WoW Wednesday: The Brewfest Bash!

Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, the Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and of course BOOZE! The competing breweries all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special meads, ales and beers. Brave adventurers are invited to sit back, take a pull, and sample the finest wares these brewers have to offer. Based on the real-life Oktoberfest, Brewfest brings the wildest companies in Azeroth to a near month-long event of fellowship and drinking.

Originally fostered by none other than Chen Stormstout, the famous Pandaren Brewmaster challenged the Thunderbrew Distillery to a drinking contest. After having been recommended his brew time and time again, the Pandaren had finally had enough and was dead-set on discovering who was TRULY the best. After nearly drinking themselves into a coma, and still in debate over who’s brew was superior, they decided to host a contest in Dun Murough for all dwarves to decide. Whining his way into the contest, the Dark Iron brewer Coren Direbrew received a measly two votes while the other two stayed neck in neck. In his anger, the Dark Irons attacked the site and were driven away (and uninvited). After winning, Thunderbrew began to host the festival annually (with some aggression from the Dark Irons), and it has since expanded. Even now, Brewfest holds appeal among all the races of Azeroth who celebrate both Azerothian and Draeneic brewing culture through the newly rediscovered Mag’har Orcs.

Brewfest’s main currency are Brewfest Prize Tokens, awarded by completing events tied to the holiday such as Ram-Racing and assisting the brew stands. Players can participate in these challenges, and the holiday in general, just outside of Orgrimmar and Ironforge. Keep in mind, both stations are there for their factions specifically so encroaching upon them may result in your opposite-faction character getting mugged rather roughly!

Players can participate daily in taking on Coren Direbrew in Blackrock Depths. The infamous Dark Iron overlord plots with his mug-mashing minions to disrupt the Brewfest, hoarding his few tokens from the original brewfest! Players who can access the Dungeon Finder can queue up once daily to receive rewards. Those at maximum level can receive item level 395 gear from the daily Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest. Players level 110+, however, can receive the ultra-rare items of the season including the Tremendous Tankard O’ Terror and the two seasonal mounts. The Great Brewfest Kodo and the Swift Brewfest Ram both award the feat of strength A Brew-FAST Mount.

The meta-achievement for Brewfest is the Brewmaster, certainly a fitting title for any monk out there. It’s a requirement for the meta What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. This is one of the shortest world event lists, despite the length of the holiday. However, due to the high cost (especially for EU players) it’s recommended to grind out your required items across two characters for the initial Brewfest tokens. To complete the Brewmaster achievement you’ll need 400 Brewfest Prize Tokens for EU players, and 200 for other regional players. There are, however, an incredible plethora of toys and transmog especially for those Roleplayers who enjoy a little drink in their adventures.

Players can receive Brewfest Prize Tokens through a number of ways. Players will earn a significant amount by picking up the starting quests from revelers in their capital cities and following them to their Brewfest grounds. Defeating Coren Direbrew will net roughly ten tokens per day, with another twenty five coming from daily events. Players can also ferry brew kegs on a Racing Ram through the quest Daily Ram Race. Choosing the quest will allow players to ride a ram for 4 minutes to ferry the kegs in question. Completing a trip rewards both 2 Brewfest Prize Tokens and adding 30 seconds to your Ram Buff. You can do this as many times as you like, though the maximum recorded time is at most 15 minutes.

We break down the needed achievements for your title below:

The Brewfest Diet requires you to sample all of the available foods from the Brewfest vendors. However, in order to sample some of the higher end your character must be at least level 65.

Brew of the Month is completed by joining the titular Brew of the Month Club! This club will mail you new samples of liquor monthly, most with strange effects. While another achievement, Brew of the Year, requires you to receive each of the 12 liquors and sample them, this one only requires you to join it. This can be completed by purchasing a “Brew of the Month Club” Membership Form from one of the holiday vendors in the Brewfest Camps for 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens. If you like what you get monthly, you can purchase more from one of the brew vendors located in Orgrimmar or Ironforge!

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Direbrewfest is perhaps the easiest achievement to complete on this list. Simply queue up and kill Coren Direbrew in the Blackrock Depths!

Does Your Wolpertinger Linger? requires players to complete the introductory quests and obtain their Wolpertinger’s Tankard. EU Players will have a tougher time completing this than their US counterparts; due to a piece of EU legislation, Activision-Blizzard had to pull the original quests regarding it. Now players will need to purchase their pet from the vendors for 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens. Purchasing the pet off of the Auction House WILL NOT fulfill the achievement, you must get it from using the Wolpertinger’s Tankard.

Have Keg, Will Travel will require you to ride some version of the Brewfest Mount outside of your main daily quests. This can be done in a plethora of manners, the first and most obvious being the mythical Grand Brewfest Kodo or Swift Brewfest Ram from Coren Direbrew! Those who completed the Brewfest in 2007 and had their hand stamped can also get the original Brewfest Ram and use that to complete the achievement. Players not so lucky can purchase Fresh Brewfest Hops for 2 tokens which will turn your mount into something more festive.

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WoW Wednesday: For the Children

The World of Warcraft certainly has a plethora of wild and rather out there holidays packed in to the yearly calendar. One of the more appropriate and tender-hearted events throughout the long game-year is one that tackles a topic we don’t discuss much in a world of constant warfare. Orphans. Children’s Week, or Week of the Wardens, is an in-game event to try and tackle the sensitive subject.

The loss of parents in a world of war is certainly inevitable, but that doesn’t by any means tarnish the wonder of Azeroth’s youth. Instead, most spend their time growing up in the city hoping to experience the wider world of adventure they could only dream of. Organized by Orphan Matrons Nightingale and Battlewail, heroes of Azeroth can temporarily adopt several of Azeroth’s innocent youth and show them the wider world about them.

The main draw of Children’s Week is indeed adopting your own Orphan. Starting at level 10 you can adopt your first young-one from Orgrimmar or Stormwind depending on your faction, with further being available to adopt the higher your character level is. At Level 60 you can adopt either a Blood Elf or Draenei orphan, depending on your faction, from Orphan Matron Mercy in Shattrath City. At level 72 you can adopt either a Wolvar Pup or an Oracle Hatchling from Orphan Matron Aria in Northrend’s Dalaran. With the introduction of Battle for Azeroth this year, you can now also adopt either a Casteless Zandalari or a Kul Tiran Orphan at Level 110, depending on your faction.

Each of the above orphan’s has their own particular quest chains, all of which are unique. Most simply want you to take them out to see the wonders of the world. Some just want you to take them down the street for a cone of ice-cream. Each year you can adopt all four orphans from their homes to complete their chains, each resulting in unique Battle Pet Rewards. Almost every orphan has up to four unique pets available, meaning that you could feasibly collect them all if you had four level 110 alts.

