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Archive of Hotfixes from 2010

December 2010

See Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes | 2010-11-24 04:54 by Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment.

December 22–27

  • General
    • Graveyard Rats are no longer considered critters and do not give credit toward the [Critter Kill Squad] guild achievement.
    • Weekly guild reputation caps should now properly reset at the scheduled time. An error which prevented this reset from taking place if guild experience was earned at exactly 3:00 AM server time immediately prior to weekly maintenance has been corrected.
    • The achievement [Saving For A Rainy Day] has the same requirements as its predecessor Time To Open A Savings Account. For this reason Saving for a Rainy Day has been temporarily disabled (it will still show in the user interface), as it requires a fix via a client-side patch.
  • Classes
  • Dungeons & Raids
  • Items
  • Professions
  • PvP
    • Arenas
      • Arena ratings are appropriately tabulating for wins and losses. More information on this issue can be found on our forums.
      • Negative amounts of Conquest Points can no longer be awarded after a match win.
    • Battlegrounds
      • Upon winning a rated Battleground, rating, wins, and Conquest Points are awarded and display properly.
      • Negative amounts of Conquest Points can no longer be awarded after a match win.
    • Tol Barad
      • Winning as an attacker now rewards players with 1800 Honor Points, up from 180. Winning as a defender still rewards players with 180 Honor Points.
  • Quests & Creatures

December 21

  • General
    • Weekly resets and calculations which occur during regular maintenance should no longer be applied one hour early, which should prevent them from being run twice.
    • The sell prices for the 7th and 8th bank tabs purchased with guild level 5 are now 0.
  • Classes
    • Hunters
      • Hunter pets now benefit from the 1% increased hit chance from the Draenei racial [Heroic Presence].
    • Mages
      • [Flame Orb] is now benefiting from Clearcasting procs, is not costing any mana when using the buff, and removing the buff correctly when used.
    • Paladins
      • Damage dealt to the paladin by [Hand of Sacrifice] correctly breaks all forms of a mage's [Polymorph].
      • [Light of Dawn] is now properly locked out when the Holy spell tree is locked out and cannot be used for the duration of the lock.
    • Priests
      • The healing effect from [Atonement] is now being effected by healing modifiers correctly.
    • Rogues
      • Rogues lose any stored combo points upon entering an Arena, preventing the use of abilities such as Slice n' Dice.
    • Shaman
    • Warlocks
      • The [Soulburn] effect can now be used on alternate spells if the first attempt to use the Soulburn effect fails.
      • Warlocks should no longer get an “Invalid Target Error” when trying to summon a player into a raid instance. If the player is ineligible to enter the instance, they will get an error that they are already locked upon accepting the summon.
    • Warriors
      • [Bladestorm] now deals 150% normalized weapon damage as advertised. It was incorrectly dealing 100% normalized weapon damage.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • The duration of the Superheated Quicksilver Armor debuff on Karsh Steelbender is now 17 seconds, up from 12 seconds. The encounter was too hard to tank and went against our intended fight mechanics. The display for this buff may not properly update until a client-side patch is applied.
      • Rom'ogg Bonecrusher's Chains of Woe should no longer push players under the world.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Magmaw's Pillar of Flame now prefers targets further than 15 yards away for Lava Parasites and will not be cast more than once per 30 seconds.
      • Lava Parasites now only apply their melee attack proc to players who are targeted. Lava Parasites are functioning normally and cannot infest a player with more than 3 Parasite debuffs active. Snared Lava Parasites will function like other creatures and switch to a nearby target if it becomes available, making them a viable target for Infestation.
      • Drakonid Chainwielders and Drakonid Drudges had too many hit points in the 10-player version. Their hit points have been reduced.
      • Drakonid Drudges will charge another target if the furthest target is more than 80 yards away.
    • Gnomeregan
      • Mekgineer Thermaplugg is no longer using outdated abilities and has a shiny new list of abilities to use. He is also no longer immune to taunts.
    • The Stonecore
      • Corborus should no longer reset if any of the Rock Borers evade.
      • Ozruk can now be mined and has an appropriate loot table.
  • Professions
  • PvP
    • Arenas
      • All 28 of the Vicious Gladiator 2200 rating weapons now require level 86 to equip. This is a temporary fix to prevent items which were obtained prematurely due to a bug causing Arena rating inflation from being used.
      • All weapon, ranged, and off-hand items which require a 2200 rating have been temporarily removed from their respective vendors. This is a temporary fix to prevent items from being obtained prematurely due to a bug causing Arena rating inflation.
      • Engineers are no longer able to use the Spinal Healing Injector or Z50 Mana Gulper tinkers in Arenas.
      • Rogues lose any stored combo points upon entering an Arena, preventing the use of abilities such as Slice n' Dice.
    • Demolishers are properly spawning in at the beginning of Round 2 in Strand of the Ancients as Preparation fades.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Deepholm
      • Quest credit for killing Fungalmancer Glop should now be awarded to all players on his threat list.
      • The Submerged buff for the quest "N [82] Quicksilver Submersion" will no longer persist outside of the Upper Silvermarsh subzone. In addition, the Submerged buff does not count as Stealth on either a druid or rogue.
    • Durotar
    • Twilight Highlands
      • The Deathwing cutscene should now dismiss pets for better viewing opportunities.
      • Cadaver Collage's hit points in Crucible of Carnage have been increased. The poison clouds that are left on the ground now despawn when Cadaver Collage begins casting Inhale. When Cadaver Collage begins to float away, it now displays an explosion animation after a few seconds and the player is removed from combat. This occurs within a few seconds, much faster than it previously took to leave combat.

December 20

  • General
    • Paid services now allow characters level 81 or higher to be transferred with up to 50,000 gold.
    • Several Winter's Veil decorations and NPCs have been checked for proper placement.
    • Silverbound Treasure Chests can now be opened and looted correctly.
  • Classes
    • Hunter
    • Mages
      • Conjuring refreshments no longer count toward achievements like [Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic"] and [Time To Open A Restaurant].
      • [Impact] is no longer applying damage-over-time effects to enemy targets who are not within line-of-sight of the original target. A target in line-of-sight with the original target is still affected appropriately, even if they are not in sight of the mage.
    • Priests
      • The range of the heal on [Atonement] has been increased to 15 yards. It has been verified to be working correctly for the priest and party/raid members.
      • Chakra is no longer consumed by a Prayer of Mending bounce.
      • [Guardian Spirit]'s capped value did not rise properly from level 80-85. This has been corrected.
  • Dungeons & Raids
  • Items
    • The buff from  [Corrupted Egg Shell] will no longer absorb more than its intended amount.
    •  [Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade] is no longer showing as available for purchase by any class but death knights.
    • Several shirts have been corrected so they no longer cause a player's item level to increase. They are item level 1.
  • Professions
    • The search radius to find an Archaeology node from the Archaeology ability Survey has been increased. This will result in fewer searches needed while in the "green" range of surveying.
    • The Alchemy specialization  [Elixir Master] was granting extra potion procs instead of  [Potion Master] when used on Cataclysm level recipes. The potions found to be causing this have been fixed.
    • Both  [Willful Ember Topaz] and  [Lucent Ember Topaz] no longer award skill past 515 Jewelcrafting skill. The designs still show as grey in the Profession window, but no longer award skill up to 525.
    • Several cooking recipes were not counting toward the achievement [Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic"] and have been updated. Note that  [Darkbrew Lager],  [Highland Spirits], and  [Chocolate Cookie] are not intended to count for this achievement.
  • PvP
    • Killing a level 85 dwarf mage now properly updates the achievement criteria for Horde [Dwarf Slayer].
    • The return portal from Tol Barad now takes players to the appropriate capital city near the portal to Tol Barad.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Shy Highlands Turkeys in Twilight Highlands are now coming out to play for achievements.

