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New Wowhead Feature: Guides
2011/08/02 at 2:57 PM
A lot of Wowhead's forum goers pen some pretty awesome guides--from what gear to choose for a relevant patch to 10-man strategies for Firelands, we've seen it all. Even our own volunteer Perculia has written some great guides. However, there's never been a good way to highlight these contributions and let more of our database see them.
Until now, anyway.
Recently we have released a new functionality to Wowhead: the ability to write and share guides. This is in its first phase of implementation which is its most basic. Wowhead users can now
write their own guides
, share them with Wowhead's community, and view others' guides as well. Eventually, those users who write guides will find themselves with more perks and there will be forum integration with guides, but we wanted to get this phase out to the public for testing and feedback. We've also imported the most viewed of Wowhead's guides to serve as an example and a testing platform for those who want to see what an ideal and complete guide looks like.
So go forth and educate the masses! There's even an achievement (or four) for those of you who get really into guide writing!
Click here to check out gu
The Entitled: A Guide to Titles
2011/07/29 at 12:53 PM
This guide covers all the titles in WoW from the serious to the silly, organized by topic and linked to their achievement and basic source details. Collecting titles became easier in Mists of Pandaria with account-wide titles and achievement progress.
In Mists of Pandaria, many titles became account-wide, meaning alts can use titles they haven't individually earned as long as they're at the minimum level it could be acquired at. For example, a level 80 alt could wear
<Name>, Death's Demise
if another character on the account earned it.
Only a handful of titles aren't account-wide, most notably RBG titles,
of the Shattered Sun
The other major change was account-wide progress on meta-achievements like
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
. Players can work on holiday, PvP, and raid meta-achievements across characters now, instead of repeating the achievements on any character that needed the rewards.
A few notable exceptions include
Master of Pandaren Cooking
Professions 201: A Guide to Collecting Recipes
2011/07/25 at 2:42 PM
Finding recipes is the mark of a dedicated collector--beyond dutifully ticking off achievements and diligently doing tasks simply for points. You are solely responsible for setting your collecting pace; the freedom can be frustrating at times, but exhilarating when you've finished a subset of recipes and feel like you've solved part of a large jigsaw puzzle, hunting down recipes from obscure instances and reputations. It's fun to chase down patterns across Azeroth, when so many achievements and quests are now straightforward. Plus, you may even find generous twinks willing to tip hundreds of gold for obscure recipes!
I began to collect recipes seriously during the dog-days of ICC. I rolled a priest to learn inscription techniques and tailoring patterns, as well as a deathknight to learn most blacksmithing. I began to care more about enchanting on my rogue, finished up most engineering schematics on my warlock, and hoped for transmute discoveries again on my alt rogue. For obscure reasons, Jewelcrafting and Leatherworking have never held a particular charm--perhaps it's because I rolled these professions purely for raid benefits and blithely unlearned them to pick up Tailoring and Engineering mounts.
It's been over a year, and
Vanity Roundup and Guides for 4.2
2011/07/18 at 12:15 PM
We've been enjoying the small additions as well as the major raid content in 4.2; here's an overview of some of the quirky items that didn't really fit anywhere else. We've also provided a practical guide to
Littlest Pet Shop
Mountain o' Mounts
if you've been trying to sort out the numerous options from our previous guides.
The Molten Front introduces 4 additional pets and two vanity items.
If you miss throwing bears from the dailies, check out
Hyjal Bear Cub
for . It is purchased from
Calling the Ancients
. We made a video featuring
, also available from Varlan for --it's gorgeous and summons flowers and animals in your path.
costs , available from
. It is obtainable only after completing
Filling the Moonwell
. Ayla also sells
for . This chair is quite literally a mushroom chair—perfect for fishing.
Vigilance on Wings
10 times will award you
The 'Unbeatable?' Pterodactyl: BEATEN.
