Hiding Your Helm in Legion – The Starting Zone

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Good morning students, welcome to class! Oh, dear. Look at all these dreadful helms you are wearing. It’s no wonder you were choosing to hide them. I bet you are all interested in learning how to hide them with the new Transmogrification system, aye? Well, let’s get to it!

 

Locate a Transmogrification vendor!

There is one in Stormwind and one in Orgrimmar, and they look like this:

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Ask a guard for help with locating these.. ahem.. enterprising beings.

 

Selecting an appearance.

When you click on the Transmogrification vendor, a new window will appear, that has many improvements over the old menu.

 

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On the left side of the window, you can select which armor slot you would like to change the appearance of. Let’s do something about those eyesore helmets you kids are wearing! Click on the “head” slot. All of the appearances you have unlocked for the head slot will appear on the right side of the window. The first option in the list is what to choose if you wish to “hide” your head item.

 

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Yes, that’s much better! Well.. for most of you. Now, all that’s left is to click the “apply” button and pay the vendor! Yes, you must pay the fine lad for his services. Items in the twisting nether aren’t cheap, you know.

 

Hiding other pieces of armor.

With this new Transmogrification system,  you can now hide your shoulder and cloak gear as well! Simply repeat the steps we just went over, this time choosing either the shoulder or back slot on the left side of the window!

 

Good Show! Now that I can see your bright and shining faces, eager to learn, let’s continue with the next lesson!

 

 

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The Legion Glyph System – The Starting Zone

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Well, this is a right pickle, isn’t it, class? It seems that the Glyph Interface has disappeared! Don’t panic! Glyphs are still around, but they are used differently in the Legion expansion. Let’s remain calm, take our seats, and learn about how to use them!

 

What are glyphs for?

Before Legion, glyphs were a way for players to modify how a spell works. They were available in “major” and “minor” varieties, and many of them granted players powerful benefits. In Legion, however, they are only found in one variety, and only add cosmetic effects to your spells. We will see an example of this a little later.

 

Obtaining a glyph.

Glyphs are made by the good ladies and chaps who have the Inscription profession. You can find glyphs on the auction house, or perhaps a charitable Scribe can make one for you. Such nice folk, those Scribes. You will need to do some research outside of class to identify which glyphs are appealing to you.

 

Using a glyph.

Once you obtain a glyph, look for it in your bags. They look similar to this:

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Now, open your spell book, and right click on the glyph. The spell that the glyph will affect will become highlighted in the spellbook,  as such:

 

book comparison

 

Then, click on the spell, and the glyph will be consumed! The spell in your spellbook will now have a mark, indicating that it has been glyphed.

 

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Splendid! This spell now has a cosmetic effect! It will keep this effect until you apply a different glyph to it, should there be one available. Let’s take a look at what this glyph did:

 

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Remarkable! This glyph seems to have given the Paladin class mounts a sparkly glow! Paladins are always finding ways to get more attention!

You can glyph as many spells as you want, but you can only apply one glyph to each spell. You can remove the glyph by applying Vanishing Powder to it, which is available at a reagent vendor. If you simply want to switch to another glyph, just apply the new glyph to the spell, and the old one will be erased.

Tonight’s homework will be to discover which glyphs are a right fit for you and your character! Dismissed!

 

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Who is Blingtron? – The Starting Zone

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Hello again, class!  It is time again to have a lovely educational dissertation!  Doesn’t that sound delightful?  Now, if you would all kindly take your seat, we shall get started.  This week I would like to discuss a special little guy that seems to be raising the eyebrows of some new residents of Azeroth.  Just this week I was taking my daily stroll through the busy streets of Stormwind when I saw someone new to our land asking “What is this thing?”  They were asking about a friend us veterans love to see. His name is Blingtron.

 

What is Blingtron?

Blingtron is a special daily quest that is made by engineers.  Citizens with the engineering profession can learn to make a Blingtron and then they can place him anywhere they choose to.  This is why Blingtron seems to be in a different place every time you see him. As I said, he is a very special daily quest!

 

Blingtron giving a quest

 

So he is a daily?

