Cataclysm Hotfixes - Updated Jan. 26

Cataclysm Hotfixes - Updated Jan. 26

Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the release of patch 4.0.3a and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. While many have already been deployed on all realms, some may not be implemented until the next time your realm is restarted. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied.

 

January 19-26

  • General
    • Thunder Bluff reputation no longer increases further from Horde faction gains than other races, now correctly capping at Friendly.
  • Classes
    • Druids
      • Enrage will now properly increase the amount of damage taken by the druid.
      • Force of Nature and Wild Mushroom can now be cast correctly even if the target is on a different height of terrain from the druid.
    • Paladins
      • The bonus healing provided by Conviction now functions correctly when healing other players.
      • The passive healing bonus from Walk in the Light has been reduced to 10%, down from 15%. This change is to balance against the fix to Conviction, but still results in a small overall buff to paladin healing.
    • Priests
      • Prayer of Mending is now properly reduced by healing reduction effects, such as Mortal Strike, Absolute Corruption, and Engulfing Darkness.
    • Rogues
      • The benefit of Executioner for Slice and Dice is now correctly removed from the rogue after switching talent specializations.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • The Bastion of Twilight
      • Creatures leading up to Halfus are now immune to Mind Control.
      • The Waterlogged debuff now expires appropriately after a player is hit by Flame Torrent during the Ignacious encounter.
      • Terrastra will cast Quake regardless of whether Harden Skin is interrupted or not.
      • Twilight Sentries now have less health on 10-player Heroic difficulty than on 25-player Heroic difficulty.
      • Sinestra
        • Twilight Whelps are now immune to snares.
        • The spawn rate of Twilight Spitecallers has been slightly reduced on 25-player Heroic difficulty.
        • A death knight's diseases will no longer trigger the Twilight Spitecallers' Indomitable enrage.
        • It is no longer possible to target or attack a Twilight Spitecaller before it has entered the combat area.
        • Flame patches should properly spawn in front of the Twilight Eggs.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • The achievement criteria for Silence is Golden is now properly reset when entering combat with Atramedes.
      • Atramedes's health on Heroic difficulty has been reduced slightly.
      • Maloriak will no longer be interrupted while casting Release All Minions.
      • Maloriak's enrage timer was inconsistent between difficulties and has been updated. It is now 7 minutes for normal difficulty and 12 minutes for Heroic difficulty.
    • Deadmines
      • Glubtok's Fire and Frost Blossoms summoned during the encounter no longer grant experience or reputation.
    • Throne of the Four Winds
      • Al'Akir's Lightning Strike damage has been reduced on 25-player Heroic difficulty. In addition, its effect duration has been reduced to 16 seconds, down from 24 in both modes and difficulties.
      • Slipstreams can no longer be used during the Al'Akir encounter.
      • It is no longer possible to swap raid difficulty before the Conclave of Wind has fully respawned.
      • Gather Strength cast by Rohash is no longer affected by spell slowing effects, such as Curse of Tongues and Slow.
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
      • Bosses will no longer respawn after a soft reset if players already have a Heroic save.
  • Items
    • Heroic set tokens have been moved to earlier bosses on 25-player Heroic difficulty. Here is the new breakdown of token drops on 10- and 25-player Heroic difficulty: chest from Halfus, legs from Maloriak, gloves from Magmaw, helm from Nefarian, shoulder from Cho'gall.
    • Tokens for normal versions of the helm and shoulder set pieces (item level 359) now also drop from Nefarian and Cho'gall on Heroic difficulty, as they are required to purchase the Heroic helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372). An additional change to this functionality is slated for patch 4.0.6. These normal drops will again be removed from Heroic bosses, and the requirement of having the normal helm/shoulders to purchase their Heroic versions will be removed.
    • Normal and Heroic versions of Earthen Handguards now have more Strength.
    • Normal and Heroic versions of Fall of Mortality can now proc the Grounded Soul effect correctly via heal-over-time spells.
  • Lunar Festival
    • Elder Rumblerock is now available during the quest "Assault on Dreadmaul Rock" for both the Horde and the Alliance.
    • Horde players now correctly gain 75 Bilgewater reputation as well when completing the Lunar Festival elder quests as part of the Horde reputation gain.
  • Professions
    • The Stamina bonus from the Flask of Battle is the same as the Flask of Steelskin. Both are correctly giving 120 Stamina for alchemists who know the recipe.
    • Archaeology projects Twisted Ammonite Shells, Druid and Priest Statue Sets, Fierce Wolf Figurines, and Spidery Sundials now guarantee skill-ups all the way to 525.
    • Toughened Flesh now drops more frequently from associated creatures.
    • Making Kungaloosh no longer counts toward the guild achievement Set the Oven to Cataclysmic.
  • PvP
    • Rated Battlegrounds will no longer initiate a shutdown timer due to too few players being present.

 

