Challenge Mode Guide: Rewards, Narrated Videos, Rules, and Useful Items
Today's weekend guide covers Challenge Modes, a new type of dungeon introduced in Mists of Pandaria.
They're a great way to cap
, not to mention learning more about your class outside of a raid setting. You can also get a ton of achievement points and unique rewards along the way!
In this guide, we've previewed all the rewards you can achieve, from transmog gear to mounts, and gone over special gearing and zone rules. We've also included links to helpful walkthrough videos of each zone as well as Blizzard's realm leaderboards. Finally, we made a list of unconventional items that can help shave off seconds on your run, such as
for crowd control.
Click the cut to read the guide!
Challenge Mode Overview
Challenge Modes are timed instance runs in which your gear is scaled down to ilvl 463. This ensures that running these instances will be challenging even in later tiers--you can't outgear it. In addition, the pulls are more complex than on Heroic mode, and mobs do much more damage.
There are three tiers of rewards: Gold, Silver, and Bronze, which are obtained based on how quickly you complete the zone. We've listed these rewards below, which include mounts, titles, teleports, and transmoggable armor with special effects.
Mechanisms have been added to prevent skipping trash, primarily a requirement that you kill a minimum number of trash mobs to complete the zone.
Challenge Modes are an efficient way to get
. There are
daily challenge mode quests
that reward between 60 and 80
. This is on top of the additional amounts of
you get for completing a timed run: 5
for Gold, 0
for Silver, 5
All nine new dungeons added in Mists of Pandaria have challenge mode versions. We've listed the qualifying Gold, Silver, and Bronze times below, as well as a very helpful series of videos by
in which he explains the thought process and strategy used throughout a Gold run of each zone. You can click on the links or the images to see the videos on YouTube (all are available in 1080p), and the full playlist is
Gate of the Setting Sun Narrated Video
Mogu'shan Palace Narrated Video
Scarlet Halls Narrated Video
Scarlet Monastery Narrated Video
Scholomance Narrated Video
Shado-Pan Narrated Video
Siege of Niuzao Narrated Video
Stormstout Brewery Narrated Video
Temple of the Jade Serpent Narrated Video
There are a variety of rewards for completing Challenge Modes at Gold, Silver, and Bronze times. There are also achievements for simply completing each zone, as well as completing them with Bronze, Silver, and Gold times. Full list of Challenge Mode achievements is
Gold Reward: Transmog Gear
, you'll get a full eight-piece set of epic transmoggable gear.
These armor sets have unique visual procs when casting certain spells--we've included links to Blizzard's videos documenting these effects.
This gear is initially mailed upon completion of the achievement--if you've lost it, you can buy it back from
Lich Lord Plate
Howling Beast Set
Armor Proc Videos:
Note: The Druid set in the Modelviewer displays neon green planes instead of the glowing set details.
Elemental Triad Regalia
Regal Lord Armor
Holy Warrior Plate
Armor Proc Videos:
Silent Assassin Armor
Golden King Plate
Armor Proc Videos:
Gold Reward: Teleport
When getting the Gold achievement for completing a particular instance, you will get a teleport spell to that dungeon. All teleport spells are on a shared 8 hour cooldown and reset when a Challenge Mode has been successfully completed.
The teleport rewards are pretty convenient with
Have Group Will Travel
gone. Here's a list below:
Silver Reward: Mount
rewards you with a Phoenix Mount.
will be mailed to you. It is used to redeem one of the following mounts from
These mounts are
account-wide, so choose wisely when selecting a reward! Each character can only ever have one mount.
Click the images to view them in our 3D Flash Modelviewer!
Bronze Reward: Title
rewards the title
Any item above ilvl 463 are scaled down to ilvl 463; items that are 463 or below are not affected or scaled up.
Any trinket of ilvl 463 or higher is a valid choice because of the wide selection of unique procs, so you have a wide array of trinkets to consider compared to armor.
For specs with hit, you remain hit capped even in downgraded gear.
Tier set bonuses are not active, and neither are
Stats from consumables, enchants, other gems, and profession bonuses are not reduced.
It is currently unknown how scaling effects on
5.2 legendary metagems
cannot be used in a Challenge Mode.
If you release, you get rezzed at the instance's entrance.
Unlike other dungeons, Challenge Modes can be reset as many times as you like (the group leader will have a special menu option that sends you back to the beginning, respawns the zone, and resets the timer). There is no hourly cap or daily lockout.
Bosses do not drop loot and gear does not take a durability loss.
You cannot swap party members without exiting and fully resetting the zone.
All class cooldowns longer than 3 minutes reset when you reset the zone, as well as item cooldowns like
does not reset though.
You can respec/reglyph during the run, as long as you're out of combat.
In addition to the usual consumables, there are several items that can be quite useful in Challenge Modes:
Grants Invisibility for 18 seconds.
Can only be used out of combat.
Any action ends the invisibility, so make sure to use speed boosts like
before activating your potion.
Usually used once per zone to skip the maximum allowed number of trash mobs.
If you have a Rogue,
can be used instead, which doesn't put your other potions on a long cooldown.
This is the cheaper version of
which is sometimes sufficient.
