Patch 5.3.0

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Patch 5.3.0 build 16758 appeared on the PTR on March 25, 2013.[3] It was a large update at around 1.5 GB. Build 16767 was available on March 26, 2013 (about 200 MB). Build 16781 was available on March 30, 2013 (about 250 MB). Build 16790 appeared on the PTR on Apr 2, 2013 (also about 250 MB).

Official PTR patch notes

Updated April 4, 2013

Patchnotes-icon-general General

  • Please note: During the 5.3 PTR, not all the content listed may be available for testing, or may only be available during a limited testing window. Keep an eye on our PTR Discussion forum for details.
  • New Battleground: Deepwind Gorge
    • In the new Battleground situated in the Valley of the Four Winds, the Alliance and Horde continue their war for Pandaria’s precious resources. While the two factions battle for control over mines, they must also protect their own resources from being stolen and turned against them!
  • New Arena: The Tiger's Peak
    • Gladiator hopefuls have a new location to test their mettle amidst the Kun-Lai mountain tops, in the training grounds of the powerful Shado-Pan. Players must make use of the looming tiger statues and fenced platforms to gain an advantage that will bring victory and glory!
  • New Scenario: Battle on the High Seas
    • Help your faction fend off enemy forces in the midst of a battle for naval supremacy on the High Seas.
  • New Scenario: Blood in the Snow
    • An agent of Zandalar has infiltrated Dun Morogh and rallied the Frostmane trolls. At Varian’s request, Moira will lead her personal guard against them once the king’s champions have stopped the magical storm protecting Shimmer Ridge.
  • New Scenario: Dark Heart of Pandaria
    • Goblin engineers have been excavating in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to find a mysterious artifact, but all they've found is trouble; you have been personally called upon by the Warchief to aid them in their hour of need.
  • New Scenario: The Secrets of Ragefire
    • Infiltrate the Emberdeep Caverns and assist the Gob Squad in investigating a recent disappearance in Durotar.
  • Heroic Scenarios
    • A heroic difficulty for Scenarios have been added and are designed to provide challenging content for small groups of well-seasoned adventurers. Completing a Heroic Scenario awards Valor points, and a chance to obtain Raid Finder quality items.
    • Heroic scenarios require a pre-made group to join.
    • Heroic scenarios offer bonus objectives that will reward additional valor if completed.
      • An option to run a random heroic scenario has been added as a drop-down in the scenario tab in Dungeon Finder.
    • Players can complete a normal or heroic scenario for bonus valor each day, but not both.
    • Six heroic scenarios will be available in patch 5.3. Four are new and two are upgrades of existing normal scenarios.
      • Battle of the High Seas
      • Blood in the Snow
      • Dark Heart of Pandaria
      • The Secrets of Ragefire
      • Crypt of Forgotten Kings
      • A Brewing Storm
  • Quest Campaign: Escalation
    • The Darkspear Trolls are in open rebellion against the Warchief! Aid your faction in preparing to rout Garrosh Hellscream from Orgrimmar
      • Alliance heroes will scout Orgrimmar's outskirts and engage in SI:7 espionage to weaken Garrosh’s power structure.
      • Horde heroes will help Vol’jin’s insurgency survive a Kor’kron assault and advance towards the Horde capital.
    • Visit Lorewalker Cho at the Seat of Knowledge in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to begin questing.
  • Battlefield: Barrens
    • Put the stranglehold on Orgrimmar by undermining the Kor’kron supply chain in Northern Barrens.
      • Collect resources by killing Kor’kron loyalists and their supporters.
      • Get a group together to kill Kor’kron leaders for bonus resources.
      • Escort your faction’s caravans across the zone for even more additional resources.
    • The Darkspear Rebellion will reward your efforts to undermine the Warchief by helping you upgrade Latent Kor’kron Armor into useable gear.
    • Participate in the Escalation Quest Campaign to learn how to engage in the Barrens conflict.
  • The Legendary Quest Continues
    • Journey with Wrathion to the four corners of Pandaria to speak with the August Celestials.
    • Champions will have had to complete Wrathion’s earlier tasks (including “Heart of the Thunder King”) to continue.
  • New Brawler’s Guild Bosses
    • Test your might against two new tiers of bosses in the Brawl’gar Arena in Orgrimmar or Bizmo’s Brawl Pub in Stormwind.
    • New VIP areas are now accessible for brawlers at or above rank 8.
    • Bizmo has raised the floor in his arena to hide the bodies. Or... maybe to improve the sight lines. We’ll never know for sure.
    • Special “Challenge Cards” can now drop from mobs or reward satchels, allowing you to summon and battle unique bosses.