For those that have completed their collection there are pet supplies and cash rewards sprinkled through the questing (or just cash if you want to be that kind of scrooge). However, one of the achievements for the event, Veteran Nanny, requires you to obtain three of the Shattrath Orphan Battle Pets all on one character. Buying them from the Auction House will not give credit, meaning that it will take you three years of questing to complete it. Thankfully this achievement is not part of the holiday’s over-arching meta.

Like most of the Wrath of the Lich King era holidays, Children’s Week also has its series of achievements. It’s meta-achievement, For the Children, ties into the holiday meta What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, and also awards the title of either Matron or Patron depending on your character’s gender. While most of the following achievements can be completed within a day or two however there are several that will take incredibly focused dedication to complete within the short week the event runs through.

Aw, Isn’t It Cute? is the first and most easily finished achievement on the list. Simply collect any of your available orphans and take them into the world. Complete their quest chain and get any one of their pet rewards to fulfill the requirement. While several pets can be purchased on the Auction House, this achievement can only be completed by receiving the pet directly from the questline.

Bad Example requires you to, very cruelly, eat a series of delicious and wonder deserts in front of your poor Orphan. Monster. Most can be purchased from various vendors and innkeepers throughout the world, however several require Northrend cooking to make. Most items can be purchased either from the Auction House or from Aimee in Dalaran.

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Daily Chores requires you to complete any five daily quests while your orphan is out. For newer players that came into Warcraft during Legion or Battle for Azeroth, Daily Chores cannot be completed through the World Quest system. Instead it can only be completed by the old Daily Quest system that persisted up through the end of Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor. If you have a particular reputation you wanted to start grinding, such as the Netherwing Flight or the Argent Tournament, now is the best time to get them started.

Hail to the King, Baby thankfully doesn’t require you to complete Duke Nukem Forever, but instead finish one dungeon. Head out to Utgarde Pinnacle in the Howling Fjord, Northrend and defeat King Ymiron with your orphan out. This can be completed with any orphan on either normal or heroic difficulty, meaning it can be a fine addition to your Blue Proto-Drake runs.

Home Alone requires you to use your Hearthstone while your orphan is out. If you, like me, prefer your fancy hearthstone alternatives such as The Inkeeper’s Daughter or the Lunar Elder’s Hearthstone these will also complete your achievement. Astral Recall does not work for Shaman, nor do the Ruby Slippers.

School of Hard Knocks is the most difficult achievement to complete on this list, simply due to current queue times on both US and EU servers and the sheer competition you’ll face. This achievement required you to perform the several following objectives in PvP Battlegrounds with your orphan out. These can be done in either rated or unrated battlegrounds.

Capturing the Flag in Eye of the Storm is perhaps one of the more difficult, simply because the others can be relatively completed without engaging in PvP. While in Eye of the Storm you’ll need to race to the center of the battleground and collect the flag from its spawn point, afterwards returning it to a base your team holds. This will be easier to perform after the first collection, as most teams will flood the center at the start of the battleground.

Assaulting a tower in Alterac Valley is slightly easier, as all you need to do is click one flag in one of the enemy team’s tower-bases. Keep in mind you’ll also be competing against forty other players on your team, so be aggressive and play wisely.

Assaulting a flag in Arathi Basin is perhaps one of the easier ones and can be completed almost immediately as the battleground begins. Simply race to the closest base from your faction’s home base and get to capping! Make sure you set your orphan out right away once you zone in, as they’ll be able to keep up with you on their own mount.

Returning a flag in Warsong Gulch is the most difficult achievement to perform, simply due to the high-speed nature most flag carriers act with in Warsong Gulch. Some good Samaritan players will often appear to drop the flag repeatedly for enemy players to collect, but this is not always the case. After an enemy flag carrier snatches your emblem, you will need to kill them and then be the first to click the flag and return it. You’ll be competing against everyone in the nearby area as there are multiple PvP achievements for returning flags in Warsong and the enemy team will want to collect their potential point.Q

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WoW Wednesday: The Noble Garden!

The great feast of Noblegarden has long been celebrated by the races of the Alliance, and in more recent years has been adopted by the races of the Horde. During this joyous celebration it is customary for the nobles and lords from each race to hide coins, candy and the occasional treasures within special eggs painted to look like wildflowers throughout Azeroth. Based in the long druidic festivals of old, Noblegarden as the denizens of Azeroth now know it is a blend of ancient Kaldorei history and modern youthful vigor.

During the celebration of Noblegarden, the World of Warcraft takes a different tone, even far more relaxed in comparison to other World Events dotted throughout the year. During the Feast of Noblegarden the towns of Azeroth are sprinkled with treats and surprises hidden inside the simple Noblegarden Egg. This week we’ll be taking a look at the holiday and giving you the steps needed to become a noble yourself!

Unlike other major holidays there is no large event associated with Noblegarden. Everything tied to the holiday can be completed by picking up Brightly Colored Eggs around the towns of the Alliance (Goldshire, Kharanos, Dolanaar and Azure Watch), the Horde (Brill, Razor Hill, Bloodhoof Village and Falconwing Square) and Shattrath. These eggs will often drop Noblegarden Chocolates which isn’t just a delicious sweet treat, but also serves as the currency for the season to purchase vanity items. Players may also find cosmetic equipment in their eggs, such as bunny ears, entire dresses or a small fluffy friend to call your own.

An Adventurer and his fluffy friend!

As such, both your desire to collect items throughout the event and completion of the Noble Gardener meta-achievement are entirely tied to your want to collect eggs. As such, we recommend you look at hunting eggs during VERY off-peak hours for your server, lest you find more competition than you’d like. Its also recommended you go searching in either Brill for the Horde, or Dolanaar for the Alliance with the recent world changes in Battle for Azeroth. Simply speak to Zidormi and you’ll be transported to a point in time where you can collect these delicious treats.

The meta-achievement for Noblegarden is the Noble Gardener, which is a requirement for the holiday meta What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been and will award the title <the Noble>. The list is actually much shorter than most other World Events and can easily be completed in an evening if you find yourself lucky or without much competition. All in all, you’ll need roughly 305 Noblegarden Chocolates to complete your meta-achievement, though each clothing item you’ll require can also drop from your egg-finding. It’s recommended that you don’t spend a single egg until you’ve found all the ones you’ll need.

I Found One! is the easiest to complete by far. Simply loot your first Brightly Colored Egg!

Chocolate Lover and Chocoholic are two achievements tied to the same meta-chain. All you have to do is go searching for one hundred Brightly Colored Eggs and eat the delicious Noblegarden Chocolate found within! And don’t worry, unlike Hallow’s End you won’t get an upset stomach from eating too many sweets.

Desert Rose is the first of the several outfit related achievements. First you must collect the Spring Robes by either purchasing them from the holiday vendors for 50 Noblegarden Chocolates or finding them inside a Brightly Colored Egg. Equipping the robes will enable you to activate its Use ability, which plants a flower at your feet. Once you’ve got them on simply travel to each of the five zones listed and plant a flower anywhere within them.

