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Cataclysm Prologue - Elemental Invasions Started
The elemental invasions just started, new quests NPCs are available in capital cities and elementals will randomly spawn in zones!




Tripping the Rifts achievement
  • Rifts appears everywhere, including Northrend and Outland. You can get your achievement by destroying rifts anywhere but you won't be able to loot lower levels Mysterious Objects.
  • Rifts seems to spawn at the beginning of each hour (01:00AM, 02:00AM, etc) pretty much everywhere in the zone, however there are confusing reports about this and some people reported them spawning in the middle of the hour. If you arrive in a zone and can't find rifts, you probably just have to wait for a respawn.
  • Rifts are destroyed by killing elementals, each elemental death lowers the health of the rift.
  • The Mysterious Object looted from rifts gives a daily quest with gold/XP reward.

Rifts zones by Type (Source)

Fire
1. Westfall
2. The Barrens (Between Razorfen Downs and Razorfen Kraul)
3. Dustwallow Marsh (Inside Theramore near Armory; North of Witch Hill)
4. The Hinterlands
5. Searing Gorge
6. Blasted Lands
7. Winterspring
8. Hellfire Peninsula
9. Zul'Drak (South of Zeramas; East of the Reliquary of Pain; In the middle of Zeb'Hakkar)
Water
1. Silverpine Forest (East of Shadowfang Keep; South of the fork in the road east of Sepulcher; West of Dead Field towards the shore)
2. Ghostlands
3. Wetlands (On the shore near the Bluegill Murlocs and the two ruined ships; Between the Greenwarden and Dark Iron Dwarf Camps)
4. Thousand Needles (Darkcloud Pinnacle)
5. Stranglethorn Vale
6. Swamp of Sorrows (Stonard)
7. Un'goro Crater
8. Zangarmarsh
9. Shadowmoon Valley
10. Dragonblight (Agmar's Hammer; Wintergarde Keep)
11. Icecrown

Wind
1. Darkshore
2. Hillsbrad Foothills (Southshore; Tarren Mill)
3. Duskwood
4. Arathi Highlands (South of Circle of West Binding; Hammerfall)
5. Eastern Plaguelands
6. Terokkar Forest
7. Netherstorm
8. Borean Tundra (Magmoth)
9. Sholazar Basin
Earth
1. Loch Modan
2. Redridge Mountains
3. Desolace
4. Western Plaguelands
5. Burning Steppes
6. Silithus
7. Nagrand (Laughing Skull Ruins)
8. Blade's Edge Mountains
9. Howling Fjord (Wyrmskull Village near the hut Alliance players witness the visions of the past)
10. Grizzly Hills
11. Storm Peaks (Gnoll Camps west of K3; Maker's Library)













Cataclysm Direct Download and Game Cinematics
There, Blizzard still loves you, and you will have all the cinematics if you buy the digital version of the expansion!
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
We’d like to take a moment to clarify how we’ll be delivering World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematics to players who purchase the expansion digitally through Battle.net or download the installer from the web in the future.

Prior to the December 7 launch of Cataclysm, all current World of Warcraft players will receive the Cataclysm intro cinematic as part of an upcoming patch. In addition, all other in-game cinematics (including previous ones such as the Wrathgate movie) will be available for download to players who have not previously installed them. These cinematics will be automatically downloaded in the background while you play the game, after other critical game data has been received.

Cataclysm Realm Launch Time Information
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
Wondering exactly what time you’ll be able to begin playing your goblin or worgen or making your way to level 85? On all North American realms, World of Warcraft players who upgrade to Cataclysm will be able to begin experiencing the new content at 12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) on December 7, whether they purchase the digital download through Battle.net or buy a physical retail boxed version in stores. Players will not be able to access Cataclysm expansion content prior to 12 a.m. PST, regardless of how they upgrade or what time zone they’re located in.

Cataclysm Raids available for testing!
Almost all bosses are now available for testing!
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
All raids are currently available for testing, except for Magmaw in Blackwing Descent.

