Shadowlands 9.0.1 Pre-Expansion Patch Survival Guide & Giveaway
Patch 9.0.1 Shadowlands Survival Guide
Patch 9.0.1 will go live on October 13th on NA realms and October 14th on EU realms. This expansion pre-patch marks the first step towards Shadowlands' launch, which was
delayed to later this year
. Until then, the Pre-Patch will contain the first ever
and Timewalking leveling experience with
, in addition to another
Item Level Squish
. There are also
many class and spec changes
new Character Customization options
that can be used at the Barber Shop.
As with every Pre-Patch, many class changes have been implemented to give players a preview of what is to come with Shadowlands officially launches later this year. For the Shadowlands Pre-Patch this includes an
overall Level Squish
bringing the max-level down to Level 50 in the Pre-Patch, in addition to reducing health, mana and damage numbers. For classes, the
Corruption system has been removed
many old abilities have returned
burst cooldowns were taken off the GCD
, Blizzard implemented
new target caps for class abilities
5 minute cooldown on Combat and Health Potions
Later in the Pre-patch, players will be able to participate in the
which includes a new 2 week questline preparing you for the Shadowlands story, zombie invasions in capital cities, familiar bosses in Icecrown and the return of Nathanos Blightcaller.
Leveling has received a major overhaul in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch, through the Timewalking leveling experience in
. While leveling, new
Relic of the Past items
can be used to upgrade the item level of any old item created by a Crafting Profession!
Patch 9.0.1 also contains many updates to cosmetics including
many new Character Customization options
which can all be applied at the updated Barber Shop and the removal of the
requirement to unlock Allied Races. At the Barber Shop, you can now also
change your Character's Gender
and Druids can individually select which skin they want to use for each of their forms, including Artifact forms!
Artifact Weapons are now class-wide
and can be transmogged across all specs following regular transmog rules.
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There are many things that are going away when the Shadowlands Pre-Patch goes live. You have until the servers go down for maintenance on October 13th (NA) / 14th (EU) to complete these activities before they are gone.
What to Do Before Shadowlands Pre-Patch
Back up your Addons and WTF folder
. You never know what will happen on Patch Day.
Complete any remaining Season 4 achievements and rewards:
. Rewards: and
PvP: All related PvP Season 4 achievements. Rewards:
Elite BFA Season 4 Sets
from a Flawless
Hard Mode Mechagon run
Collect any remaining Rank 4 Essences before they become unavailable.
Create a Death Knight and Demon Hunter to get a level bonus, even if you don't plan on leveling it until the Pre-Patch.
from the vendor for 5,000,000 gold before it only becomes available on the Black Market Auction House.
Finish the Solo 5-Mask Orgrimmar objective of the
achievement for the title.
Finish the Brawler's Guild for the
Use any remaining
Enjoy the new
Update your addons
- Many addons will need updates with the patch.
Clean out your bags and bank
Check your spellbook and add any new spells to your bar that were added from the
Optimize your character's gear, talents and enchants for the class and spec changes and the removal of Corruption. Check out our
Pre-Patch Class Guides
Head to the
to change your character's gender or look with many new available
character customization options
Druids can also head to the Barber shop to get the option to change each of their Druid forms individually, which includes Artifact Forms and Fire Kitty!
collect any rewards
as they will likely become much harder to complete in Shadowlands, especially with PvP Islands.
including transmogs, toys and heirlooms as they will likely be harder to find willing players come Shadowlands.
Level a character of both factions to complete the War Campaign on both sides to earn
before they drop to 1% chance when Shadowlands launches.
before it is removed when Shadowlands launches.
Shadowlands Pre-Patch Event and Scourge Invasion
will start at a later date, closer to the launch of the Shadowlands Expansion.
Shadowlands Pre-Patch Event & Scourge Invasion
When the event starts:
The Capital Cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar will have a Scourge Invasion where a Zombie infection will take place, and you can turn into a Zombie to attack other players.
The Death Rising questline (
) will unlock over 2 weeks.
Completing the quests and dailies in Icecrown will earn you
to spend on some rewards.
Many bosses from Northrend will return and will spawn randomly and drop epic items including a 34 Slot Bag,
Nathanos Blightcaller will also return as a World Boss in the Eastern Plaguelands.
The Patch notes have been released! You can find the
9.0.1 Patch Notes here
Here are some notable new details from the Patch Notes.