It is taught by Alchemy trainers at 165 skill.
"Permanently attaches thousands of tiny mirrors to your belt, allowing you to attempt to turn invisible while out of combat."
Lasts 15 seconds, on a 3 minute cooldown.
Requires 450 Engineering to use. Reagents are
In past expansions, it appears there was a chance for the invisibility to break early. This seems to have been removed in MoP.
Consider having this on an extra belt and
on your main belt if an Engineer.
Gives all members of the raid or group the Blessing of Forgotten Kings, increasing Strength, Agility, and Intellect by 4% for 30 min.
Useful if you don't have a Druid, Monk, or Paladin in the group.
Any player can use the drums. It is crafted by Leatherworkers with at least 450 skill.
Increases Stamina by 8% for all party and raid members for 1 hour.
Any player can use the scrolls. It is crafted by scribes with at least 580 skill.
Useful if you don't have a Priest, Warlock, or Warrior.
Allows you to eat/drink twice as fast as regular food (the tooltip is incorrect).
Requires Honored with
Will not break if you are pulled into combat.
Stuns you when you use it, so you will need to click off buff to stand up.
Not usable in combat.
If you are doing practice runs and want cheap food, this restores the most mana without overriding your stat food buffs.
It is now sold by many vendors in Patch 5.1.
Permanently attaches a specialized folding assembly to a cloak, allowing you to deploy a goblin glider and fall slowly for 30 sec.
On a five minute cooldown, requires 500 Engineering to use.
Greatly increases run speed for 5 seconds. Your runspeed is increased to 250%, which stacks
multiplicatively with other runspeed talents
Can be activated every 3 minutes and requires 400 Engineering to use.
Increases movement speed of nearby party members by 15%. Lasts 30 sec, 2 minute cooldown.
Requires Leatherworking 340 to use.
Recipe is obtained by reaching Honored with
Materials are very easy to get: 6x
for 50 drum charges.
3 second root that also deals fire damage.
Can be used up to 35 yards away, on a 1 minute cooldown.
Requires Tailoring 425 to use, costs 6x
-- fire damage
CCs the target for one minute, or until damage is taken. 5 minute cooldown.
, a rare in
Uncapped AoE of around 40,000 per target. 1 second cast, 1 minute cooldown. Usable by all players.
Schematic trained by Engineers at 525. Materials are 2x
This is also commonly found in
Does additional damage against
with the buff
Can be obtained during a normal-mode run of
, all players can loot
and fill it with the acid potion on the table.
Lets you aggro everything in 40 yards easily, on a 2 minute cooldown.
This item is not a trinket--it does not need to be equipped to be used.
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Very nice guide been wanting to do challenge mode for a long time but hard to find group. Really want the teleport spells
Awesome guide :)
Please note: G91 Landshark shares a cooldown with pots!
I must say I find
much more thorough, though I do thank you very much for the
note which is missing in the other.
You have "updated" this for 5.4 according to the note, but if that is the case there are some items you have missed:
You have not put in that
counts as a potion like Xinaro wrote mid-summer - which means a clear dps loss to use (imo it shouldn't even be on a list for what you need for CM - unless to warn NOT to use it).
It is no longer "currently unknown how scaling effects on 5.2 legendary metagems will work" - they are disabled and people should get hold of an old hat to stuff a normal meta in it, or they will basically run it without any meta-effect at all.
After that you should probably note that the legendary cloak effect is also disabled, but it remains a good cloak for CM's due to it having a socket.
Great guide except that:
1. Goblin Glider is 3 minute cool down.
2. Nitro-boost is not 250% speed it is +150% of you current speed, for example if I use a speed up for +100% my speed will be 200% so it will be +300% so 500% speed!
Nitro boosts are awesome but unfortunately engi only :(
Need to update this guide to reflect the announced change to the Phoenix reward. That being, if you've earned one, when the CM season ends you will have all four, and they will be account-wide.
Here's a spreadsheet that provides a list of gear that is believed to be BiS for Challlenge Mode content:
World of Warcraft: Challenge Mode BiS List
It also has some valuable information about
macros and WeakAuras
in Challlenge Modes.
Tracking and taking advantage of trinket procs will help a lot for DPS classes. Here's a WeakAuras display that includes the
trinket, enchant, and profession procs
that I use for CMs. It should be easy enough to duplicate the icons I've made to add in any trinkets not already tracked.
Path of the... lands you in/at... in or near...
Black Ox Townlong: 36, 84 Isle of Thunder
MoP Valor/Justice QM
Necromancer W Plaguelands: 70, 75
Scarlet Mitre/ Trisfal: 85, 30 Scarlet Monastery
Setting Sun Vale: 16, 77 MoP Honor/Conquest QM
Mogu King Vale: 80, 34 MoP players' hubs
MoP Archaelogy QM
Shado-Pan Kun-lai: 37, 49
Stout Brew Valley: 36, 66 Halfhill Farms
Jade Serpent Jade Forest: 56, 58
out of mana to quick on resto
If one earns Conqueror Silver or Gold, are the rewards for the lower achievements (Bronze and Silver, respectively) awarded automatically as well?
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