Cataclysm Launch Reminders

Community Manager
We're just a few hours away from the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and we know many of you still have a few lingering questions on your mind. To help quell those last-minute inquiries and get you completely amped for tonight's launch, we've prepared a quick FAQ that delves into topics like the official launch time of Cataclysm, whether or not there will be any downtime, and what content you'll receive by upgrading.

Take a look!

Q. When will World of Warcraft: Cataclysm officially launch?
A. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will be released on all North American realms on December 7 at 12:00 a.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time). At that time, those who have installed and upgraded to Cataclysm will be able to access the new expansion content.


Q. Will there be any type of maintenance or downtime tonight?
A. We currently have no maintenance or downtime scheduled for the launch of Cataclysm. This may change depending on how smoothly the launch goes, and we'll be sure to keep you updated should anything change.


Q. So, I won't need to patch or anything?
A. Nope. Once you’ve installed the expansion from the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm DVD or completed the background download (available through the digital pre-purchase: http://us.battle.net/en/info/presale), you're good to go. No additional patching should be necessary.


Q. If I've already installed World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and upgraded my account, will I need to do anything special at midnight in order to access the new expansion content?
A. Once Cataclysm is marked live on all realms, simply exit out to the login screen (the one featuring Deathwing's toothy grin) and log back in. This will provide you full access to the new content -- including the goblin and worgen races and level 80-85 zones.

If you're concerned that you won't know when to re-log, we've got you covered. After Cataclysm is marked live, if you're still logged in and are playing from an upgraded client, you'll be prompted with official in-game messaging that will instruct you to log out and then log back in.


Q. Where do I need to go to access the new level 80-82 zones (Hyjal and Vashj'ir)?
A. Portals to each of these embattled zones have been established in Orgrimmar and Stormwind. Report to your respective faction capitols for transportation assistance.


Q. Will I be able to Race Change or Faction Change one of my characters to a goblin or worgen right away?
A. Yes, you will be able to change your characters' race to goblin or worgen by purchasing a Race Change or Faction Change immediately after Cataclysm is released.


Q. So, what exactly do I receive by upgrading to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm?
A. If you upgrade to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, you will be provided access to the following:

  • Increased level cap (85)

  • Increased profession cap (525)

  • New races: worgen and goblin

  • New secondary profession: Archaeology

  • New level 80-85 content:

    • Five new zones: Hyjal, Vashj'ir, Uldum, Deepholm, and Twilight Highlands

    • Seven new dungeons: Blackrock Caverns, Grim Batol, Halls of Origination, Lost City of the Tol'vir, The Stonecore, Throne of the Tides, The Vortex Pinnacle, as well as Heroic versions of The Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep

    • Four new raids: Baradin Hold, Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and the Throne of the Four Winds

    • Three new Battlegrounds: Battle for Gilneas, Twin Peaks, and Tol'Barad (open world PvP similar to Wintergrasp)


  • Rated Battlegrounds

  • Flight Master's License (flying in Azeroth)


Guild leveling and guild reputation will also be available, but you can still benefit from these systems without upgrading to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.


Q. Are there any official midnight launch events planned?
A. Absolutely! We've several launch events scheduled across the globe. Check out our official launch event page on Blizzard.com, as well as our recent announcement regarding participating retailers, for all the juicy details.

Launch events page: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/events/cataclysm-midnight-openings.html#summary

Cataclysm Midnight Launch Event Tonight: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/1339120#blog


Q. Are any new realms being added tonight?
A. No. We've no current plans to release any new North American realms with the launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.



See you all in game!
Edited by Lylirra on 12/6/2010 2:46 PM PST
82 Blood Elf Paladin
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Damn PST, why can't it be like the rest. Why on earth do I HAVE to set my alarm clock for 2:45 am. Because...lol
85 Undead Warlock
3400
hell yeah!
85 Tauren Druid
8685
Eee!
85 Undead Rogue
2745
If we pay for a race change now, can we change to Goblins at midnight?
85 Worgen Death Knight
4715
hell yea
80 Troll Druid
4470
Yippie!
85 Undead Warrior
7380
12/06/2010 12:59 PMPosted by Dècode
If we pay for a race change now, can we change to Goblins at midnight?


thats the plan
70 Orc Warrior
1275
You forgot the most important part.. where do we upgrade our accounts? I hope you guys are buffing the website servers major for tonight's rush.
85 Night Elf Druid
5320
Great news! Can't wait!
80 Troll Shaman
5655
Speaking of "Lingering Questions", what's the deal with New Server(s)?
90 Orc Warrior
4570
12/06/2010 12:55 PMPosted by Zarissa
Damn PST, why can't it be like the rest. Why on earth do I HAVE to set my alarm clock for 2:45 am. Because...lol

I was unhappy about it too, but then I realized this is great for guilds to be able to plan everything. You won't have to login and have two people this far, etc. We all get to roll and cruise at same time.

Unless you are living in PST and are going to buy a copy. Sheesh...
100 Undead Rogue
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AHHH CATACLYSM!!! TIME TO HIT 85!!
85 Goblin Hunter
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12/06/2010 1:03 PMPosted by Gakknor
You forgot the most important part.. where do we upgrade our accounts? I hope you guys are buffing the website servers major for tonight's rush.


From the account page, so I am taking it that they are ready. (Hopefully)

To help our website run smoothly on this busy day, you are viewing a simplified version of this page.

The complete list of account services and information is available on the full World of Warcraft dashboard.
90 Human Death Knight
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12/06/2010 1:01 PMPosted by Gnarbro
12/06/2010 12:59 PMPosted by Dècode
If we pay for a race change now, can we change to Goblins at midnight?


thats the plan


Let's hope we get Blue confirmation of this. The wording in the OP specifically says "immediately after Cataclysm is released."
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