December 16

  • General
    • Bonuses from [Embrace of the Shale Spider] and Blessing of Forgotten Kings can no longer stack.
    • Completing Archaeology projects will once again contribute to the guild achievement [Making History] once the player relogs.
    • The Orgrimmar portal to Mount Hyjal should now appear for players who flew directly into Hyjal to start questing, rather than take the Moonglade portal.
    • The old and busted Winter's Veil decorations in Brill have been disabled. Brill should now have new hotness.
  • Classes
    • Paladins
    • Shaman
      • The [Mana Tide Totem] hotfix from yesterday has been reverted. The Mana Tide buff no longer stacks, as this had a major impact on encounter design.
    • Warlocks
      • It is no longer possible to waste a [Soulstone] by attempting to use it on a dead target. The player will receive an Invalid Target error message at the completion of their channel. In a future patch, we intend this functionality to work correctly, allowing a Soulstone to be used to instantly resurrect a dead target.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • Halls of Origination
      • The damage of Fireballs automatically cast by Temple Fireshaper with Molten Barrier active has been adjusted in normal and Heroic difficulty.
      • The damage of Pact of Darkness cast by Temple Shadowlancer has been adjusted in normal and Heroic difficulty.
    • Lost City of Tol'vir
      • Siamat will cast Deflecting Winds after a few seconds of entering combat regardless of any abilities used against him at the start of the encounter.
      • The damage of Dust Flail cast by Lockmaw has been adjusted in normal difficulty.
    • The Stonecore
      • The Crystal Shards creatures in the Corborus encounter are now level 86, down from 88.
  • Items
  • Professions

December 15

December 14

  • General
  • Battlegrounds
    • Battleground Demolishers in Strand of the Ancients have had their health lowered in all Battleground brackets except for the level 80-84 range, where their health has been increased.
    • Lifegiving Seeds can no longer be used in Battlegrounds.
  • Classes
    • Hunters
      • Players who have the Insanity debuff can't benefit from Time Warp until the debuff has expired. Players can no longer benefit from both Ancient Hysteria and Time Warp prior to the Insanity Debuff fading.
    • Mages
      • [Frostfire Orb] cannot trigger [Fingers of Frost] if Rank 2 of Frostfire Orb is not learned. Fingers of Frost functions normally otherwise. Note that the debuff will still appear on the target until a client-side patch is applied to correct this display issue.
    • Paladins
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • The Looking For Dungeon random bracket for Throne of the Tides and Blackrock Caverns has been changed from level 80-81 to 80-82, and the specific bracket has been changed from level 80-83 to 80-85.
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • Twilight Dragonkin Armorers in Throne of the Tides and Blackrock Caverns now always drop some sort of loot. Get your Shimmering Claws while they're fresh!
    • Blackwing Descent
      • All four golems are now immune to [Distract] in the Omnotron Defense Council encounter.
      • Poison Bombs in the Golem Council encounter will now only attack and explode on targets they're fixated on.
      • The gate beyond Magmaw and Omnotron should not close after the bosses are killed if a soft reset takes place.
      • The Orb of Culmination will now properly respawn after a soft reset takes place.
    • Deadmines
      • Ripsnarl's Summon Vapor mechanic now ignores line of sight and correctly spawns a Vapor in regardless of where players are standing.
      • Glubtok can now be looted even if the party dies before he finishes his dramatic death sequence.
      • Grim Batol
      • Impaling Slam by Forgemaster Throngus now does much less damage, but is no longer mitigated by fire resistance.
      • Players can now zone into the dungeon while another player is in combat with a boss.
    • Halls of Origination
      • Brann now correctly begins his event for "N [83D] The Heart of the Matter" if the player is mounted when the quest is accepted.
      • There is now a teleportation device present at the front of the dungeon once Temple Guardian Anhuur has been defeated.
    • Throne of the Four Winds
      • You are now able to drink and eat after the party wipes. It's a sad day, after all, when the dead can't even enjoy delicious food and drink.
      • The Ravenous Creepers in the Conclave of Wind encounter now properly retarget players on the western platform when their aggro target moves to another platform. Even when no players are available to target on the platform the Creepers will retarget any new player who arrives on the platform.
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
      • Characters who become stuck in a Slipstream are now properly dropped after a period of time and brought back to the platform via the Fall Catcher.
  • Items
    •  [Amulet of Dull Dreaming] and  [Acorn of the Daughter Tree] had duplicate stats. That's no fun for anyone! Amulet of Dull Dreaming has a critical strike rating of 112 and a haste rating of 112. Acorn of the Daughter Tree has a mastery rating of 116 and a haste rating of 107.
      •  [Captured Lightning] from The Vortex Pinnacle now correctly has Spirit instead of hit rating. The item tooltip may not properly update to reflect this change, but the appropriate stats should be applied to a character when the item is equipped.
      • Lifegiving Seeds can no longer be used in Battlegrounds.
      •  [Shroud of the Dead], purchased from the Ramkahen Quartermasters in Uldum, is no longer Bind-on-Equip.
  • Professions
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Deepholm
      • Players that are not on the quest "N [83] Wrath of the Fungalmancer", and are out of combat at the same time another player begins the Fungalmancer event, will not be placed into combat with Fungal Horrors that spawn during the encounter. All Fungal Horrors despawn as soon as Fungalmancer Glop is defeated. In addition, at no time should Fungalmancer Glop path through walls or terrain. Norsala respawns moments after a player completes the encounter.
      • The quest "N [84] Wayward Child" can now be completed with Therazane regardless of the phase the player is in.
      • Twilight Soulreapers and Defaced Earthragers no longer give any experience or loot when killed.
    • Mount Hyjal
      • All players who receive the raid victory message while on the quest "N [81] Prepping the Soil" will also receive quest objective completion.
      • Lava Surgers were caught red-handed showing no loot. Showing no loot of an almost broken nature. This will not do. (They now drop loot and can be mined.)
    • Tol Barad Peninsula
      • Wandering Souls will now always drop a Cursed Femur for the quest "B [85 Daily] Salvaging the Remains".
      • Darkwood Broodmothers and Darkwood Hatchlings were sharing spawn locations, sometimes preventing one of the creature types from spawning. This has been corrected.
      • The Magnatized Scrap Collector cannot be used outside the designated quest area.
    • Twilight Highlands
      • The cutscene for the quest "N [85] Enter the Dragon Queen" no longer breaks if someone skips the cutscene and more than one person is watching it.
      • The ever-sneaky Cayden Dunwald should now always get attacked during the escort quest "A [84] Once More Into The Fire".
      • Baited Black Drakes were Deathwing wannabes and doing way too much damage with their fire breath. This damage has been reduced to ensure there is only one king of pain.
      • To address a phasing conflict, players cannot accept "Somethin' For The Boys" until they've completed all three of the preceding quests, including "A [84] They Took Me Pants!"
      • Axebite Grunts now despawn whenever the siege tanks get healed and leave, or if they get destroyed. The Siege Tank Commanders are now flagged as immune creatures and no longer get stuck in combat, which prevented players from interacting with them for the quest "A [84] Siege Tank Rescue". In addition, players can no longer attack Siege Tank Commanders.
      • Darunga's respawn time for the quest "A [84] Doing It Like a Dunwald" has been reduced. In addition, the corpses of Darunga and Jaspertip Crystal-Gorgers should no longer linger around for an inordinate amount of time.
      • The Frothing Rage buff is now removed when players leave the zone.
      • The ogres in Glopgut's Hollow now respawn at a higher rate than before.
    • Uldum
      • Harrison Jones will now spawn at the exact same time as the Obsidian Colossus for the quest "N [83] Fortune and Glory".
      • Engaging in PvP combat in Ramkahen now properly spawns guards.
      • Wearing associated costumes for the quest "N [83] Firing Squad" when the cutscene plays should no longer result in event issues.
      • Kill credit is now awarded to all party members for both the regular and daily versions of the quest "N [83] Fire From the Sky". Missiles from other players are also visible to everyone now.
      • Elite Troopers were way too elite and had triple the armor they're supposed to have. We've stripped them of some of their precious protection.
      • All party members are now receiving credit for motivating a Slacking Laborer for the quest "N [83] Make Yourself Useful". This is 100% more useful.
    • Vashj'ir
      • The quest "N [81] Wake of Destruction" now only requires players to devour 10 naga.
      • Hallazeal the Ascended now despawns when a player leaves combat or logs out while being engaged with him.
      • At the conclusion of the final cutscene for "B [82] Defending the Rift", the quest completion NPC is visible for both factions.
      • The Nespirah Fluid buff is now removed when players enter a dungeon, raid, or Battleground.
      • Quest credit is now shared between party members when killing quest creatures for "N [81] Wake of Destruction".
    • Eastern Plaguelands
    • The Cape of Stranglethorn
      • The Ironjaw Humour that drops off Ironjaw Behemoth for the quest "Too Big for His Britches" can now be looted by multiple members of a party.
    • Ghostlands
    • Northern Stranglethorn
      • When reputation with the Bloodsail Buccaneers is friendly, players can now accept the quest "N [60] Avast Ye, Admiral!" from Fleet Master Firallon.
    • Swamp of Sorrows
      • The objects Thousand-Thread-Count Fuse, Extra-Pure Blasting Powder, and Stack of Questionable Publications for the quest "N [52] In with a Bang" now respawn more quickly.
    • Southern Barrens
      • Silithid Swarmers no longer grant any experience or loot, and cannot be skinned when killed.
    • Stonetalon Mountains
    • Icecrown
      • Morbidus no longer provides any loot or experience.

