World of Warcraft The War Within

No Guaranteed Beta Access for World of Warcraft: The War Within Collector’s Edition Pre-Orders

Next week, the World of Warcraft: The War Within Beta begins. If you pre-purchase the War Within Epic Edition, you’ll get immediate access to the Beta.

However(!), if you pre-ordered the War Within Collector’s Edition, you won’t be guaranteed Beta access next week. Even though the Epic Edition is included in the Collector’s Edition, it doesn’t come with Beta access. The publisher has confirmed that Beta access was never promised for the physical version of the game.

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The War Within will introduce four fresh zones as players delve deep into the heart of Azeroth: the Isle of Dorn, the Ringing Deeps, Hallowfall, and Azj-kahet, a significant hub of nerubian civilization. The expansion will also introduce Earthen Allied Race. This race will be accessible to both Horde and Alliance factions.

In the upcoming expansion, there will be a total of 8 new dungeons. Four of them will be encountered while you level up, and the other four will be available towards the end of the campaign. One of these dungeons will involve confronting the Candle King, another will have you riding dragons, and there’s even the Cinderbrew Meadery to explore!

Additionally, the Nerub’ar Palace is an exciting eight-boss raid with the queen as the final boss. You’ll start by breaking through their front entrance and then find yourself in a dark pit filled with old god blood. As you progress, you’ll have to fight your way up, eventually reaching the queen’s sanctum. What sets this raid apart is its unique vertical design, which makes it stand out from the rest.

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The War Within Beta Test Begins June 5! - (source)

The World of Warcraft®: The War Within™ beta test begins June 5! Over the course of the test, we’ll be inviting community veterans, press, fansites, friends, and family to check out the upcoming expansion and give us feedback. Players who purchase or who upgrade to the Epic Edition of The War Within will also gain immediate access to the beta and gain a minimum three-day early access to the expansion.

Players selected to participate* will receive an email invitation directing them to download the game client directly from the desktop app. Players who purchase the Epic Edition may also receive email notifications. As always, please be aware of phishing attempts—if you’re unsure whether your invitation is legitimate, please log in to your account to verify that there is a The War Within beta license attached (under Your Game Accounts).

Getting Started

Join us in testingThe War Within. Players who have opted in can be selected to be testers, and invitations will go out regularly throughout the test. If selected to participate in the beta test, your account will already be flagged for access. Players who upgrade to the Epic Edition ofThe War Withinwill also gain immediate access to the beta.

  • Make sure your graphics drivers are up to date.
  • Run®desktop app—it may need to update itself if you haven’t run it recently. If you don’t have the app installed, get startedhere.
  • OnceBattle.netis installed and updated, selectWorld of Warcraftfrom the list of games.
  • In the Game Version drop-down menu above the Play button, chooseThe War Within(listed under In Development) option, then click Install.
  • Allow installation to complete, click Play, and select any available Test Servers.
  • Create a new test character or use the character copy to import your existingDragonflightcharacter.
  • Enter the game and test the available content.

If you have issues installing and operatingThe War WithinBeta, please check ourCommon Technical Issues and Solutionsto begin troubleshooting.

What’s Available in the Beta?

New systems, the complete leveling experience, zones, dungeons, delves, Warbands, and the new playable Earthen are all available in the beta. Raid testing will come at a later time.


Beneath the surface of Azeroth, an expansive world exists, fraught with danger and waiting to be explored.



Discover the land of Khaz Algar, off the western shores of Pandaria and home to the Earthen. Their capital city, Dornogal, will become the new meeting ground for the Horde and Alliance.



This gigantic cavern serves as the home of the Machine Speakers, Earthen who maintain the gigantic Titan machines of old.



Lit by a massive crystal at its center, this bright underground zone is home to the Arathi who are engaged in a continuing battle against the nerubians.



The pinnacle of nerubian society where Xal’atath, Harbinger of the Void, has been gathering and mutating nerubian forces to create an unstoppable army.

For players who are concerned about entering into a space filled with spiders, there will be an arachnophobia filter that can be turned on which will convert spider creatures into crabs.


We’ve met Titan-forged Earthen before in Ulduar and other places, but this society of Earthen has been isolated within Khaz Algar for a long while and have developed their own manners and customs. Visually, they are a bit larger, and gem encrusted.

Earthen will also unlock as a playable race. Replenishing the culture’s dwindling numbers by either joining the Horde or the Alliance. Players will be able to choose either faction to begin their journey.

