Update - Added the models of Cho'gall (Bastion of Twilight), Atramedes (Blackwing Descent), The Tolvirs (Uldum), Lady Nazjar (Throne of Tides), Humanoid Dragon, Earthen Onager
Update - Classes pages finally added. Talent calculator finally updated. Worst patch day ever, I need a giant hug.
Update - Added official talent trees descriptions to the primary skills list.
Update - Ok things are looking better, added the primary skills for all the classes. Some tooltips might be missing/bugged, we're working on it.

Cataclysm Beta - Build 12479
A new build of the beta is up. This post will be updated multiple times during the night.

A lot of stuff has changed and we'll need a few mins to fix everything before I can post all the content. Definitely a lot of interesting stuff, stay tuned.

Talent Calculator
WoWTal.com has been updated with all the new trees. Lot of stuff is still in dev, be careful. If you can't see the new trees push CTRL + F5 to force the refresh (Also, I know the level cap is 50, quick hack to fix the max amount of points)

Classes pages are up. I might end up doing diffs of all the changes but seriously ... there are really a LOT of changes because of the talent trees revamp, it's probably easier to just check the pages.

Models of Cho'gall (Bastion of Twilight), Atramedes (Blackwing Descent), The Tolvirs (Uldum), Lady Nazjar (Throne of Tides), Humanoid Dragon, Earthen Onager

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

  • Tripping the Rifts - Destroyed one of each type of elemental rift during the Cataclysm launch event.

Talent Trees "Primary Skills"
These skills are automatically learned when you pick your main talent tree at level 10. Thanks to Maldivia for this one.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Death Knight (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
DK - Blood
A dark guardian who manipulates and corrupts life energy to sustain himself/herself in the face of an enemy onslaught.

DK - Frost
An icy harbinger of doom, channeling runic power and delivering rapid weapon strikes.

DK - Unholy
A master of death and decay, spreading infection and controlling undead minions to do his/her bidding.

Druid (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator)
Druid - Restoration
Uses heal-over-time Nature spells to keep allies alive, taking on the form of a tree when the need is most urgent.

Druid - Feral
Takes on the form of a great cat to deal damage with bleeds and bites or a mighty bear to absorb damage and protect allies.

Druid - Balance
Can take on the form of a powerful Moonkin, balancing the power of Arcane and Nature magic to destroy enemies at a distance.

Hunter (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
Hunter - Marksmanship
A master archer or sharpshooter who excels in bringing down enemies from afar.

Hunter - Survival
A rugged tracker who favors using animal venom, explosives and traps as deadly weapons.

Hunter - Beast Mastery
A master of the wild who can tame a wide variety of beasts to assist him/her in combat.

Mage (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
Mage - Arcane
Manipulates arcane energies, playing with the very fabric of time and space.

Mage - Frost
Freezes enemies in their tracks and shatters them with Frost magic.

Mage - Fire
Ignites enemies with balls of fire and the breath of dragons.

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
Paladin - Holy
Invokes the power of the Light to protect and to heal.

Paladin - Protection
Uses Holy magic to shield himself / herself and defend allies from attackers.

Paladin - Retribution
A righteous crusader who judges and punishes opponents with weapons and Holy magic.

Priest (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator)
Priest - Discipline
Uses magic to shield allies from taking damage as well as heal their wounds.

Priest - Shadow
Uses sinister Shadow magic, especially damage-over-time spells, to eradicate enemies.

Priest - Holy
A versatile healer who can reverse damage on individuals or groups and even heal from beyond the grave.

Rogue (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator)
Rogue - Combat
A swashbuckler who uses agility and guile to stand toe-to-toe with enemies.

Rogue - Assassination
A deadly master of poisons who dispatches victims with vicious dagger strikes.

Rogue - Subtlety
A dark stalker who leaps from the shadows to ambush his/her unsuspecting prey.

Shaman (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator)
Shaman - Elemental
A spellcaster who harnesses the destructive forces of nature and the elements.

Shaman - Restoration
A healer who calls upon ancestral spirits and the cleansing power of water to mend allies? wounds.

Shaman - Enhancement
A totemic warrior who strikes foes with weapons imbued with elemental power.

Warlock (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
Warlock - Destruction
Calls down demonic fire to burn and demolish enemies.

Warlock - Demonology
A warlock who uses both Fire and Shadow magic along with powerful demons.

Warlock - Affliction
A master of Shadow magic who specializes in fear, drains and damage-over-time spells.

Warrior (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator)
Warrior - Arms
Highly trained for battle with two-handed weapons, uses mobility and overpowering attacks to strike his / her opponents down.