Blushing Bride requires you to kiss someone wearing an Elegant Dress while you are wearing a White Tuxedo Shirt and Black Tuxedo Pants. These clothes also have a chance to drop from Brightly Colored Eggs, reducing the chocolates needed to complete your meta. Completion for this achievement will only be rewarded to those using the Spring Tuxedo two-piece set, and not the tuxedo set that tailors can craft. As these items are not bind on pickup, however, you can also purchase them on the auction house or swap clothes with a friend (if you’re feeling adventurous).

Hard Boiled is perhaps the most complicated achievement on this list sheerly due to logistics. After being polymorphed into a bunny, either by opening Brightly Colored Eggs or being transformed by a Blossoming Branch, you must travel to the Golakka Hot Springs in Un’Goro Crater and lay an egg. As most of the egg-collecting towns are either too far north of Kalimdor, and mounting up will dispel the polymorph, either you must run to Un’goro on foot (taking care not to enter combat or get hit along the way) or have a friend transform you in the Hot Springs.

Once there simply simply sit anywhere at the Hot Springs for a few moments until you lay an egg!

Spring Fling requires you to go to your Faction’s four towns celebrating Noblegarden and find your pet Spring Rabbit someone to mate with. The Spring Rabbit Battle Pet is one of several items that has the opportunity to come from the Brightly Colored Eggs. With your pet in hand you can head out to each of the four towns and find another player with a Spring Rabbit pet. After a few moments of the rabbits noticing each other, the magic will happen. Yes, its exactly what you think it means.

Noble Garden requires players to hide an egg in their respective city of nobles. These eggs can be purchased from the Vendors and can be looted once you’ve set them down for a Noblegarden Chocolate and perhaps another item. Horde players will need to hide their eggs in Silvermoon City, while Alliance players have to hide them in Stormwind.

Shake Your Bunny-Maker is the last achievement for Noble Gardener and is the most difficult on the list to complete. Players must first collect their Spring Flowers from the local vendor or a Brightly Colored Egg before going out to hunt their would-be victims. With your flowers in hand players must now seek out other players of at least 18th level, placing rabbit ears on their head. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it means.

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WoW Wednesday: The Feast of Winter Veil

Snow falls and hearths are lit in the wide World of Warcraft as the holiday season once again dawns on us in the real world. Just as we get together to celebrate the season with our families, the land of Azeroth becomes more festive to herald the coming of Greatfather Winter and the kinship of the heroes of the world. This year Winter Veil comes back bigger and better than ever as a seasonal event in Battle for Azeroth. During the event running through January 2nd, players can sample (and cook) delicious holiday treats, rescue one of Greatfather Winter’s reindeer, tackle special world boss content, and even unwrap your own gifts from the jubilantly jolly geriatric!

Part of the meta-achievement What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, the Feast of Winter Veil has its own meta-achievement which combines gift giving, treat making and more in one comprehensive checklist for the event. Read on to figure out how to join in on the festivities and claim your own <Merrymaker> title!

All of the following achievements must be complete during the Feast of Winter Veil. While several other holiday achievements can be completed outside of their timely slots (provided you have the right items that aren’t locked to the time they’re available), most of this event’s achievements cannot.

Greatfather Winter, here to ho-ho-hold onto your presents until the big day!

‘Tis the Season simply requires you to wear 3 pieces of Winter Clothing and eat a slice of Graccus’ Mince Meat Fruitcake. Made up of five different items, the Red and Green Winter Veil sets are really only constructed of three items each. The hats will drop off of select enemies in Heroic Level dungeons and raids, noted by their festive attire.

Chest pieces will most popularly be found on Auction Houses, but they can also be made by Tailors with level 250 Classic Tailoring. The Winter Boots (which come in only one variety) can be made by Leatherworkers with 285 Classic Leatherworking skill. The fruitcake can be dug up in packages rewarded from the quests Treats for Great-Father Winter or You’re a Mean One…

A Frosty Shake simply requires you to get your hands on a Winter Veil Disguise Kit and /dance with people under its effect in Dalaran. Most players can pick up the toy from their mailbox after completing the quest chain that starts with You’re a Mean One… Time to get the whole snow-family on the floor!

Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s will see players traveling across Azeroth and giving a little Christmas smooch to various Brothers of the Horde and Alliance, depending on your faction. Clearly this particular achievement shows off a little of that often joked about ‘Horde-Bias’ whereas there are ten Brothers for the Alliance to deliver a holiday package to, the Horde only has 3 spread across various Horde sites in Northrend.

Aside from being a catchy holiday carol, Fa-la-la-Ogri’la is a twist on the classic Burning Crusade daily quest Bomb Them Again! Travel to the Blade’s Edge Mountains, pick up the quest and turn your deadly bomb-delivery mount into a Reindeer with some Fresh Holly or Preserved Holly. If this quest is unavailable to you, you might need to do a short questline to open them up beginning with the quest The Crystals.

Smookywood Pastures commercializes most of the season, and will ask for your help in saving the holiday.

He Knows if You’ve Been Naughty is one that simply requires a little patience, needing you to wait until December 25th. Simply log in, head over to Orgrimmar or Ironforge and open up one of your gifts beneath the Winter Veil tree! Hopefully you’ve been good and don’t end up with a lump of coal. Each year’s special toy has a special Feat of Strength achievement associated with it as well, and many toys can still be collected through alternative means throughout the season. There are also a smattering of other achievements not included in Merrymaker that require these toys, mostly to terrorize other players and be a general Greench! These include Iron Armada, A-Caroling We Will Go, BB King and more.

Let It Snow requires you to use a Handful of Snowflakes on a set list of race-class combinations. Throughout the season there are often charitable players of the opposing faction waiting in neutral major cities to help you out, but you can also pay some punishment on your foes in a battleground or two. If you find yourself short on a Handful of Snowflakes, simply give one of the many Winter Revelers a little /kiss.

On Metzen! is awarded for saving the titular reindeer during the quest You’re a Mean One…, a daily quest requiring you to slay a true Greench and save Winter Veil!

Scrooge is for those who aren’t fans of Winter Veil by smashing snowballs into the faces of some of the biggest revelers in the Horde and Alliance. While Alliance players have the task of sneaking into Thunder Bluff to peg Baine Bloodhoof, Horde players must sneak into the heart of Ironforge itself and pelt Muradin Bronzebeard.

Simply Abominable is another achievement connected to the questline which begins with You’re a Mean One… Slay the Abominable Greench, rescue Metzen and save the stolen treats of Azeroth!

The Winter Veil Gourmet requires you to collect and cook several holiday themed recipes including a Gingerbread Cookie, Winter Veil Egg Nog and Hot Apple Cider. While all of the recipes can be purchased from the Smokywood Pastures vendors in major cities, the Hot Apple Cider recipe requires 300 skill in Classic Cooking, making it a difficult feat for those who’ve not taken the time to maximize their secondary professions.

