Best WoW(World of Warcraft): Shadowlands Settings – PvP & Raids – 2021

In this guide, I’ve come up with the best settings for World Of Warcraft(WoW): Shadowlands. You’ll find two recommendations for either PvP/Roaming or Raids/Battlegrounds for most of the settings. After following this guide, you can expect an improved performance in your game. What I mean by that is more fps, stable fps, and possibly make you find the perfect balance between performance and graphics quality depending on your system.

WoW, even though it’s an old game and can probably run on a low-end system when it comes to raids, battlegrounds, and even PVP, you want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your computer to be able to stabilize your FPS and have smooth gameplay. To achieve that, you’ll need to make sure that you have the best settings applied depending on your hardware.

Best WoW: Shadowlands Settings

I will talk about the most crucial settings that either make or break the game from graphics settings to some interface settings recommendations and tips.

Here is a quickview on what you are about to read:

Best World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Graphics Settings

Starting with the graphics settings there are surprisingly a few settings in here that are vital. I will explain the most important WoW graphics settings and also leave my recommendation under the explanation. Then depending on your hardware, goals, and preferences, you will have to choose accordingly. But, I believe that the following settings can give you a good starting point on any pc setup.

  • Display
    • Display Mode: You should always use Fullscreen since the performance is better, less input lag, and generally, everything works as intended.
    • Window Size: Monitor’s native resolution.
    • Resolution Scale: Resolution Scale manages the resolution that your graphics card will be rendering the screen, but it will not change your actual resolution. Increasing this setting higher than 100% will make your graphics card work harder, and depending on your hardware, can drastically decrease your FPS. However, if you can afford it, you may increase it for better looking and sharper graphics. The recommended for everyone is 100%. If you can afford it, go higher. If you need a few extra fps, set it lower than 100 but not lower than 80.
    • Monitor: Choose the monitor you want WoW to be displayed.
    • Anti-Aliasing: This is a technique used to make the edges of objects look smoother and potentially more realistic. There are few different Anti-Aliasing methods, and I suggest using the FXAA High, which is less intensive than all.
    • Vertical Sync: Always off because of the input lag.
    • UI Scale: Increases or Decreases the size of the user interface.
Best WoW(World of Warcraft): Shadowlands Display settings

Base Settings

  • General
    • Texture Resolution: Controls how much detail you see on a 3d object in-game. You can immediately spot the difference if you turn this setting higher/lower. I recommend setting this to fair.
      • Raids and Battlegrounds: Fair
      • PvP: Fair
    • Spell Density: Hides non-essential spells from being shown. Set this to Dynamic, and we will properly configure this later on with the FPS control.
      • Raid and Battleground: Dynamic
      • PvP: Dynamic
    • Projected Textures: Toggles the display of ground AoE skills effects and raid mechanics. Regardless of your hardware, you should always enable this option, so you don’t die to anything you didn’t even know existed.
      • Raid and Battleground: Enabled
      • PvP: Enabled
Best WoW(World of Warcraft): Shadowlands graphics general tab settings
  • Environment
    • View Distance: It sets how far in the background you can see the terrain. If you lower its value, the background will start to turn into a fog sooner. It’s more CPU dependant than GPU and can greatly increase your FPS if you set it lower.
      • Raid and Battleground: 4
      • PvP: 4
    • Environment Detail: This is how far you can see objects like rocks and trees. The difference between View Distance and Environment Detail is that with View Distance, you set how far you can see in general, and Environment Detail is how far you will see details in that distance. This setting uses your CPU more as well and can greatly increase your FPS if you lower it.
      • Raid and Battleground: 4
      • PvP: 4
    • Ground Clutter: Controls the number of small objects on the ground, like grass and stones.
      • Raid and Battleground: 4
      • PvP: 4
Best WoW(World of Warcraft): Shadowlands Graphics environment settings
  • Effects
    • Shadow Quality: Defines how detailed the shadows in the game are. Lowering this can greatly increase your FPS.
      • Raid and Battleground: Low
      • PvP: Low
    • Liquid Detail: Liquid Details will make the water look better and more realistic.
      • Raid and Battleground: Fair
      • PvP: Fair
    • Sunshafts: It adds a bit more realism to the game.
      • Raid and Battleground: Disabled
      • PvP: Disabled
    • Particle Density: Controls how detailed something looks in-game by adjusting how many particles are used for certain things. It makes any visual effects look nicer. If you lower this, it can greatly increase your FPS.
      • Raid and Battleground: Fair
      • PvP: Good – High
    • SSAO: Screen Space Ambient Occlusion decides how bright certain things will be and where the shadows will be. It lowers your FPS, and the visual gains are not worth it.
      • Raid and Battleground: Disabled
      • PvP: Disabled
    • Depth Effects: This option applies a fading effect on some skills, which adds a little bit of realism to the game, but it’s not worth it since you can hardly spot the difference.
      • Raid and Battleground: Disabled
      • PvP: Good – High
    • Outline Mode: Takes care of whether or not you will see an outline around your targets. It can help pick up NPCs in more crowded areas.
      • Raid and Battleground: Good
      • PvP: Good
Best WoW(World of Warcraft): Shadowlands effects settings

