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When is WoW patch 9.0.1? Everything we know about the Shadowlands update

Published: 25/Sep/2020 7:17 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 7:23

by Isaac McIntyre


Blizzard has finally unveiled the new World of Warcraft expansion’s release date, and that means the long-awaited Shadowlands pre-patch is likely just over the horizon. Here’s everything we know about patch 9.0.1 so far.

The Shadowlands pre-patch details have been released early, and that means the next World of Warcraft expansion isn’t too far away. In fact, you can already download the Shadowlands preview update ready for 9.0.1’s long-awaited arrival.

There’s plenty to sink your teeth into ahead of the proper Shadowlands release as well. The pre-expansion update will add a pile of level, item, and stat changes, the new “Exile’s Reach” starting area, and reworked Timewalking campaigns.

Here’s everything we know about the Shadowlands pre-expansion patch, update 9.0.1, so far, starting with when we expect it to go live on global servers.

When will Shadowlands patch 9.0.1 go live?

Blizzard has yet to reveal exactly when pre-patch 9.0.1 will go live, but we can certainly have a pretty good guess at its release date. Shadowlands has been penned in for an October 26 premiere, which is basically exactly a month away.

If history is anything to go off, Blizzard usually gives World of Warcraft players three or four weeks to muck around in the pre-patch. That means the Shadowlands update should deploy sometime in the next week, at the very latest.

Keep your eyes peeled for Blizzard’s official confirmation @Warcraft.

Shadowlands is set to turn World of Warcraft on its head all over again.
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Shadowlands is set to turn World of Warcraft on its head all over again.

WoW Shadowlands update 9.0.1 early pre-patch notes

Pre-Patch will host Scourge Event

The main event during the Shadowlands pre-patch will be the Scourge Event. This event will include a new questline, which ties into the Shadowlands narrative, as well as a huge zombie invasion, the return of bosses in Icetown, and Nathanos Blightcaller.

There will be two weeks of challenges within the event. Completing all the daily challenges will give players event-based rewards ahead of Shadowlands.

Nathanos Blightcaller serves as the weekly World Boss. He will spawn at his family home in the Eastern Plaguelands. He drops level 100 items, including weapons.

Hordes of zombies will invade World of Warcraft during the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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Hordes of zombies will invade World of Warcraft during the Shadowlands pre-patch.

Shadowlands class changes

Shadowlands will be tweaking classes again slightly. The main changes will be coming for Shadow Priests, who are getting a hefty revamp, but all classes will have different “flavor and utility” added to their class in 9.0.1 and beyond.

Fury Warriors, Frost Death Knights, and Monks will now be able to choose between dual-wielding and two-handed weapons again.

The much-maligned Corruption system has also been removed in Shadowlands. Legion legendaries have similarly been disabled. These changes mean some classes “may feel incomplete” in the pre-patch, Blizzard warned on Sep. 23.

Blizzard will be changing Shadow Priests all over again in the pre-patch 9.0.1 update.
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Blizzard will be changing Shadow Priests all over again in the pre-patch 9.0.1 update.

Leveling revamp

As many players were already aware, Shadowlands is going to be “squishing” levels in World of Warcraft. Starting in the pre-patch update, levels, items, and stats will be adjusted to “make reaching a new level more meaningful.”

Characters who are currently level 120 will be dropped to level 50 after 9.0.1.

Level 120 will no longer be the World of Warcraft max cap. Instead, players will only be able to reach level 60.
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Level 120 will no longer be the World of Warcraft max cap. Instead, players will only be able to reach level 60.

Character customization will be overhauled

Shadowlands will also be bringing a huge overhaul to player character customization. This will include new race options, and brand-new UI for the creation screen, and more.

The biggest change is the new haul of appearance changes you can make to your character. Allied Races, including Void Elves, can all use these new changes too.

New customization options

  • Night Elves have the “Teldrassil” burn option.
  • Undead can now pick pink hair, and hide bones.
  • Orcs have new scars, tattoos, and war paint.
  • Draenei can change their tail lengths, and jewelry colors.
  • Worgen can customize their human form.
  • Void Elves can access blue eyes, and all Blood Elves skin tones.
  • Dwarves have new tattoo options.
  • Tauren can wear flowers in new hairstyles.
  • Most races now have a bald option.
  • Humans have even more facial features and more variety options “to represent the diversity in the real world.”
Sahdowlands is overhauling the World of Warcraft character creation screen.
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Shadowlands is overhauling the World of Warcraft character creation screen.

Accessibility and interface changes

Finally, the new Shadowlands pre-expansion update will be adding a host of accessibility and interface improvements.

These include gamepad support, which allows players to change key binds on all console controllers. Camera shake controls can also be adjusted, to help with motion sickness.

Ray Tracing Support is also coming for higher shadow quality.

Call of Duty

CoD Mobile devs confirm two iconic weapons coming in Season 1

Published: 18/Jan/2021 2:50 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 2:53

by Connor Bennett


The Call of Duty Mobile devs have revealed that two iconic CoD weapons are coming in 2021’s Season 1 update, and they should be recognizable to any long-time CoD fan.

For years, Call of Duty fans have begged Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Activision, and anyone else who will listen, for a game that takes the best part of all previous releases and puts them into one.

Increasingly, we’re seeing more map remakes, classic weapons returning, and even character crossovers thanks to Warzone, but it’s CoD Mobile that really fits the bill of what that all-encompassing CoD game would be.

The mobile game has maps from CoD 4: Modern Warfare, Black Ops 1, as well as weapons from Advanced Warfare and even Black Ops 3 and 4. With the first major update of 2021 just around the corner, the devs have started teasing what’s coming next, and we’re getting more throwbacks.

Ghost in CoD mobile and the Crossfire map
CoD Mobile has characters, maps, and weapons from almost every modern Call of Duty game.

Even though CoD Mobile is currently, as of writing, in Season 13, when the first major update of 2021 hits, we’ll be back to Season 1. Just like how Fortnite is now Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.

Regardless, when players finally get to play the new season update, they’ll be able to wield the FAMAS and the SKS. Yes, both iconic Call of Duty weapons, that have been in a whole host of CoD games, are finally arriving in CoD Mobile.

The devs confirmed the news on January 16, tweeting out their first teaser for the new season. “A new weapon is approaching! Can you guess what it is?” they said, with an image and it’s fairly obvious that the weapon in question is the FAMAS.

They soon followed up with another post teasing the SKS. The powerful Marksman Rifle has featured in both Modern Warfare and Black Ops titles over the year. Now, it’s on its way to CoD Mobile.

The names of these iconic weapons might be slightly different when added into CoD Mobile. The devs have tweaked the names of other recognizable guns before, just to give it a new feel for the mobile game.

There’s also the question of power. Will they be just as powerful as they were before? Only time will tell but CoD Mobile’s next major update isn’t too far off. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming days as we get closer to the Season 1 update.