January 7-18

  •  General
    • Broiled Dragon Feast is correctly being tracked by the guild achievement, Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic".
    • The guild achievement Lower Blackrock Spire Guild Run can now only be earned in a group of at least 4 players from the same guild in a 5-player party.
    • The achievement Sunwell Plateau Guild Run now requires a guild group to complete. This achievement can no longer be completed without the requirement of having 75% of the raid be guild members.
    • Guild experience daily resets should no longer sometimes fail to occur.
  • Classes
    • Death Knights
      • Necrotic Strike is now affected by resilience.
    • Druids
      • Druids previously unable to learn Nature's Grasp will be able to learn that spell now.
      • Rejuvenation now consumes 16% of base mana, down from 26%, but still requires 26% of base mana in order to be cast. A patch will be required to address this discrepancy.
    • Mages
      • Rank 1 of Pyromaniac no longer improperly gives 5% passive haste.
      • The mana costs of the following mage spells have been reduced, but they still require the previous percentage of base mana in order to be cast: Arcane Barrage (11% of base mana), Arcane Blast (7% of base mana), and Fireball (12% of base mana). As an example, Fireball requires 16% base mana to cast, but only consumes 12% of base mana. A patch will be required to address this discrepancy.
    • Priests
      • Sin and Punishment is now properly causing its terror affect when dispelled. In addition, it no longer shares diminishing returns with fear effects. It now shares diminishing returns with horrify effects.
      • Priests who were unable to learn Holy Nova will now be able to train the spell.
    • Warlocks
      • While Nightfall is active, Doomguards will not instantly cast Doom Bolt.
    • Warriors
      • A bug has been fixed where the Shield Block ability granted 25% more critical block chance than was intended for Protection warriors with very high total chance to avoid attacks.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • It should no longer be possible for players to inadvertently be locked out of killing a raid boss depending on whether or not they were online when the boss was killed.
    • The battle resurrection counter will now correctly reset if players are not inside the dungeon when an encounter resets.
    • The Bastion of Twilight
      • The hotfix on January 5 to increase the damage of Liquid Ice during phase 3 of the Ascendant Council fight has been reverted. Due to a separate bug with the size of the Elementium Monstrosity's hitbox, it is often impossible for melee classes to avoid damage from this ability. This issue is slated to be addressed in patch 4.0.6 so that Liquid Ice damage can again be increased.
      • Many adjustments to the behavior of various mechanics in the Sinestra encounter have been made.
      • Fester Blood now hits everyone in the room instead of having a 20-yard radius on Heroic difficulty during the Cho'gall encounter.
      • Valiona's Blackout can no longer be absorbed by Grounding Totem or reflected. Its healing absorption effect has also been increased for 10-player normal difficulty.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Atramedes will now reset if the players targeted by Sonic Breath or Obnoxious Fiends attempt to leave the room.
      • Zoning into the dungeon after a soft reset now causes all Atramedes-related objects and creatures to reset completely. The introduction event will replay once the dwarves have been cleared. Entering combat with Atramedes forces the gongs to become usable and the fight will function normally from this point.
      • Atramedes will no longer despawn when his tail passes through the area trigger in the entrance to his room. He will no longer despawn randomly during the fight. Pulling him out of his room will now cause him to reset.
      • The damage of Chimaeron's Caustic Slime has been reduced for both raid sizes and dungeon difficulties.
      • Chimaeron will not cast Caustic Slime on Feral tanks in Bear Form unless there aren't enough non-tank specialized targets available. This fix applies to Magmaw's targeting functionality as well.
      • Rip and Bane of Doom damage is no longer affected by the damage increase of Stolen Power when engaging Nefarian.
      • Abberrations spawned during the Maloriak encounter were displaying inappropriately high health values on Heroic difficulty. This has been corrected.
  • Items
    • Bloodthirsty Gladiator's Badge of Dominance and Vicious Gladiator's Insignia of Dominance on-use effects now properly modify healing done.
    • Darkmoon Card: Volcano now triggers from periodic damage.
    • Divine Shield and Blessing of Protection no longer remove the Blind Spot debuff from the normal and Heroic versions of the Jar of Ancient Remedies. When targeting an ally at very close range (2-3 yards) when using this item, it will still energize them instead of the user. This will be fixed in an upcoming patch.
    • Free Action Potions now cannot be used above level 80.
  • Professions
    • Archaeology keystone fragments can no longer be prospected.
    • Lifebound Alchemist Stones can no longer be disenchanted.
  • PvP
    • Arenas
      • Ring of Valor has been temporarily disabled until select bugs can be fixed in an upcoming patch.
    • Battlegrounds
      • Teams who are in the rated Battleground queue and have a member disconnect are now removed from the queue after 10 minutes if the player does not come back. The team is still at the top of the queue if the player comes back and the Battleground will pop almost instantly.
      • Battleground ratings, wins, and losses should now always update after every game when playing in rated Battlegrounds. Certain conditions were not causing this to happen previously.
      • Players who do not show up to a Rated Battleground, either by leaving the queue or letting the Battleground queue time out, are not being credited for a win.
      • Players who are removed from a Battleground when it closes due to a lack of players will not receive the Deserter debuff.
      • Players are again able to queue for more than one Battleground at a time without issue.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Darnassus
      • Worgen character hearthstone location is now set to the Craftsmen's Terrace in Darnassus upon completing the quest "Ruh'theran Village".
    • Deepholm
      • Fungalmancer Glop no longer grants experience and now rewards quest kill credit to all players who have damaged him.
    • Tol Barad Peninsula
      • Players will receive quest credit for killing any quest boss, regardless of party status, so long as they participate in killing these bosses.
      • Problim can now be seen from a much larger distance.
      • Cell Watchers in D-Block are no longer incorrectly tagged as elite.
      • "The Leftovers", "Swamp Bait" and "A Huge Problim" can now be shared between members of the Alliance. In addition, these quests now award the correct amount of gold and faction for the Horde and Alliance as well.
      • Darkwood Broodmothers no longer flee at 25% and periodically inflict targets with Reckless Toxin instead.
      • Hungry Ghouls and Skeletal Beastmasters now drop the Cursed Femur quest item when on the quest "Salvaging the Remains", and the tooltip also indicates these creatures drop the quest item.
      • Restless Infantry and Restless Soldiers now spawn more quickly.
    • Twilight Highlands
      • If reinforcements are not called after 60 seconds, Skullcrusher will now despawn. When reinforcements are called, Skullcrusher no longer improperly despawns.
    • Uldum
      • Titanic Guardian's Burning Gaze ability should no longer put everyone in the zone in combat.

 

 

January 6

  • Classes
    • Death Knights
      • Ghouls do not gain Shadow Infusion when Death Coil is cast during the preparation phase of an Arena or rated Battleground match, making it impossible to use Dark Transformation before the game starts. Shadow Infusion and Dark Transformation both work normally after the preparation phase.
    • Hunters
      • Hunters can no longer sometimes activate multiple aspects at once through the use of Camouflage. Very sneaky.
    • Paladins
      • Paladins using Divine Shield are now able to cast on targets within the same Smoke Bomb effect area, as well as heal others.
    • Priest
      • Casting Flash Heal while under the effects of both Surge of Light and Inner Focus will now only consume Surge of Light.
    • Warriors
      • Warriors can no longer teleport when using Charge with the Tahret Dynasty Mallet.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • The Bastion of Twilight
      • It is no longer possible to outrange the Halfus Wyrmbreaker drakes without being attacked by melee. The drakes now reposition themselves correctly in order to regain the capability to melee the target.
      • Twilight Phase-Twister's Twist Phase ability now has an initial cast delay of 7 seconds, up from 5, and a cast time of roughly 8 seconds, up from 6.
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • The Evolution aura during the Corla encounter now displays its warning visual on players at 74 stacks, instead of 82.
    • Deadmines
      • Shapeshifted characters should no longer be unable to jump on the rope during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter. They will now be pulled out of a shapeshift form automatically. In addition, players should no longer lose pets when jumping on the rope (they will respawn when the player lands after swinging). Please note that until a client-side patch can be applied, an inappropriate aura will be displayed when pet classes or shapeshifted characters use the rope. The tooltip of this aura will read "Delicious Aura (UNUSED REUSE) / Instant / Delicious food increases haste by 10%" and can be disregarded, as it does not provide a haste buff. It's an aura of free word association... Enjoy!
    • Lost City of the Tol'vir
      • Tamed Tol'vir Prowlers now have regular loot and Skinning tables, instead of epic-quality loot.
    • Throne of the Four Winds
      • Al'akir's Static Shock now does 5,000 damage and only interrupts the spell the player is casting at that moment. It doesn't lock out the caster and only casts every 5 seconds or so.
  • Items
    • Darkmoon Card: Tsunami now properly procs Giant Wave when basic heal-over-time spells are cast.
  • Professions
    • Jewelcrafting
      • Shaman were unable to obtain Design: Figurine - Demon Panther from Neferset Looters. This has been corrected.
  • PvP
    • Strand of the Ancients
      • Demolishers now spawn at about the same moment that the boats reach the docks in the second round.
    • Tol Barad
      • If a player is already in Tol Barad and does not join the battle, the player will be ported back to the camp.
      • Using /afk ejects players out of the raid and back to the camp.
      • Entering Tol Barad via the bridge during an active battle by joining the queue will port the player to the correct starting place of the battle, but players who do not join the queue will be ported back to the camp.
      • Both the Hellscream's Reach Battle Standard and the Baradin's Wardens Battle Standard now have a 10-minute cooldown.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Tol Barad
      • The spawn rates of all three Tol Barad quest micro dungeons have been adjusted to a more reasonable level. This should alleviate the issues players were having with creatures respawning too quickly.
      • The escorted Farson Keep Prisoner for the quest "Walk A Mile In Their Shoes" no longer engages in combat with opposing faction players.
    • Twilight Highlands
      • If reinforcements are not called after 60 seconds, Skullcrusher the Mountain will now despawn. When reinforcements are called, Skullcrusher no longer improperly despawns.
    • Uldum
      • The Ramkahen Guardians now correctly melee, throw nets to snare characters, and utilize knock-back shots with their bows when they are unable to path to the target.

