Friday, July 4, 2014

WoD: Shadowmoon Valley Screenshots, Rares & Hunter Pet Goodness!

I'm not dead, I swear. I've just been very busy these past few months. Between the wee little one learning to walk, a job shift, and not a whole lot going on in WoW, I not only didn't feel the need to post - I pretty much didn't have time for it. Well that's about to change. I'm back.

This past week I've been exploring around the Warlords of Draenor beta with my hunter, and I've totally and utterly fallen in love with the game again. Between the mind explodingly gorgeous landscapes, incredibly cool new hunter pets, and silly amount of rares - I'm seriously like a little kid in a candy shop. MUST EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING! (Thankfully I don't have to worry about breaking anything.)

I had a hard time deciding whether or not to play my shammy or hunter for exploring beta - then I remembered hunter pets. Durka dur, that was an easy decision. Perhaps even more than finding the new rares, I was most excited about taming new hunter pets. <3

I've stumbled upon quite a few awesome new tamable hunter pets in the past couple of days. The pets in the screen shots below can all be found in Shadowmoon Valley.

**WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD** (Just in case the title of the post wasn't warning enough)

Hunter Pets

Grey/Black Hydra
Blue Riverbeast
New Sporebat Model - Yellow eyes/blue accents
New Sporebat Model - Blue eyes/orange accents
Void Wolf, first awesome new tamable WoD pet - before you even arrive in SMV
Grey Draenor Wolf Skin
Rares

These are all of the rares that I've come across so far. They remind me very much of the Timeless Isle Rares. Each has their own unique loot (known loot is listed under each rare's screen shot). All of them also seem to drop Garrison Resources (a currency used in the construction of your garrison buildings).

World Boss. No loot table yet. Took 2 raid groups + FOREVER to kill this guy.
Precious Bloodthorn Loop
Rylak-Scale Vest
Killmaw's Canine
(Placeholder)

Rockhoof's Crest
Sporebat Larval Pod

Staff of the Mad Bramble King
Ku'targ's Merciless Grips
Ba'ruun's Bountiful Bloom
Varandi Family Crest

Hypnosis Goggles
Venomshade Skin Boots
Dragonrider's Tinkered Leggings
Darktide Summoner Staff
Void Prophecy Cudgel




Eye Candy (Screen Shots)

More than ever I just wanted to take screenshots of something beautiful this time around. Blizzard did an amazing job with this zone. Almost everywhere I turned I wanted to take a screenshot. Anyone who appreciates beauty in even the smallest sense should get something out of these.

















It wouldn't be a beta without a few good bugs!

This one has been my favorite so far. I found a cave where your character can swim in the area around the opening - even though there is no water around. :)



Much Love, E

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Look! Another Late Liebster!


I was reading through some of JD's posts over at Amateur Azerothian, and was surprised to see that he had nominated me for a Liebster Award. Neato! What is a Liebster Award? It's pretty much a way for bloggers to get to know other bloggers, much like the Sixth Meme. The one going around right now has a few rules centering around the number eleven.

  • Tell 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the person who nominated you.
  • Choose 11 bloggers to nominate.
  • Write 11 questions for those bloggers to answer.

Let's jump right into it!


JD's 11 Questions:

1) Presume you blogged regardless. If it wasn't World of Warcraft/MMO’s, what would your blog be about?

I'd probably blog about something baby-related. I thought about starting a baby-related blog right before my daughter was born, but scrapped that idea figuring that I just wouldn't have the time. I was right!

2) Out of all the Caverns of Time, which one do you enjoy the most? The least?

Ugh, this is a toughy. The Caverns of Time instances were never on my favorite list. Mostly because of the waiting involved between spawns and the event-style nature of them (once you start you have to continue and follow along at a set pace). The newer instances didn't follow that structure so much, so I guess I'd say that End Time was the most enjoyable for me. I love the last boss fight in there - especially as a healer. As for the least enjoyable - Hyjal. I don't think this requires further explanation.

 3) Is there a class in WoW you just can’t bring yourself to like?

 WARRIOR. UGH

4)  Are you a board gamer, or a pen & paper gamer…or just video games?

 Mostly just video games, although I do enjoy playing the occasional board and card games with my family.

5) What would you like to see Blizzard grant the Warcraft license to?

