The big launch of the World of Warcraft Raid for Shadowlands is happening today, bringing with it a nice selection of Season 1 content.

The WoW Shadowlands Raid time is coming after scheduled Battle.Net maintenance later today in North America, and on December 9 in Europe.

The good news is that we know what Blizzard has planned for the coming weeks and what gamers will be facing in Castle Nathria during Season 1.


According to Blizzard, World of Warcraft maintenance is being conducted at 6am PDT in the United States.

And based on when servers go back online, the WoW Shadowlands Raid and Season 1 content should go live at around 2pm PDT.

Meanwhile, World of Warcraft gamers in Europe will likely have to wait for maintenance in Europe to finish on December 9.

The Castle Nathria Raid will be one of the main parts of this week’s WoW Shadowlands update but there will also be other stuff to explore as part of the launch of Season 1.

The official description for the new ten-boss raid reads: “Long has Sire Denathrius ruled the denizens of Revendreth as they harvested anima from prideful souls.

“But as drought and fear gripped the Shadowlands, Denathrius revealed his true loyalties. In defiance of his former Master, the noble Prince Renathal gathers his few remaining allies for a desperate mission to infiltrate Castle Nathria and remove Denathrius from power.”

A full rundown of what to expect from WoW Shadowlands Season 1 can be found below, courtesy of Blizzard:


Located in the gothic heart of Revendreth, Castle Nathria is a 10-boss raid that takes you deep into the monolithic lair of Sire Denathrius. There, you’ll face off against unfathomable terrors as you race to uncover a sinister plot and fight to save the Shadowlands from a dark and twisted future. Inside, you will need to outmaneuver a bloodthirsty beast, save a wronged soul from a sinister fate, dance off against cavalier courtiers, and shatter the stone-skinned armies of Revendreth before serving justice to a power-hungry traitor.

  • Raid bosses: 10
  • Difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, Mythic
  • Level: 60
  • Raid Finder Minimum Item Level: 170


  • December 8 – Normal and Heroic Difficulties
  • December 15 – Mythic and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Huntsman Altimor, Hungering Destroyer, Lady Inerva Darkvein)
  • January 5 – Raid Finder Wing 2 (Sun King’s Salvation, Artificer Xy’mox, The Council of Blood)
  • January 19 – Raid Finder Wing 3 (Shriekwing, Sludgefist, Stone Legion Generals)
  • February 2 – Raid Finder Wing 4 (Sire Denathrius)


The new Mythic Keystone dungeon season is now available with opportunities for new rewards and the first seasonal affix for Shadowlands: Prideful. When this affix is active, your own ego may prove to be your downfall. As you defeat non-boss enemies, your vanity will eventually form a Manifestation of Pride. Defeating this Manifestation greatly empowers the party with Prideful, a buff that increases your damage, mana regeneration, and movement speed for one minute.


Participating in PvP activities will reward you with Honor and Conquest currencies to purchase battle-ready, epic-quality gear from a PvP vendor within The Enclave in Oribos. You can also use Honor to upgrade your PvP gear to higher ranks and become even more formidable. Participants can earn a host of new rewards, including the Vicious War Spider and—for the highest rated players—the Sinful Gladiator’s Soul Eater mounts.

Keep an eye on the Player vs. Player Leaderboards during the season to follow who’s making waves at the top 5.


New Vault UI: Completing Season 1 activities will allow you to select a reward from the Great Vault. You can unlock up to nine different options for your weekly reward by completing objectives from Raids, Mythic Dungeons, and PvP. Be sure to visit the Great Vault in the Hall of Holding located inside Oribos to select your weekly reward and view the week’s objectives.

For PvP players, the weekly Conquest cap will start at 550 and increase by 550 per week.


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