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Tame a Boss! Chromaggus & More New Hunter Pets in Cataclysm Beta!
2010/11/15 at 4:29 PM
Just a little note for all you Beast Masters and hunter pet collectors out there! The definitive hunter pet blog
recently reported that everyone's favorite chromatic
is now tameable in the latest Cataclysm Beta build! I don't know about you guys, but this is my old school hunter's greatest nerd dream come true. Chromaggus isn't the only new Core Hound we'll be seeing in Cataclysm - there's another new skin available to hunters, a slightly more yellow-tinged beastie by the name of
who can be found romping around in
. But honestly, who cares about that guy - CHROMAGGUS! For those who prefer a more "classic" Core Hound look, it's worth mentioning that
is now tameable as well.
Check out some other awesome new hunter pet additions after the break!
Elemental Invasion: Final Phase!
2010/11/15 at 2:03 PM
The final phase of the
has begun, and it's a doozy—the elementals have come to destroy
Elementals will be invading
. It's up to you to take them out, and to gather your forces for a strike at the Elemental Lords—which of course drop some nice little level 251 goodies!
Come check out the full guide after the break!
Gamon's Cataclysm Beta Buff Still Isn't Enough, Taken Down by Raid
2010/11/15 at 11:04 AM
. Years and years of pickpocketing, mind controlling and just generally being killed flat-out for the coppers in his pocket have worn thin on the poor guy's soul. Since Blizzard have removed class-specific quests, they've done the guy a favor and given him an upgrade of Saurfang proportions!
As I'm sure some of you may have seen, as of the latest Cataclysm Beta build
Gamon is now a level 85 elite and he hits like a truck
has just posted a hilarious video of his "world first" (not really) kill on Gamon. Despite such a major upgrade, this poor tauren still can't get a break. :(
Elemental Invasion Phase 3 Has Opened!
2010/11/12 at 6:47 PM
Reports are coming in that
of the pre-Cataclysm launch event has begun! Doomsday Cultists are roaming the city streets and its up to us to try and put a stop to their strange rituals!
This phase adds several new quests in the capital cities of each faction. The full listing is below.
Remember, for the full info, you can always check our completed
Elemental Invasion Guide!
Zarhym made an interesting post on the new community site regarding the invasion! Seems it will be even sooner before we see the next phase of the invasion!
The time between the start of stage 2 and stage 3 was shorter. I can tell you the current plan is to make the time between stage 3 and 4 even shorter. ;)
Phase 3: November 12 - November ???
Twilight's Cult (Part II)
Now, the second half of the story about the Twilight Hammer. After having prevented their assault on Orgrimmar and Stormwind, Garrosh and Varian have decided to take the
How To Find Cataclysm Instance Entrances
2010/11/11 at 12:35 AM
The other night I stumbled upon the work of the talented
, where he had posted an assortment of nicely made and extremely informative images that I guarantee will be of value to many players in preparation for the Cataclysm! He's given us permission to share with you guys this awesome collection, detailing locations of each of the new dungeons launching with Cataclysm.
Remember, come Cataclysm, you will not be able to queue for one of the new dungeons via the Dungeon Finder unless you have first discovered its entrance! Thankfully, Blizzard has assured us that the normal leveling path will lead you to discovering most of these dungeons without much effort, but there's definitely no such thing as too much information! Enjoy!
We've also put together a video showing easy paths you can take to reach each instance portal! :)
Check out all of the awesome images after the break!
The End Is Near... What Would You Do?
2010/11/11 at 12:28 AM
Blizzard's having some fun with their new forums (how can they not, they're pretty awesome!) and they've posted their first
, asking a pretty interesting question:
If you believed the end of Azeroth was nigh, what would be the first thing you'd do?
Most of the options are pretty funny, and a few raise some very good points - like
just go to Outland?
is pretty nice every time of the year, after all, and there's no reminder of Deathwing ravaging the land. Besides, who doesn't love floating islands?
The earth shakes with growing frequency. Elementals pour out of rifts like rodents escaping a sinking ship. Your esteemed faction leaders, barely recovered from the strain of the campaign in Northrend, have been summoned to deliberate on a matter most urgent. And now, doomsayers affiliated with the Twilight's Hammer are gathering openly within the city walls, preaching the coming of something dark and ancient... and the ruination of all.
What in the Light's name is going
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13277) 3D Models - Moonkin Hatchlings, Lil' Ragnaros and more!
