Patch 5.1: Operation: Shieldwall and Dominance Offensive Guides
While 5.1 only introduces two new factions,
, they've got a lot of content attached to them--World PvP, rare spawns, daily quests, and achievements. We provided an
overview of these factions
in our Patch 5.1 guide, as well as links to all of our PTR coverage, but it's convenient to have all the information handy on one page as well.
In this guide you'll find:
How to get started and unlock these faction hubs.
Information on the World PvP areas.
Rare NPCs: their loot, locations, and abilities.
Reputation rewards: rare trinkets, epics, and mounts.
Daily quests: their quest hubs, reputation gains, and maps.
An overview of your faction's epic questline.
Rewards purchased from commissions: guard reinforcements, items that summon wild pets, NPCs that buff players.
Gear from the quartermasters has been repriced.
Sunsong Ranch now has [url=
Patch 5.1 Hotfixes: November 28th
now has a radius of 40 yards (was 30).
now has a radius of 40 yards (was 30).
Quest targets on Bilgewater Beach in
will no longer improperly apply PvP flags to attacking players.
, the Operation: Shieldwall Quartermaster, now accepts the proper currency for his wares.
can now be completed correctly.
NPCs in Domination Point will no longer ask PvP Guards to assist them in combat.
Great Cranes now drop
Fixed an issue that would sometimes prevent players from witnessing their respective faction's landing on the shore of
will no longer drop from
, as he can now be obtained from the achievement
Dungeons, Raids & Scenarios
Fixed an issue that could cause some playe
Patch 5.1: Realm Event Time Changes, Transmogable Guild Cloaks
Today's 5.1 news round up covers everything from fun vanity items to event time changes. On the light-hearted side of things, we have information on a new disguise from
and transmoggable guild cloaks. On the more serious side of things, we have information on standardized region-wide times for events like the
, which returned in 5.1 after a hiatus due to CRZ complications, when to expect Brawler's Guild Invitations on the BMAH, and clarifications on the new Beastmaster dailies like
And in sad news, we have confirmation from
Dave Kosak on twitter
that the Warlock "green fire" questline everyone was looking forward to was pushed back to 5.2.
If all the 5.1 talk sounds new and foreign, check out our complete
5.1 Patch Day Guide
Blingtron 4000: Let's Party!
now wants to party in 5.1! There's now a Party dialogue option, which buffs you with
lasting 60 minutes. This buff transforms you into a human with a stylish black-and-white pantsuit (
Wowhead's Patch 5.1 Guide
Patch 5.1 is live today and we've got you covered on all the changes! While there's no new raids or dungeons this patch, there's plenty of things to keep players busy. There's a completely new way to increase the ilvl of your gear, new factions to grind reputation with for gear and mounts, dozens of new pets to collect, and solo PvE challenges with the Brawler's Guild. And if you've been curious to get back to the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde, new questlines and scenarios will cover these factions clashing on the shores of Pandaria.
We've got summaries of all the new content below, as well as links to blue posts and Wowhead's comprehensive PTR coverage.
Patch Notes and Overview
Two new factions
offer new gear rewards and mounts while developing the Alliance and Horde conflict in Krasarang Wilds.
permanently increase the ilvl of their gear
through currency. Wowhead has developed several tools to display these stat increases for you.
The Brawler's Guild lets
players fight challenging solo bosses
for vanity rewards and achievements.
Five new scenar
Patch 5.1 is November 27th, 50% off Mists of Pandaria
Blizzard is trying something a little different with announcing patch dates for 5.1--they've emailed all the fansites this evening confirming the release date! We'll be posting Wowhead's comprehensive 5.1 Patch Day Guide tomorrow, covering everything from the
, as well as a few other surprises.
Patch 5.1, the first Mists of Pandaria content patch, is scheduled for release beginning on Tuesday morning, November 27 in North America.
Today is also Cyber Monday, so Blizzard is holding a sale for the digital version of Mists of Pandaria--it's 50% off through Thursday this week!
Still haven’t ventured to the shores of Pandaria? Snag a super deal on Cyber Monday by
saving 50% on World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
. That’s a discount of almost $20, making this a great opportunity to upgrade your Cataclysm account, or—if you’re already braving the
5.1 PTR: Battle Pet Additions and Improvements
We're done a lot of coverage recently on things like the new
. However, if you want to do something a bit more relaxing in the patch, there's numerous pet battle additions and improvements in store!
