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World of Warcraft PTR Patch 5.0.4 Notes
Character copy and the PTR servers are live! Don't forget to read the FAQ. Pet battles are not live yet.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Welcome to the World of Warcraft Patch 5.0.4 Public Test Realm. We thank you for testing Patch 5.0.4 with us, and ask that you participate in our PTR Feedback forum and our PTR Bug Report forum.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please note that PTR testing is restricted to World of Warcraft game accounts that do not have access to the Mists of Pandaria beta test. You can find more information on this here.

General
  • Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts
    • In Patch 5.0.4 and beyond, the majority of your character's Achievements, pets, and mounts will be shared with your other characters. Please read: Bringing Achievements to the Account Level, by Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street

  • World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle
    • Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina's island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh's true plans…
    • In the Public Test Realm, we will be testing this event at specified intervals. Keep an eye on our PTR Feedback forum for more details as they become available.

  • AOE Looting
    • Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.

  • BattleTag support in World of Warcraft
    • Players who have enabled their BattleTag will now be able to:
      • See BattleTag friends in your friends list.
      • Add and remove BattleTag friends.
      • Send BattleTag invites to other players via right-click.

Classes
  • All classes have been updated with a new talent system, improved abilities, and spells (accessible throughout levels 1-85). Your character's talents have been reset.
    • Many old talents have been converted to specialization abilities.
    • Druids now have access to a fourth class specialization: Guardian.
    • New spells are now learned automatically. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
    • All characters now take 30% less damage from other players.

Currency Conversion
  • Coming soon.

Items
  • Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power on existing items.
  • Head enchants removed
    • Enchants that modify the gear in your head slot have been removed from the game. This includes older head enchants of every type.

  • Relics, ranged, and thrown items
    • The slot in which ranged, relics, and thrown items were previously equipped has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot.
    • Ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.
    • Ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range.

Professions
  • The glyph system has been updated. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.
  • Prime glyphs have been removed.

User Interface
  • There is a new user interface for your mounts and pets.
  • Character creation screens have been updated.
  • Buffs have been consolidated in the UI.
  • New roll results frame added. This new feature can be accessed by clicking the word "[Loot]" in chat, or by typing "/loot".
  • The PvE queue frames have been unified. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place.
  • Vendors now offer item filtering.
  • Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes to core abilities, and now include a brief overview of specializations.
  • The Dungeon Journal has been expanded with information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters.
  • A new help system has been added to many frames. You can toggle this on and off by clicking the "i" button in the upper left corner of the frame.
This article was originally published in forum thread: World of Warcraft PTR Patch 5.0.4 Notes started by chaud View original post
Comments 164 Comments
  1. Puntar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nielhardt View Post
    Just posted this on our guild forum, but thought I'd share here aswell. I've done some digging in old data about releases. So here's a little info to start your own predictions!

    The Burning Crusade (Patch 2.0.1)
    • Went on PTR: November 8th
    • Went live on: December 7th
    • Release announced: September 11th
    • Game released: January 16th


    Wrath of the Lich King (Patch 3.0.2)
    • Went on PTR: September 14th
    • Went live on: October 19th
    • Release announced: September 15th
    • Game released: November 13th


    Cataclysm (Patch 4.0.1)
    • Went on PTR: September 14th
    • Went live on: October 12th
    • Release announced: October 4th
    • Game released: December 7th


    Mists of Pandaria (Patch 5.0.4)
    • Went on PTR: July 20th
    • Went live on: TBA
    • Release announced: TBA
    • Game released: 2 Weeks after patch goes live
    Patch will go live on 22.8. unless something extremely drastic is to happen. I do not believe that Blizz would miss the Guild Wars 2 release (28.8)
  1. slimtones's Avatar
    Can't wait fr the patch! :-)
  1. Grandta's Avatar
    Are the realms still locked?
  1. deviantcultist's Avatar
    the whole dc thing is quite unbearable
  1. Skullchukka's Avatar
    How long is the character copy suppose to take? I see 85's on US realms (I'm from Eu) but my character transfer to US is still pending (4+ hours).
  1. kroelin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grandta View Post
    Are the realms still locked?
    It seems so.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FeliciaMarie View Post
    Haha no! I'm so friggin' excited about that hahaha.

    Are achievements truly account wide? Not just server wide?
    Yeah AOE looting is very cool and as far as I know achievements are account wide same with some titles as my other toons have Guardian of Cenarius and they never did the rep grind to get it as it was my hunter who did all the work.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kroelin View Post
    It seems so.

    I am going to ruffle some feathers here.. but they really need to limit the PTR to people who have an active account. Too many people use PTR as a way to play for free beyond level 20. Because there are so many people out there without subscriptions, it just creates too large of a pool of players and the PTR servers are now dysfunctional.

    There are more than enough people with active accounts willing to test the PTR. Allowing non-subs to bombard the servers means nothing is being tested now. Nobody can stay online for more than 3 mins, and most are just locked out.
  1. kroelin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    I am going to ruffle some feathers here.. but they really need to limit the PTR to people who have an active account. Too many people use PTR as a way to play for free beyond level 20. Because there are so many people out there without subscriptions, it just creates too large of a pool of players and the PTR servers are now dysfunctional.

    There are more than enough people with active accounts willing to test the PTR. Allowing non-subs to bombard the servers means nothing is being tested now. Nobody can stay online for more than 3 mins, and most are just locked out.
    If i remember correctly, it was like you wanted to be before, like in wotlk or something, if i remember correctly i repeat.
  1. deyobanchev's Avatar
    " Welcome to the World of Warcraft Patch 5.0.4 Public Test Realm. " When I start the client it still says 5.0.3, am I missing something?
  1. Perf3ct's Avatar
    No Beta-Key? Damn i'm so disappointed
  1. Klenk's Avatar
    I think there is a failure in your system. I didn't get a beta key :>
  1. afhald's Avatar
    is there the italian language option in your ptr menu? Could you check before i go to download the english client please?
  1. xrayEU's Avatar
    Guys, I think it's a bug in your system, the random generator did not pick my account for a beta key :P
  1. erikjjang's Avatar
    is PTR still kicking people out after logging in for 1min?
  1. turlockmike's Avatar
    No luck logging on.. Anyone in the ptr?
  1. Vook's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by erikjjang View Post
    is PTR still kicking people out after logging in for 1min?
    Yes. Got d/c'd after 3 minutes, but managed to log back in quickly.

    EDIT: Keeps on d/c'ing me after 3-4 minutes. However, it still gives d/c errors when trying to log in, and takes 4+ attempts to log in. If I log in quickly enough, I don't have to wait in queue.

    So yeah. I can get into PTR after a long queue, but it just repeatedly d/c's me every 2-4 minutes. So much fun.
  1. Pumps's Avatar
    I wonder if Blizzard, after 8 years, will stop with their discriminating and finally allow the player to adjust the font size (that there are third party addons isn't good enough, the company making the big bucks should do this themselves. Not everybody is 20 with perfect vision)
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Trollshape View Post
    hey guys, quick question.
    What login screen should i see, the one of Cataclysm or the one of Mists?

    regards
    Mists of Pandaria.


    Quote Originally Posted by deyobanchev View Post
    " Welcome to the World of Warcraft Patch 5.0.4 Public Test Realm. " When I start the client it still says 5.0.3, am I missing something?
    You are on the most current version, so no.
  1. TCceen's Avatar
    I hope this means the premier for the Opening also reveals release date. I can't sit on my vacation days forever!

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