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.
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!!
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?
Noblegarden is a holiday that centers solely and completely up on the collection of ‘Brightly Colored Eggs’. In order to complete each of the achievements, you need to collect the chocolate from the hidden eggs and use that chocolate to both complete some of the achievements, as well as use as currency to buy the items needed to complete the other achievements.
You need a maximum total of 355 eggs to have every achievement. I say maximum, because not only does each egg have a chance at dropping the chocolaty currency, it can also drop any one of the required items for the meta! Meaning unless you are the most unlucky person in the world, you probably won’t need all the required chocolates listed. The best strategy I have for this, is to keep track of your eggs. Each time one of the items drops, subtract that from the total eggs needed (You just got a Spring Rabbit from that egg? Great! That’s 100 fewer eggs you have to find now!)
You can find the eggs in the level 5 start zones of each city.. Brill, Razor Hill, Bloodhoof Village, and Falconwing Square for the horde. (ok, ok, allys, you can find yours in Kharanos, Goldshire, Dolanaar, and Azure Watch) [It’s unlikely that areas will be added for Goblin or Worgen start areas, and Gnomes and Trolls should still share the same level 5 start zones as they always have.]
I Found One!: Find a Brightly Colored Egg. Really basic, find your first hidden egg.
Chocolate Lover: Eat 25 Noblegarden Chocolates during the Noblegarden celebration. This is the first achievement mark on the way to getting Chocoholic, which is 100 eggs.
Sunday’s Finest: Discover the White Tuxedo Shirt and Black Tuxedo Pants by opening Brightly Colored Eggs during the Noble Garden celebration. While these pieces are needed for Blushing Bride achievement, finding them in the eggs is not a part of the meta. That said, you will probably find at least one of them on your search anyway.
Dressed for the Occasion: Discover an Elegant Dress by opening Brightly Colored Eggs during the Noblegarden celebration. Not required for the meta, not required for one of the other achievements. This is one for the achievement whores to farm (Yay! 10 more epeen points! Yes, I did in fact farm this dress last year, and right after, my shadow priest alt opened it on her first egg. Ah well, least it looks sexier on the Blood Elf). Try to find someone who has it so you can complete Blushing Bride.
Hard Boiled: Lay an egg in Un’Goro Crater’s Golakka Hot Springs as a rabbit during the Noblegarden celebration. Find a friend, or you may be camping here waiting. You need to find someone with a Blossoming Branch to transform you into a bunny once you get there. Once you’re a bunny, just stick around for a minute or 2 and you’ll lay the egg and get the achievement. (you can buy a branch with chocolate, but since you can’t use it on yourself, the cost is not factored into the 355 total)
Spring Fling: Find your pet Spring Rabbit another one to love in each of the towns listed below. (See the starting towns list above). Buy or find a Spring Rabbit’s Foot. Summon it up in the towns as you look for eggs, chances are you’ll have it done in no time. You might need to work with a friend for the less common towns if you put it off longer then the first day (chances are first day, every one of the towns will have a fair number of people). The pet costs 100 chocolate if you don’t find it in an egg.
Noble Garden: Hide a Brightly Colored Egg in Silvermoon City. Buy an egg, place it in Silvermoon’s Murder Row district. The egg costs 5 chocolate, it’s the only thing you won’t find in one of the eggs.
Shake Your Bunny-Maker: Use Spring Flowers to place rabbit ears upon females of at least 18th level. [Blood Elf, Dreanei, Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead]. Yeah… good luck with this one. Without a central meeting place for horde and alliance this will be quite a bit more difficult at best. The level 18 restriction effectively rules out the standard have-a-friend-roll-an-alt strategy. PvP battlegrounds, Tol Barad are probably your best bets.. Tol Barad Peninsula if you don’t want to get yelled at by the people actually WANTING to pvp. Outside SW or Org and maybe you’ll get lucky finding some dueling females. Be aware the flowers drop or are purchased, and they have a cd. Don’t use them on someone who already has the buff. The flowers cost 50 chocolate.
Desert Rose: Use Spring Robes to plant a flower in each of the deserts listed below. [Badlands, Desolace, Silithus, Tanaris, Thousand Needles]. Ok, so maybe half of these aren’t deserts anymore, but still. Dress is buy or drop, just like almost everything else, its /use ability will plant the flower. The dress costs 50 chocolate.
Blushing Bride: Kiss someone wearing an Elegant Dress while wearing a White Tuxedo Shirt and Black Tuxedo Pants. If you don’t get both pieces as a drop, buy what you need. Ask a friend who has a dress to help you out, hope someone in the start zones is wearing one, or, as a last resort, ask in trade. The Tuxedo pieces cost 25 chocolate each, and make for a good role-play set if you’re into it. (You can buy a dress with chocolate, but since you can’t use it on yourself to get the achievement, the cost is not factored into the 355 total)
If you find yourself with some extra chocolate, you can also buy a Spring Circlet (which is a helm that looks like bunny ears, really nice for rp) for 50 chocolate, and mages may want to invest in the Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit for 100 chocolate. The circlet can drop from eggs as well, but the tome will not.
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*.