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Feb + Aug – Free WoW Spirit of Eche’ro Moose Mount!!

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This archaeology mount is only available twice a year (in February and August), via a quest “Laying to Rest” offered in Legion Dalaran, and the quest is only open for 2 week each time.

Check at the archy trainer in Legion Dalaran or check Wowhead news in mid Feb/Aug to see when the quest is up that month and be sure to turn the quest back in before it expires to get the mount.

It is a spirit moose, and now a flying mount. Looks just like the spirit moose rare hunter pet so a great combo! And it fits well in Shadowlands. If you missed out on other moose mounts then move on this one! If you are into RP it is Huln’s mount Eche’ro who helps you in the Huln Highmountain scenarios in Highmountain in the Legion questline.

Once you pick up the quest from the archy trainer in Legion Dalaran, you need to get 600 bone fragments from archaeology digs in Highmountain and then turn the quest back in to her before it expires and the mount is yours.  The bones drop along with regular archy shards on each dig, plus every 10 digs or so you fight a ghostly HM tauren Angry Spirit for 13-15 more bones.

Having done it on two tanks, it takes about 2-3 hours or so of digging. Once accepting the quest, dig sites in HM will spawn continuously for the alt with the quest (usually in mob piles of basilisks, drogbar, jormungar serpents, Ettins and harpies but at Legion 110 (now 45 in SL) or above is easy). Feel free to ignore a site you dislike as it will spawn more as long as you complete at least one site that is up.

Quick Tip: WoW BFA Live: Train Your Gathering ASAP!!

Unlike some previous expansions, you can’t just go off and quest and pick herbs or mine in BFA.

Like old Vanilla WoW, you need to train BFA professions before you can use them. All professions. Including herbalism, mining, skinning.

If you don’t pay your 50g per profession and train, you will not see the nodes / plants in game. I trained each alt on all their professions in Boralus / Dazar’alor as all trainers are close together. I can change out professions later if I want.

A side effect it seems of splitting profession leveling by expansion rather than having one set of 950 levels across all xpacs. This is different from Legion / WoD / MoP where if you had the profession previously, you could go out and gather and get petals / shards / dust and a quest to go get trained.

Another side effect is a nasty bug on last week’s 8.0.1 pre-patch DarkMoon Faire (DMF) where max level characters near the top of a Legion profession’s levels couldn’t use the profession quest in DMF to get remaining levels. No levels were awarded on completion of the quests. Happened to me on alts that were 106/115 (racial profession), 97/100, 99/100. on several professions Hopefully that gets fixed as some Legion professions had problems reaching 100 without DMF quests for final points. Baby characters (allied races) leveling had no problems getting the +5 levels boost on DMF quests.

Free Legendary for Each 110 Character!!

Hey, I am posting this quickly as this is real, I just got it for all my 110 level characters, and I do not know if it is TIME LIMITED to July 24 2018?!

There are 1000 Wakening Essences and a Mythic 2 Keystone waiting for your 110 toon in their class hall weekly Mythic chest!

Video at WowSoloist Youtube

Since that chest disappears on looting and reappears at reset every Tuesday, I have no idea if it will still be there after reset this Tuesday July 24 2018, so go get it now!!

[Just saw Reddit post of Blizz blue post saying if you miss it they will mail keystone, and credit essences to currency when you next log in, but that’s not authoritative so go get them now!]

The Mythic keystone does expire at reset Tuesday July 24 so use it quickly if you care. The 1000 essences go into currency so you can just go use them at your convenience at the vendor in the new Dalaran Blacksmithing shop to buy any specific non-crafted legendary of your choice for your class, or a random Bind on Account legendary token for any class that you can send to an alt.

Apparently it is a gift from Blizzard to compensate for a bug on 8.0.1 release live, that killed loot from Mythic from previous week. Only a level 110 with class hall opened can get it, as otherwise the chest doesn’t show up for lower level characters.

If like me you are not a Mythic player then chances are this great big chest has sat unopened and unlootable in the class hall for your alts since they hit level 110. If you don’t know where it is, wander around looking for the biggest treasure chest ever or check a guide on WowHead or Icy Veins or another fan site. Eg. for Mage it’s against the wall turn right as you enter from teleport landing. For Hunter it’s by the stairs that go up from the Missions board. For Shaman it is left of the Missions Board, Paladin it is at the corner of the room/hallway near the Quartermaster. DK (picture at top of this post) it is visible on opposite side of Mission table from where you enter down stairs after teleport. Rogue is in Council of Shadows chamber on right beside first big candelabra. Druid is just right of Keeper Romulus (big quest giver) just across river from Missions Board.

