News Roundup: Ghostcrawler Tweets, Patch 5.3 Tribute NPCs
5.3 Flavor NPCs
Patch 5.2 introduced some quirky world details like a
Fire Kitty disguise
, and it looks like Patch 5.3 is continuing this trend with some interesting additions. This weekend, users found several interesting NPCs added in Patch 5.3 in obscure locations!
First up there's
, the epitome of a successful classic-era rogue. She wears full
besides her. The
used to be a reward from a long LBRS questline in vanilla.
Next to her are clickable pots of
Assassin's Grade Blinding Powder
Assassin's Grade Flash Powder
that gives your character a brown crafting animation. They're references to the removed Rogue reagent
, originally needed for
, originally needed for
. Using these pots resets cooldowns on those two abilities if they've been used recently.
She can be found at 73.6, 54.4 off the coas
5.3 PTR: Build 16911 - Spell Changes and More, Blizzard's Scenario Preview
A small 5.3 PTR build is coming soon, with some changes for
. PvP Dev Holinka also clarified
now will be 50% against players, and 100% for mobs.
Blizzard also posted a lore overview this afternoon of the four new scenarios coming in Patch 5.3, as well as details on heroic scenarios. Check out our previews, including achievements and fun zone buffs like
The Secrets of Ragefire, Battle on the High Seas
Blood in the Snow, Dark Heart of Pandaria
Click the cut to see the PTR spell changes and scenario blog!
5.3 Scenarios: Secrets of Ragefire and Battle on the High Seas
scenarios tied into the main 5.3: Escalation questline
, there are two more scenarios coming in 5.3.
features the Goblin-only Gob Squad investigating mysterious disappearances in Durotar, while
is a naval battle between the Alliance and Horde.
Both scenarios feature numerous vanity touches and fun buffs like
. There's some spoilers, so we're putting the details of the scenarios behind a cut!
Check out our other 5.3 Scenario coverage:
Blood in the Snow and Dark Heart of Pandaria
Heroic Scenario Overview
Click the cut to read more about 5.3 scenarios!
News Round Up: In-Game Mistborn Tribute, Scenario Analysis
In-Game Mistborn Tribute
recently discovered a very cool tribute to the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, with
Rogues can visit
outside of Ravenholdt and copy his appearance using
while pickpocketing him.
at the bottom of Ravenholdt Manor while disguised--he'll only be visible with
. Don't mount up when heading to him, as you'll lose the disguise.
After interacting with him, he'll give you
and you'll get the buff
To get "coins" for your bag, pickpocket humanoids--you'll get between 1-4. Coins will display as a buff,
and can stack up to 50.
If you have the coin buff, you can propel yourself backwards around a zone without landing until you run out of coins--this can only be used outside. Simply target an area you'd like to move away from.
5.3 PTR: Battlefield Barrens - Scenarios, Quests, and Lore
Patch 5.3 introduces a new world event, Battlefield Barrens, that explores the conflict between the Alliance, Horde, and Garrosh. There's a ton of stuff to do and collect as part of this event--but it's only around for a limited amount of time.
To unlock this world event, which takes place in Durotar and Northern Barrens, you'll need to do several
new scenarios and a quest chain showing the underlying politics behind your faction
Once the world event is unlocked, you can collect
Kor'kron supplies through various ways
purchase vanity items and armor
Garrosh's influence can be seen in
the Valley of Spirits being shut down
, a [url=
5.3 PTR: New and Heroic Scenarios Overview
Four new scenarios and six heroic-difficulty scenarios are coming in Patch 5.3. If you're looking for something harder than dungeons but easier than Challenge Modes, Heroic Scenarios should be a good fit. Plus, in this current PTR build, you can get 0
in one, which isn't a bad deal.
In this initial preview, we'll look at the details, rewards, and UI for heroic scenarios, as well as the lore and stages for the four new scenarios. They should be testable soon on the 5.3 PTR, as Blizzard has recently
made feedback threads
for all of them.
