World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Update 9.1.5 Patch Notes

World of Warcraft: Shadowland's 9.1.5 update adds Legion Timewalking, the return of the Mage Tower, extra Allied Race customisation and more!

by Thomas Cunliffe
Anduin in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1

Update 9.1.5 has arrived for World of Warcraft Shadowlands, and here’s the full list of changes and fixes added with this patch.

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This long-awaited update sees the improvement of the Covenant system – such as removing Conduit energy and the punishment for switching Covenants, adds more customisation options for allied races and a few quality of life improvements for alternate characters and legacy raids.

The meat and potatoes of this content update is the introduction of Legion Timewalking, which includes Timewalking Legion dungeons, Legion Mythic+ dungeons and the highly anticipated return of the Mage Tower. Finally, the dually anticipated and dreaded class balance updates have also arrived, along with minor game fixes and alterations.

Here’s everything new with World of Warcraft Shadowlands update 9.1.5

World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.5 Dungeons and Raids

Legion Timewalking

  • This event will run for two weeks the first time it runs within the game and then will resume a regular one week schedule for subsequent bonus events.
  • Timewalking Dungeons: Black Rook Hold, Eye of Azshara, Darkheart Thicket, Vault of the Wardens, Neltharion’s Lair, and Court of Stars.

Timewalking Mage Tower

  • Now that Legion Timewalking has arrived, with it comes a wondrous way to return to the moments of heroism from the past: Azeroth’s champions will be able to enter the Mage Tower again. The original seven different Challenges (grouped by your specialization’s role) will be available to try repeatedly, for the duration of Legion Timewalking.
  • Each Challenge comprises a series of solo encounters that must be completely survived to earn rewards, and in Legion Timewalking, they will not require that you have an Artifact, or even that you originally played Legion.
  • Success in a Mage Tower challenge will now award a Legion-themed armor set for your class. There’s also a new Achievement for the most well-rounded champions of the Kirin Tor. Players who complete all seven of the Challenges on different characters across their account will be rewarded with a unique flying mount: the Soaring Spelltome. Additionally, Guardian druids who complete The Highlord’s Return challenge will also receive a new fel variant of the “werebear” form.

Timewalking Changes

  • The weekly bonus events schedule has been adjusted and now Timewalking dungeon events will occur every three weeks (was alternating every third or fourth week).
  • Defeating Timewalking raid bosses will now also provide credit towards the Timewalking weekly quests, “A Burning Path Through Time,” “A Frozen Path Through Time,” and “A Shattered Path Through Time.”
  • The list of available dungeons during Timewalking holidays has been adjusted:

The Burning Crusade 


  • The Blood Furnace
  • The Botanica
  • The Underbog


  • The Arcatraz
  • The Black Morass
  • The Slave Pens

Wrath of the Lich King


  • Azjol-Nerub
  • The Forge of Souls
  • Utgarde Keep


  • Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
  • Pit of Saron
  • Utgarde Pinnacle



  • Blackrock Caverns


  • Grim Batol

Mists of Pandaria


  • Scholomance


  • Siege of Niuzao Temple

Warlords of Dreanor


  • Grimrail Depot


  • Iron Docks

Timeworn Keystones

  • While Legion Timewalking is active, players can speak to Ta’hsup in Oribos to acquire a Timeworn Keystone, allowing access to max-level, Mythic+ difficulty for the 6 Legion dungeons.
  • Legion Mythic+ dungeons accessed in this way have their own set of affixes, reward loot of the same item level as Shadowlands Mythic+ dungeons, and count toward weekly Great Vault reward options.
  • Items acquired from Legion Mythic+ dungeons can be upgraded with Valor points, but will not appear in the Great Vault.
  • New Infernal affix – Infernal Beacons can be found near some bosses. Activating a Beacon or engaging a nearby boss will trigger a Legion invasion. Available on Legion Timeworn Keystone level 10 or higher.


  • Bolster now has a 20 second duration (was permanent).
  • Necrotic Wound duration now lasts 6 seconds (was 9 seconds).
  • Raging damage bonus is now 50% (was 75%).

