Okay so I’ve been doing a lot of archeology on an alt as of lately, you know, instead of making the most of this Timewarped Badge-farm during the WoW 15th Anniversary and all, but anyway, I was also digging through old drafts on this blog and look what I found – a draft from March 2018 when I got my Drake of the West Wind.
Since then, I’ve also got the ground mount from Tol Barad, the Spectral Wolf. And despite it’s almost two years since I got that pretty little drake and almost as long since I got the spooky wolf, I decided to updated the text and publish it. It was easier than writing a whole new post from scratch about the Warforged Nightmare, the Child of Torcalli, the Scrapforged Mechaspider and other mounts I’ve added to my collection since then, okay…
Anyway. Here are my (not so) new Tol Barad mounts.
March 23, 2018/December 5, 2019
The grind is over, the Drake of the West Wind and the Spectral Wolf are mine!
Tol Barad may be a rainy, muddy, rusty hellhole, but for a highlevel toon, it’s a farming paradise. There’s rather good amounts of pyrite (there’s no less than three rich pyrite deposits spawning in the pvp-zone right after winning it) and elementium veins, cinderbloom and Azshara’s veil are literally littering the place (although the latter is growing mostly on sea or river bottoms, which takes out the benefits with the Sky Golem since swimming under water is sooo slooow, right), and the humanoid mobs give quite a lot of embersilk cloth.
And if you’re ready to do some dirty work for Hellscream’s Reach, the Tol Barad pvp faction, there’s also the sparkly Drake of the West Wind and the ghost-like Spectral Wolf to get.
It only takes exalted reputation and 150+200 Tol Barad Commendations for both wolf and drake. Piece of Dalaran chocolate cake? …gnh, neh, not really. The only way to get commendations is to do dailies, so just like with the Champion’s Seals at the Argent Tournament in Northrend, there’s a limited amount of commendations to get each day.
In Tol Barad Peninsula, there are dailies that gives you six commendations every day. There’s also a weekly quest for winning a match in the Tol Barad pvp zone, that gives three commendations (and 200 honor). If you win Tol Barad, you get access to the quest hub inside the PvP-zone as well, which means another six commendations a day.
The biggest downside is that it’s easier to defend Tol Barad than to win it during the PvP-matches, since you need to capture all three bases to win. If you’re all alone in there it’s only a matter of waiting of course, but if one single of those pesky Alliance softskins show up, they can sneak up and prevent you from taking that last flag, or steal back the one you already fought so hard (read: headbutted the pole while skimming through Twitter) to get. So if you really want to win it, bring a buddy or two just in case.
That said, whether you win Tol Barad or not, it’s still a tedious work. The only real reason I haven’t gotten the mounts from Tol Barad earlier is because I grew tired of the zone back at the Cataclysm days. As I tend to do. But, I’ve occasionally been riding on waves of Cataclysm material farming passion to craft missing transmogs, and thought I’d combine that with some commendation farming. Because, I find it easier to farm if I also have some quests to do.
Shook the dust off my Alliance paladin and tunnel-visioned my way through the Battle for Azeroth main content on the enemy side to get the achievement Two Sides of Every Tale – the reward is a black horse in Horde-armor! What is there not to love??
The Alliance have many pretty horses and I am so salty I can’t use, say, Prestigious War Steed on my Horde characters, but with Battle for Azeroth came the opportunity to get a Horde horse! Or hordse, as a guildie put it (yes, they were scolded for it, but not by me; I’m not entitled, as you can see in the title of this post kek… sigh).
Anyway, I’m very happy that the achievements needed for Two Sides of Every Tale didn’t require exalted reputation with all Alliance factions (since I got the Horde-achievements done before Two Sides was put in the game, I didn’t really know what was needed). It does require certain reputation points with 7th Legion to let you do the next step of the main questline (Honorbound on Horde side), but there’s several thresholds within the reputation levels.
So, here’s my brutally pretty hordse, the Bloodflank Charger:
Okay there’s a white wolf in gold and blue for Alliance characters called Ironclad Frostclaw that isn’t too shabby either I guess.
Noblegarden Transmog ’19
It’s also Noblegarden once again, and this year I decided to use the Elegant Dress since I noticed it goes very well with the Sinister Gladiator’s Plate items. Those are the same model as the Deathguard armor pieces from the Darkshore Warfront, but in a greyer shade of… grey.
