The four different pacts are the big feature of WoW Shadowlands. All heroes had to decide which of the pacts to join, which had a significant impact on the rest of the story and the way the different classes played. This decision alone met with little approval from many players. When it was clear before the start of the latest expansion how difficult it would be to change the pact in the middle of the expansion, the enthusiasm for the feature sank even further. Although the developers have already incorporated minor simplifications for changing the pact in previous patches, it always involved a great deal of effort. But that should finally change with the upcoming patch 9.1.5.
- The developers are drastically simplifying the pact change!
The four pacts will still exist and each hero belongs to a pact, but the change will be made easier. It is not yet entirely clear how easy the developers really make it for the players. Because the statement is not made very clearly.
- In this way, players who have reached the maximum level on their pact can switch to another pact without any cooldown or any other limitation.
- They keep all cosmetic items, pets or mounts they have earned and can then continue to use them – even though they have left the pact in question.
So if you have brought a pact to fame level 80 (if no further levels are added with 9.1.5), then you can unlock / buy all interesting items there and then move on to the next pact. It is now unclear what Blizzard means in detail with the removal of other restrictions. Some players are already happy that they are switching to another pact and have already unlocked everything there as well. We are not assuming that this is the case. The return without a cooldown (so far, at least two IDs are required to return to an earlier pact) should in any case be a welcome relief for many.
In all likelihood, after switching to a new pact, you will also have to climb the levels of fame there and unlock all content. However, this will also be made easier for you in patch 9.1.5. Because…
- … if you have already completed a pact campaign with one character, all other characters can skip this campaign and immediately receive the corresponding fame levels and access to the content unlocked above them (third soul band).
So if you switch to a pact whose campaign you have already played with another character, you will immediately get all fame levels and save a few hours of game time.
Interesting for frequent changers and solo characters
The simplifications are therefore particularly interesting for two types. The former would be the hardcore gamers who often switch their pact to choose the best pact for them after each patch or hotfix. Because once all the pacts have been played up, you can switch back and forth at any time without a cooldown. Whether and how this really works at the push of a button (and you can even switch several times per raid evening) remains to be seen, of course. But it should be much faster and easier than it is now.
The second group of beneficiaries are the solo characters. So the kind of player who only play a single character. You can now earn all the rewards of all pacts and do not lose them again when you play up the next pact. If you currently want to use all mounts or pets, you have to belong to several pacts. From patch 9.1.5 you can unlock everything with a char (one after the other, of course) and also use everything with a char.
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