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Little Fawn’s Salt Lick

Posted by Vianki on January 10, 2009

Mini-pet, Companions, little pets, vanity pets — I want them all. I was never a Poke’mon fan but i can’t help but feel like a fanatic with my “Gotta chatch ’em all” attitude. And now- When I get 100 of the little blighters, Vix can have a  ” Little Fawn’s Salt Lick” (not on Wowhead yet.) So… I need 75 and I currently have 54. Here’s the comprehensive list.

OOPS!!! This article isn’t actually done, but since I can’t unpublish it, I’ll leave it for now. I’ll re-publish it when I actually have it finished. (btw- if anyone knows how to un-publish in wordpress let me know please?)

Wowinsider article

Currently Have-

1 Ancona Chicken

2 Azure Whelpling

3 Baby Blizzard Bear

4 Black Kingsnake

5 Black Tabby Cat

6 Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling

7 Blue Moth

8 Bombay Cat

9 Brown Prairie Dog

10 Brown Rabbit

11 Brown Snake

12 Cockatiel

13 Cockroach

14 Crimson Snake

15 Cornish Rex Cat

16 Father Winter’s Helper

17 Firefly

18 Frosty

19 Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling

20 Ghostly Skull

21 Great Horned Owl

22 Green Wing Macaw

23 Hawk Owl

24 Jubling

25 Lifelike Toad

26 Mana Wyrmling

27 Mechanical Squirrel

28 Miniwing

29 Orange Tabby Cat

30 Pengu

31 Proto-Drake Whelp

32 Red Dragonhawk Hatchling

33 Red Moth

34 Senegal

35 Siamese Cat

36 Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling

37 Silver Tabby Cat

38 Sinister Squashling

39 Smolderweb Hatchling

40 Snowshoe Rabbit

41 Spirit of Summer

42 Stinker

43 Tiny Snowman

44 Tiny Sporebat

45 Tranquil Mechanical Yeti

46 Tree Frog

47 Vampiric Batling

48 Westfall Chicken

49 White Kitten

50 White Moth

51 Winter Reindeer

52 Winter’s Little Helper

53 Wolpertinger

54 Wood Frog

55 Worg Pup

56 Yellow Moth


(57) Chuck

(58) [Muckbreath]

(59) [Snarly]

(60) [Toothy]

(61) Tiny Emerald Whelpling]

(62) [Tiny Crimson Whelpling]

(63) [Dark Whelpling]

(64) [Mojo]

(65) [Mechanical Chicken]

(66) [Disgusting Oozeling]

(67) [Magical Crawdad]

(68) [Nether Ray Fry]

(69) [Kwee Q. Peddlefeet]

(70) Cobra Hatchling

(71) Giant Sewer Rat

(72) White Tickbird Hatchling

(73) Kirin Tor Familiar

Children’s Week- only one attainable per yer

Rare Drop- Unlikely

(75) Hyacinth Macaw

(76) Phoenix Hatchling

(77) Scorchling

(78) Tentacle Call

Possible Future Northrend Fishing Daily Reward–

Albino Snapjaw

Hawksbill Snapjaw

Loggerhead Snapjaw

Leatherback Snapjaw

Olive Snapjaw

Unknown Origin- (there are also some bugged “summon pet” spells listed on wowhead that I have no included.)

Baby Shark

Pet Fish

Pet Stone

White Tiger Cub

Doesn’t count towards Total–

Clockwork Rocket Bot

Corrupted Kitten


Impossible- (req. Alliance only, a profession required, is a redemption item, or no longer available, Rep no longer available or crippling to character.)

Dragon Kite



Rocket Chicken

Spirit of Competition

[Blood Parrot]


Chilly the Penguin

Ethereal Soul-Trader


Golden Pig

Hippogryph Hatchling

Essence of Competition


Mini Diablo

Mini Tyrael

Panda Cub

Pet Bombling

Silver Pig



Sprite Darter Hatchling

Lil’ Smoky

Spirit of Competition



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The grind for a Blue Dragonhawk Mount

Posted by Vianki on January 10, 2009

To get the Blue Dragonhawk Mount (that isn’t even on wowhead yet so I can’t link it to you) requires 100 mounts. That’s a lot. So I’m making a list-

Darkspear Trolls- Status- 10800/21000 Revered

(6 mounts)

Swift Blue Raptor 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Swift Olive Raptor 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Swift Orange Raptor 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Whistle of the Emerald Raptor 30 30 Zjolnir

Vendor in Durotar
Whistle of the Turquoise Raptor 30 30 Zjolnir

Vendor in Durotar
Whistle of the Violet Raptor 30 30 Zjolnir

Vendor in Durotar

Orgimmar- Status- Exalted

(6 Mounts)

(It used to be that you “traded” your old mount for your new, I’ll have to check and see how this works with mounts being spells now.)

