Patch 5.3 PTR patch notes and datamined changes

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Patch 53 PTR Update
A new PTR build went up last night, but the notes didn't hit the Blizzard site until today, probably in an attempt to avoid the assumptions that their latest build was an April Fool's joke. The PTR notes have been updated, and highlights as well as full notes are below, but there was some more information posted on Wowhead about the latest build, which hasn't made it into the patch notes:
  • Glyph of Mass Dispel: This has changed for the glyph to offer the usual "non-dispellable effect" benefit as something that you have to glyph for.. Ghostcrawler later confirmed on twitter that the cast time reduction is baked into Mass Dispel for Holy and Discipline.
  • Glyph of Unleashed Lightning: Glyph of Unleashed Lightning has been replaced by Glyph of Lightning Shield, which reduces damage taken by 10%. This provides some additional mitigation for DPS shaman, and the ability to cast while moving is now baseline for elemental.
  • Atonement now seems to heal for 80% of the damage dealt, down from 100%.
  • There is a five-minute cooldown Void Shift for Discipline and Holy priests now, but also a new 10 minute version for Shadow Priests.
Please note that the above is datamined, not patch notes, and should be treated as such. Hit the break for the new patch notes, which include:
  • A huge amount of pet battle additions
  • New Brawler's Guild Bosses!
  • More steps have been built in Dalaran Arena!
  • More information on the Darkspear, Orgrimmar, and just exactly what's going on in the Barrens
  • More Legendary Quest Information!

Updated April 2
World of Warcraft PTR Patch 5.3

  • Please note: During the 5.3 PTR, not all the content listed may be available for testing, or may only be available during a limited testing window. Keep an eye on our PTR Discussion forum for details.
New Battleground: Deepwind Gorge
  • In the new Battleground situated in the Valley of the Four Winds, the Alliance and Horde continue their war for Pandaria's precious resources. While the two factions battle for control over mines, they must also protect their own resources from being stolen and turned against them!
New Arena: The Tiger's Peak
  • Gladiator hopefuls have a new location to test their mettle amidst the Kun-Lai mountain tops, in the training grounds of the powerful Shado-Pan. Players must make use of the looming tiger statues and fenced platforms to gain an advantage that will bring victory and glory!
Heroic Scenarios

  • Heroic scenarios require a pre-made group to join.
  • Heroic scenarios offer bonus objectives that will reward additional valor if completed.
  • An option to run a random heroic scenario has been added as a drop-down in the scenario tab in Dungeon Finder.
  • Players can complete a normal or heroic scenario for bonus valor each day, but not both.
  • Six heroic scenarios will be available in patch 5.3. Four are new and two are upgrades of existing normal scenarios.
  • Battle of the High Seas
  • Blood in the Snow
  • Dark Heart of Pandaria
  • The Secrets of Ragefire
  • Crypt of Forgotten Kings
  • A Brewing Storm
Quest Campaign: Escalation
  • The Darkspear Trolls are in open rebellion against the Warchief! Aid your faction in preparing to rout Garrosh Hellscream from Orgrimmar
  • Alliance heroes will scout Orgrimmar's outskirts and engage in SI: 7 espionage to weaken Garrosh's power structure.
  • Horde heroes will help Vol'jin's insurgency survive a Kor'kron assault and advance towards the Horde capital.
  • Visit Lorewalker Cho at the Seat of Knowledge in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to begin questing.
Battlefield: Barrens
  • Put the stranglehold on Orgrimmar by undermining the Kor'kron supply chain in Northern Barrens.
  • Collect resources by killing Kor'kron loyalists and their supporters.
  • Get a group together to kill Kor'kron leaders for bonus resources.
  • Escort your faction's caravans across the zone for even more additional resources.
  • The Darkspear Rebellion will reward your efforts to undermine the Warchief by helping you upgrade Latent Kor'kron Armor into useable gear.
  • Participate in the Escalation Quest Campaign to learn how to engage in the Barrens conflict.
The Legendary Quest Continues
  • Journey with Wrathion to the four corners of Pandaria to speak with the August Celestials.
  • Champions will have had to complete Wrathion's earlier tasks (including "Heart of the Thunder King") to continue.
New Brawler's Guild Bosses
  • Test your might against two new tiers of bosses in the Brawl'gar Arena in Orgrimmar or Bizmo's Brawl Pub in Stormwind.
  • New VIP areas are now accessible for brawlers at or above rank 8.
  • Bizmo has raised the floor in his arena to hide the bodies. Or... maybe to improve the sight lines. We'll never know for sure.
  • Special "Challenge Cards" can now drop from mobs or reward satchels, allowing you to summon and battle unique bosses.