Best World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Advanced Graphics Settings

  • Triple Buffering: In theory, it works perfectly well with Vsync. In reality, you should disable it.
    • Raid and Battleground: Disabled
    • PvP: Disabled
  • Texture Filtering: Controls the image quality of things viewed at an angle.
    • Raid and Battleground: Bilinear
    • PvP: 8x Anisotropic
  • Ray Traced Shadows
    • Raid and Battleground: Disabled
    • PvP: Disabled
  • Ambient Occlusion Type
    • Raid and Battleground: Auto-Detect
    • PvP: Auto-Detect
  • MSAA: This is automatically set based on the Anti-Aliasing method that you are using.
    • Raid and Battleground: Depends on the Anti-Aliasing you chose.
    • PvP: Depends on the Anti-Aliasing you chose.
  • Multisample Alpha-Test: If you are not using any MSAA, then it doesn’t matter if you enable or disable this setting because it won’t ever do anything. If you are using MSAA, this setting can make bushes and trees look slightly better.
    • Raid and Battleground: Disabled
    • PvP: Disabled
  • Post-Process AA: It depends on the post-processing method you chose.
    • Raid and Battleground: None
    • PvP: None
  • Resample Quality: It may only benefit you if your resolution scale is above or below 100%. It will upscale or downscale the game without actually changing the resolution. The difference is minimal, and you might want to experiment with this one.
    • Raid and Battleground: None
    • PvP: None
  • Graphics API: DirectX 12 will give you the best and most stable FPS, but if you are on a relatively older pc then consider switching to DirectX 11 and see if it works better for you.
    • Raid and Battleground: DX12
    • PvP: DX12
  • Physic Interactions: Physics inside the game can be affected. This option applies only to specific items and objects.
    • Raid and Battleground: Player Only
    • PvP: Player Only
  • Graphics Card: Your main graphics card.
  • Max Foreground FPS: Sets the maximum frame rate that the game can go to.
    • Raid and Battleground: Off
    • PvP: Off
  • Max Background FPS: Sets the maximum frame rate when you are not using the games tab. For example, if you are browsing on the internet and you are not playing at the moment.
    • Raid and Battleground: 30
    • PvP: 30
  • Target FPS: You want to set this value 10 higher than your monitor’s refresh rate. This works well with the spell density setting. For example, if you have a 75 Hz monitor, then you can set this to 85. If you are about to go under 85 fps then the game will start hiding no essential skill effects so you can keep your desired fps.
    • Raid and Battleground: A little bit higher than your monitor’s refresh rate.
    • PvP: A little bit higher than your monitor’s refresh rate.
  • Contrast: Sets how dark, dark things are and how bright, bright things are.
  • Brightness: Similar to contrast, but it affects the whole image on your screen as a whole.
  • Gamma: Increases or decreases color intensities
Best WoW(World of Warcraft): Shadowlands Advanced graphics settings

