from Norbert Rätz
With the current hotfixes for the pre-patch version 9.x of the upcoming World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion, the first bug fixes and adjustments are available on the live servers. Here are the full patch notes that Blizzard released today.

The pre-patch 9.x for the upcoming World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion is live, and the first bug fixes and adjustments were made today in the form of hotfixes.

You can read the official patch notes below. Hotfixes are updates that are made on the server side without the need to download new data. Some of the changes listed below will take effect as soon as Blizzard implements them, while others will only take effect after an announced realm restart. Please note that some problems cannot be fixed without a client-side patch. You can find the full patch notes for Pre-Patch 9.x in this article. Blizzard has published the list of currently known problems here.

WoW: Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.x Hotfixes from October 15, 2020

Allied races

  • Unlocking Mechagnome no longer requires reaching exalted with the Rustbolt Resistance.

Barber shop

  • Gender changes in the Barber Shop will no longer revert after entering combat and relogging into the game.


  • Death Knight
    • general
      • Death Knights that have been boosted with a Shadowlands Character Boost can once again summon their Death Gate.
    • Unholy
      • Shadow Bolt cast by Magus of the Dead (Azerite Trait) no longer double dips into Mastery: Dreadblades.
  • monk
    • Windwalker
      • Resolved an issue that caused Whirling Dragon Punch (Talent) to deal more damage than intended.
  • paladin
    • general
      • Resolved an issue with Unbound Freedom (PvP Talent) affecting the cooldown of Blessing of Freedom.
  • Rogue
    • Outlaw
      • Snake Eyes (Azerite Trait) no longer procs off of Roll the Bones.
    • Subtlety
      • Replicating Shadows (Azerite Trait) now properly affects Rupture.
      • Night's Vengeance (Azerite Trait) now properly procs affects Rupture.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Queuing for Legion dungeons on Normal difficulty no longer requires obtaining an Artifact weapon.
  • Ny'alotha, the Waking City
    • Inquisitor Xanesh
      • Fan of Venomblades will no longer be cast during the encounter.
    • N’Zoth the Corruptor
      • Paranoia now deals appropriate damage on Heroic and Mythic difficulties.
  • Nighthold
    • High botanist Tel’arn
      • Recursive Strikes now deals appropriate damage on Mythic difficulty.
  • Hellfire Citadel
    • Tyrant Velhari
      • Aura of Oppression now deals appropriate damage on Mythic difficulty.

Exile's Reach

  • Fixed an issue where players who completed Exile's Reach could end up getting stuck on the island. Players who are currently stuck in this state on the island will be teleported back to Stormwind or Orgrimmar. We were going to send another expedition to rescue you but that turned into a whole thing, so now you'll just be teleported out.

Items and Rewards

  • Fixed an issue that caused some weapon illusions to not persist when closing and reentering the game.
  • Black Empire head, shoulder, and chest tokens will no longer create Azerite-empowered armor for characters that have not obtained the Heart of Azeroth.

Player versus player

  • Gladiator titles will once again only be used by characters who earned the achievements.
  • Fixed an issue that caused terrain issues for some characters in the Cooking Impossible Brawl.
  • Honorable Kills are once again tracked in Achievements and the Scoreboard.


  • Players should once again be able to disenchant items as they're leveling up through the different expansions in timewalking campaigns.


  • Players should now be able to queue for the “Battle for Lordaeron” scenario.
  • Players should once again be able to use the spells available during “Ravencrest's Legacy” in Val’sharah.
  • "Students of Chi-Ji" in Krasarang Wilds can now be completed by all players eligible to accept the quest, regardless of level.
  • The Argent Cannon during the Icecrown quest, "The Last Line of Defense", can once again generate enough mana to fuel the Reckoning Bomb.

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