With a Little Helper From My Friends is the last of the achievements, and can easily be completed in a few Epic Battlegrounds. Stepping into one of the many Winter Wondervolt machines throughout Azeroth, you’ll transform into one of Greatfather Winter’s little helpers! From there you must make 50 cumulative Honorable Kills in Battlegrounds, meaning that if you die and lose the buff you can simply return and visit the machine between matches!

Need to chill out? Step into the zero-gravity Giant Snowball in several major cities!

How do you plan on spending Winter’s Veil this season? Let us know down below!

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WoW Wednesday: Amassing Your Feats of Strength!

Achievements in the World of Warcraft have been used for some time to help layers feel rewarded for accomplishing some of the more mundane tasks the game has to offer. Some, like the Rated Battlegrounds achievements are used to mark progressive development throughout a player’s particular career and unlocking rewards as they progress. Others, like the Glory Raid Tier achievements unlock rare and exciting rewards for players who have gone above and beyond to challenge themselves in already and otherwise difficult content. However, there is a particular category of achievements that are impossible if not incredibly difficult to attain. These Feats of Strength are some of the more difficult achievements in the game, requiring particular organization, dedication, or in some cases just plain luck. This week I wanted to detail to you all of the STILL AVAILABLE Feats of Strength you can aspire towards, both for you and your guild.
To start you off slow and easy, It’s Over Nine Thousand! simply requires you to collect 9000 achievement points on one character. However, now that Achievements are more or less account bound, this is one that can be completed rather easily.


Legendary Collections

The first and most obvious category to tackle is the plethora of Legendary Weapons available to players. While some like Atiesh, the Greatstaff of the Guardian have been removed from the game, most are still available for players to equip and add to their collections. While Warriors can feasibly collect almost every item on the list, only specific classes can equip certain Legendary weapons thus meaning you’ll need at least three characters to collect every legendary weapon on this list.

Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker is still one of the more sought after weapons to this day, requiring two separate raid boss drops which have a less than 1% drop chance. Combining both the Left and Right Bindings of the Windseeker which drop from Baron Geddon and Garr in Molten Core, players can combine the Bindings with other rare quest items from Blackwing Lair to summon Thunderan the Windseeker, a raid-level boss in Old Silithus. Defeating him awards the player who summoned him the fabled Blade of the Windseeker. Any class that can wield one-handed swords can wield Thunderfury.

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Sulfuras, the Hand of Ragnaros is another incredibly rare Vanilla weapon, requiring both a fully leveled Classic Blacksmith and a rare drop from the final boss of Molten Core. Those who can both obtain the Eye of Sulfuras and can forge a Sulfuron Hammer can craft Sulfuras over the Black Anvil of Shadowforge. Only Warriors, Shaman, Death Knights, and Paladins can wield the mighty hammer.

The Warglaives of Azzinoth are Illidan’s legendary weapons, taken from the mighty Burning Legion General Azzinoth. Each warglaive has a 5% chance of dropping from Illidan in the Black Temple raid, and both individual glaives must be equipped on the same character, requiring players to collect both the Main-Hand and Off-Hand glaive. Only Warriors, Rogues, Death Knights, Demon Hunters, and Monks can equip these, and many are seeking them out as they tie into a newer Feat of Strength as well…

Thori’dal, The Star’s Fury is a legendary bow that was heavily sought after by Hunters at the end of The Burning Crusade expansion for its lack of ammo usage. Now it’s just a wonderful collector’s piece that seems to have canonically fallen into the hands of Halduron Brightwing. These days Thori’dal can only be wielded by Warriors, Hunters, and Rogues, and can be taken from Kil’jaeden in the Sunwell Plateau raid.

Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings is one of the most intuitive and interesting pieces to collect on this list. In progressing through Ulduar on 25-Man difficulty (either Normal or Heroic), you can collect Fragments of Val’anyr from slain bosses. After collecting thirty of them you can craft the Shattered Fragments of Val’anyr, which will start the quest called Ancient History. After logging it into the Archivum Console, players must throw their hammer into the maw of Yogg-Saron himself, reforging the ancient weapon. After slaying the Old God, players can collect Val’anyr from his jaws for sole usage by Paladins, Monks, Priests, Druids, and Shaman.

Shadowmourne is perhaps one of the more involved weapons on the list, requiring an entire questline that requires several additional players at multiple points. Forged from the hammer of Arthas Menethil and fragments of the Frozen Throne, players must progress through Icecrown Citadel over the course of several weeks, manipulating boss mechanics as they go to empower Shadowmourne, the very weapon that would canonically slay the Lich King. Those who complete the questline all the way also receive a bonus chest of goodies, some of which have sold for several hundreds of thousands of gold on the Auction House. Only Warriors, Paladins, and Death Knights can carry the heavy burden of wielding Shadowmourne.

“So… You Too Shall Have a Blade For a Prison…”

Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest is a powerful gift from the Blue Dragonflight, awarded to those who complete a long series of quests and ongoing progression throughout the Firelands Raid. After slaying a Molten Lord inside the raid, players can pick up the quest Your Time Has Come and begin the long journey towards settling the balance within the Blue Dragonflight. Only Warlocks, Druids, Shaman, Mages, and Priests can wield Dragonwrath, and with it transform into a unique flying form!

The Fangs of the Father, are a set of twin daggers; Golad, Twilight of Aspects and Tiriosh, Nightmare of Ages created by the Black Prince Wrathion as a gift to the arbiter of his will and a member of the Rogues Guild at Ravenholdt Manor. Meant as an exclusive gift to Rogues, players can begin their arduous service to Wrathion inside the Dragon Soul raid by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz and picking up the quest Proving Your Worth. As players work to unravel the mystery around Wrathion and his motivations Rogues will continue to progress through Dragon Soul to further empower their weapons, eventually creating The Fangs of the Father. This quest-chain can only be completed by Rogues and is heavily recommended for any Rogue player to finish before pursuing Insane in the Membrane.


Mountains of Mounts

There are an exorbitant amount of mounts tied to Feats of Strength Achievements, so we’ll detail all of them below. Most have incredibly low drop rates of only a few percent, though each dungeon mount can be grinded as long as players do not meet the instance cap limits in a short period of time. Several others simply need to be found through extraordinary means.

The Ashes of Al’ar are Prince Kael’Thas Sunstrider’s personal phoenix. They can be looted from his corpse in Tempest Keep.

The Deathcharger’s Reins control the Fourth Horseman of Naxxramas’ personal steed, and it’s the only Skeletal Warhorse mount that members of the Alliance have access to. Players can loot it from Baron Rivendare’s corpse in the Stratholme – Service Entrance dungeon.

The Baron and his illustrious steed.

The Fiery Warhorse’s Reins direct the personal steed of Attumen the Huntsman, the stable-lord of Medivh’s personal keep. It can be looted from his corpse in Karazhan.