A restaurant. First thing I'd do is order up a big juicy Tauren burger with fries.

6) What racial leader would you follow into battle, no questions asked?

GARROSH! Haha, just kidding. I wouldn't follow any of them into battle without a VERY good reason for it. Actually I think the ONLY reason I'd follow anyone into battle would be to protect the ones I love.

7) Many people point to Wrath as the pinnacle of the game. If you were introducing someone to WoW for the first time, what would you show them outside of that expansion?

Well, my favorite WoW era was during The Burning Crusade, but that content isn't exactly relevant any more...I guess I'd try to show them a bit of everything.

8) What’s your proudest WoW moment?

This is not going to sound very fantastic now, but when it happened I felt AWESOME! Ok, here goes: I was healing a Kara run on my vastly undergeared undead priest along side an excellent shaman healer. I was pretty new to the healing role, and had basically been carried more or less up until we reached Illhoof. Somehow toward the beginning of the fight almost half of the raid wiped, including Mr. star shaman healer and one of the tanks. On vent all I could hear were mumblings of "wipe", but those of us left alive weren't about to give up. My husband (who I hadn't actually met yet) solo tanked while I solo healed the rest of the fight (which took FOREVER due to most of the dps being dead). I used everything at my disposal to conserve mana, while deciding who needed which heals, and somehow we survived and defeated him! That was like seven years ago now, but I still remember it like it was yesterday.

9) Gold: Rich beyond words, enough to get by comfortably, or always needing to generate it for repairs?

Enough to get by comfortably for sure. I go through these phases where I play the auction house and save up a small fortune, then I blow a ton of it on mounts, pets and crafted gear for alts.

10) What about Hearthstone? Yes? No? Or the other common answer of “I hate this #&$^ game!” 

Yes, absolutely. I don't play it often, but when I do I always enjoy it - even when I'm loosing.

11) If World of Warcraft was gone when you wake up in the morning, what would be your fondest memory?

Meeting my husband for the first time in game. The first time we ever played together was in an Auchenai Crypts run with some mutual friends. I never thought in a million years that one day I'd be married to the person behind that prancing paladin on my screen.


11 Miscellaneous Facts About Me: 

1) My first pc game love affair was with Monkey Island.


2) I have a (not so secret now) crush on Nicholas Cage.

3) Everyone knows I love pugs. If it were feasible I'd have like 10 of them. What you may not know is that I also love Welsh Corgis! I love their stubby little legs and big ears! <3


4) In a few months I will finally be a full-time stay at home mom!

5) I've been to every U.S. state minus Alaska.

6) My biggest (possibly irrational) fear is spiders. Seriously, those things freak me out in a run out of the room, arms flailing kind of way.

7) I put hot sauce on everything.

8) It drives me nuts when I'm hungry and people post pictures of mouth-watering meals on twitter. Especially ones like this:


9) I'm a fairly skilled equestrian.

10) I'm not particularly fond of beaches. Mostly because of the sand.

11) My favorite class in college was Anthropology. I read the entire textbook (including the chapters that we didn't have to read), and gobbled it up like I was reading G.R.R.M..


11 MORE Questions:

For the questions I'm about to ask - they are posed to anyone who reads this and wants to join in on the fun. From the looks of it everyone on my blogroll has been tagged already because I'm so darned late, so TAG your all it! Heck, even those without a blog can go ahead and answer in the comments if you like (minus the first question). Have fun!

1) What post or series of posts on your blog are you most proud of and why?

2) If you could travel back in time (in the World of Warcraft) to relive part of the game for the very first time again -- when would that be?

3) What did you like best about the Mists of Pandaria expansion? The least?

4) What are you looking forward to the most in Warlords of Draenor?

5) We don't have many choices for underwater mounts in game. If you could add another, what would it be?

6) Have you ever pulled an all-night gaming session? What was the longest uninterrupted gaming session you've had?

7) If the entire World of Warcraft had a major meltdown over night (alien attack on headquarters perhaps?) and was gone for good, what would you do during that time when you would have otherwise been playing?

8) If you were offered the choice of immortality, but you had to choose between becoming a vampire or werewolf, which would you choose and why? (I'm talking Anne Rice style vamps NOT the sparkly Twilight kind.)

