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Updated: WoW Shadowlands Hotfix: Patch Notes, Updates, Nerfs, Buffs, Covenants, Castle Nathria, Torghast & more

Let’s go over the latest WoW Shadowlands hotfix update.

Latest News – New Hotfix Arrives 12 January

A new WoW Shadowlands hotfix update went live on 12 January – continuing with changes related to covenants, Torghast, Anima Powers, and more.

These are the most recent Shadowlands hotfix patch notes:

Classes

  • Druid
    • Reverted a recent change that caused Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) to strike targets affected by crowd control abilities that break on damage, such as Entangling Roots.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • “An Earned Bond” now displays the correct companion you will earn upon completion.
  • Night Fae
    • The point of interest indicator for “Mushroom for Improvement” should now be easier to see on the map.
  • Venthyr
  • Fixed an issue that caused the shared cinematic for Maldraxxus and Revendreth Campaigns to not play for Venthyr players.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • Lady Inerva Darkvein
  • Resolved an issue where Lady Inerva Darkvein could not be attacked if players are defeated by her lieutenants.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue where the tribute tray and Silver Strongbox would sometimes not appear during the quest “The Sweetest Tribute.”
  • Fixed an issue where Kael’thas Sunstrider would sometimes not appear for the first scenario step during “Medallion of Dominion.”
  • Elite monsters now give more credit during the Maldraxxus Bonus Objective “Decaying Situation.”
  • Alliance players should no longer be teleported out of the Battle for Azeroth War Campaign instance of Orgrimmar when pushed “Shadowlands: A Chilling Summons.” Horde players will still be teleported out of the instance until they complete the “Through the Shattered Sky” questline due to conflicting instances for these two pieces of content.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • [For realms in the NA region only] Resolved an issue that temporarily turned off the Beasts of Prodigum event.
  • Anima Powers
    • Rogue
      • Corrected an issue where damaging Anima Powers (like Lightning Dust) were doing less damage than intended.

User Interface

  • The edge of the screen Anima visual affect that appears while dead is now removed when Reduce Camera Motion or Keep Character Centered and Reduce Camera Motion is selected in the Accessibility menu.

Balance Changes Arrive After Reset – 11 January

The newest WoW Shadowlands Weekly Reset introduces some important balance changes to the game!

This includes Death Knight, Mage, and Rogue buffs for some underplayed specs.

These are the latest WoW Hotfixes patch notes:

JANUARY 11, 2021

Achievements

  • The achievement Parasoling will now correctly display your current progress.

Classes

  • Death Knight
    • Blood
      • [With regional restarts] Bone Shield grants armor equal to 70% of Strength (was 50%).
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Druid
    • General
      • [With regional restarts] Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) no longer attempts to cast spells at targets affected by Cyclone and will no longer ignore targets affected by crowd control abilities that break on damage, such as Entangling Roots or Mass Entanglement.
  • Mage
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 9%.
  • Monk
    • Brewmaster
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
    • Windwalker
      • [With regional restarts] All damage is increased by an additional 2% while a two-handed weapon is equipped.
  • Rogue
    • Asssassination
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%.
  • Warrior
    • Fury
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 8%, except for Bladestorm (Talent) and Dragon Roar (Talent).
  • [With regional restarts] Meat Cleaver (Talent) now increases Whirlwind’s damage by 25% (was 30%).

Dungeons and Raids

  • Theater of Pain
    • Kul’tharok
  • Draw Soul should no longer apply Soulless to Warriors while Bladestorm is active.

Items and Rewards

  • The Stamina from Tempered Armor Patch has been reduced to 24 (was 50) and can only be applied to items worn on the chest to match the Heavy Desolate Armor Kit.
    • Developers’ note: This item was always meant to be a lesser version of Heavy Desolate Armor Kit that you can earn as a rare drop or rare find on a vendor, but this item was accidentally missed when the Heavy Desolate Armor Kit was changed in Beta. The tooltip will be updated to reflect the change in a future hotfix or patch.

