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Road to Patch 4.2 - Encounter Journal
The release date of Patch 4.2 is getting close and I will recap its major features throughout the week to end up with a nice and complete guide to Patch 4.2 for the release, hopefully on June 28th. Let's start with the highly anticipated Encounter Journal!

Road to Patch 4.2

Encounter Journal
The Encounter Journal is an in-game encylopedia listing everything you need to know on instances and raid bosses. Assuming people start using it regularly, it will probably fix a lot of issues people had in pick up groups where people were just too afraid to ask what a boss does and would rather die than look stupid and get kicked.

The encounter journal can be accessed from the bottom menu bar or by hitting CTRL + Shift + J on your keyboard.


You will then access the instance selection menu with a "Dungeons" and "Raids" tabs, allowing you to get details on any raid or dungeon encounter introduced in Cataclysm (including the Firelands raid)


Cataclysm Raids Tab

Firelands Raid Boss Selection


Encounter Journal - Boss Loot Lists
The encounter journal includes a list of items dropped by each boss with a couple of extra features:


  • The list can be filtered for 10 and 25-Man encounters. It doesn't really change anything these days but it will probably be useful if an item is only available in 25-Man at some point, or when older raids are supported.
  • The "Heroic Mode" filter is also available in the loot list and will display loot from the Heroic version.
  • A filter by class, to easily get a list of the gear relevant to your class only. (The Druid filter automatically lists all the items in the instance)
  • You can also list the loot from all the bosses in the instance by clicking the Chest icon when at the Boss selection screen.


Boss Loot Table

Class Filter

Paladin Loot!

Instance Loot Table


Boss Information and Abilities
The main objective of the Encounter Journal is to give you all the information you need to engage a boss without being clueless about what's going to happen to you and your raid. The journal provides you with:


  • A description of all the abilities used by the boss.
  • A description of all abilities used by NPC adds that might spawn during the encounter. (Hostile and Friendly)
  • The evolution of the fight over multiple stages.
  • A general idea of how mechanics work.
  • An "heroic only" filter to display abilities and variations of the fight only happening in Heroic Mode.

You might also notice a couple of icons icons next to some of the spells. Those are alerts used to bring your attention to important point of the fights, 12 Alerts are available in the current version of the Encounter Journal:


For example, this is the journal entry for Beth'tilac, one of the boss of the Firelands raid instance.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Beth'tilac
Matriarch of the Cinderweb Brood, Beth'tilac and her merciless offspring sate their appetites by sucking the magma and fire from the corpses of elementals. To provide her broodlings with added sustenance, Beth'tilac has woven a network of incendiary webs throughout her lair to trap unsuspecting prey.

Stage One: The Cinderweb
Beth'tilac retreats to the top of her web at the beginning of the encounter.

Fire Energy
Beth'tilac slowly loses Fire Energy over time. Cinderweb Drones also siphon some of her energy when their own energy is depleted. Whenever Beth'tilac runs out of Fire Energy, she will set herself ablaze, causing Smoldering Devastation.


  • Ember Flare - Intense heat burns enemies near Beth'tilac, inflicting 18500 Fire damage to players at the same level as Beth'tilac.
  • Meteor Burn - Meteors crash down onto the web, inflicting 37000 Fire damage to players within yards of the impact. The meteor also burns a hole in the web through which players may fall.
  • Consume - Beth'tilac consumes Cinderweb Spiderlings, healing Beth'tilac for 10% of her maximum health.
  • Smoldering Devastation - When Beth'tilac's Fire Energy fully depletes, she will set herself ablaze and inflict 380000 Fire damage on all players located at her same level.

Cinderweb Spinner
Cinderweb Spinners dangle from the web above on a filament strand. Using Taunt or a similar ability on a Spinner will cause them to drop to the ground. Once killed, their web filament remains. Players may then interact with the filament and move to the top of the web.

