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(Released 11/23/2010)

The Shattering of Azeroth

In the frigid wastes of Northrend, the final battle against the merciless Lich King ended in victory for Azeroth's defenders. Upon returning home, veterans of the unforgiving conflict against the Scourge were showered with praise for their valiant sacrifices, while the honorable dead were mourned. Yet as hope flared anew in the wake of the Lich King's fall, Azeroth's native elemental spirits grew confused and erratic, setting off a series of deadly natural disasters. Horde and Alliance leaders scrambled for clues about the troubling state of the world, but nothing could have prepared them for what was to come.

Without warning, the corrupted Dragon Aspect, Deathwing, erupted from the stone heart of Deepholm, the domain of earth within the Elemental Plane. Jagged fissures were torn across the earth, and monstrous waves pummeled coastal regions. From Thousand Needles to the Blasted Lands, the surface of Azeroth was reforged through violent upheavals. Now, the Horde and the Alliance must defend their homes against Deathwing and his minions, burdened by the unsettling fact that the world as they know it has changed... forever.

Azeroth Shattered
  • Deathwing's return has had an immeasurable impact throughout the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor. Players will notice drastically altered terrain, thousands of new quests from levels 1-55, and updated level ranges for some zones to improve the questing flow.
New Race/Class Combinations
  • In the wake of a world on the brink of destruction, members of the Horde and Alliance have taken to new cultures and studies, mastering crafts previously foreign to them. Many existing playable races now have new class combinations. Check the official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm website for a breakdown of the new combinations.
General
  • The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematic trailer and login screen have been added to the game.
  • Experience required to gain levels 71 through 80 has been reduced by 20%, which increases leveling rate by 25%.
  • Many quests in zones on Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor have been removed from the game to make way for new adventures. These quests have been automatically removed from players' Quest Logs.
  • A new starting experience for gnomes is now available, starting at A [1] Pinned Down.
  • New starting experience for trolls is also available with starting quest H [1] The Rise of the Darkspear.
  • New background music for many old-world zones has been added.

World environment: general

  • Most unimplemented terrain between zones has been filled for a seamless flying experience, with new mountains, lakes inaccessible by foot, and other filler terrain introduced. Rough jarring shifts in textures in areas not supposed to be accessible by foot have been smoothed over.

Flight Paths

  • Alliance New flight paths:
    • Darnassus (near the portal to Rut'theran Village)
    • Dolanaar, Teldrassil
    • Goldshire, Elwynn Forest
    • The Harborage, Swamp of Sorrows
    • Ironforge Airfield, Dun Morogh
    • Kharanos, Dun Morogh
    • Lor'danel, Darkshore
    • Moonbrook, Westfall
    • Raven Hill Cemetery, Duskwood
    • Stormfeather Outpost, Hinterlands
  • Alliance Removed flight paths:
    • Auberdine, Darkshore (moved to Lor'danel, Darkshore)
    • Talrendis Point, Azshara
  • Starting flight paths:
    • Dwarf and Gnome: Kharanos, Ironforge.
    • Human: Goldshire, Stormwind.
    • Night elf: Dolanaar, Rut'theran Village, Darnassus, Lor'danel.
    • Worgen: Rut'theran Village, Lor'danel.

Kalimdor

General

  • The old, inaccessible Mount Hyjal zone has been replaced with the new level 80-82 zone. As such, the No Man's Land debuff has been lifted.

Ashenvale

  • Silverwind Refuge has been claimed by the Horde.
  • More of eastern Ashenvale has been deforested.
  • A volcano has erupted and created a lava slide just north of Silverwind Refuge.
  • Hellscream's Watch has been built north of Astranaar.
  • Astranaar has been updated with new high-resolution textures.
  • The Talondeep Path has been excavated away by the Horde, creating a new passage between Ashenvale and Stonetalon Mountains: the Talondeep Pass. To the northwest is a new night elf outpost: Stardust Spire.
  • The previously unnamed and empty night elf house near the Felwood border is now named Orendil's Retreat.
  • Tree models have been updated with a higher quality ones.

Azshara

  • With the arrival of the goblins, the entire zone has been terraformed and carved into a giant Horde symbol. New locations created by the goblins include:
    • Bilgewater Harbor
    • Gallywix Pleasure Palace
    • Mountainfoot Strip Mine
    • The Secret Lab

Azuremyst Isle

  • The boat from Valaar's Berth now goes to Rut'theran Village instead of Auberdine.

Barrens

  • The Barrens have now been split into two new zones with the names: the Northern Barrens and the Southern Barrens.

Darkshore

  • This zone seems to have been more badly damaged by the Cataclysm than the surrounding ones. Many cracks in the ground have appeared along the coast.
  • Auberdine has been wrecked and abandoned, and is now known as the Ruins of Auberdine.
  • The Auberdine Refugee Camp has been opened southeast of Auberdine.
  • A new night elf port, Lor'danel, has been built northeast of Auberdine.
  • Shatterspear Vale is now accessible by foot through the Shatterspear Pass.

