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50 Easy Elders: Getting the Lunar Festival Pet
2012/01/28 at 2:26 PM
The biggest draw of the 2012 Lunar Festival is the new vanity pets--but the catch is that the Festival vendors sell different ones to each faction for 50 Coins of Ancestry. However, the pets are BoE, so we'll show you the easiest way to get 50 Elders if you rolled an alt for the pet, but got stumped after ??-level guards one-shot you in Brill. Whether you want to sell extra pets for gold, roll a toon on the opposite faction to put the pet on the Neutral AH, or don't have enough tokens on your main to buy everything you want (like engineers), this guide can help.
This guide provides maps and tables organized by difficulty level for each faction. For Elders that are tricky or located far away from flight paths, I've also provided tips to reach them without dying, after personal experience on my 58 deathknight and 62 mage.
For the purposes of this guide, I will assume that you only have ground riding. Deathknights have flight paths in 1-60 zones learned automatically, so getting to 60 for a Flight Master's License is not that important if your'e that class. However, you will be able to get 4+ more Elders easily with flying.
Tips and Notes
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No BlizzCon in 2012
2012/01/25 at 7:19 AM
Some shocking news early this morning--there will be no BlizzCon in 2012. Blizzard says that since they've been working hard on Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm, their schedule is already jam-packed. This announcement will probably come as a disappointment to some players (including myself! I had a blast attending last year) who viewed BlizzCon as a way to socialize with WoW friends in person. However, there probably wouldn't be much new news to cover with MoP coming soon--BlizzCons that haven't revealed new expansions have been less exciting.
class="detail"><p>Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of
Lunar Festival (Jan 22 - Feb 12) Guide
2012/01/21 at 11:11 AM
It's time for the first in-game holiday of 2012, the
--so everyone break out the fireworks, show a little respect for your
, and come celebrate the (lunar) new year!
is held every year starting on a date that typically coincides with the Chinese New Year. 2012's Lunar Festival starts on
and ends on
. Ancestors of Azeroth are praised and honored by both Horde and Alliance, who then reward players with a special title,
, a celebration in Moonglade, and numerous
Coin of Ancestry
that can be used to purchase festive garb, patterns and fireworks!
There aren't too many changes this year, but there are a few notable ones:
Elders of Cataclysm
introduces 9 new elders to visit and honor--bringing the total numbers of elders up to 84.
are new faction-specific vanity pets that cost 50
Coin of Ancestry
each. They are BoE, meaning you can trade them on the neutral AH to collect both. Check out our guide to the [url=
Dragon Soul Difficulty Changes Coming Soon
2012/01/18 at 8:49 PM
Similar to nerfs in Firelands and Icecrown, it's time for Dragon Soul to begin having its difficulty adjusted. This time, it's via "Power of the Aspects," coming the week of January 31st, which reduces the health and damage dealt by all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will stack over time in normal and Heroic difficulties.
This may seem a bit sudden to players, as well as unexpected--with LFR being designed to be accessible, why make heroics easier this early on?
class="detail"><p>During the scheduled server maintenance on the week of January 31, the Dragon Soul raid will become enveloped by the “Power of the Aspects” spell, reducing the health and damage dealt of all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will grow progressively stronger over time to reduce the difficulty and make the encounters more accessible. The spell will affect both normal and Heroic difficulties, but it will not affect the Looking for Raid difficulty.</p>
The spell can also be disabled by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz at the beginning of Dragon Soul, if a r
Traveling Around Azeroth: A Transportation Guide
2012/01/15 at 1:29 PM
Getting around Azeroth quickly is important--especially with holidays requiring lots of travel like the Lunar Festival and Love is in the Air coming up. Basic flight paths can take you anywhere, but they're slow and easily up to 15 minutes across a continent. And which boat goes where from Stormwind anyway? There are numerous items, teleports, and portals that can shave minutes off your travel experience--whether you're looking to get to an Outland instance to farm transmog gear or have archaeology digsites scattered across the world. There's even breadcrumb quests that you can hold onto which will provide useful ports!
With this guide, you'll learn about all the travel options on each continent. You'll never have to spam trade looking for a mage to port you to a major city again!
Flight paths are what most players will use to travel between nearby zones, and Cataclysm added many new flight paths to the game. You can view them for a particular region by looking at our zone maps and turning on the flight path option. Continent maps also show boat/zeppelin paths as well.
We've got a page covering
: skill levels, mount types, speeds, and training costs.
