Countdown: 50 Facts for WoD

I’ll be sharing a fact a day as I gather information on my fact finding missions for Warlords of Draenor.聽Days left to launch of WoD: HOURS!聽live countdown

  • Fact #1: Launch! No need to log out when WoD launches. IF your account is already upgraded, you’ll be ready to play 馃檪
  • Fact #2: Quest mobs:聽most quest mobs share tags in WoD, so no fighting over them anymore (with a few exceptions). Thanks聽@Malvenue聽for the tip.
  • Fact #3: First quest in WoD:聽if too many people are on the quest give, use a macro!
    /tar Archmage Khadgar
    /click StaticPopup1Button1
  • Fact #4:聽Realm first achievements are聽gone. So go ahead and enjoy your leveling 馃檪
  • Fact #5: Dungeon strats.Here’s some聽text that is ready to paste in the party chat聽when grouping for a dungeon. From two wow chicks.
  • Fact #6: Items named after fans / mini-celebrities聽seem to all drop from world bosses. Keep an eye out for OpenRaid events to farm world bosses for named items 馃檪
  • Fact #7: The legendary聽item in WoD:聽Rings!
  • Fact #8: Tier tokens聽will convert into the right item, skipping the vendor part (so they work like Timeless Isle tokens). Also, once you use the token, there’s a chance for the item to have a gem socket, be warforged, and/or have a tertiary stat. From Blizzard:
    • Tier tokens will convert to an item just like the Timeless Isle tokens, this removes one of the steps.
  • Fact #9: Healing. From Blizzard:聽
    • In Warlords, players have double the effective health, giving you longer to think and target your heals.
    • In Warlords, smart heals aren’t as smart. They just heal anyone who is injured rather than the most injured.
    • In Warlords, healers will have enough mana even at lower item levels.
    • In Warlords, Spirit is now on less slots, so you can’t trivialize mana anymore.
  • Fact #10: Garrisons & Achievements:many level 3 garrison buildings are unlocked by achievements, like聽this one. For a list of achievements, visit聽The Grumpy Elf’s post.
  • Fact #11: Gathering professions. No need to go to a trainer to increase your level cap, you’ll get a drop that increases it, like聽this. You can also mine/herb/skin any node at any level. IF your level is low, you get pieces that you can combine to turn into the real ore/herbs, like these聽mining nuggets.
  • Fact #12:聽Garrison Infographic
  • Fact #13: Highmaul raid schedule:聽launches Dec 2 for normal / heroic. Mythic and LFR are on Dec 9. Blackrock Foundry is ‘several weeks’ later.
  • Fact #14: Warforged, gem sockets, tertiary stats:dungeon and raid level items, in general, are eligible to have an extra modification on it. They can have just 1 thing (like a gem socket) or all 3.
  • Fact #15: Items can only have 1 tertiary stat聽(if they have more, it’s a bug)
  • Fact #16: Friends & Garrisons: your friend can visit your garrison (and pick herbs and ore off your nodes, ha!). They can come in and DE stuff if you have the enchanter building. And you can group and do some garrison invasion defending!
  • Fact #17: Goblin Gliders = secret stuff!聽There are various goblins around in each zone that let you get on gliders to reach secret spots with treasure chests and stuff. You can get a map for the treasure chests in that zone a few different ways (reported by fans). A garrison quest reward, a reward for completing the quest achievement for a zone, and from a vendor in your WoD faction zone (after completing the story line for each zone). Here’s a聽YouTube video聽of one of these glider spots.
  • Fact #18: Mythic raid lockouts聽The mythic lockouts work differently that normal/heroic. In normal/heroic you can run whatever you want, as often as you want, you just don’t get more than 1 chance at gear. Mythic however, works like the ‘old’ lockouts – once you kill a boss, you’re tied to THAT RAID ID. You cannot go into someone else’s mythic raid until it resets each week.
  • Fact #19:聽Getting gear from your garrison聽From a聽blue post:Once you have followers at ilvl 615, the second tier of level 100 missions unlocks, at 630 the third tier unlocks (includes missions with ilvl 645 gear for your character), and when you have followers at ilvl 645 the fourth tier unlocks.

    The fourth tier is special in that they show up rarely, but they’re raid missions for your followers that reward your character with raid quality loot of a tier higher than you’re currently running. If you’re doing LFR, you’ll get normal quality raid loot, if you’re running normal raids you’ll get heroic quality loot, and heroic raiders will get mythic quality loot. Mythic raiders will get mythic loot and 1k gold.

