Flapping Owl

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I finally got my hands on Glyph of the Flapping Owl on the beta! This video was uploaded to YouTube a few weeks ago and I sent the uploader a message to ask where I could get the glyph and I got the name of a player who could craft the glyph. I sent an in-game mail to the player and got a glyph in return the next day. Thank you!

I’ve been wanting to try out this glyph since I first heard about it. The ability “fly” in moonkin form, either as a slowfall or fly a short distance (more of a leap), is something I’ve been wanting for years now so I can’t wait for it to go live in Warlords of Draenor!

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It’s a minor glyph which teaches you the ability Flap. “You flap your wings, slowing your falling speed”. It’s channeled, and you can press it over and over again as it’s about to run out and you can flap around forever. It even works on the ground and it looks like you’re flying.

This glyph is exclusive with Glyph of the Stars, so you can’t use both of them at the same time. You need inscription and at least 600 skill to learn the glyph through Research: Warbinder’s Ink but a scribe who discovered the recipe can sell it to other scribes who can learn to craft it with 295 skill.

A must have for all balance druids, right?

No update to the Moonkin Form

It started in Wrath of the Lich King and patch 3.2 when Blizzard announced the new Cat and Bear Form. I assumed Moonkin Form would be up next together with Travel Form and Aquatic Form. Cataclysm was announced and we were told that trolls could be druids and I immediately thought of Moonkin Form update again, but Cataclysm was released and we only got a new Flight Form for worgen and troll druids. Again I assumed Moonkin Form would be next.

Time went on and Mists of Pandaria was released together with new Travel Form and Aquatic Form. But what about Moonkin Form? We got a glyph. A glyph which makes us able to look like we’re out of form when we actually are in Moonkin Form. Do they think that the glyph is what they gave to us and that we’re happy with it? I wonder if they really think that it’s right to update everything except the Moonkin Form, why not complete all the druid forms and be done with it? I’ve been a Moonkin since the day my first druid hit level 40 and was able to put a talent point in Moonkin Form. Back then it was adorable and funny, and it kind of still is, but I wish it looked less pixelated now when everything else looks so smooth and beautiful.

Now they’re updating all the original race models, which is also about time. Even the Draenei and Blood Elf. But what’s left after that? Moonkin Form.

This weekend at BlizzCon I hoped someone would ask about it in the Q & A, but none did, so I tweeted my question to Kat Hunter Metzen and I was happy to get an answer even if it wasn’t the answer I had hoped for.

Oh, man, we have given a lot of love to druids over time
with their different forms, so the moonkin will have to wait
a little bit longer

I guess they will update it some time in the future, if not in Warlords of Draenor, then maybe the next one, or the one after that, I won’t hold my breath.

I am one with nature

One with Nature is a new spell you get Glyph of One with Nature. The spell will teleport you to a random natural location. It’s a fun spell because you can use it as a teleporter if you need to get somewhere and got your heartstone on cooldown or if you just want to go someplace random on an adventure. I spent a while teleporting around the world and took some screenshots of the locations I got.

Paoquan Hollow – Valley of the Four Winds

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Grove of the Ancients – Darkshore

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The Jade Forest

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Moonglade

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The Tainted Forest – Blasted Lands

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The Whispering Forest

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Sholazar Basin

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Alt Appreciation: Druid week

Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has started this new challenge where we are to celebrate our alts for the next 11 weeks. Every class has its own week and during that week we’ll post something about that class.

I have many good memories from playing a druid and I still got all of my old screenshots.

I was leveling my first character, a male tauren warrior, when I first saw a druid in moonkin form and I knew I just had to level my own druid just to get moonkin form because it looked so funny.

So I created my first druid, another male tauren, named Avondrood which is dutch and means “evening red” or “sunset”. I leveled him and was so happy when I got the moonkin form.

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He was my alt till the end of Naxxramas in Wrath of the Lich King when I rerolled to help out my guild. I enjoyed playing balance druid but I didn’t have much experience or gear. But when Ulduar was released I applied to an Alliance guild, this was before faction change so I had to level a new druid. My old druid, Avondrood is still level 80 and wearing his old gear today.

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My new druid was a female night elf named Syrco, I raided with her through Ulduar, ToC and ICC.

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Faction change was introduced and I wanted to play Horde again, so I applied to Ash and joined them. So my druid became a male tauren.

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Time went on, Cataclysm was announced and trolls got to be druids, so I race changed to troll because I wanted to try something different and I wanted the racial cooldown.

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It wasn’t that much of a change to be a troll because I spent most of my time in moonkin form. I’m still a troll today but now with the Glyph of Stars because I wanted to see my transmog.

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I love being a druid because there are so many different possibilities, I can change form, look different, fly without mount, swim fast, be invisible, dps both as melee and ranged, heal, tank and so much more. My favorite memory from begin a druid is getting the legendary staff, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest, because it took a lot of work and time to kill all those bosses and gather the required items, and it was a great experience.

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Balance druid pre-raid gear

Pre-raid gear in Mists of Pandaria 

This is an updated version of this list of pre-raid gear for level 90 balance druids. First is a list with the best items sorted by slot, next is a list of factions and items, then a list with gear from dungeons and last professions. These lists are made for balance druids but might also work well for restoration druids and mistweaver monks as they use the same gear.

