Prepare for Lift Off: Get Ready for Flying in Chains of Domination
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Earn your wings and a special covenant-themed mount in the next major content update, Chains of Domination! Instead of challenging you with a Pathfinder achievement like in previous expansions, you’ll instead earn flying in Shadowlands early on within the newest chapters of your covenant campaign.

Upon completing a quest contained within the "The Last Sigil" storyline, you’ll be rewarded with Memories of Sunless Skies. This consumable item allows all characters on your account to purchase the Riding Skill needed to fly within the four main Shadowlands zones!

Read on to see what you can do right now to ensure you hit the ground running so you can start soaring in Chains of Domination.

Reach Renown Level 40
Your covenant is the wind beneath your wings, so you’ll need to prove your utmost loyalty to them by earning Renown Level 44 prior to lift off. Make sure that you are at or reach Renown Level 40 before Chains of Domination goes live, so that your efforts go directly into the levels that will become available with the content update.

Ready to reach max Renown? Jumpstart your journey with this guide from Wowhead!

If you’re struggling to reach Renown Level 40 prior to the release of Chains of Domination, note that when the content update goes live previous sources of Renown will grant more and at a higher rate than currently.

Complete Your Covenant Campaign
Before you unfurl your wings, you must progress through the newest chapters within your covenant campaign, specifically early into “The Last Sigil” (chapter 12 of the covenant campaign). This chapter unlocks when you reach Renown Level 44, accessible within the second week of Chains of Domination. There are currently nine chapters to complete, and you can check your current progress by opening your Map & Quest Log (hotkey: l), where it will display on the top right of the active window.

Ready to finish your covenant campaign? Jumpstart your journey with these guides from Wowhead!
Kyrian | Necrolord | Night Fae | Venthyr


If you are unable to complete all of the current chapters, you’ll be able to play through the newest storylines in Chains of Domination so long as you’ve finished your covenant’s introductory questlines and unlocked the Runecarver. You’ll still want to complete any of the skipped chapters when you can, as they are a reliable source of Renown which you’ll need to unlock the ability to fly and other coveted rewards.

Soar the Skies in Style
Your heroic deeds on the behalf of your covenant will also reward you with a mount fit for the most decorated covenant champions upon reaching Renown 45. Kyrian players will glide on the backs of the elysian aquilon, night fae will ride upon majestic wolf serpents, necrolords will charge into battle on corpseflies, and venthyr will take to the skies on newly awakened stoneborn.

Keep an eye on worldofwarcraft.com/news for more information on flying and the covenant mounts coming in the Chains of Domination content update, when you’ll be able to earn your wings and explore the Shadowlands from a whole new perspective.
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  1. bledgor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xires View Post
    No life the game? They even have catch-up mechanics in game and have for months. You can be super casual and long since be 40 by now and then some. This means you simply DO NOT ply the game if you haven't been 40 since...oh.....the last 4 months....

    You're just THAT far behind and play THAT little. It's blizzard catering to people who can barely play the game is why it's the shit show that it is.

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    This 100%^^^^^ Their are people that barely play...and they play mostly to bitch that they can't barely play.

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    We quit playing retail because it 100% is garbage. And SL's is the worst. BFA was bad. And you think it's going to get better? And to tell people to "go away" because they don't like the bastardized game called retail wow? retail wow is NOT an MMO. It's anything but.
    Cool story bro, glad you could clarify for everyone that SL isn't an MMO. Seriously, piss off if you dont think its an MMO, no one is forcing you to be here spreading your misery onto others so you can get some sick satisfaction about sucking the enjoyment other players have for the game. I still believe it is an MMO, I don't think it was bastardized, I think it was changed by the overwhelming requests of the community over the years.

    Do I think all changes were good? No, but majority of them were. I do think it has been a long initial patch, but I am not such a child to ignore the slow down caused by covid, and so I've reduced my wow time and am enjoying other games.
  1. munkeyinorbit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by schwarzkopf View Post
    Classic has flying, it just has bugger all content.

