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Top 5 Most Memorable Bugs and Glitches in WoW

Updated Fri, Aug 09, 2013 by Mem

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Glitches and bugs are a normal part of any game and World of Warcraft is no exception. Usually, most get filtered out on the public test realms. However, every now and then, one sneaky glitch or bug manages to make it to live servers and proceeds to cause havoc amongst the players there. From funny, to crazy, to downright annoying, most of these bugs and glitches we have experienced over the years have earned a small spot in our memories. Some of which stand out more than others.


Below you will find our picks for the top 5 glitches and bugs ever seen in World of Warcraft. So read onward and take a trip down memory lane and see if you can remember experiencing any of these particular glitches and bugs. Enjoy!


Corrupted Blood

This glitch is one of my personal favorites and made it's appearance back in September of 2005 with the release of Zul'Gurub. Inside this brand new instance players faced off against Hakkar the Soulflayer who had a nasty debuff called Corrupted Blood. This debuff would periodically sap the players life every few seconds until the debuff expired or the player died. This debuff was especially tricky because it could be passed on to other players who were standing in close proximity to the afflicted player.


Corrupted Blood was contained to the instance until it was discovered that Hunter pets could take the disease OUTSIDE. Once the Hunter's pet was inflicted with the disease the Hunter needed only to dismiss the pet and the disease was packed away with the pet. Of course, if the pet was released in a populated area, such as the middle of Orgrimmar or Stormwind, all hell broke lose. Masses of players and NPCs were killed and these cities became carpeted with skeletons. Of course Blizzard eventually fixed Corrupted Blood so that it can no longer exist outside of the instance, however, its effects will never be forgotten. In fact the Corrupted Blood plague was earned so much attention that it was studied by researchers to more easily understand the spread of real-life diseases.


Vanishing Boats

Players choosing to take air boat transportation back in vanilla WoW were often treated to a little more than a sterile ride across to the next continent. This little glitch would cause the boat to mysteriously vanish and drop the player into the middle of one ocean or another in the world. Of course, as we all know by now, being dropped into the midst of the ocean is a very, very bad thing. Players deep in the ocean get the Fatigue debuff which will ultimately result in the player's death,unless they manage to reach land. Of course, reaching land in these situations was near impossible and so this glitch was responsible for more than a few player deaths. The worst part? Returning to your corpse was not an option, so players would be forced to spirit res and take the repair bill along with the accompanying debuff.


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Death Knight Pandemic

Almost seven years (give or take) after the Corrupted Blood fiasco, we were all pretty sure we were safe from plague outbreaks. It could never happen again right? Wrong. Another pandemic was just lurking around the corner. Death Knights, known for their use of plagues and diseases, would be the source of this more recent plague


Typically, Death Knights are only able to cast their spells Blood Plauge and Frost Fever on enemy targets. However, somewhere something went wrong and all suddenly these spells could be cast on both enemy and friendly targets alike. Once again, this lead to cities littered with skeletons of players and NPC characters a like. Even just one Death Knight could cause the death of hundreds of players with just the click of a button. Needless to say, this glitch was fixed soon after.


Mob Kiting

Kiting. We've all employed this tactic of dragging a mob all over creation in order to kill it more easily.We have done it solo and we've seen it done in larger groups. Currently, it is impossible for players to drag mobs too far. In fact after a certain distance they will automatically reset to their original location with full health. This safety is in effect for the following reason:


You see, back before this safety was put into place it was possible to drag any mob almost anywhere. Of course with this in mind, somewhere along the line a little light bulb went off in someone's head and much hilarity ensued. Players started dragging high level mobs into low level areas, including the formidable (at least at that time) outdoor raid bosses. The most notable of these would be the kiting of Lord Kazzak to Stormwind and Azuregos to Orgrimmar. Once there, these two raid bosses inspired fear and caused mass destruction. There was nothing more scary then seeing Azuregos charging about Orgirmmar eating players faces. While this may not actually be considered a “glitch” per say, it is still a game mechanic that Blizzard never intended to be used this way and thus makes this list.


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Wall Jumping

Wall jumping is a glitch that is found in World of Warcraft and that most of us (at least those of us who like to explore the world) have employed. In fact many of us may not even think of this as a glitch, but those blocked off areas are blocked off for a reason. So wall jumping falls firmly into the glitch category. To employ wall jumping players need only to discover a “wall” or other barrier preventing them from entering an area. Then by pressing jump and forward at the same time. If things go well your character will eventually make their way past the wall, if not you will simply fall to the ground. While using glitches to your advantage is never encouraged, many interesting places have been discovered this way, such as the area below Stormwind City.


That concludes our picks for the top five glitches and bugs ever seen in World of Warcraft. Remember, taking advantage of any glitch or bug in game comes at your own risk and is never encouraged. What are some of your most memorable glitches and bugs you've encountered in the game? Share them with us in the comment section below!

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