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WoW player grinds to 85 without killing any mobs

WoW: CataclysmHere’s a curious story of a player who grinded for 6 months in World of Warcraft, painstakingly levelling their character to 85 without killing a single mob or turning in a quest. The method they used to get the XP: explored the world map to get every last point of discovery XP as well as mining, herbing and archaeology when they reached the required level for it. :

Being on the ground and sneaking around mining and herbing and eventually archaeology, going everywhere to get every single point of discovery xp that you can, really gives you a chance to see an amazing world up close and personal. I spent hours swimming around reefs and flying to the farthest reaches of the maps.

Level 85 with 0 kills and 0 quest XP via PC Gamer

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Cataclysm claims fastest selling PC game of all time title

Blizzard intro’s Crabby, the spiritual heir to Microsoft’s Mr Clippy

Mister Crabby WoW

Load up WoW today (April 1) and you’ll be greeted with the news that a new ‘feature’ called Crabby has been added to game, to pop up every second minute offering tips. According to Blizzard, Crabby is a great listener and a good friend, who you can trust with all your problems. He also knows every last detail about every boss and encounter in the game and will pop up at all times with helpful tips.

Even more handy, the ability to remove Crabby from your screen has been disabled so you’re never without his useful advice:

Crabby is able to tell you exactly what’s going on and what you should do. His many useful tips will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen, where he hangs out, ever patiently, waiting for you to need his help. Of course, whether you follow his advice or not is entirely up to you; Crabby may possess an advanced level of artificial intelligence, but we’re reasonably sure he doesn’t have any feelings you could hurt. Reasonably sure. But just in case, the ability to remove Crabby has been disabled for now.

Full details on the new helper can be found here.

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Blizzard unload 4.7 million copies of WoW Cataclysm in first month

WoW Cataclysm, fastest selling PC game of all time

According to figures released by Blizzard, the company has shipped more than 4.7 million copies of WoW Cataclysm in the game’s first month on sale. The expansion to the ever-popular franchise already broke previous one-day sales, when it unloaded 3.3 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.

From the press release:

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was simultaneously released in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on December 7, and became available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on December 9. With day-one sales topping 3.3 million copies,* World of Warcraft: Cataclysm became the fastest-selling PC game of all time, shattering the previous record, which was held by the second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King®.

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Top-selling PC games this holiday season

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

According to Amazon statistics the most coveted PC games in this the season to be jolly are:

No. 1: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

No. 2: The Sims 3

No. 3: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

No. 4: The Sims 3 Late Night

No. 5: Call of Duty: Black Ops

World of Warcraft’s Cataclysm expansion comfortably takes the top spot, with Black Ops trailing in 5th place; a lot of Amazon buyers voiced their displeasure with the latest CoD offering in customer reviews.

Technical problems make this game fall flat

FAILURE and I’m out $60 – STAY AWAY

Pure Crap!!!

Don’t Pay Full Price…If you have to have it, wait for it to show up in a bargain bin

Do yourself a favor and listen to the reviews, Save your money!!!

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New game releases for the coming week Jan 3 – Jan 10

Kinect hacked to play World of Warcraft


Researchers at the University of Southern California have combined Microsoft’s Kinect device, motion recognition software and WoW to create a body-controlled version of the hugely popular MMOG.

In a YouTube video, one of the researchers controls his character with his body, leaning backwards and forwards to move the character, ‘grabbing’ targets to select them and casting spells with a wave of his hand.

The software used in the video (called the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit) is actually free to download on the University’s website, and the researchers have uploaded the keybindings text file used in the video for people to check out.

Via The L.A. Times

Cataclysm claims fastest selling PC game of all time title

Blizzard have announced the latest expansion for World of Warcraft sold 3.3 million copies on its first day of release to become the ‘fastest selling PC of all time’.

The previous holder of the title was 2008′s Wrath of the Lich King expansion, also for WoW:

This milestone eclipses the previous record of more than 2.8 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in November 2008 by Blizzard’s second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT®: CATACLYSM SHATTERS PC-GAME SALES RECORD

Cataclysm released worldwide on the 7th of December and saw a wholescale redesign of the original game world.