Black Market Auction House now requires a max level character to access.
regenerates mana slower
in the first seconds you begin drinking, increasing to a rapid return as you drink continuously.
Elixir of Ancient Knowledge, Elixir of the Rapid Mind, and Excess Potion of Accelerated Learning will become Poor quality and no longer usable.
You can no longer champion a Mists of Pandaria faction for bonus reputation.
Travel Form’s ground forms are no longer mountable but the Stag Form ability has been renamed Mount Form which is mountable.
Explosive Orb health has been reduced and no longer scales with keystone level.
Blizzard is implementing the first Level Squish in World of Warcraft! Once maintenance finishes in your Region and servers are live, all characters will have the level squish applied.
Level Squish Details
Max level characters at Level 120 will now be Level 50 in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch. Over levels can be looked up on the chart below.
The Shadowlands Pre-patch will include the third Stat Squish and the second Item Level Squish. Player power relative to enemies should remain the same, but everything will use smaller numbers.
Shadowlands Item Level Squish
Each expansion's item level has been reduced once again and you can see the before and after in the chart below.
BFA Max Ilvl
Wrath of the Lich King
Mists of Pandaria
Warlords of Draenor
Battle for Azeroth
Here is a table showing what Item Level drops from each piece of Battle for Azeroth Raid content.
Battle of Dazar'alor
Crucible of Storms - Restless Cabal
Crucible of Storms - Uu'nat
The Eternal Palace
Ny'alotha - N'zoth
Blizzard has added a new leveling zone for character levels 1 - 10 called Exile's Reach. This zone will help players understand the basics of World of Warcraft.
New players will automatically go to Exile's Reach and receive tutorials from a dynamic help system, helping teach brand-new players the basics of the game.
Experienced players that are leveling alts will have the option to go to Exile's Reach without the help system or start in the traditional racial starting zone.
Death Knights and Demon Hunters will not be able to go to Exile's Reach and will participate in their own starting zone.
Exile's Reach Details
The purpose of Exile's Reach is to acquaint players new and old with the fundamentals of World of Warcraft, as well as introducing them to the essential abilities of their chosen class. Class abilities will be woven into the storyline and fabric of Exile's Reach through encounters with special NPCs and quests. In fact, each quest has a lesson to teach on common quest, class, spell, combat, and environmental mechanics.
Exile's Reach culminates in a two-boss mini dungeon that scales to your party size!
After reaching level 10, new players are sent to quest in Battle for Azeroth, while experienced players can enter Chromie Time! You can choose to level without Chromie time, but creatures and quests won't scale all the way from Level 10 through 50.
For players that already have a level 50+ character, when an alt reaches level 10, you can activate Chromie Time to quest to level 50 in any expansion of your choice!
Chromie can be found near each city's Embassy.
You can choose any expansion from Burning Crusade to Battle for Azeroth and level through the expansion.
The entire world will scale to your current level from level 10 to level 50 including creatures, quests and loot .
Once you reach level 50, you will automatically be pulled from Chromie Time after a minute but you can turn experience off if you want to finish the expansion.
Chromie Time Guide
The experience bonus from Heirlooms will be removed when Shadowlands Pre-Patch goes live. However, it's been replaced by unique Heirloom set bonuses which can be obtained from all Heirloom pieces except weapons and trinkets.
(2) Set: Rested experience consumed is reduced by 30%.
(3) Set: Increases your out-of-combat regeneration in the outdoors, normal dungeons and battlegrounds.
(4) Set: Gaining a level triggers Burst of Knowledge, dealing Holy damage to nearby enemies and granting you 40% primary stat for 2 minutes. Defeating additional enemies extends this effect, up to 2 additional minutes.
(6) Set: Rested experience consumed is reduced by an additional 30%.
Heirloom Changes in Shadowlands
Some other experience changes are coming in the Pre-Patch:
Monks' Peak of Serenity daily buff
will grant rested experience.
Insightful Rubellite is being renamed Nascent Rubellite and the 5% experience buff is being changed to a 5% swim speed buff.
will become Poor quality and no longer usable:
Despite all this, Shadowlands leveling should be about 60 to 70 percent faster when going from Level 1 to Level 50, when compared to the time it takes to currently go from Level 1 to Level 120. Due to the Level Squish, every new level you'll get something meaningful as well!
A new set of items are available for crafting professions in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch called
Relics of the Past
. These Relics can be crafted using materials from any expansion and are an optional crafting reagent.
