Rare Elite – Xariona

Rare Elite – Xariona

Today I was so excited to see Xariona had spawned in Deepholm as it’s the first time I’ve seen her in person. That knocks one of the top things off my bucket list :)

She’s one of the five rare elites of Cataclysm which doesn’t require that many to kill. In fact, at end-game, this twilight dragon is soloable.


Xariona has five abilities:

Xariona - Twilight Fissure

Xariona - Twilight Breath

Xariona - Twilight Fissure

Twilight Fissure

Xariona - Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone

Xariona - Unleased Magic

As long as you know what the abilities are, the fight can be a non-issue. With two people, Cool pretty much stood in each Twilight Zone to avoid taking extra damage. I asked him to rotate her as she was about to place another zone down so I could stand in the old one meaning two were up at all times. Shadow Fissure was easy to avoid and with Twilight Breath, I just stayed in the white zones to help negate the damage.  With this simple strategy, we killed her in 14mins.

Xariona dead

In addition to dropping her special epic, she also drops a random ilvl 359 BoE and a recipe.

Xariona’s Spectral Gauntlets
Drape of Inimitable Fate
Design: Subtle Alicite

Excuse all the crap on the screen but WOOT! That was the last of the Cata rare elites I had to kill :)



Jadefang is a rare shale spider that resides deep inside the underground caves of Deepholm. Getting to him requires a little bit of effort as he spawns on a ledge too high to access by foot. The rare itself is popular for two reasons: it is the only green model in the game and may be tameable by a BM Hunter; not only that but he is guaranteed to drop the cute Tiny Shale Spider vanity pet. When I was levelling in Deepholm, it was hard to decide whether I wanted to kill the rare for the pet or tame this guy on my hunter as my first priority. Since I always focus on levelling my main first, it was almost a given that I would get the non-combat pet first.

Tiny Shale Spider

Hunter pet and Tiny Shale Spider

The most consistent way I found to get onto Jadefang’s ledge would be to pick up the Quest – Underground Economy offered as a possible Theramore daily from a Goblin NPC named Ricket in the Crumbling Depths. The daily gives you an item called Ricket’s Tickers which is used to explode crystals around the caves, then gather them.

To reach the upper ledge, use Ricket’s Tickers by blasting yourself up to the first ledge to where you normally rescue Pebble for the Daily quest Lost In The Deeps (or just ride around if your prefer). Once you’re up on the first ledge angle yourself with your back facing the second ledge, blasting yourself onto the upper ledge. It may take a couple of tries to position yourself correctly, but is relatively easy after some practice. Goblin racials have also been said to work for this purpose.

To check if he’s in the cave however, sitting at the bottom of the ledge with beast tracking on may not always give you a positive result since he’s pretty far in the back so you may end up with a false negative. You can either ride/blast yourself up to the first ledge and angle yourself so you can see the back of the dead end cave or ride around the first tunnel to the left until you can see the back of the cave on the minimap. If he’s there, his dot will be easy to see.

All-in-all, if you’re after a funky looking exotic pet or cute little non-combat pet, the choice is yours.

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