The Time-Lost Proto-Drake (TLPD) is a level 80 rare spawn that can be found in the Storm Peaks. He has a 100% chance to drop the coveted Reins of the Time-Lost Proto-Drake, as well as a level 76 bind on equip necklace and an abandoned adventurer's satchel. He has 18,900 hp and is non-elite. TLPD shares a spawn timer, spawn points, and flight paths with Vyragosa. This means that they can never be up at the same time. Vyragosa is also MUCH much more likely to spawn than the TLPD. In your time camping for the TLPD you can expect to be seeing a lot of her.
The spawn timer on both the TLPD and Vyragosa is somewhere between 6-24+hours, meaning that after either Vyragsa or the TLPD are killed you will not see either of them spawn again for at least six hours. (I have also read that since the shattering it may be possible to see them in even less time than that, but I have not observed that yet myself.) It is completely random which one of the two will spawn in next. Vyragosa could spawn 10 times before you see a TLPD spawn or she may only spawn a couple of times in between TLPD spawns.
|TLPD being "held" at Bor's Breath, screen-shot courtesy of Reinoverall - Elune (US)|
The TLPD and Vyragosa have four separate spawn points. These spawn points are Ulduar Ravine, Frozen Lake, the Waterfall and Brunnhildar Village. I have indicated these spawn points with yellows x's on the map below. (If you scroll further down in this post I also have multiple screen shots and video of each location to give a better idea of each exact spawn point.)
When the TLPD and Vyragosa spawn in, they are not flying. I have had Vyragosa spawn on top of me on oh so very many occasions, and when they spawn in they are sort of sticking half out of the mountain. Because they spawn in right on the mountainside in each location, the best way to camp for the TLPD is to pick a spawn location and sit right on top of it until one of them spawns in. IF YOU HAVE A PET MAKE SURE THAT YOU KEEP IT ON PASSIVE! Coming back to a dead unlootable Time-Lost Proto-Drake would be a sad thing indeed.
My spawn point of choice is the Frozen Lake spawn. I prefer this one because there are two other flight paths that pass by it that the TLPD can take after spawning at either the Waterfall or Ulduar Ravine. Often times I also camp with two accounts. When I camp with the second account I park the other toon at Brunnhildar Village to cover the last path that I'd otherwise not see at all over at the Frozen Lake Spawn.
As you can see from the map above there are four separate flight paths that the TLPD and Vyragosa will take once they spawn in. Once spawned in and on a path, they will not deviate from that path or cross into other paths. They can both also go clockwise or counter-clockwise on any of the paths. The direction that they will fly is completely random.
Addons & Targeting Macros:
I definitely recommend having NPCScan and NPCScan Overlay if you plan on doing some serious Time-Lost Proto-Drake camping. I do most of my camping while watching tv in another room. I turn my sound all the way up and have the game sound muted. I also have checked off "Unmute for alert sound" so that I can actually hear the alert go off. (See screenshot below.) This way if the TLPD or Vyragosa spawns I can hear that obnoxious NPCScan horn going off.
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SCREENSHOTS & VIDEOS OF ALL FOUR TLPD SPAWN POINTS:
FROZEN LAKE SPAWN POINT (Click screen-shots to enlarge):
WATERFALL SPAWN POINT (Click screen-shots to enlarge):
BRUNNHILDAR SPAWN POINT (Click screen-shots to enlarge):
ULDUAR RAVINE SPAWN POINT (Click screen-shots to enlarge):