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Mists of Pandaria: August Celestials Guide
2012/08/08 at 1:10 PM
The August Celestials defend Pandaria's temples from the Sha. Each day, they'll send you to one of four temples to complete a short series of daily quests. Rewards include epic bracers, gloves, and boots as well as Reins of the Thundering August Cloud Serpent.
Justice Point and Valor Point gear no longer requires reputation and has undergone cost changes.
Players will not need Revered with
to unlock this faction.
Sunsong Ranch now has
Work Order quests
that can boost your reputation with two factions per day. You must have unlocked that faction's dailies in order to be eligible for Work Orders, which award +300 reputation. For the August Celestials, there are
Work Order: The August Celestials I
Work Order: The August Celestials II
Random dungeons and scenarios now have a "*Bonus Reputation:" line and a button that opens up your reputation panel. You'll get additional rep for completing your first scenario and dungeon of the day.
, rare spawns in coastal areas around Pandaria,
World Boss Preview: Salyis's Warband
2012/08/06 at 8:11 PM
The ruthless saurok roam Pandaria, stealing what they can and harassing the island's other inhabitants. The most infamous of these reptilian pillagers are Chief Salyis and his warband. For years, the saurok commander and his raiders have stormed through the Valley of the Four Winds atop Galleon, a colossal and well-armed mushan that is more a moving fortress than a simple mount.
Check out the Mists of Pandaria preview website and get a first glimpse at one of the two new roaming world bosses:
! These extremely powerful monsters will do everything in their power to make your life more... “interesting” as you explore the mysterious continent of Pandaria.
World bosses spawn in the open world and can be attacked by any player (un)fortunate enough to cross their paths. Salyis's Warband will be quite rare, while the expansion's other boss will appear with fairly regular frequency. But before you charge headfirst into battle, keep in mind that it will take the combined efforts of a full r
Mists of Pandaria: Shado-Pan Reputation Guide, News Round Up
2012/07/26 at 12:37 PM
Today we have a news round up on more beta class balance analysis, as well as the guild mentoring program, old raid gold nerfs, and role of beta testing. With the
for Mists of Pandaria, there's been a flurry of MoP-related posts as well, including Blizzard's very own beta key sweepstakes--they will be giving away 2,000 keys each week for five weeks.
We also have a spotlight on the Shado-Pan, a new faction in Mists of Pandaria with some epics and fun vanity rewards!
protect Pandaria from the imprisoned Sha--no small task. They are found wearing their distinctive navy-and-red armor throughout the borders of Pandaria in Kun-Lai Summit and Townlong Steppes. Rewards include some ilvl 489 epics as well as flavor items at both Honored and Exalted, such as breakable boards and mounts.
gear now costs
, existing ilvl 458 gear is now 75% cheaper, and no gear purchasable with a currency requires reputation.
Players will not need Revered with [fa
Scenario Previews: Arena of Annihilation and Greenstone Village
2012/07/25 at 1:11 PM
Two more scenarios were added in beta in this recent patch:
Arena of Annihilation
. We've got writeups and screenshots of them, as well as videos by Lore! Sceanarios also now have quests implemented, as well as reward satchels that yield ilvl 463 blues:
Cache of Powerful Armor
Greenstone village has been taken over by Jade Elementals and you will have to restore peace to the village by fending off the attacks, rescuing villages, finding their kegs, and killing vengeful sprites.
Stage 1: Rescue the Villagers:
The village has been invaded by Cursed Jade Elementals and Sassy Seedlings. The group will need to clear the town and speak to the frightened NPCs.
Stage 2: Rescue the Dojo
Beasts of Jade spawn inside the Dojo and you need to help the Brewmaster kill them.
Stage 3: Recover Burgled Barrels[/
Mists of Pandaria: Rare Elites and Vanity Items
2012/07/19 at 11:17 AM
Rare spawns are getting some huge changes in Mists of Pandaria--they'll drop unique vanity items like
Mr. Smite's Brass Compass
! These items range from vanity pets to trinkets that summon kidnapped puppies. After Cata's rares mostly dropped generic quest-level armor, we're thrilled to see a return to quirky flavor details in Mists. We farmed up as many items as we could yesterday in between covering the latest beta patch.
