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Patch 4.2: Lord Rhyolith PTR Strategies and Preview
2011/05/12 at 9:44 PM
Today on PTR we got some time with the newly renamed
. He's a well-tuned encounter and one we preferred to yesterday's boss,
. Some of his mechanics were refreshing, particularly in the way you actually controlled him, and we managed to test both phases of the fight thoroughly. If you've done
, you'll find some elements from those bosses borrowed and rehashed with
Phase one starts out different from most fights as there is no need to tank him. He ambles around slowly and does not attack directly; instead, the real threat is where he intends to walk. Consequently, you'll need to steer him where you want him to path by attacking his left and right legs--applying DPS to the leg in which direction you want him to turn. We found it best to only have two or three melee on him at most communicating on ventrilo where they wanted him to turn and calling out switches. There is also a bar on the screen the indicates how much in the respective direction Rhyolith will be turning to help you out.
Your immediate goal in steering him is to make sure that he stays
Patch 4.2: Beth'tilac PTR Strategies and Preview
2011/05/11 at 11:18 PM
The PTR was open today for testing on Firelands 10-man and we were able to get some time with
. Unfortunately the US servers got a lot less time with this boss than EU and we only got eight or so attempts in before the server was shut down.
is the spider boss
first previewed by Blizzard
at the end of April. She ended up being a fairly simple fight. Of course, as usual for the PTR, she was untuned and will most likely change in the future. The encounter has two easily defined phases: the first is a kiting phase, the second is a burn phase. For phase one, you split into groups for below her web and on top of it; for phase two, everyone groups up underneath her web and you must kill her before her increasing damage is too high while dealing with a debuff similar to
Overall, it's a fun introductory fight and seems to serve well as a gear check for the zone.
Master Shapeshifters: A Guide to Character Disguises
2011/05/07 at 6:19 PM
Everyone’s favorite shapeshifting item is a Druid, hands down. But what if you want something a little more uncommon? Perhaps you’re looking for a fun disguise to use on boss-kill screenshots, or you’re just not that interested in trolls and would rather farm something else. How’s turning into a fish sound? A huge bug? A neon rock? Maybe you just want to be surrounded in a purple swirly shield instead? Whatever you’re interested in turning into, it probably exists in-game and we have it all laid out for you.
This guide breaks it down into playable race, creature, and object disguises, as well as items that give your character special effects. We’ve further organized these items by means of acquisition and noted some items that work while mounted or shapeshifted. Not all of these items will work in every zone, but they’re all interesting.
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest Legendary Staff Quest Guide
2011/05/06 at 6:13 PM
of the 4.2 PTR has revealed quite a few new quests, including Hyjal daily quests and (most importantly) new quests related to the
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
questline! We've put together a guide to the quest chain (as it currently exists) detailing the challenge players will have to undertake in order to complete this truly legendary adventure! There aren't very many details on the sources for the various quest items that will drop in , though Blizzard has stated that the quests will be challenging for the entire guild involved (which is why they'll all get that cute )! It may be similar to creation of the
in that Heroic-difficulty kills will have a higher chance of dropping the required items, though it
require the guild to run 25-player content as before.
Not very many details have been revealed about the staff item itself, though Blizzard has confirmed that the stats and bonuses will favor offensive casters (DPS). They have also confirmed that the staff will feature the incredible effect of changing your character into a dragon. No details yet on how exactly
Children's Week (May 1 - 7) Guide, Including 4.1 Changes
2011/04/29 at 10:07 AM
It's been a while since a holiday has gotten a serious rehaul, but
starts this weekend and it's going to change that. This year the event features a redone quest chain for the initial leg of quests that take place in Azeroth, inviting you and your orphan to tour the changes Cataclysm has wrought. There are some clever additions to the questline as well, notably new ice creams that are served up specifically for the holiday at a mage run shop called
Cone of Cold
and dragon kites to fly with your orphan. Both the kites and the shop can be found in each faction's major capital city.
Additionally, there are two new rewards for those pet collectors:
(reward for new Azeroth quest chain) and
(reward for old Outland quest chain). This means if you've done this event every year, you'll still have a reason to check out this year's celebration.
As usual, we also have
a comprehensive guide
to share with the Wowhead community that outlines everything you need to know about the event in a lot of detail.
Children's Week: New Quests Guide
Want an Amani Battle Bear? Tips and Tricks to Completing the Speed Run in 4.1
2011/04/28 at 1:16 PM
Itching for a new mount or sad you never got an
Amani War Bear
first time around? There's a new
Amani Battle Bear
in Zul'Aman and it can be yours if you follow these tips to shave off a few minutes when clearing the first four bosses and freeing their prisoners. We'll assume you've already acquainted yourself with the basic flow of the instance, either by running it several times this week, reading our
for boss strats or were familiar from the BC version.
Anyway, here are our favorite tricks to beating the timer this early on. You'll only have 25 minutes to get this mount, so listen closely!