December 13

  • General
    • Guild experience caps were being hit faster than expected. As a result, guild experience gained through questing has been reduced.
    • After hitting the weekly guild reputation cap, players will no longer receive the message that they're at the cap every time a quest is turned in.
    • It is no longer possible to activate [Running Wild] from a transform or shapeshift form (including Metamorphosis). When leaving a shapeshift form, worgen players will always be in worgen form and cannot toggle [Two Forms] while shapeshifted.
    • Players should no longer be unable to chat, or join or leave private chat channels after a realm is restarted for any reason.
  • Classes
    • Druids
      • Both Bear and Cat Form versions of Skull Bash are no longer able to be used to get to a target when there is no valid path available.
    • Hunters
      • It is no longer possible for hunters to tame pets in a way that allows them to keep any buffs the creatures had on them prior to being tamed.
    • Warlocks
      • [Dark Intent] no longer causes the warlock to stand up while eating or drinking when a critical hit occurs.
      • If [Empowered Imp] procs while casting Soul fire, the buff is no longer consumed.
      • [Searing Pain] can still be cast if it misses while Soul Burn is active and does not consume Soul Burn until it lands.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • The droprates on all Bind-on-Equip items in Cataclysm dungeons have been reduced.
    • Chaos Orbs now drop properly from Vanessa VanCleef in Heroic: Deadmines.
    • It should no longer be possible for Vanessa VanCleef's note to spawn in Deadmines instances where groups have not killed Ripsnarl and Cookie.
    • Admiral Ripsnarl's vapors no longer award reputation in Heroic: Deadmines.
    • Summoned non-elite Twisted Visages no longer provide reputation in Grim Batol.
    • Siamat in Lost City of the Tol'vir could sometimes fail to cast Deflecting Winds on time, rendering him unkillable. This has been corrected.
    • NPCs which spawn during the Baron Silverlaine encounter in Shadowfang Keep no longer reward reputation when killed.
    • All players should now correctly be rewarded with the Straw that Broke the Camel's Back achievement in Halls of Origination.
  • Items
  • Professions
    • Completing Archaeology projects no longer progresses the guild achievement [Making History]. This is a temporary fix until an issue with this achievement can be addressed in an upcoming patch.
    • Corpses of Scalding Rock Elementals can now be mined. It's possible to gain both  [Volatile Earth] and Shimmering Shards from the corpses.
    • Several Jewelcrafting designs were incorrectly tagged as Bind-on-Pickup and have been changed to Bind-on-Equip.
    • The Alchemy skill  [Transmute: Living Elements] now functions correctly in Deepholm and Uldum.
    • Disenchanted green items are now giving more materials as the item levels increase. This change also ensures armor items give dust more often than essence, and that weapons give more essence than dust.
    • Fishing in open water areas around Sulfuron Spire no longer yields Volatile Fire.
    • Lifebound Alchemist Stones should now always be properly created when the necessary materials are consumed and skill-ups are awarded.
    • The speed of the Blacksmithing mace  [Forged Elementium Mindcrusher] was too fast compared to related items. Its speed is now 3.60.
    • The  [Overpowered Chicken Splitter] Engineering bow is now superior quality and no longer epic.
    • The droprate on  [Volatile Life] from herbs has been increased.
    • Bario Matalli and Shazdar now properly sell  [Cocoa Beans],  [Noble Hops] and  [Dry Yeast] in unlimited quantities. Additionally, Innkeeper Allison no longer sells Fresh Goat's Milk and now carries  [Fresh Water] instead.
    • Drained Venomblood Scorpids can now be skinned.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Deepholm
      • It is now possible to complete the quest achievement [Deep into Deepholm].
      • Aggra's voice-overs can no longer be heard or read by other players during the Deepholm introduction at the Maelstrom.
      • Living Bloods at Deathwing's Fall now spawn more quickly.
      • Mercurial Oozes at the Upper Silvermarsh now spawn more quickly.
      • Quest NPCs in the Temple of Earth should now appear during the final zone phases to guarantee players can still turn in quests regardless of progress.
      • Players should no longer be repeatedly consumed by the very mean Colossal Gyreworm.
      • Twilight Defilers, Twilight Heretics, and Twilight Desecrators can no longer be pickpocketed.
      • Players are able to obtain the  [Bottle of Whiskey] and the  [Spool of Rope] for the quest "N [82] Without a Captain or Crew".
      • If Earthmender Norsala despawns during the scripted event for "N [83] Wrath of the Fungalmancer", players can now still continue with the event.
      • The  [Ruby Crystal Cluster] is now multi-drop for players in a party and are respawning at a decent rate.
      • Phased Armor cast by Twilight Dragonspawn and Seeping Quicksilver cast by Mercuiral Ooze were doing trivial amounts of damage. The damage of these abilities has been increased.
    • Gilneas
    • Lost Isles
      • Quest NPCs for "The Heads Of The SI:7" were doing too much damage. Their damage has been reduced and are within the appropriate level range.
    • Mount Hyjal
      • "N [81] An Offering for Aviana" is correctly being offered in all cases of prerequisite completion for both Horde and Alliance characters.
      • Matoclaw in the Grove of Aessina now offers the quest "N [81] Last Stand at Whistling Grove".
      • Cindermaul's Chest can now be looted by any player that currently has the quest "N [81] Cindermaul, the Portal Master" in their quest log.
      • Windspeaker Tamila no longer joins combat when hostile creatures are brought near her.
    • Twilight Highlands
      • Bosses can no longer be pulled far out of the Crucible of Carnage arena.
      • During the quest "A [84] Aiming High" the Flintlocke's Explosives can now be used anywhere on the Skyshredder.
    • Uldum
      • Sheep packs no longer instantly respawn.
      • Player are now able to stay in the proper phase and accept "N [83] Field Work" after leaving the area, porting to other zones, or relogging.
    • Vashj'ir
      • It is now possible to complete the quest achievement [Sinking into Vashj'ir].
      • Scourgut Remoras are now spawning closer to the ground.
      • Players should always be properly granted credit for completing the "B [82] Defending the Rift" quest event.
      • The range on the phase transitions of the Battlemaiden event has been extended to catch players who've pushed too far away from the NPCs around the bridge.
      • Gnash is now balanced for any type of party make-up to engage. He also grants more experience when he dies than he used to.
      • NPCs on The Verne and the Pincer X2 will no longer despawn or behave oddly while players are completing the quest "B [81] Full Circle".
      • Nespirah's entrance membrane should always be open.
      • Slithering Slime applied by eels in the Kepl'thar Forest now does significantly more damage, as it was not scaling appropriately with level.
      • Toxic Bite applied by eels in the Shimmering Expanse now does significantly more damage, as it was not scaling appropriately with level.
      • Brinescale Serpent's Brinescale Venom now has a 10-second duration, down from 20.
    • Dun Morogh
    • Eastern Plaguelands
    • Stormwind
      • Major Samuelson grants kill credit to everyone on the quest that is nearby when he is unmasked. He also grants players who hit him during the fight quest credit for his kill, regardless of tap rights.
    • Western Plaguelands
      • Lang's Hand Grenades are not usable outside of the designated questing area.
    • Azshara
      • Talrendis Marksmen no longer grant experience upon death.
    • Felwood
      • The  [Blood Red Key], which started the now-deprecated quest "A Strange Redy Key[sic]", is now removed from players' inventories upon logging out or zoning.
      • Darla's Box of Megaflares cannot be used when not in Felwood. They can be used anywhere within Felwood.

