Patch 8.1 Tides of Vengeance Survival Guide & Giveaway
Patch 8.1 Survival Guide
The first Battle for Azeroth content patch, Tides of Vengeance, will be releasing on December 11th (US) / 12th (EU).
Edit: Tides of Vengeance now live on NA and EU realms!
This new content patch will include an updated War Campaign for both
, Story Quests for
, New Heritage Armor for
There are also a large number of system changes including Currency Vendors for
are also returning which have a chance to award special toys and pets. Lastly, some old unused Azerite Traits have been removed and Blizzard has
added at least one new Azerite Trait
to every spec!
There's also leveling improvements including
New Leveling Heirloom
reducing the amount of experience
to level from 1-110. In addition, the Heart of Azeroth upgrades from Magni for reaching certain thresholds of
Champions of Azeroth
reputation are now account-wide as well.
More content is coming soon on
when Season 2 of Battle for Azeroth begins. This marks the opening of the new
Battle of Dazar'alor raid
, new PvP Season and new Mythic+ Seasonal Affix,
. Season 2 will also come with an overall Item Level Increase, with Mythic Battle of Dazar'alor dropping Item Level 415 Gear, increased Item Level from Mythic+. Most importantly, all
pieces of epic Azerite Armor obtained after Season 2 starts will contain an extra ring of spec-specific Traits for you to choose from.
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Patch Basics and Notes
Start the questline to unlock the
. Alliance will begin by attacking, while Horde control Darkshore.
Complete the first step of the updated
If you're a Blood Elf or Dwarf, complete the factional quest line to unlock special Heritage Armor
Explore the new Island Expeditions, Jorundall and Havenswood. Benefit from the
new rewards system
which has new rewards such as
If you completed a Mythic+ Keystone last week, collect your Weekly Chest to pick up some
to work towards a specific piece of Azerite Armor.
Complete the Heart of Azeroth quests on your alts, if your main has already reached Revered with Champions of Azeroth.
Pet Battles can start working towards the new challenge pet dungeon,
Start working towards
Paragon Reputation rewards
Part 2 of the Updated War Campaign for both
will start on the next weekly reset, with more coming in future weeks.
Complete Warfronts, Incursions and Island Expeditions to obtain currency to buy rewards off the new currency vendors.
Continue collecting Azerite Power to prepare for the increased required Heart of Azeroth levels on Season 2 gear.
Season 2 of Battle for Azeroth will begin on
for PvP, Mythic+ and Raids. If you plan on receiving any achievements or rewards from Season 1, you still have some time left!
: Players will be working towards
. Winning enough Rated PvP matches above 1400 also awards
New and Updated Content
The War Campaign continues in Tides of Vengeance with a staggered release leading up to the Battle of Dazar'alor raid.
Click Here for More Information About the Alliance War Campaign
Click Here for More Information About the Horde War Campaign
If you're still in need of
reputation, reputation is easier to come by in Patch 8.1.
Previous War Campaign quests now award higher amounts of reputation.
Contracts have been added for 7th Legion and Honorbound factions.
Warfronts have World Quests which grant 7th Legion and Honorbound reputation.
grants 500 reputation on your home continent, and 1000 reputation on the enemy continent.
A second Warfront will be released at the start of Tides of Vengeance, with the Alliance starting in the attacking phase. This warfront will run in parallel with Arathi, allowing separate timers for contributions, attacking and time in the outdoor zone.
In order to unlock the Darkshore Warfront, you must unlock
complete a quest chain
The Darkshore Warfront has new buildings, effects and overall mechanics. Find out more in our
Darkshore Mechanics guide!
The Darkshore outdoor zone has new World Quests and new rares! Find out about all the new
Completing the Darkshore Warfront, Darkshore World Quests and Incursions rewards a new currency,
You can turn these in for new mounts, pets and toys, such as the
The way that Warfront Contributions works has changed. This affects both the Arathi and Darkshore Warfront contribution phases. Find out more in our
updated Warfront Contribution Guide
A special questline for Horde players explores the events after the
Lost Honor Cinematic
The questline starts with
on the ship at the Zuldazar port.
We'll let you explore this questline for yourself, but if you want to see spoilers, you can see our
post with Spoilers!
Incursions are a new feature in Tides of Vengeance inspired by the Legions Assaults from last expansion. However, the enemy is now the opposing faction.
For more information, check out our Incursions Guide
Incursions are available to players level 110 and above who have unlocked World Quests on their account and have begun the war campaign.
Incursions will periodically cycle between Zandalar and Kul Tiras and will appear on the world map while active.
Max level characters will be awarded reputation, 325-370 level gear and Service Medals. Service medals can buy unique rewards such as
Leveling characters will be awarded some experience for completing World Quests, but completing an Incursion will also provide a 1 hour buff that buffs experience!
With the success of Heritage Armor for Allied Races, Blizzard is expanding the system, starting with Blood Elf and Dwarf! You'll have to complete a quest line to unlock the armor:
Dwarf Quest Spoilers
Blood Elf Quest Spoilers
Two new Islands are entering the pool of available Islands in Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1: Tides of Vengeance. These Islands are Havenswood and Jorundall.
Click here to learn about Island Maps!
There are also a bunch of new features coming to Island Expeditions:
Completing the Weekly Quest
will award a
which awards an Elite follower table mission with a large bonus reward.
New Events and Invasions
in Island Expeditions including an Undead Invasion and Azerite Extractors.
vendor has been added with
have been added: one for Dark Iron Dwarves and one for Mag'har Orcs.
The last major update is that
are no longer based on what you kill but what was present on the Island. This means you can safely clear an Island as fast as possible, without having to go around and seek out special enemies.