Patchnotes-icon-classes Classes

Death Knight

  • More information coming soon.


    • Mark of the Wild had its mana cost reduced to 5%, down from 10%.
    • Symbiosis: Intimidating Roar had its cooldown increased to 90 seconds, up from 60 seconds.
  • Force of Nature is no longer on global cooldown and summons a single Treant. The Treant no longer has a control bar, immediately uses its special abilities on the Druid’s current target, and accumulates 1 charge every 20 seconds up to a maximum of 3 charges.
    • Restoration version of the Treant now casts Swiftmend on the Druid's target when summoned. This version of Swiftmend does not require or consume a heal-over-time effect on the target.
  • Glyph of Solar Beam have been removed and replaced with Glyph of Omens.
  • New Glyph: Glyph of Omens: While the Druid is not in a Solar or Lunar Eclipse, the following abilities will generate 10 Solar or Lunar Energy: Entangling Roots, Cyclone, Faerie Fire, Solar Beam, Faerie Swarm, Mass Entanglement, Typhoon, Disorienting Roar, Ursol's Vortex, and Mighty Bash.
  • Solar Beam is now more responsive when players enter and leave the beam's area-of-effect.


  • Hunters now have 50 pet stable slots, up from 20.


  • Arcane Brilliance had its mana cost reduced to 1%, down from 4%.
  • Dalaran Brilliance had its mana cost reduced to 1%, down from 4%.
  • Teleport: Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms now have new icons.


  • Spear Hand Strike now locks a spell school out for 4 seconds, down from 5 seconds.
  • Nimble Brew now also removes horrify effects, and reduces the duration of horrify effects and fear, and is available to all Monk specializations (formerly only available for Brewmaster and Windwalker Monks).
  • Ring of Peace had been redesigned. The ability forms an 8-yard sanctuary around a friendly target for 8 seconds, instantly disarming and silencing enemies within the area-of-effect for 3 seconds. Enemies that use abilities other than auto-attacks or cast spells on allies within the Ring of Peace will be disarmed and silenced for 3 seconds. Disarm and silence effects are subject to diminishing returns.
  • Legacy of the Emperor had its energy cost reduced to 1%, down from 6%.
  • Legacy of the White Tiger had its energy cost reduced to 1%, down from 6%.


  • Blessing of Kings had its mana cost reduced to 5%, down from 22.3%.
  • Blessing of Might had its mana cost reduced to 5%, down from 22.3%.


  • Power Word: Fortitude had its mana cost reduced to 1%, down from 4.4%.
  • Mass Dispel no longer dispels magic effects that are normally undispellable. Cast time has been decreased to 0.5 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds for Discipline and Holy Priests.
  • Void Shift had its cooldown decreased to 5 minutes, down from 6 minutes for Discipline and Holy Priests. For Shadow Priests, cooldown has been increased to 10 minutes, up from 6 minutes, and the spell is no longer usable while in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Glyph of Mass Dispel has been redesigned and no longer reduces cast time. The glyph now enables Mass Dispel to dispel magic effects that are normally undispellable.
  • Atonement now heals nearby friendly targets for 80% of the damage dealt, down from 100%.


  • More information coming soon.


  • Lightning Bolt can now be cast while moving.
  • New Glyph: Glyph of Lightning Shield causes Lightning Shield to reduce the amount of damage taken by 10%.
  • Glyph of Unleashed Lightning has been removed and replaced with Glyph of Lightning Shield.


  • Dark Intent had its mana cost reduced to 1%, down from 4%.


  • Defensive Stance now decreases damage taken by 25%, up from 15%.
  • Vigilance now resets the cooldown on Taunt in addition to its current effects.
  • Unwavering Sentinel no longer increases the damage reduction of Defensive Stance by 10%.