Legacy Raids

  • All cooldowns of 2 minutes or longer now reset at the end of raid encounters or when starting a Mythic+ dungeon (was 3 minutes or longer cooldowns). This does not apply to Shaman’s Reincarnation or Warlock’s Ritual of Doom.
  • Legacy loot rules are now in place for Battle for Azeroth raids and dungeons. These encounters will now drop a fixed quantity of class-agnostic loot, regardless of group size.
  • The prompt to enter into the Timewalking Campaign random dungeon queue for all expansions will now occur after 5 minutes in the queue (was 15 minutes).

The following encounters have been adjusted to be less challenging:

Antorus, The Burning Throne

  • Antoran High Command
  • Eonar the Life-Binder
  • Varimathras
  • Coven of Shivarra
  • Aggramar

Tomb of Sargeras

  • The Desolate Host
  • Fallen Avatar
  • Kil’Jaeden

The Night Hold

  • Gul’dan

 Trial of Valor

  • Helya

Island Expeditions and Warfronts

  • You are now able to set sail on a Normal, Heroic, or Mythic Island Expedition alone or with a party of up to three players. Speak with Captain Rez’okun in Dazar’alor (Horde) or Flynn Fairwind in Boralus (Alliance) to begin your solo seafaring voyage!
  • Lowered the amount of players required to queue for Normal Battle for Stromgarde and Battle for Darkshore Warfronts to 5 (was 15).

Items and Rewards

  • Players now only need to complete the achievement Breaching the Tomb on one character per account to begin the Legion class mount quests on the Broken Shore. Each character must still complete their class hall campaign, complete quests, and recruit their final order hall champion.
  • Show off your complete transmog outfit to chat or online by easily sharing a link to it from the Dressing Room. Players will be able to mouse-over these items to see how they can be collected, if they’ve already collected the appearance, or if it’s an appearance that is accessible to the character viewing it.
  • The transmogrification appearance of cosmetic items is now learned when the item is used.
  • Heirloom Scouting Maps that instantly explore all areas and grant all viable flight paths to your alternate character are now available for all expansions (was only Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms).
  • Increased the drop rate of Shards of Domination.
  • Significantly increased the amount of Soul Cinders awarded from Layers 8 – 12, Maw Assaults, Tormentors of Torghast, and Command Table missions.
  • Duchess Mynx in Korthia now sells versions of Korthian Armaments that create a piece of gear for specific slots.
  • Acquirer Ta’gosh in the Oribos Hall of Curiosities now sells a Gateway Control Shard that lets you activate the nearest Demonic Gateway.
    Developers’ note: Demonic Gateways can sometimes be difficult to click in the middle of a raid encounter and under high pressure situations. To help alleviate the potential frustration of being unable to click the gateway in time, we created the Gateway Control Shard to use as another option to use the gateway outside of clicking with your mouse button or through macros.

Au’Dara the Heirloom broker located in Oribos next to the Flight Master sells the following bind-on-account items:

  • Eternal Heirloom Armor Casing and Eternal Heirloom Scabbard – A new rank of heirloom gear has been added and all heirloom gear is now usable in Shadowlands.
  • Broker Mark of Distinction – Characters who reach 80 Renown can purchase this item and use it on an alternate character to instantly grant the alternate character up to Renown 40. Cannot be used above 40 Renown.
  • Traveler’s Anima Cache – Allows Anima to be taken to new covenants or sent to alternate characters.
  • Valorous Equipment Chest – Contains 1 piece of item level 210 Mythic 0 gear. The chest can only be purchased with Valor by a character with a 1500 or higher Mythic+ Rating.
  • Unchained Equipment Chest – Contains 1 piece of item level 220 unranked PvP gear. The chest can only be purchased with Conquest by a character with a 1600 or higher rating in any PvP bracket.
  • Timebound Ruminations – Set an Adventures companion to level 30. Requires one companion to reach level 40. Cannot be used on companions level 30 and above.