Player versus Player

  • Resolved an issue that prevented the base status User Interface from displaying the correct base icons in the Arathi Basin battleground.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented the Orb of Power icons from being displayed on the Temple of Kotmogu battleground map while they are at their pedestals.
  • Rogue
    • Outlaw
      • Resolved an issue that caused Evasion (Rank 2) to fail to strike the target with Main Gauche while Evasion is active.
  • Resolved an issue that caused the interaction of a Paladin’s Eye for an Eye (Talent) and Evasion (Rank 2) to deal more damage than intended.
  • The door to the next floor is once again locked until the Empowered enemy guarding it is defeated.
  • Anima Powers
    • Warlock
  • Fixed an issue where Pact of Infernal Intimacy stacks would reset when using portals on certain floors.

WoW Shadowlands Hotfix – 5 January

The following is the most recent hotfix update for Shadowlands, and it features more improvements to Covenants as well as some important bug fixes.

Covenants

  • Kyrian
    • Fixed an issue to make it easier for multiple players in the area to receive credit properly during the quest “Succumbing to Pride.”
    • Alexandros Mograine will once again properly assist players during the quest “Pursuit of Justice.”
    • Fixed an issue where players who abandoned the quest “The Blue Seed” would be unable to exit the cave to destroy the bramble wall after accepting the quest again.
    • Fixed an issue where the point of interest indicator on the map for “Through Glass” could be in the wrong location for characters that died and released.
  • Night Fae
    • Soothing Voice (Dreamweaver Soulbind) can now be removed by effects such as Hand of Freedom.
    • The starting location for “Searching the Grove” now has a point of interest indicator and should now be easier to see on the map.
  • Venthyr
    • Fixed an issue that caused the quest “Sanctum Upgrade: Mirror Network” to display twice for players who had completed Laurent’s rescue mission.
  • Fixed an issue with the Campaign Chapter progress text requesting players to rescue Laurent from the Ember Ward instead of the correct requirements to complete the chapter.

Creatures and NPCs

  • Resolved an issue that could cause players to be unable to loot Shadowlands’ World Bosses if the boss is defeated while the player is offline.
  • Iceshatters’ Pulsing Shards now deal appropriate damage.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • [For realms in the NA region only] Resolved an issue that could prevent the door leading towards Artificer Xy’mox from opening after defeating Sun King’s Salvation in Raid Finder Wing 2, “Reliquary of Opulence.”
  • De Other Side
    • Mueh’zala
      • Resolved an issue where Crushed Soul damage was higher than intended on Mythic Keystone difficulty.
  • Timewalking
  • Lowered the amount of loot per person in Timewalking raids to better match Shadowlands raid drop rates.

Items and Rewards

  • Covenant set bonuses now fade immediately when the armor granting the set bonus is removed.
  • The Path of Greed effect gained when opening certain Revendreth Treasures can now be removed by right clicking the effect’s icon.

Pet Battles

  • Certain low-level pet battle quests are no longer suppressed for characters that have not done the introductory quests to Battle for Azeroth.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue where some Threads of Fate players were unable to use the Sinfall Flight Master.
  • Fixed an issue where the Tithelord could sometimes become stuck during the first phase of the quest “The Tithelord.”
  • Fixed an issue where level 50 characters could not accept the Twilight Highlands quest “Twilight Shores.”
  • Fixed an issue where the quest “Light Camera Action” would be unavailable to certain characters.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

Players Expect More Shadowlands Hotfixes

While Blizzard spent plenty of time balancing WoW Shadowlands in its first two weeks, that pace has gone entirely cold, as we haven’t had a new major balance update since 22 December.

But during this delay, players have had plenty to complain about. Complaints include some PVE tank classes entirely running the PVE scene, burst damage classes like Rogue, Mage, and Paladin wreaking havoc on organized PVP, and a decent gap in the Shadowlands DPS rankings.

The next opportunity for Blizzard to release a significant WoW Shadowlands hotfix patch will be the upcoming Weekly Reset on 12 January – we can only hope some changes come through.

Bug Fixes Ahead of the Holidays

WoW Shadowlands has some nice new bug fixes and changes that arrived on 22 December, thanks to a new hotfix update.

You can read over the full hotfix patch notes here!

Torghast Nerfs

Players have complained plenty about the difficulty of Torghast and issues with certain specs clearing the new roguelike pve endgame game mode.

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