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Darkmoon Faire Patch 8.1.5 Updates: Official Preview

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Darkmoon Faire has been updated in Patch 8.1.5 with a roller coaster, three new companions, and fish head cosmetics. The event will be up for one week starting April 7.

What's New in Patch 8.1.5?

For more details check out our Darkmoon Faire guide.

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Step Right Up! Try Your Luck!

A gathering of the exotic from around Azeroth (and beyond!), the Darkmoon Faire is a celebration of the wondrous and mysterious. This mist-shrouded island is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma, accessible at the beginning of each month for one week only. Don’t be shy now, don’t be bashful—step right up for a tantalizing glimpse of what Faire founder Silas Darkmoon has in store for you!New Attractions and Prizes!

The Darkmoon Faire returns this Sunday, April 7 with a brand-new roller coaster ride, new balloon-themed pets, and the latest haute couture fashion accessories: severed fish heads!

NEW: DARKMOON FAIRE ROLLER COASTER

The Darkmoon Faire Roller Coaster is the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster in Azeroth! Grip the edge of your seat as you get tossed around swerving through curves and taking terrifying plunges on this rickety track of twisting timber. There's no height requirement, so dwarves, gnomes, and goblins can ride without having to measure up.

Brave riders will be granted the WHEE! buff, which increases experience and reputation earned for one hour. The experience gain will lend itself to collecting Heritage Armor sets and for unlocking Allied Races, including the recently released Kul Tiran humans and Zandalari trolls.

NEW: PETS

Darkmoon Prize Tickets burning a hole in your pocket? For 90 tickets, Carl Goodup will sell you three new pets to commemorate your visit—the Horse Balloon Horse Balloon, Murloc Balloon Murloc Balloon, and Wolf Balloon Wolf Balloon. Just make sure to keep them away from pointy objects.

NEW: FASHIONABLE FISH

Darkmoon Island offers 360 degrees of seas full of interesting finds. Cast a line and maybe you’ll reel in a Severed Crimsonscale Head Severed Crimsonscale Head or Severed Azurefin Head Severed Azurefin Head. Wearing them is all the rage at the faire this season.

WHEN

Starting on the first Sunday of each month, lasting one week.

WHERE

Darkmoon Island, accessible from portals in Elwynn Forest (Alliance) and Mulgore (Horde). You can easily reach the portals located in Elwynn Forest and Mulgore by paying a Darkmoon Faire Mystic Mage (located in Stormwind, Orgrimmar, and Dalaran) to teleport you there.

Although there is no level restriction to attend the Faire, you can only travel to the island while the Darkmoon Faire is open.

CURRENCY: DARKMOON PRIZE TICKETS

Completing games and quests on Darkmoon Island will generally reward you with Darkmoon Prize Tickets. These are used to purchase most of the items you will find on sale at the Darkmoon Faire.

ATTRACTIONS

BLIGHT BOAR CONCERT

Get ready to shred your vocal chords—Blight Boar plays literal death metal at the Cauldron of Rock every half hour.

Rage on stage with the undead band and defeat the Death Metal Knight who tries to upstage their performance. Prove you’re the ultimate superfan during the encounter by defeating the Death Metal Knight and his Ghouls. After successfully defending Blight Boar, players will have a chance to receive a rockin’ prize.

REWARDS:
  • Chain-Linked Cage Helm
  • Lightly-Padded Cage Helm
  • Leather-Lined Cage Helm
  • Steel-Reinforced Cage Helm
  • Blight Boar Microphone
    • Transform into lead singer Devlynn Styx and perform an epic Blight Boar performance.
  • Necromedes, the Death Resonator
    • Take the stage with this epic transmogrifiable guitar.
THE TAUREN CHIEFTANS CONCERT

The Tauren Chieftains (Samuro, Sig Nicious, Bergrisst, Mai’Kyl, and Chief Thunder-Skins) play near the boardwalk at the Faire. They will be here all week long for your viewing pleasure, so make sure to check it out and /dance to their amazing music.

SAYGE

Life is full of mystery and wonder; no two adventurer’s tales are alike. Seek out Azeroth-renowned fortune teller Sayge to discover your future. After answering two of Sayge’s questions, you will receive a buff based on your responses.