Korthia and The Maw

  • Unlock access to additional fast travel options from Ve’nari’s Refuge to Perdition Hold and Desmotaeron within the Maw.
  • Completing quests from Archivist Roh-Suir will provide access to an Anima Diverter within Korthia where Anima can be directly deposited.

Archivists’ Codex Reputation

  • The Research Reports (item upgrades) and Treatise items (bonus drops in 9.0 content) are now available for purchase account wide if a character on their account has reached the appropriate reputation Tier.
  • Players at Tier 6 can now purchase the item “Research Report: Relic Examination Techniques”, a new bind-on-account item they can send to an alt to increase the reputation granted by Relics and Relic Fragments by 50%.
  • The quest “Relic Efficiency” offered at Tier 4 now also increases the average number of Relics that will show up as bonus drops from rares and treasures as well as how many relics show up on daily quests or in weekly reward chests. This is in addition to the current reward of a 20% chance to receive double the normal Relic Fragment drops from rares and treasures.
  • Added two new quests, “Relic Clues” at Tier 3 which starts the bonus at an initial 10% chance at double Relic Fragments, and “Relic Hunter” at Tier 5 that will set the final chance for double relics at 40%. Both of these new quests will also increase the average number of relics you will see as bonus drops, on daily quests or in weekly reward chests.
  • Korthia rares now have a chance to drop Relics on repeat kills (was a daily lockout for a chance at Relics).
  • More Relic carrying enemies can be found in Korthia with the All-Seeing Crystal.
  • Trained Gromit now locates more relic caches.
  • A new weekly quest, “Lost Research”, will be available to characters at Tier 4 with the Archivists’ Codex or on alts with a Tier 4 character on the account. This new quest will direct players into the Korthian Rift and reward a large amount of Archivists’ Codex reputation and Cataloged Research.
  • Enemies in Korthian Rifts now drop stolen Relic Fragments and a chance at Relics.

Allied Races

  • New character customization options for Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne, and Void Elves.
  • Lightforged Draenei Paladins now have a unique class mount – the Lightforged Ruinstrider.
  • The dungeon quests for unlocking Kul Tiran humans, Mechagnomes, and Dark Iron Dwarves are no longer required. After accepting the dungeon quest, speak to the NPC again to choose to skip the quest.
  • Fixed an issue with the mouths on several male Nightborne face options.

Pet Battles

  • Flawless and family-specific Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 2,000 experience (was the amount required to gain one level).
  • Fel-Touched Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 10,000 experience (was the amount required to gain five levels).
  • Ultimate Battle-Training Stones now cost 35 Polished Pet Charms (was 60).
  • Battling wild pets with a team of comparable-level pets now provides double experience. Pets on your team are eligible for this bonus if no pet on your team is more than two levels higher than any pet in the wild team.
  • The experience penalty for a pet dying has been reduced to 50% (was 100%). Pets still need to be active for at least one round to be eligible to earn experience from a battle.
  • All pet experience earned in battles is increased by 50%.
  • To compensate, the Pet Battle Bonus Event buff Sign of the Critter has been reduced to 100% (was 200%). The net effect of this is that pet experience gained during the Pet Battle Bonus Event will remain unchanged from current values.


The following changes have been made to Mecha-Done:

  • Vinyl: Triumph of Gnomeregan – Now a guaranteed drop from the Hard Mode version of the Reclamation Rig event.
  • Vinyl: Battle for Gnomeregan – Drop rate increased from all hologram bosses.
  • Blueprint: Holographic Digitalization Relay – Drop rate increased from all hologram bosses.
  • Blueprint: Emergency Rocket Chicken – OOX-Fleetfoot/MG respawns faster and no longer despawns if not killed by the end of its path. OOX-Fleetfoot/MG now has a Vignette star that pings the minimap when he races by if you are eligible to loot OOX-Avenger/MG.
  • Paint Vial: Lemonade Steel – Droprate of Exothermic Evaporator Coil increased. Duration of rain reduced, but the spawn rate of Oxidized Leachates during rain is drastically increased (700% faster). Oxidized Leachbeast now has significantly more chances to spawn during rain.
  • “Playtime’s Over” and “Battle Tested” – Both of these quests are now always offered as follow-ups to “Toys of Destruction” (was 1, chosen randomly).
  • Available in Eight Colors – This Achievement is now account-wide and grants all color options for the X-995 Mechanocat mount to all characters on your account.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.5 Player vs Player Changes

