone Tavern - Safe Loc Note that only the third entry contains the correct MapID of the tavern (2195). The first two locations are that of Dreamgrove.
The tavern is extremely detailed and the art team must have put a lot of effort into designing the area. There are decks on almost all tables, detailed paintings hanging on the wall, and individual cards floating in one of the rooms.
Our preview of Patch 8.2.5 continues with battle pets! There are three butterfly mounts tied to the Bee mount faction in Stormsong Valley, a new Recruit-a-Friend and the Lil' Nefarian anniversary pet!
Check out our Patch 8.2.5 for more info about Battle for Azeroth's upcoming patch!
The red butterfly drops from Honey Smasher in Stormsong Valley.
This butterfly is stained red from the blood of its enemies.
The battle pet will become obtainable in November as part of the 15th Anniversary Event.
This pocket-sized Lord of Blackrock is too small to call out any classes, but he can still dish up a good insult.
Papi drops from Fresh Jelly Deposit in Stormsong Valley.
Legend has it that these purple butterflies came from a place called Devil's Island.
This pet is rewarded from Recruit-a-Friend, but the model is unavailable at this time.
Rikki has a talent for sneaking in and out of all manner of small spaces if bribed properly with figs.
The yellow butterfly drops from Fresh Jelly Deposit in Stormsong Valley.
The wings of this butterfly start off with no distinct color but slowly change to yellow as they spend time in the sunlight.
This week's 8.2.5 PTR build contains entries that hint at an upcoming Level 120 Character Boost. The updated Recruit-a-Friend program is going to reward a Cosmetic set, and more!
World Safe Locs have been updated with three new entries in the latest 8.2.5 build. One hints at Emberstone Village Graveyard in Gilneas and the zone is probably tied to the Gilneas Heritage Armor acquisition questline. The two remaining zones are called "Horde - Character Boost (120) - BfA - Dazar'alor" and "Alliance - Character Boost (120) - BfA - Boralus". We may see a new Level 120 Boost introduced sooner or later and the new "Trial Grounds" will take place in Dazar'alor and Boralus. The recently-updated Recruit-a-Friend program is going to reward a set.
For more details, check out our Patch 8.2.5 hub!
Firelands Timewalking (Find Group): Return to the classic Cataclysm raid to defeat Ragnaros World of Warcraft Anniversary: Travel to the Caverns of Time to participate in World of Warcraft's Anniversary festivities! Global Strings
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Notorious Gladiator's Proto-Drake: They say that proto-drakes can smell fear. This iron-bound monster FEEDS off of it. Alabaster Stormtalon: "Chisled Chiseled by the stonemasons of Stormwind, this stone gryphon symbolizes the unbending courage of the Alliance." Alabaster Thunderwing: "Chisled Chiseled by the stoneworkers of Orgrimmar, this stone wind rider is a symbol of the unwavering strength of the Horde." World Safe Locs
8.2.5 Wow's Anniversary - Caverns of Time Horde - Character Boost (120) - BfA - Dazar'alor Allliance - Character Boost (120) - BfA - Boralus Gilneas - Emberstone Village GY