PATCH NOTES

New Character Models: Blood Elf

  • Character models for Blood Elves have been overhauled with an increase to fidelity and texture resolution; while retaining the core look and feel of the originals.
  • Some character models received additional tweaks and adjustments.

Twitter Integration

  • Characters can now send Tweets for items, achievements, and screenshots from within the game client using the /share command.
  • To activate this feature, visit Social options in the Interface menu to enable, add, or disconnect a Twitter account.

New Heirloom Collections Tab

  • The Collections system now supports Heirloom items.
  • Heirlooms have a tier system to denote the maximum level that the item scales up to.
  • New neck slot Heirlooms are now available and allows the character to cast a heal once a minute. This heal shares a cooldown with potions and Healthstones.
  • Vendors in Ironforge (Alliance) and Undercity (Horde) now sell Heirlooms for gold.
  • Alternate methods for obtaining Heirlooms are also available.
    • Darkmoon Faire sells Heirlooms for Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
    • Argent Tournament sells tier-1 and tier-2 Heirlooms for Champion’s Seals.
    • Some world events now sell either tier-2 and tier-3 Heirlooms for currency obtained through the event.
  • Collecting all heirloom items awards a special mount usable by level 1 characters.

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts

  • New Garrison Visitors
    • One of five new visitors may visit each day offering a quest to anyone that visits players with a Tier 3 Garrison.
      • Defeat a dungeon boss: Awards a bag with a chance to contain a level 630, 645, or 655 item token.
      • Defeat a raid boss (weekly quest): Awards a bag with a chance to contain a level 645, or 655 item token.
      • Bounty (intended for 3 or more players): Defeat a named elite NPC for a bag containing Apexis Crystals, and a chance to contain a level 645, or 655 item token.
      • Relic: Complete a series of quests to recover a relic for a bag containing Apexis Crystals, and a chance to contain a level 645, or 655 item token. Completing a relic mission unlocks it as a potential mission for your followers. Completing all 6 relic missions will unlock Harrison Jones as a follower!
      • Profession: Turn-in tradeskill reagents for Primal Spirits and work order tradeskill reagents.
    • For the Pet Battlers out there, there’s a separate chance for an additional visitor offering unique Pet Battles with a chance to award a bag containing Pet Battle items and new Battle Pets.
  • Summon a Raid or World Boss
    • Players may find an item while completing a Bounty, Relic, Dungeon, or Raid daily quest from the Garrison visitor that that allows them to summon one of six new raid or world boss in the Garrison.
    • Summoned raid or world bosses have scaling health and is intended for 10-40 players.
  • New Garrison Music Box
    • Players can assemble a music box allowing them to play music in their Garrisons.
    • Pieces for the music box can be found as a reward from new Bounty or Relic Missions.
    • New songs can be collected from throughout the world to expand your music library.
  • New Garrison Vendor
    • A new vendor has been added allowing players to use Garrison Resource to purchase items to upgrade Followers, or items that can be used to spawn a rare mission.
  • New Follower Trait: Treasure Hunter
    • Treasure Hunter trait increases the amount of gold rewarded from a mission.
  • Garrison Followers
    • Garrison Followers may now be upgraded to item level 675.
  • Follower Missions
    • New Profession Missions are now available on upgrading a profession building to level 3. Successfully completing these missions award an item that allows instant completion of work orders.
    • Players can unlock Relic and Bounty missions for their followers by completing the corresponding Relic or Bounty quest offered by one of the random daily new visitors to the Garrison.
    • New exploration missions are available to players with a skill of at least 1 in Archeology. Successfully completing these missions can award Archeology fragments, keystones, or treasure maps for a Draenor zone. Treasure maps obtained in this manner does not require quest achievement completion for the Draenor zone.
    • Archeology Vendors in Stormshield and Warspear now sell an item that’ll spawn a follower exploration mission for 5 Restored Artifacts.
    • New Level-100 Scouting missions to a Battlefield now awards an item that grants access to missions that award Apexis Crystals.
    • New Raid missions to Blackrock Foundry are now available for a cache that awards level 665, 680, or 695 items.
    • New follower missions have been added that can award gold, Apexis Crystals, Savage Blood, or Augmentation runes.
    • Level-100 Garrison resource missions now award more Garrison Resources.
    • Level 90-94 gold and Garrison Resource missions will now continue to appear even if there are no Followers that are level 90-94.
    • Scavenger trait for Followers now increases Garrison Resources gained from a mission by 100% (down from 200%).
  • Follower Mission UI Improvements
    • List of missions available now displays the amount of bonus XP, gold, and resources awarded without having to mouse-over the mission tooltip.
