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Three new bosses will be added to the game in Patch 8.3 following the awakening of N'Zoth. All drop item level 445 loot and they will become available with Mythic Season 4 and opening of the new raid.
Check out our Visions of N'Zoth Hub to learn more about Patch 8.3!
Grand Empress Shek'zara
With the awakening of N'Zoth, Shek'zara, empress of the mantid, pledged her swarm to the old god's will. In service of her dark master, she unleashed her forces upon the Vale of Eternal blossoms to claim Pandaria in N'Zoth's name.
Grand Empress Shek'zara uses her powerful voice and Zara'thik Swarmguard to overwhelm enemies.
Defeat waves of Mantid summoned by Summon Swarmguard. Seek protection inside of a Sound Barrier during Force and Verve. Avoid sound waves emitted during Song of the Empress. Healers
Seek protection inside of a Sound Barrier during Force and Verve. Avoid sound waves emitted during Song of the Empress. Tanks
Protect allies from Mantid summoned by Summon Swarmguard. Seek protection inside of a Sound Barrier during Force and Verve. Avoid sound waves emitted during Song of the Empress. Abilities
Song of the Empress - Sheck'zara chants the Song of the Empress, emitting sound waves that travel outwards from her. Players that come into contact with Song of the Empress are Silenced and suffer 3,502 Nature damage every 0.5 sec for 3 sec. Force and Verve - Shek'zara shouts, inflicting 17,508 Nature damage every 1 sec for 6 sec. Players standing in a Sound Barrier take 99% reduced damage from Force and Verve. Sound Barrier - Reduces damage dealt by Force and Verve by 99%. Summon Swarmguard - Shek'zara summons her Zara'thik Swarmguard to aid her in battle. Zara'thik Swarmguard Bladestorm - Charges to a player's location and spins a blade around the caster, inflicting 21,885 Physical damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec. Zara'thik Ambershaper Amber Bolt Volley - Fires bolts of hardened amber at all nearby enemies, inflicting 21,885 Nature damage. Loot Tables
Guise of the Voracious Prowler Maniacal Speaker's Cover Chitinous Conqueror's Legplates Greaves of Shattered Thoughts Loop of Abhorrent Celerity Tashara
Currently under construction by the Baruk Mogu, Tashara is a titanic Mogu Keeper. Once completed, the Baruk intend to unleash Tashara's devastating power against their enemies and wipe out any who opposed them.
Tashara unleashes devastating stone attacks to decimate its enemies. Among its lethal arsenal, is the ability to curse random enemies with Flesh to Stone.
Avoid getting hit by Ground Shatter. When affected by Flesh to Stone, move away from your allies. Healers
Avoid getting hit by Ground Shatter. When affected by Flesh to Stone, move away from your allies. Tanks
Avoid getting hit by Ground Shatter. When affected by Flesh to Stone, move away from your allies. Turn the boss away from the group to protect them from Landslide. Abilities
Landslide ( Tank Alert) - Slams the ground, causing granite spikes to erupt in a line, inflicting 39,392 Nature damage and knocking back nearby enemies. Ground Shatter - Slams the ground, inflicting 52,523 Nature damage to all enemies within 45 yards. Afterwards, tremors race across the ground towards random enemy destinations. They explode on impact inflicting 70,031 Nature damage to enemies within 9 yards and knocking them back. Flesh to Stone ( Important) - Inflicts 13,131 Nature damage every 2 sec for 8 sec. Upon expiration, stuns nearby allies within 10 yards for 10 sec. Loot Tables
TBA Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker
Plumbing the forgotten depths of Azeroth, Prophet Skitra unearthed a devastating aqir known as Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker. Now freed from its subterranean slumber, Vuk'laz turns its destructive power against those who oppose N'Zoth.
Vuk'laz is a living weapon of war that attempts to overcome its enemies with devastating physical attacks. As the battle rages Vuk'laz summons scarabs to its aid from beneath the Writhing Sands.
Position carefully when Vuk'laz creates a Tremor Wave. Quickly dispatch scarabs that emerge from the Writhing Sands. Healers
Position carefully when Vuk'laz creates a Tremor Wave. Crushing Claws inflicts heavy unavoidable damage. Tanks
Position carefully when Vuk'laz creates a Tremor Wave. Crushing Claws inflicts heavy unavoidable damage. Abilities
Tremor Wave - Vuk'laz unleashes a mighty tremor, knocking back all players in a 40 yard frontal cone and inflicting 43,769 Physical damage. Writhing Sands - Vuk'laz summons a horde of Aqir scarabs from beneath the sands. Aqir Scarab - Aqir Scarabs emerge from the sand to swarm and overwhelm players. Razor Spines - Vuk'laz shoots razor sharp spines from its carapace, inflicting 26,261 Physical damage to all players within 40 yards. Crushing Claws ( Tank Alert) - Vuk'laz lashes out with both claws inflicting 140,061 Physical damage to its current target. Loot Tables
Greathelm of Indiscriminate Brutality Psyche Tormentor's Visage Breeches of Faithful Execution Grotesque Mutilator's Leggings Band of Insidious Ruminations
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:
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.