It’s still work in progress, so I will update it if anything changes or if there is more to add.

Best in Slot (BiS) – pre-raid

I’m not 100% sure these items are absolutely BiS pre-raid, but they’re good choices and what I’ll be going for unless something changes.

Head
Snowdrift Helm (2250 VP Shado-Pan revered)
Hood of Viridian Residue (Vizier Jin’bak – Siege of the Niuzao Temple heroic)

Neck
Burning Necklace of the Golden Lotus (quest: The Final Power, Valeof Eternal Blossoms)
Pendant of Precise Timing (Saboteur Kip’tilak – Gate of the Setting Sun heroic)

Shoulders
Whitepetal Shouldergarb (1750 VP Golden Lotus revered)
Incarnadine Scarlet Spaulders (High Inquisitor Whitemane – Scarlet Monastery heroic)

Cloak
Cloak of Snow Blossoms (1250 VP Shado-Pan revered)
Sagewhisper’s Wrap (1250 VP Shado-Pan revered)
Cloak of Overwhelming Corruption (Preotectors of the Endless (Elite) – Terrace of Endless Spring)
Scorched Earth CLoak (Brother Korloff – Scarlet Monastery heroic)

Chest
Nightfire Robe – LW
Wildblood Vest – LW
Mistfall Robes (2250 VP – Golden Lotus revered)
Chestguard of Despair (Sha of Doubt – Temple of the Jade Serpent heroic)

Bracers
Clever Ashyo’s Armbands (1250 VP – The August Celestials revered)
Star Summoner Bracers (Gu Cloudstrike – Shado-Pan Monastery heroic)

Gloves
Liferuned Leather Gloves – LW
Wildblood Gloves – LW
Ogo’s Elder Gloves (1750 VP The August Celestials revered)
Rattling Gloves (Rattlegore – Scholomance heroic)

Belt
Klaxxi Lash of the Harbringer (1750 VP Klaxxi revered)
Hurricane Belt (Trial of the King – Mogu’shan Palace heroic)

Legs
Wind-Reaver Greaves (2250 VP Klaxxi revered)
Darkbinder Leggings (Taran Zhu – Shado-Pan Monastery heroic)

Boots
Asani’s Uncleansed Sandals (Protectors of the Endless (elite) – Terrace of Endless Spring)
Treads of Corrupted Water (Wise Mari – Temple of the Jade Serpent heroic)

Rings
Watersoul Signet (Protectors of the Endless (elite) – Terrace of Endless Spring)
Simple Harmonius Ring (1250 VP Golden Lotus revered)
Seal of the Lucid (Quest: Shadow of the Empire Dread Wastes)

Trinkets
Relic of Yu’lon (Quest: Darkmoon Serpent Deck)
Flashfrozen Resin Globule (Vizier Jin’bal – Siege of the Niuzao Temple heroic)
Blossom of Pure Snow (1750 VP – Shado-Pan revered)
Vision of the Predator (Striker Ga’dok – Gate of the Setting Sun heroic)

Weapon
Regail’s Crackling Dagger (Protectors of the Endless (elite) – Terrace of Endless Spring)
Inscribed Crane Staff – Inscription
Carapace Breaker (Raigonn – Gate of the Setting Sun heroic)
Gustwalker Staff (Wing Leader Ner’onok – Siege of the Niuzao Temple heroic)

Off-hand
Inscribed Jade Fan – Inscription
Record of Mysterious Deeds (Gai-Cho Earthtalker Townlong Steppes)
Bottle of Potent Potables (Hoptallus – Stormstout Brewery heroic)

Items sorted by faction/drop

Factions

The August Celestials

Honored

Revered

Shado-Pan

Honored

Revered

The Klaxxi

Honored

Revered

Exalted

Golden Lotus

Honored

Revered

Dungeons

Gate of the Setting Sun

Mogu’shan Palace

Scarlet Halls

Scarlet Monastery

Scholomance

Shado-Pan Monastery

Siege of Niuzao Temple

Stormstout Brewery

Temple of the Jade Serpent

Professions

Leatherworking

Inscription

Quests for Darkmoon trinkets

Alchemy

Engineering

Patch day!

Patch day is finally here on EU realms! I’m really looking forward to the new talents and new abilities cause I think it makes moonkin much more fun to play. I’ve already spent some time leveling up and playing heroics and battlegrounds on the beta, so I’m looking forward to see how it is on live. Account-wide pets and mounts is also great cause I’ve got some mounts I like a lot on characters I rarely play.

What I like the most about the moonkin changes is Wild Charge which I’ve found myself using a lot especially in battlegrounds to jump backwards, like a hunter would use Disengage, and used when not in a form you’ll jump to a friendly target, so I’ve macroed it so I can press it twice and jump to a player.

Astral Communication is also something I’ve been looking forward to cause it allows you to change and control your Lunar or Solar power outside of combat, so you can choose which one you want before the combat starts.

What I’m not looking forward to as much is downloading the patch which usually takes a while and this “reconfiguring game files” which it’s doing right now, looks like it’ll take forever. I think I also have to update most of my addons and maybe fix  them in-game, cause some of them resetted after I updated them yesterday.

I will update my moonkin guide some day when I got time, but if you’re looking for a complete guide right now, check out Icy Veins’ Balance Druid PvE guide for patch 5.0.4.