IntPiPoMo 25/50 Pandaria

IntPiPoMo

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I love Pandaria! There are so many beautiful zones and so many great things just waiting to be captured in a screenshot. So I took the trip around Pandaria to find take some shots to share with you.

Secrets of Pandaria

For an adventurer and explorer it’s always fun with a new continent and zones, and I’ve spent so much time flying, running and swimming criss-cross all over Pandaria, I’ve been both high and low, but I haven’t discovered as much as I thought I would. After the Whispering Forest I’ve had very high hopes and expectations to Pandaria and I thought there would be some kind of hidden area or event to find, but after all this searching I’ve started to doubt it. Everything that has been found seems to have a meaning and everyone knows about it so it’s not that special. But I guess I’ll keep on looking.

There are plenty of fun discoveries all around Pandaria, so it’s not like they’ve forgotten about us who loves a small easter egg, hunting rares or collecting vanity and fun items. You’ve most likely heard of the Relic Hunter where you are to find 20 lost treasures hidden in Pandaria and Riches of Pandaria which are hidden grey items which gives a great amount of experience and vendor for around 100 gold.

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite easter eggs, references and fun discoveries in Pandaria.

The Watchers on the Wall

Shado-Pan Wallwatchers can be found on the wall in Pandaria and when you click them they’ll say “We are the watchers on the wall, We are the sword in the shadows.” which is a reference to the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones.

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Up

On a mountain top outside Sri-La Village in the Jade Forest a house with balloons attached to it can be found. Inside the house is a male pandaren named Kar, outside is a grummle named Rusty Nail with a big backpack and there is also a dog called Dig. A great reference to one of my favorite movies, Up.

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Lonesome George

or Lon’li Guju as he’s been named in the game is a flying turtle in Zouchin Village in Kun-Lai. He’s a reference to the Lonesome George who was the last known Pinta Island tortoise. In the game he’s got wings and flies around the coast looking very happy. And if you do a /wave, /hug or /love at him, he’ll follow you around for a while.

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Adele

On the border of Townlong Steppes and Dread Wastes there is an area called The Widening Deep. If you fly around there a little bit and look closely you might discover a female pandaren rolling and rolling in the deep. A reference to the artist Adele and her song “Rolling in the Deep”.

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Ferdinand

He’s a yaungol sitting under the beautiful trees surrounded by flowers in the Arboretum in Jade Forest. It’s a reference to the story about Ferdinand the Bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. You might have seen him in the famous Disney Christmas show From All of Us to All of You.

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The yellow brick road

Far south in the Jade Forest a picture can be seen on the a wall. It looks like the road to Oz in the Wizard of Oz.

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The Jade Witch

You might have done the quest about the Jade Witch in the Jade Forest. She turns people into jade statues which to me is a reference to the white witch in Narnia who turns people into stone statues.

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Other fun discoveries which I don’t know the reference to

There is a male pandaren fishing from an island in the Jade Forest. His name is Ky-Le the Traveller and he says “Here we are in the land down under. It is just as beautiful as the stories I was told as a cub on the Wandering Isle. Though the fish could be larger.”

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I discovered this when I was digging for fragments in Kun-Lai. It looks like a cat and made me think of Hello Kitty.

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Two skeletons playing a game on a mountain top in the Jade Forest.

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Skeletons of dinosaurs or some kind of similar animal surrounded by roses in Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

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A wooden raft with a skeleton, a doll and two birds who look alive cause they move their heads. It can be found in the Jade Forest.

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I have no idea who this guy is! But he can be found in Mistfall Village in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Right now he makes me think of the Lilo & Stitch movies and Elvis, but that might be because I just watched those movies.

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There are plenty of other easter eggs and references in Pandaria, too many to mention them all, though I wish I had them all listed.

What’s your favorite discovery in Pandaria?

My first weeks in Pandaria

We were already online at 00:00 and created our monks and were ready to start leveling when suddenly….

Not surprised as Kazzak is a high populated server and with everyone logging in at the same time and begin on the same place it would be a miracle if the server didn’t go down once, twice or maybe ten times, how many was it again?

But we finally got to level our monks.

It was a lot of fun cause all you need is…

Spinning Crane Kick!

At 85 I switched to my druid and we did some quests in Pandaria, some of them were weird like when we had to throw monkey poop on jinyus

Others were exciting like this one

and some led us to monsters who maybe were a bit too excited to see me

I got to travel by boat through a cave up in the mountains

I got a new mount, this is actually a yak in a quest, but I bought the yak mount later

I learned surfing

I managed to get a target board on my head

and I got a new nick name: Syrco Poppins

I’ve seen a lot of skeletons

But also a few dead bosses

I’ve also waited for hopeless bosses

Ridden a shark

Got a new friend who’s growing

Got trapped behind a wall in Guo-Lai Halls

and beaten up by a plant

But it has pretty much been some very exciting and fun first weeks in Pandaria.

 

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

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.