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Cataclysm Preview: New Profession Info
Cataclysm is tomorrow (or today really), and one of the (many) things that will become available when the clock strikes midnight is the new professions.
Not only will everyone have access to the new profession,
, they'll also be able to level the existing professions up to 525 skill—for a rank of
Illustrious Grand Master!
We have (of course) written up a preview of all the professions, archaeology included, below. Like many of these posts, this content has been posted in our
for a while now, but this seemed like a good time to make sure you guys had quick and easy access to all the info. So check it after the break!
06/12/2010 em 04:08
New Battle.net Website—Featuring Wowhead Links
Blizzard has officially launched the new Battle.net website, with a special bonus feature that we haven't been able to talk about until now:
You can now find links to Wowhead all over the Armory database! Item pages, character pages, search listings, even the talent calculator—all have convenient links to your favorite WoW database.
We're really honored to be chosen to be part of this new Blizzard venture—and we're looking forward to continued cooperation with Blizzard in the future. :)
Of course, that's not the
awesome thing in the new
(just the most important)—there's a ton of other awesome stuff, including
raid progression and recommendations
on the Armory,
tooltips in the forums
, and lots more!
The full announcement is after the break, with all the details!
04/12/2010 em 00:44
New Feature Preview: Forum Signatures
Wowhead is beta-testing a new feature:
Character-based forum signatures!
anyone with a premium account can try them out
, and you can use them here on Wowhead or on any other forum that accepts image embeds. Here's how you get set up:
Creating a signature
Claim a character. To do this, look up your character on the
. Hit the button, and select
Once the character is claimed, click the button and select
Once you're there, this will take you to the
Here you can edit all sorts of things—what statistics your signature shows, background colors, text colors, and so forth. You can adjust the color of the background from a simple gradient to any of a number of "Wowhead backgrounds" (which we borrowed from the in-game cloak textures). You can even upload your own!
Once you have your signature finished, click
and your signature will be saved to your user page, under the
tab. You can see
02/12/2010 em 20:47
Darkmoon Faire Content Fully Unlocked: New Cataclysm Cinematic
All the content on the Darkmoon Faire has been fully unlocked, and the final cinematic has been released!
If you haven't been following it, there's also a bunch of other content available there, including two interviews, a "Making Of" segment, four ringtones, two new pieces of music, and a ton of artwork.
Go check it out on the Darkmoon Faire site:
02/12/2010 em 13:35
Request for Feedback: Possible New CAPTCHA System
Wowhead uses a CAPTCHA system to prevent spam comments or forum posts from bots. We switched a little while ago to a system called
, which were excited about since it lets you help with a book digitizing project while you fill out CAPTCHAs. Unfortunately, reCAPTCHA has caused a few issues as many of you know—providing words to type that weren't legible, or which used non ASCII symbols. For example, we got this feedback less than an hour ago:
my Captcha, which I interpreted as "frentlea cf" Surprisingly it actually accepted "frentlea cf" as a correct response and posted my message.
But seriously, what is that? cftvth? cfwth? cfwtb? cnvtb? Well, cf it is then.
So we've been looking at alternatives!
01/12/2010 em 15:28
News Roundup: Battleground Bracket Change, Vengeance Explanation, Rob Pardo Interview
I was writing up individual posts for these, but I figured it'd be best to combine them so I didn't spam your RSS Feeds. So!
More news—a post from Ghostcrawler about tanking changes, a major change to the way Battlegrounds are divided, and a cool interview with J. Allen Brack.
Read on for the breakdown, and the full blue quotes!
01/12/2010 em 13:36
More Hotfixes, or "Why Gamon Will Wreck You"
There's a new round of hotfixes going up on live servers, and this batch includes yet another round of buffs to Gamon!
Gamon is now immune to all forms of crowd control, uses the abilities Charge and Battle Shout, and wrecks adversaries with his new two-handed axe.
Players should no longer be prevented from entering a Battleground for no reason.
Many loot tables for NPCs have been adjusted to provide the correct items and scaling.