Darnassus

  • Malfurion Stormrage now stands in the Temple of the Moon next to Tyrande Whisperwind, and is involved in quests.
  • Now contains a flight path.
  • Tree models have been updated.
  • A new large, hollow tree has appeared to the northeast of the Cenarion Enclave. It is counted as part of the Cenarion Enclave subzone, and contains a small lake and gazebo inside. It is listed as the Howling Oak on the map. This is possibly the new "worgen district".

Desolace

  • A new expanse of grassland and forest, the Cenarion Wildlands, has come to life in the middle of the zone.

Durotar

  • Echo Isles have been reclaimed.
  • Southfury River has eroded its eastern bank, turning it into the Southfury Watershed.

Dustwallow Marsh

  • A new road has been built connecting Theramore Keep directly to the Southern Barrens.

Feralas

  • The Isle of Dread has sunk.
  • The old Feathermoon Stronghold has been devastated and abandoned, and is now called the Ruins of Feathermoon.
  • A new Feathermoon Stronghold has been constructed on the Forgotten Coast.
  • Thalanaar has been destroyed, and New Thalanaar has been built west of it.
  • A new tauren settlement, Camp Ataya, has opened on the north.

Mulgore

  • The entrance to the zone has been reinforced with the Great Gate.
  • The Stonetalon Pass now connects the zone to Stonetalon Mountains.
  • The middle part of the Red Cloud Mesa has been burned and overgrown with thorny vines.

Northern Barrens

Orgrimmar

  • The buildings have been reinforced with metal.
  • A third gate has been opened at the north, leading to Azshara.

Silithus

  • Unimplemented terrain south of non-instanced Ahn'Qiraj has been removed, and the new coast goes directly around the cliffs surrounding Ahn'Qiraj. The coastal cave still remains.

Southern Barrens

  • Camp Taurajo has been ruined, and is now called the Ruins of Taurajo.
  • The Alliance has advanced into the zone, building Fort Triumph.

Stonetalon Mountains

  • The zone has been heavily rearranged, making it much more open to travel.
  • Stonetalon Peak has been abandoned. The night elves have relocated to Thal'darah Grove and Thal'darah Overlook to the southwest.
  • A new night elf base, Windshear Hold, has been added on the cliffs above Windshear Crag.
  • A new orc base, Krom'gar Fortress, has appeared on the opposite side of Windshear Crag.
  • A new passage from Windshear Crag north has opened.
  • The Charred Vale has been completely burned with lava.
  • Other new subzones added:
    • Cliffwalker Post
    • Farwatcher's Glen
    • The Fold
    • Sludgewerks

Tanaris

  • Steamwheedle Port has sunk under the sea, along with a large chunk of the land at the northeast until Gadgetzan, which has been converted into a port.
  • The Uldum gate in the Valley of the Watchers has changed in appearance significantly, and now leads to a dungeon area. There is now also a second, overland entrance to the partially-implemented Uldum zone.

Teldrassil

  • The old Rut'theran Village has been destroyed, but a new one has opened slightly farther into the sea. It now has three docks.
  • Dolanaar now has a flight path.
  • Mage trainers have been added to Dolanaar and Shadowglen.
  • Tree models have been updated with higher quality ones.

Thousand Needles

  • The entire zone has been flooded, with the former mesas now sticking as islands amid the new sea.

Winterspring

  • Darkwhisper Gorge is no longer counted as part of Winterspring, but is included in the new Mount Hyjal zone.
  • The bridge to Darkwhisper Gorge across Frostwhisper Gorge has disappeared, rendering it inaccessible by foot.

Eastern Kingdoms

General

  • The inaccessible land west of Burning Steppes has been replaced by water. Intentionally or not, it means that it now matches the Deeprun Tram, which passes underwater between Stormwind and Ironforge. The split continues further west as a rift in the crust between Dun Morogh and Searing Gorge, and then between Badlands and Loch Modan.
  • The inaccessible land east of Burning Steppes has similarly been replaced by water.
  • Tol Barad, a new outdoors PvP zone, is available for testing.

Alterac Mountains

  • Removed as a separate zone. It is now a subzone of Hillsbrad Foothills.

Arathi Highlands

  • A new Forsaken encampment named Galen's Fall has been built near the Thoradin's Wall.
  • A new dwarven passage now links the zone with the Hinterlands.

Badlands

  • The passage to Loch Modan has been blocked by the new rift.
  • A new goblin port has been built.

Blasted Lands

  • The ground architecture is now more high-resolution.
  • With the coast opened, the zone is no longer landlocked.
  • The Tainted Forest has partially replaced the Tainted Scar.
  • A new Gilneas-architecture settlement, Surwich, has appeared at the southwest.
  • Dreadmaul Hold has been taken over by the Horde and reinforced in Northrend style.

Burning Steppes

  • The zone has been (partially) updated with new high-resolution textures.

The Cape of Stranglethorn

  • The goblin statue at Janeiro's Point has been damaged.

