Last weekend, after what has been my most concerted effort on ANYTHING to date, I finished Loremaster on Elsen, my main.
I am currently equipping the frankly ugly tabard as proof of my achievements as I like the “of the Nightfall” title too much to let it drop right now.
So. If you take a look at my personal blog (linked to your right), you can actually track where I started with most of Northrend complete but other than that nothing actually “started”.
My original plan (pre-release of Cataclysm information) was to work backwards -> Northrend -> Outland -> Eastern Kingdoms -> Kalimdor.
However with the release of Catclysm and me being unsure exactly how long the whole thing would take me I decided to finish off Northrend and then head back to the old world and finish that off, before hitting Outland.
The Northrend achievements were easy. There were almost no “drop item” quests that needed hunting for, and the quest lines led smoothy from one part of a zone to another making completing the areas easily.
A couple of main points for Northrend:
- In Icecrown, don’t jump about from place to place. Although some of it may feel tedious try and do the region in as few a blocks as possible. The quests and phasing are all very linear if done as constant follow ups, but leaving the zone and coming back can make things more confusing for you.
- The daily quests in Grizzly Hills don’t count towards your total, although they do count towards their own separate achievement, and don’t take long to do anyway. Stick them in for a few extra gold.
- Both “starting areas” are very easy to complete and allow you to unlock the Kal’uak bases, should you want to grind your reputation with them too.
Northrend is by far the easiest area to do, so depending if you want the easy stuff out of the way first or left til last should result in you choosing your route.
- Hellfire has a couple of nasty “item drop” quests. Try and grind this area out first if you possibly can.
- If you are healer mainspec, Blade’s Edge may cause some difficulty. I have a (weak) balance dual spec and needed help with 3 of the group quests in the area – the one’s where you kill Gruul’s sons. Other people have easily soloed them I know, but as someone with a poor grasp of DPS I couldn’t quite manage them. All the other group quests were, however, relatively simple to manage. This area also includes some of the Ogri’la starter quests. Although some of these turn into dailies, most of their opening quests do count towards the achievements. There are a fair few item starter quests here, but the items dropped quickly for me.
- Nagrand was a difficult one. I believe there is an escort quest that starts off a chain, I am not sure if I completed that one. I would recommend if you’re having difficulty to go to Shadowmoon Valley and have a bash there – some quests lead back to Altruis in Nagrand, which gave me enough to knock me over into 75/75.
- Shadowmoon Valley is great for both your Aldor/Scryer rep. Again there were a couple of group quests I couldn’t manage by myself but that are good to do – one is the chain that results in you getting your tabard of the illidari, and the other is the end of an actually quite moving quest chain about an orc and his three sons. No spoilers or anything. As a whole, however, I did have to scrape around a bit to find the last few quests, one of which included an item drop i otherwise would not have known about as it drops off one of the mobs in a zone you don’t really bother with (it’s this one here).
- Netherstorm is a large, pretty spread out zone so it does take careful combing to get all the quests, but your scryer/aldor base will give you lots and lots to be going on with, and the group quests here are all easily soloable.
Kalimdor: Strangely I actually found Kalimdor easier than EK.
- Desolace. A horrible zone and the quests are ridiculously spread out, but almost ALL the quests for Maraudon count, so make sure you pick them all up so you only have to go in once. The centaur quests count as well, but don’t worry about regrinding and changing faction of centaur, I didn’t have to. The goblin escort quests are good for a couple of quests.
- Feralas – horrible zone. But go to Feathermoon Stronghold as there are SHED loads of quests there you may have missed off while levelling because they are quite hard or lengthy. The sprite darter quest line nets you a few quests towards the total AND the pet. And at no point did I have to go into Dire Maul, so it can probably be avoided.
- Silithus is also horrendously dull but FULL of quests so definitely go there and do the grindy grindy quests that involve collecting 18 thousand bits of cultist clothing for ever increasing rewards – they all count towards the total!
- Azshara does have a small base for quests and unfortunately they do all need doing. Just be careful where you launch yourself off the mountainous bit as getting back up there is really hard. Also, there’s a goblin on a hill in the northern section who gives a few quests.
