Moonkin in Legion: Bye bye pixel butt and eclipse

BlizzCon 2015 is over after two awesome days. I watched the live stream which was very good except for some panels which they didn’t show there, so I had to read about it later on Twitter and different WoW fan sites. The Legion panels were very exciting and they announced many changes and updates to druids like Moonkin Form update, info about the artifact weapons, class halls and other druid changes. Druids have a lot to look forward to in Legion.

The biggest news for me was the moonkin model update. If you’ve read some of my older posts about moonkin then you know how long I’ve been waiting for this update. I sent a question to Tom Chilton at last year’s BlizzCon where I asked about when we would get an update to the moonkin model and his answer was:

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

Then, in September this year, Lore wrote the following on the US forums:


Our current plan is that Moonkin Form will indeed receive a high-res model update in Legion.

They indicated that it wouldn’t be a major update, it would still look like the old moonkin form.

Yesterday at the World of Warcraft: Legion – World and Content Overview panel they showed us this picture of the old and the new moonkin form. Julian Morris, lead game designer, said the new model is faithful to the old original but with a ton of character detail and  really expressive.


I’m very happy with what we’ve seen so far because I like the moonkin form, it’s the reason I wanted to start playing a druid when I first leveled one back in The Burning Crusade. All I wanted was an update like the ones bear and cat form got in Cataclysm and it looks like that’s what we’re getting now.

There are a few things I really hope and expect them to add. I want the moonkin form to have unique features for each race, like different looking horns or antlers, maybe fangs on the troll moonkin, different colors and shades, maybe some other features inspired by races and similar to what the cat and bear models got. I also want the colors of the feathers to change depending on which hair or skin color you choose. Like for example if you as a troll choose a white hair color, then your moonkin model will have white and maybe light grey feathers. So basically just like how the cat and bear models work.

Some pictures of the new model were shared a few days ago after someone datamined the Legion beta

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AdriaCraft shared these videos of the new moonkin model animations

Another form that’s getting a much needed update is the sea lion aquatic form. It will pretty much the same but updated.



Blizzard wrote a post about the druid artifact weapons and we learned much more about them at BlizzCon today, notes from MMO-Champion.

  • Artifact power comes from quest bosses, rare spawns, rare drops, dungeons, raids, battlegrounds, arenas
  • Artifact traits are unlocked by artifact power. You start with some traits unlocked. You first unlock active traits that you put on your bar
  • After the active trait there are more choices, some of them passive. Minor traits have multiple ranks, you have to unlock them all to progress into the tree
  • Eventually you can unlock every trait in the tree. You can keep getting smaller power increases after that, so weapon will get more powerful throughout the expansion.
  • Relics can be socketed into the artifact to increase power. Increases item level and gives bonus ranks to some traits
  • Two types of relics for each weapon
  • You can eventually upgrade your artifact. Dungeon and world content lead up to a big upgrade moment. Upgrade will unlock a new model
  • You can also get other models and colors from different types of gameplay
  • Finish questing zones or do something that is significant to your weapon

You have become one of the greatest Druids in Azeroth, deserving of a weapon not only with power—but with a name. 


The balance weapon is called Scythe of Elune and the story tells us:

This mystical artifact was created millennia ago from the Staff of Elune and a fang from the wolf demigod Goldrinn. The Scythe of Elune carries a long and unsettling history for druids: those who are not careful enough can easily be overwhelmed by Goldrinn’s spirit, which infuses the scythe. Tied to the origin of the worgen on Azeroth, the scythe is said to possess untold lunar power for the druid with balance enough to keep control.

I think it’s great that each artifact weapon has a story and unique quests, so I’m looking forward to learning more about my weapon and it’s story.

You can read about the restoration, guardian and feral artifact weapons here.

Class halls: The Dreamgrove – a home for druids

There won’t be any garrisons in Legion, but we’ll have class halls which are an area for your class.

