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New and changing glyphs for patch 5.0.4

New and changing glyphs for patch 504
Among the many things changing with the 5.0.4 patch on Aug. 28 are glyphs. Most glyphs are staying the same, but some are new and some are switching spell IDs. Stop of The Stoppable Force wrote a code snippet to pull all the glyph IDs out of Wowhead into a table, and we've compiled those changes into easy-to-read class lists.

Remember, monks are a new class, so all 35 of their glyphs must be discovered when Mists of Pandaria opens in September.

Find your class below to read about which glyphs are switching:

It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

Filed under: Mists of Pandaria

Patch 5.0.4: Changes to the spellbook

Patch 504 Changes to the spellbook
With patch 5.0.4 dropping today, there are quite a few UI changes you'll need to get used to. Many of those changes are coming to your trusty spellbook. The way you find and use spells has changed slightly, and the spellbook now includes some handy hints to help you grasp your class and spec's role and abilities. Here's the basic rundown:
  • All core class and spec skills are now on one tab under the main Spellbook tab.
  • The Core Abilities tab gives you a rundown of the key abilities you'll use for your class and spec.
  • The What's Changed tab lets you know what's new for your class and spec.
  • The Mounts and Companions tabs are no longer in your main spellbook.
Let's take a deeper look at each of these points now.

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Filed under: News items, Mists of Pandaria

Breakfast Topic: Like pulling off a Band-Aid

Breakfast Topic Like pulling off a bandaid
That was Cataclysm, folks. Welcome to the pre-expansion patch 5.0.4 world. Deathwing's dead, and Theramore's still here for a while.

What feature are you enjoying the most about this patch? Is it the unified cooking award, the Epicurean Award? Are you running limitless daily quests? Are you AoE looting to your heart's content? Exploring new talents and new glyphs? Was it a big shock, or did you find the patch much less effort to adjust to than you'd suspected?

As you read this, the patch may not yet be live, so instead you can contemplate what you're most looking forward to or most dreading. I plan on going to a dungeon and pulling the entire thing into one gigantic pile and murderizing it, just to loot it all at once. That's my patch 5.0.4 celebration right there.

It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Patch 5.0.4 release patch notes

The release patch notes of patch 5.0.4, the pre-Mists of Pandaria content patch, are now available. They aren't all that different from the PTR version of the patch notes we saw at the end of July, but patch day simply isn't patch day without poring over patch notes.

These notes are surprisingly short, we find. Rather than laying out every single class change in detail, Blizzard has glossed over them with simple, general statements that stuff has changed. If you'd like to see the patch notes for yourself, you can find them below.

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Filed under: Mists of Pandaria

What you can do to prepare for patch 5.0.4 tonight

What you can do to prepare for Patch 504 tonight
So you're all excited for patch 5.0.4, but you're also a little nervous. Yes, I do have cameras in your home. No, you'll never find them. You can stop looking now -- especially you, Miriam. Also, don't be nervous. We here at WoW Insider are here to help you prepare for patch 5.0.4 and also any alien invasions of green-skinned beings from another dimension that may take place.

Note: We probably won't be of much use on the alien invasion front, but we can help you with the patch 5.0.4 preparations. Things you can do:
  • Get ready for your addons to break. You may not be able to update them if they're not updated and uploaded before the patch, but you can check our article on which addons are already ready, or check your favorite addon sites for updates before logging in Tuesday. This will save you time and effort.
  • Check on your currencies. If you intend to go on a spending spree tomorrow, you might want to cap your honor and justice points tonight, because any valor and conquest points that convert tomorrow will stack above the cap, giving you more points for your initial spending. Your undergeared shadow priest could be in 397 gear much sooner than you thought. And don't buy anything for currencies today, since it's all going on the JP/honor vendors tomorrow.
  • Get ready for a profession surge. People will need new glyphs, new enchants and gems for the gear they'll be buying with JPs and honor, and many potentially will have decided to level a new profession before Mists. You should get your auctions lined up and ready to go for tomorrow.
  • Go shopping today. Some stuff is going to be a lot more expensive. You might want to stockpile enchant mats, glyphs, even gems.
  • Disenchant your relic/ranged slot items for melee. Most of these items are going to turn to grey vendor trash tomorrow, so if you want to get a shard for them instead of some gold, DE them today. Wands will still be usable, and hunters can equip melee weapons for looks but not for actual use (melee who can use bows/guns now will be able to equip those for looks as well -- but again, not for use), but relics and throwing weapons will be no more.
  • Check on your hit/expertise or spell hit. These stats are changing in patch 5.0.4. Hunters will now need expertise, and it will convert to spell hit as well.
Since there are no new dungeons, the Theramore scenarios will not launch, and we're not getting new levels yet, you won't have to worry about that. Remember, stay calm -- things will be copacetic.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

Spiritual Guidance: Discipline and holy priests changes in patch 5.0.4

Discipline and holy priests changes in patch 504
Every week, WoW Insider brings you Spiritual Guidance for discipline, holy and shadow priests. Dawn Moore covers healing for discipline and holy priests.

