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A patch or build is an update to the game files. Expansions (Patch X) are the most massive type of content patches, adding entire new continents, new playable races or classes, multiple zones, dozens of instances and other game features. Major patches (Patch X.Y) can include new instances, zones and features. Minor patches (Patch X.Y.Z) can also add new game features, instances and scenarios, but tend to focus on updates such as balance changes. Hotfixes are small, instant changes to the game, which are done server-side and require no download or server takedown (majority of the time).

Types of patches

As of 31 January 2005, patches consist of "content patches" (x.y.x), a "minor patch" (x.x.y), hotfixes, or a localization patch.

Starting with Legion, medium-sized patches were introduced as "x.x.5" which may feature some new content such as events or questchains, with patch 7.1.0 being an example of these patches and continuing with the ".5" going forward.[1][2] Dragonflight extended the medium-sized patches by doing "x.x.7" patches as well such as patch 10.0.7 with more planned.[3]

Patch FAQ - 1/31/05 | 2006-08-17 01:34 | Blizzard Entertainment Eyonix

To provide better communication with our players, we would like to inform our community about the various methods used to update World of Warcraft. The following are the four major methods of updating the game:

Content patch – The content patch introduces major additions and/or changes to the game, whether in terms of functionality, content, economy, social interaction, or combat. For example, we recently opened up the dungeon Maraudon, as well as adding the priest spell Prayer of Fortitude as part of the same content patch. Content patches require a maintenance period of several hours and are accompanied by a download and patch notes.

Hotfix – A hotfix is a change made to the game deemed critical enough that it cannot be held off until a regular content patch. Hotfixes require only a server-side change with no download and can be implemented with no downtime, or a short restart of the realms. Because there is no download component to a hotfix, there are no downloadable patch notes. Instead, we will announce hotfix information through the forums, the in-game message of the day, and in the Server Alert window on the login screen.

Minor patch – A minor patch is identical to a hotfix, with the exception that a minor patch requires a download and will be accompanied by patch notes.

Localization patch – The game is currently translated into three languages with plans to introduce more. While not often, there are times when we must make changes to text within the game to accommodate the various languages, and this takes the form of a localization patch. Localization patches, when they occur, take place across all language versions of the game and are accompanied by a download and patch notes. Oftentimes, bug fixes will also be included with a localization patch to better utilize the downtime. These bug fixes will be documented in the patch notes as well.

We hope that this information provides more insight to our players regarding the update process, and in the future, we will use this guideline in order to keep our players informed on the World of Warcraft update process.

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On Warcraft Wiki, the first patch (unless otherwise noted) of an expansion is called the systems patch but still classify as a content patch above.

Dragonflight Dragonflight

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
10.2.7 TBA 100207 (api)
10.2.6 TBA 100206 (api)
10.2.5 January 16, 2024 52902 100205 (api)
10.2.0 November 7, 2023 52068 100200 (api)
10.1.7 September 5, 2023 50587 100107 (api)
10.1.5 July 11, 2023 50401 100105 (api)
10.1.0 May 2, 2023 49255 100100 (api)
10.0.7 March 21, 2023 48520 100007 (api)
10.0.5 January 24, 2023 47799 100005 (api)
10.0.2 November 15, 2022 46658 100002 (api)
10.0.0 October 25, 2022 46293 100000 (api)

Shadowlands Shadowlands

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
9.2.7 August 16, 2022 44981 90207 (api)
9.2.5a August 2, 2022 44908 90205
9.2.5 May 31, 2022 43519 90205 (api)
9.2.0 February 22, 2022 42423 90200 (api)
9.1.5 November 2, 2021 40871 90105 (api)
  • Quality of Life changes
9.1.0 June 29, 2021 39185 90100 (api)
9.0.5 March 9, 2021 37862 90005 (api)
9.0.2 November 17, 2020 37474 90002 (api)
9.0.1 October 13, 2020 36216 90001 (api)

Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
8.3.7 July 21, 2020 35249 80307 (api)
8.3.0 January 14, 2020 33062 80300 (api)
8.2.5 September 24, 2019 31921 80200 (api)
8.2.0 June 25, 2019 30918 80200 (api)
8.1.5 March 12, 2019 29683 80100 (api)
8.1.0 December 11, 2018 28724 80100 (api)
8.0.1 July 21, 2018 27026 80000 (api)