The Grand Black War Mammoth is a mount that takes a bit of finesse as well as luck. Located in the Vault of Archavon raid, players must first have faction control of Wintergrasp before they can enter. The mount, thankfully, drops off of any of the four bosses inside the Vault.

Invincible is the Lich King’s rarely seen steed and is often the centerpiece of a mount-seeker’s collection. You too can collect this often-mispronounced mount from the body of Prince Arthas Menenthil from Icecrown Citadel on 25-Man Heroic difficulty.

Mimiron is one of the Watchers of Ulduar, and as such his head is large enough to fill the ego needed for that spot. Players can collect the Mobile Command Platform of V-07-TR-0N by killing Yogg-Saron in Ulduar’s 25 man difficulty.

The Reins of the Raven Lord are the personification of the Raven-God Anzu himself, and can only be taken from the body of Anzu in Sethekk Halls. Players may find some difficulties with this one, as they can only be obtained on Heroic Difficulty, meaning your chances dry up to a measly once per day.

The Swift White Hawkstrider is another pet of Prince Kael’thas, and can be looted from his corpse in Magister’s Terrace on Heroic difficulty.

The Red Qiraji Crystal is an incredibly rare mount drop from the minions of the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, though most players can find it within a few full-clear runs.

You’ll want this one. Why? Because It’s Red.

Several Dungeon Mounts from older instances of Zul’Gurub have since been removed from the game, but both will still award Feats of Strength if you manage to collect them from the Black Market Auction House. These are the Swift Zulian Tiger and the Swift Razzashi Raptor.

I’ve Got 9999 Problems but a Bone-White Primal Raptor Ain’t One is pretty self-explanatory. Simple turn in 9999 Giant Dinosaur bones to Ku’ma and collect your mount!

The Scourer of the Eternal Sands are awarded to, in my opinion, the only true crazy farmers. Requiring players to search Uldum for Mysterious Camel Figurines, one of which crumbles to dust and one of which is the correct one. Upon finding the right one (which is a pitifully low chance) players will be teleported to Dormus the Camel-Hoarder who drops the Grey Riding Camel.

The Venomhide Ravasaur and Winterspring Frostsaber are two mounts that have been around since Vanilla Warcraft but are still rare simply due to the lack of knowledge of them. Only available to the Horde and Alliance respectively, players must travel to either Un’Goro Crater or Winterspring and complete 20 days of quests in order to unlock the mounts. Completing the questline will reward you with your mount, which will change to the other if you swap factions.

One of the few mounts on this list that truly has a purring engine

The Big Love Rocket is attained by looting the titular Rocket from Apothecary Hummel in Shadowfang Keep during the seasonal event Love is in the Air. This is the rarest seasonal mount, boasting a 0.0033% drop rate.

A Brew-FAST Mount requires you to loot one of the two special Brewfest mounts during the holiday from Coren Direbrew in Blackrock Depths.

The Horseman’s Reins is obtained by looting the Headless Horseman’s mount during Hallow’s End and is one of the most sought after mounts due to its ability to fly.

Players can also unlock Feats of Strength for Expansion Collector’s Edition mounts, starting with Mists of Pandaria. Additional mounts can be obtained through the Recruit a Friend Program, and are rewarded for each new player you get to join the world of Azeroth:

Friends in High Places rewards the Swift Zherva Mount.

Friends in Even Higher Places rewards the X-53 Touring Rocket.

Friends in Places Higher Yet rewards the Heart of the Nightwing.

Friends in Places Even Higher Than That rewards the Emerald Hippogryph.

Friends in Places Yet Even Higher Than That rewards the Cindermane Charger.

You can’t get much higher than the Cindermane Charger…


Promotional Perks

Blizzard is well known to do some cross-promotion in between its games, and Warcraft is no exception to that rule.

The Fledgling Hero of Warcraft simply requires you to level a character from 1 to 20, which will unlock the lovely Lady Liadrin as a Paladin Hero in Hearthstone.

Hearthstoned merely requires you to win 3 games in Arena or Play Mode in Hearthstone and will reward you with a slick Hearthsteed mount in Warcraft. Just remember, Tutorial Matches don’t count!

Hero of the Storm requires you reach account level 20 in Heroes of the Storm, which award your Warcraft account with Graves and the Feat of Strength.


Dungeons and Raids

Implemented since Mists of Pandaria, each raid tier has two Feats of Strength associated with their particular end boss, Ahead of the Curve and Cutting Edge. Ahead of the Curve is rewarded for killing the last boss on Heroic Difficulty and Cutting Edge for Mythic. These Feats are only available to players while that tier is the current end-game content; once the raid opens these achievements are no longer available to the player base.

The Violet Spellwing, a limited gift from the Kirin Tor to those who completed Ahead of the Curve: Argus the Unmaker

New to Battle for Azeroth are Keystone Conquerer and Keystone Master, requiring players to complete Mythic +10 and +15 dungeons respectively during the first tier of content, during Season One of end-game content.

For those looking for more of a logistical challenge, Herald of the Titans requires players to defeat Algalon the Observer in Ulduar under similar conditions to how it was at current content; every player of the group must be level 80, and cannot have any equipment with a higher iLvl than 100. This is one of the harder challenges, especially with so many stat squish issues from Battle for Azeroth’s launch. I’ve recently undergone the challenge myself, and I heavily recommend joining either The Achievements Discord or The G(aming) Spot Discord to find or round out your group.

Player vs. Player

New to Battle For Azeroth are seasonal marker Feats, from Challenger: Battle for Azeroth Season 1 at 1400 rating, to Dread Gladiator: Battle for Azeroth Season 1, bringing them in line with other seasonal markers. Rated Battlegrounds only feature the Seasonal Championship Title, this season being Hero of the Horde/Alliance: Dread.

A seasonal Feat of Strength, obtainable only for one season!

The Last of Us is awarded to players who win the Highmaul Coliseum Free-For-All. This has had a small resurgence in popularity due to the increased level bracket and popularity of Warlords PvP Groups with the defunct state of Ashran.


Gotta Collect ‘Em All!

There are a wide slew of collectibles for the avid collector, too many to feasibly list here. So far, every Collector’s/Origin/Ultra-Rare edition of a Blizzard Game that includes a collectible has a Feat of Strength associated with it.

As well, every WoW item released with the Blizzcon tickets have associated Feats of Strength, up to this year’s Faction Banners.

Reputation is Everything!

Hero of Shattrath is one of the more arduous achievements on this list. Requiring you to first max out your reputation with either the Scryers or Aldor factions in Shattrath, you must then betray your reputation and level the opposite faction to Exalted. The worst part is that both must be done on one character, requiring several long hours of grinding.

Avast, Ye Admiral! is another very popular achievement, requiring you to rise to reach Friendly with the Bloodsail Buccaneers, a treacherous band of pirates opposed to Booty Bay. Doing so will lower your reputation to Hated with Booty Bay, and will make you an enemy of the Steamwheedle Cartel. Afterward, you can complete a short questline to receive a full Pirate’s attire, a Bloodsail Admiral’s Hat, and the title of Bloodsail Admiral!