A Guide to Collecting TCG Vanity Items
2012/01/07 at 10:10 AM
TCG items have long been the highlight of many Wowhead contests, thanks to our friends at
, and I personally love collecting TCG mounts and giving pet codes to friends! Not all players know about them though, besides going 'cool mount' when they see someone in a major city, so here's everything you need to know about them.
Before I list all the TCG items, their details, and equivalent items, here's some basic facts:
As part of the Trading Card Game, there are three cards in every new set that have special codes which can be redeemed for loot! These loot cards vary in rarity--generally there will be a commonly-acquired pet card, a somewhat-rare novelty item, and an extremely-rare mount.
To get your item, first you will need to go to WoW's
and enter in the 25-digit code. This will then give you an in-game code that can be redeemed by Landro Longshot in Booty Bay.
If you're uninterested in testing your luck with random packs of cards, there are alternate ways to get loot cards--for a price. Any TCG card or the exact code written on the card may be sold for real life money and not in-g
Darkmoon Despoiler: A Guide to Farming Darkmoon Artifacts
2012/01/02 at 2:40 PM
The Darkmoon Faire is back in town and it's time to start collecting tickets again for all those new vanity items. While there are mini-games and profession quests to help you along, the bulk of your monthly tickets will come from turning in special Darkmoon artifacts, so it's time to get farming! As it appears players are unable to farm low-level instances for artifacts now, we've listed all the possible bosses that drop them.
You will need
Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide
in your inventory to be eligible to loot these artifacts. It can be obtained by talking to
at the Faire or
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
outside the portal.
As a maximum of 145 tickets can be acquired per month, and 80 of these tickets come from item turn-ins, this is definitely something you want to farm if you're after mounts, pets, or look-alike heirloom gear.
You can continue to loot duplicate artifacts if you already have one in your inventory. However, you cannot turn in duplicate artifacts in the same month.
Artifacts drop from specific areas--certain types of bosses (humanoids, reptiles, casters, etc), raids, or from enemies in PvP.
Several PvP artifacts appear to be bugged and cannot be redeemed at the Faire this month. T
Portuguese (Brazilian) Wowhead Now Live
2011/12/21 at 3:23 PM
Ever since Blizzard introduced a
Portuguese version of WoW for 4.3
, our users have been clamoring for a Portuguese version of Wowhead.
We're listened to your feedback over the past few weeks--and are pleased to announce the release of
Portuguese (Brazilian) Wowhead
, just in time for the holidays. Currently, the basic framework of the main site is translated and functional, with brackets indicating what data still requires translation. Simply access this version of Wowhead by going to the top-right corner of the page and selecting the option from the language drop-down menu.
We plan to be adding more translated material to the website in the upcoming few weeks--and if we require additional volunteers for localization work, we'll update our needs at our
Happy browsing, and curtam o site :)
Hotfixes: December 20th
2011/12/20 at 1:24 PM
Some new 4.3 hotfixes today--looks like Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman receive yet another round of nerfs, while some Dragon Soul encounters were retuned to deal with bugs and balance issues.
no longer swim in schools, and schools of
have taken their place along many coastlines.
, modified by the talent
, should now properly spread
to other targets that are within range when a nearby player is affected by
Horde Paladins should find that
Judgment of Truth
now properly triggers item procs that it is intended to trigger.
Dungeons and Raids
's Stickybomb should no longer break
Vigorous VanCleef Vindicator
achievement should no longer break
The Vortex Pinnacle
Minister of Air
The knockback for Lightning Nova has been reduced from roughly 12 yards to 8 yards on normal difficulty, and from18 yards to 12 yards on Heroic difficulty.
Transmogrification, Part 5: Grey and Starter Look-Alike Gear
2011/12/18 at 10:05 AM
If you've ever wanted to transmog your Shaman's gear into the Twill Set, you're in luck! Today's guide rounds up transmogrifiable armor that resembles BoE greys and starter gear--armor that looks neat but can't be transmogged.
Players are not allowed to transmog their gear into uncommon/common-quality items--this means items like vendor trash, starter gear, and holiday rewards are out. However, there's numerous greens that share the same models--some are pretty stylish! Remember, you can mouseover the transmog sets to see what they look like. (Note: some cloth sets may display a robe instead of the relevant shirt.)
Check out the other guides to Transmogrification:
Transmogrification: Tier Armor
covers all class-specific tier sets--both PvE and PvP.
Transmogrification: Matching Greens
covers all green-quality BoE sets.
