Swift White Hawkstrider found

Having a few tank characters payed off today as I was able to grind MgT for the Swift White Hawkstrider Mount, this time it dropped. Booyah!

Diamon found the Swift Hawk Strider

It was my Pally Tank who killed Kael’thas to “find” the mount, but Mortigen the Death Knight who has the Orb of the Sindorei – which makes him look the part.

Or look really silly as a huge toon on a white chicken.

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ta-da Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake!

It takes roughly 2 minutes and 29 seconds to kill Slabhide. The mount has a 1% drop rate. I killed him approx 8 times (so my mod tells me), but I know I’ve done it more than that while leveling on Normal mode. Ta-da Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake.

It is a beautiful mount, and it was a great weekend.

Such a silly silly wow’er

World of Warcraft

My wow’ing has increased recently, and as I’m playing more I find that my memory is flawed in some aspects of the game, and an optimal approach is somewhat harder than it used to be. I’m becoming a silly wow’er. As a positive I am enjoying wow a lot again, just in time for the expansion.

For example:

I remembered too late that Normal mode dungeons can be run many times each day, as they do not have a 24 lockout. This means that I could run the Stonecore normal many times a day for the rare mount, rather than once as I was. Doh.

As running normal for mounts is easy I was also doing Heroic UP in Northrend for the Blue Protodrake that drops there too. Imagine my joy in finding that I did not change the difficult after running Stonecore on Normal, when the mount only drops in Heroic mode. Doh, back to the entrance I go. It did seem a little easy.

The weeks activity was not all silly though, as I’ve started alt’ing around again. This time I am concurrently leveling a Mage (51), Warlock (83), Shaman (46), Rogue (50), and Priest (80). My suss is that I can cycle through these characters using the rested experience boost and then switch toons. So far with so many characters I am always playing in rested. Its great.

The reason that I chose these classes is because all my other class characters are already 85. I do get slightly disinterested with some content when you have to play it three times. Often though doing the same content with three perspectives give me an idea for the differences in the class. The squishy factor of a Priest and Warlock are concerning when compared with how tough and mean all the plate wearing classes are (yup, all my plate wearers are max’ed out, not a surprise really).

During the leveling I can sometimes (if the family don’t need help) queue up for a instance and smash monsters in a team. The times when I do this with guildies I get a very quick reminder that I’m a scrub when it comes to playing multiple classes. However when I play in randoms I find that I smash the charts and perform well. That might mean my guildies are very powerful (true), and also might mean that even a total scrub who stays out of the fire is valuable.

It’s a nice reminder of the golden rule: you do zero dps when you’re dead. Happy killing, alt’ing, and noobing.

TyphoonAndrew

Farming for a Legendary or two

With the chatter about the new caster staff in Patch 4.2, I’ve realised that getting Legendary item must be one of my priorities that I am god awful at.

Thus far I am in the middle of three paths:

  • The Hand of Rag – which has been in progress for a very long time. The Eye of Rag is the only item I need, and I’ve not seen one in many years.
  • Shadowmourne – I’m up to the serious stage where you start collecting souls, but I have the bloods already.
  • Thunderfury – just got the Garr binding last night, and now adding BWL and all the additional farming to my already long list of junk to do.

I can’t imagine getting even one of these complete. It also makes me think that a Warrior wielding a Legendary weapon in each hand would be overly cool, and make me very envious.

It also makes me think that I may as well add the other legendaries to the list. I’m sure there are players out there with 3+ items – got to have goals afterall. In for a penny

Happy farming, see you in Molten Core.

Invasion Farming

The invasion brang all sorts of opinions about what and how to have world events. Everyone had an opinion, and usally this leads to arguments.

However something that a heck of a lot of people seem to be taking advantage of is the invasion attacks, and the free purple loot you can get.

Pictured here is my Pally farming for Necrotic Runes.

You need about 10 runes to finish an intro quest, and then 15 runes for each of the purchasable Shoulder and Glove slot items. That is 40 runes for two epic items….awesome! I’ll be taking advantage of these on all my toons. If only the other Chest and Leg items were available for purchase!

