World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King: Beta Welcome to the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Beta Test. The list below contains information on the current available content for testing and general information. This information is subject to change. Alpha testers should note that your characters have been temporarily locked out. In a few weeks time, we will unlock these characters and you will be able to continue to level them. Please visit the Beta forums to submit feedback and discuss the expansion development with others. General * The continent of Northrend is now available! To travel there, visit one of four transportation masters in either Orgrimmar, Undercity, Stormwind Harbor,or Menethil Harbor. * The floating magical city of Dalaran is now available! * The Barber Shop has been implemented and you can now visit one of the Barber Shops in the major cities to change your appearance. * The all new Achievement System has been implemented. * Transportation between Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra can be found at the Tuskarr villages in those zones. * The level cap is currently set to 77. * Hit Rating, Critical Strike Rating, and Haste Rating now modify both melee attacks and spells. * Spellpower: o All items and effects which grant bonuses to spell damage and spell healing are being consolidated into a single stat, Spellpower. This stat will appear with the same values found on items which grant increased spell damage and healing such as on typical Mage and Warlock itemization. o For classes which do not heal, they should see no change in the character sheet other than new tooltip wording. o Healing characters will see their bonus healing numbers on the character sheet decrease, however, all healing spells have been modified to receive more benefit from spellpower than they received from bonus healing, with a net effect of no change to the amount healed by their spells. Some talents have had to be rebalanced to accommodate this change, but the amount healed will remain roughly the same. In addition, some talents will provide only healing spell power. * NPC Transportation Locations o Horde: + Undercity to Vengeance Landing (Howling Fjord) + Orgrimmar to Warsong Hold (Borean Tundra) o Alliance: + Menethil Harbor to Valgarde (Howling Fjord) + Stormwind Harbor to Valiance Keep (Borean Tundra) Known Issues * The current patch notes are incomplete, but will be more progressively more comprehensive in each patch. World Environment Zones * The following zones are available for testing: Howling Fjord, Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, and Grizzly Hills, Sholazar Basin, and Zul'Drak. Dungeons * The following dungeons are available for testing: o Howling Fjord: Utgarde Keep (70-72) o Borean Tundra: The Nexus (70-72) o Dragonblight: Azjol-Nerub (72-74) o Grizzly Hills: DrakTharon Keep (74-76) o Storm Peaks: The Halls of Stone (77-79) Classes * All Classes are available for play. Spells and talents will be available for testing past 70. * The Death Knight Hero class is now available for play. o Death Knights will now start with 0 talent points at level 55. o Creating a new Death Knight will start you at level 55 in Eastern Plaguelands. o The Death Knight start zone, Acherus, the Ebon Hold, is fully implemented and is located in the Eastern area of Eastern Plaguelands. Druid * Brambles (Balance): Now increases the damage done by your Treants, and also damage caused from your Treants and Barkskin has a 5/10/15% chance to Daze the target for 3 sec. * Celestial Focus (Balance): The stun proc now works with Starfall. * Entangling Roots: Can now be used indoors. * Faerie Fire (Feral): Now an 11-point talent, down from being a 21-point talent. * Feral Charge (Feral) is now a 21-point talent, up from being a 11-point talent. * Feral Charge (Feral): Can now be used in Cat form. * Feral Instinct (Feral) no longer increases threat generated in Bear form, but now increases damage done by your Swipe ability by 5/10/15%. * Focused Starlight (Balance): Now also works with Starfall. * Force of Nature (Balance): Cooldown reduced to 2 minutes, down from 3. * Hurricane: No longer has a cooldown (was 1 minute). * Improved Faerie Fire (Feral): Now also works with spell hit, in addition to ranged and melee hit %. * Improved Mark of the Wild (Restoration): Now a 2-point talent, down