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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
Mists of Pandaria Midnight Launch Details, Vale of Eternal Blossoms
2012/09/21 at 1:59 PM
The time is nearly upon us as the mists begin to part and a new age of discovery amidst turmoil begins! For those of you prepared to begin your adventures the moment
Mists of Pandaria is launched in your region
, we’ve put together some important details that should get your expedition underway.
As soon as we activate the new expansion content on launch, players who already have a Mists of Pandaria license with the data installed will gain instant access. If you’re in the game when the clock strikes midnight, you don’t even have to logout!
So, what happens at midnight for those of us with Mists ready to go?
A yellow System Message will appear in your Chat Log telling you to visit Orgrimmar or Stormwind to start your travels. Level-85 characters will receive a new quest, no matter where they are in the world, which will guide them to Varian or Garrosh for further orders. If you’re online at midnight you will receive the quest even if your Quest Log is full -- or you can visit Varian or Garrosh to get started on your
Patch 5.0.5 Notes, Jade Forest Preview
2012/09/11 at 12:24 PM
Today's a busy day for Blizzard! They're having a WoW Developer Reddit AMA at 5:30 PM PDT today, and they also just posted Patch 5.0.5 notes (mainly tooltip and bug fixes) and a preview of The Jade Forest, including screenshots and music samples!
It’s been two weeks since <a href="
class="bml-link-url2">patch 5.0.4</a> was released and, with only two weeks to go until Mists of Pandaria takes the world by storm, we feel that this is the perfect time to give you access to the World of Warcraft development team. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. PDT, we’ll be conducting a live developer “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on <a href="
class="bml-link-url2">/r/WoW</a>. I’ll be on-hand to host the chat and will have Lead Systems Designer Greg Street, Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas, and Game Director Tom Chilton available to field your questions. <br/><br/>We’ll spend at least an hour working to answer everything possible.
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Vale of Eternal Blossoms
2012/06/28 at 12:13 PM
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
, a zone for max-level players, is the seat of the Pandaren empire. Sealed shut for many years, it's open to travelers for the first time after completing Xuen, the White Tiger's trials, in
A Celestial Experience
. It is the location of the Alliance and Horde major faction hubs in Pandaria, as well as daily quests with
's archaeology hub, not to mention the dungeon
The faction hubs are very elaborate--Blizzard said they wanted them to make Dalaran look simple in comparison, and they achieved that! The faction hubs have all the amenities of major cities, as well as floors dedicated to introducing players to the level-90 Pandaren factions and scenarios with breadcrumb quests.
Between the Alliance and Horde settlements is Mogu'Shan Palace, the heart of the original Mogu empire. There are two points of interest here: the Lorewalkers and Mogu'Shan Palace, a 5-player dungeon.
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Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Dread Wastes
2012/06/14 at 10:45 AM
is the zone you'll probably ding 90 in. It's a dark zone, where the damage done by the Sha is the most visible. The mantid, a deadly race with an advanced culture, are wrecking additional havoc in the throes of corruption. The environment of Townlong Steppes, grassy fields with large healthy trees, is completely twisted here, with everything vivid shades of blue and purple. To combat the insanity,
are striking back, an elite order sworn to resist corruption and do what's best for the empire--even if that entails destroying the leader.
is home to the
Heart of Fear
. There are also many
rare spawn mobs
that drop vanity loot in this zone.
We have a visual preview below as well as a Blizzard Q&A about this zone!
The Mantid Corruption
The mantid are a highly-intelligent insect race with their own unique beautiful culture and architecture. However, they've been a threat to Pandaria since prehistoric times, swarming the continent every thousand years. The pandaren have braced themselves
A Visual Tour of Pandaria
2012/06/10 at 12:20 PM
For this Sunday, we have a fly through of all the zones in Mists of Pandaria. Since the level cap was recently increased to ninety, we figured now was a good time to show you the perks of flying. Blizzard has certainly spared no expenses in beautiful scenery.
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Townlong Steppes
2012/05/16 at 9:02 AM
, intended for level 88+ players to quest in, is a dangerous place. The Pandaren generally live on the other side of the Great Wall, but the mantid have burst through their defenses a hundred years early. The Pandaren have no other choice but to bravely enter Townlong and investigate the majestic empire of the Mantids--while also dealing with the vicious Yaungol, enraged by the Mantid's attacks on their territory.
