- This article is about the dungeon mode. For the faction, see Timewalkers. For the level-scaling option available from Chromie, see Timewalking Campaigns.
Timewalking (colloquially referred to as Timewalker or Timewalker mode) is a dungeon difficulty added in patch 6.2.0 of Warlords of Draenor, allowing players to queue up for a randomly selected old school dungeon from 4 AM PDT Wednesday through 3 AM PDT Tuesday for American and Australian servers and from 00:00 CEST Wednesday through 23:01 CEST Monday in Europe. Timewalking difficulty scales down the character's power and gear relative to the dungeon. Loot obtained during this difficulty has the Timewarped tag, which scales up to an item level appropriate for use at the player's level. Timewalking is available for characters level 50 and up.
Killing bosses in timewalker dungeons will award Timewarped Badges which can be traded for valuable items at the timewalking vendor for that expansion.
The following dungeons are currently enabled for the Timewalking difficulty in Battle for Azeroth.
The Burning Crusade
Wrath of the Lich King
Mists of Pandaria
- Gate of the Setting Sun
- Mogu'shan Palace
- Shado-Pan Monastery
- Siege of Niuzao Temple
- Stormstout Brewery
- Temple of the Jade Serpent
Warlords of Draenor
There are five different Timewalking Bonus Events: One for content from The Burning Crusade, one for content from Wrath of the Lich King, one for content from Cataclysm, one for content in Mists of Pandaria, and one for content in Warlords of Draenor. When one of these events is active, completing five Timewalking dungeons as a part of a special quest will award a Seal for an extra bonus roll, which isn't counted toward the weekly cap of three Seals.
With the Black Temple a metaplot was started to be introduced in the Timewalking events:
- An unknown entity time-traveled to the Black Temple right before the original Illidari attack on Mardum and modified the battleplans for the incoming assault to make them even better. Vormu of the bronze dragonflight came too late to stop this modification of the timeline.
- Another unknown entity (or the same) time-traveled to Ulduar in order to tamper with and artificially age the titan locks holding Yogg-Saron in place, releasing the Old God forty millennia early.
Blizzard announced in May 2014 that they were working on a way for higher-level players to tackle lower-level dungeon and raid content, with abilities and gear scaled down to an appropriate level. Likely using the same technology used for Challenge Mode, the Proving Grounds, and scaled battlegrounds, Timewalker mode would allow players to experience older dungeons and raids at a challenging level.
The underlying system was largely implemented with patch 5.4.0 in September 2013, but was not yet accessible to players. However, some players have previously been able to access the mode through a bug in certain dungeons, allowing them to experience an incomplete version of the feature.
The plan is to initially introduce the feature for dungeons only.
Prior to the release of the official "Timewalking" name, the title "Timewalker" came primarily from game data listing this title as an additional category of instance. Due to the background addition of the new feature around the same time, as well as this obviously being a very fitting title for the new mode, the term has been widely adopted by players to refer to the planned feature.
Before the level changes introduced in Shadowlands, timewalking for The Burning Crusade content was available for characters level 71 and up; Wrath of the Lich King for level 81 and up; Cataclysm for level 85 and up; Mists of Pandaria for level 91 and up; and Warlords of Draenor for level 101 and up.
- Item levels
- The maximum item level for Timewarped items was 425 for level 120 characters.
- Gear scaled to the following item levels for their corresponding Timewalking event:
- When an item drops in a Timewalking dungeon, its item level is based on the player's level at the time of the drop and will not update after that.
- Timewalking only scales gear down. Items from older content will not scale up to the correct item level for the Timewalking difficulty.
- Legendary items scale as well, making them very powerful in Timewalking dungeons.
- Killing mobs within Timewalking dungeons rewards reputation for the appropriate factions of that expansion. The amount is similar to when running normal dungeons with a faction tabard such as .
- All bosses in Timewalking dungeons and raids have a small chance to drop the , an infinite drake mount.
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 9.0.5 (2021-03-09): Timewalking vendor now has an icon indicator on the zone map and minimap.
- Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Minimum level requirement changed to 50 for all events.
- Patch 8.2.5 (2019-09-24): Firelands added for Cataclysm.
- Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Warlords of Draenor event added.
- Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Fixed issues that could prevent groups from using the Premade Group Finder to form or backfill groups for Timewalking raids.
- Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Ulduar added for Wrath of the Lich King.
- Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Black Temple added for The Burning Crusade.
- Patch 7.2.0 (2017-03-28): Base item level of dropped items has been increased for level 110 players.
- Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Mists of Pandaria event added.
- Hotfix (2016-12-06): Many trinkets available from Timewalking holiday dungeons and vendors have had their effects adjusted to more closely match the power level of Legion trinkets.
- Hotfix (2016-08-02): Increased the adjusted item level of players in Burning Crusade and Cataclysm Timewalking dungeons.
- Hotfix (2016-07-27):
- All bosses and some other mobs in the Wrath of the Lich King timewalking dungeons have had their melee damage reduced by 30%.
- The target average item level that players now scale to in Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking dungeons has been increased.
- Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Cataclysm event added. Magister's Terrace added for The Burning Crusade. Pit of Saron added for Wrath of the Lich King.
- Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01):
- Players now receive a when they complete a Timewalking dungeon. These badges can be redeemed at new vendors that appear during a Timewalking bonus event. The new vendors sell new toys, new mounts, in addition to gear that scales up to the character's level at the time of purchase.
- Timewalking bosses who had unusual drops, such as , now have a chance to drop those items when defeated while Timewalking.
- Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Added.
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