from a 5-point talent. * Improved Tranquility (Restoration): Now also reduces the cooldown of your Tranquility spell by 25/50%. * Mangle (Feral): Now increases the damage done by Maul in addition to Shred. * Moonglow (Balance): Now also works with Starfall. * Moonkin Form (Balance) no longer increases your attack power or causes you to regenerate mana off melee attacks, but now has a chance to cause you to instantly regenerate 2% of your total mana every time you critically hit with a spell. * Nature's Focus (Restoration): Now a 3 point talent, down from a 5-point talent. Also moved to Tier 1, up from Tier 2. Now also includes Nourish. * Nature's Grace (Balance): Now also reduces the global cooldown of your Wrath spell by 50% while in effect. * Nature's Grasp (Balance): Can now be used and can proc indoors. * Nature's Reach (Balance): Now also reduces threat generated by Balance spells by 15/30%. * New Spell: Revive - Returns the spirit to the body, restoring a dead target to life with health and mana. Cannot be cast when in combat. (Ranks 1-7 added) * Omen of Clarity (Restoration): Now a passive spell. Now also works for spells (healing and damage). Proc rate is roughly 6% with a 10 second internal cooldown. * Primal Tenacity (Feral) now reduces damage while stunned by 5/10/15%, and reduces the duration of fear effects by 5/10/15%. * Remove Curse can now be used in Tree of Life form. * Soothe Animal can now be used on Dragonkin as well as Beasts. * Soothe Animal is now instant cast. * Subtlety (Restoration): Now a 3-point talent, down from a 5-point talent. Also moved to Tier 2, up from Tier 3. Also now only reduced threat for Restoration spells, and reduces the chance that your healing over time spells (Lifebloom, Regrowth and Rejuvenation) will be dispelled, rather than all Druid spells. Threat management for Balance can now be found in the Balance tree, within Nature's Reach. * Survival of the Fittest (Feral): Increased to 2/4/6%, up from 1/2/3%. * The mana regeneration penalty when in Bear Form, Dire Bear Form and Cat Form has been removed. * Tranquil Spirit (Restoration) now also includes Nourish. * Tree of Life (Restoration): 30% snare penalty has been removed. * Tree of Life (Restoration): Can now cast Dispel Curse. * Tree of Life (Restoration): You can now cast all Restoration spells (Healing Touch) in the form, but Tree of Life now only reduces the mana cost of your healing over time spells (Rejuvenation, Lifebloom, Regrowth and Flourish) by 20%. * Vengeance (Balance): Now also works with Starfall. Hunter * All pet families now have one unique ability. New abilities have been added for families such as bears and sporebats. * Aspects now no longer cost mana. * Avoidance, Dash / Dive and Cobra Reflexes are now pet talents instead of pet skills. * Bite now has no cooldown, does the same damage and costs the same Focus as Claw, so works as a Focus dump. * Clever Traps (Survival) has been renamed "Trap Mastery." * Concussive Barrage (Marksmanship) - Can now proc from Volley attacks. * Deterrence (Survival) - Cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, and now also increases your chance to resist spells by 60%. Now has a new spell effect. * Every hunter pet can learn Growl, Cower and either Bite or Claw (never both). * Hunter pets can now learn talents in one of three trees depending on family. Pets gain talent points starting at level 20 and earn an extra talent point every 4 levels. * If a hunter tames a pet that is more than five levels beneath than the hunter's level, then the pet jumps to five levels beneath than the hunter's level. * Improved Feign Death (Survival): Now also reduces damage taken during Feign Death by 15/30%. * Loyalty, Training Points and the hunter Beast Training button no longer exist. Hunter pets can now learn all skills at their level. They will get new ranks automatically as they gain levels. * Master Tactician (Survival) - Chance to proc increased to 10%, up from 6%. * Monster Slaying (Survival) and Humanoid Slaying (Survival) has been combined into "Improved Tracking". * New Talent - Improved Tracking (Survival) - Increases all damage done to targets that are being tracked 1/2/3/4/5%. * Steady Shot now uses ammo. In result, its bonus damage has been slightly reduced. Players can notice a damage increase based upon what ammo they use. * Surefooted (Survival) now reduces the duration of