Wowhead's Guide to Proving Grounds: Strategies, Bestiary, and Rewards
are new solo challenges in Patch 5.4 that both allow new players to learn a new role in a comfortable setting, or seasoned players to try something difficult and competitive.
This guide will help you get through challenges for each role and covers the following:
Rewards for beating various difficulties.
Rules to keep in mind for gear scaling and instance buffs.
Bestiary details for tank, healer, and dps challenges.
Detailed breakdowns of all waves on Gold and Endless, including some charts and videos.
The detailed strategy and bestiary sections were written experienced players of each role who spent substantial time testing Proving Grounds on the PTR:
DPS: Esoth is a hunter in <Something Wicked> on Whisperwind, where he's been doing 25-man heroic progression raiding since Wrath of the Lich King. He writes the Survival Hunter thread on Elitist Jerks and maintains other WoW tracking projects on his personal blog, [url=http:\/\/www.
Timeless Isle Guide: Coins, Achievements, Maps, Rares, and More
guide covers all the BoA gear, achievements, rare spawns, and vanity items in this innovative new zone designed to keep players busy when they're not raiding. In a radical departure from previous content, this zone isn't tied to daily quests or grinding out
. Instead, players can kill numerous rare spawns for vanity items, collect
for unique items, stumble across secret events, and loot BoA epics for their alts.
This zone is a bit more free-form than past zones we've covered like our Isle of Thunder Content Guide, but we've broken down the available content into the following components for our guide:
BoA Epics: Players can loot BoA armor tokens, which can be mailed to alts and turned into ilvl 496 gear based on their loot specialization. These can be turned into ilvl 535 epics in rare circumstances, and some gear has unique transmog looks.
Rare Spawns and Events: The Timeless Isle is teeming with rare spawns of all difficulties, as well as daily and weekly events that are fun minigames.
Wowhead's Patch 5.4 Guide and Official Patch Notes
Patch 5.4 goes live on September 10th and we've got you covered so you can kill Garrosh in the
and get some epics in style! The Alliance and Horde have had enough of Garrosh's poor leadership and are storming the gates of Orgrimmar.
Besides a new 14-boss raid with a new mode of difficulty, Flex Mode, players can explore the
for vanity items and BoA epics. Plus, there's a new PvP season and players can finally finish their legendary questline to get a powerful cape!
We've got summaries of all the new content below, as well as links to blue posts and Wowhead's comprehensive PTR coverage.
Patch Notes and Overview
Players can finally kill Garrosh in the new raid,
. There are 14 bosses and LFR loot is ilvl 528, Flex 540, Normal 553, and Heroic 566.
Flex mode is a new raid type, in which players form a raid with 10-25 players and the bosses' health and damage will scale up or down. The difficulty is easier than Normal, but as it's intended to reward players for social interactions ins
Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar Preview Video
Community manager Lore has made a Patch 5.4 Overview video so you don't lose track of the major features coming tomorrow!
We'll be getting our own Patch 5.4 guide up later today as well, but for now, enjoy Blizzard's video:
We\u2019re adding a lot of new content in Patch 5.4\u2014so much, in fact, that we couldn\u2019t blame you if some of the biggest new additions managed to slip under your radar. Don\u2019t worry, though. We\u2019ve got you covered with this short video overview of Siege of Orgrimmar. Now there\u2019s no reason to feel left out in the cold. Sit back, relax, and let Community Manager Lore guide you through several of the hottest new features coming in Patch 5.4.
Patch 5.4 Battle Pet Guide: New Pets, Changes, and the Celestial Tournament
Patch 5.4 is a great patch for battle pets--in addition to new pets to collect, there's a weekly pet tournament where you can go up against Pandaria's finest!
This guide covers the following topics:
All the new battle pets, organized by source and showing their abilities and 3D models.
Details on the Celestial Tournament, including rules, enemy pet teams, and rewards.
Changes to battle pet passives.
Wowhead battle pet tools, including the battle pet team calculator and other resources and guides.
