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Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage Two of the New Dailies
2011/06/18 at 8:02 PM
Don't forget to check out our guide to phase one of the new daily quests, available right here on Wowhead News!
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage One of the New Dailies
Now that many of you have been introduced to the daily quests available from the
Guardians of Hyjal
faction at the new quest hubs implemented with patch 4.2, we've put together a handy guide to the next phase of daily quests, which is unlocked upon obtaining 20
Mark of the World Tree
Calling for Reinforcements
. This phase brings the counterattack even further into Ragnaros' domain, as the Guardians of Hyjal's forces move into the the
via a new portal spawned in Hyjal, and set up their operations at Malfurion's Reach.
At the Sanctuary of Malorne, Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem gives you the quest
, asking you to find and slay the deadly Druid of the Flame,
. Upon heading over to her location in Hyjal and after an unpleasant exchange of words, she fatally wounds the Arch Druid and ensnares you in
. She quickly makes an escape and you are left with the fallen Arch Dr
Patch 4.2: Craftables
2011/06/17 at 3:01 PM
We thought we'd wrap the week up with a post about all of the crafted items that are available in patch 4.2. Since it's only ten days away, there's a lot of ground to cover. Overall, most professions will be happy to see a lot of lucrative items to craft are in this patch--from PvP to PvP gear, to glyphs, and even a scope!
Right now, we're unable to confirm where
of the epic recipes are dropping. We suspect the ones that are ilevel 378 are from the instance themselves and we can confirm the 365 ones are from the vendors. It's worth noting though that when we downed a boss last week, there were no patterns tied to its loot table, so it may just be from trash.
Regardless of their source, however, since the recipes are BoE they will be widely available to any type of crafters. It will be a lot like the BoE recipes from
Update: The ilvl 339 rare-quality PvP recipes available on live for Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, and Tailoring are no longer obtainable on the 4.2 PTR. They have been upgraded to ilvl 358 Bloodthirsty PvP recipes (instead of two separate sets of PvP gear). This means that crafters who have already obtained the ilvl 339 recipes on live will find that they have automa
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes (Updated 6/16)
2011/06/16 at 9:59 PM
Blizzard has just posted a small update to the 4.2 PTR Patch Notes, adding a few class changes and some seemingly major changes to
gains, lowering the minimum cap but explaining how the cap can scale linearly. I'm sure this will probably end up confusing some players so we may see further clarification in the coming week.
Death Knight Bug Fixes
can now properly be triggered from off-hand attacks as well as main-hand attacks.
now deals 175% weapon damage, up from 125%.
now deals 225% weapon damage, up from 125%.
Conquest & Honor Points
The minimum cap on Conquest Points earned per week from Arenas is now
1350 at 1500 or less
Arena rating. The maximum cap
2700 at 3000 or more Battleground Arena
New Epic Ghostcrawler Blog Explains 4.2 Class Changes
2011/06/16 at 8:59 PM
In what is probably one of the best and most in-depth Blizzard blogs yet, Ghostcrawler takes the time to discuss the class balancing changes that have been made in Patch 4.2, giving specific examples of changes that were made, and why they were made. This new blog provides an interesting look into the development process (as Ghostcrawler's blogs always do) and will definitely answer some players' questions regarding Blizzard's justification of specific changes being made.
We understand that raw patch notes don’t always provide enough context for changes to the game, so we thought we’d take a moment to explain some of our logic behind the buffs and nerfs coming in the 4.2 "Rage of the Firelands" patch. We particularly want to try to combat the perception that classes end up nerfed in PvE as collateral damage from PvP nerfs (or vice versa). The number of PvP buffs versus PvP nerfs were about equal this time around, and we make careful consideration to keep the impact outside of PvP minimal. So, if we nerfed your class’s PvE damage, it’s most likely because we thought your class was doing too much damage in PvE.
No doubt you’
News Roundup: Authenticator Changes, Anduin Wrynn and Gelbin Mekkatorque Lore
2011/06/16 at 5:38 PM
Just a few new posts today, including some clarifications on the new changes with
. Players will no longer be prompted for authenticator codes when logging in from a "familiar" location (as tracked and determined by Blizzard). I assume this means it will simply recognize your local IP and no longer prompt for an authenticator code as persistently, which won't help much in protecting your account from family members or criminals who break into your home to hack your Warcraft account. Those exist, right?
Blizzard has also posted a new installment of their "Then and Now" character retrospective series, featuring Anduin Wrynn. In addition, we've got a new short story in the Leaders of Azeroth series, featuring none other than Gelbin Mekkatorque, leader of the gnomes! Alliance players rejoice, this lore's all for you!
Battle.net Authenticator Changes
If you use an authenticator – and we hope you do – you may soon notice that an authenticator prompt may not appear with every login. We’ve recently updated our authentication system to intellige
News Roundup: Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands Official Trailer, DK Tanking, Questing Clarifications
2011/06/16 at 2:01 AM
Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands Official Trailer
Blizzard has just unveiled the official trailer for
Patch 4.2: Rage of the Firelands
Across the breadth of Azeroth, the Horde and the Alliance have dealt crushing blows to Deathwing's elemental minions and fanatic Twilight's Hammer cultists. Through it all, the Earthen Ring has never wavered from its tireless charge, holding Azeroth itself together amid the tidal fury and errant magical energies that churn at the Maelstrom. Yet as the elements continue their chaotic upheaval, it seems that the noble shamanic order might finally be on the verge of breaking beneath the great weight that rests on its shoulders. Even Thrall, for all of his wisdom and skill, has grown aggravated by his failure to effectively communicate with Azeroth's elements. Recently, his calls were acknowledged, but the malevolent entity that responded has only intensified Thrall's fears and doubts....
