Wowhead Weekly #56, Mystery Items in WoW
Wowhead Weekly #56 covers Hallow's End, more info on the Wowhead BlizzCon Party, 6.2.3 Valor Points, Wrath Timewalking, and more!
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Referenced articles include:
Wowhead BlizzCon Party RSVP and Info Page
Wowhead Party Pins and Virtual Ticket Giveaway
Terky Murloc Pet
Hallow's End 2015 Guide
Valor in Patch 6.2.3
Wrath Timewalking Guide
Mystery Items in WoW
As discussed on the show,
was added to the game weeks before players discovered it. Here's a look at other fun mystery items, and some things Blizzard does to obscure items from players.
As Game Designer Muffinus tweeted, he started experimenting with obscure items during Patch 5.2:
is an item druids could loot from
near Staghelm's portal in
which turned them into a fire kitty. It took players
over a month
to discover it, and was very popular once announced.
is a rogue-only toy that involved Ravenholdt Manor,
. It too took several weeks to be discovered after the patch went live.
During the Warlords beta, the
to discover how to tame the exotic pet
. They looked through the Wowhead data for items with similar IDs and made educated guesses on where they were from. They later
worked together in 6.2
to discover how to tame the
Another Warlords example is the
. This mount was teased in a Patch 6.1 video preview as a difficult mount to obtain, but it took players a few days on live servers to discover how the portals worked. It was not found during the 6.1 PTR.
There are other ways Blizzard tries to prolong surprises in the data.
There have been NPCs added into the game with misleading names that are later changes to the correct names. For example, all of the rare spawns in Draenor that drop mounts originally had Silithus-themed names. Special battle pets like
were originally unused Gronnling mounts with placeholder abilities, and the Heroes of the Storm pet
was originally "My Special Pet."
Some items that show up in the data are also unused for several patches. For example,
were added during the Warlords beta, but were only obtainable as rare spawns in Patch 6.2. The
toys, obtainable in 6.2.2, originally showed up as non-toy tonk controllers during the beta and were mostly-forgotten about when Warlords went live.
Most times unused items are forgotten about, but a few do catch on among the community. For example,
and the disguises were added months ago, but only went live last week.
There are several unused items currently that are interesting:
: Equip your Inflatable Thunderfury. Also has the
: Toy from beta that didn't make it to live--there were flowers on the beta you could interact with and trigger a short random event.
There are several unused mount recolors such as
. They may pop up in a later patch as some mounts get added years before appearing in-game, like
is a toy from the unused quest
: Added during Warlords' beta, this item would let you strike a celebratory pose.
Do you think we'll see some of these added in the future? Any other unused items or achievements you'd like to see in game?
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