I'll admit that I got a bit spoiled using Angelic Feather on the beta. It just makes questing on foot so much quicker. Whoosh! Whoosh! It's great fun and makes errands between the mailbox and auction house so much more efficient. I have another priest to level to 85 before Mists of Pandaria comes out, so I've been anxiously awaiting patch 5.0.4 to go live so I could level in style. Whoosh!

Anyway, with the existing talent system getting tossed out the window, many of your favorite priest talents are moving around or undergoing changes. Many talents will now take the form of passive abilities granted by your specialization. Some talents will actually remain talents but will now be accessible to all three priest specializations instead of restricted to certain trees. The list after the jump will tell you where many of your talents will have gone after patch 5.0.4 hits. If you don't see a favorite talent of yours, keep reading! It's probably one of the new (well, sort of new) talents.

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Filed under: Priest, (Priest) Spiritual Guidance

Blood Pact: Playing an 85 warlock with MoP mechanics

Blood Pact Playing an 85 warlock with MoP mechanics MON
Every week, WoW Insider brings you Blood Pact for affliction, demonology, and destruction warlocks. This week, Megan O'Neill recovers from a near-death experience on beta in Vortex Pinnacle involving Falling Meteor.

Tomorrow, we can summon a wrathguard or an observer or a shivarra. Tomorrow, we can have AoE Drain Life. Tomorrow, we can ride felsteeds on water. Tomorrow, we can enter Metamorphosis whenever we wish. Tomorrow, players everywhere will be begging the superior class for summons. (I take bribes).

I've got your back with a summary of what to do as an 85 warlock with Mists of Pandaria mechanics in the final month of Cataclysm. Later, I'll flesh out the differences between levels 85 and 90. We'll visit tier 6 talents again, look at consumables and enchants, and get your gear ready for tier 14 raiding.

But for now, you just need to survive patch 5.0.4.

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Filed under: Warlock, (Warlock) Blood Pact, Mists of Pandaria

Totem Talk: What to expect when you're enhancing (in 5.0.4)

Enhancement shaman casts elemental blast
Look up in the sky! Is it a bird-form druid? An engineer in a flying machine? No, it's a wild Josh Myers, returned from summer adventures and bursting with knowledge about DPS shaman in his weekly Totem Talk. This week will focus on enhancement shaman for brevity, but I haven't forgotten my elemental brethren. Next week, you'll have all my attention to yourselves.

Hello again, Totem Talk! I apologize for my disappearing act the last few months, but I started a new job as a summer camp director six weeks before camp began, which requires a phenomenal time investment during the summer. Also, my boyfriend got diagnosed with MS and my mom with uterine cancer, so my life has turned into a frost giant's stress ball. And, because I'm a masochist, I decided to start personal training, because I didn't have enough stresses on my schedule or my body.

But I'm back! Summer is winding down, and with its slumber comes a slightly less hectic work schedule for me, which should mean more time playing and writing about WoW. This is convenient, seeing as patch 5.0.4 releases this Tuesday, and I've left my league of adoring fans, frenemies, and people bored enough to read my articles without any enhancement or elemental guidance for far too long.

A lot of the changes coming in patch 5.0.4 are the very generic ones that we've covered in the past, such as the total overhaul of the talent/glyph systems for every class in the game. For those overarching game changes, you'll want to check out the most recent patch notes we've posted, as well as Anne's 5.0.4 primer. This post will deal more with the actual nitty-gritty of what's changing for enhancement specifically. This post is aimed toward maximizing your level 85 shaman during the month in between 5.0.4 and Mist of Pandaria's actual release, so that you can spend that month learning how to play before release.

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Filed under: Shaman, (Shaman) Totem Talk

Patch 5.0.4: Theramore scenario not available immediately

If you read today's official 5.0.4 survival guide post from Blizzard, you may have noticed that the new Theramore scenario will not be available when 5.0.4 patches next week. Instead, it will be unlocked as we get closer to the expansion's launch. Some folks on the forums certainly noticed that fact, and Nethaera posted to clarify the issue.

