Mists of Pandaria: Shado-Pan Reputation Guide, News Round Up
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
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: Challenge Modes
For the current Challenge Mode guide as of Patch 5.1,
If seeing Dragon Soul nerfed every month isn't your thing, Challenge Modes in Mists of Pandaria may be more your style. Similar to
, you'll beat bosses without overgearing them, getting special vanity prizes like unique transmog armor as rewards.
Challenge Modes are timed heroic instance runs, done in low ilvl gear. Any gear worn above ilvl 463 will be scaled down.
Gear will retain all hit and expertise, so players can remain capped. Stats that will be scaled down are secondary ones.
There are three tiers of achievements and rewards, listed below: gold, silver, and bronze.
Once players have beaten all the gold achievements, they have access to a
allow players to filter by instance, time, and by guild.
Inspiration for challenge modes: timed Stratholme runs and the original Zul'Aman run for th
News Round Up: MoP Tabard Preview, Character Transfer Sale, PTR Soon
The latest beta patch introduced all the tabards for the Mists of Pandaria factions--they blow tabard designs from past expansions out of the water. Unlike past expansions, tabards will not be the first thing players buy at Friendly for reputation gains. Instead, they will be vanity rewards only available at Exalted, just like tabards in Burning Crusade.
Click on the images to view them in our 3D Modelviewer!
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Mists of Pandaria: Rare Elites and Vanity Items
Rare spawns are getting some huge changes in Mists of Pandaria--they'll drop unique vanity items like
! 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
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.
News Round Up: New Recruit-a-Friend Mount
There's a new mount players can get this week, via Recruit-a-Friend:
. This mount replaces the
as the reward you get when the recruited player pays for the second full month of game time. It transforms you into a flying panther that can carry the recruit on your back! Check out the 3D model below:
There are also two 10-player heroic encounters open for testing on beta today. Check out our past coverage of these bosses featuring the Encounter Journal and screenshots!
Will of the Emperor
In today's news round up, there's also more class balance analysis posts and the ongoing debate on challenging content in Cataclysm continues. And as a reminder,
is now 30% in Dragon Soul this week.
Click the cut to see all the blue posts!
Mists of Pandaria: New Mounts
There are many new mounts in store in Mists of Pandaria, from cloud serpents to water striders that walk on water. Since we've been datamining a few new mounts and models every patch, we thought it would be good to list them all in one place. Remember to click on the images to view them on our 3D modelviewer!
The following three mounts require
Exalted, which will be a month-long reputation grind in the style of the Winterspring Frostsaber.
requires Exalted with
and costs .
is purchasable from guild vendors upon clearing all Tier 14 content.
is a reward for completing
is the reward from
will probably be celestial, in the style of Algalon/Elegon.
: Small chance to be inside the loot satchel upon killing the world boss
: Reward from the quest
is the new rare spawn mount for Pandaria. I
Gathering Professions Preview and News Round Up: Dragon Soul 30%
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
. Also chance to be inside [it
Mists of Pandaria: Leatherworking Overview (Updated for 5.4)
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
, which is used for the new reagent
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
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
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
. You wil
News Round Up: Pandaren Phoenix Mount, Beta Raid Video Preview
In today's news round up, we've got video and screenshot previews of four new raid encounters: Tsu'long, Sha of Fear, Lei Shi, and Blade Lord Ta'yak. We also discovered beta players now learn
It's been quieter than usual for blue posters, but there's some feedback about Challenge Modes as well as a few more Beta Class Analysis posts.
is the model used for the "Pandaren Phoenix" Challenge Mode mount reward, and it's now automatically learned by all players on beta. The animations seem a bit rushed so far, but it's always nice to see a new model instead of a reskinned mount. We recently datamined four colors of this mount model, which we've included below too: click on the images to view them in our 3D Model Viewer!
Pandaren phoenix mount (green)[/mo
Scenario Previews: Crypt of Forgotten Kings and Unga Ingoo
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
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