WoW Addons Order – All releases at a glance

World of Warcraft (WoW) is regularly updated with new expansions. We show you the order of all addons in the game in an overview with the release years.

This is what extensions bring: The expansions bring new content to World of Warcraft and change the max level limit. If you own the base game, you just have to buy the latest add-on to be able to access its content as well as the content of the older parts.

Release overview of the addons:

  • WoW “Vanilla” (2004) – The main game
  • WoW: The Burning Crusade (2007)
  • The Burning Crusade Classic (2021)
  • WoW: Wrath of the Lich King (2008)
  • Wrath of the Lich King Classic (2022)
  • WoW: Cataclysm (2010)
  • WoW: Mists of Pandaria (2012)
  • WoW: Warlords of Draenor (2014)
  • WoW: Legion (2016)
  • WoW: Battle for Azeroth (2018)
  • WoW: Shadowlands (2020)
  • WoW: Dragonflight (November 29, 2022)
  • WoW: The War Within (2024 – Probably 3rd or 4th quarter)
  • We’ll show you an overview of the new content and changes the addons brought with them.

    The Burning Crusade

    Release: January 15, 2007.


  • New max level 70
  • New races/peoples: Blood Elves (Horde), Draenei (Alliance)
  • New World: Outland
  • New job: Jewelcrafting
  • Additional content: flight mounts, arena (PvP), dungeon finder, guild bank
  • Wrath of the Lich King

    Release: November 13, 2008.


  • New max level 80
  • New races/peoples: Death Knights
  • New World: Northrend
  • New profession: Inscription
  • Additional content: Achievements, siege weapons, dungeon finder across realms
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    Release: December 7, 2010.


  • New max level 85
  • New races/peoples: Goblins (Horde), Worgen (Alliance)
  • New World: Areas before “The Burning Crusade” reworked
  • New job: archaeology
  • Additional content: Transmog system, Void Camp, Raid Browser, Darkmoon Island
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    Mists of Pandaria

    Release: September 25, 2012.


  • New max level 90
  • New races/peoples: Pandaren, New class: Monk
  • New World: Pandaria
  • New job: None
  • Additional content: pet battles, dungeon challenge mode, account-wide items, cross-realms, battle tag, scenarios, battle guild, flex raids
  • Warlords of Draenor

    Release: November 13, 2014.


  • New max level 100
  • New races/peoples: None, but a visual overhaul of all classes before Cataclysm
  • New World: Draenor
  • New job: None
  • Other content: shipyard, garrison, mythical dungeons, WoW brand, bonus events on the map, adventure guide
  • legion

    Release: August 30, 2016.


  • New max level 110
  • New races/peoples: None, but new class Demon Hunter
  • New World: The Broken Isles
  • New job: None
  • Additional content: Artifact weapons, Order Halls, World Quests, Legendary item reworks, transmog, and PvP progression
  • Battle for Azeroth

    Release: August 14, 2018.


  • New max level 120
  • New Races/Races: Highmountain Tauren (Horde), Nightborn (Horde), Mag’har Orcs (Horde), Zandalar Trolls (Horde), Void Elves (Alliance), Lightforged Draenei (Alliance), Dark Iron Dwarves (Alliance), Kul Tirans (Alliance)
  • New World: Kul Tiras, Zandalar
  • New job: None
  • Additional content: Warfronts, Heart of Azeroth, Plundering of Unexplored Islands, Communities
  • Shadowlands

    Release: November 24, 2020.


  • New max level 60
  • New races/peoples: None. Redesigned visual adjustments.
  • New World: Shadowlands
  • New job: None
  • Additional content: “Infinite” dungeons (Torghast), pacts, level phase revised, new character adjustments, new starting area (Island of the Exiles) for new players
  • Dragonflight

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    Release: The official release date of WoW Dragonflight is November 29th, 2022.


  • New max level 70
  • New races/peoples: New race “Dracthyr” with the class “Caller”.
  • New World: The Dragon Islands
  • New Profession: Existing profession system will be extensively overhauled, with profession equipment and new tools.
  • Additional content: Dragon riding as a new feature, new talent system, new user interface
  • You can find out everything you need to know about the release of WoW Dragonflight here on MeinMMO. We show you guides, news and opinions about the content of World of Warcraft.

    The War Within

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    Release: The official release date of WoW: The War Within is not yet known. Blizzard revealed that the release will take place in 2024. The community is assuming a release in the typical 3rd or 4th quarter.


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