WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne - Patch 1.17

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[e][h]Patch 1.17
Patch Information
Release Date:
Chronology (Balance Updates)



  • Fixed a problem with Burning Oil that caused the effect to not be created when buildings were attacked directly.
  • Fixed a problem that caused some instant spells cast after a targeted spell to execute before the targeted spell.
  • Fixed problems with the Melee AI when it attempted to use certain instant spells.
  • Fixed a problem with Morphing units re-executing commands that were interrupted by the morph timer expiring.
  • Fixed an exploit that would allow players to track enemy units under the fog of war with queued move commands.
  • Fixed a problem with units following enemy units and never proceeding to the next order when they moved underneath the fog.
  • Fixed a problem with spells that can target a point or unit (like Shockwave) failing when the selected target dies. If the selected target runs under the fog or teleports, the spell is intended to fail.
  • Fixed a problem with Envenomed Spears wearing off too early if the affected unit was also affected by Slow Poison or the Orb of Venom.
  • Fixed the invisibility transition time for levels 2 and 3 of Wind Walk.
  • Fixed the orb air attack speeds for the Blood Mage, Pit Lord, and Firelord.
  • Fixed the armor upgrade values for Human, Orc, and Undead shops.
  • Fixed a problem preventing Phased Faerie Dragons from teleporting.
  • Fixed an issue with Faerie Dragons that could cause them to become unresponsive to most commands if you Phase Shifted just as the unit was attacking something.
  • Fixed Doom so that the spell now has a maximum creep level.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Crypt Fiends to deactivate Web when they unburrowed.
  • Fixed a problem with Cleaving Attack that would prevent it from working when Orbs were equipped.
  • Fixed an issue with Cleaving Attack that would cause Thorns Aura to reflect damage on targets that took splash damage.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Orb of Annihilation's splash damage to ignore armor.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause Metamorphosis to cancel the effects of a Staff of Teleportation.
  • Fixed Devour such that devoured units now give experience to the owner of the Kodo Beast if it gets polymorphed/hexed and instantly digests the unit.
  • Fixed rally points such that friendly units will no longer cancel rally orders to Heroes that teleport, Blink, or Mirror Image.
  • Fixed illusions so they now get correct damage, armor, life, and mana bonuses consistent with the original units.
  • Fixed an issue with morphed units that could cause them to cost food when revived by Animate Dead if they had died in their morphed form.
  • Fixed the Storm Pandaren (from the Pandaren Brewmaster's ultimate) so it now correctly displays Wind Walk's backstab damage.
  • Fixed a problem with Flame Strike that wouldn't allow Blood Mages to become invisible after they finished channeling the spell. Prior to this fix, the Blood Mage would become visible for as long as damage was taking place, despite the fact that he was no longer casting the spell.
  • Fixed upgrading buildings such that they now receive the correct hit point bonus from the Masonry upgrade.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause manually cast arrow abilities to occasionally fail.
  • Fixed racial shops so they no longer block line of sight.
  • Fixed multiple units' casting the same spell so they now distribute the load more efficiently.
  • Fixed creeps so that missile spells no longer wake them when launched. Instead, the creeps now wake when a spell hits.
  • Fixed channeling units so they will auto-queue orders issued to the entire selection except for Stop and Hide. Orders issued to the selected subgroup will break channeling (so you can teleport out of the area while channeling).
  • Fixed units in the middle of a non-channeling spell such that they will now auto-queue all orders until the spell is complete.
  • Fixed Hero icons so their order is now consistent throughout the game.
  • Fixed replay speeds so they can once again be changed while the replay is paused.


Expansion - Frozen Throne[edit]

  • (4) Turtle Rock
    • Top right and bottom left creep camps now drop equivalent items.
  • (4) Twisted Meadows
    • Added some trees near the south Mercenary Camp to prevent mercenary purchase without engaging the creeps.
    • Added some trees to prevent item purchase from Goblin Merchant without engaging creep camp.
  • (6) Demon's Crossing
    • Removed the two Dragon Roosts and their accompanying creep camps from both sides of the map, then altered the creep camp guarding the remaining Dragon Roost.
    • Rebalanced most of the creep camps to be more player friendly.
  • (6) Monsoon
    • Added some trees near the water line to prevent units from moving behind them.
  • (6) Typhoon
    • Added some trees near the expansion gold mines to prevent the creeps from harassing players when they pass by.
    • Added some trees to start locations and moved bottom middle start location closer to trees to help with initial harvesting.
  • (6) Upper Kingdom
    • The two center creep camps that are guarding gold mines have been pushed back from common pathing areas.
  • (8) Mur'gul Oasis
    • Center creeps pushed further back away from common pathing areas through the middle.
  • (8) Gold Rush
    • Fixed missing Tavern from the bottom left corner.