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2 is just on the horizon. Building off of our preview of the Rage
News Roundup: Valor Point Conversion Clarification, Dragonwrath Proc Details
2011/06/14 at 8:23 PM
Just a few new Blizzard posts today, during this quiet calm before the inevitable storm that is Patch 4.2! Today Blizzard has posted a more detailed explanation of the
conversion in 4.2 (as Bashiok had
stated they would
) which should answer any questions and clear up any confusion players may have had.
In addition, Blizzard poster Kaivax clarifies the proc on with some detailed information which should make many casters happy!
Valor Point Conversion in Patch 4.2
World of Warcraft update 4.2, Rage of the Firelands, will introduce the first new raid tier in Cataclysm, and with that it will also introduce the first conversion from Valor Points to Justice Points. For anyone running Heroics and raids, this is important information to ensure you spend your points wisely before release of the patch.
With the release of patch 4.2 all Valor Points will be converted down to Justice Points up to the 4000 point cap, with any points over the
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/13 - and News Roundup
2011/06/13 at 7:40 PM
All Classes: General
General Class Bug Fixes
Players should no longer incorrectly receive a message stating they interrupted a spell cast when they did not.
Actions bars will no longer briefly disappear when characters that have a stance bar enter a vehicle.
Conquest & Honor Points
in the Currency tab have been converted to
. Any points above the Honor Point cap must be spent within the next week before Season 10 starts. Once Season 10 begins, all Honor Points exceeding the 4,000 point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of per point and mailed to characters.
Dungeons & Raids
The Bastion of Twilight
ability now deals 50% less damage.
damage and chain distance has been reduced.
Dungeon & Raid Bug Fixes
Bosses are now immune to the shrinking effect from
Gnomish Shrink Ray
should no lo
Wowhead is Looking for Volunteers
2011/06/13 at 11:37 AM
: We have, more or less, chosen our new recruits. Demand for localizers will always be present, but the other positions are filled. Exceptional applicants will always be considered, but unless you are one, chances are that we won't have a spot for you.
Thanks to all who applied!
We have a very talented volunteer team at Wowhead and they do a lot behind the scenes such as editing database articles, moderating our forums, and even blogging time to time. However, we're always looking for new blood so we've decided to advertise the positions and seek out some volunteers!
So here's the deal: we're currently looking for all positions, from talented bloggers to forum overlords to localization folk. That said, we are especially looking for someone to help us with
the Wowhead client
, both in testing and tinkering. If you have any previous experience with add-ons or have understanding of LUA, we'd love to talk to you about our client--it could use some serious love. Really serious love, even.
To apply, all you have to do is email
explaining your interest, talents, and availability after reading [url=
Patch 4.2: Achievement Guide for the New Dailies
2011/06/12 at 1:32 PM
Similarly to the
Call of the Crusade
patch during the last expansion, 4.2 introduces a big and unique ingame event, full of quests, dailies, achievements, and rewards. And while many players remember the Argent Tournament with dread because of its numerous dailies and boring jousting, the Regrowth and Molten Front experience bear only a small bit of resemblance with the Icecrown event.
Most notably, the Firelands invasion achievements are greater in number and better in quality than the Tournament ones, the rewards are more useful and fun, and the dailies are more versatile. This is Wowhead's guide to them, for those who like to get their achievements done quickly and painlessly when patches hit!
This is the very first stage of the dailies and it takes place strictly in the Regrowth. You need to be eligible to start the dailies' prerequisites (i.e. to have completed
), and you need to do the short pre-req chain terminating with this quest.
And the Meek Shall Inherit Kalimdor
As you do your dailies, you will notice that the fire elementals are pretty mean and are attacking the poor
Littlest Pet Shop: A Guide to Vanity Pets
2011/06/11 at 1:49 PM
With new rewards for obtaining 100, 125, and 150 pets in 4.2, there’s been a lot of talk on how to get those few remaining elusive pets. Many players stopped after collecting 75, as there were no more incentives. Well, in 4.2 there are three new pet rewards as shown in
our video last week
, as well as several more from Firelands, so it’s time to start collecting again. (Edit: We've updated the guide for 4.3 and there are even more with the Darkmoon Faire.) Some pets are easily obtainable from questing, vendors, and achievements. Others may take some time and luck to farm up. We've got it all organized and covered for you though, so you should be able to get 150 pets easily!
of pet companions one can obtain. As you can see, there’s a good deal more than the 150 needed, but some are no longer obtainable or cost money from the Trading Card Game. You can keep track of pets on our very own Character Profiler;
is also a great resource, as well as in-game addons like Collectinator.
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/10
2011/06/10 at 5:48 PM
: As these patch notes revealed, the previous tiers of content requirement for were removed. You now can get the quest from Molten Lords then visiting your faction's capital city. A blue clarified this.
Molten Lords are mobs in the Firelands. Killing one will unlock the quest for you, after which you need to visit Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar or the Wizard's Sanctum in Stormwind to pick up the quest.
You do not have to have defeated any bosses from the previous tier. That was a requirement we ultimately decided to get rid of.
Some major updates to the patch notes today in preparation for 4.2's launch. Most notable are the changes to valor points come 4.2: they are decreasing the amount you can gain per week, probably in preparation for tier 12 and wanting to put an artificial (and somewhat arbitrary) cap on the rate gear is gained.
New Quest Chain: Elemental Bonds
A New quest line is now available to level-85 Horde and Alliance characters, bringing brave adventurers t
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