. Inside will be the other mini jouster you
Leveling 201: A Guide to More Enjoyable Leveling
2011/07/17 at 9:46 AM
Leveling in Cataclysm is easy; but with all the additions, there's bound to be something surprising, whether you're a veteran or on your first alt. For better or for worse, Cataclysm has streamlined questing--but has also featured alternative ways to gain experience if questing becomes tedious on your 5th alt. Personally, I've leveled toons numerous ways: a rogue to 85 through questing on the first day of the xpac, a warlock in legacy epics through mining, a priest in full BoAs primarily through instances, a rogue strictly through herbalism, and a DK questing in half-BoAs. I've got a mage at 62 that's currently done a lot of LFD, but outpacing the quests for particular zones drives her crazy with the lore and consistent plot lines. I have friends that wait for Alterac Valley weekend for leveling, another that leveled a toon through LFD with 0 quests completed on purpose, and some insane guildmates that have leveled multiple toons through Archaeology in the hopes of getting an elusive epic (cough,
Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds
) for their mains. Big thanks to Psynister for his expert leveling advice!
Once you hit 85, all the new Justice Point gear, Molten Front dailies, and Firelands rep farming await, so let's highlight all the ways you can get th
The Exalted: An Overview of all Reputations
2011/07/10 at 4:26 PM
Like achievement points and reputation rewards? 4.2 introduces a new raid-only reputation, the
Avengers of Hyjal
, as well as a slew of daily quests to boost reputation with
Guardians of Hyjal
. It's a crazy time in 4.2 with all the new things to do, but really, quest hubs and rep grinds are nothing new to the game.
is still a prestigious title to get, especially if you haven't been playing since vanilla, so we'll highlight the available factions and spotlight fun titles and vanity items you can get along the way. Blizzard has a history of putting in complex reputation hubs--Isle of Quel'Danas, Argent Tournament, so if you enjoy Hyjal dailies, these older hubs are worth checking out when the 4.2 dust settles. if you can't stand questing, you can zerg older instances in your level 85 epics. We've recently updated the information on some of our faction and currency pages, so now is a great time to check them out!
For personal achievements, there are a series of reputation-related ones:
Somebody Likes Me
5 Exalted Reputations
10 Exalted Reputations
15 Exalted Reputations
20 Exalted Reputations
25 Exalted Reputations
30 Exalted Reputations
35 Exalted Reputations
Firelands Normal Mode and Baradin Hold Boss Strategies
2011/07/05 at 5:41 PM
Today we have a list of the boss encounters in
along with their strategies--the videos are from our affiliated site,
, and the strategies mostly written by Wowhead with some of TS' strategies mixed in. Hopefully this helps out those of you who are looking to engage and start clearing the zone this reset; it's a fairly easy zone, but it can be hard to progress past a certain point for a lot of guilds.
is also finally live, as the PvP season has started. This means you have an easy loot pinata to check out, even if you don't regularly raid, so be sure to check out
New Options in Firelands: A Guide to Gear in 4.2
2011/06/28 at 1:49 PM
Edit 7/6: Clarified info about tier as well as upgradable gear with Firestones. All VP items can be upgraded with Firestones--you 'use' the stone on an item. Source:
Edit @ 7:00PM PST: Regular Firelands trash gives rep until 5999/6000 Friendly, with Molten Giants and Hounds giving small amounts of reputation beyond that. Can hit honored just on trash.
Edit @ 3:00PM PST: Bosses give 250 (275 with
) rep; can get to friendly easily farming trash--this means Avengers capes are pretty easy to get.
Edit @ 2:00PM PST: Ashelia has confirmed that the new crafting recipes for boots and gloves drop from Firelands trash:
Firelands and 4.2 introduce a whole new set of epics; it's the easiest it's ever been to gear up. From raid epics to additional rep rewards, there's something for all playstyles. We've taken the basic framework of the 4.1 gear guide; this time we've skipped the blues and just compared the epics.
See how good the new loot is and also see what gear is easily obtainable before raiding right after the break!
This guide does not aim to provide a BiS set of heroic Firelands gear for e
Breaking Down 4.2: Patch Day Guide
2011/06/28 at 9:02 AM
Edit @ 7:45AM PST: 4.2 is now live to download, make sure you're patching up!
Edit @ 11:00AM PST: Servers are up and live!