Dun Morogh

  • The north path leading to Gnomeregan has been buried by an avalanche.
  • The Ironforge Airfield now shows its subzone name when flying over it.
  • Charred mountains have extended farther into the sea just south of Newman's Landing.

Duskwood

  • Raven Hill is now a worgen settlement with a flight master and Gilnean tents.

Eastern Plaguelands

  • The plague has partially regressed, roughly to the level of pre-Cataclysm Western Plaguelands. Water has appeared again in formerly dried basins.
  • The patch of land around Light's Hope Chapel is now green and plague-free, and has been reinforced with walls.
  • Argent Crusade banners are seen prominently through the zone, including the four PvP towers and the new Light's Hope Chapel.

Elwynn Forest

  • Goldshire has been updated with new high-resolution textures.
  • The Northshire Vineyards have been burned by Blackrock orcs.

Hillsbrad Foothills

  • The Forsaken New Plague has destroyed Southshore, as well as Hillsbrad Fields (now Sludge Fields).
  • Alterac Mountains is now a subzone of Hillsbrad Foothills, not its own zone.

Hinterlands

  • The zone has been updated with new high-resolution textures.

Ironforge

  • Magni Bronzebeard has been replaced by the Council of Three Hammers in the High Seat.

Loch Modan

  • The Stonewrought Dam has been damaged. As such, water level in The Loch has receded, exposing most of the former lakebed.
  • The path to the Badlands has been blocked by a fissure.

Northern Stranglethorn

  • Tree models have been updated.
  • A whirlpool now separates this zone from The Cape of Stranglethorn.

Redridge Mountains

  • The Lakeshire bridge has been repaired.
  • A new Northrend-style tower has been added to Three Corners.
  • A new road (Redridge Highway) connecting Burning Steppes and Swamp of Sorrows has been added.

Silverpine Forest

  • The zone has been updated with new high-resolution textures.
  • Pyrewood Village and the Greymane Wall have been updated to use Gilnean architecture. Pyrewood Village is now connected by a bridge to the shattered gate of the Greymane Wall.
  • The Forsaken buildings have been updated to the new Northrend-style Forsaken architecture.

Stormwind City

  • The entire city has received a graphic update with new high-resolution textures. Areas formerly clipped have been implemented with the advent of flying in Azeroth.
  • The Park has been destroyed.
  • A new park-like green area around the new Stormwind Lake, along with a cemetery, has opened behind the Cathedral of Light. There is now a statue of a paladin, possibly Uther the Lightbringer, in front of the Cathedral.
  • Fountains in the city now actually contain water.
  • The Command Center and SI:7 no longer have narrow corridors leading to them, and are now located on a green meadow outside the Old Town. Oddly enough, the locations of the two buildings have been swapped.
  • The entrance to Stormwind Keep has been revamped, and now features a statue of Varian Wrynn and overlooking balconies.
  • Dragon claw marks are visible on the two towers at the end of the Valley of Heroes. Trollbane's statue has been destroyed while the others have fallen into the water next to the bridge.
  • The boat that previously connected Stormwind Harbor to Auberdine now goes to Rut'theran Village.
  • Genn Greymane now stands next to Varian Wrynn in the throne room.
  • The previously unnamed tavern in the Dwarven District now has a sign saying The Golden Keg.

Swamp of Sorrows

  • A new goblin town with a dock, with no subzone name, has been added to northern Misty Reed Strand.
  • A new pirate camp has appeared south along the coast.
  • A new human settlement without a subzone name has been added to the north of the Temple of Atal'Hakkar.
  • The lake surrounding the Temple of Atal'Hakkar has turned into a sea gulf.
  • The Harborage has been reinforced with draenei fortifications, and now has a flight master.
  • The Redridge Highway now connects the zone to Redridge Mountains.

Tirisfal Glades

  • The inaccessible valley west of Deathknell has been replaced with a lake and trees, although the zone map displays that area as mountains.
  • The Ruins of Lordaeron have been redesigned with the advent of flying mounts in Azeroth.
  • Brill has been updated for the new, Northrend-style Forsaken architecture.
  • The Bulwark gate has been reinforced, and also uses the new Forsaken architecture.

Wetlands

  • The river formerly flowing down from Stonewrought Dam has dried.
  • Menethil Harbor has partially sunk, but the dock remains operational.
  • Most of Grim Batol is now counted as part of the Twilight Highlands.
  • The tunnel to nowhere in the Wetlands farm area has been blocked with a closed gate.

Western Plaguelands

  • Parts of the zone have been reclaimed from the plague, and are now blooming with green again.
  • Andorhal has been partially rebuilt, but split into two sections, a human one and a Forsaken one.
  • Hearthglen has been claimed by the Argent Crusade.

Westfall

  • Sentinel Hill has been reinforced by stone walls.
  • The Raging Chasm has appeared near the Alexston Farmstead.

Outland

Shattrath City

  • Portals to old-world capitals have been removed and replaced with new class trainers.

Northrend

Dalaran

  • Portals to old-world capitals have been removed and replaced with new class trainers.

