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by Published on 2010-12-25 06:17 PM

Merry Christmas! MiniZep Christmas Gift!
The Christmas gifts are now available in-game and you might want to log in to grab this year's gift: MiniZep Controller!

by Published on 2010-12-24 12:04 PM

Update #2 - Obviously, one post per user.
Update - Yes, all languages are allowed for the giveaway. Any dungeon is fine (including non-Cata dungeons)

MMO-Champion "Be nice, not naughty!" Giveaway
It's almost Christmas! All the WoW players around the world are happy and busy being nice to everyone they know and don't know in-game! ... Ok, most of you aren't that nice and I heard that Santa's "naughty" list is getting longer and longer with so many people gearing up in PuG/random instances.

That's why Christmas and the holidays is a wonderful time to change that behavior, especially if you can get free stuff just by being nice!

Prizes
A lot of these items were kindly offered by WoWTCGLoot.com, thanks to them!


I never joke when it comes to being nice, and this is definitely the biggest giveaway to date!


Giveaway Rules
This giveaway is very simple and will require you to do 3 simple things.

1. Join a random instance group through the /lfd tool, any level is fine it doesn't have to be a Cataclysm dungeon. When you arrive in the instance you have to:
  • Say hello to the members of the group. (Any language is fine)
  • Wish them Happy Holidays/a Merry Christmas!

2. You have to finish the instance with that same group, I'm expecting you to kill the last boss and finish the instance instead of quitting after the first wipe. Let's say that two members are allowed to change over the course of the instance because you can't control other people ragequitting over stupid things (but it won't happen if you're nice!)

At the end of the instance:
  • Say goodbye to the members of the group and thanks them for their time.
  • Wish them Happy Holidays/a Merry Christmas again!

3. Post on the MMO-Champion "Be nice, not naughty!" Giveaway - Screenshots Thread the two screenshots of 1. and 2. to show the world how nice you are. After you're done with that, you will officially be on the list of the people nice enough to be picked for free stuff! (One post per user allowed)

4. Winners will be picked on December 26th at 08:00PM GMT based on their post numbers. If there are 2437 replies at the end of the giveaway, I will do a /random 1-2437 (either in-game or on a random number generator site) and will select winners based on their post number!

I will finish this post with the most adorable artwork ever, posted on the forums by Equilibrioception. Good luck to everyone, and Merry Christmas!



Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

Read if you plan to upgrade - New Intel CPUs with a 0-15% gain in some applications are coming in January for those who wait and will be included next time.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals/Monitors

Component Puppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $134ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $218
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $25Cyborg V.5 - $37
MouseLogitech MX518 - $38Logitech G500 - $60
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $28Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $28
Component Narwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell E2311H 23-inch LED-backlit Widescreen - $318Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $568
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $66Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70
MouseRazer Deathadder - $47Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $71
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $83



Puppy and Dolphin

Component Puppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $39NZXT GAMMA Classic - $39
Power SupplyOCZ ModXStream Pro 500W - $55Corsair 650TX - $70
CPUAMD Athlon II X4 640 AM3 - $99AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $144
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 - $94GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 - $135
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $524GB CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $75
Graphics CardXFX 5770 - $145XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $199
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB - $46SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$582$774


Narwhal and Unicorn

Component Narwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master Centurion 5 II - $54Cooler Master HAF932 - $140
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX - $70Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $133
CPUIntel i5-760 - $205Intel i7-950 - $290
HeatsinkNoctua 6 NH-D14 - $80Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80
MotherboardASUS P7P55D-E - $149Asus Sabertooth X58 (5 Year Warranty) - $199
Memory4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $756GB Corsair DDR3 12800 - $87
Graphics CardXFX 6870 OR EVGA GTX 470- $240XFX 6970 - $370
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $87Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $87
SSDNoneOCZ Vertex 2 120 GB (Review) - $225
OR
Corsair Force 120GB (Review) - $211
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$961$1637
by Published on 2010-12-23 11:17 AM

Update - Oops, fixed the first kill news. Method got the first kill, my bad.