DARKMOON CAROUSEL

Can’t handle the Darkmoon Faire Roller Coaster? Never fear, we have a ride that might be more your speed: the Darkmoon Carousel! Choose to ride on a rocket, gryphon, wyvern, dragon, or murloc as you spin around leisurely. After several turns, you will be granted the WHEE! buff which increases your experience and reputation gained for an hour.

PETTING ZOO

Come see creatures up close from far and wide in our petting zoo. Captured from the jungles, beaches, and deserts across Azeroth and beyond, these beasts will fill you with awe and wonder. Although be careful to not make eye contact with the basilisk, lest you turn to stone!

DARKMOON FAIRE BOSSES

The dreadful Darkmoon Rabbit and Moonfang are terrorizing the outskirts of the Faire! Brave adventurers are needed to put these menaces down once and for all. Players can earn rare pets and toys by slaying these mythical beasts that roam the mysterious isle.

Don’t go it alone! Those woods are lovely, dark, and deep: Use Group Finder to get a little help from your newest friends.

DARKMOON RABBIT REWARDS:
  • Darkmoon Rabbit
    • This ill-tempered bunny is ready for some fighting action!
MOONFANG REWARDS:
  • Moon Moon
    • This cute little wolf must be taken care of by someone valorous, lest he become a monster like Moonfang.
  • Moonfang Shroud
    • This headdress gives you a wild, fearsome appearance.
  • Moonfang’s Paw
    • This toy allows the player to transform into Moonfang!
  • Moonfang’s Pelt
    • Gives the player a quest which rewards them with 10 Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
  • Shimmering Moonstone
    • Allows players to mount Moonfang herself for the duration of the Darkmoon Faire.

Sail east of the island and dive deep to slay Erinys. Players have a chance to receive the Ring of Promises which starts a quest. Turn in the item to Chester who will reward you with the Ring of Broken Promises toy.

ERINYS REWARDS:
  • Ring of Broken Promises
    • Turn into a fel-infused Blood Elf!

QUESTS

Like any carnival, the Darkmoon Faire boasts plenty of things to do. Taking part in the daily minigames will reward you with Darkmoon Prize Tickets, a healthy amount of Darkmoon Faire reputation, and perhaps few other surprises! All you need is a Game Token to participate in any of these six games which are sure to test your skills, coordination, and reaction time.

PROFESSION QUESTS

Are you a skilled crafter? The Darkmoon Faire needs your help to keep its activities going! Use your skills to keep the Faire a fun place for everyone, and you will get more than just gratitude from it. Helping the Faire gives you insight regarding your own skills, making you a better crafter in the long run. It doesn’t hurt that you also get Game Tokens and Darkmoon Prize Tickets for your troubles!

DARKMOON ARTIFACTS

Upon reaching the Faire, you can acquire a Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide. This guide will allow you to collect Darkmoon Artifacts such as the Captured Insignia or a Mysterious Grimoire while doing activities such as questing, dungeons, raids, or PvP out in the world. Turn in those artifacts at the Faire for fabulous prizes!

DAILY MINIGAMES

TEST YOUR STRENGTH

The fun at Darkmoon Faire extends to all of Azeroth’s planes! Collect 250 Grisly Trophies by killing creatures that offer experience and Honor with your handy Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide.

FIREBIRD’S CHALLENGE

Soar through the star-studded sky and collect at least 15 rings to win a Darkmoon Game Prize while flying. If you collect 50 rings, you’ll receive the toy Blazing Wings, which will give your character the appearance of having fiery wings for an hour!

Rewards: 1 Darkmoon Game Prize and 250 reputation with Darkmoon Faire

Completing the achievement Brood of Alysrazor will grant you the toy Blazing Wings.

WHACK-A-GNOLL

It’s hammer time! But don’t lash out at everything in sight, because the gnolls come in three types: normal, Hogger, and baby. Whack a normal gnoll for one point and a Hogger gnoll for three points, but if you hit a poor defenseless baby, you’ll be knocked down for a few moments. You only have 60 seconds to earn 30 points!

Rewards: 1 Darkmoon Game Prize and 250 reputation with Darkmoon Faire

Completing the achievement That’s Whack! will grant you the pet Hogs.