Patchnotes-icon-quests Quests

  • More information coming soon.

Patchnotes-icon-creatures Creatures

  • Oondasta
    • Shiny Pile of Refuse now has a chance to contain a Primal Egg, and a number of Dinosaur Bones.
    • Spitfire Beam no longer increases in damage with each jump, deals a flat 200,000 damage(up from 150,000 damage), and jumps to 99 targets (up from 20 targets).

Patchnotes-icon-pet battles Pet Battles

  • Pet Battle Duels are now available in all dungeons and raids. Enjoy!
  • Pet Battles in the wild and duels are now viewable by other players in the world.
  • Hit Chance is now displayed for all abilities.
  • Abilities no longer have a base chance to miss or be dodged by opposing pets of the same level.
  • Reduced the chance to miss when fighting higher-level opponents from 5% per level to 2% per level.
  • Blistering Cold had now deals 100% more damage.
  • A series of new achievements and rewards have been added for max-level matchmaking PvP pet battles
  • Wins for max-level, matchmaking PvP pet battles can now be tracked in statistics.
  • Battle pets' recent ability loadouts will now be saved when pets are swapped in and out of battle slots.
  • Species specific Flawless Battle-Stones are now Bind to account.
  • Fixed an issue where pet abilities that had a chance to stun were not working correctly.
Battle Pets
  • A number of new battle pets have been added to the Throne of Thunder and Isle of Thunder. Happy hunting!
  • Whispers from pet tamers in the north have spread word of an elusive new battle pet that can be found in the frozen tundras of Northrend. The Unborn Val'kyr awaits.
  • Battle Pet drops have been added to Burning Crusade raids. These new pets can be obtained from raid bosses in Karazhan, Tempest Keep and Serpenshrine Cavern. Obtaining all of these new pets will reward players with a new battle pet, Tito!
  • Ethereal Soul-Trader has been returned to his original, larger size.
Battle Pet Quests
  • Beasts of Fable daily quest has been broken into three separate chapters. Players can now choose to do any or all of the chapters each day. Rewards have been modified to include a new consumable that will boost battle pet XP for a limited time.
  • All Beasts of Fable and Spirit Tamer quests will now reward experience and lesser charms.
  • Increased the difficulty of elite pets on the Beasts of Fable quest.
  • A new weekly quest for max-level, matchmaking PvP pet battles has been added.

Patchnotes-icon-raids dungeons and scenarios Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios

Loot Specialization
  • Players can now choose to receive loot for a specialization that's different from their current class role. This feature could be accessed by right-clicking on the character portrait and selecting the option from the drop-down list. Loot specialization is available for bonus rolls, Raid Finder, and Pandarian quest rewards.
  • Bonus Roll
    • Protection for bad luck streaks have been added to bonus rolls. Each bonus roll that does not provide loot has a progressively better chance to award loot to the player.
  • Serpentshrine Cavern
    • For the Fathom-Lord Karathress encounter, Cataclysmic Bolt now deals 10% of the target's maximum health plus 500 damage, down from 50% of target's maximum health, the stun effect is now a Stun mechanic, and can target any player instead of only characters with mana.
    • Lady Vashj
      • Coilfang Strider's Panic ability now activates every 4 seconds, up from every 2 seconds.
      • Shock Blast's stun effect is now a Stun mechanic.
      • Tainted Elementals now despawn after 20 seconds, up from 15 seconds.
  • Tempest Keep
    • For the High Astromancer Solarian encounter, Nether Scryer's Domination spell now has a 2 second cast time, up from instant cast, and can be silenced.
    • For the Void Reaver encounter, the radius for Arcane Orb has been reduced to 15 yards, down from 20 yards.
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Amani’shi Beast Shaman no longer casts Chain Lightning while mounted on Amani Warbears.
  • Lorewalker Cho will allow heroes to take part in either faction's scenarios, so players can see what the other side has been up to.

