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Patch 8.1.5 - Live This Week!
Patch 8.1.5 - Tides of Vengeance Part 3 is live this week!

What is Not Coming This Week?

Official Survival Guide

Official Patch Notes

Kul Tiran Human and Zandalari Troll Allied Races Now Available to Unlock
The long awaited Kul Tiran and Zandalari allied races can now be unlocked if you meet the requirements and complete the unlock quests. Find out more by clicking the banners!

War Campaign Continues
Both the Horde and Alliance can continue their war campaign stories in Patch 8.1.5! Click below to find out how the stories play out!

Two New Story Quests
8.1.5 adds in two other story quests for players. One sheds light on the fate of two characters from the Before the Storm novel, culminating in the battle pet reward Feathers.

There is a new quest chain involving Magni, Brann, and MOTHER in Patch 8.1.5 that provides a 10 item level increase to your Heart of Azeroth.

Xal'atath Quest Chain
Spoilers! At some point after the patch launches, players will be able to loot Azsharan Medallion from Naga during the world quest Naga Attack! around the two continents. This starts a quest chain that serves as an intro to the Crucible of Storms in which the player accidentally empowers Xal'atath and gives her physical form, culminating in the player's first interaction with N'zoth!

Warlords of Draenor Timewalking
Warlords of Draenor Timewalking is being added to the weekly event cycle. Two new mounts, Beastlord's Irontusk and Beastlord's Warwolf, can be earned for 5,000 Timewarped Badge each.

Professions - Tools of the Trade Quests
Players can take part in unique quest lines for the Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Engineering, Inscription, Jewelcrafting, Leatherworking, and Tailoring professions to earn a new Tool of the Trade that complements their craft. To get started on your profession quest line, you’ll need to have reached level 120 and be at skill level 150 (Kul Tiran or Zandalari) in your chosen crafting profession.

Brawler's Guild Returns
The Brawler's Guild has been updated for Battle for Azeroth, introducing revised tier progression, bosses, rewards, and a new quest chain!

New Raiding with Leashes Pet Achievement
Pet enthusiasts can now start earning the next raiding with leashes achievement, Raiding with Leashes VI: Pets of Pandaria, this time for rare pets collected from Pandaria raids. Collecting all of these pets earns you Happiness, which teaches Happiness.

New Micro Holidays - Free T-Shirt Day and Luminous Luminaries
Two new micro holidays have been added to the calendar! Children's Week will also be updated this year with Zandalari and Kul Tiran orphan quests.

New Main Hub Portal Rooms
Stormwind and Orgrimmar have received new rooms devoted entirely to portals. WoW subreddit user TheYamagato put together a nice guide detailing how to get around in Azeroth with the portal changes. Some portals were removed:

  • Caverns of Time
  • Dalaran Crater
  • Karazhan
  • Wyrmrest Temple
  • Vale of Eternal Blossoms
  • Hellfire Peninsula

Island Expedition BoA Gear Tokens
The Seafarer's Dubloon vendors now sell several bind on account gear tokens for 20 x Seafarer's Dubloons each. These can be used or mailed to alts that are Level 111+.

These work much like the gear tokens from Tanaan Jungle and Argus, providing a piece of gear appropriate for the level of the character that utilizes it. The item level starts at 214 for level 111's and increases up to 282 for a level 120. The tokens can proc higher item levels, much like previous iterations.

Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch Remastered
Both Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch have received visual upgrades in this patch!

Arathi Basin

Warsong Gulch

New Brawl - Comp Stomp
In addition to the visual updates, a new brawl is coming that pits players against the smart AI from Island Expeditions in Arathi Basin!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Head into Arathi Basin for a head-to-head battle against AI opponents. This new Brawl will be available March 20. Use the Group Finder tool (hotkey “I”) in the Player vs. Player tab to take part.

Hati Returns with New Customization
Hunters will be reuniting with their favorite wolf from Legion in Patch 8.1.5. On top of this, Hati is receiving a plethora of different customization items!

  • Level 120 hunters can start the quest chain by heading to their BfA faction hub and talking to the Image of Mimiron.
  • You can do the quest on any spec, but Hati is only usable by Beast Master hunters.
  • The quest involves you working with Mirmiron, Grif Wildheart, and Thorim to reconnect with Hati's essence. You will travel to locations such as Storm Peaks, Siluthus, and Ulduar.
  • Once completed, you will be able to tame 6 different variations of Hati (the original 5 models from Legion and one new color)
  • The PTR did not limit you on which models you could tame based on what you unlocked in Legion, so it seems that any hunter who completes the quest gets access to all of them.
  • After completing the quest, you also have access to certain items that benefit Hati, such as making him into a mount!