Blue posts officially stopped today and will be back after the holidays, it doesn't mean that updates on the front page will stop and hopefully I will have enough content to keep you busy during the holidays. And, well, if it doesn't work, I'll just throw more free stuff at you.


Guides Contest - Update!
I went through some of the submissions I already received and wanted to point out a few things regarding the contest:

  • I saw a couple of people reposting old guides, I even saw a Black Temple guide. I'm not necessarily expecting top-edge Cataclysm info but posting a 3 year old guide there and hoping to win is probably a bit optimistic.
  • Pictures, pictures, pictures. They make everything easier to read and pretty, 99% of the submissions I saw lacked some.
  • Make sure your text is structured with nice titles, paragraphs, etc ... The forums aren't notepad, use the tools you have!
  • The people who are the most likely to win are people who will post fairly detailed guides about an interesting/helpful subject. I saw a couple of short submissions detailing just one tip, even if it's a helpful tip you will probably get trampled in the competition by people who wrote very complete guides about something else.
  • That doesn't mean you have to write 15 pages, if you want an example of the what I'm expecting for this contest I guess you could always check out the old and now outdated Auction House Guide I posted a while back. It doesn't mean that you can't surprise me with something awesome.

You have 5 days left to work on your guide. Good luck! (And if you do not know what this is about, check MMO-Champion Guide Contest - Win a Mottled Drake and a Riding Turtle!)

There will probably be another giveaway starting tomorrow.


Chimaeron's 25-Man Heroic World First Kill by Method
Method was the first guild in the world to defeat Chimaeron in 25-Man Heroic mode, congratulations to them! (I also heard that Method is recruiting Druids, Hunters, and Warlocks, if you're interested)

Paragon also killed Chimaeron last night and missed the world first kill by ... 1 minute. Ouch. Congratulations to them as well.



Archaeology Fragments Distribution
Simca posted a very useful thread on the Professions forum compiling data from Archaeology's dig sites to find out which continents are the best to farm fragments of a specific race. I compiled the results in a nice table, original data is mostly from Wowpedia's list of Dig Sites (and a lot of work in-game to make sure it works as intended).

RacesEastern Kingdoms (Pre-450)Eastern Kingdoms (Post-450)Kalimdor (Pre-450)Kalimdor (Post-450)OutlandNorthrend
Dwarf28,57%32,14%2,33%1,79%N/AN/A
Fossil26,53%23,21%27,91%21,43%N/AN/A
Night Elf4,08%8,93%58,14%53,57%N/A14,81%
Troll40,82%35,71%11,63%8,93%N/A18,52%
DraeneiN/AN/AN/AN/A53,57%N/A
OrcN/AN/AN/AN/A46,43%N/A
NerubianN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A18,52%
VrykulN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A48,15%
Tol'virN/AN/AN/A14,29%N/AN/A



AFK for the Holidays
After Ghostcrawler's departure from the forums a few weeks ago, Community Managers are also leaving for the holidays. I feel lonely.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The holidays are upon us and, as in previous years, we will be AFK to spend it with our friends and family. While we won't be far, we may not be around as much as we usually are. (The moderation elves will still be hard at work over the holidays, however, and will know if you've been naughty or nice.)

We wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe holiday in the meantime, and can't wait to see all of you again in the new year!

[...] To my knowledge, our customer support offices will remain open for the holidays -- this includes the days of the 25th and 31st of December, as well as the 1st of January. If any changes are made to their normal hours of operation, our representatives will usually create a post in the Customer Support forum or the Technical Support forum (or both) to announce the adjusted schedule. Just keep an eye out there. :)

Free Character Moves Now Available - Dec. 22
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
New Free Character Moves are now available. If you're on one of the source realms listed below, you can move your characters to one of the designated destination realms and avoid the queues -- for free!

By initiating one of these transfers, you will be moving your character to a new realm and home. This is a one-time, one-way move. If you wish to move your character elsewhere, you will need to use the paid transfer service.

Please be aware that, due to the unpredictable nature of free transfers, we may close down any Free Character Moves at any time and without warning if the target realm becomes full. If you plan to move with friends or your guild, we suggest that you coordinate the effort to reduce the chance of any stragglers being left behind.