Patchnotes-icon-pvp PvP

  • Additional information and explanation for the reasoning behind PvP changes will be available very soon.
  • All characters now have a base Resilience of 65%.
  • Battle Fatigue now reduces the amount of healing and absorbs by 50%, up from 30%.
  • PvP Power bonus to healing for healing specializations has been increased to 100%, up from 50% for Druids, Monks, Paladins, Priests, and Shamans.
  • PvP Power bonus to healing for damage specializations has been increased to 75%, up from 25% for Druids, Monks, Paladins, Priests, and Shamans.
PvP Items
  • Season 13 Tyrannical gear had their item levels increased to ilevel 496, up from ilevel 493. Weapons and shields/off-hand items remain unchanged at ilevel 498.
  • Season 13 Tyrannical Elite gear had their item levels decreased to ilevel 496, down from ilevel 512.
  • Resilience has been removed from most PvP gear.
    • Resilience gems and enchants will continue to be available and remain unchanged.
    • 4-piece PvP set bonus for all Season 12 and 13 armor sets that granted 1000 Resilience now grants 1000 PvP Power instead.
  • PvP Power will remain exclusively on PvP gear.
  • Glorious Tyranny weapon enchantment now grants 600 PvP Power instead of 400 PvP Power and 200 Resilience.
  • New weapon enchantment: Bloody Dancing Steel is functionally equivalent to Dancing Steel, shares the same visual effect as Glorious Tyranny, costs a scroll of the base enchant, and requires a 2200 rating.
  • New weapon enchantment: Spirit of Conquest is functionally equivalent to Jade Spirit, shares the same visual effect as Glorious Tyranny, costs a scroll of the base enchant, and requires a 2200 rating.
  • Tyrannical Gladiator’s Tabard and Tyrannical Gladiator’s Greatcloak are available as new prestige items at 2500 rating for 1000 Conquest Points.

Patchnotes-icon-battlegrounds Battlegrounds

  • Battlegrounds, Rated Battlegrounds, and Arenas now have an ilevel cap. All gear will be scaled down to ilevel 496.
  • Dalaran Arena: Masons of Dalaran have been hard at work installing steps in the two remaining corners of the arena.
  • Eye of the Storm: The starting platforms have been lowered.

Patchnotes-icon-professions Professions

  • Herbalists of low skill can now pick herbs in Pandaria for a small amount of usable material. The yield an herbalist will be able to harvest from each node is determined by skill level.
  • Miners of low skill can now mine mineral deposits in Pandaria for a small amount of usable material. The yield a miner will be able to harvest from each node is determined by skill level.

Patchnotes-icon-items Items

  • The Voidbinders are back in capital cities and shrines.
    • PvE Item Upgrades
      • Items upgradable by Valor now require 250 Valor to upgrade per 4 item levels, for a total of 500 Valor for 8 item levels per item. This is retroactive to all items that use Valor.
      • Items upgradable by Justice now require 750 Justice to upgrade per 8 item levels, for a total of 750 Justice for 8 item levels per item. This is retroactive to all items that use Justice.
    • PvP Item Upgrades
      • Malevolent Gladiator’s Conquest (Season 12) items that have upgrades available are still upgradable at their original costs.
      • Dreadful Gladiator’s Honor (Season 12) items that have upgrades available are still upgradable at their original costs.
      • No other PvP items are upgradable.
  • Reduced the amount of Justice, Honor, and Darkmoon Faire tickets needed to upgrade heirloom items by 60%.
  • Players starting on Cataclysm content can purchase level-80 gear from Iris Moonweaver in Hyjal and Erunak in Vashj'ir to more easily qualify for Blackrock Caverns and Abyssal Maw: Throne of Tides.
  • A new achievement and reward has been added for obtaining 200 mounts.
  • Unclaimed Black Market Containers are now available on the Black Market Auction House. What's inside? It's a mystery! When opened, the container has a chance to contain any item that can be available on the BMAH.
  • Courageous Primal Diamond had its clearcasting effect renamed to “Lucidity” to differentiate it from other spells with that name.

Patchnotes-icon-ui UI

  • A new option to display pet tamers on the world map has been added. This should help players looking to find unlocked pet tamer daily quests.
  • When using name plates, castbars will now display for all NPCs.

Patchnotes-icon-bug fixes Bug Fixes

  • More information coming soon.

