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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MoP: 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

Druids are shapeshifters and meant to be in forms

We have been talking about this for ages, it has always been a popular topic among druids, we have been discussing, arguing and complaining. Especially after Bear and Cat Form got redesigned in patch 3.2.0 Call of the Crusade and the new Tree of Life model in Cataclysm.

The bears and cats were happy with their new looks, some resto druids were happy when they got the Glyph of Treant which gave back the old treant form and some are still unhappy about Tree of Life being a cooldown.

We know now that Aquatic and Travel form will get a glyph which gives a new model of an Orca and a Stag. This is most likely just to keep us happy untill they got time to redesign the old forms.

Opinions are split when it comes to Moonkin Form. Some people want to be able to play balance in caster form cause they don’t like the Moonkin Form or they want their gear to show now with the new transmogrification. Blizzard gave in and gave them Glyph of  Stars which gives your caster form an astral glow. I wish they didn’t make that glyph, I wish they did so you had to be in Moonkin Form to cast certain balance spells like Starfall and Starsurge in addition to the buffs it gives you, then you couldn’t use some glyph to remove the Moonkin Form. And now when they’re on the roll, why not ruin druids more and give us a glyph which makes bears and cats able to claw, rip and swipe in caster form.

I won’t use the glyph to remove my beloved Moonkin Form, and people like me won’t let Blizzard trick us with some glyph, cause we want them to redesign Moonkin Form like they did with bear and cat form.

I’ve always wanted to be able to choose a different color for my moonkin and I’ve seen the different moonkins, owlkins and owlbeasts in Azeroth. I think each druid race should have a unique look, like different horns, size or some kind of markings so you know by looking at their Moonkin Form that this is a tauren/night elf/troll/worgen. Taurens got cow horns, night elves those markings in their face, trolls got tusks, worgens got wolf ears.

I think people who don’t like Moonkin Form cause it’s a moonkin, not cause it’s old and not updated, should read a bit about what moonkin are, then they’ll understand why you take the form of a moonkin.

From wowpedia.com:

Moonkin are related to the wildkin, though it is not clear what differences there are between them, or if “moonkin” is just another name for wildkin.

So what are wildkin?

The priests of Elune see the wildkin as imbued with the spirit and strength of the Moon Goddess, and the druids see them as guardians and protectors of nature.

Some night elf scholars claim that wildkin are the creation and favored pets of Elune. They claim that Elune created the first wildkin in the early days of the world to serve as guardians to Cenarius. Desiring a creature of might to claim as her own and disenchanted with the violence of wolves, Elune combined the best traits of her beloved night birds, the owls, with the brute force of benevolent bears. The result: a swift, elegant, and fiercely loyal hunter. Regardless of their origins, wildkin have been the beloved allies of night elf druids of the wild and ancients alike since the time of the War of the Ancients.

It makes sense now, doesn’t it? It’s in the lore, we’re druids, we’ve been worshipping Elune for over 14,000 years and we should be honored to be able to take shape of something she created herself. It’s a shame and dishonor how some people talk about the moonkin form.

Players thoughts from “Allow me to play as Balance without looking ridiculous” EU forums