9) If you could have ONE superpower, what would it be and why?

10) Have you ever eaten tripe? If you have, how was it cooked and did you like it?

11) What is your idea of a perfect day?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Miscellaneous Rares and Elites of Pandaria

Are you feeling the end of expansion blues? Looking for something different to do when you log in later? Perhaps you should check out some of the lesser known elites and rares around Pandaria. If you like vanity items your in for quite the treat, and with the new toybox feature coming in Warlords of Draenor these won't be taking up any bag space - yippie!!

So anywho, this post has been sizzling in the back of my brain since Mists of Pandaria first went live. Every time I would stumble across an interesting elite that dropped unique loot in the early weeks/months of MoP, I kept telling myself that I had to write up a post on them. Somehow other posts always got priority, but I have to say, I'm glad this one got pushed back because there were several notable elites and rares (even though they don't sport a silver dragon) stealthily added in some of the previous patches.

Most of these elites have very fast spawn timers; as in anywhere from instant to 20 minutes or so. A few of them however are actually rare, and can take several hours between spawns. I have more details below on each of their timers, and if there is nothing written next to a particular elite regarding spawn time then it is on a short timer.

A decently geared level 90 should be able to solo almost everything listed below. I can only speak from a hunter's perspective (I know, cheating class...yadda yadda), but I was able to take down everything (including G'nathus) by myself with an item level of 537.

Click map to Enlarge
The elites listed below are in order by zone level, starting with the lowest (Jade Forest) and moving to the highest (Dread Wastes). As I've stated in the past, mob names are the same color as you'll find them on the map above, and please click on the images to see a larger version. Enjoy!

Jade Forest

Lorbu Sadsummon & Fixxul Lonelyheart


These two warlocks are more or less the same mob from two different factions. They are both level 84 elites with approximately 542k hp with the same warlocky type abilities (shadowbolt & summoning a succubus).

Lorbuu (the gnome) spawns near the Horde starting area and can only be attacked by Horde players. The exact opposite holds true for Fixxul (a goblin) who spawns in a tent in the Twinspire Keep area.

Notable drop: Cracked Talisman



Martar the Not-So-Smart

Martar is a neutral elite that patrols in the wide open area north of The Arboretum.

When attacked he says: "No! Martar's treasure is Martar's!" Well, I wouldn't exactly call his loot "treasure"...

Martar has about a 30% chance to drop Martar's Magnifying Glass. When summoned as a companion Martar will remain level 86 with 184k hp.

The rest of his loot table has me wondering about this guy... Martar is the only mob in game that not only drops steamy romance novels, he actually seems to own the entire collection!



Sungraze Behemoth

Sungraze Behemoth is a level 86 neutral mushan.

It's a little hard to tell exactly where this guy is by looking at a map because he's practically in three different zones. When you head over the bridge from The Jade Forest into Valley of the Four Winds, take an immediate right and keep following the river north. You'll find him snoozing on the Murky Bank, just below The Veiled Stair.

He has a 100% chance to drop Oddly-Shaped Horn, which allows you to ride a ginormous mushan (unfortunately only three times).

Using the Oddly-Shaped Horn
Krasarang Wilds

Feverbite



Feverbite is not a mob that you'll likely run into while wandering around the dense forest of Krasarang. This is because this elite mob needs to be "summoned" in order to kill her.

In order to get her to spawn you'll need to kill a lot of level 1 Feverbite Hatchlings. These little spiders can be found in one area in the forest (18, 45). I estimate that I killed about 100 or so before she showed up for me. When enough are killed, she'll spawn in right smack in the middle of the clearing.

She has a 100% chance to drop Feverbite Egg Sack.

Using the Feverbite Egg Sack
Booms

Booms is a level 90 undead priest that is hostile toward both factions. You'll find him in the far south of Krasarang on a pirate ship just off the western coast of Unga Ingoo (the most southern isle).

When attacked he says: "Time to pay the toll!" This is in reference to the player this npc is named after. Long ago, in the Vanilla days of WoW, there was an undead priest named Booms who would mind control people at Menthil Harbor and force them to pay a toll to his Alliance alt in order to ride the ship.

This npc will mind control you if you have a pet out. Hunters, warlocks, all you pet peeps, just put that pet away for this fight.