2010/11/10 at 2:17 AM
We've got a few new models from the latest Cataclysm build, including some adorable new companion pets (and Lil' Ragnaros, too, since he doesn't like being called adorable) and more! Be sure to click the models to check 'em out in 3D amazingness!
of the new companion pets for you guys,
complete with all of their cute animations
! You can view them below. If you're into high-quality videos, be sure to click the titles and check out these videos in beautiful high-resolution 720p HD on the
Troll Druids have a
new flight form model
! Check out our video and model-viewer rendering of it below!
These new companion pets (as
we blogged about earlier
) will be available for purchase from the
Blizzard Online Store
soon! Unfortunately, unlike their previous pet offerings, it looks as though these hatchlings might actually be faction-specific (so no Night Elf moonkins for us Hordies, and vice versa). C'mon, Blizzard, prove me wrong! And while you're
Goblin and Worgen Faction/Race Changes Available at Launch
2010/11/09 at 11:16 PM
Blizzard announced something I know quite a few of us have been waiting for:
Worgen and Goblins
will be available on launch day!
There is a little caveat to the way paid services work for goblins and worgen: either of them wishing to change races or factions cannot be in either Gilneas or Lost Isles. There is no restrictions on on players wishing to change to goblins or worgen.
With two new playable races just on the horizon, many players have been asking when they'll be able to convert their existing characters into goblins or worgen. Paid faction and race changes will be available immediately once Cataclysm is released. Realm First achievements for leveling any class to 85 will be available in Cataclysm. However there will be no Realm First achievements associated with leveling characters of a specific race.
There will be a slight change to the way paid services work for goblins and worgen. Goblin and worgen characters wishing to change race or faction cannot be in Lost Isles or Gilneas; they must be elsewhere to initiate the proc
Cataclysm Beta Patch (Build 13277)
2010/11/09 at 9:51 PM
Looks like someone is burning the late-night oil over at Blizzard... a new beta patch (build 13277) is being prepped for a server update in the near future!
We made a few tweaks to the spell diffs after identifying an issue with how we were determining changes in class spells. The current list should be more accurate.
Talent Calculator (Beta)
Latest Additions (Beta)
We'll be updating this post with more information as we distill it from the batch of data, so stay tuned!
The correction made by
Red Shirt Guy
made it into
Overthrow the Council
Overthrow the Council
Kill Representatives Moira Thaurissan, Muradin Bronzebeard and
Elemental Invasion Phase 2 is Here!
2010/11/08 at 12:34 PM
Seems sometime this morning Blizzard flipped the switch and began
! While helping the Earthen Ring fight against the elementals, you will find several new quests in both Ironforge and Orgrimmar.
Phase 2: November 8 - November ???
Tablets of the Earth
Tablets of Fire
Go to the harbor / zeppelin tower and talk to the quest NPC there. A short event will begin, where you - imbued with the powers of the Tablets - need to use your new abilities to fight various elemental attackers off. Remember, use water to counter fire, air to counter earth, and fire to counter water. After the event is over loot the tablets and turn the quest in.
Subduing the Elements
Subduing the Elements
Earthen Ring Supplies
. Drinking the Septa will allow you to see the spirits, and using the totem near them will subdue them. You can find the Agitated Earth / Fire Spirits all over Ironforge and Orgrimmar.
You can check out al
Cataclysm: Updated Combat Resurrection Design
2010/11/04 at 9:20 PM
Zarhym just posted a rather interesting announcement: in Cataclysm raiders will only be allowed
one use of Rebirth or Soulstone in 10-player encounters.
In 25-player raid encounters, you will be able to use a maximum of
. There is no equivalent of a "Sated" debuff to track how many times you have resurrected.
What is everyone's opinion on this? Do you think it's better for raiders or worse?
New Dwarf Female Hairstyles, Still No New Model
2010/11/03 at 9:36 PM
Something unexpected out of the latest Cataclysm Beta build - they've updated some of the existing
hairstyles! So far, they've changed three of the existing hairstyles and added one new one. I haven't checked all of other races to see if they've gotten anything new, just confirmed that the troll female hairstyles are all still bad.
Blizzard, Blizzard, Blizzard — you can add all of the new hairstyles you want but it won't change the fact that there are simply some player character races out there which are dramatically in need of some updates. Maybe after the Cataclysm, Deathwing could ravage over some NPC models as well? It worked for Desolace, right?
The hairstyles changed are, in order,
. Click to see 'em all big and dwarfy (wait, that makes no sense). Enjoy!
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