World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria developers have talked to several fansites to discuss Patch 5.2 Thunder Isle. Eldorian (Blizzplanet) is interviewing Tom Chilton today.
- WoWhead (Ion Hazzikostas)
- WoWInsider (Dave Kosak)
- Gamebreaker (Ion Hazzikostas & Greg Street)
- Gamebreaker (Dave Kosak)
- GuildOx (Ion Hazzikostas)
- Vanion.eu (Dave Kosak)
- Epic Podcast (Dave Kosak)
- The Instance (Greg Street)
- Totem Spot (Greg Street)
- Warcraft Pets (Cory Stockton)
World of Warcraft Patch 5.2 (build 16486) introduced a new quest for level 60 players. This quest appears onscreen automatically upon reaching level 60 to alert players they can now visit the riding trainer to learn the Expert Riding skill.
The title has a funny vibe to it, we know Blizzard developers love easter eggs and pop culture references.
“I Believe You Can Fly” — is a reference to R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (YouTube video)
This system is not fully implemented in the PTR 5.2, but build 16486 added cosmetic changes that suggest players who queue to Random Dungeon LFG can choose which reputation faction they wish to gain reputation points with.
In the Random Dungeon LFG window and Scenario window, there is a red button which says: “Choose Reputation”. Clicking that button opens up your character window’s reputation tab.
At this point, PTR players can’t yet choose a reputation. Work in Progress.
Eldorian linked me to a blue post concerning this new feature:
As the PTR Patch Notes read currently, it’s the first dungeon and first scenario. Of course, things might change, but that’s the plan right now.
The answer was/is so blooming obvious, you never had to re-invent the wheel, just put the old one back on – simply having both at release (instead of removing tabards) – Blizz could of scored a blinder by satisfying everyone – missed opportunity by not keeping tabards with the current daily system on release, missed it again in 5.1 and instead opt for a watered down fix in 5.2.
If one of them is the obvious path to get it done faster, the developers have seen over the years that the players will take that path, even if it’s something they just don’t like doing (which is probably why some people feel dailies are mandatory, because they’d like to spend their valor points on that gear rather than using the item upgrade system, perhaps because the’ll spend them better there).
Also, keep in mind that in 5.2, valor gear will have a reputation requirement, but this reputation won’t be earned from daily quests (which will also be available and it’s a different faction).
Preventing a Future Threat
Ako Var: It pains me to think of the torture the poor skyscreamers must endure as the trolls train them to become implements of war.
The hatchlings are quite fearful, and will fly away if you even get close to them. Please, frighten some away before the Zandalari corrupt them.
Frighten 20 Hatchling Skyscreamers by running near them.
The Hatchling Skyscreamers can be found on the beach south of Trolltonshire.
Ako Var: Welcome back, (race). The hatchlings you frightened will live a better life without their captors.
Made For War
Warmage Yurias: Some things are built with multiple purposes in mind. Some things are built with the sole purpose of destruction.
A massive construct called the Pyrestar Demolisher sits guarding Dawnseeker Promontory. Its purpose is solely to destroy. It must be dismantled.
Warmage Yurias: Excellent work, (race). The problem with constructs is they can always be rebuilt.
I imagine it will not take the Sunreavers long to build a new death machine.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Your presence on the battlefield cannot be ignored. I would like to give you something extra for your efforts, (class).
Rewards: Arcane Trove, 24g-72s, 50 Conquest Points and 5 Lesser Charm of Good Fortune.
Note: Among the known random items that can be found by opening the Arcane Trove are: Spirit of Harmony, Elder Charm of Good Fortune and Lei Shen summoning stone.
Vereesa Windrunner: To think, we were once on the same side! The Sunreavers’ treachery caught us all off guard. Never again!
They have shown their true natures to us. Siding with Garrosh and his madness has marked them all for death.
Kill any agent of the Sunreavers that you find. We will show them no mercy here.
Kill 10 Sunreaver agents or players on the Isle of Thunder.
Vereesa Windrunner: You have put a good dent in the Sunreaver forces here. Like vermin, there will always be more. We must be at the ready at all times.
Captain Elleane Wavecrest: Sometimes, even the smallest creatures can be the biggest threat.
The Sunreavers brought mana wyrms with them. Though small in size they have the ability to cripple our casters in combat. Many have learned the hard way not to underestimate them.
They must be dealt with and quickly.
Kill 9 Sunreaver Mana Wyrms.
Captain Elleane Wavecrest: You’ve made excellent progress today, (class). Rest assured however, our work here is nowhere close to done.
Breaking Down the Defenses
Captain Elleane Wavecrest: Even the strongest defense can still have a weakness, (class). We just need to find the weakness in the Sunreaver’s defense and then exploit it as much as possible.
