Shadowlands Level Cap: Next World of Warcraft Expansion Will Have Level Squish

Get ready for the Shadowlands Level Cap.
Get ready for the Shadowlands Level Cap. | Photo by Blizzard Entertainment

Shadowlands level cap changes will be coming in the latest World of Warcraft expansion. Shadowlands will have the first level squish in the game, bringing down the level cap to 60.

If you're already at the maximum 120, you'll be squished down to level 50. The remaining 10 levels are new content for Shadowlands. Only the level number will change, your character's power will not be converted.

Shadowlands Level Cap: Next World of Warcraft Expansion Will Have Level Squish

A huge criticism for long-running MMO games like World of Warcraft is the grind, as new players are often behind and have a lot of catching up to do. Players can also get caught up in the long leveling system and feel lost or unaccomplished, ultimately turning them away before they are able to play the new expansion. Shadowlands seeks to remedy this by making each achievement more meaningful and accessible.

With the new squish, it will be faster and easier for players to reach endgame content. According to Blizzard, this squish is part of a push to make sure that "Every Level Is Meaningful." It's unknown exactly how the level conversion will affect players below level 120.

The leveling system also will receive a major overhaul. According to Blizzard, leveling will be streamlined and unified over any given story. When Shadowlands launches, new players will be able to get to level 50 at least twice as fast as it took to get to level 120 in Battle for Azeroth. Players will also be able to reach level 50 in the expansion story of their choice, before taking on the Shadowlands story from level 50 to 60.