Be Prepared: This is what’s in Burning Crusade Classic’s five content phases
When World of Warcraft Classic was first announced, one of the biggest questions was how the content would be rolled out. While the base code was set at 1.13 — thus a snapshot of the game at the end of Classic — the major group content was released as if the game was starting at the beginning, starting with Onyxia and Molten Core and ending in phase six with Naxxramas.
So with the announcement of the forthcoming Burning Crusade Classic at BlizzConline, that question has returned as well. Like WoW Classic, BCC starts at a late patch (2.4.3) but game content will roll out over the course of five phases, as well as a prepatch interval I’m terming “phase zero.”
In addition to the content rollout, Blizzard has indicated that there will be some items whose availability will be unlocked as well over the course of the phases. These include:
- Badges of Justice will not drop from raids until a later phase, but will be available from the beginning via dailies
- Drops from the World Bosses Doomwalker and Doom Lord Kazzak will be initially BOP
- Primal Nether and Nether Vortex will be purchasable from the Badge of Justice Vendor at a later date
- Outland faction vendors will not sell all of their end-of-expansion items initially; instead, additional items will become available as each phase unlocks
- Weapons that were switched from Main Hand to One Hand late in the expansion will start off as Main Hand, to be converted during a later phase
- Epic Engineering goggles will be available in phase 5
The phases of Burning Crusade Classic
- Baseline code will be set at Patch 2.4.3
- Level 58 boost will be enabled
- Draenei and Bloof Elf characters can be leveled
- Opening of Dark Portal
- PVP Arena Season 1
- Tier 4 raids Karahzan, Gruul’s Lair, and Magtheridon’s Lair
- World bosses Doomwalker and Doom Lord Kazzak
- All dungeons except Magister’s Terrace will be available at their original difficulty levels
- Haris Pilton, Zephyr, and Cooking and Fishing dailies will be available
- Tier 5 raids Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep (aka “the Eye”)
- PVP Arena Season 2
- Tier 6 raids Battle for Mount Hyjal and Black Temple
- PVP Arena Season 3
- Zul’aman raid
- PVP Arena Season 3 continues
- Sunwell Plateau raid
- Magister’s Terrace dungeon
- Isle of Quel’danas questing hub
- PVP Arena Season 4
- Epic Engineering goggles will be craftable
While we do know that Burning Crusade Classic is scheduled to release in 2021, a schedule for the phases has not yet been revealed, so keep checking back with Blizzard Watch!
Originally posted 2/19/2021. Updated 4/15/2021.
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