Check out our other 5.3 Scenario coverage:
Blood in the Snow and Dark Heart of Pandaria
Secrets of Ragefire and Battle on the High Seas
Heroic scenarios should appeal to players that enjoyed learning heroic dungeons in the middle of past expansions. The basic information has been taken f
News Roundup: Blood in the Snow Scenario Introduction, Auto-Learning Flightpaths Disabled
Blood in the Snow Scenario Introduction
If you ever thought that Scenarios felt a bit abrupt and wanted more of a lore buildup--hey, here's a quest to help Vol'jin--you're in luck in Patch 5.3. Our friends at
mentioned that there was a special scene leading into one of the new 5.3 scenarios,
Blood in the Snow
, so we hopped on the PTR to check out what goes on!
You're first sent a mail by Lorewalker Cho asking you to head to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Once there, he shares with you what he just discovered about the Alliance and gives you
The King and the Council
. Varian is facing some unforeseen difficulties in making a deal with the dwarves.
We're curious to see if these lead-in quests and Lorewalker scenes will be added for additional scenarios in the future--it was pretty effective here.
Transcript and screenshots of the quest below:
Once upon a time - moments ago, in fact - a great King sought the help from a trio of powerful dwarves: The Council of Three Hammers.
The King's scouts had discovered that Zandalari tro
5.2 PTR: Final Stage of Isle of Thunder, New World Bosses
The final phase for
testing is now open on the PTR! Players can access the final single-player scenario involving the Alliance, Horde, and Shado-Pan, as well as unlocking the new world boss
, who drops the rare mount
. We've got loot tables and dungeon journals for the 5.2 world bosses below.
Final Phase: Unlocking
Upon starting this phase, you'll pick up
and speak to your faction leader to begin.
Your faction has broken into the courtyard of the
, and initially focuses on breaking down the door guarding Shan-Bu, while secretly itching to wage war on the other nearby faction. After defeating several Mogu guards, you leave your faction behind and help members of the Shado-Pan defeat
, who is flanked by Nalak.
He'll periodically cast
. Yalia is nearby to heal you and defeating Shan-Bu rewarded me with a
You don't have much time to rest though because the Alliance and the Horde are about to wage a war in the courtyard. While both sides hav
5.2 PTR: Troves of the Thunder King and Isle of Thunder Scenarios
Several single-player scenarios coming in 5.2 were recently open for testing. This includes some scenarios tied to unlocking new phases of the Isle of Thunder War Effort, but more importantly, a new scenario that lets you make hundreds of gold for 5 minutes work!
Troves of the Thunder King
Troves of the Treasure King
is a new single-player scenario in which players try to grab as much loot as they can from treasure chests before their 5 minutes are up. This is made harder by the presence of numerous challenging traps in the zone designed to attack and slow you down. In this video, Lore from
goes over the basics of what to expect.
To begin the scenario, you will need to give Taoshi a
, which can be found from
scattered around the
or looted from killing some rares.
The most common type of chest is
. This has the chance to contain:
, used to purchase reputation insignias such as [item
Isle of Thunder Preview: PvE and PvP Dailies, Troll Transmog, Single-Player Scenarios
The 5.2 PTR is up to testing Stage 2 of the Isle of Thunder questing! We last previewed it during Stage 0, so there are some new things available such as the option to choose between PvE and PvP dailies, single-player scenarios tied to each phase, and the addition of troll-themed drops like
from Zandalari mobs.
PvE or PvP Daily Quests
let you choose between PvE and PvP dailies from a battle map near your respective faction leader. The following Quest UI pops up:
PvE quests send you to various areas around the zone to battle the Mogu, Trolls, and Saurok--which we've
, along with quirky things like dps buffs and disguises.