Note that to reach some of the final bosses you must currently kill the previous bosses in the zone. So be careful what you skip for now.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Elemental Invasions
There are four stages of the event. We're on the first. This is only the beginning. (Source)

Hunting for Elementals to get the achievement
I know. And I'm saying the elementals are merely leaking out at this point. It's but a small sign of a larger, more malevolent presence threatening to tear apart the land.

If you don't want to camp elementals for one achievement, wait until they're camping you. (Source)

"Low" DPS specs in WotLK
When there are multiple specs that fill the same role, as is the case for Fire vs. Frost mage or Arms vs. Fury warrior, we have found that some players will play their favored spec because they like the theme or mechanics, as long as the damage difference isn't too significant. Sadly, those players also seem to be in the minority. Many others will respec, regem, etc. for even a slight *theoretical* (very important word there) gain in dps.

If you recall earlier in the LK patch cycle, we attempted to bring Marks and Survival hunters up to the Beastmaster level. We didn't get the numbers quite right though, so what happened is that many hunters felt like they had to switch out of BM and into Survival. (Let's please not turn the rest of this thread into a lecture about how if we had only listened to *your* idea for tweaking hunter damage, everything would have turned out fine.) We heard from many players how frustrating that was -- to wake up one day and have to learn to replay their class because the anointed highest dps spec was now a different tree completely. Players are much more tolerant of huge, sweeping changes between expansions than they are in between patches.

If you look at the patch history of the rest of LK, there were many tweaks to Subtlety, Arms, Frost and BM. We were cautious though, because we were trying to avoid driving everyone who played those classes to have to switch class to class. We were trying to get the dps elevated without going over, and that's just a very small target to hit.

We learned from this mistake though, and part of the overhaul of the talent trees was specifically to make tweaking a lot easier for us. The passive talent tree bonuses are just one example, but we also did things like break our old rules for how spell coefficients relate to things like cast times, and the budget of a talent point in general. We wanted to develop a system that gave us more knobs to adjust and more fine-tuning we could deploy in between expansions to adjust specs that are low without going over.

Here's hoping it works. (Source)
This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Prologue - Elemental Invasions Started started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 348 Comments
  1. lekein's Avatar
    In Stonetalon Mountains just killed the Elementals around the rift but no Mysterious Device spawned =(

  1. rhorle's Avatar
    awesome, I thought this wouldn't star till tomorrow. But today is nice.
  1. galaxypa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brock2727 View Post


    HaTE TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE, but that has been going on for some weeks. Thats not new lol
  1. Twiggle's Avatar

    Whuts this?
  1. Fafnersbane's Avatar
    is there any way to track the invasions via the map, like we could with the scurge ?
  1. Foxhoundn's Avatar
    really on live?
  1. TobiasX's Avatar
    *Shang Tsung Voice*

    "IT HAS BEGUN!"
  1. Tanfastic's Avatar
    The day my time runs out and I say "I'ma save some money and take a break until the events get better"

    -.-
  1. Aegers's Avatar
    [18:57:27] King Varian Wrynn says: We are ready to proceed. Magni, you have called this meeting. What concerns you?

    [18:57:40] King Magni Bronzebeard says: You've no doubt noticed the string of earthquakes we've had in the last weeks. Something doesn't feel right about them.

    [18:57:49] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: What do you mean?

    [18:52:02] King Magni Bronzebeard says: We dwarves have a connection to the earth. We can feel her pain. And right now the earth is crying out. These earthquakes... they are both natural and not. I wanted to gather you all together and discuss them.

    [18:52:11] Tyrande Whisperwind says: Even in Darnassus we have noticed the earth is at odds with something.

    [18:52:19] King Magni Bronzebeard says: I've received word from my brother Brann in Northrend. In his exploring of Ulduar he came across some unusual tablets... something ancient.

    [18:52:28] King Varian Wrynn says: Nothing good has come from that dreadful place.

    [18:52:36] King Magni Bronzebeard says: This might just change your mind. Brann is shipping the tablets to me as we speak. Preliminary reports from the Explorers' League state that they may be able to help us understand what is going on with the earthquakes.