 

The Shattering of Azeroth

    In the frigid wastes of Northrend, the final battle against the merciless Lich King ended in victory for Azeroth's defenders. Upon returning home, veterans of the unforgiving conflict against the Scourge were showered with praise for their valiant sacrifices, while the honorable dead were mourned. Yet as hope flared anew in the wake of the Lich King's fall, Azeroth's native elemental spirits grew confused and erratic, setting off a series of deadly natural disasters. Horde and Alliance leaders scrambled for clues about the troubling state of the world, but nothing could have prepared them for what was to come.

    Without warning, the corrupted Dragon Aspect, Deathwing, erupted from the stone heart of Deepholm, the domain of earth within the Elemental Plane. Jagged fissures were torn across the earth, and monstrous waves pummeled coastal regions. From Thousand Needles to the Blasted Lands, the surface of Azeroth was reforged through violent upheavals. Now, the Horde and the Alliance must defend their homes against Deathwing and his minions, burdened by the unsettling fact that the world as they know it has changed... forever.

General

  • Azeroth Shattered
    • Deathwing's return has had an immeasurable impact throughout the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor. Players will notice drastically altered terrain, thousands of new quests from levels 1-60, and updated level ranges for some zones to improve the questing flow.
  • New Race/Class Combinations
    • In the wake of a world on the brink of destruction, members of the Horde and Alliance have taken to new cultures and studies, mastering crafts previously foreign to them. Many existing playable races now have new class combinations. Check the official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm website for a breakdown of the new combinations.
  • The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematic trailer and login screen have been added to the game.
  • Experience required to gain levels 71 through 80 has been reduced by 20%, which increases leveling rate by 25%.
  • Many quests in zones on Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor have been removed from the game to make way for new adventures. These quests have been automatically removed from players' Quest Logs.

Classes: General

  • Due to several talent revisions for select classes, druids, paladins, priests, and shaman have had their talent trees reset.
  • The damage and healing done by players from levels 1-79 has been retuned, with the base points of almost all spells and abilities reduced. This was done to bring combat times at low levels to a more reasonable length. For most abilities that deal weapon damage, the weapon damage percent now rises per level until level 80, and starts at a lower percent.
  • Healing Rain, Efflorescence, Holy Radiance, Holy Word: Sanctuary now have a diminished effect when healing more than 6 players at once.
  • Mortal Strike, Furious Attacks, Wound Poison, Widow Venom, Permafrost, Improved Mind Blast, Monstrous Bite, and Legion Strike now reduce healing by 10%, down from 25%.
  • Effects which are broken from taking too much damage (Fear, Frost Nova, Entangling Roots, etc.) now break automatically from about half as much damage taken as before.

Death Knights

  • Death Pact now heals for 25% of maximum health, down from 40%.
  • Death Strike now heals for 25% of damage taken in the last 5 seconds, down from 30%, and will heal for a minimum of 7% of maximum health, down from 10%. The tooltip may not yet be updated to reflect this change.
  • Icebound Fortitude now provides 20% damage reduction, down from 30% (now 50%, down from 60% when talented), and has a 3-minute cooldown, up from 2 minutes.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Blood
      • Rune Tap now heals for 10% of maximum health, down from 15%. The tooltip may not yet be updated to reflect this change.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Rune Tap now heals for 5% of maximum health, down from 10%.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Frost Fever critical strikes now apply the correct amount of bonus damage.
    • Horn of Winter will once again provide runic power when used while another Attack Power buff is already present on the death knight.

Druids

  • Bear Form now provides 10% bonus health, down from 20%.
  • Nourish no longer consumes Omen of Clarity.
  • Rejuvenation has had its mana cost increased by 30%.
  • Soothe now has a 1.5-second cast time.
  • Swipe (Cat Form) can now be used even if the druid does not have a primary target selected.
  • Thorns: beginner tooltip revised to no longer imply the spell could be kept up at all times. In addition, Thorns damage has been reduced by 60%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Balance
      • PvP set bonus redesigned. While not in an Eclipse state, critical attacks against the druid restore 5 Solar or 7 Lunar energy, whichever is more beneficial. This effect can only occur once every 6 seconds.
    • Feral
      • Brutal Impact now increases the mana cost of spells on the victim by 5/10% for 10 seconds, down from 15/30%.
      • Leader of the Pack now heals for 4%, down from 8%.
      • Survival Instincts now provides 50% damage reduction, down from 60%, and its cooldown has been lowered from 5 minutes to 3 minutes.
      • Swipe (Bear Form) damage has been reduced by 20%.
      • Vengeance is no longer cleared on exiting Bear Form, and instead is cleared upon entering Cat Form.
    • Restoration
      • Empowered Touch now procs from Healing Touch as well as Nourish.
      • Heart of the Wild: the Bear Form Stamina bonus from this talent is now 2/4/6%, down from 3/7/10%.
      • Malfurion's Gift no longer has Fury of Stormrage as a prerequisite talent.
      • Natural Shapeshifter now also increases Tree of Life duration by 5/10 seconds.
      • Revitalize is now a 2-point talent, down from 3. It provides a 20% chance to return 1/2% of the druid's total mana on periodic heals from Lifebloom or Rejuvenation. This effect cannot occur more than once every 12 seconds.
      • Swift Rejuvenation is now a 1-point talent, down from 2. The global cooldown reduction this talent provides to Rejuvenation remains 0.5 seconds.
      • Symbiosis: heal-over-time spells (Rejuvenation, Regrowth, Lifebloom) can no longer benefit from this Mastery merely by refreshing themselves. A different heal-over-time spell must be present.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Healing Touch now reduces the cooldown on Nature's Swiftness by 10 seconds after using Healing Touch, up from 5 seconds.
    • Glyph of the Treant (new) allows druids to keep the original treant Tree of Life look... if they must. Must they?
  • Bug Fixes
    • Blood in the Water now refreshes Rip to the correct value.
    • Flight Form now properly appears in the trainer window before Expert Riding is learned.

