The Chains of Domination campaign covers the storylines added in patch 9.1 as part of the overarching Shadowlands campaign, tracked in the achievements and . Many of the quests take place in Korthia, the new addition to the Maw.
The campaign is a followup to the four Covenant Campaigns. Starting in chapter four, the campaign is -gated, requiring Renown in steps from levels 44 to 58 for the ninth and final chapter.
- 1 Unlocking the campaign
- 2 Skips
- 3 Main campaign
- 4 Side quests
- 5 Maw events
- 6 Korthia dailies
Unlocking the campaign
To unlock the first three chapters of this campaign, characters must have finished the Torghast chapter of their covenant campaign, ending with . Once that is done, will be offered automatically as soon as players log in after patch 9.1 goes live.
Level 60 alts of players can skip a few steps by doing the following:
- Choose a covenant
- Head to the sanctum and unlock covenant abilities
- Skip the covenant sanctum intro and unlock the first soulbind
- Head to Oribos
- Speak to Bolvar and choose the I have already learned of Anduin's fate. <Skip ahead of the Anduin exposition and cut scenes to begin Chains of Domination quests.> option
- Relog or speak with Adrestes to start
Alts can skip past the first three chapters of this campaign by speaking to Bolvar Fordragon as soon as they arrive in Oribos:
- We know the Jailer is watching us. And that he has Anduin.
- Our only hope is for you and other heroes to make the covenants strong, <name>.
- The day will soon come that the Jailer and Sylvanas reveal the next phase of their plan.
- When they do, it will require all our strength to overcome them.
I have heard this tale before. <Skip ahead to Korthia.>
Be warned that this skip will forfeit the following:
- A 187 item level weapon of your choice
- Some reputation with Death's Advance and Ve'nari
- 4x catchup granted by the quests
This action will complete the Battle of Ardenweald chapter, the Maw Walkers chapter, and the Focusing the Eye chapter: skipping over , becoming , unlocking the Waystone to Oribos in Korthia, and the chain to fend off the Eye of the Jailer. The next quest that skipping alts will be able to pick up will be , first quest of the The Last Sigil chapter, at Renown 44.
The primary campaign is nine chapters long and covers the covenants' loss of their sigils to the Jailer, gaining access to Korthia, and fending off of Mawsworn forces attacking from Desmotaeron. The covenants then work to reforge their sigils so the new ones can be used against the Jailer.
Battle of Ardenweald
Bolvar Fordragon reaches out to the Maw Walker with a message from Polemarch Adrestes. The Archon has been severely wounded, and her sigil stolen by Anduin Wrynn. Realizing that the Winter Queen's sigil is under threat, the Maw Walker, alongside Bolvar Fordragon and Jaina Proudmoore, head to Ardenweald to defend her in a conflict that is immediately termed the "Battle of Ardenweald".
A second waystone has been detected on Korthia, the realm that The Jailer pulled out of the In-Between into the Maw. Realizing that the Maw Walker individually ferrying Shadowlands denizens out of the Maw is untenable, the attendants utilize a portion of the Maw Walker's anima to bind with the new waystone, allowing all covenant forces to easily travel to the Maw and back. Additionally, the player becomes , regaining access to all ground mounts in the Maw.
Focusing the Eye
Ve'nari has the Maw Walker set up an Animaflow Teleporter back to her refuge, then tests out some new items she found. One of them sends the Maw Walker to Desmotaeron, where Helya and Vyraz have holed up. After saving a Val'kyr, the Maw Walker and the Val'kyr return to Skyhold and gain the Wrath of Odyn, then use that newfound power to permanently fend off the Eye of the Jailer, ending that mechanic for players.
The Last Sigil
At Renown 44 and with the patch 9.0 complete:
Realizing that three of the five sigils have been taken by the Jailer, Tal-Galan and a few members of the Necrolord Covenant set out to recover the Sigil of the Primus. They discover the Primus hid it in the Vault of Secrets, which has been besieged by Mawsworn forces. Clear a path through, open the way to the Chamber of the Sigil, and recover the sigil.
Upon completion of this chapter, players will be granted the , which unlocks flight account-wide in the four level-up zones of Shadowlands.
