Players can follow the story of the Pandaren Campaign through a series of special quests tied to their reputation with the landing forces. Heroes assisting with the war effort will join key characters and faction leaders as the growing conflagration spreads across Pandaria... as well as other locations around Azeroth.
Players can slay rival NPCs and opposing faction players along the shore to earn commissions that can be spent to upgrade their faction's base.
Look for strategic objectives to capture, including graveyards and towers. Commissions can be spent to recruit guards that will help protect this captured territory!
Players who are truly dedicated to their faction can spend their commissions on an item that will give their fellows an extra reputation group quest for the day. Horde players can speak with Ongrom Black Tooth, while Alliance players can contact Proveditor Grantley for details.
Rare quality PvP gear costs 1500 [Honor Points] to upgrade once for 8 item levels, while Epic quality PvP gear costs 750 [Conquest Points] for 4 item levels and can be upgraded twice.
Be aware that items that have received item level enhancements cannot be placed into Void Storage.
Wrathion has taken a keen interest in the events along the coast of the Krasarang Wilds. Those that have aided the Black Prince in the past will now have new quests to complete as they advance Wrathion's agenda for Pandaria and their own progress toward Legendary power.
Underground fighting rings have sprung up in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that will give brawlers who have their mitts on an invitation a chance to earn bragging rights by testing their solo PvE mettle against some of the toughest creatures found in World of Warcraft.
Players will prove their skill, and increase their rank with the Brawler's Guild, as they win matches against some of the most difficult solo encounters in World of Warcraft.
As their Brawler's Guild rank increases, players will unlock additional rewards and activities within the Brawler’s Guild.
Brawlers on a realm will gather together into the blood spattered ring to watch as their peers face down their own opponents. They can watch the battles in progress to learn from hardened Brawler's Guild veterans as they wait for their own turn to fight.
If this is your first night at Brawler's Guild, you have to fight.
Grand Commendations are now available for purchase from all Mists of Pandaria faction vendors at Revered reputation. Using a Grand Commendation will permanently increase the amount of reputation gained with that faction across all characters on a Battle.net account.
Timezones are now standardized for all North American World of Warcraft realms. Reset times for professions, holiday events, daily quests, etc. now happen at the same time regardless of realm time. Raid and Heroic Dungeon reset times remain unaffected. Read more here.
Damage received from players (or player-controlled sources) no longer counts towards increasing the healing done by [Death Strike].
A new passive ability has been added: [Tooth and Claw]. This ability causes autoattacks to have a chance to empower the Druid's next [Maul]. Empowered Mauls reduce the damage dealt by the target's next autoattack. Guardian Druids obtain this ability at level 32.
All totems are now considered spells, and summoning totems can be prevented by silencing effects. [Searing Totem], [Magma Totem], and Fire Elemental totems fall into the Fire school, while all other totems fall under the Nature school.
The additional damage [Grimoire of Sacrifice] grants to [Chaos Bolt] is now dealt over 3 seconds. This damage over time behaves in a manner similar to a Mage's Ignite, where each new damage over time effect rolls into the previous one. This means that no damage is lost if a new damage over time component is re-applied before an existing one fades.
[Taste for Blood] will now stack up to 3 times in PvP. It will continue to stack to 5 in other situations.
[Avatar] no longer grants immunity to movement impairing effects, and instead now instantly breaks movement impairing effects. This ability also no longer generates addiitonal Rage while active. Its duration has increased to 24 seconds (was 20 seconds).
Battle-stones are available in two basic types, general purpose Battle-stones that can be used to upgrade the quality of any pet, and family specific Battle-stones, which can only be used to upgrade pets of a specific pet family. Pets over level 15 upgraded in this way can lose up to two levels in the process.
Battle-stones are available in two qualities: Flawless Battle-stones can upgrade pets directly to Rare quality, while Polished Battle-stones will upgrade a pet to Uncommon quality.
Players will have a very small chance to obtain a general purpose and family specific Flawless Battle-stone after winning a match against wild pets; defeating higher level opponents increases the chances of obtaining a stone. Family specific Flawless-Battlestones will be of the same family as the pets that were defeated. These valuable items are not soulbound, and can be sold on the Auction House.
Players that defeat Aki the Chosen at the culmination of the Battle Pet quest lines can now follow a new line of Battle Pet quests and associated daily quests that allows players to battle against Pandaren spirits.
Portal Shards grow into consumable items which can be used to open a portal from Sunsong Ranch to a major faction city.
Seeds now stack to 50.
Runty crops now have a spell visual to help call attention to themselves.
Growing crops now display the duration until the crop is ready to harvest.
Characters who have earned the “[Friends on the Farm]” achievement will no longer find gifts while harvesting Cooking Ingredient crops – instead, they have a chance to find special seeds such as Magebulb, Enigma Seed, Songbell, and more.
Raids, Dungeons and Scenarios
The Raid Finder system will no longer provide a notification regarding how many bosses have been defeated in an instance. Players that join and complete a partially cleared raid will be given preference for a fresh instance when they next queue.
Joining and then quickly leaving a partially cleared Raid Finder raid will give a deserter debuff, restricting re-queuing for 30 minutes.
Raid groups are no longer necessary to enter pre-Mists of Pandara raid dungeons. Enemies in these raids that previously required more than one player to defeat are now more easily dealt with by players battling alone:
High Warlord Naj'entus in the Black Temple
Viscidus in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
Razorgore the Untamed in Blackwing Lair
The Statistics page now tracks and displays 10-player and 25-player raid boss kills separately.
Cooldown timers greater than 5 minutes will now reset between attempts on Challenge Mode dungeons.
Scenarios now include Dungeon Finder queue features, including leaders, backfill, vote to kick, and deserter debuffs. Roles are still not required.
The growing conflict between the Horde and the Alliance has spilled across the face of Azeroth: level 90 players can now queue for Wintergrasp and Tol Barad via the PvP tab to battle one another in these epic conflicts.
PvP Power will now only increase the healing of dedicated healing specializations, and will now only increase the damage of dedicated damage or tanking specializations.
The amount of PvP Power on weapons has been increased.
Arena matches now have a 25 minute time limit (was 45 minutes).
Rated Battlegrounds now share the same spell restrictions as Arenas.
Herb and Mining node spawn rates in Pandaria have been reduced by approximately 50%.
The Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Extravaganza has returned every Sunday, but now allows three winners per tournament. It also offers competitors a chance to earn the rewards once offered by the Kalu’ak Fishing Derby.
Speckled Tastyfish fishing pools no longer spawn during the tournament. Instead, Tastyfish can be caught from any fishing node in all parts of Stranglethorn Vale while the tournament is active. This includes inland nodes, and wreckage.
The daily quest that Blingtron 4000 offers can now be accepted by a character of any level, but only once per day, per account. In addition, Blingtron 4000 now freely dispenses fashion advice that provides a dramatic increase in snazziness for 1 hour.
There is now a small chance that Golden Lotus will be found when gathering any herb in Pandaria.
All mineral nodes will now despawn one minute after they are mined, even if items remain in them.
Justice, Valor, Honor and Conquest Point quartermasters are now signified by new minimap icons.
A new banner will appear when a player is subjected to an effect that causes them to lose control of their character. The effect that caused the loss of control and remaining duration will be displayed. Configuration options are available in the “Combat” section of the “Interface Options" menu.
A search bar has been added to the mount section of the Mount and Pet Journal.
The Mount and Pet Journal remembers which tab you were last using.
The effect of PvP Power on healing will now appear correctly on the Character Sheet.