World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Release Timing

Here's when Shadowlands is dropping in your area.


After a delay for some extra polish, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is out today, November 23. This is the first World of Warcraft expansion since 2018's somewhat controversial Battle for Azeroth, and the hype online has been palpable with players tweeting their excitement and stories about gearing up for the new release.

Shadowlands Release Times

  • 3 PM PT
  • 6 PM ET
  • 11 PM GMT
  • 10 AM AEDT

If you're wondering when the new expansion will be live in your area, Blizzard posted the handy infographic below of what time each region can expect to have access to Shadowlands. Folks who live in the eastern hemisphere will be able to start their Shadowlands adventures November 24 at midnight in certain timezones, while those of us in the western hemisphere will be able to play today, with folks on the US west coast getting to start earliest at 3 PM Pacific time.

Shadowlands is set to be pretty different from previous expansions. Players will be able to change their character's gender without a fee, and the level cap will be brought down to 60 to decrease the "power creep" phenomenon. If your character is at a higher level, their level will be scaled down, which should make it easier for new players to hop into Warcraft's new content. The Covenant system will include aspects from different previous expansions as well and will allow you to align yourself with one of four factions to gain access to special powers, though you'll be able to play around a bit before you make your final decision on which to join. These factions will also have a full max-level narrative campaign of their own.

If you happened to pick up the $120 Shadowlands Collector's Edition preorder, you'll be going into the expansion with all kinds of extra goodies, including a flying mount, a pet, a transmog quest, a weapon effect, a level boost, and more. Note that this edition comes with a code for the Epic store, not Steam.

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