Did you miss me?
Just kidding! I am back though after a couple of weeks exploring the wonders through the Mists. Panda haters be damned, but I do love the new zones, and yes, the new race and class.
If you don’t know that Halloween is on its way, you are obviously living in another country, or else quite deprived. But we still love you anyway <3. For the next 3 weeks I’ll be bringing you the best of my tricks and as always the treats! If you’re still playing WoW (and if you are reading this you probably are) it should be noted that Hallows End will be starting this Thursday October 18th in game.
Some things of note for this year’s Hallows End event.. Scarlet Monastery has been updated with the expansion, so I highly suggest going in and doing the Horseman at least once. The item levels will be equivalent of current MoP end game gear. If it matches Brewfest (as I’m sure it will), the level to go in will be 89. The Headless horseman’s mount is now account bound, so if you have more than one toon that is high enough take them in to try to win it. And if you haven’t been in a while, there are some new rewards that can be earned with the trick-or-treat candy like the Feline Familiar (or you can just buy one of mine of the AH $$)
Onward to the first of our Halloween goodies! Are you having a hard time deciding on your costume? Why not go as the original evil playable class, a Warlock! PMF has an awesome papercraft design for a wearable Warlock helm based on the Hood of Malefic. I put this together in relatively short time at work, and I can attest to it being big enough to be wearable… perhaps a little too big in design though.
Some comments before you get crafting though.. the horns do sag on the finished product, I used interlaced drinking straws reinforced with toothpicks taped to the underside to give a little more stability. I would advise you to glue the pieces once you have their locations mapped, it is tight enough that with the double sided tape it does get a few ‘holes’ in it. Also, this is a little difficult as far as wear-ability, there is a liner for the head built into the base, but it shifts very easily because of the weight of the horns, so you may want to think of a way to anchor this with a rubber band or pins or something.
You can find PMF’s post with the download to the pattern here
And here is my completed version, with my little Windrider Cub for reference
Stay tuned, next week will feature a double post, one for a peek at my epic Halloween playlist, and one featuring some of the best Halloween tracks released by the WoW community!!
Not a complete list, but some of the best of what to expect today! What are you looking forward to?
I haven’t been writing much outside of the holiday guides, but it’s my goal to get back on track. We’ve downed Nefarian and Al’Akir, making EBS 12/12 Defenders of a Shattered World. I will begin working with my guild shortly to make guides available for these final two bosses. We have since also downed Heroic Halfus, though I don’t plan on writing any more guides past the normal 12 bosses. Firelands will remain to be seen as of yet, but I doubt I will be continuing to write, and instead focus on catching up on some achievement guide posts which are long past due. (Many of which have been changed since the release of this expansion).
I’ve been hard at work lately on leveling some alts, as Saurfang is still a relatively new server for me. I like having my professions covered and I’m still working toward this goal on this server, having no gold sucks. I’ve been vigilant on keeping you all updated with the holidays as they come out as well, many of which have seen some change since the remaking of the world. The travel ones in particular (Bring on Midsummer next, and I will do my best to have new coordinates for you all). I also have a side project going with the creation of my first machinima, based off a song written and performed by my ex-husband. Being as video editing is something I really want to take further in my life, I won’t be posting it on youtube until it’s absolutely perfect in my eyes, even if the draft right now is passable for posting.
I’ve also been playing around on the PTR. Yesterday I ventured in and faced off against Alysrazor. We didn’t get far in the fight unfortunately, our 3 pulls were accidental simply because someone in the party couldn’t resist ‘trying to pick up the pretty feather’ lying on the ground. After loosing a tank, the group fell apart. I did see enough of the fight though, mixed in with the help of the new in-game dungeon helper, to have an idea of its playability though. Don’t stand in the fire bubbles running around on the ground. Pick up 1 feather, run fast and cast while moving, pick up 2 feathers and more of the same, 3 feathers and you find yourself flying on the back of a bird. Obviously that 3rd is for the melee so I didn’t get to see what it was like up there, but from what they told me, you do take falling damage. On the ground you have chicks that target you and chase you, from what I can gather you want to lead these to the worms on the ground so they will eat them and become sated (vulnerable?) I couldn’t really confirm this last bit though with so few pulls. (I tried going with 2 other groups, but the results were abysmal and not worth mentioning as I didn’t even come close to a boss pull with them).