Today's post highlights everything related to pet battles in 5.1--new pets to capture, UI improvements, Battle Stones, and more. And if you're looking for tools to help with pet battles on live, check out Wowhead's
Battle Pet Maps
, and all the great information at
Several new wild pets have been added, mostly to fill out pet families that were scarce on capturable pets, like Mechanicals and Dragonkin. Click
for a full list
5.1 PTR: New Daily Quests
Since we can't get enough of dailies on live, we're previewing the new faction dailies available in 5.1! The Alliance and Horde have landed on the shores of Krasarang Wilds, set up camp, and need your help in defeating the enemy.
(This has been updated as of 11/28 with further daily specifics.)
offer 5+ daily quests, which can either send you to your faction's base, your enemy's base, contested areas such as the Ogudei Shrine (
) or Blacksmith Oilfield (
), or along the Krasarang shore. If you turn in many commendations (gotten from looting enemy NPCs), you can purchase items like
which start a short quest series and give you a 30 minute buff upon completion. Check out our complete list of commendation rewards, which do cool things like buff your allies or fortify your base,
There are four possible quest hubs you will be sent to: you can get 900 reputation a day before
and other reputation bonuses are taken into effect. You can also do an additional Beastmaster group quest for +200 reputation.
Each daily quest gives [currency=396
Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes: November 20
Ancestral Healing and
no longer benefit twice from increased healing multipliers.
's UI alert will no longer fade prematurely.
's abilities now correctly ignore line of sight.
will no longer sometimes spawn too quickly.
now correctly obeys range restrictions.
Fixed an issue that could cause
to despawn after being pulled with a
no longer shares a cooldown with other food items.
The Raid Finder version of
will now be awarded to the correct classes.
no longer possesses the secret to cloning technology.
Dungeons, Raids & Scenarios
for the legendary quest [quest=3
5.1 PTR: New Rare Spawns, Black Friday Sale
For those of who you love rare spawns, 5.1 adds several more for
! Each hub in Krasarang Wilds has three rare NPCs that the opposing faction can kill for sweet rewards.
Champion of Arms:
. Located at their base's walls, by the entrance.
: Leaps to players out of range.
: Inflicts 60% of the target's health as Physical damage along a line in front of the caster.
Champion of the Light:
. Located inside their respective bases, close to their main fortresses.
Champion of the Shadows:
. Respectively be found on the Alliance docks/Domination Point Tower.
: Inflicts 60% of the target's health as Physical damage for players at range.
: Stuns players in melee for 3 seconds.
: Appears from up to 20 yards away.
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5.1 PTR: Legendary and Faction Quests
Since we last covered new quests in 5.1, there's been some big updates we wanted to share about legendary and faction quests. We datamined some possible rewards for the legendary chain in 5.1, including new gems and sockets. We also pieced together more of the epic 5.1 faction questlines and now know that they reward players with a mount!
There are upgraded versions of legendary gems:
allows you to add another gem socket to your Sha-Touched weapon, similar to
. These are for regular gems, not additional legendary gems.
Since we last covered the datamined quests, Blizzard has trimmed down the PvP requirements. Instead of winning 10 Battlegrounds, you only have to win one in
Two achievements have been added:
requires you to obtain 6000 Valor Points, and
is for completing all of Wrathion's 5.1 quests.
: Speak with Wrathion at the Tavern in the Mists.
: Kill Horde forces along the southern shores o
New Item Upgrade System in 5.1, WoW's 8th Anniversary, BWC Coverage
While 5.1 has a handful of new gear from reputation rewards, the majority of gear upgrades in 5.1 will come through a new currency-based upgrade system. Players can permanently increase the ilvl of their 458+ gear (both armor and weapons) by visiting a new Ethereal and cashing in spare currency.
Wowhead has created several tools for item upgrades:
Each item's page has toggle options to display upgraded stats.
An Upgrade column has been added to search result pages. This displays all the upgrade versions for an item in icon form, similar to dynamic quest rewards. Mousing over these icons will display the upgraded versions.
A new search filter has been added: "Can Be Upgraded" under General.
Advanced tooltip code
has been added so you can display a specific upgraded item's tooltip.
Read more about all the features here
News Round Up: 5.1 Reputation Changes, "Modified By" Ability Tab
Today's news round up summarizes the reputation changes coming in 5.1, highlights Wowhead's recently improved "Modified By" tab, and features more
Battle.net World Championship coverage
If you're ever wondered what it's like to make art for Blizzard, you should also check out WoW Insider's interview with
, one of the winners of Blizzard's first Student Art Ccontest. The winners got to spend several months interning at Blizzard and even put some finishing touches on Mists of Pandaria!
5.1 Reputation Changes
While the reputation grinds in Mists of Pandaria try some innovative things like removing reputation from tabards in dungeons, many players were not looking forward to repeating the grind on their alts.
In 5.1, each faction now has a special commendation that can be purchased at Revered from quartermasters which unlocks a 100% bonus reputation gain for all characters on the account.
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