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.

Quests
  • 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. Strakha's Avatar
    If you read up on http://www.wish.org/supporters/current_sponsors

    You will see Blizzard on there under the Cause Champions that donate $500,000+ annually, and they are doing it through making pets that people can enjoy that don't harm the game at all, I personally do not care for the pets, but I think it is a great thing they do, and everybody wins.

    Don't know how anyone in this thread turned that into a negative thing, but it is somewhat shameful.
  1. Calene's Avatar
    Why not disallow super markets to sell alcohol and everything else we don't need to actually survive? I mean we only need bread and water.. so those super markets are greedy for trying to sell us a lot of stuff. Why should Blizzard be a exception anyway? Lets have communism!

    Seriously, Blizzard is not doing public service. They have every right to sell things, just like your local super market. If you don't think so, just please tell me WHY.

    Buying gold vs buying in-game companions? Are you guys seriously thinking the effect would be the same if Blizzard sold gold as in-game pets? The economy would be ruined on every realm if Blizzard sold gold. But selling in-game no trade companions does not ruin any realm economy.

    I played serveral free to play MMORGPS where you have to spend more than 30 dollars a month on stuff to actually manage to survive in combat. WoW is nowhere near that.
  1. Fuzzzie's Avatar
    They're taking away my pink squares?
  1. mmoc731c61d2fe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by shoja View Post
    I am going to be flamed big time but I will still say it..... Jesus Christ! Wth are you guys paying for pets specially when you are already paying monthly for the game itself? Everything should be included in the $15/Month but because of retarded people(ones paying for pets) like you they are getting encouraged to make stores like pet store to make/rip more money from people. But yeah those who buy pets from the store are probably going to say, "You don't make any sense" because obviously they are retarded. Hopefully because of you guys they will start selling weapons/armors soon.

    FLAME ON!
    I hope that one day you have a child with a serious illness and won't live until they're an adult and want to make their last few years on this planet special, you'll then find out how much the make-a-wish foundation does to make that child's last years memorable, a holiday of a life time or visiting somewhere that they always want to go and the parents not able to afford it... There is so much work that make-a-wish does, calling companies, begging then, etc... You use the word "retard" to make you look all big and tough, well you're just a little boy that has no grasp on the concept of what it actually means to some people. I will gladly buy all the pets that blizz give 50% towards a charity that does so much regardless of what you or anyone thinks about it. If more companies did this sort of charity work then there would be so many more children that are suffering and won't live long that would have a life time of memories in their short life.
  1. phyrix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Spl4sh3r View Post
    The hotfix did a hit and a miss again. Uther's Blessing is still not fixed.
    Indeed. First thing I tried after logging on, and I'm kind of dissapointed that I still can't finish my WPL quests achievement.
  1. Yawnteh's Avatar
    As someone said, Uther's blessing is probably intended to be fixed tomorrow for EU. If not I will make a fairly angry but constructive post on their forum.
  1. DrgnDancer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sensa View Post
    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.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=4022433&page=1
    This article is primarily about the "Buy a pink iPod and .00001% of your purchase goes to Breast Cancer Awareness!" sort of deals. Blizzard are donating 50% of the proceeds (not "profit", proceeds), that's substantial. I think they donated over 3 million dollars last year. A little bit of math tells me that $3 million at $5 a unit is 600,000 units. I really doubt that they sold an extra 600,000 unit just based on the "charity" angle. Yes, when companies donate 1 or 2 percent of an item's purchase price to charity they're often doing it just to increase sales. Rarely will a company offer to donate 50% of the purchase price for that purpose. It means that they would have to sell twice as many of the item to make up the difference. When you're talking about a 50% donation, you're looking at either a) a legitimate desire to do some good, or b) a company with a bad rep trying to get good press. Given that Blizzard has done a lot of work with Make-a-Wish in the past (Ashes of Al'ar was originally designed as a "wish" for a kid, among other things) and isn't particularity reviled, I'd guess (a).

    Edit to add: And Right, Blizzard has totally given up on free in game companion pets. I mean everybody paid for those scary as Hell Sunflowers that I see *everywhere* right now, right? Or the cute little grub pet I just got on my new Shaman Alt? Blizzard hates us now and never releases anything. You're right.
  1. DuoandKat's Avatar
    little rag is the size of my dwarf pally lol and the hatchling. i just want to squash for how cute it is lol
  1. Charagon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calene View Post
    Why not disallow super markets to sell alcohol and everything else we don't need to actually survive? I mean we only need bread and water.. so those super markets are greedy for trying to sell us a lot of stuff. Why should Blizzard be a exception anyway? Lets have communism!

    Seriously, Blizzard is not doing public service. They have every right to sell things, just like your local super market. If you don't think so, just please tell me WHY.

    Buying gold vs buying in-game companions? Are you guys seriously thinking the effect would be the same if Blizzard sold gold as in-game pets? The economy would be ruined on every realm if Blizzard sold gold. But selling in-game no trade companions does not ruin any realm economy.

    I played serveral free to play MMORGPS where you have to spend more than 30 dollars a month on stuff to actually manage to survive in combat. WoW is nowhere near that.
    WoW is not a grocery store. You do not pay for things individually.