 

January 4-5

  • General
    • Mix Master (guild achievement) is now awarded at 1,000 flasks, down from 10,000, and Better Leveling Through Chemistry (guild achievement) is awarded at 3,000 flasks, down from 25,000. It turns out we overestimated these numbers just a smidgen. More information can be found here.
    • The 7th and 8th guild bank tabs will now let players withdraw and deposit items after the guild master is changed.
    • All six of the guild battle standards have had their experience and honor gain buffs increased to 5/10/15%, up from 2/4/6%, and they last for a duration of 10 minutes.
    • Haste buffs no longer reduce the effectiveness of haste on resource regeneration rates (energy, focus, etc.).
    • "Smart" food ended up not being so smart. Players who have small amounts of dodge rating as a vestige of some item bugs in the past will no longer get a dodge buff when they eat "smart" food like Cataclysm feasts if they are not plate tanks. Other classes and specializations will get their dominant primary stat.
  • Classes
    • Druids
      • Fungal Growth is now applied even if Wild Mushroom: Detonate is used at a distance of 40 yards.
      • Skull Bash no longer interrupts the target if it fails to land successfully.
    • Priests
      • The heal from Atonement is now capped at 30% of the priest's health before any modifiers such as healing percentage bonus effects/talents.
    • Warlocks
      • Friendly Grounding Totems are no longer affected by a warlock's Soul Swap or Soul Swap Exhale. The Grounding Totem is not despawning on either cast, and Soul Swap is working correctly when moving damage-over-time effects to other targets that are near the totem.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • Several Cataclysm raid bosses are now properly immune to pet provoke abilities.
    • Players are no longer put in their own instance after relogging in a dungeon to which they've already been saved.
    • The Bastion of Twilight
      • Shadow/Fire elementals are now always absorbed during the Cho’gall encounter. Elementals are absorbed no matter what amount of health they have. Cho’gall always receives the appropriate amount of the appropriate buff when consuming an elemental. The elementals are unable to fall below 1 health or otherwise be killed, so Cho’gall always gets 1 stack of the corresponding buff at minimum.
      • Shadow Lords will no longer regenerate health under any circumstance.
      • Liquid Ice in phase 3 of the Ascendant Council encounter now deals more damage.
      • The damaging component of Eruption no longer interrupts Terrastra when casting Harden Skin or Quake.
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • Bellows Slaves no longer drop elite-level loot.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Anti-Magic Shell no longer stops Onyxia or Nefarian's Shadowflame Breath from being cast.
      • Chimaeron now resets his melee attack cycle after each Massacre and removes the Double Attack buff.
      • Caustic Slime no longer effects non-player targets.
      • As creature pulls in Blackwing Descent can be very condensed, they now have a slightly higher chance of dropping epic loot.
    • Deadmines
      • Heroic Deadmines now has significantly less trash mobs.
      • The mechanical nightmare section of the Vanessa VanCleef encounter has less sparks of doom, and is notably easier and faster to navigate.
      • Vapors in the Ripsnarl encounter now increase in power every 8 seconds, up from 6.
    • Vortex Pinnacle
      • No aura or strange movement is applied when using the Slipstream after Grand Vizier Ertran is killed.
      • A summoned pet will correctly re-summon when using the Slipstream after Altarius is killed.
  • Professions
    • Alchemy
      • Crafting the four Northrend flasks (Endless Rage, Pure Mojo, Frost Wyrm and Stoneblood) no longer counts toward the guild achievements Mix Master or Better Leveling Through Chemistry.
      • Flasks made by the Cauldron of Battle and the Big Cauldron of Battle are no longer soulbound.
      • Both cauldrons now last 10 minutes. Please note the tooltips will not be updated until a client-side patch is applied.
      • The Big Cauldron of Battle now has 20/30 charges instead of 17/25. Please note the tooltip will not be updated until a client-side patch is applied.
    • Engineering
      • All eight of the Engineering discoveries are now able to be learned through crafting the Overpowered Chicken Splitter at max-level Engineering.
      • The Invisibility Field no longer causes the Dazzler backfire effect. Additionally, the Invisibility Field effect does not carry over into Arenas and cannot be used in Arenas.
    • Fishing
      • Giant Catfish now drop more frequently and Hardened Walleye now drop a little less frequently while on the appropriate daily quests.
    • Skinning
      • Dragonkin in Grim Batol can now be skinned.
      • Creatures can no longer be skinned more than once.
  • PvP
    • Battlegrounds
      • Cooldowns should now properly reset upon entering a rated Battleground.
      • Players should no longer lose their Horde/Alliance buffs if caught by a druid's Cyclone while participating in War Games.
    • Tol Barad
      • The number of guard spawns has been increased for both Horde and Alliance base camps, with guards now surrounding the edges of each camp. Both Alliance and Horde guards use all abilities that the Furious Hyjal Warden uses and will attack with ranged abilities when unable to find a path, or at a distance. Guards are also immune to taunt effects. In addition, Hellscream and Baradin Guards now respawn more quickly.
      • The northern graveyards on Tol Barad Peninsula for each faction have been moved further apart from one another to lessen the fantastic camping.
  • Quests, Creatures & Zones
    • Dalaran
      • Red Rider Air Rifle and Red Rider Air Rifle Ammo are now part of Jepetto Joybuzz's vendor list and can be purchased for their displayed prices.
    • Mulgore
      • Kruban Darkblade now spawns above ground and paths normally in Orgrimmar while the Darkmoon Faire is active.
    • Tol Barad
      • Spiny Tidecrawlers and Darkwood Hatchlings now appear as non-aggressive (yellow).
      • Imprisoned Workers now have a smaller aggro radius. They also drop Cellblock Rations for players that are on the quest "Food From Below".
      • The Baradin Crocolisk can be skinned without issue and the Crocolisk Hide, used in the quest "Swamp Bait", is no longer multi-drop.
      • "The Leftovers", "Swamp Bait", and "A Huge Problem" quests are now sharable on the Alliance, and both the Alliance and Horde versions give high reputation and gold.
      • Tank and Problim now have full immunities to all crowd control effects.
    • Uldum
      • The Desert Fox is now flagged "Cannot be tamed" when Beast Lore is cast on the creature.
      • Ramkahen now has a functional mailbox. What can King Phaoris do for you?
    • Vashj'ir
      • Overseer Idra'kess now leashes and returns to his original position.