Blizzard deals with leaks of its own

Blizzard Product Slate

With the news these days dominated by Wikileaks, an interesting story has popped up on Venturebeat about a disastrous-sounding info leak at Blizzard in the run up to the release of Cataclysm.

The reported leak from Blizzard’s China office listed the release schedule of the company’s games for the next four years, including the following revelations:

  • The release date of the next WoW expansion is scheduled for quarter 2 of 2012
  • The World of Warcraft Movie is scheduled for 2012
  • A project code named Titan is set for release in quarter 4 of 2013
  • The first expansion for Starcraft II is set for quarter 4 of 2011

The release schedule for Diablo III and two expansions are also neatly laid out for the end of 2011 to the end of 2014 for the full cycle.

Reportedly the general manager of Blizzard China was fired because of the leak.

More info here and here.

WoW: Cataclysm Race to 85

WoW Cataclysm Dungeon Finder

Blackrock Caverns and Throne of the Tides in the Dungeon Finder

World of Warcraft Cataclysm launched last night and I’ve been amazed at how quickly some people have been able to level up. It’s less than 8 hours since the launch and already a friend of mine who has her eye on the Realm First 85 Warlock achievement has hit level 83. She did this purely by spamming the dungeon finder with a group of like minded friends who have set aside 30 hours of straight playing to get the achievement. She won’t even need the full 30 hours to get the last two levels at this rate.

This is a bit of a departure for Blizzard; if memory serves it took about 3 days of continuous play to level up to 80 when Wrath of The Lich King launched and a week if you played it casually like most players. This time around all you have to do is use the dungeon finder, no solo questing at all. Even the trade skill Realm First’s like Illustrious Skinner and Angler seem to have been nerfed. Those were claimed on my realm within two hours of the expansion going live.

Personally I’m in no rush to level up and am just going to play the game casually and check out the new quests and zones in my own time, but I have to say I’m a bit disappointed that it’s possible to race to the maximum level so quickly, bypassing all the new content.

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Your Fortune Awaits: Cataclysm tie-in on Facebook

WoW Cataclysm: Your Fortune Awaits

I only recently chanced upon Blizzard’s ‘Your Fortune Awaits’ promotional site for Cataclysm. Tied in with Facebook, extra content for Cataclysm is unlocked on the site as players Like and Share pages they find on the site, for example an extended cinematic trailer, art, mp3s from the Cataclysm soundtrack and developer interviews.

The site is themed as a Horde versus Alliance contest whereby you help your favourite faction by choosing your side and Liking and Sharing pages on the site. At the moment the Alliance content has had more Shares than Horde, but both factions are at about 95% unlocked as I post this. At 100% a final video will be unlocked for both factions.

Check out the site here.

By the way, the 6th Anniversary of the launch of WoW is ongoing and anyone who logs into the game between now and the 14th of December will receive a special Feat of Strength achievement.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

Two new WoW pets added to the Blizzard store

Moonkin Hatchling Alliance versionBlizzard have released a pair of new pets for WoW on the Blizzard Store, the Moonkin Hatchling and the Lil’ Ragnaros.  The pets cost a fairly hefty €10 each, considering you could buy WoW itself for a fiver up until yesterday. Check out images and animations of the new pets here. When you buy the pets, Blizzard will send you a code to activate them, and you can either use it yourself or gift the code to someone else.

I’m not tempted personally to buy these pets but I know for a fact there are a lot of completists playing the game who like to own every piece of extra content. The buyable pets are also a short cut to completing the Lil’ Game Hunter achievement if you’re willing to part with your cash, but it’s easy enough to do without spending a penny. Warcraftpets.com is a good site for locating all of the ingame pets you might be missing for that achievement.

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Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

6th Anniversary Feat of Strength for logging into WoW

6th Anniversary Feat of Strength Achievement

World of Warcraft is six years old since the 23rd of November and Blizzard are adding a free Feat of Strength to any player that logs into the game between now (Nov 30th) and December the 14th. You merely need to log into the game and it will be added to your Feat of Strength screen. Unfortunately, there’s no free pet associated with this year’s anniversary. The last two years saw players receive the Baby Blizzard Bear and Onyxian Whelpling pets, but Blizzard have said they’re reserving such pets for ‘the most notable milestones‘ in the future.

