Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Rares in Nagrand and Tannan Jungle (Patch 6.2.2)

Yeah I know, I haven't been posting much this expansion. With two kiddos under three years old, it's pretty hard to find the time these days. There's just no way I would have been able to cover the insane amount of rares added in WoD. Thankfully little additions to the game like the new 6.2.2 rares aren't too much to take on, and have motivated me to write up a quick post.

I also figured it was about time to make a few updates around the blog on various pages, the most notable one being to the "List of Rares by Zone" page. I couldn't cover every vignette in Draenor or the treasures right now, but I did link to the Wowhead guides for each zone so that they can be easily found in one place.

So anyway, let's get on to these new rares! In the latest mini patch 6.2.2 there were seven new rares introduced (all pictured on the map above). Three of these are located in the un-instanced version of Highmaul in Nagrand, one is located in the un-instanced version of Hellfire Citadel, and the remaining three are located beyond the Dark Portal in Tanaan Jungle. All of these rares can be accessed with flying mounts after achieving Draenor Pathfinder.


The three rares in the un-instanced version of highmaul are all level 102 elite ogres. They are pretty tough, but can be solo'd by a few classes *cough* hunter *cough*. For those who cannot solo them or just want them to die faster I HIGHLY recommend using the premade group finder to find others to help. I usually find a group almost instantly by searching for "rares" or "highmaul" in the custom tab.

Each ogre has about a 10% chance to drop a cute little manafiend pet. There are three pets, one different one from each ogre.
Empowered Manafiend (Left), Empyreal Manafiend (Top Right) and Energized Manafiend (Bottom Right)
These rares can be looted once per day per character. Killing them again on the same character on the same day will only get you a small amount of gold. Loot is personal, and being in a raid group will not effect the drop. They also respawn very quickly for rares (just a couple of minutes). The pets they drop can all be listed on the auction house for sale. On my server they are selling for around 4 - 5k gold right now. If you have the time and alts, it can be a quick way to make some extra gold.

Tanaan Jungle

There are four new rares in Tanaan Jungle. Fel Overseer Mudlump is all by his lonesome in the un-instanced Hellfire Citadel courtyard. He pretty much follows the same rules as the ogres listed above. He's level 102, elite, can be solo'd (but he's tough), and can be looted once per day per character. One important thing to note - be sure to stand within melee range during his encounter in order to avoid his booterang attack (it hurts).

Fel Overseer Mudlump has a chance to drop a Spike-Toed Booterang.

Those who played during the Burning Crusade may remember this rare from when he was originally encountered back in the level 70 version of Shadowmoon Valley. There he was known as Chief Overseer Mudlump and he gave the quest: The Booterang: A Cure For The Common Worthless Peon, where players working on their Nertherwing reputation had to toss a booterang at disobedient peons on Netherwing Ledge. lol, those peons had some of the best quotes...

Work is da poop! NO MORE! 
OOF! Booterang hurted me! Me tink work better den booterang!
AYAYA! One day me have dat booterang...

Ahhhhh, memories...

Behind the dark Portal in Tanaan Jungle

The three new rares beyond the Dark Portal are similar in difficulty to the above mentioned rares, and follow all the same loot rules. Again, I recommend using the premade group finder to take these guys down if you can't solo them (or just to kill them more quickly). Being in a raid group will not effect your ability to loot.

These rares each have a chance to drop a Crashin' Thrashin' toy. All three toys are part of the Iron Armada Achievement.

Crashin' Thrashin' Roller Controller drops from Drakum. You'll find him on the upper level of the building at 83.6, 43.6.
Crashin' Thrashin' Cannon Controller drops from Gondar. He's located inside the building at 80.6, 56.4.
Crashin' Thrashin' Mortar Controller drops from Smashum Grabb. He's pretty big and obvious, hanging out at 88.4, 55.4.

Until next time, happy rare hunting! <3 E 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

How to get the "Predator" Title

A few days ago I read an article on Blizzard Watch talking about how to get the Predator title in Tannan Jungle. As soon as I saw this title I knew I HAD to have it for myself. I love titles, and this one especially I just had to have floating over my head. (Plus I also love a good rare-related challenge!) According to the article, you would need to be randomly ported to the demon Xemirkol by using the item: Master Hunter's Seeking Crystal. Upon killing him, you'll receive the Predator Achievement and corresponding Predator title. Although you will need the Crystal to reach Xemirkol, I found out that there is a little more to reaching him than just having the Crystal and being lucky.