Nethaera - Patch 5.0.4 and Theramore
We'll be providing the specific timing along with some additional information about this prior to it going live within the game. This "world event" is both a world event and not a world event. It won't be "going away" at the launch of Mists of Pandaria the same way previous events have come and gone. It's a scenario, not just a one time event.

While you may not feel there will be much for you to do prior to the release of Mists of Pandaria, I've heard many others who are looking forward to spending time learning about their class changes and trying them out in the live environment before the expansion launch. I'm sure there are other things people are still working on getting finished up before the release as well.

While you may feel disappointed at the moment, our hope is that it is very short lived. Much like how this year has flown by, I have no doubt that the launch of the expansion will be upon us before we know it.



Frankly, I expect we'll have the scenarios sooner rather than later, and I think we can all chill out for a bit until it launches. What's interesting to me is the idea that this scenario is permanent, that we'll be replaying the events as many times as we care to. This gives me some hope that eventually we could well see a Wrathgate scenario.

It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

Blizzard's official 5.0.4 survival guide

If you've been worrying about patch 5.0.4 (and I hope you haven't) then take comfort, for Bashiok has brought us Blizzard's patch 5.0.4 survival guide. This very long and thorough post rounds up every single bit of information Blizzard has put online about what's coming in patch 5.0.4, including the following:
  • BattleTag support -- now you can friend people cross-realm without using your account name, just like in Diablo III.
  • Quality of life improvements such as AoE looting, account wide-mounts and pets and achievements, streamlining of cooking rewards, and the removal of the daily quest cap.
  • Class changes.
  • The new talent system.
  • Glyphs.
  • Currency conversions, stat changes, and the removal of head enchants.
  • The Battle of Theramore and when it will begin on live servers.
So head on over to Blizzard's official site and read all about how patch 5.0.4 is going to change your World of Warcraft. Trust me, AoE looting is going to be sweet.

It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, News items, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria

Patch 5.0.4, anxiety, and the ease of adjustment

Patch 504, anxiety and the ease of adjustment
I'm noticing a trend out there of some people seeming a little panicked about patch 5.0.4 and the change it brings. Therefore, since I'm always such a comforting and gently reassuring presence, I felt like I should step in and say that there's really nothing to worry about.

I admit, if you've only started playing World of Warcraft fairly recently (say, late Wrath or even Cataclysm), then patch 5.0.4, with its significant changes to the talent and glyph systems and new hit and expertise rules, plus changes to tanking and removal of ranged weapons for melee and melee weapons for hunters -- all of this may seem very daunting. So it's worth saying that while the details are a lot to absorb when you see it on a website like, well, this one, they're not actually all that daunting in terms of when you log on.

When you log on Tuesday, Aug. 28, things will be different. That's absolutely the case. If for some reason you don't have Cataclysm installed, you'll still be able to play a worgen or goblin, for one thing. Your talent points will be refunded, you'll have up to the level 75 talent tier, and many of your class specializations will have changed to absorb what used to be talents.

But it really does bear repeating several times that the changes actually feel fairly seamless, and doesn't take a ton of effort to grasp the basics of the new system. If you've been playing WoW, you're not suddenly going to find yourself in an incomprehensible new game. It's still very much World of Warcraft.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

Addon Spotlight: Addons ready for 5.0.4 (and where to get them)

Addon Spotlight Addons ready for 504 and where to get them
Patch 5.0.4 is less than a week away, and we need addons. I've been in touch with various addon authors and established who has addons ready to go for 5.0.4. I've compiled the results here for you, along with the authors' preferred download links.

This is far from an exhaustive list -- it's always going to be a work in progress -- so if you know of addons I've missed that are ready to go for 5.0.4, pop a link in the comments or email me and I will add them to this list. There may well be many addons that are prepared for Mists' full launch in September but are not set up for 5.0.4 -- they're not what we're after here! If that's what you're looking for, though, there's a huge list of addons ready for Mists itself at Curse, and another at WoWInterface.

Please note that in the majority of cases, the addon page's live download will be updated at 5.0.4's launch, not several days in advance. Use your brain when downloading addons via these links; many of the authors who've contacted me have told me that their addons are ready to go but that they will not be uploading a release version to their live pages until patch day. This list of addons here represents those I have confirmed either through my own testing or directly from their authors that are ready for 5.0.4, and the links provided will be the links to download the addons on patch day or shortly before.

If there are addons you use that don't appear on this list, let me know and I will try to look into whether they're ready to go yet or if there is no news. I will do my level best to keep this list up to date and complete as we approach the launch of 5.0.4.