Meanwhile, the countdown to Cataclysm’s release on the 7th continues. The game is still available to preorder with the digital presale on Battlenet (US, EU). The presale is the best option to be able to get in and get playing at 12.01 am on the 7th.

If you’re looking for some bargains on graphics cards and accessories though, Gamestop’s promo for the launch might be worth considering. They’re offering discounts on Wireless routers, headsets, the Shift Gaming Cataclysm keyboard and also 20% off EVGA Nvidia graphics cards if you preorder with them. The cards included in the offer are the GForce GTS 450 Superclocked and the GeForce GTS 460 Superclocked EE. Full details hereicon.

Check out some of the Cataclysm zones early (Shaman tip)

The last patch for WoW updated the game world with new zones for Cataclysm that are inaccessible until the game comes out on the 7th of December. If you have a shaman however you can check out some of the zones early with the spell Far Sight. I was turned onto this trick as I was playing the game over the weekend and it’s very cool indeed to be able to check out  the zones for yourself instead of just checking out screenshots from the PTR.

Uldum zone

I used the trick to check the new Uldum zone south of Tanaris. The desert zone  looks like an Egyptian theme at first glance with level 83 leper gnome mobs scattered about.

Halls of Origination summoning stone

I also checked out the new Ahn Qiraj: The Fallen Kingdom zone. Again a desert zone with level 83 mobs.

Ahn Qiraj The Fallen Kingdom Furious Spectre

Level 83 Furious Spectre mob in Ahn Qiraj The Fallen Kingdom

I also flew to Winterspring to have a quick snoop around in the new Hyjal but it seems Blizzard have blocked the Far Sight trick for that zone. The spell cancels itself as soon as you try to throw your view across the chasm in the south of Winterspring.

For non-shaman players, I don’t know of any other classes that have an ability to preview the zones yet. Sorry!

First impression of the Cataclysm changes: Orgrimmar

So I played around a bit in the new WoW yesterday, flew all around Kalimdor checking out the changes. I was glad to see some of my old favourite areas like Winterspring and Feralas were left untouched for the most part, because I was dismayed to see what Blizzard have done to Orgrimmar. It just looks like the horde base in Borean Tundra now, which I didn’t like at all.

WoW Cataclysm New Orgrimmar View

View of the new Orgrimmar from the front gate. Borean Tundra horde base version 2.0

The city looks brighter and tidier than the rough old Orgrimmar we’re all used to. In fact, I went to The Drag and it was positively bright and cheery compared to the gloomy sidestreet it used to be.

WoW Cataclysm The New Drag

The bright and tidy Drag in the new Orgrimmar.

I’m going to withhold my overall verdict on the changes until I’ve checked everything out properly but my first impressions of the new Orgrimmar were very disappointing, the new login screen leaves much to be desired and the removal of portals adds to a sense of annoyance.

Frizzo Villamar - Bilgewater Cartel Quartermaster In the meantime, I’ve picked up the new Bilgewater Cartel Tabard from the goblin beside the flightpath in Orgrimmar and am going to do a few dungeons this morning with it. Like the Lich King tabards, the tabard gives you rep for the new faction. There’s already a new achievement added to the game to gain more exalted reputations so this is a good way to while away the time before Cataclysm is released. There doesn’t appear to be any new quests added to the game yet (I might be wrong about that, haven’t had time to check out all the new zones yet).

New Gamon

All may be forgiven by the fact poor old Gamon has been updated and is now a level 85 elite not to be messed with

I’ll add more posts about Cataclysm as I check it all out and they’ll appear under this tag.

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Prepping for realm first 85 achievements in Cataclysm
Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm
Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

The price of WoW drops as Cataclysm nears

Give the gift of Warcraft launcherBlizzard are running a major promo on the WoW website and in the launcher for the game for a massive price drop on the original game and its expansions.

