WoW Shadowlands Pre-Patch Release Time And Patch Notes: Limited Time Event, Black Market Auction House and New Starter Changes

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World of Warcraft Shadowlands is coming soon after its delay, and the pre-patch now finally has a release date.

If you're in the US, you may find that you're booted from the servers today to allow for maintenance that will last a few hours.


EU fans usually get the patch 24 hours later, which means it'll hit those servers tomorrow, October 14. 

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Pre-Patch Is Live! - 14th October

Shadowlands pre-patch is now live!

Below are some of the changes that come with the new update.

  • A max character level of 50, which will prepare players for the level 60 cap in Shadowlands.
  • Exile’s Reach, a complete overhaul of WoW’s new player experience with its own epic story, which introduces players to the game’s core elements.
  • Hundreds of new character customization options for all character races.
  • Item and stat level adjustments to support the new level caps.
  • And much more!

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Pre-Patch Deployment Time

The patch will be released at around 7 AM PDT, with downtime lasting for around eight hours, at least in the US.

UK and EU players will need to wait until tomorrow morning at around 7 AM CEST to be able to install it.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Pre-Patch Details

So, what's included in the pre-patch?

Essentially, this sets World of Warcraft up for the addition of the Shadowlands expansion.

Here's what we know, courtesy of Blizzard's notes:



Shortly after the pre-expansion launch, you’ll be called upon to defend Azeroth from an undead invasion as the Scourge sweep across the land. Players will embark on a quest to establish a foothold in Icecrown, where the barrier between Azeroth and the afterlife has been shattered, and prepare for the coming journey into the Shadowlands. This limited-time pre-expansion event will only be available until the launch of Shadowlands, so make sure to log in to experience it and earn special rewards.


Max level is now required to access the Black Market Auction House.The Mighty Caravan Brutosaur is no longer sold by vendors and will now be occasionally available on the Black Market Auction House.


Levels, items and stats have been adjusted to make reaching a new level feel more meaningful while simultaneously making the leveling experience faster than before. Characters at level 120 will become level 50 after the content update.



The character creation experience has been revitalized with a brand new user interface and many new character customization options to choose from. Some of the new options are selecting your eye color, new skin tones, new hairstyles and hair/fur colors.

All of these new options are available at Barber Shops throughout Azeroth, including the option for Druids to choose the appearance of their shapeshifting forms and the ability to swap genders. Now all customization is available in-game at any time so the Appearance Change service will no longer be sold in the Shop.



Exile's Reach is an all-new starting experience that will take you on an excursion that will introduce you to the fundamentals of playing World of Warcraft and the important mechanics for your chosen class. If you’re new to World of Warcraft and have never created or leveled a character, you will automatically begin your journey into Azeroth with the starting experience. If you’re a veteran player or you’ve leveled a character before, you can choose to opt out of the starting experience and begin instead at level 1 in the starting area for your race.

Upon reaching level 10, new players will continue their journey through Battle for Azeroth and into Shadowlands.



Players who have already experienced Battle for Azeroth and reached level 50 on at least one character can now choose to level any subsequent characters in a different expansion using Timewalking Campaigns. This new feature allows content from locations like Northrend or Pandaria to scale to a player’s level, so they can adventure from level 10 all the way to 50 and experience the stories of these areas at their originally intended pacing. Visit Chromie near the embassies in Stormwind or Orgrimmar to select your expansion leveling experience. If you'd like to select a different expansion to level through, simply speak to Chromie again.


After creating your character and beginning your journey into World of Warcraft for the first time, you will enter the Newcomer Chat channel where you can chat with other new players and experienced players on the same faction who will be your guides as you level through the new starting zone – Exile's Reach. New players and guides will be able to recognize one another in the chat channels and with icons above their characters' heads that only they can see. Upon reaching level 20, new players will be prepared to continue their journey ahead on their own and will no longer have access to the Newcomer Chat.