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WoW Hardcore Self-Found Mode Release Time, Date & Details

What WoW Classic players need to know about the Hardcore Self-Found, including gameplay details and specifics on release time and date.
WoW Hardcore Self-Found Mode Release Time, Date & Details

Are you ready for the toughest challenge Azeroth has to offer? If you are, World of Warcraft (WoW)'s Hardcore Self-Found mode on Classic Realms might be the perfect fit!

Let's discuss the precise release time and date for WoW Classic Hardcore Self-Found mode, alongside gameplay details for this challenging endeavor.

WoW Hardcore Self-Found Release Time & Date

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The Self-Found Hardcore mode on WoW Classic servers should be considered one of the biggest challenges in Azeroth. (Picture: Blizzard)

Brace yourself, and mark those calendars...You can start playing WoW Classic Hardcore Self-Found mode on 29 February 2024 at 15:00 DPT (22:00 GMT)! That's weekend plans canceled, if I'm being honest, as it is one of the most exciting prospects for a long-time WoW player who wants that extra challenge. 

If you are as hyped as I am, check out our countdown clock below, ticking down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the release of Hardcore Self-Found mode in WoW Classic.

WoW Classic Hardcore Self-Found Release Time & Date
3 days, 12:07:12

What is WoW Classic Hardcore Self-Found Mode?

This mode is played on WoW Classic Hardcore servers, which means making your way through the old, classic content, where death is permanent. The addition of Self-Found makes this mode even more difficult than it already is.

You must start at level 1 on the WoW Classic Hardcore servers and select "Self-Found" in the character creation screen. You will be restricted from buying items from the Auction House or trading in any form, including receiving enhancements. Players are also unable to receive mail from others or even sell anything from the Auction House. Everything your character earns must be "self-found," as the name of the mode suggests.

How To Play WoW Hardcore Self-Found Mode

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No trading or Auction House for you in WoW Classic Hardcore Self-Found mode! (Picture: Blizzard)

To play the Hardcore Self-Found mode, you must have an active WoW subscription. Those new to the experience of WoW Classic can check out the official steps below to start playing the Hardcore Self-Found mode when it releases on 29 February 2024:

  • Make sure your graphics drivers are up to date.
  • Run the Battle.net desktop app—it may need to update itself if you haven't run it recently. First-time adventurers or those looking for a fresh start will need to create a new Battle.net account.
  • Once Battle.net is installed and updated, select World of Warcraft from the list of games.
  • Access to WoW Classic Hardcore is included and available to all players with an active World of Warcraft subscription—no additional purchase is required. You can subscribe by visiting the Battle.net Shop.
  • In the Game Version drop-down menu above the Play button, choose the World of Warcraft Classic option, then click Install.
  • Allow the installation to complete, click Play, and select from the available realms listed in the Hardcore tab.
  • Create a new character.
  • Enter the game and do your best to live.

That's everything you need to know about the challenging WoW Classic Hardcore Self-Found mode. Good luck, heroes of Azeroth; you are going to need it!


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