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WoW Archivist: Patch 2.0.3 patch notes

Scott Andrews

World of Warcraft patch 2.0.3
  • A stirring of events has begun throughout Azeroth and rumor points to the Dark Portal as its source.
  • Mazk Snipeshot in Booty Bay now sells bullets.
  • The Auction House now sorts by buyout price first, then by current price. This should filter all of the items with outlandish buyout prices to the bottom of the list.
  • Players will now need to be level 58 to pass through the Dark Portal. (The Burning Crusade Expansion must be installed.)
  • Collector Edition pets are now blue items and a confirmation dialogue will appear to prevent accidental deletion.
  • Pets will no longer attack targets that are under the influence of crowd control (sheep, banish, etc.).
  • The title "Scarab Lord" can now be chosen in game for select players.
  • Players can use the /teamquit or /teamdisband command in order to leave an Arena team.
  • A new bracket has been added to Alterac Valley for level 61-70.
  • Added a sorting function so that the battleground and scoreboard can be sorted by any of the categories.
  • Healthstones and summoned warlock pets will no longer cost a soulshard to summon in the Arena preparation area. All summoned items and pets will be dismissed on leaving the arena.
  • The last pet a player had summoned will be resummoned outside the Arena upon leaving.
  • Due to various talent changes, all Druids will have all their talent points refunded.
  • "Feline Swiftness" has been renamed "Feral Swiftness". The dodge % increase now also applies to Bear and Dire Bear Forms.
  • "Improved Moonfire" has been reduced to 2 ranks, for a 5/10% bonus.
  • "Insect Swarm" has had its damage on all ranks increased. The mana cost of ranks 1 and 3 has been increased. The mana cost of ranks 4,5 and 6 has been decreased.
  • "Nurturing Instinct" now grants its benefit at all times, but the bonus has been reduced to 25/50% of Strength.
  • "Improved Starfire" has been renamed to "Celestial Focus" and now also increases the chance to resist casting pushback when casting Wrath by 25/50/70%.
  • "Blood Frenzy" benefits have merged with "Primal Fury".
  • "Improved Leader of the Pack" has been reduced to 2 ranks for 2/4% total health healed.
  • "Pounce" no longer requires the druid to be behind the target.
  • "Barkskin" is now usable while stunned.
  • Druids now need substantially less agility per dodge.
  • "Dire Bear Form" armor bonus increased to 450% and health bonus changed to a 25% percent health increase instead of a flat increase.
  • The Health bonus of "Bear Form" has changed to a 25% percent health increase instead of a flat increase.
  • "Swipe" has had its threat bonus multiplier removed.
  • "Maul" has had its threat bonus multiplier changed to a flat value similar in threat per time to "Heroic Strike".
  • "Regrowth" has had its mana cost reduced by approximately 18%.
  • "Tree of Life" healing bonus now increases the healing received by your party members instead of the healing dealt by your party members.
  • The "Tranquility" base amount healed per second has increased by approximately 273%. The radius of effect has increased from 20 yards 30 yards. Mana cost has increased by 40%. The Cooldown has increased from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. The Duration has decreased from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
  • "Mangle" will not stack multiple copies from multiple forms or druids anymore. This was never intended behavior. The percentage modification on bleeds has increased from 25% to 30% and "Mangle" now increases the damage from "Shred" as well. In addition, "Mangle" will now benefit from the damage boost from "Tiger's Fury".
  • "Enrage" will now show up in the combat log and in floating combat text.
  • "Lifebloom" will now correctly consume clearcasting.
  • "Predatory Instincts" has had its tooltip adjusted to indicate it only works in feral forms, and that it increases damage by a percent, not damage bonus by a percent.
  • If a spell is resisted, it will no longer break stealth.
  • "Tree of Life's" bonus healing aura will now reactivate correctly when "Banish" wears off.
  • Shapeshifted druids will now be able to speak to npcs while shapeshifted.
  • "Multi-Shot" has had its mana cost adjusted back to a value closer to its pre-2.0.1 version.
  • If your pet has been recently revived by using "Call Pet", it will no longer reset back to full health.
