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Patch 4.0.1 now on Test Realms
Patch 4.0.1 is now available on test realms (=not beta, the regular test realms). People who aren't in the Cataclysm beta yet can now test most of the Cataclysm features, aside from anything requiring leveling.



This is basically the exact same build as Cataclysm Beta, just without all the Cataclysm-only stuff. Old world changes, new quests, etc ... are NOT AVAILABLE, but will be available on live realms for people without the expansion after it's deployed.

Basically, on the test realms:


  • Classes changes are up, new talent builds, new glyphs (not fully implemented yet), etc ...
  • Revamped old zones are NOT available
  • New graphics (textures, water effects) are NOT available
  • Archaeology is NOT available
  • Guild leveling is NOT available
  • Flying in Azeroth is NOT available
  • New content is NOT available

I think that's enough to answer 95% of the questions about this.


PTR 4.0.1 Patch Notes
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
World of Warcraft PTR Patch 4.0.1

The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/
The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patch...atchnotes.html

General
  • Copied Test Realm characters are not copied with their achievement history in order to better facilitate the character copy process.

Classes: General
  • Many class talents, spells, and abilities have been overhauled, added, or removed.
  • All spell and ability tooltips will now display damage averages rather than minimum and maximum damage potential. This feature is on by default but can be changed via the Display settings under User Interface options.
  • Ammo has been removed from the game.
  • The character levels at which classes gain new spells and abilities have changed.
  • Many item and class stats have been changed or removed.
  • Rage has been normalized.
  • Spells and abilities no longer have multiple ranks and now scale with character level.
  • Talent trees have been altered. All player talent specializations have been reset, allowing for free re-specialization.
    • Each specialization has been reduced to a 31-point talent tree.
    • Players will now get a total of 41 talent points to spend.
    • Players will be asked to choose a specialization at level 10. Doing so will result in the unlocking of a spell or ability unique to that specialization, as well as one or more passive bonuses.
    • Once a talent specialization has been chosen, players may only place points in the primary tree until at least 31 points have been spent there.
    • The initial announcement regarding these talent tree changes can be found on our Cataclysm forum: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...26290449&sid=1



Death Knight (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • A dedicated tanking tree (Blood) has been implemented.
  • The effects of Blood Presence and Frost Presence have been exchanged.
  • The way in which runes recharge has changed.

Druid (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • A new Eclipse mechanic has been added for druids.

Hunter (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Five pets can now be stored with the hunter at all times. Any one of these five pets can be summoned via the Call Pet ability.
  • Focus has replaced mana as a new resource.
  • Hunters now start with a pet at level 1.
  • The Stable will now store 20 pets. If a pet is moved into the Stable, its talents are wiped.

Mage (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • There is now a new spell fly-out UI feature for mage portals. Clicking on the Teleport or Portal buttons will expand the list of choices available.

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Paladins now have a new resource bar.

Warlock (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • There is now a new spell fly-out UI feature for warlock pets. Clicking on this single button will open up the list of available pets to summon.
  • Soul Shards have been removed from the game as items. Instead, they now exist as a resource system necessary for using, or altering the mechanics of certain spells.

Items
  • Resilience no longer reduces the chance a player will be critically hit by an opponent.
  • Durability: cloth, leather, and mail now have as many points of durability as plate, making the repair cost on death much closer to equal for all classes.

Professions
  • The glyph system has been updated to now feature three different types of glyphs. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.

User Interface
  • Spell Alerts have been added to notify players when procs on select spells and abilities occur. A visual notification will display around the character and the activated ability will be highlighted on the action bar.
  • The Arena Teams pane has been improved.
  • The Character pane has been redesigned. Character stats can now be shown or hidden via the Show All Details/Hide All Details button on the bottom left. When shown, all character stats will be visible in a window to the right of the pane. Stat sections can be reorganized by clicking and dragging them up or down the pane.
  • The Professions panes now have more filtering and search functionality, as well as buttons to easily link recipes in the chat frame.
  • A Professions screen has been added to the Spellbook to better display the details of a character’s primary and secondary professions.
  • Many of the yellow System Messages that would display in the chat frame when leveling up have been removed.
  • New text animations now alert players as they level up, also providing information on when new talents, spells and abilities are available.
  • Professions and Class Trainers windows have been altered to more clearly display available and upcoming purchases.
  • New Raid frames are now. They can also be used in place of the standard 5-player party interface via the User Interface options.
  • The Spellbook interface has been improved for greater ease-of-use and visual appeal.
  • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros Forum: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/bo...&forumId=11114
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.0.1 now on Test Realms started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 267 Comments
  1. Syce's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Magmaros View Post
    any idea if the worlds been sundered in the PTR and we have old weather flying yet?
    no they have not.

    and they will not with this PTR.

