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Battle for Azeroth Expansion Hub

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Our Battle for Azeroth expansion hub is filled to brim with useful information to get you started with WoW's latest expansion!

Release Date

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.

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.

Allied Races

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 EnoughAin't No Mountain High Enough + Exalted with Highmountain Tribe 
Lightforged Draenei You Are Now Prepared!You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Army of the Light
Nightborne InsurrectionInsurrection + Exalted with the Nightfallen
Void Elf You Are Now Prepared!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.

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.

Blizzard has recently updated the UI of Azerite Armor and you can find more details hereAzerite traits can be reset at an increasing gold cost that resets every week.

Blue Posts

A collection of blue posts dealing with a variety of subjects in Battle for Azeroth.

Build Highlights

Battle for Azeroth is currently in Alpha. We have overviews with creature models, items, and latest changes:

Class Changes

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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*

Alpha 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.

Books & Comics

Christie Golden's Before the Storm novel is a prequel to Battle for Azeroth and it will be available on June 12, 2018.

Customization Options

Articles here deal with additional customization options for existing races.

Dungeons

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.

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.

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:

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!

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.

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.

Lore

This section contains various articles about lore characters, scenarios and gameplay previews.

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:

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.

Pet Battles

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.

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.

PvP  *NEW*

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!

Reputations

Multiple factions have been added to the game in Battle for Azeroth and you can gain reputation with them by completing world quests.

Q&A

Game Director Ion Hazzikostas is periodically answering your Battle for Azeroth questions. The latest Q&A was conducted on April 26.

Racial Nerfs

Every Man for Himself and Arcane Torrent will be nerfed in Battle for Azeroth. You can find more information here.

Raids

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.

Timewalking

Mists of Pandaria is receiving its first Timewalking raid in Battle for Azeroth.

Warfronts

Warfronts are 20-player PvE scenarios coming in Battle for Azeroth. The first Warfront was recently enabled for testing on Alpha.

Visuals

Hunters and Warlocks received new spell animations.

Zone Previews

This section contains zone previews of Kul Tiras and Zandalar.

Changelog

June 11

Added latest talent changes and PvP Azerite traits (Beta Build 26788).

June 10

Updated the hub with new mounts, new Beta build coverage, one launch to rule them all, various blue posts & more.

June 1

Added Uldir powers and latest Beta Build 26734 talent changes.

May 31

Updated the hub with all missing articles.

May 7

Added datamined Azerite traits for Build 26530, Heroic Uldir raid testing and PCGamesN interview with John Hight.

May 4

Added Legion Artifacts in BfA.

May 3

Updated with the latest news and the PvP section.

April 24

The hub has been updated with new links to our latest news and previews and Battle for Azeroth Beta is now live!

April 5

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!

March 26

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.

March 22

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!

March 21

We added our preview of Island Expeditions to the website.

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On 3/18/2018 at 3:58 PM, Stan said:

Allied Races Unlock Requirements

Besides the requirements listed below, you must have at least one max level (110) character on the destination realm of your Allied Race character.

Example: I want to create a Nightborne on Illidan and in order to do so, I must have a level 110 Horde character on the same realm.

I don't think this is true, I made a highmountain Tauren druid on a server I have never been on before. Literally just have that character on it.

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4 hours ago, Envisi said:

 

I don't think this is true, I made a highmountain Tauren druid on a server I have never been on before. Literally just have that character on it.

Fixed, thanks :).

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On 18/03/2018 at 12:58 PM, Stan said:

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 Nighthold equivalent in BfA), we're going to fight Azshara

F I N A L L Y! You know what would be cool for this? Bring Farondis to help us.

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6 minutes ago, Syktris said:

F I N A L L Y! You know what would be cool for this? Bring Farondis to help us.

Isn't Farondis still missing?

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On 26/04/2018 at 3:13 PM, soulsurge said:

i like you icyveins but wowheads datamining is more thorough

We're doing our best to make sure we get the most important information out there - if you can think of any specific thing that is often missing, such as an area of the game you are interested in that we don't cover in our data-mining, we can always look to do so. 

Nonetheless, we are always trying to improve wherever we can.

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