  • Charged Sparkstone - Use: Bring out the latent power in Hati's lightning, visually enhancing Hati's abilities. (60 sec cooldown)
  • Ironspine Protocol - Use: Enhance Hati's size and constitution, allowing mounting. (60 sec cooldown)
  • Jolt Jerky - Use: Feed Hati a special treat, healing a small amount of damage. Sometimes, Hati may become too excited and viciously lick your face, dealing Nature damage. (60 sec cooldown)
  • Rubber Ball - Use: Throw the ball for Hati. (60 sec cooldown)
  • Voltweave Fez - Use: Give the fez to Hati. (60 sec cooldown)

Cycle of Life Tortollan Quest
An interesting new world quest has been added to the Tortollan lineup called the Cycle of Life.

  • It takes place with Scrollsage Nola and can spawn anywhere that the baby turtle quest Beachhead resides.
  • This quest is very different from helping baby turtles to the water. Upon reaching it, Nola will tell you "These tiny crabs need help! I hate to see any living things suffer. Would you be willing to lend a hand?"
  • You then take control of a crab and must move left or right in order to block baby turtles from reaching the water whilst avoiding the orb attacks from Scroll of Blasting.
  • After blocking a baby turtle, its shell will appear on your head and you can use Throw Turtle Shell to take out any baby turtles in a line up the beach.
  • The quest ends when you block 20 baby turtles from the water. Nola exclaims "All creatures in nature must live together in balance. But I can't help cheering for the little turtles!"

Heirloom Upgrades and Cost
Patch 8.1.5 will allow you to purchase items from the heirloom vendor to upgrade your heirlooms to scale up to level 120.

  • Battle-Hardened Heirloom Scabbard - Use: Upgrade an heirloom weapon allowing it to increase in power up to level 120. Only works on heirlooms that scale to level 110.
    • Costs 7,500 gold each
  • Battle-Hardened Heirloom Armor Casing - Use: Upgrade an heirloom armor, trinket, shield or off-hand allowing it to increase in power up to level 120. Only works on heirlooms that scale to level 110.
    • Costs 5,000 gold each

In addition, all heirloom items have had their gold costs lowered:
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In the most-recent new build on the PTR (that was deployed yesterday), the prices of the upgrade tokens were adjusted. They should now be:

Tier - Armor / Weapon
  • Tier 90 - 500g / 750g
  • Tier 100 - 1000g / 1500g
  • Tier 110 - 2000g / 3000g
  • Tier 120 - 5000g / 7500g

Darkmoon Faire Roller Coaster
The Darkmoon Faire Roller Coaster functions much like the carousel, giving you the WHEE! buff after riding it. It costs one Darkmoon Ride Ticket.

Darkmoon Faire Severed Fish Heads
Vanion discovered that Severed Fish Heads can be fished up from the waters around the Darkmoon Faire. There are two types of fish heads, Severed Crimsonscale Head and Severed Azurefin Head. They last for one day in your bags and when clicked provide a 60 minute buff that places the fish head on your character!

The tooltip reads "Something strange is happening in the waters surrounding Darkmoon Island..." perhaps hinting at the speculated relationship between the Darkmoon Faire and Old Gods. In the Warbringers: Azshara cinematic, N'zoth first appears to Azshara as a fish.

Other Changes
  • You can now create up to 50 characters per server. There is still a limit of 50 characters per account, however.
  • A new elite world quest, Naga Attack! can spawn in any of the 6 BfA zones.
  • Wintergrasp has returned to the game as an Epic Battleground.
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Brace yourself for the return of the cold bite of Wintergrasp where you’ll compete against the enemy faction in a massive 40-player battleground. For the first week of this content update, Wintergrasp is featured as a Brawl. Thereafter, you’ll find Wintergrasp in the Epic Battleground selection in Group Finder (default hotkey: i).
  • Companion App Updates
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    The Companion App has been updated to include a new calendar feature, social feature, and updated support for new World Quests so you can keep on top of everything going on in Azeroth wherever you go.

New Mounts
Patch 8.1.5 adds eight new mounts.

New Music
Patch 8.1.5 added some new music!