    These missions show up rarely enough that you won’t be able to deck out your character in these items before the next raid zone shows up, but having a handful of them will give you a nice edge.The level you’re currently running will be roughly determined by having ‘weeks’ of experience in a zone at that difficulty,聽Get more info on the followup blue post.
  • Fact #20: Blackrock Foundry聽There are 3 wings in the Blackrock Foundry raid, and you can do the wings in any order.聽Then you can kill the end boss. There’s also a quest that takes several weeks to complete, rewarding you with a key to skip most of the bosses and go right to the last ones. (We’re still tracking down the official source on that, though it seems to be legit). This makes loot choices interesting.
  • Fact #21: Professions & Garrisons聽This one comes from a tip in the comments section, thank you! Once you learn the scroll that takes your crafting profession cap to 700 (you get 1 from a quest on your faction’s initial zone and if you have more than 1 crafting profession or change professions you can get them from a quest item dropped by mobs) you will be able to purchase your profession’s crafting recipes from a vendor in Ashran (On your faction’s hub). These recipes are purchased with a special currency appropriate to each crafting profession and you can get them from a daily cooldown (like “Secret of Draenor Blacksmithing”).While having a small garrison building that matches your professions will give you access to more cooldown-based ingredients (like “Truesteel Ingot” for blacksmiths) and ease of access to the professions recipe vendor within your garrison, you can still learn all the recipes and craft all the items if you build different garrison buildings or if you don’t use your garrison at all.Having a small garrison building for a profession you do not have will give you access to work orders to make that professions crafting materials and to most of the Draenor items crafted by that profession, depending on the level of your building. However, the best items each profession can craft are still restricted to heroes with the corresponding professions (like items to improve weapons and armors or the best enchants)
  • Fact #22: Skipping Bosses in WoD聽There are several bosses you can skip and still kill the end boss. After killing the end boss, if you want to go back and kill the ones you skipped, you can. (source)
  • Fact #23: No gate for Mythic聽You will not need to clear Heroic in order to run mythic raids on WoD. (source)
  • Fact #24: Ordos聽Ordos will聽continue to require聽a legendary cloak to access. Thanks to our comment section for catching this for me!
  • Fact #25: Loot based lockouts聽Patch 6.0.2 launched a different boss/raid lockout system. Instead of locking you out because you already killed a boss, you can now enter and help your friends kill any boss they want (regardless of if you’ve already killed it). Instead, the lockout is loot-based: you can kill any boss again (and again) in the same week, you just won’t get loot from it.
  • Fact #26: Hallows End: Upgraded Loot!聽Hallows End drops have been upgraded to iLevel 540. There are new pets. AND… you can get a聽Lich King costume聽(for Tricky Treats from a vendor), that has 50 charges.
  • Fact #27: Garrison mission spreadsheet聽A huge thanks to聽@Elvinelol聽for putting together this聽spreadsheet. It details required level & item levels, duration, if it’s rare, and more.
  • Fact #28:Garrison Build Order Guide聽A聽post by Denizly from MMO-C聽is a really excellent guide for Garrisons, including suggested build orders based on your play style. For example, the guide outlines the best build order for leveling up, raiding, gold making and altoholics. And there’s also a聽garrison guide for pet collectors聽over at warcraftpets.com.
  • Fact #29: Garrison followers: Bodyguards聽Some of your followers can be bodyguards – they follow you into battle (not instances though) and help you fight. As you gain reputation with them, they get stronger and get more abilities (like CC). And level 3 gives them special perks, like opening a portal to your garrison no matter where you are, or giving you access to mission table from anywhere, or even REPAIRS! (battle.net post)
  • Fact #30: Normal & Heroic raids scale to 30 in WoD聽Remember, Normal is the new Flex, and Heroic is the new normal!RaidscalingConverge
  • Fact 聽# 31: Garrosh Heirlooms聽They will scale as you level up from 90 to 100, ending聽at item聽Level 620. And note, all versions (LFR, Normal, etc) converge at level 620 (thanks to聽@lumpythegnome聽for the聽tip!)garroshheirlooms
  • Fact #32: Dungeons聽There will be聽8 dungeons聽on launch. 4 are tuned to various levels between 90 and 99. The other 4 are tuned for level 100. To聽queue for heroic difficulty聽of dungeons in the group finder, you will聽need a silver medal聽from the Proving Grounds.
  • Fact #33:聽Guild leveling is gone & perks changed聽Courtesy of聽@Medros聽from聽AllThingsAzerothPatch 6.0.2 removed the聽guild levelling system, and all guilds will essentially be the equivalent of a level 25 guild. Regarding perks we have now, some will be going away including the very profitable cash flow, as it was being abused by some people, and others will be built into the game, such as Flight path taxis just inherently moving 25% faster instead of requiring “Ride Like the Wind”; and Honor rewards and item costs can be balanced as if you had “Honorable Mention”. The perks that will remain, and be automatic upon the guild’s creation, are Mount Up, Hasty Hearth, Mobile Banking, The Quick and the Dead, Guild Mail, Mass Resurrection.