Yes, and no! Blingtron is a daily quest, but is a daily quest per account! If you do the quest on one character then all other characters on that account will be ineligible to accept the quest.

 

What will the quest give me?

The quest rewards a gift box that contains many different goodies. Sometimes it is a grey trash item which is great for selling on newer characters who might need extra gold for bags, training, etc.  Sometimes you will be given crafting materials needed for certain professions. Occasionally, and very rarely, you may even receive a pet or a mount normally crafted by an engineer!

 

Blingtron quest text

 

Sometimes he looks different. Why?

There are different versions of Blingtron!  Blingtron 4000 was all the rage as adventurers explored Pandaria, but as new threats loomed over Azeroth and adventurers moved on to Draenor, our friend the Blingtron needed an upgrade!  New Blingtron 5000’s started to be deployed throughout the world. Remember, class, you may choose to accept a gift from only one Blingtron a day!  You will simply have to choose between the 4000 or 5000!

 

Do Blingtrons fight?

Yes!  Blingtron is very territorial and will fight to the death with any other Blingtron in their reach.  Sometimes he is reported to have fought with other mechanical friends as well!

 

Blingtron giving a quest

 

And there you have it class.  I hope you enjoyed our little introduction to our friend Blingtron. I hope you have the pleasure of receiving a gift soon. They do come in beautifully wrapped packages!  I do believe it is time to dismiss class, but always remember I, Professor Thaddeus Paleo, shall always be here after class if you have additional questions!  Until next week, class dismissed!

 

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Questing in Azeroth – The Starting Zone

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Hello class.  Welcome back for another informative lecture about Azeroth.  Let’s get started, shall we?  Today I would like to talk about one of the first things you will experience here in Azeroth.  Quests!  There are many many jobs to be done here and many many quest givers are anxious for your help completing tasks.  There are a few things about quests that you need to know about.

 

Types of quests

Warcraft dwarf with a yellow exclamation point above his head indicating they have a quest. Sometimes while you are adventuring across Azeroth you will notice NPCs who desperately are in need of your assistance.  You can see the desperation in the form of an exclamation point above that person to head!  This means they need help.  How often you can help them depends on the color of the exclamation point.  A yellow exclamation point means that the quest giver will give you this quest one time.  Once you complete the quest he or she will either give you a different quest or send you on your way.  On occasion, a quest giver may ask you to complete the same quest multiple times.  Sometimes you can repeat it again in the same day, for example if you are bringing them something to help improve your reputation with them.  Sometimes you can only repeat this quest once a day.  These quests are called daily quests and are indicated by the exclamation point being the color blue instead of yellow.
Warcraft NPC with a blue exclamation point above his head indicating they have a daily quest.

Quest objectives

A quest objective is the term given to the object or requirements that the quest giver has asked for.  Sometimes you will be asked to collect certain objects, sometimes you will be asked to kill a certain number of enemies, and sometimes it is a mixture of both.  Some quests are as simple as talking to another NPC.

 

Image explaining Warcraft Quest UI

 

How do you find your quests objective?

Warcraft minimap showing direction to quest objective A detailed summary of what the quest giver is asking you to do and why is all ways in the text given when you talk to the NPC.  They will tell you their problem and how you can fix it including directions you will need to get to whenever they’re asking for.  If you still find yourself lost, don’t worry class, there is more help!  If you will look on your mini map you will notice a yellow arrow pointing you in the correct direction.  When you get to an area that has the quest objective, there will be a blue outline around the entire area in which you can find exactly what you’re looking for.  This information is also available when you open your map which can be done by pressing the M key on your keyboard if you are using the key binds as they were when you first enter the Azeroth.

You can turn this information on or off by going to your map and turning quest tracking on or off.  If you would like to adventure through Azeroth without the visual cues telling you which way to go, that is always an option.

