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Official Pandaren and Allied Races 8.3 Death Knights Preview

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We've already seen the new 8.3 Death Knight options coming, and now we have an official Blizzard preview on them as well. We'll be able to roll these new races as DKs next week, just as long as we've pre-ordered Shadowlands that is, but at least we get a new brand new starting story, as well as new Ebon Blade swords and new eyes!

You can also check out everything else that's coming in 8.3 in our patch hub right here.

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In life you were a champion of your people. In death, you can rise once more to serve Azeroth as a Death Knight.

With the launch of Visions of N’Zoth, players who have pre-purchased World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will be able to create pandaren and Allied Race Death Knights—including the newly available vulpera and mechagnomes once they’re unlocked.

TIP: Players who want to create Allied Race Death Knights will need to fulfill the requirements to unlock them before making a character. Requirements to unlock Allied Races can be found by hovering over the desired race icon on the character creation screen. Pandaren Death Knights have no restrictions and can be created immediately.

Pandaren and Allied Race Death Knights have a new starting experience and arise as champions of Lich King Bolvar at Icecrown amongst their spectral peers. After completing an introductory questline with Bolvar, they will begin their journey as heroes of Azeroth and join forces with either the Horde or the Alliance. Death Knights for previously available races will still begin their new lives in Archerus the Ebon Hold as summoned servants of Lich King Arthas.

Pandaren Death Knight accepted by Horsemen of the Ebon Blade
Ascend as a Death Knight with full honors from The Four Horsemen of the Ebon Blade and Bolvar at Icecrown Citadel.

All new Death Knight characters will receive the iconic Archerus Deathcharger class mount after completing the introductory questline, with Allied Race Death Knights also receiving their racial mount (pandaren racial mounts will still need to be purchased from a vendor). Heritage Armor for pandaren and Allied Races characters can be obtained by leveling to 110.

Windows to the Soul

All Death Knights new and old will receive an updated appearance. Inspired by the notorious Lich King Arthas, their eyes now sport a dynamic eerie glow that captures the ghastly chill of Northrend.

Mechagnomes
See Azeroth and beyond through frosted lenses.

Serve Life in Death

Many will fear you after your dark rebirth, but your sacrifice is a necessity to confront the new horrors that will be unleashed once the Visions of N’Zoth content update goes live next week on January 14.

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Oh, weird. I thought they were moving everyone into the new Bolvar timeline for consistency and to cut back on all the timeline hopping in this game.

I feel like they should do that, actually, as default. But then give players a choice to relive the starting experience as Arthas' minion if they so desire.

Makes more sense for newer players.

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4 hours ago, TyZone said:

Oh, weird. I thought they were moving everyone into the new Bolvar timeline for consistency and to cut back on all the timeline hopping in this game.

I feel like they should do that, actually, as default. But then give players a choice to relive the starting experience as Arthas' minion if they so desire.

Makes more sense for newer players.

It would be sad if they removed the original Death Knight experience introduced in WotLK. I'm glad they're keeping that for the default races.

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1 hour ago, Valhalen said:

It would be sad if they removed the original Death Knight experience introduced in WotLK. I'm glad they're keeping that for the default races.

It's definitely better to have it awkwardly than not have it all, I agree for sure.

I think I've run that starting instance about 30 times lol.

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