  • Fact #34: Apexis crystalsApexisVendorThe popular comparison is that “Apexis Crystals are the new Valor.” 聽You can buy gear with them, as well as bonus rolls (more on that soon), and a few other misc things. – iLevel 630 gear costs 3,000-5000 crystals (depending on slot) (same iLevel as heroic dungeons) – iLevel 645 costs an additional 9000-11500 plus a turnin of the 630 item (slightly better than LFR Highmaul, which is iLEvel 640) – iLevel 655 costs and additional 14,500 – 20,000 plus a turnin of the 645 item (same iLevel as Normal (old Flex difficulty) Highmaul)聽How fast do you get them?聽You can choose between 1 of 2 Garrison daily quests: one gives 800 apexis crystals, another quest (group or pvp) gives 1000 crystals. There are other sources that drop much less (like rare spawns, at about 30 or less). Watch聽Asmongold’s video on Apexis Crystals.
  • Fact #35: Banks & Crafting聽When 6.0.2 hits, you will be able to visit your bank and unlock a聽BankReagentTabSizespecial reagent storage area. This allows you to access your crafting materials from anywhere, so you can craft on the go! – Costs 100 gold to unlock the reagent bank (pic) – There’s a handy button to to deposit all reagents! – It has 98 slots (14×7) (pic)
  • Fact #36: Upper Blackrock Spire聽When 6.0.2 hits, for a limited time, you will be able to run a redesigned UBRS appropriate for level 90 characters. And it drops level聽550 gear.
  • Fact #37: Reforged Gear聽All gear will be reverted to its pre-reforged聽state once 6.0.2 hits. That means reforges will be reset. And in case anyone has been completely out of the news, reforging is gone! (video from聽vittoriya)
  • Fact #38: Flying Mounts聽There is no flying in WoD. All flying mounts can be used on the ground where flying isn’t allowed.
  • Fact #39: Bonus Rolls聽The new bonus roll currency is “Seal of Tempered Fate.” You can get 3 a week and they can be obtained 4 different ways. However there’s a catch: each way you obtain it gets more expensive on the 2nd and 3rd ‘purchase’ for that week. For example, you can buy them with gold. 500 gold for the first purchase, 1,000 for the second, and 2,000 for the third. So the optimal way to obtain them is 1 of each currency each week. -Gold -Honor -Apexis Crystals -Garrison resources (although, these are precious early on and you might not want to use them) Thanks to asmongold for his youtube聽video on this subject.
  • Fact #40: Resurrection charges聽From the patch notes: “Upon engaging a boss, all combat resurrection spells will have their cooldowns reset and begin with 1 charge. Charges will accumulate at a rate of 1 per (90/RaidSize) minutes.” This will affect those last minute rezzes you might want right before enrage timers. If anyone knows WoD enrage timers, leave a comment. I’ll add them to this fact and give you a shout out! Below is a list of how often you accumulate a rez charge: 10 players: 9 minutes 11 players: 8:11 minutes 12 players: 7:30 minutes 13 players: 6:55 minutes 14 players: 6:26 minutes 15 players: 6 minutes 16 players: 5:38 minutes 17 players: 5:18 minutes 18 players: 5 minutes 19 players: 4:44 minutes 20 players: 4:30 minutes 21 players: 4:17 minutes 22 players: 4:05 minutes 23 players: 3:55 minutes 24 players: 3:45 minutes 25 players: 3:36 minutes
  • Fact #41: Enchants聽You can only enchant 4 slots for WoD gear: rings, neck, cloak and weapons. Weapon enchant appearances can be changed (cosmetic) – a nice option for those of us who like to transmog and have a cool look 馃檪 Old MoP enchants can’t be applied to gear above iLevel 600.
  • Fact #42:Crafted Gear聽The upgrade-able crafted gear that you can get in WoD has a unique-equip constraint: you can only have 3 of those crafted items on at a time. And this spans across professions. Here’s an example of one of those items (and its upgrades):聽Truesteel Helm starts at聽640聽and upgrade to聽655聽and聽665. Note the tooltip that says “Unique-Equipped: Warlords Crafted (3).” We verified this in game, thanks to聽@TheOneOnDruryLane, a developer on the聽TradeSkillMaster聽addon.
  • Fact #43: PERKS!聽As you level up from 92-98 you get a new thing called, Perks. They modify existing abilities (they aren’t new abilities). They are different for each class specialization, and you get one at level 92, 94, 96, and 98. However, the one you actually get at each level is randomized. For a list of perks, choose the perk tab at the bottom right section of this聽WoWhead guide.
  • Fact #44:聽Inventory聽The default UI will allow you to sort your bags, and will color code items based on quality (epic items have a purple border, for聽example).
  • Fact #45:聽Garrisons & crafted gear聽Several garrison buildings will be able to craft both the rare and epic quality gear that professions can craft (see fact #47). They will not be able to craft the things you need (like聽Greater Truesteel essense) to upgrade them, however.
  • Fact #46: CookingCooking has changed a bit. The number of servings you get from food & feasts increases with your cooking skill.
  • Fact #47:聽Crafted gear聽Each profession that can make gear, can make upgrade-able BoE items that are as good at Normal Mode iLevels for both Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry. 聽Recall WoD normal mode is the same as MoP Flex mode. An example item, the Steelforged Dagger starts at level聽630聽and can be upgraded to聽645聽and聽655. And epic craftable items like Truesteel Helm start at聽640聽and upgrade to聽655聽and聽665聽by using聽Truesteel Essence聽and聽Greater TrueSteel Essence.
  • Fact #48: Gear enchancements聽Gems, enchants, food, etc all affect secondary stats only (not primary). With 1 exception: flasks will give you +200 / +250 (normal, greater) to a primary stat.
  • Fact #49: Item levels聽Highmaul is the first raid, followed by Blackrock Foundry. Item levels on gear from those raids are below. Thanks to聽@Elvinelol聽and his聽twitch stream聽for this info! Highmaul | Blackrock Foundry LFR – 640 | 650 Normal – 655 | 665 Heroic – 670 | 680 Mythic – 685 | 695
  • Fact #50: Hit & Expertise聽All Hit & Expertise will be gone with Patch 6.0.2. Hit is replaced with Crit and Expertise is replaced with Haste. For example,聽Rigid River’s Heart聽is now +20 Crit (instead of +20 Hit).