  • Burning Acid - The Cinderweb Spinner spits burning venom at a random player, inflicting 18850 Fire damage.
  • Fiery Web Spin - The Cinderweb Spinner channels a fiery web onto a random player, stunning them for 25 sec.

Cinderweb Drone
These large spiders climb out of caves below the Cinderweb. When their Fire Energy fully depletes, the Cinderweb Drone climbs up to Beth'tilac and siphons Fire Energy from her.

  • Consume - Cinderweb Drones consume a Cinderweb Spiderling, healing itself for 20% of its maximum life, increasing damage dealt by 20%, and increasing movement speed by 20%.
  • Boiling Spatter - The Cinderwb Drone spits burning venom in a 20 yard long 60 degree forward cone, inflicting 58967 Fire damage on any enemy within the area.
  • Burning Acid - The Cinderwb Drone spits Burning Acid at a random player, inflicting 18850 Fire damage.
  • Fixate - The Cinderweb Drone fixates on a random player, ignoring all other targets but decreasing its damage dealt by 75% for 10 sec.

Cinderweb Spiderling
These tiny spiders climb out of caves below the Cinderweb. They instinctively move towards Cinderweb Drones.

  • Seeping Venom - The Cinderweb Spiderling leaps onto a random player within 5 yards, injecting them with venom and inflicting 6936 Fire damage every 2 seconds for 10 sec.

Cinderweb Broodling
These unstable spiders fixate on a random player and cast Volatile Burst when they reach their target.

  • Volatile Burst - Cinderweb Broodlings explode when they reach a player, inflicting 41624 Fire damage to all enemies within yards.

Stage Two: The Frenzy!
After she has performed Smoldering Devastation three times, Beth'tilac enters a frenzy. She lowers herself from the safety of the top of her Cinderweb and no longer calls for aid from her brood.


  • The Widow's Kiss - Beth'tilac's deadly kiss boils the blood of her current target, reducing the healing dealt to the target by % every 2 seconds for 20 sec. The kiss also causes the target to inflict increasing Fire damage to their surrounding allies within 10 yards.
  • Ember Flare - Beth'tilac emits a blazing heat, inflicting 18500 Fire damage to enemies on the same level as Beth'tilac.
  • Consume - Beth'tilac consumes Cinderweb Spiderlings, healing Beth'tilac for 10% of her maximum health.
  • Frenzy - Beth'tilac periodically casts Frenzy, increasing her damage dealt by 5% until the end of the encounter. This effect stacks.



The MMO Report
It's time for your weekly MMO Report, with an E3 2011 special this week.



Comics
Dark Legacy Comics #292 and Teh Gladiators #244 + #245 are out. I'm one week late on comics again but if I cover my ears with my hands and close my eyes I can sing "la la la la la la" and pretend I'm not.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Encounter Journal Preview, MMO Report, Comics started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 76 Comments
  1. ulrich's Avatar
    Road to Patch 4.2
    Nice link. Open the same news in a new window.
  1. Knirps's Avatar
    That new EA MMO sounds like a pathetic, JP-type endless grieffest of a waste of time.

    I mean, seriously, they are implementing a 'governer' who can turn off the ability to make guilds in the ENTIRE GAME?

    That game is going to have the biggest RMT known to fucking man, and I think EA knows that and wants in on it. They will probably offer microtransactions to get more votes, or endorse gold selling so that people can buy votes.

    Just....ugh... EA is so sad now.

    I guess the new 'cool' thing to do in F2Ps is politics. I think the world gets enough of corrupt people in positions of power irl. Nty.
  1. Tag of Fire's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    • An "heroic only" filter to display abilities and variations of the fight only happening in Heroic Mode.
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    For example, this is the journal entry for Beth'tilac, one of the bosses of the Firelands raid instance.
    Why yes, I -did- just correct your grammar.
  1. Pantelija's Avatar
    Teh gladiators are just sinking down every week , its not even remotely funny anymore...
  1. Settop's Avatar
    Nice! No more forgetting when a boss enters the next phase
  1. Fusmu's Avatar
    why blizzard are making this game more and more easier...this is ridiculous dungeon journal
  1. Puntar's Avatar
    That is more like a dungeon guide than a journal.