Those you’ve got to get from a rare spawn, and given how rare they are, and how heavily farmed these are – good luck! I have only had two drop, and one I could not use (mail drop for a cloth squishy, see below).

As a prot pally I am used to him being able to aoe solo grind 5-7 of these at once, and I think the best I did was a staggered chain of pulls, totalling about 20 mobs before they all died. The runes have about a 20-25% drop rate from what I can tell. It took less that 2 hours to get 2 epic items, both which were cross-grades, but still worth it.

Similarly my Druid has new Gloves and Chest for healing, and my Priest has the Gloves and Shoulders. I’d love to get the Chest and Leg drops for the Priest, but the time is tough to spend, especially if I can’t get a group session going.

And that is a key for these areas, the guys who did the best went in with at least 3 in the group, and blasted their way through everything. I saw a pally x3 (2x prot, 1x ret), shaman (ele), mage combo totally domainate the area I was in last night; great to watch, horrid to complete against.

If you have a late 60s or level 70 toon who has not got epic gloves or shoulders you should do these events.

Warlock farming

I noticed a cute trick a week ago that I had to share. Warlocks with a bit of Demo can sacrafice their Felpuppy for Mana return, then put up the Armour buff that regens health. This equates to huge mana and health return! I was farming the Elemental Plat for motes of fire and air, and had zero downtime. Zero….as destruction.

SB, SB, SB, ShadowFury. Deathcoil or Fear is something goes astray. That rocks! I know affliction can multimob farm, but I can drop 3 mobs in a sequence, faster than dot/dot/fearing them. 28 motes of fire, and 5 motes of air in 30 minutes.

Where to farm motes?

A guildie asked an excellent question today: Where is the best place to farm Primals?

Update: If you mean Motes of Harmony – See this post.

Now what this really means is where is the best place to farm for motes, and I suppose you need to consider:

  • Which mobs will drop them (best advice is to use something like Allakhazam)
  • How crowded the spot is at different times (we play as Aussie times, which makes farming better on US servers).
  • What level the mobs are, because 2 levels lower means much faster kills.

The list:

All – For almost any motes go to Nagrand’s Elemental Plateau, it can be heavily farmed though. In the off-peak hours is sometimes not over crowded (and if I see you there I’ll banish your mobs 😛)

Motes of Air – Shadowmoon Valley where the quest chain for the Netherwing Faction is. Also south of Area 52 and the Air Elementals in Nagrand are good.

Motes of Fire – Blades Edge in the North East area, just beyond Gruul’s Lair. Stacks of Imps and Fire Elementals that are not level 70. Apparently elemental guys in Zangar Marsh are OK too. Shadowmoon Valley has Fire Elementals, just east of the middle. Lastly the Elementals in the Throne in Hellfire Peninsula drop them too. Also take a look in Hellfire Penninsula.

Motes of Water – Skettis area, always packets, and I’ve done 15 motes an hour easily there. The lakes just outside Shattrath and also in northern Nagrand are not too bad either (fishing is good too).

Motes of Earth – Mining is good, or the Earth Elements in Nagrand, Shadowmoon Valley, or Netherstorm.

Motes of Shadow – Nagrand in the Ogushin spot in the middle of the map. It’s surrounded by Voidwalkers that love to drop motes. The drop rate was recently reduced (or so I read), but this is still a good place. Netherstorm and Hellfire also have Voidwalker-types which drop motes.

Motes of Mana – a place called Wizard’s Row in Netherstorm. Really hard to grind as you need to pay attention to the other mobs, but ok drops.

Motes of Life – Zangarmarsh 64s in the North East corner will drop these motes, but I haven’t been there for ages so can’t speak about the drop rate.

Engineers – can make the Mote Extractor, and gather Air, Shadow, Mana, etc from gas clouds. My Paladin uses this toy regularly to gain a few motes each tour around the maps.

(ps – this is a direct amalgamation of a few emails, which some of the guildes wrote. Credit to them for knowing thier stuff)

Edit: Fixed some typos and added some extra areas.