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

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Hallow’s End Un-Live!


So Halloween is only a few days away. I have but one more treat to share with you all! Well, two actually. Sorry Alliance peoples, but we all know Hallow’s End is about the undead. So we have a couple new live wallpapers from the Undercity and Brill. Enjoy!

You can get Dreamscene to run this on your desktop here.

Download Wickerman here!

Wickerman Undercity

Download Headless Horseman here!

 

Headless Horseman

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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!!


Pandamonium!


Just 9 days left until Mists will be playable. So will you be leveling a new panda/monk? Or will you be focused on getting your main up and ready to raid? Next week will be the final blog post for one to two weeks while I work on powering up a panda monk tank to raid with my new guild, not an easy feat while working full time (Refer a friend for the win!).
Next week will feature a new live wallpaper to commemorate the memory of Theramore. There will also be a panda wow video by TheGreyfoo to hold you guys off til I’m back 😉 I will have lots of tricks and treats for you in October!

For this week, I have a couple of very cute, very easy panda girls put together by Ork Kleavage

A couple easy, small papercrafts that can fit in the palm of your hand!

 

 


5.0.4 Poll


Not a complete list, but some of the best of what to expect today! What are you looking forward to?


Frostkitty!!!


So, what If I told you, you could have your own Frostsaber, whether you are alliance or horde?

Now, what if I told you, you could even take this frosty cat with you to a job that doesn’t allow you to play wow?

This puss took me more hours than my old-fashioned, pre-daily, frostsaber rep grind, but the rewards are well worth it if you ask me. He sit’s up on the edge of my cubicle where me and my neighbors can enjoy looking at him daily. Oh, did I mention the best part? HE’S MADE OF PAPER!! Yup, printed, folded paper with a bit of glue and double-sided tape. He’s only one of my current papercrafting projects, but he get’s no less attention for it. Plus he makes it easy for people to find me whenever I move desks.

A BIG shout to PMF for creating these awesome files!!!!

And now for the details on how to get your own!

The Frostsaber files can be found here.

You will need Winrar, Acrobat reader (or some variation), and MOST importantly Pepakura to read the PDO files.

My papercrafting tips:

  • Invest in lots of double-sided tape.. even if you know you’re going to end up gluing a difficult part, it’s good to stick it together first to make sure you’re matching up the right stuff. (I buy the 3-packs from Walmart)
  • Toothpicks. They are great for getting small amounts of glue to cover a small area and to even it out. Plus you can use them to smooth down, and hold a tab together where fingers can’t reach. Clothespins are also a good investment for holding together open areas when you have to use your hands for other thinks like documenting calls.
  • Work in sections. Label your tabs, pages, and openings well. It’s very easy to lose track of what goes where.
  • Plastic bags, label stickers, and/or tupperware. I put the parts for each page into separate bags, label the bags, and put the larger parts into the tupperware containers.
  • Check your pages!!! I can’t stress this one enough. One of the projects I worked on had a complete section where the printed guide didn’t match the colored cutouts. I attempted to work past it, but it became impossible (I still don’t know if those pieces ever fit together). I fixed it eventually by printing the pepakura file instead of the pdf, but I lost about two and a half weeks on the project. Also my current project has pieces that are too dark to see where the folds are, and it’s not clear about the peaks and valleys, so I had to stop what I was doing and reprint the guide from home.

PTR testing, updates and more..


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

Children’s Week, 2011


The easiest thing to forget when working on the Children’s week achievements, is having your orphan summoned when you do all of these things. To get you started, you can pick up your Orc or Human orphan in Orgrimmar in the Drag area (just below the cooking/inscription trainers) or for the Alliance, in the Cathedral district (east side). In Shattrah you can get a Dreanei or Blood Elf Orphan, or in Dalaran you can pick up a Wolvar or Oracle orphan. You’ll be handed a whistle with which you can complete quests, and complete the achievements. If you lose the whistle or want to carry the orphan around a while after doing the quests, just talk to one of the matron’s again. Blizzard has given us a great slew of achievements that we can drag our poor, unsuspecting children through. Each more dangerous than the last. Teach the kids early on that life is hard, I say…

Home alone: Use your Hearthstone while your orphan is with you. LOL yup, torture the little bugger while you leave her behind as you jump from city to city.

Bad Example: Eat the sweets listed below while your orphan is watching. [Tigule and Foror’s Strawberry Ice Cream, Red Velvet Cupcake, Lovely Cake Slice, Dalaran Doughnut, Tasty Cupcake, Delicious Chocolate Cake,  Dalaran Brownie] All but 3 of these are available in Dalaran. The Tigule and Foror’s Strawberry Ice Cream can be found in Org off the vendor during the holiday, Tasty Cupcake and Delicious Chocolate Cake are cooking recipes.

Daily Chores: Complete 5 daily quests with your orphan out. Nothing really to say about this, pick a place where you need to do quests and have at it.