December 8

  • General
    • Guilds no longer receive guild experience when earning guild achievements. You can read more about this on our forums.
    • If a guild maxed their experience gains for the day, subsequent tallying of individual members’ weekly and total experience gained was not always properly being saved and stored. This has been corrected.
    • The achievements [Heroic: Lost City of the Tol'vir Guild Run], [Heroic: Shadowfang Keep Guild Run], and [Baradin Hold Guild Run] are now properly awarded and show up in the Guild Achievement window.
    • Corla will now always drop an item and the  [Red Winter Hat] does not replace her regular loot drop. It's because she cares.
    • Specific mounts, when used in Eastern Kingdoms, were not receiving the appropriate movement speed modifiers between land and ground. This has been corrected.
    • Players can enter and finish Wintergrasp or Tol Barad even if no players from the opposing faction are queued.
    • Players are now able to acquire "N [120] A Winter Veil Gift" for 2010 if they had completed "N [120] A Winter Veil Gift" in 2009.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • Several items which drop from bosses in Cataclysm five-player dungeons have been correctly reclassified so that the intended classes can roll Need when in a Looking For Dungeon group.
    • Rock Borers no longer award reputation when killed in The Stonecore.
    • Evolved Twilight Zealots killed by Raz in Blackrock Caverns no longer award experience if tapped by players.
    • Players are again provided a spectral flying mount while in spirit form if killed in Ahn'Qiraj: The Fallen Temple.
    • The Tamed Tol'vir Prowlers in Lost City of the Tol'vir award much less experience when killed.
    • Players can now use Wind Tunnels while in combat, returning them to Siamat's platform in Lost City of the Tol'vir.
    • Deep Murloc Drudges in Throne of the Tides no longer grant experience when killed.
  • Items
    • Players are no longer able to refund an alternate-cost item if they level up during its refund timer.
    •  [Stormrider's Cover] was requiring an incorrect class token to purchase from vendors. This has been fixed. Until a patch is applied, the Stormrider's Cover will still list a  [Crown of the Forlorn Protector] being a required currency, however, it can be correctly purchased with a  [Crown of the Forlorn Vanquisher].
    • The Filet Knife quest reward from "H [81] Something Edible" in Vashj'ir is a caster weapon and now has spell power. So sensible!
    • The on-use effect from  [Tosselwrench's Shrinker] is no longer counting as an elixir buff. Additionally, no extra ranged attack power or other stats are granted.
    • Eastern Plaguelands quest reward trinkets no longer have on-use effects that grant ranged attack power.
  • Professions
    • Fishing skill gains were increasing too rapidly past 500 skill and have been adjusted.
    • The tradeskill nodes were too dense in Deepholm and Twilight Highlands for Mining and Herbalism. Several have been removed.
    • Players are no longer able to use a  [Lifegiving Seed] while shapeshifted and receive the appropriate error message when attempting to do so. Additionally, the effect is canceled when entering combat.
    •  [Enchant Weapon - Mending] no longer gives haste when it procs on attacks or spells. Now, it just gives the proper heal.
    • Creating a  [Runescroll of Fortitude II] now correctly grants skill-ups.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • All existing guard posts in the world (e.g. Goldshire, Azure Watch, Bloodhoof, etc.) now properly spawn level 85 capital city guards.
    • Quests for the Hydraxian Waterlords have been properly deprecated.
    • Deepholm
      • Players no longer receive experience from killing Mercurial Droplets.
      • Deepstone Elementals now spawn more quickly.
      • Captive Quartz Rocklings in Lorthuna's Gate now respawn more quickly.
      • Players now receive much less experience when killing Irestone Rumblers.
      • Players no longer have issues with camera direction while trying to attack Zoltrik Drakebane after having jumped onto his Pyremaw mount on the quest "N [83] The Twilight Flight".
      • Stone Trogg Berserkers now do less damage.
    • Gilneas
      • There are now more Rampaging Worgen in the introductory worgen questing experience to support large groups of questing players.
      • Worgen characters must now complete "A IconSmall Worgen Male.gifIconSmall Worgen Female.gif [12] Endgame" for Admiral Nightwind to gain the option to port to Rut'theran Village.
      • Liam has been given lessons in anger management and team work. He will now properly stay with his soldiers during "A IconSmall Worgen Male.gifIconSmall Worgen Female.gif [11] The Battle for Gilneas City" event.
    • Kezan
      • Both the Rope Ladder and Last Chance Yacht Boarding Mortar objects will now sparkle while on the quest "H IconSmall Goblin Male.gifIconSmall Goblin Female.gif [5] Life Savings". Now with more sparkles!
    • Mount Hyjal
      • Players in a party on the quest "N [81] Black Heart of Flame” are all now able to loot the  [Black Heart of Thol'embaar] after killing Thol’embaar, because it's only fair.
      • Blazebound Elementals no longer reward experience when Flameseer's Staff is used on them.
      • Players will now receive the error message "You are in the wrong zone" when trying to use Spawn of Smolderos outside of Mount Hyjal.
      • Twilight Flamecallers and Twilight Overseers now respawn more quickly.
      • Players no longer get attacked by guards when landing in Nordrassil with a hostile player targeted. It was a rather rude introduction to Mount Hyjal really.
      • Twilight Stormwakers now respawn more quickly for the quest "N [81] Slash and Burn".
      • Flame Ascendants needed for the quest "N [81] Might of the Firelord" now respawn more quickly.
    • Twilight Highlands
      • Blackscale Mistresses and Blackscale Raiders in Twilight Highlands now spawn less frequently and award less experience per kill.
      • Targets killable by turret vehicles for the quest "H [84] Off The Wall" no longer grant experience.
      • Twilight Abductors and Twilight Flamequenchers at Vermillion Redoubt no longer grant experience or provide loot.
      • Subjugated Firestarters no longer grant experience or provide loot.
    • Uldum
      • Players can no longer get stuck in a phase after watching the cutscene that triggers upon completion of quests "N [83] Missing Pieces" and "N [83] Reduced Productivity".
      • Bloodsnarl Scavengers killed by players with the aid of Salhet's Lions during the quest "N [83] Salhet the Tactician" will not provide experience. If you want something done, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
      • Creatures in Neferset City needed for the quest "N [84] Bleeding the Enemy" now respawn more quickly.
      • Players will now correctly switch phases after turning in the quest "N [83] Gobbles!"
    • Vashj'ir
      • Players will now be in the correct phase with Wavespeaker Valoren after completing the quest "N [82] Communing with the Ancient". Seeing ghost question marks on the mini-map is no fun for anyone.
      • The Deepfin Scrounger Anchor Attack! now only roots players for 5 seconds, down from 20 seconds.
      • The damage of the Devious Great-Eel is now correctly reduced if a player does not immediately engage the eel in combat after the Eel-Splosive Device is triggered while on the quest "H [81] Here Fishie Fishie 2: Eel-Egg-Trick Boogaloo" (Horde) or "A [81] The Brothers Digsong 2: Eel-Egg-Trick Boogaloo" (Alliance).
      • Smuggler's Scar now has two guard posts, up from one, and Deepmist Grotto has one guard post, up from none. In addition, Cavern Crawlers are now immune to crowd control effects. Even ganking should have its limits.
      • Players are no longer able to retain the 450% swim speed increase from the Abyssal Seahorse through devious, devious means.
      • Earthmender Duarn's yell is now only visible to the player interacting with him for the quest "Making Contact".
      • Overseer Idra'kess's yell can now only be seen if a player is within range of him.
      • The following creatures or objects in Vashj'ir now respawn more quickly: Conch Shell, Starfish, Stormind Helmet, Stormwind Spear, King Gurboggle, Fathom-Lord Zin'Jatar, Warden Azjakir, Akasha, Varkul the Unrelenting.
      • Elendri Goldenbrow is no longer offering a conflicting deprecated quest "N [81] Curious Distraction".
      • There were instances where Duarn and Erunak weren't always spawning in the event for the quest "N [81] Nespirah" which have been fixed.
      • Players of the opposite faction can no longer kill the lures for the Seahorses. It's just mean and wrong. And mean.
      • Private Pollard no longer has a duplicate personality when players complete the quest "B [81] Spelunking", and Gorruk is correctly sitting after being healed.
      • Horde players are now gaining the appropriate reputations when completing quests in Vashj'ir.
      • The Earthen Ring quests in Vashj'ir now correctly grant reputation with The Earthen Ring.
      • Ancient Conduits for the quest "N [82] Ascend No More!" now respawn more quickly.
      • The cutscene which leads players to the submarine upon speaking with Erunak for the quest "B [82] Defending the Rift" should no longer sometimes drop players out of phase.
      • Nespirah Abscesses needed for the quest "B [81] Body Blows" now have more spawn locations and respawn more quickly.
      • The  [Corroded Key] that is obtained during the quest "N [81] Kliklak's Craw" is now a multi-drop item and can be looted my multiple members of a party. And there was much rejoicing.
      • High Sorcerer Andromath is no longer offering the deprecated quest "A Mage [28] Ur's Treatise on Shadow Magic" in Redridge Mountains.
      • The deprecated quest "N [58] Mor'zul Bloodbringer" in Burning Steppes is no longer offered to Horde or Alliance warlock characters.
      • Horde players can now turn in the quest "B [120] Forged Documents" to Suja in the cooking hut in Orgrimmar.
      • Azshara quests now yield Bilgewater Reputation as intended.
      • Kranal Fiss no longer offers the deprecated quest "B Shaman [10] Call of Fire" in Northern Barrens.
      • Warlocks will now receive an "Immune" error when casting Enslave Demon on Impsy in Felwood.
      • "H [30] Nothing Left for You Here" can now still be completed if the player has already completed "H [30] My Time Has Passed" in Stonetalon Mountains.
      • "H [26] We're Here to Do One Thing, Maybe Two..." can now be completed by simply going to Saurboz in Stonetalon Mountains and is not affected by the wagon.
      • Sha'tar Vindicators are level 65 now, down from 85, and no longer tearing through Auchenai Doomsayers in Terokkar Forest needed for the quest "N [65] Evil Draws Near".