Edit @ 11:10AM PST: As expected, there is a lot of lag out there in Hyjal. It's basically unplayable in Hyjal, but fine in other zones. The keyring is also bugged
and still shows up
Edit @ 2:00PM PST: Ashelia has confirmed that the new crafting recipes for boots and gloves drop from Firelands trash:
Edit @ 3:00PM PST: Bosses give 275 rep; can get to friendly easily farming trash--this means Avengers capes are pretty easy to get.
Edit @ 7:00PM PST: Most trash will give rep until 5999/6000. Molten GIants and Hounds still give reputation to push you into Honored.
Although there was a lot of coverage to be had through out the past two months, we've rounded up most of it into a quick one page guide so you can know exactly what to do when the patch goes live on the servers.
As for the patch itself, it's going to be today after the servers come up. It's weird; most players don't "feel" like it's a patch, this process has been a little different than
Beyond Bloody Rare: A Guide to All Rares
2011/06/25 at 10:39 AM
Meet Ashelia and Perculia. They collect things and camp rares. Ashelia once spent seventy-two hours camping
. Perculia, drawn to the quirky and absurd, has a crush on
--if only he wasn't a ghost and a gnome.
It seems sort of natural, then, that for this weekend's guide we're all about rares. We've combed the database looking for rares, talked amongst ourselves, and then Perculia's made sense of our findings by writing up detailed explanations. The end result is that now there's a giant guide of every rare in the game worth camping. So while Ashelia is camping for a camel deep in Uldum and as Perculia almost considers camping
, you can read this guide and join in on the insanity.
Before you get started, make sure to download addons like
to see all rares in the game. It's literally essential for finding some of these, especially a
Mysterious Camel Figurine
which are no longer targetable making them hard to spot.
Do note, however, that this guide won't cover ones that drop negligible items for the most part. But if it's worth camping because it has a unique model for a
to tame or a rare item that co
Wowhead's Patch 4.2 Guide
2011/06/22 at 1:03 PM
4.2 is coming soon--very soon in fact. And we aren't oblivious to this fact, either.
In fact, as the news dries up, we're inclined to make a singular compendium of all the vast changes this patch brings in the form of
yet another Wowhead guide
. Patch 4.2 is a huge patch and it's more than just a new daily hub, legendary, and raid instance. There are also new rares, loads of new gear, and many new achievements. Overall, it's massive and it's the first true patch of the expansion--4.1 simply didn't cut it!
This guide is the product of hard work by the volunteers ArgentSun, Neutronmity, Perculia, and even Gnub (a moderator who pretends to do content time to time, or at least when a legendary he wants strikes). Special thanks to them for putting forth such a great effort and also nagging me to do my dailies daily as well as make some videos for 4.2. We hope you enjoyed this guide and find it a great resource in the weeks to come. We also hope you enjoyed our 4.2 coverage these past few months; it was Wowhead News debut and we've been going out of our way to bring great content quickly to everyone. You can always browse the
Midsummer Fire Festival Guide
2011/06/20 at 5:46 PM
It's officially summer and that means it's time for the
Midsummer Fire Festival
to begin! The festivities just went live in Europe a couple of hours ago; unfortunately, those of us who play on US servers will have to wait until just past midnight of June 21st to begin celebrating. At any rate, we have our guide updated with the new loot from the event and are updating coordinates as they come in from those who use
our Wowhead client
. Most of them are correct in our guide, but a few have been moved with the changes that Cataclysm wrought--for example, the
fires seem to have been removed--and we'll be updating them as soon as possible.
Updated Loot Drops
We've previewed these before, but there are updated capes for adventurers and a new Scythe (which does not scale well with Cataclysm's changes to stats, as it only has stamina) from the
encounter and its reward bag as well. These capes look especially nice for alts.
The Frost Lord's War Cloak
The Frost Lord's Battle Shroud
Shroud of Winter's Chill
Cloak of the Frigid Winds
Frostscythe of Lord Ahune
New Bonfire Locations
Many bonfires have had their locations slightly shifted or completely moved with the
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