Alt Appreciation: Monk week

Laeleiweyn of World of Lae started a challenge where we are to celebrate our alts. Every class has its own week and during that week we’ll post something about that class.

I haven’t had time to finish my alt appreciation posts, because I went away on holiday after mage week and when I got back there was just so much going on. But I’ll continue now and I might post more than one post each week.

Monk

Monkweek

First time I played a monk was on the Mists of Pandaria beta. My boyfriend had decided to reroll monk and level up on the release day so I thought I’d keep him company and level a monk with him. I wrote a post about our plan and how we prepared, you can read it here. The plan worked very well and we had good use of all the pots, flasks and gear we had prepared. It’s was a lot of fun to level a monk up for the first time. But I decided to switch to my druid when my monk hit 85 because my druid was still going to be my main. My plan was to level up the monk after but it’s still stuck on level 85. But I haven’t forgotten about it, and I will level it up to 90 one day.

Mists of Pandaria FAQ

Mists of Pandaria has been out for almost a week now and I’ve seen people ask the same questions over and over again, so I thought I’d answer some of them here. Please let me know if there is anything you think I should add.

Is there a new city in Pandaria?
Alliance and Horde has their own city in Vale of Eternal Blossom. The Alliance one is called Shrine of Seven Stars and the Horde one is called Shrine of Two Moons. It has different vendors, profession trainers, quartermasters, reforger, bank, void storage, portals to all the other cities and much more. Auction house only for engineers.

How do I get to the Vale of Eternal Blossom?
You need to do a quest chain to open up the Vale. It starts with the quest A Celestial Experience but you might also start it with the optional quest Temple of the White Tiger which will lead you to the first I mentioned.

Where is the Mists of Pandaria flight trainer and when can I learn to fly?
The Pandaria flying skill is called Wisdom of the Four Winds and is available from the flying trainers Cloudrunner Leng (Alliance) in Shrine of Seven Stars and Skydancer Shun (Horde) in Shrine of Two Moons. You need to be level 90 and have completed the quests to open Vale of Eternal Blossom.

How can I get a shoulder enchant?
Shoulder enchants are now made by scribes (inscription) and you can buy them off the auction house or get a scribe to craft one for you. They come in two different qualities, epic and uncommon, and four different stats.

Crane Wing Inscription 120 intellect + 80 critical strike
Greater Crane Wing Inscription 200 intellect + 100 critical strike

Ox Horn Inscription 180 stamina + 80 dodge
Greater Ox Horn Inscription 300 stamina + 100 dodge

Tiger Claw Inscription 120 agility + 80 critical strike
Greater Tiger Claw Inscription 200 agility + 100 critical strike

Tiger Fang Inscription 120 strength + 80 critical strike
Greater Tiger Fang Inscription 200 strength + 100 critical strike

There is also a special secret one for scribes only which has higher stats

Where are the daily quests and how many can I do each day?
There will be max 48 daily quests available per day. They are available from the Pandaria factions and you will gain reputation and other rewards as Valor points.

Where are the Valor/Justice points vendors?
Valor/Justice point items are available at the different Pandaria faction’s quartermasters, you will need both reputation and points to buy items. There are two Justice/Valor point vendors who sells all the items from the different factions in Niuzao Temple.

Where are the Honor/Conquest points vendors?
They are on the wall in Pandaria. The Horde vendor is located in a tower in Hellscream’s Fist (Horde flight path) in Townlong Steppes. I don’t play Alliance but I’ve been told that the Alliance vendor is located in the northern tower on the wall in Valley of the Four Winds, I guess it’s also near an Alliance flight path. Please correct if it’s wrong.

Is there a new Ring of Blood in Pandaria?
Yes, it’s a scenario called Arena of Annihilation and is for level 90s only. It’s located in the Temple of the White tiger in Kun-Lai Summit. Gurgthock gives you the quest The Arena of Annihilation which will reward you with 450 item level weapon.

Where can I buy a yak mount and how much does it cost?
The yak mounts can be bought from Uncle Bigpocket at the Grummble Bazaar in Kun-Lai Summit. The Gray and Blonde Riding Yak costs 3000 g before discounts and the Grand Expedition Yak with vendor/repair and reforger costs 12000 g before discounts.

Why can’t I send heirlooms to my pandaren?
You can’t send anything to your pandaren until it has reached level 10 and chosen a faction. There are no mailboxes in the pandaren starting zone.

Which races can be a monk?
Every race except goblin and worgen can be monks.

Which classes can you chose as a pandaren?
Pandaren can be hunters, mages, priests, shamans, rogues, warriors and monks.

 

Preparing for MoP and monk leveling

There is only one and a half week left until Mists of Pandaria release. I’ve already preordered the game from my local game store and will be there at their midnight opening. I’m in no rush to be the first to level up, but of course I want to be able to play that night.

I’m not going to reroll, but I think I’ll level a monk at release, at least to level 85 and then switch to my druid, mostly because think monk is an interesting and fun class and because my bf is going to reroll a monk and it would be nice if we could play together.