THE HUMANOID CANNONBALL

The Blastenheimer 5000 Ultra Cannon launches Fairegoers through the air towards a target sitting in the waters near the boardwalk south of the fairground. Getting a bullseye earns five points; landing very close to it earns three points; and getting near earns one. You need to accumulate just five points to complete the quest!

Rewards: 1 Darkmoon Game Prize and 250 reputation with Darkmoon Faire

SHOOTING STALL

Test your skills in the shooting gallery! You have just 60 seconds to earn 25 points by shooting targets as they light up. Quick shots earn twice as many points as a normal shot, so choose your strategy: high-speed blasting or careful accuracy?

Rewards: 1 Darkmoon Game Prize and 250 reputation with Darkmoon Faire

AIM AT THE TURTLE

You have a bunch of rings. There is a spike on a turtle. Can you guess where this is going? With just three successful throws as your goal, from a maximum of 10 attempts, how hard can it be?

Rewards: 1 Darkmoon Game Prize and 250 reputation with Darkmoon Faire

Completing the achievement Triumphant Turtle Tossing will grant you the toy Darkmoon Ring-Finger.

TANK BATTLE SIMULATOR

Use your Darkmoon Tonk to destroy 30 Tonk Targets in 60 seconds to win a Darkmoon Game Prize and 45 Tonk Targets to score a Darkmoon Tonk Controller toy. Beware of the enemy tonks and mini-zeppelins!

Rewards: 1 Darkmoon Game Prize and 250 reputation with Darkmoon Faire

Completing the achievement Ace Tonk Commander will grant you the toy Darkmoon Faire Tonk Controller.

DAILY PET BATTLE QUEST

DARKMOON PET BATTLE!

Master pet tamer Jeremy Feasel is waiting for you and your battle pets! You can challenge him for the fee of one Darkmoon Game Token, and maybe find a Darkmoon Eye in your Darkmoon Pet Supplies if luck is with you!

Reward: 1 Darkmoon Pet Supplies

RACING CHALLENGE

Head down to the boardwalk and race all over the countryside around the Darkmoon Faire. Avoid the course’s obstacles using speed boosts, springboards, and other tools and tricks to finish the race as fast as you can.

Only the fastest racers will qualify for the achievements and fabulous rewards that come with them. Complete the races on four racer mounts—Powermonger, Wanderluster, Rocketeer, and Racing Strider—for the rewards listed below!

Complete the Real Big Race within 20 tolls to earn the prizes below:

  • Darkmoon Game Prize
    • Complete the Welcome to the Darkmoon Races quest
  • Darkmoon Cannon
    • Powermonger: Gold
  • Darkmoon Gazer
    • Big Wanderluster: Gold
  • Race MiniZep Controller
    • Big Rocketeer: Gold
  • Checkered Flag
    • Big Race Roadhog

Complete the Real Race within 11 tolls to earn the prizes below:

  • Gaze of the Darkmoon
    • Powermonger: Gold
  • Attraction Sign
    • Wanderluster: Gold
  • Everlasting Darkmoon Firework
    • Rocketeer: Gold
  • Fire-Eater’s Vial
    • Darkmoon Racer Roadhog

PRIZES AND REWARDS

You can redeem your hard-earned Darkmoon Prize Tickets for all sorts of rewards! The Darkmoon Faire offers a myriad of interesting items, transmog sets, pets, and mounts.

VENDOR MOUNTS

Ride in style with four mounts that you can unlock during the Darkmoon Faire. All prizes can be purchased with Darkmoon Prize Tickets.

  • Darkmoon Dancing Bear: A lot of people like bears. Even more of those like dancing bears. For the low, low price of 180 Darkmoon Prize Tickets, you too can forever own a rideable dancing bear. What else could you ask for?
    • Sold by Lhara for 180 Darkmoon Prize Tickets
  • Swift Forest Strider: Vibrant purple plumage adorns this gorgeous breed that can only be found in the forests of Darkmoon Isle. It’s all too willing to give you a lift on your adventures and explore off the shores of the only home its ever known for 180 Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
    • Sold by Lhara for 180 Darkmoon Prize Tickets
  • Darkwater Skate: Calling all fishers! Prove your prowess (or patience) by fishing up the big fish—more than just a story. Found only in the dark waters surrounding Darkmoon Island, this skate lets you dive into the waters of Azeroth and beyond.
    • Sold by Galissa Sundew for 500 Darkmoon Daggermaw

VENDOR PETS

Several pets are available at the Darkmoon Faire from Lhara for 90 Darkmoon Prize Tickets each. They can also sometimes be found inside Darkmoon Game Prize boxes.