The Alchemy bonus from Flask of Stoneskin now grants 120 stamina, up from 80 stamina, to keep it in-line with similar bonuses from other professions.
Many creatures in Uldaman were not awarding reputation upon death. This has been corrected.
Wrathbone Reavers, Wrathbone Sorcerers, and Fallen Warriors no longer grant reputation in Pit of Saron.
Players can again start the Thrall escape event in Caverns of Time: Old Hillsbrad regardless of quest status.
The temporary guardian Basalt Rockling no longer drops from Balboa in Azshara.
Magma-Lord Kolob in Burning Steppes no longer awards dungeon tabard reputation.
30/11/2010 em 22:38
BlizzCast #15 Available For Download
BlizzCast #15 is out!
This episode is a Cataclysm feature, all about the big changes coming up next week (holy crap it's next week)! They also talk a lot about sound and voice acting on this one, an area personally close to my heart.
Official announcement is after the break!
30/11/2010 em 18:53
Experience Reduced for Dungeon Quests
Looks like Zarhym just jumped on to post that
Experience for 1-60 dungeon quests is being significantly reduced.
We are applying a hotfix today to all level 1-60 dungeon quests for Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms dungeons which will significantly reduce the amount of experience they award.
While dungeons should remain integral to our evolving storylines, and great places to collect gear in cooperative environments, we need to make sure each player’s questing progress remains relevant as dungeon quests are completed. In many cases we’re seeing players enter dungeons to complete quests, only to come out ahead of the leveling curve for the zones they’re in.
This change should allow players the opportunity to reap the benefits of running dungeons, while not outpacing the leveling flow from levels 1-60. At this time there are no plans for making any adjustments to dungeon quest experience for Outland, Northrend, and level 80+ Cataclysm dungeons.
You can find a list of all of the latest hotfixes here:
I don't know about you guys, but I'm really happy about this. I love
30/11/2010 em 16:19
page is once again open for business!
The Wowhead team is made of software developers, managers, writers, and artists, all of which—thanks to you—are fortunate enough to be professionals. It's a great job, and we are thankful every day for the opportunity to do it.
And now we're looking for someone else to do it with us!
We're looking for a C++ developer to join the Wowhead team. This is a
full-time, contract, work-from-home
position. If you think you're the right one for the job, check out the requirements on our
, and then send a copy of your resume to email@example.com.
Please include any relevant code samples along with your cover letter, resume, and salary history in a separate document.
We're looking forward to working with you. :)
30/11/2010 em 02:02
Hotfixes and Mysterious Patch Download
We mentioned this on
, but I figured it'd be good to get this posted here as well: The Blizzard folks have released another round of hotfixes onto official servers, and a brand new patch download.
This download is not a new patch.
It's actually a re-push of Blizzard's
patch, because some people got an incomplete download the last round.
It's not a new patch, it's actually "re-downloading" data which will replace current files. It's intended to resolve a few issues including disconnects and 'pink squares'.
As it's not a patch, if you're extremely eager to get into the game (or it's taking too long) you can actually bypass the launcher and run the wow.exe in your game directory and play normally. You can then continue on downloading it later after you're done playing.
We've also had a bunch of new hotfixes deployed on live servers, as listed by Zarhym below. Check after the break to see them:
29/11/2010 em 20:43
Reminder: WoW 6th Anniversary Begins Tonight
Just as a quick reminder—even though WoW's 6th anniversary was technically on November 23rd, the anniversary Feat of Strength goes into effect on
If you're on an EU server, you can already get the
6º Aniversário do WoW
achievement just by logging in right now. US servers will have to wait until midnight before the achievements go live on their servers.
If our sources are correct, you should have until
to log on and get your achievement! Now that shouldn't be a problem for any of you, should it?
29/11/2010 em 17:58
New Utility: DB Pages Without Screenshots
Considering how much new stuff has been added in this latest patch event, we thought it might be a good time to roll out this little bonus feature!