After a few days of scouring Wowhead comments on pages related to this achievement and talking with people in game, I was able to figure out how to pretty much guarantee myself a port to Xemirkol. Here is what you'll need to do if your seeking out this title for yourself:
I used my crystal repeatedly over the past couple of days (before finishing the Jungle Stalker achievement and reaching exalted with Order of the Awakened) and was never once ported to Xemirkol. I also used it many times after completing the Jungle Stalker achievement, still with no luck. Then, last night I used several Medallion of the Legion to hit exalted with Order of the Awakened and was immediately ported to Xemirkol on the next use of my crystal.

Once you have all three of the above listed requirements covered you will be guaranteed a port to Xemirkol when you use your crystal, but only if he's alive. He absolutely IS on a shared timer, and it's a long one. If someone on your server has killed him recently you will have to wait for him to re-spawn before your crystal will send you to his platform. Just keep using it every 15 minutes when the cooldown is up, and you should eventually be ported to him. (Alternatively you could always hop onto another realm and try again if it doesn't work on the first try.)
If you end up porting to his platform and he is already engaged, ask if you can join the group killing him. His tag is a personal one, so simply attacking him without being grouped with the one who initiated the fight will not get you the title. If the other faction is taking him out then you are out of luck for the time.
The fight with Xemirkol is a little on the tough side if you aren't properly geared. I was able to defeat him with my ilevel 675 survival hunter, but it was not easy. I had to feign death and try again after initially engaging him. (I may have underestimated him a bit.) You'll need to move a lot to avoid his Shadow Crash and the Shadow Zone it leaves behind on the ground. He also casts Mind Blast and Carrion Blast which has a knockback. He kept knocking my pet off of the platform (I simply called him back each time). Apparently he can knock players off as well, so don't fight him too close to the edge and have your back facing the wall just in case. If you do get knocked off though, or fail to kill him, you can always use your crystal to find him again. He has a lot of health, 2617k to be exact. To burn through it more quickly be sure to use your garrison ability. Also bring some pots with you! (I forgot to stock up and had none for the fight. It would have been far easier had I been able to pop a quick healing potion.)
The toughest part of obtaining this title for me was probably hunting down every last rare in Tanaan Jungle for the Jungle Stalker achievement. My best advise for making that part easier is to be sure to pick up your Master Hunter's Seeking Crystal as soon as you hit revered with Order of the Awakened. Use it whenever it is not on cooldown. I was able to check a LOT of rares off of the list by using it while questing and exploring. If you are having trouble finding certain rares, use the group finder to server hop. Seriously, the group finder is one of your best friends here. A lot of friendly people open their garrisons for server hopping with open invites - just hop around from server to server in the area where the rare you are looking for spawns. Often times you'll find it right away. I do NOT however advise hopping to any and every group listed in the group finder. This is straight up rude. Using open garrisons should leave more than enough servers to hop through.
If any of the information I have provided changes, or new points become known I will update it right here in this post.
Happy Hunting!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Fantastic New Fel Friend (How to Tame a Green Fel Wolf in Tanaan Jungle)

Yesterday I managed to tame myself an amazingly awesome new pet in Tanaan Jungle - a beautiful green fel wolf. I LOVE her. She matches my little Fel Pup perfectly. Heck, she even matches the transmog I've been sporting for the past few weeks! I strolled around with her triumphantly through Lion's Watch after my victory and promptly received a whisper asking how I was able to make her mine. After explaining the details to my fellow hunter, I figured I'd post them here as well for anyone who may have missed this little hunter treat. Oh, and I almost forgot - the best thing about this pet is that you don't even have to be a Beast Mastery spec hunter to tame & enjoy!

Tamed Felbound Wolf & Fel Pup
You see, wolves with this skin and color have never been tamable prior to patch 6.2. I've been watching these lovelies wander the woods outside my garrison since beta, but have never been able to tame one because they are technically 'aberrations'. Well in the latest patch there was a brand new item introduced that will allow you to tame one of these awesome looking animals for one minute. This item is called the Vial of Fel Cleansing.