    The purpose of this PTR is to test out the new talent trees and new internal systems and UI changes. no World Changes at all.
  1. glowpipe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pomop View Post
    Blizz already said that combos will be coming in the patch, but Worgen and Goblin are coming with cataclysm.
    they are not avaible in the ptr tho
  1. Nioxic's Avatar
    this is awesome

    cant wait to test it all

    i asume that all the lvl 1-60 zones have changed so i cna "test" those?

    awesome that i got up now.. so i can dl. shame i gotta go to work for the next 14 hours cu later guys!

    btw for you curious people the updater says playable at 7,2 GB (and total download 15gb) and im downloading with 2.7 mb per sec atm

    this downloader completely looks like cataclysm... even says beta build ect but i guess thats the only difference :P
  1. Toastythetoasted's Avatar
    seriously ive been waiting for this for a while screw beta i still get in so HA. sticks out tongue
  1. aikouka's Avatar
    The Cataclysm changes to land are not on the PTR. All you pretty much do is test the new interface, talents, etc.

    The PTR download was pretty quick though... about 2.3mb/s.
  1. Moonky's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nioxic View Post
    this is awesome

    cant wait to test it all

    i asume that all the lvl 1-60 zones have changed so i cna "test" those?

    awesome that i got up now.. so i can dl. shame i gotta go to work for the next 14 hours cu later guys!

    btw for you curious people the updater says playable at 7,2 GB (and total download 15gb) and im downloading with 2.7 mb per sec atm

    this downloader completely looks like cataclysm... even says beta build ect but i guess thats the only difference :P

    The 1-60 content isn't in the PTR, basically it's just UI and Talents/Specs that are being tested with some other basic stuff. No Flying in Azeroth either :/
  1. furydeath's Avatar
    well too bad i can't get the PTR to get past 4% to install it.
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    The client is 16mb because it downloads the entire 4.0.1 PTR client using the new streaming launcher. The PTR client is actually smaller than the live client.

    It does not include the new quests, the new class/race combos, the new races, the new zones, the revamped versions of zones, the new professions, or anything of that nature.

    It does include new class mechanics, UI features, and some other things which will be implemented before the launch.


    Allegedly, the "Cataclysm launch patch" will be 4.0.3.
  1. Cerus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dcemuser View Post
    It doesn't need to now. The crit chances at level 85 are like 5%.

    Crit reduction is basically built-in.
    Crit chance goes down with each level - duh. Level 85 gear with proper stats is nearly non existent.

    Quote Originally Posted by Narshe View Post
    It means PVE not PVP.
    It says "opponents" not NPCs - L2 read.
  1. chuck123's Avatar
    good news everyone!
  1. Ssateneth's Avatar
    Just tanked a random on the PTR with my own char copied over (not a premade). Never again. I really hope that dungeons become deadly for dps when they pull agro. I was busy half the time spamming taunt on mobs that were running all over the place. I feel like I have nearly no agro at all. Thunder clap hits for 300. I had a shield slam hit for 500...
  1. zlygork's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathranis View Post
    The client is 16mb because it downloads the entire 4.0.1 PTR client using the new streaming launcher. The PTR client is actually smaller than the live client.

    It does not include the new quests, the new class/race combos, the new races, the new zones, the revamped versions of zones, the new professions, or anything of that nature.

    It does include new class mechanics, UI features, and some other things which will be implemented before the launch.


    Allegedly, the "Cataclysm launch patch" will be 4.0.3.
    new race/class combos aren't comming in the pre-cata patch after all?
  1. Cernunnos's Avatar
    Looks like you can't make a Premade toon at this stage. You can only copy over one of your toons from live.

    So you will have to wait a day while it copies it over.
  1. Snowmist's Avatar
    Seems a waste if they cant stress test all the old world changes, tbh.
  1. drsjohnny's Avatar
    wow wasn't expecting this so guess i have to work even harder now to get friendly with goblin towns again and not hated
  1. RageFireSpazm's Avatar
    Man that's a hefty sized Patch. Well this is gonna be one of those "Let it download over night deals" for me. I don't have the energy to stay up any longer just to log into the PTR and then go right to sleep.

    But yay! I get to get a taste of what the new hunter resource feels like.
  1. Sny's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    • Durability: cloth, leather, and mail now have as many points of durability as plate, making the repair cost on death much closer to equal for all classes.
  1. Magmaros's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Syce View Post
    no they have not.

    and they will not with this PTR.

    The purpose of this PTR is to test out the new talent trees and new internal systems and UI changes. no World Changes at all.

    sad panda is me, i'll still grab it and play around with the talents
  1. Parhadox's Avatar
    Has anyone been stuck @ 4% and then fixed? I'm looking at that number 4 with murderous intent.
  1. superfula's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kuromikittie View Post
    And people laughed at me when i said nov/dec for release date
    No one laughed at you. Nov/Dec has been the accepted released date for months now. They laughed because you just copied what everyone else was already saying.

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