Horn of the Swift Brown Wolf 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Horn of the Swift Gray Wolf 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Horn of the Swift Timber Wolf 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Horn of the Brown Wolf 30 30 Ogunaro Wolfrunner

Vendor in Orgrimmar
Horn of the Dire Wolf 30 30 Ogunaro Wolfrunner

Vendor in Orgrimmar
Horn of the Timber Wolf 30 30

Thunder Bluff- Status- 3748/21000 Revered

(5 mounts)

(I don’t think is is all the TB mounts- but i can’t find more. hmmmm)

Great Brown Kodo 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Great Gray Kodo 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Great White Kodo 60 60 Quest, Vendor
Brown Kodo 30 30 Harb Clawhoof

Vendor in Mulgore
Gray Kodo 30 30 Harb Clawhoof

Vendor in Mulgore

UnderCity- Status- 6431/21000 Revered

(7 mounts)

Silvermoon-Status- She’s a Blood Elf! it doesn’t matter!

(8 mounts)

Swift Green Hawkstrider 60 60 Winaestra

Vendor in Eversong Woods
Swift Pink Hawkstrider 60 60 Winaestra

Vendor in Eversong Woods
Swift Purple Hawkstrider 60 60 Winaestra

Vendor in Eversong Woods
Swift White Hawkstrider 60 60 Kael’thas Sunstrider

Black Hawkstrider 30 30 Winaestra

Vendor in Eversong Woods
Blue Hawkstrider 30 30 Winaestra

Vendor in Eversong Woods
Purple Hawkstrider 30 30 Winaestra

Vendor in Eversong Woods
Red Hawkstrider 30 30 Winaestra

Vendor in Eversong Woods


I need to do some research into these. A lot of them come from WotLK exalted factions or heroic achievements. And some, like the netherwing drakes, I think you can only get one.

(26?? mounts)


Some of these are no longer available, and some have a 1% chance to drop from a daily. Again, more research is needed for a comprehensive list.

(7 mounts attainable)


I want to say that we will NOT be getting the traveler’s Tundra mammoth. No way. It’s just too expensive.

(7 mounts, 6 attainable)

Talbuks-  (Status with Mag’har- 10580/12000)

10 Mounts

Wind Riders-

8 mounts

**Edit** Many have added some I have forgotten- so here they are-

Dark Talbuk (Halaa)

Dark War Talbuk (Halaa)8+

Mechano Hog

4 AQ Mounts

Kodo (Brewfest)

Ram (Brew Fest)

6 Nether rays

Total- 103 (not counting traverler’s mammoth or mechano hog.)

It’d be easy if we could go cross-faction, but even with lifting size requirements for mounts i doubt they’ll go that far.  I don’t think this will be a focus, but we’ll go snatch up our 50 mounts for the Albino Drake and just keep an eye on it from there. We’ll make a similar post for the Mini-pets and include which we have, which we need, and which are impossible to get.

Special Mounts-

There are other special mounts, like a frost wyrm and the Naxxaramas Deathecharger, and the Zephra –but as those are a ways off and I want that dragonhawk for my Vixy NOW, we won’t be addressing them.

PVP- we hate PVP. I doubt these will happen.

Red Skeletal Warhorse 60 60 PvP

Whistle of the Black War Raptor 60 60 PvP

Horn of the Black War Wolf 60 60 PvP

Horn of the Frostwolf Howler 60 60 PvP

Black War Kodo 60 60 PvP


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<3 Nethaera LOLS

Posted by Vianki on January 9, 2009

Just clicky- MMO Blue Tracker

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Undocumented PTR Hunter patch changes

Posted by Vianki on January 9, 2009

I have no words for this tragedy. All I can do it /sadpanda

From MMO Champion-
Hunter (Skills List / Talent + Glyph Calc.)
Beast Mastery


  • Lock and Load now has a 30 seconds cooldown.
  • Explosive shot damage has been slightly decreased and now deal {RAP*0.16+428}-{RAP*0.16+428} Fire damage at level 80. (Down from {RAP*0.18+476}-{RAP*0.18+476})


  • Improved Stings now reduces the chance your Sting damage over time effects will be dispelled by 10/20/30%. (Old – Affected all stings)


  • Spirit Strike (Spirit Beast) damage has been decreased and now Burns the enemy for 49 to 65 Arcane damage and an additional 49 to 65 damage over 6 sec at max rank. (Down from 85 to 115)
  • Rake (Cat) damage has been increased, now deals 47-67 (Up from 24-34) bleed damage and an additional 19-25 (up from 10-24) damage over 9 seconds at max rank.
  • Scorpid Poison damage has been increased. (From 45 to 100 Nature damage over 10 sec for the last rank)

ok- I have words now. I’m So glad they’re increasing scorpid damage what being a scorpid and all, but it just doesn’t make sense. A hunter that specs points into their pet’s DPS that could otherwise be used for shot DPS should not be penalized. We have tested pets- a wolf v. the spirit beast, with the exact same ferocity spec, for the exact same amount of time, with the exact same buffs and – guess what?- they had the EXACT same damage. And now they’re going to HALVE that damage? /shakesfist  So- are you telling me that the Vix spent those extra points in BM to get the SAME DPS? There should be some sort of difference in the DPS of a BM vs. an MM.

