The purpose of this blog is to document my joys, frustrations, unique finds and general information pertaining to my experiences playing World of Warcraft.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

155 Mounts!

Patch 5.1 is here with new quest hubs and new achievements.  I got the new achievement "We're Going To Need More Saddles" Tuesday.  I really love the kite:

*It mounts quicker than most, too.  That is always nice.  Especially when running from mobs and pvp'ers, or trying to beat someone to that mining node or herb.

Then, after I got that, I got exalted with the Anglers and got the Azure Water Strider mount:

Runs across water!  Awesome!

With 155 mounts now, I started using an addon so I mount a different one almost every time.  There are several on Curse Client, and a guild member recommended GoGoMount.  It usually uses the best mount depending on zone and terrain, etc.  For instance, until I got the Strider, it put me on my Sea Turtle mount when in water.  It's one of the few non-raid oriented addons I use now.

I still keep a couple of individual mounts on my bars just in case I'm in a situation where I need to be sure what mount comes out.

What addons do you use?  Got any favorites?  I would love to know what you love to use.

Happy Questing!

*NOTE:  It must have been a bug.  The jade kite takes the same amount of time to mount as any other mount now.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Four 90's

I got my warlock to 90 yesterday.  I quit queuing for dungeons and just leveled him on Klaxxi quests for the rep.  I have to say, a Gnome looks adorable on the quest "Fear Takes Root" when he gets the size debuff:

He has a little, tiny horse, lmao!

I also got Terrific Trio:

I now have a warlock, 2 druids, and my monk at level 90.

For this expansion, my main is Diralin, my horde monk.  And my main characters are on Terenas, not Korgath.  I like playing on Terenas, since I'm not into pvp and it's a normal server.  And I don't mind playing horde.  I like my new guild.

But I have 11 characters on Korgath.  And I've mostly played Alliance for the last 4 years.

I started leveling Hearthyn because she's always been my main until now, and I am NOT going to leave her behind just because she's no longer my main.  I started leveling the others on Korgath with a specific purpose in mind:  I want as many as possible able to do LFR so I can learn the fights in every aspect (except possibly tank).  I realize not all the mechanics will be there, but the basics are there.

I have to admit, playing my characters on Korgath feels like coming home after being away on a long trip.

Happy Raiding!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Few Tips

I've been playing both Horde and Alliance level 90's now, trying to at least keep the gardens up on my 3 max characters. And during my play time I've noticed some interesting things:

1.  I have caught three Flying Tiger Gourami's to turn in for rep with Nat Pagle down at Anglers Wharf.  I caught these on Hearthyn, my night elf druid.  She was using the Master Kalu'ak Fishing Pole, which increases fishing by 30, and the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, which increases fishing by 5 and adds a lure that increases fishing by 75 for 10 minutes.  She also is an herbalist and had picked a golden lotus just prior to fishing.  I tried to reproduce the results on my troll druid, Dirathyn.  She has max fishing, the Kalu'ak pole, is an herbalist, but doesn't have the fishing hat.  I was NOT able to catch a special fish, even though she picked 2 golden lotus just prior to fishing.  Either I was very lucky on Hearthyn 2 days in a row, the powers that be have granted my first main special treatment (yeah, right!), or now that Thrall got married and became a shaman there is a mass polarity shift in Blizzard headquarters, with the majority now favoring the Alliance, appalled to see their beloved former leader wearing a dress, ball and chain, and are expressing this by giving Alliance characters more perks than Horde.  I prefer to believe the 2nd theory.  Hearthyn is pretty special.  At any rate, maybe this will help you herbalists out there get Nat Pagle rep.

2.  If you are close to being exalted with the Golden Lotus and you decide to try to farm keys to Guo-lai caches, be warned:  I farmed for an hour and a half with no luck before reset last night.  I was only 100 rep away from exalted.  I couldn't get one key.  However, the other night I farmed for 2 hours again and found 3 or 4 keys.  All I can say is, good luck to those of you who try to increase rep this way.  I hope you have something you can farm to break up the monotony in between kills.

3.  When you do get Golden Lotus rep, and you go to kill the last boss in their final chain, when the Crane grants you the wind power?  It lifts you up, way up, and gives you wings. (Red Crane gives you wiiiings!)  You have some control on how high you go and where you land.  Use this to avoid the one-shot lightning (yeah, 3 corpse runs later...) that stretches across the platform.  Also, pick up the lightning spears and throw them at him.  As long as you don't have to jump in the middle of the lightning to get the spear.

And my final tip of the day:

Take the quest to get 1000 arcane dust from Moshu the Arcane in the cave in Shan'ze Dao, Townlong Steppes.  The elite Shan'ze Illusionists seem to drop the most.  When you turn the quest in, you get a portal between Shan'ze Dao and Shado Pan Garrison.  Saves you a LOT of time flying.

Happy Rep Grinding!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ruby Friday

Have you seen the mats for the new mounts?  I guess they expect everyone to have several hundred thousand gold built up by now.

Diralin, pictured below, has 600 engineering, mainly so I could make the Mechano-Hog for my Horde characters.  I have the Mekgineer's Chopper for my Alliance toons already, and was very disappointed when it didn't translate to the hog.  In fact, I ran Wrath heroics the past couple of nights and got her exalted with the Horde Expedition.  I ran to the quartermaster, paid the 300 gold for the pattern...

And it keeps telling me I don't meet the requirements to learn the pattern.  I logged out, logged in, restarted the game, double checked to make sure I'm exalted, disabled my addons:  all to no avail.  Needless to say, I have a ticket in.

But I digress.  Where were we?

Oh, yes, MoP's expensive mats for crafted mounts.

Engineers can make two mounts at max level engineering:  Depleted-Kyparium Rocket and Geosynchronous World Spinner.  Both are similar in mats, the only differences being the need for 200 kyparite and high explosive gunpowder for the Rocket and 12 trillium bars for the Spinner.  Other than that, they both take 12 living steel, 12 Spirit of Harmony, 20 ghost iron bolts, and 3 Orb of Mystery.

Now, it takes a little bit of time to make the living steel if you have an alchemist, and it takes some time to gather the Spirits of Harmony.  You just need a little patience for the Spirits especially.

But the Orbs of Mystery are 18,000 gold each.  20,000 gold if you don't have the guild vendor discount.

EACH!  54,000-60,000 gold just to make one vehicle? No, wait, that's JUST FOR ONE PART!

I wanted to see how that compared to the JC mounts.  They only require one orb, but a stack of gems and a few other items. Here's the pattern for the Ruby Panther.  Expensive, but a little more reasonable.

Once again engineer's get no love.  Okay, the dragonling is adorable!  Even if the Ghost Iron Dragonling gets replaced almost immediately.  But still...

I decided to keep farming, and selling, until I build up enough gold to make one of the engineering mounts.

And in the meantime, I bought this on the auction:

It made me feel a little better.

On a side note, there are crop circles in Kun-Lai Summit:

Happy Gold Farming!

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