Anyway, on my blood elf paladin in tank specc it looks like this: Head: Black Spring Circlet
Shoulders: Sinister Gladiator’s Plate Pauldrons
Back: Hidden Cloak
Chest: Elegant Dress
Shirt: Hidden Shirt
Hands: Sinister Gladiator’s Plate Gloves
Waist: Hidden Belt
Feet: Deathguard’s Sabatons (should be Sinister Gladiator’s Plate Greaves but I haven’t got those yet)
Main Hand – One-Hand: Sinister Gladiator’s Runeaxe
Off Hand: Sinister Gladiator’s Shield Wall
Main Hand – Two-Hand: Sinister Gladiator’s Greatsword
Sadly, the Alliance don’t get the nice grey spikey armor seen above, and I while I kind of like the white-and-greyish-gold Alliance version, the Dread Gladiator’s Plate, I wasn’t too fond of how it looked together with the dress’s particular shade of pink. Eventually I settled with green parts that may* perhaps, hopefully, give you some spring forest vibes:
Head: Black Spring Circlet
Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Wardancer
Back: Hidden Cloak
Chest: Elegant Dress
Shirt: Hidden Shirt
Hands: Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon
Waist: Hidden Belt
Feet: Emerald Sabatons/Gnomish Water Sinking Device
Main Hand – Two-Hand: Reckoning/Greatsword of Korfinna Kottr
The pets are of course Noblegarden Bunny and Spring Rabbit.
Oh oh and don’t forget to participate in Wowhead’s annual Great Noblegarden Egg Hunt! I found all 10 eggs today, I am very pleased with my brain.
*Pun not intended. Can’t help that some words spring to mind quicker than others, right.
Was going to do the Legion-quest Whispers of a Frightened World before the Darkmoon Faire-xp buff ran out on my almost-level-120 warrior, took the portal to Dragonblight and thought hey, I’m a smart and crafty engineer, I’ll use my Wormhole: Northrend-toy to quickly get to Sholazar Basin.
Now, I tend to mix up Highmountain and Stormheim on the Wormhole: Legion-toy, and in Shrine of Two Moons I always mix up the portals to Dalaran and Shattrath (and Wormhole: Draenor is nothing but a superannoying guessing game, right) so this time, I was going to get it Right™.
So I carefully searched for Sholazar Basin in the list.
In 2018 we ended Legion and entered Battle for Azeroth. I’d rather fight demons than Alliance, to be honest; my hero complex isn’t thriving in these “morally grey” (read: morally despicable) areas the Horde currently is lurking in at the moment.
Anyway. Here’s a selection of the highlights 2018 in pictures:
It takes a lot of Dreadfang Venom Sacks to get past the initial reputation levels for Aldor after being exalted with the Scryers. A lot, I tell you. Like, over a thousand. Even with reputation buffs.
Got the achievement “From Hell’s Heart I Stab at Thee” which has the following explanation:
Defeat the Whale Shark in Vashj’ir (despite or perhaps because of the fact that he drops no loot).
Of course I defeated him because of the fact that he drops no loot. And to get the achievement.
Love is in the Air-festival makes even the coldest (and deadest) of hearts go wild and romantic, as you can see.
I got the last quest item to create Thunderfury, a legendary from a questchain that starts with half a handle that drops in the Molten Core-instance. It’s a very rare drop. You also need a whole bunch of rare materials.
You also need to fight a boss. I was not prepared for that. Not that it was a hard fight, but the gigantonormous npc that appeared scared me, ahem.
To avoid absurd amounts of reloggings when trying to remember which of my alts need what items and how many, I picked up the habit to write myself letters on the subject.
So, from one levelling toon:
I need bags
…to my tailor toon:
here you are
“I’ve never seen you that angry before”, one of my guildmates wrote when I apologized for my temper tantrums in /party the night before. Granted, I usually keep it civil in game chats, but when we were doing the Glory of the Legion Hero achievement, and were struggling with Who’s Afraid of the Dark?, then I’m embarrassed to admit that I, uhm, kind of lost it.
Funny, how much easier it is to not fall into that trap when I’m on voice chat. I guess that hearing your friends’ voices makes them one bit more human.
I mean. I know they’re humans. Just… brains are weird when it comes to internet communication, right.
Either way, we got the achievement and our precious purple horsebirds!
During Children’s Week, I had the orphan Salandria with me on various adventures. Since my main is a paladin, and the class hall in Legion is located in Eastern Plaguelands even “physically” in the lack of better word, it means that when I have chosen Pamela Redpath as my zone buff from Fiona’s Caravan, she’s there as well.
While the story of Pamela Redpath, presented in a quest chain, is one of the saddest and heart-breaking stories in this game, the story of Uuna (companion pet) is also grim, gut wrenching and outright horrible. But also very sweet.