It could also be argued that those extra +4 pet skill points make some sort of a difference but we haven’t yet tested how much. If Blizz is going by the logic that all hunters should be able to choose whatever petskin they want and consequently make them all the same damage- it could then be rational for the BM difference to be the extra +4 points.  But (and here I bring out my uber 5th grader arguing skills) That’s dumb! 😛  A pet that is, well, Awesom-er should be awesomer in every way. Not just look cool. If Vix could have the exact same DPS but any pet she wanted she’d pick ME, but i’m Tenacity and that isn’t as much good in raiding. Though with this buff, it merits testing.

Vix is very excited though about the Ferocious Int change- she has always loved arcane shot and now she has a reason to use that mana! woo!

I’m getting irritated waiting for this patch. I realize this is the first big one after the expansion and all, but it seems like it’s taking forever.

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Hunter Loot Accomplished

Posted by Vianki on January 8, 2009

I have been saving Vix’s Emblem’s of Heroism for something great- and after making that post I realized I should spend a few. She had 53, so I went and got her Vereesa’s Silver Chain Belt,  added an Eternal Belt Buckle and dropped some gems in. The blue was hard to find something decent, so for now I put in thePerfect Infused Shadow Crystal. Now don’t go tormenting your JC’s for one of these, the “perfect” part that ups the AP by 2 and the MP5 by 1 is a chance to proc. Somehow i’m lucky- like 3 of the stones our guild  JC has cut for Vix have been “perfect.” I like to think it’s a reflection of her personality. The other I put in is and OL purple- Figure I’ll upgrade it soon but I have to spend all those old badge gems on something- so we went with aBright Crimson Spinel.

The next piece on the list is the  Pendant of the Outcast Hero. I’ll be getting it this morning and let  you know. 🙂

In other news— Tragedy has occured.

Head on over to MMO Championto see the full story, but this is what really matters.  Vix has 54 companion pets. 54!!! but now, there will be nothing i can do to stop her from dropping everything else and obsessing til she has 100.  Oh and the mounts! She’s a BELF for goodness sake- she HAS to have a dragonhawk mount! And that means she has to go grind out all those faction reps now. And gold. Looks like the Argent Dawn will have to wait, there are dragons to ride!

(from MMO champion)-

New achievements rewards

  • Lil’ Game Hunter – Collect 100 unique companion pets. – Reward: Little Fawn’s Salt Lick
  • Mountain o’ Mounts – Obtain 100 mounts. – Reward: Blue Dragonhawk Mount
  • Mountain o’ Mounts – Obtain 100 mounts. – Reward: Red Dragonhawk Mount

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Those who get it, get it. :)

Posted by Vianki on January 7, 2009


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Hunter Loot list

Posted by Vianki on January 6, 2009

According to (formerly) Cheeky’s Hunter DPS Spreadsheet, **EDIT- Thanks to “another hunter” for correcting me- Shandara has picked up Cheeky’s spreadsheet, updated it, and made some amazing improvements. If you’d like to download it, you can Here. ** Vix actually has some decent Gear! But only some…. What I’m going to do here is List what Shandara says is best, then show you what she  has, then show you what I want her to have and how she’s going to get it! If an item is highlighted in Red, that means she currently has it equipped and on the list.  If it’s pink, it’s what she has  equipped but it’s not on the “top 10” list.

To start off- here’s her Armory profile–


1 Helm of the Grave 44.12 Naxxramas-25
2 Valorous Cryptstalker Headpiece 34.74 Naxxramas-25
3 Cover of Silence 25.70 Naxxramas-25
4 Heroes’ Cryptstalker Headpiece 23.45 Naxxramas-10
5 Arc-Scorched Helmet 20.23 Naxxramas-10
6 Helm of the Vast Legions 19.97 Naxxramas-10
7 Truesight Ice Blinders 18.45 Crafting
8 King Dred’s Helm 17.97 WotLK 5-man
9 Headguard of Westrift 3.71 WotLK 5-man
10 Coif of Alleria 2.49 TBC
E Plunderer’s Helmet 101.96 WotLK 5-man

As you can see, she currently has the Plunderer’s Helmet. It’s not even on the list.  /sadpanda Now- the numbers you see are the increase in DPS she would gain by equipping the item. So as great as it would be to down Kael’thas, the Coif of Alleria would only give her a 2.49 increase in DPS. Not so exciting. The first dramatic increase is King Dred’s Helm This drops off – guess who?! King dred in (H) Drak’Tharon Keep.  Haven’t done that one on heroic yet, but it is what I’d set my sights on. Of course the Blinders would be fun, but they require engineering- which she dosen’t have, and all the Naxx 25 stuff is kinda out too as we are a small guild and would like to stay that way. We do ocassionally pug the 25 man naxx though, so if those drop she’ll be all over it.  King Dred’s Helm is what i’m pushing for though- it’s grind-able and not weeks away.

