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Release date July 17, 2018
Latest version date October 18, 2018
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Patch 8.0.1, released July 17, 2018,[1] is the systems patch for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, introducing new systems, removing old systems, and applying another stat squish in preparation for the launch of the expansion.

Survival Guide[]

New Events in Teldrassil and Lordaeron[]

Beginning the week of July 24 and continuing for three weeks leading to the launch of Battle for Azeroth on August 14, experience the escalation of all-out war in Teldrassil, and later Lordaeron. A new chapter of the relentless conflict at the heart of the Warcraft saga is unfolding, and it's time for you to take your place on the front lines!

New Character Customizations[]

The war with the Burning Legion has left orcs standing tall, a new posture option available to all orc player characters. Blood Elves now have access to golden eyes, as well as a few new faces.

All of these new options are available at Barber Shops throughout Azeroth, and you can now alter your character's skin color while you're there.

Player versus Player[]

The PvP Honor and Prestige system has been updated. Your PvP progress in Legion has been converted into account-wide Honor levels, which you'll continue to earn through PvP.

All class specializations' PvP Talents have been revamped. Hit default hotkey 'N' to get a look at your PvP Talents, and default hotkey 'H' to see the new PvP system.

War Mode is Here[]

You can now enable War Mode and venture out into a world full of others who have made the same dangerous choice. Enabling War Mode provides additional bonuses:

  • All PvP Talents you've chosen will be available to use anywhere PvP can occur.
  • You'll gain an additional bonus to experience while leveling up.
  • Earn additional bonus gold and Resources from World Quests.

War Mode can be toggled on or off beginning at level 20 by visiting either Orgrimmar or Stormwind and setting your preference in the Talent pane (default hotkey 'N'). Beware! Once you venture out in War Mode, all zones will become contested, including zones such as Northshire Abbey.

Sanctuary areas will still be PvP free.

Additional War Mode features such as Bounty Hunter and Air Drops will become available in the new zones of Battle for Azeroth.

July 17, 2018 marks the end of the final Legion season of ranked PvP, and the post-season period has begun. Look for all the new PvP progression and rewards to unlock and become earnable after the launch of Battle for Azeroth in a few weeks.

Strand of the Ancients and Ashran are no longer available.

Social Features[]

You can now create and join cross-realm social groups in World of Warcraft. Communities make it easier for you to find and play alongside adventurers who share common interests. Hit default hotkey 'J' to get started.

Voice Chat is now available in all groups, Guilds, and Communities. Select the headset icon wherever you see it in game to talk with other players.

Legacy Loot Mode[]

Now, when you enter an instance at 10 levels or more above the maximum level of the content, Legacy Loot rules will be automatically enabled. Under Legacy Loot rules, drops will include a chance for all items that would drop for a full party or raid at the instance's level.


Sargeras' cruel, final blow dramatically impacted both Azeroth and all of its denizens. The power of every Artifact weapon has now been depleted. Some powers from Artifacts have now been incorporated into their specializations. Your characters that are just getting started in Legion content will still seek out and acquire Artifacts.


In an effort to make displayed numbers more perceptible, values used for player and enemy statistics have been reduced throughout the game. This includes values such as item-level, damage, armor, health, and defense measurements.

A number of spells and talents now again activate a global cooldown when used.

Blood Elves' Spell shadow teleport [Arcane Torrent] now removes 1 beneficial effect from all nearby enemies and restores 3% of your mana (previously silenced nearby enemies and interrupted non-player characters).

All talents have been refunded for all specs.

All classes and specializations have been updated for Battle for Azeroth.

Death Knight[]