  • Lower item-level PvP gear will now scale to a higher item-level in PvP situations than before. This should reduce the power level gap so that new characters can feel that they’re able to compete in Battlegrounds and Arenas more readily. This change will not affect high item-level PvP gear.
  • Additional PvP Ranks and Item Level Ranks have been added to provide a more granular upgrade path for players climbing up the ranks.
  • The Honor cost to upgrade Unrated gear reduced by around 25%, and the Conquest cost to upgrade Rated gear has been adjusted to spread across the new ranks.


  • Fleshcraft (Necrolord Ability) now absorbs up to 30% of max Health while in PvP combat (was 40%).
  • When a Battleground or Arena match begins, any Fleshcraft absorb value exceeding 30% of max Health is reduced to equal 30% of max Health.



  • Strength of the Wild (PvP Talent) now increases Regrowth’s initial heal critical chance on allies by 30% (was 100%).


  • Grove Protection (PvP Talent) radius significantly increased.


  • Keeper of the Grove (PvP Talent) now protects the Druid from all harm while Tranquility is channeled (was prevents Tranquility from being interrupted).


  • Triune Ward (Runecarving Power) now provides 35% barrier effectiveness in PvP combat (was 50%).



  • Dance of Chi’ji (Talent) procs now cause your next Spinning Crane Kick to deal 150% damage in PvP combat (was 200%).



  • Heal healing increased by 35% in PvP combat (was 20%).
  • Flash Heal healing increased by 30% in PvP combat (was 15%).
  • Renew healing increased by 15% in PvP combat.


  • Unleash Shield’s (PvP Talent) Earth Shield effect now roots targets for 4 seconds (was 3 seconds) and the Lightning Shield effect now knocks back enemies 33% farther.



  • Death Bolt (PvP Talent) now deals 50% of remaining damage over time (was 40%) and can no longer critically strike. Additionally, the spell now reaches the target faster.
  • Rapid Contagion (PvP Talent) duration is now 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
  • Dark Soul: Misery (Talent) can no longer be dispelled.


  • Bonds of Fel (PvP Talent) has been slightly redesigned – No longer snares the target and no longer splits damage with pets and guardians.
  • Dark Soul: Instability (Talent) can no longer be dispelled.


  • Elysian Might’s (Kyrian Runecarving Power) Critical Strike damage bonus reduced to 15% in PvP Combat (was 25%).

World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.5 Profession Changes

  • Mining ore drop rates across all zones, including Elethium Ore, increased by 20%.
  • Callous Hide and Heavy Callous Hide drop rate increased by 20%.
  • Jewelcrafting Essence drop rate increased by 10%.
  • Lightless Silk drop rate has been increased by 20%.


  • Alternate characters on an account can now choose to skip the introductory Shadowlands questline that takes place in the Maw by speaking to High Inquisitor Whitemane or Nazgrim after accepting the quest “Shadowlands: A Chilling Summons”. Please note that to enable the skip, you will need to have logged into a level 60 character who has completed the Maw introduction.
  • For those who have already begun the introductory Shadowlands questline, Jaina Proudmoore in the Forlorn Respite cave will offer to skip the rest of the introduction after the quest “A Flight From Darkness” is completed and before leaving the cave.


  • The Runecarver will now offer to destroy an existing legendary item and return all of the Soul Ash or Soul Cinders that were spent to create the item.
  • The drop rates of Runecarving recipes found in dungeons have been increased to 100% on all difficulties.