- The other regions of Kalimdor are easier and nicer to navigate once you do have a fast mount (I’m presuming you’re doing this at 80).
- Other dungeons I had to go into for quests included Zul’Farrak and a few quests in Tanaris linked me on to Sunken Temple, which is a horrendous place.
- The Barrens does actually have a fair few quests for alliance mainly through Wailing Caverns and Razorfen and the stuff that drops there is actually good for if you need to level up someone with a crafting profession, everything drops cloth and there’s loads of skinable animals. As a side note, horde mailboxes don’t work for alliance characters. And even if you can kill all the guards in the crossroads to find out, don’t think two level 80 hordes won’t turn up and pwn your big fat nelf ass. They did mine.
Eastern Kingdoms: You wouldn’t think this would be harder than Kalimdor, but it was.
- Get ready to hate lava. I alreadu hated it, but now even more so. Burning Steppes, Searing Gorge and the Badlands. Utterly miserable places and the quests are all very, very spread out. All three zones do net you a fair few towards the total though, more than you’d expect.
- You will have to go into BRD. A few times, probably, depending on how many you want to. I went in I think…twice, once with the pet quests and once with another set. I didn’t need to go in again after that but it may depend on which other zones you like and dislike.
- You wouldn’t expect it but Swamp of Sorrows actually has a LOT of quests for the alliance, more than you’d think. The Fallen Hero of the Horde is a massive questline, but there’s a stranded man with a barrow in the southern area, and also a camp of nice-broken type chaps up in the north.
- Blasted Lands – the blood elf guys who give collect-a-snout quests – these are incredibly tedious. Only do them if you absolutely have to. You can pick up other quests, lots from Nethergarde and quite a long chain which involves lots of demon killing.
- I went in to Scholo and Strat a LOT. I hated it but it needed doing, you have to go in multiple times for some of the quests.
- Run stockades a few times for all the different quests you get there, and deadmines. They take a matter of minutes to chain pull your way through and have loads of quests – the quests come from all different places as well so try and have a look to pick up everything you need which will save you going multiple times.
- Uldaman – the quests that involve going INSIDE the portal and instance don’t count, but there are a few that involve going just into the mine area beforehand that do count. They are a pain, but do them.
- The zones here are easier to complete, such as Wetlands and Loch modan, with only a ltitle bit of travel. The cities contain TONS of quests, so try and pick everything you see up if you possibly can do!
- Make use of your low-level quest tracker. Remember it resets everytime you log off, so always turn it on. Even when you’re on a gryphon, keep it on and don’t tab out – you might fly over an exclamation mark you can then walk back to.
- Use WoWhead a lot – before you start a zone look it up on wowhead and turn on “see questgivers” and then your appropriate faction. This is really helpful especially for zones where the gives are spread out, like the Badlands and Burning Steppes.
- Use a questing add-on – questhelper is great throughout. If you didn’t touch a zone while levelling, and you know you didn’t, an add-on like everyquest teamed with lightheaded can really help because it will list every quest in that zone and then change their colour as you complete them.
- If you’re struggling, on the wowhead screen look under the “item starter” quests, see if there are any isolated drops from mobs that start a chain – letters/maps/plans are common ones.
- Its a myth that dungeon quests don’t count. They almost all do, so even if it seems tedious, do it. It’ll save you time doing it now rather than getting 5 quests from completion and having to go back and do Maraudon all over again.
- Check wowhead to see if a quest counts – the comments are really helpful on there and do rate them up or add your own if needs be.
- I know it sounds silly, but keep the achievements tracked. They are massive motivators, to be able to see the little green bar going up and up as you get further and further on.
I hope people find this quick page helpful.
I felt a massive sense of satisfaction when I’d completed the final achievement, but whatever you do don’t do what I did and do it at 1am. This sort of thing needs lots of people online in your guild to get the adequate number of congratulations!
If anybody wants anymore “help” that I can give, please leave a comment and I’ll try and assist!