There are many customizations that will be coming for these Earthen including different gem encrustations, beards for all body types, skin colorizations, and more.


Similar to the launch of previous expansions, there will be 4 level-up dungeons and 4 maximum-level dungeons that are available in each of the four new zones.

Level-Up Dungeons

  • The Rookery
  • The Stonevault
  • Priory of the Sacred Flame
  • City of Threads

Maximum Level

  • Cinderbrew Meadery
  • Darkflame Cleft
  • The Dawnbreaker
  • Old City

If you don’t want to use the Dungeon Finder to take part in dungeons with other players, you can continue the campaign story with Follower Dungeons which will be available to play through in all level-up dungeons.


The Nerub’ar Palace raid dungeon will offer eight boss encounters. Located in Azj-Kahet, it will result in the culmination of the story we see play out involving the machinations of the nerubian empire and Queen Ansurek’s collaboration with Xal’atath.

Players can also expect new tier rewards for their valiant efforts.


  • Delves:Deep beneath the surface lies treasure vaults waiting to be discovered. Explore these world instances solo or with up to four friends, along with an NPC companion, to defeat bosses and gain epic end-game loot.

Delves New Mechanical Mount Reward

Mix and match customizations to make your new mount your own.

  • Warbands:Expand the potential of your alternate characters with account-wide progression across your family of characters on your account. Share your Warband Bank access, War Within Renown, achievements, collections, and more. Visit ourlatest articleto learn more about Warbands.
  • Hero Talents:Rise to new heights of power with new Hero Talent trees. Each class specialization has access to two choices of self-contained Hero Talent trees inspired by iconic Warcraft universe archetypes.Revisit our previous Hero Talent previews to get a glimpse at what is in development.

*Please note many of these trees have been updated since the original previews.

Pre-PurchaseWorld of Warcraft: The War Within

Choose your edition.


Includes everything in the Heroic Edition. Plus, you’ll have guaranteed Beta Access and Early Access (3 days) toThe War Within. You’ll also receive 30 days of game time, Squally, the Storm Hatchling pet, Sandbox Storm Gryphon toy, and Deepdweller’s Earthen Hearthstone effect. Also includes an additional 250 Trader’s Tender (1000 in total) to use in the Trading Post††.


Includes everything in the Base Edition. Plus, you’ll receive the Algarian Stormrider mount with Dynamic Flying and access to special racecourses, and the Stormrider’s Attire Transmog set. The mount has four color variants, with a slew of additional customization options available. The Transmog set can be upgraded to the Thundering Stormrider’s Attire upon completing the special racecourses available with the Algarian Stormrider. Also includes an additional 250 Trader’s Tender (750 in total) to use in the Trading Post††.


Includes theWorld of Warcraft: The War Withinpre-purchase,World of Warcraft: Dragonflight***, an Enhanced Level 70 Character Boost with upgraded gear, reputation progress, and more, to prepare you for your adventures in the depths of the world. Also includes 500 Trader’s Tender to use in the Trading Post††

Base Edition


Heroic EditionEpic Edition
World of Warcraft: The War Within available at launch**XXX
World of Warcraft: Dragonflight***XXX
Enhanced Level 70 Character BoostXXX
Trader’s Tender5007501000
Algarian Stormrider mount with dynamic flying, dozens of customization options, and access to special racecoursesXX
Upgradable Stormrider’s Attire Transmog setXX
Beta Access to The War WithinX
3 Days Early Access to The War WithinX
30 Days of Game TimeX


Squally, the Storm Hatchling petX


Sandbox Storm Gryphon toyX
Deepdweller’s Earthen Hearthstone effectX

Pre-Purchase today!

We look forward to seeing you as we descend into the depths of Azeroth for all new adventures!

*Future expansions not included in WoW®: The War Within™ purchase.
**Available on or before December 31, 2024.
***If you already have Dragonflight on your account, it will not be re-granted.
†Beta Access and Early Access dates subject to change. Early Access duration is 3 days. Limited time only. Play time subject to possible outages and time zone differences. Certain endgame features, including Mythic dungeons and weekly quests, not available during Early Access. Click for more details.
††In-game items not available in WoW Classic games. Boost only usable on the WoW® game account on which it was purchased or redeemed.

  • Upgrading to the Heroic or Epic Edition will not re-grant in-game items previously unlocked on your account.
  • Requires World of Warcraft, Internet connection, and® Account and desktop app.
  • Requires World of Warcraft Subscription or Game Time.