December 7

See Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes | 2010-11-24 04:54 by Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment.

  • General
    • It is no longer possible for an ill-mannered person of the opposing faction to one-shot a flight trainer in Stormwind or Orgrimmar, which in turn made the 500 players standing on top of the flight trainer with their mammoths really sad.
    • Mob Fallen Hero's Spirits in Icecrown can no longer have their pockets picked.
    • Ray'ma and Brew Vendor Brew of the Month Club vendors are now spawning properly.
    • The achievement “ Stood in the Fire” is granted when standing in a zone boundary different than Mob Deathwing's spawn location. In addition, players can now get this achievement by walking into the wake of Deathwing's fire after he has passed.
    • If faction mounts do not translate to a mount of the opposite faction when performing a paid faction change, they will now be removed.
    • Players are no longer able to endlessly kite the outdoor Battlemasters.
    • Several combat issues involving mind control mechanics have been fixed.
  • Battlegrounds
    • NPCs and vehicles now have the correct Cataclysm values for health and damage in the 80-84 and 85 Strand of the Ancients, Isle of Conquest, and Alterac Valley level brackets.
    • Some players were unable to enter 10- vs. 10-player Battlegrounds when the option to enter became available. This has been corrected.
  • Classes
    • Priests
      • Low-level priests will now properly take [Shadow Word: Death] backlash damage when casting Shadow Word: Death.
    • Shaman
  • Dungeons & Raids
  • Items
    •  [Tattooed Eyeball] should not be epic quality and is now superior.
    • Mob Wailing Weeds no longer give experience, have any drops, or are able to be gathered in Mount Hyjal.
    • Items which have refund options available no longer have their expiration cooldown recorded incorrectly when more than one is purchased within a short amount of time.
    • An issue which prevented players from rolling Need on certain relics found in dungeons has been corrected.
    •  [Helm of the Thousand Needles] now has 12 Strength and 17 Stamina in addition to the 12 Hit Rating it had before.
    •  [Spider's Silk] now drops from most all spiders in the level range of 16-25.
    • Stag Flanks now drop from level-appropriate stags.
    • Big Mouth Clams and the Black Pearls they sometimes contain again drop off of many creatures.
    •  [Corpse Dust] and Infernal Stones are no longer available from vendors.
    • The stats for the one-handed mace Shatterscale Mightfish have been corrected.
    • Rogues are now able to equip and use  [Morningstar of the Order]. However, the tooltip for the item still shows Main Hand in red, and right clicking on the item when it is equipped returns the message "You do not have the required proficiency for that item." This display issue will be corrected in a future patch.
    • Passengers are now force ejected from multi-passenger mounts that have been converted into a Reindeer or Brewfest Kodo. This works for both NPCs and PCs.
  • Professions
    • There is no longer a School of Fish in Elwynn Forest that like to think of themselves as in "testing," nor do they yield Peacebloom when fished. This School of Fish is no longer a part of the counterculture and will no longer give you flowers when fished.
    • Recipe: Feathered Lure is no longer on the vendor list for the Cooking reward vendors, as it's returning an error "The Spell is not available to you" when players attempt to learn it.
    •  [Electrostatic Condenser] no longer provides inconsistent loot chances for each gathering profession.
    • Training in Archaeology should now properly generate dig sites around the world according to the player's skill level.
    • Archaeology daily quests are now properly flagged as dailies.
    • A Fossil Archaeology Find at the Un'Goro Terror Run dig site spawned beyond the range of the dig site area and has been removed.
    • There was an inconsistency in Cooking skill-ups between  [Lavascale Minestrone] and  [Lavascale Fillet] which has been addressed.
    • Some Leatherworking recipes which require a skill of 525 were missing from the vendor Misty Merriweather and have been returned.
  • Quests
    • Cataclysm Level 80-85 Zones
    • Eastern Kingdoms
      • Completing the quest "A IconSmall Worgen Male.gifIconSmall Worgen Female.gif [5] Never Surrender, Sometimes Retreat" is now updating Gilneas properly.
      • Mob Forsaken Sailors were dealing too much damage to those questing in Gilneas. Their damage output has been reduced.
      • If a player completes the objectives of "A [25] Bad Medicine" outside of Northern Stranglethorn, then the quest "A [25] Just Hatched" will not auto-launch, but Corporal Sethman will have the quest available when the player turns in the quest "Bad Medicine" to Brother Nimetz. If the player completes "Bad Medicine" within Northern Stranglethorn, then "Just Hatched" is auto-launched.
      • Quest givers in The Exodar, Teldrassil and Dun Morogh are all now offering the level 50 mage quest "A Mage [50] Meet with Maginor Dumas" leading players to Stormwind.
      • The deprecated quests "A [34] Foreboding Plans" and "A [34] Encrypted Letter" are no longer being offered to players by the Syndicate Documents in Hillsbrad Foothills.
      • The deprecated quests "A [22] Looking Further" and "A [26] Morganth" are no longer being offered by the Old Lion Statue in Redridge Mountains.
      • The cutscene for "H [13] Lordaeron" in Silverpine Forest will now properly play if the player is mounted when starting the quest.
      • Mob High Priest Venoxis should spawn properly during the "B [32] High Priest Venoxis" quest event in The Cape of Stranglethorn.
      • The quest "H [30] The Holy Water of Clarity" will be offered regardless of the order in which the player completes the prerequisite quests in The Cape of Stranglethorn.
      • The NPCs of Bloodgulch no longer disappear when players skip the cutscene during the quest "B [84] Eye Spy" in Twilight Highlands.
    • Kalimdor
      • 60 completed quests in Winterspring are now required in order to earn the  Winterspring Quests achievement.
      • Players should no longer experience issues completing the quest "A [21] The Reason Why" when attempting to interact with the various Moonstones in Ashenvale.
      • Players are no longer able to attack other players while in Diemetradon form during the quest "N [55] Ever Watching From Above" in Un'Goro Crater.
      • It is no longer possible to pick up the deprecated quest "The Gordunni Scroll" in Feralas.
      • The deprecated quest "H [31] Hunting in Stranglethorn" is no longer being offered by Roon Wildmane in Desolace.
      • Questgiver Melizza Brimbuzzle in Desolace now respawns at a much more reasonable rate after dying.
      • Jinky Twizzlefixxit now provides players with a replacement River Boat quest reward via her gossip text if a player deletes it while in Thousand Needles.
      • Mob Antechamber Guardian now spawns correctly for "N [49] What Lies Within" in Tanaris.
      • The quest "H [48] Sandscraper's Treasure" is no longer being offered to Alliance players via the Sandscraper's Chest in Tanaris.
      • The Antediluvean Chest is now correctly spawning inside the Antechamber of Uldum within Tanaris and there is no longer an issue with it spawning outside of the chamber.