Hunters

  • All special attacks based on weapon damage (except Scattershot) are now normalized.
  • Scare Beast is now available at level 36, up from level 14, and has had its training cost updated.
  • Deterrence is now available at level 78, up from level 36, and has had its training cost updated.
  • Disengage is now available at level 14, down from level 78, and has had its training cost updated.
  • Glyphs
    • The level requirements for glyphs that affect Scare Beast, Deterrence, and Disengage have been altered to correspond with the level changes of these abilities.
  • Bug Fixes
    • The Core Hound pet ability Ancient Hysteria now places its own unique debuff on affected players that has the same effect as Sated and Exhaustion.
    • Certain pets should no longer forget how to Dash.

Mages

  • Arcane Blast now increases damage of the next Arcane Blast by 10% per stack, down from 20%, reduces cast time by 0.1 seconds per stack, and increases the mana cost by 150%, down from 175%. In addition, the base cast time of Arcane Blast has been lowered to 2.35 seconds.
  • Arcane Explosion now costs 15% of base mana, down from 18%.
  • Arcane Missiles damage has been increased by 5%.
  • PvP set 4-piece bonus changed to increase damage by 5% instead of providing 5% Haste.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Arcane
      • Arcane Barrage damage has been increased by 5% and its cooldown is now 4 seconds, down from 5 seconds.
      • Arcane Concentration: Now has a much higher chance (13/27/40%) of entering a Clearcasting state. This effect cannot occur more than once every 15 seconds. The tooltip still states that there is a 3/6/10% chance, as it averages out to approximately the same chance with the internal cooldown applied.
      • Arcane Specialization again increases arcane damage by 25%.
    • Fire
      • Blazing Speed no longer dispels movement slowing effects (it still dispels effects that totally stop movement).
      • Fire Specialization again increases periodic fire damage effects by 25%.
      • Molten Shields now also causes Blazing Speed to dispel movement slowing effects in addition to its current functionality.
      • Pyroblast base mana cost is now 17%, down from 22%.
    • Frost
      • Deep Freeze: the cooldown on this ability is no longer reduced by Haste.
      • Early Frost now reduces Frostbolt cast time by 0.3/0.6 seconds, down from 0.35/0.70 seconds.
      • Fingers of Frost proc chance is now 7/14/20%, down from 10/20/30%.
      • Frost Specialization again increases all damage against frozen target by 25%.
      • Reactive Barrier is now triggered by any damage which causes the mage's health to be below 50%, even if the mage was already below 50%.
      • Shatter now also increases Frostbolt damage by 10/20% against frozen targets.
      • Shattered Barrier duration is now 2/4 seconds, down from 3/6 seconds.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Evocation now heals for 40%, down from 60%.
    • Glyph of Deep Freeze now increases damage done by Deep Freeze by 20% (no longer increases Frostbolt damage against Deep Frozen targets).
  • Bug Fixes
    • Improved Polymorph now correctly shares diminishing returns with controlled stuns.