As for PvP quests, accepting any of these quests will flag you for PvP, even on a PvE realm. These quests send you into the heart of the enemy's base and while none of them specifically ask you to kill enemy players, you'll definitely be running into them as you kill enemy g
5.2 PTR: Raid and Scenario Preview, No New Dungeons
Today's 5.2 feature covers information about upcoming encounters--raid bosses and scenarios! While some bosses have incomplete entries so far and the loot tables aren't known yet, you can still get a sense of what the encounters are like with the Dungeon Journal. We think it's pretty neat that the Dungeon Journal is deliberately vague about
, a heroic-only encounter, by saying he's instead "shrouded in mystery"--brings back a sense of player discovery.
And as there's no new 5-player dungeons planned for the rest of MoP, we've highlighted our 5.2 scenario summaries to give you a taste of upcoming small-group content.
No New Dungeons in 5.2
People who read the
5.2 PTR Patch Note Preview
may have noticed that there was no mention of new 5-player dungeons. Zarhym clarified that this was intentional, as it would disrupt the current progression model.
LFR has taken the place of dungeons for gearing-up mid-expansion. While players enjoyed
at the end of Burning Crusade, in the current raid context, it's strange for a dungeon's loot to be on par with raid gear. Players were unhappy with how 4.3 dungeon loot was compa
5.1 News: New Scenario Rewards, Old-World Boss Nerfs
Today's news round up covers new Blizzard features for scenarios and pet battles, information on just how exactly some of the old-world bosses were nerfed for soloing purposes, and insights into why LFR no longer shows you progress status when joining. We also have some information on new scenario rewards: some epics and recolored armor for transmog fun.
Updated Scenario Loot
that scenarios now have improved rewards, including ilvl 476 epics! Here's the details.
was rewarded for completing scenarios: it had a small chance to contain ilvl 463 armor with random stats.
In 5.1, players get
from completing any random scenario. This still can contain
, as well as wider variety of loot. Lucky players can find an ilvl 476 epic item or an ilvl 463 weapon, while less-lucky players get an ilvl 450 armor item.
While the 476 items have the same color scheme as the old 463 items for that role, the 450 items have a different color scheme. So if you were say a
that never had a shot at
New Vol'jin Scenario, 5.1 PTR Patch Notes Updated
The Horde is getting some new scenarios in 5.1--today we're taking a look at the new Vol'jin one,
. We previewed
two new Alliance scenarios
this past weekend, so if you're team Varian, check them out!
Patch 5.1 PTR notes were also just updated--we've included the new parts below. Of note:
Brawler's Guild invitations can now drop from select Horde and Alliance NPCs.
can now be purchased for 600
at the Conquest Quartermaster.
Level 90 players can now queue for
via the PvP tab to battle one another in these epic conflicts.
Vol'jin is ordered by the Horde to investigate the origins of the Saurok. He's not too happy to discover that the Mogu created them from dark magic, but Garrosh's loyal guards are thrilled by this discovery--they want to create an army of corrupted warriors, similar to the Mogu.
5.1 PTR: New Alliance Scenarios - Lion's Landing, A Little Patience
The latest PTR patch opened up new scenarios for the Alliance and the Horde. Today we'll take a look at the two Alliance ones--"A Little Patience" and "Lion's Landing." In these scenarios, you help the Alliance defeat the Horde, in spite of being at a disadvantage, by using teamwork and organization.
, the Alliance find their base under attack by the Horde. Players work with SI:7 and other Alliance NPCs from Jade Forest questlines to defeat them.
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New Scenario: Assault on Zan'vess, Blizzard Analyzes LFR
Today's news covers two aspects of WoW that are designed to be easily accessible for many players: Scenarios and LFR. We have a preview of a new scenario on the PTR, as well as a ton of blue posts discussing players' perceptions behind LFR.
Assault on Zan'vess
Recently, a new scenario was open for testing on the 5.1 PTR,
Assault on Zan'vess
. For everyone complaining that scenarios feel a bit easy, this one should be a welcome challenge. The mobs hit hard, pulling additional groups can be lethal, and coordination is actually required on bosses.