Legion Legion

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
7.3.5 January 16, 2018 25860 70300
7.3.2 October 24, 2017 25326 70300 (api)
  • Bug fixes
7.3.0 August 29, 2017 24920 70300 (api)
7.2.5 June 13, 2017 24330 70200
7.2.0 March 28, 2017 23835 70200 (api)
7.1.5 January 10, 2017 23360 70100
7.1.0 October 25, 2016 22900 70100 (api)
7.0.3 February 18, 2016 22248 70000 (api)

Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
6.2.4 22 March 2016 21345 60200 (api) Battle.net back-end upgrades
6.2.3 17 November 2015 20726 60200
6.2.2a 14 September 2015 20490 60200 Bug fixes
6.2.2 1 September 2015 20395 60200
6.2.0a 25 June 2015 20182 60200 Hotfixes
6.2.0 23 June 2015 20173 60200 (api)
6.1.2 23 March 2015 19802 60100  [WoW Token]
6.1.0 24 February 2015 19678 60100 (api)
6.0.3b 18 December 2014 19342 60000 Hotfixes
6.0.3a 13 November 2014 19243 60000 post-launch content of Warlords of Draenor
6.0.3 28 October 2014 19243 60000 Preparation for Warlords of Draenor
6.0.2 21 August 2014 18764 60000 (api)

Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
5.4.8 May 7, 2014 18224 50400 (api)
5.4.7c March 11, 2014 18019 50400 (api)
5.4.7b February 27, 2014 17957 50400
5.4.7a February 20, 2014 17903 50400
5.4.7 February 18, 2014 17898 50400 Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition preparation
5.4.2a December 18, 2013 17688 50400
5.4.2 December 10, 2013 17658 50400 (api)
5.4.1 October 29, 2013 17538 50400 (api)
5.4.0b September 25, 2013 17399 50400
5.4.0a September 16, 2013 17371 50400
5.4.0 September 10, 2013 17359 50400 (api) Initial release
5.3.0f June 27, 2013 17128 50300
5.3.0e June 26, 2013 17116 50300
5.3.0d June 11, 2013 17055 50300 Unspecified
5.3.0c May 23, 2013 16992 50300 Fixed sound-related issue, and Divine Protection casting while stunned
5.3.0b May 22, 2013 16983 50300 Unspecified
5.3.0a May 21, 2013 16981 50300 Fixed crash on Mac, stopped AVG triggering as Keylogger
5.3.0 May 21, 2013 16977 50300 (api) Initial release
5.2.0j April 9, 2013 16826 50200 Durumu maze effects tweaks
5.2.0i March 25, 2013 16769 50200 Fixing login for 32-bit client
5.2.0h March 25, 2013 16760 50200 Unspecified bug fixes
5.2.0g March 20, 2013 16733 50200 Unspecified bug fixes
5.2.0f March 19, 2013 16716 50200 Unspecified bug fixes
5.2.0e March 15, 2013 16709 50200 Unspecified bug fixes
5.2.0d March 14, 2013 16701 50200 Fixed premature closing of dialog boxes
5.2.0c March 12, 2013 16685 50200 Fixed an exploit with mining/herbalism resource nodes
5.2.0b March 11, 2013 16683 50200 Fixed a compatibility issue with Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
5.2.0a March 8, 2013 16669 50200 Fixed a Battle.net exploit
5.2.0 March 5, 2013 16650 50200 (api) Initial release
5.1.0a December 3, 2012 16357 50100
  • Pet battle missile/projectile visual bugfix
  • Night will now fall at the proper time on all realms.
  • Objective icons in Scenarios will no longer incorrectly persist until the Scenario is complete.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause crashes during Pet Battles.
5.1.0 November 13, 2012 16309 50100 (api)
  • The Pandaren Campaign begins!
  • Item Level Upgrades
  • Legendary Quest
  • Brawler's Guild
  • Lesser Charms of Good Fortune no longer take up bag space, and are now recorded in the currency tab of the Character Sheet
  • Grand Commendations are now available for purchase from all Mists of Pandaria faction vendors at Revered reputation
  • Many class changes
  • Pre-Mists raids no longer need a raid group
5.0.5b October 8, 2012 16135 50001
  • Resolved an issue that prevented some players from interacting correctly with objects.
5.0.5a September 13, 2012 16057 50001
  • Bug fixes
5.0.5 September 5, 2012 16048 50001
  • Many minor bug fixes
  • Many tooltips have been corrected to account for recent class balance adjustments.
  • Druid: The 25% speed increase granted by Cat Form should no longer stack with the speed increase of Dash
  • Hunter: All hunter aspects have been removed from the global cooldown, and they again share a 1 second category cooldown
  • Paladin: Holy Shock’s base damage has been reduced, and its spellpower coefficient has been increased
  • Warlock: Havoc’s cooldown has been reduced from 45 to 25 seconds
5.0.4 August 28, 2012 16015 50001 (api)
  • Class changes
  • New talent system
  • New glyphs, prime glyphs removed
  • AoE looting
  • Account-wide pets, mounts, and achievements
  • New buff and debuff design
  • Battle Tag support
  • Unified PvE queueing
  • Cross-Realm zones