  • Class halls needed to be in a location that strongly represents the class. Dreamgrove is in Val’Sharah where druidism was born in Azeroth
  • Druids almost had a class hall already with Moonglade. It gets pretty close to meeting the criteria, welcoming a variety of druids, but it could do a better job of immersing them in nature, welcoming feral and guardian druids more
  • Druids can reach many other natural places in the world very quickly
  • There is class specific content in the halls
    Every class will have their own variation of Death Gate to quickly go to their class hall and back
  • Class champions are also found in your class hall. You will unfold their backstory over time and see them in the world
  • You will interact with your Scouting Map in your class hall. It lets you select your starting leveling zone and you come back to it for new content later on
  • You will find a shrine in your class hall to unlock traits and work with your artifact weapon
  • There are lots of features and bonuses in the halls. Some are shared among many classes, such as armor stands to show off tier sets you have earned from previous content

More on MMO-Champion

Druid changes – Darkmoon Faire Community Amphitheatre Class Changes Q&A

This panel wasn’t part of the Virtual Ticket, so thanks to Wowhead and Restokin for summarizing the most important points, you can read more on their websites.

I expected to see some changes to the balance spec and I was hoping they would do something about the Eclipse bar because I’ve not been a fan of the changes they did in Warlords of Draenor which is why I have barely played my druid this expansion. I just didn’t like the way the Eclipse just went back and forth all by itself and how I had to constantly stare at that bar to know which spells to use. So these changes made me very happy. We’ll get more info about every class here in a few days.


  • Lots of new talents
  • Base abilities for druids are pruned – less core abilities that enhance other roles
  • New talent – Affinity: A secondary spec, weaker than your main spec. Example: Guardian druid with Balance Affinity has Moonkin Form and can do useful damage.


  • There have been multiple failures with the balance spec and it’s time for a revamp. Core problem with moonkin is the whole spec is a bar cycle on your UI. You are playing the UI game – that’s done.
  • Eclipse is gone
  • Builders and spenders with different strengths and weaknesses and reasons to use them
  • Focus on DOTs but keeps Moonfire, Sunfire, Starfall
  • Stampeding Roar is gone for moonkin
  • Innervate is returning to moonkins as their specific utility and it can be cast on yourself or other players

You can read more about the druid changes in Legion on these sites:

Moonkin in legion: Easy to learn, hard to master by Lissanna of Restokin
Legion Spell Changes – Build 20740 by MMO-Champion
Balance druid Legion Talent Calculator by Wowhead
Balance druid Legion PvP Talent Calculator by Wowhead

Which of these news are you most excited about?

What I hope to see at BlizzCon


Blizzard Watch had this as a breakfast topic a while back and I’ve been thinking about it since. What do I hope to see at BlizzCon?

My first thought was that I was a bit disappointed when they announced the next expansion, Legion, at Gamescom. The reason for that is that prefer BlizzCon to be the event they make big announcements at. It feels more special when we’re all excited and gathered either at BlizzCon or in front of our TVs or computers watching the live stream and waiting for the big reveal. But that’s not what Blizzard chose to do this time and it’s ok. I did of course watch the announcement at Gamescom and the panel after so I know there are enough of things to be excited about.

So I’m of course looking forward to BlizzCon. I’ve watched the stream every year and this year won’t be any different. The plan is to buy the virtual ticket, watch the stream with my boyfriend, eat some good food like pizza or tacos, some snacks and stay up all night to watch the whole thing.

There are many things I’m looking forward to learn more about. Legion is number one of course. I can’t wait to learn more about the story, Demon Hunters, dungeons and raids, transmog changes, PvP changes, the artifact weapons, class order halls and I want to hear some music! Another big thing which I have waited for a long time but I’m not sure if they will say anything about at BlizzCon is the Moonkin form model update. I hope we get to see some sketches to see what they got in mind. I would love if they add different features for each race and different color options you can change like hair or skin color.

The second thing I’m looking forward to is the Warcraft movie trailer. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever. Those who attended BlizzCon last year got a sneak peek, but the rest of us haven’t seen anything but the trailer teaser they just posted.

Then there is Overwatch. I haven’t tried it yet and I’m not sure if it’s a game I would like or not because my aim is terrible, but it looks interesting and I would of course like to play it if I got the opportunity.

I’m always looking forward to the contests, especially the costume contest, because it’s fun to see the amazing costumes people have made. I’m disappointed there is no sound panel or art panel this year, those are my favorite panels, but I hope they put in some sound and art in the Legion panels.

