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Shadowlands Screen Flickering Issues and Solutions

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Many players have been having this very specific issue pretty much since Shadowlands launch (and the beta before that), as certain objects in the world just flicker in and out of existence uncontrollably. It's been mentioned many times over the past few months and while there isn't a 100% satisfactory solution, there are some steps you can take to improve it and even remove it entirely.

First off, it seems to be an Nvidia driver issue, but there isn't a new or specific driver you can download to fix it. The more direct solution and one that seems to be working, is switching the game to DirectX11. It's not the most optimal of solution as you'll lose out on the DX12 features (mostly better optimization and higher framerates), but here's how you do it:

Blizzard LogoChanging DirectX Versions (source)

In-game the DirectX version can be changed by:

  1. Pressing Esc
  2. Select System
  3. Select Advanced
  4. Change the Graphics API
  5. Restart the game client

DirectX version can also be changed out of game through the command line arguments in the Battle.net desktop app.

  1. With the Battle.net desktop app opened and WoW selected click on Options
  2. Select Game Settings
  3. Find WoW and check the box for Additional command line arguments
  4. In the new box enter the command for the desired DirectX version:
    • -d3d11
    • -d3d12
  5. Click Done to save.


There's also some other temporary fixes like the following:

There is another, more complex fix that lets you keep DX12, but we can't vouch for the safety or success rate of this one. You can actually edit an Nvidia profile and change some parameters. Once again, WARNING: we do not know what exact effects this will have or if it will work, but it has had some positive comments.

The DX11 option seems the more reliable, so maybe start with that one first. Hopefully this will help some players with this issue and let them enjoy a flicker-free WoW!

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I had this issue too, and a friend recommending deleting the Nvidia shader cache folder and the issue was fixed permanently so far!

C:\ProgramData\NVIDIA Corporation\NV_Cache

I had moved it to the desktop initially, but it recreated itself and all was well.


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