Aw Isn’t It Cute?: Obtain one of the Children’s Week reward pets. Each orphan has a set of quests available when you pick them up, do the quests and get the pet. each of the 3 orphans has different pets available, 3 for Orc, 3 for Blood Elf, and either Oracle or Wolvar. (If you only want to do the quests for one orphan, I suggest getting the Shattrah orphan for Veteran Nanny)

School of Hard Knocks: Take your orphan into the battlegrounds and complete the feats listed below. [Capture the flag in Eye of the Storm(EOTS), Assault a flag in Arathi Basin(AB), Assault a tower in Alterac Valley(AV), Return a fallen flag in Warsong Gulch(WSG)].

This has got to be my most hated achievement of all time. Especially as one who would normally pvp as a healer. Pray you have some nice people from the other faction when doing most of these. Children’s week will be covered by EOTS and AV weekends this year.

EOTS – grab the flag from the center of the map and run it to one of your bases, hopefully you have a base, and hopefully you are even able to get a flag. (I will be immensely enjoying thunderstorming all of you off the ledge after I finish my achievements this weekend).

AB – Be ready to hit the gate running. If you have good latency, drop off and hit farm as soon as the gate opens. If not, try blacksmith, lumber mill, or mines.

AV – Assault a tower means you have to hit the other faction’s. So ride on til you’re more than half way across the map, and look for a nice tower to hit. Failing that, watch your map, for other towers that have changed sides. If all else fails, look for a tower that seems to be going back and forth, you might just find some people who are there for the same purpose as you, giving you an easy tap.

WSG – My nemesis achievement. If you find good luck, you could end up with an ally in your base that runs in, attacks no one, picks up the flag, and drops it. If you are here for the achievement, DON’T kill him. He’s there to help you, and is probably going to be hoping that you will be doing the same for him in return.

Side notes on this particular achievement. Yeah I know it’s already a wall of text, but its the nature of the beast. DON’T forget to make sure your orphan is up. You will die. A lot. Pay it forward if you find someone of the other faction trying to help out. There will probably be plenty of people on your side who are there to actually pvp, and won’t hesitate to take advantage of the vulnerable helpers. Ready a /truce or /wait macro, or both. People may be less likely to kill you if you’re trying to help, not all, but some who are there for the same reason as you. Also, if you get into a helpful bg, this is an ideal time to work on some of your other pvp achievements. I know I’m pretty close on Tower Defense in AV, and I’m hoping to get Persistent Defender in WSG and maybe some AB ones as well.

Hail To The King, Baby: Defeat King Ymiron in Utgarde Pinnacle with your orphan out. This doesn’t even require heroic, I would be surprised if there was a class at 85 that couldn’t easily solo this guy.

Veteran Nanny: Acquire Egbert’s Egg, Sleepy Willy, and Elekk Training Collar on one character. Fortunately it was decided in the first year of achievements that this would not be included in the meta. It takes 3 years to complete. Pick up a Dreanei or Blood Elf whistle in Shattrah respectfully, and complete the orphan’s quests. The pet counts for Aw, Isn’t It Cute?


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.


Winter Veil 2010


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..

On Metzen:

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.

Scrooge:

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.

Fa-La-La-La-Ogri’la:

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).

Simply Abominable:

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.


Best Quests of 403a (work in progress)


This list is FAR from complete, but just a few of the gems I’ve stumbled over the last week…

Quests:
Plaguebloom vs Ghouls, Hillsbrad
Welcome to the Machine, Hillsbrad
Azurite Experiment Number 2, Azshara
Nine’s Plan, Azshara
The Day Deathwing Came, Badlands
Its Goat Time, Baby, Badlands
The Sentinel’s Game, Badlands
The Warden’s Game, Badlands
The Hidden Clutch (Starts with the Fuselight Proper), Badlands
Rocket Rescue, Tanaris
Just Trying to Kill Some Bugs, Tanaris

Achievements:
Joy Ride, Azshara
Glutton for Fiery/Icy/Shadowy Punishment, Azshara

Pets/Mounts:
Not Fireflies, Flameflies, Burning Steppes: Tiny Flamefly
Withers, purchase in Darkshore (npc is object of an alliance kill quest, might have to wait for him to be up)
PvG, Hillsbrad: Brazie’s Sunflower
NPC Fiona Enter to EPL from WPL… you need a buff to see the loot bag this pet drops from: Mr. Grubbs
http://wowpetaddiction.blogspot.com/2010/09/mr-grubbs.html
Goblin Trike, Goblin Turbo Trike: Bilgewater Goblin Rep
Also, completing the quests in Azshara will give you a Faded Wizards Hat, which can transform you into a different race/sex every half hour.

Places to see:
The Eye of the Vortex, Darkshore
The Maw of the Void, Darkshore

I encourage any comments for other quests/zones to check out!!!!