    • Improved tooltips displaying which followers that can counter threats on a mission.
      • Followers that can counter a threat and available show up with a green checkmark.
      • Followers that can counter a threat but are out on a mission displays the time remaining until the follower is available.
      • Followers that can counter a threat but assigned to a building will display a working icon.
    • A new icon will notify the player when assigning a follower that’ll receive less XP reward because they’re below level or item level requirements.
    • Garrisons with 10 or more followers now have access to a sortable list with a quick overview of how many followers can counter a particular threat or how long a follower will be out on a mission.
  • Garrison Buildings
    • Garrison Work Order Changes
      • Work orders now check if a follower is assigned to the building every 4 hours when factoring in production bonuses.
      • Followers assigned to work at a building now receive XP for each work order that they provide a production bonus on.
      • Players now have an option to queue up all remaining work order slots through the building’s work order UI.
      • NPCs that accept Work Orders are now titled as such along with a new interaction cursor to make them easier to locate.
    • Alchemy Lab
      • Level 2: Followers working at the Alchemy Lab now offers a choice on the free potions you want to receive, but those potions are now soulbound.
    • Armory (Dwarven Bunker / War Mill)
      • Level 3: A daily quest has been added to allow players to exchange Iron Horde Scraps for an armor or weapon enhancement token.
    • Barn
      • Barn traps are no longer targetable, causes the cursor to be highlighted, or usable in Rated Battlegrounds, Arenas, or outside of Draenor.
      • Barn traps can now be placed on top of a trap that has already been sprung.
      • Savage Blood now drops more frequently when a follower is assigned to the building (it didn’t affect the chance previously).
      • Caged creatures now stack to 1000 (up from 20).
    • Barracks
      • A vendor at the Barracks now sells an item that allows a character to shrink their Bodyguards for 60 minutes.
    • Fishing Shack
      • Nat Pagle (Level 3 Fishing Shack) will now give you any of the standard baits if you ask nicely.
      • Lunkers can now be caught from fishing pools and have an improved catch rate with higher fishing skill.
      • Summoned Cavedwellers now drops random fish flesh and drops less Worm Supreme.
      • Fish Eggs used as turn-in for the Fishing Shack Daily quest are now bind on pickup and no longer have a sell value.
    • Lumber Mill
      • Lumber Mill no longer requires Garrison Resources to build or upgrade.
      • Work orders now award 30 Garrison Resource (up from 20).
    • Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge
      • The building now accepts Ogre Waystones as work orders awarding Apexis Crystals and a chance to receive an item that allows instant completion of a mission that’s in-progress.
      • Characters visiting the Garrison are now able to use Mage Tower / Spirit Lodge portals.
    • Mine
      • Miner’s Coffee no longer has a stack limit, is now bind on pickup, and has a sell price. It now has an exclusive category so it cannot be applied multiple times by splitting it into different stacks. However, the aura can now correctly stack up to 5 times.
      • Preserved Mining Pick no longer has a stack limit, is now bind on pickup, has a sell price, and offers a bonus even if you have the Peon’s Mining Pick.
    • Menagerie
      • Reduced the difficulty of quests to unlock the Menagerie, elite pet challenges, and pet battle daily quests.
    • Salvage Yard
      • Tier-3 salvage recovered from Follower missions no longer has an independent chance to drop an uncommon (green), rare (blue), or epic (purple) item and will instead always drop one of them. This change is intended to reduce overall item spam without affecting their value. Existing chance for Tier-3 salvage to potentially also contain an uncommon Tier-2 salvage item remains unchanged.
      • Follower Weaponry and Armor Set tokens (War Ravaged, Blackrock, Goredrenched) no longer drops from salvage. Weapon and Armor enhancement tokens that can upgrade a Follower’s weapon or armor item levels will continue to have a chance to drop from Salvage Crates.
    • Town Hall
      • The fireplace in Tier-2 and Tier-3 Alliance Garrison Town Halls can now be used as a cooking fire.
    • Trading Post
      • Players trading Garrison Resources for tradeskill materials can now shift-click to specify the amount of items they want to purchase.
      • Trading Post Parts that drop in Ashran now have a chance to drop from all creatures and NPCs that drop Artifact Fragments, with an increased drop chance based on the quality of the creature or NPCs.
      • Trading Post no longer requires Garrison Resources to build or upgrade.
      • Some merchants have started accepting Crescent Saberfish Flesh as payment.
  • Garrison Invasions
    • Players that have performed above-and-beyond expectations for a Gold rating while defending their Garrisons from an invasion can now attain a Platinum rating. Platinum rating awards a level 660 item and a chance at obtaining an item that can be used to summon a raid or world boss.