    If anything, WoW is a buffet. A buffet that is taking things off the table and putting them to the side to be sold separately.


    How would you feel if you spent six years going to a Chinese Buffet only to walk in one day to discover that they no longer offered Crab Ragoons or Egg Roles unless you ordered them separately?
  1. booyakasha's Avatar
    I'm gonna miss carrying around that mage's soul...
  1. mmoc6322d2f7bc's Avatar
    Finally i can kill that damn Grimaxe and go on with the quests in Dun Morogh.
    Hoorray!
  1. mmoc71ba9fbd24's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Charagon View Post
    WoW is not a grocery store. You do not pay for things individually.

    If anything, WoW is a buffet. A buffet that is taking things off the table and putting them to the side to be sold separately.


    How would you feel if you spent six years going to a Chinese Buffet only to walk in one day to discover that they no longer offered Crab Ragoons or Egg Roles unless you ordered them separately?
    Except they're not taking things out of the game to be sold on Blizz Store, they're adding new things. To use your anology, they would still offer Crab Ragoons and Egg Rolls in the game, but a special chicken chow mein would be offered on a side table, for an extra fee, but 50% of that extra fee goes to charity.
  1. DrgnDancer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Charagon View Post
    WoW is not a grocery store. You do not pay for things individually.

    If anything, WoW is a buffet. A buffet that is taking things off the table and putting them to the side to be sold separately.


    How would you feel if you spent six years going to a Chinese Buffet only to walk in one day to discover that they no longer offered Crab Ragoons or Egg Roles unless you ordered them separately?
    This argument has been made before and continues to be bullshit. It's quite typical for buffet restaurants to offer all you can eat from the buffet, but also allow you to order ala carte items that are separately charged. Typically these ala carte items are alcoholic beverages or up-sell desserts. Which is exactly what this is. An extra fancy desert that you can get on the side. You can totally still get desert from the buffet (Sunflowers and Grubs All New This Week!), but a few fancy ones can be gotten ala carte. Blizzard aren't taking away your crab rangoons, they're still on the buffet, but now you can get a brownie bottom pie for a few extra bucks if you want it.
  1. Calene's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Charagon View Post
    WoW is not a grocery store. You do not pay for things individually.

    If anything, WoW is a buffet. A buffet that is taking things off the table and putting them to the side to be sold separately.

    How would you feel if you spent six years going to a Chinese Buffet only to walk in one day to discover that they no longer offered Crab Ragoons or Egg Roles unless you ordered them separately?
    If the buffet stops offering these type of food then that is fine. Blizzard have NOT stopped offering anything, they just sell additional products.

    For most buffets you still have to pay separately for drinks and possible other things. In most restaurants they may also limit you what you can include in the buffet as well. So your example is invalid and does not show a point at all.

    If this Chinese buffet decided to no longer offer these things I would just eat other things instead. They have all the right in the world to charge money for their food. I am not forced to buy these egg roles or crab ragoons. Its a free country. It is NOT communism. There is not any laws preventing companies from selling new products. A lot of other companies does it. Microsoft, Apple e.t.c.

    And no they are not greedy for doing so. Just like any other company they try to earn as much money as possible while trying to offer the best possible service. Blizzard is NOT public service. If you think that then there is something wrong with you.
  1. Blazeflack's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzzie View Post
    They're taking away my pink squares?
    Actually, I was just in Isle of Conquest a few hours ago and a huge pink square spawned instead of the horde gate. Luckily for us (alliance) we had just got it down and we were already inside the yard. Either this didn't really fix it after all or the servers require a reboot in order to fix it.
  1. snaek's Avatar
    Sigh, still they cling to the idea that 1 Euro equals 1 US Dollar. Same shit that Steam has done for years. It's ridiculous.
  1. mmoc8a73f6745c's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dancing Turkey View Post
    Raggie with Pet Biscuit!

    Oh-my-gosh.
  1. wowplayer's Avatar
    i really hate the idea of buying pets and mounts in addition to me paying to play and for expansions. i think its a shady move there by blizzard and if i were them i would be careful as it may open the door for other mmorpgs as they are currently offering free play time but also charging for extra gear and whatnot. i can understand offering special mounts, pets, gear, etc for special events a couple of times a year but this seems to be becoming a trend.
  1. Calene's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wowplayer View Post
    i really hate the idea of buying pets and mounts in addition to me paying to play and for expansions. i think its a shady move there by blizzard and if i were them i would be careful as it may open the door for other mmorpgs as they are currently offering free play time but also charging for extra gear and whatnot. i can understand offering special mounts, pets, gear, etc for special events a couple of times a year but this seems to be becoming a trend.
    It is not shady. It's just business. So what if other MMORPGS does the same? Even if they started to sell gears or even gold they have all the right in the world to do so. It is Blizzard's game, not yours. If you don't like it (when/if it happens) then you can stop playing. Until then there is no need to complain.

    Most free-to-play games don't sell equipment or even currency for real money. I really doubt Blizzard makes a complete turn with this, and decide to go even further than most F2P games.
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    It's really a shame they won't give the manly pet a portion to charity.

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