 

Image shows quest ui and how to track and abandon quests

Completing the objective

NPC with a question mark above their headOnce you have done everything that the quest giver has asked of you it is time to turn in the quest.  Sometimes you are asked to return to the same NPC and sometimes it is to someone new.  You will know that a NPC is ready to discuss your payment by the question mark above your head.  It is their way of saying “are you back already?” *laughs*.  Talk to the NPC and you can complete the quest.  Sometimes you are given a choice between different rewards you can except and sometimes it is chosen for you.  While you are leveling up in Azeroth quests are a great way to build up gold, to get gear (pieces of armor and weapons), and earn experience points and/or reputation with certain factions.

 

Your quest log

Your quest log can be found in your user interface and has an exclamation point on the button.  But what is it?  That is a very good question, students!  The quest log is a list of all the quests your character is currently working to complete.  You can read a recap for each quest reminding you what you need to be doing, see what zone the quest is located in, and what level it is intended for. They are also colored based on the difficulty you may have while trying to complete the quest. Grey indicates a quest is below your level while yellow is usually just right. Another option you are given in the quest log is the ability to abandon a quest. If you find yourself with a full quest log and many are below your current level, you can always abandon the quests. You can go back and reaccept the quest later if you so choose.

 

Quest log UI

 

What is a group quest?

Sometimes a quest requires multiple people to complete depending on what or where the quest objectives is.  If the quest giver is asking you to kill an enemy that is considered too hard for one player it will add the number of suggested players to the bottom of the quest in your quest log.

 

Quest details showing a quest is a group quest

 

I hope this lecture has been helpful, class. Remember,  if you have any additional questions regarding questing, I will be glad to stay after class to address them.  Class dismissed.

 

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Lore Changes In Game Vs. Movie – Warcraft Wisdom

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Hello again Azeroth learners! It is I, Professor Thaddeus Paleo, back with another addition to our wisdom library. As many of you know a documentary was recently released about the deep, deep history of our beloved Azeroth.  Some humans are said to be calling this documentary the “Warcraft Movie” but old Thaddeus is certain it must be a historical documentary!  My only concern was would this “movie” accurately retell our history. A fellow scholar, Nobbel, tackles this question in a recent video called “Lore Changes for the Warcraft Movie – [Lore]“.

 

WARNING SPOILERS IN VIDEO AHEAD

If you have not seen the movie, Professor Thaddeus insists you do not press play as there are multiple spoilers included.  Once you have watched this masterpiece, visit Nobbel again to hear his comparisons. If you have already seen it, enjoy this comparison between our rich rich history and the movie adaptation.

 


There you have it fellow learners. Did you catch the differences?  Did they contribute to your opinions of the movie? Let me know!  Also be sure to check out Nobbel’s fine collection of Azeroth history. That is all for this chat, but until we meet again my Azeroth scholars… Remember, always be passionately curious!

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Voidtalon of the Dark Star – Warcraft Wisdom

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Hello fellow intellectuals. Professor Thaddeus here to share with you a simply delightful guide I came across while expanding my knowledge of Azeroth. I knew my fellow learners would appreciate it as much as I, myself, did. Without further ado, let’s discuss it shall we?

 

This gem is by Euphyley at WoW Rare Spawns. Euphyley shares in depth knowledge of how citizens across Azeroth can find one of the most beautiful mounts in Draenor.Picture of Voidtalon of the Dark Star from the Warcraft mount UI. Voidtalon of the Dark Star certainly is a tricky mount to obtain but thanks to extensive research by Euphyley we now have a vast amount of information about the mount.  The guide has great illustrations of the spawn points of the Edge of Reality portal,mouse over macros, TomTom coordinates, and what to expect once you do go through the portal. If you are looking to pick up Voidtalon of if you are like old Thaddeus and love to learn all things Azeroth, you simply must check out Euphyley’s guide “Voidtalon of the Dark Star & Edge of Reality Spawn Locations

I truly hope you enjoy this weeks finding dear scholars. I shall continue my pursuit of knowledge to share with you until next time. Remember, always be passionately curious!

 

 

 

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Realms, What Are They? – The Starting Zone

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Realms… What are they? Today we discuss them on The Starting Zone.