Today was supposed to be dedicated to Majordomo Staghelm. I was really psyched to go against this guy as I’ve followed a bit of the lore from Fandral from “Stormrage”, played a bit on the ally side a while back, and remember leading him out of the cave through the nightmare in the Hyjal quests. Alas he was not to be. Though I found a group of very friendly people to run this time around, real raiders to the core, the ptr had other ideas. 30 minutes after the instance was supposed to open and everyone was still waiting, Blizz finally decided it was time to restart the server to make it active. When we got back, it was worse than before, people floating in the air, dc’ing when they got near the portal, instance not found, not able to re-accept invites because the game apparently thought we were still grouped. After another 30 minutes of this, they finally decided it was borked, and rescheduled it for another time.
I hit the mailbox before logging though, and learned some interesting things…
The first thing I learned, is that there’s a new animation for when you’re checking your mail..
(you now look like you’re reading a map when you open your mailbox)
Second thing I learned, is that having pet achievements pays off. They were kind enough to send me 2 free pet biscuits, like the ones from the TCG. I’m guessing this is achievement related, but I couldn’t tell you at how many pets you get them at. I have roughly 155, and got 2 biscuits.
And on that note about pets, I found something else waiting for me in the mail as well…..
(again going under the assumption he’s achievement related)
This is Nuts. Yes, that’s his name. Pictured here with a pet biscuit, he’s actually same size as about a prairie dog pet. Although not as cute as my Moonkin Hatchling, he’s still quite a charmer. His cutest animation though, and I found this while being partial afk at the mailbox, is when he’s tired of waiting for you and stuns you by throwing an acorn at your head.
I really wanted to get a fraps of the inside of the instance for you guys today, the web area is just AMAZING, but I guess I’m just going to have to keep my eyes open for the next time they do the testing.
On another side note, since I logged on to the ptr an hour early, I decided to check the daily quest area. Like the cata zones it starts with a call to arms on the Org board. Sends you out to the west side of Hyjal (the exact place escapes me atm). But a note: You have to be quite far (maybe even completed) the Hyjal zone for these quests to be available. So that might be something you may wish to work on before 4.2 goes live.
Edit: the pets for the numbered pets have changed since I posted this.
- Littlest Pet Shop, 150 pets, now rewards Celestial Dragon
- Menagerie, 125 pets, now rewards Brilliant Kaliri
- Petting Zoo, 100 pets, now rewards Nuts’ Acorn
Dungeons & Raids
- Ring Out! will only rewarded if all players defeat Daakara without leaving the turquoise stonework.
- Here, Kitty Kitty… now requires you to defeat High Priestess Kilnara after having fed 4 Temple Rats to Bethekk’s Pride. Now rewards 10 points, up from 0.
- Explore Silverpine Forest no longer requires you to explore The Greymann Wall
- Explore Westfall no longer requires you to explore Gold Coast Quarry
- Explore the Cape of Stranglethorn no longer requires you to explore The Sundering.
- You’ll Feel Right as Rain Feel 1000% better by eating Chocolate Cookies.
- Represent now also includes Renowned Guild Tabard and Illustrious Guild Tabard.
- Cataclysmically Delicious now only includes Cataclysm food and rewards 20 points, up from 10 points.
- Drown Your Sorrows now only includes Cataclysm beverages.
Guild (bottom tab)
- You Have Been Challenged Complete a guild challenge.
- Challenging Complete 50 guild challenges.
- A Difficult Challenge Complete 100 guild challenges.
- Raid Challenges Complete 50 guild raid challenges.
- Rated Battleground Challenges Complete 50 guild rated battleground challenges.
- Dungeon Challenges Complete 50 guild dungeon challenges.
Player vs. Player
- We Had It All Along *cough* now requires you to win by 50 points or less. Up from 10 points.
Battle for Gilneas
- One Two Three You Don’t Know About Me now requires you to assault 2 bases, down from 3.
- Out of the Fog now requires you to defend 2 bases, down from 3.
- Not Your Average PUG’er now requires you to defend a base 10 times by recapping the flag, down from 50.
- Jugger Not now requires you to win the Battle for Gilneas by 100 points or less, up from 10 points.
- Battle for Gilneas All-Star now requires you to assault and defend 1 base, down from 2.
- In Service of the Horde is now Veteran of the Horde and rewards the “Veteran of the Horde” title.
- Veteran of the Horde is now Warbringer of the Horde and rewards the “Warbringer” title instead of “Veteran of the Horde”. Now requires to win 300 rated battlegrounds, down from 500.
- In Service of the Alliance is now Veteran of the Alliance and rewards the “Veteran of the Alliance” title.
- Veteran of the Alliance is now Warbound Veteran of the Alliance and rewards the “Warbound” title instead of “Veteran of the Alliance”. Now requires to win 300 rated battlegrounds, down from 500.