Early closures aside, this set of Free Character Moves will end on Thursday, January 6.

Source Realms Barthilas, Blackrock, Frostmourne, Illidan, Kel'Thuzad, Kil'jaeden, Tichondrius.
Destination Realms Altar of Storms, Arathor, Fenris, Garrosh, Grizzly Hills, Gul'dan, Gundrak, Nazjatar, Shattered Halls, The Forgotten Coast.

Characters on these source realms are eligible to transfer to any of the destination realms listed above.

Begin a Free Character Move now! We recommend reviewing the FAQ, as it details what is or isn't allowed for transferred characters.

Happy Holidays!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
From everyone at Blizzard to you and yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!

To help celebrate the arrival of Greatfather Winter, we've prepared a special Holiday Card Gallery featuring the Blizzard 2010 holiday card you see below as well as a pair of festive StarCraft II and Diablo III greetings.

Enjoy!


Your Contest Winners Await...
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
You did it! The combined efforts of the Alliance and the Horde have paid off, the final reward on the Your Fortune Awaits page has been unlocked, and the Cataclysm Print Ad and YouTube Commercial Contests have both come to a glorious end!

Thanks to all of the talented artists and members of the community for seizing this opportunity and making these contests such a shattering success! It was tough to choose winners from such an amazing batch of entries, but the following Cataclysm-inspired ads, commercials, and PSAs proved to be the most creative and persuasive:

Print Ad Contest Winners
Grand Prize: Deathwing Wants You
Runners-Up: Poojipoo, Vermis, Deepdive Helmet, ooo

YouTube Contest Winners
Grand Prize: Gree D2
Runners-Up: Archangel565, Irdeen, Alliance recruitment PSA, Cataclysm Awareness Group

Please join us in congratulating these deserving creators -- the citizens of Azeroth will no doubt be lining up for miles to procure the indispensible wares and services you're peddling!
A few examples of the nicest contributions to this contest below.



by Published on 2010-12-22 07:37 AM

PvP Rating & Conquest Item Adjustments
Originally Posted by Daxarri (Blue Tracker)
As many of you are aware there was an issue which allowed players to reach unexpectedly high Match Making Values. While that issue has since been resolved, we're taking steps to control what occurred while it was active.


  • All existing items requiring 2200 rating will have their minimum level requirement temporarily increased to make those items unusable. This change is currently planned to be reverted on January 25.
  • Weapons which require a 2200 rating will be unavailable for purchase. This limitation is also planned for reversion on January 25.
  • All player and team ratings for arenas will be reduced to a maximum of 1500. (Player, team and matchmaking ratings below 1500 will not be affected)
  • Match Making Values for all players will be set to 1500.

In addition, the "best week rating" will be reduced to a maximum of 1500 to match the rating change, which will in turn be used to determine next week's max weekly Conquest Points. The maximum Conquest Points given for next week will be set to 1343 to match the number that would be obtainable with a rating of 1500.

Non-Crafters can no longer roll on Chaos Orbs
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
This is a bug. A hotfix was applied about an hour ago that changes it so Chaos Orbs will only be available for Need rolls by characters with Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, and Engineering (minimum skill of 425 required). This fix may not appear until the next time realms are restarted, which is likely to be early tomorrow morning.

Cataclysm Hotfixes - December 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the release of patch 4.0.3a and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. While many have already been deployed on all realms, some may not be implemented until the next time your realm is restarted. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied.

December 21
General
  • Weekly resets and calculations which occur during regular maintenance should no longer be applied one hour early, which should prevent them from being run twice.
  • The sell prices for the 7th and 8th bank tabs purchased with guild level 5 are now 0.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Hunter pets now benefit from the 1% increased hit chance from the Draenei racial Heroic Presence.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Flame Orb is now benefiting from Clearcasting procs, is not costing any mana when using the buff, and removing the buff correctly when used.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Damage dealt to the paladin by Hand of Sacrifice correctly breaks all forms of a mage's Polymorph.
  • Light of Dawn is now properly locked out when the Holy spell tree is locked out and cannot be used for the duration of the lock.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The healing effect from Atonement is now being effected by healing modifiers correctly.

