1. The Ultimate WotLK Graphics Boost Guide

    The Ultimate WotLK Graphics Boost
    by truekripp



    Introduction

    Hello guys. My I'm truekripp. I'm here to give you everything you need to know about updated models on the WotLK client. (shaders/ENBs might be a future project)
    I'm a veteran here on Warmane. Been part of the community since June 2011.

    So, I've had a lot of questions about the upgraded models that I use on my machine.
    I've had my fair share of having fun trying to increase the FPS and the graphics on the WotLK client, while trying to push the engine as far as it can go. I've also done some minor editing with MPQ files.

    When Warmane released their new WotLK client I was quite happy at first, but it quickly turned into a bad mouthtaste. The "new" grpahical upgrade that Warmane had release was MASSIVE and had way too many issues.
    I'm not sure if this has been updated, but it used to bug out quite a bit. One of the biggest issues was the sheer size of the thing(that's what she said). This put a massive toll on the engine, and started making the game crash on several occasions. Massive lag spikes was another issue that could not be fixed, no matter how I looked at it.

    So.. I decided to dig a little deeper into the modding community and have found quite a few files that I've put together, to present the game in a more polished state, with less of a strain on the engine, than the "New Client".
    I have to be honest, if you are using a potato PC. Please don't blame me. This will be somewhat expensive, compared to what you're used to with the (old)WotLK client. If you have any issues, try turning shadows down to 0. It'll help.

    Please read through everything before you ask any questions.

    No, this is not bannable. Repost has checked most of the files in this collection, to make sure none of them go against TOS.

    Let's get started.




    What's in it for you?
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    Time to clear the waters. These files are not just adding a couple new textures.
    + Most monsters have updated models. Lions on the svannah, dragons in their lair, nagas in the waters.
    + Mount models and druid forms
    + This is not just a tiny upgrade, but a massive change in the setting of the game
    + Almost every NPC model has been updated to use the Legion models. Including humanoid NPCs(Guards, Kings etc)
    + Every playable race has been through the grinder. Even goblins had a facelift
    + New tilesets, makes most of the ground textures look much better
    + More detail on grass. New models for buildings
    + Sun effects - much more vibrant and extreme sun in the game world
    + Blood splatters, when fighting enemies. Colored blood for specific races/NPCs
    + More detailed classic Armors. Resolution for classic armors is doubled, making them much sharper
    + HD Slime & Lava
    + HD Tree textures
    + More Music in the world
    + New Shadowlands Login Screen
    + New Character Selection/Creation Screen
    + Classic and TBC dungeon maps

    Let's just say, you'll either love it or hate it.


    What isn't in my package?
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    - Procedural Water for 3.3.5a
    - Darker Nights
    - ENBs
    - Shaders

    I used to play with ENBs and Shaders, but I just don't feel like doing so anymore. If you want a massive change to the atmosphere, get an ENB or add a Shader. You'll get much better light effects, if done right.
    This is purely textured upgrades. No shaders.

    If there are enough requests I might reconsider adding more info on Shaders and ENBs.




    Download & Installation

    Download Links
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    All-In-One
    MEGA
    Google Drive

    Individual Links
    Patch 4
    Patch 5
    Patch 8
    Patch D
    Patch F
    Patch G
    Patch H
    Patch L
    Patch N
    Patch S
    Patch T
    Patch W
    Patch X
    Patch Y

    THIS IS A TEST - NOT A FINAL
    If you wish to skip the "installation" process, this is the way.
    1. Download both files, unzip the World of Warcraft folder anywhere on your PC.
    2. Download and unpack Interface.7z into your new wow directory.
    Click here for a fresh install with everything


    Table of Content
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    patch-4.MPQ - Music
    patch-5.MPQ - Music
    patch-8.MPQ - High Resolution Classic Armors
    patch-D.MPQ - HD Goblins
    patch-F.MPQ - Mounts, Druid forms & NPCs Part 1(won't work without P2)
    patch-G.MPQ - Mounts, Druid forms & NPCs Part 2(won't work without P1)
    patch-H.MPQ - HD Character Models
    Patch-L.MPQ - Character Selection Screen, Login Screen & HD Character Icons
    patch-M.MPQ - Loading Screens
    patch-N.MPQ - Classic & TBC Dungeon Maps
    patch-S.MPQ - Sunlight
    patch-T.MPQ - Tilesets, Grass & Buildings
    patch-W.MPQ - HD Lava/Slime(no water)
    patch-X.MPQ - HD Trees & Flowers
    patch-Y.MPQ - Blood Splatters

    Water Patch (Will NOT work with my full download list)

    Credit goes to Asorty for going through the individual files.