  • Darkmoon Monkey
  • Darkmoon Cub
  • Darkmoon Hatchling
  • Darkmoon Turtle
  • Darkmoon Balloon
  • Darkmoon Tonk
  • Darkmoon Zepplin

Cash in your bundles of tickets on balloon pets to accompany you on your adventures! These delightful creature-inspired balloons are sold by balloon vendor Carl Goodup.

  • Horse Balloon
  • Murloc Balloon
  • Wolf Balloon
  • Darkmoon Balloon

GEAR

Several cosmetic items are available to be redeemed with Darkmoon Prize Tickets.

CLASSIC DUNGEON GEAR

Baruma offers complete replicas of classic dungeon sets. These replicas have no combat statistics, but can be used for transmogrification purposes. They can be redeemed for Darkmoon Prize Tickets (individual redemption values vary).

TRANSMOGRIFICATION ITEMS

  • Cloak of Darkmoon Faire
  • Darkmoon Hammer

TICKETS FOR TOYS

Gelvas Grimegate exchanges fun toys and carnival items for Darkmoon Prize Tickets. Take a little bit of the Faire with you wherever you go!

  • Sparklepony XL (150 Darkmoon Prize Tickets)
  • Darkmoon Seesaw (50 Darkmoon Prize Tickets)
  • Darkmoon Whistle (90 Darkmoon Prize Tickets)

PROFESSION ITEMS

The Darkmoon Faire boasts a variety of quests to boost your characters’ professions in increments of 5.

Several Legion Inscription recipes are sold by Professor Thaddeus Paleo: Technique: Darkmoon Card of the Legion (Rank 2) (50 tickets) and Technique: Prophecy Tarot (Rank 2) for 5 tickets and for Technique: Prophecy Tarot (Rank 3) for 35 tickets.

Legion also brought a new set of Darkmoon Cards, which are item level 835 and can be upgraded to ilvl 875 via Obliterum. These are crafted by scribes and can be created any time of the year after purchasing the recipes at the Darkmoon Faire.

DARKMOON ITEMS

Bring a little bit of the Darkmoon Faire home with you as a souvenir! Here are the items you can purchase and collect:

  • Darkmoon Top Hat
    • Wear this dapper piece to increase experience and reputation gains by 10% for 1 hour. Hat is consumed on use.
  • Inky Black Potion
    • Ever wonder how Darkmoon Island is surrounded by perpetual darkness? The magic is captured in Inky Black Potion that can be used anywhere to create a similar nighttime effect.
  • Darkmoon Flower
  • Darkmoon “Tiger”
  • Darkmoon “Sword”
  • Darkmoon “Snow Leopard”
  • Darkmoon “Nightsaber”
  • Darkmoon “Cougar”
  • Darkmoon “Dragon”
  • Darkmoon “Gryphon”
  • Darkmoon “Murloc”
  • Darkmoon “Rocket”
  • Darkmoon “Wyvern”
  • Darkmoon Storage Box
    • This 16-slot bag is perfect for carrying your Darkmoon Isle swag home!

ACHIEVEMENTS

From the moment you step into the Faire you can earn achievements. Push yourself to score big and you’ll snag rewards for your efforts.

Ace Tonk Commander

Score 45 hits in one session of the Tonk Challenge.
Rewards: Darkmoon Faire Tonk Controller

Brood of Alysrazor

Fly through 50 Blazing Rings in one flight session of Firebird’s Challenge.
Rewards: Blazing Wings

Triumphant Turtle Tossing

Successfully toss 10 rings onto Dubenko the Darkmoon Turtle in one session of the Ring Toss.
Rewards: Darkmoon Ring-Finger

That’s Whack!

