New Shadowlands Alpha build 34490 was deployed (1.48GB). I will update this page as I find new content in Shadowlands. Follow @blizzplanetcom on Twitter for notifications.
I can confirm that the level cap continues to be level 59. There is no level 60 content for testing in build 34490. Only Bastion and Revendreth remain available for testing. Ardenweald and Maldraxxus will be available in a future build.
Death Knight is the new class ready to test Torghast and anima powers.
TREASURE CHEST SYSTEM
There is a new system that seems not complete. It seems there will be a rotation of treasure chests that spawn in a specific zone. At the moment there are no chests when you get there in the map.
Searching this specific chest, I found out there are actually very well hidden caves in Bastion. I had to drop from a cliff to reach this cave that has no other means to get there unless you use a flying mount or drop down from the cliff.
Blizzard Entertainment posted a preview of Oribos — the Eternal City in the middle of the Shadowlands. Oribos is coming to the Shadowlands Alpha test soon. Follow @blizzplanetcom for notifications. Once the new build arrives, I will tweet videos and images of Oribos in more detail.
The newest Shadowlands Alpha build 34365 added new Human customization options, and other new updates. The following video is 1:46 hours long. Feel free to use the timeline bar to move to the race you wish to check out (until I’m able to get shortcuts). Click the video title to launch YouTube. At the gear icon choose 1080HD and fullscreen.
Not all races/genders got an update, but I recorded all of them because most of the hair styles and other options now have a name, not just a number.
Check out the accordion below to see which races/genders got new customization options.
Click the accordion below to browse through all the new customizations in this specific build, and what has no change.
In the current Shadowlands Alpha build 34324, and for at least the past 3 builds, there are 4 quests you can queue to play in Torghast, the Tower of the Damned.
It is unknown how these will be accessed in Live realms post-launch, but what I can confirm is that these quests last 6 Floors and end with a boss encounter.
Disclaimer: I do not play a Shaman in live servers. The same way you don’t know how to play all 12 classes, and/or all the 30+ different specs, I don’t. Addons are disabled in the Alpha, thus I can’t use Heiki for rotation. Please, focus on the anima powers and the content found in Torghast, and not my bad rotation.
Click the video titles to launch YouTube. There you can access 1080HD from the gear icon, and fullscreen.
The latest 34278 build was over 1GB in file size. It needs to be patched again to fix some unstable server issues:
Landing after taking a flightpath disconnects the client, or in extreme cases auto-force-quits to desktop.
Clicking on the Anima Pads at Hero’s Rest in Bastion disconnects the client.
Random disconnections while riding.
Another really bad bug is a permanet loss of your Alpha character in this build. DO NOT use the Anima Gateway (transportation pads) around Hero’s Rest when you go down. It’s better to just jump down and ghost run to the body. If you don’t, your character is permanently a few yards above the air — unable to go up or down, so whenever you go past a hill, your character is further above ground. You can no longer quest in areas that are downhill. There is no fix: I tried logout/login, hearthstone, dying.
Update: A few hours later, when I login, all character are now grounded. However, if you were pretty high in the air before logout, you will land hard.
Worgen and Undead are not yet enabled in this build as playable characters.
The Horde version of Exile’s Reach is not yet available.
Only Bastion and Revendreth are available for testing. No new zones.
Level cap has been increased in Bastion. It was previously capped to level 53. I reached 54 today while in Torghast.
New character customization options for the Gnome female, and Night Elf female: Pixie, Flipped, and Large Bun.
One of the most exciting features in Shadowlands is the new character customization options. Previously, Blizzard’s said we were only getting updates to the “core” races. Allied races are out of luck for new stuff. Or are they? Probably, but on the alpha there’s been a surprising exception.
Mechagnomes received four new customization options in the latest (as of this writing) build. These are a new set of goggle type eye enhancements with variants for each mechagnome ear type.
What’s odd about these additions is that they sort of already exist on live servers. That’s probably why they’re being made fully available in Shadowlands.
Currently mechagnome characters will use this goggle eye appearance if they’re wearing helms that cover hair or facial features on other races.
You can’t select these options in the barbershop or have your character display them outside of equipping/transmogrifying certain helms… until now! (Technically until the Shadowlands pre-patch releases, but until now sounded cooler.)
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR WORLD OF WARCRAFT: SHADOWLANDS AND THE EXILE’S REACH STARTING ZONE. THIS INFORMATION IS TAKEN FROM THE ALPHA SERVERS AND DATAMINING AND THUS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A WORK IN PROGRESS THAT CAN AND HOPEFULLY WILL CHANGE.