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WoWNov 11, 2019 10:00 am CT

All of the class changes and abilities we know about in WoW Shadowlands (so far)

Shadowlands is bringing back the class fantasy feeling of Legion, so much that they’re cheekily calling it “The Unpruning” — undoing the “surgical pruning” that has been happening since Warlords of Draenor. What this means for players is that our classes will feel “fuller” and more rounded, with emphasis on the class as whole instead of on the spec itself.

All of Legion’s rich class toolkits, through Artifact Weapons and legendaries, were pruned in Battle for Azeroth. Once-baseline spells were locked behind talents, making players feel like their classes were gutted, especially when Azerite Traits utterly failed to fill that gap. In Shadowlands, we’re getting class-wide access to abilities that had been locked to certain specs as well as old fan-favorites back to make classes feel more interesting. In addition to bringing back old abilities, we’ll get new ones via Covenants. The abilities will be different depending on which Covenant we choose to ally with, but Blizzard had the Kyrian Covenant available at BlizzCon.

Read on for all the changes and new abilities we know about so far for each class.

Death Knight

  • Returning abilities:
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Shackle the Unworthy: Admonish your target for their past transgressions, reducing the damage they deal to you by 5% and dealing 12,158 Arcane damage over 14 sec. Shackle the Unworthy’s cooldown is reduced by 4 sec when you damage the affected enemy with a Rune spending attack. (1 min cooldown)

Demon Hunter

  • Returning abilities:
    • Unknown — since Demon Hunters came with Legion, there wasn’t as much pruning as the other classes, so no word yet on what Artifact or legendary abilities might be re-added.
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Elysian Decree: Carve runes into the ground in front of you, which detonate to deal X Arcane damage and shatter 3 Lesser Soul Fragments from enemies. (1 min cooldown)


  • Returning abilities:
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Purity’s Vale: Fill the target area with Anima for 16 sec. Within the vale your Intellect and Stamina are increased by 20%, and you gain X every 4 sec. (2 min cooldown)


  • Returning abilities:
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Resonance Trap: Hurls a resonance trap to the target location that fills the area with echoing Anima for 10 sec when the first enemy approaches it. The effect causes your attacks to ignore line of sight to enemies in the area, and you have 30% increased critical strike chance against them. Trap will exist for 1 min. (1 min cooldown)


  • Returning abilities:
  • Covenant options:
    • KyrianRadiant Spark: Conjure a radiant spark that causes 2.28x Arcane damage instantly, and additional X damage over 8 sec. The target takes 25% increased damage from your direct damage spells, stacking each time they are struck. This effect ends after 4 spells. (30 sec cooldown)
    • Night FaeShifting Power: Draw from the ground beneath you for 3 seconds, dealing 5,500 Nature damage to nearby enemies over the duration. Every second spent channeling increases your Haste by 5% for 15 seconds. (45 sec cooldown)
    • NecrolordContagion Bolt: Deal 5,000 Shadow damage to the target enemy. For the next 8 seconds, your single target spells cast on the affected enemy cause the disease to splash to nearby enemies dealing 3,000 Shadow damage. (1.5 min cooldown)
    • VenthyrMirrors of Torment: Conjure 3 mirrors that rotate around the targeted enemy for 6 seconds. Whenever they cast an ability or spell they take 7,000 Shadow damage and are rooted for 1.5 seconds (2 min cooldown)


  • Returning abilities:
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Weapons of Order: For the next 30 sec, your Mastery is increased by 15%. (2 min cooldown)
      • Windwalker: Additionally, Rising Sun Kick cooldown is reset instantly and your Rising Sun Kick reduces the cost of your Chi Abilities by 1 for 5 sec.
      • Mistweaver: Additionally, Essence Font cooldown is reset instantly and heals nearby allies for 12,095 health on channel start and end.
      • Brewmaster: Additionally, Keg Smash cooldown is reset instantly and enemies hit by Keg Smash take 5% increased damage from you for 8 sec, stacking up to 5 times.



  • Returning abilities:
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Blind Faith: Your cast time spells become instant, and your channel time is reduced by 50%. Lasts 8 sec. Upon expiring, your cast and channeling speed is slowed by 50%. (1 min cooldown)


  • Returning abilities:
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Echoing Reprimand: Deal X Arcane damage to an enemy, gathering some of their Anima. Awards 1 Anima charged combo point, which lasts for 12 sec and is not expended when you use a finishing move. (1 min cooldown)

It's kind of underwhelming in its choice, but it's a choice, so... it works? I guess?




  • Returning abilities:
  • Kyrian Covenant option:
    • Spear of Bastion: Throw a Kyrian spear at the target location, dealing X Arcane damage instantly and an additional X damage over 4 sec. Enemies hit are tethered to Spear of Bastion’s location for the duration. Generates 25 Rage. (1 min cooldown)
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