Insane in the Membrane is an incredibly lengthy achievement to conquer, requiring you to become Honored with the Bloodsail Buccaneers and Exalted with Everlook, Gadgetzan, Booty Bay, Ratchet, Ravenholdt, and the Darkmoon Faire SIMULTANEOUSLY. Dedicated farmers can complete the entire grind in a little over three real-life months, and there are entire guides dedicated to the Feat of Strength. While our own guide is in progress, its needless to say that this is a true Feat of Strength (or insanity, depending on who’s asking).

My first go-around completing Insane in the Membrane, taking three months and a whole raid tier of time.


Miscellaneous Match-ups

Drop Dead, Gorgeous requires you to collect all 8 transmoggable pieces of your class’ set from Classic Naxxramas 40-Man. As Old Naxx no longer exists, players will have to buy their older set pieces from the Black Market Auction House. While every set is no longer class-locked, only your particular class sets are counted. Obviously, Monks, Death Knights, and Demon Hunters will be unable to complete this FoS.

A Legendary Campaign requires you to complete every Legion Class Order Hall Campaign for EVERY class. You don’t need to complete the mount questline on the Broken Shore, just up to the Class Specific titles and advanced weapon transmogs.

Predator is one of the more involved achievements from Tanaan Jungle, requiring you to first complete Jungle Stalker. After that, you must raise your reputation to the Order of the Awakened to Exalted, and collect a Seeking Crystal. Then you’ll need to use it and simply hope that Xemirkol is up, who has a respawn of almost 24 hours. Kill him and become the Predator.

You’re Really Doing it Wrong simply (ha ha) requires you to complete a Basic (Gold) Proving Ground trial in a spec that it’s not designed for. Most players may find it easier to complete this by performing the DPS trial as a Tank.

I’ll Hold These For Your Until You Get Out is one of the harder achievements on this list simply down to pure luck. First, you’ll need to collect both Warglaives of Azzinoth on any character and collect the associated Feat of Strength. Once you have that, you must defeat Illidan again in the Timewalking version of the Black Temple on a Demon Hunter. After defeating him, you’ll receive Arsenal: The Warglaives of Azzinoth for your Demon Hunter and the FoS.

Each of WoW’s Anniversary events have associated Feats of Strength for logging on during the event as well as an additional achievement, Did Someone Say…? This can be obtained by purchasing an Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker for 50 Timewarped Badges during the Anniversary.

Every toy from the Feast of Winter Veil that can be found underneath your tree also has an associated Feat of Strength. Good luck collecting them all!


For The Guild!

That’s right! Many players forget that Guilds also have achievements too, and each guild has Feats of Strength to complete!

Hall of Fame requires your guild to be one of the first 100 guilds IN THE WORLD on your faction to defeat the current end-tier raid boss. For Battle for Azeroth: Season One that’s Mythic G’huun and rewards the title “%, Famed Slayer of G’huun.”

Feats of Strength

Only the most dedicated heroes can enter Uldir’s Hall of Fame…

Guild Gladiators requires one character of every class in your guild to obtain the Gladiator title within one season. Players who transfer between guilds, or earn it outside of a guild, must earn the title again during the following season.

Ordos Guild Run is now one of the harder Feats of Strength to obtain, requiring one player to the now unobtainable cape from Mists of Pandaria. However, if 7 other guildies are in a group with this one member, they can kill Ordos on the Timeless Isle alone while the others watch from across the bridge and still earn credit.

Guild Battlemasters is without a doubt the hardest Feat of Strength on this list, requiring one character from each class in the guild to complete the Battlemaster achievement. Just one Battlemaster requires over 100 Battleground wins, dozens of RNG based achievements, and a lot of grey hairs. I myself have been working on my own Battlemaster since May of this year, and have still not complete even one of the required Master of… meta-achievements.

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WoW Wednesday: The 100 Easiest Mounts for Mountain o’ Mounts!

The wide World of Warcraft has a lot to do in its newest expansion Battle for Azeroth, but undoubtedly even the most excitable fan will want a break in the action from tackling the minions of G’huun or the enemy faction’s chiefest gladiators. One of the best and perhaps most accessible forms of non-structured game progression in World of Warcraft is the Achievements system introduced in its second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. Through this semi-structured system, players can work on completing various in-game events to receive not only a higher achievement point score and rare Feats of Strength but incredibly rare rewards and collectibles for in-game use. This week we wanted to take a look at one of the more accessible and potentially undervalued achievements, Mountain o’ Mounts.

For newer players, Mountain o’ Mounts and its subsequent achievements are achievements all around gathering mounts, the player vehicles in World of Warcraft. Each tier of achievement (from 100 collected and up) will reward players with a unique mount, up to 400 individual mounts. Many players who have been playing for several expansions may have already cleared the 200 variant, Mount Parade. I myself have collected over 300 on my original US account, with another 150 on my newer EU account. These achievements are not by themselves difficult, but they can be time-consuming to clear, especially as this achievement only includes mounts you can use on ONE character. This week we’re dedicating WoW Wednesday to put together the easiest 100 mounts for your perusal so you can figure out the best way to cross off of your list.

Easiest Mounts for Mountain o' Mounts

The Twilight Drake, a reward for the clever raider.

3/100 – The Dragons of Wyrmrest

To newer players, the Wyrmrest Temple of Dragonblight in Northrend may stand out as a sore spot on an otherwise bleak and barren landscape of Scourge warfronts and Dragon Graveyards. The mysterious tower is the seat of draconic power in Azeroth, and where the Wyrmrest Accord was founded to combat the Blue Dragonflight’s magical war in Northrend. Inside it are also the five portals to each of the Dragonflight’s individual sanctums, locations where the unhatched eggs of each flight can come to maturity in peace.

In the Obsidian Sanctum, Sartharion stands guard for his master, Deathwing to guard the eggs of the Twilight Dragonflight, twisted dragons intended to be more powerful than any natural creature. On guard are his three Twilight assistants, the drakes Shadron, Tenebron, and Vesperon. Defeating Sartharion in both the 10 and 25 man versions without executing his assistants will reward the Black and Twilight Drake mounts respectfully, an easy task for players higher than level 90. This will take two separate weeks to complete, as difficulties now share lockouts.

For those who want to become exalted with the Wyrmrest Accord faction, easily completed by collecting Timewalking Reputation badges, players can also pick up the Reins of the Red Drake at Exalted.