To buy a copy of WoW, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of The Lich King now costs $20/€20, whereas before it cost about $90/€65 to buy the game and the expansions separately. To buy WoW on its own costs only a fiver with this promotion though I’m not sure how much game time you get with either the game or the expansions, and the usual monthly subscription is extra.

Check out the deal here: US or EU. The offer runs out on the 30th of November, so that gives you about a week to get totally addicted and pay the full price for Cataclysm which drops on December 7.

Access to pre-Cataclysm bosses a bit easier now

Cataclysm Elemental Invasion Bosses in the dungeon finder

Kaiju Gahzrilla, Grand Ambassador Flamelash, Crown Princess Theradras, Prince Sarsasun listed in the dungeon finder

Blizzard have fixed a small annoyance that occurred when they added the four new bosses to WoW with the pre-Cataclysm event. Previously you had to clear the cities of the elemental rifts in time or the bosses wouldn’t show up in the dungeon finder at all.

On a low-population server like my own (Nagrand Horde EU), this meant the Zul’Farrak and AQ20 bosses never showed up after the first day when everyone checked out the event and killed the elementals. I even tried to solo the event on my own one night because I hadn’t done the bosses on my main character and don’t want to miss out on any possible feats of strength achievements, but the event is impossible to do on your own.

I noticed today however that all four bosses appear in the dungeon finder during the event so all you have to do is queue during the invasions. The portals also appear in the cities after the event and stick around for a short while (I believe about a half an hour) and you can queue for the bosses that way too.

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Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm
Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

Blizzard post Cataclysm launch event details

If you were thinking of checking out one of the launch events near you for Cataclysm, Blizzard have announced details of all the events in different countries around the world for the night of December 6th. The expansion goes live at 00:01 AM on December the 7th.

On the evening before World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’s launch, select retail stores in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the region of Taiwan will be holding special events to celebrate the expansion’s release. Join your fellow World of Warcraft players for a night of camaraderie and exciting events, including contests, prizes, costumes, dance, music, and more before the stores open their doors to welcome gamers who want to be among the first to purchase and play the new expansion.

Cataclysm Midnight Openings via Bluesnews

Pilgrim’s Bounty Event open in WoW

WoW Pilgrim's Bounty Achievements

The Pilgrim’s Bounty world event started in WoW this week. This event doesn’t count towards the year-long What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Beenn achievement though there’s nothing really challenging in it as far as I can remember from doing it last year. There’s 100 achievement points, a title and a pet to be had from the event though as well as a shortcut to leveling cooking very quickly, which I detail a bit more below. Full details on the individual achievements can be found here.

Pilgrims Bounty cooking vendor in Durotar

The cooking vendor found in Durotar

The event is a great opportunity to level up your cooking skill. I leveled the skill right up to 300 on one of my alts using only the recipes from vendors added for the event, which usually takes a lot of grinding/traveling at other times of the year. The special recipes for the event are found in the Bountiful Cookbook bought at vendors outside the main major cities.

For Horde find the vendors: on the road outside Orgrimmar, outside Thunder Bluff by the elevators and in the courtyard of the Undercity.

The Honey and Autumnal Herbs can be found on all of the vendors, while the city-specific ones are only found in their respective zones. The special ingredients for horde players are Mulgore Sweet Potatoes, Ripe Tirisfal Pumpkins, Tangy Southfury Cranberries – clear some bag space and stock up on these so you don’t need to travel back and forth between the cities like I did, 70 or 80 of each to be safe. Then you can just stand at one of the event vendors and level cooking right up, there’s even a cooking trainer NPC beside each of the vendors so you don’t need to run back and forth. The whole thing took me about 45 minutes, but I ran short of ingredients and had to travel more than I should have.

One thing to note by the way is the event NPCs disappear from around Thunder Bluff when the elemental invasion is on but reappear once the battle is over.

The Pilgrim’s Bounty event ends next Saturday the 27th of November.

