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World of Warcraft Dragonflight's Pre-Patch Release Date Is October 25th, Brings New Features Ahead Of Expansion

Rolling out in two phases

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World of Warcraft's upcoming Dragonflight expansion launches on November 28th, and Blizzard is prepping with its customary pre-expansion patch starting on October 25th. While pre-patch doesn't bring everything the expansion will be known for, it starts to lay the foundations of the upcoming Dragonflight content with new features, additions and more.

WoW Dragonflight's upcoming pre-patch will roll out in two phases, bringing the first one on October 25th, while the second will launch on November 15th. The two phases will see additions and revamps of game systems ahead of Dragonflight, such as the addition of a new Rated Solo Shuffle, UI changes and more.

The October 25th update is defined by quality-of-life improvements, as well as major changes to both the talent system and new class and race combinations that have been in the works for some time. Players will be able to check out the new talent trees for each class and get accustomed to the changes before the MMORPG launches its expansion the following month. 

Additionally, the HUD UI is getting some love, as the first wave of updates will let players customize and move UI elements without the need to use mods to achieve this. New accessibility changes will also be coming, with gamepad support, a new "press and hold" spellcasting feature and more.

November 15th is bringing some heavy hitters, as the new Dracthyr Evoker class will launch ahead of the expansion proper. With the launch of WoW's latest hero class, the new zone, The Forbidden Reach, is also being added to the MMORPG ahead of November 28th, giving players the chance to get their Evokers up to speed before the expansion drops. November 15th will also see World of Warcraft add a new dungeon, Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr, as well as new in-game events to lead into Dragonflight's full launch later on in the month.

Pre-patch has been available on the PTR since last week, giving players a preview and a chance to test out the changes before the official patch drops next week. 


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore