Patch 2.4.0 (undocumented changes)

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This article lists undocumented changes that have appeared in patch 2.4.0.


  • Dwarf male shoulder pads have decreased in size, and weapons have increased in size.
  • Some items equipped by tauren look smaller when worn over the shoulder than they do when wielded in combat.
  • Players in Thunder Bluff are no longer auto-dismounted if they travel through buildings to other parts of the city. Druids won't lose their [Travel Form].
  • Game physics have been changed to prevent wall climbing.
  • Commander Hobb and Sanctum Defender have been updated wielding new bow models.
  • Human female face was changed due to patch optimization.[1]
  • Players can now link Spells and Quests in chat like items; Description, req. items and reagents shown.
  • You will hold your breath in more shallow water
  • There is now a direct flightpath from Ratchet to Orgrimmar (It used to go by way of Crossroads).
  • The green water in Undercity has received a new animation.


  • Temporary buffs from Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin and Eye of the Storm now counted as buffs instead of debuffs.
  • Battleground matchmaking for premades has been tightened, so it is more likely that a premade will meet a group with similar gear. This can result in longer queue times for premades.[2]



  • Druids that were in [Moonkin Form] or Tree of Life Form will now be able to auto-shift out to mount up. This now means that costumes can't be used to have Moonkin mounted.
  • [Moonkin Form] is now affected by the Fel Orc Costume buff.


  • Ammo Pouches and Arrow Quivers can no longer be simultaneously equipped in your character's bag slots.
  • Pet threat/aggro generation is acting differently than it did in Patch 2.3.3. See this bug report for more information.
  • [Snake Trap] itself and snakes summoned by its trigger no longer despawn as soon as hunter dies (similar to all others traps).




  • [Power Word: Shield] now has a different, crackling sound when cast (very similar to the mage's [Icy Veins]). This is a known bug.[3]
  • Touch of Weakness no longer interrupts channeling when it procs.
  • Mind Vision can no longer be used in Arena. It also doesn't interrupt drinking/eating.[4]


  • [Cheat Death] now properly reduces incoming damage (was bugged since 2.3.2 patch: it decreased all incoming damage by 90% and then absorbed 90% of damage taken. In reality, it should be 99% of all damage absorbed for 3 seconds). Also the passive ability now has a large animation under the rogue's head upon trigger.


  • The Clearcast buff no longer has a sound effect. This is a known bug.[5]




  • All recipes for grinding stones have now been correctly categorized.
  •  [Dragonstrike] changed from unique main-hand to non-unique one-hand.



  • The skill-up formula seems to have changed, so that around 400 fewer catches are required to reach 300.
  • The skill required to fish in Silmyr Lake has increased to 405 to cast, 500 to stop get-aways.
  •  [Barbed Gill Trout] can no longer be caught in Shadowmoon Valley.