  • Spell shadow demonicempathy [Death's Advance] - Grants you increased movement speed and resistance to forced movement effects, knockbacks, and slows.
  • Blood
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Inv axe 2h artifactmaw d 01 [Consumption] – Strikes all enemies in front of you with a hungering attack that heals you for 100% of its damage
      • Ability deathwing bloodcorruption earth [Hemostasis] – Each enemy hit by Blood Boil increases the damage and healing done by your next Death Strike.
  • Frost
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Achievement boss sindragosa [Frostwyrm's Fury] – Summon a frostwyrm who breaths on all enemies in a large area, dealing massive Frost damage.
      • Inv axe 114 [Obliteration] – While Pillar of Frost is active, Frost Strike, Glacial Advance, and Howling Blast always grant Killing ***Machine and have a chance to generate a Rune.
  • Unholy
    • Spell deathknight armyofthedead [Army of the Dead] and Raise Dead now have shorter cooldowns.
    • Many other Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New spells and Talents include:
      • Artifactability unholydeathknight deathsembrace [Apocalypse] – Brings doom upon the enemy, dealing damage and bursting Festering Wounds on the target. Summons an Army of the Dead ghoul for each burst Festering Wound.
      • Ability creature disease 05 [Grip of the Dead]Spell deathknight defile [Defile]/Death and Decay reduces the movement speed of enemies within its area.

Demon Hunter[]

  • Demon Hunters have a new ability, Spell misc zandalari council soulswap [Consume Magic] – Consume a beneficial Magic effect from an enemy, removing it and granting you Fury or Pain.
  • The spell previously named Consume Magic is now Ability demonhunter consumemagic [Disrupt].
  • Demon Hunters now have Ability demonhunter empowerwards [Chaos Brand] – Your Chaos damage (Havoc) or Fire damage (Vengeance) brands the target, increasing the magic damage the enemy takes from you and other players by 5%.
  • Havoc
    • Ability demonhunter chaosstrike [Chaos Strike] now has a consistent chance to refund Fury, instead of relying on critical strikes.
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability demonhunter immolation [Immolation Aura] – Engulf yourself in flames, dealing fire damage to enemies and generating Fury.
      • Ability demonhunter bladedance [Trail of Ruin] – The final slash of Blade Dance inflicts additional Chaos damage over time.
  • Vengeance
    • Lesser Soul Fragments now heal based on damage recently taken (was previously a flat amount of healing).
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
      • New Talents include:
      • Ability warlock backdraft [Charred Flesh] – Fiery Brand increases the Fire damage you deal to the target.
      • Ability fomor boss shout [Gluttony] – Consuming a Soul Fragment has as chance to activate Metamorphosis.


  • Druids now have Ability hunter beastsoothe [Soothe] – Soothes the target, dispelling all enrage effects.
  • Travel forms now each have a separate ability in your Spellbook.
  • Balance
    • Spell nature wrathv2 [Solar Wrath] now has a chance to grant Lunar Empowerment, and Spell arcane starfire [Lunar Strike] has a chance to grant Solar Empowerment.
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Artifactability balancedruid newmoon [New Moon] – Deals damage to the target, generates Astral Power, and transforms into Half Moon and Full Moon.
      • Spell nature starfall [Twin Moons]Spell nature starfall [Moonfire] deals increased damage and also hits another nearby enemy.
  • Feral
    • Some Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability druid rake [Feral Frenzy] – Unleash a furious Frenzy, clawing your target multiple times and causing a Bleed. Awards combo points.
      • Ability druid dash orange [Tiger Dash] – Activates Cat Form and greatly increases movement speed, reducing gradually.
  • Guardian
    • In Ability racial bearform [Bear Form], Druids now generate Rage in the same way as Warriors, with Rage generated from both melee attacks dealt and melee attacks taken.
    • Some Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
  • Restoration
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Spell lifegivingseed [Photosynthesis] – While your Inv misc herb felblossom [Lifebloom] is on yourself, your periodic heals heal faster. While your Lifebloom is on an ally, your periodic heals on them have a chance to cause it to bloom.


