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Mists of Pandaria: Rare Elites and Vanity Items
2012/07/19 at 10:17 AM
Rare spawns are getting some huge changes in Mists of Pandaria--they'll drop unique vanity items like
Mr. Smite's Brass Compass
! These items range from vanity pets to trinkets that summon kidnapped puppies. After Cata's rares mostly dropped generic quest-level armor, we're thrilled to see a return to quirky flavor details in Mists. We farmed up as many items as we could yesterday in between covering the latest beta patch.
Every rare mob in Pandaria, known as "Pandaren champions," will drop a satchel and a medium-level piece of armor in addition to a special item. Most rares drop vanity items, which we've listed below, but a few mobs in lower-level zones drop things like
Big Bag of Linens
instead. Tracking down all the rare mobs will grant the achievement
Several of our intrepid beta users have been
farming these mobs
--be sure to check out
Glorious: Rare Elites of Pandaria
that compiles much of the found info. It's got maps of all the new rares, tabs for all the new loot and NPCs, and tips for dealing with their abilities.
Mists of Pandaria - Build 15882 - Spell Changes, Latest Additions, and Icons
2012/07/18 at 4:43 PM
A new patch looks to be hitting the beta tonight and we've got the spell changes up as well as latest additions and icons!
Check out the latest additions
World boss loot is starting to trickle in, this mount will be one of the drops:
Son of Galleon's Saddle
Reputation rewards continue to have a focus on vanity with the Shado-Pan exalted reward being a transmoggable hat:
Replica Shado-Pan Helmet
Achievement rewards were changed:
Pandaren Kite String
will be a reward from
That's a Lot of Pet Food
Each Mists of Pandaria faction will get their own tabard:
August Celestials Tabard
Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
Golden Lotus Tabard
The Tillers have a new vanity item:
Another Yak mount that's zone specific:
Tuft of Yak Fur
The night elf racial
was changed: it's now 2% increased chance to dodge attacks.
Enchanters will have more flexibility converting materials in Mists:
can be made once a day, for example.
It was mentioned that LFR will be changed to have p
Mists of Pandaria Loot Tables and Dungeon Journals
2012/07/18 at 1:52 PM
We've been holding off on posting the encounter journals and loot tables until they've gotten more filled out. Last Friday's patch, however, seems to have added a lot of data: there are loot tables and a lot more abilities added! The only journals that seem incomplete are the world bosses, which makes sense as they are probably deciding what mounts and rare items to assign them.
Be sure to check out each bosses and their back stories as well--
is by far the most menacing of this expansion!
Straddling the mountain range between the Jade Forest and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, the Terrace of Endless Spring has been a sacred refuge for millennia. Its peaceful fountains are said to have the power to heal and rejuvenate, but when the Sha of Fear attacked, many of the complex's guardians turned on each other in fits of terror.
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News Round Up: New Recruit-a-Friend Mount
2012/07/17 at 2:07 PM
There's a new mount players can get this week, via Recruit-a-Friend:
Heart of the Nightwing
. This mount replaces the
X-53 Touring Rocket
as the reward you get when the recruited player pays for the second full month of game time. It transforms you into a flying panther that can carry the recruit on your back! Check out the 3D model below:
There are also two 10-player heroic encounters open for testing on beta today. Check out our past coverage of these bosses featuring the Encounter Journal and screenshots!
Will of the Emperor
In today's news round up, there's also more class balance analysis posts and the ongoing debate on challenging content in Cataclysm continues. And as a reminder,
Power of the Aspects
is now 30% in Dragon Soul this week.
Click the cut to see all the blue posts!
Mists of Pandaria: New Mounts
2012/07/16 at 11:38 AM
There are many new mounts in store in Mists of Pandaria, from cloud serpents to water striders that walk on water. Since we've been datamining a few new mounts and models every patch, we thought it would be good to list them all in one place. Remember to click on the images to view them on our 3D modelviewer!
The following three mounts require
Order of the Cloud Serpent
Exalted, which will be a month-long reputation grind in the style of the Winterspring Frostsaber.
Reins of the Azure Cloud Serpent
Reins of the Golden Cloud Serpent
Reins of the Jade Cloud Serpent
Reins of the Thundering August Cloud Serpent
requires Exalted with
The August Celestials
and costs .
Reins of the Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent
is purchasable from guild vendors upon clearing all Tier 14 content.
Reins of the Crimson Cloud Serpent
is a reward for completing
Glory of the Pandaria Hero
Reins of the Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpent
is the reward from
Glory of the Pandaria Raider
Reins of the Astral Cloud Serpent
will probably be celestial, in the style of Algalon/Elegon.
Reins of the Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent
: Small chance to be inside the loot satchel upon killing the world boss
Sha of Anger
Reins of the Onyx Cloud Serpent
: Reward from the quest
Reins of the Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent
is the new rare spawn mount for Pandaria. I
Mists of Pandaria Preview: Pet Battles
2012/07/14 at 1:12 AM
Blizzard is enabling pet battles officially on the beta later tonight and they've posted their website feature on the system! Be sure to
check out the latest information on the new patch
after you read up on the system and its goals. We've also had our very own Lore take a video of the pet battles for those not in Mists of Pandaria!
Wowhead also has
battle pet abilities
as well as
battle pet species
on our beta site to check out.
Pet Battle Video Preview
Pet Battle Preview
For years, your faithful companion pets have followed you on countless adventures. They've provided you with comfort, company, sometimes even with entertainment and hours of fun. Maybe you only have a handful of pets you really love, or maybe you have made it your quest to capture as many of them as you can. The fact remains, heroes love their little companions... and in Mists of Pandaria, they will take the spotlight
Mists of Pandaria - Build 15851 - Spell Changes, Latest Additions, 3D Models, and More
2012/07/13 at 6:06 PM
A new beta patch is currently available for download. It requires you to update the whole beta--around 20gb--so in the meantime, check out our spell changes and latest additions. Of particular note is that
will be enabled in this patch!