  • Force of Nature is no longer on global cooldown and summons a single Treant. The Treant no longer has a control bar, immediately uses its special abilities on the Druid's current target, and accumulates 1 charge every 20 seconds up to a maximum of 3 charges.
  • Restoration version of the Treant now casts Swiftmend on the Druid's target when summoned. This version of Swiftmend does not require or consume a heal-over-time effect on the target.
  • Glyph of Solar Beam have been removed and replaced with Glyph of Omens.
  • New Glyph: Glyph of Omens: While the Druid is not in a Solar or Lunar Eclipse, the following abilities will generate 10 Solar or Lunar Energy: Entangling Roots, Cyclone, Faerie Fire, Solar Beam, Faerie Swarm, Mass Entanglement, Typhoon, Disorienting Roar, Ursol's Vortex, and Mighty Bash.
  • Solar Beam is now more responsive when players enter and leave the beam's area-of-effect.


  • Hunters now have 50 pet stable slots, up from 20.


  • Teleport: Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms now have new icons.


  • Shiny Pile of Refuse now has a chance to contain a Primal Egg, and a number of Dinosaur Bones.
  • Spitfire Beam no longer increases in damage with each jump, deals a flat 200,000 damage(up from 150,000 damage), and jumps to 99 targets (up from 20 targets).

Pet Battles

  • Pet Battle Duels are now available in all dungeons and raids. Enjoy!
  • Pet Battles in the wild and duels are now viewable by other players in the world.
  • Hit Chance is now displayed for all abilities.
  • Abilities no longer have a base chance to miss or be dodged by opposing pets of the same level.
  • Reduced the chance to miss when fighting higher-level opponents from 5% per level to 2% per level.
  • Blistering Cold had now deals 100% more damage.
  • A series of new achievements and rewards have been added for max-level matchmaking PvP pet battles
  • Wins for max-level, matchmaking PvP pet battles can now be tracked in statistics.
  • Battle pets' recent ability loadouts will now be saved when pets are swapped in and out of battle slots.
  • Species specific Flawless Battle-Stones are now Bind to account.
Battle Pets
  • A number of new battle pets have been added to the Throne of Thunder and Isle of Thunder. Happy hunting!
  • Whispers from pet tamers in the north have spread word of an elusive new battle pet that can be found in the frozen tundras of Northrend. The Unborn Val'kyr awaits.
  • Battle Pet drops have been added to Burning Crusade raids. These new pets can be obtained from raid bosses in Karazhan, Tempest Keep and Serpenshrine Cavern. Obtaining all of these new pets will reward players with a new battle pet, Tito!
  • Ethereal Soul-Trader has been returned to his original, larger size.
Battle Pet Quests
  • Beasts of Fable daily quest has been broken into three separate chapters. Players can now choose to do any or all of the chapters each day. Rewards have been modified to include a new consumable that will boost battle pet XP for a limited time.
  • All Beasts of Fable and Spirit Tamer quests will now reward experience and lesser charms.
  • Increased the difficulty of elite pets on the Beasts of Fable quest.
  • A new weekly quest for max-level, matchmaking PvP pet battles has been added.

  • Resilience gems and enchants will continue to be available and remain unchanged.
  • 4-piece PvP set bonus for all Season 12 and 13 armor sets that granted 1000 Resilience now grants 1000 PvP Power instead.
  • Season 13 Tyrannical gear had their item levels increased to ilevel 496, up from ilevel 493. Weapons and shields/off-hand items remain unchanged at ilevel 498.
  • Season 13 Tyrannical Elite gear had their item levels decreased to ilevel 496, down from ilevel 512.
  • Glorious Tyranny weapon enchantment now grants 600 PvP Power instead of 400 PvP Power and 200 Resilience.
  • New weapon enchantment: Bloody Dancing Steel is functionally equivalent to Dancing Steel, shares the same visual effect as Glorious Tyranny, costs a scroll of the base enchant, and requires a 2200 rating.
  • New weapon enchantment: Spirit of Conquest is functionally equivalent to Jade Spirit, shares the same visual effect as Glorious Tyranny, costs a scroll of the base enchant, and requires a 2200 rating.
  • Tyrannical Gladiator's Tabard and Tyrannical Gladiator's Greatcloak are available as new prestige items at 2500 rating for 1000 Conquest Points.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Dalaran Arena: Masons of Dalaran have been hard at work installing steps in the two remaining corners of the arena.
  • Eye of the Storm: The starting platforms have been lowered.

  • A new option to display pet tamers on the world map has been added. This should help players looking to find unlocked pet tamer daily quests.

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