Updated July 29
- Access to Torghast is now unlocked on an account-wide basis.
- When in a party, your highest accessible layer will be defined by the party member with the lowest layer unlocked.
- Anima Cells have updated to look more visible.
- The door which allows you to exit Torghast has been updated to be less prone to accidental clicking at the start of each floor.
Respeccing & Gear Swapping
- Players will no longer be able to change their gear, Talents, or Soulbinds at the start of every floor.
- Players can now change their Gear, Talents, or Soulbinds in the Central Chamber, at the start of the first floor, and in the vicinity of helpful Brokers on non-Boss floors in Torghast.
- The Torghast-acquired legendary material is now named Soul Ash , and can be acquired from chests at the end of each layer once per week.
- Completing a higher layer rewards all uncollected rewards from lower layers.
- Drop amounts are not final.
- Phantasma and Soul Ash have snazzy new icons.
With this update, scaling has been adjusted for Torghast. Now, the floor you start on will be easier at higher levels when taking a shortcut. Floor by floor difficulty now increases more than before. We expect this may require further tuning.
- Many new Maw Powers have been added for players to encounter when defeating rare elites.
- Achievements are being added for Torghast activities, and more will be added in future builds.
- The Jailer’s interior decorators have have gone to work in Torghast, and many floors are now more intricately decorated.
- The magnitude of the Tower Sentinel’s slowing effect is now greatly reduced when far away from the Sentinel.
- A number of classes have received new Anima and/or updated Powers.
- This week’s build includes numerous bug fixes and small tweaks.
All classes now have Anima Powers and can venture into Torghast.
Many classes have received new Anima Powers that affect their Covenant Class abilities.
Torments no longer scale with time.
Torments are now additional challenges based on the floor types you have encountered on this run.
- Developers’ notes: We’ve heard your feedback that Torments were adding too much time pressure. The Jailer may still torment you on higher levels of Torghast, but Torments will not scale with time.
Breath of Coldheart now increases the health of enemy monsters by a flat percentage based on the number of Coldheart Interstitia floors climbed.
Mort’regar’s Echoes now increase the Magic damage enemy monsters inflict by a flat percentage based on the number of Mort’regar floors climbed.
Might of the Upper Reaches now increases the Physical damage enemy monsters inflict by a flat percentage based on the number of Upper Reaches floors climbed.
- Developers’ notes: The changes above were inspired by feedback that Torments that reduce your power feel worse than torments that affect your enemies. As always, we will continue to tune and keep a close eye on difficulty.
Rewards and Access
Legendary materials now only drop from cell block runs, not from the Twisting Corridors.
- Developers’ notes: Looting a Resonating Chest may generate a message that says that you have received “extra rewards” for a “prompt completion”. This is an artifact from a previous design that has since been removed, and can be ignored.
Chests in the Twisting Corridors now drop Twisted Dust, which will be used for cosmetic rewards.
Portals to the six cell blocks (not the Twisting Corridors) now take you to fully-randomized 6-block runs, rather than the pre-set quest run. This includes a Wayfinder on floor 1 that allows you to choose your difficulty.
Two of Torghast’s six cell blocks are open per week. For testing purposes, the available blocks will change daily. They will change weekly in the final version of the game.
Access to the Twisting Corridors will always be available in addition to the two theme blocks.
- Developers’ notes: Players who seek Legendary materials alone can do so in Torghast’s cell blocks, and can earn more materials by climbing higher. Players who are looking for cosmetics, or who simply want to play without pressure, can do so in the Twisting Corridors.
- This build includes many bug fixes. Thank you very much for your bug reports!
- Remember: Alpha is alpha. Things will still change, especially rewards, tuning, and Torghast’s interaction with outside systems.
- We really appreciate all of your testing and feedback.
Updated May 21
The following class now has Anima Powers and can venture into Torghast:
- Death Knight
The following classes have received new Anima Powers:
- Demon Hunter
Two new cell blocks are now available in Torghast:
- The Upper Reaches
General Gameplay Changes
Death Pools now grow more slowly out of the corpses of the Deadsoul.
Skeletal Cauldrons can now be destroyed by interacting with them.
Skeletal Remains now move 50% slower.
- Developers’ note: This should introduce a little more counterplay to these skeletons, especially for melee characters who have had trouble outrunning them.
Brokers on short floors should no longer be in trap distance.
Many traps and enemies have been removed from the beginning of floors, where they might reach players in the safe area.
Eye of Skoldus and Fracturing Forces will now wait longer after a player leaves combat before checking to call in ambushers.
- Developers’ notes: Over the last week, we’ve read and heard a lot of feedback on this part of Torghast, most of which has been focused on the concept of timers. Please see our recent post on this subject which begins with, “We agree that one of the best things about Torghast is that you can play at your own pace, without feeling rushed. We certainly don’t want to make Torghast into a fast-paced, timed game mode.” We’re working on more changes to Torments and all of Torghast; please stay tuned!
Updated May 13
We have a major update to Torghast in this new Alpha build for testers to experience.
You will now be assigned a Covenant when entering Torghast, including that Covenant’s signature and class abilities.
- Your test character’s Covenant will change daily, cycling through all four Covenants.
- Developers’ notes: The goal here is to get a look at some abilities before we’re able to fully test the Covenants/Zones they belong to. Please note that Anima Powers do not yet exist for Venthyr, Necrolord, or Night Fae abilities. Additionally, paladins, rogues, and death knights are not quite ready for Torghast, but they’re coming soon™.