Cataclysm Cataclysm

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
4.3.4 April 10, 2012 15595 40300
  • New bug submitting and player reporting interfaces
4.3.3 February 28, 2012 15354 40300
  • Bug Fixes
4.3.2 January 31, 2012 15211 40300
  • Cross-Realm Raids
  • Minor Class Balance Fixes
  • Beta 64-Bit Client
  • Bug Fixes
4.3.0a December 2, 2011 15055 40300
  • Bug Fixes
4.3.0 November 29, 2011 15005 40300
4.2.2 August 30, 2011 14545 40200
  • Firelands Ragnaros visibility enhancement
  • Raid UI enhancements
  • Multiple accounts players fixes
4.2.0a August 8, 2011 14480 40200
  • Bug fixes
4.2.0 June 28, 2011 14333 40200
4.1.0a May 5, 2011 14007 40100
  • Bug fixes
4.1.0 April 26, 2011 13914 40100 (api)
4.0.6a February 11, 2011 13623 40000
  • Bug fixes
4.0.6 February 8, 2011 13596 40000
  • Tooltip fixes
  • Class changes
4.0.3a November 22, 2010 13329 40000
  • New zones, new quests, new combos
4.0.3 November 16, 2010 13287 40000
  • Additional preparations for the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
  • Bug fixes
  • User interface changes
  • Background content download for the impending shattering of Azeroth
4.0.1a October26, 2010 13205 40000
  • Bug fixes
4.0.1 October 12, 2010 13164 40000 (api)

Wrath-Logo-Small.png Wrath of the Lich King

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
3.3.5a June 29, 2010 12340 30300
  • Bug fixes
3.3.5 June 22, 2010 12213 30300 (api)
3.3.3a March 26, 2010 11723 30300
  • Bug fixes
3.3.3 March 23, 2010 11685 30300 (api)
  • Updated battleground system
  • Class balancing
3.3.2 February 2, 2010 11403 30300
  • Spell changes
  • Dungeon balancing
  • Arena Season 8
3.3.0a December 14, 2009 11159 30300
  • Bug fixes
3.3.0 December 8, 2009 10958 30300 (api)
3.2.2a September 25, 2009 10505 30200
  • Bug fixes
3.2.2 September 22, 2009 10482 30200
3.2.0a August 19, 2009 10314 30200
  • Bug fixes
3.2.0 August 4, 2009 10192 30200 (api)
3.1.3 June 2, 2009 9947 30100
3.1.2 May 19, 2009 9901 30100
3.1.1a April 28, 2009 9835 30100
  • Bug fixes
3.1.1 April 21, 2009 9806 30100
  • Bug fixes
3.1.0 April 14, 2009 9767 30100 (api)
3.0.9 February 10, 2009 9551 30000
  • Bug fixes
  • Class balancing
3.0.8a January 28, 2009 9506 30000
  • Bug fixes
3.0.8 January 21, 2009 9464 30000 (api)
  • Many bug fixes
  • Class balancing
3.0.5 December 10, 2008 9294 30000
  • Not released in North America, Europe, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau (dealt only with Simplified Chinese localization).
  • Details are same as patch 3.0.3.
3.0.3 November 4, 2008 9183 30000 (api)
  • Minor bug fixes
3.0.2 October 14, 2008 9056 30000 (api)
  • New class spells and talents
  • Stormwind Harbor
  • Barbershops in capital cities
  • Zeppelin towers outside of Orgrimmar and Tirisfal Glades
  • Two brand-new Arenas featuring challenging new layouts, terrain hazards, and moving obstacles
  • Guild calendar
  • Hunter pet skill revamp
  • New profession: Inscription

