Revealing My Privates: Part One

Once upon a time I mentioned that I would share the members of the Private (server) Army. The problem for me and my stickler for things, is that I refused to do so until they were at a point where I was happy with them…Transmogrificantly speaking anyway. Yes, I’m choosing to make up the word Transmogrificantly. It’s gotta catch on better than “dab.” So while this is the first character I’m posting, none of the others are quite ready to make an appearance for one reason or another. But they’ll get there and I will post as they do.

When I rolled on the server I decided I wanted one of each class and no repeat races. Being as there are only 12 classes that meant one race was left out. Sorry Night Elf lovers. It came down to Trolls, Night Elf, and Humans and only Warlocks and Shaman left to assign. For today, though, we’ll focus on the Worgen, who takes up the Hunter slot.

Soundwaive and his loyal companion, Tone’loque.

Soundwaive started out Marksman. However, I was doing some questing in Sholazar Basin when I hit level 80. I decided to leave the zone, but because I was close enough I decided to check the spot I had always seen Loque’nahar before (east of the Savage Thicket, up on a hill). Sure enough, there she was and that meant a change in spec. Absolutely worth it. Despite what Mrs. Amateur says, Tone’loque is clever.

Then I got the idea to put together an outfit that complimented the pet and I think it came together really well. The only thing missing is the Mechanized Snow Goggles, because I can’t find Borean Leather for the life of me…and my Skinner isn’t high enough to go get me some.

I made this outfit pre-100, so I found it convenient that the Titanstrike artifact for Beast Mastery is pretty much a perfect fit with the look. Here’s the rest of the components you see:

Head: None, but again will be Mechanized Snow Goggles
Shoulder: Mountainscaler Chain Spaulders
Cloak: Wyrmcultist’s Cloak
Chest: Kurken Padded Chainmail
Hands: Brazen Gauntlets
Waist: Padded Chain Belt
Legs: Bramblescar Legguards
Feet: Mountainscaler Chain Sabatons

Soundwaive is the third private to arrive in New Dalaran. With 100 levels under his belt he’ll be deployed to Aszuna soon enough. But first he’s going to spend some more time in his lab, further developing his Engineering and Alchemy.

Worth More Than Money

There’s no recap on gold made this week. To be honest, I didn’t log on most of the week, until Sunday when I did some leveling. I know I made between 1500-2000 gold just from Garrison missions, but that’s ballparking it based on what I recall. I sold very little and didn’t even bother tracking while I was out questing. It happens, and as the title suggests I did better than any financial gain could offer.

In puttering around this morning, I happened to be on Zarahi when I got the notice of realm reset. After doing a few odds and ends, I decided I would park her in Felwood and hope that maybe I would luck out and beat someone to a Minfernal. Given how many years it’s been and I’ve had zero luck, I wasn’t holding my breath. But off I went all the same.

I circled in and landed in the Shattered Vale. Noticed a pet on my map, but the only thing near me was an Infernal. Or rather, a half-size infernal. When my brain clicked, so did my mouse. Despite 5-6 people nearby, I managed to tag him quite easily.


See kids? This is why no matter the battle, always have your turnip handy. Always need to make sure you can leave the target with 1 hp. Goodness knows I’ve killed my share of pets I wanted to trap. Fortunately nothing even remotely this rare!

After grabbing the Minfernal and the servers resuming, I realized I needed the Crested Owl in order to complete my Kalimdor Safari achievement. A quick port to Darnassus on my Mage and I headed out into Teldrassil where it didn’t take long.


I still have half a dozen Draenor pets to grab as well as the same number in Pandaria. But then it’s World Safari (yes I know I don’t need Draenor for the achievement but my OCD says I do).


Running some of the Horde Garrison quests in Shadowmoon Valley on the weekend and I came across a rare spawn.

DemidosRight away the name sounded familiar, but to be honest I was drawing a blank as to why.  I didn’t really care because a rare is a rare.  A Human Mage and Nelf Druid had come strolling up and I figured the three of us could probably take it down.  That didn’t happen.  I have no idea where they went, or they died.  I quickly realized I couldn’t take it down on my own and sent out a message. Repgrind was in immediately, and Arv was close behind.  Unfortunately, we learned Arvash didn’t have the flight path to Shadowmoon Valley yet, being a fresh 100.  It was also around this time where I remembered what made Demidos special: the Servant of Demidos.

Rep and I decided to tackle him anyway and we got him down to about 10% before we died.  We learned his health pool climbs based on the number of people in the fight.  As we were rezzing, a Gnome got into the fight.  We fought hard and got him down.

RealityA nice little achievement there.  Now the key to the fight is easily your health.  Demidos has an ability that knocks your health down 25%.  Not total health, mind you.  Just current health.  So heavy top-up heals are not really a great idea in this fight.  If you can do some HoT’s then you’re in better shape.  I know my health sat below 35% for most of the fight.  But I just kept Rejuvenation active as much as I could.  Rep was busy on her end and we managed to take him down a second time on her server.  Unfortunately there was no loot the second time around.  I was disappointed because Repgrind had gotten a necklace that was of no use.  I wanted her to get the pet…same as I did!