Threads of Fate

  • Tal-Inara now offers a Torghast, Tower of the Damned daily quest for experience and Soul Ash.
  • Tal-Inara now offers a PvP Battlegrounds daily quest for experience and gear.
  • Threads of Fate Bonus Objectives are now significantly shorter and award Renown.
  • Threads of Fate Zone Objectives now reward higher item level gear and anima.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • Repeatedly completing Wings now awards the full amount of Soul Ash (up from 20% after the first clear).
  • Repeatedly completing Wings now awards the full amount of Soul Cinders (up from none after the first clear).

World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.5 User Interface and Accessibility Changes

  • Updated the requirements to participate in the newcomer guide system, players can now opt-in after completing 3000 quests and reaching max-level.
  • Improved gamepad compatibility, including support for touchpad and gyro.
  • Mythic+ and PvP Ratings can now be shared through a chat link with Shift-Click.
  • Item Upgrade UI has been reworked.
  • Text-to-Speech settings saved on server and added an option to also save the settings account-wide.
  • Option to add voice transcription output to any chat frame and change the font color.
  • The size of the cursor can now be increased in the Accessibility menu.
  • Summon Random Favorite Mounts will now summon a random mount if no mounts are favorited.
  • Added a flying mount filter in the Mount Collection.
  • New Transmogrifier cursor icon.
  • New default backpack bag icon.
  • New character customization options will be marked by a “NEW” tag in character creation and the Barbershop.
  • The Adventure Guide loot pane now separates normal loot from bonus loot to indicate that they don’t compete with each other as drops.
  • The “PvP talent is available” helptip will now only appear in War Mode and PvP instances.
  • Enemy and boss dialogue options have been added to Text to Speech settings.
  • A helptip has been added to highlight the Reagent Bank.
  • You can now access the Recruit A Friend pane by typing /raf
  • A shorter alternative command has been added for Ready Check: /rc
  • A shorter alternative command has been added for Countdown: /cd [seconds]
  • Drool, cough, burp, fart, whistle, spit, and moon no longer change when used while targeting a player.
  • Pounce and groan have been adjusted when used while targeting a player.
  • 4 new emotes have been added – Huzzah, magnificent, impressed, and wince.
  • Kick, stink, shake, and moan have been removed.Developers’ note: Some of these emotes seem to have harmless intentions at a glance, but when used while targeting another player, their intentions can turn unexpectedly suggestive or intrusive. We’ve made adjustments to these emotes with negative connotations towards another player, while also adding a few new ones.

Group Finder Improvements

  • Accounts now require an attached Authenticator to post custom text when listing a group for Dungeons, Raids, or Rated PvP activities. All players may still search for and join others’ groups.
    Developers’ note: A Group Finder that’s full of advertisements bothers us as much as it does you, but a challenge we’ve faced in trying to eliminate those ads is that they are often posted by compromised accounts or other throwaway accounts, such that penalties incurred by in-game reporting have not proven to be an effective deterrent. And regardless, relying on reports still means that some number of players have their experience disrupted by the spam before it gets reported. The Authenticator is available for mobile devices and is a simple and convenient way to secure your World of Warcraft account, but if you prefer not to use it for whatever reason, you will still be able to post groups that will have descriptions auto-populated (e.g. based on raid name and difficulty selected in UI dropdowns, or derived from the Mythic Keystone currently in your bags). Our goal is to clean up the Group Finder while trying to minimize the inconvenience to ordinary players.
  • Search now allows a numeric range (i.e. search “5-9” finds M+ key levels from 5 to 9).
  • Autofill group finder information based on the creator’s keystone. The information can still be manually entered.
  • Group creators can now set a minimum Mythic+ or PvP rating requirement for applicants.
  • Group creators can now select a playstyle to set expectations for their group.
  • PvP Rating will now display when browsing for Rated PvP entries and in the applicant window.
  • Group creators are now able to browse listings.
  • PvP categories now use the player’s PvP Item Level instead of their regular Item Level.

