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Grimrail Depot will be added to the Mythic+ pool of dungeons in Shadowlands Season 4. Here's a sample +10 run of the Warlords of Draenor dungeon from the Patch 9.2.5 PTR.
The sample run includes testing of the new Season 4 Affix called Shrouded. Thanks to MrGM for the video.
Blizzard added a new accessibility option for players that hides moving environment pieces in Maw of Souls and Grimrail Depot. You can buy the elixir from an NPC at the beginning of both dungeons.
Heartbond Lupine received a new flying animation in Patch 9.2.5. In this post, we compare the old and new animations in more detail.
Heartbond Lupine is a mount added in Patch 9.2 that comes from Protoform Synthesis. Its current flying animation makes it look as if the mount was swimming in the air.
In Patch 9.2.5 the flying run animation has been updated as you can see below. The mount no longer swims but walks in the air.
Which animation do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!
We have a pretty great new Easter egg coming with patch 9.2.5, featuring all the Windrunner siblings, a musical scene, and some props! As spotted by The Lost Codex, Windrunner Spire is getting a reference to the recent Sylvanas book in the form of 4 items scattered around the statue (with the bow actually being related to Sylvanas, not the arrow as noted later):
Some theorized that the order in which the characters disappear after the scene ends had some meaning, but it seems to be random, and sometimes they stick around for quite a while longer as well:
Magharathon Man programmed a run into their treadmill that follows along with an in-game video of their character running from the Scarab Gong in Silithus to the Broken Bridge in Winterspring.
The run's at 7 miles per hour (half of the player character's speed) and mimics terrain changes. The total run lasts 1 hour 17 minutes and 20 seconds. It covers 9.02 miles with 266 feet of overall elevation gain. The whole run was live-streamed on Twitch and uploaded to YouTube. The run begins approximately 10 minutes into the video. Source: Reddit
We have a survival guide for Patch 9.2.5 with everything coming in the latest Shadowlands update. Check it out!
Everything Coming in Patch 9.2.5
Even though the update doesn't primarily focus on class changes, we have some minor ones worth checking out.
Dome of Ancient Shadow has been removed. Hunter
Kill Command - Give the command to kill, causing your pet to savagely deal [ 153.1% 159% of Attack Power ] Physical damage to the enemy. Beast Mastery
Bestial Wrath - Sends you and your pet into a rage, instantly dealing [ 77.1% 80.1% of Attack Power ] Physical damage to its target, and increasing all damage you both deal by 25% for 15 sec. Removes Fear and Horrify all crowd control effects from your pet. Bloodshed (Level 50 talent) - Command your pet to tear into your target, causing your target to bleed for [ 178% 184.9% of Attack Power ] over 18 sec and increase all damage taken from your pet by 15% for 18 sec. Legendary Powers
Wildfire Cluster - Wildfire Bomb drops an additional cluster of bombs around the target, each exploding for [ 33% of Attack Power ] Fire damage. Damage is reduced beyond 8 targets. Monk
Windwalker Monk (Spec Aura) - All damage and healing increased by 4%. Paladin
Divine Favor - Your next Holy Light or Flash of Light is increased by 50% 40%, casts 30% faster, and is unable to be interrupted. Priest
Miracle Worker - Holy Word: Serenity now has 2 charges and a 20% 10% reduced cooldown. Warlock
Implosive Potential - Implosion grants 1% haste for 12 sec for each Imp exploded. When this damages at least 3 targets, instead gain 5% haste per Imp. A maximum of 15 exploded Imps can grant this benefit. PvP Talents
Demon Armor has been removed. Shadowfall (New PvP Talent) added. Gain the Nightfall talent with 100% increased chance to gain its effect. If you already have this talent, you may select another in the same row. Cross-Faction Gameplay
In Patch 9.2.5 you can engage in certain types of content with the opposite faction. This includes Mythic Dungeons, Rated PvP, Raids, and Legacy raids.
You can't do outdoor world content and matchmaking activities (LFR or Normal/Heroic dungeons, Random Battlegrounds, Arena Skirmishes) with players of the opposite faction. Guilds will remain single faction. Communities can be cross-faction and they act like guilds. You cannot walk up to a player of the opposite faction and invite them. You must be members of the same cross-faction community, Battle.net friends, or the person must be listed in the premade Group Finder tool. The system comes with some restrictions that you will find here. New Race-Specific Questlines
Dark Iron Dwarves at Level 50 who completed their Heritage Armor questline can embark on a new quest to earn a mount and Heritage Weapons. The weapons can be used for transmog without any restrictions. Here's Grimhowl, the mount you can get.
Blood Elves Exalted with Silvermoon City can start a new questline in Oribos that rewards a Green Hawkstrider mount and a polearm (Veil-Touched Ranseur).
Blood Elf Paladins will additionally gain a Blood Knight armor set.
New Enigma Arena
The Zereth Mortis Arena will become available in the Patch 9.2.5 update.
Blizzard stepped up the game with encryption in Patch 9.2.5. There's a ton of encrypted content related to Brill, Lordaeron, Calia Menethil, and the Forsaken in the new patch.
One of the splash screens is encrypted in Patch 9.2.5. There's a rumor of an Allied Race coming as a Dragonflight pre-order bonus circulating in the community. The theory points toward Darkfallen, which are Night Elves and Blood Elves with reddish eyes. There's a new questline taking place in Tirisfal Glades. A new minimap, suggesting Brill will be remade. The map of Lordaeron refers to the post-blight stage. Brill got a new flight path in 9.2.5. We know the encrypted Lordaeron content has something to do with Calia Menethil. One quest named Eyes of the Wolf wasn't encrypted. Still, it doesn't give much away. There is an encrypted armor set. Patch 9.2.5 could be the new standard when it comes to hiding content until the update hits live servers. Torghast Wings Availability
Torghast will have all its wings open in Patch 9.2.5. They will no longer be on a rotation.
New Stay Awhile and Listen Conversations
We have two endgame gossip dialogues available in 9.2.5. The first one's between Jaina and Khadgar.
The second dialogue is available between Taelia and Bolvar Fordragon.
Updated Reporting Tools
The report player tool has been updated in Patch 9.2.5. We covered the changes in a separate post. Here's a preview of the new report UI.
Social Contract in World of Warcraft
Social Contract is a new policy that you must accept before playing World of Warcraft or leave the game. It's also coming to Wrath Classic.
Flying Lupine Mount Animation Updated
The Heartbond Lupine is getting a brand new flying animation in Patch 9.2.5.
Updates to Stormwind and Orgrimmar
Stormwind and Orgrimmar have been updated with new stable areas and their purpose is still unknown.
Renown Catch-Up Improvements
Broker Mark of Distinction will increase the Renown of your active Covenant to 60 (up from 40). Renown catch-up is accelerated through Renown 60 (was 48). You'll gain 1 Renown from the following activities in Patch 9.2.5: Mythic and Mythic+ Dungeons, Torghast Layers 9-16, defeating Shadowlands raid bosses and winning Rated Battlegrounds. New Oribos Portals
In preparation for Shadowlands Season 4, Blizzard is adding new portals to Oribos to make it easier for players to reach the new dungeon locations.
Legendary Leveling Improvements
Leveling up base items for Legendaries will become a lot easier in Patch 9.2.5! The experience required to reach higher base item ranks has been drastically reduced to allow more players to engage in the system late in the expansion.
It only takes 3 crafts per rank to reach the next Base Item rank in Patch 9.2.5
This article was partially inspired by MrGM's video linked below. The post contains some information not present in the video. Let me know in the comments down below if there's anything else missing!