  • If a Hunter "Wyvern Stings" an enemy already asleep from "Wyvern Sting", the "Wyvern Sting" sleep will now be reapplied correctly.
  • "Frost Nova" (Water Elemental Spell) has been renamed to "Freeze".
  • "Ice Lance" is now correctly affected by "Elemental Precision".
  • "Ice Armor"is now correctly affected by "Elemental Precision".
  • "Frost Armor" is now correctly affected by "Elemental Precision".
  • Mages will no longer see line of sight errors if the target moves behind an obstacle after the spell "Arcane Missiles" has begun casting.
  • "Blazing Speed" no longer PROCs while the caster is mounted.
  • "Blessing of Might" now also increases ranged attack power.
  • "Improved Righteous Fury" now also reduces all damage taken while active by 2/4/6%.
  • "Improved Divine Shield" (Protection Talent) has been renamed "Sacred Duty" and now also increases total Stamina by 3/6%.
  • "Improved Resistance Auras" has been renamed "Spell Warding", reduces all spell damage taken by the Paladin and is no longer tied to Resistance Auras.
  • We have fixed a bug where the damage bonus from "Holy Guidance" was being added to physical attacks.
  • "Divine Illumination's" duration has been increased to 15 sec, from 10 sec.
  • There will no longer be a slight delay on receiving the buff from "Light's Grace" when it occurs.
  • "Mass Dispel" will no longer cause stealthed Rogues and prowling Druids to lose stealth.
  • "Surge of Light" (Holy Talent) can no longer be triggered by using items.
  • Due to various talent changes, Rogues will have all talent points refunded.
  • "Evasion" (Rank 2) now reduces the chance that ranged attacks will hit the Rogue by 25%, reduced from 50%. It is now available at level 50.
  • The "Cloak of Shadows" cooldown has been reduced to 1 min, from 2 min. Now a trainable ability at level 66.
  • "Shadowstep" (New Subtlety Talent) attempts to step through the shadows and reappear behind your enemy. Your next "Ambush", "Backstab" or "Garrote" ability is increased by 20% and lasts 10 sec. This is only usable while stealthed.
  • "Premeditation" (Subtlety Talent) has had its range increased to 30 yards.
  • "Preparation" now only resets the cooldown of the "Evasion", "Sprint", "Vanish", "Cold Blood", "Adrenaline Rush" and "Premeditation" abilities.
  • "Wound Poison" now causes damage and reduces all healing by 10%, stacks up to 5 times.
  • The Cooldown for "Blind" has been reduced to 3 min, from 5 min.
  • There is no longer a random chance the effect of "Sap" will end (i.e. removed the heartbeat resist check). The effect will still end early when the target is damaged.
  • Each rank of "Weapon Expertise"now provides 5 weapon skill.
  • "Surprise Attacks" now increases the damage from "Sinister Strike", "Backstab", "Shiv" and "Gouge" by 10% instead of 8%.
  • Resisted spells will no longer break "Stealth"/"Vanish".
  • Combo points added to a target should not be reset until you add a combo point to a different target.
  • "Earth Shock" no longer causes increased threat.
  • "Frost Shock" now causes increased threat.
  • The training cost for "Strength of Earth Totem (Rank 5)" is now correct.
  • "Nature's Guardian" will now work properly even when you don't have an enemy targeted.
  • Melee damage of "Felguard" has been reduced.
  • The damage increase component of "Soul Link" has been improved. The damage mitigation component has been reduced.
  • The cooldown of "Shadowfury" has been reduced to 20 sec, from 1 min.
  • The mana cost of "Soul Fire" has been reduced by approximately 45%.
  • The feedback from dispelling "Unstable Affliction" is now affected by "Shadow Mastery".
  • Pets will again have their mana reset to full in addition to their health when first summoned.
  • "Demonic Resilience" will now properly reduce pet damage taken.
  • Fire objects in the game world (bonfires, braziers) will no longer trigger "Nether Protection".
  • When a Warlock is under the effects of "Backlash" and "Nightfall", only one of the effects will be consumed by a "Shadow Bolt" cast.
