Patch 9.2 is now up on the PTR. The release is scheduled for February 22, 2022.
Feel free to download the PTR and copy your characters from the live game to test it out.
For an overview, see The Eternity's End Shadowlands Content Overview.
And here's a good video
When you first log in to Patch 9.2, you will be given a quest "Call of the Primus", which requests that you visit Tal-Inara in Oribos. This is the start of a new 7-chapter campaign, Secrets of the First Ones:
- Into the Unknown
- We Battle Onward
- Forming an Understanding
- Forging a New Path
- Crown of Wills
- A Means to an End
- Starting Over
Early in the campaign you will travel to a new Shadowlands zone, Zereth Mortis
There's a new faction associated with Zereth Mortis, The Enlightened. The Quartermaster is Vilo (34.8, 64.2).
You can learn flying in Zereth Mortis by researching Cyphers of the First Ones
, a new currency. See the article
. Researching the Cyphers starts near the end of chapter 3. You can earn the Cyphers by doing daily quests in Zereth Mortis and you can turn them in at the Cypher Research Console (33.8, 49.4).
There's a new class of gear, Cypher Equipment, which can be upgraded using Cyphers of the First Ones:
|Current Level||Upgrade to next level||Cost in Cyphers|
|1/6 - 233||239||740|
|2/6 - 239||242||1480|
|3/6 - 242||246||2220|
|4/6 - 246||249||2960|
|5/6 - 249||252||3700|
Note that the upgrade doesn't affect existing equipment but, rather, new gear that's awarded from quests like Patterns Within Patterns.
There's also some 246 gear which can be purchased from Rafiq @(60.6, 51.05) using Sandworn Relics. These can be earned by opening Sandworn Chests and from several dailies offered by Firim @(34.2 48.6).
One new feature in 9.2 is the return of tier sets. This gear drops from the new raid, Sepulcher of the First Ones. Currently, on the PTR, the item levels of the gear drops are shown as RF:239-246, Normal:252-259, Heroic:265-272 and Mythic:278-285. Only the last 3 of the 11 raid bosses drop the higher level gear. There are up to 5 items in the tier set: head, shoulder, legs, chest and hands. There are two set bonuses for equipping 2 and 4 items from the set. Additionally, there are items for back, feet, waist and wrist which complete the appearance collection, but they don't contribute to the tier set.
The first 8 bosses of the Sepulcher of the First Ones are scheduled to be available on March 1st for Normal and Heroic difficulty. On March 8th, all 11 bosses are scheduled to be available on Normal, Heroic and Mythic difficulty. The Raid Finder wings open on a staggered basis: Wing 1 - March 8th, Wing 2 - March 22nd, Wing 3 - April 5th and Wing 4 - April 19th. Note that queuing for Raid Finder requires a minimum item level of 220.
So, if you haven't made a new 262 legendary yet, you might want to pick a ring or neck piece if that makes sense for your spec, or, if you don't care about appearances, then the back, feet, waist and wrist are still candidates. But you could also wait until 9.2 is released since higher-level legendaries will be available. See Vestige of the Eternal
. It looks like the new max-level legendaries will be item level 291. In addition to Soul Ash and Soul Cinders, these will require a new currency, Cosmic Flux which drops from various sources
. This could be useful: Cosmic Flux Parcel
Cosmic Flux can also be used to convert season 3 gear into tier pieces. See the article
Note that they just announced
that Shards of Domination will be disabled in the new 9.2 zone and raid so you likely will want to replace your Domination gear.
They have also announced
that there will be a second legendary (a belt) that will become available at the end of chapter 7 of the campaign, so keep that slot open.
Crafters will be able to make a full set of 233 gear and a unique-equipped piece of 262 gear (which conflicts with any piece of 230 crafted gear which you may already have equipped). The patterns required to craft this gear are sold by Quartermaster Vilo once you reach Honored with The Enlightened so the new gear won't be available on day one.
In addition, crafters will be able to apply a new optional reagent (Progenitor Enhancement) when crafting any gear from level 151 to 262. Currently these are shown as:
You will probably want to craft or buy a piece of 262 gear with one of the new enhancements. As a test, I crafted and equipped two pieces of gear both with the Sustaining Armor Polish and the effect did not stack. You can, however, create multiple pieces of gear with different Progenitor Enhancements and the various enhancements should all apply.
I also crafted a 233 helm but I could not apply an Alloy-Warping Facetor (purchased from Archivist Roh-Suir) to add a socket. So maybe the new crafted gear is considered season 3 gear? Since the new raid traditionally starts the new PvP season, it's not surprising that the Alloy-Warping Facetor can't be applied to the raid gear.
So, based on the above, does it still make sense to farm Cataloged Research in Korthia? If you've gotten to rank 6 with Roh-Suir, upgraded all of your Korthia gear to 233, and added sockets to all of your eligible season 2 gear, maybe not. But Patch 9.2 is still a couple of weeks away and you may get some new gear from the Great Vault which may need a socket. So I would keep at least 5,000 Cataloged Research in reserve so you can buy an Alloy-Warping Facetor from Roh-Suir. In addition, he sells Death-Bound Shards
for 3,000 Cataloged Research. While these provide just a random upgrade to Conduits, they may be of some benefit.