I know most people who are leveling monks at release are planning on leveling by questing, but I find questing so boring so we thought we’d level by instances if the queue is good, also because I’d like to try to level as Mistweaver and he’d like to level as Brewmaster. So we’ve already leveled a bit on the beta, been trying to choose race and which zone to start in and where to continue and when untill we get to 15 and are able to queue for dungeons. We won’t level pandarians cause there will be so crowded, imagine both Horde and Alliance, in the start zone. And there is no mailbox there so we won’t be able to send any heirlooms or join a guild. So I’m thinking tauren, mostly because I love taurens and they look cute and funny, so not choosing for the racial.

We tried leveling together in one zone by doing quests which was slow, took us about 2 hours to get to level 15 including moving to the same zone. Then we tried leveling by ourselves in our own start zone which went faster but we ran out of good quests in the end and spend more time running between the quest area and the quest giver, so it was optimal. We then decided we’d only quest to level 9 in the start zone and then move to a 10-20 zone where you can actually start at level 9 and with heirlooms you won’t have trouble getting through the quests. Questing together to level 15 went fine, it didn’t take that long but it wasn’t exactly fast either and I guess it’ll be slower on live cause there will be more people doing the same quests.

Then we read around on the internet about people leveling 1-10 insanely fast and we couldn’t see how they had done it, before they wrote they’d been grinding mobs all the way, so we decided to test it out. We spend around 30 minutes on 1-10 which is 1 1/2 hour less than by questing. So we’ve finally decided we’ll grind mobs up to level 9, then move to a level 10-20 zone, maybe do a few quests and then grind more mobs till level 15.

I’ve also made a map of where I’m planning to go and marked of rare mobs just incase since they give extra experience.

The plan is:

  • Create a monk with the already chosen and reserved name
  • Send heirlooms, bags and other items
  • Log in on monk
  • Get invited to the guild
  • Equip all items and we’re ready to go
  • Grind mobs in the start area of the starting zone until level 4-5
  • Move to the next part of the starting zone and grind more mobs
  • Follow the route on the map I made
  • Fly to Orgrimmar on level 9
  • Set heartstone in Valley of Honor
  • Go to Azshara and do the first quests outside the gate
  • Take the rocket way to the southernmost station
  • Grind mobs until level 15
  • Heartstone to Orgrimmar
  • Visit trainer and bank
  • Send more items
  • Ready for dungeons!

I’ve also made a list of things I need to fix before the launch.

To do list:

  • Farm mats for leveling professions on monk
  • Level herbalism on my warlock and farm mats for glyphs
  • Kill mount bosses: Tempest Keep, Onyxia, Eye of Eternity, Zul Gurub, Vault of Archavon, Deathwing heroic, Ragnaros heroic
  • Clean out bank and bags on different characters
  • Craft weightstones
  • Prepare heirlooms with enchants, pots, food etc for the monk
  • Craft leg enchants and maybe a few gems
  • Come up with a good name and reserve it
  • Clean off the computer, mouse, headset, Nostromo and desk
  • Scan computer for viruses etc

I’ve gathered, bought and crafted a bunch of items for the monk but I’m not sure if I’ve got everything I need. I’ve seen some people’s screenshots of their bank etc and they’ve got shitloads of everything.

Here is what I’ve got so far:

  • Heirlooms for DPS and healing with enchants
    • Venerable Mass of McGowan x2 with +15 agility and Dignified Headmaster’s Charge with +22 intellect
    • Stained Shadowcraft Cap and Preened Tribal War Feathers
    • Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders and Preened Ironfeather Shoulders
    • Stained Shadowcraft Tunic and Preened Ironfeather Breastplate
    • Inherited Cape of the Black Baron with +8 agility and +8 dodge and Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak with +70 armor
    • Swift Hand of Justice x2 and Discerning Eye of the Beast x2
  • Reowned Guild Tabard
  • Wizard Oils
  • Swimspeed Potion
  • Swiftness Potion
  • Mana Potions for all levels
  • Elixir of Wisdom
  • Elixir of Greater Intellect
  • Elixir of Water Walking
  • Elixir of the Sages
  • Adept’s Elixir
  • Spellpower Elixir
  • Flask of the Frost Wyrm
  • Flask of Pure Mojo
  • Flask of Draconic Mind
  • Adventurer’s Journal
  • Runescroll of Fortitude
  • Food buffs and water
  • Bags for inventory and bank
  • Enchant Boots – Minor Speed and some stacks of other useful enchants for boots, gloves and bracers
  • Rings and necks for different levels
  • Other green items for use on early levels
  • Weapon for level 81
  • Glyphs
  • Vicious set for level 85
  • Darkbrand set for level 80-83

I’ve also organized all items so I know what I’m going to send right away and what I’m going to send later. I’ve gathered all profession items on one character so they’re ready. I’ve chosen engineering and enchanting, but I won’t level them right away of course but wait till I’m done leveling.

So I think I’ve got the most important things, or can you come up with anything I’ve forgotten? And what are you going to do at release?