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“Rise of the Zandalari”
Release date April 26, 2011
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Patch 4.1.0: Rise of the Zandalari was the first major content patch for the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion. Among other changes, it featured the return of the Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub raids as 5-player normal and heroic dungeons.


Rise of the Zandalari[]

The days when great troll empires stretched across ancient Kalimdor are long past. Millennia of war and internal strife have stripped these nations of their power, lands, and glory. As Azeroth recovers from the destruction of the Cataclysm, the world's divided troll populations face a bleak future. These dark times have spurred the trolls of the Zandalar, the historically wise and scholarly tribe from which all trolls originated, to take drastic action. They have embarked on a bold crusade to save their race by uniting trolls into a single mighty empire. With the Zandalari's aid, the fallen capitals of the Gurubashi and Amani nations—Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman—are already rebuilding, replenishing their forces for a bloody campaign to expand their territories.

Yet Vol'jin and his Darkspear trolls are not aligned with the Zandalari. They have sworn to stand with their Horde comrades—and even work with the Alliance—should the trolls ignite a new war on Azeroth. Soon, Vol'jin might be forced to act on his promise, for if the Gurubashi and Amani are left to their own devices, the world will know the legendary strength and savagery of the ancient troll empires once again.

Guild Challenges[]

Built into the Info panel of the guild user interface, Guild Challenges are weekly tasks guild groups can tackle for additional guild experience, achievements, and gold. At the top of the guild user interface Info pane, a new Guild Challenges section is displayed and broken into three categories: Dungeons, Raids, and Rated Battlegrounds. Any guild group will qualify for Guild Challenges credit and there is a set number of times each challenge can be completed per week.

Guild Finder[]

Guild Finder is a new system designed to enable easier and faster guild recruitment. Guild leaders and players who are looking for a guild to call home will use the Guild Finder to meet one another and begin communications that can lead to a prosperous membership. Whether you're a guild leader looking to fill your ranks or a player looking for a guild that meets your strictest requirements, the Guild Finder provides an easy way to make new friends!

Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms[]

A new system intended to lower queue times, Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms offers additional rewards for queuing as the currently least represented role. To be eligible for the additional rewards you must solo queue for a random level-85 Heroic in the role that is currently being Called to Arms, and complete the dungeon by killing the final boss. Every time you hit these requirements (there is no daily limit) you'll receive a goodie bag that will contain some gold, a chance at a rare gem, a chance at a flask/potion, a good chance of receiving a non-combat pet (including cross faction pets), and a very rare chance at receiving a mount.


  • Conquest is now purchasable from the Valor vendor at 250 Conquest per 250 Valor.
  • Honor is now purchasable from the Justice Commodities Vendor at 250 Honor per 375 Justice.
  • Justice is now purchasable from the Honor Commodities Vendor at 250 Justice per 375 Honor.
  • Resilience scaling has been modified for linear returns, as opposed to increasing returns. Under the new formula, going from 30 resilience to 40 resilience gives players the same increase to survivability as going from 0 to 10. Resilience now scales in the same way armor and magic resistances do. A player with 32.5% damage reduction from resilience in 4.0.6 should see their damage reduction unchanged in 4.1. Those with less than 32.5% will gain slightly. Those with more will lose some damage reduction, increasingly so as their resilience climbs.
  • A dead player can now be resurrected by targeting them using the Party or Raid Frame even if they have released. No more hunting for corpses.
  • Portals to each of the capital cities have returned to Dalaran and Shattrath City.


Classes: General[]

Death Knight Death Knights[]

  • Spell holy consumemagic [Dark Simulacrum] now works on numerous additional spells in dungeon encounters.
  • Spell shadow deadofnight [Raise Ally] has been redesigned to be a battle resurrection, analogous to Spell nature reincarnation [Rebirth]. It is instant cast, but costs 50 Runic Power to use, and has a 10-minute cooldown. It shares the same global battle resurrection cap with Rebirth and Soulstone.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Blood
    • Frost
      • Inv weapon shortblade 79 [Blood of the North] (passive) now permanently converts both Blood Runes into Death Runes. There is no longer any proc interaction with Spell deathknight deathstrike [Blood Strike] required to activate Death Runes.
      • Spell deathknight empowerruneblade2 [Frost Strike] now deals 130% of weapon damage, up from 110%.
      • Spell frost arcticwinds [Howling Blast] damage has been increased by 20%. To compensate, the area-of-effect splash now does 50% of the single-target damage, down from 60%. The net result of this change leaves the area-of-effect damage roughly the same as 4.0.6 numbers. In addition, Howling Blast now has a facing requirement.
    • Unholy
      • Spell shadow shadowfiend [Desecration] no longer triggers when an applicable strike hits a snare-immune target. This is primarily to avoid unnecessary spell effect clutter during boss encounters.
      • Inv weapon halberd14 [Rage of Rivendare] again applies 15/30/45% additional damage to Plague, Scourge, and Festering Strike, up from 12/24/36%.
  • Glyphs
  • Death Knight Bug Fixes

