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13 Jan 2021

*UPDATED* WoW Shadowlands Hotfix: Patch Notes, Updates, Nerfs, Buffs, Covenants, Castle Nathria, Torghast & more

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WoW Shadowlands Hotfix Patch Notes

Shadowlands has been one of the most exciting expansions in recent memory, and it grows as hotfixes repair balance and manage content.

While we are past the few weeks of daily hotfixes after Shadowlands launch, a new hotfix is now live!

Let's go over the latest WoW Shadowlands hotfix update.

Latest News - New Hotfix Arrives 12 January

A new WoW Shadowlands hotfix update went live on 12 January - continuing with changes related to covenants, Torghast, Anima Powers, and more.

These are the most recent Shadowlands hotfix patch notes:

Classes

  • Druid
    • Reverted a recent change that caused Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) to strike targets affected by crowd control abilities that break on damage, such as Entangling Roots.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • “An Earned Bond” now displays the correct companion you will earn upon completion.
  • Night Fae
    • The point of interest indicator for “Mushroom for Improvement” should now be easier to see on the map.
  • Venthyr
  • Fixed an issue that caused the shared cinematic for Maldraxxus and Revendreth Campaigns to not play for Venthyr players.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • Lady Inerva Darkvein
  • Resolved an issue where Lady Inerva Darkvein could not be attacked if players are defeated by her lieutenants.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue where the tribute tray and Silver Strongbox would sometimes not appear during the quest “The Sweetest Tribute.”
  • Fixed an issue where Kael'thas Sunstrider would sometimes not appear for the first scenario step during "Medallion of Dominion."
  • Elite monsters now give more credit during the Maldraxxus Bonus Objective "Decaying Situation."
  • Alliance players should no longer be teleported out of the Battle for Azeroth War Campaign instance of Orgrimmar when pushed "Shadowlands: A Chilling Summons." Horde players will still be teleported out of the instance until they complete the "Through the Shattered Sky" questline due to conflicting instances for these two pieces of content.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • [For realms in the NA region only] Resolved an issue that temporarily turned off the Beasts of Prodigum event.
  • Anima Powers
    • Rogue
      • Corrected an issue where damaging Anima Powers (like Lightning Dust) were doing less damage than intended.

User Interface

  • The edge of the screen Anima visual affect that appears while dead is now removed when Reduce Camera Motion or Keep Character Centered and Reduce Camera Motion is selected in the Accessibility menu.

Balance Changes Arrive After Reset - 11 January

The newest WoW Shadowlands Weekly Reset introduces some important balance changes to the game!

This includes Death Knight, Mage, and Rogue buffs for some underplayed specs.

These are the latest WoW Hotfixes patch notes:

JANUARY 11, 2021

Achievements

  • The achievement Parasoling will now correctly display your current progress.

Classes

  • Death Knight
    • Blood
      • [With regional restarts] Bone Shield grants armor equal to 70% of Strength (was 50%).
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Druid
    • General
      • [With regional restarts] Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) no longer attempts to cast spells at targets affected by Cyclone and will no longer ignore targets affected by crowd control abilities that break on damage, such as Entangling Roots or Mass Entanglement.
  • Mage
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 9%.
  • Monk
    • Brewmaster
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
    • Windwalker
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Rogue
    • Asssassination
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%.
  • Warrior
    • Fury
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%, except for Bladestorm (Talent) and Dragon Roar (Talent).
  • [With regional restarts] Meat Cleaver (Talent) now increases Whirlwind’s damage by 25% (was 30%).

Dungeons and Raids

  • Theater of Pain
    • Kul’tharok
  • Draw Soul should no longer apply Soulless to Warriors while Bladestorm is active.

Items and Rewards

  • The Stamina from Tempered Armor Patch has been reduced to 24 (was 50) and can only be applied to items worn on the chest to match the Heavy Desolate Armor Kit.
    • Developers’ note: This item was always meant to be a lesser version of Heavy Desolate Armor Kit that you can earn as a rare drop or rare find on a vendor, but this item was accidentally missed when the Heavy Desolate Armor Kit was changed in Beta. The tooltip will be updated to reflect the change in a future hotfix or patch.

Player versus Player

  • Resolved an issue that prevented the base status User Interface from displaying the correct base icons in the Arathi Basin battleground.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented the Orb of Power icons from being displayed on the Temple of Kotmogu battleground map while they are at their pedestals.
  • Rogue
    • Outlaw
      • Resolved an issue that caused Evasion (Rank 2) to fail to strike the target with Main Gauche while Evasion is active.
  • Resolved an issue that caused the interaction of a Paladin's Eye for an Eye (Talent) and Evasion (Rank 2) to deal more damage than intended.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • The door to the next floor is once again locked until the Empowered enemy guarding it is defeated.
  • Anima Powers
    • Warlock
  • Fixed an issue where Pact of Infernal Intimacy stacks would reset when using portals on certain floors.