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Don’t forget to log WoW on Nov 23 for possible feat of strength
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Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm
Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

Blizzard chat about Cataclysm

Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders heirloom

World of Warcraft Production Director J. Allen Brack and Game Director Tom Chilton held a live chat with WoW fans last night. The transcript of the chat will be of interest to WoW players looking forward to next month’s launch of Cataclysm. Of interest to me were the comments about the heirloom bind to account items. A lot of power levelers hoping to get a Realm First level 85 achievement hoped to use the items to get an XP bonus when they level. However Blizzard clarified in the chat the items are 1-80 only and even went so far as to say the XP gain stops at 80 and not 80.9999.

Also of note is Blizzard’s hope to lessen the wait before players can encounter Deathwing. That was one of my gripes with Wrath of The Lich King in that it seemed like an eternity before Arthas was unveiled as a boss you could actually fight.

Read the full thing here.

Meanwhile, the elemental invasion preceding Cataclysm continues in WoW, more about that here.

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Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

Don’t forget to log WoW on Nov 23 for free feat of strength

WoW's 4th and 5th anniversary Feat of Strength Achievements

Updated:

For some unknown reason, rather than hosting the anniversary on the day it occurs, ie the 23rd of Nov, Blizzard are instead giving the achievement between November 30th and December 14th.
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The sixth anniversary of the launch of World of Warcraft is coming on the 23rd of November, and if the past two years are anything to go by you will receive a special feat of strength achievement just for logging in on that day. Blizzard have also given out a pet on both those anniversaries, the Baby Blizzard polar bear in 2008 and the Onyxia Whelpling last year but it’s not entirely clear if they’ll be giving one this year.

In a blue post about the upcoming anniversary Blizzard say such pets will be reserved for important milestones in the future.

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New bosses added to WoW, elemental invasion steps up a gear
Prepping for realm first 85 achievements in Cataclysm
Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm
Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

New bosses added to WoW, elemental invasion steps up a gear

Furious Fire Elementals in Orgrimmar

Furious Fire Elementals in Orgrimmar ahead of the larger invasion

When Blizzard introduced the Tripping the Rifts feat of strength, I have to say I was really underwhelmed. Tiny rifts appeared in out of the way places and I thought to myself, where’s the big build up to Cataclysm? Blizzard have stepped it up a gear over the past 24 hours however and have introduced a proper impressive event into the cities in WoW. Every few hours the major cities endure a massive attack, and players have to destroy the rifts that form by doing battle with elite elemental mobs. The event lasts until all areas are secured then it reoccurs about two hours later.

This makes doing the Tripping the Rifts achievement much easier. If you still need to do this here’s where to find what kind of rift: Ironforge and Orgrimmar: Earth and Fire elementals
Thunder Bluff and Stormwind:Wind and Water elementals

Also added to the game are updated versions of bosses from old Azeroth dungeons like Gahz’Rilla in Zul Farrak.

Cataclysm: Kaiju Gahz'Rilla in Zul'farrak

To access these bosses just look in the dungeon finder for them after the elemental attack. They disappear from the list after a while. There’s also a quest giver inside each instance with a quest leading back to your faction’s cities. The bosses are: Grand Ambassador Flamelash in BRD, Crown Princess Theradras in Maraudon, Prince Sarsasun in Ruins of Ahn Qiraj and Kaiju Gahz’Rilla in Zul’Farrak.

Related:
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Prepping for realm first 85 achievements in Cataclysm
Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm
Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

Prepping for realm first 85 achievements in Cataclysm

World of Warcraft Feat of Strength achievement screen

My own FOS screen, with sorry lack of Realm Firsts

I remember when Blizzard introduced Realm First Feat of Strength achievements into the game and feeling envious when the world chat lit up with ‘Realm First Level 80 Warlock’ and so on back when Wrath of the Lich King was released.  I’ve been tempted to try and get one of these achievements myself when December 7th rolls around, but I don’t think I’ll have the staying power to stay awake playing for 24 hours or more, which seems to be a requirement.

