Killed the Headless Horseman. Sold the head for Tricky Treats. Kept the horse.
Hallow’s End is here! If you’re levelling and/or farming reputation, remember to go to Stormwind or Undercity (the pre-Blight version) and get the 2 hour experience and reputation buff. 10% extra of both – if you have rep tokens from Legion or so left, this is the time to use them.
I slacked so hard last year’s Hallow’s End, so I’m horribly behind when it comes to pet and toy collecting. I had the Feline Familiar, but since then, two more cats have been introduced: Widget the Departed, and Cursed Birman. There’s also a mini-version of Naxxramas, called Naxxy (who named this, the kids in the orphanage?).
Each pet costs 150 Tricky Treats, the edible currency you get from the Candy Buckets that you find in the inns all over Azeroth and Outland, from a few dailies outside Undercity and Stormwind respectively, and from the Headless Horseman dungeon.
It… takes a while. Or, I guess that a couple of hours farm to get the currency needed for one pet isn’t quite as bad as the daily efforts spread out on a whole week you need to get some of the more extraordinary stuff from Darkmoon Faire… And even if the candy buckets are lootable only once, you can do it all over again on an alt, and that pet will be yours in no time. Or, well. Another couple of hours.
But still. The drudgery. So boring after the first zigzagging tour across the surface of Azeroth… At least I can re-watch The Walking Dead meanwhile.
NOTE: There’s a great Hallow’s End mount called Magic Broom. It lets you mount up instantly even when walking, even when falling (yes, even when falling; save your bubbles, get your Going Down?-achievement!). Now, do not use your precious Tricky Treats to buy the Magic Broom from vendors. Firstly, it drops on occasion from the Headless Horseman dungeon, and since you can do that dungeon from level 20 and it’s not even hard, you will get it sooner or later. Secondly, it will disappear after Hallow’s End ended, Put those treats on a nice cat instead. Like Widget the Departed.
The Bootleg Horseman transmog, or: Need more black plate
Oh oh of course I had to try and smack a Headless Horseman transmog together. Damnit, that’s HARD. See, the Headless Horseman uses a completely black version of the Jade plate set. If you’re like me, whose default wardrobe is black, and always wanted to dress up your World of Warcraft toon in similar color scheme, you know it’s hard.
Unless you’re a Death Knight, I guess. But my main is a paladin. Heck, even warriors don’t have a completely black version of the Jade plate set. And whatever black items paladins get, they either mismatch when it comes to other stuff like shape, glossiness, or most commonly, shades of black (yes, there are different shades of black, trust me).
So, it had to be a Bootleg Horseman. The only authentical items are the helmet and the sword, which both drops from the Headless Horseman dungeon. The shoulder design doesn’t even exist in plate. Here’s the result:
Head: The Horseman’s Horrific Helmet
Shoulders: Balanced Pauldrons
Back: Quillstitch Greatcloak (there’s no completely black cloak either, sigh)
Chest: Bloodsoaked Heart Protector
Hands: Darkrune Gauntlets (why’s it that Darkrune plates only have hands and chest? And that the chest has an open back??)
Waist: Enchanged Adamantite Belt
Legs: Direwing Legguards
Feet: Vicious Ornate Pyrium Boots
Main hand: The Horseman’s Sinister Slicer
Off hand: Grom’gol Buckler (The Headless Horseman doesn’t have a shield, but I need one)
Two-hand: Dark Espadon, enchant illusion: Mark of Bleeding Hollow, (The Headless Horseman is fine with only one single one-hand sword; I need a two-hand in retri or I can’t even cut up a pumpkin)
You can get a pumpkin helmet from that dungeon as well, which is moggable on all headpieces during Hallow’s End. Combined with an otherwise green outfit (shoulders are Bog Pauldrons, kind of look like vegetables too, right?) and a scythe skin for your weapon, that’ll work as a more colorful and cute Hallow’s End costume, as seen on the orc below.
PS. Check the Wowhead-guide to find out where to get the quests and candy buckets and so on, it’s great.
We did Antorus Mythic today and I got the quest to deliver some crystallized messages from Illidan to Malfurion* and Tyrande and… how did I not see this before?
*Yes, I accidentally spelled it “Malph”, with a P, as in Wolpertinger. This only proves my case further.
Might as well rename this blog to “…and my mog!” because that’s apparently the main focus, but anyway! It’s Brewfest and it’s time for booze, throw empty mugs on Dark Iron guzzlers, and of course to dress up in Brewfest regalia!
