Mists of Pandaria Midnight Activation Details

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The time is nearly upon us as the mists begin to part and a new age of discovery amidst turmoil begins! For those of you prepared to begin your adventures the moment Mists of Pandaria is launched in your region, we’ve put together some important details that should get your expedition underway.

As soon as we activate the new expansion content on launch, players who already have a Mists of Pandaria license with the data installed will gain instant access. If you’re in the game when the clock strikes midnight, you don’t even have to logout!

So, what happens at midnight for those of us with Mists ready to go?

  • A yellow System Message will appear in your Chat Log telling you to visit Orgrimmar or Stormwind to start your travels.
  • Level-85 characters will receive a new quest, no matter where they are in the world, which will guide them to Varian or Garrosh for further orders. If you’re online at midnight you will receive the quest even if your Quest Log is full -- or you can visit Varian or Garrosh to get started on your journey to Pandaria.
  • Level-85 players will notice their experience bars automatically change so that experience can once again be earned.
  • Players who are at the Character Creation screen at midnight will notice the button to create a pandaren character will be enabled. (Reminder: This also applies to players who don’t have a Mists of Pandaria license, as all races are now included with a base copy of World of Warcraft.)
  • Players who are at the Character Creation screen at midnight will notice the button to create a monk character will be enabled.

We’ve been very hard at work on this new technology with the goal of ensuring that players can enjoy a more stable and seamless transition into the next expansion than ever before. Our staff will be monitoring realm stability and gameplay issues around the clock, as we want to provide you with the best experience possible.

We’ll see you on Pandaria!
Sounds great Zar ! this was MUUUUCH better than WoTLK's Pre-expansion back in TBC*
The Jade Forest is going to be MADNESS! I can't wait! :D
09/21/2012 11:48 AMPosted by Eldacar
The Jade Forest is going to be MADNESS! I can't wait! :D


LET THE ALLIANCE SLAYING COMMENCE !!!!


:D
So, can i log out at 11:55pm (PDT of course) and sit at the character creation screen for 5 minutes for the Monk icon to "light up" and gets to creating right at 12:00? or will I need to log completely first?
AMG I WANT IT NOW!!

/dies
And my anticipation grows exponentially!
This answers all of my questions! Thanks!
09/21/2012 11:44 AMPosted by Zarhym
We’ve been very hard at work on this new technology with the goal of ensuring that players can enjoy a more stable and seamless transition into the next expansion than ever before. Our staff will be monitoring realm stability and gameplay issues around the clock, as we want to provide you with the best experience possible.


And what of those that have opted to purchase a physical copys?
My game store is not doing a midnight release for the first time, because so many got the digital version.
Would of been nice to get a prePurchase code of some sort to get to play the new expansion when the clock strikes midnight.
I'M SO FREAKING PUMPED.
WEWT!!!! SOOO EXITED!!!!!
09/21/2012 11:52 AMPosted by Vester
So, can i log out at 11:55pm (PDT of course) and sit at the character creation screen for 5 minutes for the Monk icon to "light up" and gets to creating right at 12:00? or will I need to log completely first?

Yes, if you sit at the login screen the buttons will become enabled in real time. You shouldn't need to logout of your account. :)
We’ve been very hard at work on this new technology with the goal of ensuring that players can enjoy a more stable and seamless transition into the next expansion than ever before. Our staff will be monitoring realm stability and gameplay issues around the clock, as we want to provide you with the best experience possible.


And what of those that have opted to purchase a physical copys?
My game store is not doing a midnight release for the first time, because so many got the digital version.
Would of been nice to get a prePurchase code of some sort to get to play the new expansion when the clock strikes midnight.


You can still make non-monk pandaren characters, and race change to pandaren, I think...

And pet battles..
So, can i log out at 11:55pm (PDT of course) and sit at the character creation screen for 5 minutes for the Monk icon to "light up" and gets to creating right at 12:00? or will I need to log completely first?

Yes, if you sit at the login screen the buttons will become enabled in real time. You shouldn't need to logout of your account. :)


So its 2 am Central pm? I really wish you guys would make it midnight eastern for once. That way everyone can get a shot if they want. 2 am is just too late for people that have a day job.
09/21/2012 12:02 PMPosted by Quintzaker


And what of those that have opted to purchase a physical copys?
My game store is not doing a midnight release for the first time, because so many got the digital version.
Would of been nice to get a prePurchase code of some sort to get to play the new expansion when the clock strikes midnight.


You can still make non-monk pandaren characters, and race change to pandaren, I think...

And pet battles..


can't make a monk or go above 85 without the exap. so not really helping most players.
09/21/2012 11:56 AMPosted by Jettia
We’ve been very hard at work on this new technology with the goal of ensuring that players can enjoy a more stable and seamless transition into the next expansion than ever before. Our staff will be monitoring realm stability and gameplay issues around the clock, as we want to provide you with the best experience possible.


And what of those that have opted to purchase a physical copys?
My game store is not doing a midnight release for the first time, because so many got the digital version.
Would of been nice to get a prePurchase code of some sort to get to play the new expansion when the clock strikes midnight.


I'm in the same boat. GameStop isn't doing a midnight release here for the same reason. I was all happy I got a collector's addition reserved until I found out I can't play till I get off work the next day and go pick it up during business hours.

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