Shadowlands: Overview of the new World of Warcraft Expansion

Last updated on May 11, 2020 at 16:40 by Blainie 1 comment

This hub includes all information on the new expansion for World of Warcraft, Shadowlands, as well as links to our overviews on new features.



This page will be updated as more information becomes available throughout BlizzCon and beyond.


Expansion Structure

King Terenas said long ago that there must always be a Lich King, and now, for the first time, there is none. Leading up to Shadowlands' launch, the masterless Scourge will be marauding all across Azeroth. Off the heels of yet another brutal war, the forces of Azeroth will have to mount a counterattack and assault the source at the Icecrown Citadel.

Once Shadowlands begins, the world's heroes will battle their way to the foot of Icecrown, en route to its pinnacle. The heroes of Azeroth will find an ally in Bolvar Fordragon, who now leads the Death Knights. With their ability to maintain a foothold in both life and death, they will help the heroes of Azeroth cross the veil into the Shadowlands — leading them straight into the Maw.

Within the Maw, players will discover that they are capable of doing what no one has ever been able to do — escape it. After breaking themselves free of the Maw's horrors, they will find themselves in the city of Oribos.

Shadowlands' story will send players through each of the four zones in order, telling an epic tale that will frame the role each Covenant plays in the cycle of death—and give players insight into the conflicts to come. Everyone will begin their journey in Bastion, then on through Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, and Revendreth, working with the leaders of the four Covenants that rule each zone. As you make your way through the story, the quests and creatures in each zone have fixed levels, ensuring that players will feel challenged by the creatures they encounter—and more powerful when they return to previous encounters.

As you progress through your journey, you will learn about each Covenant and the issues that face their domain. You will also work with them and borrow their powers. As you start to gain the trust of each Covenant, you will also have an opportunity to use their active abilities while in their domain.

Once you reach maximum level, and after you have been through all four zones' experiences, you will be able to choose one of the four Covenants to join. You will then be able to take on some of their powers and champion their cause for the rest of your time in the Shadowlands.


Class Changes for Shadowlands

Despite class balancing changing each week with constant balance patches, especially during this early stage of Alpha, we have put together a list of all of the changes for each class, with one page per class, as linked below.

Note that, these pages are kept up-to-date for the latest iteration, rather than showing older versions. The version you see on the page is the current changes that are "live" on the Alpha for the classes.


New Features

The new expansion brings with it a number of new features, both cosmetic and logistical, to improve the game.


New Zones

The expansion will bring 5 new zones to the game, with 4 leveling zones and 1 end-game zone.


Leveling Changes

In the Shadowlands expansion, players will have their level reduced to Level 50 and will have to level to Level 60 in the new areas.

For players that wish to level from 1-50, there will be new zones for Level 1-10, followed by players being able to level from 10-50 in any expansion of their choosing.

You can learn more about the changes and what they mean for players in our overview of leveling in Shadowlands.



Each of the leveling zones in the Shadowlands has a covenant associated with it. Once players reach Level 60, they will be able to align themselves with a chosen covenant and reap the rewards they offer.

You can learn more about these in our Covenants hub, which contains all of the information pertaining to them, as well as overviews of each individually.


New Capital City

Oribos, the Eternal City will be the new hub for players in the Shadowlands.


New Dungeons and Raids

Players will have 8 new dungeons to play through, with 4 leveling dungeons and 4 end-game dungeons.

  • The Necrotic Wake
  • Theater of Pain
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe
  • Halls of Atonement
  • Spires of Ascension
  • Plaguefall
  • The Other Side
  • Sanguine Depths

The first raid of the new expansion will be Castle Nathria, a 10-boss raid in Revendreth.


Torghast, Tower of the Damned

Torghast will be an infinite dungeon that continuously changes to give players an endlessly replayable experience. The further you progress into it, the better your rewards will be.

You will learn everything we know about Torghast, Tower of the Damned in our Torghast overview linked below.


Loot Systems

Shadowlands will seek to reduce the amount of RNG that is involved in gearing, with players potentially being able to craft specific gear pieces with professions, choose from multiple items in weekly loot chests, and targeting a legendary of their choice that works best for them.


New Character Customization

With the release of Shadowlands, players will be able to further customise their characters, with a wide variety of options. You can see examples of the new options on our Character Customization in Shadowlands post.


Icy Veins Coverage



  • 09 May 2020: Torghast overview added.
  • 22 Apr. 2020: Added Class Changes section.
  • 04 Nov. 2019: Added Torghast section, updated coverage.
  • 02 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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