Transmogrification: Unique Armor
covers unique armor, distinctive weapons, and item sets
Nimble Fingers: A Guide to Acquiring Fangs of the Father
2011/12/11 at 1:19 PM
Rogues get a new legendary set in 4.3--perhaps to deal with all the melee balance problems in Firelands! Like the means of acquiring
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
, rogues will obtain this legendary through a series of quests interspersed with looting items from raid encounters. While completing the entire quest series does require a raid, there's a ton of great solo content at the start, such as exciting high-stakes stealth missions.
For background: check out the quest series in Badlands covering Rheastrasza, the ambitious red dragon who acquired a black dragon egg and magically purified it, cleansing it of the Black Dragonflight’s corruption. This questline covers the fate of the purified egg and introduces the enigmatic Black Prince, Wrathion--in a storyline taking the enterprising rogue to Dragon Soul, Karazhan, Ravenholdt Manor, and much more in the process.
In this guide, I've provided a list of all the quests--their objectives, dialogue descriptions, and relevant notes and tips to help you get through each step faster! Maybe you've got a fresh 85 rogue alt and are wondering how far you can get with solo questing, or raid only a semi-regular basis and want to know how long each raiding step will take.
Pathal has written an excellent in-
Dev Watercooler: Seeing the Forest for the Talent Trees
2011/12/08 at 11:19 AM
Following the release of the updated Mists of Pandaria talent calculator yesterday, Ghostcrawler explains some of the changes in today's Dev Watercooler. Without sugarcoating things, he talks about why the old talent system was fundamentally flawed and addresses player concerns like how it seems the new system presents fewer choices or emphasizes PvP abilities.
class="detail"><p>We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on our crazy, exciting, and scary talent overhaul, for which we are enormously appreciative. For real and for true. We *<strong>want</strong>* your feedback on the new talents. That is why we are presenting so much detail so early. While we will continue to iterate on talent specifics, your feedback is an important part of that process. Don’t abstain because you’re convinced that things will change without you. Your input is one of our most important tools for improving the game.</p><br>
<p>We have seen a few consistent responses from players concerned or dismissive about the model, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to explain the philosophy behind some of our decisions, to provide a
Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Updated
2011/12/07 at 5:28 PM
A new version of the Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator went live today. While some talents and specializations simply moved places or changed names, there are some fun new abilities--priests can turn invisible now and mages finally got some new level 90 talents! Also, keep in mind that not all classes are complete or have been updated, like hunters and rogues.
We'll have our calculator here at Wowhead updated shortly, but in the meantime, take a look at some of the highlights!
We trust you’ve all had ample time to plug away on the Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator. You may have even found a few mind-bottling class changes in the works (you know, when things are so crazy it gets your thoughts all trapped, like in a bottle?).<br /><br />To that end, we’re pleased to announce we’ve just released an update to the calculator! In addition to bug fixes, we've made s
News Roundup and Hotfixes: December 6th
2011/12/06 at 11:00 PM
Today's hotfixes cover Dragon Soul nerfs, some item changes (Heart of the Unliving trinkets receiving a passive intellect bonus, 4-piece Holy Paladin Tier 13 nerfed, etc), and transmogrification fixes for mailed items--level 1 alts can no longer run around in heirlooms transmogged to look like fun raiding gear, for example. Also in the roundup: PvP Season 11 began today and Bashiok made an awesome post explaining how many Darkmoon Faire tickets can be farmed up each month via each method of acquisition.
In addition to the documented Dragon Soul changes, many raiding guids began Dragon Soul hardmodes today and are reporting undocumented hotfixes as well between pulls.
Hotfixes: December 6
<li>Transmogrified items should always lose their transmogrification when mailed.</li>
<li>The Darkmoon Firework no longer has a duration, is now holiday-bound, and requires Darkmoon Faire to be active.</li>
<li>Darkmoon Faire revelers who enter an off-limits area in ghost form should now be properly ported out.</li>
<li>Entangling Roots, Freeze, and Frost Nova should now properly break when the affected player takes damag
Transmogrification at Wowhead: Guides and Features
2011/12/04 at 12:29 PM
Most everyone is running around Stormwind and Orgrimmar in their shiny transmogrified gear, but if you're still stumped on finding an outfit or want an even better one, we've got resources for you--from new features to extensive guides! (If you need a refresher on the specifics and restrictions of Transmogrification, check out the summary and blue post in our
4.3 Patch Day Guide
A few weeks ago, we launched our first new Transmogrification feature:
. You can read all about the feature
, but here's the highlights:
We compiled over 1,100 matching itemsets--sets of gear that match, even if Blizzard didn't explicitly group them together. From classic Tier sets to matching gear from Troll heroics, we've got it covered!
