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WoW: Wrath of the Lich King bug fixed in Classic after being unnoticed for 14 years

Published: 03:28, 30 March 2023
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King cutscene with Arthas
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King cutscene with Arthas

World of Warcraft players utilised a weapon that was much more powerful than intended for well over a decade and it wasn't until Classic that this was discovered.

MMO titles often hold secrets that can take years and even north of a decade to find. It seems like discovering bugs may take developers just as long, with World of Warcraft : Wrath of the Lich King Classic showing an issue that was around since the original run.

The bug in question occurred with Val’anyr, Hammer of the Ancient Kings, a legendary weapon with a unique property that would give the wielder a chance to pop a shield on an ally they healed.

Players could increase the shield's value by continuing to heal the same target during the 15 seconds of the Blessing of Ancient Kings effect as the shield amount would be equal to 15 per cent of total healing.

Essentially, this gave the target extra health equal to 15 per cent of the healing, which could get pretty insane at times, rendering even the most powerful attacks incapable of breaking the shield, or at the very least, the buff would constantly reduce taken damage without anyone being able to out-damage the incoming healing and shields.

This is where the bug kicked in. The total amount of shielding that could be received from the buff was supposed to be capped at 20,000. A simple typo resulted in 10 times the amount and 200,000 damage was quite a lot during WotlK times.

With that in mind, the patch from March 28, 2023 , fixed the issue and the hammer will be far less potent than what the veterans are used to.


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