World of Warcraft: January 26 Hotfix Makes Protector of the Pack More Viable After Recent Nerf

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World of Warcraft has received a new hotfix recently and included a buff to the Druid’s Protector of the Pack, which might make it a bit more viable now.

For those who don’t know, Protector of the Pack is a Druid talent that provides a boost to Regrowth’s healing effectiveness or the damage done by the Moonfire spell depending on the specialization. For example, if you have a Restoration Druid, this talent will store 5% of your effective healing up to a certain point. After which, the next Moonfire you cast consumes all stored healing to increase its damage dealt.

That said, the World of Warcraft dev team has previously nerfed the talent by only granting the bonuses specifically stated on the tooltip. This means that Protector of the Pack no longer gains extra benefits from various modifiers on the Druid. However, this made the talent a lot weaker than what the developers had intended. Because of this, the healing bonus to Regrowth and the damage bonus to Moonfire have increased by 60% in this update.

Aside from that, another major change in this hotfix is that the holiday requirement for many holiday transmog rewards has been removed. This basically means that you can now use your favorite transmogs any time of the year. Want to use a Christmas outfit on Valentine’s Day? Now you can!


  • Guardian
    • Fixed an issue causing Raze to consume extra Tooth and Claw stacks.
  • Affliction
    • Fixed an issue to where the 4pc set bonus, Cruel Epiphany, was being removed when casting Seed of Corruption, causing it to not benefit.
  • Demonology
    • Fixed an issue where Grimoire: Felguard affected the cooldown of Guillotine, Demonic Strength, and Felstorm.
    • Guillotine, Demonic Strength, and Felstorm now put each ability on cooldown for the appropriate amount of time.
Vault of the Incarnates
  • Sennarth, the Cold Breath
    • Sennarth no longer casts Chilling Blast immediately before entering Phase 2.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the rare enemy, Bloodbeak the Ravenous, in Nokhudon Hold to have its health scale with attackers.
  • Experience granted by enemies associated with the Cobalt Assembly has been greatly reduced.
  • The Falling Star Flinger and Falling Star Catcher can now only be used outdoors.
  • Thanks to the assistance of a couple Bronze dragons, the Legion timewalking vendor items now reflect the correct item levels.
  • Fixed an issue where using Windscar Whetstone caused other on-use trinkets to remain unusable for several additional seconds past the displayed cooldown.
  • Warmode
    • Fixed an issue that prevented characters from earning “the Horde Slayer” and “the Alliance Slayer” titles.

World of Warcraft January 26 Hotfix is available on PC.

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