- Twin Peaks Perfection no longer requires you to not die.
- The Limnologist no longer requires you to catch Bloated Smallfish or Bloated Trout.
Time for the next installment on the World Event Meter, counting down to What A Long Strange Trip its been……
This time around we cover the Lunar Festival. Not too much to this one outside of travel time, and there’s more than a fair share of that. I’ll cover the non travel stuff first, really the best thing you can do for the travel stuff is to find one of the mods out there that uses Tom Tom or some similar mod to point you from one zone to the next. Keeping in mind that most mods have not been updated for Cataclysm, the mods will at least get you to the general area. All coordinates in this guide have been updated for Cataclysm and are denoted by a * after the coordinates.
The Rocket’s Red Glare: Shoot off 10 Red Rocket Clusters in 25 seconds or less. The vendor is located 52 59, by the clusters and set them off in the Cluster Launcher.
Frenzied Firecracker: Shoot off 10 Festival Firecrackers in 30 seconds or less. The vendor is located 52 59, buy the fireworks and place them somewhere that’s easy to access. when you use them, you get the green target circle, jsut spam use them targeting the ground anywhere.
Lunar Festival Finery: Purchase a festival pant suit or festive dress with Coins of Ancestry. You get the coins by visiting each of the elders of each zone. They cost 5 coins each.
50 Coins of Ancestry: Visit 50 Ancestors, this is one of those stacking achievements, starting with one then going to five, ten, twenty-five, and finally fifty.
Elune’s Blessing: Complete the Elune’s Blessing quest by defeating Omen. You’ll want a group for this if possible, it can be difficult to solo or even duo. The good news is if you happen to come upon a group doing it already, and they kill it, all you need to do is walk over the body til the quest completes. If you do have to do this on your own, you need to either bring 3 dozen clusters with you to summon him, or buy and use an elune’s candle to stun then kill the minions of omen.
Elders of Eastern Kingdoms: Honor the Elders which are located in Eastern Kingdoms. Kharanos 53 50*, Blasted Lands 54 49*, Goldshire 39 63, Western Plaguelands 63 36 inside cave*, Zul’Gurub 71 34*, Booty Bay 40 72*, Thelsamar 33 46, Sentinel Hill 56 47*, Burning Steppes 70 45*, Flame Crest 53 24*, The Hinterlands 50 48, Searing Gorge 21 79, Brill 61 53, Sepulcher 45 41, Eastern Plaguelands 35 68, Light’s Hope Chapel 75 54, Scholomance 50 36.
Elders of Kalimdor: Honor the Elders which are located in Kalimdor. Razor Hill 53 43, Azshara 64 79*, The Crossroads 48 59*, Camp Taurajo 41 47*, Ratchet 68 70*, Dolanaar 56 53, Auberdine 49 19, Bloodhoof Village 48 53, Astranaar 35 48, Feralas 76 37, Dire Maul 62 31, Felwood 38 52*, Freewind Post 46 51*, Mirage Raceway 77 75*, Tanaris 37 79*, Gadgetzan 51 28*, Un’Goro 50 76, Winterspring 53 56*, Everlook 59 50*, Silithus 30 13*, Cenarion Hold 53 35*.
Elders of Northrend: Honor the Elders which are located in Northrend. Valiance Keep 59 65, Westfall Brigade 60 27, Star’s Rest 29 55, Frosthold 28 73, D.E.H.T.A. 57 43, Transitus Shield 33 34, Lakeside Landing 49 63, Rainspeaker Rapids 63 49, Ruins of Tethys 80 37, Wintergrasp 49 13 (must own WG), Zim’Torga 58 56, Moa’ki Harbor 48 78, K3 41 84, Bouldercrag’s Refuge 31 37, Warsong Hold 42 49, Camp Oneqwah 64 47, Agmar’s Hammer 35 48, Camp Tunka’lo 64 51
Elders of the Dungeons: Honor the Elders which are located inside the dungeons. Zul’Farrak 34 39 by Ghaz, Sunken Temple 62 34 in the door circle to the left, Maraudon 51 93 by princess other bridge, Blackrock Spire 61 40 lbrs follow path, Blackrock Depths 50 63 in the arena, Stratholme 50 27 live: follow loop upwards, Utgarde Keep 47 70 just past first ghoul room, The Nexus 55 64 beside ormorok, Azjol-Nerub 22 44 down the hole, Drak’Tharon Keep 69 79 beside king dred, Gundrak 45 61 behind Drakkari Colossus, Halls of Stone 29 61 rock side, Utgarde Pinnacle downstairs after 48 22 Skadi.