I’m pretty sure I totally missed Brewfest last year, but this year I’m at least aiming for the Brewfest Keg Pony (not to mix up with the Brewfest Pony Keg). It’s 200 tokens, and even if it definitely is possible for me to farm enough tokens for the other toys and items I’m missing too, it’s… kind of boring.
The daily Coren Direbrew dungeon isn’t much of a bother, but that ram riding…? Eugh. Especially now that the reins don’t go into your inventory anymore, so instead of keybinding them you have to click on that icon in the middle, making movement so much clumsier.
Oh well. I like Brewfest anyway. Drinks and cheese and sausages and pretzels. It looks and sounds like it taste awesome. In reality, there’s few cheeses and sausages and pretzels and alcoholic drinks that I like, let alone in combination. Then again, there are a few… Hm. Hmm. HMMM.
The Brewfest transmog
I like the Brewfest Dress better than the Brewfest Regalia (and I don’t have the latter) so that’s a given. I could have gone without shoulder and helmet, but hey, I’m tanking in this outfit and a dress only protects so much, right. Also, these shoulderguards have a ram head on them.
A spiked tankard as a weapon, because of course, and a nicely decorated tray to carry said tankard on out of battle, and that will serve as a decent shield in battle. A faceguard, because I like to let my hair flow freely, and halfmasks look cool (and I can’t let the Direbrews make brawn out of it, can I).
Head: Faceguard of the Endless Watch
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Solemn Watch
Chest: Brewfest Dress
Shirt: The Boomshirt
Hands: Heroes’ Redemption Handguards
Waist: Girdle of Gar’gol
Feet: Brewfest Slippers
Main hand: Tremendous Tankard O’Terror
Off hand: Ritualistic Shield
I waited so long for this chestplate, and then Shadowhunter Ty’jin says it won’t do when dealing with pirates? You’re absolutely right, Ty’jin, you ain’t big on fashion at all.
Shoulders: Ferocious Gladiator’s Scaled Shoulders
Chest: Nazmani Warplate Chestplate
Wrists: Sand-Smoothed Wristguards
Hands: Ferocious Gladiator’s Scaled Gauntlets
Waist: Ferocious Gladiator’s Scaled Girdle
Legs: Sand Trapper’s Legguards
Feet: Ferocious Gladiator’s Scaled Sabatons
Main hand: Merciless Gladiator’s Hacker
Off hand: Zulian Swirling Shield
*Zandalarian paladin, of course.
Battle for Azeroth is here! I got my Collector’s Edition yesterday, registered the key, then boosted my poor night elf druid to level 110 to rush through the War of Thorns-quest and the final battle at Undercity before the whole thing vanished at midnight. Why? Well, because I wanted to do it as a night elf druid, the race/class I once began my adventures in Azeroth as, and I had to let him fight for his home, right?
Now, I’m going to see why the fel my Nightborne and Highmountain allied races still aren’t unlocked despite me having completed the achievements, and then head off into the new zones.
I got to admit, shouting “For the Horde!” has never been as hard as it is right now. I really like Sylvanas as a character, I love the voice, I think she has a pretty interesting story, but whoah, is she on the wrong path or what.
So, for the War of Thorns quests, I used the Stone Guard’s Tabard since it’ts the one I got that resembles most of Saurfang’s own.
Now, after the horrible battle for Undercity, I mog one shoulder off to show my support for High Overlord Varok Saurfang. Some say take off the shoulders completely – I’m not, I want my stats. And, since Saurfang wears one single shoulderplate at the end of the Undercity battle, I go with that too – both shoulders off would look too weird for me, vain as I am.
Battle for Azeroth-mog
Of course I spent a good while creating a transmog for my protection paladin for the Battle for Azeroth-launch. I tried to make it resemble Saurfang’s armor, which isn’t that easy for a paladin; all the spiky and red stuff is mainly warrior-only, it seems. Or from the Legion raids that I haven’t done.
Anyway, this works.
