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
Protectors of the Endless Video Preview and News Round Up
There's been a lot of Mists of Pandaria raid testing lately and today we have two more previews for you: a video by Lore of
Protectors of the Endless
and screenshots of
, a celestial dragon reminiscent of Algalon.
In today's news round up, there are even more Ghostcrawler posts on class balance that we've organized by class after the cut, clarifications on challenge mode gear scaling, and a large debate on the quality, difficulty, and quantity of available 4.3 content.
Video Preview: Protectors of the Endless
Learn all about the
Protectors of the Endless
with Lore's video taken from beta testing yesterday! This encounter requires players to kill three corrupted Jinyu bosses with different sets of abilities. We have the full Encounter Journal toggled below the video.
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style="float:left;padding:10px">Protectors of the Endless</h1><p>When the Sha of Fear invaded the Terrace of Endless Spring, three ve
Mists of Pandaria: Blacksmithing Overview (Updated for 5.4)
This guide provides an overview to all of the Blacksmithing additions and changes in Mists of Pandaria.
New to 5.4
Blacksmiths can make new Crafted Malevolent PvP gear (including shields), as well as ilvl 553 epics.
Blacksmiths can make
, learnt from
which is a world drop.
can be crafted from
once a day, which takes 1x
which has no cooldown and takes 1x
(from DEing Siege of Orgrimmar epics).
lets you learn a random ilvl 476 Crafted Malevolent or ilvl 553 epic pattern. These crafted PvP items look like Season 12 gear that was purchasable with
New to Patch 5.2
Blacksmiths have an
alternative way to level from 1-525 via Ghost Iron
and can craft
new weapons resembling Burning Crusade models
, such as
, for transmogrification. There are also new recipes, learned via discovery from [
News Round Up: Fireworks in Azeroth Today, 5.0.1 PTR Coming Soon
The Midsummer Fire Festival comes to an end very soon, and Azeroth is celebrating with fireworks today! Besides hourly evening firework shows, there are also special festive NPCs in major cities that have set up tables with mugs and kegs--if you /dance with them, they'll give you
and +10% to all stats. Meanwhile, the goblin guards in Booty Bay are all asleep.
Holiday fireworks vendors in capital cities sell a variety of interesting types like
, as well as exclusive accessories like
which can only be bought today.
by the Alliance flight master in Booty Bay.
in Stormwind's Trade District.
in Orgrimmar's Drag.
in the Ratchet inn.
Midsummer Fire Festival Ends with a Bang
Mists of Pandaria: Black Market Auction House
Always wanted Tier 3 gear for transmog or never got
to drop? You're in luck now, with the Black Market Auction House.
The BMAH was designed to be a fun type of gold sink--where rare items are periodically generated and placed on a special Auction House for players to bid on. Players cannot list items themselves; instead, they are generated by the server and "listed" by an in-game NPC. The AH is "run" by
Rare mounts, vanity pets, TCG items, Tier 3 armor, and epic recipes will find their way to the Black Market Auction House, and more controversially,
heroic raid epics will also be available
. While not many items will be up per week, it does raise concerns that raiders will be forced to buy armor with gold to help progression, which will put an emphasis on gold farming and change the server culture and economy. There's also some ilvl 483 PvP items for sale as well.
Bids start in the - range and there is no buyout option. The sky is the limit when competing against other collectors for items.
News Round Up: Beta Raid Preview, Ghostcrawler Class Feedback, Tides of War
In today's news round up, we've got visual previews of the Mogu and Mantid raid bosses open for testing on beta! We also have the corresponding Encounter Journals toggled for all featured bosses.
As far as blue posts, Ghostcrawler has answered many more questions on the Beta Class Balance Analysis thread, which we've organized by topic, as well as clarified PvP Power. Blizzard also announced the release of the latest Warcraft book,
Tides of War
, which focuses on Jaina Proudmoore, and did a summer spotlight on Blackrock Mountain.
We also have a preview of the new
Collector's Edition vanity items
, so be sure to check them out!
Imperial Vizier Zor'lok
Zor'lok shrieks his proclamations so they're heard throughout the sprawling mantid palace. He is the Voice of the Empress, and his words alone inspire the insectoid race's warriors to give their lives without question. Unwaveringly loyal, Zor'lok will stop at nothing to defend his beloved matriarch, regardless of the corruption within her.
Mists of Pandaria: Enchanting Overview (Updated for 5.4)
Continuing with our profession previews, Enchanting has a bunch of powerful enchants on beta, including some interesting weapon procs. We leveled up enchanting this past weekend to preview all of the new perks, materials, and enchants for you!
Mists of Pandaria enchants require ilvl 372 or higher items--easily obtained from questing or vendors. Most of the materials can easily be obtained from disenchanting quest, crafting, and heroic rewards.
New to 5.4
is a new enchanting material added in 5.4. It is obtained from DEing
gear that were formerly
reputation epics, as well as new
ilvl 476 PvP recipes added in 5.4
is a new material from disenchanting Tier 16 raid epics.
BoP Ring Enchants have been upgraded in Mists of Pandaria. They each only take 2x
: Permanently enchants your ring to increase Agility by 160. Requires a level 372 or higher item.