  • All Hunters now have Ability rogue feint [Disengage] as a baseline spell.
  • Hunter Pet families now all belong to one of three specializations – Cunning, Ferocity, or Tenacity – and each specialization offers unique abilities, instead of stats.
  • Hunters now have Ability hunter pet goto [Command Pet] – Commands your pet to perform its unique ability, based on the specialization of your active pet:
  • Beast Mastery
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • Dire Frenzy is now Ability hunter barbedshot [Barbed Shot].
    • New Talents include:
  • Marksmanship
    • The Marksmanship specialization has seen a major overhaul.
    • Core Marksmanship abilities:
      • Inv spear 07 [Aimed Shot] – A powerful shot that deals increased damage the first time it hits an enemy. Costs Focus.
      • Ability hunter efficiency [Rapid Fire] – Fires a stream of shots at your target while moving. Generates Focus.
      • Ability impalingbolt [Arcane Shot] – A quick shot that deals Arcane damage. Costs Focus.
      • Ability hunter steadyshot [Steady Shot] – A steady shot that can be used while moving. Generates Focus.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability hunter crossfire [Double Tap] – Your next Aimed Shot will fire a second time instantly without consuming Focus, or your next Rapid Fire will shoot additional shots.
      • Ability hunter aimedshot [Streamline] – Rapid Fire now lasts 30% longer.
  • Survival
    • The Survival specialization has seen a major overhaul, and is now an adaptive ranger who uses explosives and animal venom, in addition to coordinated attacks with their pet.
    • Core Survival abilities:
      • Ability hunter raptorstrike [Raptor Strike] – A vicious slash dealing heavy Physical damage. Costs Focus.
      • Ability hunter killcommand [Kill Command] – Give the command to kill, causing your pet to savagely attack your enemy. Has a chance to immediately reset its cooldown. Generates Focus.
      • Spell hunter exoticmunitions poisoned [Serpent Sting] – Fire a poison-tipped arrow at an enemy, dealing Nature damage over time. Costs Focus.
      • Inv wildfirebomb [Wildfire Bomb] – Hurl a bomb at the target, exploding for Fire damage in a cone.
    • New talents include:
      • Ability glaivetoss [Chakrams] – Throw a pair of chakrams at your target, slicing all enemies in the chakrams' path, then returning to you, damaging enemies again.
      • Inv misc 5potionbag special [Wildfire Infusion] – Lace your Wildfire Bomb with extra reagents, randomly granting it one of three different enhancements each time you throw it.


  • Mages again have Spell holy magicalsentry [Arcane Intellect] – increasing allies' Intellect by 10%.
  • Mages now have Spell nature removecurse [Remove Curse] – Removes all Curses from a friendly target.
  • Arcane
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • Spell nature starfall [Arcane Missiles] can now be launched at any time, with a Clearcasting proc sometimes making them free and fire faster.
    • New Talents include:
      • Spell arcane invocation [Amplification] – When Clearcast, Arcane Missiles fires 1 additional missile.
      • Spell arcane arcane04 [Reverberate] – If Arcane Explosion hits at least 3 targets, it has a 50% chance to generate an extra Arcane Charge.
  • Fire
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
  • Frost


  • Monks now have Ability monk sparring [Mystic Touch] – Your damage weakens the target, increasing Physical damage the target takes by 5%.
  • All specs now have Ability monk legsweep [Leg Sweep] baseline – Knocks down all nearby enemies and stuns them.
  • Brewmaster
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability creature cursed 04 [Bob and Weave] – Increases the duration of Stagger.
      • Guard (monk ability) – Guard against future attacks, causing incoming damage that would have been delayed by Stagger to instead be prevented.
  • Mistweaver
    • Ability monk soothingmists [Soothing Mist] is once again a manually-cast channeled heal.
    • While channeling Soothing Mist, Ability monk vivify [Vivify] and Spell monk envelopingmist [Enveloping Mist] may be cast instantly on the target.
    • Vivify now heals all targets that have Ability monk renewingmists [Renewing Mist] on them.
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability monk effuse [Rising Mist]Ability monk risingsunkick [Rising Sun Kick] heals all allies with your Renewing Mist, Enveloping Mist, or Essence Font, and extends those effects.
      • Ability monk surgingmist [Upwelling] – The longer Essence Font remains off cooldown, the longer the next cast of Essence Font may be channeled. The duration of its heal over time is increased.
  • Windwalker
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:


  • Holy
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability paladin veneration [Avenging Crusader] – An ability with a significant cooldown that causes your attacks to heal injured allies, increases your Crusader Strike, Judgment, and auto-attack damage, and speeds up the cooldowns of Crusader Strike and Judgment.
      • Inv helm plate raidpaladin n 01 [Awakening] – Light of Dawn has a chance to grant you Avenging Wrath for several seconds.
  • Protection
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability warrior shieldguard [Redoubt] – Avenger's Shield bounces to an additional target and increases your Block.
      • Spell holy holyguidance [Unbreakable Spirit] – Reduces the cooldown of your Divine Shield, Shield of Vengeance, and Lay on Hands.
  • Retribution
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability paladin gaurdedbythelight [Selfless Healer] – Your Holy Power spending abilities reduce the cast time and mana cost of your next Flash of Light, and increase its healing done.
      • Inv sword 2h artifactashbringerfire d 03 [Wake of Ashes] – Lash out at your enemies, dealing great damage to all enemies in front of you and reducing their movement. Demon and Undead enemies are also stunned. Generates 5 Holy Power.