Scouts have reported the use of perimeter wards around Dawnseeker Promontory. They’re powerful, but not deadly.
Disabling them would allow us to keep closer watch on their activities.
Destroy 6 Sunreaver Perimeter Wards around Dawnseeker Promontory.
Captain Elleane Wavecrest: Excellent work, (race)! I was able to get a few of my scouts behind their lines before the perimeter wards were repaired.
Warmage Yurias: We have been dispatching spies into the Sunreaver base of operations on a daily basis. Some had orders to recover charged moganite from the enemy and bring it here.
They have not returned, and I can confirm they have left the Sunreaver base.
Search the jungle between here and there and find any of the charged moganite that might have been lost in transit. Bring it to me and we will put it to good use.
Recover a Charged Moganite and bring it to Warmage Yurias.
Note: There is more than one Charged Moganite. Players can identify it by looking for the big interacive icon floating above the item. After clicking the Charged Moganite, the item is clipped on the character’s back. Similar to the Warsong Gulch flag, players have to walk all the way back to the Violet Rise and turn in the quest at Warmage Yurias. Players can’t mount while carrying the Charged Moganite.
Warmage Yurias: Mmm. This is a good crystal. You have done well, (name).
(Charged Moganite returned to Violet Rise: 1/1)
Warmage Yurias: Well done, champion. This artifact will be put to better use in our hands than in the hands of the Sunreavers.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore: The Sunreavers will stoop to even the lowest levels to get what they want, (name).
I received reports earlier that several Kirin Tor have gone missing. I suspect the Sunreavers may have something to do with this.
Hopefully they have not been harmed, or my wrath will be swift and terrible. I trust you to bring them back in one piece, but please hurry.
Free 5 Kirin Tor Captives near Dawnseeker Promontory.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore: You have saved many today, (name). I cannot imagine the horror of being frozen and helpless among so many enemies.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore: The Sunreaver forces have grown more powerful recently. I suspect magic to be at play here, but I can’t be certain.
I think it would be wise to investigate their camp to see if you can find the source of this extra power.
Once you find it, use this crystal to overload and destroy it.
Destroy 7 Sunreaver Mana Collectors around Dawnseeker Promontory.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore: So they’ve constructed objects that infuse their forces with additional power? This will have to be watched closely.
Thank you for your efforts today.
Archmage Lan’dalock: One of the scryers has identified a Zandalari leader near the central tower. He needs to be removed.
Would you be willing to handle this?
Kill Arcweaver Jor’guva.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore: You’re dependable, (name). I like that.
Harbingers of the Loa
Archmage Lan’dalock: If you spend some time in Za’Tual, you will likely see one of their large tents emanating a pure form of evil.
Please, venture into the troll camp and put a stop to these unspeakable rituals.
Slay 2 Harbingers of the Loa.
Archmage Lan’dalock: Most who witness such rituals never return, and those that do tend to be shaken. You, (name), seem little moved by your incredible deeds. I am impressed.
Dangers of Za’Tual
Archmage Lan’dalock: The Zandalari are a formidable foe – more so than many foes we’ve encountered in the past. But you are a formidable foe as well, (name).
Enter Za’Tual to and show them the risks associated with opposing the likes of you.
Slay 12 Trolls in Za’Tual.
Archmage Lan’dalock: (Name), your help against the Zandalari is appreciated. I realize it seems we cannot stem the tide, but your efforts make a difference.
Narasi Snowdawn: The Court of Bones crawls with mogu forces. Endlessly do they perform their rituals of lightning and thunder.
If our mission to take this island is to succeed, then we cannot allow them to hold such a strategic position.
They must be eliminated.
Kill 10 Shan’ze Gravekeepers, Shan’ze Soulrippers, or Shan’ze Thundercallers.
Narasi Snowdawn: Excellent. You have dealt the mogu a blow that they shall not easily forget.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore: The Zandalari have been a constant nuisance since we arrived on this island. I’ve assigned Archmage Lan’dalock to take charge of dismantling their presence at Za’Tual, in the south.
Report to him when you are best able. He will have work for you.
Find Archmage Lan’dalock outside of Za’Tual.
Archmage Lan’dalock: One more to join the Zandalari hunt? Good. Very good.
Vylene Amaranth: I have heard a distrubing report, (class).
Just beyond our position, in the Court of Bones, the mogu bring captives to a general named Kaida the Bloodletter.
He thrives on torturing his victims.
This monster must be stopped. If you fall to his blade, I wish you a swift death.
Kill Kaida the Bloodletter.
Kaida the Bloodletter: Ah, a new subject? I will take you apart .. piece by piece!
(Kaida the Bloodletter slain: 1/1)
Vylene Amaranth: I am glad to hear that this piece of filth is slain. You have done us all a great favor, (name).