Improved Chat Reporting Feedback

  • Added confirmations for players who report misbehavior in chat, as well as for those who are likely to be reported.
  • When you report a player for verbal harassment or other disruptive chat in-game, we will notify you when action is taken against the player.
  • When we notice that your behavior has moderately changed for the worse, we will send you a warning message so that you can modify your behavior before receiving a penalty.
  • In cases where acutely inappropriate behavior is observed, the system may skip warning the player and take action immediately.
  • /ignore now blocks all characters on the ignored player’s WoW account.

World of Warcraft Companion App

  • Warlords of Draenor missions are now accessible for players who have unlocked the Warlords of Draenor Garrison and Command Table in game. Players can send followers on Command Table missions, view follower information, and equip follower items from the app.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.1.5 Class Changes

  • Some area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 or 8 targets. Abilities affected are listed in their class sections.
Developers’ note: With the launch of Shadowlands, we reduced the maximum number of targets that several abilities could hit specifically to address a few gameplay problems related to pulling a large number of enemies in dungeons. Our intention was to reduce the effectiveness of burst AOE buttons against large target counts (i.e. 15-20 enemies) while also increasing their effectiveness against fewer targets (e.g. 3-5 enemies) and communicating that strength clearly in the tooltips. The abilities that remained “uncapped” were generally ones that offered lower damage over a longer period of time (e.g. Blizzard or Consecration). Along with other changes, we set out to move away from “pull as many enemies as possible, use all your cooldowns and delete them” as the predominant strategy across various forms of content.
We’ve received a lot of feedback that these abilities not hitting enemies in their range in any way creates a feel problem for WoW combat but is also an issue for trivial encounters like farming legacy content. For many of the abilities that underwent the change from uncapped to a strict target cap in Shadowlands, we’re converting the damage to be reduced beyond 5 or 8 targets (e.g. the ability will deal full damage against 5 targets, then reduced damage to each additional target beyond 5). This means that while the overall damage done by the ability increases with the number of targets, the individual damage done to each target will decrease. This solution means these abilities and their relative classes will still have a very strong niche against small packs of enemies.

Death Knight

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Abomination Limb (Necrolord Ability)
  • Frostscythe (Frost)

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets:

  • Sacrificial Pact
  • Consumption (Blood)
  • Bonestorm (Blood)
  • Bursting Sores (Unholy)
  • Reanimated Shambler (Runecarving Power)
  • Shackle the Unworthy (Kyrian Ability) damage reduced by 10%, but now has a 100% chance to spread to nearby enemies when triggered (was 50%).
  • Abomination’s Frenzy (Necrolord Runecarving Power) now applies its 10% damage increase to all enemies damaged by Abomination Limb (was enemies pulled by Abomination Limb).
  • Withering Ground (Night Fae Conduit) effect increased by 50%.
  • Impenetrable Gloom (Venthyr Conduit) damage effect increased by 50%.


  • Consumption (Talent) now deals 60% more damage.
  • Debilitating Malady (Conduit) effect increased by 600%.

Demon Hunter

  • Sinful Brand (Venthyr Ability) cooldown has been reduced to 45 seconds (was 1 minute).
  • Blind Faith (Kyrian Runecarving Power) now grants 1% Versatility (was 1% Mastery) and 10 Fury when a Lesser Soul Fragment is consumed while Blind Faith is active.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Blade Dance (Havoc)
  • Glaive Tempest (Havoc)
  • Soul Cleave (Vengeance)
  • Spirit Bomb (Vengeance) – previously was soft-capped at 20 targets.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets:

  • Fel Barrage (Havoc)


  • Dancing with Fate (Conduit) damage effect increased by 300%.


  • Discover 4 new Travel Form appearances with 2 color variations each.
  • The Well-Honed Instincts conduit is now categorized for all specs (was Guardian only).
  • Adaptive Swarm (Necrolord Ability) jump range has been increased to 50 yards (was 25 yards) and will now jump to a friendly target if it expires on a friendly target and there are no valid hostile targets within 50 yards.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Swipe
  • Brutal Slash (Feral)


  • Adaptive Swarm (Necrolord Ability) will now gain a damage bonus for its initial duration when cast during Tiger’s Fury.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented certain ranks of the Carnivorous Instinct conduit from improving auto-attack and periodic damage while Tiger’s Fury’s damage bonus is active.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Carnivorous Instinct conduit from affecting the damage over time of Thrash and Feral Frenzy.


