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5.0.4 Survival Guide
2012/08/24 at 9:17 AM
With the release of Patch 5.0.4, a number of features and changes that aren’t strictly in the continent of Pandaria will be added to the game. I’ve drummed up this guide (with the help of a lot of other people) to ensure you’re prepared for the patch, aware of how it will impact your characters and experience, and ultimately get you into and enjoying the improvements the patch brings as quickly as possible.
You Are Prepared!
With any large patch, you’ll want to ensure you have it pre-downloaded, and ready to start up the game for the first time when it goes live. The 5.0.4 patch has been available on our
for a couple weeks now, and if you haven’t yet, you’ll want to ensure you have the majority of the patch data downloaded before its release on August 28. The
Background Downloader FAQ
can help answer just about any question for how to get this done. To verify you have the patch fully downloaded already, just run the BackgroundDownloa
Mobile Armory Guild Chat and Auction House Features Now Free
2012/08/24 at 8:22 AM
<div class="detail"><p>It’s now easier than ever to stay in touch with your guildmates and access the World of Warcraft® auction house... wherever you go.</p></br>
<p>Starting today, all of the features that were previously part of the optional World of Warcraft Remote subscription service are now available for <em>free</em> to all World of Warcraft subscribers. These features include:</p>
<li><strong>Remote Guild Chat</strong> – Stay in touch with your guildmates on the go using your mobile phone.</li>
<li><strong>Remote Auction House</strong> – Bid on items, create auctions, and collect gold via your mobile device or through the official World of Warcraft website.</li>
<p>We hope this change will make it easier for players to stay connected to each other and to the game, and we encourage everyone to try out these powerful tools for themselves.</p>
<p>As a reminder, to take full advantage of these features, you’ll need the <a href="
target="_blank">World of Warcraft Mobile Armory</a> app, ava
Mists of Pandaria: Shaman Class Preview
2012/08/23 at 2:30 PM
With Mists of Pandaria a month a way, we'll be previewing each class: their armor sets, changed abilities, cool spell graphics, and new talents. Today we'll take a look at
. Most notably, there's been many changes to totems, level 90 talents are
, and the new level 87 ability is
Mists of Pandaria: LFR Changes
2012/08/23 at 11:54 AM
There's been a lengthy thread on the official forums about LFR, and Blizzard shared some of their upcoming changes for Mists of Pandaria:
They are hoping gear designed for LFR in future tiers is a small step up from last tier's normal mode gear, not a replacement for last tier's heroic gear.
If harder bosses on normal/heroic difficulty have an ilvl boost to reflect that difficulty, that ilvl boost will not apply to end-boss loot in LFR.
Terrace of Endless Spring
Heart of Fear
LFR were initially three queues to be released on the same date, a month after MoP's release. Instead these three LFR queues will have a staggered release, one week after the other.
Hello my fellow non-murloc creatures of Azeroth,
Please allow me to chip in with a few updated bits of information about LFR, I hope that you view this as an improvement and a step in the right direction over the current version of LFR. We do hear you and your feedback is seriously taken into consideration each time we decide to apply any change to the game.
We know that competitive players seem to dislike the idea of having to go through LFR to
Wowhead's Exclusive Interview with John Lagrave and Ion Hazzikostas
2012/08/22 at 4:43 PM
Today we have a special interview from Gamescom to share with everyone! Gazimoff from
was kind enough to conduct an interview in our stead. He spoke with both John Lagrave (lead game producer) and Ion Hazzikostas (lead encounter designer) about Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's future, and more.
Read on to find out what feature has been the most challenging for these developers, where they're drawing their inspiration from, and other exciting tidbits to tide you over until Mists of Pandaria's launch!
In your opinion, what was the hardest part of developing Mists of Pandaria as an expansion?
: I think overall, just meeting the challenge that we set for ourselves when we set out to create this, we set out to offer more content than ever before, in terms of breadth and depth. We have eighteen raid bosses this patch. We have well over a thousand new qu
Mists of Pandaria Faction Guide: The Lorewalkers
2012/08/21 at 2:46 PM
Gaining reputation with
is an unusual process. Instead of completing dailies or zone quests like most other Pandaren factions, players gain reputation by visiting monuments, completing achievements, and hearing folktales. If you have an organized path in mind, hitting Exalted should only take a few hours with a flying mount!
As the keepers of Pandaren culture,The Lorewalkers go hand-in-hand with the spirit of Archaeology. The unusual reputation grind fits the nature of these cultural librarians, and reputation rewards enhance this profession. Check out our beta article on archaeology changes
In Patch 5.2, players can complete an additional three scrolls on the
Isle of Thunder
Lore made a video showing the reputation process--hunting down monuments in the world and then watching the unlocked story!