What do you hope to see at BlizzCon this weekend? Will you be there in person or are you planning to watch the stream?

Rushing through Hellfire Citadel


I’m impressed with the progress we’ve had in the guild this month in Fluffy Kittens of Doom. We have killed three new heroic bosses in 9 days and we had a fourth one, Mannoroth on 1% last raid. Xhul’horac took a while to master because we didn’t have enough space on the platform by the time we got to the final phase. After a while we found a tactic that worked for us and we got control of the final phase, then it was a kill and we one-shotted him the week after. Socrethar the Eternal and Tyrant Velhari were the two other bosses we got down last week. They didn’t take us that long but I’m not sure how easily they will go down next reset.

Other bosses we still struggled with sometimes are Fel Lord Zakuun and Shadow-Lord Iskar. Sometimes they go down easily, other times they take us a while. It depends a lot on our raid setup because our raid group is usually very small, like 10-15 people, and sometimes one of our best damage dealers have to off tank because we don’t have a second tank, so we lose some damage there. We also got a bunch of new people who are trying to learn the bosses and gearing up, so we can’t expect so much from them yet.

Hopefully all the bosses up to Mannoroth will go down easily next reset so we can kill Mannoroth himself.

By the way.. We are looking for more people to join our guild and raids. So if you understand Norwegian, play Horde, preferably on Stormscale (EU) and got around 680-700 item level, then you’re welcome to join us.

Progress and transfer


We’re still raiding with the guild Fluffy Kittens of Doom from Stormscale EU. Our progress is currently 6/13 in Hellfire Citadel Heroic and we killed Archimonde on normal for the first time this week. He was a lot easier after the nerf, but we still felt like we had to invite some randoms because we read that he’s easier with more people and we only had like 10-15 from the guild/friends.

I never thought I’d go back to raiding but what’s great about this guild is that it’s very casual so I don’t have to worry about missing a few every now and then. So we have decided to move some of our characters to Stormscale to join the guild. Till now we’ve just raided with them cross realm but we would like to be in the guild.

It’s a Norwegian guild with some Swedes, 3 raids per week but no attendance requirements. New members are welcome :)

Latest additions to my pet and mount collection

I’ve gotten some new pets and mounts this patch. Some I got a while back, some just recently. The pups are adorable but I don’t do a lot of pet battles these days so I just use them for companions. My favorite mount is the Corrupted Dreadwing because I like the colors it has but I think it moves a bit weird.

Fel Pup

Fel Pup

Cinder Pup

Cinder Pup

Deathtusk Felboar

Deathtusk Felboar

Mudback Riverbeast

Mudback Riverbeast

Corrupted Dreadwing

Corrupted Dreadwing

Have you gotten any new mounts or pets lately? Which one is your favorite?

Ready for the new season

I got my Wild Gladiator’s season 2 weapons on both my druid and my shaman this week. Been doing Ashran on them both every week and some rated battlegrounds on my druid. The druid is my favorite character to PvP with, but shaman can be fun as well. I’m just not very good at healing in PvP on my shaman yet, maybe that’s the reason I prefer the druid. They both got new transmogs now as they got new weapons. I think the weapons looked good without transmogs but I didn’t have any set that matched so it didn’t work out.


  • Stormrider’s Shoulderwraps
  • Stormrider’s Vestment
  • Stormrider’s Gloves
  • Malcontent’s Belt
  • Stormrider’s Leggings
  • Tigule’s Harpoon


  • Scalp of the Bandit Prince
  • Battleforge Shoulderguards
  • Battleforge Armor
  • Battleforge Gauntlets
  • Battleforge Girdle
  • Battleforge Legguards
  • Battleforge Boots
  • Vengeful Gladiator’s Salvation
  • Skullflame Shield

My warrior has gotten some new gear too, but not the season 2 weapon yet. I’ve done Ashran to get him full Wild Combatant’s gear, Blackrock Foundry for some PvE gear and upgraded his Steelforged Greataxe to 705.


  • Crown of Empowered Fate
  • Dawnsteel Shoulders
  • Heroic Judicator’s Chestguard
  • Conqueror’s Gauntlets
  • Girdle of Hope
  • Conqueror’s Legplates
  • Conqueror’s Greaves
  • Steelforged Greataxe