Fel Rangari Anaara
The vial drops off of an elite mob in Tanaan Jungle named Fel Rangari Anaara. You can find her sitting atop a mushroom on the shore directly south of Fang'Rila (54.0, 92.6).  Now before you just run up to her and start pew pewing, there are a few things that you should know. She is definitely not a pushover. This npc was designed to be killed by a hunter, and she is what I would call a 'hunter challenge' - a very fun one! She uses several abilities, for which you will need to use specific hunter skills to counter.
Before you engage her I advise clearing some of the wandering crabs nearby on the beach so that you don't pick up adds during the fight. While your clearing be on the lookout for Sand-Encrusted Egg lying on the beach. This item will give you a 10 minute +5% stat increase buff. Hey, every little bit helps! Don't forget to use your garrison ability too, she has a lot of health to burn through.

If you end up having trouble and need help taking her down, make sure you enlist the help of a fellow hunter friend and not another class. (She will make very quick work of any non-hunters who try to help.)

Once you have your vial, there are two areas in Tanaan Jungle where you can find a Felbound Wolf to tame: The Temple of Sha'naar, and the woods just north of Vol'mar. (If you don't yet have a Fel Pup, I advise going to The Temple of Sha'naar to see if Ceraxas is up. When this rare is killed a cute little pup spawns in the area with the quest: A Fel Puppy of My Own. This little pet will match your new wolf SO well! <3)

*Make sure you have an empty pet slot before you use the vial! The de-buff that the vial applies to the wolf you choose will only last one minute. It would stink to have to abandon a treasured pet to be able to complete the tame (or to have to fight Rangari Anaara again for another vial). I would also advise taming in an area without a lot of people in it to ensure that your chosen wolf doesn't get targeted by another player who happens to be questing nearby.

All locations discussed above are pictured on the map below:

Click map to Enlarge

Happy Hunting! <3 E

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The 7 Mount Dropping Rares of Draenor

I love camping for rares, this shouldn't be a secret to anyone who has been following this blog for the past few years. I like setting up my characters in a safe cozy spot to wait for a prize that could show up in minutes or even days. I actually enjoy the wait, and I cannot convey just how happy I am that Blizzard has implemented some RARE rares back into the game. That feeling - when your target appears after waiting and waiting for what can sometimes seem like a decade - it just can't be beat.

In MoP the spawn timers on rares were so short they hardly felt 'rare' at all. There wasn't even a real TLPD or Aeonaxx equivalent. Alani was nice as her drop was guaranteed, but I never could find the time to farm for shards (I did still get the mount though - Thank You Reinoverall!) and would have loved to camp for SOMEthing in Pandaria.

In WoD there are dozens of silver dragons called 'vignettes' in each zone. They are actually quite common though - even more so than MoP rares (they even loose their silver dragon portrait after your character has killed a particular one). They do however drop some interesting and unique loot. I straight up did not have the time or energy to find all of them throughout beta and go on to post about them. For anyone interested in learning more about these vignettes, Wowhead has some incredibly in depth articles on them for each zone in Draenor. Notable loot, maps, screenies, they have it all. Here they are by zone:
I did however have time to CAMP! That's right, as soon as I found out that there were going to be RARE mount dropping mobs scattered throughout Draenor, I just knew I had to find out as much as I could about these guys.

Throughout Draenor there are seven, that's right, SEVEN mount-dropping rares. Six of these rares have a 100% chance to drop a mount for anyone who participates in the kill (Source). The seventh drops one mount which will need to be rolled upon. Each of the mounts looks just like the rare which it dropped from.

If/When you come across one of these rares - PLEASE announce it and WAIT for others to join in the kill. These rares truly are 'rare' with lengthy spawn timers. 

In my time on beta I was lucky enough to personally experience six of the seven rares. With help from other campers I was also able to acquire information on the seventh that never showed his ugly face before beta shutdown.

Without further adieu, I will introduce you to each of them, in order my level.