WoW Shadowlands Hotfix - 5 January

The following is the most recent hotfix update for Shadowlands, and it features more improvements to Covenants as well as some important bug fixes.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • Fixed an issue to make it easier for multiple players in the area to receive credit properly during the quest "Succumbing to Pride."
    • Alexandros Mograine will once again properly assist players during the quest "Pursuit of Justice."
    • Fixed an issue where players who abandoned the quest "The Blue Seed" would be unable to exit the cave to destroy the bramble wall after accepting the quest again.
    • Fixed an issue where the point of interest indicator on the map for “Through Glass” could be in the wrong location for characters that died and released.
  • Night Fae
    • Soothing Voice (Dreamweaver Soulbind) can now be removed by effects such as Hand of Freedom.
    • The starting location for “Searching the Grove” now has a point of interest indicator and should now be easier to see on the map.
  • Venthyr
    • Fixed an issue that caused the quest "Sanctum Upgrade: Mirror Network" to display twice for players who had completed Laurent’s rescue mission.
  • Fixed an issue with the Campaign Chapter progress text requesting players to rescue Laurent from the Ember Ward instead of the correct requirements to complete the chapter.

Creatures and NPCs

  • Resolved an issue that could cause players to be unable to loot Shadowlands' World Bosses if the boss is defeated while the player is offline.
  • Iceshatters’ Pulsing Shards now deal appropriate damage.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • [For realms in the NA region only] Resolved an issue that could prevent the door leading towards Artificer Xy’mox from opening after defeating Sun King's Salvation in Raid Finder Wing 2, “Reliquary of Opulence.”
  • De Other Side
    • Mueh’zala
      • Resolved an issue where Crushed Soul damage was higher than intended on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
  • Timewalking
  • Lowered the amount of loot per person in Timewalking raids to better match Shadowlands raid drop rates.

Items and Rewards

  • Covenant set bonuses now fade immediately when the armor granting the set bonus is removed.
  • The Path of Greed effect gained when opening certain Revendreth Treasures can now be removed by right clicking the effect’s icon.

Pet Battles

  • Certain low-level pet battle quests are no longer suppressed for characters that have not done the introductory quests to Battle for Azeroth.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue where some Threads of Fate players were unable to use the Sinfall Flight Master.
  • Fixed an issue where the Tithelord could sometimes become stuck during the first phase of the quest "The Tithelord."
  • Fixed an issue where level 50 characters could not accept the Twilight Highlands quest "Twilight Shores."
  • Fixed an issue where the quest "Light Camera Action" would be unavailable to certain characters.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • [Live on NA realms. With regional restarts for other regions] Removed some of the weekly delays between certain Bolvar Fordragon Torghast storyline quests.
  • Anima Powers
    • Fixed an issue where Demon Hunter, Death Knight, Monk and Rogue class-specific anima powers were not appearing in Plundered Anima Cells.
    • Death Knight
      • The Horsemen's Call now resets the cooldown of Death Gate when ascending floors.

World Quests

  • Fixed an issue during the Bastion world quest "Things Remembered" where players could fail to receive credit for Kalisthene's portion of the achievement, What Bastion Remembered.
  • The enemies required for "Allay Their Fears" now respawn faster.

WoW Shadowlands Hotfix - 4 January

While it isn't as significant an update as many would've hoped, the latest WoW Shadowlands hotfix arrived on 4 January.

Here are the new Shadowlands patch notes.

Achievements

  • Players can once again earn the achievement Stay Chill from the Conclave of Wind encounter in Throne of the Four Winds.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • Fixed an issue where Kynthia would not take off smoothly during the Kyrian Covenant Campaign quest "Trouble on the Western Front."
    • Fixed an issue where Xandria was visible in two places at once during the Kyrian Covenant Campaign quest "Stronger Together."
    • Willowblossom is once again present for players who abandoned the quest "Evil Grubbies."
  • Necrolord
    • Fixed an issue where the Anima Conductor daily quests in Maldraxxus were granting an incorrect amount of anima. The anima rewards are now equivalent to the other covenants Anima Conductor daily quests.
  • Venthyr
    • Players can no longer be seen fighting an invisible creature during the quest "Face Your Fears."
  • A portal to Oribos will now appear next to the Sinfall Flightmaster once the third tier of the Venthyr Travel Network has been unlocked.

Creatures and NPCs

  • Resolved an issue where the debuff from Corpse Ticklers in Maldraxxus could not be removed for some players.
  • Ta'xera in Revendreth now has her correct voice.

