Shadowlands Pre-Patch: Everything You Need to Know

Everything you need to know for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
Everything you need to know for the Shadowlands pre-patch. | Photo by Blizzard Entertainment

Shadowlands Pre-Patch is coming soon, and there loads of changes and updates that will be implemented before the full Shadowlands expansion arrives. Here's everything you need to know about the Shadowlands pre-patch.

Shadowlands Pre-Patch: Everything You Need to Know

Corruption abilities will be completely removed. They managed to tie this in with the story, as when N'Zoth dies his essence is cleansed from Azeroth. In an interview with PandaTV, director Ion Hazzikostas admitted the game is currently in a broken state due to the corruption powers.

"We may preserve a legacy grayed out tooltip on the gear, but it's a mix of moving the story line forward and frankly the game is pretty broken right now - we know the game is pretty broken right now - part of why that's been ok is that we know it's for a short period of time; there's no way to really deal with someone who has, you know, 100% crit rate and all of that stuff going into new content. Enjoy the silly season, but post squish we're going to get back to a normalized space."

In addition to the removal of corruption, some mounts will be removed. The Awakened Mindborer and Might Caravan Brutosaur will be leaving.

The biggest change for the pre-patch is the level squish. The new leveling system will squish your characters down from 120 to 50. Shadowlands will have another 10 levels to explore, and the squish is meant to make leveling faster, more meaningful and ultimately more accessible to new players.

There is still the 100% XP boost bonus that will run until the pre-patch. It seems that Shadowlands has been delayed due to pandemic challenges. That double XP was meant to leave in April, but you'll be able to take advantage of it all the way until the pre-patch.

Shadowlands is currently in beta. There is still no release date, but for now, we're expecting Shadowlands to arrive as early as September and as late as December.