Score 45 points in one session of Whack-a-Gnoll.
Rewards: Hogs’ Studded Collar

The Race Games Achievements

Darkmoon Racer Roadhog

Complete “The Real Race” with a Racing Strider within 11 tolls.
Rewards: Fire-Eater’s Vial

Big Race Roadhog

 Complete The Real Big Race with a Racing Strider within 20 tolls.
Rewards: Checkered Flag

Rocketeer: Gold

Complete The Real Race with a Rocketeer within 11 tolls.
Rewards: Everlasting Darkmoon Firework

Big Rocketeer: Gold

Complete The Real Big Race with a Rocketeer within 20 tolls.
Rewards: Race MiniZep

Wanderluster: Gold

Complete The Real Race with a Wanderluster within 11 tolls.
Rewards: Attraction Sign

Big Wanderluster: Gold

Complete The Real Big Race with a Wanderluster within 20 tolls.
Rewards: Darkmoon Gazer

Powermonger: Gold

Complete The Real Race with a Powermonger within 11 tolls.
Rewards: Gaze of the Darkmoon

Big Powermonger: Gold

Complete The Real Big Race with a Powermonger within 20 tolls.
Rewards: Darkmoon Cannon

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

Darkmoon Deathmatch Pit

Feeling lucky? How long can you last against impossible odds? Do you have what it takes to best all comers and take the pit fighter’s prize? Start at midnight and then every three hours, on the hour, you will have a chance to compete for the prize. But if wanton destruction is all you care about, the pit is always open. If you win, you can start the Master Pit Fighter quest, which will grant the Returning Champion Heirloom trinket.

PET BATTLES

Challenge the Pet Battle Masters of the Darkmoon Faire. If you best them, you have a chance to earn the Darkmoon Eye and Syd the Squid!

Step right up! The next Darkmoon Faire runs April 7–April 13, and will return next month on May 5. Now go out there and win some prizes!