    Loading Screens, Login Screens & Classic Dungeon Maps(Part of the Main File)
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    Additional bonus patches that works great with patches in the current thread.

    1. Patch-L.MPQ Character creation, login menu and loading backgrounds + hd character icons(click on image to see in high resolution):
    Previews
    Character creation:
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    Backgrounds:
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    Login menu (Burning Crusade/Mists of Pandaria/Warlords of Draenor/Shadowlands + original WOTLK in the dowload link):
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    Patch-M.MPQ Bonus(canon) alternative loading backgrounds that works with Patch-L.MPQ or standalone:
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    1.1 Links to download:


    2 Installation instruction:
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    Download any patch that you want to install and remove from the name -ruRU part and then put it to the Data folder in the game folder.
    Example: Patch-ruRU-L.MPQ -> Patch-L.MPQ


    3.Credit goes to the creator of this thread:
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    Installation
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    Once you have downloaded the Data.7z folder, unpack it into your World of Warcraft directory. It should NOT overwrite anything. Copy/Paste the contents of the AddOns folder into your Interface/AddOns folder. These are essential for the Classic/TBC Dungeon Maps to appear in the game.
    There should be no issues with it.
    Remember to make a back-up of your Data Folder in case you break something.

    If you choose to download each and every file individually, move every single MPQ file into your Data folder, located inside your World of Warcraft folder.




    Macros
    More grass, longer view distance, dense spell effects.
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    Step 1. Create two macros and copy/paste this into them. You can't fill everything into one macro.

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    Macro 1
    /console overridefarclip 1
    /console farclip 1600
    /console horizonfarclip 6226
    /console groundeffectdensity 256
    /console groundeffectdist 140
    /console smallcull 0
    /console skycloudlod 3
    /console characterAmbient
    /console extshadowquality 4

    Macro 2
    /console environmentDetail 2
    /console spelleffectlevel 100

    Step 2. Don't change your graphics settings. If you do, you NEED to use the macros again. They will persist through relog/restart, as long as you don't touch your graphics settings.

    Comparison
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    My personal macro
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    /console horizonfarclip 6226
    /console groundeffectdensity 256
    /console groundeffectdist 140
    /console smallcull 0
    /console skycloudlod 3
    /console spelleffectlevel 80


    This will take a toll on your FPS.



    Uninstallation
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    Simply delete the MPQ files listed under "Table of Content", and the game should go back to normal.




    Experiencing crashes? Try this
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    Large Address Aware doubles the amount of RAM your game client can run, before it crashes.
    Many players are experiencing RAM crashes. This is most likely not due to your setup, but the game engine itself.
    Warmane is massively populated and this takes a toll on the engine while being near a big population like Dalaran City.

    Make sure you remove Read Only in properties of your World of Warcraft folder.

    Download and follow the guide on TechPowerUp





    CREDIT GOES TO
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    Finsternis
    Leeviathan
    Nicola
    Inico
    Trimitor - Classic/TBC maps in English - Original thread


    I will take NO credit for any of the work done in this post.



    Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this post.
    If you don't find what you need, please do comment. Tell me what is missing. Even if you do, I'd apprecate to hear your words!
    Have a good one.


    Kind regards

    truekripp


    Edited: 4 Weeks Ago Reason: Added full game download with textures installed

  2. Enjoy the Slideshow



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    Login/Creation Screen


    Golemagg the Incinerator

    Thunder Bluff

    Guard Duty

    Zhevra

    Green Goblin

    Thousand Needles


    The Barrens

    Warlock Pets

    Un'Goro Crater

    Shattrath

    Rivendare's Deathcharger

    Corpses, all over!

    *I'll upload full screenshots later.
    Edited: March 21, 2021 Reason: Added pictures

  3. I can't download from your link. It asks premium account. Can you reupload somewhere else?

  4. I can't download from your link. It asks premium account. Can you reupload somewhere else?
    You can skip this window and proceed with the download as usual.


    @OP, how well do these file modifications mesh with Molten's Warden / Sentinel / Whatever-they-call-it-these-days?
    Looks fine otherwise.