movement impairing effects by 10/20/30% (instead of resist % chance). * Trap Mastery (Survival) has been removed. Mage * Arcane Focus (Arcane) is now 3 ranks and increases chance to hit and reduces mana cost of Arcane spells by 1/2/3%. * Counterspell now costs 9% of base mana. * Frost Armor, Ice Armor, Mage Armor and Molten Armor are no longer Magic effects and cannot be dispelled. * Invisibility now makes the caster invisible after 3 seconds, reduced from 5 seconds. * Magic Attunement (Arcane) now also increases the range of your Arcane spells by 3/6 yards. * Polymorph now costs 12% of base mana. * Portal spells now cost 18% of base mana. * Prismatic Cloak (Arcane) now also reduces the fade time of Invisibility by 1/2 seconds. * Slow Fall now costs 6% of base mana. * Teleport spells now cost 9% of base mana. Paladin * All Auras now affect all party and raid members within the area of effect. * Anticipation (Protection) moved to tier 1, now increases chance to dodge by 1/2/3/4/5%. * Avenger's Shield (Protection) cast time reduced to .5 seconds, duration increased to 10 seconds. * Avenging Wrath no longer causes Forebearance, damage increase reduced to 20%, now increases healing done by 20%. * Blessing of Freedom renamed Hand of Freedom. Only one Hand spell can be on the target per paladin at any one time. Now costs 6% of base mana. * Blessing of Light and Greater Blessing of Light removed. Their effects have been folded into all relevant abilities. * Blessing of Protection renamed Hand of Protection. Only one Hand spell can be on the target per paladin at any one time. All ranks now cost 6% of base mana. * Blessing of Sacrifice renamed Hand of Sacrifice, is now only 1 rank and transfers 20% of the damage taken to the caster, duration reduced to 12 seconds, cooldown increased to 2 minutes. Only one Hand spell can be on the target per paladin at any one time. Now costs 6% of base mana. * Blessing of Salvation renamed Hand of Salvation, now reduces total threat on the target by 2% per second for 10 seconds while also reducing all damage and healing done by 10%. Only one Hand spell can be on the target per paladin at any one time. Now costs 6% of base mana. * Conviction (Retribution) now increases critical chance with all spells and melee attacks. * Divine Intellect (Holy) moved to tier 2, increases total Intellect by 3/6/9/12/15%. * Divine Intervention cooldown reduced to 20 minutes. * Divine Protection and Divine Shield now cost 3% of base mana. * Divine Purpose (Retribution) now reduces chance to be hit by spells and ranged attacks by 1/2/3%. * Divine Strength (Holy) moved to tier 1 in the Protection tree. * Greater Blessing of Salvation removed. * Hammer of Justice now costs 3% of base mana. * Hammer of Wrath is now considered a Retribution spell, moved from Holy, mana cost reduced, missile speed increased, now usable on targets below 35% health. * Healing Light (Holy) moved to tier 2. * Holy Shield (Protection) cooldown reduced to 8 seconds. * Holy Shock (Holy) range changed to 20/40 yards when used on enemies/friends respectively, cooldown reduced to 6 seconds. * Holy Wrath is now instant cast, causes a 3 second stun, cooldown reduced to 30 seconds, radius reduced to 10 yards. * Illumination (Holy) moved to tier 3. * Improved Concentration Aura (Protection) moved to the Holy tree. * Improved Concentration Aura moved from the Protection tree to tier 4 in the Holy tree. * Improved Devotion Aura (Protection) moved to tier 4, reduced to 3 ranks, now increases armor of Devotion Aura by 17/34/50% and increases all healing done to units affected by Devotion Aura by 1/2/3%. * Improved Hammer of Justice (Protection) now reduces cooldwon by 10/20/30 secs. * Improved Righteous Fury (Protection) threat bonus folded into base spell, talent still reduces all damage taken by 2/4/6%. * Improved Sanctity Aura (Retribution) renamed Sanctified Retribution, now causes all units affected by Retribution Aura to cause 2% more damage. * Improved Seal of Righteousness (Holy) moved to tier 1, renamed XXX, now affects Seal of Righteousness, Seal of Vengeance and Seal of Corruption. * Improved Seal of the Crusader (Retribution) renamed Heart of the Crusader and the effects now apply to all Judgement spells. * Judgement of Justice will no longer prevent Fear effects, only prevent NPCs from fleeing (e.g. at low health). * Lay on Hands no longer drains all