Classic - Reign of Chaos[edit]

  • (6) Dark Forest
    • Cleaned up some trees to provide wider areas for larger groups to path through.
    • The creep camp guarding the top middle expansion gold mine no longer attacks units that path nearby.

Balance Updates[edit]


  • Haunted and Entangled Gold Mines are now indicated on the minimap.
  • The experience bonus for having a single Hero and owning a tier-2 or tier-3 town hall has been increased to +15%/+30% from +10%/+20%.
  • Line damage spells such as Shockwave, Carrion Swarm, Breath of Fire, and Breath of Frost no longer damage a targeted friendly unit.
  • Default autocast spells (like Abolish Magic or Bloodlust) that require research will now have autocast enabled when the research completes.
  • Arrow abilities set to autocast now override Orb effects.
  • Repairing an upgrading building now uses the repair time and cost of the original building.
  • Harvesting, building, and repairing workers are the only units left behind by a teleport.
  • Hexed and polymorphed units now have the same statistics as the normal units except for movement speed and the model. Previously, these abilities were changing the armor type and hit point regeneration type.
  • Constructing Peasants are now included in group selections. A constructing Peasant will automatically queue all orders unless it is the only unit selected, or until it receives a Stop order.
  • Channeling ultimates now cancel invulnerability. If an invulnerability spell is used while channeling, channeling will end.
  • Damage-capped AOE spells now have a seperate cap for friendly, enemy, and neutral units.
  • Enemy units now take damage from Lightning Shielded illusions.
  • If a unit is rallied to a unit/Hero that dies, the rallied unit will now continue to move towards the last spot the rally target occupied.


  • Defend has been reworked. Piercing damage is still reduced by 50%, and there is now an additional 30% chance that a defending Footman will reflect unit attacks back on the source for full damage. Piercing damage building attacks have a 30% chance to do no damage.
  • Banish now costs mana 75/60/50 by level, and has a 0-second cooldown at all levels, down from 5/3/1 seconds.
  • Siphon Mana drain per second has been reduced to 15/30/45 from 18/35/55.
  • Siphon Mana has been reworked. It now transfers mana from an enemy to the Blood Mage, or from the Blood Mage to an ally. Additionally, Siphon Mana can push the Blood Mage's mana up to as much as twice its normal maximum value, though mana gained in this way drains off rapidly if not used.
  • Blood Mage attack speed increased by 30%.
  • Flame Strike damage cap set to the equivalent of 6 targets, up from 5.
  • Knight hit points increased to 835 from 800.
  • Arcane Towers now deal 20 bonus damage per attack to summoned units.
  • Divine Shield can no longer be deactivated.
  • Phoenixes no longer regenerate life from a Fountain of Health.


  • Death Knight base armor reduced to 3 from 4.
  • Banshee attack range increased to 600 from 500.
  • Units raised by Animate Dead are now invulnerable to dispels as well as damage.
  • Destroyers no longer regenerate mana from a Fountain of Mana.
  • Unsummoning an upgraded building now provides resources for the original building in addition to the cost of the upgrade (before it was just the cost of the upgrade).
  • The Nerubian Towers' frost attacks now properly affect magic-immune units.
  • Devour Magic now dispels the owl summoned by Sentinel, but does not give mana to the Destroyer.
  • Since we have corrected the splash damage bug with Destroyers, we have reverted Destroyers to their old 1.14 statistics. Destroyers now have mana regeneration of -3/sec (down from -6/sec), Orb of Annihilation now costs 25 mana down from 50 mana, and Devour Magic restores 75 mana per unit dispelled, down from 150. Note that Devour Magic no longer gives health or mana when a player devours friendly buffs.


Night Elf[edit]

  • Abolish Magic no longer auto-dispels hero spells.
  • Abolish Magic no longer removes positive buffs on friendlies or negative buffs on enemies when manually cast (it already did this for autocast).
  • Rejuvenation can now target magic immune units
  • Faerie Fire armor debuff reduced to 4 from 5.
  • Archer hit points increased to 245 from 240.
  • Faerie Dragon damage increased to 14-16 from 13-14.
  • Level-1 Entangling Roots base duration reduced to 9 seconds from 12, but level-3 Entangling Roots damage increased to 25 per second from 15 per second.
  • Ancient Protector's attack now uses a homing missile.
  • The Huntress' bouncing attacks will no longer bounce back to the initial target.
  • Shadow Strike is no longer removed by Banish.
  • Taunt now affects only the 10 closest units. It is also now disabled by Banish.


  • Naga Sea Witch speed reduced to 270 from 300.
  • Cluster Rockets mana cost reduced to 70 from 75.
  • Voidwalker mercenaries now cost 2 food, up from 1.
  • Hydras spawned from a splitting parent are no longer considered summoned units.



  • Replays are incompatible between major game revisions (1.16 replays cannot be viewed with the 1.17 version of Warcraft III). Custom save games will not load from version 1.16.

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