Free Access to Cataclysm Classic Pre-Patch This Weekend for Inactive Accounts

Changes from Original Cataclysm to Cataclysm Classic: Hunter Pets, Guild Perks, & More
  • Author: Luxrah
  • Date: May 9, 2024
  • Updated: May 9, 2024
  • Expansion: Cataclysm

With the full launch of Cataclysm Classic less than two weeks away, Blizzard is inviting players with inactive accounts to return to the game for a free long weekend from May 9th through 13th. You’ll be able to log in to Classic progression realms during this period even if you don’t have an active subscription or game time.

That means you can explore all of the revamped 1-60 zones, check out the new talents and abilities for every class, and make a Goblin or Worgen to level. Level 80-85 content won’t be available until the full expansion launch on May 20th.

Blizzard also announced the opening of the WoW Classic shop, where you can buy a number of mounts and toys as well as the Pebble the Penguin pet to take advantage of the new account-wide Collections in Cataclysm Classic.

Blizzard – (Source)

Cataclysm Classic™  is nearly here, and you and your allies can prepare to embark on a new adventure. This weekend, we’re giving all players with inactive World of Warcraft®  accounts full access to the World of Warcraft Classic progression realms* and the characters on those realms without a subscription or Game Time.

Gather your friends and get started on a new journey through the Cataclysm Classic pre-expansion patch and a changed Azeroth, risen from the fires of destruction. Play as a goblin or worgen, customize your appearance with transmogrification, and revel in new quality of life changes to enhance your time—including faster leveling in Outlands and Northrend, better Dungeon Finder, improved Collections UI, and more!

Rejoin your guild, rally your comrades, and prepare to face new challenges. Cataclysm Classic  launches on May 20, 2024, at 3 p.m. PDT worldwide.

Need Help Logging Back In?

Ignite Your Cataclysm Classic Journey with Fiery Upgrades

Cataclysm Classic will require only a WoW® subscription or Game Time to play. However, these optional upgrades can heat up your experience during your adventures in Azeroth.


The Blazing Heroic Pack includes Lil’ Wrathion pet for both WoW Classic progression2 and modern World of Warcraft characters3, the Avatar of Flame flying mount2 for WoW Classic progression characters, and a Runebound Firelord flying mount for modern World of Warcraft characters. WoW Classic progression characters will also enjoy Hammer Regalia Transmog Set and Town-In-A-Box Starter Set toy .


The Blazing Epic Upgrade includes everything in the Blazing Heroic Pack, plus a Level 80 Character Boost and 30 days of Game Time.

Upgrade Now

The WoW Classic Shop is Open

The® Shop has also recently added new and familiar items for WoW Classic progression fans, such as the Auspicious Arborwyrm flying mount, Pebble pet, along with other mounts, toys, and Hearthstone effect.

  • World of Warcraft Subscription or Game Time not required during Welcome Back Weekend. Only applicable to WoW Classic progression realms for inactive World of Warcraft accounts. Does not include World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. Ends May 13, 2024, at 10:00 am PDT.
  • Certain restrictions apply. Visit for more information. 
  • Available on or before August 31, 2024.
  • 2 Available in WoW Classic progression realms (currently Wrath of the Lich King Classic™) immediately after the purchase.
  • The toy, Transmog set, and Avatar of Flame mount only available on WoW Classic progression realms (currently Wrath of the Lich King Classic™). The Runebound Firelord mount only available on modern WoW® realms.
  • Boost only available on WoW Classic progression realms. and usable only on the WoW game account for which it was purchased or redeemed.

About the Author


I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.

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