 

January 3

  • Classes
    • Mages
      • Flame Orb and Frostfire Orb no longer break any version of Polymorph.
    • Paladins
      • Righteous Fury is now unable to be dispelled.
      • The Strength bonus from the Retribution version of Guardian of Ancient Kings now applies its bonus based on total Strength instead of just base Strength.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • Bastion of Twilight
      • It was sometimes possible for Arion to instantly Chain Lightning the targets affected by Lightning Rod, with no time for them to react. This has been corrected.
      • If one of the three most distant targets from Ignacious was 20 or fewer yards away and Ignacious picked that target for Inferno Leap, the spell would fail entirely, but the cooldown would be consumed. Inferno Leap can now be cast on players 20 yards or fewer away from Ignacious.
      • The Elementium Monstrosity will now prefer ranged targets to melee targets with its Electrical Instability beams. If there are more beams active then there are ranged targets present, then the beams will start hitting melee targets.
      • Flame Destruction cast during the Cho'gall encounter now does approximately 30% more damage per stack on Heroic difficulty.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Sonar Pulse is now spawned on top of Atramedes' current location and will spawn regardless of where Atramedes is tanked. In addition, Sonar Pulse now idles for 1 second after being cast before they move away from their spawn location.
      • It is no longer possible to use immunities to reset a player's sound bar while fighting Atramedes.
      • Atramedes' Sonic Breath now properly ignores line of sight.
      • Spirit of Ironstar's Shield of Light was taking too long to break and now absorbs less damage.
    • Deadmines
      • Divine Shield prevents all damage from the Sparks in the Mechanical Nightmare.
      • The Foe Reaper 5000 will not cast Harvest on players more than 70 yards away.
    • Grim Batol
      • Trogg Dwellers which cannot be reached by players via legitimate means no longer award experience or drop loot if killed.
    • Lost City of the Tol'vir
      • Lockmaw's Frenzied Crocolisks have learned how to swim! In addition, Vicious Poison was doing too much damage and has been reduced slightly.
    • Throne of the Four Winds
      • Players now receive credit for the achievements Heroic: Conclave of Wind or Throne of the Four Winds if they are dead when the encounter is defeated.
      • It is no longer possible to fully resist Wind Burst from Al'Akir, avoiding all damage and knockback.
      • Al'Akir's Static Shock has been changed from a damage-over-time spell with interrupts on ticks (10-second cooldown), to a direct-damage interrupt spell (5-second cooldown).
  • Items
    • Bloodthirsty and Vicious Gladiator's Chain Gauntlets had incorrect bonuses attached. Their bonuses now correctly reduce the cooldowns on regular traps and launched traps by 2 seconds.
    • Bloodied Wyrmhide Gloves no longer have any expertise rating on them, and now grant Spirit instead.
  • Professions
    • Archaeology
      • Select Archaeology nodes and dig sites have been updated to ensure the Map listings are correct and the nodes properly spawn within the dig sites.
    • Cooking
      • The cooking daily quest Chef's Awards no longer have a limit to how many players can hold at one time. Please note that the user interface will still say a maximum of 10 Chef's Award currency can be possessed until a client-side patch can be applied, but players can accrue more than 10.
    • Tailoring
      • Tailors with 400 skill or higher should now receive additional cloth drops 50% of the time from anything that drops cloth, up from 25%.
  • PvP
    • Baradin Guards now correctly attack Horde players which enter their aggro radius or attack them.
    • Tol Barad now awards 360 Honor Points for winning as the attacking faction, down from 1800. Further details can be found on our forums.

 

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
    • Druids
      • The heal from Frenzied Regeneration was too powerful and has been reduced by 50%.
      • Pounce now correctly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.
    • Rogues
      • Cheap Shot now correctly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.
    • Warlocks
      • The Felguard ability Axe Toss now properly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Sweltering Armor is now properly applied to Magmaw's Mangle target once the debuff has faded, regardless of whether Magmaw was successfully impaled or not.
    • Gnomeregan
      • Mekgineer Thermaplugg no longer sometimes awards dungeon completion prematurely.
    • Throne of the Four Winds
      • It is no longer possible to disarm Al'Akir.
  • Items
    • The Inner Eye proc from Heroic and normal versions of Jar of Ancient Remedies was not activating with some priest healing effects. This has been corrected.
    • The Signet of High Arcanist Savor and Gilnean Ring of Ruination now have proper stats.
  • Professions
    • Archaeology
      • Vashj'ir dig sites no longer unlock for players. They felt too punishing without additional benefits compared to low-level sites, and were much more difficult to obtain artifacts in due to the way Vashj'ir navigation works.
    • Cooking
      • Stormwind Lobster Traps now respawn more quickly and can be gathered across all Stormwind quest phases.
    • Inscription
      • The following reagents no longer have limits and are now available from Una Kobuna and Casandra Downs in unlimited quantities: Deathwing Scale Fragment, Scavenged Dragon Horn, Bleached Jawbone, Silver Charm Bracelet, and Preserved Ogre Eye.
  • 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
    • Deepholm
      • Gyreworms, Enormous Gyreworms, and Gorged Gyreworms no longer drop money or elite-level loot.
    • Tol Barad
      • Cell Watchers in the D-Block area no longer have boss-like immunities. Interrupts, stuns, snares, taunts, knockbacks, Banish, Root, Freeze, Fear, Horror and Death Grip all work correctly.
    • Twilight Highlands
      • Crucible of Carnage quests can no longer be shared.
    • Uldum
      • The Unearthing Uldum quest achievement can now be obtained after completing 105 quests in Uldum, down from 108.
      • Players are now granted 250 Ramkahen reputation after completing the daily quest "Fire From the Sky".
    • Vashj'ir
      • The Luxscale Grouper's Grouper Bite debuff now has a 5-second duration and will no longer sometimes get stuck on characters.
    • Zul'Drak
      • Due to adjusted health pools, the heal-over-time effect provided by Blightblood Infusion (used by players controlling the Blightblood Troll) during the Overlord Drakuru encounter has been increased.

 

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
      • Unleash Frost is now correctly categorized as a snare effect and is properly removed when spells such as Hand of Freedom are cast.
    • 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
    • Chaos Orbs can now only been seen and rolled on by characters with a minimum skill level of 425 in Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, or Engineering.
    • Elemental Goos now drop 100% of the time off of Cataclysm elementals for the Jewelcrafting daily quest.
    • Stone Bats in Deepholm can no longer be skinned.
    • Nightsabers in Teldrassil are able to be skinned now without issue.
    • Engineers are no longer able to use the Spinal Healing Injector or Z50 Mana Gulper tinkers in Arenas.
    • Rare Archaeology finds should now grant triple skill gains.
    • The progress on the guild achievement That's a Lot of Travel Time no longer goes up each time players complete the repeatable quest "Could I get a Fishing Flier?"
  • 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 "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
      • Attempting to use the Drowned Thunder Lizard Tail outside of Durotar now returns the error "You need to be in 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
      • Cobra Shot is no longer refreshing the duration of the Wyvern Sting damage-over-time effect. Cobra Shot is correctly extending the damage-over-time effect applied by Serpent Sting.
    • 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
    • Lava Surgers present in several dungeons now have loot and can be mined.
    • Bastion of Twilight
      • Cho'gall's Worshipping effect can now correctly be interrupted with stuns and other interrupt abilities.
      • Valiona will now prioritize taking flight and interrupt Devouring Flames if it's cast during a transition.
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • Bellows Slaves no longer grant reputation.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Lava Parasites will no longer cause the Magmaw encounter to reset if they Evade. In addition, their mounting range has been reduced to 5 yards and they can fail to mount when attacking players.
    • Grim Batol
      • Quests for Grim Batol are now appropriately flagged as dungeon quests.
    • Halls of Origination
      • Players are now able to zone into the dungeon if Anraphet is in combat.
    • Lost City of the Tol'vir
      • The Lockmaw encounter no longer resets if a Frenzied Crocolisk Evades.
      • Players are now able to zone into the dungeon if General Hussam is in combat.
    • The Stonecore
      • Ozruk's Paralyze ability is not supposed to critically hit and has been fixed.
  • 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 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
      • Ancient Power now has a 30-second maximum duration and will properly be canceled when zoning or relogging.
      • Glyph of Seal of Insight now correctly increases healing done by Word of Glory and Light of Dawn while Seal of Insight is active.
    • 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
    • Both normal and Heroic versions of Heart of Ignacious apply 20-second cooldowns on other similar items, rather than the full 2-minute duration.
    • Shroud of Dark Memories and Shade of Death now have different stats.
  • Professions
    • Pyrite Ore is prospectable at 500 Jewelcrafting skill, down from 525.
    • Darkbrew Lager can be learned at 415 Cooking skill, down from 425.
    • The Engineering item High-Powered Bolt Gun can no longer be used in Arena and Rated Battleground matches.
    • Engineers can now purchase Smooth Cogwheels from Frank Natale using 4x Handful of Obsidium Bolts.