Have a lesser-known fact you want to share? Leave it in the comment and if I use it, I’ll give you credit 馃檪

28 Comments

  1. WE GET TO RUN A 5-MAN TRAIN DUNGEON!!! FIGHTING ON A MOVING TRAIN! (yes all caps for a reason) 馃槈

  2. Lots and lots of storage options. Quest items no longer in sit bags, reagents can go into special reagent tab in bank, toys getting put away in ‘toy box’, a second void storage tab and to top it off a new 30-slot craftable bag. The UI will also include functionality to auto-sort your items and color highlights on each item. In addition, there’s rumors of a BOA closet coming in a future patch.

  3. Question, tip #47, will my garrison followers be able to craft these weapons, or will I need to have that profession.

    • The crafting buildings can make weapons, same as armor.

      • Follower not required. Followers attached to a building craft cosmetic/consumable things. Like an enchanter follower at the enchanting building will make illusion enchants. A tailor follower at the tailoring emporium will make banners that you can use in combat.

  4. Speaking of Perks, all Guilds will be upgraded to level 25 and the associated guild perks streamlined and the “Cash Flow” perk will be removed.

  5. Speaking of Perks, all Guilds will be upgraded to level 25 and the associated guild perks streamlined and the “Cash Flow” perk will be removed.

  6. Speaking of Perks, all Guilds will be upgraded to level 25 and the associated guild perks streamlined and the “Cash Flow” perk will be removed.

  7. You forgot about Spirit.

    Spirit will be converted to another Secondary stat on all gear and weapons, but not on jewelry (rings and necklace).

