Blizzard Outlines Malefic Cores Mechanic As World Of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth Winds Down

Blizzard Outlines Malefic Cores Mechanic As World Of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth Winds Down
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We’re coming up on the release of the Shadowlands expansion for World of Warcraft swiftly, but there’s still a few things left to do in the current Battle for Azeroth version of the title. Blizzard has gone ahead and outlined the mechanics behind the Malefic Cores as the expansion winds down, adding a bit more content for those that are still chasing down N’Zoth.

If you aren’t familiar with the mechanics off Battle for Azeroth, one of the most important endgame stats you can have at the moment is Corruption Resistance. This stat helps you avoid being corrupted and driven insane by the powers of the Old God you’re facing down as well as the corrupted gear that you wield, making it absolutely crucial for endgame content.

Malefic Cores are used to help increase the max corruption resistance of your legendary cloak, which is an integral piece of gear everyone has as part of the content. The item is being added in ahead of the release of Rank 15, with the current rank of cloaks still being 14.

“At rank 15, players who wish to make use of more and greater Corrupted items will wnt to imbue themselves with greater Corruption Resistance,” Blizzard states in their update. “This is done at Rank 15 with a Malefic Core, increasing the cloak’s max Corruption Resistance by 3.”

There are two ways for players to acquire a core. The first is to complete all four objective areas and the boss in a Horrific Vision. Second is to defeat N’Zoth the Corruptor in the Ny’alotha raid on Normal or higher difficulty, meaning that they won’t be dropping on Raid Finder.

Players who have maxed out the limit of the cloak’s progression will receive one core from the first of these two activities completed each week. However, players who haven’t gotten caught up to the max rank yet will be receiving two cores to help them catch up to the rest of the pack.

The Malefic Cores will be released into the game with the weekly maintenance in each region the week of March 24. Once they’re added in, players who reached Rank 15 the previous week will start receiving a Malefic Core from the two previously listed feats.

It’s an interesting way to keep pushing the boundaries even further, and if you’ve been charging into endgame content then it’s likely a welcome addition. Blizzard is slowly winding down to the pre-expansion phase of Shadowlands, so enjoy the last of Battle for Azeroth while you can.