Neck Delta Location
1 Fool’s Trial 44.24 Naxxramas-25
2 Gem of Imprisoned Vassals 28.44 Naxxramas-10
3 Icy Blast Amulet 27.77 Naxxramas-25
4 Collar of Dissolution 26.90 Naxxramas-10
5 Titanium Impact Choker 25.52 Crafting
6 Pendant of the Outcast Hero 23.62 WotLK Token
7 Necklace of Arcane Spheres 14.74 WotLK 5-man
8 The Severed Noose of Westwind 13.73 Quest
9 Necklace of the Chrono-Lord 11.18 WotLK 5-man
10 Choker of Endless Nightmares 10.29 TBC
E Spiked Collar of Servitude 29.17 Quest

Again- Her neck piece isn’t even on the list.  My goal here is a little more clean-cut than the helm though. Nax 25- nope. Naxx 10? great! but I’m not going to sit around waiting for it, it could be weeks. Impact choker? requires blacksmithing and has Armor pen. Ugh. (If you think armor pen is cool go read BRK’s Article on Wowinsider. So the choker is a no-go.)  That leaves Pendant of the Outcast Hero. Personally I don’t like the idea of being outcast, but i do like being a hero…. so, ok! We’ll take it. With Agi, Crit, AP and Stam I can’t really think of a better neck. All it needs is some INT and it’s a hunter’s dream. None of that haste/armor pen stuff. uck.

Shoulders Delta Location
1 Shoulderpads of Secret Arts 29.45 Naxxramas-25
2 Beast-tamer’s Shoulders 28.53 TBC
3 Valorous Cryptstalker Spaulders 22.06 Naxxramas-25
4 Pauldrons of the Abandoned 21.23 Naxxramas-25
5 Spaulders of Resumed Battle 15.14 Naxxramas-10
6 Massive Spaulders of the Jormungar 14.32 WotLK 5-man
7 Heroes’ Cryptstalker Spaulders 10.72 Naxxramas-10
8 Spaulders of Egotism 4.38 Naxxramas-25
9 Pauldrons of Havoc 3.07 Naxxramas-10
10 Spaulders of the Black Arrow 2.20 Knights of the Ebon Blade
E Spaulders of the Abomination 73.88 WotLK 5-man

Ok so I lied- I guess i’m not showing you her awesome gear….yet. She doew have some, but not in these slots. As you can see, her shoulders don’t make the list either.  Ignore the naxx stuff.  TBC?  These are AWESOME- but they drop in MtH Summit. I don’t think that’s going to happen. Instead I think – Massive Spaulders of the Jormungar. I hate those nasty worms, they remind me of the spice worms in Dune so anything that means she  killed it and gets to wear its pieces is cool with me. The stats are pretty good- and it has lots of hit. We like hit. Hit Gooooood.

Back Delta Location
1 Drape of the Deadly Foe 24.86 Naxxramas-25
2 Cloak of Mastery 24.16 Naxxramas-10
3 Aged Winter Cloak 21.99 Naxxramas-25
4 Hammerhead Sharkskin Cloak 14.43 WotLK Token
5 Embrace of Sorrow 12.30 WotLK 5-man
6 Cloak of Darkening 9.92 Naxxramas-10
7 Cloak of the Gushing Wound 9.84 WotLK 5-man
8 Cloak of Unforgivable Sin 2.28 TBC
9 Ice Striker’s Cloak 0.00 Crafting
10 Cloak of Holy Extermination -4.20 Argent Crusade
E Ice Striker’s Cloak 41.14 Crafting

Finally! See? She has a nice piece! That cloak was such a huge upgrade it took me forever to get her back to grinding. She kept staring at herself in the mirror so much I finally had to diable the “view cloak” option. Skipping the naxx stuff, the next option is a Token Back. The Hammerhead Sharkskin Cloak. This is pretty nice- 14.43 more DPS, some AP- some haste which isn’t exciting but you win some you lose some. This one will be a little while before we get though- despite it being only 25 tokens, It’s the heroic 25 tokens. We occasionally pug, but it’ll take a while.

Chest Delta Location
1 Cult’s Chestguard 47.94 Naxxramas-25
2 Valorous Cryptstalker Tunic 43.70 Naxxramas-25
3 Polished Regimental Hauberk 39.37 Argent Crusade
4 Tunic of the Lost Pack 35.99 Naxxramas-10
5 Tunic of Indulgence 31.31 Naxxramas-25
6 Heroes’ Cryptstalker Tunic 28.92 Naxxramas-10
7 Tunic of Masked Suffering 28.22 Naxxramas-25
8 Crystal-Infused Tunic 4.07 WotLK 5-man
9 Darkheart Chestguard 1.53 Knights of the Ebon Blade
10 Hauberk of the Arcane Wraith 0.00 WotLK 5-man
E Hauberk of the Arcane Wraith 101.68 WotLK 5-man

Woo! Barely got on the list with this one. Would you believe that a blue is better than a purple that dropped off Vault of Archavon? I believe it. Resilience is expensive in terms of item points, and it’s totally useless unless in PVP. So my Hateful Gladiator’s Chain Armor will be great in PVP but doesn’t do much good in general. It’ll be nice for when we venture to the battlegrounds for World Event stuff. (She really want’s that Violet Proto Drayke.) You’d think one scorpid would be enough scaly-hottness for any woman but i guess the Belf wants a dragon. /sigh   Anyway- She’s been working on her KotEB rep, so that Darkheart is close- but 4.53 more DPS isn’t really worth the grind from Revered to Exalted so…. we’ll pass. The one she wants is the Polished Regimental Hauberk. Yes it’s another Rep grind, but Argent crusade also has some other things that are nice to have. This one may take a while- with any luck she’ll get a nax drop before we get it done.  In the meantime, the Crystal Infused Tunic drops in (H) Nexxus so that is totally do-able.

