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Patch 7.3.5 Edit

Patch 7.3.5 build 25848 was released to Live realms on January 16, 2018.

Patch 7.3.5 was announced at BlizzCon 2017 with its major feature being a modified version of level scaling coming to the PTR sometime before the end of 2017.

For a period of builds through early January 2018, the Mac OS X version gave an error (launched to Blizzard Error reporting app) on attempt to launch[1] starting with build 25607 and continuing through build 25717 and back in build 25753 through build 25807. Build 25716 through 25744 failed to even find the Mac executable and couldn't even get the Blizzard Error.[2]

Part of the problem on Mac OS X may be that now Mac OS X 10.9.x is becoming incompatible with the client,[3] since the minimum version is officially 10.10.[4][5] Starting with Patch 7.3.5, a warning is now given on older OSes about minimum graphics API support.[3]

What's new Edit

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Official Edit

  • More level scaling: Leveling zones from 1–100 will dynamically scale to your character's level for a certain range.[6]
  • Where: Quests, dungeons, and zones.[6]

Other stuff Edit

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Preparing for Battle for Azeroth

Official patch notes Edit

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New Features Edit

A Scaling World Edit

Every zone in Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, Northrend, Pandaria, and Draenor now use the level scaling system introduced in Legion. This new scaling system greatly increases the amount of options you have when deciding where to quest and when to move on to the next zone.

All corresponding dungeons and the rewards therein now scale as well.

Ulduar Timewalking Edit

A long-forgotten evil has awakened once more. Travel back in time with 10-30 other adventurers to cleanse Ulduar of Yogg-Saron's evil influence. While you journey through this memorable Wrath of the Lich King raid, your character will be scaled to player level 80.

Your fate is sealed. The end of days is finally upon you and ALL who inhabit this miserable little seedling. Uulwi ifis halahs gag erh'ongg w'ssh.

Silithus: The Wound Edit

Players who have completed Antorus, The Burning Throne will be summoned to your capital cities, from which you'll travel to Silithus to investigate the strange events surrounding the impact of Sargeras' blade. Look for this new questline upon logging in.

New Battleground: Seething Shore Edit

The Alliance and the Horde fight over a precious new resource, Azerite, in this new 10v10 battleground. Seething Shore is a king of the hill battleground where the first faction to collect ten pieces of Azerite from randomly spawned nodes, wins.

The Seething Shore will become available as the story in Silithus unfolds.

Updated Features Edit

Legendary Items Edit

Arcanomancer Vridiel's hard work has paid off, and he now offers a token that transforms into a random Legion legendary for your specialization, for 1000 Wakening Essences. Activities now award six times as many Wakening Essences as before, and you can also continue to come to Vridiel to upgrade the Legion legendary items you already have for the cost of 300 Wakening Essences.

Mythic Keystone Dungeons Edit

Combat resurrections mechanics in Mythic Keystone dungeons now closely mirror how they function in a raid encounter. When you start a Mythic Keystone dungeon, you will begin with one charge, and accumulate additional charges every 10 minutes. All combat resurrection spells now share a single pool of charges to a maximum of 5 charges.

Holidays Edit

Holiday dungeons are now available to all players starting at level 20. Items that drop from these dungeons will scale to your current level. In addition, keep an eye out for new items in many upcoming holidays, such as new Lunar Festival hats and a sturdier Sturdy Love Fool. S.E.L.F.I.E

Self-oriented photographers rejoice! Your S.E.L.F.I.E. camera is now easier to obtain, and it has new background filters. Selfie Cam Mark I is available at level 15 in Stormwind or Orgrimmar via a quest, and you can upgrade to the Mark II Selfie Cam after completing a new level 30 group quest.

We've also added the following backgrounds, but you'll have to figure out how to unlock them.

  • Argus in the Sky
  • Twilight Sky
  • Sha Sky
  • Firelands Sky
  • Frostmourne Sky

Changes Edit

Achievements Edit

  • With the update to Ulduar difficulty, the following changes have been made to Achievements that are obtainable in Ulduar:
    • All existing 10-player and 25-player Ulduar Achievements have been moved to the Legacy -> Raids tab.
    • New Achievements have been added to the Dungeons & Raids -> Lich King Raid tab. Anyone who earned either the 10- or 25-player versions of these Achievements should receive the new Achievement upon logging in.
    • The new Glory of the Ulduar Raider Achievement should now award both the Rusted Proto-Drake and the Ironbound Proto-Drake mounts.