Druid Druids[]

  • Ability druid lacerate [Lacerate] bonus threat has been removed and replaced with increased initial damage done.
  • Inv misc herb talandrasrose [Efflorescence] has a new spell effect.
  • Ability druid enrage [Enrage] no longer increases physical damage taken.
  • Inv misc herb felblossom [Lifebloom]'s bloom effect has been reduced by 20%.
  • Ability druid prowl [Prowl] has a new icon.
  • Ability racial cannibalize [Savage Defense] has been redesigned slightly. Instead of a single charge absorption, it now places an absorption effect on the druid absorbing up to 35% of the druid's attack power (modified by mastery, if applicable) in damage and lasting 10 seconds. There are no longer any charges on the effect.
  • Spell druid stampedingroar cat [Stampeding Roar]'s duration has been increased to 8 seconds, up from 6. The movement speed effect has been increased to 60%, up from 40% and is no longer cancelled by cancelling shapeshift form.
  • Inv misc monsterclaw 03 [Swipe] (Bear) cooldown has been reduced to 3 seconds, down from 6, and is now trainable at level 18 (training cost has been reduced). In addition, the bonus threat from this ability has been removed and replaced with increased damage done.
  • Inv misc monsterclaw 03 [Swipe] (Cat) damage has been doubled.
  • Thrash bonus threat has been removed and replaced with increased damage done.
  • Druids now innately have 100% pushback protection from damage while channeling Spell nature tranquility [Tranquility].
  • Talent Specializations
    • Balance
      • Spell arcane arcane03 [Starsurge] damage has been reduced by 20%.
      • Ability vehicle sonicshockwave [Solar Beam] is no longer on the global cooldown to make it more consistent with other abilities.
    • Feral
    • Restoration
      • Inv misc herb talandrasrose [Efflorescence] has been redesigned. It creates a healing zone at the feet of a Inv relics idolofrejuvenation [Swiftmend] target, but this healing zone now restores health equal to 4/8/12% of the amount healed by Swiftmend to the three most injured targets within 8 yards, every 1 second for 7 seconds. This periodic effect now also benefits from spell haste, but the individual ticks cannot be critical effects. In addition, Ability druid giftoftheearthmother [Living Seed] is no longer a prerequisite talent for Efflorescence.
      • Spell shaman giftearthmother [Malfurion's Gift] now reduces the cooldown of Tranquility by 2.5/5 minutes.
      • Spell nature ravenform [Nature's Swiftness] now also increases the healing done by the affected nature spell by 50%.
  • Glyphs
  • Druid Bug Fixes
    • Druids should no longer have UI issues after leaving a vehicle.
    • The troll druid models for Ability druid flightform [Flight Form] and Ability druid flightform [Swift Flight Form] have been slimmed down to be more in scale with other druid flight forms, and have had their animations improved.
    • The direction of the Eclipse bar now resets after the druid dies and resurrects.
    • Ability vehicle sonicshockwave [Solar Beam] is now more responsive when enemies move into or out of it.
    • Casting Spell druid stampedingroar cat [Stampeding Roar] will no longer break Ability druid prowl [Prowl].

Hunter Hunters[]