  5. I know. But It downloads 1-2GB and stops and asks to wait. It is annoying. 5-6-10 hours. Different time assignment.

  6. It would really nice to know what each and every patch does though. It could be useful for people - me included - who run WoW on older hardware.

  7. I can't download from your link. It asks premium account. Can you reupload somewhere else?
    I'll try to upload them individually, to see if that works. Most other websites with free uploading usually require payment for them to stay there permanently, which is why I chose MEGA. It works, is a tad tedious, but it works. Should be up in an hour or two.

    Download links fixed. Hope this helps. Please let me know otherwise.
    Edited: March 18, 2021

  8. @OP, how well do these file modifications mesh with Molten's Warden / Sentinel / Whatever-they-call-it-these-days?
    Looks fine otherwise.
    I have not tried them out with other files found on Warmane.
    If you'd like to find a link for what you're talking about, I'd gladly take a look myself, but I'm not entirely sure what it is you're referring to, to be honest.

  9. It would really nice to know what each and every patch does though. It could be useful for people - me included - who run WoW on older hardware.
    The bigger files (Patch 4, 8, F & H) are character/NPC/mount models. Not sure if one of them might be the tilesets.
    Patch 5, D, G, S and Y are compatibility, Goblin reskin, sun effect and blood textures.

    You can test it out yourself. I've used these for years and have entirely forgotten which is which.
    I did change the name of some of them, to change the order that they load up, because I wanted specific patches to be more present.(or fix a couple texture issues that would appear if one was loaded before the other).

  10. Finally I have downloaded your patches and mixed with uwow patches and the game looks amazing. ^^ Thank you so much. By the way, are there any possibility to make 1080p loading screens without black borders?

  11. Finally I have downloaded your patches and mixed with uwow patches and the game looks amazing. ^^ Thank you so much. By the way, are there any possibility to make 1080p loading screens without black borders?
    That might not happen, unless you find a patch that adds 1920x1080 pictures, and replaces the standard loading screens.
    The black borders are there to avoid stretching the image on the standard loading screen.

    - I'm glad you like it, thank you for downloading!

  12. I have not tried them out with other files found on Warmane.
    If you'd like to find a link for what you're talking about, I'd gladly take a look myself, but I'm not entirely sure what it is you're referring to, to be honest.
    I'm talking about the anti-cheat systems. You're modifying binaries. Is that being detected in any way? AKA if I apply the patch is my account eventually going to get banned? What proof is there that this isn't going to happen?

    To be fair, if they aren't even being detected, this would confirm the widely accepted assertions of rampant scripting going on in low and high end arenas (and BGs, and probably other areas) alike. Everybody's likely running amok with built-in .lua unlockers and whatnot.

  13. I'm talking about the anti-cheat systems. You're modifying binaries. Is that being detected in any way? AKA if I apply the patch is my account eventually going to get banned? What proof is there that this isn't going to happen?

    To be fair, if they aren't even being detected, this would confirm the widely accepted assertions of rampant scripting going on in low and high end arenas (and BGs, and probably other areas) alike. Everybody's likely running amok with built-in .lua unlockers and whatnot.
    My proof is that Repost has not only gone through all the files, checked them with the server and is actively using them nowdays.
    Changing textures are acceptable on Warmane. Adding or removing ingame items are not.(say, walls/houses)

    I've used them for years. I asked if they were okay. I've had GMs/Admins approve of them, and some of them are actively using these specific files right now. If I am to get banned, they'd have to ban half their team as well.

    There's no issues with the anti-cheat system, since this isn't a third party program, and it isn't altering with the location of any files in the game.

    Also, if you were to get banned, you would be banned for using their new client as well. It's basically the same thing.
    I hope that answers your question.
    Edited: March 19, 2021

  14. I'm talking about the anti-cheat systems. You're modifying binaries. Is that being detected in any way? AKA if I apply the patch is my account eventually going to get banned? What proof is there that this isn't going to happen?

    To be fair, if they aren't even being detected, this would confirm the widely accepted assertions of rampant scripting going on in low and high end arenas (and BGs, and probably other areas) alike. Everybody's likely running amok with built-in .lua unlockers and whatnot.
    When people say "binaries" they usually refer to executable code (exes and dlls).

    I have not heard of anybody being banned for modifying mpq files, as long as those modifications are not evident from the outside.

  15. The only thing that is missing to make game look awesome is water. ^ ^ I tried to find HD water patches for WOTLK, but couldn't find working one without bugs. I suppose that is why author didn't put it in the collection.

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