Wrist Delta Location
1 Slime Stream Bands 21.60 Naxxramas-25
2 Armguard of the Tower Archer 21.16 WotLK Token
3 Eaglebane Bracers 17.49 Leatherworking
4 Bands of Anxiety 10.33 Naxxramas-10
5 Arachnoid Gold Band 6.31 Naxxramas-25
6 Thrusting Bands 3.80 Naxxramas-25
7 Giantmaim Bracers 2.67 Leatherworking
8 Raging Construct Bands 1.94 WotLK 5-man
9 Interwoven Scale Bracers 0.00 WotLK 5-man
10 Wristwraps of the Cutthroat -1.37 WotLK Token
E Interwoven Scale Bracers 62.18 WotLK 5-man

This one is confusing. We have the Eaglebane Bracers. AND we have the Interwoven Scale Bracers.  We Compare them here.  I TOTALLY think the interwoven are better and don’t know where Cheeky’s getting his number’s from. I guess we’ll have to just get the armguards and put all debate to rest.

Ranged Weapons Delta Location
1 Drake-Mounted Crossbow 6.83 WotLK 5-man
2 Nesingwary 4000 0.00 Crafting
3 Pierce’s Pistol -19.19 WotLK 5-man
4 Zombie Sweeper Shotgun -19.19 Argent Crusade
5 Armor Plated Combat Shotgun -24.67 Crafting
6 Amanitar Skullbow -26.89 WotLK 5-man
7 Thori’dal, the Stars’ Fury -30.45 TBC
8 Charmed Ancient Bone Bow -43.55 Account Shared
9 Projectile Activator -43.55 WotLK 5-man
10 Trophy Gatherer -55.50 WotLK 5-man

It SO pays to have Engineering friends. (/waves at engineering buddy.) Vix Loves her gun. Really. I mean, she sleeps with it and everything. My favorite thing about it is that i’s compact. It looks somewhat realistic. I think she just likes that it’s all shiny and blue and sexy, but i like that it kinda actually looks like a gun- not the head of a demonic worm about to eat your arm that’s bigger than your body.  Oh- and she won’t ever get that crossbow. She likes “bang-bangs” not “phoot phoots.” Since we met long ago she’s always favored Axes and guns. oh- and slinky dresses. Those never get old.  /happy scorpid **Edit- The Nerubian Conquerer is a 37 dps upgrade. And it’s quite possibly the sexiest gun I’ve ever seen. Unfortunatly it drops off Kel’thuzad and is only a 20% drop. It’ll be a few weeks, but we can wait. It’s worth it. (thanks for the comments and corrections.)**

Hands Delta Location
1 Gloves of Calculated Risk 8.73 Naxxramas-25
2 Rusted-Link Spiked Gauntlets 0.00 Naxxramas-10
3 Valorous Cryptstalker Handguards -3.72 Naxxramas-25
4 Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets -9.06 WotLK 5-man
5 Dislocating Handguards -12.59 Naxxramas-25
6 Grips of the Beast God -14.91 Unknown
7 Heroes’ Cryptstalker Handguards -15.15 Naxxramas-10
8 Grotesque Handgrips -16.37 Naxxramas-25
9 Handgrips of the Savage Emissary -20.90 WotLK 5-man
10 Thalassian Ranger Gauntlets -26.18 TBC
E Rusted-Link Spiked Gauntlets 106.63 Naxxramas-10

“Wow! You went through Naxx arachnid quarter once and you got those?! really?!” no. We got them on the AH. YAY for BOE purples!! They are totally hawt and I couldn’t wait. She squealed like a school girl when she unwrapped them. (ok- wrapping presents with pinchers? no easy feat. ….actually, it might have been easier with feet. ) So- again, not going to be upgrading these anytime soon looks like.

Waist Delta Location
1 Torn Web Wrapping 51.78 Naxxramas-25
2 Belt of the Tortured 47.35 Naxxramas-25
3 Vereesa’s Silver Chain Belt 43.81 WotLK Token
4 Sovereign’s Belt 43.31 WotLK 5-man
5 Depraved Link Belt 34.29 Naxxramas-25
6 Spectral Rider’s Girdle 26.72 Naxxramas-10
7 Treasure Seeker’s Belt 22.49 WotLK 5-man
8 Stalk-Skin Belt 22.06 Naxxramas-25
9 Gronnstalker’s Belt 19.96 TBC
10 Belt of Tasseled Lanterns 16.72 WotLK 5-man
E Swiftarrow Belt 56.66 Leatherworking

Her waist has been a weak point for a while. (maybe it’s too tiny?) So a 43.35 increase in DPS with Vereesa’s Silver Chain Belt is a huge upgrade- and it’s only 40 badges.  Soon as we get there, /done. I’d check to see if she can get it right now, but they doing maintence and no one can play. 😦  After this one it’s not really that much of an upgrade to the Naxx 25 ones- but if the naxx 10 drops and no one wants it she’ll take and we’ll go play shooty-shooty-whacky-whacky with the dummies in org to test which one is actually better.