Every rare mob in Pandaria, known as "Pandaren champions," will drop a satchel and a medium-level piece of armor in addition to a special item. Most rares drop vanity items, which we've listed below, but a few mobs in lower-level zones drop things like
Big Bag of Linens
instead. Tracking down all the rare mobs will grant the achievement
Several of our intrepid beta users have been
farming these mobs
--be sure to check out
Glorious: Rare Elites of Pandaria
that compiles much of the found info. It's got maps of all the new rares, tabs for all the new loot and NPCs, and tips for dealing with their abilities.
Gathering Professions Preview and News Round Up: Dragon Soul 30%
2012/07/12 at 1:29 PM
Rounding out our profession previews for Mists of Pandaria, we'll look at the remaining gathering ones:
. We've gone over all the items for each profession and their drop locations, as well as the new buffs each profession offers.
Today's news round up covers a variety of topics: Dragon Soul difficulty change to 30% next week, the announcement of the new Guild Mentoring Program, more Beta Class Balance Analysis, LFR roll explanations, and Blizzard at Comic-Con.
Herbalists get a new rank of
: Uses your skill in Herbalism to absorb energy and nutrients from the earth, instantly healing minor wounds and granting 2880 haste for 20 sec. Can be used while stealthed or invisible.
is sold by Trade Supply vendors. It increases your herbalism by +10 and does not need to be equipped.
: high-level areas with water nearby: Windward Isle, Briny Muck in Dread Wastes, etc. Requires 600 skill.
: requires 550 skill, any zone, rare spawn node. Picking one gives you
Luck of the Lotus
. Also chance to be inside [it
Mists of Pandaria: Leatherworking Overview (Updated for 5.4)
2012/07/11 at 12:12 PM
This guide provides an overview of the additions and changes to Leatherworking in Mists of Pandaria.
Leatherworkers in Mists of Pandaria get powerful bracer enchants, as well as new types of BoP leg kits. They can make new PvP and PvE armor for both leather and mail users, as well as sell leg kits for all melee dps.
New to Patch 5.4, Leatherworkers can craft ilvl 476 PvP and ilvl 553 epic recipes. These recipes are learned when crafting
Hardened Magnificent Hide
, which is used for the new reagent
Hardened Magnificent Hide
Pattern: Magnificence of Leather
Pattern: Magnificence of Scales
are new world drops in 5.2. When crafting them, you have a chance to learn the recipe for a new
ilvl 458 PvP gear or ilvl 522 epic
item. There is also a new Leatherworking bag.
There are three types of leg armor kits Leatherworkers can put on their own gear for only
. These kits have more useful stat combinations than in the past. There are no more attack power kits for dps--instead there is one with agility and one with strength. These kits all require 575 skill and level 80:
Mists of Pandaria: Cooking Preview, Part 2
2012/07/10 at 11:26 AM
Since we last did a
a few months ago, there's been some new additions we wanted to share with you! We've leveled up cooking to show you the new feast models, found locations for all the cooking materials, and previewed some of the cooking vanity rewards and the story behind
Cooking School Bell
To recap the basics: cooking will be split up into six specializations in Mists of Pandaria. Leveling one will level your overall cooking, and you will learn dishes that give a specific stat buff. It is possible to level multiple specializations for achievements, and there are also new easy ways to go from 1-525 cooking in Pandaria. Our
covers the recipes for each specialization and the new low-level recipes.
The new Pandaren feasts are a departure from the serving platters of previous expansions. Instead, they are large tables with detailed tasty meals! These feasts give +250 of a primary stat normally and +275 if it matches up with your cooking specialization, except if it's
Banquet of the Brew
. You wil
Scenario Previews: Crypt of Forgotten Kings and Unga Ingoo
2012/07/07 at 10:41 AM
Lore and I have teamed up again to bring you previews of the latest scenarios on beta! We'll be looking at two very different scenarios today:
Crypt of Forgotten Kings
, which takes place in a corrupted tomb with the Sha, and
, which takes place on the beach with drunken Hozen.
