A WoW Blog. By Shakarr of Extra Bag Space, Saurfang

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Back, Like a Baws!

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!!


Love is in the air, 2011

If you did the love fool the first year it was a meta achievement, you will remember how this holiday was pure RNG, and in particular the candy bags cost more than a few people their violet proto drakes. Fortunately they’ve changed this holiday to more than compensate for the random number generator factor that year, so that everything you will need for the meta is obtainable with Valentine currency, Love Tokens. You can obtain these through daily quests, (and)or you can farm Lovely Charms to create Lovely Charm Bracelets to exchange for tokens.  I’m looking for anyone who finds good places to farm up the Lovely Charms, so if you find a place, please reply, I’ll be checking Tol Barad and Tol Barad Peninsula later for their rapid respawn rates, large aoe areas would also be superb.

There are some known bugs to this event. Going to SFK can cause you to lose tokens, charms, and your collection box. It’s also shown that some people have issues buying anything besides the candy bag off the merchant, if you encounter this issue type /run BuyMerchantItem(#) with # being the number slot of the item you want to buy. With luck these should be fixed no later than Tuesday. Thanks Gilthresa for finding these bugs (and I’m sorry you had to find them the hard way) and for helping with some of the confirmations <3.

Be mine!: Eat the 8 “Bag of Candies” hearts listed below. This was the one that tripped everyone up the first year. The bags were obtainable only through the hourly valentines box, were a low random droprate, and then you had the random candies inside. Now you just buy a bag through the valentine vendor for 2 Heart Tokens.

Charming: Create 12 Lovely Charm Bracelets. Complete the dailies, or kill certain mobs to get what you need to create these bracelets. You’ll want to make these anyway for the currency.

Dangerous Love: Assist the Steamwheedle Cartel in stopping the Sinister Crown Chemical Company plot. Simply complete one of the Valentine daily quests available in Orgrimmar. This will actually not be implemented until after Tuesday.

Fistful of Love: Use a Handful of Rose Petals on each of the Race/Class combination’s. Gnome Warlock, Human Death Knight, Orc Shaman, Undead Warrior, Blood Elf Mage, Dwarf Hunter, Orc Death Knight, Night Elf Priest, Tauren Druid, Troll Rogue, Dreanei Paladin. This leans a little toward the horde side, as there’s 6 horde combination and only 5 Alliance (For the Horde!!). With Dalaran a ghost town, your options might be a little more limited pre-85. If you have a spare account, or a friend’s account set up for creating these combination’s as alts and just fly around showering them. If you are max level, Tol Barad Peninsula will probably be the second best place, as there are usually a decent amount of both factions working on dailies and rep. The petals are available at the Lovely Merchant for 2 Heart Tokens (5 quantity)

Flirt With Disaster: Get completely smashed, put on your best perfume, throw a handful of rose petals on Jeremiah Payson or Sraaz and then kiss him. You’ll regret it in the morning. Pick up enough brew to get smashed, buy the perfume/cologne bottle from the Lovely Merchant (1 token, various buffs). Use one of the leftover petals from Fistful of Love, and don’t forget to /kiss. Make sure he does not still have the petal buff on him when you attempt this.

I Pitied the Fool: Pity the Love Fool in the locations listed below. Wintergrasp, Arathi Basin Blacksmith(cue for Arathi Basin battleground), Naxxramus (in Dragonblight), Battle Ring of Gurubashi Arena (North Stranglethorn Vale, will pvp flag you), and The Culling of Stratholme (Tanaris, max level will have to fly there as it doesn’t come up in the lfg tool). You can purchase them for 10 tokens each. Special note, the purchases are in single quantities, you need to buy one for each location.

Lonely?: Enjoy a Buttermilk Delight with someone in Dalaran at a Romantic Picnic during the Love is in the Air celebration. If you don’t have a friend with a picnic basket, I suggest going to Dalaran on the first day as soon as you get a Buttermilk Delight, found in the hourly valentines, or purchasable Box of Chocolates for 10 tokens off the Lovely Merchant. You can purchase your own basket for 10 tokens if you absolutely don’t know anyone or can’t find anyone in Dalaran.

