There’s plenty of changes coming to World of Warcraft as Blizzard prepares for the upcoming release of the newest expansion, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. With so many changes coming, it’s hard to keep up to date with everything.
Sometimes, the changes that Blizzard makes can seem small and inconsequential – and oftentimes, they are. However, just as often, players find themselves with new changes to items that never expected to see changed.
Some might feel that this is the case with the latest batch of hotfixes, which are bringing a limitation to the level for old “legacy” consumables. These old-world items from expansions past seem like they would be out of Blizzard’s radar, but changes come nonetheless.
There’s a few potions that have been hit with a new limitation, setting the maximum effective level to level 50 for several of them. To be clear, this means that the potion will have no effect on a character level 51-60.
The potions in question are the Swiftness Potion, Invisibility Potion, Free Action Potion, and Purification Potion. While somewhat archaic, these potions were still widely used by players across the board.
Hotfixes for November 5 include the addition of a previously datamined level limitation to old legacy consumables – Now old consumables such as Swiftness Potions and Free Action Potions are limited to level 50 maximum.#Warcrafthttps://t.co/Pe75zyZurW pic.twitter.com/drk0iJOxP1
— Wowhead (@Wowhead) November 6, 2020
One of the first to address is the Free Action Potion, which was actually a key item for mythic raiders to bring into Ny’alotha at the end of the Battle for Azeroth expansion. This CC-removing potion was used in the fight against Mythic Wrathion to counter the movement debuff active in the fight.
Swiftness Potions also continue to see wide use, especially for transmog and mount farmers that tackle old raids. For classes that may not have much in the way of mobility-enhancing abilities, the 50% run speed bonus from these potions was invaluable.
Purification Potions and Invisibility Potions were less popular, to be certain, but still had a powerful use. Purification Potions, for example, removed a poison, a curse, and a debuff from whoever drank it, making it effective in dungeons and raids to clear debuffs without bothering a healer.
Invisibility potions were more of a novelty item, as they granted the imbiber invisibility for 18 seconds before fading. Players aren’t quite as upset to see this one moving away as they are with the others.
It’s fair to say that at the moment, this is actually a buff. These potions had their max level set to 49 instead of the current level cap of 50, which was making it so that they couldn’t be used for current content as players continued to burn time waiting for the expansion.
Still, the level restriction is likely to continue heading into Shadowlands, rendering these consumables unusable for the upcoming content. Whether Blizzard intends to implement substitutes is unknown.