[I'd like to say a huge, huge thank-you to Bluspacecow for all their help with this!]

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Filed under: Add-Ons, AddOn Spotlight, Mists of Pandaria

Scattered Shots: Hunter prep for 5.0.4

Scattered Shots Preparing for patch 504 THURSDAY
Every Thursday, WoW Insider brings you Scattered Shots for beast mastery, marksmanship and survival hunters. Frostheim of Warcraft Hunters Union and the hunter podcast uses logic and science (mixed with a few mugs of dwarven stout) to look deep into the hunter class. Mail your hunter questions to Frostheim.or ask him on Google+.

Patch 5.0.4 is landing on Aug. 28, bringing all of the mechanical changes of Mists of Pandaria to hunters, which we'll get to play with at level 85 for a good month before the expansion hits. The patch is bringing hunters a lot of changes -- everything from the removal of minimum range and melee weapons to expertise being a required stat and aspects going on the global cooldown.

WoW Insider has a good rundown of what to expect from patch 5.0.4. Here, we're going to focus on the hunter-specific stuff. And there's a lot of hunter ground to cover, so let's get started.

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Filed under: Hunter, (Hunter) Scattered Shots

Encrypted Text: Preparing your rogue for patch 5.0.4

swirly ball
Every week, WoW Insider brings you Encrypted Text for assassination, combat and subtlety rogues. Chase Christian will be your guide to the world of shadows every Wednesday. Feel free to email me with any questions or article suggestions you'd like to see covered here.

The upcoming patch 5.0.4 only contains part of Mists of Pandaria's content, but it does bring all of its class changes. Our new talent trees and glyphs will be in place, and our specializations will be dramatically revamped. While rogues are receiving fewer changes than any other class, we will experience a shift.

Our new mechanics will be in place following patch 5.0.4's release on Aug. 28. We will have nearly a month to learn our rotations before Mists' official launch. That should be plenty of time to get our gear and glyphs in order in preparation for leveling in Pandaria. Poisons and talents will be at the forefront of our effort to adjust.

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Filed under: Rogue, (Rogue) Encrypted Text, Mists of Pandaria

Patch 5.0.4 changes hit and expertise

Patch 504 changes Hit and Expertise
We've covered this topic in terms of how it will work for Mists of Pandaria, but it can be easy to forget that as of next week, hit, expertise and spell hit will be functioning differently than they do now.

Some big things to remember:
  • Ranged attacks will be able to be dodged. This means that hunters will need expertise, making all physical DPS use the same hit and expertise formulas. Hunters and enhancement shaman will more closely share gear in the future, and as for patch 5.0.4, you hunters are going to want expertise.
  • Expertise is now a rating, same as hit, and is normalized so that the same amount of expertise is needed to remove chance to be dodged as is to cap hit for special attacks, namely 7.5%. At level 85, you're looking at around 770 rating in each stat to hit 7.5%. (Without access to a reforge addon, I was just eyeballing it; I keep ending up slightly over.) This will cap hit for specials and white non-dual wielding and removed dodge. To remove parry would take a full 15% expertise, well over 1,500 rating. (Frostheim, our resident hunter guru, tells me that it's exactly 769 rating for 7.5% at level 85, and 666 rating if you have a hit or expertise racial. Evil.)
  • Spell hit is intended to be equivalent to the chance to be missed and the chance to be dodged, so you're supposed to aim for 15% hit. You won't need to worry about expertise as a spellcaster; only hunters will need it, and they don't require 15% hit, only 7.5% hit. It's the same amount of total rating, but spellcasters get it all from hit, while melee and hunters get half of it from hit and the other half from expertise.
  • The draenei hit racial adds exactly 1% hit, counted on your character panel, so if you see that you have 8.5% hit on your draenei, you can reforge away 1% hit safely. The human, orc and dwarf weapon racials add 1% expertise while using their various weapons. Trolls and dwarves gain 1% expertise with all ranged weapons for hunters of those races. As soon as you equip the proper weapon, the expertise is automatically calculated on your character panel.
  • Again from Frostheim - "Also it's worth noting that pets inherit hit and expertise 50/50. So 1% hit gives your pet 0.5% hit and 0.5% expertise. Thus hunter who is hit and expertise capped will have a pet who is both, and a warlock/mage who is hit capped at 15% hit will have a pet that is melee hit capped and (dodge) expertise capped."
Hopefully this will help you when you're on your way to the reforger come patch 5.0.4. You'll likely need less hit and slightly more expertise than you do now. If you're a hunter, you'll need expertise, period, which is kind of weird if you've played a hunter before.

It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

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