December 4

December 2

See Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes | 2010-11-24 04:54 by Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Players can no longer skin Mob Crushcog Sentry-Bots or Mob Crushcog Battle Suits in Dun Morogh... because they don’t have skin.
  • The grace time for players who have disconnected from a Battleground has been increased to three minutes before being issued the Deserter debuff.
  • Stats on the  [Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat] have been reduced, as it can currently be equipped by players of all levels.
  • Crafty players again found a way to catch Cataclysm fish. Crafty designers have made this impossible without a Cataclysm key attached to a player’s account.
  •  [Revitalizing Sandals] now have an enchantment of +1 Intellect.
  • Mob Ravenous Jaws off the coast of Icecrown grew strangely large and have been returned to their normal size.
  • Players who die within Ahn'Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom are no longer granted a Spectral Gryphon mount while in spirit form.
  • Classes
    • Druids
      • [Rake] is now dealing the same damage outside of [Cat Form] when the druid has the Razor Claws mastery. Rake damage also stays consistent when modified by [Mangle] as a druid shifts out of Cat Form.
      • The proc buff from the talent [Shooting Stars] should no longer be consumed without providing its benefits if the druid is already casting [Starsurge].
    • Hunters
      • Mob Silithid Swarmers are now tamable by hunters.
      • Hunter pets that changed pet families prior to patch 4.0.3 will no longer retain their previous talents on top of the new Cataclysm pet talents. Hunters will have to untalent their pets to pick up this correction.
    • Mages
      • The Fire mage mastery [Flashburn] will now properly increase the periodic damage of [Combustion].
      • [Frostbolt] for low-level mages was doing too little damage. [Frostbolt] damage has been increased at low levels, while low-level Water Elemental damage has been decreased slightly to compensate.
      • The [Pyromaniac] talent is now properly triggering when 3 or more targets are affected by a mage’s periodic damage Fire spells.
    • Paladins
    • Priests
      • [Smite]'s scaling coefficient has been increased. The damage of Smite is now very similar to Heal in value. This change has been made to ensure the Archangel Discipline sub-specialization remains viable.
      • The presence of the [Word of Glory] effect from the paladin talent Guarded by the Light will no longer prevent casting or get overwritten by [Power Word: Shield].
      • Killing priests with the [Spirit of Redemption] talent now correctly awards Honor, killing blows and Honorable Kills. Also, abilities that proc off of killing blows like [Victory Rush] are now proccing properly when a priest is talented into Spirit of Redemption.
  • Quests

November 2010

November 30

See Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes | 2010-11-24 04:54 by Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment.


See Dungeon Quest Experience Reduction | 2010-11-30 21:26 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym

We are applying a hotfix today to all level 1-60 dungeon quests for Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms dungeons which will significantly reduce the amount of experience they award.
While dungeons should remain integral to our evolving storylines, and great places to collect gear in cooperative environments, we need to make sure each player’s questing progress remains relevant as dungeon quests are completed. In many cases we’re seeing players enter dungeons to complete quests, only to come out ahead of the leveling curve for the zones they’re in.
This change should allow players the opportunity to reap the benefits of running dungeons, while not outpacing the leveling flow from levels 1-60. At this time there are no plans for making any adjustments to dungeon quest experience for Outland, Northrend, and level 80+ Cataclysm dungeons.

November 29

See Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes | 2010-11-24 04:54 by Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Mob Emalon the Storm Watcher is no longer despawning on death and his corpse can be looted normally.
  • "Rain of Chaos" cast by the warlock versions of Severed Essence in Icecrown Citadel was doing substantially more damage than intended and has been adjusted.
  • Cataclysm leather can no longer be skinned from low-level NPCs.
  • Azure Watch flight master Zaldaan has been reminded that he should hate the Horde.
  • Alchemists Flask bonus for  [Flask of Steelskin] is now consistent with other profession's Stamina buffs.
  • Characters that have Illustrious Grand Master Engineering are now able to use the  [Gnomish Army Knife] without errors.
  • Classes
    • Druid
    • Hunter
      • The free [Aimed Shot] from Master Marksman was dealing too little damage. It now deals the same or a little bit more damage than the base Aimed Shot.
      • [Spirit Bond] is now correctly applied when monkey or dog pets are active.
      • The Gorishi Fledgling Colossus is now longer immobile when tamed.
    • Paladin
      • Sanctuary now functions correctly for paladins below level 30 and no longer refunds talent points upon relogging or zoning.
      • [Light of Dawn] casts correctly and does not produce an error when it does not hit a targeted ally.

November 25

See Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes | 2010-11-24 04:54 by Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Players should now be able to champion a capital city and earn reputation in Heroic and normal Wrath of the Lich King dungeons while wearing that city's tabard.
  • Players are no longer required to discover Wrath of the Lich King dungeons before accessing them via Looking For Dungeon.
  • Players should no longer be interrupted when eating or drinking in a Battleground before the battle starts.
  • Many former Steamwheedle Goblins have switched over to the Gadgetzan faction. If a players happens to be "At War" with these NPCs, they will no longer attack in many areas.
  • Collision has been removed from Argent Tournament banners so they can no longer block players.
  • The door to the Alliance Keep in Isle of Conquest should again be closed at the beginning of the battle.
  • Creatures spawned during the Mob Hadronox encounter no longer award reputation.
  • After changing races to Tauren and learning the Sunwalker Kodo mounts, they continue to remain available after porting, zoning, and relogging.
  • Mob Trapjaw Rix no longer has a duplicate manifestation standing on top of himself.
  • Players can no longer catch new high-level fish when fishing near level 80-85 zones unless the account is upgraded to Cataclysm.
  • Quests
    • The quest "Reinforcements from Theramore" can now be obtained by Alliance players.
    • Players no longer keep the invisibility aura and the Hunting buff after logging out while in the wolf vehicle on the quest "The Wolf And The Kodo".
    • The quest "A [34] Diplomacy By Another Means" no longer auto-completes in the field.
    • The spawn rate for Mob Frostmane Scavengers in Dun Morogh has been substantially increased.
    • Obtaining the achievement for completing quests in Silverpine now requires 55 quests, down from 60. The interface will still list it as 60 required quests until a client-side patch is applied.
    • Players should no longer get stuck in a phased state when attempting to complete the quest "H [21] To the Rescue!"
    • Players are now able to complete the quest "A [36] Uther's Blessing" by using the item Chillwind Tribute at Uther’s Tomb.
    • Horde players are no longer able to obtain the  [Stormpike Insignia Rank 2] from Lieutenant Haggerdin while on the quest "H [24] Infiltration".
    • Experience granted by quests in Arathi Highlands has been increased.

November 24

See Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes | 2010-11-24 04:54 by Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment.

November 21

This hotfix reverts the attempt to address the issue where on select realms, rifts for Phase 4 of Elemental Unrest don't spawn in Ironforge. Rifts still don't spawn, but you're no longer penalized for it by not being able to queue for the Ironforge bosses.

November 20

This hotfix attempts to address the issue where on select realms, rifts for Phase 4 of Elemental Unrest don't spawn in Ironforge.

November 15

November 12

November 8

November 1

October 2010

October 19

See Class balance as of Oct 13, 2010 | 2010-10-14 00:38 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

  • We have pushed a hotfix to improve hunter damage.
    • Specifically, we increased the damage of the signature abilities (Chimera Shot, Explosive Shot and Kill Command) by 15-25%. This will both improve overall damage-dealing and make sure that these abilities are prioritized higher than other shots. We think this will bring hunters to a good enough state until they hit 85. Aspect of the Fox and Cobra Shot solve some specific issues at higher levels. Marksman hunters may still trump Survival and Beastmaster hunters until they’re 85, since their rotations rely a little on Cobra Shot.