 

December 15

  • General
    • Many guards who maintain peace by slaughtering PvPers have been properly buffed to match the stats of Furious Hyjal Wardens. Beware!
    • Players are no longer able to go At War with the Dragonmaw faction.
    • Trapdoors and transporters should no longer break when hit with area-of-effect abilities.
  • Classes
    • Druids
      • Rake will no longer receive twice the benefit from the Feral druid Mastery Razor Claws.
      • Soothe and Wild Mushroom are both correctly benefiting from, and consuming, Predator's Swiftness.
    • Mages
      • Ring of Frost does not cause the mage to stand up (interrupting eating/drinking) while it is active.
    • Priests
      • Blessed Resilience now increases healing received by 15/30%, up from 5/10%.
      • Focused Will now reduces damage taken by 5/10% and 10/20%, up from 4/8% and 6/12%.
      • Healing done by Glyph of Dispel Magic no longer improperly caps out at a certain health pool range.
      • Holy Concentration's mana regeneration component has been increased from 10/20% to 20/40%.
      • Player-controlled vehicles return an Invalid Target error when attempting to use Leap of Faith on them.
      • Rapture's mana regeneration component has been increased from 1.5/2/2.5 to 2/4/6%.
    • Shaman
      • The Mana Tide buff is now applied for each Mana Tide Totem on the ground.
    • Warriors
      • Rude Interruption is no longer incorrectly consumed by Execute, Mortal Strike, or Overpower.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • Both the 5- and 20-quest versions of the Dungeon Quests Completed achievements trigger correctly on dungeon quests done.
    • Baradin Hold
      • Argaloth now respects the faction that kills him and does not drop trinkets for the opposing faction.
    • Bastion of Twilight
      • The doors controlled by the Halfus and Ascendant Council encounters should no longer become stuck after a soft reset.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Arcanotron's Shield should only proc off of player attacks and not things like Searing Totem, pets, etc.
      • Players can no longer engage Nefarian without killing all three sub-bosses first.
    • Deadmines
      • Defias Blood Wizards, Defias Shadowguards, and Defias Enforcers summoned during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter no longer award experience.
    • Halls of Origination
      • Spatial Anomaly can no longer critically hit.
      • Setesh's movement speed has been decreased.
    • Lost City of the Tol'vir
      • Frenzied Crocolisks should always despawn when Lockmaw resets.
    • Shadowfang Keep
      • Troll druids in particular, when shapeshifting into Cat/Bear form, were dealing an extra 5% damage to themselves via Beast Slaying when afflicted by Barion Ashbury's Asphyxiate. This caused them to die instead of being taken down to 1 health. This has been corrected and Asphyxiate now properly ignores damage modifiers.
    • The Stonecore
      • Slabhide can no longer be killed while he's in his air phase, and can be properly killed when he's back on the ground.
      • Flame Ascendants are now dropping loot that is appropriate for non-elite creatures.
    • Stratholme
      • Eyes of Naxxramas will now spawn a set number of Gargoyles (2).
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
      • The "corpse-catching" mechanic now properly teleports players to the entrance platform of the dungeon.
  • Items
    • Normal and Heroic versions of the Corrupted Egg Shell were not properly granting mana. This has been corrected.
    • The Bloodthirsty Gladiator's Insignia of Victory now correctly grants Strength when it procs, rather than Agility.
    • All of the Bloodthirsty and Vicious Gladiator gloves now have the appropriate glove bonuses for their respective classes.
    • Players can no longer buy the opposing faction's mounts in Alterac Valley.
    • Some items improperly shared duplicate stats with other items and have had their stats adjusted, including: Emberstone Staff, Rockslicer, Elekk-Horn Waistguard, Termination Axe, Sorrow's End, Soulsurge Necklace, Corefire Legplates, Blockade's Lost Shield, Sussurating Treads of Shok'sharak, Blazewing's Furious Kilt, Armagedillo's Tail, Book of Origination, Torturer's Mercy, Modgud's Blade, Maldo's Sword Cane, Maldo's Sword Cane (Heroic), Shadowskulk Leggings, Drape of Fiery Dreams, Hood of the Crying Rogue, Spaulders of the Savage Beast, Helm of Fatal Vision, Oath-Bound Gauntlets, Belt of Guardianship, Dorian's Lost Necklace, Don Rodrigo's Fabulous Necklace, Pauldrons of Edward the Odd, Je'Tze's Sparkling Tiara, Heartbound Tome, Arrowsinger Legguards, Thartuk's Inimitable Gauntlets, Terborus's Rotating Bands, Tol'Vir Heriditary Girdle,
    • Reputation is no longer being granted while wearing the Tabard of the Guardians of Hyjal in normal mode Blackrock Caverns.
  • Professions
    • Beauty in Blackrock Caverns can now be skinned.
    • Canopic Jars are no longer poor quality and now show as white (standard) items.
    • Obisidum Ore now spawns slightly less frequently in Mount Hyjal.
    • The Blacksmithing Redsteel Shoulders item is now uncommon (green) quality.
    • The Stormforged Legguards item is now rare (blue) quality.
  • PvP
    • Progress is now properly tracked for the achievement Tol Barad Saboteur.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Feast of Winter Veil: there is now a quest blob surrounding the area of Growless Cave for the quest "You're a Mean One..."
    • Cataclysm Zones
      • Deepholm
        • Pebble is correctly able to be picked back up if he despawns while being escorted from the crumbling depths for the quest "Lost in the Deeps".
      • Mount Hyjal
        • Players are now able to enter the portal to the Firelands Hatchery as ghosts after the Aviana Regrowth event has occurred.
      • Twilight Highlands
        • Grot Deathblow (Dragonmaw Quartermaster) and Craw MacGraw (Wildhammer Quartermaster) can no longer be killed by members of the opposing faction.
        • "Bring Down the High Shaman" and "Warlord Halthar is Back" are now group quests.
        • The amount of Wildhammer Food Stores required to complete the associated quests has been reduced to 10, down from 15. Please note the quest text will still state that 15 are needed until a client-side patch can be implemented to correct this.
      • Uldum
        • Players are no longer able to receive Efficient Excavations before completing the quest "Do the Honors".
      • Vashj'ir
        • Players can now ride the Seahorse in Darkbreak and Tenebrous Cavern.
        • The questgiver Fiasco Sizzlegrin is now visible and giving the quest "Crafty Crabs" upon completion of "Waking the Beast". "Crafty Crabs" remain acceptable while players work on the other quests in the associated cave.
    • Eastern Kingdoms
      • Stormwind
        • Earthworm Mounds for the quest "Diggin' For Worms" should now respawn more quickly.
    • Northrend
      • Sholazar Basin
        • Bonescythe Ravagers no longer award experience or loot.
    • Outland
      • Hellfire Peninsula
        • The quest requirements for the achievement To Hellfire and Back have been lowered for both Horde and Alliance characters. Horde characters need to complete 86 quests and Alliance characters need to complete 76.

