The latest Blizzard update to the Cataclysm Beta gives us a glimpse at the new spec bonuses, talent spec user interface, and the 31-point talent trees themselves. Granted the majority of this is still far from complete, however you’ll immediately notice that some of your favorite talents have been transformed into spec bonuses accessible only by that specific spec.
In addition there are now brief talent tree summaries that describes the specific benefits of each tree for newcomers. Most may seem fairly redundant, like “Beast Mastery” being described as a “master of the wild who can tame a wide variety of beasts,” though I can personally say that as an in-game warrior who started off killing most things with auto attack, a little hand holding isn’t a bad idea at the start.
Speaking of Warriors, those of us who that jokingly offered our healing services, teasing a non-existent “improved bandage spec” will soon realize that the joke was on us. Yes, that improved bandage spec is now a reality proving we really should watch what we wish for.
Check out the full list of talent trees, descriptions, and spec bonuses below courtesy of WoW Insider and MMO-Champion.
A dark guardian who manipulates and corrupts life energy to sustain himself/herself in the face of an enemy onslaught.
An icy harbinger of doom, channeling runic power and delivering rapid weapon strikes.
A master of death and decay, spreading infection and controlling undead minions to do his/her bidding.
Uses heal-over-time Nature spells to keep allies alive, taking on the form of a tree when the need is most urgent.
Takes on the form of a great cat to deal damage with bleeds and bites or a mighty bear to absorb damage and protect allies.
Can take on the form of a powerful Moonkin, balancing the power of Arcane and Nature magic to destroy enemies at a distance.
A rugged tracker who favors using animal venom, explosives and traps as deadly weapons.
A master of the wild who can tame a wide variety of beasts to assist him/her in combat.
Manipulates arcane energies, playing with the very fabric of time and space.
Freezes enemies in their tracks and shatters them with Frost magic.
Ignites enemies with balls of fire and the breath of dragons.
Invokes the power of the Light to protect and to heal.
Uses Holy magic to shield himself / herself and defend allies from attackers.
A righteous crusader who judges and punishes opponents with weapons and Holy magic.
Uses magic to shield allies from taking damage as well as heal their wounds.
Uses sinister Shadow magic, especially damage-over-time spells, to eradicate enemies.
A versatile healer who can reverse damage on individuals or groups and even heal from beyond the grave.
A swashbuckler who uses agility and guile to stand toe-to-toe with enemies.
A deadly master of poisons who dispatches victims with vicious dagger strikes.
A dark stalker who leaps from the shadows to ambush his/her unsuspecting prey.
A spellcaster who harnesses the destructive forces of nature and the elements.
A healer who calls upon ancestral spirits and the cleansing power of water to mend allies? wounds.
A totemic warrior who strikes foes with weapons imbued with elemental power.
Calls down demonic fire to burn and demolish enemies.
A warlock who uses both Fire and Shadow magic along with powerful demons.
A master of Shadow magic who specializes in fear, drains and damage-over-time spells.
A furious berserker wielding a weapon in each hand, uses a flurry of attacks to carve his / her opponents to pieces.
A stalwart protector that uses a shield to protect himself/herself and his/her allies.