We labeled some sets as "Recolor" or "Look-alike." A look-alike set has the same pattern and silhouette as class-specific tier, but with either a different color scheme or no class restrictions.
We added image browsing in addition to list browsing. You can visually previe
Dragon Soul: A Guide to Gearing up in 4.3
2011/12/01 at 3:23 PM
4.3 launched this week; it's time for another guide to gearing up in a new patch. As usual, this guide does not aim to provide a BiS set of heroic Dragon Soul gear for each class and spec; rather it analyzes the new loot in the context of current options for several different playstyles.
There's two notable new ways to acquire gear: Looking for Raid and expanded Valor Point loot tables.
Looking for Raid:
Players can now queue up as a group or by themselves to join a 25-man raid. These raids will not have a lockout and they will drop tier 13, although the stats will be lower than a normal or heroic 25-man. The LFR system operates much like the current dungeon finder and even minimizes the raid itself, splitting it in half, so players can only queue for half of an instance at a time. Players need a minimum ilvl of 372 to be eligible to queue.
While players cannot purchase Tier 13 pieces with Valor Points, the vendors sell ilvl 397 items for practically every slot. Those that aren't covered by points are covered with new BoE craftables. The idea is to have Valor Point gearing become an alternative path to normal-mode gearing.
This guide covers the following types of loot:
Questing in Cataclysm: The Best Quests and Rewards
2011/11/27 at 2:38 PM
With a bit of a break this holiday weekend, it's time for an old-fashioned quirky guide--this time on quests and fun quest rewards.
Around a year ago, the revamped 1-60 content was unveiled, providing players with a fresh way to complete Loremaster! While most everyone is focused on the end-game now, sadly only viewing quests as Molten Front dailies, there's many interesting quests and rewards along the way. With 4.3 on the horizon, take some time before the chaos starts up again to check out some of the following quests. From silly to serious, you'll learn a bit about Azeroth's lore and collect some unique rewards along the way.
The first table covers interesting quest chains (by no means a complete list!), organized by continent. The second table covers quirky quest rewards--gear, pets, mounts, fun trinkets, consumables, disguises, and more! (Disclaimer: mild spoilers.)
Some old favorites were removed in Cataclysm--from small chains like saving Trey Lightforge in Felwood, to epic chains like Fallen Hero of the Horde. But there's still something for everyone, whether you're interested in completing
or just want a fun
Razer Synapse 2.0 Beta Sign Ups
2011/11/16 at 9:21 PM
Our friends at Razer have launched their Synapse 2.0 beta--and you can have a chance to join by signing up at
. Synapse 2.0 is a pretty nifty application that saves a user's custom settings in a cloud network which can be then be synced to any computer simply by logging in with the user's ID.
Introducing Wowhead's Mists of Pandaria Guide
2011/11/13 at 9:48 AM
Mists of Pandaria was announced last month, but Wowhead has a strong tradition of expansion guides--and this expansion will be no different.
Today we're excited to launch a preliminary version of Wowhead's
Mists of Pandaria Guide
that organizes all the coverage from BlizzCon as well subsequent coverage from Blizzard. We've included screenshots, BlizzCon transcripts, and blue posts to make the information easy to reference. More importantly, this guide will be updated quite frequently to stay current as we learn even more details about the expansion.
Here's a peak inside, with links to each guide page:
--Official FAQ from BlizzCon.
--General features and additions!
New Race: Pandaren
--Learn more about this peaceful and mysterious race.
New Class: Monk
--New abilities, resources, and animations!
Explanation of 4.3 Balance Changes, Part Two
2011/11/11 at 11:03 AM
It's a holiday for some, but Blizzard was at work releasing a new blog this morning--Ghostcrawler shared more of his thoughts on the class and balance changes in 4.3. Many classes received detailed explanations about upcoming changes--such as Holy Radiance, Mortal Strike, Fire Mage buffs, and bear form Stamina. However, rogues weren't mentioned at all--and it would have been interesting to hear more thoughts on Blizzard's concerns from the live Q&A how rogues were underrepresented in raiding and their perceived lack of utility.
class="detail"><p>Don’t take this as an announcement that the release of patch 4.3 is imminent. While <a href="
have completed a lot of work</a>, it’s just hard to know at this stage when the patch will be ready. Nothing is set in stone until the actual patch, and even then we still have the ability to hotfix any major problems that we missed or caused.<br />
First, here is <a href="
link to Part One</a> of our balance explanations. W
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