A Guide to Patch 4.1's Vanity Items and a Wowhead Comic
2011/04/27 at 7:56 PM
As our own in-house artist Noxy would be quick to point out, 4.1 isn't all about the trolls and the 353 epics. It's also not just a filler patch meant to tide us over until Firelands. In fact, according to her, the patch is very important--it has a lot of shiny vanity items to play with! From ones you dig up to ones you're lucky enough to adopt, there were a lot of little things added in this patch. Read on for a wallpaper about them and a miniguide of where to find these fun items.
Rise of the Cute Kittens
Noxy was so inspired by the new vanity pets that were introduced that she made a wallpaper for you showing her true feelings towards this patch. Yes, she's awesomely talented. Yes, she should draw more.
In-depth Boss Strategies for Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub
2011/04/27 at 11:18 AM
Now that the servers are stable, you're probably thinking of queuing for
later on today. As you can imagine, slightly harder heroics is nothing to laugh about--especially if you choose to be brave and PUG them. Add in the fun with rare mount drops, epic BoE drops, and they can even seem like a nightmare.
We here at Wowhead have you covered, though! Every boss page on the database has a strategy up that's current as of last night. We're also posting them here for you in a nice miniguide so that you can use this post as a cheat sheet to how to do every new encounter in 4.1. So sit back and read on if you want to learn how to put those trolls in their place.
Before you get into the strategies,
make sure to enter our Noblegarden Contest
if you haven't already. It's only got three days left to enter to win WoW Official Magazine subscriptions and more!
This version of Zul'Gurub is quite similar to the old version--the scenery hasn't changed much and some of the old bosses remain. Fortunately for you, there's a lot less trash and a lot more neutral Gurubashi trolls milling about. T
Patch 4.1: Official Video and Wowhead Guide
2011/04/25 at 2:38 PM
There's an official video for Rise of the Zandalari: Patch 4.1 posted by Blizzard to share with you today.
The days when great troll empires stretched across ancient Kalimdor are long past. Millennia of war and internal strife have stripped these nations of their power, lands, and glory. As Azeroth recovers from the destruction of the Cataclysm, the world's divided troll populations face a bleak future. These dark times have spurred the trolls of the Zandalar, the historically wise and scholarly tribe from which all trolls originated, to take drastic action. They have embarked on a bold crusade to save their race by uniting trolls into a single mighty empire. With the Zandalari's aid, the fallen capitals of the Gurubashi and Amani nations -- Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman -- are already rebuilding, replenishing their forces for a bloody campaign to expand their territories.
Yet Vol'jin and his Darkspear trolls are not aligned with the Zandalari. They have sworn to stand with their Horde comrades -- and even work with the Alliance -- should the trolls ignite a new war on Azeroth. Soon, Vol'jin might be forced to act on his p
Noblegarden Guide (Apr 24 - 30)
2011/04/23 at 10:44 AM
is coming up this weekend and Wowhead is here to help. As with before, you can find out what vanity pets there are to add to your collection, how to get
Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit
, and every last detail you need to become a noble by using
our in-depth guide
If you have comments or questions about the guide and/or the event itself, post them here and we'll try to give you a hand. Have a great weekend collecting eggs--both virtual and real ones, if you celebrate!
And hey, while you're celebrating the spirit of Spring in-game, remember to check out
the Noblegarden contest
we're running with WoW Official Magazine. We've had a great response so far! It's been a lot of fun watching people try to figure out the puzzles we've whipped up.
Closing the Gap: A Guide to Gearing up in 4.1
2011/04/20 at 9:37 AM
Many players have alts, but are they geared? And how about your main, have you started raiding yet? Well, if your answer to either question was no, you're in luck. 4.1 introduces some additions that make the game more friendly and the gear gap smaller, from additional BoAs to changing valor point gains in heroics. Most importantly, 4.1 brings about the revamped 5-player dungeons Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman! The bosses from these dungeons drop ilvl 353 epic loot—potentially cutting out hours of farming heroics and doing dailies. But with so much new loot, what should you really keep an eye out for?
See how good the new loot is and also see what gear is easily obtainable before raiding right after the break!
Dress for Luxurious Success: The Complete Guide to Gearing Your Bank Alt
2011/04/11 at 8:40 AM
The leveling dust has settled, you’ve begun to make gold again--it's the perfect time to spruce up your bank alt! Sure, you could go running around in starting zone gear, but it’s much more fun to play the Auction House in style. Show up for work dressed for luxurious success. From fishing rewards to wine glasses, we’ve highlighted the best of the offbeat items your low-level bank alt can equip. Whether you’re a veteran banker putting
to shame or a new player with an empty bank, retire your overdone
and let everyone know that your bank alt appreciates the finer side of Azeroth.
Check out the coolest items for each slot, holiday rewards, special armor vendors, and some sample outfits after the break!
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