What will and won’t be in WoW Patch 5.0.4
Patch 5.0.4 will be released to players on Tuesday, Aug. 28. This patch will include some important changes that go along with the new world in Mists of Pandaria. Experienced players of the game know that the pre-patch for Mists is not the official Mists expansion and shouldn’t be confused with the expansion version of the game that releases on Sept. 25.
There will be some features from the beta that we’ll see go live with this patch but other items will not be available until the new expansion goes live. This can confuse the hell out of some players, since nobody really knows what one can and can’t do. Hopefully this will clear some things up.
What you will see in patch 5.0.4
These are the changes that will happen on Aug. 28 with the 5.0.4 patch.
Account-wide achievements, pets and mounts.
All pets, mounts, and achievements will be account-wide as of patch 5.0.4. This feature is Battle.net account-wide — if you have two WoW licenses under one Battle.net account, your pets, mounts and achievements will be shared across your characters on both licenses. Please note that the account-wide system does not include reputation. For example, if you have exalted reputation with Therazane on one character, your other characters will still have to grind it out. AoE looting AoE looting will also be rolled out with patch 5.0.4. Gone are the days of clicking corpse after corpse. As of 5.0.4, you’ll be able to simply click one glittering corpse out of the giant pile to loot all of them at the same time. And your computer mouse will breath a quiet sigh of relief.
If you have been playing Diablo III at all, you’ve noticed the BattleTag system, which works similarly to Real ID but does not include real names. Right now, you can only add and remove BattleTag friends in Diablo III. With patch 5.0.4, this system is being placed in WoW as well. As of patch 5.0.4, you’ll be able to add, remove, or invite BattleTag friends in the exact same manner as you do now with character name or Real ID.
Class and talent system changes
All class and talent changes that have been going on in the Mists of Pandaria beta will be available in WoW with patch 5.0.4. Because of this, all players will have their talent points refunded upon login on Aug. 28. Many of the old talents have simply been rolled into new character abilities, and new spells will be learned automatically, without having to visit a trainer. For druids, this means that your fourth class specialization, Guardian, will now be in effect. Item changes Head enchants will be a thing of the past, as will relics and ranged and thrown items. All weapons will now be equipped in the weapon slot. For hunters, this means you’ll have your bow or gun in your weapon slot. For casters, this means that you may now equip a wand as a main-hand weapon. All ranged weapons will be updated to be more powerful as a result of this change, and ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range. In addition, spell penetration has been replaced by the new PvP power stat on existing items.
The only major profession changes we’ll see in 5.0.4 are glyph changes. Prime glyphs have been removed, and many glyphs have been changed, added, altered or moved to different glyph types. UI changes Your UI is going to look very different upon logging in. Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes, buffs have been consolidated in the UI, and the pet and mount tab now has its own user interface. In addition, character creation screens will be updated, and a new roll results frame will be added. The dungeon journal has been expanded to include information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters. And just in case this is confusing, a new help system has also been added to many frames.
World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle
This world event will begin once patch 5.0.4 hits. At the present time, we really don’t have much information on how this event is going to play out. Testing for the event has been kept internal. However, we can probably expect a new series of quests, a new achievement, and possibly a new set of rewards from the event.
Currency conversion While it has been noted that there will be some sort of currency conversion in 5.0.4, we still don’t know what that will entail.
What will not be included in patch 5.0.4
These things will not be included in the patch.
While pet battles will be available even to players who have not purchased Mists, the feature will not roll out until Mists launches in September.
Players will not be able to roll the monk class until Mists of Pandaria launches.
Pandaren characters won’t be surfacing in Azeroth until September.
New dungeons will not be available until September.
Needless to say, you will not be making any trips to Pandaria until the expansion launches.