    Hybrid DPS will have no use for the spirit on those 3 pieces, while healers will want it on all 3.

    • Ooh, very true. I will have to do some digging and find out what stats those turn into. And see if spirit gems are also affected. Thanks for the tip!

    • Ooh, very true. I will have to do some digging and find out what stats those turn into. And see if spirit gems are also affected. Thanks for the tip!

  8. You forgot about Spirit.

    Spirit will be converted to another Secondary stat on all gear and weapons, but not on jewelry (rings and necklace).

    Hybrid DPS will have no use for the spirit on those 3 pieces, while healers will want it on all 3.

    • Ooh, very true. I will have to do some digging and find out what stats those turn into. And see if spirit gems are also affected. Thanks for the tip!

  9. You forgot about Spirit.

    Spirit will be converted to another Secondary stat on all gear and weapons, but not on jewelry (rings and necklace).

    Hybrid DPS will have no use for the spirit on those 3 pieces, while healers will want it on all 3.

  10. Also with banks and crafting. Most crafting materials will stack to 200, freeing up a LOT of room.

  11. ….42, 41, 40, 41, 40, 39 …
    ???

    • Ahha! I KNEW I wasn’t that far behind… it was the counting. I need to up my mountain dew intake. I’m not thinking clearly with the 16 hour work days needed to support the site for 6.0.2! MOAR CAFFEINE!!!

  12. Fact # 31: Garrosh Heirlooms” there are no lfr versions, right^^
    but thanks for the info i always wondered wich ilvl they would have and if heroic would be better

  13. If there is no flying in WOD why give us a flying mount for president ordering.

  14. Regarding “Fact #25: Loot based lockouts”

    Even if you have already killed a boss in the week, and already used a warforged seal for a bonus roll, killing that boss again will prompt you again for a bonus roll and it can earn you loot. With no cap on how many seals you can get per week, this can get you as much gear as you are willing to get but keep in mind that gold is still a probable reward from a bonus roll.

    If you do go help your friends kill a boss you already killed this week and they are using master looter, 1st you won’t show on the list of targets an item can be attributed to and 2nd you won’t be eligible to trade said item. Items from trash are an exception to this (I.E. even if you have a full lockout you can still be attributed an item even if it’s BoP).

    Also keep in mind that the number of items a boss drops averages to (0.2 x eligible players) that means a group of 15 eligible players not using personal loot should get 3 items from each boss while a group of 10 players where one had a full lockout should find that out of the 14 bosses 2 (randomly selected?) will drop only 1 item (as it was my group’s case).

    I write all of this from personal experience and the 0.2 x players part I also saw in a blue post I can’t find right now. Do go out there to help your friends and validate all I wrote.

    • I have also tried to find that blue post, if you find it, please link it!

      Do you know if the bonus rolls being able to be used on multiple kills of the same boss each week, is official? Meaning, it’s intended and not a bug?

  15. Fact #23: Profession recipes and small garrison buildings

    Once you learn the scroll that takes your crafting profession cap to 700 (you get 1 from a quest on your faction’s initial zone and if you have more than 1 crafting profession or change professions you can get them from mobs) you will be able to purchase your profession’s crafting recipes from a vendor in Ashran (On your faction’s hub). These recipes are purchased with a special currency appropriate to each crafting profession and you can get them from a daily cooldown.

    While having a small garrison building that matches your professions will give you an additional daily cooldown for the professions recipes currency and hence allow you to learn all the recipes faster, you can still learn all the recipes if you build different garrison buildings or if you don’t use your garrison at all.

    • Thanks, I’ll put this up as tomorrow’s tip 馃檪 Do you have a twitter or anything I should link to?

      • I’ve edited the part of getting additional currency items (seems like I was wrong) and added some additional information as well as the sources I used to gather this info. The tooltip on the “Secret of Draenor Blacksmithing” is the key info that tells you “you don’t need to build your professions buildings in order to learn the Draenor recipes for them”

        My twitter is @canogj. Thanks for keeping Mr. robot properly oiled ^_^

  16. Due to the valor rewards changing to gold, the Zharym Altogether event in timeless island is now giving gold on each chest. With 15 chests total and rewards from 10g to 100g on each you can get 1000g in 5 minutes with some skill and luck.

    Have in mind that this event can be done on a daily basis on each toon and that if the skull to start the event is not visible when you go into the cave, it’s respawn time is 7 minutes.

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