Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Loremaster or Bust!

I’ve been trying to get around to having Bloodshrike on Demon Soul get the Loremaster title, since he’s the closest in terms of quests completed in Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms, missing only about a 100ish on Kalimdor and a little more in the Eastern Kingdoms. That’s fine and dandy, but what I’ve noticed is that it’s kinda impossible to do the Outland Loremaster without going into Auchindoun, since you stall out at 77 out of 87 quests in Nagrand at that point. I really don’t like being forced to go into dungeons, especially ones that would take me forever to solo. I’m sure I could probably get a group together for running it, since they’d appreciate having an 80 along, but I hate getting into PUG’s.

I guess this is just whining, because it’s really not that hard to get the quests needed for the Outland Loremaster achievement. Heck, I’ve still got a bunch of Consortium quests I could do in Netherstorm, including the quest line that leads up to the X-52 rocket helmet. It’s just that my philosophy has been “If I can’t solo it, I don’t want to do it.” I hate waiting around in Trade, spamming “LFG for whatever,” when I could be out completing other quests, or on an alt, finally getting around to leveling them.

One thing’s for sure, I’m not going to even attempt Loremaster on any other toon. It’s even worse on Alliance side, requiring 700 quests each for Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but they aren’t all this easy. – Ding!

I’m also going to need to do a lot of quest catchup in Northrend too, since I mainly leveled to 80 while still in Outlands, doing all the dailies I could there. I’ve really only touched Sholazar Basin and a little bit of Borean Tundra. I guess it’s a good thing that Pallormortis, my DK, is almost to 70. It would be fun do the quests in Northred around their level, and actually get good amounts of XP for completing them, plus the quest rewards would be around my level. I’m really, really tired of doing quests that are gray to me, just to tick off 1 more number on quests completed.

Edit: Due to completing the Shadowmoon Valley quest achievement, I got some more quests to take back to Nagrand, to visit Altruis the Demon Hunter. So, I'm about 84/87 for Nagrand, and the Auchindoun quests should be filled this week, since I'm going to knock out the Thanksgiving holiday achievement on Bloodshrike at least.

And, after being 80 a few weeks, I finally remembered to visit a hunter trainer and get my level 80 spells, as well as retraining my gorilladin to be more of a tank. Doh! That allowed me to solo the quest in Netherstorm, where you have to defend Area 52 against a Fel Reaver, using a weak version that dies after a little while, leaving you to try to solo it, since there's nobody else out there. I couldn't do it at 79, but finally got it done at 80.


  1. Hey Bloodshrike - the one that has me stumped on the Outland Loremaster piece is the Blade's Edge Mountains stuff. I was actually able to go in and solo the stuff in Auchindon that I needed on my warlock. At level 80, you can actually "sneak" by most of the mobs and you generally won't pull aggro unless you walk right over them. The bosses except for the one that you need to kill for the quest can also be bypassed. That last boss took a try or two, but I eventually got him down.

    But Blade's Edge has me stumped. I'm hung up at a series of quests that seems to have a 5 man group quest to kill a few Sons of Gruul, and I can't come even close to getting one of those downs.

    If you've figured out anything on Blades Edge, I'd love to hear about it!

  2. If you have problems with the son near the questgiver, then "get the fuck away when he get's red". Otherwise you should be able to solo him easily.

    For the Nagrand achievement. Back when I did mine, the monthly gem bag quest from the consortium did count. Every month again. Because WoW does not have anything like monthly quests they probably just implement a new quest each month and activate it depending on the date. They probably don't reset the old quest because we all know that they have problems with that. (Pink Elkk still was not available in Europe the second year this year.)

  3. @Joar - I finally did go and solo Auchindoun, since I couldn't get a group to help me kill Talon King Ikiss. I also was able to finally kill 2 of the sons, Maggoc and Slaag, but haven't managed to kill the 3rd one, Grulloc.
    After blasting from 18 to 80 completed quests on Sunday, I found very few quests to do, and 2 of them seem to require a group (Grulloc and the 5-man Apexis shard summon from Ogri'la). I think you also can get a quest from Commander Ameer after hitting Revered with the Consortium, which will take a lot of Warbeads/Insignias/Prison Keys.
    check here for hints on what you may have missed. It's already given me some ideas.

    @Kring - Good advice on the "get the fuck away when Grulloc's red." I'll try to remember it the next time I try to tackle it. It's hard to back off from a fight, but /feigning death thru Sethekk Halls got me into a a more defensive mode.