Best World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Network Settings

  • Optimize Network for Speed: Increases the responsiveness in certain situations like raids or battlegrounds by allowing more information to be transferred on your network.
    • Enabled
  • Enable IPv6 when available: It may cause more issues than benefits. Keep it disabled.
    • Disabled
  • Advanced Combat Logging: Provides more details in your combat log. These logs can be exported and analyzed to places like Warcraft logs or other logging websites.
    • Personal Preference
Best WoW Network settings

Best World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Sound Settings

Next, we got sound settings. Many of you might not be utilizing the sound settings to your advantage in WoW, especially in PvP. Having sounds enabled lets you hear some of the most crucial spells your opponents have been used. You want to have sounds always enabled and manually increase their volume and decrease anything else that may distract you from the game.

Sound

  • Playback
    • Sound Effects: Pretty much everything you hear in-game is a sound effect.
      • Enabled
    • Enable Pet Sounds: For classes that have pets, toggles whether or not they make noises.
      • Enabled
    • Emote Sounds: Sounds like /laugh
      • Enabled
    • Music: In-game music
      • Enabled
    • Loop Music
      • Disabled
    • Pet Battle Music
      • Enabled
    • Ambient Sounds
      • Enabled
    • Dialog
      • Enabled
    • Error Speech
      • Disabled
    • Sound in Background
      • Disabled
    • Enable Reverb
      • Enabled
    • Distance Filtering
      • Enabled
  • Hardware
    • Game Sound Output
      • Choose your speakers, headphones, monitor, or whatever audio output you may be using.
    • Sound Channels: Sets how many sounds you can hear at once.
      • High
    • Sound Cache: When sound is cached a part of it or even the whole sound is stored in memory, so the next time these sounds are required they don’t need to load up entirely, they will be pulled out of the sound cache
      • Large
  • Volume
    • Master Volume
      • 100%
    • Sound
      • 100%
    • Music
      • 0%
    • Ambience
      • 0%
    • Dialog
      • 0%.
Best WoW Sound settings

Best World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Interface Settings

Below i will show you the most crucial interface settings in WoW to make sure you got everything set up correctly to both increase the control over your character and improve your awareness.

Controls

  • Sticky Targeting: Prevents you from detargeting your target if you click on the ground.
    • Enabled
Best WoW controls settings

Combat

  • Target of Target: Crucial for figuring out who a target might be casting into.
    • Enabled
  • Loss of Control Alerts: It makes it really easy to see what CC has been used on you and how long it’s up for.
    • Enabled
Best WoW Interface Combat settings

Display

  • Status Text: Numeric or Both
Best WoW Interface Display settings

ActionBars

Best WoW Interface ActionBars settings

Names

  • Always show Nameplates: Crucial for seeing who is positioned where
  • Larger Nameplates: Makes it easier to click on them when you need to.
Best WoW Interface Names settings

Camera

Best WoW Interface Camera settings

Mouse

Boost your FPS in WoW: Shadowlands & make your gameplay better

Below you can find some tips you can apply to increase the performance and hopefully make your game smoother and with higher frame rates.

  • Enable Game Mode
  • Disable Discord’s hardware acceleration ( If you are using discord on Raids etc. )
  • Disable hardware acceleration on your Browser ( If you have a browser open while you are playing )
  • Make sure you have the High Performance or Ultimate Performance power plan enabled on your PC
  • Disable Full-Screen optimizations on the .exe file of WoW. ( Do this only if you use Directx11, it will affect the performance of Directx12 neither negatively nor positively)
  • Enabling Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling on Windows may increase your FPS but keep in mind sometimes it causes higher input lag.
  • Graphics Performance preference setting on Windows. (Set the WoW executable files there and choose performance)
  • Optimize your Nvidia GPU settings or AMD GPU Settings
  • If you want to stabilize and possibly decrease your ping, check my guide on optimizing your network settings.
  • If you feel your PC too ‘heavy’, consider debloating it.
  • Since WoW is CPU intensive, you should make sure your CPU cores are unparked.
  • Disable as many apps as possible from the startup.
  • Overclock your CPU & GPU
  • Suppose your loading times are terrible. It’s time to upgrade to an SSD.
  • Windows 11 Ultimate Optimization Guide

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