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      Certain rings from Ny'alotha come with Benthic-like effects and a debuff with side effects.
      Corrupted Ring - Face the Truth Corrupted Ring - Last Grasp Corrupted Ring - Masochistic Corrupted Ring - Mesmerizing Corrupted Ring - Overconfident Corrupted Ring - Revel in Violence Corrupted Ring - Spontaneous Fury Corrupted Ring - Thing From Beyond Corrupted Weapons in Patch 8.3
      Certain weapons from Ny'alotha also have Benthic-like effects and a flat +25 Corruption Stat Increase which isn't currently reflected on the tooltip.
      Weapon Effect Description An'zig Vra Devour Vitality Your autoattacks bite into the target's soul, dealing 2% of your health in damage and healing you for that amount. Devastation's Hour Twilight Devastation Your attacks have a chance to trigger a beam of Twilight Devastation, dealing damage equal to 5% of your health to all enemies in front of you.
      Eyestalk of Il'gynoth Ineffable Truth Your Spells and Abilities have a chance to show you the Ineffable Truth, increasing the rate your cooldowns recover by 20% for 12 sec. Faralos, Empire's Dream Searing Flames Your damaging abilities build stacks of Searing Flames. When you reach 30 stacks, exhale a Searing Breath, dealing damage equal to 5% of your health to all targets in front of you. Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer Flash of Insight Your mind's true potential is unlocked, causing your spells to grant you flashes of insight. Gain between 1% and 8% Intellect at all times. Qwor N'lyeth Echoing Void Your damaging abilities build the Echoing Void. Each time it builds, Echoing Void has a chance to collapse, dealing 1% of your Health as Shadow damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec until no stacks remain. Shard of the Black Empire Twisted Appendage Your attacks have a chance to spawn a tentacle which Mind Flays your target for [ 3,110 + 25% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage every second for 10 sec. Shgla'yos, Astral Malignity Infinite Stars Your spells and abilities have a chance to strike a nearby enemy with an Infinite Star, dealing [ 60% of Spell Power ] Arcane damage and increasing their damage taken from your Infinite Stars by 25%, stacking up to 10 times. Sk'shuul Vaz Obsidian Skin Gain Obsidian Skin, increasing your Armor by 5%. Every 100% of your Max Health lost, explode with Obsidian Destruction, dealing Shadow damage equal to 1,000% of your Armor to all enemies within 20 yds. Unguent Caress Lash of the Void Your attacks have a chance to lash your target with a living tentacle, dealing [ 30% of Attack Power ] Shadow damage and snaring them by 30% for 6 sec. Vorzz Yoq'al Void Ritual Gain Void Ritual, giving your spells and abilities a chance to increase all secondary stats by 10 every sec for 20 sec. This chance is increased if at least 2 nearby allies also have Void Ritual. Whispering Eldritch Bow Whispered Truths Your auto-shots reduce the remaining cooldown of a random Hunter ability by 1.0 sec. Corruption Resistance
      There are various ways to decrease your Corruption Level in Patch 8.3:
      New 8.3 Essences will reduce your Corruption by 10. You can talk to MOTHER and cleanse an item off Corruption, but that will also remove its beneficial effect. Ashjra'kamas, Shroud of Resolve (Wrathion's Legendary Cloak) comes with +5 Corruption Resistance at Rank 1. The Heart of Azeroth will have an infinite trait to aid you against N’Zoth’s Corruption at max level (Purity of the Worldsoul). The trait's available at HoA Level 85 and more details can be found here. Blizzard's Goals with Corrupted Items
      Finally, Blizzard shared their thoughts on the new Corrupted Items system in a blue post on October 24.
      Blizzard (Source)
      The most recent PTR build introduced an early version of our Corrupted Items system, and we’d like to highlight a few aspects of how the Corruption system works, and our goals as we iterate on it.
      How Corruption Works
      Items from Ny’alotha, Mythic Keystone dungeons in Season 4, BfA PvP Season 4, the Heroic Darkshore Warfront, and other new sources of loot that are updated with Season 4 will not be able to Warforge or Titanforge. Items from older content will retain an effective “ceiling” of item level 455, as they do today.
      There will be a chance for these new items to be Corrupted by N’Zoth. A Corrupted item has a powerful beneficial property, similar to many of the Benthic effects seen in Nazjatar, but has a new detrimental stat: Corruption. Items can have varying levels of Corruption, with the amount of Corruption present correlating directly with the power of the beneficial upside (for example: an item might give 4% Critical Strike damage and 10 Corruption, or 6% Critical Strike damage and 15 Corruption).
      Corruption represents the influence of N’Zoth, which will have negative effects on the wearer. As Corruption increases, a series of drawbacks are activated. You might remember how Corruption worked on the Cho’gall encounter back in Bastion of Twilight – that was a source of inspiration here. The drawbacks currently on the PTR are works-in-progress and not-yet-tuned, and we have changes already implemented in the next PTR build. Our general intent is for low Corruption to activate a minor effect that most people can play around without too much difficulty, medium levels of Corruption to activate a couple more effects that have a higher skill cap (nd may be more situational in where and when someone can handle having them active), and high levels of Corruption to be prohibitive, and virtually never worth it.