  • "Weapon Mastery" Rank 2 of this talent now grants full immunity to "Disarm" mechanics, and will properly display "Immune" when a "Disarm" is attempted.
  • "Slam's" swing time is no longer slowed by damage taken.
  • "Rampage's" rage cost has been reduced to 20.
  • The daze portion of "Piercing Howl" will now still land even if the target is already snared.
  • The bonus threat of "Devastate" on all ranks has been increased. Bonus threat will no longer decrease as ranks increase.
  • The energy gained from "Thistle Tea" now decreases with levels past 40.
  • "Idol of Ferocity" now increases "Claw" and "Rake" damage instead of reducing energy cost.
  • "Idol of Brutality" now increases "Maul" and "Swipe" damage instead of reducing rage cost.
  • "Idol of Health" now provides bonus healing on "Healing Touch" instead of reducing its cast time.
  • The rage gained from "Gri'lek's Charm of Might" now decreases with levels past 60.
  • The energy gained from "Renataki's Charm of Trickery" now decreases with levels past 60.
  • "Renataki's Charm of Beasts" no longer resets the cooldown on Arcane Shot.
  • "Wushoolay's Charm of Nature" now provides haste rating instead of reducing "Healing Touch" cast time.
  • "Wushoolay's Charm of Spirits" now increases "Lightning Shield" damage by a flat amount instead of a percentage.
  • "Hazza'rah's Charm of Destruction" now increases spell crit rating instead of spell crit percent.
  • "Hazza'rah's Charm of Magic" now increases Arcane spell damage instead of providing a spell crit bonus.
  • "Tidal Charm" Now has a chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • "The Black Book" now provides a flat amount of spell power, attack power, and armor to your pet, instead of by a percentage.
  • "Rune of Metamorphosis" now reduces mana cost of shapeshiting by a flat amount, instead of by a percentage.
  • "Lifegiving Gem" now provides 1500 healing and bonus max health instead of a percentage of your max health.
  • "Venomous Totem" now increases damage dealt by "Instant Poison" and "Deadly Poison" instead of increasing poison land chance.
  • "Natural Alignment Crystal" now increases Nature spell damage by a flat amount instead of by a percentage.
  • "Pristine South Seas Kelp" now provides spell crit rating instead of spell crit chance.
  • "Devilsaur Tooth" now grants your pet crit rating instead of a guaranteed crit.
  • "Wail of the Banshee" now has a chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • The threat reduction from "Fetish of the Sand Reaver" now decreases with levels past 60.
  • The threat reduction from "Eye of Diminution" now decreases with levels past 60.
  • "Stygian Buckler" now has a chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • "Horned Viking Helmet" now has a chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • "Gnomish Mind Control Cap" now has a greater chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • "Goblin Rocket Helmet" now has a chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • "Clutch of Foresight" now has a chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • "Flash Bomb" now has a chance of failure against targets over level 60.
  • The "Green Dragon Mail" Set +15% mana regenerationhas been replaced with 20 mana per 5 sec.
  • The "Vestments of Transcendence" Set +15% mana regeneration has been replaced with 20 mana per 5 sec.
  • The "Stormrage Raiment Set" +15% mana regeneration has been replaced with 20 mana per 5 sec.
  • The Thunderclap set bonus for "Conqueror's Battlegear" is no longer cumulative with the "Thunderclap" talent.
  • The reduction in cooldown on Rapid Fire from the "Striker's Garb" Set bonus is no longer cumulative with the "Rapid Killing" talent.
  • The Paladin abilities Flash of Light and Holy Light will again correctly use charges from the "Zandalarian Hero Charim".
  • The Paladin abilities Flash of Light and Holy Light will again correctly activate charges from the "Talisman of Ascendence".
  • Collector's Edition pets are now be blue items.
  • The Crusader Enchantment now decreases in potency for wielders above level 60.
  • The Icy Chill Enchantment now decreases in potency for wielders above level 60.
  • The Lifestealing Enchantment now decreases in potency for wielders above level 60.
