8.2.5 PTR Development Notes

(Kaivax) #1

A new content update for World of Warcraft is in development and will soon be available on the Public Test Realms (PTR). While not all features will be fully functional and available for testing, here’s a look at some of the new content coming in this version.

Worgen and Goblin Character Model Updates

First introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, worgen and goblins are getting a long-anticipated suite of visual improvements to their character models. These updates include every aspect of how the worgen and goblins look—from their faces to their animations.

Celebrate 15 Years of World of Warcraft

This November marks the 15th anniversary of World of Warcraft, and we have some special things planned to celebrate the occasion. Players who log in during the event period will receive a celebration package in the mail with a Lil’ Nefarian pet and some other in-game goodies. Throughout the duration of the event, you’ll be able to participate in three unique raids with iconic encounters from past expansions along with an old-school-inspired Alterac Valley battleground. Players who defeat all nine bosses in the raid wings will receive the Obsidian Worldbreaker, a Black Dragonflight mount inspired by Deathwing. Players who participate in Alterac Valley and complete an achievement can earn two new mounts: the Stormpike Battle Ram (Alliance) and the Frostwolf Snarler (Horde).

A Fuzzy, Buzzy Mount

Stormsong’s Beekeepers have discovered a new hive in town. Alliance players can work with Barry to locate the hive and court the favor of the Hivemother in order to earn this mount.

New Timewalking Raid: Firelands

When Cataclysm Timewalking is active, max-level players will be able to form a raid group and enter the Sulfuron Spire once more. As with previous Timewalking raids (Black Temple, Ulduar), your gear and power are scaled to the challenge, and all the bosses and rewards you expect lie in wait.

Introducing Party Sync

During this PTR we’re experimenting with a new mode that makes it easier for players in a party to do quests and play together: Party Sync. When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state, including phases. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who is on the quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn in the quest. There’s something else we’re going to try out on the PTR, a “replay” quest feature. This will allow players who have already completed certain quests to replay those quests with their friends for rewards that are appropriate to their current level, regardless of the original level of the quest.

We’re also relaxing level restrictions on queueing for instanced content with your friends. This allows lower-level players to queue for content in their level range, and higher-level players can choose to join them by having their level scaled down while they’re in the instance. This feature will be available for dungeon instances for PTR Week 1, with PvP instances being flagged in the following weeks. Please note that unlike Timewalking, when your level is scaled down via Party Sync you will temporarily lose access to abilities and powers (such as Azerite traits) with requirements that exceed your reduced level.

Recruit A Friend Returns

Coming in 8.2.5 is a revamped Recruit A Friend system. If you have active game time you’ll be able to recruit your friends—both brand-new to the game and returning champions—to share in your adventures. To do so, you’ll be able to use a new URL generation tool to create a custom link to give to your friends. By following the link, you’ll be connected to each other and will be able to see if they have purchased game time, resulting in rewards for you! For each month your recruits have active game time, you’ll earn a new reward such as unique pets, mounts, game time and more. These rewards unlock per month and scale with how many months your recruits have subscribed for. And, of course, with Party Sync you’ll be able to journey with your friends on any of your characters. We’ll have more information about Recruit A Friend rewards when we get closer to its release.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the 8.2.5 PTR!

15th Anniversary AV Event on BfA
Old Alterac Valley is returning!
8.2.5 Actually Sounds... Really Good
15th Anniversary AV Event on BfA
[CS Lounge] Holidays!
[CS Lounge] Holidays!
Will my recruit a friend turn in become void?
8.2.5 RaF rewards Kezan Hotrod mount
Interesting...Twinks maybe coming back?
Introducing Party Sync
What will come after patch 8.2?
XP-off Level 60 Battlegrounds not poping
I thought goblins sucked
Thank god for no party sync in classic
No Worgen & Goblin Heritage Armor after all :(
Confusion on Party sync for HERO classes
XP Off BG's
Server Connection Information
Totally unsatisified with my situation. leaving game
1.12 AV is a huge, huge mistake
(Felryn) #2

oh hey ff14, what are you doing here?

cool addition tbh

Honestly, I hope this isn’t just a party thing because this sounds like the option to level in any zone you want without passing it is possible. If I leveled from 80-90 via MoP and still have zones to complete, I’d love to be able to sync to remain at the appropriate level and finish questing there.

