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The end of expansion doldrums are upon us, but don’t let this time of boredom stop you from achieving something worthwhile. This is the perfect time to catch up on things you have missed out on. Today I offer some suggestions of things to pass the time until Mists of Pandaria releases in just over 2 weeks.
Feral Druids are a class with great survivability meaning we can easily solo content that drop mounts. That content isn’t accessible to a lot of the other classes, one of the reasons why I love playing a Feral Druid. Here are some suggestions to get you started. But remember not to give up, most of these mounts have a 1% – 3% drop chance. It is easy to become discouraged but keep at it and you will be rewarded.
Raven Lord – Drops from Anzu in Heroic Sethekk Halls located in Terokar Forest, Outland. I can’t remember the exact amount of runs for this mount, but I would run this dungeon once a day for about a month.
Vitreous Stone Drake – Drops from Slabhide in The Stonecore located in Deepholm. This mount also drops on normal and heroic mode. This was easy to solo as Feral before Patch 5.04 because Bears and Cats still had the same spec. Since the patch, you will need a Guardian spec because the boss’s special abilities hit moderately hard. The healing from Frenzied Regeneration is a great tool. Currently I am up to 198 attempts and no mount. Hopefully it will drop before Mists of Pandaria launches, fingers crossed.
Level an Alt
During this end of expansion lull is the perfect time to level an alt. Raiding Dragon Soul has become boring and there is generally less going on. This can cause the game to become stale for some people. Leveling an alt to pass the time is a great way to keep the game fresh and interesting. It is also a perfect opportunity to see the revamped lower level zones that the developers put a lot of time and energy into. I highly suggest question through Stanglethorn Vale and Thousand Needles.
If you are worried about time then be sure to purchase some heirloom gear to speed up the leveling process. For Alliance players, PVE heirloom shoulders & chest can be purchased with Justice Points from the NPC Larisse Pembraux. She is located in the same building as the Valor Point Vendors in Stomrwind City. Head and cloak PVE heirloom gear can be purchase for gold from your Guild Page / Guild Herald companions and from the Guild Vendor, which is located in Stormwind Visitors Center in the Trade District of Stormwind. Heirloom weapons and trinkets can be purchased, however they do not give any bonus experience gain, they are an optional extra. With weapons you have a choice of a 2 handed Mace or a Staff. Both have the same stats, so it comes down to looks and cost.
If you decide to level a Feral Druid you can purchase shoulders, chest & weapons from the Justice Vendor. Helm and cloak are purchased from the guild vendor. Those leveling a Feral Druid alt should check out my post last week, tips for leveling as Feral.
Catch up on Achievements
Most people would have gone up in achievements with Patch 5.04, but that is no reason to stop. With less people around battlegrounds are a good place to get some easy achievement points, especially if you have a friend or two to help. Achievements such as Ironman in Warsong Gulch or Arathi Basin All-Star are difficult to get normally but may be easier at this time.
If PVP isn’t your thing why not work on some PVE achievements like Glory to the Cataclysm Hero for another account wide mount. There is a website called Open Raid (http://www.openraid.us) that allows people to group up via Real ID and complete old content through the cross-realm raiding. I was able to get a Heroic Nefarian and Heroic Al’Akir kill among many Firelands, Heroic ICC and Ulduar runs. These raids offer mounts, achievement and titles which are all account wide.
Hopefully these few ideas will be enough to keep you occupied until September 25th. I would like to know what you are doing to keep the game interesting. You can leave a comment here or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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