PTR 3.1 – Build 9658 & Updated Patch Notes

The Public Test Realm (PTR) updated today with a new build — build 9658 — and in addition Blizzard updated the PTR patch notes. These events so very rarely happen in tandem … it feels very special when they do!

So what did we get with this build? Let’s see. (Oh, and keep in mind that I am trying to just highlight the new changes. You should take a look at the official patch notes page for the whole list.)

Classes: General

  • Armor Penetration Rating: All classes now receive 25% more benefit from Armor Penetration Rating.
  • Taunts: All player or pet-generated taunts now have a shared diminish category.


  • Aspect of the Pack is now raid wide, and radius increased from 30 yards to 40 yards.
  • Talents – Beast Mastery
    • Animal Handler: No longer reduces the cooldown of Master’s Call, instead increases the duration of the Master’s Call effect by 3/6 sec.
  • Talents – Marksmanship
    • Chimera Shot: Mana cost reduced from 16% to 12%.
    • Rapid Recuperation re-designed: You gain 2/4% of your mana every 3 sec while under the effect of Rapid Fire, and you gain 1/2% of your mana every 2 sec for 6 sec when you gain Rapid Killing.
  • Talents – Survival
    • Trap Mastery, Resourcefulness and T.N.T. now all affect Black Arrow.
  • Pets
    • Great Resistance increased to 5/10/15% magic damage reduction, up from 3/6/9%.
    • Turtles and Crabs now dwell in waters of and off Eversong and the Ghostlands, giving Blood Elf hunters access to local Tenacity pets.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Aspect of the Monkey: No longer works while under the effect of Aspect of the Dragonhawk.

Ooh, new pets! Quick, Robin, to the Pet-mobile! (Okay, now I need a Belf alt named Robin.)

In addition to these huntery notes, I also noticed some other new additions:


  • The achievement Brew of the Year has been removed from the Brewmaster meta-achievement. The achievement Brew of the Month has been added in its place.
  • Noblegarden has been redesigned into a week-long holiday with new items, quests, and more. Various achievements have been added, including the meta-achievement Noble Gardener, which is now required for the meta-achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.

(I’ll have more to say about this on Warcraft Mounts.)


  • Horde characters may now obtain the quest CLUCK! from Chickens. While Farmer Saldean won’t be selling Special Chicken Feed to the Horde, perhaps “Westfall” William Saldean in Brill might…


  • Sprite Darter Eggs: May now (very rarely) drop from Sprite Darters in Feralas. Note that only Horde characters can attack and kill Sprite Darters.

On behalf of the Horde, allow me to say .. Finally! (Yes, I know I could do the CLUCK! quest before, but it was bloody annoying unless you had a second account. And Sprite Darters .. I mean, c’mon — Sprite Darters!)

18 thoughts on “PTR 3.1 – Build 9658 & Updated Patch Notes

  1. Aquillian

    OMG *dies* that Sprite Darter is the one of the biggest things I missed about my old nelf main ;____; Yay! But I’m not even gonna try for a few months, Feralas is going to be /swamped/! Also, I can’t wait to see/hear any more news about new pets ^^

  2. Kayb

    I always wanted a tamable sprite darter, but a vanity pet is almost as good! Woot, I MUST have one…

    good to see they’re putting more wildlife around too, theres lot of other areas that could do with some as well

  3. Rikaku

    “The achievement Brew of the Year has been removed from the Brewmaster meta-achievement. The achievement Brew of the Month has been added in its place.”
    If this means I’m getting a protodrake in sept…..*die*

  4. Mal

    Really not digging the Long Strange Trip changes. Brew of the Year wasn’t that difficult to obtain during the event, and now I’m going to have to go egg hunting in a month instead of not worrying about an event until Childrens Week. Ugh.

  5. Rikaku

    “Glyph of Aspect of the Monkey: No longer works while under the effect of Aspect of the Dragonhawk.”

    Seems like a dumb change. Not like anyone even uses AotM anymore once you’re 80, much less with there being such better choices for glyphs, it just seems…odd.

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  7. Saranette

    Hey cool! Sprite darters! No really, I like the add there, wonder what the turtles will look like (betting the red ones,) and…hey wait, someone should take a gander on this PTR to see if the Blighthounds or the Disembodied Jormungar or Arikara have been made unnameable or something…

    (I kid…. kinda…)

  8. Dimion

    Mania, a couple things I have noticed, in the stables when highlighting your pet it lists the type of pet (ferocity cunning or tenacity) and the dual spec changing really messes up the pets still :( have to go back to the hunter pet trainer and retrain the pet TWICE to fix his abilities (it lists the pet as still having abilities but he doesnt, and he has skill points back and you can only assign 4)

  9. Shagrat

    Awesome, I’ll be able to get a sprite darter for my main now, same with the chicken. It’s nice to see a little bit of balancing between factions in regards to pets. Now if they could only put the ravasaur trainers back in…

  10. Tygramun

    Odd that Hordies only get the Sprite Darter pet from slaughtering large numbers of Sprite Darters…

    A “nurturing” quest was too much work for a Vanilla WoW item??

    I just wish Blizz would update the height the Sprite Darters fly at. I have it on three of my characters, and it hovers near the ground. Newer pets on my main [e.g. proto drake from Oracles' egg] flies at approx. shoulder-height on my NE Hunter.

  11. demonshirubia

    Seems Blizzard took my suggestion to add the sprite darter as a drop :D

    They should add more turtles, otherwise they are going to be very camped!

  12. 84

    wow.those poor little darters are gonna be so over farmed.theyre quest mobs for both horde and alliance as it is.i wonder if theyre gonna add the ravisaur mounts soon?
    i look forward to finally being able to get turtles at level 10…

  13. Arnen

    ….They reduced Chimera Shot’s mana cost?! Awesome! :D

    And congratulations to all you Horde pet collectors :)

  14. Stranger

    “Glyph of Aspect of the Monkey: No longer works while under the effect of Aspect of the Dragonhawk”

    Blizz has said they added Aspect of Dragonhawk, merging Aspect of Hawk & Monkey, for hunters to avoid so-called “aspect dancing”. Now they remove the glyph effect under aspect of the dragonhawk, hunters must aspect-dance (between dragonhawk and monkey, no one will remain aspect of the monkey all the time) again. It’s silly.

    I have a suggestion, as always do. :)

    1.Totally remove Aspect of the dragonhawk, return to use Aspect of the Hawk. Instead, give us hunters a new ability: “Dual Aspect”, learned at level 74 or 75 (to replace Aspect of the Dragonhawk).
    Dual Aspect: you have ability to activate two aspects at once, but each category (offensive and defensive) will have only one active.

    2.Separate the two effect of Aspect of the Beast, into:
    Aspect of the Beast: original “unable to be track”.
    Aspect of the Tiger (or whatever suitable name): increase melee AP of hunter and pet

    3.Put all aspects into two categories: offensive & defensive
    Offensive: Aspect of the hawk, viper, tiger (melee AP buff).
    Defensive: Aspect of the monkey, beast (only ability to be untrackable), wild, cheetah, pack.

  15. Stranger

    I am a foreign player and can’t post my idea on US forum. Could someone re-post above idea about “Dual Aspect” on US forum?

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