mana, cooldown reduced to 20 minutes. * Pure of Heart (Holy) reduced to 2 ranks, now reduces duration of Curse and Disease effects by 25/50%. * Redoubt (Protection) moved to tier 2. * Repentance (Retribution) mana cost changed to 9% of base, duration increased to 1 minute (10 second PvP duration), now usable against Demons, Dragonkin, Giants, Humanoids and Undead. * Retribution Aura damage increased and now gains damage based on Holy spell power. * Righteous Fury now increases threat caused by Holy damage by 90%. * Sanctified Light (Holy) now also increases the critical chance of Holy Shock. * Sanctity Aura (Retribution) removed. * Seal of Justice/Judgement reduced to 1 rank with all the effects of the previous rank 2, the Judgement effect no longer prevents Fear. * Seal of the Crusader has been removed. The effects of Judgement of the Crusader have been folded into all relevant abilities. * Seal of Vengeance damage over time effect duration increased to 18 seconds. * Spiritual Focus (Holy) moved to tier 1. * Stoicism (Protection) moved to tier 2, now reduces duration of Stun effects by 10/20/30% and reduces chance your spells will be resisted by 10/20/30%. * Toughness (Protection) moved to tier 3. * Turn Undead (ranks 1 and 2) removed. Turn Evil now granted at level 24, mana cost changed to 9% of base. * Unyielding Faith (Holy) moved to tier 2. Priest * Circle of Healing (Holy): Now works on any targets in the caster's raid, and is now a "smart" heal and chooses the lowest health targets to heal first within it's range. Also now has a 6 second cooldown. Also no longer will heal summoned Snakes from Hunter's Snake Trap. * Enlightenment (Discipline): Now also gives 1% spell damage and 1% heal per point. * Focused Will (Discipline): Now increases healing effects on you by 3/4/5%, down from 4/7/10%. * Force of Will (Discipline): This talent now increases your spell damage by a flat amount, rather than increasing your spells by a %. (Now increases school %, rather than selected spells damage %). In other words, your spell damage gained from this talent is now reflected on your character sheet, rather than the skill tool-tips. * Holy Fire: Cast time reduced to to 2 seconds, down from 3.5. Damage increased roughly 60%. Duration for the damage over time effect reduced to 7 seconds, down from 10. Holy Fire now has a 10 second cooldown. * Improved Inner Fire (Discipline) - Now also increases the bonus healing on your Inner Fire spell by 10/20/30%. * Improved Shadow Word: Pain (Shadow) - Now increases damage done by your Shadow Word: Pain by 5/10%, but no longer increases the duration of your Shadow Word: Pain. * Levitate now costs 3% of base mana. * Lightwell (Holy): Cast time reduced to .5 sec, down from 1.5 sec. Charges increased to 10, up from 5. Now breaks from any attack that hits you for 30% or more of your total health. Cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, down from 5. * Mind Control now has only one rank and costs 12% of base mana. * Mind Soothe now has only one rank, costs 6% of base mana and has no max target level. * Mind Vision now costs 3% of base mana. * New Talent: Improved Spirit Tap (Shadow) - Gives you a 50/100% chance to gain a 50% bonus to your Spirit after gaining a critical effect chance from your Mind Blast or Shadow Word: Death spells. For the duration, your mana will regenreate at a 25% rate while casting. Lasts 8 sec. * New Talent: Twin Faiths (Discipline) - Increases your damage and healing by 1/2/3/4/5%. * Pain Suppression (Discipline): Cooldown increased to 3 minutes, up from 2. * Power Infusion (Discipline): Cooldown reduced to 2 minutes, down from 3. * Psychic Scream now costs 15% of base mana. * Searing Light (Holy): Now also increases the damage of your Holy Nova and Penance spells. * Shackle Undead now costs 9% of base mana. * Shadow Focus (Shadow): Now a 3 point talent, down from 5. Now also reduces the mana cost of your Shadow spells by 2/4/6%. * Shadow Resilience (Shadow): Now reduces physical damage taken by 2/4%, but no longer reduces the chance to be critically hit by spells. * Shadowform (Shadow): Now has an innate 30% threat reduction. Now has a shapeshift UI. * Silent Resolve (Discipline): Now a 3 point talent, down from 5 points. * Spirit Tap (Shadow) - Talent reduced to 3 points, down from 5. Now also leads into "Improved Spirit Tap" * Wand Specialization (Discipline) has been removed.