The Shadowlands content update 9.2.5 arrives June 1st. The patch includes cross-faction play, new questlines for blood elf and Dark Iron dwarf characters, a new PvP arena, and more.
Here’s what you can expect from the patch.
Cross-faction gameplay is here with 9.2.5 content update. Players have more grouping options and can play with their friends (or frenemies) from the opposing faction.
As outlined in a previous post, cross-faction instances shake up the faction divide by allowing friends from opposite factions to play together.
How to enable cross-faction parties
To invite members from another faction to your party, players must have a BattleTag or Real ID friendship or be members of a cross-faction WoW Community.
Players have the opportunity to find Premade Groups in the Group Finder for dungeons (Normal, Heroic, Mythic, and Mythic+), raids, rated arena/RBGs, and also Torghast. However, the group leader may restrict the listing to same-faction applicants if they want to.
Once in a party, members of the opposite faction will remain unfriendly while outside of instances, though they will be able to communicate through party and raid chat, as well as use /say and /yell within proximity of one another.
Upon entering a dungeon, raid, or rated PvP match, however, all members will be friendly and able to assist each other in combat, trade loot, earn shared achievements, and otherwise fully engage the same way members of the same faction do.
Guilds aren’t cross-faction
Guilds will remain single-faction, and random matchmade activities like Heroic dungeons, Skirmishes, or Random Battlegrounds will all remain the same faction.
The functionality of the cross-faction instance feature will also apply to legacy instances and is available at all levels. However, there will be several older instances that cross-faction parties cannot enter due to faction-specific components, and they are:
- Trial of the Champion
- Trial of the Crusader
- Vault of Archavon
- Icecrown Citadel
- Baradin Hold
- Siege of Boralus
- Battle of Dazar’alor
- Darkmaul Citadel (Exile’s Reach dungeon)
Blood Elf & Dark Iron Dwarf quests
Two new quests are available to help blood elf and Dark Iron dwarf players earn exclusive rewards.
Blood Elf players completing their questline receive the Elusive Emerald Hawkstrider mount.
Blood elf Paladins earn the Blood Knight-themed Ensemble: Blood Knight’s Dedication.
Dark Iron dwarf players who complete their questline earn the Grimhowl’s Face Axe mount. They also earn the Dark Iron-themed Arsenal: Lavaforge Armaments as a reward.
PvP: The Enigma Crucible
The mysterious Enigma Crucible crafted by the Progenitors is the latest PvP arena located within the ancient wonder of Zereth Mortis and will offer players a challenging battlefield to test their skills.
Shadowlands Season 4
Season 4 will be making its debut later this summer. Keep an eye on WorldofWarcraft.com/news for more details on when Season 4 will be available.
Shadowlands 9.2.5 Patch Notes
Read the full 9.2.5 patch notes here.