Mists of Pandaria

WoW MoP New Features + Game Changes


MoP New Features


List of Overall Game Adjustments/Additions with WoW MoP

  • New Level Cap: Players can now advance to level 90

  • New Profession Cap: Professions can now be leveled up to 600

  • New Character Slot: Each server now has 11 character slots available

  • Account-Wide Pets: In MoP pets acquired by one character will be shared among all characters on the same account.

  • Pandaria Flight Rules: Like in Burning Crusade, players will only be able to fly in the new zone after they have reached the max level, 90.

  • Pandaren Racial Mount: The Pandaren mounts will be Cloud Serpents. Each player can raise their own by doing 20 days of daily quests.

  • Auto Learn Spells: You no longer have to buy spells from your trainer. They are automatically learned as you level up.

  • Area of Effect Looting: When a player loots a corpse with other lootable corpses within range of the player, then all loot from those corpses will appear in a single loot window!

  • New Farming Mini-Game: The Tillers faction will allow players to run a farm! The farmer's market will provide a daily quest to improve your farm every day, you will be able to clear plots of land and plant things like cooking ingredients, herbalism nodes, faction reputation turn-ins, and more.

  • Dungeons & Raids: 9 new dungeons and 3 new epic raids (with 3 difficulties) will be available at the start of MoP

  • World Raid Bosses: World raid bosses will once again spawn. At the start of MoP there will be 2 new world bosses.

  • Final Raid: The final content patch in MoP will allow players to take part in the Siege of Orgrimmar. Both factions will attempt to end the reign of Garrosh, the Warchief.

  • PvP: New battleground maps with different objective styles, and a new arena map are planned. STV Diamond Mine will be Payload Style gameplay. Valley of Power will be Murderball style gameplay.

  • New Creatures: Jinyu (fish-like), Hozu (monkey-like), Verming (rabbit-like), Mantid (AQ insect-like), Mogu (ancient race that used to control Pandaria), Sha (manifestation of evil energy)

  • Factions: Reputation with related factions will be able to be earned simultaneously alleviating the single faction grind system.



List of Minor/Specific Game Changes with WoW MoP

  • Raid Finder Loot: The LFR loot system will allow all players to roll individually. The highest few rolls will win loot. If a player wins the roll and the boss has no loot that player can use, then an amount of gold will be awarded.

  • Heroic Only Dungeons: Blizzard plans to only have heroic level 90 dungeons in MoP and no normal max level dungeons anymore.

  • Mount Variety: There will be more different types of mounts in WoW MoP to be acquired rather than lots of simple color changes of the same models.

  • Mount Quantity: There are already more new mounts in WoW MoP than there were in Cataclysm.

  • Quest Rewards: Quests will reward Valor Points to keep players immersed in the world. Quests may also offer a specific daily buff that gives certain stat or loot benefits.

  • Guild Perks: New guild perks will be added, and a few old perks like Have Group, Will Travel are being removed and replaced with different ones.

  • Central Locations: The plan is to keep players adventuring in the world with MoP. Blizzard mentioned that they didn't want players to just sit in SW or Org once they completed a lot of end game content. The Horde and Alliance central locations on Pandaria will be separate to encourage more World PvP.

  • Pre Mists of Pandaria Event: A patch roughly two weeks before launch may involve a scenario with Theramore and the Alliance vs Horde theme. Chen Stormstout might also come to the local cities and get players excited about what is coming. Some simple rewards may be offered to players who complete pre-Pandaria content.

  • Patch Sequels: Each content patch will be like a sequel to the most recent patch completely reforming the storyline.

  • Ranged Weapons: Hunters have no minimum range and no longer have a melee weapon. All other classes no longer have a range weapon. Some classes can throw their melee weapon, and wands will become main hand weapons. Therefore, ranged weapons and 2h melee weapons will have the same stat budget.

  • Shaman Totems: Totems that were used primarily for a buff will be removed. Totems will now be used for utility only such as roots, repels, absorbs, assisted damage, etc.

  • Druid Specs: Druids will now have 4 definitive specs with feral DPS and Tank being separated.

  • Warlock Resources & Pets: Warlocks will be gaining a unique resource for each spec type, and Warlocks will be able to summon new types of demonic pets (Shivan, Wrath Guard, Beholder, + more).

  • Dispels: Dispel type abilities will have a small cooldown and duration, but will now remove all debuffs.

  • Mana Pool: Intellect will no longer directly increase the size of players' mana pools. Spirit will become more important for healers' mana regen.

  • Spell Resistance: Spell resistance will be removed in MoP. There are no buffs that improve it and there shouldn’t be much, if any, spell resist gear left.

  • Resilience: Resilience may be renamed "PVP Defense" and will become a base stat increasing with level. This will help new players enter the PvP system without such a steep resilience gear curve.

  • Offensive PVP Stat: PVP Power will be a stat included on pvp items that will increase damage dealt to other players as well as healing done to other players in pvp situations.

  • PVP Gear Item Level: PvP gear will be lower in item level than PvE gear of an equivalent tier.



Changes Players will Not find in WoW upon the release of MoP

  • Player Housing: Although the devs have revisited the feature multiple times, they will not introduce it in Mists of Pandaria.

  • True BoA Items: Right now, bind to account items can only be traded between characters on a single server. This will probably not change in Mists of Pandaria.

  • New Profession: A new class and new playable race will have to suffice. No new professions are planned, although existing professions will receive updates as with every expansion.

  • Spectator Mode: A spectator mode to watch other players battle in Raids, Battlegrounds and Arenas is being considered by Blizzard, but will probably not enter this expansion.

  • Stat Flattening/Squishing: Developers had discussed restricting the exponential improvement of stats so that the difference between an NPC 5-10 levels below you is less and they might be a little tougher to handle. This change will not take place in WoW MoP, but may happen in a future expansion.

  • Mounted Combat: Mists of Pandaria will not offer this feature that has been suggested multiple times by the community.

  • Dance Studio: The dance studio has been put on the backburner and will not be a new feature of Mists of Pandaria

  • Hide Shoulders: An interface option to hide shoulder armor will not be available in Mists of Pandaria



Mists of Pandaria Developers Q&A Transcripts

(1) Oct 22, 2011     |     (2) Oct 22, 2011     |     (3) Oct 22, 2011     |     (4) Oct 27, 2011

(5) Nov 9, 2011




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