    Yes, many games do have "-pedias / journals / guides" built in games, but not in a fashion where it spoils "the fun and experience" out of the encounters anyway even before player get in there. To "unlock" the info of the beasts, mobs, their abilities and encounter type (if there is any) player NEED TO FIGHT MOBS FIRST!

    Imagine yourself that in X-COM / UFO or any other respective solo RPG you get entire "journal" unlocked, with story spoilers, all the info of mobs and their abilities, including a final boss fight with a "rough sketch" of stages described.

    WOULD ANYONE WANT TO PLAY SUCH A GAME?
  1. gabrield's Avatar
    If the book looking thing is the actual journal whats the icon that looks like the DK helms icon?
  1. videotape's Avatar
    I really don't see how people can complain about the Dungeon Journal. 99% of all players just use YouTube as their dungeon journal. Is there some pride in maintaining pseudo-eliteness over those who don't think to or can't be arsed to look up strategies on YouTube? Really?

    Every last detail that is exposed by this feature is the sort of thing every damn one of you (who claims to care) will already know before you pull the boss, because it will already have been revealed by players who finished the content on the PTR or the first day or two of release.

    This changes nothing, except maybe it saves the real pioneers a handful of pulls. The challenge has always been in mastering the encounter mechanics, not discovering them. Discovering them was like 1% of 1% of the effort.
  1. Deadhorma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puntar View Post
    That is more like a dungeon guide than a journal.

    Yes, many games do have "-pedias / journals / guides" built in games, but not in a fashion where it spoils "the fun and experience" out of the encounters anyway even before player get in there. To "unlock" the info of the beasts, mobs, their abilities and encounter type (if there is any) player NEED TO FIGHT MOBS FIRST!

    Imagine yourself that in X-COM / UFO or any other respective solo RPG you get entire "journal" unlocked, with story spoilers, all the info of mobs and their abilities, including a final boss fight with a "rough sketch" of stages described.

    WOULD ANYONE WANT TO PLAY SUCH A GAME?
    no one ever said you had to use it did they?... stop your qqing.
  1. Valleera's Avatar
    I'd say this is good. A lot of people I know can't (or won't) go and check tactics out-of-game on a website because it'd mean closing their wow screen. And for some that means opening the door to a system crash, for others during pugs I have just heard the message that they can't be bothered to do it. This runs in-game, no excuse (or rather also, no big risks of crashing your entire rig)
  1. Runeweaver's Avatar

    Dungeon Journal looks nice!
  1. Wargrey's Avatar
    Journal looks good, deff gonna help me to explain someting in a pug for example, now you can just link it. and @mmo news, politics in games look intresting, can eitheri become a grief fest, or a lot ot fun.
  1. happycowdisease's Avatar
    looks like you got some bad latency eh?
  1. Pandaliciouz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grumar View Post
    how many elitiest do you guys think are going to say that this journal makes WoW easier and that blizz is making this game too easy, when we all know they have addons that do exactly what this does
    The game was always easy for good people, this journal wont change anything really because people will still have to learn the encounter,
    they will just be more prepared on what to expect.

    ---------- Post added 2011-06-20 at 06:31 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Knirps View Post
    That new EA MMO sounds like a pathetic, JP-type endless grieffest of a waste of time.I mean, seriously, they are implementing a 'governer' who can turn off the ability to make guilds in the ENTIRE GAME?That game is going to have the biggest RMT known to fucking man, and I think EA knows that and wants in on it. They will probably offer microtransactions to get more votes, or endorse gold selling so that people can buy votes.Just....ugh... EA is so sad now.I guess the new 'cool' thing to do in F2Ps is politics. I think the world gets enough of corrupt people in positions of power irl. Nty.
    What game are you talking about?
  1. Dartu's Avatar
    why would you ever give it a shift + ctrl + whatever key bind...

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