  • I was not born into a beautiful night elf to spend my waking hours in the form of a moonkinowlbeast
  • Allow us to master Balance without being condemned to the chicken-owlbeast
  • personally for me, and for many others, it is enough to make us keep away from balance entirely
  • I can’t bear to look like a fat bear-owl-deer when the night elf model get updated animations and graphics.
  • The moonkin form is the only reason ive never played balance, it just looks aweful
  • DON’T YOU DARE TURN MY LASER CHICKEN INTO A CD
  • my alt was specced Balance but I just couldn’t deal with the fat owl. It’s perplexed me since it was introduced in 1.8 – it’s ugly and never seemed to fit with Druid lore
  • I 100% agree with this, not only does it look silly, but it also stops people from playing as balance.
  • i love that fat cuddly owl form! its unique!! you guys all want to be monotone… you druids are boooring!
  • Just want to add, that the ugly form is one of the main reasons i refuse to play my druid further.
  • Would be nice if you could see bits of your armour on the form but removing it completely would just be annoying, removing tree of life as a form made me quit playing my resto druid
  • Then Moonkin form should be made a lot more appealing to the eye and integrated as a proper form rather than a stupid pointless and ugly re-skin which puts a lot of people off, including myself.
  • Resto was fixed in cata, now its balances turn.
  • dont understand why you play a druid if you don’t like shapeshifting?
  • I have 2 druids now. Both boomkins. I only play it because of the look of it.
  • Turning Moonkin form into a CD will just put me off Balance like making Tree Form a cd put me off resto
  • Or how about simply updating the Boomkin form and make it visually more appealing tbh?
  • i like my boomchicken form on my druid… have been balance on it for like 4/5 years …..it’s not any less silly than a bear someone managing to keep all aggro….. a turtle would make more sense for tanking…. a snapjaw turtle
  • The whole reason why i play a druid is because of the shapeshift, and the one of the resons why i love balance is because of the form <3 i don’t wanna be a mage/lock in leather i wanna be a space chicken! Plz dont main stream balance, i wanna be special. I wanna be the tall, fat chicken with horns.
  • Agree, the moonkin form is really ugly, and it’s kept me from playing balance – tho I really like the spec.
  • the moonkin form is why i play as a druid . no moonkin form = delete druid char .
  • Blizzard don’t be F****** stupid listening to whiners, they can go to another class. CLASSES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE UNIQUE. AND MOONKIN IS UNIQUE ABOUT BALANCE DRUIDS.
  • I have a hard time understanding people who play a druid but don’t want to shapeshift..
  • Removing shapeshifting, tree of life as cooldown and these glyphs, is like not being a druid anymore.
  • I also cannot describe how much I hate moonkin form.
  • I hope the difference between druids in the future won’t be that the druid that is close and beating you melee with a staff is a feral and the one that we see casting is a boomkin…

As you can see, people’s opinions are split, we all got different opinions and that’s ok. But I think that if you dislike the moonkin form that much, don’t play balance, don’t play a druid. Looks aren’t everything and if how it looks keeps you from playing it, then it’s your own fault and you don’t want to play it enough.

Each spec has their form which gives them extra buffs and we shouldn’t be able to choose if we want to use it or not. We druids are shapeshifters, we wouldn’t be real druids without shapeshifting.

I’m starting to think all these minor glyphs are made to stop people from whining, so Blizzard don’t have to listen, read and respond to more posts on forums. Glyphs seems to be the solution to everything. But I fear they will go too far with these glyphs and ruin what I love about this game and druids, that you’ll be able to choose too much, like looks and forms just by using a glyph. Looks should be customized in the barber shop, but only things like hair/horn/fur color/style/shape.

People are also talking about a new form for balance druids, some say they want the form Malfurion has. How can you compare yourself with Malfurion the first mortal druid of all time and the greatest arch druid?

I don’t want them to make moonkin form a cooldown like they did with tree of life either. I used to enjoy playing resto in WotLK, before the tree of life change, I miss permantent treant form and wish resto druids still had to be in the form to heal. I might consider rerolling if that happens to moonkin form, because I created a druid so I could play a moonkin and I’m loving it. I don’t wanna be like everyone else, just another caster, I wanna be a shapeshifter, take different forms, that’s what we’re meant to do, that’s what druids are all about.

I had a poll here on my blog last year about what you wanted them to do about Moonkin Form, read the results here. As you can see even people in my circle, WoW bloggers and Twitter followers have different opinions.

So a few days ago we got this answer from Blizzard:

Moonkin Form Model Update

I think they deserve a revamp, though, same as cats and bears got.

Well, we agree. And this is why an improved moonkin model is indeed in the schedule. But alas I have no due date to announce. In the meantime, we hope the various new cool shape-shift glyphs will provide a little distraction while the moonkin model gets the loving it needs. We hope the Glyph of Stars will help you here.

But haven’t they said that for years, that it’s in the schedule and still nothing has happened and no date so it won’t be with MoP. And still they make new warlock pet models, new mounts, new races etc. I think a Moonkin Form redesign should get higher priority as it’s a form we have to see every day and you can see how unhappy some people are, maybe most of them would calm down and be satisfied with a redesign like bear and cat form.