On the other side of the wall lies all sorts of dark secrets--cloudserpents turned to stone, great trees corrupted by magic, swarms of elite mobs.
is home to the
and the dungeon
Siege of Niuzao Temple
, the Temple of the Black Ox.
There are a number of quirky
including a cloud serpent mount:
Reins of the Onyx Cloud Serpent
We have a visual preview below, as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone!
Temple of Niuzao
Niuzao Temple, Fields of Niuzao, Niuzao Catacombs, Sra'thkin Incursion
Each zone so far has had a sacred temple--Townlong Steppes is that of the Ox. Initiates train in the fo
Cross-Realm Zones Introduced
2012/05/10 at 7:14 PM
With the latest beta patch, we’ve introduced Cross-Realm Zones for testing.
During the initial phase of testing we will be sharing the following zones between the available beta realms: Northern Barrens, Ashenvale, Azshara, Darkshore, Westfall, and Silithus. We are also able to split over-populated zones and will be testing this new technology on the Pandaren starting area (turtle zone).
For beta testing purposes, we will be matching up all realm types whether they are PvP or PvE. This is different than what we plan to do for the live realms, however. For the live realms we will be matching realm types: PvP with PvP, PvE with PvE, RP-PvP with RP-PvP, and RP-PvE with RP-PvE.
As always, we plan to keep an eye on constructive feedback while in testing of this new technology.
For more information on Cross-Realm sharing, please read the FAQ below:
Q. Why cross-realm zones?
For many years now, the significant majority of the player population online at any given time has consisted mostly of characters at or near the level cap. This has resulted in an environment where characters that are leveling up experience a world
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Kun-Lai Summit
2012/05/09 at 4:29 PM
is a vast area with Pandaria's highest mountains, autumnal plains, royal underground tombs, a lush coastal area, and the dungeon
. There's also the Temple of the White Tiger, and a monk-only area, Peak of Serenity. It's a zone intended for level 87+ players to quest in.
Kun-Lai is different from the other zones in that there's a ton of scenic variety between the quest hubs, from snowy mountains to forests. Lore-wise, there's something for everyone with the invasion of the Zandalari, Yaungol attacks, the return of the Mogu, Pandaren monasteries, and the threat of the Sha.
We also found the
Sha of Anger
, a new world boss, towering over a village.
We have a visual preview below as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone!
Zouchin Village, North Wind Tavern, Isle of Reckoning, Thunder's Call
The Zandalari have attacked the Zouchin, an unarmed village located in the most fertile part of Kun-Lai Summit. As they have weak reinforcements, they need your help. Nobody has ever seen trolls before, so the Zandalari attacks are even more shocking.
To get to Zouchin Province, you ride a hot-air balloon wit
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Krasarang Wilds and The Veiled Stair
2012/05/02 at 12:18 PM
is a coastal jungle with tranquil beaches and dense rainforests. It used to be the center of the sinister Mogu Empire, but now it houses the sacred Temple of the Red Crane, revered as a place of wisdom.
Originally intended to be part of
Valley of the Four Winds
, the decision was recently made to turn this area into a full-fledged zone. While some of the quests do take players back into Valley, Krasarang has a distinctive look and unique quest sequences involving the spirituality of the Red Crane and destructive presence of the Sha. There are plans to develop the coastal area further in 5.1 with Alliance and Horde fortresses, and it is also currently home to
, a faction perfect for those who love to fish.
There are also
rare spawns with vanity gear drops
quirky quest rewards!
We have a visual preview below, as well as a Blizzard Q&A on the zone!
are a group of Panda
Mists of Pandaria: Valley of the Four Winds
2012/04/15 at 2:56 PM
Valley of the Four Winds
,a zone for level 86+ players to quest in, is the heartland of Pandaria.
It's the center for
and the location of
Check out the fun
There's numerous rare spawn NPCs in the zone as well that
drop fun items
We have a visual preview below as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone.
Don't forget, you can check out the zone page to see all the NPCs and quests!
Thunderfoot Acres, Pang's Stead, Thunderfoot Farm, Thunderfoot Ranch, Grassy Cline, Shang's Stead, Mudmug's Place
Players begin questing in the eastern part of the zone--meeting up with retired farmers, NPCs from Chun Tian Monastery, and Chen Stormstout and his impatient niece Li Li. As you quest through the zone, the four NPCs from the monastery will show up in other parts, each on their own quest to discover a secret in the Valley of the
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
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