I have not read this anywhere other than on a couple of YouTube feeds, hats off to  ITSSKITZ who dropped it inside one of his pre-BFA gold prep videos I was watching.  Since then a couple of others have posted it on YouTube and it is on Reddit.

I will post a video later of my alts running around grabbing theirs, got one boosted 110 left to do.

Enjoy those legendaries, they keep their special traits through level 115, and if you choose well (is non-neck – sorry Prydaz – because of Heart of Azeroth new BFA neck mandatory legendary, uses non-heirloomable slot, is legendary with great stats and sockets) they may well last you non-Dungeon non-raiders beyond level 115 leveling.

Last Minute Tips on Mage Tower

We likely have until end of day July 16 2018 to finish any Mage Tower attempts for the disappearing artifact appearances. The “ending of PVP season” warning just dropped yesterday and traditionally that has been 2 weeks before pre-patch X.0 launch.

It is still possible to ready an existing 110 and make attempts in time. Here are some tips based on my last minute efforts:

  • Do the artifact overpowerment Silithis questline to drain Sargera’s sword. It seems to help about 10-15% over having a 70 trait 20-ish concordancee weapon, and when the concordance procs the stats help for a while, in a Legion RNG bursty way
  • Get ilvl 930-940 gear if you can. Below 925 you will likely need to be a better player. Above 950 you should have it much easier. You can get to 910+ in a week on an Argus-attuned alt by running WQs and invasions for veiled argunite and buying Relinquished gear, plus running all emissaries and world quests and greater invasions to get possible 930-950 gear drops and maximixe your chances on at least 1 legendary. Even faster if you can run random bgs, mythics, whatever gives good gear and chests.
  • To avoid delays your alt should have Argus WQs unlocked already and class order hall to at least be able to equip 2 legendaries so you don’t get slowed by required 1-day missions. You can get a meh legendary by running Antorus raid and if you really work it you might get enough tokens to buy a legendary but without dungeons, raids or pvp chests it takes 2-4 weeks to get 1000 tokens. Should have been nerfed to 500 in June but 300 is still good for raising any old 940-970 legends to 1000.
  • Pick the appearance or two that you really really want and your above alt can do, and run their MT scenarios again and again until you get the mechanics down. Cold. Keep your cool and get the feel until it is reflex if you need to. Mechanics matter more than dps and ilvl in the end, because once you have geared up the mechanics can still stop you. Some of these scenarios are unforgiving of mistakes. Some have dps checks (oddly especially the tank one, and not some dps ones!) and most have serious survivability challenges. Weapon and gear help the former, gear (especially legendaries and trinkets) help the latter. Run without wasting money on consumables other than flasks that last many runs until you know the mechanics cold. It reallly irritates to have Agatha at 10% and get taken out by a boulder from behind because your camera angle / zoom was wrong. Or get one-shotted and not know why.
  • Plan to make best use of when the command center is up but don’t wait for it given time left. If you get the command center pink floor rune healing boost early in the fight and you have done the above steps you may be able to ace it. But expect wild swings in performance from run to run with command center that overall don’t help in learning to create repeatable runs. But you only need to win once and it might make that difference.
  • Always keep cool and work through it with rotation and choreography, Rest. Tired adrenaline-charged over-caffeinated push-all-the-buttons frantic pounding is not helpful here and can seriously hurt you and other objects, Stay calm and controlled. My best runs are the calmest most focused ones.

And good luck!

Leveling Alts in WoW Using Pets and Mistfall Village in Pandaria

This may be old news to many, but it may still be useful to some.   It uses the XP from a steady stream of max-level-pet battles and a safe area from other mobs, to quickly level alts from at least as low as level 45 to level 90. Yes it’s very repetitious but can easily be done while watching tv, and at higher levels (80’s) it takes only about 10 battles per alt level. Pretty painless really.

To use this method of leveling, you need at least 2 level 25 battle pets that are good against aquatic pets (Eternal Striders and Dancing Striders are good), ideally rare quality.  Continue reading Leveling Alts in WoW Using Pets and Mistfall Village in Pandaria