If you look under
Tools > Utilities
, you'll find a new button labeled
. This will show you all the items, spells, NPCs, and so on in our database that don't have screenshots yet, so
can be the first to submit one!
Now's the time—explore that brave new redesigned world, and post your findings!
25/11/2010 em 03:03
Personalized Search Update: Now Works On All Completion Data
Remember when we posted yesterday to let you know about our new
Personalized Quest Searches
Well we've published a little tweak to update it—you can now filter
any search you have completion data for, based on whether or not you've completed it!
That means you can sort out any of the following categories based on whether or not you've completed them:
(so you can sort by which ones you have at Exalted and which ones you don't)
There's a lot of potential here, and I'm really eager to see how you guys use it. Let us know!
24/11/2010 em 22:19
New Feature: Personalized Searches
You guys are going to love this:
you can now display search results based on whether or not your character has completed them!
Here's how it's done:
Upload character data using the
This won't work unless you have quest data uploaded for the character you want to use!
Go to the character you want to use as your main.
Once your data is upload, the character should appear on your
, or in the dropdown user menu at the top right.* I'm using
as an example.
Click the button.
Now go browse through a category we show completion data for—
are one good example.
There should be a new section at the bottom of the filters, labelled
Now, just click "Available" or "Unavailable" to only show quests that are available (or unavailable) to your pinned character!
The real power of this comes when you view a list of quests for a zone, then you filter for ones that are 'available' and for your faction. This will give y
23/11/2010 em 14:39
Bored waiting for your server to come up? Why not take a moment to enter our
From The Shattering until Cataclysm, we're going to be giving out a
WoW Sound Blaster Headset
each day—with two special price packages that include the headset, as well as a
set, all in your choice of Horde or Alliance versions!
Enter the contest here:
23/11/2010 em 13:03
The Shattering (Patch 4.0.3a): Patch Notes
The Shattering is upon us, and it's time to take stock of everything that's changed today!
In light of that, we've put together the most recent Patch Notes—all prettied up with links to the appropriate Wowhead spell pages.
Check out the list of changes after the break!
23/11/2010 em 09:51
Cataclysm: Cinematic and Load Screen added in Patch 4.0.3a
Among all of the
, The Shattering also brings us both the new
Cataclysm login screen
, and the new
Cataclysm Intro Cinematic!
These two videos have been hanging around the Official ZAM
for a while now, but now seemed like a good time to remind you they were there.
You can see them both below:
23/11/2010 em 09:04
Elemental Boss Portals Open Until Further Notice
Bashiok just announced an "Elemental Portal Fire Sale" on the official forums:
All four elemental portals are open until further notice.
Elemental Invasion Guide
If you're looking to grab some last minute gear from
Princesa Herdeira Theradras
Grande Embaixador Fogaçoite
, now's the time to do it!
Due to your valiant efforts in protecting the key invasion cities, the four boss portals are now 'permanently' open. If you need anything from inside the portals, or maybe you dropped your keys in there, now is the time to go through and get them.
Initial reports from shaman in the area that were available at time of publishing suggest that this is hinting at something far more sinister. One such shaman, a one 'Krunkmaster' from Proudmoore was quoted as saying "This is hinting at something far more sinister."
You'll want to stay tuned to the World of Warcraft community site for the latest developments on this and other events.
22/11/2010 em 21:46
New features: glyphs in completion tracker, multi-skillup support, map phasing
We've added a few cool new features around the site for you to play with!
Glyphs in the Completion Tracker
You can now view what glyphs you know in the Completion Tracker! They're listed directly underneath your talents on the
talents pane of the Profiler
Give it a try! Upload your data using the
, and then check your characters!
Multiple Skill-Up Filters
You can now filter for items that reward more than one skill point when crafted! Try this link to see a list of glyphs that reward three skill points instead of one:
Phasing Support for Zone Pages
Our zone pages now support separate phases for quests! You can now click through different phases of a map just like you would the floors of a dungeon. Some of the zones are tiny c
22/11/2010 em 18:39