Dragonflight PRE-PATCH - What´s Going away - what is staying - What comes out & When


Shadowlands began in the year 35 after the opening of the Dark Portal, and Dragonflight will begin in the year 40.

When our heroes return from the Realms of Death, you can imagine them easing back into their lives and duties without an immediate crisis to address or enemy to fight. With the Alliance and Horde honoring the truce signed after the Fourth War, the average Azerothian citizen will be able to enjoy a time of stability and reflection.

For your player characters, it has always been left to your own interpretation how much time had passed when they log in after the arrival of a major update or new expansion. Dragonflight is no exception. You are free to imagine what your characters have been doing in that time of respite as you look forward to the arrival of the Dragonflight pre-patch.


This pre-patch will have to phases. 

Phase 1 starts October 25th, 2022 (US) / October 26th, 2022 (EU).

Phase 2 starts November 15th, 2022 (US) / November 16th, 2022 (EU)

The Dragonflight Expansion starts Novemeber 28th. 


Goes Away

  • Mage Tower
    It will come later in Dragonflight. 

  • The Mythic+ Dungeon  “Shrouded Hero” title awarded by the “Shrouded Hero: Shadowlands Season 4” achievement. 

  • Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds
    • The “Eternal Gladiator”, “Hero of the Horde: Eternal”,  and “Hero of the Alliance: Eternal” titles. 
    • Rank achievements (such as Duelist: Shadowlands Season 4) and their respective titles.
    • Rank awarded Elite Transmogrification (transmog) appearances (Armor, Weapon Illusion, Cloak, Tabard).
    • Progress towards the Gladiator: Shadowlands Season 4 achievement (and associated mount reward).

What Stays druing pre-patch

This will be available until Dragonflight launches. 

  • Mythic+ Dungeons
    • The Shadowlands Keystone Master: Season 4 achievement and the Restoration Deathwalker mount.
    • Keystone Hero achievements, along with their dungeon-specific teleport rewards.
    • Mythic+ rating can be earned and increased as you complete higher Keystones.
    • Valor Points can be earned and used to upgrade gear based on your rating.
    • Great Vault progress can be accrued for weekly rewards.
  • PvP
    • You can continue to queue for rated Arena and rated Battleground matches.
    • PvP rating can still be earned and increased as you win rated matches.
    • Vicious Mount progress will continue.
    • Vicious Saddle progress (if Vicious Mount is finished) can continue.
    • Honor and Conquest can be obtained and used to upgrade gear based on your rating.
    • Great Vault progress can be accrued for weekly rewards.
  • Fated Raids
    • After Season 4 ends, all Shadowlands Raids will become Fated permanently until Dragonflight launches.
    • The achievement “Fates of the Shadowlands Raids” along with Jigglesworth Sr. can be obtained, along with the “Hero of Fate” and raid teleports for completing Fated Shadowlands raids on Heroic and Mythic difficulties, respectively.
    • Puzzling Cartel Dinars will continue to be available.
    • Confounding Antique Cypher (Heroic) and Confounding Ancient Cypher (Mythic) can still be obtained to upgrade items.
    • Great Vault progress can be accrued for weekly rewards.


When phase 1 comes out, you will have access to 

  • New Talent System
    A new talent tree is implemented. 
    All that your class/spec can do more or less is now a added in the talent tree and you choose what you want. 
    You can change your talents anywhere for free (except M+, PvP and during combat). 
    Each class comes with a starter build for players that don´t want to choose around. 
    You can save your talent builds and share them. You can also import someone elses build. 
    A search bar is added to easier find what you are looking for. 

  • New Race/Class Combinations
    All races can become Mages. 
    All races can become Rogues. 
    All races can become Priests. 

  • New UI interface & customization
    A new fresh looking 2022 up to date UI has replaced the old one. 
    This UI can be adjustable, personal, and easily accessible

  • New PvP: Solo Shuffle
    This mode is a Rated version of our Solo Shuffle Brawl that was introduced in Shadowlands. Unique to this Rated game mode, players will have a rating tracked for each of their character’s specializations. Just like in Rated Battlegrounds and Arenas, you’ll be able to earn seasonal rewards and achievements, credit towards Vicious mounts, weekly great vault progress, and Conquest. Additionally, cross-faction is enabled for Rated Solo Shuffle so Horde and Alliance can match together and play against each other.

  • Extra stuff
    Added new things such as
    - Combine all bags
    - New Login Screen
    - Barbershop for free
    - Search bar on options
    - Interact Key to interact with NPCs and objects with a keypress instead of your mouse.
    - Choose to press and hold casting instead of repeatedly press the button.
    - Action Targeting which allows you to automatically target enemies as you approach them, allowing you to start casting abilities immediately.
    - Upgrade stones can now be applied to pets directly through the Pet Journal (was use upgrade stone on a summoned pet).
    - New Toy: Seed of Renewed Souls – Embrace the spirits of the weald, transforming into your Soulshape. 5 minute cooldown. Available from Lady Muunn in Heart of the Forest.
    - Resurrection Sickness now lasts 1 minute (was 10 minutes). Characters that resurrect at a Spirit Healer below level 10 now suffer 10% durability loss, and characters that resurrect at a Spirit Healer at level 10 and above now suffer 50% durability loss (was all levels suffer 25% durability loss).

  • Achievements
    - 500 mounts reward: Otterworldly Ottuk Carrier
    - Pet collections
    Many More Mini Minions – Collect 1250 unique pets. Pet Reward: Crystalline Mini-Monster
    Proven Pet Parent – Collect 1500 unique pets. Pet Reward: Secretive Frogduck
    What Can I Say? They Love Me. – Collect 1750 unique pets. Pet Reward: Violet Violence
    Good Things Come in Small Packages – Collect 2000 unique pets. Pet Reward: Mister Muskoxeles

What about your character

When pre-patch comes out your character will Not have Shadowlands Tier Set bonus

Will legendaries work in pre-patch Dragonflight?

Yes, when in Shadowlands. 

Will Covenants work in pre-patch Dragonflight?

Yes, when in Shadowlands, but if you have the same covenant ability in your talents, you will only have access to that. You will not have two of them. However, you can swap covenant ability to anotherone instead. 

Will Conduits work pre-patch Dragonflight?

Yes, when in Shadowlands. 


  • New Class and New Race: Dracthyr Evoker

  • New Dracthyr Starter Zone: Forbidden Reach

  • New revamped Dungeon: Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr

  • Pre-Patch Event: Primal Storms

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25 Oct 2022