World of WarCraft Shadowlands 9.1.5 Patch Notes Preview

Shadowlands PTR receives a new update next week.

By Mehrdad Khayyat

August 28, 2021

Blizzard will officially launch the next Shadowlands update in the PTR servers next week. Now, let’s have a look at the 9.1.5 patch notes preview for an insight into what’s coming next.

Blizzard has not been in a good shape recently after the protests over the unhealthy workspace, especially for female employees.

Although the company seems to take a few actions to make things better for the employees, there is still huge pressure on the top managers of Activision-Blizzard which has also affected the development plan of a number of games.

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Last night, Blizzard shared a new post revealing that World of WarCraft Shadowlands will receive a new update on PTR servers next week. The developer provided a preview of the patch notes that shows some significant features and changes coming to the game.

Please do note that not all the changes above will be able in the PTR update next week. Blizzard is supposed to add changes gradually and once they receive positive feedback, they will add more of the changes issued down below.

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World of WarCraft Shadowlands 9.1.5 Patch Notes Preview


  • Players who reach max Renown for their Covenant will be able to freely switch among any of the four Covenants without cooldown or restriction.
  • Conduit Energy is being removed and Conduits will be freely swappable without any restrictions.
  • Completing a Covenant campaign on one character will allow alternate characters the ability to skip that same Covenant’s campaign, earning the Renown and a third Soulbind unlock immediately without needing to replay the full narrative arc.

New Character Customization:

  • New character customizations are being introduced for Nightborne and Lightforged Draenei along with additional updates to ear size options for void elves, new travel forms for druids, and new Soulshapes for Night Fae.

Introducing Legion Timewalking:

  • Delve back into Legion Dungeons with Legion Timewalking and take on the challenges within, including access to Legion Mythic+ dungeons. This event will run for two weeks

Maw Introduction Skippable:

  • Players who have completed the introduction in the Maw on one character will be able to speak to Highlord Darion Mograine in the capital cities to skip it on their alternative characters on their account.

Island Expedition Solo Queue:

  • Players who want to take on Island Expeditions are now able to queue for them solo or with a party to enter Normal, Heroic, or Mythic difficulties.

Talent and Ability Improvements:

  • In 9.1.5 we are working on additional updates to a variety of class talents and class abilities including Conduits, Runecarving, and Covenant class ability tuning.

Allied Race Unlocks:

  • Allied races such as the Kul’Tiran humans, Mechagnomes, and Dark Iron Dwarves, which had a dungeon requirement to unlock them, will no longer need to complete the associated quest to gain access to these races. Players will be able to skip it instead.

Additional Travel Points in the Maw:

  • Players will be able to take advantage of additional fast travel options from Ve’nari’s Refuge to Perdition Hold and Desmotaeron within the Maw by unlocking access to them.

Remote Anima Turn-ins:

  • Completing quests from Archivist Roh-Suir will provide access to an Anima Diverter within Korthia where Anima can be directly deposited.

Transmogrification Turning:

  • how off your complete transmog outfit to chat or online by easily sharing a link to it from the Dressing Room. Players will be able to mouse over these items to see how they can be collected, if they’ve already collected the appearance, or if it’s an appearance that is accessible to the character viewing it.

Alt Leveling Improvements:

  • A variety of improvements will be introduced in support of a smoother experience leveling alternate characters through Shadowlands, such as an additional rank of Heirloom upgrades, and improvements to Threads of Fate such as the addition of Torghast as an option and Renown gains for completing bonus objectives.

PvP Gear Power Announcement:

  • Lower item-level PvP gear will now scale to a higher item-level in PvP situations than before. This should reduce the power level gap so that new characters can feel that they’re able to compete in Battlegrounds and Arenas more readily. This change will not affect high item-level PvP gear.

Runecarving Recipes:

  • Drop rates for Runecarving recipes will be increased to 100% drop rate in any dungeon difficulty.

Battle for Azeroth Legacy Loot Rules:

  • Legacy loot rules will be enabled for players at level 60 in all Battle for Azeroth raids and dungeons, causing encounters to drop the number of items as they would randomly drop for a 5-player dungeon party or a 20-player raid.

World of WarCraft Shadowlands is now available on PC.

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Mehrdad Khayyat

Mehrdad is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He started writing about video games since he was a high-school student. He's probably one of those rare Rainbow Six Siege fans that have the game installed and updated on every available platform.

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