Paladins

  • Exorcism damage has been increased by approximately 50%.
  • Holy Radiance now has reduced effectiveness on targets over 8 yards away from the paladin.
  • Seal of Truth: periodic damage from Censure reduced by 25%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Holy
      • Beacon of Light now lasts 5 minutes, up from 60 seconds.
      • Blessed Life: the effects of this talent cannot occur more than once every 8 seconds, up from every 2 seconds.
      • Illuminated Healing absorb shield now absorbs 10% of the total amount healed, up from 8%. Each point of Mastery increases the effect by an additional 1.25%, up from 1%.
      • Light of dawn has been redesigned. It no longer has an enforced cooldown, now costs Holy Power instead of mana, and scale in direct proportion to the amount of Holy Power used. In addition, it now heals the 5 most injured group targets (including self) in a 30-yard frontal cone.
      • Protector of the Innocent no longer triggers from self-heals.
    • Protection
      • Divine Bulwark now grants 2.25% less block chance per point of Mastery, up from 2%.
      • Holy shield no longer increases chance to block. Instead, it increases the amount blocked by an additional 10%, for a total of 40% damage blocked.
      • Shield of the Righteous: Contribution of attack power halved (now 60% with full Holy Power) and base damage brought up so that a level 85 paladin in Heroic dungeon gear deals the same damage with no Vengeance, but Vengeance has less impact.
      • Shield of the Templar now reduces the cooldown of Guardian of Ancient Kings by 40/80/120 seconds, down from 1/2/3 minutes.
      • Wrath of the Lightbringer now increases Crusader Strike and Judgement damage by 50/100%, up from 30/60%.
    • Retribution
      • Crusade now also has a proc on kill to increase the healing done by the paladin's next Holy Light by 100/200/300% for 15 seconds, in addition to its current effects.
      • Divine Storm: This ability has been redesigned. It no longer consumes Holy Power and instead costs 5% of base mana. It shares a cooldown with Crusader Strike and hits all nearby enemies for 60% weapon damage.
      • Pursuit of Justice now has an 8-second internal cooldown, shared with Blessed Life.
      • Rebuke no longer initiates Auto Attack.
      • Sanctity of Battle now also causes Divine Storm's cooldown to be reduced by Haste effects.
      • Zealotry no longer consumes 3 Holy Power, but still requires 3 Holy Power to use.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Beacon of Light now makes Beacon of Light free, instead of increasing the duration by 30 seconds.
    • Glyph of Divinity has been redesigned. It now grants the paladin 10% of maximum mana upon use.
    • Glyph of Light of Dawn now increases the total number of most injured targets healed by 1.

Priests

  • Binding Heal now provides roughly double the amount of healing.
  • Prayer of Healing has had its mana cost reduced by nearly 30%, and its base points and Spell Power coefficient increased by 20%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Discipline
      • Divine Aegis is now always triggered by Prayer of Healing, in addition to critical heals from all other spells.
      • Grace has been increased to 4/8% stacking 3 times, up from 2/4% stacking.
      • Inner Focus now works with Binding Heal, but no longer works with Heal.
      • Power Word: Barrier has been redesigned. It no longer acts as a shared absorb shield. Instead, all affected friendly targets take 30% reduced damage for the duration of the shield, which is now 10 seconds, down from 25 seconds.
    • Shadow
      • Shadow Orbs: redesigned slightly. The Shadow Orbs continue to increase damage done by Mind Blast and Mind Spike and stack up to 3 times, but now when the priest casts Mind Blast or Mind Spike (consuming the orbs), the priest gains a 15-second duration buff (Empowered Shadow), which increases the damage done by all Shadow periodic spells. Empowered Shadow does not stack. Mastery increases the damage bonus of Shadow Orbs and Empowered Shadow by the same amount, 10% with the base 8 Mastery, and an additional 1.25% per Mastery.
      • Vampiric Embrace healing to the caster has been reduced to 6%, down from 12% (there was a tooltip error which stated that the self-healing amount was 15%). Party members still receive 3% healing.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Dark Archangel now correctly increases the damage done of certain abilities by 4%.

Rogues

  • Deadly Poison base damage and attack power coefficient have been increased by 30%.
  • Recuperate now restores 2% of maximum health, down from 3%.
  • Venomous Wounds base damage and attack power coefficient have been increased by 30%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Combat
      • Aggression now increases damage of Sinister Strike, Backstab, and Eviscerate by 7/14/20%, up from 5/10/15%.
      • Bandit's Guile now gives 10/20/30% increased damage as the rogue gains greater insight, up from 5/10/15%.
    • Subtlety
      • Executioner no longer affects Recuperate.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Bandit's Guile now applies more consistently to all of the abilities it's supposed to modify.
    • Player guardians and temporary pets now stop attacking when a rogue uses Vanish, but city guards will not.

Shaman

  • Chain Heal mana cost increased from 17% to 20% of base mana.
  • Earthliving Weapon now only has 25% of its full chance to proc from a single hop of Chain Heal.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Elemental
      • Elemental Reach now also increases Searing Totem range by 7/15 yards.
      • Fulmination now has a Spell Alert visual associated with it, which appears when the shaman gets to 9 Lightning Shield charges.

Warlock

  • Bane of Agony damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Bane of Doom damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Corruption damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Death Coil damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Drain Life damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Drain Soul damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Immolate damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Incinerate damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Rain of Fire damage has been increased to be more comparable to other area-of-effect abilities.
  • Searing Pain damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Seed of Corruption damage has been reduced to be more comparable to other area-of-effect abilities.
  • Shadowbolt damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Soul Fire damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Demonology
      • Hand of Gul'dan damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
    • Destruction
      • Chaos Bolt damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
      • Conflagrate damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
      • Shadowburn damage has been reduced by approximately 12%.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Drain Life: The Soulburn version of this was charging 17% of base mana instead of 12% like the normal version. This has been corrected.