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Rogues lose any stored combo points upon entering an Arena, preventing the use of abilities such as Slice n' Dice.

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Unleash Frost is now correctly categorized as a snare effect and is properly removed when spells such as Hand of Freedom are cast.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The Soulburn effect can now be used on alternate spells if the first attempt to use the Soulburn effect fails.
  • Warlocks should no longer get an “Invalid Target Error” when trying to summon a player into a raid instance. If the player is ineligible to enter the instance, they will get an error that they are already locked upon accepting the summon.

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Bladestorm now deals 150% normalized weapon damage as advertised. It was incorrectly dealing 100% normalized weapon damage.

Dungeons & Raids
Blackrock Caverns
  • The duration of the Superheated Quicksilver Armor debuff on Karsh Steelbender is now 17 seconds, up from 12 seconds. The encounter was too hard to tank and went against our intended fight mechanics. The display for this buff may not properly update until a client-side patch is applied.
  • Rom'ogg Bonecrusher's Chains of Woe should no longer push players under the world.

Blackwing Descent
  • Magmaw's Pillar of Flame now prefers targets further than 15 yards away for Lava Parasites and will not be cast more than once per 30 seconds.
  • Lava Parasites now only apply their melee attack proc to players who are targeted. Lava Parasites are functioning normally and cannot infest a player with more than 3 Parasite debuffs active. Snared Lava Parasites will function like other creatures and switch to a nearby target if it becomes available, making them a viable target for Infestation.
  • Drakonid Chainwielders and Drakonid Drudges had too many hit points in the 10-player version. Their hit points have been reduced.
  • Drakonid Drudges will charge another target if the furthest target is more than 80 yards away.

Gnomeregan
  • Mekgineer Thermaplugg is no longer using outdated abilities and has a shiny new list of abilities to use. He is also no longer immune to taunts.

The Stonecore
  • Corborus should no longer reset if any of the Rock Borers evade.
  • Ozruk can now be mined and has an appropriate loot table.

Professions
  • Chaos Orbs can now only been seen and rolled on by characters with a minimum skill level of 425 in Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, or Engineering.
  • Elemental Goos now drop 100% of the time off of Cataclysm elementals for the Jewelcrafting daily quest.
  • Stone Bats in Deepholm can no longer be skinned.
  • Nightsabers in Teldrassil are able to be skinned now without issue.
  • Engineers are no longer able to use the Spinal Healing Injector or Z50 Mana Gulper tinkers in Arenas.
  • Rare Archaeology finds should now grant triple skill gains.
  • The progress on the guild achievement That's a Lot of Travel Time no longer goes up each time players complete the repeatable quest "Could I get a Fishing Flier?"

PvP
Arenas
  • All 28 of the Vicious Gladiator 2200 rating weapons now require level 86 to equip. This is a temporary fix to prevent items which were obtained prematurely due to a bug causing Arena rating inflation from being used.
  • All weapon, ranged, and off-hand items which require a 2200 rating have been temporarily removed from their respective vendors. This is a temporary fix to prevent items from being obtained prematurely due to a bug causing Arena rating inflation.
  • Engineers are no longer able to use the Spinal Healing Injector or Z50 Mana Gulper tinkers in Arenas.
  • Rogues lose any stored combo points upon entering an Arena, preventing the use of abilities such as Slice n' Dice.
  • Demolishers are properly spawning in at the beginning of Round 2 in Strand of the Ancients as Preparation fades.

Quests & Creatures
Deepholm
  • Quest credit for killing Fungalmancer Glop should now be awarded to all players on his threat list.

Durotar
  • Attempting to use the Drowned Thunder Lizard Tail outside of Durotar now returns the error "You need to be in Durotar".

Twilight Highlands
  • The Deathwing cutscene should now dismiss pets for better viewing opportunities.
  • Cadaver Collage's hit points in Crucible of Carnage have been increased. The poison clouds that are left on the ground now despawn when Cadaver Collage begins casting Inhale. When Cadaver Collage begins to float away, it now displays an explosion animation after a few seconds and the player is removed from combat. This occurs within a few seconds, much faster than it previously took to leave combat.

