Ny’alotha rises in Battle for Azeroth, and Patch 8.3 draws ever closer for its adventurers. With it will begin the new Content Season, introducing new raids, new mechanics, and new rewards. The final opportunities to get BFA Season 3’s rewards are slowly falling away, and with it some will vanish forever. This week, we’ll talk about everything you need to do in order to make the most out of 8.2 and be raiding ready for when N’zoth reveals his master plan…
Finish Your Rewards!
Whether it be Rated Player vs. Player or delving into Mythic+ Dungeons, you need to get the last few rewards of the season NOW. Some, like the Vicious War Basilisk, will be available at a later time but others, such as the Notorious Gladiator’s Proto-Drake, will never return to World of Warcraft! Titan Residuum will also reportedly be reset within the next few resets (either today for the EU or next week for the world) and exchanged for gold. If you’ve been coveting a particular piece, or even just need the item-level boost, spend it NOW before it turns into little more than chump change!
Patch 8.3 will introduce a number of newer rewards, including new Essences. As several Essences, including the Vision of Perfection and Azeroth’s Undying Gift, are tied to current tier content it will inherently become harder to collect them! For those exploring the Eternal Palace, you don’t need to tackle the raid up to four times per week to maximize your Aqueous Reliquaries. Rather, tackling the highest difficulty will reward ALL Reliquaries that would have been given by lower difficulties as well as your current one. If you’re contemplating getting your other spec’s Essences as well, remember that after you achieve Rank 3 for the first Eternal Palace essence, the cost of making the others is reduced by 67%!
Make Some Friends!
With the release of 8.3 come two new playable races for the factions. The Alliance will join forces with the kingdom of Mechagon and their Mechagnomes, while the Horde will induct the caravans of the recently freed Vulpera. If you want to begin levelling your characters on patch day (or even just transfer your character to their race) you’ll need to have unlocked their recruitment questline. This requires that you’ve reached Exalted with their respective factions (Rustbolt Resistance for Mechagnomes and Voldunai for the Vulpera) as well as that zone’s story. The easiest way to track which quests are vital to its completion can be found under the Battle for Azeroth tab of your Quest Achievements; The Mechagon Threat tracks the journey of the Mechagnomes, while Secrets in the Sands unravels the mystery behind the Vulpera’s aid in the region.
For Worgen and Goblin players, you’ll want to grind your respective faction’s reputation! With the launch of 8.3 both races will be getting brand new Heritage Armor sets which can only be unlocked on characters of that race. After maxing their level, you’ll also need to be exalted with either Gilneas or the Bilgewater Cartel depending on your race.
Catch Up On the Story!
There’s a LOT to unpack with “Visions of N’zoth” in Patch 8.3. Frankly, to keep up to speed, you will need to complete the story up until this point. In order to do so you’ll need to complete portions of Nazjatar’s story, up to getting a battle ally up to Rank 3. Afterwards you’ll need to complete the entirety of the War Campaign, up until the epilogue to spy on Jaina’s private meeting. Afterwards, you’ll need to kill Queen Azshara once in the Eternal Palace, even on Looking For Raid difficulty.
This will unlock a questline in the Heart Chamber. With N’zoth’s sudden freedom, Spiritwalker Ebonhorn (or Ebyssian as his dragon-friends call him) is beginning to be attacked by the Old God’s whispers. From there you’ll need to embark to find the Black Prince, Wrathion, and hope he has a cure for the suffering dragon. This will, largely, bring you up to date with the story so far.
Power Up Azeroth’s Power Source!
While Artifact Knowledge will continue to increase with the launch of 8.3, the Heart of Azeroth still has quite a bit to offer players. With stats increasing with its level, up until 70, there is plenty of work to be done for those looking to say they’ve ‘finished’ the grind before this artifact gets its own infinite trait. While new Essence slots and powers will be released with the increased cap, you will still need to unlock the slots to use them. Your first essence, The Crucible of Flame, is also unlocked by progressing your Heart of Azeroth with the Rank 4 essence locked behind its current maximum level. This questline has story tied to the growing presence of the Void, and should be considered supplementary to the main quests you’ll need to finish.
Start Hoarding Your Resources!
Whether or not your Heart is maxed out or your rewards are all together, there are certain things you should begin hoarding for the release of the patch.
The first are your Paragon Caches. These crates contain a not-insubstantial amount of Azerite, War Resources, and currency for its respective faction. If you’ve maxed out your Heart of Azeroth you should begin generating Caches but DO NOT claim them until after Patch 8.3 hits your region. This will allow you to get a TON of Azerite on the first day and give you a good headstart on the next levels. Reputation will increase beyond the Paragon Cache requirements, meaning you can grind a large portion of your NEXT cache out while waiting to claim the former.
If you’ve been pursuing Island Expeditions in hopes for some illustrious rewards, you’ll be able to spend all of those hard earned dubloons come 8.3. Introduced next to the current dubloon traders, a ‘Salvage Expert’ will appear to sell Salvage Crates. These boxes, costing dubloons, will contain random loot from predetermined creature types. Coming in a variety of rarities, this will allow you to target specific islands that are outside your usual rotation, and earn the rewards you want.
Those hording your Honorbound or 7th Legion Commendations will also want to save up for new mounts being introduced to your faction’s commendation vendor. The Sandy Nightsaber will only be purchasable after you’ve completed the Heroic Darkshore Warfront being launched in 8.3, but features a unique coloration of the new saber-cat models.
For those eager to play the new Auction House, it will be wise to gather Osmentite and Zin’athid, the ore and herb materials from Nazjatar. These materials will be used plentifully in new profession recipes and will undoubtedly sell well within the first few weeks up until Mythic Ny’alotha opens.