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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic to Launch in May

Having fought the undead armies in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic since 2021 and ended Arthas’ reign, it is now Deathwing, The Worldbreaker, that threatens Azeroth, bursting from the heart of the Maelstrom. Our new journey begins with a pre-expansion patch, the Shattering of Azeroth on April 30, ahead of the launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic on May 20, 2024, at 3:00 pm PDT worldwide (that’s the morning of May 21 for us in ANZ).

The Cataclysm Classic pre-expansion patch brings with it the shattering of Azeroth and the changed landscape in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, first seen in 2010. I remember playing this at the original release and it was wild seeing massive chunks of zones being unexplorable. At the same time though, new caverns, waterways and changes to well-known zones gave a fresh take on the levelling experience. Cataclysm Classic comes with a variety of systems changes along with new class and race combinations, and the new Worgen and Goblin races. Players can also begin learning the new Archaeology profession, use Reforging to upgrade your gear, and more.

  • New Player Races: Goblin and Worgen
  • New Race and Class Combinations
  • Leveling Updates: Level through a changed landscape in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms from level 1 through 60. Leveling speeds will be adjusted to give players the ability to jump into the new expansion quicker.
  • Class Updates: New Talents, Trees, spells and More
  • New Race and Class Combinations
  • New Profession: Archaeology
  • New Feature: Transmog Collection
  • Updated Character and Gear Stats

With the launch of Cataclysm Classic on May 21, players will begin their journey from level 80 to 85 through new zones, new dungeons and raids, engage in PvP combat in Tol Barad, and delve further into the mysteries of the Darkmoon Faire on Darkmoon Island.

  • 7 New Zones: Mount Hyjal, Vash’jir, Twilight Highlands, Uldum, Deepholm, Kezan, and Gilneas.
  • 9 New Dungeons: Blackrock Caverns, Throne of the Tides, Vortex Pinnacle, The Stonecore, The Lost City of Tol’vir, The Halls of Origination, Grim Batol, Deadmines, Shadowfang Keep
  • Dungeon Journal Introduced
  • 3 New Raid Dungeons: Throne of the Four Winds, Blackwing Descent, and Bastion of Twilight
  • Boss Based Raid Lock system: Allowing players to do either the 10 or 25-player raid version of each boss in the same week. Lockouts are based on individual boss.
  • Tol Barad PvP Zone
  • Darkmoon Island: Discover the mysteries Silas Darkmoon has in store for you.
  • Flying in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor

It’s time to get levelling in World of Warcraft: Classic in preparation for the pre-expansion patch, the Shattering of Azeroth, on April 30 ahead of launch of Cataclysm Classic next month (requires WoW subscription or game time). For more information, head over to the official website.


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