  • Ability whirlwind [Deterrence] no longer requires a melee weapon to be equipped.
  • Spell fire selfdestruct [Explosive Trap] now has a new spell effect.
  • Ability hunter masterscall [Master's Call] now has a new spell effect.
  • Ability upgrademoonglaive [Multi-Shot] damage has been increased by 250%.
  • Ability hunter beasttaming [Tame Beast] now tames pets to match the hunter's level, rather than 3 levels below.
  • Pets
    • The Happiness/Pet Loyalty System has been removed. Hunters will no longer have to manage Happiness for their pets, and the previous damage bonus for pets being happy will now be baseline for all tamed pets.
      • Ability druid primaltenacity [Bloodthirsty] no longer generates Happiness.
      • Ability racial cannibalize [Carrion Feeder] no longer restores Happiness.
      • The Ability hunter beasttraining [Feed Pet] ability now instantly heals 50% of the pet's health. Cannot be used in combat. Requires diet-appropriate food.
      • Ability physical taunt [Guard Dog] no longer causes Ability physical taunt [Growl] to generate additional Happiness.
  • Glyphs
  • Hunter Bug Fixes
    • Hunters will no longer automatically acquire a new target if the current target dies in the middle of a cast.
    • Inv spear 07 [Aimed Shot] and Ability hunter steadyshot [Steady Shot] should no longer start casting Auto Shot on a new target when the "Stop Auto Attack" option enabled.
    • Ability whirlwind [Auto Shot] now automatically turns off until reactivated once Spell frost chainsofice [Freezing Trap] is cast on an enemy player.
    • Ability whirlwind [Deterrence]: The area damage of the paladin ability Ability paladin hammeroftherighteous [Hammer of the Righteous] will no longer hit hunters with Deterrence active.
    • Spell arcane blink [Distracting Shot] and Ability upgrademoonglaive [Multi-Shot] are now properly 40-yard range.
    • Ability hunter pet turtle [Intervene] (Tenacity pet ability) range has been increased so that the pet will properly intercept attacks.
    • Ability upgrademoonglaive [Multi-Shot] now properly has a 1-second global cooldown.
    • The pet action bar should no longer sometimes become locked on its own.
    • Ability golemstormbolt [Scatter Shot]'s disorient effect should no longer sometimes be broken by the hunter's Auto Shot.
    • Summoned pets now start with 100 focus, up from 0.
  • Hunter Known Issues
    • The exotic pet ability Inv qiraj skinsandworm [Burrow Attack] does not have an animation for certain types of worm pets.
    • Pets do not initially spawn in with the correct amount of health.

Mage Mages[]

  • Spell arcane blast [Arcane Blast] cast time has been reduced to 2.0 seconds, down from 2.35 seconds. In addition, the stacking effect of Arcane Blast now increases the damage done by Arcane Explosion, and Arcane Explosion does not consume that effect.
  • Spell nature wispsplode [Arcane Explosion] damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Spell nature starfall [Arcane Missiles] damage has been increased by 13%.
  • Spell frost icestorm [Blizzard] damage has been increased by 70%.
  • Spell frost frostarmor02 [Frost Armor] has been reworked:
    • It now reduces physical damage taken by 15%, instead of providing 20% additional armor.
    • The Chilled proc from Frost Armor can no longer proc Fingers of Frost.
    • The attack speed slow from the Chilled proc is now 20%, down from 25%, but it also affects ranged attack speed.
    • Frost Armor also no longer increases Frost resistance.
  • Spell frost frostbolt02 [Frostbolt] damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Talent Specializations
  • Glyphs
  • Mage Bug Fixes
  • Mage Known Issues

Paladin Paladins[]

  • Divine Protection can no longer be dispelled.
  • Judgments are now useable while silenced.
  • Spell holy sealoffury [Righteous Fury] now persists through death.
  • Inv helmet 96 [Word of Glory] now has a 20-second cooldown.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Holy
      • Spell holy auramastery [Aura Mastery]: This ability no longer increases the benefit granted by Spell holy crusaderaura [Crusader Aura].
      • Illuminated Healing shield duration is now 15 seconds, up from 8 seconds. In addition, Illuminated Healing has been increased to provide 1.5% effect per mastery, up from 1.25%.
      • Spell holy championsgrace [Walk in the Light] (passive) removes the cooldown of Word of Glory.
    • Protection
    • Retribution
      • Ability paladin divinestorm [Divine Storm] now generates 1 point of Holy Power if it hits (i.e. successfully lands on) 4 or more targets.
      • Ability paladin blessedmending [Sacred Shield]'s internal cooldown has been increased to 60 seconds, up from 30.
  • Paladin Bug Fixes
    • Spell holy avengersshield [Avenger's Shield] can no longer be blocked.
    • Casting Spell holy heroism [Guardian of Ancient Kings] no longer resets the auto-attack swing timer.
    • The Holy version of Guardian of Ancient Kings will now more reliably heal targets at max range from the paladin.
    • The Retribution version of Guardian of Ancient Kings now benefits from the paladin's hit and expertise.
    • Ability paladin judgementsofthejust [Judgements of the Just] debuff can no longer trigger talents and other effects.
    • Spell holy sealofvengeance [Seal of Truth]: Fixed a tooltip error that stated swings at targets with Censure fully stacked dealt 9% weapon damage. They actually dealt 15% damage and the tooltip has been updated accordingly.
  • Paladin Known Issues
    • The Retribution version of Guardian of Ancient Kings is easily distracted and will not always properly assist the paladin.