There are also new rewards that can be awarded from the end of Island Expeditions such as
Click here for the Island Rewards guide!
A new Pet Dungeon is available is available in Tides of Vengeance --
! This is similar to previous pet dungeons,
Check out our Challenge Gnomeregan Guide!
Completing the Challenge version of the dungeon rewards
Completing the quest to finish the normal version of the pet battle dungeon rewards
Completing the challenge version once per week rewards
, which is exchanged for items from
If you've been planning on leveling, Tides of Vengeance brings improvements to leveling characters.
Click here to find out about all the Leveling and Alt improvements
The experience required to level up from 1-110 has been nerfed across the board.
Incursions will award experience similar to Legion Assaults, and completing an Incursion will award a 1 hour experience boost.
The new Service Medal currency allows you to buy new Heirlooms and a special account-bound potion,
, which increases experience by 10%.
If your faction is underrepresented in War Mode, it will increase the bonus to experience (alongside other rewards) from 10% up to 30% depending on how underrepresented your faction is.
Another change to War Mode allows you to disable War Mode in
Alts are also getting improvements:
will now be unlocked account-wide, so your alts no longer have to farm Champions of Azeroth reputation.
New gear opportunities are available for gearing with a new Warfront and Incursions. Season 2 will increase the item level of all activities, allowing players to catch up quickly.
Tides of Vengeance introduces a new currency
which allows you to buy Azerite Armor off a vendor. This currency can be obtained in one of two ways:
Opening your Weekly Mythic+ Chest with more currency given to higher Mythic+ Keystone completed
Scrapping or Disenchanting any epic piece of Azerite Armor obtained
Tides of Vengeance launches with more currency given to Azerite Armor of higher item level
Find out how much each piece scraps into by clicking here.
We'll be looking for the community's help to determine how much
is contained in the Mythic+ chest on Tuesday.
To spend your
, head to the location of your Azerite Reforger and Bonus Roll vendor. You'll see Thaumaturge Vashreen who will sell you Azerite Armor.
He currently sells Azerite Armor of Item Level 355, 370 and 385
Players can buy a random piece of Item Level 355, 370 or 385 Azerite Armor
Alternatively, players can spend more currency to buy a specific piece of 385 Azerite Armor
will be carried over to Season 2 on January 22nd when Thaumaturge Vashreen will also sell Item Level 400 and 415 pieces of gear.
reverting the GCD change
of some movement abilities' in Tides of Vengeance --
Paladins received new spell animations
Some underused Azerite Traits have been removed and new Azerite Traits have been added for
Click here to see the changes for your class
You can check out the overall changes to your class in our
Class Changes Guide
. Our guide writers have also been hard at work researching updates for their guides. Make sure to check out the guides below for information on ability usage, gear, Azerite recommendations, and more.
Find out more about the new Hunter Pets in 8.1 by clicking here
Tides of Vengeance brings a new tame to Hunters who can locate a
. However, players don't know where it currently drops.
Blood Beasts are Tenacity pets, which bring
, making them solid pets for dungeons and raiding. Their special family ability is
, a snare which is slightly different from other pet snares because of its 10-yard range (instead of melee range).
Mount collectors have a large number of new mounts to collect!
Darkshore drops 5 mounts:
End of Island Expeditions drop 4 additional mounts:
Island Expeditions Dubloon Vendor offers two mounts:
The Service Medals Vendor offers two mounts:
for 200 Service Medals and
for 750 Service Meadls
3 Frog Mounts for 333,333 Gold each:
has been strongly hinted as the Secret mount for Patch 8.1.
Two new materials have been added for professions:
. Similar to
, they are used to craft new Epic quality profession gear coming with Patch 8.1. The older reagents, such as
, can be obtained through new transmutes from all professions.
raid will not be immediately available with the release of Patch 8.1, so
will not be obtainable right away. The raid will release in January 2019.
: Obtained from bosses when running Heroic and Mythic level dungeons in BfA and used for crafting new epic 385 item level profession gear.
: Obtained from bosses in the new raid Battle for Dazar'alor and used for crafting new epic 400 and 415 item level profession gear.
There is a new set of crafted gear at ilvl 385, 400, and 415, including Engineering Goggles and Jewelcrafting Rings. These items are BoP and also require you to have the profession to equip them.
Most notable for Alchemy is new, higher item level Alchemist Stones and a new transmute for turning excess herbs into
also increases stealth detection.
Chefs can craft
to slow attacker's movement speed, a new series of +Stamina food,
as primary stat food, and
as an alternate raid feast.
Enchanters can create
, a battle pet
, and new ways to convert reagents (
Scribes can craft
--good news for those who need reputation!
Engineers can craft
, an unreliable battle Rez, and purchase the recipe for the mechanical spider
Gnomeregan Battle Pet Dungeon
Scribes also have two fun Water Elemental cosmetic glyphs for Mages -
for light blue, and
for dark blue.
Leatherworkers can increase the amount of Midnight Salmon caught via
Season 2 of Battle for Azeroth begins on
with even more content.
drop with a 5th ring of traits
. This ring contains 2 spec-specific traits for every spec of your class and allows you to choose one extra trait!
Item Level Cap
is increased to 425 and most content now rewards higher item level gear. See
for more details.
PvP Season 2
begins. Players can empower Sinister Gear to a higher item level with
Battle of Dazar'alor Raid
releases with Mythic opening a week later. Experience 9 new bosses, 3 of which you'll experience through the eyes of the opposite faction in a flashback event!
will begin with a new seasonal affix,
. Every 20% on the enemy forces counter, ghosts of the mobs will rise and chase you down! Infested will no longer be present.
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