I hope they’ll do as they’ve told us again now: Redesign Moonkin Form as with bear and cat and that we’re able to choose different colors by changing our hair color in a barber shop. Do so Starfall and Starsurge only can be used while in Moonkin Form and remove those glyphs.

All this is of course my opinion about this topic and just something I wanted to let out after reading different discussions on several forums. I don’t expect anyone to agree with me and I respect that we have different opinions and hope that you respect mine :)

MoP: New druid glyphs and my thoughts on them

Have you ever wanted our Travel Form to look different? Or do you miss the old tree form? Maybe you don’t like the Moonkin Form and wish you didn’t have to be in it? Does it annoy you that you can’t cast healing spells in Moonkin Form?

Then you might like some of the new glyphs which are coming in Mists of Pandaria.

From WoWhead:

  • Glyph of Stars: Moonkin Form ability is replaced with Astral Form, conferring all the same benefits, but now appearing as an astrally enchanted version of your normal humanoid form.
  • Glyph of the Chameleon: Each time you shapeshift into Cat Form or Bear Form, your shapeshifted form will have a random hair color.
  • Glyph of the Orca: Your Aquatic Form now appears as an Orca.
  • Glyph of the Stag: Your Travel Form now appears as a Stag and can be used as a mount by party members.
  • Glyph of the Treant: Allows you to shapeshift into Treant Form. The act of shapeshifting frees the caster of movement slowing effects.
  • Glyph of the Moonbeast: You can now cast Healing Touch, Rejuvenation, and Tranquility without canceling Moonkin Form.
  • I think this looks very exciting, but I’m not sure which ones I would choose to use. I doubt I’d use Glyph of Stars as I love being a moonkin, but I wonder if they just made us this glyph instead of giving us an updated version/skin of the moonkin which I really want! I hope they will still do that, soon, hopefully for MoP.
  • The Glyph of the Chameleon can be fun if you shapeshift a lot between Cat and Bear Form and easily get bored with the same hair color, it’s always fun with a change!
  • Finally a change to the Aquatic Form which is sooo outdated that it’s sad, and I use it a lot, so I will definitly get the Glyph of the Orca.
  • I like the idea of the Glyph of the Stag cause it would be great in PvP and if you run a lot of raids or dungeons where you can use Travel Form, or at lower levels.
  • If having the Glyph of the Treant means all specs will be able to shapeshift out of movement slowing effects, then I will have to get it for PvP. And I wouldn’t mind being a treant, but it doesn’t have any abilities?
  • Glyph of the Moonbeast sounds so scary but it will only let you cast heals in Moonkin Form, but I don’t see why I would have that one if it doesn’t give me any bonus healing cause we usually have other healers to heal us in dungeons, raids and PvP.

They’ve also updated with several other druid glyphs

  • Glyph of Grace: Feline Grace reduces falling damage even while not in Cat Form.
  • Glyph of Nature’s Grasp: Reduces the cooldown of Nature’s Grasp.
  • Glyph of Cat Form: Increases healing done to you by X% while in Cat Form.
  • Glyph of Claw: Your Claw and Mangle (Cat) attacks reduce the movement speed of the target by X% for 12 sec.
  • Glyph of Cyclone: Increases the range of your Cyclone spell by X yards.
  • Glyph of the Predator: Your Track Humanoids ability now also tracks beasts.
  • Glyph of Shred: While Berserk or Tiger’s Fury is active, Shred and Ravage have no positional requirement.
  • Glyph of Fae Silence: Faerie Fire used in Bear Form also silences the target for 3 sec, but triggers a 15 sec cooldown.
  • Glyph of Skull Bash: Increases the duration of your Skull Bash interrupt by X sec, but increases the cooldown by Y sec.
  • Glyph of Master Shapeshifter: Reduces the mana cost of all shapeshifts by X%.
  • Glyph of Survival Instincts: Reduces the cooldown of Survival Instincts by X sec, but reduces its duration by Y%.
  • Glyph of Might of Ursoc: Increases the health gain from Might of Ursoc by X%, but increases the cooldown by Y min.
  • Glyph of Stampeding Roar: Increases the radius of Stampeding Roar by X yards.

What do you think of the new glyphs and which ones will you use?