Bug is Giving World of Warcraft Players Extra Loot in Castle Nathria Raid

Published: December 11, 2020 2:50 PM /


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A bug is giving players more World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Castle Nathria loot than Blizzard originally intended, but you'll have a few days to score some bonus goodies before it's fixed.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has finally arrived after quite a long wait. The expansion was one of many game releases affected by the 2020 pandemic, most recently being delayed back in October of this year. The developers finally set a release date roughly one month later and managed to get the new expansion out on time.

Despite these delays, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has proved immensely popular — it quickly became the fastest-selling PC game of all time (before being quickly passed by Cyberpunk 2077). The newest raid has proven popular, too, and one player even created a cool browser game (via Reddit) featuring the raid's bosses as pineapples for some reason. That's not to say there haven't been problems, though; a recently-discovered bug is giving players a little too much loot in the new Castle Nathria Raid.

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Why the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Castle Nathria Loot Bug is a Problem

The World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Castle Nathria loot bug doesn't seem like a big problem — after all, who doesn't want more loot? However, Blizzard intends to fix this problem for one simple reason: it unbalances the loot progression in the rest of the game.

"Throughout the design and testing of Shadowlands, we’ve had a consistent goal of bringing a similarity to the rate of loot acquisition that players experience in each of the main endgame activities: Raiding, Mythic Keystone Dungeons, and PvP," read a blue post from WoW Community Manager Kaivax (via Wowhead). "This bug, if left unaddressed, would prioritize Normal and Heroic raiding over similar-difficulty dungeons and PvP progression."

Originally, the plan for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Castle Nathria loot was to give the 20-man raid 3 pieces of loot. However, this bug is giving players 5 pieces of loot instead, amounting to a 66% increase and making the Castle Nathria raid more generous than intended when compared against other activities.

If you're not involved in this game (or MMOs in general), it might not make sense why this is an issue. Simply put, awarding too much loot means that players will progress through the Shadowlands content much faster than they normally would, eventually hitting a point where there isn't much to do in this new expansion. Now, a hotfix is coming to resolve this issue.

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When is the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Castle Nathria Loot Bug Hotfix Coming?

The World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Castle Nathria loot bug hotfix will be arriving with next week's scheduled maintenance — that's on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Until then, however, players will have the opportunity to score an extra two pieces of loot on Normal and Heroic difficulties.

While this bug may be contentious, it shouldn't have a huge effect on the game; after all, the Mythic version has not yet launched and that's where players can get the greatest rewards. This is ultimately a minor blemish on what has ultimately been a fantastic new expansion.

What do you think of the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Castle Nathria loot bug? Do you think Blizzard should increase the drop rate for loot overall? Let us know in the comments below!

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