We have had the World of Warcraft 8.1.5 update in our hands for a little while now, so Blizzard has started telling us about the 8.2 update, Rise of Azshara. They had a half hour stream on Twitch yesterday that gave an overview of what to expect.
The 8.2 update splash screen
We are slated to get a lot of things with 8.2 and a 30 minute presentation gave just a brief overview of a lot of what to expect.
Rise of Azshara Features
I have not been very engaged with the Battle for Azeroth expansion. Some aspects of it seemed almost designed to discourage and dismay all but the most determined. And, as with Legion, it wasn’t a particularly alt friendly design to get into. It is a better plan to pick one character and do all the things first. And so I have pottered about, playing then falling by the wayside off and on since the expansion dropped. But the first ray of light for alts came with this update with the announcement that the unlock for flying will be part of the 8.2 update.
Flying is Coming
We knew it would be coming, though that hasn’t stopped some people from being angry it hasn’t been in since day one.
Flying will be unlocked for your account when you finish the Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Part Two achievement. You will get that nice mechanical parrot mount pictured above for your efforts as well. As for what will be required for that achievement is not yet certain, but now I at least have a mission; get the Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Part One achievement complete. I’m lagging on that.
Where I stand today
Still, I can wrap up part one with a little effort I think. The exploration achievement is easy enough and I am only one faction shy on the diplomat front. With those, and four more war campaigns to finish for the Ready for War achievement, I will be there.
Also on the topic of mounts, the 8.2 update will also introduce an equipment slot for your mounts in order to give them a special ability.
There are three options which will give all your mounts water walking, resistance to being dazed, or a parachute to deploy if you are dismounted in the air.
It was openly stated that this was in reaction to the Azure Water Strider mount, which has the innate ability to walk on water. Putting this in the game during the Mists of Pandaria expansion was almost as big of a change as when they put in flying. Being able to ride on water at will is such a huge boon that I use this mount all the time, both on alts and any place where flying is not available.
An alt riding on water
And apparently I am not alone. This mount gets used everywhere and I see other people on it all the time. So Blizz, realizing they let the water walking genie out of the bottle, is going to make it so any of your mounts can walk on water if you so desire.
What was left out was whether or not the water strider would keep its innate regardless of what was equipped. I suspect it won’t, but if it does I don’t expect that usage of the mount will go down since you’ll be able to have water walking with that AND one of the other buffs as well. We shall see.