  • Blacksmithing/Leatherworking specialization has changed with specialization providing recipes to make powerful items that only you can wear. You can now unlearn a blacksmithing or leatherworking specialization and learn a different one by finding the appropriate NPC, paying the fee to unlearn your old specialization, and then find the new specialist to learn a new one. Also, all of the old blacksmithing/leatherworking recipes that required specialization no longer require it and can be learned by any blacksmith/leatherworker.
  • Silver/Golden/Mystic/Runic Spellthread have been increased in power.
User Interface
  • The Auction House will now sort items first by buyout price then by current price.
  • Added a new option to the Looking for Group and Looking for More panel to choose Heroic Mode Dungeons.
  • Players will now be able to pull out a pet window to see all the pets in the raid.
  • Added Ranged and Spell stats as a display option for the G15 keyboard.
  • Updated the Sound Options menu to include a checkbox for Hardware Acceleration and a slider for Sound Channels.
  • PC default is "Hardware Acceleration = ON" and "Sound Channels = LOW".
  • Players that experience poor system performance can set "Hardware Acceleration=OFF" which may improve performance but will disable any EAX (reverberation) effects supported by their sound card.
  • Players with more powerful systems can raise the "Sound Channels" slider to increase the number of simultaneous sounds in the game, providing a more immersive soundscape.
  • Mac users will not have a checkbox or slider available due to the Mac's default setting of "Hardware Acceleration = OFF" and the "Sound Channels = HIGH".
API Changes
  • NEW: Dismount()
  • NEW: equippable = IsEquippableItem(item)
  • NEW: link = GetInboxItemLink(index)
  • NEW: button = GetMouseButtonClicked() -- Returns the name of the button that triggered a mouse down/up/click/doubleclick event.
  • NEW: hasMacro = CursorHasMacro()
  • NEW: "item", itemID, link = GetCursorInfo() OR "spell", slot, "spell" or "pet" = GetCursorInfo() OR "macro", index = GetCursorInfo() OR "money", amount = GetCursorInfo()
  • Macro Features
  • NEW: /dismount
  • /castsequence will equip items if they need to be equipped, and use them otherwise.
  • The following commands now support the [target=unit] macro option syntax: /startattack, /petattack, /target, /assist, /focus
  • If you add a #showtooltip line to your macro, it will show the tooltip of the item or spell in addition to the normal visual feedback.
  • A unit's name can be used anywhere a unit token can be used. e.g. if you had the player Desmondia in your party, /cast [target=Desmondia] Flash Heal, would cast Flash Heal on her. This will only work for the player, pet, party members and pets, and raid members and pets. You can use "-target" or "-pet" to indicate the target or pet of the named unit, e.g. /cast [target=Desmondia-target,harm] Shadow Word: Pain
  • Key Bindings
  • Holding down ctrl, alt, shift, x will check keybindings in the following order: ALT-CTRL-SHIFT-X, CTRL-SHIFT-X, ALT-SHIFT-X, ALT-CTRL-X, SHIFT-X, CTRL-X, ALT-X, X
  • Key bindings that directly cast spells or use items now respect the self-cast modifier.
  • Frame Methods
  • UPDATED: protected, explicit = Frame:IsProtected() -- New 'explicit' return value
  • Tooltip Methods
  • NEW: isUnit = Tooltip:IsUnit("unit")
  • NEW: name = Tooltip:GetUnit()
  • NEW: name, link = Tooltip:GetItem()
  • NEW: name, rank = Tooltip:GetSpell()
  • Added several script handlers which are called when the tooltip is set to a unit, item, or spell: OnTooltipSetUnit, OnTooltipSetItem, OnTooltipSetSpell
  • Cooldown Indicators
  • There's a new cooldown indicator frame that replaces the previous model file. The old syntax: should be replaced by
Secure Templates
  • Added an action type "attribute" to secure action buttons which sets an arbitrary attribute on an arbitrary frame.
  • Added support for state header resizing and re-parenting on state changes.
Saved Variables
  • Arrays that are stored as saved variables are now saved using lua's array initializer syntax for optimal memory usage and performance on load.
Bug Fixes
  • Unit frames will respond to modified clicks by default.