Priest Priests[]

Rogue Rogues[]

  • Ability rogue recuperate [Recuperate] base effect now heals 3% per tick, up from 2%.
  • Ability stealth [Stealth] base cooldown has been reduced to 6 seconds, down from 10, and the movement penalty from being in Stealth has been removed.
  • Ability rogue tricksofthetrade [Tricks of the Trade] now has a 100-yard range, up from 20.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Combat
    • Subtlety
      • Ability rogue cheatdeath [Cheat Death] now reduces damage taken by 80% while in effect, (down from 90%). Its internal cooldown has been raised to 90 seconds, up from 60.
      • Ability stealth [Nightstalker] now reduces the cooldown of Stealth by 2/4 seconds, and instead of negating the movement penalty from Stealth, it adds a 5/10% movement speed bonus (stacking with other effects) while Stealthed.
  • Rogue Bug Fixes
    • Ability kick [Kick] can no longer be blocked.
    • Certain non-damaging AoE attacks cast by NPCs will no longer break Stealth.
    • Hostile pets should now be less inclined to follow rogues that are in Stealth.

Shaman Shaman[]

  • Spell shaman firenova [Fire Nova] has been redesigned and decoupled from shaman Fire totems. Instead, it now pulses the Fire Nova effect from each target that is afflicted by the shaman's own Spell fire flameshock [Flame Shock] debuff. It now damages all enemies except the target hit by Flame Shock. The ability's cooldown has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 10.
  • Spell nature groundingtotem [Grounding Totem] cooldown has been increased to 25 seconds, up from 15.
  • Spell fire selfdestruct [Magma Totem] now lasts for 60 seconds, up from 21.
  • Spell nature stoneclawtotem [Stoneclaw Totem]'s area-of-effect threat pulse no longer affects critters.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Elemental Combat
      • Spell shaman earthquake [Earthquake] is no longer a channeled spell. It now has a 2,5-second cast time, lasts for 10 seconds, and has a 10-second cooldown. Its damage has been reduced by 40% from its channeled version.
    • Enhancement
      • Spell fire sealoffire [Improved Fire Nova] has been redesigned and replaced by a talent called Spell nature elementalabsorption [Seasoned Winds]. When an enemy spell cast is successfully prevented with Spell nature cyclone [Wind Shear], the shaman gains magical resistance (in an amount equal to what a protection totem/aura would grant, stacking with such buffs) to the spell school(s) of the interrupted spell (except for Holy spells), lasting 10 seconds.
    • Restoration
      • Spell nature regeneration 02 [Cleansing Waters] now has a 6-second internal cooldown.
      • Deep Healing now benefits all heals, not just direct heals.
      • Spell nature skinofearth [Earth Shield] healing done by Restoration shaman has been reduced by 20%.
      • Spell nature natureblessing [Nature's Blessing] has been improved to 6/12/18% bonus direct healing on Earth Shielded targets, up from 5/10/15%.
      • Spell shaman spiritlink [Spirit Link Totem] (new talent) reduces damage taken by all party and raid members within 10 yards by 10%. This lasts 6 seconds, and every second it is active the health of all affected players is redistributed among them, such that each player ends up with the same percentage of their maximum health. This counts as an Air totem and has a 3-minute cooldown.
  • Glyphs
    • Inv glyph majorshaman [Glyph of Grounding Totem]: : The increased cooldown of Grounding Totem applied by this glyph has been reduced to 35 seconds, down from 45 seconds.
  • Shaman Bug Fixes
  • Shaman Known Issues
    • Ability shaman stormstrike [Stormstrike] animation will not play correctly when not dual wielding.
    • Elemental summons do not phase with players correctly in some encounters.

Warlock Warlocks[]