Check out the latest additions!
More druid forms. Remember
? We have some models for that now!
There will be feat of strengths for not using zone wide buffs on heroic content:
Cutting Edge: Grand Empress Shek'zeer
Cutting Edge: Sha of Fear
Cutting Edge: Will of the Emperor
Each zone has vanity items that summon temporary mounts:
Bag of Kafa Beans
summons a goat in Kun-Lai,
summons a behemoth in Valley.
Gathering Professions Preview and News Round Up: Dragon Soul 30%
2012/07/12 at 12:29 PM
Rounding out our profession previews for Mists of Pandaria, we'll look at the remaining gathering ones:
. We've gone over all the items for each profession and their drop locations, as well as the new buffs each profession offers.
Today's news round up covers a variety of topics: Dragon Soul difficulty change to 30% next week, the announcement of the new Guild Mentoring Program, more Beta Class Balance Analysis, LFR roll explanations, and Blizzard at Comic-Con.
Herbalists get a new rank of
: Uses your skill in Herbalism to absorb energy and nutrients from the earth, instantly healing minor wounds and granting 2880 haste for 20 sec. Can be used while stealthed or invisible.
is sold by Trade Supply vendors. It increases your herbalism by +10 and does not need to be equipped.
: high-level areas with water nearby: Windward Isle, Briny Muck in Dread Wastes, etc. Requires 600 skill.
: requires 550 skill, any zone, rare spawn node. Picking one gives you
Luck of the Lotus
. Also chance to be inside [it
Mists of Pandaria: Leatherworking Overview (Updated for 5.4)
2012/07/11 at 11:12 AM
This guide provides an overview of the additions and changes to Leatherworking in Mists of Pandaria.
Leatherworkers in Mists of Pandaria get powerful bracer enchants, as well as new types of BoP leg kits. They can make new PvP and PvE armor for both leather and mail users, as well as sell leg kits for all melee dps.
New to Patch 5.4, Leatherworkers can craft ilvl 476 PvP and ilvl 553 epic recipes. These recipes are learned when crafting
Hardened Magnificent Hide
, which is used for the new reagent
Hardened Magnificent Hide
Pattern: Magnificence of Leather
Pattern: Magnificence of Scales
are new world drops in 5.2. When crafting them, you have a chance to learn the recipe for a new
ilvl 458 PvP gear or ilvl 522 epic
item. There is also a new Leatherworking bag.
There are three types of leg armor kits Leatherworkers can put on their own gear for only
. These kits have more useful stat combinations than in the past. There are no more attack power kits for dps--instead there is one with agility and one with strength. These kits all require 575 skill and level 80:
Mists of Pandaria: Cooking Preview, Part 2
2012/07/10 at 10:26 AM
Since we last did a
a few months ago, there's been some new additions we wanted to share with you! We've leveled up cooking to show you the new feast models, found locations for all the cooking materials, and previewed some of the cooking vanity rewards and the story behind
Cooking School Bell
To recap the basics: cooking will be split up into six specializations in Mists of Pandaria. Leveling one will level your overall cooking, and you will learn dishes that give a specific stat buff. It is possible to level multiple specializations for achievements, and there are also new easy ways to go from 1-525 cooking in Pandaria. Our
covers the recipes for each specialization and the new low-level recipes.
The new Pandaren feasts are a departure from the serving platters of previous expansions. Instead, they are large tables with detailed tasty meals! These feasts give +250 of a primary stat normally and +275 if it matches up with your cooking specialization, except if it's
Banquet of the Brew
. You wil
News Round Up: Pandaren Phoenix Mount, Beta Raid Video Preview
2012/07/09 at 12:04 PM
In today's news round up, we've got video and screenshot previews of four new raid encounters: Tsu'long, Sha of Fear, Lei Shi, and Blade Lord Ta'yak. We also discovered beta players now learn
Reins of the Crimson Pandaren Phoenix
It's been quieter than usual for blue posters, but there's some feedback about Challenge Modes as well as a few more Beta Class Analysis posts.
Reins of the Crimson Pandaren Phoenix
Reins of the Crimson Pandaren Phoenix
is the model used for the "Pandaren Phoenix" Challenge Mode mount reward, and it's now automatically learned by all players on beta. The animations seem a bit rushed so far, but it's always nice to see a new model instead of a reskinned mount. We recently datamined four colors of this mount model, which we've included below too: click on the images to view them in our 3D Model Viewer!
Pandaren phoenix mount (green)[/mo
Scenario Previews: Crypt of Forgotten Kings and Unga Ingoo
2012/07/07 at 9:41 AM
Lore and I have teamed up again to bring you previews of the latest scenarios on beta! We'll be looking at two very different scenarios today:
Crypt of Forgotten Kings
, which takes place in a corrupted tomb with the Sha, and
, which takes place on the beach with drunken Hozen.
They're both fairly short, and like the
, require you to be level 90 but have no spec/group requirements. You can learn more about scenarios from NPCs at your level 90 faction hubs, or queue from them via the Dungeon Finder.
Rescue Jungle Brew from the clutches of the evil hozen pirates of Unga Ingoo.
Escort Brewmaster Bo to the tropical brewing pot.
Players run around the island collecting brew. Instead of looting brew bottles, it instead shows up as a stacking buff, with a chance to "spill" over 30, which could lower the buff. Meanwhile, the hozen are arriving in ships and running up the shore to atta
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