World of Warcraft Cataclysm: Patch 4.1 Guide
The long-awaited patch 4.1 has finally arrived, players can now look forward to two new 5-player level 85 heroic dungeons, and much more.
The release of patch 4.1 will bring two new heroics for level 85 players, as well as new guild achievements, a change to the random dungeon finder, many much-needed bug fixes, and numerous changes to existing battlegrounds and dungeons.
Zul'Aman and Zul' Gurub
The biggest and most exciting aspect of patch 4.1 is the re-introduction of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub, these were previously raids and were taken out of the game in the release of Cataclysm. They have been reintroduced as 5-player level 85 heroic dungeons, players will need a minimum average item level of 346 to enter either dungeon, and they can queue for both using the random dungeon finder. The loots drops in both of these dungeons will be item level 353, rapidly improving player's item levels, these dungeons promise to be a challenge however. The rare epic mount drops that players used to be able to get in the Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub raids will also be re-introduced, and players that were lucky enough to get the old ones will retain their feat of strength achievement.
The rewards for completing dungeons and battlegrounds as a guild group are already in place, but patch 4.1 will introduce guild objectives which can be attempted a limited number of times a week and will be relevant to battlegrounds, arenas and dungeons, the rewards will be more gold and experience for the guild as well as achievements.
Call to Arms: Random Dungeon Finder
For those players who use the random dungeon finder tool they will find a new feature has been added to try to reduce waiting times in the queue. This is a Call to Arms and it means that any class that is under-represented in the queue will gain extra rewards for joining a group, this will be a bag given at the end of the dungeon that will contain gold, the chance of gems or flasks, and a rare chance of a non-combat pet or even a mount. This tool is aimed at tanks and healers to encourage them to use the tool more often that they might normally do.
As expected, numerous changes will be made to all classes and specs either improving their damage/healing or reducing it. This is standard for almost every patch release and reactions from players will tell Blizzard if they have got it right.
Justice, Valor and Honor Points
Players will be able to spend justice and valor points on honor and conquest points respectively, and justice points can also be bought with honor, but this will not apply to acquiring valor points.
Numerous minor changes and bug fixes have been introduced to improve the gameplay. As this is the first major content patch since the launch of Cataclysm, Blizzard will be monitoring reactions very closely.