I’ve been playing World of Warcraft on-and-off since the Mists of Pandaria expansion. I liked the game enough that I continued with Warlords of Draenor before now playing Legion. However, one part of Draenor that I never got to that I’ve always wanted to finish up was the Draenor Pathfinder achievement. If you’re not familiar, Draenor Pathfinder is the achievement that allows you to fly in Draenor. Flying now in Draenor is basically useless because I pretty much never go back there anymore anyway unless it’s to visit the auction house or bank when my other Hearthstones are down. However, seeing as this is something I really wanted to do while the expansion content was was still current, I still had the urge to finish what I started. The reason I never finished Draenor Pathfinder is because I had a lot of trouble navigating around to find treasures and rares to get the Master Treasure Hunter and Tanaan Diplomat achievements (the latter of which was linked to getting Exalted with the Order of the Awakened). I was stuck at 55/100 for Master Treasure Hunter and Revered for Order of the Awakened for the longest time, before I got sick of seeing the reminder to finish those achievements in my task list and finally did it. I knew that the treasures were going to be tedious, but I put myself in a very patient mindset and started farming. Surprisingly, it went a lot less badly than I remembered it to be (which I later found out was because, a year ago, I had been trying to farm treasures in Spires of Arak, which was extremely difficult due to a majority of them requiring tricky tightrope navigation). During travel times, I planned out which treasures I wanted to grab, and looked them up ahead of time on WoWHead so I had an attack plan once I got there. As for reputation grinding with Order of the Awakened, I discovered the existence of an item called Medallion of the Legion, which gives 1,000 reputation with the “denizens of Draenor” (Order of the Awakened included). I ended up getting quite a bit more than the base 1,000 due to the reputation boost I got from one of my Garrison structures, as well as the racial passive boost from the fact that I am a Human in-game. These medallions cost about 7,000 gold each, but gold is a lot less valuable now than it was back in Warlords of Draenor, so I was able to drop a nice chunk of cash on these and “cheat” my way to the achievement. After taking a victory lap around my Garrison, I promptly Hearthstoned right on back to New Draenor … but I left with a sense of achievement that I finally finished this thing I started that had been subliminally nagging at me for a very long time.
Another two weeks have passed in Azeroth, which means another two weekly special event quests completed. Last week’s event was Emissary of War, which involved completing four mythic dungeons. The last time this event came around, it was very difficult to find a group with which to run the dungeon because my guild is inactive and I had a pretty low item level. If you’re not familiar with the recruitment interface, it shows the party leader a list of applicants sorted by their item level, so because mine was around 700, nobody wanted me. This time, because I upgraded my gear quite a bit since then, it was easy for me to find groups. I also wanted to continue upgrading gear with mythic dungeon drops, so I ended up doing more than I needed. Out of the ones I completed, three of them were for the first time – Grimrail Depot, Upper Blackrock Spire, and the Everbloom. The last time I had to do four mythic dungeons, it was pretty difficult because not everyone in the group knew what they were doing. If I remember correctly, I think there might’ve actually even been one instance where everyone else gave up and quit, and I had no other choice but to leave because nobody ever joins a group through the custom group finder with only one DPS player sitting inside it. This time, it seemed marginally easier, possibly because everyone’s item levels are slowly going up due to the fact that they’ve had a longer time to play, and any errors they might make during the boss fights become less punishing. This week’s event was pet battling. I have a full team of tanky, area-of-effect pets that do decently well against any composition, so I ended up defeating five opponents and finishing the quest pretty easily. I only suffered two losses – the first because the opponent both had a better composition than me and outplayed me, and the second because I was the unluckiest person alive and missed three attacks in a row with a 90% hit chance. While I was in the spirit of pet battling, I also got my Overstuffed achievement, which you earn by leveling an Elekk Plushie to 25. The tricky part about this is that the Elekk Plushie can’t actually battle. All of its moves do nothing, so you can’t train it without swapping out to another pet and having them win instead. Fortunately, I’m decently wealthy (not in the sense that I have piles of gold, but in the sense that I already have everything that I want and need, so I can spend gold at my leisure on whatever comes up). I went on the auction house and found a level 24 rare Elekk Plushie, most likely designed that way specifically to sell to someone who wanted the Overstuffed achievement. I bought it for a few thousand gold, and finished the last level with a stone. I was planning on naming my Elekk Plushie “Mammoth” and using it as my companion pet, but apparently, it doesn’t actually move either. When you put it down, it stays in the same spot, and when you walk too far away, it just despawns.