Crafting Professions will now have a new
section where a Relic of the Past can be added. Doing so, will craft your item at a higher item level and increase the minimum required level. This is useful for crafting and upgrading a powerful crafted item as you level a character.
Relic of the Past I
- item level 23 and level 15
Relic of the Past II
- item level 33 and level 25
Relic of the Past III
- item level 43 and level 35
Relic of the Past IV
- item level 56 and level 45
Relic of the Past V
- item level 87 and level 50
Some interesting items to consider using a Relic of the Past on are
The Newcomer Guide system allows veteran players to sign up to help new players. These guides will be assigned special identification icons and access to a channel to answer questions to new players.
The requirements are as follows:
Be Level 50
Complete the achievement
Complete at least two of the following achievements:
- Reach maximum level with three different classes
- Earn the rank of Rival during Battle for Azeroth Season 4.
- Complete all Battle for Azeroth Season Four dungeons at Mythic Level 10 or higher, within the time limit.
- Defeat the Carapace of N'Zoth and N'Zoth the Corruptor encounters in Ny'alotha, the Waking City.
- Purchase all research items in the Titanic Research Archive.
All Corruption effects both beneficial and negative are being removed with the Shadowlands Pre-Patch.
MOTHER no longer sells Preserved Contaminants.
Corruption benefits on your current gear no longer function.
The negative effects of Corruption are also disabled. No more Corruption slow!
The Ny'alotha weapons have Corruption effects disabled.
In addition, the Azerite Trait
now provides a flat secondary stat boost without any corruption requirements.
Corruption Removed in Shadowlands
Originally announced at Blizzcon 2019, Shadowlands
brings back many old abilities
that were pruned. Here are some of the highlights:
Certain spells that were made spec only have been returned to all specs such as
Iconic abilities have returned such as
and the old
Popular talents and abilities have been made baseline such as
Shadowlands Unpruned Abilities
In Shadowlands, Area of Effect (AoE) damage spells are seeing a change to its basic philosophy. Currently in Battle for Azeroth, players can pull huge numbers of mobs with AoE abilities that will do damage to all of them. While this is rather efficient for players, Blizzard would like to see a return to a more strategic paradigm by adding hard target caps to certain AoE abilities.
To see if an ability is target capped, check the tooltip. Generally, if an ability is hard target capped, it will be listed on the tooltip.
If there is no target cap listed on the tooltip, the spell will more than likely be soft capped at 20 targets (for damaging spells) or 6 targets (for healing spells).
Find out what your class has target capped in our
AoE Target Caps in Shadowlands
Battle for Azeroth added many spells to the Global Cooldown (GCD). In Shadowlands, Blizzard have re-evaluated how these changes have effected the game and have removed many Burst Cooldowns from the GCD.
Burst cooldowns are defined as spells like
which increase your throughput every couple minutes.
However, Blizzard agrees that Incurring a global cooldown to do nothing but enhance further button presses is unsatisfying.
Certain abilities like
have a unique animation, visual effect and numerical payoff to warrant them being on the GCD.
For the full list of abilities taken off the GCD,
Shadowlands GCD Changes
In Shadowlands, the cooldowns for Health and Combat Potions have been reworked.
Combat Potions are no longer limited to one use per combat.
All combat potions share a 5 minute cooldown that starts immediately.
You won't need to worry about missing your Pre-Pot anymore with the changes.
On long encounters, you might be able to get 3 or 4 potions in!
Health Potions are also no longer limited to one use per combat.
All health potions (except for Healthstones) share a 5 minute cooldown that starts immediately. This cooldown is not shared with the Combat potion cooldown.
This also means that on long encounters, you could use multiple health potions.
Healthstones are unchanged and can still only be used once per combat.
They have a minute cooldown that starts once you drop combat.
Shadowlands Health Potion ChangesShadowlands Combat Potion Changes
With every expansion, Blizzard updates each spec by performing large reworks on base abilities and talents. The
9.0.1 Patch Notes
cover some of the details, but we've been keeping up to date notes of all the class changes which you can find below.
