World of Warcraft

New WoW Classic raid and much more coming with April 15 update

by Bill Cooney
Blizzard Entertainment

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The next WoW Classic content unlock will happen on April 15, and players will finally be able to venture into the Zul’Gurub raid, take advantage of new world buffs, and more.

Located in the northeastern corner of Stranglethorn Vale, Zul’Gurub is Classic's first 20-man raid, compared to Molten Core, Blackrock Spire, and Onyxia, which each allow for up to 40.

A new raid means new loot for guilds and groups to fight for, but some of the most difficult bosses in WoW Classic up to this point will be standing in the way.

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Players will need to head to Booty Bay (or Grom'Gol Basecamp) in Stranglethorn Vale before making their way up to Zul'Gurub.

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The items available on the ZG loot table are worth a few wipes, though, because like the bosses, they’re also some of the strongest added so far.

One of the rarest items in all of WoW actually drops in this dungeon. Called the Swift Zulian Tiger, it looks like a Bengal version of the Night Elf epic cat mount, and is sure to tear at least one guild apart when it eventually drops.

The mount is a 0.8% drop off of High Priest Thekal, which means it has a 1/125 chance of appearing on the boss after you defeat him. 

Divide that by the 20 people in your raid who will definitely be rolling on it, thanks in part to the smash Netflix series Tiger King, and your chances of actually getting the mount go down to 1/2500.

A mount that looks this good has to be worth all that trouble, right?

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Like BWL and Onyxia, players will also be able to apply a world buff called Spirit of Zandalar after clearing the dungeon and handing in the Heard of Hakkar in Booty Bay. As with the other buffs, any player in the city at the time the heart is turned in will get the buff.

One of the biggest competitions in WoW is finally returning as well, the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. Players will have a set amount of time to catch and turn in as many fish as they can, with the winner taking home a super-rare fishing pole, gold, and other exclusive loot.

If you want to level up an alt's fishing skill to compete or just get to 300 before the competition begins, be sure to check out our guide to the best fishing spots in WoW Classic.

If you don't think a World of Warcraft fishing contest sounds intense, try doing it on a PvP server.

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More than a half a year following release, WoW Classic is still plenty popular, with some servers still experiencing wait times to login with more people than normal stuck at home.

The added content will definitely be welcomed by players and guilds who have already run through WoW Classic's currently available raids, and are itching more to do.