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Patch 5.0.4

A version of the systems patch for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria to precede the expansion release was made available on the PTR on July 20th, 2012. It replaced the previous Patch 5.0.3 which never went to Live realms. The version number 5.0.3 appears to have been re-used by the Beta as of build 15882. The beta also re-used version number 5.0.4 as of build 15913. This client appears to be both a pre-expansion systems patch client and the actual expansion client with the only difference being a server-side switch on the expansion release date.

A blue post concerning raid lockouts effectively announced the pre-expansion patch release date as Tuesday, August 28th, 2012.[1]

Blizzard caused some confusion by referring to the PTR build labeled "5.0.3" on the login screen as "5.0.4" (apparently it was mislabeled).[5]

From Patch 5.0.4 build 15913 to build 16016, it appears the Beta servers and PTR shared the same client, but they will behave differently depending on the settings of the connecting account.

As of build 15972, the ToU has been updated to version 5.0.4.

As of build 16030 the patch version was changed to 5.0.5.[6]

Official blog updates

All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4 | 2012-08-16 17:00 | Blizzard Entertainment
With the release of patch 5.0.4, we’re making all the races of Azeroth playable by anyone, no matter which version or expansion of World of Warcraft they own. This includes the enigmatic pandaren, who will become available for play when Mists of Pandaria is released on Tuesday, September 25. We want the entire World of Warcraft community to be able to embrace their inner goblin, blood elf, worgen, draenei, or pandaren from the moment they step foot into the world of Azeroth.
Now, the only hard part will be choosing a name. Who will you be next?

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Official patch notes

Please note that PTR testing is restricted to World of Warcraft game accounts that do not have access to the Mists of Pandaria beta test.


  • Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts
  • World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle (not available to players)[7]
    • Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde's supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina's island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they'll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh's true plans…
    • In the Public Test Realm, we will be testing this event at specified intervals. Keep an eye on our PTR Feedback forum (US) for more details as they become available.
  • AOE Looting
    • Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.
  • BattleTag support in World of Warcraft
    • Players who have enabled their BattleTag (US) will now be able to:
      • See BattleTag friends in your friends list.
      • Add and remove BattleTag friends.
      • Send BattleTag invites to other players via right-click.
  • Cross-Realm Zones
    • In some zones, players are now able to form a group with other players from a select pool of realms.
    • When a player is in a zone that is set as a “cross-realm zone”, in addition to seeing other players from their native realm, they'll also seamlessly see (and be able to play with) players from other realms.
    • Players will always be able to group and quest as they normally would with players from their native realm.
    • This functionality will be enabled for a limited number of realms at first, and will be granted to additional realms as we near the release of Mists of Pandaria.

Classes: General

  • All classes have been updated with a new talent system (US), improved abilities, and spells (accessible throughout levels 1-85). Your character's talents have been reset.
    • Many old talents have been converted to specialization abilities.
    • Druids now have access to a fourth class specialization: Guardian.
    • New spells are now learned automatically. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
    • All characters now take 30% less damage from other players.

Currency Conversion

  • Valor points have been converted to Justice points, and Conquest points have been converted to Honor points.
  • Neither of the resultant currencies (Justice and Honor) have an enforced hard-cap at this time.
  • Players are no longer able to earn Valor or Conquest points (bosses drop Justice, and arenas are closed).
  • Items formerly purchasable for Valor/Conquest are available for Justice/Honor.


  • Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power on existing items.
  • Head enchants removed
    • Enchants that modify the gear in your head slot have been removed (US) from the game. This includes older head enchants of every type.
  • Relics, ranged, and thrown items
    • The slot in which ranged, relics, and thrown items were previously equipped has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot.
    • Ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.
    • Ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range.


  • The glyph system has been updated. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.
  • Prime glyphs have been removed.
  • Chef's Award and Dalaran Cooking Award have been removed. Existing awards have been converted to Epicurean's Award.


  • The cap for daily quests has been removed.
  • There is no longer a displayed count of daily quests completed.

User Interface

  • There is a new user interface for your mounts and pets.
  • Character creation screens have been updated.
  • Buffs have been consolidated in the UI.
  • New roll results frame added. This new feature can be accessed by clicking the word "[Loot]" in chat, or by typing "/loot".
  • The PvE queue frames have been unified. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place.
  • Vendors now offer item filtering.
  • Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes to core abilities, and now include a brief overview of specializations.
  • The Dungeon Journal has been expanded with information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters.
  • A new help system has been added to many frames. You can toggle this on and off by clicking the "i" button in the upper left corner of the frame.


  • Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
  • Added full support for Retina displays.
  • Added support for game resolutions that match Mac screen aspect ratios.
  • Switching between Windowed and Fullscreen display modes should be faster.
  • A “Help” menu has been added, so that players can quickly navigate to support pages.
  • A menu item that allows players to copy system information to the Clipboard has been added.
  • A menu item that reveals various game files and folders in Finder has been added.


  1. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Kaivax 2012-08-14. #1 - Instance Lockout Extensions and 5.0.4. Official Gameplay and Guides > Dungeons and Raids forum (US)Please be aware that with the release of the pre-expansion 5.0.4 patch on Tuesday, August 28...
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2012-08-16. All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment Qoennon 2012-08-16. All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  3. ^ Quintessence 2012-08-24. Patch 5.0.4 Reminders. Perks N Peeves. “Pet Battles. We'll have to wait until the MoP release date to access this new ability and minigame. The upside is that players do NOT have to upgrade to MoP to participate.”
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Kaivax 2012-08-28. #1 - Theramore's Fall: One Week at Level 85. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US).   Blizzard Entertainment Vaneras 2012-08-28. #1 - Battle of Theramore: One Week at Level 85. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Kaivax 2012-07-20. #3 - PTR Build?. Official Support > PTR Discussion forum (US)
    The initial PTR build is identifying itself as version 5.0.3.
    That will increment up to 5.0.4 soon.
    As a result, we're referring to it as 5.0.4. We apologize for any confusion.
  6. ^ chaud 2012-08-30. Mists of Pandaria Beta - Build 16030. MMO Champion.
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Sapperwix 2012-08-08. #195 - Beta Realm Maintenance - 8/8/12. Official Mists of Pandaria Beta > Beta Feedback forum (US)We are not currently planning on opening this up for public/beta testing. That may change but for right now we're testing it internally.

See also

External links

Official patch notes
Story of Warcraft
Old PTR patch notes