Legs Delta Location
1 Leggings of Failed Escape 32.08 Naxxramas-25
2 Valorous Cryptstalker Legguards 21.67 Naxxramas-25
3 Leggings of Colossal Strides 14.77 Naxxramas-25
4 Heroes’ Cryptstalker Legguards 10.79 Naxxramas-10
5 Gored Hide Legguards 2.15 WotLK 5-man
6 Giantmaim Legguards 0.00 Leatherworking
7 Leggings of the Stone Halls -2.06 WotLK 5-man
8 Infectious Skitterer Leggings -8.74 Naxxramas-25
9 Leggings of Fleeting Moments -13.06 Naxxramas-25
10 Leggings of the Immortal Night -13.59 TBC
E Giantmaim Legguards 114.30 Leatherworking

Yes- she has the Giantmaim legguards. Why in the world wouldn’t she? it’s WHY she’s a LW. It’s not that much of an upgrade to the gored hide, and if Elune is willing Naxx will drop some shiny purples, but until then, we’re happy.

Ring Delta 1/2 Location
1 Strong-Handed Ring 33.9 / 43.81 Naxxramas-25
2 Titanium Impact Band 21.88 / 31.79 Crafting
3 Ring of Invincibility 21.77 / 31.67 WotLK Token
4 The Prospector’s Prize 21.69 / 31.6 WotLK 5-man
5 Ring of Scarlet Shadows 21.68 / 31.59 Jewelcrafting
6 Mobius Band 21.16 / 31.07 WotLK 5-man
7 Sealing Ring of Grobbulus 18.34 / 28.25 Naxxramas-10
8 Band of the Kirin Tor 17.29 / 27.19 Vendor
9 Hemorrhaging Circle 10.09 / 19.99 WotLK 5-man
10 Ring of Foul Mojo 9.36 / 19.26 Quest
R1 Jagged Ice Band 34.77 Quest
R2 Band of Motivation 24.87 WotLK 5-man

I am ashamed. These are terrible rings. I really should have gotten her something nicer by now but we just haven’t had the time. From the top- naxx 25= no, requires BS = no, ring of invincibility is ALLLL kinds of win. That thing rocks. and it’s only 25 tokens. The next one is the Ring of Scarlet Shadows which we will be getting today if I can find the Titansteel for her.

Trinkets is its own post- so Nothing here to see. move along.

One-Handed Melee Delta MH/OH Location
1 Sinister Revenge 15.88 / 15.88 Naxxramas-25
2 Anarchy 8.35 / 8.35 Naxxramas-10
3 Corroded Saronite Woundbringer 8 / 8 Crafting
4 Silent Crusader 7.24 / 7.24 Naxxramas-25
5 The Hand of Nerub 4.13 / 4.13 Naxxramas-25
6 Webbed Death 3.45 / 3.45 Naxxramas-25
7 Pride 1.07 / 1.07 WotLK Token
8 Savage Cobalt Slicer 0 / 0 Blacksmithing
9 Calamity’s Grasp -0.05 / -0.05 Naxxramas-25
10 Avool’s Sword of Kin -0.49 / -0.49 World Drop
MH Savage Cobalt Slicer 52.40 Blacksmithing
OH Savage Cobalt Slicer 52.40 Blacksmithing

Again- good to have friends. I know these are going to get nerfed, but she likes the dps right now. She looks TERRIBLE wearing them though. they’re like- tauren sized! seriously, there is no feasible way those are one-handers. they’re TWO handers on a human.  I’d like to say I know exactly what I’m going to do here, but really- I haven’t a clue.  I’ll have to do some research and get back to you. Probably a Fang of Truth once we get the chance to farm Wyrmrest Accord.

So there you go- Vix’s wish list-

King Dred’s Helm –                                             (H) Drak Thay’ron Keep

Pendant of the Outcast Hero –                       25 Tokens

Massive Spaulders of the Jormungar –      Utgarde Pinnacle

Hammerhead Sharkskin Cloak-                    25 Tokens

Polished Regimental Hauberk –                    Argent Crusade, Exalted

Vereesa’s Silver Chain Belt-                            40 Tokens

(a hint about trinkets–)

Mirror of Truth                                                    40 Tokens

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3.0.8 Patch notes

Posted by Vianki on January 5, 2009

Hunters (Because this is what we care about)

  • All Hunter abilities pet abilities with a cooldown of 30 seconds or more are no longer on the global cooldown.

Really?! Sweet! This means our shot rotation will be uninterrupted by pet spells. Honestly- it never made sense anyway. Think of it in terms of RL- if you were telling your dog to “sic ’em” would it stop you from firing your gun? ok, fine, well it guess we don’t all have mobster/military experience but it wouldn’t stop me. 😛

  • Aspect of the Wild – This aspect is now raid-wide.

YAY!!!! More Raid-viability for hunters is always a plus.

  • Call of the Wild: The benefit from this pet talent now applies to only the Hunter and their own pet.

