Monday, October 22, 2012

Shadow Hopper

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Bounce a ball with a hatchling 25 times in a row without dropping it.

Shadow Hopper

Achievement Location

You need to be affiliated with the Order of the Cloud Serpents (located in The Arboretum, The Jade Forest) in order to own a hatchling. To do this, your character must have reached level 90 to unlock the starting quest, which requires you to defend the wild cloud serpents at Windward Isle from the Slitherscale reptiles. Soon, you will get a quest that lets you choose one of three eggs. Each has a different color (blue, green, or yellow) that corresponds to what color your baby serpent will be.

Shadow Hopper Achievement Location

Once the critter comes out of the egg, the daily quests are unlocked. One of them is Catch!, which lends you a Bouncy Ball that you can use to play with your pet.

As you and your hatchling throws the ball in the air, a big and dark circle of shadow – more distinct than the smaller and lighter shadow casted by the ball – appears on the ground to indicate where the bouncy ball will land. These spots are where you and your hatchling are going to hop onto one after the other; hence the achievement title Shadow Hopper.

How to complete Shadow Hopper

Whereas the Catch! daily quest counts every successful catch of the ball, you can only complete the achievement if you repeat the process 25 times without dropping the ball.

The most challenging part is finding a sweet spot where you and your pet can play without interruption. Distancing yourself from other players who are also playing catch is best, as you might be confusing each other with so many balls thrown in the air.

Another problem is the occasional bug with the geometry of the terrain; sometimes the ball lands in a location that is impossible to go to. Also, avoid any water.

The Juggler buff appears right after your first successful catch. It will indicate how many more times you need to throw and catch the ball to complete the feat. If you miss a catch, you need to start over by removing the buff and throwing the Bouncy Ball once again.

Other Notes

Once your reputation with the Order rises to Revered, your hatchling will grow and no longer be able to participate in Catch! If you still have not accomplished the achievement by then, you can simply ask the Serpent Master, Elder Anli, to borrow one of the other hatchlings and play with that critter instead.

Elder Anli, the Serpent Master

As sometimes the ball is thrown quite far from you, you will need to use some speed increase skills or spells to help you. What I personally did was to use my flying mount. But to do this all the way to 25 catches, you must only mount RIGHT AFTER your pet has thrown the ball and it’s your turn to catch (note: you get dismounted every time you throw the ball). Mounting beforehand has a likely chance to distract your pet; he will return right by your side instead of throwing the ball.

If you’re lucky, the count gets bugged and will still stack towards 25 despite any misses you made during the game.

Yak Attack

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Kill 15 Sra’thik attackers at the Niuzao Temple within 5 seconds.

Niuzao Temple and the Black Ox

Achievement Location

The Sra’thik are a group of mantid invaders occupying most of the northeastern portion of the island where Niuzao Temple is located. Even the temple is swarmed by these insectoids and the Black Ox himself, Niuzao, can be seen defending the front yard.

Yak Attack Achievement Location

How to complete Yak Attack

The achievement simply requires a perfectly timed pull of 15 Sra’thik mobs just as the Black Ox is nearby. You won’t be actually doing the killing, as it is nearly impossible to do such a feat with so many enemies. On the other hand, any mantid caught in the path of the ox’s rampage is killled instantly when the ox arrives and tramps on them. In short, just position 15 mobs where the ox will be running amok: the outer ring of the courtyard.

The ox is actually not a necessity when doing this achievement with a group of players. For instance, a group of five can simply grab at most three mantids (a good number any class can pull and still survive), rendezvous with the other players at an agreed location, and use all available AoE skills once all mobs have been gathered.

Other Notes

To count the kills as your own (even if the Niuzao does most of the damage), you have to pull the mobs with a spell or skill that does any amount of damage. (I previously rallied the mantids towards the celestial ox’s rampage path without damaging them. It didn’t count towards the achievement.)

Try not to pull the mantids towards a Niuzao Sentinel as the latter will distract the former’s attention and you can’t therefore pull them into the ox’s path.

Mage Tip

As a mage I simply pulled via a fast mount. I was lucky enough not to get dazed from all those attacks from behind. If in case I did get dazed and consequently dismounted, I’d simply use Blink towards Niuzao’s path. He was still too far though, so I had to use Ice Block, Frost Nova, and Mirror Image to buy some more time until he arrived.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Listen to the Drunk Fish

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Harvest each of the following vegetables on a high-forecast day.

- Juicycrunch Carrot
- Scallions
- Red Blossom Leek
- White Turnip
- Green Cabbage
- Mogu Pumpkin
- Pink Turnip

Achievement Location

Jogu the Drunk

To determine which vegetable yields more than usual (i.e., 2 more items of the crop than the usual 5) when harvested the next day, you will need to ask Jogu the Drunk for “word on tomorrow’s crops”.