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    That is objectively incorrect.
    You're confusing your opinion with fact again. I think flying improves content because it lessens travelling. If you want to "experience" you have the option to not fly.
  1. Smeller's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rrayy View Post
    It literally tells you the quest rewards you with a consumable that allows you to purchase the riding skill. IN other words, the consumable is the cost and a quest reward. So, it does in fact unlock flying.
    It actually says "Upon completing a quest contained within the "The Last Sigil" storyline, you’ll be rewarded with Memories of Sunless Skies. This consumable item allows all characters on your account to purchase the Riding Skill needed to fly within the four main Shadowlands zones!".
  1. MrLachyG's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smeller View Post
    It actually says "Upon completing a quest contained within the "The Last Sigil" storyline, you’ll be rewarded with Memories of Sunless Skies. This consumable item allows all characters on your account to purchase the Riding Skill needed to fly within the four main Shadowlands zones!".
    it's poorly worded but you don't need to purchase anything
  1. rrayy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smeller View Post
    It actually says "Upon completing a quest contained within the "The Last Sigil" storyline, you’ll be rewarded with Memories of Sunless Skies. This consumable item allows all characters on your account to purchase the Riding Skill needed to fly within the four main Shadowlands zones!".
    And when you consume the item, you purchase the riding skill. PTR proves it. As I said, it is poorly worded, but there is no extra cost. Go to the PTR and see for yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    Our characters always forgot how to fly. They also learned how to fly but couldn't fly in Eastern Kingdoms or Kalimdor. It isn't bad game design just because you don't like it. There are no convoluted hoops to jump through even before Shadowlands. Gaining rep, exploring, doing quests wasn't convoluted. In shadowlands it is even less of an issue because you gain the requirements naturally from playing the game.

    If you aren't willing to play the game just a little bit then you don't even need flying. Because you'll never be willing to use it. Leveling wasn't easier or less time consuming in TBC. Gearing up for a raid wasn't easier or less time consuming. Do you not know that attunements and shadow resist gear were road blocks? Professions are easier to level up now because the levels are per expansion.

    It is time to re-evaluate why you play the game if you need to lie about TBC and refuse to do 99% of the retail portion of the game.
    Our characters NEVER forgot how to fly. When you purchased flying, or got it with Pathfinder, you learned to fly in that designated zone. Nowhere else. You never forgot to fly there as you have been able to fly everywhere you unlocked it since you unlocked it. For you to forget how to fly, you would have to have been grounded without flying in a zone you already unlocked it in.
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rrayy View Post
    And when you consume the item, you purchase the riding skill. PTR proves it. As I said, it is poorly worded, but there is no extra cost. Go to the PTR and see for yourself.
    You learn it. You don't purchase it. Stop using the poor wording yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrayy View Post
    Our characters NEVER forgot how to fly. When you purchased flying, or got it with Pathfinder, you learned to fly in that designated zone. Nowhere else. You never forgot to fly there as you have been able to fly everywhere you unlocked it since you unlocked it. For you to forget how to fly, you would have to have been grounded without flying in a zone you already unlocked it in.
    Every flying skill in the game is about learning to fly in the new climate. So we forget everything that could translate to almost the exact flying skills when going to a new location. This isn't speaking about the mechanics of flight but the "roleplay/lore" of flight.
  1. Talrath's Avatar
    Stopped playing since bfa but kept up to date with shadowlands.

    Uhm, flying for all accounts is nice, but would be better if it wasn't time gated. Bring out an expansion where people either have to collect something in that zone so that they can fly in that zone with just that character, or let the players grind from the very start to get flying for their entire account. At the very least they'll have something to do while lvling or waiting for their mythic plus grp to get full instead of running in circles in their cities.

    So in summary, flying good but the very late patch where it comes with it is bad.

    God, august for just 9.1, that's basically 8 months.
  1. Xires's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bledgor View Post
    Cool story bro, glad you could clarify for everyone that SL isn't an MMO. Seriously, piss off if you dont think its an MMO, no one is forcing you to be here spreading your misery onto others so you can get some sick satisfaction about sucking the enjoyment other players have for the game. I still believe it is an MMO, I don't think it was bastardized, I think it was changed by the overwhelming requests of the community over the years.

    Do I think all changes were good? No, but majority of them were. I do think it has been a long initial patch, but I am not such a child to ignore the slow down caused by covid, and so I've reduced my wow time and am enjoying other games.
    I don't play retail because it isn't an MMO. Piss off? Sounds like you're a little butt hurt that people don't like your trash game that has NO CONTENT.

    Sucking the enjoyment out of players? Blizzard did that when they catered to YOUR LFR ass.

    Changed with the overwhelming requests of the community? No it did not. Blizzard tried to cater to people who don't play and don't "have time" for MMO's. So retail WoW is anything but an MMO and if you think retail is an MMO...then you've never played an MMO.

