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Summary info on World of Warcraft hotfixes.

Additional info:

  • For information on specific patches, please see Patches.
  • For info on known bugs and other issues which may be fixed in the upcoming patch see the Known issues page.
  • For official Blizzard descriptions of types of patches, see Patch FAQ.
  • For articles related to patches, see Patches category.
  • Unless stated otherwise, all official announcements of hotfixes can be found in a Hotfixes blog post - the link for which is found at the top of every month's hotfixes.


Hotfixes: January 14 - 21 | 2020-01-21 00:00 by Blizzard Entertainment
Hotfixes: January 7 | 2020-01-07 00:00 by Blizzard Entertainment

January 21

Allied Races
  • Vulpera characters can now correctly disable Holy Relic after discovering it through their Rummage Your Bag racial ability.
  • Vulpera and mechagnomes can now read the Ancient Tome of Dinomancy.
  • Vale of Eternal Blossoms
    • Invoke Xuen
      • Xuen's autoattack damage has been reduced by 80%.
      • The power of Xuen's abilities have been increased by 100%.
      • Xuen's abilities deal 80% reduced damage against other players in PvP situations.
  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • Resolved an issue that allowed Virulent Plague to spread to Explosives found in Mythic Keystone dungeons.
  • Druid
    • Guardian
      • Damage caused by Protector of the Pack (PvP Talent) can no longer be absorbed or reduced by damage reduction effects.
      • Brambles will no longer deal damage after suffering damage from Protector of the Pack (PvP Talent).
      • Den Mother's (PvP Talent) increased maximum health effect no longer affects the Guardian Druid.
  • Hunter
    • Beast Mastery
      • Resolved an issue that could prevent additional pets summoned by Animal Companion from gaining benefit from abilities such as Bestial Wrath, Beast Cleave, or Dash.
  • Monk
    • Resolved an issue that caused Grapple Weapon to reduce the duration of subsequent Silence effects cast on the target.
Dungeons and Raids
  • Ny'alotha, the Waking City
    • Fixed an issue which prevented Ny'alotha bosses from rewarding Artifact Power.
    • Removed the requirement that Shad'har the Insatiable had to be defeated before entering Drest'agath's encounter arena on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
    • N'Zoth the Corruptor
      • Fixed an issue that caused Paranoia to target more players than intended on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
    • Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn
      • Resolved an issue in which Prophet Skitra being defeated would cause Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn to not spawn on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
Horrific Visions
  • Fixed an issue wherein players weren't interactable for a short period after dying in Horrific Visions.
Items and Rewards
  • Trashmaster's Mantle can no longer drop in Mythic Keystone dungeons.
  • Heart of Azeroth
    • Resolved an issue that allowed Vitality Conduit (Essence) to remove crowd control effects (e.g. Polymorph).
  • Corrupted Items
    • Fixed an issue which could cause Infinite Stars and Twisted Appendage to fail to keep track of updates to characters' Attack Power or Spell Power.
    • Psyche Shredder's on-equip effect can now only be triggered by spells.
Pet Battles
  • Blackrock Depths Pet Battle Dungeon
    • The difficulty of Therin Skysong, Alran Heartshade, Zuna Skullcrush pet battle encounters have been lowered.
    • Manapoof Link now properly has the option to teleport a player who has completed the Blackrock Depths Pet Dungeon to the entrance of Blackrock Depths.
  • Faceless Mask quests are no longer shareable.
  • War Mode once again grants the correct reward quest completion bonuses for daily quests offered during Visions of N'Zoth Assaults. The UI currently does not reflect the rewards granted, but we're working on correcting it.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Gift of N'Zoth's visual effect to sometimes disappear when a character entered Orgrimmar, Stormwind, Uldum, or Vale of Eternal Blossoms. N'Zoth has not forgotten those who are loyal to him.
World Quests
  • Resolved an issue that prevented some players from receiving credit for the "Grand Empress Shek'zara" after defeating Grand Empress Shek'zara.
  • Players will now properly receive credit for defeating King Dazar for the "Kings' Rest: Kingsguard" World Quest.

January 17

  • Fixed an issue where a dead player's Damage Over Time effect could cause the raid to fail The Best of Us.
Auction House
  • Bids now display properly in the sell tab for caged pets.
  • Fixed a bug causing the quantity field to be empty when selling a non-commodity.
  • The "Uncollected" filter now filters owned battle pets as expected.
  • The "Upgrades Only" filter now correctly applies to wands and shields.
  • The "Usable" filter now filters profession-restricted items and owned toys as intended.
  • Purchasing an entire listing now displays the item count in the seller's auction list.
  • Players can now buyout an auction for which they are already the high bidder.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some mail from the Auction House to exclude expected attached gold.
Creatures and NPCs
  • The Gaze of N'Zoth can now only be faction tapped while in War Mode.
  • Onyx Warserpent's Lightning Pool no longer hits players harder than intended.
  • Taijing the Cyclone now resets properly.
  • The spawn frequency of several Rare enemies in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms Assault areas has been increased.
  • Azerite Essences
    • Fixed an issue that caused Breath of the Dying's minor damage effect at Rank 1 or 2 to benefit from the Rank 3 increased proc chance against low health targets.
  • Corruption Effects
    • Fixed an issue preventing Twilight Devastation from triggering on ranged attacks.
    • Infinite Stars damage reduced by 25% at all Corruption levels.
Player versus Player
  • The red punchcard Subroutine: Defragmentation now heals for 50% in PvP situations.
  • Fixed an issue causing Breath of the Dying to have an incorrectly-lowered cooldown when used against player pets in PvP.
  • The Vulpera Holy Relic Trick now heals for the correct amount.
  • Fixed a bug preventing Mechagnomes and Vulpera from using ghost flying mounts when dead in appropriate areas.
  • Fixed an expected sound effect on the voices of Pandaren Death Knights.
  • Vulpera can once again proceed during the Tirisfal Glades quest, "A Scarlet Letter".
  • Players who are outside of the Vision while their party defeats Ysedra the Darkener now receive quest credit for "Deeper Into the Darkness".
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Magni Bronzebeard from spawning as expected in "The Halls of Origination".
  • It is again possible to turn in "Ancient Crypt Key".
  • Titan Artifacts should now appear for the quest "Unearthed Artifacts" regardless of the completion status of the Assault bar-fill objective.
  • Assault daily quests such as "The Sun King's Chosen" or "The Strongest Among Them" now require 3 Rare kills (was 4).
  • Rare kills now provide more credit for Assaults.
User Interface
  • Guild and community setting dropdowns no longer appear when they are grayed out.
  • Players should now find their Sanity draining more quickly after an extended period within Vision of the Twisting Sands and Vale of Eternal Twilight.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing an iLvl 430 item from dropping when you had completed two objectives and the boss in a Horrific Vision. This item will be awarded to players on their next run if they satisfy these conditions.