Elders of the Horde: Honor the Elders which are located in the Horde capital cities. Orgrimmar 52 60*, Thunder Bluff 72 23, Undercity 66 38.
Elders of the Alliance: Honor the Elders which are located in the Alliance capital cities. Darnassus 39 31, Ironforge 28 17, Stormwind 34 50*.
I’ll start this guide off with the non-meta achievements, but being as they’re still worth 10 points a piece I’ll note them briefly.
Crashin’ and Thrashin’: You can pick up a Blue Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer Controller at the toy shop in Dalaran. Find a friend, or another person who owns one of the 2 types, and use the racers to fight.
BB King: Since this achievement seems to be active still, I can only assume they are giving the Red Ryder BB Guns out again at Christmas this year. Use the gun to ‘shoot’ the leaders of the opposite faction. It does next to no damage so don’t expect to go killing faction leaders. Be prepared to run fast to get back out past the guards again (unless you feel like some graveyard rez’s). Or if you’re lucky, maybe you can find a ‘For the Horde’ raid.
Edit: The special present this year is the Minizep controller, so you can’t complete this achievement unless you got the gun last year. There’s no equivalent to take its place this year.
Now for the Meta Achievements, on your way toward What a Long Strange Trip its Been..
Start off in Org/IF. The Smokey Woods Pasteur’s goblins are back with the same old quests. In Org they are just outside of the Auction House. Get the quest ‘Metzen the Reindeer’ and it will tell you to go to either Lost Rigger Cove in Tanaris, or Stonewrought Pass in Burning Steppes. Being Horde I naturally took the shorter path to Tanaris from Org. The reindeer’s location is 72, 48, use the dust in your bags (open the bag the goblins gave you) to save him. Achievement credit happens when you turn in the quest.
With a Little Helper from My Friends:
There are devices that look like Engineering transports in several locations. For Horde you can find one in Org right across from the flight trainer, in Undercity its right by the Zeppelin towers. These are not the only 2 locations, but they’ll be the one’s you’ll likely be by. The devices turn you into smelly little gnomes, a necessary evil I assure you. Once you’ve transformed, cue up for some pvp. You can go random to get your daily credit, or if you want to go specific I suggest a larger scale pvp environment. Tol Barad, Alterac Valley, Isle of Conquest, or Strand of the Ancients. You don’t necessarily have to fight to get the achievement, but for the sake of those in your BG who are there for a purpose, I don’t suggest staying still either. If you die, you will loose your gnome transformation though, meaning you won’t be able to collect any more kills toward the achievement until the next bg. So when possible I would stay with the larger group. It will probably take you 2+ bg’s depending on which ones you do for all 50 kills.
For Horde: You can pick up snowballs when you go out to do Simply Abominable, or buy some off the Smokey Wood goblins. Fly over to Thunder Bluff. As you go down the ramp from the flight master, you want to take the first exit. Straight ahead is Baine, and /use one of your acquired snowballs.
Hope that you have started the quest chain to open Ogri’la dailies. If not expect this to take some time. If you have not started the chain, Go to Blades Edge Mountains in Outlands. Fly over to the Circle of Blood, you will need a flying mount for this. Talk to Chort at the base of the Tower and he’ll send you to talk to the ogre at the top. From there the chain will send you to kill multiple Gronn’s. I solo’d these as a 78 prot pally, and though I completed it, its not the easiest thing I’ve done. I wouldn’t do it as a lower level or a class without a heal, without some help. Especially the last step of the chain before being sent to Ogri’la (where the chain continues in a lesser capacity). Also for this quest, you need to transform your mount into a reindeer with some holly. I believe the Metzen quest should have rewarded a small stack, or you can get some by /kiss revelers in any inn (not a guaranteed drop rate). Sorry druids, no flight form for this one. Complete the Bomb them AGAIN daily on the reindeer for credit.
Tis the Season:
All new for Cata, the Winter Hat’s have found new homes, and its within the Cataclysm instances. So you’ll need level 83 to get this. The Red hat drops from Admiral Ripsnarl in Deadmines, High Priestess Azil in Stonecore, and Corla in Blackrock Caverns. The Green Winter Hat drops from Lord Godfrey in Shadow Fang Keep, and Drahga Shodowburner in Grim Batol. Good Luck. The Mince Meat Fruitcake should be in your mailbox so long as you’ve completed the Metzen quest chain (may take a day or 2).