Battle Pet ability tweaks from the patch notes.
Click the cut to read the guide!
Patch 5.4: Guide to All Profession Changes and Additions
In this guide, you'll find all the upcoming profession changes coming in Patch 5.4, from
to new cosmetic glyphs!
We've also updated all of our profession guides:
Fishing and The Anglers Overview
Herbalism, Mining, and Skinning Overview
5.4 PTR Patch Notes -- Updated September 4th
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated recently--we don't have much time left before 5.4 hits, so these are pretty close to final. To learn what you can do this week to prep for the patch, check out our Patch 5.4 Prep Guide.
Here's what's new to the notes:
A section about the
has been added, with details on the raid difficulties and raid schedule.
Several heals now function like smart heals, in which the 6 most injured friendly targets within range are healed, and minor guardians are no longer targeted. Affected heals are
Click the cut to read the patch notes!
Patch 5.4: Timeless Coins Currency Preview -- Acquiring and Spending Coins
are a new currency in Patch 5.4. They can be used to purchase ilvl 496 BoA tokens, ilvl 476 epic weapons, Shaohao reputation vanity items, and more.
They can be acquired in a variety of ways, only one of which is from a daily quest. In short, if you do anything on the
, you'll most likely get some.
coverage, check out our PTR blogs:
Zone Overview: BoA Items, Battle Pets, Timeless Coins
Shaohao Reputation Preview
Legendary Questline: Timeless Isle Quests and Bosses
Celestial Pet Tournament
Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
Siege of Orgrimmar Raid Schedule
Blizzard just posted details on the
raid schedule for LFR, Flex, Normal and Heroic difficulty--something many users were curious about on our popular 5.4 Preparation Guide from yesterday. The first wing of Flex will open on launch, September 10th, while the first wing of LFR (required item level 496) will be delayed a week.
Siege of Orgrimmar Wings and Bosses:
Vale of Eternal Sorrows Gates of Retribution The Underhold Downfall
The Fallen Protectors
Spoils of Pandaria Paragons of the Klaxxi
Norushen Kor'kron Dark Shaman
Preparing for Patch 5.4 Guide: Gear Changes, Removed Content, and More!
Patch 5.4 is a week away, so today we're taking a look at things you can do to prepare for the patch--from saving your
to finishing up Battlefield Barrens! Next week we will publish our Patch 5.4 guide to all the new content, but for now we're just focusing on the changes that can impact how you play the week before.
Olivia from Talk Azeroth covers everything you can do to prepare this week in her most recent show as well:
Existing Gear Changes
In Patch 5.4, all reputation gear tied to MoP factions (except for
) will cost
and the reputation requirements will be lifted--so if you hate grinding reps and are short on VP, just wait a week to buy those items.
gear will still cost
in 5.4, but heavily discounted, so it's probably best to wait and buy those items when the patch hits. Shoulders are unaffected, as they cost gold.
Item upgrades aren't going away in 5.4--if you're not sure what to do this week, upgrade your best pieces with Valor this week, and buy the cheaper
Transmogrification Guide: All Cape Styles
Capes are the bane of transmogrification. There's so many options, they're never designed to match specific tier, and some of them cut into your cool weapons. Although there's a "show\/hide cloak" option, hiding it is the easy way out.\u00a0
With this guide, you can find the perfect cape to match the removed ones from Trial of the Grand Crusader, a crafted cape that's identical to a raid epic you've never seen, a completely unique model from a quest reward, or even a blue-quality version of your favorite tattered grey cape.
This guide is an update of our popular cape guide from Cataclysm--we've improved on it by not only organizing capes by style and length, but also by color! (Click on the toggle to view all capes of a certain color and their sources.)
If you have your legendary cape already and can't transmog your cape anymore, check out our other guides to armor transmog:
PvE and PvP Tier Armor
5.4 PTR: Build 17345, Spell Changes and More
A tiny new PTR build is coming soon--click here for the most up-to-date PTR patch notes, which were last updated on August 27th.
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