This scenario appears to change based on your faction, as Alliance players start off on their gunship and kill a Horde commander later on.
Stage 1: Join the Assault
Players land on top of their faction's gunship, and are told to join in the assault by getting on one of the gyrocopters.
Stage 2: Defenses of Zan'vess
You're asked to fly over Zan'vess and destroy the sonic shield, which is maintained by several generators around the island. As your character makes loops around the island, you can bomb the control towers as well as shielding yourself from enemy fire. You'll also n
Battle of Theramore Arrives Three Weeks From Today
Just an important reminder as today's huge patch day descends upon us that the Battle of Theramore will not be in this patch--Blizzard instead has confirmed it will be available on the 18th of September which is three weeks from today.
scenario will be available to level 90 players in Mists of Pandaria, it will only be open to level 85s for this one week.
There will be faction-specific Feats of Strength for participating in this event at level 85:
Event rewards have been added:
for Alliance and
The Battle of Theramore, the first of many Scenarios coming to World of Warcraft, is a story-changing event that will be available to level-85 characters for one week only -- the week leading up to the launch of Mists of Pandaria on September 25.
For the duration of the week of September 18-24, level-85 characters will be able to queue up for and participate in the Alliance and Horde versions of this new Scenario with two friends. (Please note: if friends are not available to you at the time, two will be
Scenario Previews: Arena of Annihilation and Greenstone Village
Two more scenarios were added in beta in this recent patch:
Arena of Annihilation
. We've got writeups and screenshots of them, as well as videos by Lore! Sceanarios also now have quests implemented, as well as reward satchels that yield ilvl 463 blues:
Cache of Powerful Armor
Greenstone village has been taken over by Jade Elementals and you will have to restore peace to the village by fending off the attacks, rescuing villages, finding their kegs, and killing vengeful sprites.
Stage 1: Rescue the Villagers:
The village has been invaded by Cursed Jade Elementals and Sassy Seedlings. The group will need to clear the town and speak to the frightened NPCs.
Stage 2: Rescue the Dojo
Beasts of Jade spawn inside the Dojo and you need to help the Brewmaster kill them.
Stage 3: Recover Burgled Barrels[/
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
Scenario Previews: A Brewing Storm and Brewmoon Festival
Lore and Perculia have teamed up to give an in-depth preview of the scenarios available for testing. This first batch of scenarios centers around the Brewmasters--a group of Pandaren who take their craft very seriously and end up in the strangest predicaments on their quests for the perfect ingredients.
Currently, you must be level 90 with a minimum ilvl of 425 to queue for scenarios. You can queue up for them using the dungeon finder, either for random or specific ones.
Summary of A Brewing Storm
Up on Thunderpaw Peak, you have to help Blanche Boomer finish making her famous brew. It can only be completed in the rain, which unfortunately is the perfect weather for enraged Saurok, a race of ancient lizards created by the Mogu solely for the purpose of fighting. This scenario is very fast, with three short phases and a NPC that helps tank and heal.
You'll start the encounter by extinguishing kegs on fire and killing waves of Saurok as Blanche completes the brewing process over the course of several minutes. Blanche helps you out b
Jaina and Theramore Scenario Spoilers, New Warlock Pet Sounds and Emotes
included a lot of sound files for the Theramore scenario that's been talked about since BlizzCon. So if you want to hear Jaina in all her fury, look no further! Naturally,
this post contains a lot of spoilers
, so tread lightly and don't watch them if you don't want to be spoiled.
The patch also included completely new voice overs for all of the Warlock's pets. They're really ridiculous--including tons of jokes and overacting--and worth listening to. These pets and their emotes will all come from
talent that Warlock's will get in Mists of Pandaria.
Theramore Scenario Spoilers
New Warlock Pet Emotes
Theramore Scenario Quotes
My marines are already on shore holding the harbor entrance. You have your orders. Do your jobs and return safely. The eyes of Hellscream are upon you!
The ships are aflame! Troops, to the harbor!
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