Lovely Luck is on Your Side: Open a Lovely Dress Box and receive a Lovely Black Dress. This isn’t part of the meta, but if you really want to go for achievements you can buy the dress boxes after you finish the meta. The boxes contain one of a number of different colored dresses, and getting the black one is random. Just buying it off the AH or getting it from a friend will not activate the achievement. Lovely Dress Boxes are 20 tokens each.

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose: Obtain a bouquet of Red or Ebon Roses during the Love is in the Air celebration. These drop off certain Northrend instance bosses, and will drop in normal and heroic versions. Maiden of Grief in Halls of Stone, Prince Keleseth in Utgarde Keep (Ebon bouquet), and Prince Taldaram in Ahn’Kahet: The Old Kingdom.

Nation of Adoration: Complete the Lovely Charm Bracelet daily quest for each Horde or Alliance capital. Use 4 of the bracelets from Charming to give to each of your faction leaders (excluding the redirected Troll and Gnome leaders). Complete the dailies in each city for the Love Tokens.

Perma-Peddle: Obtain a permanent Peddlefeet pet by procuring a Truesilver Shafted Arrow. The pet costs 40 Love Tokens. This is NOT a part of the meta, and the TRUESILVER arrow should not be confused with the SILVER Shafted Arrow required for Shafted. It’s just a vanity pet.

Shafted!: Shoot 10 players with the Silver Shafted Arrow. The arrows cost 5 tokens for 5 quantity. Once you purchase, just target and shoot 10 random people, to give them a temporary Peddlefeet pet, does not work on yourself.

Sweet Tooth: Sample the Love is in the Air candies listed below. Buttermilk Delight, Dark Desire, Sweet Surprise, Very Berry Cream. Save the Buttermilk Delight for when you go to Dalaran for Lonely? All the candies are randomly available inside the Box of Chocolates off the Lovely Merchant for 10 tokens. May require more then one box to get all 4.

The Rockets Pink Glare: Shoot off 10 Love Rockets in 20 seconds or less. Buy the Love Rockets off the Lovely Merchant for 5 tokens for 5 quantity. When you have 10, keybind the rocket and spam.

Tough Love: Defeat the Trio of Crown Chemical Company apothecaries in Shadowfang Keep. The crowning glory of Love is in the Air, these guys drop some really nice stuff. Obtainable in your daily bag is a rose that can be worn in the hair for girls or mouth for boys, Vile Fumigator’s Mask, a pet slime, or the extremely rare Big Love Rocket mount, in addition to random drop 346 necklaces. These guys are level 87 bosses and act much like any other holiday boss with the valentines box only being available the first victory of the day.. The bosses are located in the courtyard of Shadowfang Keep and should be reachable without having any trash to worry about. The instance is only available through the lfg tool, and you will want to do it daily to try for all the goodies. There actually is a strat involved for this trio……

When you cue for the dungeon, you find yourself in the courtyard, on the table to the left you will see bottles of perfume and cologne neutralizer. Once everyone’s gotten their vials, the bosses will become aggressive. During the fight the bosses will douse you with perfume or cologne, use the vial you picked up in the beginning to neutralize this debuff. Watch out for Cologne/Perfume on the ground as well. Otherwise they are fairly simple tank and spank bosses.

Big Love Rocket: Obtain the Big Love Rocket from Apothecary Hummel in Shadowfang Keep During Love is in the Air. This is not a meta, and technically not even a holiday achievement, it’s a Feat of Strength for winning the extremely rare Big Love Rocket mount from the SFK daily.

To Honor One’s Elders, Lunar Festival 2011

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*.


Big thanks to Gilthresa for putting these together, and allowing me along for the ride!



Ready for raiding

Avoid the fire wall… Does much more really need to be said?