 

December 14

  • General
    • Master Riding now properly grant players 310% flight speed in Eastern Kingdoms with X-53 Touring Rocket, Celestial Steed, Headless Horseman's Mount, X-51 Nether-Rocket, X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME, and Invincible.
  • 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
      • Zealotry no longer consumes the Hand of Light proc effect.
      • Tower of Radiance no longer grants Holy Power from Holy Lights cast on a target buffed with Beacon of Light. It continues to work as the tooltip describes for Flash of Light and Divine Light. Please note the tooltip may not be updated to reflect this change until a client-side patch is applied.
      • Healing done by Beacon of Light is now properly affected by healing modifiers on targets which reduce healing done (i.e. Mortal Strike).
      • The healing done by Light of Dawn has been reduced by approximately 40%. Please note the tooltip may not be updated to reflect this change until a client-side patch is applied.
  • 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 "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
    • The respawn rates for all Horde and Alliance Cooking daily quest objectives in Orgrimmar and Stormwind have been increased.
    • The Alchemy mount Vial of the Sands is no longer Bind-on-Pickup.
    • Corpses which have already been skinned should no longer sometimes remain, making players think they can still be skinned -- players who are then left saddened by false hopes.
    • Players are no longer able to apply the Eternal Belt Buckle on belts higher than item level 300.
    • The droprate on the Precious Locket from Royal Monkfish in Stormwind waters for the Fishing daily quest "Big Gulp" has been increased.
    • Ethereal Ink sold by vendors was too expensive and now trades at a 1:1 ratio with Blackfallow Ink.
    • Obsidium Ore nodes now spawn more frequently in Deepholm.
    • Pristine Hides were too common and now have less of a chance to drop.
    • The gem cuts Timeless Nightstone, Jagged Jasper, and Solid Zephyrite can no longer create perfect versions of the cut.
  • Quests & Creatures
    • Cataclysm Zones
      • Deepholm
        • Players that are not on the quest "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "Siege Tank Rescue". In addition, players can no longer attack Siege Tank Commanders.
        • Darunga's respawn time for the quest "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 "Fortune and Glory".
        • Engaging in PvP combat in Ramkahen now properly spawns guards.
        • Wearing associated costumes for the quest "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 "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 "Make Yourself Useful". This is 100% more useful.
      • Vashj'ir
        • The quest "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 "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 "Wake of Destruction".
    • Eastern Kingdoms
      • Eastern Plaguelands
        • Players should no longer have issues using Rayne's Seed in all three ziggurats for the quest "Amidst Death, Life".
      • 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
        • Goblin characters are now able to accept the quests “The Forsaken" and "Journey to Undercity".
      • Northern Stranglethorn
        • When reputation with the Bloodsail Buccaneers is friendly, players can now accept the quest "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 "In with a Bang" now respawn more quickly.
    • Kalimdor
      • Southern Barrens
        • Silithid Swarmers no longer grant any experience or loot, and cannot be skinned when killed.
      • Stonetalon Mountains
        • The Stonetalon Mountains Quests achievement is now properly triggered after the 55th quest is completed.
    • Northrend
      • 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
    • Some Cataclysm world rare drops improperly had faction requirements which have been removed.
    • The one-handed mace Torturer's Mercy had incorrect stats. It now has 136 Stamina, 91 Intellect, 61 Spirit, 61 mastery, and 1216 spell power.
    • The one-handed Mace of Apotheosis had incorrect stats. It now has 160 Stamina, 107 Intellect, 54 Spirit, 81 mastery, and 1427 spell power.
    • Fine-Toothed Comb, Fetish of Azrajar, Wil'hai's Extraneous Tooth, and Azralon's Twisted Rune are now correctly item level 285 and will accept Cataclysm-level gems in their prismatic sockets.
    • Phantom Armor from Shadowfang Keep is now classified as plate armor to match its stats and itemization.
    • The Vashj'ir quest reward Staff of Post-Facto Preparation now has spell power on it, 'cause it should.
    • The Vashj'ir quest rewards Darkspear Ritual Blade and Gnomeregan Mindslicer now have spell power on them, 'cause they should.
    • Several items in Cataclysm starting zones have been increased from item level 279 to 308, with relative stat increases.
  • 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
    • Cataclysm Zones
      • 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 "Without a Captain or Crew".
        • If Earthmender Norsala despawns during the scripted event for "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
        • War Machines now spawn more quickly in the Headlands for the quest "They Have Allies, But So Do We".
      • 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
        • "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 "Last Stand at Whistling Grove".
        • Cindermaul's Chest can now be looted by any player that currently has the quest "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 "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 "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 "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 "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.
    • Eastern Kingdoms
      • Dun Morogh
        • General Grimaxe should now always respawn properly after being killed.
      • Eastern Plaguelands
        • The Argent Lightwell Charm can no longer be used outside of the designated questing area.
      • 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.
    • Kalimdor
      • Azshara
        • Talrendis Marksmen no longer grant experience upon death.
      • Felwood
        • The Blood Red Key, which started the now-deprecated quest "A Strange Redy Key", 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 "A Winter Veil Gift" for 2010 if they had completed "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 "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.
    • Mining nodes were too dense in the entrance cave to Uldaman and have been thinned out.
    • 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.
    • Cataclysm Zones
      • 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 "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 "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 "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 "Life Savings". Now with more sparkles!
      • Mount Hyjal
        • Players in a party on the quest "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 "Slash and Burn".
        • Flame Ascendants needed for the quest "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 "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 "Missing Pieces" and "Reduced Productivity".
        • Bloodsnarl Scavengers killed by players with the aid of Salhet's Lions during the quest "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 "Bleeding the Enemy" now respawn more quickly.
        • Players will now correctly switch phases after turning in the quest "Gobbles!"
      • Vashj'ir
        • Players will now be in the correct phase with Wavespeaker Valoren after completing the quest "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 "Here Fishie Fishie 2: Eel-Egg-Trick Boogaloo" (Horde) or "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 "Curious Distraction".
        • There were instances where Duarn and Erunak weren't always spawning in the event for the quest "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 "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 "Ascend No More!" now respawn more quickly.
        • The cutscene which leads players to the submarine upon speaking with Erunak for the quest "Defending the Rift" should no longer sometimes drop players out of phase.
        • Nespirah Abscesses needed for the quest "Body Blows" now have more spawn locations and respawn more quickly.
        • The Corroded Key that is obtained during the quest "Kliklak's Craw" is now a multi-drop item and can be looted my multiple members of a party. And there was much rejoicing.
    • Eastern Kingdoms
      • High Sorcerer Andromath is no longer offering the deprecated quest "Ur's Treatise on Shadow Magic" in Redridge Mountains.
      • The deprecated quest "Mor'zul Bloodbringer" in Burning Steppes is no longer offered to Horde or Alliance warlock characters.
    • Kalimdor
      • Horde players can now turn in the quest "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 "Call of Fire" in Northern Barrens.
      • Warlocks will now receive an "Immune" error when casting Enslave Demon on Impsy in Felwood.
      • "Nothing Left for You Here" can now still be completed if the player has already completed "My Time Has Passed" in Stonetalon Mountains.
      • "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.
    • Outland
      • Sha'tar Vindicators are level 65 now, down from 85, and no longer tearing through Auchenai Doomsayers in Terokkar Forest needed for the quest "Evil Draws Near".