: Permanently enchan
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Vale of Eternal Blossoms
, a zone for max-level players, is the seat of the Pandaren empire. Sealed shut for many years, it's open to travelers for the first time after completing Xuen, the White Tiger's trials, in
. It is the location of the Alliance and Horde major faction hubs in Pandaria, as well as daily quests with
's archaeology hub, not to mention the dungeon
The faction hubs are very elaborate--Blizzard said they wanted them to make Dalaran look simple in comparison, and they achieved that! The faction hubs have all the amenities of major cities, as well as floors dedicated to introducing players to the level-90 Pandaren factions and scenarios with breadcrumb quests.
Between the Alliance and Horde settlements is Mogu'Shan Palace, the heart of the original Mogu empire. There are two points of interest here: the Lorewalkers and Mogu'Shan Palace, a 5-player dungeon.
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News Round Up: Account-Wide Mounts, Beta Raid Preview, No Level 90 Premades
In today's news round up, Blizzard confirmed that UI addons will be enabled in the next beta build, and that many expensive and multi-seat mounts like
will be account-wide in Mists of Pandaria--great news for players that purchased mounts and then switched mains! We also have some new posts from Ghostcrawler from the Beta Class Balance Analysis thread, this time on Moonkins, Hunters, and Ignite-like mechanics, as well as a preview of the new TCG set.
In addition, we have a preview of the Mogu'Shan Vaults raid testing from June 25th, as well as the Encounter Journal. If you're interested in trying out these raids, you'll have to level up to 90 yourself instead of waiting for premades--Blizzard stated yesterday that they won't be available anytime soon. There are two more bosses scheduled for testing today as well.
On June 25th, both
Gara'jal the Spiritbinder
The Spirit Kings
were open for testing in
. We were able to test
The Spirit Kings
and have the the full Encounter Journal for both bosses in 10-player mode (with some heroic abilities) under the cut.
The Spirit Kings
is a council-style boss, with four Mogu enemies. You fight them one at a
Mists of Pandaria: Jewelcrafting Overview (Updated for 5.4)
This guide takes a look at the additions and changes to Jewelcrafting in Mists of Pandaria. In addition to numerous new gem cuts, Jewelcrafting got some interesting vanity items, like mounts and pets.
are new world drops in 5.2.
and can only be made once a day. It creates
, which contains a rare-quality Pandaren uncut gem, and also a very low chance at
. Formerly, these battle pet recipes were only found in
from Golden Lotus dailies.
allows Jewelcrafters to create uncut
--formerly, only Alchemists could make them. This requires
and 5 of each uncut uncommon Pandaren gem.
In Mists of Pandaria, learning rare recipes is a bit different than in past expansions, where you would complete daily quests like
for tokens, which were then used to purchase recipes.
Instead, you'll choose from six types of discovery recipes based on the color of
News Round Up: Mogu'Shan Vaults Raid Testing, Rocket Mounts, Ghostcrawler Class Feedback
Today's news round up has a ton of class feedback by Ghostcrawler, as well as a preview of Mists of Pandaria's first raid open for testing and some new mounts!
New Rocket Mounts
The two mounts we featured in our
--are now automatically learned by all players in the most recent beta patch. Enjoy the ride while you can before you'll need an Engineer to craft them:
The Stone Guard encounter in
was open for testing at 10:30 and 16:30 PDT, on 10-player mode. The official feedback thread is
There are four guardians:
. Three out of the four are present each week in 10-player and Raid Finder difficulty. The guardians come to life when they are within 12 yards of another guardian, gaining energy and dealing massive AoE damage to all enemies when they reach
Mists of Pandaria: New Cosmetic Glyphs
Many cosmetic glyphs have been added recently to beta, especially for Monks and Priests! We've taken screenshots of them all for you. Be sure to check out our
more spell animations
One particularly fun minor glyph is
, which can be cast on any friendly target and rewards you with whispers like "I go into dungeons not to make Azeroth a better place, but just for loot." and "I have "borrowed" things from my guild bank." Other minor vanity glyphs include mages getting pets to match their specs, hunters shooting fireworks, and shaman turning into spectral wolves.
, a large Tauren who sells all glyphs for your class, has been moved from Temple of the Jade Serpent to Stormwind, Orgrimmar, and Valley of the Four Winds.
: Teaches you the ability Fireworks. Launch fireworks from your gun, bow or crossbow.
Hunter Fireworks Blue Dots (DND)
Hunter Fireworks Red Streak (DND)
Hunter Fireworks Roman Candle (DND)
News Round Up: Purchasable Raid Epics on the Black Market Auction House
The Black Market Auction House was a hot topic today for blue posters--after beta players noticed that raid-quality epics will be occasionally up for sale in addition to rare/removed mounts and pets. Since some wealthy players pay guilds for mounts/titles already, some players think this isn't a big deal, but others think it changes the character of the game. One of these heroic items is up for sale currently, so we added a screenshot on beta:
In other news, Ghostcrawler recently addressed Death Knights, Hunters, Rogues, and Paladins on beta. The new TCG deck was released and there's also a feature on PrintWarcraft's custom T-shirts!
Black Market Auction House
No one should count on this even being close to a viable option for gearing up a character. If you can raise that kind of gold in the game, you're going to have much better success paying your way into raids for gear than hoping the right items appear for you in the black market AH (which doesn't include set pieces), hoping you can afford to outbid everyone else on your realm, and hoping you're the