Category Archives: Achievement Whorery
As I mentioned in my previous post, the top items on my Winter Veil Wishlist this year were Mr. Bigglesworth, the Legendary Pet Battler achievement, the Feldrake, and maybe even a Lump of Coal. Well, barring the extravagant inclusions of Murky and world peace, I can happily say that as of Day 2 in this year’s Winter Veil Festival, I have received/achieved everything I had hoped to!
The Feldrake was a present to myself, and I’ve spent the last week getting random whispers from people asking about my “sick mount”. I don’t mind the attention. And Friday became the epic grind day, pushing for that 5000th battle win, and begging and bartering for raid pets in hopes of the meta-achievement completion for Mr. Bigglesworth. Within moments of each other early Saturday morning, both achievements were… achieved!
My luck in raids has been less than stellar, so many of the pets I gathered either came from purchases or in-game trades (“I’ll trade you a Pandaren Earth Spirit for the Anubisath Idol!”). I found myself posting on forum threads and spamming trade for takers; something I wouldn’t normally bring myself to do. I mean, what’s another raid lockout (or twelve) for the eventual drops? Well, I am not known for my patience, and the will drives one to do some spazzy things sometimes!
Upon completing Raiding with Leashes, I could hardly quell my excitement, so got to work leveling Mr. Bigglesworth at once!
This morning I woke from dreams of Lumpy prices on the Auction House. I had a wondrous dream that two were available for 399 gold each. I lingered in bed for a while, not looking forward to the trips up to Hillsbrad Foothills to battle The Abominable Greench for a distant chance at that Lump of Coal. My boyfriend called to me from the other room with news that Greatfather Winter had mailed out presents, and the chance at Lumpy had gone up. He knows me well – it got me up, alright. But it wasn’t merely Greatfather Winter who had sent a wrapped gift. No, a Night Elf Hunter also happened to send me a Wrapped Gift, and in a few clicks I had a brand new Lumpy in my arsenal! Yay for awesome boyfriends!
The last few days I’ve spent leveling more pets and grinding for the Clawing Craw by doing archaeology. But I hit my limit yesterday, and decided to level up my DK alt for a bit. I went from Level 84 up to about 75% into 85 in Jade Forest. It was a nice change of pace, and it was helping me fund my main account after the big Darkmoon Rabbit purchase. I feel like I’ve hit the apex and am now calming down a bit. I find myself hunting rares, then wanting to level pets to 25, then doing archaeology, then checking the AH for affordable pets I may not have yet. Not really rallying behind any single cause. I’m returning to work after a long break tomorrow, so hopefully the new restrictions on my time will help me to refocus.
While traveling from pet battle daily to pet battle daily, I heard a knock at my door. Knowing what it was likely to be, I bolted from my chair to the entryway. I was greeted by a friendly USPS delivery women, who asked me to sign for an envelope. I couldn’t hide the excitement as I signed and, thinking back, might have rudely quickened her away. But The Precious was waiting for me in this envelope!
I opened the mailing envelope to find The Precious in an additional four layers of protection. Ladies and Gentleman, might I present:
He is such a sweet ride. Which is good, because I spent a LOT of time on his back today. With my recent pet battle push to the Singing Cricket recently complete, I’ve doddled around without a goal. Well, one has appeared before me.
I do not have the Crawling Claw rare companion pet from Tol’vir archaeology. I KNOW! I spent more time than I should have at the beginning of Cataclysm going insane on the new profession, but a few key items elude me still (Crawling Claw, Zin’rokh). Now having grown into the pet collector I am, the Crawling Claw is a must-have item.
But flying all around Kalimdor waiting for Uldum dig spots to randomly pop is just the last thing I want to do. Thankfully, Blizzard has made the grind for these sorts of things a little more tolerable by introducing a sort of token system built into the Pandaria digs. As you create artifacts, those either (rarely) turn into Pristine versions in the forms of quests which can be turned in at The Seat of Knowledge, or transformed into a crated box which can then be traded to Brann Bronzebeard (also at The Seat of Knowledge) for a boxed quantity of the Pre-Mists of Pandaria archaeology fragments of your choice.
At first I didn’t think it would help much, but boy has it made solving Tol’vir artifacts speedier! I even got a rare today (not the one I wanted, unfortunately) – the Scepter of Azj’Aqir/Aquamarine Qiraji Battle Tank mount.
The other good thing about roaming around Pandaria for digsites is the achievements. Oh, the achievements! The ones shown here are only a small “fragment” (ha ha), as I switched computers midday and was too tired to transfer those screencaps over. Eh, the image would have been too large, anyways.
I winded down just as the server was scheduled to go offline at 1:00 AM PST, but I’ll be back on later today after the server pops back up. In the meantime I’ll be looking into audiobooks or PODCASTS that might be good at keeping me entertained for the hours and hours and hours I’ll be flying around on my gorgeous new mount!
