Mythic+ rewards have a few changes in Shadowlands:
New mythic+ item levels
To refresh your memory, the level of gear increases based on the Key level you completed, up to M+15. After that, iLevels don’t increase. It functioned this way in BfA, and still does for Shadowlands. The chest at the end of a mythic+ dungeon rewards loot at the following levels:
- M +2: iLevel 187
- M +3: iLevel 190
- M +4: iLevel 194
- M +5: iLevel 194
- M +6: iLevel 197
- M +7: iLevel 200
- M +8: iLevel 200
- M +9: iLevel 200
- M +10: iLevel 204
- M +11: iLevel 204
- M +12: iLevel 207
- M +13: iLevel 207
- M +14: iLevel 207
- M +15: iLevel 210
There is a newsworthy change to these gear levels for Shadowlands: the highest loot from completing Mythic dungeons (210) is 3 iLevels lower than Heroic raid rewards (213). (The last 2 bosses of Castle Nathria (the first raid) drop level 220 gear).
In BfA, the Mythic +15 rewards were equal to Heroic loot (and actually 5 levels higher for the last ‘season’ of M+).
For reference, here’s a list of gear levels based on raid difficulty for the first Shadowlands raid. The value in parenthesis is the level dropped by the last 2 bosses.
- LFR: 187 (194)
- Normal: 200 (207)
- Heroic: 213 (220)
- Mythic: 226 (233)
Possible reduced drop rates at end of dungeon
Game Director, Ion Hazzikostas, did an interview back in July.
He was asked, “A few months ago we heard about the “let loot be loot” system with the simplification of some types of loot and fewer pieces dropping. Have you figured out how many fewer pieces of loot players will be getting from sources in Shadowlands like Mythic+?”
His response created this assumption that drop rates will be reduced to only one item at the end of M+ dungeon runs. He said, “So the exact quantities are still evolving (please don’t quote me 100% on this) but notably for Mythic+ it will be one item from the end-of-run chest that is repeatable. The weekly loot chest will still have a greater selection of items to choose from (still one a week) but that should be a more reliable source of upgrades since you can best pick the one that suits your needs out of a wider range of things that you’ve earned.”
There has been no mention, confirmation, or clarification of that number since the interview.
As of Sept 28, the beta servers are dropping at least 2 items for timing the dungeon. We will keep an eye out for more information on that.
New weekly chest: The Great Vault
The weekly chest reward in Shadowlands will still give you one piece of loot, however you will be able to choose what from a selection of up to 9 items. If you don’t like any of the options, you can also choose to get a currency reward instead.
Check out “How gear works: The Great Vault” for more details.
How do you get choices each week?
Completing Mythic dungeons, killing raid bosses, and earning Conquest Points in PvP all contribute loot choices to your weekly Great Vault chest. Each of those categories can earn you up to 3 item choices. Earning the first one requires the least effort and gets progressively harder.
- Raids: Kill 3 / 7 / 10 raid bosses
- Mythic Dungeons: Complete 1 / 4 / 10 dungeons
- PvP: Earn 125 / 350 / 875 conquest points
How key level affects your weekly cache choices
In BfA, the weekly M+ cache reward is based off the highest key you completed. This is still the case for the first weekly choice earned for completing M+ dungeons, but gets a bit more complex when meeting the 4 or 10 dungeon goal.
Thanks to World of Moudi for laying it out clearly, “when you have reached [4-dungeon] goal, you will be rewarded based on your lowest of top 4 keys you completed that week.” For the 1-dungeon goal, it would take the 10th best key.
Let’s look an example, assuming you ran 12 dungeons that week:
Based on our current knowledge, here’s how the item levels would work for your weekly cache:
- Complete 1 Mythic Dungeon: this takes your best key, which would be +10 in this example.
- Complete 4 Mythic Dungeons: this takes your 4th best key, which would be +9 in this example.
- Complete 10 Mythic Dungeons: this takes your 10th best key, which would be +8 in this example.
Let’s say you ran one more dungeon before the week ended on a +11. Your new rewards would be:
- Complete 1 Mythic Dungeon: +11
- Complete 4 Mythic Dungeons: your 4th best key was a 9, but is now a 10 because your best key pushed everything down.
- Complete 10 Mythic Dungeons: this would still be +8
Weekly cache rewards are higher than end of dungeon loot
Rewards added to your weekly Great Vault choices are higher item level than loot at the end of the dungeon. Here’s the current item levels based on the Key level:
- M +2: iLevel 200
- M +3: iLevel 203
- M +4: iLevel 207
- M +5: iLevel 210
- M +6: iLevel 210
- M +7: iLevel 213
- M +8: iLevel 216
- M +9: iLevel 216
- M +10: iLevel 220
- M +11: iLevel 220
- M +12: iLevel 223
- M +13: iLevel 223
- M +14: iLevel 226
- M +15: iLevel 226
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