This is poopy. As much as I like these changes affecting only me so my DPS looks better in the long run it’s a downer because it is a hit to raid viability.

  • Deterrence: Design changed to grant 100% parry and 100% chance to “deflect” spells coming from the front, but prevents the Hunter from attacking. Lasts 5 sec. 60 sec. cooldown.

There has been a lot of debate about this one…. The way i see it- this is not a “bubble and keep fighting” skill it’s an “oh sh**  I’m gonna die run the heck away!!!” spell. Having it only work from the front is completely useless….. except in PVP where having it be a “bubble” would be OP.  Thing is- I don’t PVP. So I hate this because it won’t save my skin while soloing anymore. 😦

  • Improved Tracking(Survival): This talent has been slightly re-designed. Now reads: While tracking Beasts, Demons, Dragonkin, Elementals, Giants, Humanoids and Undead, all ranged damage done to those types is increased by 1/2/3/4/5%.

This is cool- I never really paid attention to the old one- it was a habit for me to just track what I was killing- just made sense. Making it require even less thought is a testament to their low opinion of hunter intellect.

  • Kill Shot – Cooldown reduced to 15 seconds, down from 35 sec.

YAY!! Too bad the mana cost is still insane. /whine

  • Kindred Spirits: This talent now grants only 3/6/9/12/15% pet damage.

Considering that it was 4/8/12/16/20 before this is only a 5% drop in pet damage. Since our pets should be 40% of our dps, this is a 2% drop in overall DPS. Blizz- seems like a lot of work for not a lot of gain, but hey, you’re the game guru.

  • The coefficient of Rake (Cat) and Scorpid Venom (Scorpid) has been lowered.

YAY!  no no no- don’t hate me. i have my reasons. BM hunters are what?- Beast masters. SO why on Elune’s Green Azeroth would a pet that does NOT require full BM do more damage than ones that do? It just doesn’t logically make sense. I would agree with this even if I wasn’t a die-hard BM hunter. I promise.

  • Readiness: No longer resets the cooldown on Bestial Wrath.

THEN WTF IS THE POINT!!!! This is the WRONG way to handle this situation. The whole point of readiness is for it to reset cooldowns, the only ones that need to really be reset are Awesome abilities with long CD’s, For there to be an exception completely nullify’s the sweetness of this ability. The CORRECT way to fix this, would be to put the talent deep enough into whatever tree that it is impossible to have BW/BWI and Readiness at the same time. (ie, like it was before.)  Bad Blizz. No bone for you.

  • Steady Shot: Now gains 10% of attack power as damage instead of 20%.

This is the only real “Nerf” I see for hunters. I mean- the others are certainly cuts in DPS but this is the only one that really has a chance at changing Play Style- and THAT is what I have been so excited about. I am SOOOOO Tired of spamming that macro! With Steady Shot nerfed it means we’ll have to put some real thought into which shots we use. I think it will even affect which stats we go for on gear because if AP doesn’t give us the boost we’re used to, we might start leaning back towards Agi instead of straight AP/Crit. This could be an entire post all to itself though, so I’ll leave it to more theory-craft prone hunts.

  • Serpent’s Swiftness: This talent now grants only 2/4/6/8/10% bonus attack speed to pet. The hunter attack speed bonus is unchanged.

Meh. It sucks, but this is a nerf so what do you expect? What we should focus on now- is micromanaging those pet abilities. Instead of spamming rabid/call of the wild at the beginning of the boss fight, we should wait for SS to hit then use them at the same time. Ka-Chaow!! /flashes lightning sticker

  • Unleashed Fury: This talent now grants only 3/6/9/12/15% pet damage.

Another 5% drop in pet DPS that means a 2% drop in Hunter DPS. Now we’re up to 4% drop not counting the Steady shot nerf.   (oh- has anyone else noticed that it’s mostly BM that’s getting nerfed? /sadpanda)

  • Viper Sting: Now drains a percentage of maximum mana.

YAY!!!!!! … I think. It really depends on what percentage they settle on, but conceivably this is a very good thing. Especially when combined with Careful Aim. More INT = More AP, but more INT also = more Mana, and a higher mana regen w/ viper.  /happy

  • Volley: The damage has been reduced on all ranks by approximately 30% (including attack power scaling).

YAY!!!! no really! Stop whining you single-minded, unskilled, sycophants.  Seriously. Did you Actually think it was FUN to go into an instance and Volley the whole time? Were you just SO excited about the DPS meter that you didn’t realize you were using 1 button the entire time? In this game, the prize – gear, gold, mounts, achievements, badges, DPS #’s- are all just pixels. The real PRIZE in a game like this is the intellectual challenge and social interaction. Granted most 12 yr olds that live in battlegrounds and rolled a BE cause they liked the Britney dance will disagree, but most people aren’t here for the “phat lewts.” When you turn off the game- the loot is gone. And hopefully there’s no hole in your brain from the boredom that was the last four hours of your life while you volley’d your way through the military quarter. So Thank you Blizz for making us think. And Sargeras take you for nerfing my pet.

General (because it’s nice to know this too.)