  • Efflorescence now has a new visual. For those who enjoy the previous visual, Glyph of the Wild Mushroom is available to return the spell to its fungi appearance.


  • Aquilons, Corspeflies, and Gromits are now tameable as pets.
  • Death Chakram (Necrolord Ability) now also increases all physical damage done by you and your pet to the targets damaged by 10% for 10 seconds.
  • Flayed Shot (Venthyr Ability) now deals an additional hit of damage when cast. This damage also has 15% chance (increased with Empowered Release Conduit) to reset the cooldown of Kill Shot.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets:

  • Barrage (Beast Mastery and Marksmanship)


  • Chi Burst (Talent) now deals reduced healing beyond 6 targets.
    Developers’ note: This spell previously used a complicated, invisible AoE-capping scheme for healing. This is being replaced with a clearer one where the amount of healing decays on each target after the 6th target is healed.
  • Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now spawns an equal amount of off-spec Adepts (was random) and Adepts now apply Mystic Touch to their targets
  • Ox Adepts now throw a Fallen Brew at the Monk after spawning, granting the Monk an absorb shield for 10% of the Monk’s maximum health for 8 seconds.
  • Tiger Adept’s Tiger Palm damage increased by 200%.
  • Tiger Adepts now cast Spinning Crane Kick if there are more than 1 enemy within range.
  • While Tiger Adepts are active, the Monk and their allies gain 5% movement speed, stacking with other movement speed increasing effects such as the Monk’s Windwalking.
  • Way of the Fae (Night Fae Conduit) effect increased by 100%.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and now deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Spinning Crane Kick
  • Rushing Jade Wind (Brewmaster)
  • Fists of Fury (Windwalker)
  • Rushing Jade Wind (Windwalker)


  • Special Delivery (Talent) now deals 100% more damage.
  • Ox Adept’s Breath of Fire damage reduction from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now stacks with your Breath of Fire damage reduction.
  • Crane Adepts from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now prefer to heal the Monk over other friendly targets.


  • Crane Adept’s Enveloping Mist from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) no longer gains cooldown reduction from the Monk’s Haste.
  • Crane Adepts from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now cast Enveloping Mist twice when summoned.


  • Spinning Crane Kick (Rank 2) now increases Spinning Crane Kick’s damage by 18% (was 15%) for each unique target struck with Blackout Kick, Tiger Palm and Rising Sun Kick in the last 20 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times (was 6).
  • Tiger Adepts attacks from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now count towards your recently attacked Spinning Crane Kick bonus.
  • Crane Adepts from Fallen Order (Venthyr Ability) now prefer to heal the Monk over other friendly targets.


  • Vanquisher’s Hammer (Necrolord Ability) now increases the effectiveness of the free Holy Power spender by 25%.
  • Righteous Might (Necrolord Conduit) damage effect increased by 400% and healing effect reduced by 50%.
  • Blessing of Seasons (Night Fae Ability): Blessing of Spring now increases healing done by 15% (was 10%) and healing received by 30% (was 20%). Blessing of Winter now reduces the hostile target’s attack speed and movement speed by 5% per stack (was 3%) and its damage has been increased by 40%.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Divine Storm (Retribution)


  • Festering Transfusion (Necrolord Conduit) damage and healing effect increased by 100%
  • Divine Star (Talent) and Halo (Talent) now deal reduced healing beyond 6 targets.
    Developers’ note: These spells previously used a complicated, invisible AoE-capping scheme for healing. This is being replaced with a clearer one where the amount of healing decays on each target after the 6th target is healed.
  • Halo (Talent) healing reduced by 20%.
  • Divine Star (Talent) heal cap is now independent on the outgoing and return trips.