Hello, students. If you all would kindly take a seat we shall commence today’s lesson. Today, we will discuss realms.  A realm is basically a server onto which your character is born.  This becomes your character’s home, and you will be there with other people who are also on the same realm or a realm connected with your own.  There are many types of realms and many things to consider when deciding which realm to create your character.  First off, let’s discuss the types of realms you can choose from.

 

Types of realms

If you look through the list of realms you will notice different information is given for each one.  While all the information is important, the information that will greatly change your experience within the game is what kind of realm you play on.  Let’s take a look at these types:

  • Normal – Realms labeled as “Normal” mean they are PVE. PVE stands for “Player versus Environment” and is the most friendly type of realm for new players.  On these realms you don’t have to worry about being attacked by other players while you are exploring the world.  This can be changed if you choose to make yourself vulnerable to attack by turning on the option for “Player versus Player” combat, also known as PVP.  While you can turn this option on at any time you are never required to.  This gives new players and veteran players who are not interested in PVP combat a more peaceful environment to enjoy the game. There are designated areas such as battlegrounds and arenas where you can participate in PVP combat at any time, but PVE realms make questing in the open world safer by not letting other players attack you without your permission.
  • PVP – PVP, or “Player versus Player”, realms keep each player where they are constantly in danger of being attacked by other players of the opposing faction. When you are out in the world your character will stay flagged for PVP.  This means your PVP option will be turned on and will remain that way.  This is can be much more stressful for new players since enemy players of any level can attack you, including those who have already reached the maximum level cap.
  • RP – RP stands for “role playing”. These realms are PVE with one major difference. Instead of playing your character as you, you are also pretending to be that character.  A character who’s story you create and mold however you please.  Want to be Knight Faltor from Goldshire searching for his missing jewels?  How about Groktol from the Northern Barrens who’s family was taken by flamboyant gnolls?  It’s whomever’s story you wish to create.  The main thing to remember is while playing on role play realms you are expected to remain in character whenever you have contact with other players.
  • RPPVP – RPPVP stands for “Role Played Player versus Player”. The same rules apply here as on the role play realms, but this time you add the always on PVP option to the mix.

 

The realm selection screen on world of warcraft

Population

Another thing to look at from the information on the realm selection list is the population data.  Each realm is marked as “Low“, “Medium”, or “High”.  There may also be realms which say “New Players”.  A realm’s population mainly affects new players in a few ways.  Realms with high populations may sometimes have a queue in which players have to wait to login and play.  This is mainly an issue when new content is released and more of the population tries to login.  Another disadvantage of the high population realms is you may find more competition for quest objectives, resources such as stone and herbs, and rare Non-Player Characters also known as “NPCs”.  Low population realms come with their own concerns such as the realm’s economy.  Each realm has its own auction house which people of the realm use.  When there are less people who use the auction house, prices for items may vary greatly when compared to realms with a higher population.

 

Playing With Friends

A major factor for many people in Azeroth is the ability to play with their friends.  If you are joining Azeroth to play with your friends please remember to ask them which realm they are currently playing and make your character on the same realm.  Thanks to cross realm parties and raids you will be able to play with your friends if you are not on the same realm.  However, certain actions will still be unavailable such as trading and joining guilds.

 

Two female gnome friends from warcraft

 

Time Zones

Warcraft in game clock showing the local time and realm time Another overlooked detail of realms is that they are not all on the same time zone.  While this most likely will not affect a new player immediately, it can be a factor later in the game if your schedule conflicts with the schedule of people you play with.  Let me give you an example.  Your guild raids at 7:00 PM on a realm that is located in the Eastern Time zone.  If you are located in the Pacific Time zone, that will be 4:00 PM your time.  While the rest of your guild has had time to come home; have supper; and login to prepare for the raid, you may find yourself still at work; at school; or dealing with other daily activities.  While the realm selections screen does not tell you what time zone each realm is in, you can easily check by looking at the in game clock or by checking the realm statistics at warcraftrealms.com.

 

While all this may seem complicated for you new students, I can assure you understanding realms is easy after spending a little time in Azeroth.  There are more advanced topics we could get into, but I see that today we are out of time!  I do hope you have enjoyed today’s lecture.  Class dismissed.

 

 

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