Warcraft 3 is an old game, but it is still popular. Blizzard Entertainment keeps it going by releasing patches every now and then.
A patch is software designed to update or fix problems with a program or game. Warcraft 3 and Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne get regular patches to fix compatibility problems after the initial release and sometimes to change game rules or algorithms. For example, some Warcraft 3 features can be exploited to gain unfair advantages over other players. A patch can level the playing field, add extra features and introduce game tweaks. You may notice Warcraft 3 servers sometimes taken down without or with little notice to apply critical patches.
If you download the Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne from the Blizzard website, the latest patch is automatically applied. If you installed the game from way back, you can update it by downloading the latest patch from Battle.net. There’s a separate patch for Reign of Chaos and for Frozen Throne; if you only have Reign of Chaos, you need to download and run the Reign of Chaos Patch. If you have the Frozen Throne expansion pack in addition to Reign of Chaos, you only need to download and run the Frozen Throne patch. If you already have patch version 1.25b, you need to upgrade it to version 1.26a. To check what patch version you have, open Warcraft 3 and look at the bottom right corner. For recent installs/reinstalls, you need to download and run patch version 1.26a (universal patch).
You can download the patch on this page:
Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne Patch Version 1.26a
- Hex will no longer provide a speed boost to a Hero if cast at the end of Metamorphosis or Chemical Rage effects.
- Reverted the 1.25b fix, “Hex will no longer extend the duration of Metamorphosis.”
- Fixed an issue where some Mac patches could lead to disconnections during Battle.net games.
How to Play Warcraft 3 Without a CD
In the old days, Blizzard used to sell its games in discs, but today you can purchase and download a digital version. If you don’t already have an account, create one on Battle.net. Enter your name, email address, age and compete address. After submitting the information, you will get a confirmation email to activate your account. Once your account is activated, click the Games & Codes tab, select Warcraft 3 or Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne and click “Buy Now.” Your download will start through the Blizzard Downloader program. After installing, click “Play Game” to download the latest patch.
If you’re playing Reign of Chaos or Frozen Throne with a disc but you want to play without it, first make sure that you have the latest patch installed. You can download the latest patch (1.26a) for Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne by connecting to Battle.net or by downloading it manually. Once the game is patched, you can now play Warcraft 3 without a CD.