Dungeons and Raids

  • De Other Side
    • The Manastorms
      • Resolved an issue where Millhouse Manastorm's Power Overwhelming debuff was missing its text description.
    • Mueh’zala
      • Resolved an issue where player immunities (e.g. Divine Shield and Ice Block) could inadvertently cause Stellar Clouds to spawn on Mueh'zala's active platform.
      • Resolved an issue where the death of Mueh'zala could be delayed if he's channeling Master of Death right before he reaches 10% health.

Items and Rewards

  • Covenant armor sets can no longer be disenchanted if the item is acquired from covenant vendors.
  • The Memory of Past Sins trinket now appears within the Castle Nathria Adventure Guide for Enhancement Shaman.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed some benefits from Inscrutable Quantum Device to persist after the trinket was unequipped.
  • Fixed an issue with Pocket Portals stacking incorrectly.

Pet Battles

  • Pet battles have been temporarily disabled in Castle Nathria.

Quests

  • Threads of Fate characters who are level 60 are now eligible for the quests "Return to Oribos" in each zone.
  • Maldraxxus
    • “Bet on Yourself” now displays with a blue daily quest icon.

The Maw: Eye of the Jailer

  • Resonant Misery no longer drops Stygia.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • Anima Powers
    • Priest
      • Bonus damage from Painbreaker Psalm will no longer cause Shadow Word: Death to deal increased backlash damage to the player.
  • Enemies
  • Mawsworn Flametender and Empowered Mawsworn Flametender’s Inner Flames now begins its cooldown at the start of the cast (was upon cast completion) and the time between casts increased to 30 seconds (was 20 seconds).

Players Expect More Shadowlands Hotfixes

While Blizzard spent plenty of time balancing WoW Shadowlands in its first two weeks, that pace has gone entirely cold, as we haven't had a new major balance update since 22 December.

WoW Shadowlands update hotfix balance nerfs buffs rogue paladin mage
ANY MINUTE NOW: Players are still awaiting the next Shadowlands balance update

But during this delay, players have had plenty to complain about. Complaints include some PVE tank classes entirely running the PVE scene, burst damage classes like Rogue, Mage, and Paladin wreaking havoc on organized PVP, and a decent gap in the Shadowlands DPS rankings.

The next opportunity for Blizzard to release a significant WoW Shadowlands hotfix patch will be the upcoming Weekly Reset on 12 January - we can only hope some changes come through.

Bug Fixes Ahead of the Holidays

WoW Shadowlands has some nice new bug fixes and changes that arrived on 22 December, thanks to a new hotfix update.

You can read over the full hotfix patch notes here!

The biggest changes are a fix for the hilarious and unfortunate bolster bug in Necrotic Wake, and balancing Alterac Valley by equalizing the health pools of both faction's leaders.

Torghast Nerfs

Players have complained plenty about the difficulty of Torghast and issues with certain specs clearing the new roguelike pve endgame game mode.

WoW Shadowlands Torghast Nerfs Update hotfix Patch notes
AVOIDING DEATH: Torghast nerfs will mean less of the Tarragrue

As a result, Blizzard have taken a second look at Torghast, and determined nerfs are necessary.

You can read over the long list of nerfs coming in the next Shadowlands hotfix here.

WoW Shadowlands Hotfix

Castle Nathria is a massive and difficult raid. According to Blizzard, and many Shadowlands players, it actually was too difficult on release.

WoW Shadowlands Hotfix Patch Notes Castle Nathria Nerfs
ENTER AT YOUR PERIL: Castle Nathria is not for the weak

The numbers back this up, with very few guilds clearing Castle Nathria in its first few days despite thousands of guilds attempting it on both Normal and Heroic difficulty.

In response, Blizzard has pushed a WoW Shadowlands Hotfix patch to nerf the raid, and make some huge class balance changes as well.

These are the patch notes for this massive new Shadowlands Hotfix.

WoW Shadowlands Hotfix Patch Notes

The WoW Shadowlands Hotfix is massive, and touches on a huge range of different gameplay aspects.

WoW Shadowlands Castle Nathria Hotfix Patch Update Notes Nerfs
BALANCE OF POWER: A new Shadowlands Hotfix patch shakes up the game's balance with the new Castle Nathria raid

Achievements

  • Players that die during the Stone Legion Generals encounter in Castle Nathria will now properly earn the Feed Me, Seymour! achievement with the rest of their raid.