NPC Changes


  • Items intended for Retribution paladins have been rebalanced. Spell damage has been replaced with stats such as critical strike, haste, and strength on Season 1 and 2, Tier 4 through Tier 6, and other miscellaneous Retribution gear. Season 3 was already changed in patch. 2.3.
  • Stats of  [Shifting Tanzanite] changed from +5 Strength +4 Agility to +5 Agility and +6 Stamina.
  • The PvP mounts  [Swift Warstrider] and  [Reins of the Black War Elekk] have been added to the game.
  • The  [Zapthrottle Mote Extractor] has a new on-use animation.
  • Corrected tooltips for most trinkets to show more accurate cooldowns (only tooltip text change). For instance,  [Bladefist's Breadth] now show correct cooldown of 1.5 minutes instead of 2 minutes.
  • Items with cooldowns now have text "Cooldown Remaining: mm:ss" at their tooltips.
  • Engineering Dragonlings now have a 20 minute cooldown instead of 1 hour.
  • Mob level of engineering crafted defensive pets are no longer linked to engineering skill. (At 375 engineering, Battle Chicken down from level 72 to 40, Mithril Dragonling from 72 to 40, Arcanite Dragonling from 72 to 50). [1]
  • Vengeful Gladiator's Felshroud and Vengeful Gladiator's Dreadgear have had their graphics redesigned.
  •  [Elixir of Water Walking] was added. Appears as a random reward from the Daily Quest for fishing.
  •  [Mystical Skyfire Diamond] No longer has a 2% chance to reduce the next spell's casting time by 50%. Now the 1ppm "Focus" buff lasts for 4 seconds and Increases Spell Haste Rating by 320. The buff still has a 45sec internal Cooldown, but is no longer consumed.
  •  [Tiny Voodoo Mask] had its CD lowered to 10 minutes from 16.
  • The quest item that leads to Jaguero Isle has had its level requirement reduced to level 42, to be in line with the dropped level of the quest and island from at patch 2.3.
  •  [Stratholme Holy Water] now does less damage. Most likely due to not being affected by Spell Damage.
  •  [Captured Flame] is now a Rare item, instead of Common.
  •  [Fiery Festival Brew] now makes you a little tipsy and shoot flames out only for a few seconds. Previously flames would come shooting out of your mouth for about 10 seconds. There is also a duration (14 days).
  • Item stats in item tooltips are no longer sorted. Previously white stats always appeared in standard order of Strength, Agility, Stamina, Intellect, Spirit, now they may appear in any order. Green stats were also sorted and aren't any more.



  • The size of Supremus in Black Temple has increased significantly. Also, the hitbox of Supremus has been reduced significantly.
  • The area around Archimonde in Battle for Mount Hyjal has been decreased in size and players are no longer able to go into the hills around his area. Also, the hitbox of Archimonde has been reduced significantly.
  • Void Reaver no longer targets a player before casting an Arcane Orb, so Add Ons such as Deadly Boss Mods or BigWigs are no longer able to warn of incoming Orbs.[6]
  • The Prince Malchezzar fight in Karazhan has had its safe spots on the left side of the room removed as of 3/26/08
  • Tempest Keep - Al'ar - Flame patches in phase 2 can no longer be killed with spell reflect by warriors. Al'ar's hit box was made smaller.

User Interface

  • Tutorial hints (after clicking on the yellow exclamation mark at the bottom of the screen) are now displayed in the center instead of at the bottom.
  • Raid Window in default Blizzard UI will no longer become empty or locked if opened during combat.
  • Raid target icons (the skull, cross, circle, square, etc) can now be shown in chat by enclosing their name in "curly brackets" - for example {circle} or {skull}

Bug fixes

  • The Falthrien Academy is now correctly displayed as a subzone of Eversong Woods, not as a zone (which has a bigger fade text on entering).
  • The capitalization of the Valley Of Heroes has been changed to Valley of Heroes.
  • Some mounts (like the epic Hawkstrider) now make a sound, when standing still and pressing the space bar. There has been an animation. Tiger mounts however, no longer make a sound.
  • Wind Rider Master Urda, in Hammerfall, is now standing on her platform instead of under it.
  • The cost of flight paths and repair will now be properly reduced if your reputation is Friendly, Revered or Exalted.
  • Vanndar Stormpike and Drek'Thar no longer give info about how many elite NPCs are left at Alterac valley (these elites were mostly removed in patch 2.3).


  1. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Hortus 2008-03-27. Re: [Bug Human female faces models are different]. Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved on 2009-06-12.
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Hortus 2008-03-27. Re: Premades in 2.4. Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. “If you want to get into a Battlground quickly, queue up solo...”
  3. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Nethaera 2008-03-31. Re: That sound you keep hearing is PW: shield. Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved on 2009-06-12. “That sound you keep hearing is PW: shield”
  4. ^ Maticus 2008-03-31. Patch 2.4 Undocumented Changes. Retrieved on 2009-06-12.
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Hortus 2008-03-26. Re: Shaman Clearcasting (Focused) sound missing. Archived from the original on 2008-03-26. Retrieved on 2009-06-12.
  6. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Hortus 2008-03-26. Re: Bug or VR changes in 2.4. Archived from the original on 2008-03-26. Retrieved on 2008-03-26.