Cosmetic Transformations and Toy Effects

  • Improvements have been made to the way that cosmetic transformations are handled. Previously, using another transformation would overwrite or cancel an existing effect. Now, characters can retain multiple cosmetic transformations and the one with the highest priority will be visible. If a higher priority transformation is canceled or expires, the next highest priority transformation will then be visible.
  • Cosmetic transformation effects that do not have a mount riding animation are now temporarily suppressed when using a mount (previously, the effect is either canceled or prevented the use of mounts while active). Characters will regain the transformation once they dismount.
  • Cosmetic transformations that alter the character’s appearance now have a higher priority than Druid combat forms. This means Druids can keep a transformation while shapeshifted.
  • Many Druid shapeshift forms now have attachment points on the head and back for cosmetic toy effects such as Blazing Wings or Pepe. Additional shapeshift forms may receive attachment points in the future.
  • To retain and improve readability in rated PvP environments, cosmetic transformations are now suppressed for all classes while inside a rated PvP environment (Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds).

General

  • Accounts with an inactive subscription are now able to log in with the same restrictions that Starter Edition accounts have with the additional perk of being able to join guilds that characters on the account already are a member of.
  • New Graphics Options
    • Particle Density in graphics settings now have 3 detail levels (down from 5). This may affect the number of particles generated by some particle systems.
    • Ambient Occlusion
      • Added new ambient occlusion method NVIDIA HBAO+, available on all DirectX 11 capable video cards.
    • Anti-Aliasing
      • MSAA is once again supported, with additional controls for fine-tuning under Advanced graphics options.
      • A new SSAA anti-aliasing option is now available for high-end video cards.
    • New Lighting
      • Per-pixel deferred point lights have been added to create more realistic lighting throughout Draenor.

Itemization

  • Tertiary Stats for Avoidance, Speed, and Leech now provide about four times as much benefit per stat point.
  • All rings, neck, cloak, and trinket items that can be acquired in Nagrand (A level 98+ zone) or later should now be better suited for the character’s loot specialization. This means tanks should no longer receive items with no bonus Armor and healers should no longer receive items with no Spirit from sources like item tokens, quests, or Personal loot mode in Dungeons and Raids for those item slots.