Unlike other factions,
do not sell
Currency Conversion Timeline for Mists of Pandaria
2012/08/20 at 8:09 PM
<p>The currency conversion coming with Mists of Pandaria is going to happen in three stages, and this is how we plan for it to progress:</p><br>
<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><b>With Patch 5.0.4 on August 28</b></span></p>
<li>Valor points will be converted to Justice points, and Conquest points will be converted to Honor points.
<li>Neither of the resultant currencies (Justice and Honor) will have an enforced hard-cap at this time.</li>
<li>The current Arena season will end.</li>
<li>Players will no longer be able to earn Valor or Conquest points (bosses will drop Justice, Arenas will be closed).</li>
<li>Items formerly purchasable for Valor/Conquest will be available for Justice/Honor.</li>
<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><b>With Mists of Pandaria on September 25</b></span></p>
<li>Valor can be earned again.
<li>Characters can earn up to 1000 Valor per week, and carry a maximum of 3000 Valor.</li>
<li>Daily quests, random Scenarios, random Heroic dungeons, and all levels of raiding will reward Valor.</li>
<li>Valor will be used
Mists of Pandaria: New Archaeology Solves, News Round Up
2012/08/20 at 12:33 PM
Archaeology in Mists of Pandaria just keeps on getting more and more changes to ensure it will be more engaging than in Cataclysm. Today we're previewing a new type of solve,
, as well as the four new rare solves. Mists archaeology also has some neat ways to ensure you won't be bored solving common artifacts twice!
Check out our
for a list of all the new artifacts in Pandaria!
There are four rare archaeology solves added in Mists of Pandaria--2 Pandaren and 2 Mogu. All of these rares take 180 fragments and can have 3 keystones.
: Summon the artifact-bound Quilen. (10 Min Cooldown)
: Use: Summon an Anatomical Dummy at target location for 5 min. The punching bag acts as a target dummy while it persists. Only usable outdoors in Pandaria. (1 Hour Cooldown)
Umbrella of Chi-Ji
: Transmoggable offhand resembling an umbrella. BoA and ilvl 463 heroic-quality.
Spear of Xuen
: BoA heroic-quality ilvl 463 staff.
Mists of Pandaria: Quest and Dungeon Weapons Preview
2012/08/18 at 1:08 PM
We're continuing our visual previews of Mists of Pandaria weapons today with a look at 3D models of quest and dungeon weapons! Check out our PvP post for a look at all the
PvP weapon models
and click on the images to view them in our Flash 3D Modelviewer.
Models are still being assigned to beta weapons and some color variations may not make it to live, but you can use the View 3D option on all
Mists of Pandaria weapon pages
to see what a particular weapon looks like in the latest beta build. Right now, there aren't any parallels between weapon stats and model colors, like there are with some armor sets.
Quest and Dungeon Weapons
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Mists of Pandaria - Build 16004 - Spell Changes
2012/08/17 at 9:31 PM
Click here to see the latest additions!
Many Dragon Turtle mounts were added, the racial mount for the Pandaren. Ex:
Reins of the Great Green Dragon Turtle
Mage Tier 14 set bonus was changed:
Item - Mage T14 4P Bonus
: Increases the damage bonus of Arcane Power by an additional 10%, reduces the cooldown of Icy Veins by 50%, and reduces the cooldown of Combustion by 20%.
Click the cut to see all the spell changes.
MMOUI and WoWInterface Celebrate Ten Great Years
2012/08/17 at 3:53 AM
are celebrating their 10th birthday--and we here at Wowhead want to help them celebrate by spreading awareness!
To thank the community for ten great years, the folks at
giving away a lot of free stuff. From
80 gaming headsets
10 autographed copies of the collector's edition of Cataclysm
, there's a lot of prizes to win. All you have to do is
participate in their trivia contest over here
to be entered to win and you can use your Wowhead account to log in. Each MMOUI subsite has even more prizes, like Riftui is giving away
special in-game items
exclusive to RIFT.
Good luck and make sure to wish our sister site another great ten years of bringing add-ons to the people!
Mists of Pandaria - Build 15983: Spell Changes and More
2012/08/16 at 1:47 PM
On top of the big announcements earlier today--the
Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic
all races available across expansions in 5.0.4
--Blizzard pushed a new beta build. There's been a lot recently, but the blues have stated to expect a bunch of patches in quick succession before 5.0.4.
Click here to see the latest additions!
A few items were added to fix itemization holes:
Band of Bursting Novas
Crown of Keening Stars
Several Tier 14 set bonuses were changed:
Item - Druid T14 Balance 4P Bonus
: Increases the duration of your Moonfire and Sunfire spells by 2 sec.
Item - Monk T14 Mistweaver 4P Bonus
: Increases the healing done by Enveloping Mist by 5%.
Rogues have spell modifications for a change--pretty rare!
The guild achievement
now unlocks Guild Shirts, like
Artisan Member's Shirt
Click the cut to see all of the spell changes!
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