Warrior - Fury
A furious berserker wielding a weapon in each hand, uses a flurry of attacks to carve his / her opponents to pieces.

Warrior - Protection
A stalwart protector that uses a shield to protect himself/herself and his/her allies.

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This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Beta - Build 12379 started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 579 Comments
  1. Nakriel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Albireo View Post
    All I feel is disappointment. Lots and lots of it.

    I could careless about the utility if I didn't think I was just ticking checkboxes like I would for ordering a product by mail.

    Way to go Blizzard. If you wanted to give me a reason to quit this game to make up for all the cool stuff in Cataclysm; congratu-fucking-lations.
    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
  1. Martana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiro View Post
    So much for "eliminating the cookie-cutter builds" Blizzard. These trees are now more defined than ever which will be "thee" spec for your role.

    This applies to PVE and PVP.
    they didn't say they wanted to eliminate cookie cutter builds at all. they said that they wanted to make sure that regardless of what the cookie cutter builds are, you still had interesting and compelling choices for the other 6-10 talent points. so far, the trees that are farthest along seem to deliver on that design goal.
  1. netwar_'s Avatar
    ...and why did some spec get only 2 things (a passive and a clic ability) and some other get up to 4...
  1. CarnatiaSpiritfield's Avatar
    I think there is a problem with the talent... there is so many talent points to spend,. I filled two trees... I was a balance and resto at the same time!!!
  1. setharial's Avatar
    /target Boub

    nicely done man and so faaaaast <3
  1. writhe666's Avatar
    Can anyone confirm they got a beta key today? They said it'd possibly be today/tomorrow... really hoping to get one...
  1. shekspeare's Avatar
    new talent trees - thats how WOW will die... the most stupid idea in game's history... the most sucks trees I ever saw... the most idiotic talents I ever saw... simple like Sims3... now even Oblivion or Gothic looks more complicated... WOW becomes the most children's game from all... suck...
  1. Talutah's Avatar
    anybody else in the beta able to find boomkin form?
    i don't see a way to get it, but i might just be blind.
    i speced all the way down the balance tree, and still don't have it.
  1. Ares42's Avatar
    The new talent trees seems like absolute failures. Almost every spec of every class I've checked out 90% of your points are no-brainers and you end up with 2-3 points that allows you to pick one of a few "flavour" talents based on what part of the game you play (arena/raid/groups). It's just complete homogenization.
  1. stumpy's Avatar
    Is it just me, or is there an extra zone in the southwest corner of Kalimdor now?
  1. Starsmore's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ares42 View Post
    The new talent trees seems like absolute failures. Almost every spec of every class I've checked out 90% of your points are no-brainers and you end up with 2-3 points that allows you to pick one of a few "flavour" talents based on what part of the game you play (arena/raid/groups). It's just complete homogenization.
    Isn't that what the game was anyway? Accepted cookie-cutter builds for each class based on if you do PVP, endgame raiding, arena PVP, world PVP, etc...

    Yeah, sure, you had choice, but if you wanted to get into any of the major stuff, they expected you to have X build, with Y gear, and Z DPS output...
  1. Geschan's Avatar
    Hurrray holypriests get desperate prayer... the only skill that is as senseless as lolwell.
  1. Sensa's Avatar
    they claimed they were giving resto specs dps abilities - i can't see any for shaman's or at least none that would make leveling as a resto shammie remotely efficient
  1. azrielen's Avatar
    Waaait. How many talent points will we have at 85 again? *goes to check* The talent calculator seems to think it's still 1 point per level.

    ETA: Nevermind I see the note about the level cap now. XD

    Great job on them, otherwise, tho!
  1. Sankiros's Avatar
    great job with the updates.. *gives giant hug*

    all looks very interesting, tho it seems like blizz forgot to send me my beta inv -.-'
  1. Madsen's Avatar
  1. NaTaN's Avatar
    New talent trees -> H8! No fun abilities, too homogenized, there is no way to play with talents and find cookie-cutters :/ I do really hope that they won't make it to the retail and get changed back.

    Also LOL at AoE Fire Mages, I wanted to play a fire mage, me wants now no more :/
  1. Arkenaw's Avatar
    I really like the new Balance talents, can't say the same for resto unfortunately.
  1. rieuxor's Avatar
    Yeah the warlock talent tree is pretty horrible atm, but I'm sure that is only temporary. Really looking forward to when the talent tree is finalized.
  1. Imbashiethz's Avatar
    Why are the talent trees so small?

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