Quests

  • Players in a raid group will once again no longer be eligible for quest credit, except for specially-designated Raid quests. We are continuing to explore ways of allowing players who want to engage in solo or small-group questing while in a raid group (for example, while waiting for a Highmaul raid to form, or in a Rated Battleground queue), without also allowing raid groups to trivially complete quests that were never designed with groups of that size in mind.
  • Legendary Ring Quest Line
    • A new epic follower awaits those that complete the latest chapter in the Legendary Ring Quest Line!
    • Characters can now select the version of the ring they want to receive when completing a step of the Legendary Ring Quest Line that provides an upgrade.
  • Legacy
    • Cruisin’ the Chasm: Resolved an issue where characters were not receiving completion credit after riding the Rental Chopper.
    • Ridin’ the Rocketway: Resolved an issue where characters were not receiving completion credit after riding the Redhound Two-Seater prototype.

World Environment and Events

  • Flight Path Improvements
    • Improved the logic used for connecting flight paths. Players are now able to fly through flight points that they have not discovered yet if it’ll result in a more direct flight path to a destination point.
    • A button has been added for characters in the middle of a flight to get off at the next known flight point.
  • Nagrand
    • Added two mailboxes in around the Black Market near Ring Of Blood in Nagrand.
  • Darkmoon Faire
    • The Darkmoon Faire have added an exciting new racing event with opportunities to obtain new unique prizes!
    • New achievements and rewards have been added to the Darkmoon Tonk Challenge and Darkmoon Ring Toss.

Creatures and NPCs

  • Khadgar has decided to dismiss his remarkably realistic mirror images from capital cities across the land. Adventurers answering his summons and seeking to enter Draenor may once again find him near the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands.
  • Spires of Arak
    • Sethekk Wind Serpent is undead and should no longer be skinnable.

Pet Battle

  • New battle pets have been added to Black Temple, Caverns of Time: Hyjal Summit, and Sunwell Plateau along with a new achievement, Raiding with Leashes III to collect them all. Completing the achievement to collect all the new Battle Pets will award a Naaru pet.
  • Level 100 characters with a Tier-3 Garrison will now receive an item in the mail that increases a single Battle Pet’s level to 25.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Personal loot mode received quality-of-life adjustments. Bosses that can be looted now have a custom graphical effect. Popup notifications from looting a boss have also been revamped.
  • Raids
    • Blackrock Foundry
      • Dungeon Journal entries for Blackrock Foundry have been updated with fight mechanics that have changed from hotfixes.
      • Hans’gar & Franzok
        • Tanks are now able to use abilities and cooldowns while grabbed by Hans’gar or Franzok’s Crippling Suplex.
      • Kromog
        • Mistweaver Monks can now cast Mana Tea while grabbed by Rune of Grasping Earth.
  • Dungeons
    • Completing the first random Heroic Draenor Dungeon of the day no longer awards a reputation bonus with Pandarian factions.
  • Challenge Mode
    • Increased the item level of gear awarded from completing daily Challenge Mode quests to 660 (up from 640).

PvP

  • Grand Marshal Tremblade or High Warlord Volrath now offer scrolls of Enchant Illusion – Glorious Tyranny and Enchant Illusion – Primal Victory to players with a rating of 2400 or higher in Rated Battlegrounds, and 3v3 or 5v5 Arenas.
  • Flask of Conquest has been added as a potential drop at the end of a Rated Battleground match. The flask increases Conquest Point gains from Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds by 25% for 2 hours and the effect persists through death. The flask does not affect the character’s Conquest cap and the drop chance is in addition to the existing chance for Conquest Points.
  • Battlegrounds now reward the appropriate level of experience at lower levels.
  • Primal Gladiator’s and Primal Combatant’s Badges now have a 2-minute cooldown (up from 1 minute).
  • Mists of Pandaria era PvP Gloves no longer have an on-equip bonus.
  • Ashran
    • There’s now a 10 minute delay between battles after Grand Marshal Tremblade or High Warlord Volrath has been defeated (down from 30 minutes).
    • Ashran’s queuing system received substantial changes to reduce wait times.
    • Event objectives now award 100 Conquest Points (down from 125).
    • Rare creatures and NPCs now drop 40-50 Artifact Fragments (down from 60-80).
    • Guards in Ring of Conquest now drop 6-8 Artifact Fragments (down from 8-11).
    • Ashmaul Pearls and Ghost Truffles have been removed. Players can now buy potions from Crafticus Mindbender (Alliance) and Dazzerian (Horde) for 10 Artifact Fragments each.
    • Kowalski’s Music Box now has a 15-minute cooldown (down from 1 hour).
    • Scroll of Mass Invisibility, Scroll of Replenishment, and Scroll of Town Portal has been removed.
    • Wand of Death, Wand of Mana Stealing, and Wand of Neutralization has been removed.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Bonus Honor received from winning a Battleground should now correctly convert into XP for characters that are below level 100.
  • Eye of the Storm: Icon for the flag should no longer be incorrectly displaying in the center of the map even though it’s been picked up by another player.

