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Darkmoon Despoiler: A Guide to Farming Darkmoon Artifacts
2012/01/02 at 2:40 PM
The Darkmoon Faire is back in town and it's time to start collecting tickets again for all those new vanity items. While there are mini-games and profession quests to help you along, the bulk of your monthly tickets will come from turning in special Darkmoon artifacts, so it's time to get farming! As it appears players are unable to farm low-level instances for artifacts now, we've listed all the possible bosses that drop them.
You will need
Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide
in your inventory to be eligible to loot these artifacts. It can be obtained by talking to
at the Faire or
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
outside the portal.
As a maximum of 145 tickets can be acquired per month, and 80 of these tickets come from item turn-ins, this is definitely something you want to farm if you're after mounts, pets, or look-alike heirloom gear.
You can continue to loot duplicate artifacts if you already have one in your inventory. However, you cannot turn in duplicate artifacts in the same month.
Artifacts drop from specific areas--certain types of bosses (humanoids, reptiles, casters, etc), raids, or from enemies in PvP.
Several PvP artifacts appear to be bugged and cannot be redeemed at the Faire this month. T
Portuguese (Brazilian) Wowhead Now Live
2011/12/21 at 3:23 PM
Ever since Blizzard introduced a Portuguese version of WoW for 4.3, our users have been clamoring for a Portuguese version of Wowhead.
We're listened to your feedback over the past few weeks--and are pleased to announce the release of Portuguese (Brazilian) Wowhead, just in time for the holidays. Currently, the basic framework of the main site is translated and functional, with brackets indicating what data still requires translation. Simply access this version of Wowhead by going to the top-right corner of the page and selecting the option from the language drop-down menu.
We plan to be adding more translated material to the website in the upcoming few weeks--and if we require additional volunteers for localization work, we'll update our needs at our Volunteer Page.
Happy browsing, and curtam o site :)
Hotfixes: December 20th
2011/12/20 at 1:24 PM
Some new 4.3 hotfixes today--looks like Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman receive yet another round of nerfs, while some Dragon Soul encounters were retuned to deal with bugs and balance issues.
no longer swim in schools, and schools of
have taken their place along many coastlines.
, modified by the talent
, should now properly spread
to other targets that are within range when a nearby player is affected by
\t\tHorde Paladins should find that
Judgment of Truth
now properly triggers item procs that it is intended to trigger.
Dungeons and Raids
's Stickybomb should no longer break
Vigorous VanCleef Vindicator
achievement should no longer break
The Vortex Pinnacle
Minister of Air
\t\t\tThe knockback for Lightning Nova has been reduced from roughly 12 yards to 8 yards on normal difficulty, and from18 yards to 12 yards on Heroic difficulty.
Transmogrification, Part 5: Grey and Starter Look-Alike Gear
2011/12/18 at 10:05 AM
If you've ever wanted to transmog your Shaman's gear into the Twill Set, you're in luck! Today's guide rounds up transmogrifiable armor that resembles BoE greys and starter gear--armor that looks neat but can't be transmogged.
Players are not allowed to transmog their gear into uncommon\/common-quality items--this means items like vendor trash, starter gear, and holiday rewards are out. However, there's numerous greens that share the same models--some are pretty stylish! Remember, you can mouseover the transmog sets to see what they look like. (Note: some cloth sets may display a robe instead of the relevant shirt.)
Check out the other guides to Transmogrification:
Transmogrification: Tier Armor covers all class-specific tier sets--both PvE and PvP.
Transmogrification: Matching Greens covers all green-quality BoE sets.
Transmogrification: Unique Armor covers unique armor, distinctive weapons, and item sets
Nimble Fingers: A Guide to Acquiring Fangs of the Father
2011/12/11 at 1:19 PM
Rogues get a new legendary set in 4.3--perhaps to deal with all the melee balance problems in Firelands! Like the means of acquiring
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
, rogues will obtain this legendary through a series of quests interspersed with looting items from raid encounters. While completing the entire quest series does require a raid, there's a ton of great solo content at the start, such as exciting high-stakes stealth missions.
For background: check out the quest series in Badlands covering Rheastrasza, the ambitious red dragon who acquired a black dragon egg and magically purified it, cleansing it of the Black Dragonflight\u2019s corruption. This questline covers the fate of the purified egg and introduces the enigmatic Black Prince, Wrathion--in a storyline taking the enterprising rogue to Dragon Soul, Karazhan, Ravenholdt Manor, and much more in the process.
In this guide, I've provided a list of all the quests--their objectives, dialogue descriptions, and relevant notes and tips to help you get through each step faster! Maybe you've got a fresh 85 rogue alt and are wondering how far you can get with solo questing, or raid only a semi-regular basis and want to know how long each raiding step will take.
Pathal has written an excellent in-
Dev Watercooler: Seeing the Forest for the Talent Trees
2011/12/08 at 11:19 AM
Following the release of the updated Mists of Pandaria talent calculator yesterday, Ghostcrawler explains some of the changes in today's Dev Watercooler. Without sugarcoating things, he talks about why the old talent system was fundamentally flawed and addresses player concerns like how it seems the new system presents fewer choices or emphasizes PvP abilities.
