Cool-Xao

Bullocks

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The Celestial Tournament only held one item of interest for Cool but it wasn’t high on his list of priorities. Even so, he wanted the pet so I’ve been helping him out with a lot of my duplicates and recommending which DMF pets to buy. By the time he worked his way up the tamer circuit and successfully challenged Aki, he was well on his way to collecting the last Pandaren Spirit (after giving him the other three).

Cool pet battles

Until now, he’s been a pretty casual battler so when he seemed more interested in giving the Tournament a go, I felt up to the challenge. At the time, he had already levelled 10 pets so I created a spreadsheet with the teams and pets I recommended for each opponent. This helped me determine what he still needed to capture and level while I focussed on pets he already had as opposed to a replica of the teams I used in the past.

With a pretty low tolerance for pet battling, I told him which wild pets to collect while buying any cheap ones from the AH. The Menagerie Custodian was the only one we had to farm when I noticed its ridiculous sell price. Considering how easy it is to farm, I wondered how many they actually sold back then. Coolidge managed to get it on his second run through Kara which worked out as four runs between us.

Cool pet battle storm

With his limited playtime, I helped power-level a number of pets while he worked on levelling his own every few days. At times he would say it was “too much trouble” but after teaching him my tamer circuit, it became easier and easier.

At times he seemed to enjoy the experience, especially when the match went particularly well or with a nicely timed crit but most of the time it was hard to keep him motivated. On a bad day, he would remind me that he had “all expansion to do it” and was too much trouble for just one pet but this is the pinnacle of pet battling. It’s supposed to be hard or at least a challenge.

This was probably six months ago now.

Fast forward to the present where we finished levelling his last three pets for the tournament. I have to say, it was a nice surprise when he asked for “[my] help with one of my favourite activities in the game”, coaching him through my first four tamer battles. Now if he was going to complete the tournament in any given week, I would hope it was the following trio with Mari, Blingtron and Kiryn – particularly that last fight.

Winning the tournament meant one thing – little Zao.

Cool-Xao

Being a tank, it was really a no-brainer.

Archmage boots

Follower Leads

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Designed to be a small supplement to my Garrison Guide, here are some of the followers which require more than one source of interaction.

Dagg

Located outside your main Garrison gate in Frostfire Ridge once both locations below have been flagged.

  • Grom’Gar – outside in a cage
  • Daggerfall Ravine – western side in a cage

Dagg quest

Abu’gar

Return all three items to him at his current location in Stonecrag Gorge, Nagrand

  • The lure – under a small bridge over the river that passes to the north of Ancestral Grounds.
  • The rod – on a ledge below Telaar along with some other fishing supplies.
  • The reel – to the left of a warterfall on the road leading out of Wor’gar.

Abu

Archmage Vargoth

Scattered around Draenor are four items belonging to the mage. However, they are in high level areas:

  • Ring – northwest of Gronn Canyon in the southwestern end of Rooter’s Pass, Gorgrond
  • Boots – north of Magnarok, in the northeastern part of Frostfire Ridge
  • Staff – on the western edge of Cerulean Lagoon, Nagrand
  • Hat – Sha’tari Market District of Shattrath City, Talador

Archmage bootsArchmage Nagrand

Turn in all four items to the gnome at Khadgar’s Tower, Talador.

Archmage complete
Archmage follower

Misplaced Scroll

Archaeology in Draenor

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There are three new branches to uncover in Draenor but since levelling the profession is still a mystery, I’m in no rush to use my fragments. Hopefully we’ll find out soon but in the meantime, here’s what we know.

Arakkoa

Keystone: Arakkoa Cipher

Rare solve: Beakbreaker of Terokk

A number of jumping puzzles in the Spires of Arak can serve as an extra source of fragments and ciphers. Just keep an eye on your minimap for any yellow dots. As a bonus, you can loot them from level 1 and will provide 1 skill point.

Locations

Misplaced Scrolls – Skettis, Terrace of Dawn
Relic of the Outcasts – Skettis, Veil Zekk, Veil Terrok, Shadowglade, Nest of the Ravenspeaker, Sethekk Hollow
Smuggled Apexis Artifactstop of a tree, Murkbog
Sun-Touched Cache – two may be found in the Apexis Excavation site but only one is marked for Archaeology. The other contained garrison resources. I’ve included videos to the tricker locations.

Arakkoa Archaeology Fragment: Dreamcatcher, Burial Urn, Decree Scrolls, Solar Orb, Sundial, Talonpriest Mask, Outcast Dreamcatcher, Apexis Crystal, Apexis Hieroglyph, Apexis Scroll

Draenor Clan

Keystone: Draenor Clan Orator Cane

Rare Solve: Frostwolf Ghostpup

Draenor Clans Archaeology Fragment: Fang-Scarred Frostwolf Axe, Frostwolf Ancestry Scrimshaw, Wolfskin Snowshoes, Warsinger’s Drums, Screaming Bullroarer, Warsong Ceremonial Pike, Metalworker’s Hammer, Elemental Bellows, Blackrock Razor, Weighted Chopping Axe, Hooked Dagger, Barbed Fishing Hook, Calcified Eye In a Jar, Ceremonial Tattoo Needles, Cracked Ivory Idol

Ogre

Keystone: Ogre Missive

Rare Solves:  Sorcerer-King Toe Ring,  Warmaul of the Warmaul Chieftain

Ogre Archaeology Fragment: Ancestral Talisman, Flask of Blazegrease, Gronn-Tooth Necklace, Doomsday Prophecy, Stonemaul Succession Stone, Stone Manacles, Ogre Figurine, Pictogram Carving, Gladiator’s Shield, Mortar and Pestle, Eye of Har’gunn the Blind, Stone Dentures, Chimera Riding Harness, Imperial Decree Stele

Fragments still have an individual limit of 200. All rare solves will be displayed in your Town Hall, much like in the Seat of Knowledge for your Lorewalker rep grind.

Mine Carts

In addition to dig sites and jumping puzzles, fragments can also be looted from your garrison mining carts. Carts will be available once you upgrade your mine to level 2.

Achievements

Factions

Two new factions are tied to archaeology:

Arakkoa Outcasts

Reputation will come from quests in the Arakkoa quest hub of Talador and the Spires of Arak.
Items of note include:

The Archaeology Fragment vendor and Quartermaster for the Arakkoa Outcasts are both located in Warspear – our Horde outpost in Ashran.

Steamwhedle Preservation Society

The archaeology branch of the Steamwheedle Cartel offers two pets at revered:

Stay tuned for any changes
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