Classes

  • Tank Specializations
    • [With regional restarts] Threat generation for all Tanks increased by 10%.
  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • [With regional restarts] Mastery: Dreadblade effectiveness reduced by 15%.
      • [With regional restarts] Blood Boil damage increased by 10%.
      • [With regional restarts] Heart Strike damage increased by 15%.
      • [With regional restarts] Marrowrend damage increased by 10%.
      • [With regional restarts] Death Strike damage increased by 5%.
  • Demon Hunter
    • Havoc
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.
  • Rogue
    • Assassination
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.
  • Shaman
    • Restoration
      • [With regional restarts] All healing abilities reduced by 4%.
      • [With regional restarts] Healing Rain reduced by an additional 10%.
  • Warlock
    • Destruction
      • [With regional restarts] Chaos Bolt damage increased by 22%.
  • Warrior
    • Arms
      • [With regional restarts] Mortal Strike damage increased by 20%. Damage reduced by an equivalent amount in PvP.
      • [With regional restarts] Slam (Rank 3) now increases Slam’s damage by 50% (was 25%).
    • Fury
  • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • Captured Forgehands should be more reliable during the quest "Stewards of a Feather."
    • Fixed an issue where Sika could despawn during the Kyrian Covenant Campaign chapter "Phaestus, Genesis of Aeons."
  • Venthyr
  • Fixed an issue where if players disconnected while attempting to enter the Ember Court scenario, they would be unable to re-enter for the week.

Creatures and NPCs

  • NPCs who comment on your choice of covenant will now do so less frequently.
  • Resolved an issue where Sanngror the Torturer would sometimes become stuck.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • [With regional restarts] Fixed a bug that caused additional loot to unintentionally drop from bosses on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
    • Resolved an issue that prevented many of the non-boss NPCs in Castle Nathria from scaling their health and damage as raid size increased. Non-boss NPCs base health before scaling has been reduced by 10%.
    • Huntsman Altimor
      • Resolved an issue where players may not be able to enter Huntsman Altimor's area after completing the Artificer Xy'mox or Sun King's Salvation encounters.
    • Sun King's Salvation
      • Increased the healing done by Infuser's Boon to 200% per stack on Normal and Heroic difficulties (was 50%).
      • Reduced the max stack count of Infuser's Boon to 5 on Normal and Heroic difficulties (was 10).
      • Essence Overflow now heals Kael’thas Sunstrider for 1.5% of his maximum health on Normal and Heroic difficulties (was 1%).
    • Sludgefist
      • Stonequake’s ground visual effect has been updated to be more noticeable.
      • Screen effect for players standing in Stonequake has been changed.
      • Occurrences of Falling Rubble over the duration of the encounter reduced by 25% on all difficulties.
      • The number of players affected by Chain Link has been lowered and no longer scales with the number of pillars destroyed on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
      • Sludgefist’s health reduced by 12% on Normal difficulty.
    • Sire Denathrius
  • Warlock’s Corruption will no longer be removed from enemies when using the teleporters.

Items and Rewards

  • [With daily resets] The percentage based trigger effects from Eternal Palace weapons Diver's Folly, Dream's End, and Orgozoa's Paralytic Barb no longer function for players above level 50.
  • Sanguifang’s Pulsating Canine damage has been reduced and can no longer be used against enemy players.
  • Shadowghast Ingot can now be placed in Mining bags.
  • Consumptive Infusion trinket is now also triggered by damaging abilities, allowing Mistweaver abilities such as Rising Sun Kick to trigger it.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Soul Igniter trinket to not allow the use of another on-use trinket.
  • Eternal Stats and Sacred Stats chest enchant tooltips now correctly reflects that they affect the primary stat and not all stats.

Quests

  • Players who are unable to complete “The Sweetest Tribute” due to a Ripe Purian already showing up in the tribute tray should abandon the quest and then talk to Elios to restart it.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • Resolved an issue where enemies afflicted with the Blinding Smoke Capsule debuff would engage in combat with the player if they got too close but not attack them.
  • Minions of Torghast should be less likely to hit players with volley type abilities that they are not in combat with.
  • Torments
    • Eye of Skoldus and Fracturing Forces no longer spawn assassins on boss floors.
    • Breath of Coldheart health bonus per stack lowered to 3% maximum health (was 5%).
  • Anima Powers
    • Resonant Mawfang damage reduced to 2% of target's maximum health (was 10%).
    • Frostchipper damage reduced to 5% of the target's current health (was 20%).
  • The buffs provided by Dark Fortress and Fallen Armaments now stack to 5 (was 10).

World Quests

  • Demonology Warlocks and Beast Mastery Hunters will now receive kyrian aid during the Bastion World Quest "Air Supremacy."

WoW Companion App

  • Fixed issue where some players on iPhone 11 and 12 could not access Guilds & Communities.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements on iOS. All users will need to reset their settings.