  • Priests again have Spell holy wordfortitude [Power Word: Fortitude] – Increases the Stamina of all raid and party members by 10% for 1 hour.
  • Discipline
  • Holy
  • Shadow
    • Spell shadow mindshear [Mind Sear] is again an active ability, causing damage to all enemies near the target, and generating Insanity.
    • Shadow Priests now know Priest spell leapoffaith a [Leap of Faith].
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability priest darkarchangel [Dark Ascension] – Immediately activates a new Voidform, then releases an explosive blast of pure void energy, damaging all nearby enemies and generating 50 Insanity.
      • Inv elemental primal shadow [Dark Void] – Unleashes an explosion of dark energy around the target, dealing damage and applying Shadow Word: Pain to nearby enemies. Generates 30 Insanity.


  • Assassination
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability rogue fanofknives [Hidden Blades] – Every 2 seconds, gain increased damage for your next Fan of Knives, stacking up to 20 times.
      • Rogue paralytic poison [Poison Bomb] – Envenom and Rupture have a chance per combo point spent to smash a vial of poison at the target's location, creating a pool of acidic death that deals Nature damage over time to all enemies within it.
  • Outlaw
    • Saber Slash is now Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice [Sinister Strike].
    • Run Through is now Ability rogue waylay [Dispatch].
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability arakkoa spinning blade [Blade Rush] – Charge to your target with your blades out, dealing great damage to the target and all other nearby enemies. While Blade Flurry is active, damage to nearby enemies is increased. Generates Energy.
      • Ability rogue rollthebones [Loaded Dice] – Activating Adrenaline Rush causes your next Roll the Bones to grant at least two matches.
  • Subtlety
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability rogue sinistercalling [Secret Technique] – Finishing move that creates shadow clones of yourself. You and your shadow clones deal damage to both the primary target and nearby enemies.
      • Ability rogue throwingspecialization [Shuriken Tornado] – Focus intently, and then release a Shuriken Storm every second for the next 4 seconds.


  • Spell nature tremortotem [Tremor Totem] and Spell nature earthelemental totem [Earth Elemental] are again available to all specs.
  • Elemental
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability thunderking lightningwhip [Stormkeeper] – Charge yourself with lightning, causing your next 2 Lightning Bolts or Chain Lightnings to be instant and trigger an Elemental Overload on every target.
      • Ability shaman ascendance [Unlimited Power] – When your spells cause an elemental overload, you gain Haste.
  • Enhancement
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Spell shaman feralspirit [Elemental Spirits] – Reduces the cooldown of Feral Spirit and causes your Feral Spirits to be imbued with Fire, Frost, or Lightning.
      • Spell nature wrathofair totem [Totem Mastery] – Summons four totems that increase your combat capabilities: Resonance Totem, Storm Totem, Ember Totem, and Tailwind Totem.
  • Restoration
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Spell frost summonwaterelemental [Flash Flood] – When you consume Tidal Waves, the cast time of your next heal is reduced by 20%.
      • Spell nature skinofearth [Earth Shield] – Protects the target with an earthen shield, increasing your healing on them and healing them when they take damage.