Rat pack

During the Helix Gearbreaker encounter, the lumbering oaf will randomly pick up a person and will slam them into the rat infested wood, after he does this simply target the rats and kill them or have someone stand under the wood and aoe them.

Prototype Prodigy

For this achievement you need to keep the Prototype reaper from falling below 90% health… I would say only during the boss encounter if that were the case. I cannot stress enough – do not get into the Prototype reaper and DPS the trash because you might take agro and drop under 90% thus making the achievement unobtainable in the lockout. When you are clearing the trash have your tank drag the last trash mob up to the spiral bit, after it is dead have a DPS jump in the reaper up the top, and go down the bottom. The tank will then pull the boss and drag him ALL the way up the spiral whilst the reaper will stay down and tank the adds, the reaper will not take any damage from the adds so therefore will not need heals.

It’s Frost Damage

During the Admiral Ripsnarl encounter Freezing Vapors will spawn, when they evolve 4 times they will start to cast a spell called Coalesce. For the achievement you need to have 3 Vapors cast Coalesce during the fight. Once Admiral Ripsnarl disappears at about 75%, mark the first 3 Vapors that spawn – When you see them start to cast Coalesce simply LOS them behind something. Make sure that 3 cast it and you will get the achievement.

I’m on a Diet

One of the easiest achievements for the meta, during the Cookie encounter simply don’t eat the bad food and you will get this achievement.

Vigorous VanCleef Vindicator

This achievement requires you to beat the Vanessa VanCleef gauntlet and engage her in 5 minutes. To start off the gauntlet she will put you on a rope and start lowering you in to the lava pool, simply click the valves on the sides to be released, as soon as you are released, run to the second light patch on the ground and jump straight off the edge, and quickly make your way to the door, defeat the boss and be sure to move from the ice.

You will then enter Helix’s nightmare and a bunch of spiders will spawn everywhere, if you stack on the door you can avoid having to deal with these at all, defeat Helix and you will move on to the next nightmare. Once you enter the next nightmare you will see a heap of laser beam type things, if you get to close to these for a second or two you will most likely die, so slowly make your way through this gauntlet. Be sure to take your time because a death will end up losing more time than it would of to just take it slow. Once you reach the end defeat the boss to move on to the next nightmare.

In this next nightmare you will need to save Ripsnarl’s family, so to do this run straight in and have your tank taunt the pack off enemies that are there, quickly burn these down then follow the path to the next set of worgens, defeat these rather quickly also (if you have a bloodlust I suggest using it here) Then quickly make your way to the third and final worgen, quickly burn this one down – at about 50% have your tank run to Vanessa ready to engage her.

Grim Batol

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Grim Batol

Umbrage for Umbriss

This achievement requires you to kill General Umbriss while he is affected with Modgud’s Malice. This buff to him is obtained when you kill a Malignant Trogg when it is near him. An easy way to obtain this achievement is to have someone CC the Trogg as soon as it spawns, keep CC on the add – DPS the boss to about 500k and then taunt the add over and kill it, then burn the boss.

Don’t Need to Break Eggs to Make an Omelette

For this achievement you have to not let the two adds that spawn after Shadow Gale cast Twilight Corruption at all, to achieve this you will need to split your DPS up on the two adds and put as many snares on that adds as you can – if you have a 70% movement speed reduction you will be able to get this easy.


Halls of Origination

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Halls of Origination

I Hate That Song

Really simple achievement, when Temple Guardian Anhuur goes immune and you need to hit the levers, get two people to go right and two to go left, one kites the snakes up the stairs while the other hits the levers, then you interrupt the cast and repeat until the boss dies.

Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

Another really easy achievement – Before engaging Earthrager Ptah make sure to mount one of the camels that are down the stairs just before where the boss is, there is no catch just simply defeat him while riding a camel. The only thing that can make you not get this achievement is by getting hit by spikes and the camel dying.