      Gear that makes your character worse when you equip it doesn’t sound terribly appealing, but fortunately there will be a few ways of dealing with Corruption. The legendary cloak that players will earn from Wrathion early on in Visions of N’Zoth will negate some Corruption, and can be upgraded through entering and completing Horrific Visions to provide even more of a bulwark against Corruption.
      Early on, we expect that players might wear one or maybe two pieces of Corrupted gear at a time. Later on, three or four pieces might be manageable. The vast majority of the gear players wear, even later on, will not be Corrupted. And these perks aren’t planned to be slot-restricted, so if there’s a specific power you want, there should never be a concern that your item needs to roll with that affix to be useful.
      We also never want an item that would otherwise be an upgrade to feel unusable as a result of being Corrupted, so any Corrupted items can be taken to the Heart Forge and purified without restriction . If you get that trinket you’ve been hoping for, but it’s Corrupted with a beneficial effect you don’t like, or wearing it would push you above a Corruption threshold you’re comfortable with, just purify the item and carry on.
      Itemization Philosophy
      With itemization, we’re always looking for opportunities to create moments of excitement and choices and options to customize your gameplay to suit your playstyle and the content you choose to play. Warforging created some of this by allowing useful rewards to come from a wide range of content, and ensuring that there was almost always at least the chance of an upgrade from any repeat boss kill or other source of loot. However, as we’ve seen and heard clearly in feedback over the past years, it has also brought significant downsides: Progression feels less rewarding, as players killing a raid boss on a new difficulty for the first time often disenchant much of the loot because they have equal or better Warforged items from lower difficulties or other sources. In addition, the feeling that a given item could have Warforged more and been even better can leave a sense of disappointment at what should have been a clear reward moment. And the sense that these systems are out of players’ direct control makes it harder to work towards a clear goal or state of completion.
      The Corruption system isn’t a permanent addition to World of Warcraft, but it is an extension of the theme of N’Zoth’s pervasive and growing influence over Azeroth. As we explore this over the course of the PTR, we’d love to hear feedback about the initial round of powers showing up on items, Corruption drawbacks that may be excessively punitive, and the system as a whole.
      Please feel free to reply with your feedback here in this thread. Thank you very much!
      Check out our Patch 8.3 Hub for more information about Visions of N'Zoth.
      Here's everything we know so far about the Corrupted items system coming in Visions of N'Zoth.
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      Visions of N'Zoth is Battle for Azeroth's final major content patch, where we take the battle to N'Zoth himself and visit Ny'alotha. Our hub covers everything you need to know about Patch 8.3 and helps you stay on track if you haven't been playing the game for a while.
      Patch 8.3 Release Date
      Blizzard revealed after BlizzCon that Patch 8.3 will go live in January 2020.
      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas talked about Visions of N'Zoth in the latest Content Preview on October 7. We learned pretty much everything about the new patch, and in the following section, you're going to find its main features:
      Assaults
      Invasions return to the game once more, and this time, they're called Assaults. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Uldum will be periodically under assault by N'Zoth's forces, and your goal is to drive them back by completing quests and interacting with various objectives to complete the "emissary." Blizzard uses technology and everything they've learned from Mechagon and Nazjatar in this new iteration of Assaults to ensure dynamic replayability. Assaults are mandatory if you want to enter Horrific Visions.
      Initial Preview of Assaults in Visions of N'Zoth Horrific Visions
      Described as alternate realities where N'Zoth's power is ascendant, these are 1-5 player "scenarios" of Stormwind and Orgrimmar, where you need to complete various objectives for rewards. Horrific Visions revolve around a new mechanic called Sanity, which starts draining as soon as you enter a Horrific Vision. Your goal is to complete as many side objectives as possible and defeating the mini-boss before your Sanity is completely depleted.
      To help you with that, we've got Wrathion with a new Legendary Cloak and a Titanic Research Archive for Horrific Visions with perks that gradually trivialize the feature. You will be also able to buy various items from Wrathion after completing the Black Empire intro questline.
      Wrathion Selling Various Items in Patch 8.3 Ny'alotha, the Waking City
      We will be facing N'Zoth in Ny'alotha, the new twelve-boss raid located in Uldum. It comes with a raid skip quest after you defeat the first boss.
      Check out the sets you will be able to obtain in the new raid:
      Ny'alotha Cloth Sets Preview Ny'alotha Leather Sets Preview Ny'alotha Mail Sets Preview Ny'alotha Plate Sets Preview In the raid, we find out N'Zoth's true size and interesting loot which revolves around Corruption:
