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Prepare for Dragonflight with a free copy of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
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If you don't own World of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion, you can get it free for the next few weeks—as well as a level 50 character boost—though you'll need to claim it by September 5.

Regardless of how you feel about Shadowlands—I actually think Season 4 is pretty great (opens in new tab)—the next expansion, Dragonflight (opens in new tab) isn't far off. If you're planning on returning to Azeroth for the pre-patch to check out the new Drakthyr (opens in new tab), this is a handy way to get access to the current endgame activities so you can test out the new class in raids, dungeons, or even Torghast. And if you were thinking of leveling a new character, the character boost can help with that too.

Naturally, there are a couple of stipulations. The first one might seem obvious but you can't already own Shadowlands—that applies to any WoW accounts linked to your Battle.net. So if you have, say, a second account for auctioning or crafting, you can't claim a free Shadowlands upgrade if you already have the current expansion on your main WoW account. You'll also need to have any previous expansion license attached to the account you want to upgrade.

If you're eligible to claim a free copy of Shadowlands, you should find a "gift icon" in the top-right corner of the Battle.net desktop app. For more details, check out the post on the official site (opens in new tab).

This offer is available now and will run until September 5.

Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.