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Aug 31, 2022

Pre-Patch for Wrath of the Lich King Classic is now live for World of Warcraft subscribers

From Press Release:

Champions of the Horde and Alliance can begin preparations to face off against the might of the Scourge in Northrend during the pre-patch for Wrath of the Lich King Classic – now live! Wrath Classic’s pre-patch introduces new features as well as a host of events that mark the start of the campaign against the Lich King and his forces ahead of launch on September 26.

Like previous WoW Classic releases, players need only a WoW subscription or game time to play Wrath Classic and its pre-patch content. For those looking to enhance their experience, optional upgrades are available that include an assortment of rare items for players to enjoy:

  • Northrend Heroic Upgrade
    • Level 70 Character Boost
    • Includes expert riding skill, a mount, starting gear set, and a small amount of gold
    • Limited to one boost per account
    • Pebble, a penguin pet
    • Fishspeaker’s Lucky Lure, a toy to summon a Tuskarr companion
  • Northrend Epic Upgrade
    • All items in the Heroic Upgrade
    • Kalu’ak Whalebone Glider, a flying mount for WoW Classic characters
    • Tuskarr Shoreglider, a flying mount for modern WoW characters
    • 30 days of game time

Below is a timeline of what players can look forward to in the pre-patch:

  • September 6-13: Zombie Plague Event
    • A mysterious affliction will be making its way through the capital cities and players will need to be alert to avoid falling victim to its deadly affects!
  • September 13-launch: Scourge Invasion Events
    • In various locations throughout Azeroth, players will garner powerful rewards by coordinating a defensive stand against an attacking Necropolis and defeating Scourge forces on the ground level where crystals appear.

To commemorate the occasion, we’ve released the Building Azeroth video series, which explores the historical development of World of Warcraft. For our next entry, Warcraft Arclight Rumble Game Director Tom Chilton and WoW Classic Principal Game Designer Kris Zierhut talk about their time creating the Death Knight, which was introduced as WoW’s first hero class as part of the original Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Check out the video on the World of Warcraft YouTube channel.

For more information on what to expect throughout pre-patch, visit our World of Warcraft website.