The following classes now have Anima Powers available to them and can now access Torghast, Tower of the Damned:
- Developers’ note: Monks are still missing a few powers, but they can begin testing.
Starting Room of the Damned
The Wayfinder in the starting room has been removed, and “Easy”, “Normal”, and “Heroic” runs have been removed. Please pay your respects.
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The Torghast entryway is now a room that allows you to pick which cell block you wish to attempt, through a series of portals. The portals are:
- Twisting Corridors
- Skoldus Hall (quest)
- Fracture Chambers (quest)
- The Soulforges (quest)
- Coldheart Interstitia (quest)
- Developers’ Notes: To emulate Easy, Normal, or Heroic runs, enter the Twisting Corridors. Other doors will take you to the 6-floor quest runs, which are currently limited to floors 1-6.
All Twisting Corridors runs now end after 18 floors, regardless of difficulty. Delving deeper into the Twisting Corridors unlocks higher floor checkpoints from which to start a run. After entering the Twisting Corridors portal, speak to the Wayfinder to select your starting floor number.
· Gameplay Changes
- Deaths are now measured on a per-run basis:
- 1 player: 5 deaths allowed (Tarragrue on 6th death)
- 2 players: 8 deaths allowed
- 3 players: 10 deaths allowed
- 4 players: 13 deaths allowed
- 5 players: 15 deaths allowed
- Players can no longer ascend to the next floor without first defeating the Empowered creature guarding the portal.
- Players who release their spirit after their party members have ascended to a higher floor will resume on the higher floor.
- Ashen Phylacteries no longer require a killing blow to trigger Maw Power effects that are triggered by destroying them.
- Shackled Brokers now have more distinct names, and if you snuff out their life force, that broker will remain dead for the remainder of your run.
- The Broker’s Purse now drops less Phantasma than before, and this amount is now affected by group size.
- Vendors should now instantly update their displays for all players when a player buys a limited-stock item.
- Animimics now have a chance to drop something valuable.
- The first Anima Cell of each run can now be found once you traverse through a portal.
The Jailer’s Torments
At higher floor difficulties, you’ll now find yourselves subjected to additional scrutiny from the Jailer in the form of stacking debuffs that will make your ascent more difficult.
- A safe area at the beginning of each floor protects players from the effects of the Jailer’s Torments. Players remain safe until they leave the safe area, enter combat, or loot something.
- The Torments differ by cell block:
- Eye of Skoldus: The hounds of Skoldus periodically seek out players while they are out of combat.
- Fracturing Forces: Mawsworn ambushers periodically hunt and stalk players while they are out of combat.
- Soulforge Heat: The burning heat of the Soulforges constantly sears players for a percentage of their maximum health as Fire damage.
- Breath of Coldheart: The life-sapping breath of the Coldheart Interstitia reduces player damage the longer they remain on a floor.
- Mort’regar’s Echoes: Ghastly echoes of the dead haunt players, increasing the magic damage they receive the longer they remain on a floor.
- Might of the Upper Reaches: The Jailer’s might crushes opposition, increasing the physical damage players receive the longer they remain on a floor.
- Developers’ Notes: Much like Mythic Keystone dungeons have dangerous affixes at higher Keystone levels, those who ascend Torghast will endure the Torments of the Jailer. This is very much a work in progress and an early look at a system we’re iterating on. Please post your feedback on it in this forum thread.
Updated May 6
Torghast, Tower of the Damned
The following classes now have Anima Powers available, and can access Torghast, Tower of the Damned:
The following class has received new Anima Powers for testing:
A new cell block is now available in Torghast. Speak to the Wayfinder to access Coldheart Interstitia.
Most bosses have been slightly increased in difficulty. This includes increases to boss health and damage, as well as some new abilities.
Updated April 29
- Warriors now have Anima Powers available to them and can now access Torghast, Tower of the Damned.
- Priests have received new Anima Powers.
- Fixed an bug that allowed creative testers to play classes that weren’t quite ready for Torghast yet.
- A new cell block, The Soulforges, is now available in Torghast. Speak to the Wayfinder to access it.
- Flask-Torghast has also taken up residence in Revendreth’s Pridefall Hamlet.
- Anima Cells have new Maw themed visuals.
- The Anima Power “Bloating Fodder” should appear less often.
- Maw Sentries and Maw Guards now disarm their opponents less often.
- Fixed a bug in which the Random Portals floor caused portals to be a bit too random.
With this week’s update to the Shadowlands Alpha, testers will encounter a number of changes to Torghast:
- Mounting has been disabled everywhere in Torghast.
- Developers’ notes: This was a bug. We apologize for any misunderstanding it introduced. Our goal is for Maw Powers that grant movement abilities to be powerful, valuable choices. We feel that this is the way to continue building interest in moving around the space efficiently.
- Priest Anima Powers which previously only affected Flash Heal now also affect Shadowmend. Several other existing Priest Anima Powers have also been adjusted.
- The Tarragrue is tired of being bullied and has bolstered his defenses.
- Developers’ note: Please continue trying to bully the Tarragrue.
- Torghast escort NPC’s can now be stunned temporarily if they take too much damage.
- Urns are now named Ashen Phylacteries.
- Many bug fixes.
- Many more bug fixes.
In this thread, we’re discussing all aspects of the new instanced experience: Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Please read our preview blog post here.
Please post any feedback about Covenant and class signature abilities within Torghast in this feedback thread.
This initial post will be updated periodically throughout the Shadowlands test. Please check back here for information about further updates to Torghast as they are made.
Thank you for your testing and feedback!