      Corrupted Weapons from Ny'alotha, the Waking City We've also covered the continuation of the story in Patch 8.3 and what happens in the raid in the articles below:
      New Forsaken Leadership in Patch 8.3 (Spoilers) Azshara's Bargain and the Key to Defeating N'Zoth (Spoilers) I'lgynoth's Whispers in Patch 8.3 (Analysis) Tyrande Whisperwind VO (Patch 8.3) N'Zoth's in-game model has been updated multiple times and you can check out N'Zoth's VO as well if you're interested what the Old God has to say based on the latest sound files.
      Rewards Updates
      Visions of N'Zoth comes with two new factions, six new Essences, a brand new Mythic Season, a new Seasonal affix, Profession updates, and more that we'll cover soon. On top of that, Essences from Mechagon and Nazjatar will be easier to acquire for alts. You can also add your own sockets to gear which currently does not have any, and more.
      Add Sockets to Your Gear in Patch 8.3 Heart of Azeroth will have a new Minor slot, two Stamina nodes, the maximum level increased to 85 (was 70). Coming in a later PTR update, Blizzard will be adding an infinite progression slot to aid you against N'Zoth's corruption at max level.
      New Factions
      Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be under attack by N'Zoth's forces and both zones host new factions. You'll learn more about the Rajani in Pandaria and Uldum Accord resides in Ramkahen.
      Rajani & Uldum Accord Overview New Allied Races: Vulpera & Mechagnomes
      Another pair of Allied Races will become available in Visions of N'Zoth. Alliance players will be able to recruit Mechagnomes, and their Horde counterpart are the Vulpera of Vol'dun.
      Official Mechagnomes & Vulpera Preview Mechagnomes & Vulpera Racials Mechagnomes & Vulpera Unlock Requirements Vulpera Heritage Armor Preview Mechagnome Heritage Armor Preview Mechagnome & Vulpera Dance Animations Vulpera Tidbits: Racial Mount, Shaman Totems, Hunter Pet New Heritage Armor: Goblins & Worgen
      Goblins and Worgen received new models and animations in Patch 8.2.5, but no Heritage Armor, which is added in Patch 8.3.
      Goblin & Worgen Heritage Armor Sets Preview Auction House Overhaul
      The Auction House will be completely revamped. No more lag caused by the system being clogged with single stacks. Stackable items are no longer purchased or sold in stacks; copper is no longer displayed in the Auction House, but used for calculations. If you regularly forget the name of goods, you can create a shopping list, and more!
      Auction House Revamp Preview The Alternative of Titanforging
      The Corrupted Items System is the alternative to Warforging and Titanforging in Patch 8.3. Items that would Warforge/Titanforge will drop with a +Corruption stat which grants side effects at various Corruption Levels.
      Everything We Know About the Corrupted Items System So Far Cleansing Corrupted Items Class Changes
      No patch would be complete without some class changes, and you can find all class changes planned for Visions of N'Zoth here.
      Allied Race & Pandaren Death Knights
      We found encrypted sound files of Bolvar and Mograine together with Death Knight creature textures for Allied Races and the Pandaren, and new Death Knight Swords of the Ebon Blade.It was confirmed at BlizzCon that all races will be able to roll Death Knights in Patch 8.3. The new Allied Races Death Knights will have a slightly updated starting experience similar to intros of Allied Races.
      Decrypted Bolvar & Darion Mograine Sound Files Improved Eye Glow for Night Elves and Death Knights Mythic Season 4 Season
      A brand new Season awaits in Visions of N'Zoth and players will be able to earn a title and a mount!
      New Mythic Season 4 Achievements & Rewards Quaking Affix Changes New Mounts
      As usual, with every content update, multiple mounts are coming with placeholder descriptions, sources, and whatnot.
      Alpaca Mounts - Presumably, new reputation mounts available for purchase at Exalted. Chalcedony Cloud Serpent - A new recolor of the existing serpent, possibly tied to the Assault on Vale. N'Zoth Serpent - New Stormsong Valley Rare Mount from the Adherent of the Abyss. Aqir Flying Mount Ahead of the Curve N'Zoth Mount: Uncorrupted Voidwing Mythic N'Zoth Mount (Ny'alotha Allseer), Glory of the Ny'alotha Raider (Wriggling Parasite) Island Expedition Vendors
      In Patch 8.3, you will be able to purchase Island-specific and Invasion-specific crates for Dubloons.
      New Dubloon Vendors Selling Island Expedition and Invasion Crates 3 New World Bosses
      Blizzard is adding three new world bosses to the game, which drop item level 445 loot.
      New World Bosses in Visions of N'Zoth Miscellaneous
      Other minor things planned for Patch 8.3 include:
      A new PvP event where players can serve N'Zoth, similar to Talon's Vengeance. Heroic difficulty for the Darkshore Warfront. Division of Operation: Mechagon into two wings, each with Heroic and Mythic Keystone difficulties. Darkmoon Arcade, allowing you to play your favorite mini-games at the Darkmoon Faire. Deepwind Gorge updated to be a capture point map. New Battle Pets and Pet Battle Dungeon - Blackrock Depths. New Story Quests: Rise of N'Zoth ...and more! We'll be periodically updating this hub with more details!
      Vision of N'zoth is the final major content patch of BfA, and here's our hub with everything you need to know.
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