After a few months of grinding, I finally finished the legendary quest storyline and unlocked Nithramus, the All-Seer. It started with farming my final two Tomes of Chaos immediately after the instance resets happened for this week. I went back to my Shipyard and turned in the quest, and was sent over to the Coliseum, where I received a blessing from the Naaru. After receiving my ring, I was sent back to Hellfire Citadel, where I had to defeat Archimonde in the Black Gate. Upon turning in the final quest and bringing the entire legendary storyline to a close, I was allowed to upgrade my ring with Crystallized Fel and Valor Points. Unfortunately, I was so excited about finishing the quest that I killed Archimonde in LFR difficulty, which is not eligible for Crystallized Fel drops. But, I had 5,000 Valor Points stocked up, so I went over to Tanaan Jungle and bought four upgrades to my ring, bringing it up to item level 747. The highest item level the ring can reach is 795, and I’m pretty excited to eventually make my ring that powerful. I was sort of getting bored of World of Warcraft again already because of how a lot of the content didn’t really have much purpose (seeing as I was already maxed out at 5,000 Valor). But now, I can pretty much do anything I want again, seeing as most activities yield Valor Points and there’s another reward-based reason to play.
Continuing on the topic of garrison missions from the previous World of Warcraft blog post, I have apparently completed 500 missions. That seems like an astronomically high number, but I guess these missions really add up. I recently completed the Explore Draenor achievement, and now I’m an additional step closer to Draenor Flying after finishing the Assault on the Iron Siegeworks, my final bonus objective, and earning the Securing Draenor achievement. Unfortunately, the two achievements I have left are for reputation grinding and treasure hunting. I’m sure that the reputation achievement will come naturally, as I just play the game in the Tanaan Jungle, but the treasure hunting is going to be difficult. A lot of these items are hidden in random, obscure locations, and I end up getting pretty dizzy trying to navigate my way to them as my camera angle violently zooms in and out to try and adjust to the rapidly changing terrain. I need to find 100 treasures total, and I recently hit the 50 mark. As you can see by the following screenshot, a lot of these are pretty difficult to reach (this one was high up on a tree, onto which you had to fall from a cliff). Although my time with World of Warcraft was great, my one month subscription period is coming to an end, and I think I’m going to take a short break from World of Warcraft once it does. I’m not exactly getting burnt out or frustrated with it or anything of the sort – I just like having some good variety in my gaming. A big factor of this is the fact that the new season of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls just started, and I want to spend some time progressing through the Season 5 Journey. Because a lot of my time will be spent doing that, I’d prefer not to have overlapping games active if one of them requires a subscription (even though World of Warcraft’s subscription cost isn’t that much). I’m not sure how long Diablo III is going to hold my attention, as it can get redundant pretty quickly once you have all the pieces of your main set, and you’re just frustratingly grinding for the last few pieces of complimentary gear. My guess is that I’ll be back on World of Warcraft within a few weeks, and probably within a month or so at the most – I need to finish up this tedious legendary quest line.
Unfortunately, during my World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor leveling process, I didn’t realize that you could have a bodyguard follow you around to help deal some extra damage. Luckily, ended up figuring it out at all, and started using Delvar Ironfist as my companion. After bringing him to a lot of quests and bonus objectives, I finally managed to max out his reputation and turn him into my personal wingman. I mentioned a little while back that I finished collecting Abrogator Stones, but now I need to repeat the same process all over again, but with a different item in a different raid. That new item is Elemental Runes – I need to collect 300, and I get 9 for killing a boss in Blackrock Foundry (or 27 if I’m lucky). Luckily, I can speed up the process by a little bit, because you can also find Elemental Runes from garrison and shipyard missions. Speaking of garrison missions, something that I found unfortunate was that you could only have 20 followers active at a time, and once you deactivate a follower, it costs 250 gold to reactivate them. After doing a bit of research, I found out that improving your Barracks to the third tier lets you have 5 extra followers, for a total of 25. I quickly rushed the achievement necessary to learn the tier 3 blueprint so I could get my upgrade underway. And finally, I managed to collect all 50 of my Misprinted Draenic Coins for my final heirloom weapon upgrade. Although it’s not really necessary for me, seeing as I don’t really play on any alternate characters, it was a nice bonus reward for daily dungeons that I was going to end up doing anyway. I also found out that I was using a suboptimal staff for leveling my Shadow Priest – I had a haste staff, instead of a critical strike staff – so I purchased and upgraded the correct staff, so leveling from 100 to 110 would be a bit faster.