  • Action buttons no longer use shift-click to pick up actions, but instead use shift-drag. This frees up the shift modifier for use in macros or as a self-cast modifier.
  • MovePad will work again.
  • Fixed taint issues with the unit menus (dueling, dismissing pets, etc.)
  • Fixed taint issues with CloseLoot()
  • Fixed taint issues with PickupContainerItem()
  • Fixed taint issue with raid UI not showing in combat (buttons in main raid UI are no longer secure unit buttons)
  • Fixed /reply in macros
  • Fixed a bug where /petattack would target the nearest unit, not the nearest live enemy unit.
  • The macro "button:N" conditional will work with either the real button clicked or the state-header-remapped button that launched the macro.
  • /click now works with secure action buttons
  • Fixed issue whereby creating Textures/FontStrings from a template used the template name instead of the specified region name.
  • The "Enable sound in background" option is now implemented, default on Mac is "on" as before.
  • Fixed an issue with SetBindingItem, SetBindingSpell, SetBindingMacro LUA functions.
  • Addressed a graphics issue where changing the WorldFrame's coordinates would show a field of the fog color in the area outside of the world view instead of black, on NVIDIA GPU's, when indoors, with Full Screen Glow enabled.
  • Addressed a graphics issue affecting NVIDIA GeForce3 and GeForce 4Ti GPU's when certain particle effects were visible on screen such as Naxxramas loot.
  • Music looping is now fixed.
Bug Fixes
  • Characters on your friends list that are deleted will now properly be removed from the friends list.
  • Players will now be put back into the cross-realm battleground raid group after relogging from a force quit.
  • You will now be able to remove players from other realms from your ignore list after leaving the battleground.
  • Players who return from a disconnect in an Arena battle will now be correctly credited as being alive by the scoreboard.
  • When you craft an item with a random property, it will now display it has random properties in the crafting UI.
  • Characters will no longer be rooted in place until logout when being force-quit during the opening cinematic.
  • Pet statistics will now appear in green when being buffed by an outside source.
  • You should now get the mail indicator when your inventory is too full after leaving a battleground.
  • Spell penetration should now properly update on the character sheet.
  • Certain throwing weapons will no longer be consumed when used as a throwing weapon.
  • Certain throwing weapons have had a damage range added to their tooltip.
  • Reduced the cost of some battleground rewards.
  • The druid Restoration Talent "Tree of Life" healing buff is no longer being removed from the Druid if afflicted by a "Banish" spell.
  • "Moonkin Form" and "Tree of Life" form now have a casting animation for "Warstomp".
  • The druid talent skill "Tree of Life" now has a swimming animation.
  • Adjusted the tooltip for Barkskin to reflect the proper functionality.
  • "Insect Swarm" Rank 6 will now benefit from the clearcasting effect from "Omen of Clarity".
  • The hunter spell "Volley" has had its tooltip updated to reflect that it is channeled.
  • The hunter spell "Flare" will now properly reveal Mages that used "Invisibility".
  • The tooltip for the crit bonus granted to feral druid from the talent "Predatory Instincts" will now reflect the proper amount.
  • The hunter Marksmanship ability "Silencing Shot" is now triggering the "Auto-Shot" ability after using the ability.
  • "Misdirection" will now redirect the threat from "Distracting Shot".
  • "Serpent Sting's" initial, non-threatening application no longer consumes a charge of Misdirection.
  • "Disengage" now reduces threat on the misdirected target and also consumes one charge of "Misdirection".
  • Hunter Survival talent "Wyvern Sting" at Rank 4 will now cause the correct amount of damage as indicated in the tooltip.
  • The hunter Survival Talent "Readiness" will now finish the cooldown of the ability "Wyvern Sting".
  • Mages using "Molten Armor" on themselves and being hit while casting "Arcane Missiles" or "Blizzard" will no longer cancel the spells.
  • The mage spell "Ice Armor" will now be affected by the talent "Frost Warding".
  • "Spellsteal" and "Detect Magic" now benefit from the mage talent Arcane Focus.
  • The mage spell "Arcane Blast" will now receive the mana reduction benefits from "Clearcasting".