Professions

  • Harvesting from Draenor Mining and Herbalism nodes should now provide more experience points. Previously, only True Iron nodes were providing the correct amount of XP.
  • New recipes have been added to create items that boost the item levels of crafted armor pieces to 680 and weapons to 670.
  • Alchemy
    • Alchemists can now transmute for Savage Blood and various Sorcerous elements.
    • Alchemists can now craft an upgradable alchemy trinket.
  • Archeology
    • Increased the maximum amount of Arakkoa, Draenor Clans, and Ogre archeology fragments that can be held at a time to 250 (up from 200).
    • All rare Draenor archeology projects no longer cost more than 200 fragments to solve.
    • Brittle Cartography Journal can now be dug up by characters with an Archeology skill of 1 (down from 575).
  • Blacksmithing
    • Crafted shields no longer counts towards the limit on Unique-Equipped: Warlords Crafted items.
  • Cooking
    • New self-only cooking recipes have been added for food that gives 125 bonus to a stat.
  • Fishing
    • Fishing vendors on Draenor now sell a consumable item that enables automatic filleting of fish caught in Draenor.
    • Fish caught in Draenor can now be filleted without requiring a set stack number (20 for small, 10 for normal, 5 for enormous fish) while larger fish will still award more resources.
    • Different sizes of Savage Piranha have been consolidated into Savage Piranha and can be consumed directly for the transformation effect.
    • Players can now always catch enormous fish from pools, regardless of skill.
    • Fish that have already been caught can be converted to the appropriate amount of flesh.
    • Draenor fishing bait now lasts for 10 minutes (up from 5 minutes) to match the duration of fishing lures.
  • Inscription
    • The following glyphs now have recipes and are no longer sold by vendors.
      • Glyph of Cleanse
      • Glyph of Flying Fists
      • Glyph of Purification
      • Glyph of Purify Spirit
      • Glyph of the Solstice