Unlike most other members of The Tillers, the “drunk fish” can be always found at The Halfhill Market, sitting by the pond that is riddled with remains of eaten fish. The weird thing is that Jogu is a Jinyu, a race of fish-like humanoids native to Pandaria.

Becoming best friends with Jogu will make him sit by the pond near your farm.

Listen to the Drunk Fish - Jogu the Drunk - Achievement Location

How to complete Listen to the Drunk Fish

Every time you ask Jogu for a prediction (which, by the way, is always correct) you will have to pay him a certain amount. You are initially charged 25g whenever you ask. This gradually decreases as you build your relationship with Jogu. When you become best friends with him, you will only need to pay 10 silver.

What's the word on tomorrow's crops?After payment, he will say one of the following:

  • Ughhhh… my head is hazy… try again later.
  • Which berries should you plant? Witchberries, of course!
  • Pumpkins! It'sh gonna be huge, gigantic pumpkins!
  • Shpring for a leek, and you might get two.
  • Oooh... ooooh! My senses are tingling! I see... huge Green Cabbages in your future.
  • Striped melons are quite juishy this time of year! Put some sheeds in the ground, and you will reap the harvest on the morrow.
  • Jade Melonsh grow the color of milky jade. Conditionsh will be perfect tomorrow for growing thish vegetable... I think.
  • You ever heard of a juicycrunch carrot? They'll never be juicier than tomorrow.
  • I'm seeing Pink Turnipsh in your future.
  • Fields of white turnips. Raw and shipicy!
  • Have I ever told you that I hate Scallions? Hate 'em! <Jogu lets out a loud belch.> Unfortunately for me, they're going to be in high season tomorrow.

Other Notes

Do not take the prediction of Jogu when you ask him between 12 midnight and 4 in the morning, server time. His predictions at that time are not meant for the next day, but for the current day. Obviously, whatever crop he mentions that time will not produce additional yields, unless said crop also becomes high-forecast the next day.

If you have already unlocked at least 8 tillable soils (by reaching Honored status with The Tillers faction), you can simply buy and plant each seed of the 7 vegetables required for the achievement everyday. One of them is bound to be bountiful when you harvest them the next day. You just then repeat until all vegetables have been credited.

If you plant a seed and it becomes a Bursting plant, you can immediately harvest it. While it does give additional produce, it won’t be credited towards the achievement. You have to harvest the crop during the day it is supposed to be bountiful!

Harvested crops that are predicted to be bountiful on a certain day have a higher chance of dropping rare items (such as the presents you can give for Tiller members to increase your friendship with them).

As some people would say that WoW copied the farming mini-game from Harvest Moon, I can’t help but relate Jogu’s forecast with the weather forecast you can do via television of the latter game. It’s probably just me, though.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Brew of the Month

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Join the Brew of the Month club.

Brew of the Month Club Membership Form

Brew of the Month Club Membership QuestAchievement Location

Applying for membership is done by exchanging 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens for the membership form to Belbi Quikswitch (Alliance) or Blix Fixwidget (Horde). These two token redeemers can be found at their respective Brewfest camps outside Ironforge and Orgrimmar. The form is actually an item that starts the Brew of the Month quest, which asks you to deliver your form to Ironforge or Orgrimmar. Upon completion of quest, you become a certified BOTM member and get the achievement.

WoW Achievement Guide

Brew of the Month is perhaps the longest to get among the Brewfest achievements. Without spending for other prizes, it would take a couple of days to acquire the required 200 tokens to buy the membership form.

Finishing the normal quests for Brewfest should give you around 100 tokens. To get a hundred more needs repeating daily quests for a few days:

  • Up to 40 tokens can be rewarded if you are able to efficiently deliver, i.e., well under 40 seconds for each round trip, the kegs during the daily run.
  • Advertising for a brew vendor by yelling at different locations around Ironforge or Orgrimmar gives you 15 tokens every day.
  • Successfully repelling the Dark Iron dwarves disruption of Brewfest rewards 10 tokens every 12 hours.
  • The 5-man Coren Direbrew encounter rewards each player a Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest that usually drops more than 10 tokens. The treasure chest is only awarded once per day.

Other Notes

Membership for the BOTM club is renewed every year. So if you have been a member before but has not obtained the achievement yet, you will need to apply again.

If you have spent your tokens for the full Brewfest Garb outfit, you CANNOT get a refund from the token redeemers. FYI, the outfit is worn while dancing in Dalaran in order to get the Disturb the Peace achievement.

The Brewfest Diet

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Eat 8 of the Brewfest foods listed below.

- Dried Sausage
- Pickled Sausage
- Savory Sausage
- Spiced Onion Cheese
- Spicy Smoked Sausage
- Succulent Sausage
- The Essential Brewfest Pretzel
- The Golden Link

Achievement Location

The food vendors are right beside the three rival breweries at the Brewfest camp. Their tents – pointed top and filled with crates instead of just kegs – are easily identifiable from those of the brewers.