 

December 7

  • 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.
    • 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 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
      • Lightning Shield again properly deals damage while the shaman is casting other spells.
  • Dungeons & Raids
    • The Mana Burn ability that is cast when Arcane Aberrations die in Dire Maul has been replaced with an Arcane Explosion ability that does not drain mana.
    • Al'akir's Lightning Cloud now despawns when the encounter is defeated in Throne of the Four Winds.
    • Players are no longer able to use Killing Spree on Ozumat in Throne of the Tides. The message "Invalid Target" is displayed.
    • Players are no longer placed oddly when affected by Ulthok's Squeeze in Throne of the Tides.
    • Temple Guardian Anhuur in Halls of Origination will now lose Shield of Light at the appropriate times. He was cheating.
    • Millhouse Manastorm in The Stonecore will not stay linked to trash packs he is no longer stationed at after a group wipe.
    • Razorgore and Chromaggus in Blackwing Lair will no longer cause an infinite loop of encounter mind control mechanics when pets or companions are present.
  • Items
    • Tattooed Eyeball should not be epic quality and is now superior.
    • 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
      • Mobs that spawn infinitely during the Temple of Earth finale within Deepholm do not grant experience.
      • Players are no longer ported out of the Maelstrom if they have "The Eye of the Storm" in their quest log when they go through the portal to the Maelstrom.
      • Twilight Proveditors for the quest "End of the Supply Line" in Mount Hyjal should respawn at a more consistent rate.
      • Zin'jatar Raiders respawn more quickly for the "Buy Us Some Time" quest in Kelp'thar Forest, Vashj'ir.
    • Eastern Kingdoms
      • Completing the quest "Never Surrender, Sometimes Retreat" is now updating Gilneas properly.
      • 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 "Bad Medicine" outside of Northern Stranglethorn, then the quest "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 "Meet with Maginor Dumas" leading players to Stormwind.
      • The deprecated quests "Foreboding Plans" and "Encrypted Letter" are no longer being offered to players by the Syndicate Documents in Hillsbrad Foothills.
      • The deprecated quests "Looking Further" and "Morganth" are no longer being offered by the Old Lion Statue in Redridge Mountains.
      • The cutscene for "Lordaeron" in Silverpine Forest will now properly play if the player is mounted when starting the quest.
      • High Priest Venoxis should spawn properly during the "High Priest Venoxis" quest event in The Cape of Stranglethorn.
      • The quest "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 "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 "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 "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 "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.
      • Antechamber Guardian now spawns correctly for "What Lies Within" in Tanaris.
      • The quest "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 2

  • Players can no longer skin Crushcog Sentry-Bots or 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.
  • 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
      • 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
      • 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.
    • 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
    • The Horde version of the Ashenvale Quests achievement now requires 62 Ashenvale quests completed, down from 80.
    • The Alliance version of the Un’Goro Crater Quests achievement now requires 40 Un’Goro Crater quests completed, down from 45.
    • All non-elite NPCs in Mord'rethar: The Death Gate, Icecrown now respawn more slowly. In addition, Undying Minions no longer award experience.
    • Blackfathom Tide Priestesses required for the quest "Deep Despair" in Ashenvale now respawn more quickly.
    • Razgar’s Fillet Knife and Drowned Thunder Lizard Tail are now removed from a player’s inventory upon completing the quest “A Golden Opportunity” in Orgrimmar.
    • The Alliance shaman quest “Blessing of the Elements” in Stormwind was not providing rewards for all talent specializations. It now rewards either an Agility-based axe for Enhancement shaman, or an Intellect-based axe for Restoration/Elemental shaman.
    • Writings of the Dark Herald will now drop from Telarius Voidstrider in Darkshore for all players in a party.
    • Dead Alliance players are no longer able to die in spirit form while on the quest "Bael'dun Rescue" in Southern Barrens.
    • Scourge Disguise is now removed as soon as a player leaves Zul'Drak.
    • Pylons in Un’Goro Crater no longer play a sound effect when interacting with them to complete the associated quests. This is a temporary fix to address an issue with the audio continually playing until logout after completing the quest "The Northern Pylon".
    • Teegan Holloway for the quest “The Looting of Althalaxx” in Darkshore has had his respawn time decreased.
    • Warlord Thresh'jin for the quest "Out of the Ziggurat" in Eastern Plaguelands can now be looted by all players in a party.

 

November 30

  • Gamon is now immune to all forms of crowd control, uses the abilities Charge and Battle Shout, and wrecks adversaries with his new two-handed axe.
  • Many loot tables for NPCs have been adjusted to provide the correct items and scaling.
  • The Alchemy bonus from Flask of Steelskin now grants 120 Stamina, up from 80 Stamina, to keep it in-line with similar bonuses from other professions. This item will be available for players who activate a World of Warcraft: Cataclysm license. Please note the tooltip will still state it provides 80 Stamina until a client-side patch is applied.
  • Many creatures in Uldaman were not awarding reputation upon death. This has been corrected.
  • Wrathbone Reavers, Wrathbone Sorcerers, and Fallen Warriors no longer grant reputation in Pit of Saron.
  • Players can again start the Thrall escape event in Caverns of Time: Old Hillsbrad regardless of quest status.
  • The temporary guardian Basalt Rockling no longer drops from Balboa in Azshara.
  • Magma-Lord Kolob in Burning Steppes no longer awards dungeon tabard reputation.
  • The rest area for Tarren Mill is now correctly located in the inn.
  • Golden Skeleton Key can no longer open lockboxes that requires a higher Lockpicking skill than 125.
  • Bronjahm should once again drop Heroic-quality loot in Heroic Forge of Souls.
  • Random, mean level 15 deer appeared in Teldrassil to the shock and awe of low-level players. They have been replaced with level 1 fawn.
  • Gunships in Isle of Conquest should now work properly when a member of the opposite faction is on the gunship.
  • It is no longer possible to bypass Fatigue beyond the borders of Dun Morogh (looking at you here, death knights).
  • Classes
    • Druids
      • All ranks of Lifeblood are correctly granting the amount of Haste listed in their tooltips and are no longer affected by max health.
      • Ravage! is no longer consuming Clearcasting when it is used, and is only benefiting from Stampede.
    • Hunters
      • Trueshot Aura now functions correctly for level 39 hunters.
      • Hunter pets that were immortal can now be killed, flying pets no longer fly, and pets that were immobile after being tamed properly move.
      • Beetle and turtle pet armor is now consistent with other Tenacity pet armor.
      • Qiraji Scarabs from the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj are no longer able to be affected by the Mutate Bug buff after being tamed.
    • Mages
      • When Freeze misses or resists on the first target, but is successful on another target, the mage will correctly get the Fingers of Frost procs from the target successfully hit.
      • Applying a damage-over-time Fire spell to a target that is being tanked no longer causes that target to face the mage.
      • The effect of the talent Firestarter will no longer stop functioning when Molten Armor has only 30 minutes remaining when cast with Glyph of Armors active.
    • Paladins
      • Hammer of the Righteous now consistently hits all nearby targets, including those behind the paladin.
      • Hammer of the Righteous should now function correctly if used right as an auto-attack begins.
    • Priests
      • Holy Word: Sanctuary was healing for too much when used with Glyph of Prayer of Healing. This has been corrected.
    • Warlocks
      • Demon pets should now be receiving the appropriate contribution of the warlock's armor.
      • Blood Pact is now properly scaling with the levels of party members.
  • Quests
    • Dungeon quests for level 1-60 dungeons on Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor now reward significantly less experience. Read more about this change here.
    • The event for "The Battle for Darrowshire" properly resets after a failed attempt and the Relic Bundle will correctly trigger the event again after a failed attempt.
    • Soldiers in Northwatch Foothold, Durotar now spawn more frequently.
    • Players should no longer get disconnected if they attempt to share a quest that isn't supposed to be sharable.
    • Players should still be able to interact with Orgus after offering a drink for the quest "Let's See What You've Got, Zanzil" on The Cape of Stranglethorn.
    • Ranger Glynda Nal'shea no longer has a duplicate personality appearing in Lor'danel, Darkshore.
    • Satchel of Helpful Goods should be rewarded when players complete Shadowfang Keep via the Looking For Dungeon system.
    • "The Secrets of Uldum" can be completed.
    • Margol the Rager in Searing Gorge now respawns in a much more reasonable timeframe.
    • Plainstriders in Northern Barrens now respawn considerably faster to meet the demand of their demise.
    • "One Draenei's Junk..." and "Kum'isha's Endeavors" can no longer be shared.
    • The quest item Enohar's Explosive Arrows for the quest "Curtail the Darktail" can now only be used on Darktail Bonepickers within Blasted Lands.
    • Mounted characters can now proceed through "Rise of the Brotherhood" in Westfall without any complications.
    • Buttonwillow's Hand Grenade from the quest "Remove Their Arms" can no longer be used outside of Blasted Lands.
    • Golems at the Grimesilt Dig Site in Searing Gorge should now respawn at a more reasonable rate.
    • Players should no longer experience a client crash when accepting the quest "A Destiny of Flame and Sorrow" in Felwood.