Other stuff

This patch will focus on how the events in Pandaria have changed the factions back in Azeroth.[4]

  • On the PTR, a presumable temporary NPC, Flaskataur, Esq. <Gentle Cow of Test Realm Leisure>ω ϖ sells item level 522 gear for gold. This is apparently to aid in getting gear to do new scenarios (ilvl 496 requirement).[7]
Pet battles
  • Battle pet hit accuracy will change, including that the chance of pets dodging attacks and pets missing will be reduced.[8]
    • A “hit chance” will be listed for all abilities and this value will update if the pet is affected by abilities that increase or reduce the chance to hit
    • The base 5% chance to dodge will be removed.
    • The chance to miss opponents of higher levels from 5% per level to 2% per level.
    • The base 5% chance to gain a critical strike (for 1.5x damage) will remain and +/- 10% damage variance on all abilities.
    • The following basic attacks have had their damage increased by 5-15% and accuracy reduced by 5-15%:

[Bow Shot]
[Creepy Chomp]

[Diseased Bite]
[Emerald Bite]
[Frost Breath]
[Frost Spit]
[Gauss Rifle]
[Holy Sword]
[Infected Claw]

[Jade Claw]
[Metal Fist]
[Onyx Bite]
[Shadow Shock]

[Shadow Slash]
[Stone Shot]
[Sulfuras Smash]
[Water Jet]

  • Tyrannical Gladiator's gear can be purchased for Honor after 27000 Conquest Points are earned for the season.[10]
  • The seasonal currency requirement of 27,000 Conquest Points earned will be lifted from weapons. The seasonal currency requirement must always be met to purchase Elite items, though.[10]
  • Once the seasonal currency requirement is met, players will be able to purchase Tyrannical Gladiator’s gear with Honor Points.[10]
  • The Conquest Point catch up cap will be introduced.[10]

Heroic mode scenarios.[14]

  • Add challenges to scenarios that reward bonuses.[4] Although this may just be Heroic scenarios mentioned above.


  1. ^ chaud 2013-04-01. Patch 5.3 PTR - Build 16790. MMO Champion.
  2. ^ perculia 2013-04-01. 5.3 PTR: Build 16790 Spell Changes, 3D Pegasus Mount Models, and More. Wowhead News.
  3. ^ Blizz Sapperwix 2013-03-25. #1 - PTR Realm Maintenance - 3/25/13. Official PTR Discussion forum (US)Greetings all! The PTR realms are currently down for maintenance. I'll be updating this thread with time estimates and information as I receive it.
    Initial estimate is for 5-7 hours of downtime from this post.

       Blizz Sapperwix 2013-03-26. #157 - PTR Realm Maintenance - 3/25/13. Official PTR Discussion forum (US).
  4. ^ a b chaud 2013-03-01. Dev Interviews, PTR Class Balance, OpenRaid Events, Curse is Hiring, The Daily Blink. MMO Champion.
  5. ^ Blizz Bashiok 2013-01-14. #1 - Voidbinders Taking a Break in 5.2. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US).
  6. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment 2013-03-22. Item Upgrades in 5.3. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2013-03-22. Item Upgrades in 5.3. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
  7. ^ Medievaldragon 2013-03-28. World of Warcraft Patch 5.3 – How Do I Start?. Blizzplanet.
  8. ^ Blizz Crithto 2013-04-05. Pet Battle Accuracy Changes in Patch 5.3. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2013-04-05. Pet Battle Accuracy Changes in Patch 5.3. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
  9. ^ chaud 2013-03-04. Patch 5.2 Live This Week. MMO Champion.
  10. ^ a b c d Blizz Daxxarri 2013-01-18. PvP Gear in 5.2 and Beyond. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizz Daxxarri 2013-01-18. PvP Gear in 5.2 and Beyond. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
  11. ^ chaud 2013-01-27. Patch 5.2 - PvP UI and Legendary Quests Updated, Lunar Festival, Blue Tweets, Comic. MMO Champion.
  12. ^ Anne Stickney 27-Feb-2013 8:00PM. Patch 5.2 and beyond with Dave Kosak. WoW Insider.
  13. ^ a b c d Anne Stickney 2013-03-27. Patch 5.3 PTR: New scenarios and Lorewalker Cho. WoW Insider.
  14. ^ Olivia Grace 2013-03-27. Patch 5.3 PTR: A first look at Heroic Scenarios. WoW Insider.

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