Unique items in Blackrock Spire

Warlords of Draenor will include “a revamped version of the classic Blackrock Spire,” which is all well and good and I’m looking forward to it — except there’s unique items in there. I’ll need to build a list of which items to farm on which characters (it’s pointless to keep an item with a unique model if I’m never, ever going to transmog into it because I find it ugly); to do that, I need a complete list of all items that have no other source.

This is that list. I’m including items from the entire Blackrock Spire, whether you would count it as “lower” or “upper” (since it’s the same dungeon, just with two wings, and I have no guarantee that they’ll change one part and leave the other untouched). Items are listed by source.

I’m listing items that have one identical quest reward or relatively uncommon BoE, in case you want to get the model the “easy way” while it’s there. If there are a half-dozen alternatives, however, I’m skipping it.

I’m also including profession patterns and vanity pets, since both may become unobtainable when the place is revamped. It’ll cost you nothing but a little storage space to pick up, learn and then cage any pet that drops.

Tucking the list under a cut, since it got very, very long. Farming this place is likely going to be more obnoxious than it was to farm Scholomance before Mists dropped…

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Soloing High Priests of Ordos as a melee

My resolution to stay away from the Timeless Isle for a bit lasted all of a couple of days. Then I remembered that the “kill 20 elites” daily is one of the better sources of valor points, and I really should be capping VP every week, if for no other reason that the better my gear is the easier it is for me to solo things — never mind that I might be actually joining a very casual raiding guild again.

I’ve mostly been doing my killing in Three Breeze Terrace, since most people leave the place alone when the summon stone for Archiereus isn’t up and the summoning leaves behind a nice pile of Ordon that I can readily solo.

I tend to clear Kilnmasters first (because I still need the drop), then Chanters if I still need kills for the quest… and then the High Priests, because with an empty Terrace, why not figure out how to solo them?

Turns out they’re actually not that hard. A few caveats, though:

  • I’m relatively well-geared for somebody who hasn’t been raiding at all (548 equipped item level), since I got lucky with Ordos and I do have the legendary cloak
  • I’m a feral druid, which helps a fair bit (a lot of my damage comes from bleeds, which keep ticking while I run)
  • I’ve only ever done this at Three Breeze Terrace (I imagine the High Priests over at the Sanctuary would be a bit harder due to lack of space and the fact that it’s generally more crowded with mobs)

The trick lies in treating them like what they are — both a Kilnmaster and a Chanter. They used to charge like Kilnmasters, which would’ve made them essentially impossible for me to solo, but now they no longer do.

To start with, if there are any other Ordon near him, you want to pull the High Priest back. You’re going to be busy enough dealing with his abilities, and the last thing you want is to have to play “dodge the Ordon” while you’re already playing “dodge the Blazing Blow.”

I usually drag him back off the Terrace regardless of whether I’ve already cleared the rest or not, since people on my server really love to summon Archiereus whenever the stone is clear, whether somebody’s fighting something on the Terrace or not. Be aware, though, that it’s likely you will aggro some extra mobs (yaks, cranes, whatever) while running around, and they will occasionally daze you. I’m confident in my ability to kill anything extra in short order via the legendary cloak’s AOE, and my reflexes and latency mean that getting dazed isn’t deadly. If the idea makes you uncomfortable, though, clear first.

As soon as the High Priest reaches you, he’ll start casting his abilities. He usually starts with a Blazing Blow, followed by one or two more, then it’s largely random.

What you do is simple. You run around the High Priest in circles while he’s casting Blazing Blow, just like you would with a Kilnmaster. The moment he starts casting anything else, regardless of what it is, you run away and get some distance. Hit him with a ranged ability while you run so he doesn’t reset.

While you’re running, take the time to quickly glance at your surroundings and make sure you have the space to run in circles without running into either the Flarecore Golems he summons or a bit of geography (a rock, a plant, a tree, whatever) that would stop you at the worst possible time. The Golems run slower than the High Priest, so they’ll never catch you unless you run into them.

Don’t get hit by the Fire Storm. If you can’t avoid it, practice on Chanters until you can.

Ignore Eternal Kilns. High Priests, like Kilnmasters, don’t melee, so you’ll be fine as long as you keep moving and stay out of the bad.

Unless the High Priest is almost dead (as in, one or two more hits will kill him), do not interrupt Cauterize. Cauterize is your friend. Yes, Cauterize heals the High Priest for 25% of his health, but then it does a total of 30% of his health in damage back to him over 30 seconds. That’s 1.3 million damage you don’t have to do for each Cauterize you let through.

Lather, rinse, repeat until dead.