Items

  • Apexis Crystals
    • Characters can now accrue up to a maximum of 60,000 Apexis Crystals (up from 20,000).
    • Dawn-Seeker Rilak (Alliance) and Dawn-Seeker Kirrik (Horde) have set up shop in Stormshield and Warspear offering powerful new items (item level 670) in exchange for Apexis Crystals.
    • Apexis Crystal vendors have been reorganized with their titles now denoting what it is that they’re selling.
  • Toy Box
    • Blazing Wings effect now lasts for 15 minutes (down from 1 hour) with a 30-minute cooldown (down from 1 hour).
    • Mini Mana Bomb has been added to the Toy Box for Horde characters that have completed the achievement, Theramore’s Fall.
    • Piccolo of the Flaming Fire has been rebuilt into a Toy Box item. Players can channel for 30 seconds to cause those around them to dance with a 5-minute cooldown. Additionally, the effect will no longer interrupts eating or drinking.
    • Ruthers’ Harness has been added to the Toy Box.
  • Characters now receive a treasure maps in the mail for completing storyline achievements for a Draenor region.
  • Griftah now sells a variety of transmogrification items for Dingy Iron Coins. In addition, he now sells a Rogue-specific toy, Barrel of Bandanas. Barrel of Bandanas spawns a barrel that gives players that use it a random visual bandana buff for 30 minutes.
  • Season 1 PvP boots and belts sold by Kezzik at Area 52 in Netherstorm are now more comparably priced to their other Season 1 counterparts (1750 Honor).
  • Replica belts for Blood Guard and Knight-Lieutenant have been added to complete visual sets that were previously incomplete for transmogrification. These new items are sold by the vendors who sell the rest of the set, Tini Smalls and Krixel Pinchwhistle at Area 52 in Netherstorm.
  • All Brawler’s Guild shirts are now unique. Replacement Brawler’s Guild shirts can be purchased from Quackenbush or Paul North if the character has defeated a boss that awarded it.
  • Several trinkets obtained from Draenor rares are now able to be disenchanted (previously, the items could not be disenchanted).
  • A number of Main Hand weapons have been converted to One-Hand so they’ll work better with transmogrification.
    • Arcanic of the High Sage
    • Butcher’s Terrible Tenderizer
    • Dagger of Blazing Radiance
    • Dagger of the Sanguine Emeralds
    • Dagger of the Shattered Crucible
    • Fang of the Earth
    • Franzok’s Headsmasher
    • Hoof of Yalnu
    • Koloch Na, the Blood Feast
    • Mindbreaker Scepter
    • Shard of Crystalline Fury
    • Soulcutter Mageblade
  • Apexis Crystals are now uncommon quality (green). There’s been no change to the item’s drop rate or availability.
  • Grimoire of the Four Winds should now correctly able to be used by characters that are at least level 85.
  • Honorary Brewmaster Keg is now unique. A replacement Honorary Brewmaster Keg can now be purchased from The Metal Paw in Binan Village for those who have completed the Pub Crawl achievement.
  • Moroes’ Famous Polish now has a 30-minute cooldown (up from 10 minutes) to keep it consistent with other cosmetic transformation cooldowns.
  • Nat’s Fishing Chair is now unique. A replacement chair can be purchased from Nat Pagle if the character has completed the achievement Learning from the Best.
  • Neural Silencer now also blocks Swapblaster effects.
  • Primal Combatant and Primal Gladiator trinkets have had their power increased.
  • Reins of the Amber Scorpion is once again back in stock for purchase from Ambersmith Zikk.
  • Restored Artifact is now considered a trade good and can be placed in the Reagent Bank.
  • Sargerei Disguise now has a 60-minute cooldown (up from 30 minutes).
  • Scavenger’s Eyepiece’s effect now persists through death.
  • Theramore Tabard can now be re-obtained by Alliance characters that have completed the achievement, Theramore’s Fall at a tabard vendor.

UI

  • New Colorblind Options
    • Players can now access a new suite of colorblind filter options under Accessibility settings in the Interface menu.
  • New Death Recap Screen
    • When a character is killed, a new screen now shows more information on what killed you.
  • Premade Group leaders can now automatically accept applicants via a new “Auto Accept” checkbox after the group has been listed.
  • Improved the ordering for categories in the currency tab.
  • Loot eligibility lockouts for Draenor world bosses (Drov the Ruiner, Tarlna the Ageless, and Rukhmar) are now tracked in Raid Info under the Raid tab.
  • Popup notifications such as those for completing an achievement or receiving a reward after a Battleground match can now be dismissed by right-clicking on it.
  • Added an “Ignore this bag” option to Profession bags for bag clean up.
  • All multi-page windows now support mousewheel scrolling.

Bug Fixes

  • Garden Sickle now correctly sheathes on the hip.
  • Fixed an issue where Rogues would automatically fail the Gladiator’s Sanctum coliseum scenario when they use the Death from Above talent.
  • Fixed an issue where characters that underwent a paid faction change may be unable to complete the achievement for Upgrading the Mill.