Of course, I bet you lot have all soloed it about 20 gazillion times by this point but I’m still proud of my achievement. Expected to wipe a lot on the packs full of high concentrated mobs, but a few traps here and there, Mend Pet and some focus nuking and I cleared it pretty easily. Wise to use Track Hidden in this instance to scout out the Assassins poking around theÂ corridors. I got the Executioner, went back, killed a few Centurions for the daily, which proved to be the hard part of the instance seeing as my pet died on 2 of them, and I died on one. However, 50g looted, 50g from vendor crap, and a few greens and some Thrallmar rep, was definitely worth it and I’m glad I did it.
Logged into Fae tonight after a little time on my Night Elf Death Knight, Soupdragon, to notice a couple of friends in Tempest Keep, Dan got us both spots and lucky for me, I grabbed the tier 5 chest and shoulders giving me the 2 set finally! That is 15% of your damage heals your pet. So I fiddled around a little with my soloing gear, to be using 2 pieces of tier 5 and 2 pieces of tier 7 (5% extra pet damage). Anyway, after trying back on Jaedia without tier 5, I decided to pop back to Attumen, in Karazhan, and test the new 2 set and my God it makes a difference. Instead of panicking if my pet gets low on health I just need to nuke a little harder. Used foods and 2x level 80 stamina scrolls (on both me and my turtle), overall my pet had 25k health and the only wipes were me playing around with the trash packs before Attumen.
A tip for the trash, prioritise killing Stable Hands first because they damage your pet the most, then Chargers because they’re annoying to you, then the rest, and always make sure you pull back to avoid overpulls. Attumen himself is pretty much tank and spank, keep up Mend Pet, nuke down Midnight obviously Misdirecting occasionally, don’t want to overaggro, then onto Attumen, all the time ensuring Mend Pet is up and I highly recommend getting 2 pieces of tier 5 if you can. Time for me to go back to MGT HC, after failing miserably at the second boss yesterday, and test it out some more methinks.
Yesterday, I started thinking about cunning pets, because of course I use Tenacity and Ferocity pets quite regularly for PvE, dailies, levelling, soloing, but never Cunning pets. So I looked into it and they’re pretty good for PvP. Now, I don’t PvP much at all, when I do it’s for a tabard or a mount usually, so I thought I’d find one that’s already fairly close to 80. During my search I found that the Dragonhawk trash before Alar in Tempest Keep is now tameable and though that’s pretty difficult, I can’t help but want one! I also checked the different Wind Serpent skins and decided I preferred the red one, during my usual ZG soloing I grabbed myself a Son of Hakkar.
There has also been some of the Onyxia loot released already from the PTR, though, badly modelled, as we already knew I suppose, we have a gun which I might be drooling over just a little, the Snub-Nose Blastershot Launcher. The Onyxia mount has been released though I really hope this isn’t the final model, as Dan pointed out, it looks like the mount is a dragon in drag As well as the usual Sack of Gems, and 22 slot bag. Looking to be a decent little raid instance.
No, but really, an updated Onyxia for a 5th Anniversary of.. World of Warcraft. So, in the next patch, 3.2.2, we will see Onyxia the Broodmother updated and tuned for level 80 players, replacing the level 60 instance.
It will include the old item models with stats relevant to the new content, including Tier 2 helms. So, hunters, prepare to look like fish again! It will be a permanent change with 10 and 25 players modes included.
There will be a 310% speed mount named the Brood of Onyxia, a normal sized drake modeled after Onyxia. I for one am quite excited about this though unsure whether it’s a guaranteed drop or just a chance to drop, like the blue drakes from Malygos. Either way, in my opinion, an awesome addition.
In November, for a certain amount of time, similar to the Baby Blizzard Bear giveaway last year, there will be an Onyxia Brood Whelpling pet given to people who log in during a particular time period.
The only bad news I can think of is that this will replace the level 60 instance permanently, which will in turn mean no more Onyxia soloing, so if you haven’t done this yet, better get on with it
All in all, a nice 5th Anniversary treat from Blizzard Maybe it’s time to dust off the old ‘More Dots’ T-shirt..
Blizzard will be opening up the level 80 version of Onyxia on Test Realms soon, along with other new content. There will be more news on this in hopefully the near future.