I was talking with a friend of mine in WoW who is going to attempt it though and her preparation includes:

  • Buying the game via the digital presale so she can get in at midnight on the 7th of December. She already has the game content downloaded.
  • She’s arranged 30 free hours on the night so she can play straight through. I think the time required will dissuade most people from attempting this to be honest.
  • She’s bought up all the Bind to Account items that give a bonus to XP; these items say 1-80 on them however so I’m not entirely sure this will work.
  • She’s filled her quest log with 25 completed quests, ready to hand in on the day for an instant XP boost.
  • She’s recruited like-minded friends who are also going for the realm first so they can all group together and gain XP.
  • Some of the people she’s grouped with took part in the beta and they’ll have a headstart on which quests to do in what order and so on.

The only thing I can think of to add to the list is maybe move your character to one of the quest hubs before the game comes out so you can get questing as soon as possible, but I’m sure there are plenty of other tricks to give yourself a boost. For the more casual players (myself included) who don’t fancy putting in so many hours, one option is to try for the Realm First Illustrious Angler fishing achievement. There’s a few tips for trying that here.

Related:
Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm
Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

Arena weapons and armour available for honour pre-WoW: Cataclysm

Wrathful Gladiator's Greatsword

I’ve been playing WoW a lot in the run-up to the release of Cataclysm and not a lot of the players on my realm seemed to realise that you can now buy the Wrathful arena weapons and armour for honour. The items appear unavailable when you check the vendor: they are greyed out and have the red text ‘Requires battleground rating of 1800 personal and team arena rating of 1800′. But if you click the items you can buy them anyway with no problems provided you have enough honour.

I’ve been gearing up all my different alts this way for the past week or so and it appears the greyed out text and requirements on the items is just a bug. The items are at the goblin arena vendor in the sewers in Dalaran; all of the items are available to buy except the top tier arena weapons (item level 277) and the Wrathful shoulders.

Related:
Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength
Prepping for realm first 85 achievements in Cataclysm
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III

Tripping the Rifts Feat of Strength

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collectors EditionBlizzard have added another Feat of Strength achievement to WoW in the run-up to Cataclysm. Tripping the Rifts sees elemental ‘rifts’ appear in all areas of the game including Outland and Northrend. To complete the achievement you basically need to kill the elementals around four different types of rift until you get four buffs: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire.
Once you kill the elementals, the rift will disappear, leaving behind a Mysterious Device which starts a daily quest, though you won’t get the daily in lower level zones.

The rifts spawn randomly and can be found at the locations below:

Fire
1. Westfall (Sentinel Hill; North Moonbrook; Alexston Farmstead)
2. The Barrens (Between Razorfen Downs and Razorfen Kraul; Ratchet; Camp Taurajo; North of Bael Modan; Stagnant Oasis; The Crossroads)
4. Ashenvale (Greenpaw Village)
3. Dustwallow Marsh (Inside Theramore near Armory; North of Witch Hill; Shady Rest Inn)
4. The Hinterlands
5. Searing Gorge
6. Blasted Lands (Kargath)
7. Winterspring (Everlook; Timbermaw Post)
8. Hellfire Peninsula (Dark Portal; Honor Hold; Falcon Watch; Sha’naari Wastes)
9. Zul’Drak (South of Zeramas; East of the Reliquary of Pain; In the middle of Heb’Drakkar; Thrym’s End; SE of Altar of Har’koa)

Fire Elemental Rift in the Barrens

Fire rift on the road outside Razorfen Krawl in the Barrens

Water
1. Silverpine Forest (East of Shadowfang Keep; South of the fork in the road east of Sepulcher; West of Dead Field towards the shore)
2. Ghostlands (Lake between Thalassian Pass and Deatholme)
3. Wetlands (On the shore near the Bluegill Murlocs and the two ruined ships; Between the Greenwarden and Dark Iron Dwarf Camps; Menethil Harbor inside near front entrance)
4. Thousand Needles (Darkcloud Pinnacle)
5. Stranglethorn Vale (Kurzen’s Compound; Wild Shore; West of Nesingwary camp; Grom’gol Base Camp; Between the entrance of Booty Bay and the Wild Shore)
6. Swamp of Sorrows (Stonard)
7. Tanaris (Lost Rigger Cove; Dunemaul Compound; Gadgetzan)
8. Un’goro Crater (Entrance from Tanaris)
9. Zangarmarsh (On road leading to Terrokkar; Orebor Harborage; Ango’rosh Grounds; Swamp Rat)
10. Shadowmoon Valley (Legion Hold; Shadowmoon Village; Zabra’jin)
11. Dragonblight (Agmar’s Hammer; Wintergarde Keep; Frostmourne Cavern; SE Ruby Dragonshrine; New Hearthglen)
12. Icecrown (Sindragosa’s Fall; Deathspeaker’s Watch west of Argent Tournament)
13. Hrothgar’s Landing (North part)