An Army of Bone and Steel
At Renown 47:
The covenants' hold on Korthia is tenuous, so long as Vyraz and Helya are next door in Desmotaeron, so the Primus sends Draka and the Maw Walker to cut the head off of the snake. Thrall shows up, and wants to tag along. The party fend off Helsworn forces, summon in the Zerekriss, and defeat Vyraz. The Primus also banishes Helya back to Helheim.
The Unseen Guests
At Renown 50:
Baroness Vashj attempts to start a quest at Keeper's Respite, but is quickly revealed as a nathrezim by the real Vashj! This starts a sequence of events sending the Maw Walker and Vashj to Revendreth to ally with The Stonewright as Kael'thas Sunstrider comes along for the ride. Dreadlords are everywhere, and it's time to clear them out. With the Stonewright pledging her Stone Legion to join Korthia's efforts, Revendreth was free to craft a new sigil.
The Power of Night
At Renown 52:
Ysera reaches out to the player, urgently requesting help for Tyrande Whisperwind. The power of the Night Warrior is about to take over, and Huln Highmountain has been sent on a hunt to find night warriors in the other realms. He identifies warriors in Maldraxxus and Revendreth, so the Maw Walker has been tasked with collecting them. The party then gathers in the Grove of Awakening to complete the ritual. With the Heart of the Forest healed, the Winter Queen was able to restore Ardenweald's sigil.
A New Path
At Renown 56:
In an attempt to bring the Forsworn back into the fold, Thenios checks in with Bolvar Fordragon at Keeper's Respite, and hands the Maw Walker an to find the other half of Uther's soul. After recovering the from Torghast, Tower of the Damned Thenios uses his soul mirror at the Temple of Wisdom in Bastion to help Uther work through his memories of becoming a paladin and the purging of Stratholme, making Arthas a paladin, and reliving his death in Andorhal. After that, Polemarch Adrestes, Uther, and Fallen Disciple Nikolon work to retake the Citadel of Loyalty. For his efforts, Adrestes is promoted to Paragon, and the now-full complement of five paragons plus the Archon create another sigil.
What Lies Ahead
At Renown 58:
After the events of the Sanctum of Domination, Thrall and Jaina return to Keeper's Respite to relay that the Jailer managed to claim the final sigil from the Arbiter and escaped through a portal with Anduin in tow. After Jaina and company uncover a farewell message that Anduin left behind for them, the covenants present their remade sigils to the Primus, who explains that he needs them—along with a replacement for the Arbiter's sigil—in order to follow the Jailer to his destination: the land of the First Ones. He tells the Maw Walker that he'll call for them when the key is ready, marking the end of the campaign.
Although this chapter chronologically takes place after the Sanctum of Domination, the player does not need to have completed any part of the raid to access the chapter.
Outside of the main campaign, a few side quests are also available.
Archivists of Korthia
After "Charge of the Covenants", the Maw Walker comes across the item, leading them to Scholar Roh-Suir in the Seeker's Quorum. He is desperately trying to save Archivist Roh-Senara from the Mawsworn. The attendants ask the Maw Walker to recover the Lodestaff, a Shadowlands relic. This unlocks the Archivists' Codex reputation faction, and drops from rares, treasures, and vignettes in Korthia and Desmotaeron.
Most of the time spent on the quest chain will be grinding out reputation by turning in Relic Fragment-containing items and recovering more artifacts at reputation milestones. Players can expect over a month of gathering relic fragments to reach rank six with the Archivists' Codex.
They Could Be Anyone
After "Good News, Everyone!", Pathscribe Roh-Vess asks the Maw Walker to locate Fatescribe Roh-Kalo, who has not been seen since the Jailer's attack on Korthia. Alongside the attendant Caretaker Kah-Than, the Maw Walker retraces Roh-Kalo's last steps.
Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
The Box of Many Things
After completing "Good News, Everyone!", covenant assaults unlock. Twice a week, one of the four covenants will take charge on an assault of one of the hubs in the Maw:
The assaults are a great source of reputation with the Death's Advance and the covenant factions taking part in the assault, and have a number of achievements associated with them, including:
Tormentors of Torghast
Every two hours, Kel'Thuzad sends out one of the Tormentors of Torghast to attack an area in the Maw. Take out the minions and lieutenants to fill the bar, then defeat the Tormentor of Torghast for 10% progress in , a , and likely an item drop or two.
After completing "Good News, Everyone!", four or five daily quests open up in Keeper's Respite each day: