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Mists of Pandaria Launch Guide
2012/09/24 at 8:46 PM
Mists of Pandaria, the fourth World of Warcraft expansion,
went live on September 25th
. We've rounded up our daily beta previews and created a guide to
that's new--from Tier Armor to neon Pandaren hair streaks.
Our database is completely updated for Mists of Pandaria as well and we added several features earlier today, most notably an
interactive world map
visual database for battle pets
Read more about all the new features
Some quality-of-life changes and clarifications relevant to Mists' launch:
not need to log out at midnight PST
to play Mists. You will get a quest at midnight directing you to quest in the new zones, and will be able to create Pandaren on the character selection screen.
Quest rewards in Mists are
. This means th
Currency Conversion Timeline for Mists of Pandaria
2012/08/20 at 8:09 PM
<p>The currency conversion coming with Mists of Pandaria is going to happen in three stages, and this is how we plan for it to progress:</p><br>
<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><b>With Patch 5.0.4 on August 28</b></span></p>
<li>Valor points will be converted to Justice points, and Conquest points will be converted to Honor points.
<li>Neither of the resultant currencies (Justice and Honor) will have an enforced hard-cap at this time.</li>
<li>The current Arena season will end.</li>
<li>Players will no longer be able to earn Valor or Conquest points (bosses will drop Justice, Arenas will be closed).</li>
<li>Items formerly purchasable for Valor/Conquest will be available for Justice/Honor.</li>
<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><b>With Mists of Pandaria on September 25</b></span></p>
<li>Valor can be earned again.
<li>Characters can earn up to 1000 Valor per week, and carry a maximum of 3000 Valor.</li>
<li>Daily quests, random Scenarios, random Heroic dungeons, and all levels of raiding will reward Valor.</li>
<li>Valor will be used
Mists of Pandaria Preview: Scott Mercer and Ion Hazzikostas Interview
2012/07/30 at 11:05 AM
Blizzard just posted two important news stories. First off, they have a very in-depth interview about the raids in Mists of Pandaria. There are some important tidbits shared in this discussion:
Mogu’shan Vaults will be the first raid and it will probably be delayed up to a week on release, so there is less pressure to hit level cap as a raider.
The other two raids will unlock weeks after Vaults to give raiders even more time acclimate.
Lore has been really thought out this time around. The instances should ideally flow into each other, as opposed to back in WotLK where they felt so jarringly different. For example, you'll fight the Sha of Fear at the end of one raid only to have her flee to the next.
The raid rewards players with items with the following item levels: item level 476 for Raid Finder, 489 for normal mode, and 502 for Heroic.
There’s also a new mount that can be obtained by defeating Elegon, a celestial dragon found deep within the Vault:
Reins of the Astral Cloud Serpent
Other than that, Blizzard also confirmed that
will be delayed so it doesn't make players feel rushed to experience Mists of Pandaria as well as do the holiday. This is welcomed news, as mo
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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New Mists of Pandaria Quests Reveal A Legendary Questline
2012/05/16 at 5:34 PM
We just did a massive update for quests and NPCs from the Mists of Pandaria beta! There were
over two hundred new quests and thousands of NPCs added to the database
Click here to check them out
Speaking of quests, remember
Breath of the Black Prince
which we datamined?
Well, we just found its quest source.
Apparently running the Black Market Auction House wasn't enough; it looks like Wrathion is tied to some legendary quests in Mists of Pandaria--possibly for a new weapon. We think these datamined quests and items are for a new type of legendary that any class can collect--similar to how the Quel'Delar questline from Wrath had an epic questline and weapon reward for all classes and specs.
It's possible that a new legendary will increase your ilvl of a current weapon (similar to the new
ilvl system) via
Breath of the Black Prince
and add a buff to make it unique. When we datamined legendary items a few days ago, we also found these three buffs:
Hammer of Ten Thunders
Jade Infused Blade
. This system would allow for a lot more flexibility, where players could choose
Challenge Mode and PvP Armor Set Previews and Tier 14 Set Bonuses
2012/04/27 at 8:19 PM
We have some more 3D models to share with you today, in particular a bunch of armor sets and NPCs.
Remember to click on the images to view them in full 3D in our brand new modelviewer!
PvP Armor Sets
Death Knight PvP Armor
Warlock PvP Armor
Challenge Mode Armor Sets
Mage Challenge Mode Armor
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Mists of Pandaria Looting Explained
2012/03/27 at 12:03 PM
Well, we knew after the bombshells Blizzard dropped both at the press event and later that week about LFR and looting, Ghostcrawler would have to explain it for us. And here it is.
Hey, how about that landslide of Mists of Pandaria information? It has taken a few days, and will probably take a few more, for the nuance of everything to really sink in. One of the topics we've been getting lots of questions about is the crazy new loot model we're introducing in Mists. We've answered several related questions in the forums, but thought it might be prudent to just put all the information in one place.I should clarify that the systems we're introducing are actually pretty simple in practice. I'm only going into a fair amount of detail because those are the kinds of questions we are getting. You don't have to understand all the particulars to participate, and we're certain that it will just all make sense once you are experiencing it in-game instead of hearing it described (that whole "show, don't tell" thing). Let's begin:
Here is how looting works in today's Raid F
Mists of Pandaria Preview: New Scholomance and Monk Talent Calculator Updates
2012/03/25 at 2:21 PM
Content manager Krelumian managed to get footage of my paladin doing Scholomance and turn it into a video, so we figured we'd post it here for everyone to see as a new post!
our talent calculator now has abilities and specializations live for the monk
A lot of you requested it yesterday and Aryu worked hard last night to make sure it was up on a weekend.
Be sure to check out our other two previews of redesigned dungeons:
becomes the Scarlet Halls & Cathedral, where many new things are happening.
has a new evil lurking underneath Orgrimmar.
Familiar faces like
are back with updated mechanics, but some other bosses like Ras Frostwhisper[/b
Mists of Pandaria Preview: The Scarlet Halls and Cathedral Redesigns
2012/03/24 at 9:01 AM
We got to check out two wings of
formerly four instances, SM is now reduced down to two
. This instance has been entirely retooled: bosses are redesigned and renamed, large areas are removed, sides commonly known as the Library and the Armory were merged to become
the Scarlet Halls
while the Graveyard and Cathedral became
the Scarlet Cathedral
In short, a lot of HUGE changes! We've also updated this post because our instance was bugged last time.
Watch the video for our complete run through--my character with Krelumian narrating--or click the tabs to see a detailed breakdown on what the changes are.
The Scarlet Crusade is having a war and they're losing it pretty badly in the remnants of what many players referred to as
the Graveyard side
. Undead pour in and corpses burn in large, decaying piles throughout the somber scene. The area has also been pruned of
and his torture scene as well as trash mobs.
This is now part of Scarlet Cathedral
. It transitions seamlessly into where the Cathedral area was.
High Inquisitor Whitemane
Mists of Pandaria 2012 Press Event: Full Monk Talents Revealed and More!
2012/03/19 at 2:00 AM
The NDA is lifted! We can now talk about the Mists of Pandaria press event we were invited to last week. From building your own farms to talents and specializations for Monks, we've got it all and we're ready to share.
Check out our exclusive interviews with Blizzard
the Mists of Pandaria official FAQ
Here's some of the bigger points of interest:
Garrosh will be this expansion's final boss
Female pandaren were revealed
Eleven character slots
will let everyone try out a monk.
A new faction lets player have their own farms in-game
. They will be able to manage livestock and more all the while gaining reputation. Other factions will offer other activities, from raising a serpent to become your mount to defending outposts for dailies.
Cooking will have four specializations
allowing for customized food.
Prime glyphs ha
Interviews with Greg Street, Cory Stockton, Tom Chilton, and J Allen Brack
2012/03/19 at 2:00 AM
We had a chance to sit down with Cory Stockton and Tom Chilton for exclusive interviews about Mists of Pandaria. Lore from
got to sit down with Greg Street (Ghostcrawler) and J Allen Brack. Their answers are great and we've transcribed all of them down below.
However, in case you just aren't
into reading, we've also uploaded videos of all four interviews as well!
Make sure you also read our huge guide
the Mists of Pandaria official FAQ
for even more information!
J. Allen Brack
News Round Up: Stat Changes and Scroll of Resurrection
2012/03/06 at 4:56 PM
With the recent
on Dungeons and Raids, as well as the blog on
, there's been a lot of discussion on all the changes--the blue responses today cover a lot of controversial decisions on these topics.
But on to the really exciting news: it looks like there's a new Scroll of Resurrection program! It was accessible on live servers earlier today (via your Real ID list), but looks to be down for maintenance now. It's a pretty sweet deal to draw your friends back in--the recruited friend gets a free faction change, server transfer, and copy of Cataclysm, as well as a character instantly boosted to 80. This could explain all those ilvl 232 armor pieces and weapons we datamined back in 4.3--like the
--your fresh 80 will need some new gear.
Discuss the new Scroll of Resurrection over here as well as see the huge FAQ
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