Tripping the rifts Feat of Strength Thousand Needles

Water elemental rift on Darkcloud Pinnacle in Thousand Needles

Wind
1. Darkshore (Aubderine; South of Auberdine on the shore; Grove of the Ancients)
2. Hillsbrad Foothills (Southshore; Tarren Mill)
3. Duskwood (SE of Raven Hill Cemetery; Darkshire)
4. Arathi Highlands (South of Circle of West Binding; Hammerfall)
5. Feralas (Ruins of Solarsal; Front of Dire Maul; West of Feathermoon Stronghold; Forgotten Coast near the dock; Ruins of Ravenwind near Flame of Samha)
6. Felwood (Shatter Scar Vale, southern craters)
6. Eastern Plaguelands (Northpass Tower; South of Corin’s Crossing; Undercroft; Darrowshire)
7. Terokkar Forest (Cenarion Thicket; Veil Shienor; Bone Wastes; Tuurem; Firewing Point; Allerian Stronghold; Stonebreaker Hold)
8. Netherstorm (Area 52; Arklon Ruins; South of Manaforge Ultris near bridge)
9. Borean Tundra (Magmoth; Near Taunka’le Village)
10. Sholazar Basin (Mosswalker Village; Kartak’s Hold; Death’s Hand Encampment; Sapphire Hive)

Elemental rift outside Dire Maul

The wind elemental rift outside Dire Maul in Feralas

Earth
1. Loch Modan (Mo’grosh Stronghold; Thelsamar)
2. Redridge Mountains (In Lakeshire)
3. Desolace (Nigel’s Point)
4. Alterac Mountains (The Uplands; Just southeast of the Growless Cave, Flame of Uzel for Horde players)
5. Western Plaguelands (Felstone Field; The Weeping Cave, north of the new flightmaster)
6. Burning Steppes (West of Dreadmaul Rock)
7. Silithus (Cenarion Hold towards Swarming Pillar)
8. Nagrand (Laughing Skull Ruins; Windyreed Village; Telaar; Northwest of Oshu’gun; Garadar; Burning Blade Ruins)
9. Blade’s Edge Mountains (Grishnath; Sylvanaar; Veil Vesk)
10. Howling Fjord (Wyrmskull Village near the hut Alliance players witness the visions of the past)
11. Grizzly Hills (Drak’atal Passage; Rage Fang Shrine; Zeb’Halak)
12. Storm Peaks (First Gnoll camp west of K3; Inventory’s Library; Valkyrion; Brunnhildar Village)

Tripping the rifts Feat of Strength Northeast Silithus

Earth elemental rift in north east Silithus

Elemental Rifts by Zone

This feat of strength is the second phase of the pre-Cataclysm launch events and will be removed at some point so act fast if you have a few alts you need to get it on. The previous Zalazane’s Fall feat of strength was available for just over a month before Blizzard took it out of the game. The first phase of the elemental invasion event was the string of doomsday cultist quests in the major cities – more info about the first phase and upcoming phases can be found here.

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WoW Cataclysm digital presale open now

World of Warcraft Cataclysm Deathwing

If you’re one of those WoW players that just has to be among the first in when the new expansion goes live, Blizzard’s digital presale seems to be the best option.  Blizzard are currently splashing the presale on the launcher for the game and I have to say this is the option I’ll be using to buy.

Basically you pay for the game now and log into your account once so you’re registered as eligible to play Cataclysm and the content starts to download. Then, at 00.01 am on the 7th of December, you can log in and be among the first to experience the expac. The benefits to an achievement junkie like me are obvious – the faster you can get in and get levelling the more chance you have of getting realm-first achievements.