October 18

See Class balance as of Oct 13, 2010 | 2010-10-14 00:38 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

  • We are going to take the resilience buff down a little:
    • It should end up as a 25% buff from where it stood originally, not a 50% buff. For point of comparison, maxing out resilience before our first hotfix reduced damage by ~50%. After out hotfix, the damage reduction with max resilience was 80%. With this most recent change, damage reduction with max resilience will go down to 60%.
Clarification:
We had buffed resilience by 50% and then lowered it by 25%. This is a 12.5% buff from before the patch. To use clean numbers, if you had 40% damage reduction, we buffed it to 60% (a 50% increase) and then lowered it to 45% (a 25% decrease)

October 14

See Class balance as of Oct 13, 2010 | 2010-10-14 00:38 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

  • We lowered the damage of Shadow Word: Death, except when the target is at the 20% wounded state, at which point it will do full damage. We also fixed a bug where the energize from Masochism was causing too much threat. (This is just a clarification on the above note -- we have not nerfed it twice.)
  • We lowered the base points and coefficients of several Balance spells, especially Insect Swarm.
  • We lowered the damage of Drain Soul slightly.

October 13

See Class balance as of Oct 13, 2010 | 2010-10-14 00:38 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

  • We buffed the base points and coefficients of many warrior dps abilities. We didn't do as much to tanking abilities.
  • We buffed the base points and coefficients of many Ret abilities.
  • We buffed the base points and coefficients of many Feral cat abilities.
  • We lowered the base points and coefficients of many mage abilities, but lowered Fire more than the other two.
  • We nerfed Shadow Word: Death, but it is possible we didn't nerf it enough. It should not be Shadow's biggest spell.
  • We returned Searing Pain's damage to its 3.3.5 levels.
  • We increased the benefit of resilience by 50% for players level 80 and below. The tooltips will probably not reflect this change.

September 2010

September 7

July 2010

July 20

See Icecrown Citadel Raid Buffs Active | 2010-03-30 19:24 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

July 9

  • Hotfixed a bug where if you whisper yourself, your RealID name would appear instead of your character's name.

June 2010

June 22

See Icecrown Citadel Raid Buffs Active | 2010-03-30 19:24 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

May 2010

May 25

See Icecrown Citadel Raid Buffs Active | 2010-03-30 19:24 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

May 12

See Recent In-Game Fixes - May 2010 - 5/11 | 2010-05-11 17:29 by Blizzard Entertainment Drokthul.

May 11

See Recent In-Game Fixes - May 2010 - 5/11 | 2010-05-11 17:29 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

April 2010

April 27

See Icecrown Citadel Raid Buffs Active | 2010-03-30 19:24 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

April 16

See Lil XT sounds | 2010-04-16 14:48 by Blizzard Entertainment Vaneras.

  • A hotfix was recently applied, which temporarily disabled some of the sounds  [Lil' XT] makes.

April 2

See Recent In-Game Fixes - April 2010 - 4/2 | 2010-04-02 23:21 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

March 2010

March 31

See Recent In-Game Fixes - March 2010 - 3/31 | 2010-03-24 20:46 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.


March 30

See Icecrown Citadel Raid Buffs Active | 2010-03-30 19:24 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

March 26

See Recent In-Game Fixes - March 2010 - 3/24 | 2010-03-24 20:46 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

  • The  [Endless Healing Potion] is no longer usable in arenas as intended.
  • Warlocks using a lower rank of [Life Tap] will receive a reduced benefit from their shadow spell power.
  • The damage done by the cannons in the gunship encounter in Icecrown Citadel has been increased and the rate at which their heat decays has been reduced.
  • In Alterac Valley, the buffs that the Generals get from the Warmasters and Marshals now grant them negative enemy dodge. This means they will now ignore some of their target's total dodge percentage. The base health of the Generals has been increased and the buff also grants a slightly increased amount of damage and health.
  • The cheese items in Dalaran as well as the Kvaldir Berserkers in Icecrown will once again respawn at a faster rate.
  • The window that comes up when talking to an NPC should no longer close on its own.
  • Some changes to the battleground queuing system have been made to improve performance and group queuing.
  • The timer for when the next battle in Wintergrasp will occur should no long disappear.

March 24

See Recent In-Game Fixes - March 2010 - 3/24 | 2010-03-24 20:46 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

March 4

See Recent In-Game Fixes - March 2010 - 3/4 | 2010-03-05 00:52 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

  • In the Mob Lord Marrowgar encounters, the boss will no longer reset threat after a bone storm and will now wait a small amount of time before attacking at the end of a bone storm.
  • In the Mob Deathbringer Saurfang encounters, the boss is now less likely to cast Blood Nova on targets affected by Mark of the Fallen Champion.
  • In both normal and heroic versions of the 10 player Mob Rotface encounter, the mutated infection ability will not be cast as quickly while the fight progresses.
  • In the 10- and 25-player heroic Mob Festergut encounters, the malleable goo ability should no longer target pets.
  • In the Mob Valithria Dreamwalker encounters, the duration of Emerald Vigor and Twisted Nightmares were slightly increased.
  • In the Mob Sindragosa encounters, the duration of the instability debuff was slightly reduced.

March 2

See Icecrown Citadel Raid Buffs Active | 2010-03-03 00:27 by Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym.

February 2010

February 17

See Recent In-Game Fixes - February 2010 - 2/17 | 2010-02-04 01:43 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

  • The drop rate of  [Frost Lotus], from herbs in Northrend, has been increased by 50%.

February 11

See Recent In-Game Fixes - February 2010 - 2/11 | 2010-02-04 01:43 by Blizzard Entertainment Crygil.

  • Using a  [Bag of Heart Candies] with a full inventory will now cause the local postmaster to send you any candy not recieved.
  • Mob Sindragosa will now be more consistent in her application of Unchained Magic in 25-player difficulty.

February 10

See Recent In-Game Fixes - February 2010 - 2/10 | 2010-02-04 01:43 by Blizzard Entertainment Crygil.

February 9

See Recent In-Game Fixes - February 2010 - 2/9 | 2010-02-04 01:43 by Blizzard Entertainment Crygil.

  •  [Titan-Forged Spaulders of Triumph] are purchasable by druids as intended.
  • Lovely Charms now stack to 40.
  • Any player who has a  [Lovely Charm Collector's Kit] in their bags now has a chance to receive a  [Lovely Charm] when in a group or raid and a group member gets a killing blow as long as they are within a certain range of the kill.
  • In all difficulties of the Lich King encounter, players who are tanking raging spirits are no longer valid Harvest Soul targets during phase 3, Vile Spirits in phase 3 now spawn at a greater height, and Vile Spirits in phase 3 will not be spawned as often.
  • In the 10 player Lich King encounter, Raging Spirits have had their health decreased in both normal and heroic versions and then fewer Vile Spirirts will be summoned in just the 10 player normal mode.
  • Mob Svala Sorrowgrave in Utgarde Pinnacle should no longer get stuck in the air during her transformation phase.
  • The Blue Sack of Gems earned from completing a random heroic Occulus dungeon is no longer tradeable.
  • The Tier 10 tanking plate gloves and chest pieces now have their appropriate durability on them.

February 8

See Recent In-Game Fixes - February 2010 - 2/8 | 2010-02-04 01:43 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

  • Sindragosa's Mystic Buffet will now pulse every 6 six seconds, up from 5 seconds. In the normal 10 player encounter the debuff increase has also been slightly reduced.
  • In the Mob Toravon the Ice Watcher encounter, the effect of the Whiteout debuff has been reduced. Additionally, the damage done by Frozen Orbs has been reduced.

See Icecrown Citadel Attempts on Normal | 2010-02-09 02:42 by Blizzard Entertainment Daelo.

  • After each region's maintenance this week, raids will no longer lose attempts on wipes in Normal mode for Professor Putricide, Blood-Queen Lana'thel, Sindragosa, and the Lich King. There will still be limited attempts in Heroic mode.