Bc icon.gif The Burning Crusade

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
2.4.3 July 15, 2008 8478 20400
  • Mounts at level 30!
  • Bug fixes
2.4.2 May 13, 2008 8209 20400 (api)
  • Bug fixes
2.4.1 April 1, 2008 8125 20400
  • Bug fixes
2.4.0 March 25, 2008 8089 20400 (api)
2.3.3 January 22, 2008 7799 20300
  • Bug fixes
2.3.2 January 08, 2008 7741 20300
  • Class changes
  • Many bug fixes
2.3.0 November 13, 2007 7561 20300 (api)
2.2.3 October 9, 2007 7359 20200
  • Bug fixes for sound
2.2.2 October 2, 2007 7318 20200
2.2.0 September 25, 2007 7272 20200 (api)
  • Many class balance changes
  • Voice Chat
  • Improved Chat Interface
  • Mac Movie Capture
2.1.4
  • Not released in North America, Europe, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau (dealt only with Simplified Chinese localization).
  • Details are the same as patch 2.1.3.
2.1.3 July 10, 2007 6898 20100
  • Read in-game mail will now be kept for 30 days
  • Improved the performance of conditional macros
  • Warlock spell incinerate has had the performance of its graphical spell effect improved
  • Several bug fixes
2.1.2 June 19, 2007 6803 20100
  • PvP Trinkets redesigned
  • Arena rewards reduced in price for Season 2
  • Many instances tweaked
  • Many bugfixes
2.1.1 June 5, 2007 6739 20100
  • A couple of bugfixes
2.1.0 May 30, 2007 6729 20100 (api)
  • Fixed a crash issue.
2.1.0 May 22, 2007 6692 20100
  • Black Temple introduced
  • Many new solo and small group quests and quest hubs
  • Interface additions
  • Druid epic flight form added
  • New arena, Ruins of Lordaeron Arena
  • Many, many, many bug fixes
  • Class changes
2.0.12 April 3, 2007 6546 20003
2.0.11 March 24, 2007 6489
  • Not released in North America or Europe (dealt only with Traditional Chinese localization).
  • Details are same as patch 2.0.10, with the locale-specific changes planned for 2.0.9 added.
2.0.10 March 6, 2007 6448 20003
  • Many bugfixes
  • Class changes
2.0.9
  • Not released in North America or Europe (dealt only with Traditional Chinese localization).
  • It was replaced by patch 2.0.11 before the maintenance of servers in Taiwan was done.
2.0.8 February 16, 2007 6403 20003
2.0.7 February 13, 2007 6383 20003
2.0.6 January 23, 2007 6337 20003
2.0.5 January 14, 2007 6320 20003
  • Several bugfixes
2.0.4 January 12, 2007 6314 20003
  • Several bugfixes
2.0.3 January 9, 2007 6299 20003
2.0.1 (MD5) December 5, 2006 6180 20000 (api)

This is the patch that comes with the TBC installation CDs/DVD
See also 2.0 consolidated changes for Iriel's compiled list of API changes

  • Looking for Group Interface Tool
  • New Talents
  • Revamped honor system
  • Arena battles
  • UI Changes