The last two days have been very big for pet-collector Wezmerelda. I was ever-so-close to the Pro Pet Mob achievement (62 pets) and decided to grind my way up to 75. It took me who knows how many hours (and I didn’t rig it with the Farmer Nishi exploit, thank you very much), but around 1:30 AM PST, I got my Singing Cricket!
Today I’ve been a little wayward, not really knowing what to do with my time. I’m not in a large guild or anything, so I don’t have a whole lot of people to brag to. I sent Cory Stockton, a Lead Content Designer (@mumper) a couple tweets about how I was underwhelmed by the model for the Singing Cricket:
Mid-day I spotted an auction that looked, well, too good to be true. It was for a Darkmoon Rabbit, and the Buy It Now price was about 64k, and the current bid was 29k. The player selling it was posting about it in trade, saying it was available for bids, etc. I didn’t even have enough money to cover the 29k, so I dismissed it. Though while chatting at a guildmate (my boyfriend’s brother – we’re a small family guild) I jokingly asked if he had 20k to spare me. When he took me up on it, I um, wow, I just didn’t know what to say instead of giving him a big “Whoa! Thanks!”, and promising to give him every extra pet I come across for the conceivable future!
After an anxious time spent watching the auction, I had a bid strategy and a stopwatch started once “Short” hit. About three minutes before I was going to place my max bid, the listing disappeared. Holy crap, where did it bloody go??!!?? Adrenaline waning, I resigned myself to the fact that it was too good to be true, and went to whack at some more wild pets – I even tried some PVP, which is new for me!
Moments later, the brother messaged that the listing was back up, for only a thousand gold more – and by the same guy. I. Was. Flabbergasted! You mean to tell me the seller took it down only to list it again? Why wouldn’t he play fair? I looked him up, ready to send him a tirade, and his toon wasn’t online. So off to WoWProgress.com to look for alts. Sure enough I found an alt online and whispered him, telling him I was just about to place a bid of X amount when I saw it snagged, and he relisted it. What was the deal? He confessed that when he saw what he thought would be the winning bid he found it to be a player he knew well to be a bit of an arrogant character on the server, and he didn’t want it going to him for such a deal (the thing usually goes north of 100k, so…).
I again reiterated my interest, that this would not be up for resale and that I was an avid collector being helped out by my guild in this purchase, and, to my shock, he said yes! I took ownership of Chompers, my Darkmoon Rabbit for 36,000 gold and it’s like a dream come true. I also noticed it came out as the “good breed” (5 – I hadn’t known until immediately prior that it could have more than one variant), so score on that as well. I’d say this day has been pretty epic… now if I could only get those 732 more pet battle wins towards Legendary Pet Battler… it’s on!
I’m a sucker for competition, and I’m usually let down because I lack the skill to compete in much. Gear score? Nah. Maybe back at the end of Wrath when no one was an Arms Warrior. PVP rating? Are you kidding me? But thanks to WOWProgress.com‘s Pet Scoring algorithms, I’ve got a game I can play to win!
#1 spot on Durotan-US, woot! And nearly the top 300 in the world! I’ve been in a race with a mage on the server, and every couple days (or few hours?) I’m updating the status to see where the standings are. He will take the lead for a bit, then I’ll be able to work to back up above. It’s pretty fun. Along with this I get to work towards my Legendary Pet Battler (3714 as of this publishing) and Pro Pet Mob (count at 52 presently).
It feels pretty good to be in the lead, and I’m only a little embarrassed to say it. 🙂
This post is in response to Blog Azeroth’s Shared Topic for the week of December 3rd – 9th.
The World of Warcraft Feast of Winter Veil event this year brings with it a bunch of opportunities to acquire pets… well, so far as I know the one I don’t have will still be up for grabs (Lumpy). *Sigh* Has anyone heard of anything being added this year? I sure hope there’s something new to surprise us during this year’s festivities, but I’ll be happy if I can score that Lump of Coal.
I already scored bigtime by receiving a gift from my boyfriend delivered via in-game mail, sent in some Red Ribboned Wrapping Paper and everything. He had asked me what rare wild pets I might still be missing. I mentioned the Emerald Whelpling, as I could only remember running around and around that lake in northern Feralas murdering Noxious Whelps for ever and ever. I thought he was just curious. I didn’t know he would then murder whelps for hours on end for me. So sweet!
I have a few more things on my wish list. Items both available in game through grinding pet battles, old raids, and/or a little RNG, and available only through purchase. The purchasable items are pie in the sky, and are only listed in case I have some wealthy WoW benefactor out there just looking for ideas on what to get me!
1. Mr. Bigglesworth
After last week’s hotfix to the 5.1 patch that prevented the Mr. Bigglesworth pet from randomly dropping from Kel’Thuzad in Naxxramas, the only way to acquire him is by completing the Raiding with Leashes meta achievement. So far, I have merely two of the twelve required pet drops. My run of Molten Core and Temple of Ahn’Qiraj came up fruitless, and I’ll need to wait until another night when my boyfriend can assist me with Razorgore in Blackwing Lair and all of Naxxramas.