    [18:52:28] King Varian Wrynn says: Nothing good has come from that dreadful place.

    [18:52:36] King Magni Bronzebeard says: This might just change your mind. Brann is shipping the tablets to me as we speak. Preliminary reports from the Explorers' League state that they may be able to help us understand what is going on with the earthquakes.

    [18:52:45] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: Our top minds have been looking into the seismic activities... Well, we've mostly been looking at how to secure a building's frame while at the same time simulating tectonic shifts...

    [18:52:53] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: ...because on the one hand, this could be a handy device, the "Shake-a-Ton 2000." But on the other hand, the last thing we gnomes want to see is the mountains of Dun Morogh collapse and crush Ironforge.

    [18:53:03] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: So is that why you have moved out?

    [18:53:11] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: Ha, not at all! Though it is a striking coincidence. Gnomeregan has been and continues to shame our people. It is long past time we reclaim our homeland.

    [18:53:22] King Varian Wrynn says: Well, it is good that things have turned out... better for you and your people, High Tinker. But not all of us have the luxury of up and moving our kingdom.

    [18:53:30] Prophet Velen says: And those that did know how dangerous these earthquakes can be. To this day, the Exodar is still shaking from our rather abrupt arrival.

    [18:53:39] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: I'm not certain we could organize our people to move even if we wanted to. We've also received word of hostile elementals appearing randomly across the lands, sometimes in towns, sometimes across the countryside. Moving may not be an option.

    [18:53:47] King Magni Bronzebeard says: Well, there is at least a wee bit of good news... no offense, Gelbin. The shaking seems to have stirred up The Earthen Ring. Even the Wildhammer shaman have offered their help.

    [18:53:56] Tyrande Whisperwind says: Perhaps these events are also what have brought forth the Highborne from Shen'dralar.

    [18:54:04] Prophet Velen says: It seems as if this world is coming apart at the seams. I've seen these symptoms before, on Draenor... We may not be able to stop this. Fleeing may be our best option.

    [18:54:13] King Varian Wrynn says: Fleeing is not an option I wish to entertain at this point. We will find another way. Perhaps these tablets from Ulduar will shed some light on our situation.

    [18:54:22] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: Hopefully we can get these answers quickly. The people are frightened, and cultists are taking advantage of that fear.

    [18:54:30] King Varian Wrynn says: These cultists only exacerbate the problem. They preach the end of the world, or that the world is having birthing pains... Hyperbole that is hard for the populace to ignore.

    [18:54:39] Tyrande Whisperwind says: Troubling times indeed. Fear of the unknown makes people do foolish things.

    [18:54:47] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: And our lack of answers only fuels the confusion.

    [18:54:55] King Magni Bronzebeard says: All the more reason we need to reach the bottom of this. This tablet from Ulduar will lead us in the right direction. Brann is sure of it. And if Brann is certain, then I am certain.

    [18:55:04] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: I've made it a point not to argue with a dwarf when it comes to the earth. If the Bronzebeards are sure this tablet will help solve the earth's problems, then by all means we should support them.

    The Transcript from Stormwind
  1. Slaaf's Avatar

    :P
  1. Bloodly's Avatar
    Awesome
  1. galaxypa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aegers View Post
    [18:52:02] King Magni Bronzebeard says: We dwarves have a connection to the earth. We can feel her pain. And right now the earth is crying out. These earthquakes... they are both natural and not. I wanted to gather you all together and discuss them.

    [18:52:11] Tyrande Whisperwind says: Even in Darnassus we have noticed the earth is at odds with something.

    [18:52:19] King Magni Bronzebeard says: I've received word from my brother Brann in Northrend. In his exploring of Ulduar he came across some unusual tablets... something ancient.

    [18:52:28] King Varian Wrynn says: Nothing good has come from that dreadful place.

    [18:52:36] King Magni Bronzebeard says: This might just change your mind. Brann is shipping the tablets to me as we speak. Preliminary reports from the Explorers' League state that they may be able to help us understand what is going on with the earthquakes.