New Voice Overs
There are some interesting lines in the latest VO. You can hear all of the Xal'atath lines in the initial Patch 8.1.5 VO.

New Maps

New Icons

New Loading Screens

Coming Soon - Crucible of Storms Raid
The Crucible of Storms raid will be a two boss raid that continues the story of Azshara and the Old God influences in Battle for Azeroth. This raid also has a series of quests related to Xal'atath.

  • Normal/Heroic open on April 16, 2019
  • Mythic/Raid Finder to begin a week later on April 23.
  • This is a two boss raid
    • Restless Cabal
    • Uu'nat

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 8.1.5 - Live This Week! started by chaud View original post
Comments 47 Comments
  1. Silakka's Avatar
    Well... Been waiting for wintergrasp for a very long time, but not going to sub just for that.
  1. glowpipe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eapoe View Post
    Ah, another person complaining about portals who probably never even used 90% of the ones we had and doesn’t realize there’s only 2 disappearing that have any decent impact.
    as a horde player, i use the legion dala to karazhan portal a lot and i use the portal to cot weekly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silakka View Post
    Well... Been waiting for wintergrasp for a very long time, but not going to sub just for that.
    then sub for the wonderful addition of something else and get wintergrasp as a bonus. problem solved
  1. Ringthane's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FecundDecay View Post
    A lot more happened in prior patches and expansions that didn't require 8+ hours of servers being completely offline, so I find your argument a bit dubious.
    Oh, yes, they did. This kind of thing has been happening for years. In fact, it wasn't so long ago that this was the maintenance schedule every Tuesday, not just patch day.
  1. morph4037's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Stormbringer View Post
    I wonder why it took them so long to get this change figured out. If this any of the previous expansions I would've been delighted by it.
    Same here. It's too little to late for me to be excited or even just kind of happy about it.
  1. FLANOFETT's Avatar
    In-the-gar-den, rolly-polly fish heads. Fish-heads, fish-heads, eat them up yum!
  1. Asaliah's Avatar
    Get the 120 heirlooms on my rogue, it removes the azerite parts, you will feel a HUGE loss of HP/DPS omg
  1. Ciadia's Avatar
    Meh not excited by this patch, just feel meh, another huge buff to "wasting time not playing the actual game", the only thing really keeping me sub'ed/logging in at this point is doing old content besides raiding, and now you just made it take much longer by removing the portals, waiting on flying from point A->B is not fun or engaging content sorry.

    Kul Tiran Human and Zandalari Troll Allied Races - Meh takes way to long to level these days with the past XP increase, it's not fun doing the same class from 1-120 the 3-4th time (who doesn't have >20-30 alts by this time)
    War Campaign Continues - Ah a few quests with a pointless horde vs alliance story, meh such content
    Warlords of Draenor Timewalking - decent addition, but don't really find timewalking fun to PUG.
    Professions - Tools of the Trade Quests - Utter garbage for most proffs.
    Brawler's Guild Returns - ok addition
    New Raiding with Leashes Pet Achievement - wow a whole new achievement, such content, and its even for the exciting pet battles (irony might be present)
    New Micro Holidays - Free T-Shirt Day and Luminous Luminaries - Probably forget to log in those specific days, since there is nothing worth doing anymore, so why log in daily.
    New Main Hub Portal Rooms - Thanks, you just made doing old content, that more of a waste of time, at least create a portal room that has all the old portals, instead of this junk.
    Island Expedition BoA Gear Tokens - Why would i waste tokens on that junk for one time use items, which are also really low ilvl.
    Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch Remastered - don't PVP, so couldn't care less.
    New Brawl - Comp Stomp - don't PVP, so couldn't care less.
    Hati Returns with New Customization - decent content, hati shouldn't have been removed in the first pllace, so not really "adding" much new content as such are we.
    Heirloom Upgrades and Cost - Low ilvl heirlooms, the last time i went all in on heirloom gear, then you increased the lvling time 2x / reduced the effects from the heirlooms / made stuff take alot longer to kill, thanks alot, not falling for that again, esp. not with these stupid gold prices.
    Darkmoon Faire Additions - Wow a roller-coaster, that does the exact same thing as the existing carousel, such content.

    The 2 boss raid better to effing good to make up for this huge disappointing patch, probably going back to just raid logging, that is literally the only thing keeping me from unsubbing, its hard enough to get enough people to raid on the non high pop servers as is.

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