  • Spell warlock focusshadow [Dark Intent]: The friendly target of this ability now receives 1% (stacking 3 times to 3%) periodic spell damage and healing bonus instead of 3% (stacking 3 times to 9%). The casting Warlock still receives 3% (stacking 3 times to 9%).
  • Spell shadow rainoffire [Rain of Fire] damage has been increased by 25%.
  • Spell shadow seedofdestruction [Seed of Corruption] damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Spell shadow soulgem [Soulstone] can now be used in combat to resurrect a targeted dead player.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Affliction
      • Ability warlock haunt [Haunt] damage has been increased by 30%.
      • Spell shadow spectralsight [Shadow Mastery] (passive) has been increased to 30%, up from 25%.
      • Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3 [Unstable Affliction] damage done when it is dispelled has been doubled, but this damage can no longer be critical.
    • Demonology
      • Spell shadow manafeed [Mana Feed] now restores more mana (four times as much) when the warlock is using a Felguard or Felhunter.
  • Pets
    • Doomguard's damage has been increased by 50%. The Doomguard is intended to be the best guardian for single-target damage, and the Infernal the best when there are multiple targets.
    • Spell shadow curse [Lash of Pain] (Succubus) damage now scales with level, reducing the damage done at lower levels such that it will deal 50% damage at level 20, and 100% damage at level 80 and above.
    • Spell shadow soulleech 3 [Shadow Bite] (Felhunter) damage and effect has doubled.
  • Glyphs
  • Warlock Bug Fixes

Warrior Warriors[]

  • Ability warrior charge [Charge] and Ability rogue sprint [Intercept] no longer have diminishing returns on their stun effects.
  • Ability warrior colossussmash [Colossus Smash] now ignores 50% of a hostile player's armor (PvP), but continues to ignore 100% of a non-player character's armor (PvE).
  • Inv axe 66 [Heroic Throw] is now available from trainers at level 20.
  • Ability heroicleap [Heroic Leap] is no longer on the global cooldown, similar to other warrior movement abilities.
  • Warrior talent icon innerrage [Inner Rage] is now available at level 56.
  • Ability rogue sprint [Intercept] now has a 1.5-second stun, down from 3 seconds.
  • Inv gauntlets 04 [Pummel] is now usable in all stances.
  • Ability toughness [Rallying Cry] (new ability) is available from trainers at level 83. It temporarily grants the warrior and all party or raid members within 30 yards 20% of maximum health for 10 seconds. After the effect expires, the health is lost. It has no cost, no stance requirements, and is not on the global cooldown. It has a 3-minute cooldown, but also shares a cooldown with Spell holy ashestoashes [Last Stand].
  • Ability warrior shieldbash [Shield Bash] has been removed from the game.
  • Ability warrior shieldreflection [Spell Reflection] cooldown has been increased to 25 seconds, up from 10.
  • Ability whirlwind [Whirlwind] now has its cooldown reduced by 6 seconds when it deals damage to 4 or more targets. The Whirlwind effect caused by Ability warrior bladestorm [Bladestorm] remains unchanged.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Arms
    • Fury
      • Ability marksmanship [Precision] (passive) now increase auto-attack damage by 40%, in addition to the 3% hit it offers currently.
      • Unshackled Fury now only grants 2 base points of mastery, down from 8.
    • Protection
      • Ability warrior shieldmastery [Shield Mastery] no longer affects the cooldown of Spell Reflection, however, it now allows Ability defend [Shield Block] to proc a second aura that reduces magic damage by 7/14/20% for 6 seconds.
      • Inv axe 66 [Gag Order] now applies to Inv gauntlets 04 [Pummel] and Inv axe 66 [Heroic Throw], giving these abilities a 100% chance to silence the target for 3 seconds. In addition, Gag Order lowers the cooldown of Heroic Throw by 30 seconds.
  • Glyphs
  • Warrior Bug Fixes

Dungeons & Raids[]