    [18:52:28] King Varian Wrynn says: Nothing good has come from that dreadful place.

    [18:52:36] King Magni Bronzebeard says: This might just change your mind. Brann is shipping the tablets to me as we speak. Preliminary reports from the Explorers' League state that they may be able to help us understand what is going on with the earthquakes.

    [18:52:45] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: Our top minds have been looking into the seismic activities... Well, we've mostly been looking at how to secure a building's frame while at the same time simulating tectonic shifts...

    [18:52:53] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: ...because on the one hand, this could be a handy device, the "Shake-a-Ton 2000." But on the other hand, the last thing we gnomes want to see is the mountains of Dun Morogh collapse and crush Ironforge.

    [18:53:03] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: So is that why you have moved out?

    [18:53:11] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: Ha, not at all! Though it is a striking coincidence. Gnomeregan has been and continues to shame our people. It is long past time we reclaim our homeland.

    [18:53:22] King Varian Wrynn says: Well, it is good that things have turned out... better for you and your people, High Tinker. But not all of us have the luxury of up and moving our kingdom.

    [18:53:30] Prophet Velen says: And those that did know how dangerous these earthquakes can be. To this day, the Exodar is still shaking from our rather abrupt arrival.

    [18:53:39] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: I'm not certain we could organize our people to move even if we wanted to. We've also received word of hostile elementals appearing randomly across the lands, sometimes in towns, sometimes across the countryside. Moving may not be an option.

    [18:53:47] King Magni Bronzebeard says: Well, there is at least a wee bit of good news... no offense, Gelbin. The shaking seems to have stirred up The Earthen Ring. Even the Wildhammer shaman have offered their help.

    [18:53:56] Tyrande Whisperwind says: Perhaps these events are also what have brought forth the Highborne from Shen'dralar.

    [18:54:04] Prophet Velen says: It seems as if this world is coming apart at the seams. I've seen these symptoms before, on Draenor... We may not be able to stop this. Fleeing may be our best option.

    [18:54:13] King Varian Wrynn says: Fleeing is not an option I wish to entertain at this point. We will find another way. Perhaps these tablets from Ulduar will shed some light on our situation.

    [18:54:22] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: Hopefully we can get these answers quickly. The people are frightened, and cultists are taking advantage of that fear.

    [18:54:30] King Varian Wrynn says: These cultists only exacerbate the problem. They preach the end of the world, or that the world is having birthing pains... Hyperbole that is hard for the populace to ignore.

    [18:54:39] Tyrande Whisperwind says: Troubling times indeed. Fear of the unknown makes people do foolish things.

    [18:54:47] High Tinker Mekkatorque says: And our lack of answers only fuels the confusion.

    [18:54:55] King Magni Bronzebeard says: All the more reason we need to reach the bottom of this. This tablet from Ulduar will lead us in the right direction. Brann is sure of it. And if Brann is certain, then I am certain.

    [18:55:04] Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: I've made it a point not to argue with a dwarf when it comes to the earth. If the Bronzebeards are sure this tablet will help solve the earth's problems, then by all means we should support them.

    Most of the Transcript
    That has been out for 2 weeks
  1. Eixel's Avatar
    it's on EU and for alliance, starting in IF (thats where I got it)
  1. Grohnn's Avatar
    anyone knows if the stages of the event is updated daily or weekly?
  1. Loopert's Avatar
    anyone notice the similarity between this and the cults that preach the end of the world? the even hand out little religious booklets!
  1. Algore's Avatar
    Who was right then, heh?....
  1. Aegers's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by galaxypa View Post
    That has been out for 2 weeks
    Ah ok, i am in the keep once a year..
  1. Pizbit's Avatar
    Several strange rotating objects in the mage quarter in SW, anyone know what they are?
    They're on ground level - one on the entrance/exit nearest the trade district. Another on a shop outside, another shop inside, probably more.
  1. stumpoman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Taunka View Post
    Wha an awesome time for my computer to be broken!
    same... mobo fried 2 days ago..
  1. jantimirlol's Avatar


    Spoilers.

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