Protection Paladin Artifact Spotlight, Battle Pet Updates, Dalaran Updates
Continuing with our look at new specs on the Legion Alpha, today we have the Protection Paladin Artifact Questline and Weapon Models. Other Legion news includes Battle Pet Updates and some additions to Dalaran.
Dalaran continues to receive updates as the Legion alpha progresses:
The area for the Algalon event has been replaced by a statue of Rhonin.
The Rogue Order Hall now has an additional secret passage in the Blacksmithing building.
Aerith and Cloud are now drowning in flowers.
A Treasure Demon wanders around Dalaran--previously we've seen one in Highmountain.
Protection Paladin Artifact Questline
Below is the questline for Protection Paladins to acquire
, which was added Wednesday night. More artifact videos can be found on our
YouTube Artifact Acquisition Playlist
Below is the description when selecting Truthguard:
An ancient vrykul saga speaks of a shield crafted by Tyr himself. During the Winterskorn War it was used to expose Loken's lies to the vrykul and convert many to Tyr's cause.
The final resting place of the shield was lost to time, but rumors point to one who might know the final chapters of its story.
Hit the spoiler button for a written summary of the acquisition quest.
After you select Truthguard in
, you are sent to Howling Fjord in
to learn about Tyr.
, you need to find the grave of Gorvold, a past explorer who tried to discover the real fate of Tyr. You are sent to unearth the gravestones as Tahu Saagewind, a Sunwalker, prepares for the ritual.
Tahu Sagewind: I misjudged how long ago this happened. I will need more time to prepare myself for the ritual.
In the meantime, I have attuned this stone to the scroll Orik brought. Certain graves will glow to your mind's eye. Go to them and concentrate on the stone to see if you have found the correct grave. We want the writer himself, not a descendant or ancestor.
After several false starts, you find the spirit of Gorvold:
Gorvold: I died to ease the pain of my failure, why do you disturb me?
I must answer. I followed it across many lands and seas until I reached an island in Stormheim. There was a tomb for the kings there. For months I tried to enter the shrine, but I was not a follower of Tyr's path and was denied. I returned in disgrace and tried to cleanse my failure in the blood of others.
At this point, you head to
and begin the Artifact Scenario. This is the same area as the Protection Warrior and Beast Mastery Hunter questlines.
– Island Landing
You've arrived on the island. Meet up with Orik.
– Into the Tomb
Inside the tomb lies the Shrine of the Truthguard. Overcome any defenses and find the shrine.
– Opening the Door
Open the door.
– Shrine of the Truthguard
Enter the shrine and find the shield.
– Yrgrim's Challenge
Yrgrim, wielder of the Truthguard has challenged you to a trial by combat. Complete the trial to earn his respect.
– The Truthguard
The trial is over. Take up the Truthguard.
There are several glowing tablets you read along the way:
After the fall of Tyr, Yrgrim the Truthseeker aided his brethren in Tirisfal, ensuring their survival in the new world.
Knowing that others of his kind had fled the north, he went in search of them, hoping to find someone worthy to pass on his armaments.
Eventually he found Stormheim and strong descendants of his race. Here was a group where one might be found worthy.
On an island of stone Yrgrim built an arena. He proclaimed to his brethren that he sought a successor strong in will and body, and pure in heart. They would have to pass his trials in order to claim his weapons.
Many berserkers and dragonriders answered Yrgrim's challenge, but all met with failure and death. Yrgrim answers challenges for years until the challengers stopped coming.
Here lies Yrgrim, resolute and patient. Never bowing to the curse of the great enemy, he remains as strong as the vrykul of old.
He and his challenge await.
Dialogue when you meet Yrgrim:
I bid you greetings Opener of Doors, you are the first.
I am the champion of Tyr, and we will see if you are worthy to bear his shield.
I have waited a long time for someone like you. I sense you are the blood and have the heart. Face me in battle and we will test your strength.
I am beaten. You are worthy. If Tyr were alive ye would make you his champion. I hereby pass on Truthguard to you. Use it to defend Azeroth from its enemies.
I am tired. With a worthy successor I can finally end my vigil. Take care, champion. Always fight for truth and justice. In Tyr's name.