  • Rise of the Zandalari
    • Zul'Aman is now a level-85 5-player Heroic dungeon. Players with a minimum average item level of 346 or higher can access this dungeon via the Dungeon Finder.
    • Zul'Gurub is now a level-85 5-player Heroic dungeon. Players with a minimum average item level of 346 or higher can access this dungeon via the Dungeon Finder.
    • Both Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman exist in a separate tier in the Dungeon Finder above the current level-85 Heroic dungeons. Players can randomly queue for either dungeon by selecting the Rise of the Zandalari setting.
  • Dungeon Finder
    • The Dungeon Finder now attempts to avoid putting damage-dealing classes with the same armor type in a group.
    • The Dungeon Finder will attempt to place players from the same realm in a party together.
    • Players will now get bonus rewards 7 times per week (while earning less than 980 Valor Points) instead of once a day when using Dungeon Finder.
    • When there is only 1 player left in a Dungeon Finder group, they will now be able to queue for replacements as long as they queue within 2 minutes or stay in the dungeon.
    • The Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms will now identify which class role is currently the least represented in the queue, and offer them additional rewards for entering the Dungeon Finder queue and completing a random level-85 Heroic dungeon.
      • The least represented role icon will show within the Dungeon Finder to indicate the role that is eligible to earn the bonus reward.
      • Players must queue solo with the currently indicated least represented role (by the system) and complete the dungeon up to and including the final boss in order to be eligible for the bonus reward.
      • The bonus reward will be displayed to eligible (system identified as least represented) role within the UI.
      • Once the dungeon is completed the eligible player will receive a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries (account bound) with various potential rewards including: gold, rare gems, non-combat pets, and (very rare) mounts.
  • Blackrock Caverns
    • Aura of Arcane Haste now has a clearer visual on the bearer of the aura.
    • Bound Flames in the Karsh Steelbender encounter no longer create Lava Pools when they are killed.
    • The Short Throw ability used by Twilight Sadists has had its range reduced to 10 yards.
  • Blackwing Descent
    • Atramedes
      • Searing Flames now causes a 6-second cooldown on Modulation.
      • Searing Flames no longer increases Sound on players.
      • Players should no longer be able to avoid the first period damage tick of Searing Flame, and Searing Flame now ticks every 2 seconds. The damage of Searing Flame has been increased to compensate for it ticking less frequently.
    • The Bile-O-Tron 800 in the Chimaeron encounter is now more resistant to being knocked offline many times in rapid succession.
    • Flash Bomb (Golem Sentry ability) now has a more clear warning visual.
    • Magmaw now triggers a raid emote when summoning Lava Parasites.
    • Maloriak
      • Maloriak now has a brief windup before beginning to channel Arcane Storm, slightly increasing the amount of time players have before the spell begins to deal damage.
      • Further improvements have been made in the Maloriak encounter to avoid Flash Freeze targeting the tanks.
    • Nefarian's End
      • The damage of Shadowflame Barrage has been reduced by 15% (10-player normal and Heroic difficulty only).
      • The damage of Tail Lash has been reduced by 20% (10-player normal and Heroic difficulty only).
  • The Bastion of Twilight
    • Dragon Siblings
      • Blackout can now be dispelled on Heroic difficulty.
    • Cho'gall
      • The health of Blood of the Old God on 10-player Heroic difficulty has been lowered by roughly 20%.
      • The health of Darkened Creations on 10-player Heroic difficulty has been lowered by roughly 20%.
      • The corruption gained from Corruption: Accelerated on 10-player Heroic difficulty has been lowered slightly.
      • Knockbacks and Deathgrip can now be used to interrupt players that are converted by Cho'gall.
    • Sinestra
      • Twilight Slicer is now less likely to target two healers at once.
      • Wrack will avoid jumping to tanks.
  • Deadmines
    • Ragezone cast by Defias Blood Wizards now only increases damage dealt, no longer increasing damage taken.
  • Dire Maul North
  • Grim Batol
  • Halls of Origination
    • Temple Guardian Anhuur should now properly go into his shield phase at 33% even if he was channeling his 66% shield phase.
  • Lost City of Tol'vir
    • Soul Fragments that spawn during the High Prophet Barim encounter should now perform an emote when they merge with the Harbinger of Darkness.
  • The Mechanar
  • The Stonecore
    • The patrol path of the Stonecore Bruiser before Ozruk has been reduced.
    • Ground Slam now has a pre-cast visual on the ground in front of Ozruk. In addition, Ground Slam's damage and radius have been reduced.
    • High Priestess Azil's Seismic Shard now has a more obvious warning visual.
  • Stratholme
    • Postboxes no longer require keys to open, because really, who locks their postboxes anymore when they're all undead? It's just people sending coupons for brains anyway.
    • The Postmaster now spawns when 3 of any postbox are opened.
  • Throne of Tides
  • Uldaman
  • Vortex Pinnacle
    • The Air Nova ability triggered when a Gust Soldier is killed has had its knockback effect reduced.
    • Altairus now spawns closer to the center of his platform, away from the edge.
    • Temple Adepts and Ministers of Air now wait 2 seconds before starting a spell cast when they are first engaged.
  • Wailing Caverns
    • The maze section has been removed to make the overall dungeon more accessible and quicker to complete. Nearby creatures and bosses have been adjusted to compensate.
  • Zul'Farrak
  • The gold amounts awarded for the following encounters have been substantially reduced: Flame Leviathan, Magtheridon, Gruul the Dragonkiller, Doom Lord Kazzak, and all encounters in Karazhan.
  • Dungeon & Raid Bug Fixes
    • The tooltip for the Inv misc dice 01 [Luck of the Draw] buff now dynamically updates based on how many stacks are present.
    • The tooltip for Stolen Power during the Nefarian's End encounter now displays the correct bonus percentage.
    • Drake vehicles now properly animate when attacking in the air.