Warriors

  • Cleave damage has been reduced by approximately 17%.
  • Execute damage has been reduced by approximately 17%.
  • Heroic Strike damage has been reduced by approximately 17%.
  • Overpower now does 125% weapon damage, down from 150%.
  • Rend base damage has been reduced by approximately 17% and percent of weapon damage per tick lowered to 25%, from 30%.
  • Shield Block now only increases block chance by 25%, but excess block that pushes avoidance plus block to over 100% is now converted to critical block chance.
  • Slam now costs 15 rage, down from 20, and now does 125% weapon damage, down from 150%.
  • Victory Rush damage has been reduced by approximately 17%.
  • Whirlwind now does 65% weapon damage, down from 75%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Arms
      • Mortal Strike now does 150% weapon damage, down from 185%.
      • Second Wind now heals for 2/5% of total health, down from 5/10%.
      • Strikes of Opportunity now does 100% weapon damage, down from 115%.
    • Fury
      • Blood Craze now heals for 1/2/3% of total health, down from 2.5/5/7.5%.
      • Bloodthirst damage has been reduced by approximately 17%.
      • Raging Blow now does 110% weapon damage, down from 150%.
      • Unshackled Fury now gains approximately 50% more benefit per point of Mastery.
    • Protection
      • Critical Block now grants an equal amount of block chance and critical block chance (1.5% each per point of Mastery).
      • Devastate no longer provides bonus threat.
      • Shield Slam: Contribution of attack power reduced to 60%, down from 75%, and base damage brought up so that a level 85 warrior in Heroic dungeon gear deals the same damage with no Vengeance, but Vengeance has less impact. In addition, Shield Slam no longer generates 30% bonus threat from its damage.
      • Vigilance no longer provides 3% damage reduction, but still refreshes Taunt and provides Vengeance.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Bloody Healing increases the healing received from Bloodthirst by 40%, down from 100%.
    • Glyph of Intimidating Shout no longer causes targets to flee slowly, but roots them instead.
    • Glyph of Shield Wall increases damage reduction to 60%, but increases the cooldown from 2 minutes to 4 minutes (talented).
  • Bug Fixes
    • Taste for Blood should once again proc on every other tick of Rend.

Achievements

  • The Gladiator reward mounts now award Master Riding.
  • What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been now awards Master Riding.

Items

  • Mysterious Egg now takes only 3 days to turn into a Cracked Egg and has a slightly greater chance of awarding the Reins of the Green Proto-Drake.
  • PvP set bonuses now provide 70 of stats such as Agility, Intellect, and Strength (down from 100) at 2 pieces, and 180 of these stats (down from 300) at 4 pieces.

Professions

  • Perfect Gem Cutting and Mixology have been removed as trainable skills and are instead passives profession abilities. When players reach the appropriate skill levels, they will start getting bonuses from Mixology (they must know the recipe to gain the benefit) and/or cutting perfect gems (depending on their profession, of course).
  • Alchemy
    • Alchemy recipes now require Crystal Vials. Deathwing broke all the others because he's mean (or because he didn't want alchemists to carry 5 different vials around with them).
  • Engineering
    • The Engineering Tinkering enchants will no longer provide their bonus stats, but the activated effects will stack with other enchants. In 4.0.1 the stats were there (but hidden) and are now removed.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Several epic gem transmutes that were missing from the trainer have been added back.

Bug Fixes

  • Certain area-of-effect abilities are no longer ignoring the area-of-effect damage cap.
  • Mobs and NPCs should no longer appear to randomly gain or lose health during combat.
  • Re-summoning pets in Battlegrounds should no longer count towards a player's total healing done.

Known Issues

  • Some tooltips may not reflect the most recent changes to certain abilities.
  • Worgen hunters are currently unable to learn Dual Wield.
  • The achievement Explore Tol Barad will not be possible to complete upon release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
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Patch 4.0.1
(Released 10/12/2010)

General

  • Cataclysm Launcher Update
    • The new Cataclysm Launcher allows you to stream game data while you play. This will reduce the time you spend downloading, installing, and patching World of Warcraft. We'd like to get your feedback on the toolset and gameplay experience. Please head to the forums here for additional information.
  • Reforging
    • Players can now visit special Reforging NPCs in capital cities located near Enchanting trainers. 40% of any one secondary stat on an item can be allocated to add a new secondary stat to the item. The stat being added cannot already exist on the item. An item cannot have more than one reforged stat at a time, though the Reforging of an item can be undone and changed.

Dungeons & Raids

  • Flexible Raid Lock System
    • Icecrown Citadel and Ruby Sanctum now use the new Flexible Raid Lock system. This system provides the opportunity for a character to defeat each raid zone's encounters once a week. A character may now complete the encounters during the week with different raids of either 10 or 25 players.
    • Learn more about this feature by visiting our official forums here.
  • Icecrown Citadel
    • The Chill of the Throne effect has been removed.