WoW Icon update.png Vanilla

Patch Release date Version Interface .toc Highlights
1.12.3 November 14, 2006 (Traditional Chinese) 6141 1300
1.12.2 October 13, 2006 (EU) 6005 3975
  • Spanish client bug fix
1.12.1 September 26, 2006 5875 3975
1.12.0 August 22, 2006 5595 3975
1.11.2 July 11, 2006 5464 3975
1.11.1 June 28, 2006 5462 3975
1.11.0 June 20, 2006 5428 3975
1.10.2 May 2, 2006 5302 3975
1.10.2 April 11, 2006 5230 3975
1.10.0 March 28, 2006 5195 3975
1.9.4 February 14, 2006 5086 3975
  • Some minor fixes
  • Guild recruiting channel added
1.9.3 February 7, 2006 5059 3975
  • Love is in the Air - Valentine's Day support.
  • Zul'Gurub modified
    • Fights changed: Hakkar, Panther, Spider, Bloodlord.
    • Number of trash mobs reduced to allow quicker completion.
    • Zandalar reputation points increased.
    • Loot drop rate modifications
  • Support for Intel Mac OS X
1.9.2 January 12, 2006 4996 3975
  • Movement smoothing bugfix
1.9.1 January 10, 2006 4983 3975
  • Bugfixes
1.9.0 January 3, 2006 4937 3975
1.8.4 December 5, 2005 4878 3975
  • Minimum battleground time for Mark of Honor received by losers. (10 min)
  • Feast of Winter Veil preparations.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Patch 1.9 preparations.
1.8.3 November 15, 2005 4807 3975
  • Blizzard Launcher
  • The AddOn button should now properly show on the character selection screen for players using custom interfaces.
1.8.2 October 27, 2005 4784 3975
  • This patch has only been rolled out in Europe (because of a bug in the German client).
    • Fixed a crash with loot-roll messages.
1.8.1 October 25, 2005 4769 3975
  • Battlegrounds
    • Certain geometry exploits in Arathi Basin have been fixed.
  • User Interface
    • Fonts should once again display properly.
    • Fixed bug preventing UI scripting error messages from wrapping.
    • Fixed per-character saved variables for non-English character names.
1.8.0 October 10, 2005 4735 3975
1.7.1 September 22, 2005 4695 3975
  • Altered geometry in Arathi Basin to prevent a possible exploit.
1.7.0 September 13, 2005 4671 3975
1.6.1 August 2, 2005 4544 3975
  • Bug fixes
1.6.0 July 12, 2005 4500 3975
1.5.1 June 14, 2005 4449 3975
  • Fixed an assertion that was preventing Mac clients from playing in the battlegrounds and causing a memory leak on PCs when they did
  • Improved error reporting to give more useful information to development
1.5.0 June 7, 2005 4442 3975
  • Battlegrounds are introduced:
  • All members of both the Horde and Alliance are reporting low stockpiles of various textile resources! Donations of cloth are now being accepted in the following locations: Darnassus, Stormwind, and Ironforge for the Alliance; Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff for the Horde. Seek out an official Cloth Quartermaster for more information.
1.4.2 May 3, 2005 4375 3975
  • Minor patch has been released to address a crash issue in 1.4.1.
1.4.1 May 3, 2005 4364 1300
  • Bug fixes
1.4.0 April 8th, 2005 4341 3975
1.3.1 March 22, 2005 4297 3975
  • Fixed a crash bug that would happen infrequently when teleporting
  • Fixed a UI error that could occur in certain zones
1.3.0 March 7, 2005 4284 3975
1.2.4 February 22, 2005 4222 3975
  • Improved performance when large numbers of players are gathered in a small area of the world.
1.2.3 February 22, 2005 4211 3975
  • This is a minor patch to address localization issues.
1.2.2 February 15, 2005 4196 3975
1.2.1 December 21, 2004 4150 3975
  • The EU version of patch 1.2
    • Rolling for items in the French and German will now work properly
    • Resolved an issue with looting in click to move mode that could cause crashes
    • Performance issues occurring with certain CPUs have been resolved
1.2.0 December 18, 2004 4149 3975
1.1.2 December 6, 2004 4125 3975

The EU release version[4]

  • Removed time zone tabs from realm list for U.S., all servers now appear in one list.
1.1.1 November 17, 2004 4062 3975
  • Many bug fixes and additions
1.1.0 November 7, 2004 4044 3975
  • The US release version.
0.12 October 11, 2004 3988 26
  • Item durability added
  • Some class changes
  • Assorted other changes
0.11 September 29, 2004 3925 26
  • New model & animation system
  • New looting methods
  • Some class changes
  • Assorted other changes
0.10 September 18, 2004 3892 26
0.9.1 August 24, 2004 3810 26 Bug fixes
0.9 August 17, 2004 3807
  • Hunter class introduced
  • Boats and Zeppelins partially implemented (more to come)
  • Items had a major overhaul
  • Sharing quests with party
  • Level cap raised to 55
  • Major class changes
  • Assorted other changes
0.8 July 7, 2004 3734
0.7.6 June 26, 2004 3712
0.7.5 June 23, 2004 Mac only
0.7.3 June 17, 2004 Mac only
0.7.2 June 16, 2004 Mac only
0.7.1 June 14, 2004 3702
0.7 June 15, 2004 3694
  • PVP system testing commenced
  • 2 testing servers: PVE and PVP
  • All items deleted and quest progress reset
  • Postal system implemented
  • Mounts introduced
  • Level cap raised to 45
  • Major class changes
  • Assorted other changes
  • 2 new dungeons introduced: Gnomeregan and Uldaman
0.6 April 13, 2004 3592
0.5.5 March 18, 2004 3494 All-Alliance push
0.5.4 January 15, 2004 Tri-Horde push
0.5.3 December 11, 2003 3368 Undead push
0.4.0 August, 2003 Internal alpha patch. Introduced minimap, world map, and Undercity
0.3.4 May 3, 2003 2953

See also

References

 
  1. ^ BlizzCon 2016: World of Warcraft What's Next panel
  2. ^ Medievaldragon 2016-11-10. BlizzCon 2016 World of Warcraft: What’s Next Panel Transcript. BlizzPlanet.
  3. ^ Dragonflight in 2023 – The Road Ahead. Blizzard Entertainment (2022-12-21). Archived from the original on 2023-03-17.
  4. ^ Special:ProblemReports/13236