SoDIncredibly ecstatic to have the Servant drop.  In briefly perusing the new Draenor pets, this was probably the one I wanted the most.  I definitely couldn’t believe my luck when I saw it in the loot.  I tried to carry that luck over and nab some raid pets.  Once again Tempest Keep and Karazhan offered me nothing.  But still, getting this guy made my weekend.  And I couldn’t have gotten it without Repgrind’s help!

5.2 Thoughts

Property of Warcraft Pets
While you wait for the second round results of the Transmog contest (sorry, work slipped in the way…I should’ve looked at the calendar when I set the round two dates), which will be up later today, I figured now is as good a time as any to share some thoughts on the next big patch.

Isle of the Thunder King
This interests me, though I have a long way to go before I get to it.  In the same context of the Isle of Quel’Danas, it’s the new Daily Quest Hub.  Alas, I think it’s still going to have a Molten Front feel to it and I know that’s not going to go over well with many players.  That one can choose whether to do PvE or PvP quests is a nice touch.  Also, parts of the island become available based on a Realm level rather than an individual one.  That has mixed potential, but we’ll have to wait and see. 

We still don’t have dailies for every profession, which I think is absurd.  However, the Smiths are getting some love.  Proceed far enough on the Isle of the Thunder King and you’ll come upon the Lightning Forge.  Apparently this will allow for the creation of some very unique items, including old weapons that I’m guessing have been removed from the game over time.  Oh, Moggers are giddy with anticipation…or just me.

New World Bosses
I’ve always liked World Bosses and I’m sure the folks farming the Sha would love something different. Two bosses will be coming in 5.2.  One is part of the phased island, but it seems Oondasta the giant armoured dino will be found north of Kun-Lai Summit right from the get go.  Also with this comes a slight change to the World Bosses themselves.  Blizzard refers to it as “Tap to Faction.”  If your faction tags the mob, so long as you take part you have a chance for loot -whether you were in the initial raid or not.  However, you can only earn said loot once a week (and the bosses will spawn more frequently).

Pet Battles
-Pet bandages are now bind to account…thank goodness.  This will most assuredly save me some bag space (they also stack to 25) instead of having several on several toons. 
-The Nether Roach will no longer die during an Apocalypse.  I mean, it was unique and fun that it was the one that could, but roaches be roaches.
-Players earn xp for pet battles as well, so long as the battle is within five levels of your highest level pet (so for most of us that would be any pet battle in the 20-30 level).
-PvP Pet Battles can also drop Battlestones now.  Interesting.  It would be more ruthless if you had a chance to win one if it was in your opponent’s inventory.  Stealing it outright would cause pandemonium, but being able to receive an equivalent to the one in their bags would be fun. 
-If you flee a battle, the pet you were fighting no longer disappears, but the fleeing squad will suffer some damage.  I like that.  Penalty for a tactical retreat and it makes sense if you’re running from the critter that it doesn’t disappear.
-Elite Battle Pets.  Oh my.  I know people where these will become the bane of their existence.  They spawn by themselves, too, so I suspect Pet Battlers are going to be in for one hell of a fight.  But, if you can beat them all you’ll receive a Red Panda pet (yep, the one up top there)

Buy The Farm
Even now that Tumunzahar has started questing out there, the whole farming thing does nothing for me.  Not even for potential gold profit.  Seriously, get it away from me.  Having said that, I know exactly how popular it is and the chance to own the deed for the land you’ve been cultivating is no doubt exciting to those indulging.

Notable Class Stuff
Pretty much every class (at least the ones I am familiar enough with) has some sort of notable changes going on.  I would suggest checking out the notes for what’s coming to your favourite role.  Warriors losing a 10% damage reduction for defensive stance is certainly one of the ones that jumped out at me. 

Green Fire!
Speaking of class stuff, Warlocks are dancing in the streets…if they’re into dancing.  The opportunity for Fel fire spells is finally coming to pass with the quest line now in-game.

Blogger By Passion, Huntard By Huntard

Gotta love the unexpected.  I’m traveling through Felwood with Siori, just upping a few pets and picking  a few herbs when I see a Tiger.  I notice it’s kind of cool looking and it turns around with flaming eyes.

Courtesy of Petopia…does not properly capture the eye flame animation.

Holy shit.  I have to have this cat.  How have I never seen this cat before?  It’s a fairly low rare…screw it.  Go get Liouxpold.  Oh goodie.  He’s hearthed in Pandaria…well, quick Darnassus port, hop the ocean via bird and then fly from Darkshore into Felwood where (Illidan bless TitanPanel and coords) I find the cat again easy.


Begin taming.

Duskcoat drops dead.


Oh you stupid cat!  How did I forget to dismiss you?

Well, since he’s now gone, let’s look up the details on Duskcoat.  Oh, look at that…I’ve never heard of him because he was only added in 5.1 and speculation is a 28-hr respnawn timer.

edit: Wake up, log on…bam.


