World of Warcraft's Dragonflight expansion is in full swing and the newly uncovered Dragon Isles are bound to become even more interesting throughout 2023. Patch 10.1's release date marks the next major update on the game's roadmap, Embers of Neltharion promising some chunky additions.
WoW: Dragonflight's patch 10.1 release date is currently expected to occur at some point between spring and summer 2023. It will be preceded by two smaller patches, so there will hopefully be plenty to do in the lead-up to its launch.
World of Warcraft Patch 10.1 Release Date
Although Blizzard hasn't committed to an exact WoW patch 10.1 release date just yet, we do know what it plans to introduce when Embers of Neltharion does eventually hit live servers.
- World of Warcraft patch 10.1 release date: Between spring and summer 2023
The Dragon Isles are getting a new zone in the shape of the underground Zaralek Cavern, giving players new ground to explore and treasures to uncover.
The Niffen molefolk and the Drogbar help players navigate the cavern, likely providing one or more new reputation tracks to max out in exchange for different rewards.
You can navigate the area using Dragonriding. The system is bound to receive traits, glyphs, and races. In addition, you'll be able to add the Winding Slitherdrake mount to your collection.
The Zaralek Cavern also hosts the new Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible raid. Nine new bosses, including Scalecommander Sarkareth, await inside Neltharion’s secret laboratory.
Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulties are set to release simultaneously. A new tiers set is also confirmed, giving each class shiny new armor to chase.
It's also when Season 2 kicks off with new rewards for players who engage in PvP and mythic+, the latter of which will also get a refreshed dungeon pool.
A new gear upgrade system will also roll out, replacing Valor and Storm Gear while covering "most of the game." It will last for the whole length of WoW: Dragonflight's Season 2, after which Blizzard will "evaluate how well it’s working and whether we want to keep it."
Once it's live, you'll earn Flightstones from "just about anything you do," including such activities as completing world quests, killing unique creatures, running a Mythic+ dungeon, defeating a raid boss, and others.
In addition, you'll also earn Shadowflame Crests or fragments, which are split into four varieties based on the difficulty of the content you're running.
Both currencies can be used to upgrade "almost any item in Season Two’s max-level gameplay ecosystem."
Gear obtained via crafting, PvP, alongside any item of a level comparable to a Mythic Raid drop won't factor into the system upgradable.
Blizzard also notes that the upgrade system is optional and meant "to augment and supplement your gearing journey, not replace it." A blog post on the game's official website delves deeper into how it works, providing detailed numbers.
World of Warcraft's patch 10.1 also brings Fyrakk Assaults and improvements to the user interface, the latter having received a sweeping set of changes with the launch of Dragonflight.
Embers of Neltharion will likely also bring balance changes for classes that might perform too well or not well enough. The exact content of a patch can change as development progresses.
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