  • The criteria on many of the profession-related guild achievements has been significantly reduced.
  • Guild Challenges
    • These challenges can be found in the Info pane of the guild UI.
    • Guild Challenges fall into three categories: Dungeons, Raids, and Rated Battlegrounds.
    • Each challenge can be completed a set number of times per week. Guild groups participating in level-appropriate Heroic or normal difficulty dungeons and raids, or rated Battlegrounds, will automatically qualify for challenge credit.
    • Each time a Guild Challenge is completed, the guild will be awarded experience and gold deposited directly into the Guild Vault, as well as the opportunity to earn all-new achievements. A popup or "toast" will be displayed to confirm a Guild Challenge has been completed (similar to achievement alerts).
    • Guild experience earned via Guild Challenges will be awarded above the daily cap. The experience cap will move forward relative to the amount of experience obtained through completing Guild Challenges (similar to rested experience for characters).
    • Guilds already at the level cap will be awarded substantially more gold in place of guild experience.
    • Gold rewards are deposited into the guild bank once the guild reaches level 5. The text for the Cash Flow guild perk has been updated appropriately.
  • Guild Finder
    • A new Guild Finder button will now appear on the Micro Menu for guild leaders, as well as players without a guild.
    • A Guild Interests field allows players to form a guild around common interests: Questing, Dungeons, Raids, PvP, and Role Playing.
    • An Availability field allows players to note whether or not weekdays or weekends are better for playing.
    • The Class Roles field allows players to indicate the role or roles they are capable of, and willing to fill.
    • A Comment box is also available for supplying additional information.
    • Once a player has filled out the Guild Interests field, the Browse Guilds tab allows them to find guilds actively recruiting via the Guild Finder. Guilds listed here are displayed according to common interests.
    • The Requests tab tracks all recruitment requests submitted by an unguilded player, or submitted to the leader of a selected guild.
  • The Guild Perk, Achievement guildperk cashflow [Cash Flow], no longer prints out text to the Chat Log. Instead, the daily amount deposited is shown in the Guild Vault Money Log. In addition, players can view the weekly contribution in a new window at the bottom of the Money Log.
  • Two new custom guild tabards have been added as Guild Rewards. The tabards are account bound and offer a bonus to gaining guild reputation.
  • The amount of guild experience rewarded for rated Battleground guild group wins has been dramatically increased.
  • Players are now rewarded guild experience for Honorable Kills in the field.
  • Players are now rewarded guild experience for Battleground wins in Battleground brackets up to level 80.
  • Arena teams are now awarded guild experience for wins. The entire team must be members of the same guild to earn this experience.


  • Account Bound Items
    • Many "Account Bound" heirlooms are now labeled as " Account Bound", meaning that they can also be traded or mailed to characters that are on different World of Warcraft accounts under the same account.
    • Mail sent to characters on the same account now arrives instantaneously, as it does for the same World of Warcraft account.
    • Mailing account-bound items to characters of the opposite faction on the same account will now correctly translate faction-specific items to their appropriate equivalent.
    • Please note that in order to mail a Account Bound item, the recipient must still be on the same realm as the sending character.
  • All trade goods available for purchase with Honor or Pvecurrency-justice [Justice Points] from the associated commodities vendors have had their prices reduced by 50%.
  • Maelstrom Crystals are now available for purchase with Honor or Justice Points from the associated commodities vendors.
  • The PvP Horde and Alliance trinkets have a new spell effect.
  • Item Sets
    • The current damage-dealing death knight 4-piece raid set bonus now also grants increased attack power when Inv sword 122 [Killing Machine] triggers, as well as when the death knight gains Death Runes).
    • The current Holy paladin 4-piece raid set bonus now grants 540 Spirit for 6 seconds after casting Spell holy searinglight [Holy Shock].
    • The current healing priest 4-piece raid set bonus no longer requires a target to be under the effects of Weakened Soul for the priest to receive the Spirit bonus. Instead the benefit will be granted each time the priest's Penance spell heals a target.
    • The caster shaman 4-piece PvP set bonus now reduces the cooldown of Grounding Totem by 3 seconds, up from 1.5.
  • Item Bug Fixes
    • Players are now properly seated on stone drake and wind drake models.
    • Stone drakes no longer clip into the ground when attacked.
    • Many pieces of crafted epic armor have had sockets added.
    • Inv sword 131 [Furious Gladiator's Greatsword] (and other swords with the same model) no longer disappear when wielded.
    • Random enchantment items (of the bear, of the whale, etc.) no longer use obsolete item modifiers such as attack power or spell power.


