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Wowhead's Patch 4.2 Guide
2011/06/22 at 1:03 PM
4.2 is coming soon--very soon in fact. And we aren't oblivious to this fact, either.
In fact, as the news dries up, we're inclined to make a singular compendium of all the vast changes this patch brings in the form of
yet another Wowhead guide
. Patch 4.2 is a huge patch and it's more than just a new daily hub, legendary, and raid instance. There are also new rares, loads of new gear, and many new achievements. Overall, it's massive and it's the first true patch of the expansion--4.1 simply didn't cut it!
This guide is the product of hard work by the volunteers ArgentSun, Neutronmity, Perculia, and even Gnub (a moderator who pretends to do content time to time, or at least when a legendary he wants strikes). Special thanks to them for putting forth such a great effort and also nagging me to do my dailies daily as well as make some videos for 4.2. We hope you enjoyed this guide and find it a great resource in the weeks to come. We also hope you enjoyed our 4.2 coverage these past few months; it was Wowhead News debut and we've been going out of our way to bring great content quickly to everyone. You can always browse the
Patch 4.2: New PvP Ground Mounts
2011/06/20 at 2:32 PM
We've posted about the ground mounts before, but Blizzard did an official preview and it's nice to see them in their actual environments. They look great and hopefully it's a step forward for mount design. Back in April, Ghostcrawler said it was hard to come up with new mount designs during their BlizzCast--we think this proves you don't have to do anything extremely fancy or inventive, sometimes adding more textures and details can be enough to create awesome new mount rewards!
In order to best accommodate players under the unique play style of Rated Battlegrounds, we’ll be offering all-new PvP ground mounts -- the (Horde) or (Alliance) -- in a unique way. If you want to sit your knickers on these sweet new rides come patch 4.2, Rage of the Firelands, you must earn achievements for winning either 75, 150, or 300 Rated Battlegrounds. One account-bound mount will be awarded for each of these achievements earned, so if you win 300 Rated Battlegrounds with a character, you’ll be afforded the opportunity to give that character and two of your alts each a wolf or steed. Since these mounts are tied to
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes (Updated 6/16)
2011/06/16 at 9:59 PM
Blizzard has just posted a small update to the 4.2 PTR Patch Notes, adding a few class changes and some seemingly major changes to
gains, lowering the minimum cap but explaining how the cap can scale linearly. I'm sure this will probably end up confusing some players so we may see further clarification in the coming week.
Death Knight Bug Fixes
can now properly be triggered from off-hand attacks as well as main-hand attacks.
now deals 175% weapon damage, up from 125%.
now deals 225% weapon damage, up from 125%.
Conquest & Honor Points
The minimum cap on Conquest Points earned per week from Arenas is now
1350 at 1500 or less
Arena rating. The maximum cap
2700 at 3000 or more Battleground Arena
News Roundup: Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands Official Trailer, DK Tanking, Questing Clarifications
2011/06/16 at 2:01 AM
Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands Official Trailer
Blizzard has just unveiled the official trailer for
Patch 4.2: Rage of the Firelands
Across the breadth of Azeroth, the Horde and the Alliance have dealt crushing blows to Deathwing's elemental minions and fanatic Twilight's Hammer cultists. Through it all, the Earthen Ring has never wavered from its tireless charge, holding Azeroth itself together amid the tidal fury and errant magical energies that churn at the Maelstrom. Yet as the elements continue their chaotic upheaval, it seems that the noble shamanic order might finally be on the verge of breaking beneath the great weight that rests on its shoulders. Even Thrall, for all of his wisdom and skill, has grown aggravated by his failure to effectively communicate with Azeroth's elements. Recently, his calls were acknowledged, but the malevolent entity that responded has only intensified Thrall's fears and doubts....
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2 is just on the horizon. Building off of our preview of the Rage
News Roundup: Valor Point Conversion Clarification, Dragonwrath Proc Details
2011/06/14 at 8:23 PM
Just a few new Blizzard posts today, during this quiet calm before the inevitable storm that is Patch 4.2! Today Blizzard has posted a more detailed explanation of the
conversion in 4.2 (as Bashiok had
stated they would
) which should answer any questions and clear up any confusion players may have had.
In addition, Blizzard poster Kaivax clarifies the proc on with some detailed information which should make many casters happy!
Valor Point Conversion in Patch 4.2
World of Warcraft update 4.2, Rage of the Firelands, will introduce the first new raid tier in Cataclysm, and with that it will also introduce the first conversion from Valor Points to Justice Points. For anyone running Heroics and raids, this is important information to ensure you spend your points wisely before release of the patch.
With the release of patch 4.2 all Valor Points will be converted down to Justice Points up to the 4000 point cap, with any points over the
Patch 4.2: Achievement Guide for the New Dailies
2011/06/12 at 1:32 PM
Similarly to the
Call of the Crusade
patch during the last expansion, 4.2 introduces a big and unique ingame event, full of quests, dailies, achievements, and rewards. And while many players remember the Argent Tournament with dread because of its numerous dailies and boring jousting, the Regrowth and Molten Front experience bear only a small bit of resemblance with the Icecrown event.