    As it is...Burning Crusade is out...and THAT is an MMO.
    Now head on back to your LFR and LFD que's where you will play with people you'll never see again and ever had to even say a word to.
    It was changed because blizzard thought that they could expand their playerbase and they were wrong.
    It is why they stopped reporting their quarterly numbers after Cataclysm.
    It is why they even had a recent blue post where they bragged that subs were down...but profit was up. (people who PAY for shit in game like mounts for example).
    When classic dropped the number of subs tripled.
    We went from Naxx to TBC and you are still on patch 9.0 waiting to do 9.1 where all they've done is create new systems designed to make things dumb...and then sell you a system to counter it...and then they call it "content".
    Yeah...retail is NOT an MMO by almost any measurement of what an MMO is. And catering to a bunch of people who NEVER HAD TIME TO PLAY...only made it to where blizzard has catered to NOBODY.
    BFA was bad. but SL's was the last straw. Retail sucks...and like you....it can piss off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bledgor View Post
    Cool story bro, glad you could clarify for everyone that SL isn't an MMO. Seriously, piss off if you dont think its an MMO, no one is forcing you to be here spreading your misery onto others so you can get some sick satisfaction about sucking the enjoyment other players have for the game. I still believe it is an MMO, I don't think it was bastardized, I think it was changed by the overwhelming requests of the community over the years.

    Do I think all changes were good? No, but majority of them were. I do think it has been a long initial patch, but I am not such a child to ignore the slow down caused by covid, and so I've reduced my wow time and am enjoying other games.
    Slow down caused by covid? You're buying that excuse? Funny how only blizzard was effected so negatively. Maybe they are behind because they had to put extra resources into BFA to unFUCK the sorry system they had in bfa. Remember when your necklace was nothing more then a stat stick? And your azerite armor had 3 rings and shitty traits all around? Yeah....they had to unfuck that and because of that...they were put behind on SL's.
    And then they had to come up with another system for 8.3.
    Yeah, blizzard wastes a lot of time with bad development....but funny how ONLY Blizzard was affected in such a huge way...and other gaming company's weren't.
    But keep drinking that kool-aid. And you be sure to wear a mask for the rest of your life.
  1. dayne87's Avatar
    I almost feel this is too little too late. 9.1 took waaay too long (IMO) to come out. I stopped playing a few months ago, but my 6 month sub goes till end of August I think. So I'll log in and raise my renown from like 33 or 34 to 40, but I just don't have the energy to play the game like I did when the xpact first came out.

    I'm (somewhat) excited for 9.1 because I want to see the story, see the new TG content, new zone, etc. and flying will be nice in the older zones, but I really hope 9.2 doesn't take as long to come out as 9.1 did.
  1. rrayy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xires View Post
    I don't play retail because it isn't an MMO. Piss off? Sounds like you're a little butt hurt that people don't like your trash game that has NO CONTENT.

    Sucking the enjoyment out of players? Blizzard did that when they catered to YOUR LFR ass.

    Changed with the overwhelming requests of the community? No it did not. Blizzard tried to cater to people who don't play and don't "have time" for MMO's. So retail WoW is anything but an MMO and if you think retail is an MMO...then you've never played an MMO.

    As it is...Burning Crusade is out...and THAT is an MMO.
    Now head on back to your LFR and LFD que's where you will play with people you'll never see again and ever had to even say a word to.
    It was changed because blizzard thought that they could expand their playerbase and they were wrong.
    It is why they stopped reporting their quarterly numbers after Cataclysm.
    It is why they even had a recent blue post where they bragged that subs were down...but profit was up. (people who PAY for shit in game like mounts for example).
    When classic dropped the number of subs tripled.
    We went from Naxx to TBC and you are still on patch 9.0 waiting to do 9.1 where all they've done is create new systems designed to make things dumb...and then sell you a system to counter it...and then they call it "content".
    Yeah...retail is NOT an MMO by almost any measurement of what an MMO is. And catering to a bunch of people who NEVER HAD TIME TO PLAY...only made it to where blizzard has catered to NOBODY.
    BFA was bad. but SL's was the last straw. Retail sucks...and like you....it can piss off.
    WHo made you sole arbiter of what an MMO is? Nobody whcih means your opipnion is irrelevant. IT is defined as an MMO no matter how you try to claim otherwise.
  1. KOUNTERPARTS's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRevenantHero View Post
    There are plenty of people who don't no-life the game and aren't at 40. Or people who have taken a break. The grind required for this is actually worse than the profession grinds in the past.

    You are seriously under estimating how easy it is to get to level 40 right now. Almost 3 months ago the catch-up made it and almost non-issue.

    The embellishment of "people who don't no-life" is real, because you can put in 1-2 hours every 2 days and still make it to level 40 if you are actually playing the game and not fucking around doing profession grinds.
  1. Smallfruitbat's Avatar
    There are a lot of legitimate criticisms that can be levied at WoW but bitching about level 40 renown is not one of them. If you did the quests as they were released it was like an hour a week, maximum. Now there are catch up mechanics as well.
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Updated June 10: The description for Memories of Sunless Skies has been revised to clarify that players with Expert Riding Skill can fly in Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, and Revendreth. Characters that do not have Expert Riding Skill will still need to purchase it.
    They clarified the terrible wording.

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