\/1999\/xhtml" class="detail"><p>We\u2019ve gotten a lot of feedback on our crazy, exciting, and scary talent overhaul, for which we are enormously appreciative. For real and for true. We *<strong>want<\/strong>* your feedback on the new talents. That is why we are presenting so much detail so early. While we will continue to iterate on talent specifics, your feedback is an important part of that process. Don\u2019t abstain because you\u2019re convinced that things will change without you. Your input is one of our most important tools for improving the game.<\/p><br>
<p>We have seen a few consistent responses from players concerned or dismissive about the model, so we thought we\u2019d take the opportunity to explain the philosophy behind some of our decisions, to provide a
Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Updated
2011/12/07 at 5:28 PM
A new version of the Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator went live today. While some talents and specializations simply moved places or changed names, there are some fun new abilities--priests can turn invisible now and mages finally got some new level 90 talents! Also, keep in mind that not all classes are complete or have been updated, like hunters and rogues.
We'll have our calculator here at Wowhead updated shortly, but in the meantime, take a look at some of the highlights!
We trust you\u2019ve all had ample time to plug away on the Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator. You may have even found a few mind-bottling class changes in the works (you know, when things are so crazy it gets your thoughts all trapped, like in a bottle?).<br \/><br \/>To that end, we\u2019re pleased to announce we\u2019ve just released an update to the calculator! In addition to bug fixes, we've made s
News Roundup and Hotfixes: December 6th
2011/12/06 at 11:00 PM
Today's hotfixes cover Dragon Soul nerfs, some item changes (Heart of the Unliving trinkets receiving a passive intellect bonus, 4-piece Holy Paladin Tier 13 nerfed, etc), and transmogrification fixes for mailed items--level 1 alts can no longer run around in heirlooms transmogged to look like fun raiding gear, for example. Also in the roundup: PvP Season 11 began today and Bashiok made an awesome post explaining how many Darkmoon Faire tickets can be farmed up each month via each method of acquisition.
In addition to the documented Dragon Soul changes, many raiding guids began Dragon Soul hardmodes today and are reporting undocumented hotfixes as well between pulls.
Hotfixes: December 6
\t\t<li>Transmogrified items should always lose their transmogrification when mailed.<\/li>
\t\t<li>The Darkmoon Firework no longer has a duration, is now holiday-bound, and requires Darkmoon Faire to be active.<\/li>
\t\t<li>Darkmoon Faire revelers who enter an off-limits area in ghost form should now be properly ported out.<\/li>
\t\t<li>Entangling Roots, Freeze, and Frost Nova should now properly break when the affected player takes damag
Transmogrification at Wowhead: Guides and Features
2011/12/04 at 12:29 PM
Most everyone is running around Stormwind and Orgrimmar in their shiny transmogrified gear, but if you're still stumped on finding an outfit or want an even better one, we've got resources for you--from new features to extensive guides! (If you need a refresher on the specifics and restrictions of Transmogrification, check out the summary and blue post in our 4.3 Patch Day Guide.)
A few weeks ago, we launched our first new Transmogrification feature: Transmogrification sets. You can read all about the feature here, but here's the highlights:
We compiled over 1,100 matching itemsets--sets of gear that match, even if Blizzard didn't explicitly group them together. From classic Tier sets to matching gear from Troll heroics, we've got it covered!
We labeled some sets as "Recolor" or "Look-alike." A look-alike set has the same pattern and silhouette as class-specific tier, but with either a different color scheme or no class restrictions.
We added image browsing in addition to list browsing. You can visually previe
Dragon Soul: A Guide to Gearing up in 4.3
2011/12/01 at 3:23 PM
4.3 launched this week; it's time for another guide to gearing up in a new patch. As usual, this guide does not aim to provide a BiS set of heroic Dragon Soul gear for each class and spec; rather it analyzes the new loot in the context of current options for several different playstyles.
There's two notable new ways to acquire gear: Looking for Raid and expanded Valor Point loot tables.
Looking for Raid: Players can now queue up as a group or by themselves to join a 25-man raid. These raids will not have a lockout and they will drop tier 13, although the stats will be lower than a normal or heroic 25-man. The LFR system operates much like the current dungeon finder and even minimizes the raid itself, splitting it in half, so players can only queue for half of an instance at a time. Players need a minimum ilvl of 372 to be eligible to queue.
Valor Points: While players cannot purchase Tier 13 pieces with Valor Points, the vendors sell ilvl 397 items for practically every slot. Those that aren't covered by points are covered with new BoE craftables. The idea is to have Valor Point gearing become an alternative path to normal-mode gearing.
This guide covers the following types of loot:
Questing in Cataclysm: The Best Quests and Rewards
2011/11/27 at 2:38 PM
With a bit of a break this holiday weekend, it's time for an old-fashioned quirky guide--this time on quests and fun quest rewards.
Around a year ago, the revamped 1-60 content was unveiled, providing players with a fresh way to complete Loremaster! While most everyone is focused on the end-game now, sadly only viewing quests as Molten Front dailies, there's many interesting quests and rewards along the way. With 4.3 on the horizon, take some time before the chaos starts up again to check out some of the following quests. From silly to serious, you'll learn a bit about Azeroth's lore and collect some unique rewards along the way.
The first table covers interesting quest chains (by no means a complete list!), organized by continent. The second table covers quirky quest rewards--gear, pets, mounts, fun trinkets, consumables, disguises, and more! (Disclaimer: mild spoilers.)
Some old favorites were removed in Cataclysm--from small chains like saving Trey Lightforge in Felwood, to epic chains like Fallen Hero of the Horde. But there's still something for everyone, whether you're interested in completing Loremaster or just want a fun
Razer Synapse 2.0 Beta Sign Ups
2011/11/16 at 9:21 PM
Our friends at Razer have launched their Synapse 2.0 beta--and you can have a chance to join by signing up at
\/synapse2. Synapse 2.0 is a pretty nifty application that saves a user's custom settings in a cloud network which can be then be synced to any computer simply by logging in with the user's ID.
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