Most notably, the Firelands invasion achievements are greater in number and better in quality than the Tournament ones, the rewards are more useful and fun, and the dailies are more versatile. This is Wowhead's guide to them, for those who like to get their achievements done quickly and painlessly when patches hit!
This is the very first stage of the dailies and it takes place strictly in the Regrowth. You need to be eligible to start the dailies' prerequisites (i.e. to have completed
), and you need to do the short pre-req chain terminating with this quest.
And the Meek Shall Inherit Kalimdor
As you do your dailies, you will notice that the fire elementals are pretty mean and are attacking the poor
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/10
2011/06/10 at 5:48 PM
: As these patch notes revealed, the previous tiers of content requirement for were removed. You now can get the quest from Molten Lords then visiting your faction's capital city. A blue clarified this.
Molten Lords are mobs in the Firelands. Killing one will unlock the quest for you, after which you need to visit Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar or the Wizard's Sanctum in Stormwind to pick up the quest.
You do not have to have defeated any bosses from the previous tier. That was a requirement we ultimately decided to get rid of.
Some major updates to the patch notes today in preparation for 4.2's launch. Most notable are the changes to valor points come 4.2: they are decreasing the amount you can gain per week, probably in preparation for tier 12 and wanting to put an artificial (and somewhat arbitrary) cap on the rate gear is gained.
New Quest Chain: Elemental Bonds
A New quest line is now available to level-85 Horde and Alliance characters, bringing brave adventurers t
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14265 - New Items, Icons, Spell Changes
2011/06/09 at 4:43 PM
A tiny patch has just hit the PTRs! Blizzard might finally be running out of stuff to add, so we may see 4.2 as soon as
Not a whole lot of shiny new epics this patch, just some new epic-quality mail boots - (and their Heroic counterpart, ).
Two new companion pets have been added with this patch. We have absolutely no idea where these come from just yet, but they're pretty nifty!
In addition, a new quest reward was added, , which is awarded upon completion of and is a vanity item that transforms you into a Druid of the Flame ()!
Patch 4.2: 3D Models for Firelands' Weapons and Offhands
2011/06/07 at 8:19 AM
Back in the beginning of March,
we posted a large collection of 3D models
for weapons and offhands we had discovered through datamining. Of course, this was all before Firelands was pushed into the next patch; with that bit of news, our models got lost in the depths of the blog.
However, since we recently provided a
list of drops from Firelands
, this is a good time to check out what these items will look like in addition to knowing their stats. Although the jury's still out on the tier sets, personally we think these models are looking pretty awesome.
We have included screenshots of the models that weren't previously mentioned in our blogs.
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14241 - New Items and Spell Changes
2011/06/06 at 9:37 AM
There was a small patch on the PTR today -- and we mean
small. The only item added was a new staff to Ragnaros' loot table:
Sho'ravon, Greatstaff of Annihilation
. The new pet biscuits are also now
which now make your pets bigger, presumably it works on vanity pets as well.
There were also a couple of spell changes that we've posted below for you to look over.
Deals AP*0.192+1311 to AP*0.192+16170.0982+932 to AP*0.0982+1150 damage, and causes all targets within 8 yards to bleed for (AP * 0.0326 + 8150.0167 + 581 * 3) damage over 6 sec.
Talents and Specialization
Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing 20352850 Shadow damage over 15 sec. Black Arrow shares a cool
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage One of the New Dailies
2011/06/06 at 5:22 AM
Patch 4.2 introduces a completely new daily quest hub and provides an excellent new direction for dailies. The only downside is that some of the quests are so enjoyable while others aren't half as cool; it creates a stark contrast of dailies that feel like fun and others that feel like a chore. Still, it's a lot better than other daily hubs of yesteryear and the rewards are much better. Our volunteers (Neutronimity and ArgentSun) plus myself have been doing the dailies every day, so we have a series of guides in the works for you!
The first stage of the Firelands Invasion serves as an introduction to the current events of Hyjal. The Guardians of Hyjal have made a call for all heroes to join them in their effort to protect Hyjal from Ragnaros' armies and to push the battle back to the Firelord's domain. Each stage of this effort in pushing them back becomes a stage of dailies to unlock. If your character hasn't completed the zone prior, you will first be asked to assist the four Ancients of Mount Hyjal. Only after this is done will you be able to join everybody else in their war against the Firelands.
As it's usual with PTR content, keep in mind that while there is a good chance that the content presented here will remain
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14199 - New Items, Icon, Spell Changes
2011/05/31 at 7:42 PM
A new patch has just hit the Public Test Realms, bringing a handful of changes previously announced with the
patch notes update
a few days ago! Class changes are fairly boring, mostly tooltip changes for clarity, though there are a few spell changes here and there - nothing extremely surprising.
Only a small handful of items, as well, including some new Firelands weapons (and their Heroic versions) and a new Leatherworking armor kit, . Most importantly, however, is the addition of a new companion pet: ! This lil' guy is taught by and is most likely this year's
Click here to see all the latest additions in our database!
Only one new icon with this patch - an icon for , the
Diablo-themed baby murloc
! Can't wait to see this little guy in action!
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