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WoW Shadowlands patch 9.2.5: Potential release date & cross-faction instances

Published: 12/May/2022 11:11

by Lauren Bergin

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World of Warcraft Shadowlands’ highly anticipated patch 9.2.5 is set to make WoW history with its cross-faction instances and all-new Blood Elf and Dark Iron Dwarf quests. Here’s everything you need to know about the update; from its potential release date to all of the changes we can expect to see.

As the curtain closes on a turbulent WoW Shadowlands run, Blizzard is hoping to breathe new life into the divisive expansion with patch 9.2.5.

Adding the much-anticipated cross-faction instance system, as well as all-new cosmetics for Blood Elf and Dark Iron Dwarfs, the patch is set to shake up the very fabric of World of Warcraft.

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So, without further ado, here are the full patch notes for WoW Shadowlands 9.2.5, as well as a rundown of the most important features to date. Note, though, that these are based on the PTR, and will likely change before the update is pushed live.


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With The Jailer felled and the Shadowlands story at an end, Blizzard are introducing some fresh new mechanics.

WoW Shadowlands patch 9.2.5: Potential release date

At the moment there’s no set release date for WoW Shadowlands patch 9.2.5, although we’d expect it to release over the next couple of months at least. However, it is available now on the PTR.

WoW Shadowlands patch 9.2.5: Cross-faction instances

Since the dawn of time, many of Azeroth’s denizens have been hoping for a cross-faction raid system that allows the Alliance and Horde to join forces and take on dungeons and raids together. While previously this was somewhat a taboo subject, Blizzard will be implementing cross-faction play coming into 9.2.5.

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This means that if your friends are Alliance and you are Horde, you’ll be able to invite them to most raids and dungeons using their Battletag or Real ID. Premade Groups in the Group Finder listings for Mythic dungeons, raids, or rated arena/RBGs will also be open to players of both factions, but party leaders can restrict these to be same-faction if they like.

Note that Guilds, Heroic dungeons, Skirmishes, and Random Battlegrounds all remain same-faction, and some older instances will also remain same-faction – including the Darkmaul Citadel, the Exile’s Reach starting zone’s dungeon.

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Alliance and Horde will be able to play together as of 9.2.5, but we feel like these two will always be divided.

New Blood Elf & Dark Iron Dwarf quests

For those playing Blood Elf or Dark Iron Dwarf, some new quests (and, more importantly, cosmetics) will be arriving in patch 9.2.5.

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New mount and weapon appearances are available for both races, with Blood Elf Paladins also getting a new armor set.

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Blood Elves rejoice! We have a new quest to sink our teeth into.

WoW Shadowlands patch 9.2.5: Full notes

Below are the PTR patch notes for WoW Shadowlands’ 9.2.5 update courtesy of Blizzard. Be aware that these may be subject to change as testing continues, but don’t worry, we’ll keep this page up to date!

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • All Covenant Sanctum feature achievements are now visible and count towards your character’s total achievement points, regardless of which covenant your character currently belongs to. Nonetheless, all characters must belong to a Covenant to earn that Covenant’s specific achievements.

CHARACTERS

  • Blood Elves can start a quest to earn a new mount, weapon appearance, and the Blood Knight armor set for Blood Elf Paladins by speaking to Liadrin in Oribos. Requirements: Level 60 and Exalted with Silvermoon.
  • Dark Iron Dwarves can start a quest to earn a new mount and weapon appearances by speaking to Anvil-Thane Thurgaden in Shadowforge City, Blackrock Depths (accessed via Mole Machine). Requirements: Level 50.

CROSS-FACTION INSTANCES

  • Players are now able to directly invite members of the opposite faction to a party if you have a BattleTag or Real ID friendship, or if you are members of a cross-faction WoW Community.
  • Premade Groups in the Group Finder listings for Mythic dungeons, raids, or rated arena/RBGs are now open to applicants of both factions, though the group leader may choose to restrict the listing to same-faction applicants if they so choose.
  • WoW Communities now have the option to be cross-faction, while Guilds will remain single-faction.
  • Random matchmade activities like Heroic dungeons, Skirmishes, or Random Battlegrounds will all remain same-faction. [LEARN MORE 159]
  • The following instances are not cross-faction:
    • Trial of the Champion
    • Trial of the Crusader
    • Vault of Archavon
    • Icecrown Citadel
    • Baradin Hold
    • Siege of Boralus
    • Battle of Dazar’alor
    • Darkmaul Citadel (Exile’s Reach dungeon)

ITEMS AND REWARDS

  • Broker Mark of Distinction now increases the Renown of your currently active Covenant to 60 (was 40).
  • Renown catch-up is accelerated through Renown 60 (was 48).
  • These activities will now have a 100% chance to reward 1 Renown upon completion:
    • Mythic and Mythic+ dungeons
    • Torghast Layers 9-16
    • Defeating a Shadowlands raid boss encounter
    • Winning a Rated Battleground
  • Reward boxes from Callings now contain twice as many Grateful Offerings, still scaling with your covenant sanctum’s Anima Conductor level.
  • The Zereth Mortis weekly quest “Patterns Within Patterns” now awards Grateful Offerings.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • The Enigma Arena has returned to the PTR with a new name: Enigma Crucible.
    • Developers’ note: Our intention was to release this map with a unique mechanic, a central button that allowed players to manipulate the pillar configuration throughout the match. Unfortunately, we encountered challenges during implementation that would have resulted in a poor quality experience. While we continue to work on this arena’s unique mechanic and evaluate it for a future release, we’ve decided to go forward with a version of the Arena that has a single pillar configuration that remains locked throughout the match.
  • PvP Talents
    • Developers’ note: In 9.2.5 we’re planning adjustments to a few PvP talents for specs that could benefit from mechanical changes, beyond the scope of our standard balancing (which will continue separately, as needed). Since these will be limited and the changes are aimed at addressing specific concerns, feedback on your experiences with these classes and effects during 9.2.5 will be valuable for informing future development.
    • Death Knight
      • Anti-Magic Zone’s spell damage reduction increased to 50% (was 20%) in PvP combat.
      • Dome of Ancient Shadow (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • Warlock
      • Demonic Embrace now increases your Stamina by 20% (was 10%) in PvP combat.
      • Demon Armor (PvP Talent) has been removed.
      • Affliction
        • New PvP Talent: Shadowfall – Gain the Nightfall talent with 100% increased chance to gain its effect. If you already have this talent, you may select another in the same row.

SHADOWLANDS SEASON 4

  • Mythic+ Season 4 is currently mid-development and Mythic Keystones may behave strangely or not function at all until this work is complete. We’ll provide more details once Mythic+ Season 4 is ready for testing.

USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY

  • All search filter dropdowns now have a button that lets you easily remove all active filters.
  • The default hand cursor now has new, higher resolution art for its larger sizes under Interface Options > Accessibility.
  • The Report Player pane has been redesigned, with new categories added. (Available in a later PTR build)