February 5

See Recent In-Game Fixes - February 2010 - 2/5 | 2010-02-04 01:43 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

  • Mob Rimefang now flies less frequently in all raid formats.
  • The Fountain of Light proc effect can now heal players outside of the caster’s party.
  • Animated Bones summoned by the Anub’ar Necromancers, no longer award experience when defeated.
  • The amount of damage being absorbed by [Sacred Shield] and [Power Word: Shield] is being reduced by 10% correctly in only battlegrounds, Arenas, and Wintergrasp.
  • The range of the Lich King’s Remorseless Winter aura has been increased in Halls of Reflection.
  • The Val’kyr Shadowguards in the Icecrown Citadel Lich King raid encounter should always properly pick up their target.
  • Mob Deathbringer Saurfang should gain blood power less rapidly in normal 10 and normal 25 player modes and players can also no longer zone in while this encounter is active.
  • Mob Sindragosa’s Backlash ability can no longer crit.
  • The rejuvenation procs from the Druid Tier 10 will now work better in a raid group and not avoid targets that have any rejuvenation spell on them though it will continue to avoid targets that have the casting druid’s rejuvenation on them.
  • The damage bonus done by [Devastate] has been appropriate increased to be in line with the changes made in patch 3.3.2.

See Re: Nibelung: Why it should be reevaluated. | 2010-02-04 21:44 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

 [Nibelung] &  [Nibelung]

  • Proc chance for a val’kyr to appear being increased from 1% to 2%.
  • Anytime a summoned val’kyr casts her smite spell, she will heal herself for 25% of the damage done.

See Tanking and Survivability Changes | 2010-02-05 06:38 by Blizzard Entertainment Crygil.

Tooltips to be fixed in the next patch.

Paladin:

  • [Sacred Duty] now provides 2 / 4% Stamina, down from 4 / 8% Stamina. The cooldown advantages of the talent remain unchanged.

Death Knight:

  • [Frost Presence] now provides 8% Stamina, up from 6% Stamina.
  • [Icebound Fortitude] now provides 30% base damage reduction, up from 20% damage reduction. For a geared tank with high defense, this translates to 50% damage reduction, up from 40%.

February 3

See Recent In-Game Fixes - February 2010 - 2/3 | 2010-02-04 01:43 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

  • Mob Blood-Queen Lana'thel will now begin her flight phase a little earlier in 25 player mode, Vampiric Bite is no longer mitigated by armor, and the damage of Vampiric Bite has been reduced.
  • Mob Toravon will not be affected appropriately by Area-of-Effect damage spells.
  • The Frost Orb corpses in the Mob Toravon encounter will now despawn faster.
  • Players who are dead will now get credit as intended when defeating the Mob Valithria Dreamwalker encounter.
  • Players can no longer zone in while the Mob Valithria Dreamwalker encounter is active.
  • Anti Magic Shell no longer resets the Mystic Buffet stacks in the Sindragosa encounter.
  • The Val’kyr in the Lich King encounter are no longer affected by Death Grip and will head to ledges faster.

See Disabling Saronite Bombs | 2010-02-04 01:34 by Blizzard Entertainment Daelo.

  • We just made a hotfix that disables the siege damage dealt by Saronite Bombs and the Global Thermal Sapper Charge. The siege damage of the bombs was causing the Frozen Throne platform to rebuild, which greatly decreases the difficulty of the encounter.

January 2010

See Recent In-Game Fixes - January 2010 - 1/11 | 2010-01-04 17:35 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

January 22

See Recent Icecrown Citadel Hotfixes | 2010-01-22 19:03 by Blizzard Entertainment Daelo.

Mob Blood Prince Council

  • Prince Keleseth will no longer melee players. So if you get knocked into Keleseth or happen to move by him, he won't swipe in between his casts and kill a non-tank.
  • The first Shadow Resonance should appear earlier in the fight, which will allow the Keleseth tank to have more orbs on him or her if Keleseth is empowered second instead of third. We didn't want which Blood Prince was empowered second to be a major element of the difficulty in the fight.
  • We reduced the melee damage for the Princes by 10% for the 10 player difficulty. They were doing less damage than the 25 player before the hotfix, but this change lowers the damage further.
  • Empowered Flames will now run out of power after shooting fewer firebolts in the 10 player difficulty. We did not change the initial impact damage.

Mob Blood Queen Lana'thel

  • The Blood-Queen is no longer spawned until the Blood Princes dies. This will prevent any unfortunate entry of her highness while a raid is fighting the Blood Princes. The initial hotfix for this causes the Blood-Queen to not spawn at all in a particular circumstance, but this was also fixed last night.
  • We increased the duration of Essence of the Blood Queen to 60 seconds in 25 player difficulty, and 75 seconds in 10 player difficulty. A strategy developed for managing the Essences throughout the fight that involved intentionally killing a player, and this change addresses that strategy. The new timing does interact with some of her other abilities in new ways, but there are methods that players have to lessen that impact.

January 21

January 20

See PvP Resilience Changes | 2010-01-20 16:50 by Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk.

  • This hotfix will double the value of resilience in reducing damage done by players.

January 19

See Koralon in VoA? | 2010-01-19 21:03 by Blizzard Entertainment Daelo.

  • We're working on a hotfix to return Koralon back to the Vault of Archavon. He thought that the time in between Arena seasons was leisure time for him.

January 13

See Professor Putricide Hotfixes | 2010-01-13 03:01 by Blizzard Entertainment Daelo.

  • Fixed an issue where the Mutated Transformation and Mutated Plague ability were doing significantly less damage in 25 player mode than intended.
  • Mob Professor Putricide's Tear Gas should no longer cancel player abilities such as Devotion aura. Instead of being totally immune, players now take 99% less damage.

January 11

  • Mob Professor Putricide's Tear Gas will no longer remove player auras.
  • The Growing Ooze Puddles in the Mob Professor Putricide encounter will no longer continue to grow while players are stunned.

January 7

  • Mob Rotface’s hit points have been reduced in the 10 person encounter.
  • Stealthed rogues should no longer trigger traps in Ice Crown Citadel from long range.
  • The base damage bonus from [Hunger for Blood] has been reduced from 10% to 5%.
  • The bonus damage rogues gain from attack power for poisons has been decreased. This applies to [Instant Poison], [Deadly Poison], and [Wound Poison].

January 6

  • Deathbringer’s Will trinket will now proc haste as a replacement for armor penetration.
  • The val’kyrs spawned by the Nibelung staff will now always hit with their smite attack and their damage has been increased for both normal and heroic versions of the staff.
  • The chance for the proc to activate on the  [Black Bruise] weapon has been increased.
  • In the Mob Rotface encounter, big oozes should now properly combine.
  • Mob Rotface’s acidic blood and Mob Festergut's acidic blood now function appropriately through the use of the group looting and master looting systems.

January 5

  • The proc for the item, the  [Last Word], has been greatly increased to allow for more continuous uptime.
  • The NPC Margrave Dhakar in Icecrown will properly respawn if killed while doing the quest, The Flesh Giant Champion.
  • [Wyvern Sting] no longer triggers the extra shot effect from  [Zod's Repeating Longbow].
  • The Oculus had some additional changes made. The Planar Anomlies during the Eregos encounter will have a shorter duration and do reduced damage, some of the drakes above Varos’s platform have been removed, and the drakes controlled by players will move a little faster.
  • Players can now send a whisper to a player from another realm that is currently in their party.
  • The Invigoration buff from melee attacks using the Heartpierce dagger will now grant twice as much resources as before. It now grants 2 rage, 4 energy, or 120 mana every 2 seconds for 10 seconds.
  • The Lady Deathwhisper encounter has seen the following changes in the 25 player normal version: mana pool has been reduced, the health on all adds has been reduced, and Adherents will wait a little longer after spawning before they start casting.
  • Interrupting a fireball being cast by the Ymirjar Flamebearers in normal and heroic Pit of Saron will no longer make them instantly cast Hellfire.
  • The ghost waves at the beginning of both normal and heroic Halls of Reflection have undergone several changes that should make them easier to defeat such as preventing 2 mages or 2 mercenaries from spawning in the 5 mob pulls, a shorter duration of the spectral footman’s shield bash, and the spectral mage’s flamestrike having a longer cast time, shorter duration, and (in heroic) doing less damage.
  • The Oculus loot improvements posted here have been made: http://blue.mmo-champion.com/12/12025295932-oculus-loot-improvements.html

January 4

  • The mail Bloodsunder Bracers have had their appropriate socket bonus added.
  • The proc on  [Zod's Repeating Longbow] should no longer reset auto shots.
  • The gear requirement for heroic Halls of Reflection has been increased.

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