Pathrunner - Drops Swift Breezestrider

Swift Breezestrider Mount
Pathrunner south of Burial Fields
Pathrunner is a level 93 elite non-aggressive talbuk with at least two known spawn points in Shadowmoon Valley. He died VERY quickly by the hands of my premade level 100 beta character. I imagine he will be more difficult for level 90's leveling in the area.

All Pathrunner Spawn Points (map updated 12/2/14)

Gorok - Drops Great Greytusk

Great Greytusk Mount
Gorok, just north of Colossals Fall
Gorok is a level 93 elite non-aggressive boar with 674k hp, and at least one confirmed spawn point in Frostfire Ridge. Like Pathrunner, he was quite easy to kill on a level 100 toon. I imagine level 90's would not have much difficulty soloing him.
All Gorok Spawn points (map updated 12/2/14)

Poundfist - Drops Sunhide Gronnling

Sunhide Gronnling Mount (image courtesy of Wowhead)
Poundfist spawn point at Brimstone Springs (image courtesy of Quivering @ Petopia)
Poundfist is a level 95 elite aggressive gronnling with 1302k hp. I easily spent the most time camping for this one particular mob on beta (I'm talking days and days and DAYS of camping) and never caught even a glimpse of him. I don't know if I just kept missing him, am unlucky or if he just has a looooooooooong spawn timer, but he did NOT want to show his ugly face for me.

He has at least one confirmed spawn point at brimstone Springs in Gorgrond, but there were talks of sightings in the canyon to the north as well.

This will likely be the rare I camp for on live. I LOVE the ridiculous look of this mount and HAVE to have it. When I do finally come across him, I will post my own screenshots here with any updated information. :)
All Poundfist Spawn points (map updated 12/2/14)

Silthide - Drops Sapphire Riverbeast

Sapphire Riverbeast Mount
Silthide in northern pool at Anchorite's Sojourn 
Silthide is a level 97 elite non-aggressive riverbeast with at least two confirmed spawn points in Talador. This is the first rare I came across with a pretty sizable health pool (which I forgot to take a screenshot of, but I assure you it is big). Soloing this beasty at 100 was easy peasy, but took a little time.

Silthide's known spawn points (map updated 12/2/14)

Lok'hok - Drops Mottled Meadowstomper 

There are TWO rares that drop mounts in Nagrand. I included them both on the map further down the page.
Mottled Meadowstomper Mount
Luk'hok is a level 100 elite non-aggressive elekk with 2935k hp. He has at least two confirmed spawn points around Stonecrag Gorge in Nagrand. I witnessed him wandering in a small area just north of the Gorge, not far from the road. He has also been spotted to the east of the Gorge - not far from the goblins there. (Scroll down for map. His spawn points are marked in orange.)
Luk'hok north of Stonecrag Gorge

Nakk the Thunderer - Drops Bloodhoof Bull

Bloodhoof Bull Mount
Nakk the Thunderer
Nakk the Thunderer is a level 100 elite non-aggressive clefthoof with a massive 4892k hp. Of all the rares I came across this one took the longest to kill. With a level 100 character it took me a solid 10 minutes to whittle through his health. As far as I know, he has one confirmed spawn point so far just east of Mok'Gol Watchpost. (His spawn point is marked in red on the map below.)

Nakk the Thunderer & Luk'hok spawn points (map updated 12/2/14)

Nok-Karosh - Drops Garn Nighthowl

I am including Nok-Karosh last because he is unique in that he will NOT drop a mount for all who participate in the kill. Nok-Karosh will drop ONE mount which will need to be rolled upon by the group. Although this mount shows in the database as being bound on pick up, one of the devs at one point said that it would NOT be bound (source), making it tradable and sellable on the auction house. I guess we will find out for sure whe WoD goes live.

Garn Nighthowl Mount (image courtesy of wowmartien)
Nok-Karosh is absolutely no pushover. This big bad wolf is a level 102 elite with a MASSIVE health pool of 10471k. He absolutely cannot be solo'd at this time. Trying to do so will land you a swift death. On beta, large groups of 30 people plus got together to take him down.

Nok-Karosh sleeping with his posse of elite level 100 Garn Nighthowls 
Nok-Karosh spawn points

Once Warlords goes live, I'm sure more information on these guys will start pouring in with so many people running into them on so many servers. I will be updating this page with any new information as I find it.

Happy camping to you all!