Blizzard Announces Welcome Back Weekend November 5th-8th

Blizzard has announced a Welcome Back Weekend that will run November 5th through 8th, where players will be able to return to Azeroth to prepare their characters to enter the Shadowlands regardless of whether they have a currently active subscription.

This is a great time to get friends back into the game (or into the game for the first time) so you have some buddies to take on the afterlife with when Shadowlands launches November 23rd. (Check out our Countdown page for details on the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launch!)

Shadowlands is nearly here, and you and your allies are needed back on the front lines. This weekend, we’re giving all players with inactive World of Warcraft accounts full access to the game* and all of your characters without a subscription. You’ll be able to access all expansions including Battle for Azeroth, so you can play the most recent content and be ready for Shadowlands when it launches on November 23, 2020 at 3 p.m. PST. Rejoin your guild, rally your comrades, and prepare to brave the beyond.

Return to World of Warcraft FREE from November 5 to November 8.**


If you’re new to World of Warcraft or you’ve been away for a while, you can play through the new starting experience starting at level 1 to learn the ropes.

Players who have already experienced Battle for Azeroth and reached level 50 on at least one character can choose to level any subsequent characters in a different expansion using Timewalking Campaigns. This new feature makes it so content from locations like Northrend or Pandaria scales to a player’s level, so they can adventure from level 10 all the way to 50 and experience the stories in these areas at their originally intended pacing. Visit Chromie near the embassies in Stormwind or Orgrimmar to select your expansion leveling experience. If you’d like to select a different expansion to level through, simply speak to Chromie again.



Download the free trial experience here.

*Welcome Back Weekend not available in WoW Classic.
**Ability to return to WoW without a subscription ends on November 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Player is responsible for any online connection fees.

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