  • Divine Star (Talent) damage increased by 40%.
  • Contrition (Talent) healing increased by 15%.
  • Shadow Covenant (Talent) healing increased by 10%, mana cost reduced by 10%, and duration lowered to 7 seconds (was 9 seconds).


  • Divine Star (Talent) damage increased by 40%.


  • Surrender to Madness duration increased to 30 seconds (was 25 seconds).
  • Psychic Link (Talent) deals 60% of Mind Blast’s damage (was 50%).


  • Toxic Onslaught (Runecarving Power) has been slightly redesigned – When Sepsis expires on your target, you are granted two of the following effects for 10 seconds: Shadow Blades, Adrenaline Rush, or Vendetta is applied to your current target. Bonuses granted are those that are not available to your spec, eg. An Assassination Rogue will gain Adrenaline Rush and Shadow Blades.
  • Septic Shock (Night Fae Conduit) effect increased by 50%.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Secret Technique (Subtlety)

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets:

  • Fan of Knives (Assassination)
  • Crimson Tempest (Assassination)
  • Black Powder (Subtlety)
  • Shuriken Storm (Subtlety)


  • Dreadblades (Talent) initial strike deals 26% more damage and now immediately fills your Combo Points in addition to its current effects.


  • Elysian Dirge (Kyrian Conduit) effect increased by 50%.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Storm Elemental’s Eye of the Storm (Elemental)


  • Spirit Link Totem’s tooltip has been updated to better match its functionality. No functional change has been made to Spirit Link Totem.


  • Impending Catastrophe (Venthyr Ability) chaotic anima cloud width has been increased 60%, now deals a tick of its periodic damage on impact and will more accurately apply its damage-over-time effect to hostile targets.
  • Decimating Bolt (Necrolord Ability) cast time reduced to 2 seconds (was 2.5 seconds).
  • Scouring Tithe (Kyrian Ability) instant and periodic damage increased by 20% and cast time reduced to 1.5 seconds (was 2 seconds).
  • Languishing Soul Detritus (Kyrian Runecarving Power) critical strike chance bonus increased to 45% (was 40%) and now also grants the Warlock a 33% movement speed buff and a 15% critical strike chance increase when Scouring Tithe (Kyrian Ability) expires.

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets:

  • Felguard’s Felstorm (Demonology)


  • Nether Portal (Talent) cooldown reduced to 2.5 minutes (was 3 minutes).


  • Harrowing Punishment (Venthyr Conduit) effect increased by 50%.
  • Impending Victory (Talent) cooldown reduced to 25 seconds (was 30 seconds) and now heals for 40% of your max health (was 30%).

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 5 targets:

  • Whirlwind
  • Cleave (Arms)
  • Ravager (Arms)
  • Dreadnaught (Arms)
  • Ravager (Protection)

The following area-of-effect abilities are no longer maximum target capped and instead deal reduced damage beyond 8 targets:

  • Bladestorm (Arms and Fury)


  • Merciless Bonegrinder (Conduit) effect increased by 100%.


  • Hack and Slash (Conduit) increased by 50%.


  • Sinful Surge (Venthyr Runecarving Power) now extends the duration of Avatar (Talent) by 2.5 seconds when Condemn (Venthyr Ability) is cast (was Last Stand duration extended by 3 seconds).

That wraps it up for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ Patch 9.1.5 update! Although not a major patch number, this definitely brings some much-needed changes to the Covenant system and group finder – no more pesky ads! There’s also new content to traverse in the form of Legion Timewalking and Mythic+, as well as the addition of new dungeons in every expansion to shake up Timewalking as a whole. Players with allied race characters will definitely be happy, too, with even more customisation options added.

If these 9.1.5 patch notes were a little long for you, visit our guide on ‘The Biggest Additions and Changes in 9.1.5′, which details the most important things you need to know.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is available now on PC via Blizzard’s launcher. For more information regarding this patch, visit the official World of Warcraft site.

- This article was updated on November 2nd, 2021

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