They're both fairly short, and like the
, require you to be level 90 but have no spec/group requirements. You can learn more about scenarios from NPCs at your level 90 faction hubs, or queue from them via the Dungeon Finder.
Rescue Jungle Brew from the clutches of the evil hozen pirates of Unga Ingoo.
Escort Brewmaster Bo to the tropical brewing pot.
Players run around the island collecting brew. Instead of looting brew bottles, it instead shows up as a stacking buff, with a chance to "spill" over 30, which could lower the buff. Meanwhile, the hozen are arriving in ships and running up the shore to atta
Protectors of the Endless Video Preview and News Round Up
2012/07/06 at 1:10 PM
There's been a lot of Mists of Pandaria raid testing lately and today we have two more previews for you: a video by Lore of
Protectors of the Endless
and screenshots of
, a celestial dragon reminiscent of Algalon.
In today's news round up, there are even more Ghostcrawler posts on class balance that we've organized by class after the cut, clarifications on challenge mode gear scaling, and a large debate on the quality, difficulty, and quantity of available 4.3 content.
Video Preview: Protectors of the Endless
Learn all about the
Protectors of the Endless
with Lore's video taken from beta testing yesterday! This encounter requires players to kill three corrupted Jinyu bosses with different sets of abilities. We have the full Encounter Journal toggled below the video.
<h1><img class="bossicons" width="128" height="64" src="
style="float:left;padding:10px">Protectors of the Endless</h1><p>When the Sha of Fear invaded the Terrace of Endless Spring, three ve
Mists of Pandaria: Blacksmithing Overview (Updated for 5.4)
2012/07/05 at 1:47 PM
This guide provides an overview to all of the Blacksmithing additions and changes in Mists of Pandaria.
New to 5.4
Blacksmiths can make new Crafted Malevolent PvP gear (including shields), as well as ilvl 553 epics.
Blacksmiths can make
Balanced Trillium Ingot
, learnt from
Plans: Balanced Trillium Ingot and Its Uses
which is a world drop.
Balanced Trillium Ingot
can be crafted from
Balanced Trillium Ingot
once a day, which takes 1x
Accelerated Balanced Trillium Ingot
which has no cooldown and takes 1x
Spirit of War
(from DEing Siege of Orgrimmar epics).
Balanced Trillium Ingot
lets you learn a random ilvl 476 Crafted Malevolent or ilvl 553 epic pattern. These crafted PvP items look like Season 12 gear that was purchasable with
New to Patch 5.2
Blacksmiths have an
alternative way to level from 1-525 via Ghost Iron
and can craft
new weapons resembling Burning Crusade models
, such as
, for transmogrification. There are also new recipes, learned via discovery from [
News Round Up: Beta Raid Preview, Ghostcrawler Class Feedback, Tides of War
2012/07/02 at 6:54 PM
In today's news round up, we've got visual previews of the Mogu and Mantid raid bosses open for testing on beta! We also have the corresponding Encounter Journals toggled for all featured bosses.
As far as blue posts, Ghostcrawler has answered many more questions on the Beta Class Balance Analysis thread, which we've organized by topic, as well as clarified PvP Power. Blizzard also announced the release of the latest Warcraft book,
Tides of War
, which focuses on Jaina Proudmoore, and did a summer spotlight on Blackrock Mountain.
We also have a preview of the new
Collector's Edition vanity items
, so be sure to check them out!
Imperial Vizier Zor'lok
Zor'lok shrieks his proclamations so they're heard throughout the sprawling mantid palace. He is the Voice of the Empress, and his words alone inspire the insectoid race's warriors to give their lives without question. Unwaveringly loyal, Zor'lok will stop at nothing to defend his beloved matriarch, regardless of the corruption within her.
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