How to check out patch 8.2.5 on the PTR
The WoW patch 8.2.5 Public Test Realm (PTR) is on its way, and with it comes a bunch of new stuff to check out. There are new Goblin and Worgen character models and a big new bee mount for Alliance players. Here’s how to install the PTR and prepare yourself for the launch.
The first thing you need to do before you download anything is make sure you have a PTR-enabled account. To do that, you must visit the Blizzard Account Management page. In the Games & Subscriptions section on the left panel you’ll see a “Create a Public Test Realm account” button. It’ll ask you to confirm and then you’ll have an account that can log into the PTR properly.
Once all of that is done, you’ll want to head over to your Battle.net app. In the WoW section, there’s a selector above the Play button. Under the In Development section will be a PTR version of the game. Once selected, you’ll have to hit the Install button and wait for it to be fully downloaded.
When the PTR is properly live, you’ll be able to log into it just like the normal game. You can create a new character or copy over an exciting character to play. If the PTR isn’t live though, you won’t be able to log in — so keep an eye out for when Blizzard releases a new test patch.
If you’re an addon user, the PTR can be a tricky place. You can copy and paste your addons folder to the PTR game’s files and give it a shot, but the results will probably be hit or miss. PTR builds are often buggy or not quite complete, so addons often break or completely don’t work. Some addon creators will make new versions that you can download to work specifically on PTR, but you’ll need to check on each one manually. Unfortunately, you’ll have to play the PTR without addons in most cases.
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