Arlen Lochlan - Bread Vendor

WoW Achievement Guide

Most of the food listed for the achievement is sold by sausage vendor, Keiran Donoghue (Alliance) or Bron (Horde). They both sell:

- Dried Sausage
- Pickled Sausage
- Savory Sausage
- Spicy Smoked Sausage
- Succulent Sausage
- The Golden Link

Anne Summers (Alliance) or Agnes Farwithers (Horde), on the other hand, sells:

- Spice Onion Cheese

The last item is sold by Arlen Lochlan (Alliance) or Uta Roughdough (Horde):

- The Essential Brewfest Pretzel

Other Notes

Along with the other points of interest, the food vendors only exist and sell their goods outside Ironforge or Orgrimmar during the Brewfest event.

Your character must be at least level 65 in order to consume all the food in the list.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Direbrewfest

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Kill Coren Direbrew.

Coren Direbrew

Achievement Location

Whereas the Grinch tries to ruin Christmas for everybody, Coren Direbrew leads the party-crashing force of the Dark Iron dwarves in ruining the drunken harvest celebration in World of Warcraft. His reason? He wasn’t invited. Nevertheless, his operations at the Blackrock Depths must be thwarted.

This year (2012), players must be at least level 89 in order to queue in the Dungeon Finder for the encounter. When your group is formed and ready, you will be automatically teleported to the The Grim Guzzler area where Direbrew awaits.

Dungeon Finder for Coren Direbrew

WoW Achievement Guide

Direbrew initially was a level 40 seasonal boss back in vanilla WoW. Over the years and as new expansions were released, he continually evolved and became stronger: the release of Mist of Pandaria now turns him into a level 90 dungeon boss. He is quite a challenge for the many players.

The fight is not a simple tank and spank; some degree of alertness is required. The most dangerous thing to watch out is when one of the adds chuck a barrel on the tanks head, resetting his threat to zero, and consequently making Coren Direbrew switch target.

Rewards

Direbrew certainly is on par with heroic dungeon bosses but the benefit of defeating him is also great. He drops six trinkets, all of which are item level 470 and great for PVE purposes for level 90 characters.

Item Name Description
Mithril Wristwatch Spell Power/Crit
Thousand-Year Pickled Egg Intellect/Healing
Coren’s Cold Chromium Coaster Attack Power/Crit
Brawler’s Statue Dodge
Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm Stamina
Bitterest Balebrew Charm Stamina

Besides the trinkets, a treasure chest is also rewarded that has a chance to drop the following:

Item Name Description
Brewfest Prize Token Season Currency
Direbrew’s Bloodied Shanker One-Hand Dagger
Tremendous Tankard O’ Terror One-Hand Mace
Direbrew’s Remote Teleports you to the Grim Guzzler.
Great Brewfest Kodo Mount
Swift Brewfest Ram Mount

The treasure chest is only obtainable once per day, although you can still queue for the encounter to get the trinkets.

Mage Tips

To make the fight easier and quicker, make sure to use Time Warp to increase everyone’s casting and attack speed.

If you are living the potential of a mage, you will deal an enormous damage that, when the tank gets barreled, Coren will come after you. It is best to be a at distance since the beginning of the fight as one or two hits from him can deal a devastating, if not fatal, blow to you. Use any defensive skills in your arsenal (Invisibility, Ice Block, etc) when you are being targeted. Once the barrel is worn off from the tank, Coren will go back and target him once again.

Help the healer from the attacking adds if need be. In most cases, you just have to focus on the boss.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Does Your Wolpertinger Linger?

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Obtain a Wolpertinger pet.

Brewfest VendorAchievement Location

There is a quest called Catch the Wild Wolpertinger! – given by Goldark Snipehunter for Alliance – which, upon completion, offers a Wolpertinger’s Tankard item that teaches you of summoning the pet. Alternatively, the tankard can be bought from Belbi Quikswitch – the Brewfest Token Redeemer – for 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens. Both questgiver and token redeemer can be found at the Brewfest camp.

WoW Achievement Guide

Wild WolpertingerThe Wolpertinger is a real-world reference to a fictitious animal originating from Bavarian folklore. It supposedly is a small mammal with body parts (e.g., antlers, wings, tails, and fangs) from various different animals attached to it.

Stunned WolpertingerIf you are short of tokens to just buy the pet, you have no choice but to complete the quest. The effort only takes a few minutes. When you accept the quest, you are given the Wolpertinger Net for catching five of the little critters. To be able to find them roaming around the camp, you need to be drunk or totally smashed via alcohol or a simulation using the Synthebrew Goggles – an item you can ask from Goldark.

Other Notes

A simple macro would make the already easy quest even faster to accomplish:

/target Wild Wolpertinger
/use Wolpertinger Net

The Horde equivalents of the Alliance questgiver and token redeemer are Glodrak Huntsniper and Blix Fixwidget, respectively.

The achievement cannot be obtained if you obtained your pet as a battle pet that is sold from the auction house.

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