World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Hotfixes and Patch 4.0.3a Detailed

Below you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the release of patch 4.0.3a and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. While many have already been deployed on all realms, some may not be implemented until the next time your realm is restarted.


December 22 – 27



  • General

    • Graveyard Rats are no longer considered critters and do not give credit toward the Critter Kill Squad guild achievement.

    • Weekly guild reputation caps should now properly reset at the scheduled time. An error which prevented this reset from taking place if guild experience was earned at exactly 3:00 AM server time immediately prior to weekly maintenance has been corrected.

    • The achievement Saving for a Rainy Day has the same requirements as its predecessor Time to Open a Savings Account. For this reason Saving for a Rainy Day has been temporarily disabled (it will still show in the user interface), as it requires a fix via a client-side patch.

  • Classes

    • Druids

      • The heal from Frenzied Regeneration was too powerful and has been reduced by 50%.

      • Pounce now correctly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.

    • Rogues

      • Cheap Shot now correctly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.

    • Warlocks

      • The Felguard ability Axe Toss now properly shares diminishing returns with other stun effects.

  • Dungeons & Raids

    • Blackwing Descent

      • Sweltering Armor is now properly applied to Magmaw’s Mangle target once the debuff has faded, regardless of whether Magmaw was successfully impaled or not.

    • Gnomeregan

      • Mekgineer Thermaplugg no longer sometimes awards dungeon completion prematurely.

    • Throne of the Four Winds

      • It is no longer possible to disarm Al’Akir.

  • Items

    • The Inner Eye proc from Heroic and normal versions of Jar of Ancient Remedies was not activating with some priest healing effects. This has been corrected.

    • The Signet of High Arcanist Savor and Gilnean Ring of Ruination now have proper stats.

  • Professions

    • Archaeology

      • Vashj’ir dig sites no longer unlock for players. They felt too punishing without additional benefits compared to low-level sites, and were much more difficult to obtain artifacts in due to the way Vashj’ir navigation works.

    • Cooking

      • Stormwind Lobster Traps now respawn more quickly and can be gathered across all Stormwind quest phases.

    • Inscription

      • The following reagents no longer have limits and are now available from Una Kobuna and Casandra Downs in unlimited quantities: Deathwing Scale Fragment, Scavenged Dragon Horn, Bleached Jawbone, Silver Charm Bracelet, and Preserved Ogre Eye.

  • PvP

    • Arenas

      • Arena ratings are appropriately tabulating for wins and losses. More information on this issue can be found on our forums.

      • Negative amounts of Conquest Points can no longer be awarded after a match win.

    • Battlegrounds

      • Upon winning a rated Battleground, rating, wins, and Conquest Points are awarded and display properly.

      • Negative amounts of Conquest Points can no longer be awarded after a match win.

    • Tol Barad

      • Winning as an attacker now rewards players with 1800 Honor Points, up from 180. Winning as a defender still rewards players with 180 Honor Points.

  • Quests & Creatures

    • Deepholm

      • Gyreworms, Enormous Gyreworms, and Gorged Gyreworms no longer drop money or elite-level loot.

    • Tol Barad

      • Cell Watchers in the D-Block area no longer have boss-like immunities. Interrupts, stuns, snares, taunts, knockbacks, Banish, Root, Freeze, Fear, Horror and Death Grip all work correctly.

    • Twilight Highlands

      • Crucible of Carnage quests can no longer be shared.

    • Uldum

      • The Unearthing Uldum quest achievement can now be obtained after completing 105 quests in Uldum, down from 108.

      • Players are now granted 250 Ramkahen reputation after completing the daily quest “Fire From the Sky”.

    • Vashj’ir

      • The Luxscale Grouper’s Grouper Bite debuff now has a 5-second duration and will no longer sometimes get stuck on characters.

    • Zul’Drak

      • Due to adjusted health pools, the heal-over-time effect provided by Blightblood Infusion (used by players controlling the Blightblood Troll) during the Overlord Drakuru encounter has been increased.

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