If all else fails, it’s to the AH I go! I don’t have many funds, but one or two of the pets would be a manageable set of in-game purchases!
2. Legendary Pet Battler
I’m off to a good start with this epic achievement which awards… well, nothing. A few achievement points is all. Winning 5000 pet battles is no small effort, and I would think they would wan to throw a fun pet or title into the mix. But noooooo. Nothing fun for us obsessives who can’t stop leveling our blues. I’m at just over 3400. If you multiply that number times the average number of minutes a pet battle takes (2-4 mins?), that’s… a lot of minutes, omg! Still, I’d like to have this one in the bag by the end of Winter Veil.
This here starts the real deal stuff, y’all. This here is where things get serious. One day I was browsing WoWTCGLoot.com to look at reasonably-priced pets I might not have, and I noticed this beautiful mount. The Feldrake. Just look at this amazing mount, will you? It’s gorgeous. It’s also around $200.00 USD. Ah well. One of the unique qualities about this mount is that it functions as a ground mount in places like arenas, battlegrounds, and some instances. Sure to attract attention. I would fly around on this thing all day looking for one of the new wild pets, I tell ya. ALL. DAY.
Okay, this is where things get ridiculous (well, more ridiculous). But if you don’t ask, Greatfather Winter won’t know, amiright? Ever since I ran the King Mrgl-Mrgl quest chain through Boren Tundra, I fell in love with the baby murlocs. Shortly thereafter I found out about Murky, the companion pet given as a gift to attendees of the 2005 Blizzcon. He dances and sings, people! I even have this song as a ringtone on my mobile phone and used it as a wake-up alarm for several years. It’s etched into my brain. But alas, the card to redeem him as an in-game companion (and battle!) pet is costly. To the tune of $2000.00 USD. Yeesh!
And last but not least…
5. World Peace
It’s my pageant answer, yo. And I really do want it.
What are you hoping to receive this Winter Veil season?
Not sure why, but ideas about how Blizz might add content or improve the game have been coming at me fast and furious these past few weeks. Could be the hours and hours and hours I’m playing all day, I dunno. In any case, I’m introducing a feature on this site called “Big Ideas”.
First up is an idea about a world event that would randomly award one player on each server. The Big Idea about it? That award will be a one- or two-level gain for the remainder of the expansion (or a future xpac). Here would be the prerequisites, assuming it would be dropped mid-MoP:
- Character must be Level 90
- Character must complete a series of quests
- Character must be online when the announcement event occurs
The quest chain would be something any level 90 could complete, and must be completed in order to be entered into the drawing. You will not need to be part of an extravagant guild, you will not need to gather mats from dungeons, raids, battlegrounds. The quest chain would maybe take 2-4 hours to complete. And so that we prevent quest-area camping by others, perhaps the quests could be instanced. The other caveat would be that your toon would need to be online for the announcement event. This means that unless you’re a multi-boxer (play with more than one account on separate computers), you’ll need to pick
- Two-level increase from normal max for the remainder of the expansion (lvl 91/92)
- Title (feel free to put your suggestion in the comments!)
- Tabard and/or Mount and/or Companion Pet
I’m sure many might cry “OP!” – that the 2-level increase would somehow disrupt the balance of the game, but I counter that the randomness of the draw neutralizes that. Sure, a top arena player might win it and have a greater edge in battle, but there’s just as good a chance some player who doesn’t raid/doesn’t pvp would win it. And it’s not like there will be gear with higher stats they’ll be able to equip. They may have some increased base stats as they normally scale, but I say it’s not enough to push balance off.
What are your thoughts?
I thought this was going to be several weeks down the line, but I guess persistence won out: today I completed the Pandaren Spirit Tamer quest. As my reward, I selected the Pandaren Earth Spirit pet, who I named Agnetha. I named “her” after a member of the Swedish super-group ABBA because I had the song “Mamma Mia” stuck in my head the whole time I was researching/choosing the pet I was going to select. So, apropos. Ooh, I think I’ll name the remaining ones after members of ABBA as well. Suh-weet!
I selected the Pandaren Earth Spirit as my first (guaranteed) pet because there is some speculation that the pet type drop in the dailies bags is tied to the type of Spirit you’re battling. In that case, the Thundering Pandaren Spirit was by far the most difficult (and most reliant on RNG), and I’d like to not hit him up again anytime soon.
I managed to complete the dailies for the other three however, and I still spent a few Pet Bandages to keep things quick but it all worked out pretty well. Alas, no stroke of luck for me tonight, so no additional Spirit Pets for the moment. At some point in the near future, I’ll write up a guide of what pets I used for each boss.