 

November 29

  • 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
    • Druids
      • It should no longer be possible for any druid to maintain the old talent Predatory Instincts.
    • Hunters
      • 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 no longer immobile when tamed.
    • Paladins
      • 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.
  • Quests
    • The Bulging Sack of Gold rewarded upon completion of the quest "Forged Documents" now actually contains gold.
    • The Fireliminator X-21 quest item for the quest "When Science Attacks" is no longer able to be used outside of Azshara.
    • The Mad Magus Tirth's Soul effect from the quest "The Mad Magus" is now zone-bound to Thousand Needles.
    • Players can no longer receive Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation by killing Booty Bay Bruisers when phased after completing the quest "Doublerum".
    • General Grimaxe and his Dark Iron Golem should now correctly spawn for all players on the quest "Grimaxe's Demise".
    • Level 61+ players should now be able to complete the quest "Uther's Blessing" by using the item Chillwind Tribute at Uther's Tomb.
    • "A Mother's Worries" in Wetlands should now display quest text.
    • Players with the Enchanted Imp Sack aura from the quest "Do the Imp-Possible" in Felwood are no longer able to use their mount to carry passengers.
    • Skybreaker Recon Fighters are visible now and it is again possible to complete the quests "Keeping the Alliance Blind" and "Blinding the Eyes in the Sky" in Icecrown.
    • Banshee Essences can now be looted by all party members in Stratholme.
    • The Desolace quest "Satyrical Offerings" is no longer flagged for Cataclysm and can be obtained without the expansion.
    • The Southern Barrens quest "Segmentation Fault: Core Dumped" now correctly awards experience, money, and reputation upon completion.
    • Carrion Scarabs spawned by the Crypt Horrors in Eastern Plaguelands are now correctly level 40.
    • The quest "The Hunter's Way" is now first available at level 8, down from level 10.
    • The murlocs for the quest "Ever So Lonely" now correctly respawn as players capture them.

 

November 24

  • Players should now be able to champion a capital city and earn reputation in Heroic and normal level 80 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 Hadronox encounter no longer award reputation.
  • After changing races to tauren and learning the Sunwalker Kodo mounts, they now remain available after porting, zoning, and relogging.
  • Trapjaw Rix no longer has a duplicate 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.
  • Classes
    • Death Knights
      • Death Strike now properly heals for 20% of the damage taken within the last 5 seconds, and Blood Presence now increases armor contribution from items by 30%, down from 60%.
    • Druids
      • The heal from Gift of the Earth Mother when the druid casts Rejuvenate is now gaining the correct benefit from Improved Rejuvenate.
    • Mages
      • Flame Orb will no longer attack PvP-flagged enemies unless the mage is already flagged for PvP combat.
    • Priests
      • The Empowered Shadow buff is no longer granted when a player cancels the Shadow Orb buff. Mind Blast correctly removes the Shadow Orb buff and grants Empowered Shadow.
      • The Glyph of Shadow Word: Death no longer provides the outdated 10% bonus damage to targets under 25% health when Shadow Word: Death is cast.
    • Warlocks
      • Bane of Havoc no longer persists when overwritten by another Bane.
  • 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 "Diplomacy By Another Means" no longer auto-completes in the field.
    • The spawn rate for 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 "To the Rescue!"
    • Players are now able to complete the quest “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 "Infiltration".
    • Experience granted by quests in Arathi Highlands has been increased.

 

November 23

  • Alterac Valley, Isle of Conquest, and Strand of the Ancients should no longer attempt to place players in a level 80-84 bracket.
  • Players should no longer be disconnected from a realm when attempting to take an item out of the mail which has been marked for deletion.
  • The title "Champion of [guildname]" can no longer be improperly awarded to players.
  • The amount of gold received when converting Battleground Marks of Honor above the honor cap has been reduced to the intended amount.
  • Classes
    • Druids
      • The damage done by the following abilities has been reduced by approximately 17%: Mangle (Bear), Maul, Lacerate, Pulverize, Swipe (Bear), Thrash.
    • Hunters
      • A second pet can no longer be summoned when the active pet is dead.
    • Mages
      • Arcane Concentration will not go on internal cooldown when it fails to proc.
      • The damage from Deep Freeze on stun-immune targets is now properly benefitting from Frostburn, including when increased by Mastery Rating on gear.
      • Frostfire Orb now correctly triggers Ignite on critical hits.
      • Pyroblast! made available by Hot Streak will no longer consume Clearcasting.
      • When Scorch is cast by a mage who has Improved Scorch Rank 2, it will no longer consume Clearcasting.
      • Shatter now only increases the chance for Molten Armor's damage to be a critical strike when the target is actually frozen, as intended.
    • Paladins
      • Glyph of Light of Dawn no longer incorrectly reduces the healing of Light of Dawn.
    • Priests
      • Prayer of Healing is now properly healing all of the target's party members, unless they are further than 30 yards away.
      • Twisted Faith no longer gives a 4% damage increase to Mind Flay when Shadow Word: Pain is active on a target.
    • Rogues
      • Envenom now properly scales with Potent Poisons.
    • Warlocks
      • Soul Fire will no longer consume both Empowered Imp and Soulburn when they are active. It will consume Empowered Imp and leave Soulburn still active.
    • Warriors
      • Shield Slam's damage has been reduced by about 28% at level 15, with less, but still noticeable reductions at higher levels.
  • Quests
    • The Wayward Fire Elemental is now properly tracked on the mini-map for the quest "Ice and Fire".
    • Fishing daily quests in Stormwind and Orgrimmar have returned.
    • Players will now reach their flight destination properly for the quest "Fuselight, Ho!"
    • It is no longer possible to use all the charges on the Purified Moonwell Water at a single brazier for the quest "Dousing the Flames of Protection".
    • The tauren quest "Heeding the Call" has been removed from the game and is no longer improperly still being offered to players.

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