Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Questaclysm: The Quests You Need To Do BEFORE Cataclysm!

We are now less than a month away from the destruction that will be Deathwing's return, when the entirety of the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor will be changed forever. And with this change will come new quests, and the abolishing of old ones. Today I wanted to compose a list of quests you really should do before Cataclysm for various reasons. Sure, not all the quests on this list will be removed in Cataclysm but I really don't know which ones will be so you should do them all just in case! 

These quests are important in different ways, either from just having an awesome experience in the game, to giving vanity items, or to earn you some rare achievements. Want to fight a giant shark? Want to get your very own furry costume? Want to get a boomerang? Want to experience one of the most anticlimactic quest chains in the game? Stay tuned after the jump and learn how!
Raene's Cleansing (Alliance Only)

So I know that's kind of mean to start off with an Alliance only quest. Don't worry Horde people, I'll include a Horde only quest to make up for it! Promise! 

Raene's Cleansing is a very important quest chain because it gives one of the best vanity items (if you enjoy collecting them like I do) and let's you live out your furry fantasies in game. The reason for doing this quest chain is to get the item Dartol's Rod of Transformation. The rod is a quest item, but you get to keep it even if you finish the quest chain.

When you use Dartol's Rod of Transformation it turns you into a furbolg for three minutes. It's a goofy little vanity item that takes almost no time to acquire and is an easy quest to do. If you do decide to attain the rod, may I suggest you hop in your friend's Mekgineer's Chopper's sidecar. The result is entertaining, trust me.

The Scepter of The Shifting Sands Quest Chain
For a fact I know this quest chain is getting removed and will reward a Feat of Strength for those people who complete it before it gets removed. Please note, if you do start this quest chain, keep in mind that it takes a long time to do this and you will need some friends for some of it. It is well worth it though. If you'd like to get started, head to Silithus.

I know you're thinking, "But Asil, why the hell would I want to go through all that just to get a dumb Feat of Strength, blehhhh funnnnn baddddddd." That's you. You just thought that.

Let me tell you why you should do it.
  • You get to experience one of the most entertaining dialogues ever in the game with Azuregos.
  • You'll have an item/achievement not many people will have (if you take pleasure from that kind of thing).
  • You get to fight a giant shark.
  • You acquire one of the funniest items to read in the game: Diary of Weavil 
  • You get to experience some crazy fun outdoor raids, like defending Nighthaven from Eranikus (Yeah, that dragon from Sunken Temple, except his actual form.)
  • You get to meet tons of big lore characters (if you're into that, it's definitely screen shot worthy at least).
  • You'll get to see firsthand a lot of fun references. (Like Dr. Weavil, and Maws)
  • It actually feels like an adventure, it feels epic.
  • You get an epic cooking recipe that is BoE!
Sure, some of those bullet points won't appeal to all, but the bottom line is you really should do this quest. It's worth the time and gold it takes to complete it. 
Spoiler Alert: If you're doing this quest to see some crazy awesome thing happen at the end, you're doing it for the wrong reason. That's because once you finish the entirety of the quest absolutely nothing happens. Really. No joke. You turn in the final quest and nothing happens. This is because back in the day the quest "Bang a Gong!" was still there, that is when something happened when you turned it in. But since that quest is gone nothing happens. At least you get the scepter, which is fun to carry in your bags if you are weird like me.

Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops

This quest is part of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest line. The reason I am pointing it out individually is to emphasize even if you don't want to do that really long quest, you should at least do it to this point to get this recipe. Why? It'll sell well for collectors or if you are a collector you won't have to spend the gold to get it. It doesn't take long at all to get this, so go do it! There's not much time left to get this soon to be disappearing recipe.

Lost in Battle (Mankrik's Wife) (Horde only)

Here's your exclusive, Horde. Not much to say about this quest, there really is no important reward or anything for completing it, but it is legendary in the WoW society/general chat.

For added "lolz" ask in general "Has anyone seen Mankrik's Wife?" and watch as fourteen year old boys try to out immature each other. (My apologies if I just offended you. I'm sure whatever you say about Mankrik's wife or Chuck Norris in The Barrens general chat is original and or hilarious...)

The Thirsty Goblin (The Noggenfogger Elixir Quest)

This is definitely one of the the best items in the game. Best part is this quest doesn't take much to complete, do a few things in Tanaris take a quick flight to the Hinterlands and back, then in no time you'll be playing Noggenfogger Roulette!

It's a Secret to Everyone

This Legend of Zelda themed quest chain. If you want to start it you must talk to the boat. I guess technically you have to search a boat, but still talking to a boat sounds way cooler. Imagine the things a boat would say... "Hey I'm wet."... Very deep.

Yes this quest chain is very long and requires multiple long journeys from Ungoro to Winterspring. But if you make it through this Master Quest (ZOMG SEE WHAT I DID THERE) you get THE Master Sword. Sounds pretty win, even if you're like me and can't even use swords. I like to pretend I can use swords though if that counts.

Bottom line: if you're like me and love collecting random bank space filler-uppers, than this quest line is for you!

Pre-Cataclysm Quests/World Event

To finish off this old world quest bucket-list is the newest quests added to the game. Phase FOUR of this event just started. There's no reason not to do these quests. They reward cool vanity items, various Feats of Strength, some item level 251 loot if you're level 80, and plenty of "Kodak" moments. Plus they explain important lore events that are about to unfold. And I mean, who doesn't love lore?

Oh wait- Me.

So from Azshara to Silithus I've just now taken you on hopefully an entertaining journey through some of my favourite quests that I feel everyone should do before Cataclysm. Why? So that you don't hate yourself for not getting cool stuff, that's why! I guess I'm protecting you, from future you.

Did I list all the important quests? Did I miss your favourite quest? What are you doing before Cataclysm comes? What's your favourite Mankrik's wife joke? Let me know in the comments below!

And as always if you have any questions, concerns, or opinions about anything, feel free to send me an e-mail at asilwensadventures@gmail.com

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