Patch 8.1 Tides of Vengeance Content Release Calendar
Not everything that has been datamined during the PTR cycle is coming at the same time with Tides of Vengeance. With that in mind, we've compiled information about all content that is coming out in the upcoming patch and brief details about them and when we expect them to come out.
All Tides of Vengeance content will be split into three broad categories: What will come with the patch launch (December 11th), what arrives with Season 2 (sometime during January), and what will come in a later date. There is still the possibility of having certain pieces of the content to be time-gated inside those categories, but overall most of it won't be gated.
Note that there could be changes to this list before the patch launches, so make sure to check it again closer to Tides of Vengeance launch!
What Arrives with Patch 8.1 (starting 12/11, but susceptible to time gating)
Continuation of the War Campaign
Patch 8.1 continues the War Campaign that we started back at launch.
Click Here to see the Alliance Overview of the War Campaign (Spoilers)
Click Here to see the Horde Overview of the War Campaign (Spoilers)
Heritage Armor for Blood Elves and Dwarves
Dwarves and Blood Elves are the first non-allied races to receive Heritage Armor. In order to unlock them, you just need a level 120 character of that race, as well as Exalted with their respective city factions (
for Dwarves and
for Blood Elves) and complete its questline. Each questline tells part of the storyline for its race.
Unlike Allied Races, you do NOT need to level from scratch to 110 or 120 - Just be 120 and you will have access to the questline!
Blood Elf Heritage Armor Questline (Spoilers)
Heritage Armor Preview
Heritage Armor Questline (Spoilers)
Heritage Armor Preview
Paragon Reputation Rewards
Paragon Reputation, a feature introduced first in Legion, makes a return starting in 8.1. Unlike their Legion counterparts, however, there seem to be only pets available this time, like
Saurfang and Tyrande Questlines
As promised by Blizzard, patch 8.1 expands the story of characters like Tyrande and Saurfang. You can check below the questlines added for each of those characters.
Tyrande's Ascension Questline (Spoilers)
Fate of Saurfang Questline (Spoilers)
New Island Expeditions and Vendor
Two new expeditions are added to the rotation in patch 8.1:
Click here for their official preview and improvements to islands
Besides that, there will now be a
Vendor that accepts
as a currency.
Another Legion feature added in 8.1 is Incursions, that work similarly to Legion Invasions, where a zone gets attacked and you must complete four World Quests and then take on an enemy commander.
Click here to check our early preview of the feature
Account-wide Reputation Credit and Transmogs
A long-expected change, starting in patch 8.1, credit towards achievements like
will now be account-wide, so you no longer need to re-earn reputation whenever you swap main characters. Besides that, items
locked with reputation, like tabards, will only have reputation requirements when you purchase them
, allowing other characters in your account to freely use those items.
Account-wide Flight Paths
Another change coming in Tides of Vengeance is the implementation of Flight Path books!
can be used to teach an alt all of the flight paths available for your faction in Kul Tiras and Zandalar, including unlocked outposts! These books are account-bound and can be sent to any alts.
sell the books for .
New Darkshore Warfront and Darkshore Overworld Revamp (+ New Warfront Vendor)
Tides of Vengeance includes a new Warfront to the game: Battle for Darkshore. The Warfront will have a similar format to Arathi, but some key mechanical changes.
This time around,
The Horde will start in control of Darkshore, and the Alliance will gather efforts to attack at first.
Similar to Arathi, Darkshore received a major overworld revamp with the Warfront, including rares and max level missions. Tides of Vengeance also adds World Quests for both Warfront zones, plus a new currency: Service Medals (
) that are given on Warfront victories, quests, and World Quests and are used to buy items like toys, pets, and mounts.
In-depth Warfront Details:
Warfront Playthrough Preview
Warfront and Overworld Rewards
Despite not having a new raid or new Azerite traits right away, all class changes announced during the Tides of Vengeance PTR cycle will be available right away, including changes to Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Enhancement Shamans.
Click here to see all upcoming class changes
Experience required to level from 20 to 120 has been reduced in 8.1. The biggest reductions come in the level 60 range at 40%, with sizable reductions for all past expansions.
In patch 8.1 we are also getting a leveling elixir
which is a reward from Incursions, and
new heirlooms like a tank cloak
Champions of Azeroth Reputation Changes
If you reach revered with Champions of Azeroth in one character, all characters in your account will be able to acquire the Heart of Azeroth upgrade from Magni, as soon as Tides of Vengeance launches.
What Arrives with Season 2 (TBD date in January)
Battle of Dazar'alor
Battle for Azeroth's second raid, Battle of Dazar'alor will only arrive once Season 2 starts, meaning players can still obtain
in the time between Tides of Vengeance launch and Season 2 beginning.
Click here for an overview of the new raid zone
5th Azerite Ring
A much-expected improvement with Azerite, the 5th ring won't be available when Tides of Vengeance starts. However, once Season 2 starts, most of high-end gear will have all 5 rings, including pieces from Mythic+, PvP, Emissaries, and Warfronts.
Click here to check the preview of the 5th Azerite Ring on PTR
New Mythic+ level 10 Affix: Reaping
Season 2 means time for a new Mythic+ level 10 affix:
. This affix causes all enemies defeated to rise beyond the grave and run after the group at every 20% completed of the dungeon.
You can check its explanation here, in our BlizzCon interview
Higher ilvl loot from Dungeons, Emissaries, and Warfronts
Together with Mythic+ affix change, all item level from drops off dungeons, emissaries, and Warfronts will
go up to accomodate the new content
New PvP Season (Sinister Gladiator Gear)
Season 2 also marks the beggining of a new PvP Season, with Sinister Gladiator thematic gear and higher item level.
What Arrives Later On (At Patch 8.1.5, Date TBD)
Crucible of Storms Raid
As initially announced, the second raid of Patch 8.1 will arrive at a later, undefined, date.
datamined content (Spoilers)
for our favorite Old God Artifact will likely only appear at a later date.
Kul Tiran Human/Zandalari Troll Allied Races
Kul Tiran Humans
have been announced to arrive at sometime during 8.1.5. As it is likely that you will have to go through Battle for Dazar'alor to unlock the races, it might release after the raid is completed.
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