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 and new sets up for grabs:
Ny'alotha Cloth Sets Preview Ny'alotha Leather Sets Preview Ny'alotha Mail Sets Preview Ny'alotha Plate Sets Preview You can check out N'Zoth's real size here.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 - Mythic N'Zoth mount, maybe? Ny'alotha Allseer - Ahead of the Curve reward? 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.
Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be periodically under assaults by N'Zoth's forces in Patch 8.3 and we'll help the Ramkahen (Uldum Accord) and Mogu (Rajani) repel the looming threat.
Check out our Patch 8.3 Hub to learn more about Visions of N'Zoth coming early next year!
Both factions count toward the 100 Exalted Reputations achievement.
The faction resides in Mistfall Village (Vale of Eternal Blossoms) and you will get to know them through the 8.3 Magni Questline.
Increasing Reputation with Rajani
You can increase your reputation standing with the Rajani by completing Assault Quests (marked as blue exclamation mark icons on the map) in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms which grant you 75 reputation each. The main Assault Quest in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms grants you 1,500 reputation with the Rajani.
We also datamined insignias which grant you 250 reputation with the Rajani each, likely from the new Missions.
Rajani Insignia PH Rajani Insignia PH Rajani Quartermater
Zhang Ku (Rajani Provisioner), the faction's quartermaster, can be found in The Silent Sanctuary (44, 75) and offers the following items:
Rajani Warserpent (mount) costs 1 Pristine Cloud Serpent Scale. Recipe: Contract: Rajani (Inscription Recipe) costs 1,400 Gold available at Friendly. Windfeather Quill (Battle Pet) costs 300 Polished Pet Charms available at Exalted. Rajani Tabard costs 240 Gold available at Exalted. Gleaming Star Shard (Rank 3 Essence) requires Exalted. Branch of Rejuvenating Rings (Rank 3 Essence) requires Exalted.
For each 10,000 reputation beyond Exalted, you'll receive Rajani Supplies which have a chance to contain Jade Defender (Battle Pet).
Uldum Accord (Faction)
The faction is comprised of the Ramkahen and resides in Ramkahen (Uldum). They fight back the Amatheth who want to destroy N'Zoth by planet re-origination. You will be introduced to the faction as part of the 8.3 Magni Questline.
Increasing Reputation with Uldum Accord
You can increase your reputation standing with the Uldum Accord by completing Assault Quests (marked as blue exclamation mark icons on the map) in Uldum. Each grants you 75 reputation with the faction. The main Assault Quest in Uldum grants you 1,500 reputation with the Uldum Accord.
We also datamined insignias which grant you 250 reputation with the Uldum Accord each, likely from the new Missions.
Uldum Accord Insignia PH Uldum Accord Insignia PH Uldum Accord Quartermaster
Provisioner Qorra can be found at the Seat of Ramkahen (55, 33) and offers the following items:
Recipe: Contract: Uldum Accord (Inscription Recipe) costs 1,400 Gold available at Friendly. Pygmy Camel (Battle Pet) costs 300 Polished Pet Charms available at Revered. Uldum Accord Tabard costs 240 Gold available at Exalted. Wastewander Skyterror (mount) costs 24,000 Gold and requires Exalted. Token of Death's Glee (Rank 3 Essence) requires Exalted.
Uldum Accord Tabard
For each 10,000 reputation beyond Exalted, you'll receive Uldum Accord Supplies which have a chance to contain Cursed Dune Watcher (Battle Pet).
Cursed Dune Watcher
An overview of rewards that you can unlock in Patch 8.3 from the new factions.
Shadowlands is apparently super early in development and based on the discussions Preach had with the developers, he thinks the game will release in December 2020.
Check out our BlizzCon 2019 Content Hub for the latest news!
Although Preach thinks the game could be out in January 2021, this is likely false, because the pre-order states the game will release on or before December 2020. Gearing for the next expansion is not set in stone just yet, Blizzard's awaiting player feedback on the new 8.3 Corrupted Items System which is the new decision-maker of which direction they're going to go with in Shadowlands. Although it's too early to talk about Covenants, Ion confirmed there will be a BiS one. Tier Sets aren't coming back, because they think they can achieve Tier Bonuses with the new Covenant system which is better structured. If Covenants end up being unbalanced it will be difficult to swap between them. Shadowlands will be alt friendly allowing you to skip a lot of stuff from the beginning. It seems Battle for Azeroth's last tier will be year-long. We're still in for Patch 8.3 and 8.3.5.
There's more changes to the anniversary Alterac Valley battleground event, as Blizzard have tuned it more so that certain repetitive quests and turn-ins no longer affect the battle as much. The mines and mount farming for the riders will now only be daily quests and you will not be able to turn them in after the dailies are completed. The timewalking badge rewards for winning and loosing the BG, however are doubled. We already saw significant changes to how Korrak worked in the latest hotfixes, which you can check out here.
You can check out our 15th Anniversary event guide for more details on how to get your AV mounts.
Korrak's Revenge (source)
We have been reviewing your feedback since this event started and while acquiring supplies from the mines and mounts for the ram and wolf riders does contribute to the battle, we agree that these can be a bit repetitive. To that end, we are converting a number of quests within the Battleground into dailies and removing the reward for the repeatable turn-ins. Then to keep the focus on the BG, the amount of Timewarped Bages for both winning and losing are being doubled to 20 and 10 respectively.
Thank you for your feedback and we’ll see you out there!