Shoulders: Rakeesh’s Pauldron
Chest: Chestplate of the Steadfast
Shirt: None (but I’m wearing Precious’ Ribbon at the moment)
Tabard: Stone Guard’s Herald
Wrist: Eternium Rage-Shackles
Hands: Furious Deathgrips
Waist: Belt of Bloodied Scars
Legs: Jang-xi’s Devastating Legplates
Feet: Jasper Clawfeet
Main Hand: Warbringer
Off Hand: Cannonball-Dented Shield
When it comes to achievement hunting, I’m not very hardcore. I see little point in wasting time on searching for the right location, or try figure out what a riddle mean, when so many people already have done that – and share their knowledge with others. So, as shamelessly as ever, I surfed on the humongous amounts of hours these pioneers spent on research and Wowhead-guides, and finally obtained the Lucid Nightmare with soul and sanity more or less intact. Dear researchers, I bow to you, with deepest respect and gratitude.
SPOILER ALERT: I’m mentioning places where parts of the riddles leads to, in case you are one of those hardcore achievement hunters who wants to figure out everything by yourself.
That said, there are of course parts that you can’t just check up a guide on and then swoop through it like shoulderplates on male blood elves in fighting stance, right. Like the maze in the riddle solving chain that leads to the Lucid Nightmare mount.
Well, there are addons for it, that helps you keep track or something. I didn’t use those. Sometimes, even I want to actually achieve something on my own, other than showing great patience and ability to follow instructions.
When I was a kid, me and a couple of friends used to roleplay, some kind of freeform adventuring with our own basic roll system that was based solely on the one they use in the book A Map of Nowhere. The usual setting was a cave system with various treasures and puzzles like “put the red crystal in the red skull and the green crystal in the green skull, then the door opens” (does that sound familiar, Blizzard? Well DOES IT?!) and the occasional fight with various creatures. The game master (we all took turns) usually gave instructions like “the tunnel leads 2 cm up-right, then turns to the right for 3 cm, then it turns up left for 3 cm”. We got them right surprisingly often.
These a-maze-ing* map drawing skills were really put on test now that I went for the Endless Halls-part on my quest for the Lucid Nightmare. I got to say, I didn’t do too shabby. You see, the thing with that particular maze is that laws of geography don’t quite apply.
Some rooms overlap, even if they’re not part of the same “floor”, which means that you can leave a room by the eastern door, take two turns to the left in the following rooms, and still not end up in the room north of the starting room. You also end up at the opposite side of the map if you walk off the “edge” – you know, like in old videogames like Ice Climber and Mario Bros – which also complicates things a little. Just a LITTLE.
There’s also a room that teleports you to a random place, but I never noticed stepping into it. Now, I did lose track of where I was completely on occasion, either because I kept swapping directions in my head when marking doors on my own maps**, or because of previously mentioned overlapping rooms. But I never saw any swirly teleport animations. Granted, the evil teleportation room perhaps was cunning enough to get rid of those.
Eventually, I had completed all the tasks in the maze and got out. I admit, it was the most entertaining part in the whole chain of puzzle. I was reluctant to head into it from start because I had heard how people struggled with it, stuck for hours, screwed over by the teleporting tricks and so on. But I had a lot of fun! The brain-challenge kind of fun, really tricky and a tad bit frustrating, but only enough to make the satisfaction enjoyable once I made it.
I think I’ll have to do this on my other toons too. Just for the fun of it. My brain apparently needs this.
After that, there was the actual pick-up step, which takes place in the crypts at Karazhan. I hate those crypts. In a fascinated, terrified and adored way. Like I love certain Lovecraft-stories or scary movies, despite the horror is almost too much for me to handle.
I had to swim through the room of The Upside-Down Sinners twice.
Anyway, after wandering aimlessly around in the crypts (which is a worse maze than the Endless Halls if you ask me – I should have drawn a map while I was there…), I found the chest and collected my sweet, precious, beautiful Lucid Nightmare.
Of course I had to slap together a fitting transmog for the occasion – purply and voidy.
Head: Casque of Foul Concentration
Shoulders: Shoulderguards of Centripetal Destruction
Back: Hidden cloak
Chest: Carver’s Bloodsplattered Chestpiece
Hands: Throatrender Handguards
Waist: Scarlet Champion’s Belt
Legs: Weaponmaster’s Legplates
Feet: Ruthless Gladiator’s Warboots of Cruelty
Main hand: Gatecrasher
Off hand: Heart of the Clefthoof
*I am NOT responsible for this pun, it’s a (great) board game from my childhood called The aMAZEing Labyrinth.
**Pro tip: When drawing the room you’re currently in, have your toon face north on the ingame minimap – saved me tons of effort once it occured to me I was, as per usual, making things the hard way without thinking.