Chieves For A Non-Chiever

So as it seems I didn’t do enough with WoW yesterday, I kept myself busy into the evening.  Siori had flown down around the Caverns of Time (for no particular reason…and if she did have a reason, it wasn’t there) and I decided to check what her Keepers of Time reputation was at (since Exalted held one of the few Enchants she needed yet).  She was about 2k away so into Black Morass I went.  Wasn’t sure that even on Heroic I was going to get enough, to be honest.  However, my backup plan was just to run it again once or twice on regular to finish it off.  But, I didn’t have to:


Yeah, when you see people hitting 50 and 60 and whatnot, 15 seems kinda diminutive.  But then I usually only do the ones I really want something from (hence I never had any trouble offering my services to Wyrmrest Accord).  So I probably have plenty of characters at various stages of Honoured and Revered, but it isn’t often I hit Exalted.  I will say this, the Keepers of Time have themselves a rather spiffy tabard.

After that, I resumed my pet taming efforts.  Namely, I headed off to Outland with Tumunzahar (he’s got 310 flight, so it just makes sense…and mining).  I went out there on the premise of leveling some pets so that I could eventually get my Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdom Tamer achievements as all I have left for either one is the Cataclysm zones.  So off I went into Outland and a short while later…


Yep, I captured a Cat in the Netherstorm to get the achievement.  I’m still not certain what they’re doing out there.  I had a shot at a Nether Ray, but it whooped me.  However, when I got the Tamer achievement I decided to look close at Outland Safari.  I needed eight, and two of them were in Netherstorm.  I captured a Nether Roach easily enough.  They’re everywhere.  The previously mentioned Fledgeling Nether Ray is less often, but still there if you don’t mind flying around a bit.  Well, the first one kicked my arse, and the second one I trapped but then lost the fight.  That happened once more before I accidentally killed one.  Seems it was all for a good reason, as the next one was a Rare and it was tamed properly and the match was won.

Can I just interrupt my ventures to share something?  Words cannot be spewed vehemently enough to share just how tedious this scene is:


As I griped to Real ID folks, I do not understand it.  Tum faithfully needs five or six traps to catch a pet.  I mean, when it takes him less than four, I’m in pure shock. I have pets go from full health to dead in the time he fails to catch something.  You could cover something in beer and he’d still not get it.  My other toons?  They average 1-3 traps.  I know some will profess RNG, but I’m almost to the point where that seems shenanigans at best.

Where was I?  Oh, yes, safari.  So I tamed my Netherstorm ones and looked to see where the remaining half dozen could be found.  The Scaled Basilisk Hatchling and Skittering Cave Crawler were both in Blade’s Edge so that’s where I went next.  I found a spot where the Basilisks were everywhere.  As a Cave Crawler joined the first battle, I had tamed both in next to no time.  Four to go!

I circled down into Zangarmarsh and over to Sporeggar for the Sprout.  If you’re not familiar, these things spawn about every 15 minutes (the only saving grace for a zone that has nothing more than Toads and Snakes).  Of course, the area is also camped pretty good on average.  Well, I sat in the middle of the town and low and behold one spawned…and my stupid bird got caught on a mushroom.  I wish the Orc that swooped in was flagged…

Knowing I had fifteen minutes before another one I decided to venture off and catch something else.  The Warpstalker Hatchling was a piece of cake but there was no Flayer Youngling.  Back to Sporeggar I went and saw three Sprouts.  I zoomed in and went after one with relative ease.  Can I just say, when you get to Outland you really should go get a Clefthoof Runt because they’re adorable and hit like a tank.  It was one of the ones I grabbed first out there because I knew I wanted one and it proved to be a boon against pretty much everything else.  So I caught my Uncommon Sprout and was down to a mere two pets.

I flew over the ridge again and still no Flayers.  So out to Shadowmoon Valley.  The Fel Flame is so cool looking I was certain it would be a rare spawn.  I went into the fire area and sure enough there was nothing.  I flew north of the Warden’s Cage and began making my way along the river towards The Hand of Gul’dan when I saw one.  I had read they hit hard and were tough.  Well, not really from my experience.  Then again, might have been dumb luck but it was pretty easy to catch (4-5 traps and all).  So I flew back to Northern Terokkar and found nothing.

I was going to camp and decided to make another pass and sure enough I spotted a Flayer!  Swooped in and in true Amateur fashion I nearly killed the damn thing.  But, success was had!


Even better, was amidst my happiness (and knowing I was off to bed after my success) I only happened to notice blue text in the chat window.  I didn’t realize the Youngling was a rare.  Well, it wasn’t.  I actually had my first Battlestone drop…which I didn’t even know they did.  Having not done any research I figured they came from the Pet Trainer fights/dailies.  I was later informed it was both.

No, I haven’t decided which pet will be the lucky recipient.  Fluxfire Feline seems a strong option, as does my Spawn of Onyxia.  Heck, I’d even consider my Little Black Ram.  But, I’m in no rush.  I plan to hold on to it for a bit and widen the pet stable some more (208 Unique at last glance…I’m getting there) first.