Monthly Archives: October 2011

Arathi Highlands Achievement Guide

The Arathi Highlands are located just north of the Wetlands on the Eastern Kingdoms continent. For the intrepid adventurer in the Alliance, you’ll land at Refuge Point if you fly in, or likely cross the bridge at Dun Modr from wetlands. Don’t try this if you’re nervous about the denizens being between levels 22 and 29.

The history buffs among you may be interested in Rise of the Blood Elves or Sargeras and the Betrayal, though both volumes are within the Horde town of Hammerfall, so other locations might be a better bet for being able to fully enjoy your read.

Do you love the small creatures of Azeroth? If so, you may want to take some time out to cuddle up to a cat, cow, prairie dog, ram or small frog.  There are rats around, too, which you might find too pesky and in need of a good swat with your sword.

Hungry or Thirsty?  Caretakers Alaric, Nevlin and Weston still have a supply of Melon Juice and Dwarven Mild, despite being blockaded into Stromgarde by the Syndicate. I’m not quite sure why they don’t have any Muenster. Additionally, Vikki Lonsav has Melon Juice, Moist Cornbread, Moonberry Juice, Refreshing Spring Water, Soft Banana Bread, and Sweet Nectar for sale right in Refuge Point.

Those trying to rid the world of evil will find the opportunity in 26 quests. The denizens of Refuge Point will get you started, and only 18 of them are required to complete the zone’s quest achievement.

For those bent on destroying the Horde, the Arathi Basin is contested, and its main entrance is located here. (I know, there are plenty of mages happy to send you directly from the comfort of any Alliance capitol, but what fun is that for the true hero?)

For journeyman and even expert Herbalists, there are several herb types to collect, including Bruiseweed, Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Grave Moss, Khadgar’s Whiskers, Kingsblood, Liferoot, Stranglekelp and Wild Steelbloom.  The journeyman or expert miner will be able to hone their skills on ores from tin all the way through truesilver. Harrison Jone’s students will find one Troll and one Dwarven dig around the area.

During Midsummer, the Horde has a bonfire to be desecrated just south of Hammerfall, while the Alliance bonfire can be honored north of Arathi Highlands.

Enjoy your trek through Arathi, and if you’re the exploring type, every hill and valley should be searched!

A Quick Note

I know I’m behind on posting. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a few things done in the next several days. The usual problems have applied: Real Life, Real Life Work, and vacation all played a role in me not getting things done.

Oh, and Hallow’s End. I love me my WoW holidays, and I finally got Hallowed Be Thy Name on Shoryl. I’m one goblin with a pumpkin head away from it on Kerridwen; much to my annoyance. I think that’s the hardest thing about us all squirreling away in our home cities – finding a goblin out in the world is tricky business.  I almost caught one in Dal, but my hearth wasn’t set there, and it takes to long to take the boat then fly in. By the time I got there, he was gone.  Two additional attempts at Brill and the Ruins of Lordaeron end up costing me three deaths. 😦

Anyway, I’ve got a DDC installment in the works, as well as the first of my Zone Achievement Guides (I’ve decided to be all weird and do them in alphabetical order.)  And I may talk about the expansion announcement. Maybe, eventually.

Zone by Zone Achievement guide for Azeroth and Outland

There are a lot of guides out there for everything from how to level your professions to the best way to prepare yourself to raiding. There are leveling guides. There are guides for pet and mount collectors.  There are guides for completing individual achievements, even the Meta ones.

But what there is not (that I have found) is a comprehensive guide per zone of achievement information.  I am going to attempt to compile one. Hopefully this will go a bit better than my detailed guides to the dungeons, but maybe one day I’ll get back to those.

For now, because it’s how I roll, I’ll be focusing on Alliance. Maybe when I’m done with this I’ll be able to work on a Horde guide, too. We’ll see. Don’t hold your breath.  (if you are an avid Horde player and would like to help out with guides, feel free to give me a yelp.)

I haven’t yet  decided what order I’m going to do the guides in, but I do know that I’ll be breaking out the achievements by the same sections found in your achievement list: General, Quest, Profession and so on.

How often these guides will come out will be dependent on a number of things, including research time and other interesting things going on in the game. Likely, they will be a part of my weekly Tuesday posting schedule.  If you’re coming back for reference, and don’t want to wade through my whole blog line, have no fear. I’ll be trying to keep copious tags, or you can use the spiffy new category Achievement Guides in the sidebar.  Happy hunting everyone!

Love-Hate Relationship with the RNG

Almost everyone thinks they’re the most unlucky player ever when it comes to the ubiquitous RNG; and I’m no exception. It became a joke in my old raid group that when Shoryl finally got her Lawbringer Boots, that we would finally be stable. Shoryl didn’t get her boots until mere weeks before the three allied guilds created a new raiding guild that would be fed from the others. I guess we became a stable raiding team.

Recently, however, I’ve been reminded of the curious form of Murphy’s Law that is the RNG. Sonaira and Shoryl have been running the Coren Direbrew fight in an attempt to get Shoryl the two mounts. Day after day, there was no luck. Then yesterday, Sonaira opened her keg, and had not one, but both of the mounts in it. And another epic on top of that.  She put on one of the mounts only long enough to get the achievement, while I sullenly purchased some hops to get my achievement.  I’ll admit I was happy for her, but because of how you get those mounts, she couldn’t offer up our normal method of dealing with pets and mounts. She gets the pets first, I get the mounts first. Nice and easy when there’s a roll involved.

A year ago, Shoryl got a Sinister Squashling. Kerridwen also has one, and so does Taoiseach. Taoiseach has had to destroy at least  one. Neither Arianrose nor Sonaira have a Squashling. She has been mostly gracious about it. But I also quickly change pets whenever my random pet summoning addon summons the Squashling. There’s having the pets, and rubbing her face in it. I try not to do the latter.

Currently, one of my guildies is running Molten Core and Blackwing Lair, working on creating Sulfuron, Hand of Ragnaros. He originally ran it for the raid achievement, got the left binding of the Windfury, and decided he might want to make that.  Last week, he got the Eye of Sulfuras. He’s got everything he needs for the Hand except the Blood of the Mountain and Sulfuron Ingots. Even though he’s run Molten Core at least a half dozen times (probably more, I haven’t been keeping track), and Blackwing Lair several times, he has only managed to acquire one Blood of the Mountain, and it wasn’t even out of a Dark Iron node, which is where the majority of them purportedly come from.

And he’s seen at least two pairs of Lightbring Boots drop., but not on the run I went with him on. ‘Cuz I’m sure I’m going to get my Lawbringer boots for Transmogrification last. (Or… something. I’m not going to make predictions on a project I haven’t started yet.)

With all of this, you might ask where the Love part of the relationship with the RNG comes from? Well, have you ever looted an Epic BoE off of a world mob and gotten a bunch of gold off the auction house for it? I have. Or, and this is one of my favorites, I was working on my skinning and trying to get Arctic Furs to make my Chopper. I got my 525th point, and my 2nd fur on the same skin.  These things make us love the RNG. For a moment.