I finally got around to leveling my Alchemy to 700. This entire time, I’ve been religiously collecting herbs from my Herb Garden, so much that I even managed to get my Draenor Seed Collector achievement not long ago. But, I wasn’t really ever doing anything with all these herbs I was picking. I looked up some guides online to figure out what I could do with these herbs and where I can get the recipes, and I finally used my Secrets of Draenor Alchemy to buy some relevant recipes and use my Talador Orchids to make intellect potions. Hopefully this means my damage will increase by at least a little bit. I also did my first garrison invasion defense since reaching level 100. I have a vague memory of doing something similar to this during my leveling process, but I leveled so fast and it was so long ago that I’m not entirely sure. If you earn 1,000 points during the invasion, you get the Gold Defender achievement; unfortunately, I was 40 points short, so I’m a Silver Defender. After a lot of running around, I finally got my Explore Draenor achievement. This is one of the achievements necessary to learn how to fly in Draenor, and now I’m one step closer to my goal. The last region I finished exploring was Frostfire Ridge. I’m not entirely sure, but I think that this is a Horde area, which is why there are so few flight locations and no quests anywhere. I employed the help of my Aviana’s Feather to launch myself airborne and get across some of the mountains, and I finished at Iron Waystation to unlock the entire Draenor continent map. Last, but not least, I finished this week’s special event, which was timewalking dungeons. My last dungeon was the Pit of Saron, of which the final boss’ lair reminded me of Icecrown Citadel, the raid I recently soloed twice to get my dragon mount.
I’m back with another week’s worth of World of Warcraft adventures, this time starting out with earning the Draenic Seed Collector achievement. I had been keeping tabs on that achievement for a while now, because I wanted to upgrade my herb garden and get the fruit tree for free food buffs. After earning the achievement, I went ahead and did that. Unfortunately, it seems like you can’t control which food buff you get – it randomly changes day-by-day. My next big accomplishment is earning the Loremaster of Draenor achievement. I finally managed to go through the storyline of all the different regions. (Click to enlarge) This is a requirement for unlocking flying in Draenor, so I’m one step closer to not having to navigate through impossible terrain to get where I want to go. This week’s special event is timewalking dungeons. Apparently, I deal no damage when I’m scaled down to Level 80, but fortunately, other people still do damage and carry me through the dungeon. I’m guessing that the overpowered people with item levels over 730 are queueing up for timewalking dungeons to finish the weekly quest – the OP people who I never see normally in heroic dungeon queues. (Click to enlarge) And finally, I managed to collect enough Abrogator Stones to progress in the legendary quest storyline. I realize that I’m very far behind, because I didn’t play World of Warcraft right when Warlords of Draenor came out, and I didn’t make progress through the legendary quest as it was released. (Click to enlarge) I thought that the hard, long, tedious part was over, and I would be able to rush through the future legendary quests. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem like it will be the case, because there is another quest that is basically the exact same as the Abrogator Stone quest, but with a different item and a different raid. I have a feeling that it’s going to be a very long time before I get my legendary ring…
It’s been a while since I posted about World of Warcraft, so I decided to showcase some of my screenshots in today’s blog post. My biggest recent accomplishment was actually getting the Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25-player) achievement. I’ve been wanting to finish this for over a year, ever since I first started playing World of Warcraft. Back in Mists of Pandaria, I had some friends who were veterans of World of Warcraft carry me through the final Wrath of the Lich King raid. We sort of made some progress here and there, but I was disappointed at how little they actually knew about the game, and we ended up not getting me the achievement. As the saying goes, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Over the span of two weeks’ worth of instance resets, I managed to solo the Glory of the Icecrown Raider achievement with Shadow Priest. (Click to enlarge) After returning to my Garrison, I hopped on my new dragon mount and took a screenshot in front of my Town Hall. I also went to an area of Talador where your character becomes translucent white, and took a screenshot of the mount there as well. I also finally made enough progress through the storyline to unlock the Shipyard in my Garrison. And finally, last week’s special event was doing dungeons on mythic difficulty. I actually had never done mythic dungeons before, because it takes a lot more effort to find a group (when you can just easily queue up for heroic dungeons in the instance finder). After spending a lot of time searching for groups (which was difficult because my item level is only 700), I finally finished 4 mythic dungeons. (Click to enlarge)