TLDR = Essentially you run through the place zerging and watching not to gather too much threat, unless you’re a tank then grab it all and hope somebody heals you.
I’ve created an idiot’s guide to Temple of the Jade Serpent, so that I can remember the important stuff and look less silly. Over time I’ll add/update more guides on that page too; no promises on time frame though. Enjoy.
Honest note: This information is from reading pages and watching videos rather than playing through the instance, and as such it is a starting set of notes. I expect there to be errors and information missing. My goal was to not go in totally blind.
If you don’t like half-baked summaries then Ten Ton Hammer has a summary with much more lore and detail, see the link at the bottom of the post. I think Kill Adds ASAP is often all you need to know.
Of course when I find glaring errors I’ll update them here.
To get ready for the change in patch 5, here are a few good resources that can guide thinking, and steer away from panic and fear of the unknown.
- Wowhead’s Class Guide
- Wowhead’s MoP Talent and Glyph Calculator
- MMO Champ’s Class Discussion forums
- a list of Icy Veins class guides
- EJ’s Class forums
These are pretty much in order that you’ll be able to use them. There might be others around which are more specialised, but these are an excellent jump point.
Psynister has written a fantastic guide to the heirlooms now available since in the patch 4.1 update. If you’re hunting for a comprehensive, well written guide you must review this. It includes enchants, selection by armour type and role, trinket selection, and links to the items in question.
Here are a few quick thoughts for leveling the Archaeology profession.
- Get all the flight paths which have been added in Cata. Many old characters will not have the new flight points, so check your map for flight points you have missed. There is a correlation between the new flight points and the archy nodes.
- Grind any and all nodes, trying to stay with a narrow range of racial types, and trying to stay localised to the nodes which are close. I do them in batches of north and south, and use my teleports to switch between north and south as infrequently as possible.
- Stay on one continent for each grind session, or even for all the leveling you do.
- Remember to use your hearthstones, class teleports, etc (moonglade & ebonhold), so that you port quickly up and down the continent. There are also teleport capes from Guild vendors.
- As you can only have a max of 200 fragments for each type, don’t bother to stockpile them past around 150, but as you approach skill 450 you should start stockpiling the fragments you want the rewards from so you hit skill 450 with around 200 fragments.
- Get a good podcast or some great music to pass the time. I use the gryphons as much as possible so I can do other things like house chores and read while traveling.
- Learn which dig sites are smaller, and do them as a priority. The smaller sites are faster to resolve, so you’re on you way faster. I sometimes skip the large ones, as that makes for the most efficient fragments per minute.
These have been garnered through rolling into the Internet and through my own frustration in the archy grind.
Also the best advice I could give is to grab a mod to assist. The Archy mod allows you to filter the sites by their racial source, making it far easier to target your fragments. This is a must if you’re trying to farm for a specific drop – like the beautiful two handed sword from the trolls. More on that later.
Happy digging people, may all your fragments arrive in batches of 100.
I’ve started thinking about one of my alts as the next character to play a bit, and realised that my knowledge on the class mechanics for almost all of them is well out of date. In digging for answers across many classes and roles, it turns out that I follow a set of very similar steps regardless of the character.
So here is my cheat-sheet / guide for learning about a class.
This will be initially an overload of information, but it is best to jump into the deep end. Sometimes printing the first post and reading in spare time is better to get a grip on the information presented. Go to Elitist Jerks, click the class mechanics. Find the thread for the spec that you’re interested in. These will usually have a leading 25-30 lines of basic information on stats, gems, specs, and rotations. Skip any of the comments after the first ten.
Then jump into the class specific forums on the official forums. Generally you’ll not see anything as useful or detailed as in the EJ forums, but there is still sometimes a post that is “how to”, or “introduction” based. Generally skip the comments, as they will be less and less useful as you get further through them.
Things to establish first are: How to select a Talent Tree.
Pick the tree which is suitable for the way you wish to play in a broad way of speaking, and confirm that it is useful for levelling by doing a quick Google search. Each class will have many ways to level, but one spec which is considered better than others. For almost all cases this means picking a tree which has high dps particularly if it is burst dps, and potentially either a good set of defensive or “oh-shit” buttons, or a spec which gains a pet.
Examples of the really solid levelling talent trees for classes are:
- Demonology Warlocks,
- Beast Master Hunters,
- Unholy Death Knights,
- Frost Mages,
- Shadow Priests,
- Ret Paladins,
- Feral-Cat Druids,
Basically any dps role if the class only has one dps talent tree. There are also very viable ways to level in almost any tree, these are just the most common, or easy.
For spending your points use the spec listed in some forums (below), but remember to only spend a maximum of 5 points per level. You do this so that you can select powers deeper in the tree, as the powers generally get much better the further down the tree you select. Be careful not to select abilities which are focused on either a lot of survival or reducing cool-downs on stuns and such, as they are generally for PvP, not for levelling. You’ll have an opportunity to grab some of them later anyway.