January 15

Allied Races
  • Eligible players who earned the account-wide achievements The Mechagonian Threat and Rustbolt Rebellion on a Horde character can once again begin the process to unlock mechagnomes on an Alliance character.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Prince Erazmin from appearing on Mechagon Island after completing the mechagnome Allied Race unlock storyline.
   Attempting to burn the corpses of egg-infested bodies in Uldum will no longer remove Druids from Travel Form.
Dungeons and Raids
  • Mechagon – Junkyard and Mechagon – Workshop
    • Mechagon – Junkyard and Mechagon – Workshop no longer share a lockout for Heroic difficulty.
Items and Rewards
  • Items awarded from Horrific Visions of N'Zoth are no longer tradeable.
  • Starting "A World Worth Saving" once again transports players into the Halls of Origination dungeon full of enemies.
  • Fixed an issue where players who were eligible to attend the late Kind Varian Wrynn's funeral could be unable to complete the introductory quests for Visions of N'Zoth.
  • Players who enter a Lesser Vision of N'Zoth without accepting "Unscarred Black Scale" will now be offered the daily quest while inside the instance.
  • Credit for completing "Alpaca It Up" quest is no longer shared between group members.
  • "Against Overwhelming Odds" now grants quest credit for enemy players slain in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

January 14

  • Void Conduits now grant credit toward Assaults.
Creatures and NPCs
  • Knockback reduced on Magni Bronzebeard's Reverberating Clap.
  • Blastatron X-81 no longer taps, so all combatants can receive credit.
  • Kames, Blade of the Dawn's Sun's Retribution ability now has a 3 second cooldown.
Items and Rewards
  • Fixed a bug that allowed some Honorbound and 7th Legion items to both Corrupt and Titanforge. N'Zoth works in mysterious and terrible ways.
  • The Kernel of E-Steam now correctly awards reputation to characters not yet Exalted with the Rustbolt Resistance.
Player versus Player
  • Resolved an issue that prevented the weekly Brawl quest "Something Different" from starting when entering the Deepwind Gorge Battleground highlight brawl.
  • Players investigating Blackwing Descent with Wrathion should no longer be blocked from entering the instance during "Beginning the Descent" and "To the Catacombs!".
  • Highland Worgs are no longer endangered and can be readily slaughtered to fulfill "A Little Goodwill."
  • Fixed an issue that caused the first Lesser Vision daily quest, "A Dark, Glaring Reality" to incorrectly reward 1,000 Coalescing Visions instead of 2,000 Coalescing Visions for some players. Players affected by this issue will be offered the quest rewarding 2,000 Coalescing Visions tomorrow.
  • Zahra Sandstalker should no longer disappear for nearby players when someone accepts "To The Moon." Additionally, multiple copies will no longer show up.
  • Locating the anomalous source for "Deeper Into Darkness" now shares credit with all party members.
  • "Against Overwhelming Odds" now grants credit for slaying enemy players in Uldum when Assaults are active.
  • Players should no longer disconnect when traveling on the boat between Booty Bay and Gadgetzan.
WoW Classic
  • Alterac Valley
    • Spirit Guides in the starting caves now apply Honorless Target to the players they resurrect.
      • Developers' note: We observed some behavior in Alterac Valley that can only be described as griefing—a violation of the In-Game Code of Conduct. If this had taken place in original WoW, it would have been seen as either a situation that needed to be fixed preventatively or a circumstance that called for account suspensions. We feel that the preventative solution is the more amicable one.

January 7

Battle Pets
  • Jenafur has grown tentacles.
Player versus Player
  • Players who earned the appropriate PvP rating for a Battle for Azeroth Season 3 title while the season was inactive, but then dropped below the required rating before the season could be reactivated, should earn that title when first logging in after the weekly reset.
  • [With realm restarts] Corrected an issue that prevented players from receiving loot after completing last week's "Conquest's Reward" quest.
    • Developers' note: If you are up to date with Conquest rewards, you'll be able to complete this week's quest after maintenance, and then move on to the next one. Players who earned the 500 Conquest necessary for the quest will still receive their weekly PvP chest and players who didn't complete last week's quest will remain unaffected.
WoW Classic
  • Resolved an issue that caused /stopattack or /startattack macros to pause the swing timer (rather than reset) when used with abilities such as a Warrior's Slam).
  • Fixed a bug that caused Somnus to permanently evade after being leashed across zone boundaries.