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New Year's Eve in Azeroth, Wowhead's 2012 Year In Review
2012/12/31 at 11:08 AM
It's time once again for Azeroth to celebrate New Year's Eve with a nice
Filled Festive Mug
and fireworks--catch them at the top of the hour in major cities and Booty Bay, but
not to drunkenly PvP in Booty Bay since the guards are asleep.
Don't forget to /dance back at the Revelers to get
Celebrate Good Times!
, which increases all stats by 10% for 30 minutes. Drinking
Filled Festive Mug
also gives you a neat slowfall effect--
Whether you're relaxing in-game or heading out to celebrate, have a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Join the celebrations starting at 6:00 a.m. realm time, December 31, and check out the fireworks in the skies above the cities every hour on the hour. Sample the exotic brews and libations carted in from around the world of Azeroth, and /dance your way into the new year as a part of the celebration. For those looking to avoid trouble—or get into it—you may want to steer clear of—or head toward—Booty Bay as the guards there appear to be spending more time enjoying themselves than enforcing town rules (at least int
Transmogrification Guides: Troll Armor (Updated for 5.4)
2012/12/28 at 11:23 AM
Patch 5.2 introduced
that bring back a ton of old troll designs, made inaccessible when the original versions of
were removed. We immediately thought what great transmog additions they would be for players!
The new version of
had some recolored weapons and armor, but they didn't match the original items. Plus, player favorites like
Ancient Amani Longbow
never made it into the new version of the instance.
was more extreme--the 5-piece sets from vanilla, often with surprisingly good itemization compared to Tier 1, were never put back in. While they aren't as eye-catching as the
armor, they hold sentimental value for a lot of players. Some distinctive weapons like
Fang of the Faceless
never made it back in either.
The majority of this lookalike gear was added in Patch 5.2 as zone drops from
Isle of Thunder
, but later patches have added a few pieces to fill in incomplete sets.
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
5.2 PTR: Season 13 PvP Armor
2012/12/27 at 3:30 PM
Last week we posted many 3D models of
Tier 15 PvE armor coming in Patch 5.2
: this week we have most Season 13 PvP sets to share! Since most model names are called "Alliance" or "Horde," it looks like Blizzard may be implementing faction-themed PvP gear. While the Tier 9 PvE sets had different models for the Alliance and Horde, this hasn't been done for PvP since vanilla, before arena seasons were introduced.
Several sets have four color variations, so perhaps the lower ilvl PvP gear will look the same across factions, and the unique Alliance and Horde colors will be reserved for the Elite gear, similar to how
Reins of the Vicious War Steed
Horn of the Vicious War Wolf
are unique faction rewards for battleground dedication.
Shoulders have now been added to some PvP sets! Enjoy.
Patch 5.1: New Rare Tames
2012/12/26 at 12:17 PM
Over 100 low-level rares were also added in the most recent patch--many have distinctive colors that make them unique Hunter tames. In addition, Arcane Wyrms are now tamable serpents, and several received recolors for more variation.
If you're not a Hunter, these new rares don't drop any fancy loot, but they do give a significant amount of experience for killing them. The list is fun just to browse as well because many have clever names, like
Gib the Banana-Hoarder
, a monkey with a fez.
We've broken down the rares by continent and level, including zone details and 3D models, as well as by pet family. Tames with unique colors/models are marked in italics.
Click on the cut to see all the new 5.1 rare tames!
Feast of Winter Veil Presents Now Available
2012/12/25 at 8:29 AM
It's December 25th, so don't forget to open your
Winter Veil Gift
and loot your both of your 2012 gifts,
! These are only available from December 25th-January 2nd, and award
They're Both Footballs?
. Opening any present today will also give you
He Knows If You've Been Naughty
And if you're looking for more Winter Veil news, check out our other holiday posts! The Blizzard Community team is a bit quiet this week, but we've got guides written up the rest of the week for you.
Wowhead's Holiday Wallpaper--the Sha of Merriment
Wowhead's Feast of Winter Veil Guide
Happy Holidays from Blizzard
Winter Veil Gifts
Here's the full list of possible gifts:
Wand of Holiday Cheer
Gently Shaken Gift
Winter Veil Roast
Winter Veil Eggnog
Happy Holidays from Wowhead
2012/12/23 at 3:02 PM
The holiday season is upon us, which means it's not only time for our
Winter Veil guide
, but also more Noxy art! Every year Noxy creates a new holiday wallpaper for Wowhead, and this year she's managed to even bring holiday cheer to the
Sha of Fear
2012 was a busy year for Wowhead with Mists of Pandaria launching, and we're really excited about the new features we have planned for 2013. We couldn't have done any of this without your loyal support of our database and other features, and the entire staff extends a heartfelt thank-you to everyone for visiting and being part of the Wowhead tradition.
Without further ado, enjoy Wowhead's 2012 Holiday Wallpaper--the Sha of Merriment!
News Round Up: Recent Hotfixes, Happy Holidays from Blizzard
2012/12/23 at 10:43 AM
IIn addition to all the
5.2 PTR excitement this weekend
, Blizzard snuck in some live hotfixes as well, with some assorted bug fixes to
and class abilities.
Wowhead staff was also sent the lovely holiday card from the Blizzard Community team (click to enlarge). The Warcraft CMs have
gotten into the spirit of the holidays, with a lighthearted holiday greetings post featuring incriminating photos in RL versions of
Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater
. They've even dared players to photoshop the pictures in absurd ways!
