The upcoming WoW expansion Shadowlands brings with it a lot of exciting questions. One of them concerns the final boss of WoW: Shadowlands. After all, it's not clear at the moment who exactly we'll be facing at the end. It could be Sylvanas or the dungeon master, or perhaps a completely surprising opponent who literally appears out of nowhere like Argus in WoW: Legion.
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WoW: This is what Jon Hazzikostas thinks about the Shadowlands final boss (1) Source: buffed
The final boss of WoW Shadowlands
The WoW expansions of the last few years often ended with an unexpected enemy, which then served as a transition to the next WoW chapter. The best example of this is Garrosh Hellscream, whose storyline linked the end of Mists of Pandaria and the beginning of Warlords of Draenor. Archimonde, the final boss of WoD, announced the return of the Burning Legion, and the Mad Titan Argus closed the story of WoW: Legion. In BfA, it was the Old God N'Zoth that challenged our heroes in Ny'alotha. However, his end does not directly lead to the next expansion. Naturally, this arouses our curiosity as to where the story of Sylvanas and co. will continue and which villain will await us at the end of Shadowlands. Regarding this, Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of WoW, recently says the following (via Wowhead):
"Honestly, it's almost the opposite of a challenge (having the identity of the final boss public at the start). It's almost an easier way to tell a story and set up an expansion with a very clear theme, harkening back to the Wrath or Cataclysm/Deathwing days. We didn't openly talk about the end boss for some recent expansions because it wouldn't have made sense at the time, or it would have given away story spoilers and twists. For example, in Warlords of Draenor, if you were told you'd fight Archimonde at the end, it would have been a head-scratcher. But here, there is a major titan plus plus level antagonist that we are facing, and there are major steps in our journey to undercover the nature of the jailer's plan and put together the forces to have a chance against him. That story will wend its way through all of Shadowlands and our content updates, until we ultimately do get a chance to face the Jailer."
Loosely translated, Hazzikostas is talking about the fact that the developers will continue to avoid announcing the final boss of each expansion in advance. In recent years, such an announcement would not have made sense either. For example, according to Hazzikostas, if N'Zoth had been announced as the final boss of BfA, players would have been confused. It looks comparable to Archimonde in Warlords of Draenor. Furthermore, the Old God would have caused a lot of speculation from the moment it was announced, because of course we couldn't know the numerous twists and turns in the story of Battle for Azeroth at that point. So Blizzard's development team avoids official end boss announcements not because they don't have a plan for the conclusion, but because they want to avoid massive story spoilers with the complex stories. Whether this strategy is considered sensible is something players will have to evaluate for themselves.
The mysterious dungeon master, however, is an exception. Although we don't know much about him yet, it's obvious that we'll be dealing with this - quote - "Great Adversary" at the end of Shadowlands. This at least fits with the statement that the story of the next expansion will be linear again. The dungeon master (like Arthas in WotLK or Deathwing in Cataclysm) will probably be built up as the chief villain and main antagonist from the beginning. So we can expect in WoW (buy now 14,99 € ):
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