The digital version of the expansion will set you back €34.99/$39.99 and unfortunately doesn’t include a special edition.

Check it out here (EU) and here (US).

For those who prefer to have a physical retail copy, Amazon are offering release date delivery of the game for 99 cents.

Interestingly, the Collector’s Edition of Cataclysm has already sold out on Amazon months ahead of release, but can still be had from Gamestopicon. The Collector’s Edition includes a special ingame pet among lots of other goodies.

WoW: Cataclysm intro cinematic and TV spot video

Blizzard have released the official cinematic intro to whet our appetites for Cataclysm’s release in early December. These trailers are always high quality and this latest is no different, featuring Deathwing largely and showing the destruction soon to be wreaked on Azeroth.

Sunday also saw the first TV ad for Cataclysm air during an NFL game on Fox, check it out below:


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WoW Cataclysm Goblin starting area, Isle of Kezan (concept art)

Goblin starting area, Isle of Kezan (concept art)

Blizzard have posted up a handy new screenshot album to their Facebook page of the 1-80 environments in the upcoming Cataclysm. The album covers concept art and screens of each individual zone. It is the collection of all the images released thus far to promote Cataclysm ahead of its December 7th release.

A second album is also promised that will detail the level 80-85 zones; no indication of when they will post that yet.

Check out the first album here and follow the Warcraft profile for updates.

Yesterday saw the launch of the first major patch introducing Cataclysm. Patch 4.0.1 features the all new talent trees, many UI changes, the new streaming launcher for the game and a lot more.

Full patch notes can be found here.

The new streaming WoW launcher

World of Warcraft Cataclysm streaming launcher

I just noticed Blizzard’s new launcher for WoW: Cataclysm. Instead of having to wait hours for the latest patch to fully install before you can play, the install is now split up into three stages. You only need to wait for the first ‘core’ stage to load before you can get in and play, although for obvious reasons you won’t have a complete game experience because all of the new content has yet to be applied.

Still though, it’s a better option than the long waits of the past.

The stages are:

Setup: Core game content is being prepared. You cannot enter the game at this time.

Available: Major game content is not completely applied. You can play, however your game experience will not be ideal.

Playable: Final game content is almost complete. You may experience a few game issues while playing at this stage.

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Intro events to WoW: Cataclysm kick off on PTR

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm boxartOrgrimmar on fire, earthquakes, marauding elementals descending on capital cities and doomsayers littering Orgrimmar and Stormwind saying the end is nigh.

The pre-expansion events for Cataclysm have rolled out on the public test realms for WoW, and I have to say it sounds very cool indeed. I loved the events Blizzard launched just before Wrath of the Lich King and it sounds like more of the same this time around, only on an even larger scale because the whole game world is going to change.

I was lucky enough to snag a invite to the beta of Cataclysm, but to be honest I played it briefly then decided I’d wait and play the game properly when it’s officially released. Levelling is not my favourite part of the game and I wanted to experience all the new stuff fresh with my friends when it launched officially.

Blizzard said at the end of August that Cataclysm still needed a couple of months before release. The timeframe seems right for an announcement at this year’s Blizzcon, which will kick off on 22 October.

Tentonhammer: WoW: Cataclysm Events Kick-Started on the PTR.

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Box Art and Contents of WoW Cataclysm Collector’s Edition Revealed

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition Boxart

Blizzard have launched a new page revealing the box art and what exactly will be in the World of  Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition:

  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes DVD
  • 17-track collector’s edition soundtrack
  • 176-page book of art from every stage of development
  • The full World of Warcraft expansion set on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM
  • Exclusive cards from the the WoW trading card game, as well as a 60-card deck from the new Wrathgate series.
    Two exclusive hero cards featuring the first appearance of goblin and worgen heroes in the card game.
  • Exclusive in-game pet: Mini Deathwing (video)
  • Cataclysm mousepad

There is no current release date for WoW: Cataclysm. The game is currently is in closed beta and a release date is expected to be coming soon.

Official site for WoW: Cataclysm

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