Faster Than the Speed of Light

For this you have to beat the vault of light even in under 5 minutes, the time limit is quite lenient but if you don’t hurry you will miss it – This achievement will unlock as soon as the four mini bosses are dead and the short role play finished you DON’T need to kill the last boss. If your tank pulls any of the Troggs simply have him take them with him to the boss, don’t directly target them, splash damage should take care of them, when each boss is about to die start running to the next boss, finishing him off while you make your way there. If you have a bloodlust etc, be sure to use it on the fire guy as he seems to give people the most trouble.

Sun of a….

You have to beat Rajh before he finishes a recharging phase, this happens when he runs out of energy and runs to the centre, while he is recharging he takes 100% more damage so be sure to use cooldowns etc. If you find you don’t have enough DPS you can always do 1 tank, 4 DPS or 1 heal, 4 DPS and have a plate DPS tank it. Also another option is to kite the boss to the corner of the room to give maximum DPS time when he goes to recharge. If you have a bloodlust or something of the sort, use it when he has about 20 energy left.

Lost City of Tol’Vir

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Lost City of Tol’vir

Acrocalypse now

You will need to kill 20 Frenzied Crocolisks in 10 second during the Lockmaw Encounter, to do this you can get your DPS and healers to stand on the statues behind Lockmaw until about 25-30 crocs have spawned, jump down wait for them to come to you and then aoe them. You could also get all your DPS to mount up and kite the adds when they get scent of blood on them, if it goes on to the healer the tank would just pick up the adds like they normally would.

Kill it with Fire

For this achievement you need to kill 3 burning souls during the High Prophet Barim encounter, to do this you need to let the phoenix in the first phase put fire on the ground (just don’t DPS it and it should drop fire and slowly kill itself) after you think enough fire is on the ground push him in to phase 2, as the soul fragments spawn in this phase they will go for the dark phoenix, you will need to kite the soul fragments through the fire and they will gain a debuff, this is the time when you kill them – kill 3 of them for the achievement.

Headed South

This achievement is in my opinion the hardest achievement for the meta, you have to defeat Siamat with 3 stacks of Lightning Charge. To do this you need to stack on the tank when you kill a Servent of Siamat (melee adds). If you kill the last add spawned first the boss will engage and throw everyone aroundm this means you kill the last add, get a buff, the healer heals up so everything is under control, then you kill any of the two remaining adds. This will mean you can get about 10-15 seconds of DPS on the boss. You then kill the third add and burn the boss. We found that this method caused way to much damage for our healer to handle and decided to try using two healers and having the DPS burn through the 90% reduction shield until the boss was at about 50% health, then you kill the third add and repeat the method of killing used in the first strategy. If you don’t want to spend time wiping on this achievement a much easier alternative would be to only let one or two people get the buff and do the achievement multiple times rather than all at once.

Vortex Pinnacle

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Vortex Pinnacle

No Static at All

To obtain this achievement you need to not get hit with the aoe ability static cling that Assad casts. To do this you could have a priest levitate your group and everytime you take damage the priest could recast it, or you could do it the way it was intended and jump to avoid getting hit by it, the cast is about 1.5 seconds so make your you jump at the right time, but do not jump before it is cast as you will still get hit.

Extra Credit Bonus Stage

In Vortex Pinnacle there are golden orbs hidden around the instance, they can be anywhere so make sure to look for them, simply find 5 and the achievement will unlock.


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Rotten to the Core

This achievement is extremely easy, just have you tank pick up the 60 disciples (The three packs right in front) and the boss and just aoe them down

Throne of Tides

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Throne of the Tides

Old Faithful

This achievement is obtained by killing one of the adds that spawn with the bosses geyser ability, to do this simply kill two of the three adds that spawn and get the last add to about 50k health, get your whole group to stack near each other so you know where the geyser will spawn, then kite the add on to the geyser before it goes off.

Prince of Tides

When the Unyielding Behemoth spawns you will need to keep it alive and have no one DPS it, simply keep it alive till phase 2 and it will die automatically and you will get the achievement. This does require a decent amount of extra healing, so help your healer out by not standing in the black clouds.