This quest starts in Org like Metzen but has a bit more travel on it. You need to head over to the other continent and up to the Ruins of Alterac. (Org>UC>Tarren Mill is the fastest path). Once at the ruins, look for a snowman among some trees. (Don’t forget to pick up some snowballs while you’re here so you can use your holiday pets on Christmas morning, or Scrooge if you haven’t done it already). He should continue your quest to kill the Greench. He will likely be camped, so just watch for him to yell and increase your chances by waiting til toward the end of the holiday or getting in a group. Achievement credit happens when you get back to Org, turn this in, and talk to Greatfather Winter.
Let it Snow:
You get the snowflakes only by /kiss revelers in any inn. And they are not a guaranteed drop, so make sure to visit the inns as your hour long debuff wears off. With the Horde and Alliance now spending more time in their respected cities, this achievement will actually be a challenge. Hopefully through the holiday though you can still find some people in Dalaran trying to complete other parts of the meta like A Frosty Shake. With luck you can get the right combo’s. Otherwise you may have to camp some start zones or have friends roll alts.
Bro’s Before Ho-Ho-Ho’s:
Mistletoe can be acquired by /kiss revelers in any inn once an hour. The drop rate is not guaranteed. For Horde we need only to locate 3 brothers and /use mistletoe on them. Wolfbrother is located in Warsong Hold in Borean Tundra 40,55, Keltan is located on the airship that flies around Icecrown’s North West side, and Malach is located in the War Quarter of the Undercity 51, 21.
Winter Veil Gourmet:
Hopefully you did Pilgrim’s Bounty or have a decent cooking skill. You will need to have 325 to complete this achievement. The cookies are cooking skill 1, Eggnog is 35 (both recipes purchasable from the Smokey Woods goblins) and Apple Cider is 325, the recipe for this will probably be sitting in your mailbox if your skill is that high.
He Knows if You’ve Been Naughty:
Simply open a present under the tree between Christmas morning and the end of Winter Veil.
A Frosty Shake:
These are in your mailbox if you’ve completed the holiday quests. If you’re not lucky enough to get one, they are bind on use, so you can try on an alt, or buy one off the AH. Head to Dalaran (don’t forget the return portals are gone so plan accordingly), and find someone else wearing the frosty disguise. These take a snowball to activate. Transform yourself and /dance with them for credit. Winter Veil Disguise Kit is what you need.
So the big news today, besides the announcement of the adorable new moonchicken and rag’s pets, and the new troll bat flight form is the blue post on Insane in the Membrane.
Feats of Strength
- Insane in the Membrane no longer requires the Shen’dralar reputation.
Ok, I don’t begrudge Blizzard on this being as they did originally tell folks not to worry about insanity come cata, then announced at blizzcon that they were getting rid of a key rep and putting a bullet in the feat of strength. But for those of us that have it, well, I don’t know about the rest of you but I feel severely cheapened. If you have not worked on this, Shen’dralar is easily (or was) one of the most costly reps in the game to grind. Librams which were unique equipped sold for 150g-300g on Ysera where I worked on it. Large brilliant shards ran 10g a piece (of which 2 to 4 were needed each), countless hours spent farming the necessary Skin of Shadows, Frayed Abomination Skins, and (I still shudder remembering) Blood of Heroes. And the creme de la creme, 84 Pristine Black Diamonds which were purchasable for 300g to 400g a piece. And when all is said and done, this rep does not even equate to its own rep achievement! Sure it will likely still count to your overall total, but where’s the recognition for all the work?? Another title, or some kind of novelty pet or mount would have been nice. A strongly disappointing day for Blizzard in my eyes.
But enough of my ranting, here’s the rest of the achievement changes for the day.
Player – General
- Helping Scribes Pay the Bills has been removed.
Guild – Quests
- A Daily Routine now requires you to complete 15 000 quests, down from 25 000.
- Daily Driver now requires you to complete 30 000 quests, down from 50 000.
- The Daily Grind now requires you to complete 75 000 quests, down from 100 000.
Guild – Player vs. Player
- Kill Squad now requires you to get 100 000 honorable kills, down from 500 000.
- Guild Gankers now requires you to get 250 000 honorable kills, down from 1 000 000.
- Creepjackers now requires you to get 1 000 000 honorable kills, down from 2 500 000.
Player – Quests
- Thousand Needles Quests now requires 60 quests, down from 64.
- Unearthing Uldum now requires 108 quests, down from 120.
- My Very Own Broodmother now requires you to complete the quest within 90 seconds of striking the crystal. (Old – Killing Aesora within 50 seconds)
Player – World Event
- Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s no longer requires Brother Anton in Nijel’s Point.