He has a 100% chance to drop a Small Bag of Goods.

Although this guy is not a silver dragon, he still has quite the spawn timer on him. Technically he's more rare than the rare champions across Pandaria...


Kun-Lai Summit

Zhing


Zhing is a neutral goat that patrols the flat area in the mountains northeast of Winter's Blossom. He's easy to spot because he has a whole posse of goats with him.

Zhing's companions will help him out when attacked, so be sure to take them out first in order to make the fight easier.

He has a 100% chance to drop Bag of Kafa Beans. This item allows you to ride a giant version of Zhing (unfortunately they are only three short rides).

Using Bag of Kafa Beans
Wild Onyx Serpent


His name says it all. This hostile level 90 wind serpent flies high (and very fast) above Mount Neverest.

In order to kill this guy your going to have to get his attention. My recommendation would be to stand on the mountain, wait for him to come by, and then hit him with a ranged attack. There is a nice flat spot that you can stand and reach him at 46.5, 52.9.

Alternatively you can also body pull him while on your flying mount, but be careful - he can stun and dismount you midair.

This guy now has a 100% chance to drop Serpent's Cache

Even though this mob doesn't sport a silver dragon, he is still technically "rare". His timer seems to be at least a couple of hours.

Waiting for the Serpent at 46.5, 52.9

Huggalon the Heart Watcher

I just love this mob, and so should you! This poor giant just wants a hug! <3

I first ran into this guy while questing a while back with my husband, and I have to say - I did a double take. Look at that huge pink bow on his head! I almost felt bad killing him.

Huggalon is a neutral level 92 elite giant with 4.2M hp. When we took him out on our leveling toons he seemed pretty tough. Coming back on a geared level 90 - well, let's just say the tables had turned.

Huggalon drops a neat vanity item called the B. F. F. Necklace. My hubby's toons all seem to have a permanent B.F.F. buff now. The buff lasts a whole 24 hours. ;)

Another interesting tidbit about this guy is that he seems to have gotten left out of Vault of Archavon. Earth, Fire, Wind and Water are represented in there - but why no Heart!? Yeah, I always thought Heart was kind of silly myself, but come on...he looks so sad! (I used to watch that show with a passion when I was a kiddo.)

You'll find Huggalon inside the Niuvao Catacombs. I've included a little map below of the catacombs layout. Huggalon is right where my character is standing in the screenshot. To see if he's up without going into the catacombs, just head to the middle of the island and to a /target huggalon. If it doesn't target him then he isn't up.

Huggalon spawns where my character is standing on the map
Scotty


Scotty is a level 89 sprite with 1.6M hp. This little guy doesn't put up much of a fight, but holy moly - he's not an easy one to find. I can safely say that there's no way your going to run into him while doing dailies on Sra'Vess.

Scotty is VERY well hidden in a small alcove within the tree roots of the giant tree on the center of the island. To find the entrance to the alcove your going to want to find the mantid building located at 21.6, 46.7. If you are looking directly at the building, the entrance is a small opening between the tree roots above and behind the left side of the building. I highlighted the entrance in the screenshot below.

Scotty drops a neat transformation item called Scotty's Lucky Coin. This coin has three charges and will make you look just like Scotty. Unfortunately entering combat, mounting, etc. will pop you out of this form. On the plus side, using emotes while under the effect actually works unlike many other transformation items.

Entrance to Scotty's alcove. (Click to Enlarge)
G'nathus

G'nathus is a very large eel boss with 43M hp who patrols the waters north of Shan'ze Dao.

With a spawn timer of roughly 10 minutes or so, this guy is totally farmable, at least he is by hunters. I'm not sure about other classes, but I imagine warlocks could pull it off as well.

Simply have your pet tank him, and stay as far from him as possible to avoid his Arc Nova. Remember to keep your pet healed, but even if you forget it's not the end of the world. Pets don't seem to take a whole lot of damage from him. The most important thing to remember in your rotation is Misdirect. As long as your pet is tanking and your not getting hit by his aoe, he will die. It usually takes me about 6-7 minutes to kill him while doing about 120k dps. (I seriously wish I would have tried killing this guy sooner!)

He has a 100% chance to drop a very pretty looking battle pet that looks exactly like him: Spawn of G'nathus.