Check out all Shadowlands Class Changes
Death Knight Class Changes
Demon Hunter Class Changes
Druid Class Changes
Hunter Class Changes
Mage Class Changes
Monk Class Changes
Paladin Class Changes
Priest Class Changes
Rogue Class Changes
Shaman Class Changes
Warlock Class Changes
Warrior Class Changes
Changes to All Classes
Our Guide Writers have also been hard at work updating our Class Guides for the Pre-Patch. All base sections of the guides have been updated, plus we have a new page called
How to Play Your Spec in the Pre-Patch
which covers the biggest changes in the Pre-Patch, like AoE Target caps and new abilities. The page also includes updated Rotations, Talents, and Stats. Whether you're a new, returning, or experienced player, our Class Guides will help you get caught up quickly and get you ready for the Pre-Patch!
Check out our Class Guides below, now updated for the Shadowlands Pre-Patch
Blood Death Knight
Mandl and Panthea
Frost Death Knight
Unholy Death Knight
Havoc Demon Hunter
Vengeance Demon Hunter
Beast Mastery Hunter
In Shadowlands, almost every part of the character customization process has been revamped. To start off, you may notice that the user interface is very different! The interface now has a more modern style, and higher quality icons for races, classes, genders and the buttons in general. Here's a quick summary of the changes:
Race, class and gender icons are higher quality and have a more modern look.
The class trial option has been moved to a checkbox in the bottom right hand corner.
You can now see if your name has been taken, prior to finalizing your character.
New dropdowns, allowing you to quickly cycle through customization options.
For existing characters, you can head to the
to see what customization options are available now for your character for in-game gold! In addition to customization changes, you can now change your character's gender at the Barber Shop. There are new dropdown menus, making choosing different options for your character a lot more accessible. Some of the big improvements are:
Night Elves have a "Teldrassil" burn option as well as vine decorations for their hair and marking colors separated out from hair color.
Undead have pink hair options and the ability to hide bones.
Orcs have several layers of scars, tattoos, and war paint.
Draenei have different tail lengths and dozens of new jewelry colors.
Worgen can customize their human form separately from their worgen form.
Void Elves can access blue eyes and all the skin tones of Blood Elves, for a High Elf appearance.
Dwarves have numerous tattoo options, including Wildhammer appearances.
Tauren can wear flowers with their new hairstyles.
Humans have a large variety of facial features to represent the diversity in the real world.
Most races now have a bald option.
You can check out all new options in our customization guides and create your own character with the
Shadowlands Dressing Room
Wowhead Dressing Room
Blood ElfDraeneiDwarfGnomeGoblinHumanNight Elf
OrcPandarenTaurenTrollUndeadVoid ElfWorgenAllied Races
Druids can also visit the Barber Shop to customize each of their individual forms.
Forms are no longer tied directly to other customization options such as hair color.
Artifact Skins are included, so you can use the Feral Druid Artifact Form as a Restoration Druid in Cat Form as long as you've unlocked the skin.
Old Glyphs are also included such as Cheetah or Dolphin Form.
Druid Forms in Dressing Room
One of the big Transmog updates is the ability to use Legion Artifact Transmogs for all specs of your class barring regular Transmog restrictions.
You can transmog any Artifact appearance from your class, as long as it follows normal weapon transmog rules (i.e. 1-hand to 1-hand, 2-hand to 2-hand, etc).
You can mix and match the appearance of different Artifacts now, having your Main-Hand and Off-hand from different appearances, or from completely different Artifacts.
The Artifact transmog interface is being retained so you can still transmog your own spec Artifact weapons over whatever weapons you are using.
The other change is to Wands! They can now be transmogged to other main-hand weapons.
Mages and Warlocks can transmog wands to daggers and swords.
Priests can transmog wands to 1H maces and daggers.
All Allied Races will be easier to unlock in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch. The requirement to hit Exalted with the related faction has been removed, leaving the only requirement as a series of zone quests.
The requirements to unlock Allied Races in
Dark Iron Dwarf:
Mounts and Pets received some changes in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch.
Horse mounts such as
can now fly!
PvP Gladiator mounts are now account-wide.
Many of the strong Battle Pet strategies had their abilities nerfed, which includes Flock and Hunting Party.
Pets such as
had their stats changed.
Hunter Pet Tames
Hunters will be able to tame Undead and Cloud Serpent Pets!
During the Pre-Patch, only
will be able to tame Undead Pets. Once Shadowlands launches, all Hunters can obtain
in Shadowlands to tame Undead Pets.
can tame Cloud Serpent Pets. All other Hunters must have one character on the account be Exalted with the
to buy the
in order to tame Cloud Serpents.
Cloud Serpent Pet TamesUndead Pet Tames
Battle Pet Changes in Shadowlands
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