Click the cut for the hotfixes and community holiday wishes!
Patch 5.2 PTR Patch Note Preview
2012/12/22 at 12:10 AM
Hot on the heels of the
new datamined 5.2 patch this evening
, featuring Tier 15 armor models, new boss descriptions, and hundreds of items, comes Blizzard's official Patch 5.2 Patch Note Preview.
Three new factions: Kirin-Tor Offensive led by Jaina Proudmoore and the Sunreaver Onslaught led by Lor'themar Theron. Players can choose to do PvE or PvP quests with these factions. A third faction, the Shado-Pan Assault, has impressive Valor rewards and reputation can only be earned in raids.
Two new world bosses: Nalak, the Storm Lord and Oondasta.
The new raid is the Throne of Thunder, which has 13 bosses, and 4 different segments on Raid Finder.
All world bosses are now Tap to Faction. This new system offers every eligible player of the same faction that engages a boss the chance to earn loot.
The legendary questline continues in 5.2, with the reward being some special helm-related perk.
Elite Battle Pets have been added to the game world--they will spawn alone against an entire team.
New tameable species for Hunters:
Patch 5.2: Thunder Isle Teaser from Blizzard, PTR in January
2012/12/21 at 2:11 AM
Blizzard woke us up in the middle of the night to share this sweet teaser pic of Thunder Isle, the new raid dungeon in 5.2. From this picture, we can also learn that the 5.2 PTR is hitting soon, right on the heels of the holidays. Blizzard really seems to be sticking to their promise of delivering new content patches quickly.
Here's their official statement:
Happy Holidays from the World of Warcraft team! Here’s a small present to tide you over until the new year.
We can't tell
much about the raid theme from this picture, besides that it has really awesome Pandaren-themed architecture with some Mogu statues in the courtyard--what do you think the new raid theme could be? Several devs have hinted that they were inspired by Ulduar.
We've seen the Thunder King alluded to in a few places already, such as in Golden Lotus quests like
Battle Axe of the Thunder King
, legendary quests like
The Thunder King
, and archaeology (
Collector: Edicts of the Thunder King
). Known as Emperor Lei Shen, the Thunder King was a powerful mogu leader who defeated all of his rivals with the aid of a mysterious relic, and was resurrected by
at the Isle of Reckoning in Mists.
Exploration Guide: Riches of Pandaria
2012/12/20 at 2:21 PM
A new achievement was added in Patch 5.1,
Riches of Pandaria
, for finding many junk items hidden like
Ancient Pandaren Tea Pot
. There are 18 total and many vendor for and grant several hundred thousand experience if found while leveling. Based on excellent user comments such as
and our own experiences finding treasures, we've made a guide to this new achievement series.
There are four achievements in this series. If you found several items before 5.1, you will get credit for them.
Treasure of Pandaria
: Find a Treasure of Pandaria.
Fortune of Pandaria
: Find 5 Treasures of Pandaria.
Bounty of Pandaria
: Find 10 Treasures of Pandaria.
Riches of Pandaria
: Find all of the Treasures of Pandaria.
The guide below lists all the hidden objects you encounter, the items inside that vendor for gold, the hidden "Flag" quest that triggers when you find the object, coordinates that open a new map window, and an image of the treasure. Each tab also contains a zone map with pins that take you to the object's page when clicked on. Objects needed for the ac
News Round Up: Heroic Mode Boss Changes, Justice Points in 5.2
2012/12/18 at 12:43 PM
Today's news round up covers some heroic boss nerfs, as well a a few 5.2 teasers--pet battles will have a chance to give you
Lesser Charm of Good Fortune
, and if you're capped on Valor Points, doing additional content that usually rewards Valor Points will give you Justice Points. (Keep in mind nothing is set in stone at all, these 5.2 ideas may change.) In addition, a lot of Warriors weren't happy about the
nerf from last week, so Blizzard explained their reasoning in great detail.
Also be sure to check out our
Turtle Beach Holiday Giveaway
Feast of Winter Veil Guide
Heroic Mode Boss Changes
Two Heroic mode encounters in the Heart of Fear and the Terrace of Endless Spring are changing with the Raid reset this week:
Grand Empress Shek'zeer
The damage dealt by
Corrupted Dissonance Field
Cry of Terror
has been reduced by approximately 10% in the Heroic mode version of this encounter.
Protectors of the Endless
Feast of Winter Veil (December 15 - January 2) Guide
2012/12/14 at 7:01 PM
Feast of Winter Veil
is hitting servers early Saturday morning so get prepared to drink some
Winter Veil Egg Nog
, sit by your
, and open your
--wait, what? Is that a new type of present we've found in the database? There's a new holiday gift waiting for you under this year's tree, and your
Father Winter's Helper
has stopped sulking and is ready for some pet battles, so this is one holiday you don't want to miss!
Changes in 2012
The biggest 2012 addition is that all the existing vanity pets are now battle pets with unique sets of abilities:
Winter's Little Helper
Father Winter's Helper
The 2012 special gift in your faction's capital city is Azeroth's version of a football or soccer ball:
. A special achievement has been added:
They're Both Footballs?
Miniature Winter Veil Tree
is now an ilvl 480, level 90 weapon with the following stats: 450 Agi, 677 Stam, 301 Hit, 301 Haste.
now sell 2011's gift,
Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater
, for players who wanted to get
A-Caroling We Will Go
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