Now, you can’t have both orphan and companion up at the same time, but I was quick as a viper on the screenshot key and got them all in one shot before one of them despawned.
Together with Salandria, I got the last achievements for What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. Purple drake, wohoo!
Given how much alcohol my toons gulp down in roleplay, it’s weird that I haven’t got this achievement earlier. Not that we use ingame drinks for RP usually. But still.
My next mission is to try all the drinks on all the dive bars in Zandalar and Kul Tiras.
The First Aid profession was removed before Battle of Azeroth was released, thus this summer meant last chance to get the achievement Field Medic. It requires quest items dropped from various mobs, and I kid you not when I say I had the same quest item drop 8 times in 2 hours while the one that I needed only dropped 7 times. For other players. And it’s soulbound.
I had, like, 3 or so teeth on my night elf druid for the Alliance equivalence of this quests that means collecting baby teeth for a month to get a mount. So I kinda ditched that and did it on my Horde miner instead, while also mining Thorium for Arcane Crystals (that you need for Arcanite).
Finally got the ravasaur. And as a bonus, the Alliance only frostsaber. Neat.
That’s 12 slots free in my bank. Well. 11, since I got a trinket that is of course too low level to be of any use but that I’ll still save because, you know, it’s the Arena Grand Master trinket.
Of all the Mage Tower challenges, there are several painted as the hardest, less as the easiest. Either way, with some help from online guides, some amount of luck, and a whole zep load with attempts that slowly increased my skills, I finally completed the protection paladin one so I could unlock the beauuutiful flail artifact skin.
Now to get all those rated battlegrounds to unlock the red look. lol. as if.
Just outside Thunder Totem, there’s a hut. In that hut, you can catch the paladin Marcus, who’s featuring in a good amount of the Steamy Romance Novels, after an intimate act with two Tauren. He leaves when you arrive, but you can loot the little chest. The novel telling of this particular adventure is called “Got Milk?” and is a not that uncommon drop on the Broken Isles.
Even if there’s a neat addon to show the locations of the crystals you need to find to get this mount, you still need to be the first player to collect them all once they spawned. This day, it was my turn.
It’s a very pink hippogryph.
While on one of my occasional pet catching sprees, I remembered to /love the Borean Frog so I could get To All The Squirrels I’ve Loved Before achievement.
The Hydraxian Waterlords is a faction that you get nothing whatsoever from any longer, except for this achievement. Oh, and it counts for the exalted-counting achievements.
Pity I didn’t know about this achievement from start, or I would have got the Bloodsail Buccaneer reputation up before starting on the Steamwheedle Cartel ones. Because doing it the other way around takes a looong time. Especially if you want to regain all the lost rep with Steamwheedle again…
On the upside, all this rep farm by killing got me a bunch of previously unobtained transmogs, including Teebu’s Blazing Longsword that is a seriously rare weapon. It also made me level a rogue to 70+. Who’d have thunk.
Every now and then I go to Pandaria and farm materials and/or transmogs, and this fall I also completed the last achis for the Stormbreaker title. Took its sweet time, but it’s a cool title.
And the winner in the cathegory “Silliest Mount” is – Fathom Dweller! To get it, you need to unlock a world quest boss, and you do that by finding a bunch of orbs all around the Broken Isles. Then you have to wait, patiently, week after week, until the world quest icon on the map says that the boss will drop the mount. I had the pet drop up for ages before this eventually popped up.
I admit it’s a fancy looking squid though.
A couple of days after the hivemind of the WoW nerds had solved the Hivemind mount puzzle, some friends and I headed out to get it. We used some addons, but it still requires teamwork and patience and timing, and I’m so happy we made it!
On one of these Pandaria farming sprees, I looted the last two Skyshards, that you need to break the shield of the cloud serpent Alani that circles Valley of the Eternal Blossom. I brought four guildmates, because apparently a group of 5 people can all get the mount as long as everyone gets a hit in on it or something.
We tried it but only one mount dropped. So disappointing. Well, less disappointing for me; I got the mount.
Now I looted two more shards the other day, so perhaps I can share for real some time in the future.
I say that a lot, don’t I. “Some time.” “At some point.”
For the Future Horde!
Anyway. In the near future, a new year will start. I hope it will bring even more WoW joy than this one, and that me, Zappy and Saurfang can set the Horde back on the right path again.
It’s Winter Veil, and that means food. Lots of food. I’ve enjoyed myself trying to find the Azerothian equivalents for some traditional Swedish Christmas/Yule* food, and here’s the result.
Granted, I haven’t found a counterpart for every Swedish yule dish. Still found quite a few Azeroth recipes that might work decently for some of it!