Vashj'ir
  • The Submerged buff for the quest "Quicksilver Submersion" will no longer persist outside of the Upper Silvermarsh subzone. In addition, the Submerged buff does not count as Stealth on either a druid or rogue.
by Published on 2010-12-21 09:13 AM

Update - Added a very important rule to the contest.
  • New content only - I have absolutely no way to check if you're the original author of a guide if you already posted it somewhere else. People caught cheating by stealing other people's work on other sites will be permanently banned from the forums.

MMO-Champion Guide Contest - Win a Mottled Drake and a Riding Turtle!
After the ridiculously popular Facebook giveaways during the week-end, I came to the conclusion that my users like free stuff and I decided to kick it up a notch with a contest.


Prizes
All the TCG related prizes, including the mounts, are courtesy of WoWTCGLoot.com who was nice enough to send tons of awesome stuff my way.



Your guide
  • The only thing you have to do is to write the best guide you can! It can be anything, raid guide, auction house guide, profession guide, class guides, addons configuration guide, guide on how to make your level 1 alt look awesome, guide on how to tweak and optimize WoW, etc ... The possibilities are endless.
  • Picking something original is nice, but keep in mind that the main purpose of a guide is to be helpful. Also keep in mind that it has to be related to WoW!!!
  • I think any kind of content is allowed as long as it can go on the main page. Pictures will make anything better and I strongly suggest that you use them (and don't rush them on paint) but you can totally expand to videos or HTML/Javascript (keep it simple, please)
  • If you plan to use HTML/Javascript you will have to host that part of your guide on your own site, I won't let you embed it on the forums for very obvious security reasons.
  • If you need to upload images, use imgur.com, they're nice.

Contest Rules
  • The contest starts as soon as this news post goes up and will end on Tuesday 28th December at 08:00PM GMT.
  • Your guide has to be posted in the Guide Submission Forum. One entry per person.
  • New content only - I have absolutely no way to check if you're the original author of a guide if you already posted it somewhere else. People caught cheating by stealing other people's work on other sites will be permanently banned from the forums.
  • You are free to edit the content of your guide until the end of the contest, on Tuesday 28th December at 08:00PM GMT the forums will be locked and all the guides there will be reviewed.
  • Other forum users can not see your guide and will not steal your ideas. To prevent any drama the guides are also hidden for moderators and global moderators and the only people who can see them are the Administrators (who aren't allowed to participate, obviously).
  • The winners are the people who come up with the best guide. They will be announced shortly after the end of the contest and the winning guides will be published on the front page over the next few days.
  • After all the winners have been announced and their guides published on the front page, the guides submission forum will become public and users will be free to check any of the guide submitted during the contest.

Good luck!


Maloriak 25-Man Heroic World First Kill by Premonition
Premonition (US - Sen'jin) was the first guild in the world to be the Slayers of Stupid, Incompetent, and Disappointing Minions. Congratulations to them! (And because you're all going to ask, yes, the title is temporary)



Chimaeron 10-Man Heroic World First Kill by Ensidia
Ensidia keeps progressing in 10-man mode and got the world first kill on their 4th boss: Chimaeron in the Blackwing Descent. Congratulations to them!



Cataclysm Hotfixes - Updated Dec. 20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the release of patch 4.0.3a and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. While many have already been deployed on all realms, some may not be implemented until the next time your realm is restarted. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied.

December 20
General
  • Paid services now allow characters level 81 or higher to be transferred with up to 50,000 gold.
  • Several Winter's Veil decorations and NPCs have been checked for proper placement.
  • Silverbound Treasure Chests can now be opened and looted correctly.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Cobra Shot is no longer refreshing the duration of the Wyvern Sting damage-over-time effect. Cobra Shot is correctly extending the damage-over-time effect applied by Serpent Sting.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Conjuring refreshments no longer count toward achievements like Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic" and Time To Open A Restaurant.
  • Impact is no longer applying damage-over-time effects to enemy targets who are not within line-of-sight of the original target. A target in line-of-sight with the original target is still affected appropriately, even if they are not in sight of the mage.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The range of the heal on Atonement has been increased to 15 yards. It has been verified to be working correctly for the priest and party/raid members.
  • Chakra is no longer consumed by a Prayer of Mending bounce.
  • Guardian Spirit's capped value did not rise properly from level 80-85. This has been corrected.