  • All specs now know Ability warlock shadowfurytga [Shadowfury] – Stuns all nearby enemies.
  • Warlock Healthstones no longer share cooldowns with potions.
  • Affliction
    • Affliction Warlocks now know Inv beholderwarlock [Summon Darkglare] – A Darkglare from the Twisting Nether that extends your damage-over-time effects on all enemies, blasts its target for Shadow damage, and is empowered by every damage-over-time effect you have active on any target.
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability creature cursed 03 [Creeping Death] – Your Agony, Corruption, Siphon Life, and Unstable Affliction deal their full damage 15% faster.
      • Sha spell shadow shadesofdarkness nightborne [Vile Taint] – Unleashes an explosion at the target location, dealing damage over time to all nearby enemies and reducing their movement speed.
  • Demonology
    • Demonology Warlocks now know Inv summondemonictyrant [Summon Demonic Tyrant] – A Demonic Tyrant that increases the duration of all of your current demons by 15 seconds while damaging your target.
    • This specialization has received a major overhaul.
    • New Talents include:
      • Spell shadow summonvoidwalker [Dreadlash] – When your Dreadstalkers charge into battle, their Dreadbite attack now hits all nearby targets and deals additional damage.
      • Inv argusfelstalkermount [Summon Vilefiend] – Summons a Vilefiend from Argus to fight for you.
  • Destruction
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Grimoire of Supremacy – While you have an Infernal active, each Soul Shard spent increases the damage of Chaos Bolt by 8%.
      • Spell warlock demonsoul [Dark Soul: Instability] – Infuses your soul with unstable power, increasing your critical strike chance by 30% for 20 seconds.


  • Warriors again have Ability warrior battleshout [Battle Shout] – Increases the Attack Power of all allies by 10% for 1 hour.
  • Arms
    • The Arms specialization has seen adjustments to many core abilities:
    • Ability meleedamage [Overpower] is now baseline – Overpower the enemy, dealing Physical damage and increasing the damage of your next Mortal Strike or Execute.
    • Ability rogue slicedice [Sweeping Strikes] is now baseline – For 12 seconds, your single-target damaging abilities hit 1 additional nearby target for 75% damage.
    • Ability warrior unrelentingassault [Tactician] affects Overpower instead of Colossus Smash – Spending Rage as a chance to reset the cooldown of Overpower.
    • Ability warrior colossussmash [Colossus Smash] is now a major cooldown – Smash the enemy's armor, dealing heavy Physical damage and increasing damage you deal to them.
    • Ability backstab [Mastery: Deep Wounds] – Striking an enemy with Mortal Strike, Execute, or Bladestorm inflicts Deep Wounds, dealing heavy Bleed damage over time.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability warrior improveddisciplines [Sudden Death] – Your attacks have a chance to make your next Execute cost no Rage and be usable on any target regardless of their health.
      • Inv warbreaker [Warbreaker] – Replaces Colossus Smash. Smash the ground and shatter the armor of all nearby enemies, increasing damage you deal to them.
  • Fury
    • Battle Cry is now Warrior talent icon innerrage [Recklessness] – Go berserk, increasing all Rage generation by 100% and granting your abilities increased critical strike chance.
    • The Fury specialization has seen adjustments to some core abilities:
      • Spell nature bloodlust [Bloodthirst] now has a consistent chance to Enrage you, instead of relying on critical strikes.
      • Warrior wild strike [Raging Blow] now has 2 charges, has a chance to immediately reset its own cooldown, and no longer requires Enrage.
      • Ability whirlwind [Whirlwind] now generates Rage per target hit.
      • Ability warrior weaponmastery [Furious Slash] is now a talent, and the effects of the Frenzy talent have been combined with it.
    • New Talents include:
      • Ability whirlwind [Meat Cleaver] – Whirlwind has a chance to Enrage you and generates additional Rage per target hit.
      • Inv mace 101 [Siegebreaker] – Break the enemy's defenses, dealing physical damage and increasing your damage done to the target. Generates Rage.
  • Protection
    • Protection Warriors now know Avatar, Ability golemthunderclap [Intimidating Shout], and Ability warrior rallyingcry [Rallying Cry]
    • Many Talents and PvP Talents have been adjusted.
    • New Talents include:
      • Shield draenorcrafted d 02 c alliance [Bolster]Spell holy ashestoashes [Last Stand]'s cooldown is reduced, and it causes you to block all melee attacks.
      • Ability golemthunderclap [Menace] – Intimidating Shout disorients enemies for an additional 4 seconds, and it causes all enemies to cower in fear instead of fleeing.


  1. ^ World of Warcraft on Twitter (2018-07-12). Retrieved on 2018-07-19.​ “The #BattleForAzeroth pre-patch is arriving July 17! Learn what challenges await you in our Pre-Patch Survival Guide.