Currency

  • PvE Currency Changes
    • All Emblems of Frost and Emblems of Triumph have been converted to new Justice Points.
    • Any dungeon or raid which awarded these emblems will reward Justice Points instead. Anything below Emblems of Triumph, including badges from The Burning Crusade dungeon and raid content, have been converted into gold and sent to players via the in-game mail system.
    • Any bosses players defeat that are level-appropriate to them award Justice Points.
    • All items that previously cost emblems or badges of any type now cost Justice Points.
    • Higher-tier Valor Points will be awarded to players who kill dungeon and raid bosses in the latest tier of PvE content after the launch of Cataclysm.
  • PvP Currency Changes
    • All Arena Points, Honor Points, Battleground Marks of Honor, Stone Keeper's Shards, Venture Coins, and Spirit Shards have been converted into new Honor Points.
    • Honor Points will be awarded instead of these currencies, with the exception of Arena Points.
    • Higher-tier Conquest Points will be awarded to players competing in each of the latest Arena or Rated Battleground seasons after the launch of Cataclysm.
  • For more information on the changes to the currencies and conversion rates for each type, please visit our Cataclysm forum.

Classes: General

  • Many class talents, spells, and abilities have been overhauled, added, or removed.
  • All spell and ability tooltips will now display damage averages rather than minimum and maximum damage potential. This feature is on by default but can be changed via the Display settings under User Interface options.
  • Ammo has been removed from the game.
  • The character levels at which classes gain new spells and abilities have changed.
  • Many item and class stats have been changed or removed.
  • Mastery rating has been added as a new stat which provides unique benefits for characters based on class and talent specialization. Mastery rating does not currently exist on items in the game, however, Reforging can be used to add Mastery rating as a secondary stat to existing items.
  • Rage has been normalized.
  • Spells and abilities no longer have multiple ranks and now scale with character level.
  • Talent trees have been altered. All player talent specializations have been reset, allowing for free re-specialization.
    • Each specialization has been reduced to a 31-point talent tree.
    • Players will now get a total of 41 talent points to spend.
    • Players will be asked to choose a specialization at level 10. Doing so will result in the unlocking of a spell or ability unique to that specialization, as well as one or more passive bonuses.
    • Once a talent specialization has been chosen, players may only place points in the primary tree until at least 31 points have been spent there.
    • The initial announcement regarding these talent tree changes can be found on our Cataclysm forum.

Death Knights

  • A dedicated tanking tree (Blood) has been implemented.
  • The effects of Blood Presence and Frost Presence have been exchanged.
  • The way in which runes recharge has changed.

Druids

  • A new Eclipse mechanic has been added for druids.

Hunters

  • Five pets can now be stored with the hunter at all times. Any one of these five pets can be summoned via the Call Pet ability.
  • Focus has replaced mana as a new resource.
  • Hunters now start with a pet at level 1.
  • The Stable will now store 20 pets. If a pet is moved into the Stable, its talents are wiped.

Mages

  • There is now a new spell fly-out UI feature for mage portals. Clicking on the Teleport or Portal buttons will expand the list of choices available.

Paladins

  • Paladins now have a new resource bar.

Warlocks

  • There is now a new spell fly-out UI feature for warlock pets. Clicking on this single button will open up the list of available pets to summon.
  • Soul Shards have been removed from the game as items. Instead, they now exist as a resource system necessary for using, or altering the mechanics of certain spells.

Items

  • Resilience no longer reduces the chance a player will be critically hit by an opponent.
  • Durability: cloth, leather, and mail now have as many points of durability as plate, making the repair cost on death much closer to equal for all classes.

Professions

  • The glyph system has been updated to now feature three different types of glyphs. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.

User Interface

  • Spell Alerts have been added to notify players when procs on select spells and abilities occur. A visual notification will display around the character and the activated ability will be highlighted on the action bar.
  • The Guild Interface has been redesigned to incorporate additional functionality, including new sorting and organizational options.
  • The Arena Teams pane has been improved.
  • The Character pane has been redesigned. Character stats can now be shown or hidden via the Show All Details/Hide All Details button on the bottom left. When shown, all character stats will be visible in a window to the right of the pane. Stat sections can be reorganized by clicking and dragging them up or down the pane.
  • The Professions panes now have more filtering and search functionality, as well as buttons to easily link recipes in the chat frame.
  • A Professions screen has been added to the Spellbook to better display the details of a character's primary and secondary professions.
  • Many of the yellow System Messages that would display in the chat frame when leveling up have been removed.
  • New text animations now alert players as they level up, also providing information on when new talents, spells and abilities are available.
  • Professions and Class Trainers windows have been altered to more clearly display available and upcoming purchases.
  • New Raid frames are now available. They can also be used in place of the standard 5-player party interface via the User Interface options.
  • The Spellbook interface has been improved for greater ease-of-use and visual appeal.
  • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros forum.

Graphics

  • Improved water and lava rendering system (Video Options - Liquid Detail on the Graphics Panel)
  • Dynamic Sunshafts effect (Video Options - Sunshafts on the Graphics Panel)
  • Multi-monitor support (Video Options - Monitor on the Graphics Panel)
  • OpenGL Hardware Cursor support for Windows (Video Options - Hardware Cursor on the Advanced Panel)
  • Experimental support for DX11 (enabled by passing '-d3d11' on the command line or adding SET gxApi "d3d11" to the Config.WTF file)
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