Cataclysm Guide,News and Everything

Cataclysm is the third World of Warcraft expansion and is currently in development. Cataclysm was officially announced on August 21, 2009 at BlizzCon.


What is the story of Cataclysm?


While the attention of the Horde and Alliance remained fixed upon Northrend, an ancient evil has been lying dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth, nursing his hatred for the inferior creatures that infest the surface realm...and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

The face of Azeroth is altered forever as the destruction left in Deathwing's wake reshapes the land and reveals secrets long sealed away. Players will be able to re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure.


When will Cataclysm be released?

While there has not yet been a release date set for the new expansion, Blizzard's CEO Mike Morhaime has stated that they intend to release the expansion sometime in 2010.


  • Two new playable races
  • Level cap increased to 85
  • Classic zones remade
  • New high-level zones
  • More raid content than ever before
  • New race/class combinations
  • Guild advancement
  • New PvP zone and rated battlegrounds
  • Archaeology
  • Flying mounts in Azeroth




Who must purchase the expansion? What if I don't buy it?

The world of Warcraft is changing whether you purchase the expansion or not!

What features are being added in the expansion?

In order to experience the newly added content, such as the new leveling zones and new dungeons, you must purchase the expansion. You will also not be able to progress past level 80 without purchasing the expansion. However, the changes that have been made to the rest of the world will affect all players, even those without the expansion. For example, there will be no "old The Barrens" for players who have not purchased the expansion - only the post-Cataclysm Barrens.


What is the new level cap?

The maximum player level cap has been raised to 85.


What does this raised level cap mean to me?

Players leveling beyond 80 will see their spells level up appropriately, as well as new spells. Unlike previous expansions, talent trees will not be expanded (which means no 55-point talents). However, the existing talent trees will be drastically changed so players will have loads of new and interesting talent options!


Will leveling from 80-85 be like leveling from 70-80?

It's too early to say. We base our leveling more around how much quest content we have and how good the reward pacing feels. If we have as many quests as we did from 70-80 and if it feels like your character is getting a reasonable amount of new stuff for the time invested, then it could end up being similar.


What new races have been added?

  • Alliance players will be able to create Worgen characters.
  • Horde players will be able to create Goblin characters.

What are the new race/class combinations?


  Death Knight Druid Hunter Mage Paladin Priest Rogue Shaman Warlock Warrior
Dwarf   New! New!  
Gnome       New!  
Human   New!  
Night Elf New!      
Worgen New! New! New! New!   New! New!   New! New!
Blood Elf     New!
Undead   New!    
Goblin New!   New! New!   New! New! New! New! New!
Orc   New!    
Tauren   New! New!    
Troll New!    



What happens when we reach level 58 in Cataclysm?

You will eventually need to do the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King content. Azeroth will have a break in content between 60 and 80.


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