Dungeons & Raids
  • Lava Surgers present in several dungeons now have loot and can be mined.

Bastion of Twilight
  • Cho'gall's Worshipping effect can now correctly be interrupted with stuns and other interrupt abilities.
  • Valiona will now prioritize taking flight and interrupt Devouring Flames if it's cast during a transition.

Blackrock Caverns
  • Bellows Slaves no longer grant reputation.

Blackwing Descent
  • Lava Parasites will no longer cause the Magmaw encounter to reset if they Evade. In addition, their mounting range has been reduced to 5 yards and they can fail to mount when attacking players.

Grim Batol
  • Quests for Grim Batol are now appropriately flagged as dungeon quests.

Halls of Origination
  • Players are now able to zone into the dungeon if Anraphet is in combat.

Lost City of the Tol'vir
  • The Lockmaw encounter no longer resets if a Frenzied Crocolisk Evades.
  • Players are now able to zone into the dungeon if General Hussam is in combat.

The Stonecore
  • Ozruk's Paralyze ability is not supposed to critically hit and has been fixed.

Items
  • The buff from Corrupted Egg Shell will no longer absorb more than its intended amount.
  • Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade is no longer showing as available for purchase by any class but death knights.
  • Several shirts have been corrected so they no longer cause a player's item level to increase. They are item level 1.

Professions
  • The search radius to find an Archaeology node from the Archaeology ability Survey has been increased. This will result in fewer searches needed while in the "green" range of surveying.
  • The Alchemy specialization Elixir Master was granting extra potion procs instead of Potion Master when used on Cataclysm level recipes. The potions found to be causing this have been fixed.
  • Both Willful Ember Topaz and Lucent Ember Topaz no longer award skill past 515 Jewelcrafting skill. The designs still show as grey in the Profession window, but no longer award skill up to 525.
  • Several cooking recipes were not counting toward the achievement Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic" and have been updated. Note that Darkbrew Lager, Highland Spirits, and Chocolate Cookie are not intended to count for this achievement.

PvP
  • Killing a level 85 dwarf mage now properly updates the achievement criteria for Dwarf Slayer.
  • The return portal from Tol Barad now takes players to the appropriate capital city near the portal to Tol Barad.

Quests & Creatures
  • Shy Highlands Turkeys in Twilight Highlands are now coming out to play for achievements.
by Published on 2010-12-20 11:49 AM

Update - Moved the Hunter Pets to their own tables and added maps for each one of them!

Cataclysm Rare and Rare Elite Monsters (with the help of Simca)
In Cataclysm, there are the standard rare spawns like there have always been. They drop blues and some additional gold and there are quite a few in every zone. However, there are also a few special rares that deserve a mention.
Originally Posted by http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/23128/thank-you-for-the-outdoor-raid-bosses
We agree with you, which is why these aren't outdoor raid bosses. A good STRONG 5 player group should be able to handle these bosses, but you certainly have the option to make a raid and give it a shot as well. Good luck.

1. 5-man World Bosses
There are five of these new world bosses, one in each zone. Each one has 3-5 abilities (Julak-Doom has a mind control, Xariona does void zones, etc), but they're mostly straightforward fights. Each drops several hundred gold and one specific item.

Note: The Whale Shark and Vaskar don't count because they drop no loot and aren't rare.

NPC IDNameZoneItem
50056GarrMount HyjalGarr's Girdle of Memories
50009MobusAbyssal Depths, Vashj'irMobus's Vile Halberd
50061XarionaDeepholmXariona's Spectral Claws
50063AkmahatUldumBelt of a Thousand Mouths
50089Julak-DoomTwilight HighlandsBeak of Julak-Doom





2. Special Rares
There are two other rare spawns that function in very unique ways, and both reward very interesting mounts.