(Kaivax) listed #3

(Withpuppys) #4

have i died and gone to heaven?


Oh Blizzard, you are diabolic. Now I have to pay two subs!

(Tobias) #6

I’m not really sure I understand offhand. I’ll have to see it in action. I am curious how it will work when it comes to reputation farming, for example.

Also, disappointed they didn’t take Allied Race unlocks into consideration for the RaF revamp. It would have been awesome to gift friends the Allied Race unlocks and use that to get new colors of the heritage armors.

In fact, with this new party sync dealie, you can actually now track the quests completed together with your friends / dungeons completed together with your friends. This would be the very sort of things that could unlock such rewards. By actually playing together WITH said friends, you could get those recolors of the Heritage sets. And your friends could unlock them as well. Plus, if they’ve been away a long time, they could enjoy the new Allied Race of their choosing.


That’s not a bad idea actually…




I would personally love if you made a random dungeon daily reward similar to first daily heroic/bg. That would use this new party sync to help lower level characters with queues and give a reward that is actually worth your time for max level characters. While doing this the max level characters also get to see low level dungeons they haven’t seen for years even.

(Rethumtv) #10

So the bee mount everyone has been buzzing about is alliance only? That seems fair…

(Kyzera) #11

Perhaps it will be similar to how Kua’fon is for the Horde. We go through the quest chains to unlock it, but any character can use the mount.


Is this everything? No War Campaign?? Other than that, looks great!

(Cladriah) #13

You guys had a faction exclusive mount chain this expansion along with 3 unique faction mounts. dont be greedy.

(Sormorne) #14

Don’t we have our own 2 mount quests now in BFA and to my understanding Alliance does not have any. Referring to the pterodactyl you start doing quests for from that rare egg. and the Triceratops added this patch.

(Rethumtv) #15

Hmm did not know that was a thing. Possibly because crab and bee mount are the only things I’ve wanted since last blizzcon :hugs:


So the bee mount everyone has been buzzing about is alliance only? That seems fair…

Not to beat on a dead horse or anything, but…


hi devs, thanks for the update ! im no no one i get it please consider this 2 videos i made, please excuse me english but i reeeealy like the worgens and just wish an improvement from what we got, also some glitches and frozen animations that only happened with male worgen. i know is againts the ToS to do that but was only for the video proof to “how it really looks”.

Wtih love, kajii the hunter

PS: MM rooted turret sucks so much, damage meter does not compensate the state of the spec in general.


Very excited for these additions!

Can’t wait to try out the party sync and queue for lower level dungeons with friends alts. :slight_smile:


Any word on PVP Ensemble vendors like we had in Legion?

We’ve finished two BFA seasons at this point, and we’ve still had no word on how or whether we’ll be able to obtain the Season 1 and Season 2 Aspirant and Gladiator appearances from these seasons in the future. Legion had the Marks of Honor ensemble vendors. Will we see something similar for BFA in the near future or ever? The Aspirant appearances can be especially difficult to obtain during the season, since they are entirely RNG-based.

This is further complicated by the fact that the Season 1 appearances are still listed in the “Sets” tab, but the Season 2 ones are not (unless you had already obtained them). It would be great to have some clarification here, since none of these sets were listed as “Limited Time Sets” (as the Elite PVP version are), but there is currently no way to obtain them in-game.


Why can’t there be a system similar to this for us players who are stayed subbed? Why is there no reward system for playing the game and being a continual supporter but a system for us making a second account? Guild Wars has a birthday system, every day, every month, and every year there is rewards for being a loyal sub.