Orik: Amazing. I'm glad the shield is in your hands. We're going to head back to Dalaran and report to Tyrosus. If you need a ride you can take my hippogryph outside.
In We Meet at Light's Hope, you are introduced to your Order Hall and as you walk through the hall, NPCs bow down to you when they see The Silver Hand.
, Lord Maxwell Tyrosus declares you the leader of the new Order of the Silver Hand, introducing you to the gathered paladins. Lady Liadrin and Vindicator Boros give their support.
Lord Maxwell: These fine men and women need a leader. Your deeds make you the clear choice to bear that burden. Come, I will address them on your behalf.
Gathered paladins of Azeroth, you’ve come to mourn the loss of Highlord Tirion Fordring. Many of you looked to him as an idol - a paragon of what we all strive to be as paladins.
May we all take a moment of silence to pay our respects to a truly great soldier, leader, and friend. In the Light we are one, brother.
You’ve heard of the legend of <name>, the paladin proven worthy of wielding the Ashbringer and succeeding Tirion as Highlord. With <name> at our head we can be the weapon brought to bear against the Legion.
We must stand together against the coming darkness. We must stand side by side and cast aside the shackles of race and faction. We must unite as one!
The remaining quests introduce you to unlocking artifact traits, using artifact power, and selecting a questing zone:
. You also unlock the Order Hall teleport
and title .
Protection Paladin Weapon Models
This model video covers all the styles and colors for
. More model videos can be found on our
YouTube Artifact Models Playlist
All weapon styles can be added to the
Legion Dressing Room
and can be browsed on the "Appearances" tab in the
. You can also
save and share an Outfit with this artifact
- a custom transmog set!
Battle Pet Updates
The Legion Alpha build added the following pets:
has a particularly nice story behind it. Sunborne on the official forums designed a Cleansed Val'kyr pet and an elaborate questline going along with it, taking the player from Utgarde Keep to Halls of Reflection to Firelands. It's a great read and worth
The Pet Tournament in Dalaran is still incomplete but several pet fights are available.
is surfer blood elf who offers a challenge in the quest
Tournament Announcer: And in this corner, we have Bodhi Sunwayver...the shirtless guy! Why doesn't he wear a shirt? Is it being washed? Did he lose a bet? No one knows!
Bodhi Sunwayver: Sun's out! Pets out! Waves crash and I crush!
After the servers reset, another fight was available:
. Her pets are
Several Battle Pet quests were also added in this recent build to fight Grand Master Pet Tamers:
In addition, some battle pet tuning changes are coming:
We're getting close to deploying some changes to pet battles that we'll test in the Legion Alpha. We wanted to outline some of them here for you, so that you have a thread in which you can talk about this with us. As always, these are changes we're testing, subject to further change, not final, etc.
During its invulnerability round, the active Undead pet will now do -25% damage.
Now has a 1-round cooldown.
The ability to chain stun opponents (until resilience kicks in) simply feels bad. Rather than a blanket change to resilience, we're trying a surgical change to one of the more aggravating aspects.
Base Damage reduced by approximately 15%
Will now have a 5-Round cooldown, to match the other abilities with similar damage and effect.
Added 1-round cooldown
AoE abilities are very powerful in the current battle pet metagame, especially “meteor”-type abilities, which are quite effective against both groups of enemies and single targets. This should bring them closer to their intended power level.
has a bit too easy of a time damaging the entire enemy team. Though we see other setups with
, it's been too easy to AoE, and a bit too powerful among AoE pets. We are wary of opening up additional new
combos with this change, and we'll be testing this closely and reading all of your feedback.
' base stats changed: At level 25, Graves' Speed will now be 244 (was 211), Power will now be 297 (was 314), and
will now be 1587 (was 1668).
' base stats, along with the Undead racial (which favors slow pets), made him an unfortunate opponent to play against. Combined with high AoE and Consume Corpse, he had very few downsides. This change should help bring his output in-line with other, similar pets.
Overall, this constitutes a triple nerf to
. However, depending on your ability choices, you may consider the
slot swap an improvement. Please feel free to leave your feedback in this thread, and we'll be here reading (and responding where necessary).
Thank you very much!
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