2.1 Aeonaxx - Deepholm (Flying Mount)
The first of the two is Aeonaxx, who flies around Deepholm. The unique part is that you don't attack Aeonaxx to engage him. He starts out friendly, and then you right-click him to mount him like a vehicle. From here on, the fight takes place entirely on his back and he will erratically fly around Deepholm presumably trying to shake you off. The only source of damage to you in this fight is little whelp adds that Aeonaxx will call to his aid. When killed, he drops Reins of the Phosphorescent Stone Drake.


2.2 Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
The second rare is even more strange. There are rare spawn Mysterious Camel Figurines around Uldum. When clicked on, sometimes these figurines will just disappear and leave you with vendor trash. Other times, it will teleport you to an area between Feralas and Silithus called the "The Steam Pools", which has its separate zone channel and everything. An elite will spawn called Dormus the Camel-Hoarder. The actual fight against Dormus is very easy as he doesn't hit very hard at all. When he is dead, he will drop Reins of the Grey Riding Camel!


The problem is, Mysterious Camel Figurines are extremely rare, already extremely camped, and not that easy to spot... I think you'll just never get this mount... Bah, ok, I'll help.


3. NPCScan to the Rescue!
NPCScan is an addon that will make your life considerably easier, it tracks rare monsters by proximity alone and completely removes the need of a /Target macro to check if a rare monster is in range. The thing is, Mysterious Camel Figurines are handled as creature by the game and using NPCScan to find them will work just fine!



The current version of NPCScan isn't updated for Cataclysm because the add-on builds its list of rare-elites by scanning the achievement, sadly there isn't any achievement to hunt rare monsters in Cataclysm. To scan for Cataclysm rare monsters, type /npcscan in-game and add their creatureID (left column in the table below) and their name to the list of custom NPCs to track.

NPC IDNameZoneNote
50409Mysterious Camel FigurineUldumSee 2.2 Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
50410Mysterious Camel FigurineUldumSee 2.2 Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
50411Mysterious Camel FigurineUldumSee 2.2 Dormus the Camel-Hoarder



That's how you want it to look (I deleted the pre-built WotLK custom NPCs, you don't have to do that)


3.1 Hunter Rare Pets
You can obviously use it to scan all the rares included in the expansion, for example it's incredibly useful if you're a hunter looking for rare pets!

NPC IDNameZoneNote
50051GhostcrawlerVashj'ir - Abyssal DepthsTameable (See the article)
50058TerrorpeneMount HyjalTameable
49822JadefangDeepholmTameable + Tiny Shale Spider
51403Madexx (Black)UldumTameable
51404Madexx (Blue)UldumTameable
51401Madexx (Red)UldumTameable
51402Madexx (Green)UldumTameable
50154Madexx (Yellow)UldumTameable
50159SambasTwilight HighlandsTameable
50138KaromaTwilight HighlandsTameable





3.2 Level 80+ Rare Monsters
Also, even if there isn't any rare-related achievement for Cataclysm it's always a nice boost of experience when find one while you're leveling alts. I listed most of them but a few are probably missing.

NPC IDNameZoneNote
51079Captain FoulwindVashj'ir - Shimmering Expanse
51071Captain FlorenceVashj'ir - Shimmering Expanse
50005PoseidusVashj'ir - Shimmering Expanse
50052Burgy BlackheartVashj'ir - Shimmering Expanse
49913Lady LaLaVashj'ir - Kelp'thar Forest
50050Shok'sharakVashj'ir - Abyssal Depths
50053Thartuk the ExileMount Hyjal
50057BlazewingMount Hyjal
50060TerborusDeepholm
50059GolgarokDeepholm
50064Cyrus the BlackUldum
50409Mysterious Camel FigurineUldumSee 2.2 Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
50410Mysterious Camel FigurineUldumSee 2.2 Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
50411Mysterious Camel FigurineUldumSee 2.2 Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
50065ArmagedilloUldum
50085Overlord SunderfuryTwilight Highlands
50086Tarvus the VileTwilight Highlands



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