4/100 – The Bronze Drake

The Culling of Stratholme is a dungeon which is steeped in the history of the Warcraft franchise, carrying the capstone moment of the Fall of Arthas Menethil, and his descent into what would later become the Lich King. However, manipulated by the Infinite Dragonflight, this all threatens to come apart and doom the timeways. Deep within the Heroic difficulty of The Culling of Stratholme lies an agent of the Bronze Dragonflight, trapped in time and threatened with death. For those who can quickly complete the dungeon (an easy feat for a max level player) and free the agent, they’ll find a new companion and the Reins of the Bronze Drake for their collection.


58/100 – Faction Racial Mounts

The Swift Stormsaber, one of the fastest wild cats of Darnassus.

Now, this is one of the more daunting collections on our list, but each of the seven major factions of the Horde and Alliance have a wide collection of mounts for you. However, unless you’re a member of their race they won’t be giving them away for free. If you can get to Exalted with each of the major factions, you’ll be entitled to purchase their slew of mounts, quickly raising your mount count and even nabbing you the <Ambassador> title and Achievement! While you can easily grind to Exalted by wearing racial tabards while leveling through dungeons, you can also circumvent this by simply leveling a character of each race to level 20 to purchase their particular racial mount.

For each faction, after you learn how to ride flying mounts, you can also purchase a series of either Gryphons or Wind Riders for the Alliance and Horde respectively.

65/100 – The Black War Mounts

This one requires a bit of PvP to achieve, something most players won’t appreciate. Sold by a vendor near your faction’s respective Champion’s Hall are five Black War versions of the racial mounts of your faction. Requiring 15 of the new ‘Mark of Honor’ currency, these can be ground out through a few wins in Random Battlegrounds over the course of a few days.

There is also a particular variant of mount available through your faction’s representative in Alterac Valley for another 15 Marks of Honor. A Black War Mammoth is also available for whichever faction currently dominates Wintergrasp in Northrend for another 15 Marks.

79/100 – Crafted Profession Mounts

Easiest Mounts for Mountain o' Mounts

The Steelbound Devourer, a demon of the Legion that can only be contained by the chains of a Blacksmith.

Already in the home stretch, these profession related mounts may cost the most on our list, but take the least amount of effort. Crafted by the Jewelcrafting, the Jewelled Panther mounts do not require any skill in the profession to learn, and can often be bought incredibly cheaply on the Auction House. The three Flying Carpets do require some skill in Tailoring, but you can simply pick up the profession and then quickly drop it to learn the three. The Flying Machine mounts like the carpets do require 1 skill point in Engineering, but the others (Sky Golem, Depleted-Kyparium Rocket, Geosynchronous World Spinner and Mechano-Hog/Mekigineer’s Chopper) don’t require any sort of skill.

While there are additional profession mounts to collect, they are a touch more expensive and are best put together by end-game collectors.


82/100 – Yakkin’ Packin’

The Grummels of Pandaria’s Kun-Lai Summit are known far and wide for their strange lucky-doo’s and traveler ways, being one of the hardier races in the land. For the exploratory hero, they also sell members of their Yak Herd to carry your burdens throughout the treacherous mountains. While the Blonde and Grey Riding Yaks are far more affordable, the Grand Expedition Yak will give you a three-seater mount, allowing you to carry your friends to the next raid or vendor your goods when riding alone. And it only costs a lucky-doo!


83/100 – That Takes Class!

The Battlelord’s Bloodthirsty War-Wyrm. It also answers to, “Mister Bitey.”

In Legion, each class will undertake a series of quests to ensure the proliferation of the Class Order in the world of Azeroth. For those that complete the main storyline and continue the fight onto the Broken Shore, you’ll be able to unlock your own Class Hall Mount, a class-unique creature to ride into battle. While many class halls carry multiple variations (the Paladin hall notably has four) which can now be purchased once unlocked, several only reward one mount which changes colors depending on your specialization.

Several classes in the game also can unlock two mounts while leveling from 1 through to 60. The Paladin and Warlock will unlock their variations through leveling, while the Death Knight will earn their Acherus Deathcharger during the starting zone and must later purchase the Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade, a skeletal gryphon unavailable to any other class.


84/100 – UnBEARable Trolling!

To newer players, the dreadful kingdom of Zul’Aman will never be seen, let alone discovered. Initially launched in The Burning Crusade expansion, Zul’Aman was the ancestral home of the Amani Tribe of Trolls. Revamped in the third expansion Cataclysm, players can now unlock a unique Amani War Bear mount by freeing several captives throughout the instance before they are sacrificed to the gods of the Amani Tribe.


88/100 – Get More from the Kirin Tor!

Easiest Mounts for Mountain o' Mounts

The Wooly Mammoth, one of Northrend’s most dangerous herbivores.

Known as the City of Mages, Dalaran is lorded over by the Kirin Tor, the magical government who regulates and develops magic throughout Azeroth. But even throughout a city of culture and wild magic, there are those who prefer a far more humble vocation then disenchanting poor students suffering from Polymorphism. Talking to Mei Francis in Dalaran, you can purchase another four mounts which do not require any reputation with the faction, one of which will become another three-seater mount for you and your friends!


100/100 – The Argent Tournament!

Topping our list is one of the more invested, but linear forms of grinding mounts; the Argent Tournament. An often forgotten part of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, the Argent Tournament was founded to select the final strike force to lay siege upon Icecrown Citadel, the seat of power for the Scourge in Northrend. Every race is in attendance to put their mightiest heroes forward, and each faction there has two mounts to collect, tied to a currency you can earn through daily quests in the region. This is the lengthiest grind in our list, requiring you to earn the right to Champion each of your factions five racial representatives at the tournament as well as the representative faction of Dalaran. However, there are plenty of rewards and toys along the way to incentivize the grind, as well as unique achievements and titles for those who have already become exalted with their faction’s major racial groups.

Members of races outside of the original five founders of their faction must start with either Orgrimmar or Stormwind in order to further unlock other races in the Tournament, though any member of the founding five may start with their own race.


Bonus Round – Dungeons, Crusaders and Achievements, Oh My!

The Vicious War Clefthoof, rewarded to prolific Gladiators of the Horde during Battle for Azeroth’s Season 1 of PvP.

Now, these aren’t the only ways to complete your collection, but they are indeed the most reliable. Below I’ve detailed several other mounts which the lucky (or dedicated) may find more enticing to collect and farm.