  • Players may now create death knights on any realm once they reach level 55.
  • Bonus Armor: The mechanics for items with bonus armor on them has changed (any cloth, leather, mail, or plate items with extra armor, or any other items with any armor). Bonus armor beyond the base armor of an item will no longer be multiplied by any talents or by the bonuses of Bear Form, Dire Bear Form, or Frost Presence.
  • Racial restrictions on mounts have now been lifted. Night elves on mechanostriders? Tauren on raptors? You’re not seeing things.
  • Tapping: All player spells which cause a creature to become aggressive to you will now also immediately cause the creature to be tapped.
  • A new mailbox is now available at the Crows Tavern in the Dalaran Sewers.
  • We have added over 60 new graveyards to Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms.
  • The run speed in spirit form has been increased by 50%. Night Elves in Wisp form will now move at 75% speed.

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The great nerf of ’08

Posted by Vianki on December 31, 2008

If it even happens in ’08…..

Are you excited? Because i’m Soooo excited!

NO I’m not crazy!

I’m bored.

I’m so bored with mashing the same old (yet wonderful) steady shot/KC macro. I’m bored with nevering having any logical reason to use my other shots. I’m bored with knowing it’s pointless to even BW/BWI.

Wait what? It’s pointless to BW/BWI?

yup. Sure is.

I tested it.

In a Long-term scenerio, soemthing another hunter far greater than I would call MQSRDPS, It is pointless- with the cookie cutter BM spec, to BW. How do I know this?


There are dummies in Org, and I like to hit them hit them.  I like to hit them hit them. /disco dance

So this is what I did-

Try #1

5 minutes

aspect of the dragonhawk until OOM then Aspect of the Viper til half etc, etc

Frostbite bullets (didn’t want to waste my mammoth cutters)

Steady shot macro


pet out, not attacking

Average about 1140 DPS (remember, my pet wasn’t attacking. come on, i don’t suck that bad.)

Try #2

5 minutes

aspect of the dragonhawk until OOM then Aspect of the Viper til half etc, etc

Frostbite bullets

Steady shot macro



pet out, not attacking

Average about 1160 DPS

—- Now, the big difference might be the additional damage the pet does with BW active since for the pet it is a 40% increase and for the hunter it’s only a 10%, but to me this demonstrated the pure noob-ishness required to be a run-of-the-mill hunter. That makes me sad.

Now- not all hunters are noobs, but the narrowness of our min/max abilities does make our raiding experience quite a bit different than others. In the ocasional fight where we have to kite, trap, tranquilize. or any other number of slightly more interesting things, we of course have more fun. (at least I do. I know some players hate doing anything beyond what they already know how to do. )

This is why i’m excited about the nerf. It will make us THINK. What shot rotation is best? I don’t know. Perhaps the will be no one-shot-rotation-for-all-situations like there has been. Heck, we might even get to use more than one shot! It has been AGES since i’ve been able to reasonably justify arcane shot, or serpent sting, or pretty much anything other than Volley or Steady. (don’t even get me started on Volley. /headdesk)

I only pursue entertainments that I think better me as a person. It took a very long time for me to accept Wow into this category and I  still do so begrudgingly. It makes it that much harder when I spend 4 hours mashing one button. I’ll throw in my drums and my trinkets and my rapid shots and micro manage my pet and talk to old guildies and write poety while i’m tabbed out but my job in a raid is freaking boring. At this point, most people would make an alt. I don’t think that’s the answer. I think Blizzard found the answer by massivly reworking our class. It’s either that or switching to PVP. /shudder  (the most fun I’d had in a long time was dueling our MT and kicking his butt. teeheee!!!)

I haven’t actually talked about any of the specifics of the nerf- but i will be writing something soon. So check back in a few days for that.

And what about you? are you excited about the nerf?

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He’s MINE!!!!!

Posted by Vianki on December 8, 2008





/try to breathe

/pant pant huff hufff

/happy sigh

He’s ALL MINE!!!

There are many bad things about living on a small server: hard to pug, high AH prices, No tanks/healers, hard to find good players for the guild- but There is one magnificently wonderful thing.

Low population means fewer people farming.

And what might they be farming? A Rare spawn. A REALLY REALLY rare spawn. A spawn that is only up for 10 minutes every 6 or 8 hours.

And he’s alllllll Mine!! loqbigloqavatar

So- unlike the other sob-stories about hunting this beautiful animal, mine is pretty simple. I was over reading BRK, and all those afore-mentioned sob-stories and I though to myself, “self. It’s about time you went and found that spirit beast.  You really really don’t want to be cleaning right now, and it’s as good of an excuse as any, so – go see if he’s around.”

/logon?  check

/disposable pet? check

/51 bt BM? check

/fly to the Basin? check

/find list of spawn points? check

/put /target loq macro on bar? check

/fly around spamming macro? check


/….. delayed SQUEEEEEEEE

/frost trap

/steady shot


/abandon Bellerophon (My chimeara, what can I say, I like irony)


/fall in love

/ooo and awe

/sic on nearest moving thing


You pet Loque’nahak.


You massage Loque’nahak’s shoulders.


You love Loque’nahak.

And now he’s mine. All mine!!!

/happy sigh.

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