Patch 3.1.0 (undocumented changes)

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This article lists all of Patch 3.1.0's undocumented changes. See the main article for the official list of documented changes.


  • Creature armor has been globally reduced so that debuffed targets should take about the same damage from physical attacks that they did before this change.[1]
  • DoT spells that land a critical hit will be reduced with resilience like a normal (non-DoT) spell. The damage will be reduced from the critical hit, but not from the DoT effect.[2]
  • DoT crits will "likely" be raised to a 200% crit bonus, up from the 150% currently.[2]




Below is a listing of changes to the tooltips of talents and skills for each class. Please note that these may conflict with the official patch notes.[7]

Death knight



  • [Auto Shot] now gives 15% haste to all attacks fired by a Hunter.
  • [Explosive Shot] damage reduced, rank 4 now deals [ 14% of RAP + 386 ] - [ 14% of RAP + 464 ] fire damage. (down from [ 16% of RAP + 428 ] - [ 16% of RAP + 516 ])
  • Pummel cooldown has been increased to 30 sec (Up from 10 sec.) and silence effect duration lowered to 2 sec. (Down from 4 sec)
  • Sniper Training has been changed to increase the critical strike chance of your Kill Shot ability by 5/10/15%, and while standing still for 6 sec., you gain Sniper Training increasing the damage done by your [Steady Shot], [Aimed Shot], Black Arrow and [Explosive Shot] by 2/4/6% Lasts 15 sec. (Previously increased damage and critical strike chance based on your range to the target.)


  • [Burnout] now only affects fire spells (previously affected all spells).
  • [Hot Streak]'s sound has been changed (previously used the sound which played upon earning a new achievement).
  • A new polymorph variant, Polymorph: Rabbit, will be available from the Noblegarden world event.



  • [Blessed Resilience] increases the effectiveness of your healing spells by 1/2/3% along with its previous effect.
  • [Borrowed Time] has a new icon.
  • [Enlightenment] is now a 3 point (down from 5 points) talent and increases your total spirit by 2/4/6% and your spell haste by 2/4/6%.
  • [Focused Will] now increases spell critical strike chance by 1/2/3% in addition to its previous effect.
  • [Rapture] is now a 3 point talent. When your [Power Word: Shield] is completely absorbed or dispelled you are instantly energized with 1.5%/2%/2.5% of your total mana, and you have a 33%/66%/100% chance to energize your shielded target with 2% total mana, 8 rage, 16 energy or 32 runic power. This effect can occur once every 12 seconds.
  • [Reflective Shield] has been moved from tier 7 to tier 5. It is now a 2 point talent and causes 22/45% of the damage you absorb with Power Word: Shield to reflect back at the attacker.


  • [Envenom] now gives an additional 15% chance to apply [Deadly Poison] and a 75% increased frequency of applying [Instant Poison] for 1 sec. plus an additional 1 sec. per combo point. (Previously gave a 15% chance to apply both deadly and instant poison.)
  • [Expose Armor] now reduces armor by 20%, lasting longer per combo point.
  • [Hunger for Blood] now has a 30 yard range.
  • [Improved Poisons] changed to increases the chance to apply Deadly Poison to your target by 2/4/6/8/10% and the frequency of applying Instant Poison to your target by 10/20/30/40/50%. (Previously increased chance to apply Deadly and Instant poison by 2/4/6/8/10%.)




  • Arms warriors: Increased damage, possibly through [Overpower] or [Slam].[1]
  • [Sunder Armor] now reduces target's armor by 4% per application and stacks up to 5 times. (Previously reduced armor by a set amount.) Since creature armor has been reduced, the net effect should be that this debuff is slightly less mandatory in PvE and is not disproportionately more powerful against cloth targets in PvP.[1]

Dungeons and Raids



  • [Mixology] - increases flask duration by 1 hour instead of the previous 2 hours.

An additional recipe was expected to be added[7] ( [Elixir of Minor Accuracy]), but the item does not appear to have made it into the patch.


New recipes were added:[7]







New recipes were added:[7]


New recipes were added:[7]


User interface

  • Interface Menu includes a new option in Combat Text, that of Target Effects with a sub option to show it for other players' targets.
  • Glyphs have been moved from the Spellbook to the Talents window.
  • "Talent Points" label has been renamed "Unspent Talents", and "Points spent in (category) Talents" has been reworded to "(category) Talents".
  • Sound - Sound Effects has a new option, Enable Pet Sounds.
  • Ctrl-S (switching sound on/off), Ctrl-M (switching music on/off) and Alt-Z (switching UI on/off) will display a message on the middle of the screen.
  • The tooltip for the experience bar now shows the percentage of experience for the level.
  • The loading screen for Northrend is now the world map.
  • It is possible to track more than one achievement in the Objective frame.
  • Ammo bags and quivers in the action bar can now display more than 1000 remaining shots.



Glyph icons have been updated. Each glyph has a glowing background, the color of the glow matches the class color the glyph belongs to. IE: Orange glow = Druid glyph, Blue = Mage, etc.

Updated glyphs are listed below.[7]




  •  [Glyph of Ice Lance] – Your Ice Lance now causes 4 times damage against frozen targets higher level than you instead of triple damage. (Old: Increases the range of your Ice Lance by 5 yards.)



  •  [Glyph of Death Coil] – Increases the duration of Death Coil by 0.5 sec.
  •  [Glyph of Incinerate] – Increases the damage done by Incinerate by 5% (Old: Glyph of Banish Increases the duration of your Banish by 5 sec.)
  •  [Glyph of Imp] – Increases the damage done by your Imp's Firebolt spell by 20%. (Old: 10%)

World environment

Game Engine

  • Added support for processors with more than 2 cores via CVar processAffinityMask. This allows an increased frame rate for those running Tri cores, Quad cores, and I7s.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Blizzard Entertainment Eyonix 2009-02-10. Class Change Highlights (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Retrieved on 2008-02-28.
  2. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Ghostcrawler 2009-02-25. [Math] 3.1 Pandemic in PvP. Archived from the original on 2009-02-27. Retrieved on 2009-06-12.
  3. ^ a b c d Kody 2009-02-26. Mount Screenshots, Argent Tournament Details, 3.1 Compilation Updates. World of Raids. Retrieved on 2009-02-26.
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym 2009-02-25. Re: PTR: "You have earned the title Lovefool". Archived from the original on 2009-02-25. Retrieved on 2009-06-12.
  5. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Bornakk 2009-02-26. Upcoming Glory of the Raider Reward Changes. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved on 2009-02-26.
  6. ^ Flawless Victor title removed in Patch 3.1" (2009-04-16). Retrieved on 2009-04-16.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Boubouille 2009-02-24. PTR 3.1.0 - Patch Notes. MMO Champion. Retrieved on 2009-02-26.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Reagent Changes. MMO Champion. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.