  • The Deathcharger’s Reins are held tight-fisted by Lord Aurius Rivendare, the master of Stratholme, and can be collected from his corpse there.
  • Heroes braving the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj raid can find several Qiraji Resonating Crystals as they kill trash mobs throughout the instance. Three of which are frequent drops, but the fourth Red Qiraji Resonating Crystal will not only offer an extra mount but reward you with a Feat of Strength.
  • The Reins of the Raven Lord are the personification of Anzu, the Raven God of the Outland Arrakoa. It can be farmed from the boss of the same name in Sethekk Halls, Heroic.
  • The Swift White Hawkstrider is Silvermoon’s regal mount and is held by its last ruler. Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider in Magister’s Terrace, Heroic has the chance to drop this mount.
  • Skadi is one of the Vrykul’s champions in Utgarde Pinnacle. Dedicated adventurers can farm him for the Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake on Heroic Difficulty.
  • Each expansion features at least two meta-achievements for its released raid tiers. Each one rewards a unique mount upon completion, allowing you to quickly increase your mount count over a few weeks of consistent grinding.
  • The Darkmoon Faire has several mounts for sale to those willing to play its games and turn in tickets. Two of its mounts cost a measly 180 tickets, while the Darkmoon Dirigible, a flying blimp, costs over 1000.
  • To those inclined to PvP, the top-tier Gladiators of each season can win a unique Seasonal Mount for finishing in the top percentile. Less dedicated players can earn a Vicious War Saddle to turn in at a vendor near their faction’s Champions Hall. There they can purchase a unique racial Vicious War Mount to ride on the battlefield.
  • For those wanting to complete the Argent Tournament, the Argent Crusade themselves offer several mounts for those who have earned the right to represent each of their faction’s races in the tournament. While two can be earned for becoming an Exalted Champion, only Paladins can hope to earn and ride the exclusive Argent Charger mount.
  • Several End-Tier raids have unique mount drops with tragically low drop rates, from Arthas’ rarely seen mount Invincible, to Kael’thas’ reborn Phoenix in Tempest Keep.
Easiest Mounts for Mountain o' Mounts

The Violet Spellwing, a limited gift from the Kirin Tor to those who stopped the Legion’s Fourth Invasion.

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WoW Wednesday: Hallow’s End Has Come!

At last, the bells have tolled! Shelter your weak, your young, and your old; each of you shall pay the final sum! Cry for mercy, Hallow’s End has come! With Halloween right around the corner, my favorite Holiday returns to Azeroth to curse the world with devilish glee. Originally created as a harvest festival for the native Lordaeronians known as the ‘Wicker Festival,’ the date also became infamous as the exact date the Forsaken were released from their enslavement to the Scourge. Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, revelers now gather candy, wear spooky costumes, and keep Azeroth safe from the spirit of a dark crusader….

Adventurers in the land of Azeroth have a lot to do as the holiday rolls around, as the meta achievement [Hallowed Be Thy Name] is one of the prerequisites for [What a Long, Strange Trip Its Been…], and will take you through all four continents of Azeroth and the two different timelines of Outland, as well as saving the poor villages of Azeroth from the accursed Headless Horseman; a maddened Knight of the Silver Hand who believes he is the last living man on Azeroth and the rest of the world are undead. No matter your choice of activity in Hallow’s End, there’s tons to do.

The Wickerman Burns in Stormwind and the Undercity, buffing player reputation and experience gains.

For those looking to get the most out of the Holiday, you can cross the world of Azeroth to complete [Hallowed Be Thy Name] and still attain most of the awards intrinsic to the holiday. All of which we’ll detail below.

[Tricks and Treats of Azeroth] will see you crossing the world to every single friendly inn, and trick or treating at their Candy Buckets. You can track this achievement’s completion by tracking [Tricks and Treats of Eastern Kingdoms], [Tricks and Treats of Kalimdor] and [Tricks and Treats of Outland]. While there are Tricks and Treats achievements for the other lands of Azeroth, they aren’t necessary for completing the meta-achievement. They are the easiest way, however, to gather Tricky Treats for other rewards in Hallow’s End. Visiting just one Candy bucket will also reward you with [Trick or Treat!].

[The Savior of Hallow’s End] requires players to complete the Shade of the Horseman event. Lower level players can participate in the Shade of the Horseman event in low-level villages; Goldshire, Kharanos, and Azure Watch will come under siege in Alliance lands, while Razor Hill, Falconwing Square and Brill will feel the Horseman’s wrath for the Horde. Players will be charged in putting out fires and bringing the Shade down to earth in order to save the town. After the fires have been extinguished you can return to a nearby Costumed Orphan Matron and receive a Crudely Wrapped Gift! These will contain masks, candy, rideable objects and more, some of which are necessary for the Hallow’s End achievements.

Hallow's End

The Headless Horseman terrorizes Brill!

[Rotten Hallow] is the last of the quest achievements necessary for [Hallowed Be Thy Name], requiring you to inflict tricks instead of treats upon the enemy faction. Deliver stink bombs and extinguish the Wickerman of the opposing faction while beating back their similar efforts upon your own Capitol City.

[Check Your Head] requires you to stick a Weighted Jack-o’-Lantern on one of each race from both the Horde and the Alliance.  Jack-o’-Lanterns can be looted from Crudely Wrapped Gifts or the Headless Horseman encounter.

The following achievements are dependent on your gathering Tricky Treats:

[Out With It] requires you to eat so many Tricky Treats that you get an Upset Tummy debuff. The amount needed to make your character sick is random, but you’ll generally require less than five.

[G.N.E.R.D. Rage] needs the G.N.E.R.D.S. treat that can come from either a Handful of Tricky Treats from candy buckets or can be purchased for 2 Tricky Treats at holiday vendors. Under the effects of G.N.E.R.D.S., you’ll need to gain 10 honorable kills against the enemy faction. This is easily doable in either Alterac Valley, Isle of Conquest or in open world PvP.

[The Masquerade] requires you to be transformed by other players into specific costumes by a Hallowed Wand. These can be purchased for 2 Tricky Treats each.

[That Sparkling Smile] requires you to use a Tooth Pick, which also costs 2 Tricky Treats.

Naxxy, one of the Holiday’s exclusive pets was added last year for collectors.

The last two achievements can be accrued from fighting the Headless Horseman, which all characters from Level 23 onward can queue for. The Headless Horseman encounter is only available during Hallow’s End and is known for many incredibly rare cosmetic drops. Two of these drops, the Sinister Squashling pet and the Hallowed Helm, are required for [Sinister Calling]. If your luck is poor, you can also purchase both of them for 300 Tricky Treats.

Last, but certainly not least is [Bring Me The Head of… Oh Wait], which requires you to kill the Headless Horseman once in his queueable encounter. It’s also recommended that you work on farming the Headless Horseman daily for his pet, cosmetic, and mount drop, on top of the item level appropriate loot that he can drop for max level players.

This isn’t to say that there isn’t more to the holiday. There are a multitude of pets, masks, costumes, pet costumes, toys, and the ever-elusive Headless Horseman’s Mount to tantalize your inner collector throughout the holiday. And that is only scratching the surface! A multitude of achievements still remain for those looking to increase their count, from collecting all of the masks in [A Mask For All Occassions] to the rest of Azeroth’s Candy buckets in Northrend, the Cataclysm and Pandaria and even finding Pepe’s spookiest attire in [A Frightening Friend].

Hallow's End

Pepe’s Scarecrow Costume, only collectible during Hallow’s end!

No matter how you intend to spend the holiday, this year the festivities are available from October 18th through to the 31st, giving you plenty of time to harass the Horseman for his rare steed.


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