All inactive WoW accounts can play the game this weekend without an active subscription.
Dragonflight 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 game* and all your characters without a subscription. You’ll be able to access all expansions, including Shadowlands, so that you can play the most recent content—including the Tempest Unleashed pre-expansion event— and get ready for Dragonflight when it launches on November 28, 2022, at 3 p.m. PST. Rejoin your guild, rally your comrades, and prepare to take flight.
During the Welcome Back Weekend, you can also prepare for all your adventures when you save up to 30% off Character Transfer, Faction Change, Race Change, and Name Change services.
Return to World of Warcraft FREE from November 17 to November 20, 2022.**
Get Back in Action
If you’ve been away for a while, you can play through the new starting experience starting at level 1 to learn the ropes.
You can also choose to opt out of the starting experience and begin instead at level 1 in the starting area for your race. Upon reaching level 10, you can either continue into Battle for Azeroth or speak with Chromie to choose a Timewalking Campaign. Choose an expansion and continue leveling until you’re ready to enter the Dragon Isles at level 60 when Dragonflight goes live. Players with Allied race characters will begin at level 10. Non-Allied race Death Knights and Demon Hunters will automatically begin at level 8 and play through their own starting experience before moving on around level 10.
If you’d like to select a different Timewalking Campaign, simply speak to Chromie again. With phase 2 of the Dragonflight pre-expansion patch, Timewalking Campaigns scale to level 60 and include Shadowlands.
Need Help Logging Back In?
Download the Battle.net desktop app
Launch the app and log in to your account.
Need to recover your account information?
Within the app, click on the World of Warcraft tab, then either Install or Update.
When the installation or update is complete, click Play.
Play free through November 20, 2022!
New to World of Warcraft?
Download the free trial experience here.
Learn more about the latest updates and support options in our previously published article — Finding Your Way to the Dragon Isles.
*Welcome Back Weekend not available in WoW Classic. Dracthyr Evokers only available with the Dragonflight expansion.
**Ability to return to WoW without a subscription ends on November 21, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. PST. Player is responsible for any online connection fees.