How Can I Download World of Warcraft Patches Without Using Blizzard’s Downloader?
Man, it seems like every time I have to download World of Warcraft patches through the Blizzard Downloader it takes waaaaayyy too long! Is there an easier way to download the patches that come available instead of waiting on the Blizzard Downloader?
I feel your pain! It can and sometimes does take hours upon hours to download big WoW patches but the good news is there are a few places that happen to mirror the patch so people don’t have to wait for the dreaded Blizzard Downloader to complete.
I have found the WoWWiki to be THE place for hosted WoW patch downloads. It seems to be updated all the time and you can find places that host patches all the way back to 2.0 as well as finding all the PC/Mac patches and it also lists some general mirror sites which can host multiple language patches for the different versions of WoW. A word of warning though….be sure to virus scan any of the files you download from any of the sites listed in the wiki. Most of the time you wouldn’t have to worry about it since patches that have had viruses placed inside them are usually flushed out and deleted fairly quickly but you always want to protect yourself.
If that made you way too nervous and just want a site that is trustworthy you can always check out the list of websites that host the patches on the main World of Warcraft website. One of the only downsides with doing this is they are usually packed especially during a patch day and it sometimes can take a long time before you are able to download the files. Still is defiantly recommended and always a great place to look for sites hosting the newest WoW patches.
Another approach you can do with this is if you like downloading the patches with BitTorrent but want more control over the Blizzard Downloader you can always use your favorite torrent client and download it that way. This way will take a little bit more technical knowledge in order to get it downloading correctly but if you find yourself familiar with torrents you may opt to do this. More details about the torrents is on the WoWWiki.
Those are a few options you can take besides having to wait for the Blizzard Downloader as it really can take a long time for even small files. The good news is Blizzard seems to work on the downloader quite often and you can sometimes (especially with big patches) start downloading them in the background while you are playing WoW before the patch goes live. Hopefully, eventually, they will get it working extremely well and we will not have to find alternate places to download the World of Warcraft patches.