I’ve made notes on what expansion each recipe belongs in:
Classic/Vanilla = C
The Burning Crusade = TBC
Wrath of the Lich King = WotLK
Cataclysm = Cata
Mists of Pandaria = MoP
Warlords of Draenor = WoD
Legion = L
Battle for Azeroth = BfA
A Swede’s julbord in Azeroth
Julskinka/christmas ham – baked in the oven, coated in a mix of egg, mustard and breadcrumbs, decorated with cloves, this is the most common dish on the “julbord” (“christmas table”).
Blackrock Ham (WoD) – made of Raw Boar Meat from boars in Frostfire Ridge, Spires of Arak and Tanaan Jungles. I imagine this being baked in the Blast Furnace in Blackrock Foundry. Just add seasoning.
Sill/pickled herring – raw pieces of herring, pickled with various seasonings like onions, mustard, allspice and an infinite amount of other more or less weird ingredients. Kids tend to hate it, adults tend to love it, I cannot eat it (yes I tried ew, raw fish).
Pickled Fangtooth (WotLK) – made of Fangtooth Herring from the chilly waters of Howling Fjord and Grizzly Hills. Now, the only vinegar in this game is the Aged Balsamic Vinegar, and the vinegar used in Swedish “sill” is the clear, distilled kind. But hey, it’s Winter Veil, let’s go wild.
Ål/eel – In some parts of Sweden, people eat smoked eel at Christmas. It’s nearly extinct here though, and thus redlisted by WWF, but apparently people fish, sell, and/or eat it anyway. As if there’s not enough food on the julbord anyway, right.
Pickled Eel (WoD) – made of Abyssal Gulper Eel Flesh, found in abyssal gulper eels (naturally), found in Spires of Arak and your garrison, and Crescent Saberfish that you’ll get whether you like it or not when fishing on Draenor.
Flesh. In Azeroth, no eel is near extinction; they’re actually an infinite resource. Like, you know, everything else in this game. Anyway, couldn’t find a smoked eel recipe so you’ll have to do with this sill-crossover.
Korv/sausages – back in the days, you’d find as many kinds sausages on the julbord as there were rocks in your crop field. Or something. Most common nowadays is the prinskorv/prince sausage that looks like, and in all fairness taste like, small hot dogs. Cut the ends in four, and they get a funny and festive shape when you fry them!
Blood Sausage (C) – made of Bear Meat from bears in all the starting zones and lower level zones. See Smoked Bear Meat further down for more information.
Clefthoof Sausages (WoD) – made of Raw Clefthoof Meat from the mighty clefthooves of Frostfire Ridge, Gorgrond and Nagrand, Draenor. Be sure to hunt down a wild one, and not one who’s having lunch break from some caravan or construction work.
Ravager Dog (TBC) – made of Ravager Flesh from ravaging ravage-prone animals in Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar Forest and Shadowmoon Valley, Outlands. For the adventurous gourmet. And when I say ‘adventorous’ I mean outright crazy, I mean who would want to risk their life hunting down something called “ravager” only to make a sausage anyway??
Rhino Dogs (WotLK) – made of Rhino Meat from – you’ll never guess what (spoiler: rhinos. Bonus info: rhinos in Borean Tundra, Sholazar Basin and The Storm Peaks, Northrend).
Revbensspjäll/spare ribs – maybe not on exactly every julbord in this country, but I remember that it occurred sometimes when I was a kid. And since I can’t find anything remotedly similiar to Janssons Frestelse (a horrible creation made of grated potatoes, cream, onions and anchovy that you either is brainwashed to love, or righteously hate), I figured that the ribs get to replace it.
Beer Basted Boar Ribs (C) – made of Crag Boar Rib from puny pigs in puny Alliance starting and low level zones. Be careful not to bast your own ribs, so to speak, with all that beer. Also be careful not to to cook your equally beer basted friend’s ribs, if this merry beer basting goes out of hands.
Spiced Rib Roast (L) – made of Big Gamy Ribs from bears all over Broken Isles, and Dalapeño Pepper, sold by our beloved yet hopeless cooking assistant Nomi. You may want to prepare this dish on your own rather than relying on Nomi to do it for you; it tastes better unburnt.
Sovel/cold meat dishes – this can be anything from meatballs to smoked meat really. It’s basically something that isn’t veggies, potatoes, sauce or other things traditionally not considered being main part of a dish. We modern people know that a chickpeas totally can be the main part of a dish, but in the late 19th century and early 20th, when all our ancient christmas traditions that we cling to today were formed, only meat counted as ‘real food’.