  • All major cities will now have every type of profession trainer and their associated trade supply vendors.
  • New Cooking and Fishing Dailies have been added to Darnassus, Ironforge, Thunder Bluff, and Undercity.
  • Alchemy
  • Archaeology
    • Six new rare items have been added.
    • Players now have a much smaller chance of getting a dig site for a race for which they have completed all rare finds.


  • The rate at which Pvpcurrency-honor-alliancePvpcurrency-honor-horde [Honor Points] are earned has been doubled.
  • Arenas
    • The amount of Conquest Points awarded for Arena wins has been normalized across the board. Players will now receive 180 Conquest Points for a win up to the weekly cap, regardless of rating or matchup.
    • Arena matchmaking can now extend beyond a team's Battlegroup.
  • Battlegrounds
    • The amount of Conquest Points awarded for Rated Battleground wins has been normalized across the board. Players will now receive 400 Conquest Points for a win up to the weekly cap, regardless of rating or matchup.
    • Battleground raid leaders can now move players from other realms among raid subgroups.
    • The Focused Assault and Brutal Assault buffs have changed.
      • After 3 minutes of both teams having the flag, both flag carriers will get Focused Assault, which increases damage taken by 10%.
      • Every minute afterward, an additional stack will be applied to increase damage taken by an additional 10%.
      • After 7 minutes, Brutal Assault will be applied in place of Focused Assault. In additional to the damage debuff, this debuff also caps the player's movement speed at 100%. The damage taken debuff works the same and will add 10% to the debuff up to a maximum of 100% damage taken.
    • Arathi Basin
      • Arathi Basin is now available as a 10v10-player rated Battleground.
      • Flags should now cap in 7 seconds, down from 8.
    • The Battle for Gilneas
      • Flags should now cap in 7 seconds, down from 8.
      • Graveyard Changes
        • Players who die at a control point that they own will now be teleported to the next closest graveyard, instead of the one at which they died.
        • If a player's team owns the Mine and Waterworks, and dies at Waterworks, they will be teleported to the Mine.
        • If an Alliance player's team only owns Lighthouse, and dies at Lighthouse, they will respawn at their base.
        • If a Horde player's team owns Waterworks and Mine, and dies at Lighthouse, they will respawn at Waterworks.
    • Twin Peaks
      • Graveyard Changes
        • Players will now only spawn at their base graveyard when they die in the enemy base.
        • Defending players will respawn at the middle graveyard.
        • Midfield players will respawn at the middle graveyard.
        • Attacking players will respawn at their base graveyard.
    • Warsong Gulch
      • The graveyards outside both bases have been lowered in elevation and are no longer on the same plane as the main flag room entrances to either respective base.

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User Interface[]

  • Like the Focus Frame, the character Unit and Target Frames can now be unlocked and moved to one's content.
  • Spells bound to a key now start to be cast when the button is pressed down by default, instead of waiting for the key to go up. This is an option that can be turned off in the Interface menu under Combat. Mouse clicking has not changed and operates on mouse click up.
  • Targets and focus targets now display on the mini-map.
  • Moved Video and Sound to a new “Options” screen.
  • Added a network category to the new Options screen and included the two network checkboxes.
    • The Network category contains the options "Optimize network for speed" and "Enable IPv6 when available". "Optimize network for speed" will be enabled by default, and will send packets more frequently at the cost of higher bandwidth. The higher bandwidth may lead to disconnects for some players who have limited bandwidth. Players getting disconnected frequently should try unchecking this box.
  • Visual Settings Updates
    • Removed the red bar preventing the overall graphics slider from going to ultra based on computer specs.
    • When a player moves the overall slider to a setting that would have previously been prevented, any option that can't go as high as that setting will get the warning icon with a tooltip explaining why it can't go higher. For example: a player sets the overall slider to Ultra and the water setting can only go to Fair. The water setting would automatically switch to Fair.
    • Support for DirectX 11 can now be found in the Advanced tab of the Options screen.
  • At the login screen:
    • Moved the "Reset User Options" button from the popup window that appears when clicking Options to the actual Options window.
    • Clicking Options now goes directly to the Video tab of the Options screen.
    • Removed the now-unneeded popup.
  • The New Features (!) Option screen has been updated:
    • Cast action keybinds on key down (Combat)
    • Pick Up Action Key (ActionBars)
    • Nameplate Motion Type (Names)
    • Graphics API (Advanced)
    • Network category