  • The mage spell "Fire Ward" rank 6 will now properly overwrite previous ranks of "Fire Ward".
  • "Ice block" will now make a mage immune to "Avenger's shield".
  • "Blazing Speed" will now remove movement impairing effects when it procs.
  • Casting "Ice Lance" will no longer consume the mage's talent "Presence of Mind" buff.
  • "Arcane Missiles" will no longer continue to channel after the target is dead.
  • "Ice Lance", "Frost Armor", and "Ice Armor" will now receive the benefits from the mage talent Elemental Precision.
  • The mage Fire talent "Critical Mass" will now properly update on the character sheet UI.
  • The paladin holy talent "Holy Guidance" will now effect damage from "Seal of Righteousness".
  • "Benediction" will now decrease the mana cost of "Seal of Blood".
  • "Shadow Word Death" will no longer do damage to the casting priest when resisted.
  • "Holy Fire" (rank 9) cast time has been adjusted for consistency with all other ranks of "Holy Fire" to 3.5 seconds.
  • The priest Discipline talent "Reflective Shield" will no longer cause the recipient of the shield to perform a cast animation every time the shield reflects damage.
  • "Prayer of Mending" no longer procs the heal when all damage is absorbed.
  • Priests backlash effect of "Shadow Word: Death" will now properly be applied and can no longer be resisted.
  • The visual effect of "Shadowform" will no longer persist if disabled while mounted.
  • Updated the tooltip on "Cloak of Shadows" with the additional line, "Does not remove effects that prevent you from using Cloak of Shadows."
  • The rogue Assassination Talent "Quick Recovery" will no longer refunding energy back to the Rogue if a finishing move is partially blocked.
  • A "Vanished" rogue will no longer be taken out of their "vanished state" when they resist a spell.
  • The rogue Assasination talent "Find Weakness" will now work properly with the finishing move "Deadly Throw".
  • Using the rogue ability "Mutilate" when not behind your target will no longer initiate combat.
  • The rogue ability "Slice and Dice" will no longer be reported twice in floating combat text when used.
  • "Mind-Numbing Poison" will no longer stack with both "Curse of Tongues" and "Slow".
  • The shaman talent "Totemic Mastery" will now increase "Wrath of Air Totem's" radius.
  • The shaman talents "Elemental Mastery","Shamanistic Rage" and the troll racial "Berserking" can no longer be used in "Ghost Wolf" form.
  • The shaman "Greater Fire Elemental" and "Greater Earth Elemental" will now spawn in with full health.
  • The shaman abilities "Water Shield" and "Earth Shield" can no longer be over written by lower ranks.
  • The shaman talent "Mental Quickness" will now properly reduce the casting cost of "Bloodlust" and "Heroism".
  • The damage dealt from "Greater Fire Elemental" and "Greater Earth Elemental" is now displayed in the combat log.
  • The shaman Restoration talent "Totemic Focus" will now be applied to "Earth Elemental Totem" and "Fire Elemental Totem".
  • The warlock talent "Demonic Resilience" does will now properly reduce the amount of damage pets are taking.
  • "Unstable Affliction" is now improved by the talent "Shadow Mastery".
  • Pyroclasm will now properly function with all ranks of "Soul Fire" and "Hellfire" rank 4.
  • The warlock Demonology talent "Fel Intellect" (all ranks) will now properly affect Felhunter intellect.
  • Crit chance of the spell "Incinerate" is now being affected by the 2nd rank of the Warlock Destruction talent "Devastation".
  • Warlock pet "Felguard" will now use the appropriate sounds.
  • Using a grimoire to teach your demon pet a spell while it is under the effects of "Banish" will no longer consume the grimoire, but the pet is immune and will not learn the spell.
  • Warriors with full "Weapon Mastery" talent will now be shown to have immunity towards disarm.
  • The "Shield Bash" rank 4 daze effect will now properly slow the target and has had its tooltip updated.
  • Warriors will no longer being re-entered into a combat state if the character switches stances after killing a mob.
  • "Second Wind" will no longer improperly proc off of a mob's daze.

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