Do try to drag the High Priest in circles around the forest area instead of just dragging him to the Celestial Court, though. Maybe it’s just me, but I think getting poor unsuspecting random people killed with AoE is kind of rude.

LFR and scenarios in WoD

(Source.) Oh, god, I hope they do get LFR in this. Especially if they manage to also drop Dragon Soul in. I had the presence of mind to farm LFR Dragon Soul for transmog before Mists landed, and I’m doing the same now, but I didn’t get everything then and I’m unlikely to get everything now, RNG being what it is.

The scenario bit is nice even by itself, especially considering there’s a unique quilen in there that I want to tame; it’s also nice to know that if I fail to get some scenario achievements, I will likely be able to go and get them later — although honestly, I will try my best to get them now, just in case this doesn’t pan out.

Fifty shades of druid

There’s something to be said for the fact that it’s possible to throw together pieces from five different druid tier sets and get something that looks like a coherent outfit.

This is the very first transmogrification set I ever created — I put it together when the feature was announced, mostly from pieces I already had. It originally also used the Nordrassil shoulders, but I got the normal mode tier shoulders from Dragon Soul the very first week of the patch and liked how they looked with the rest of the outfit.

The staff is probably going to be the most obnoxious bit to track down if you don’t already have it, since it’s a trash drop. A suitable replacement shouldn’t be hard to find, though.

Helm: Nordrassil Headdress
Shoulders: Deep Earth Spaulders
Chest: Nordrassil Chestplate
Gloves: Malfurion’s Handgrips of Conquest
Belt: Starfire Waistband
Legs: Stormrage Legguards
Boots: Cenarion Boots
Weapon: Wildfury Greatstaff

Wowhead link

Bored now

These last few days I’ve been taking advantage of the Darkmoon Faire buff to push Shaohao rep, making sure I had the buff up not only when turning in the daily, but also when killing things for it. I did my daily killing up in the Sanctuary, since even on my crowded server it’s consistently deserted, especially if you clear down the left side (on the way to where Urdur spawns) instead of towards Ordos; both Kilnmasters and Chanters give 30 reputation per kill with the buff, the guild perks and the Battle Standard of Coordination, and I typically stuck around for a few more kills after I was done with the required daily ones, so I was getting roughly 1000 reputation per day.

Yesterday I noticed I was missing about 1500 rep or thereabouts and it was the last day of the Faire, so I decided to just grind it, and now I have my shiny new mount. (I’ve been pretty much living on the Timeless Isle, so the coins weren’t an issue. I still have another 100k+ coins left.)

It’s actually the first Heavenly cloud serpent I’ve ever had, since my guild didn’t get around to finishing the first-tier Glory before it exploded and I haven’t gotten lucky with the Sha drop yet.

I don’t think I’ll be back to the Timeless Isle for a bit now. I’ll probably still do the daily for a few more days just to cap the rep bar at 999 Exalted like I usually do, but beyond that, I won’t really be grinding mobs or camping rare spawns for the last items I’m missing for the achievement. I have plenty enough to do even just in terms of leveling alts and sorting professions, never mind everything else, and I am so bored with the place. It probably has to do with the fact that I am coming up on 150 Kilnmaster kills without seeing their drop (meanwhile, I’ve seen two more Blizzard Stones from the Chanters, which is just insult to injury) and, in general, I’ve not had any drop in close to a week, not for lack of trying.

So I’ll go do something that doesn’t make me want to cry from boredom instead.

And one more

Um. I’ve been doing this daily religiously since it was added (minus the few months during which I just wasn’t playing the game). I was at the point where I was considering just buying the thing.

Should I be worried? Because I’ve never had this much luck in such a short time.

Many thanks for wasting my time

Players under the effects of the Censer of Eternal Agony no longer gain Blood Coins for defeating players in their party or raid. (source)

Ugh. I suspect this was done to stop people farming Bloody Coins by way of joining a Celestials or Ordos raid, but it throws a wrench in my plans, too. I had been farming Bloody Coins by sitting on a pillar, killing my alt, and resurrecting her with Mass Resurrection.

Unless they make it so that people with the Censer up can’t join groups with people that don’t have it, I’m just going to kill her outside a group, invite her, use Mass Resurrection and then drop group, but ugh. It’s already enough of a pain in the neck (which is why I’ve not actually been farming it… it’s so incredibly dull).

Alternatively, I can just run her back manually, since the debuff takes 10 minutes to tick down anyway, but then I’d have to find myself a different spot, since successfully grabbing an albatross can be obnoxious. (And don’t get me started on the people that sit at the Celestial Court and deliberately kill albatrosses that are carrying others.)

Sigh.