A quick guide to every step required to unlock Mechagnomes in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
The requirements to unlock allied races changed with the launch of the Shadowlands pre-patch. Among the largest of these changes was removing required reputation grinds. Still, many guides mention the need to earn reputation or recommend steps that are not necessary anymore. In this guide, I want to provide clear directions on how you can unlock Mechagnomes fast in Shadowlands.
There are 2 requirements to unlock Mechagnomes in WoW Shadowlands, which includes:
- Completing the Mechagon storyline to earn The Mechagonian Threat.
- Doing the 12 recruitment quests, starting at the Stormwind Embassy (level 50+ alliance character).
Complete the Mechagon storyline
The first thing you need to do to earn Mechagnomes is to complete the Mechagon storyline.
This can be done on a Horde or Alliance character. If you have already earned The Mechagonian Threat on a Horde character, you are good.
To complete the storyline, you need to travel to the island of Mechagon. If you have never been there before and play an alliance character, you can visit Gila Crosswires in the Stormwind Embassy to receive a quest called Fame Waits for Gnome One.
If you play as Horde, this unlock process is much slower. You will need to complete a significant portion of the story and the Nazjatar intro to open Mechagon.
If you didn’t play in BFA and don’t have the achievement yet, I would highly recommend going through this process on an alliance character — even if you have to level one. In addition to making the unlock of Mechagon island easier, you will need a level 50+ alliance character to complete the second part of the Mechagnome unlock anyway.
Once you unlock Mechagon, you need to complete the 16 part storyline, which culminates in defeating the final boss of the Operation: Mechagon dungeon. You can defeat the bosses in the dungeon on Heroic or Mythic difficulty.
If you are interested, here is the complete list of the story requirements to earn The Mechagonian Threat:
- The Legend of Mechagon
- Let’s Get It Started
- Report to Gila
- The Start of Something Bigger
- The Resistance Needs YOU!
- My Father’s Armies
- Drill Rig Construction
- Welcome to the Resistance
- Looking Inside
- You Must be This Height
- A Small Team
- Princely Visit
- Rescuing the Resistance
- We Can Fix It
- Send My Father a Message
- Operation: Mechagon – The Mechoriginator
Overall, the quest chain will take you 2-3 hours to complete. Finding a group and running the dungeon may take an hour or so, especially since Operation: Mechagon is a “mega-dungeon” with 8 bosses.
Some players have reported being able to solo the dungeon on characters with Shadowlands gear. If you have decent gear on a level 60 and can’t find a group quick, it is worth a shot!
Once you finish the dungeon and earn the achievement, it is time to recruit those gnome cyborgs.
Do the 12 quest Mechagnome recruitment storyline
Unlike the Mechagon storyline, the recruitment quests do require you to have a level 50+ alliance character.
To start the Mechagnome recruitment quest chain, you will need to visit the Stormwind Embassy — located in the northern part of the city.
The chain starts with a quest called Urgent Care. You can pick it up from the Pandaren (Aysa Cloudsinger). If she doesn’t have the quest, double-check that you earned The Mechagonian Threat achievement and try relogging.
From there, you just need to follow the chain and complete the following quests:
- Urgent Care
- Waning Energy
- Someone Who Can Help
- The Current Schematic
- Voyage to Safety
- Better… Stronger… Less Dead
- Mental Attunement
- A Strong Heart
- The Future of Mechagon
- Propagate the News
If you are looking to unlock other allied races, please check out my other guides in the table below. I plan on writing one for each race but still have a few more to write. The ones I have done have links attached and are blue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Based on the requirements, you can expect it to take 3 – 4 hours to unlock Mechagnomes. However, suppose you need to level an Alliance character or do the quests without BFA flying. In that case, you can expect it to take much longer. If you want to make your time in Mechagon easier, you should check out my article on unlocking flying in BFA zones.
Mechagnomes can play as 8 of the 12 classes in World of Warcraft. They cannot play as demon hunters, druids, paladins, or shamans. Every other class is fair game, including:
Racial traits are special skills provided to characters based on their race. In the case of Mechagnomes, they have an active ability called Hyper Organic Light Originator.
This allows the Mechagnome to summon copies of themselves which have 10% of their max HP. The copies will do basic auto attacks and reduce your threat until they are killed or die 15 seconds later.
Outside of that, Mechagnomes have 4 passive racial abilities, including:
Combat Analysis: Increases your primary stat every 5 seconds in combat
Emergency Failsafe: Heals you for 15% of your max health when you drop below 20% health
Mastercraft: Gives you access to an anvil, cooking fire, and forge
Skeleton Pinkie: Lets you open locked chests and doors without a key
Unlocking Mechagnomes in Shadowlands is a straightforward 2 step process — as you just need to complete the Mechagon and recruitment questlines. Unfortunately, these steps can take a considerable amount of time to level an Alliance character to level 50.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy cruising around on your new Mechagon Mechanostrider!