Classes Edit

  • Touch of the Grave (Undead Racial) damage increased by 25% for Undead Death Knights, Hunters, Monks, Rogues, and Warriors.
  • Hunter
    • Beast Mastery
      • Cobra Shot (Rank 1) damage reduced by 50%, and cost increased to 50 Focus (was 40).
      • Cobra Shot (Rank 2), learned at level 3, reduces cost by 10 Focus.
      • Cobra Shot (Rank 3), learned at level 52, now increases damage by 100%.
    • Survival
      • Raptor Strike (Rank 1) damage reduced by 29%.
      • Raptor Strike (Rank 2), learned at level 52, now increases damage by 40%.
  • Monk
    • Windwalker
      • Blackout Kick now costs 3 Chi (was 1) when it is learned at level 3. The Chi cost is reduced to 2 with an upgrade at Level 12, and reduced to 1 Chi with another upgrade at Level 22.
    • Windwalker, Mistweaver
      • Rising Sun Kick (Rank 1) damage reduced by 41%.
      • Rising Sun Kick (Rank 2), learned at level 36, now increases damage by 70.
  • Priest
    • Discipline, Holy
      • Smite (Rank 1) damage reduced by 33%.
      • Smite (Rank 2), learned at level 16, now increases damage by 50%.
  • Rogue
    • Shroud of Concealment should now properly apply to Hati in addition to your party's Hunter's normal pet.
    • Assassination
      • Sinister Strike damage increased by 30%.
  • Shaman
    • Liquid Magma Totem, Healing Stream Totem, and Healing Tide Totem slightly changed to inherit stats properly.
  • Warlock
    • Affliction
      • Shadow Bolt damage increased by 100%.
  • Warrior
    • Arms
      • Mortal Strike (Rank 1) damage reduced by 38%.
      • Mortal Strike (Rank 2), learned at level 38, now increases damage by 60%.
      • Slam (Rank 1) damage reduced by 38%.
      • Slam (Rank 2), learned at level 38, now increases damage by 60%.
  • Developers' notes: All damage changes to class abilities listed above are for low-level balance, and are neutral at level 110.

Dungeons Edit

  • All dungeons now reward Personal Loot.

Items Edit

  • Uncommon, Rare, and Epic quality items now have the same potential item budget at every item level. Weapon melee (white) damage is now the same for uncommon, rare, and epic weapons at all item levels.
    • Developers' notes: This changes the power of lower item level weapons and armor to modern standards; all items above item level 463 have always functioned this way.

Toys Edit

  • A few toys that cause players other than the caster to take involuntary action (such as the Piccolo of Flaming Fire or Tickle Totem) no longer function on targets outside the instigator's party or raid group. The Neural Silencer is also more effective against several of these toys.
  • Fixed a bug that caused player characters to not look into their S.E.L.F.I.E. cameras directly.

User Interface Edit

  • Accounts protected by an Authenticator and Blizzard SMS Protect gain four extra backpack slots.

PTR notes Edit

Build 25607 was released to the PTR on December 1, 2017. Build 25619 was released to the PTR on December 4, 2017. Build 25632 was released to the PTR on December 5, 2017. Build 25692 was released to the PTR on December 12, 2017. Build 25717 was released to the PTR on December 14, 2017. Strangely, build 25716 was released to the PTR on December 18, 2017. Build 25727 was released to the PTR on December 19, 2017. Build 25744 was released to the PTR on December 21, 2017. Build 25753 was released to the PTR on December 22, 2017. Build 25804 was released to the PTR on January 4, 2018. Build 25807 was released to the PTR on January 5, 2018. Build 25826 was released to the PTR on January 9, 2018 and fixed the problems with Mac OS X. Build 25848 was released to the PTR on January 15?, 2018.

Developer notes

PTR (Build 25700) notes Edit


  • This new build that primarily brings bugfixes to the PTR. The biggest focus for testing remains the new level 1-100 zone and dungeon scaling being introduced with 7.3.5. This is an extensive change to how loot, quests, and creatures work in the open world, so continue to give as much feedback as you can about how things are working out.
  • Especially focus some of your testing on the questlines in these specific zones:
    • Bc icon Blade's Edge Mountains
    • Duskwood
    • Bc icon Hellfire Peninsula
    • Icon Wrath 30x18 Icecrown
    • Icon Mists 34x18 Kun-Lai Summit
    • Bc icon Nagrand
    • Icon Wrath 30x18 Storm Peaks
    • Bc icon Terokkar Forest
    • Icon Cataclysm 18x18 Vashj'ir
    • Wetlands
  • Feedback on the difficulty, pacing, and most importantly, any bugs you might find while completing quests in the above zones would be most helpful.
  • Ulduar Timewalking available for testing.
  • Planning a scheduled playtest of the new Seething Shore PvP Battleground. Get ready to Play With The Blues on the PTR on Tuesday, December 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST. The Seething Shore is a 10v10 race to gather Azerite on an island near Silithus.

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