Update - Added November 29 Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes and a blue post about the 150mb download you get before entering the game.

150mb "Patch" Download
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
It's not a new patch, it's actually "re-downloading" data which will replace current files. It's intended to resolve a few issues including disconnects and 'pink squares'.

As it's not a patch, if you're extremely eager to get into the game (or it's taking too long) you can actually bypass the launcher and run the wow.exe in your game directory and play normally. You can then continue on downloading it later after you're done playing.

WoW's 6th Anniversary
It's WoW's 6th Anniversary in-game! Don't forget to log on all your characters on November 30th or later to get the achievement! Last year, the WoW's 5th Anniversary was available for 2 weeks before Blizzard deactivated it.

Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes - November 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

  • Emalon the Storm Watcher is no longer despawning on death and his corpse can be looted normally.
  • Rain of Chaos cast by the warlock versions of Severed Essence in Icecrown Citadel was doing substantially more damage than intended and has been adjusted.
  • Cataclysm leather can no longer be skinned from low-level NPCs.
  • Azure Watch flight master Zaldaan has been reminded that he should hate the Horde.
  • Alchemists Flask bonus for Flask of Steelskin is now consistent with other profession's Stamina buffs.
  • Characters that have Illustrious Grand Master Engineering are now able to use the Gnomish Army Knife without errors.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • It should no longer be possible for any druid to maintain the old talent Predatory Instincts.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The free Aimed Shot from Master Marksman was dealing too little damage. It now deals the same or a little bit more damage than the base Aimed Shot.
  • Spirit Bond is now correctly applied when monkey or dog pets are active.
  • The Gorishi Fledgling Colossus is now longer immobile when tamed.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Sanctuary now functions correctly for paladins below level 30 and no longer refunds talent points upon relogging or zoning.
  • Light of Dawn casts correctly and does not produce an error when it does not hit a targeted ally.

  • The Bulging Sack of Gold rewarded upon completion of the quest "Forged Documents" now actually contains gold.
  • The Fireliminator X-21 quest item for the quest "When Science Attacks" is no longer able to be used outside of Azshara.
  • The Mad Magus Tirth's Soul effect from the quest "The Mad Magus" is now zone-bound to Thousand Needles.
  • Players can no longer receive Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation by killing Booty Bay Bruisers when phased after completing the quest "Doublerum".
  • General Grimaxe and his Dark Iron Golem should now correctly spawn for all players on the quest "Grimaxe's Demise".
  • Level 61+ players should now be able to complete the quest "Uther's Blessing" by using the item Chillwind Tribute at Uther's Tomb.
  • "A Mother's Worries" in Wetlands should now display quest text.
  • Players with the Enchanted Imp Sack aura from the quest "Do the Imp-Possible" in Felwood are no longer able to use their mount to carry passengers.
  • Skybreaker Recon Fighters are visible now and it is again possible to complete the quests "Keeping the Alliance Blind" and "Blinding the Eyes in the Sky" in Icecrown.
  • Banshee Essences can now be looted by all party members in Stratholme.
  • The Desolace quest "Satyrical Offerings" is no longer flagged for Cataclysm and can be obtained without the expansion.
  • The Southern Barrens quest "Segmentation Fault: Core Dumped" now correctly awards experience, money, and reputation upon completion.
  • Carrion Scarabs spawned by the Crypt Horrors in Eastern Plaguelands are now correctly level 40.
  • The quest "The Hunter's Way" is now first available at level 8, down from level 10.
  • The murlocs for the quest "Ever So Lonely" now correctly respawn as players capture them.

Moonkin Hatchling and Lil' Ragnaros Now Available
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We're pleased to announce that the two recently revealed in-game pets, Lil' Ragnaros and the Moonkin Hatchling, are now available in the Pet Store section of the online Blizzard Store at a price of $10 each.

Lil' Ragnaros, the Tiniest Firelord

Ragnaros, the dread master of all fire elementals, will return in Cataclysm to avenge his defeat in Molten Core. And what better way to head into battle than with a miniature version of the firelord himself following at your beck and call? Lil' Ragnaros, just like his full-scale namesake, burns with constant fury (not to mention flames that serve as a handy cooking fire) and comes equipped with the legendary hammer Sulfuras. And as a being of pure elemental fire, he has no need to walk from place to place -- he just submerges into the magma below the world's surface when you start walking and reemerges when you stop.

Moonkin Hatchling Charity Pet -- For the Children!

The googly-eyed Moonkin Hatchling, which comes in unique Horde and Alliance versions, will occasionally plant flowers at your feet, and happily /dances with any willing partners. Like last year's Pandaren Monk, the Moonkin Hatchling has a soft spot for helping children. For every Moonkin Hatchling adopted from November 29 through December 31, 2010, Blizzard Entertainment will donate 50% of the $10 purchase price to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Thanks to the support of all the World of Warcraft players out there who purchased the Pandaren Monk last year, we were able to donate more than $1.1 million to Make-A-Wish this past February. We’re looking forward to making another big contribution to this great cause on behalf of the World of Warcraft community following the close of this year’s promotion.