Dread Wastes

Pensong

Pensong is a huge level 90 white yak that patrols a very small area on the hillside just west of Soggy's Gamble.

There really isn't anything special as far as fighting him is concerned. He should be pretty easy peasy for most.

This fellow drops a Tuft of Yak Fur, which lets you ride on a giant white yak (3 times).

I want a yak this big!
Gokk'lok

Gokk'lok is a level 91 clam with a whopping 16M hp that can be found on the sea floor west of Rikkitun Village.

When near Gokk'lok you will be granted with the Enchanted Essence buff, so you won't need to worry about coming up for air.

The fight with this clammy fellow is not particularly difficult, it just has the potential to last a while given his health pool. Adds will periodically show up to help him out, but I never found them overwhelming.

When killed, his giant pearl is immediately whisked away by sprites and you will auto-accept the quest:  Promises of Gold. The quest reward is a fun vanity item called Gokk'lok's Shell.

Gokk'lok's Shell
The Veiled Stair

Willy Wilder

"I've got a golden ticket, I've got a golden ticket!" Oh wait, that's from something else...

Willy Wilder is a level 90 non-elite rare that spawns near the Black Market Auction House. (He even sports a silver dragon!)

This guy is quite the riot to watch when he arrives. He'll walk right up next to you, bid on - and then apparently win an auction.

When he wins he blurts out "YES! Finally! I won a Brawler's Guild invite! Nobody can stop me now!". He'll then run all around the Auction House saying things like " I won a Brawler's Guild invitation just now! I'll surely be rank 8 by tonight! I sure hope I don't lose my ticket before I get there." and "Everyone look! I won a Brawler's Guild invite! I can't wait to try it out!". Ok, so I guess his loot is pretty obvious at this point. He has a 100% chance to drop a Blood-Soaked Invitation, so if your heading to the BMAH to snag one be sure to look around for this guy while your there.

His spawn timer is quite lengthy (well, at least for a rare in Pandaria). His timer seems to be about five hours right on the nose.

Along the Shorelines

Clawlord Kril'mandar <The Pinch King> and his Makrura Elite 

Clawlord Kril'mander is a summoned level 90 elite with approximately 3.1M hp.

In order to summon him you will need to put together a Clamshell Band from the shells of the six Makrura elites scattered across the shorelines of Pandaria. Each of their locations are marked in red on the above map.

When you kill one of these Makrura (it doesn't matter which one you kill first) you will receive it's corresponding shell, as well as a waterlogged Shado-Pan missive: Troubles From Without (for the full text click through the link to Wowhead). Each makrura has a 100% change to drop their shell.

They each have their own unique abilities, but all of them should be easily soloable by most (perhaps all) classes at level 90.

Once you have acquired all six shells, you can put them together to make the band which will summon the final boss. Clawlord Kril'mander can be summoned at the tiny island in Krasarang Wilds south of Domination Point (12.70, 81.7). You'll know that your in the right place when you see a large shell in the middle called "Kril'mandar's Emblem" (see screenshot below). Simply use the band in this location and he will appear. (Be sure that you are ready to kill him when you summon him, once summoned the band will be used up and you will not be able to summon him again.)

Summoning The Pinch King!
He has a 100% chance to drop Lobstmourne, a rather appropriate weapon for The Pinch King.


For anyone using npcscan, you can add all of these npcs using these macros below.

Elite Makrura:

/npcscan add 66937 Akkalar
/npcscan add 66932 Akkalou
/npcscan add 66935 Clamstok
/npcscan add 66934 Damlak
/npcscan add 66933 Kishak
/npcscan add 66938 Odd'nirok

Everything else:

/npcscan add 66281 Fixxul Lonelyheart
/npcscan add 66911 Lorbu Sadsummon
/npcscan add 65003 Martar the Not-So-Smart
/npcscan add 58895 Sungraze Behemoth
/npcscan add 68985 Booms
/npcscan add 66464 Zhing
/npcscan add 61848 Wild Onyx Serpent

/npcscan add 66900 Huggalon the Heart Watcher
/npcscan add 66162 Scotty
/npcscan add 66467 G'nathus
/npcscan add 66587 Pensong
/npcscan add 62767 Gokk'lok
/npcscan add 70126 Willy Wilder


Until next time, have fun everyone! ^-^