New zones & map
Ardenwald is the most nature-close, jungle-based zone in Shadowlands, ruled by the Night Fae covenants. It is a mirror of Azeroth's Emerald dream which mainly focuses on hibernation, rest and a peaceful rebirth of souls within. Only souls close to the nature of forests and wild will be sent to Ardenwald where they will potentially resurrect and rejuvenate.
Revendreth is one of the most unique zones thus far in the entire World of Warcraft, architecture is strictly based on gothic spires and castles, it's a land of the dark secret which is being led by the Venthyr covenants. Sinners who seek redemption through torment are followed to the Revendreth. Revendreth is a zone that is based on the popular comic character "Dracula" and we can see signs of it all across the land.
The Maw will be the zone which is called as an "endgame" in Shadowlands, a gigantic, visible from the skies vortex which is composed of the vilest souls sent to the Shadowlands by Jailer. Only the worst criminals go to the Maw, those which cannot be irredeemable and are considered as threat to the world. The Maw contains Torghast, Tower of the Damned Giga dungeon, replayable endgame instance which looks similar to Diablo style of playing.
Covenants system is very similar to the "faction" one from previous expansions of World of Warcraft. There are four powers in Shadowlands which are available at players disposal:
The Kyrian Covenant, Bastion - Those who seek ascension and enlightenment will choose Kyrians, to become one of them. Only those, who look over their past deeds can be Kyrians.
Necrolords, Maldraxxus - warriors, and battle-hardened souls from their past life can choose Necrolords as their covenants. If you will prove your worth you will rise among new covenant and gain new powers with their help.
Venthyr, Revendreth - sinful and prideful during their life can still seek for ascension and redemption. Venthyr punishes those who lived in a sin during their Azeroth adventures but still however are worthy of redemption in Shadowlands.
The Night Fae
The Night Fae, Ardenweald - those who were close to nature and forests will seek for the Night Fae covenant guidance. They use Anima in the Shadowlands to infuse slumbering spirits which prepare for rebirth.
Every covenant offers unique set of class abilities and spells. New system is called Soulbinds and at top of new spells it offers nice cosmetic rewards such as covenant-themed armor with back details and upgradable mounts. Select your covenant carefully as it might greatly affect your experience in the game and changing it will be a time consuming process!
Covenants give us access to four major features such as:
When you're in Sanctum, you will be able to meet three major members of your Covenant choice. Each offers a unique set of talent tree which effectively affects your character and combat - choose wisely!
Test your tactical and strategic skills by sending your allies into Shadowlands adventures, each covenant has its unique challenges ahead of them. You need to be strategic about how you take on these combat puzzle missions, each mission requires a different approach!
You will be able to experience additional content by sacrificing your Anima to activate specific areas.
Experience a new and refreshing way of moving between the zones! You are able to access a zone-specific travel network within your Sanctum, each covenant has its own, unique routing between zones.
New Resource: Anima
Anima is a new, main resource to gather in Shadowlands. It is a fuel to all Shadowlands, helping Covenants keep their reason and purpose. Anime can be obtained from many activities throughout Shadowlands. Anima can't be grinded infinitely as Artifact Power could be in past expansions, there is specific limit set on how much you can get. Developers told us, that it can be gathered from many things and this time u won't be restricted to one, best way of gaining it (Expedition Islands in BFA).
New Endgame Content
The Great Vault in Shadowlands is an upgraded version of the weekly M+ cache system. You will be able to earn your cache by completing activities in Raids, M+, and PvP.
Shadowlands will be initially released with eight traditional dungeons. Four of these are leveling dungeons and the other four are at level cap.
In WoW Shadowlands, at the start, we will have access to eight traditional dungeons. Four of them will be our leveling dungeons and the rest at level cap.
Mists of Tirna Scithe
Halls of Atonement
The Necrotic Wake
Level Cap Dungeons:Spires of Ascension
De Other Side
Torghast, Tower of the Damned is brand new, infinite-dungeon which will be released during World of Warcraft: Shadowlands premiere. We will be able to play it from 1 to up 5 players at once. Torghast dungeon has a very similar style to the Diablo concept, endlessly replayable, constantly changing its layers dungeon that you can play alone or with a group of friends up to 5.
Legendary items will be back in the Shadowlands with a new system of acquiring them! Devs confirmed, that the Legion system was somewhat good, without the RNG part and they most likely will upgrade the system itself. In WoW Shadowlands we will have access to the Runecarver, NPC which creates Legendary artifacts, if you will acquire proper materials required for crafting The Runecarver will craft it for you, it is important to select wisely as each item offer different, unique abilities and stats. To get materials you will have to use Professions.
Levels, Items and stats adjusted
What else is NEW?
New WoW Shadowlands System and Specifications Requirments
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Specifications|
|Operating System||Windows® 7 64-bit||Windows® 10 64-bit|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5-3450
AMD FX™ 8300
|Intel® Core™ i7-6700K
AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X
|Video||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760
AMD Radeon™ RX 560
Intel® UHD 630 (45W)
DirectX® 11 compatible GPU with 2GB VRAM
|NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080
AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64
DirectX® 12 compatible GPU with 8GB VRAM
|Memory||4GB RAM (8GB if using supported integrated graphics)||8GB RAM|
|Storage||Solid State Drive (SSD)
100GB available space
Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
100GB available space (depending on the performance of the drive, player experience may be impacted on HDD)
|Solid State Drive (SSD)
100GB available space
Broadband internet connection
|Input||Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.||Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel|
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
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