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Exploring Draenor: Orc Travellers

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: The Cracking Plains, Frostfire Ridge Reward: Talisman of Yearning Unfulfilled The windswept tundra of Frostfire Ridge of a harsh and bitter place. The claws and teeth of wild animals are not the only dangers: the elements themselves have shaped the Frostwolf and Thunderlord orcs of the region into hardy specimens. However, there are still those who lose their way and fall foul of the land. Out on the Cracking Plains, northeast of Darkspear’s Edge, you will find the corpse of a Young Orc Traveler, which players can interact with to receive the Bound Traveler’s Scroll. Opening this will present you with the Fur-Lined Scroll and Snow Hare’s Foot. On

 

Exploring Draenor: Zeter’el

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: The Blighted Hollow, Tanaan Jungle Reward: Felfire Lit Greatsword Most demons in Tanaan Jungle can be found in one of two places: the Temple of Sha’naar or the Throne of Kil’jaeden. Of the two, the Throne is by far the more difficult area, closely packed with elite demons and patrols. If you want a break from the madness, though, you can venture down the mountain and into a cave known as the Blighted Hollow. To reach the Hollow, climb (or descend) halfway up (or down) the Throne, until you reach the river of flowing green sludge. Cross it and continue heading west, following the path (you can pick

 

Exploring Draenor: Terky

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Borean Tundra Rewards: White Murloc Egg Astute readers will notice that today’s Exploring Draenor is not, in fact, in Draenor. However, the availability of a baby murloc to everyone, instead of only a limited subset of people (Blizzcon attendees, owners of The Burning Crusade collectors’ edition, a fan website gift, etc), is worth leaving current-expansion content. To reach the White Murloc Egg, which you can use to learn how to summon Terky, you’ll need to make your way back to Azeroth, and north – far, far north. To Northrend, in fact! Murlocs are an endangered species up at the roof of the world – most of them are Gorlocs, an evolved sub-species.

 

Exploring Draenor: Bleeding Hollow Horror

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Sytgana Cavern, Tanaan Jungle Rewards: Burning Agony The Sytgana Cavern is full of Bleeding Hollow orcs, even if it does look more like a podling den. There are two treasures here – the Endless Staff of Shadow and Bottomless Sytgana Mushroom Brew (see the link for more details) – but the orcs hold their own loot. Namely, a tank trinket in the form of Burning Agony. Of course, it’s not your common or garden blood-crazed orc that holds the trinket. The Bleeding Hollow Horror is so hyped up that even its fellow Bleeding Hollow orcs have chained the crazy bastard to a wall. To reach it, climb the ramp to the right of

 

Exploring Draenor: Bramblefell

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Zorammarsh, Tanaan Jungle Rewards: Felflame Campfire The nights are drawing in, and Hallow’s End is almost upon us. Autumn is a time of endings, of mists and moonlight, of bonfires and wicker men…and campfires. There are some particularly spooky fires out there in the world of Warcraft: the Little Wickerman, for instance, or the Grim Campfire. Tanaan Jungle holds its own corrupted campfire, but you’ll need to fight an angry elemental to get it. Meet Bramblefell. Originally an elemental of the marsh, this poor plant creature was damaged by the Burning Legion’s corruption of the land. Now felflames rage through his bark as he stomps through Zorammarsh – and he’ll

 

Exploring Draenor: Rasthe

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Ruins of Kra’nak Reward: Fang of Rasthe The arrakoa worship several airborne deities, one of whom is Sethe: a lizard-type creature, very different from the dread raven, Anzu. In our timeline, Sethe’s power was used to control Anzu, but this was halted in Warlords of Draenor. However, there is a surprise waiting for us in Tanaan Jungle: Sethe had a child. Rasthe is the son of Sethe (who or what the mother is is not mentioned), although he’s a bit on the thin side – if you read’skeletal’ as ‘thin’. Rasthe’s skeleton is located on an island in the small lake in the southern portion of the Ruins of Kra’nak,

 

Christie Golden, writer and long-time Blizzard partner, confirmed that she would be writing a prequel to the Warcraft movie at San Diego ComicCon this year. Now, just two months later, the book has made its appearance on Amazon – but only as a pre-order. Currently known as Warcraft: The Official Prequel Novel, which isn’t quite as snappy a title as Lord of the Clans, the paperback will be released on the 3rd of May next year, for $7.99. We also have an official blurb, which disappointingly leaves out any mention of the Alliance: An original tale of survival, conflict and magic that leads directly into the events of the eagerly-anticipated blockbuster movie. In the realm of Azeroth, the strong and fiercely independent Frostwolf Clan are faced with increasingly harsh winters and thinning herds. When Gul’dan, a mysterious outsider, arrives in Frostfire Ridge offering word of new hunting lands, Durotan, the Clan’s chieftain,

 

Exploring Draenor: Overseer Mudlump

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Hellfire Citadel courtyard Reward: Spike-Toed Booterang Draenor is littered with references to The Burning Crusade – they take place in the same geographical location, after all. It’s not just landscape features like Blade’s Edge Mountain in Frostfire Ridge, though – you will also find NPCs whom you adventured with (or killed) back in Outland. One of these is Fel Overseer Mudlump. Anyone has has gathered Netherwing rep will remember him from that grind; back in Outland he is known as Chief Overseer Mudlump, and lives on Netherwing Ledge in Shadowmoon Valley (in classic Blizzard fashion, the orc is still dressed exactly the same, with a wide-brimmed hat and crystalline staff). Those

 

Exploring Draenor: Beyond the Dark Portal

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Far eastern Tanaan Jungle Rewards: Crashin’ Thrashin’ Cannon Controller, Crashin’ Thrashin’ Mortar Controller, Crashin’ Thrashin’ Roller Controller The long-awaited Patch 6.2.2 added flying to Draenor, and with it new areas and rare spawns have been opened for us to explore – and loot. One of these areas is the remnants of the Draenor starting experience, which took place in the eastern part of Tanaan Jungle, past the Dark Portal. For being such a pivotal part of Warcraft lore, the Dark Portal has had little play in this expansion. We’ve only really seen it twice: during the Tanaan starting experience, and when returning to the zone post-Patch 6.2. Even then we

 

Exploring Draenor: High Priest Ikzan

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. In a case of spectacularly bad timing, patch 6.2.2 dropped while I was away from home for work – so, while I had wanted to cover the new flying-accessible rare spawns in Tanaan Jungle this week, that will need to wait. Instead, we’ll be looking High Priest Ikzan – who did receive a minor change in this patch. Hey, it ties in! Location: Ruins of Kra’nak Reward: Cursed Feather of Ikzan Ikzan is an oddity in Draenor, in that he is tagged as a member of the Shadow Council – few and far between under the Iron, or even Fel Iron, Horde. Gul’dan appears to have wasted no time consolidating his

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