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Timewalking Campaigns

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Timewalking Campaigns (aka Chromie Time) allow players who have already experienced Battle for Azeroth and reached level 50 on at least one character to choose to level any subsequent characters in a different expansion. While a Timewalking Campaign is active, all zones will scale up to level 50 instead of their usual level caps. Veteran players can pick a campaign from Chromie near the Stormwind Embassy or Orgrimmar Embassy and get adventuring.

When a character reaches level 50, they will be removed from Timewalking Campaigns and teleported back to Stormwind or Orgrimmar. At level 50 characters are meant to progress into the Shadowlands.

Campaigns

Chromie atop her hourglass in Orgrimmar.

Chromie offers six campaign choices, each corresponding to a specific expansion:

The Cataclysm

Disaster engulfs the world as the black dragon Deathwing erupts from his earthen lair. With the elements raging across Azeroth, doomsday cultists seek to usher in the end times.

Quell the fury of the elements and defeat Deathwing to prevent Azeroth's destruction!

Who would have thought someone named Deathwing would bring about so much destruction?
Starts A [10] Cataclysm: Onward to Adventure in the Eastern Kingdoms / H [10] Cataclysm: Onward to Adventure in Kalimdor

Portal to Outland

Dormant since the end of the Second War, the Dark Portal to Outland has opened once again. A demonic army gathers in force on the other side, and bold heroes are needed to strike them down.

Journey to a shattered world and stop the Burning Legion from invading Azeroth!

You look quite prepared!
Starts B [10] Burning Crusade: To Outland!

Fall of the Lich King

From atop his Frozen Throne in the icy wastes of Northrend, the Lich King prepares his undead Scourge for a war that will extinguish all life on Azeroth.

Answer the call of the Argent Crusade and end the Lich King's reign!

Do not exercise restraint when showing your great power to the Scourge!
Starts B [10] Wrath of the Lich King: To Northrend!

Wilds of Pandaria

For ten thousand years, Pandaria and its people have remained hidden in the mists. As the Alliance and Horde wage war upon its shores, they awaken an ancient evil that once terrorized the land.

Set out on adventure as you explore the wonders--and the dangers--of Pandaria!

Whatever you do, do not get between a pandaren and their brew. It'll be unbearably painful if you do!
Starts B [10] Mists of Pandaria: To Pandaria!

The Iron Horde

Garrosh Hellscream has escaped through the Dark Portal to Draenor's past. There, he amasses an Iron Horde with the intent to invade and conquer all of Azeroth.

Tame a savage land, raise your armies, and join legendary heroes in the defense of both worlds!

If a scary orc offers you something to drink, you probably want to say no.
Starts N [10] Warlords of Draenor: The Dark Portal

The Legion Invasion

The Burning Legion has launched a full scale invasion of Azeroth, landing upon the Broken Isles with endless numbers and an ultimatum: surrender or be destroyed.

Wield the most powerful weapons on Azeroth and fight to free our world from the Legion's grasp!

If you find a powerful weapon, just make sure it isn't corrupted by the Burning Legion or Old Gods, okay?
Starts B [10] Legion: The Legion Returns

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The Cataclysm

The people of the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor are fighting to survive after the events of the Cataclysm that occurred after Deathwing's reemergence.

Aid Azeroth's many civilizations in the wake of the aftermath of the Shattering.

Portal to Outland

The Dark Portal to Outland has opened once again, and heroes are needed to answer the call and step bravely onto the shattered world of the orcs.

Conquery[sic] this ancient and dying world and stop the Burning Legion from invading Azeroth!

Fall of the Lich King

The frozen wastes of Northrend is where the Lich King, previously known as Arthas Menethil, resides, sending his undead forces to destroy all life on Azeroth.

Answer the Argent Crusade's call to disrupt Arthas's plans, and put his undead scourge on ice!

Wilds of Pandaria

Untouched by war for over 10,000 years, the Horde and Alliance are at war after the disappearance of the White Pawn, but a dark secret lives within the earth. The factions of Azeroth ignored the pandaren's warnings that emotions manifest in dangerous ways in their mystic land.

Pierce the mists and explore the beauty of Pandaria!

The Iron Horde

Garrosh Hellscream has opened the Dark Portal yet again, allowing the Iron Horde to pour forth from Draenor and march against our world.

Establish your garrison and fight alongside the great orcs and draenei of lore!

The Legion Invasion

Powerful Artifact weapons and a foothold to launch strategic strikes in the Broken Isles with your order will be required to stop the Burning Legion's invasion on Azeroth.

Claim your weapon, establish your order hall, and stop the demonic assault on our world!

Notes and trivia

  • Timewalking Campaigns can be swapped at any time, and you can even pause experience gains if you want to finish an entire expansion's storyline without the level 50 interruption.
  • After choosing a Timewalking Campaign, you are able to use dungeon and raid finders of that expansion's instances.
  • Chromie appears as an hourglass on both the map and minimap for Timewalking Campaigns.
  • According to former lead designer Greg Street, fixing the leveling timeline using Chromie is "something we wanted to do for years".[1]
  • Once the player has accepted the Shadowlands intro quest N [50] Shadowlands: A Chilling Summons, Chromie stops offering Timewalking Campaigns, only offering the option to return to the present timeline. Since the quest is automatically accepted, and abandoning it causes the quest to be automatically accepted a few seconds later, it makes changing timelines (or even activating Timewalking Campaigns at all) very cumbersome at levels 48/49.
  • The Portal to Outland description states that the Dark Portal was dormant since the end of the Second War. However, the Dark Portal was reopened two years after the end of the Second War by the Horde of Draenor.
  • The Iron Horde description states that Garrosh Hellscream has escaped through the Dark Portal to Draenor's past. However, he used a timeways portal opened with the  [Vision of Time] by Kairozdormu in the Temple of the White Tiger during the trial of Garrosh.

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References

 
  1. ^ Greg Street on Twitter (2020-10-23). Archived from the original on 2020-10-23.​ “More WoW: Made a warrior to relive Pandaria. Some thoughts for those interested: 1) Fixing the weird time streams with Chromie is something we wanted to do for years. Glad the team finally tackled it and using that for alternate leveling experiences was clever.