Smoked Bear Meat (C) – made of Bear Meat. Now, I haven’t tried bear meat (yet), but apparently the taste varies depending on if the bear in question ate mostly blueberries, or had a moose calf snack at some point – the more animalistic food, the stronger the gamy** taste. So, if you want your smoked bear meat easy on the tongue, go for the non-hostile (yellow) bears I guess?
Smoked Salmon (WotLK) – made of Glacial Salmon, fished in the southward zones of Northrend. I won’t have smoked salmon this year either because reasons, but there will be cold, boiled salmon and that is pretty good too.
Kål/cabbage – take any cabbage, prepare it until it looks grey-brown and smells bad, and you’re done. Or, just put some very lightly heated brussel sprouts there. Or raw, grated cabbage with some slices of orange and carrot. Delicious. Anyway, the in-game cookbook is rather heavy on the meat, and the lack of cabbage recipes are disturbing.
Banquet of the Brew (MoP) – made of 100 Year Soy Sauce, Green Cabbages and Witch Berries, everything harvested or bought at Halfhill Market, Valley of the Four Winds, Pandaria. Let’s assume the witch berries are, like, lingonberries. Yes. Let’s go with lingonberries.
Ris á la Malta/risalamande – rice porridge mixed with cream and orange juice kinda sorta?? idk, never was a fan, haven’t even tried it except for once in my childhood I guess. Anyway, apparently it’s supposed to be rice-with-almonds, as the original French word suggests, but since the whole thing seems to have taken the Danish route into Sweden, the word got completely slaughtered on the way (as is custom with anything spoken in Danish) and the Swedes were all “oh from Malta you say, neat”.
Rice Pudding (MoP) – made of Rice and Yak Milk, bought from vendors in Vale of Eternal Blossoms or Valley of the Four Winds, Pandaria. I always wondered if the Horde uses clefthooves for their milk too, but I only seen the Ice Cold Milk at vendors. Whatever. The yak milk would be much fattier, and thus better suited for rice pudding anyway.
Vörtbröd/wort bread – some loaf it (sorry, it had to be done), some love it, some put raisins in it, some don’t.
Spice Bread (C) – made by Simple Flour and Mild Spices, sold by way fewer cooking vendors that you’d think… No idea what these Mild Spices contain, but I hereby declare it’s wort and some other traditional wort bread spices. There.
Mumma/PBL*** – this is made by mixing things like porter, beer or julmust (a Swedish holiday brew that the big red cola company never manages to beat salewise during Christmas, kek), sockerdricka (which is, like, soda that tastes of sugar because it’s mainly carbonated water and, well, sugar, hence the name – socker=sugar, dricka=drink) and perhaps some hard liquor. I never tried it, weirdly enough. I know my uncle makes it.
Darkbrew Lager – made by Skin of Dwarven Stout and Jug of Badlands Bourbon, sold by some of the vendors that sell alcoholic drinks. I know bourbon is whiskey and not porter. I’m also pretty sure no Azerothian knows what mumma is so they can compare.
Julkaffe/christmas coffee – Swedes need their coffee, okay. We don’t need as much as our neighbors the Finns, but we still need bucketloads of it.
Starfire Espresso (Cata) – made by the finest of Cocoa Beans (like, cocoa? wtf), sold by cooking vendors in the big cities, brewed with love (or raw fury) and preferably water that hasn’t already been used to wash anything.
The Winter Veil Chef outfit
While preparing the feast, of course my cooking orc wears a Chef’s Hat (a toy), an Apron (tabard; moggable on other tabards), a Frying Pan and a Rolling Pin (non of these can be mogged on weapons, sadly).
Aaand ready to devour! Now he put on his cringe-worthy Red Winter Hat (it’s sooo tiiight), and uses the gold-plated, XL-sized cutlery.
Head: Winter Hat
Chest: Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater
Hands: Fists of Phalanx (you want tightly fit gloves, so the sleeves of the sweater covers them)
Waist: Guardian’s Plate Belt
Legs: Inferno Tempered Leggings
Feet: Winter Boots
Main Hand: Lionsight Omensword Off Hand: Kolkar Polearm
Happy Winter Veil!
* The Swedish word for christmas is “jul” or as you English speakers say, Yule. It’s an old word that noone really knows what it means any longer, but it probably has to do with festivities and/or drinking alcohol (which, in all honesty, usually is the same thing up here). Before christianity, we celebrated the winter solstice, that the pigs were ready to be slaughtered and eaten, and other heathen pleasures around this time of the year.
**I’m still disappointed every year when I see there’s a “Game Fair” near my childhood home…