To learn more about the Pet Store, please visit the Pet Store FAQ, and for more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in the U.S. visit www.wish.org and outside the U.S. visit www.worldwish.org.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Moonkin Hatchling and Lil' Ragnaros Now Available started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 169 Comments
  1. anotherhunter's Avatar
    Too tiny, Executus! Too tiny!
  1. koletha's Avatar
    Meh, kinda disapointed that there's no anniversary pet this year. Would it really have hurt to give the Lil' Ragnaros or whatever for free? Obviously the Moonkin is for a good cause so I've got no problems with that side of it, but come on :-p I wants mah free stuffz!
  1. JustKidding's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pumps View Post
    Its amoral to abuse charity to make money for yourself in this way, so you can forget about that Blizzard.
    They're a business. They don't even have to donate to charity. The fact that they are donating 50% of that to charity is a big deal to said charity.

    I have an idea, instead of you whining and bitching in a forum why don't you donate your 15 dollars a month instead of playing WoW?
  1. Reyzzz's Avatar
    Won't buy either.
  1. mmoc1c980bb60a's Avatar
    I'm just annoyed that the Anniversery gift was an achievement.. pretty lame considering the sheer amount of cash and resources blizz has... I'm guessing they were too busy making pets for us to buy instead of being a little generous as previously.

    small changes are starting to show in the Activision style of ownership...
  1. Charagon's Avatar
    What a dick move, not having an Anniversary pet this year, but releasing Lil' Rag at the same time.

    I'm surprised they didn't just go ahead and put a link to the Pet Store in the Achievement box.
  1. Aonix's Avatar
    just got raggy , he kills critters and serves as a cooking fire
  1. AetherMcLoud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pumps View Post
    Its amoral to abuse charity to make money for yourself in this way, so you can forget about that Blizzard.
    Yes, how amoral of them to give 50% of their profit (which is going to be HUGE just like last time) to a charity organisation instead of having 100% of the profit for themselves. They're like satan and lucifer combined!

  1. Creomortis's Avatar
    I only wanted the raggy pet so im a bit frustrated that only the moonkin gives a charity donation :S
  1. HolgerDK's Avatar
    edit: nvm, im a noob :-/
  1. Sahjar's Avatar
    Anyone else think that Lil' Ragnaros should randomly spawn a Lil' Executus and one-shot him with Lil' Sulfuras?
  1. Nëgï's Avatar
    Lil' Ragnaros + pet biscut= a taruen sized ragnaros?

    Someone try this and post pics please
  1. Lebeau's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Charagon View Post
    What a dick move, not having an Anniversary pet this year, but releasing Lil' Rag at the same time.

    I'm surprised they didn't just go ahead and put a link to the Pet Store in the Achievement box.
    I lol'ed hard. Amen brother.
  1. Velnica's Avatar
    I keep getting error when processing the request T_T Not sure what's happening...
  1. RaZz0r's Avatar
    Must have Lil' Rag! but noo i cant buy one cus for the bloody site have saved to menny copies of my parents credit cards that i used b4 i got my own credit card and now i cant use it FFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
  1. pyrostorm9001's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pumps View Post
    Its amoral to abuse charity to make money for yourself in this way, so you can forget about that Blizzard.
    Why don't you just donate the $5 bucks yourself then? Then you can jump on your feel good horse and ride it into the moral high ground sunset.
  1. Rainlights's Avatar
    It might be a bug or something, but it appears that they hotfixed the ability to cook on the Ragnaros pet fairly fast. QQ
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nëgï View Post
    Lil' Ragnaros + pet biscut= a taruen sized ragnaros?

    Someone try this and post pics please
    Raggie with Pet Biscuit!

  1. wildemu's Avatar
    90% of the time, I forget I can even have companions.
  1. Sensa's Avatar
    Donating part of the proceeds of an item for sale is as much about driving sales as it is about the particular company being solely motivated by good will. I refer you to the article linked below. As an added bonus for Blizzard, who spent next to nothing creating these virtual pixels, because the donation will be made in their name and not yours they will get a significant tax write off over and above the millions of dollars they make themselves.

    Compare and contrast the Blizzard offer to Yoko Ono's donation of ALL the proceeds from iTune sales of John Lennon's Give Peace a chance to the United Nations until the end of the year if you want to "measure" the scale of Blizzard's generosity.

    If Blizzard were truly motivated by Charity they would voluntarily donate to a variety of charities and/or Champion a particular cause and create a program to promote giving to charities using their vast customer base similar to Ronald McDonald houses which are sponsored by the company as well as individual donations at franchises or any other countless examples.

    While this "offer" is without a doubt a good deal for the Children's Wish Foundation if you think Blizzard's main motivation is charitable giving I have some swamp land in Florida to sell you.


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