WoW Shadowlands Hotfix - 22 December Update: Patch Notes, Castle Nathria, Bug Fixes & more

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Shadowlands is constantly evolving with hotfix updates nearly every day - and the 22 December hotfix patch notes contain some important changes.

Let's dive right into what's now live in-game for players in WoW Shadowlands.


WoW Shadowlands 22 December Hotfix

The 22 December Shadowlands hotfix includes some important changes around Castle Nathria, Mythic dungeons, and more.

WoW Shadowlands Hotfix Castle Nathria Bugs Patch Notes
NEW AND IMPROVED: Recent hotfixes have cleaned up Castle Nathria

Some of these changes include bug fixes for the hilarious Flesh Carver Bolster cheese in Necrotic Wake, and rebalancing Alterac Valley so that both faction's leaders now have the same health pool.

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Here are the new Shadowlands Hotfix patch notes as posted by Blizzard:


  • Resolved an issue where some players that interacted with Anima Crystal Shards in Bastion were not receiving credit towards Shard Labor.

Auction House

  • Fixed an issue where Favorited items would disappear after a sudden disconnect.


  • Death Knight
    • Frost
      • Heartstop Aura (PvP Talent) will no longer affect the cooldown of Gladiator's Medallion.
  • Mage
    • Fixed an issue with Flow of Time (Conduit) not reducing the Shimmer (Talent) cooldown by the appropriate amount at higher item levels.

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  • Night Fae
    • The enemies required for “Minions of Mueh’zala” now respawn faster.

Creatures and NPCs

  • Larion Treats can no longer be used in instances, nor can the larions aid you in instances.
  • Corrupted Cloudfeathers can no longer be skinned.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • [With regional restarts] Fixed an issue where players couldn’t summon party members with a Warlock portal inside Castle Nathria on Mythic difficulty.
    • Artificer Xy’mox
      • Resolved an issue where abilities would change their sequence if Artificer Xy’mox changes phases before casting Dimensional Tear.
      • Glyph of Destruction now applies to targets that are not in line of sight.
    • Lady Inerva Darkvein
      • Warrior's Spell Reflect will no longer negate the Expose Desires ability.
    • Council of Blood
      • Fixed an issue preventing Dancing Fever from being reapplied properly on Mythic difficulty.
    • Sire Denathrius
      • Fixed an issue where Dusk Elegy was not correctly reducing incoming healing.
  • De Other Side
    • Increased the time to complete the dungeon by 2 minutes on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
  • The Necrotic Wake
    • The damage against enemies with Flesh Crafter’s Throw Cleaver no longer increases with stacks of Bolster from the Bolstering Affix on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
  • Sanguine Depths
    • Executor Tarvold
      • Castigate now inflicts damage every 1 second (was 0.75 seconds).

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Items and Rewards

  • Fixed an issue with Sephuz's Proclamation (Legendary Effect) granting its buff regardless of whether the crowd controlling ability was successful or not.

Player versus Player

  • Vanndar Stormpike peered across the Alterac Valley battleground and saw that his adversary's health was 20% higher than his own. Not to be outdone, Vanndar has put in the work and increased his own health by 20%.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • Anima Powers
    • Multiple Elethium anima powers will no longer appear in the same Anima Cell. In addition, their elemental damage and healing penalties have been reduced to -25% (was -75%).

WoW Shadowlands Weekly Reset

These changes go live just after the Shadowlands Weekly Reset, which has brought in plenty of new content to the game while resetting caps, lockouts and more.

WoW Shadowlands Great Vault Weekly Reset
ANOTHER HELMET?: Getting repeat gear in your Great Vault is a great reason to push for more milestones

The Shadowlands Weekly Reset also means a new opportunity to open your Great Vault, where items will be based off the milestones you completed last week.

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With the ilvl of these items scaling based off the content you completed, you could build some truly massive gear to loot from your Great Vault this week!