I haven’t blogged much about World of Warcraft recently (or anything, really – sorry!). At the moment, I’m focussed on this expansion’s legendary quest chain, which ultimately rewards a ring of ‘legendary’ quality.
Throughout its almost 11 year history, World of Warcraft has had a handful of legendary items. These are armour pieces with significantly better attributes than any other items, and are consequently made very difficult to get hold of. Usually, players need to partake in a lot of end-game raiding to have a chance of getting one.
In the original game and the first three expansions, legendary items were always weapons. As different player classes carry different weapon types, this usually meant that some classes would not be able to wield a legendary weapon even if they wanted to. With the previous expansion, Mists of Pandaria, the legendary item was changed to a cloak (or rather four cloaks) that could be equipped by anyone. This continued with the current expansion, Warlords of Draenor, where the legendary item is a ring (again, in four versions).
Another change that was made in Mists of Pandaria, and carried through to Warlords of Draenor, was that there would just be one legendary item available that required a series of quests throughout the whole expansion. Different stages of the quests would be added to the game in content patches. Also, whilst players would need to take part in raids to gather resources for the quests, these would be obtainable without needing to be in a raiding guild.
This is the first expansion where I’ve actively been working towards getting the legendary item. I started playing World of Warcraft in the run-up to the first expansion and so I didn’t have chance to get any of the original weapons. In the first expansion, The Burning Crusade, the two legendary items were not available to my main character’s class. During the second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, I managed one fragment of Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings before I quit raiding due to a lack of time, and never got any further fragments. I didn’t raid at all in the Cataclysm expansion.
In Mists of Pandaria, I belatedly starting collecting the items I needed, towards the end of the expansion, but never completed the first stage. So Warlords of Draenor is the first expansion where I’ve made any real progress.
So far, I’ve completed 2 of the 4 stages. The first stage can be done with 5-man groups, but the second stage requires you to enter the Highmaul raid dungeon, to kill the bosses and obtain Abrogator Stones. These stones are dropped by bosses when you kill them, but are also available from garrison missions – indeed, I probably got most of mine this way. Effectively, you only ever need to kill each raid boss once, and can then get the stones through other means. I completed this stage a few weeks ago, and I’m now on the third stage which requires killing bosses in Blackrock Foundry, and obtaining 900 Elemental Runes.
It’s a big ask but I’ve got over 300 already, and reckon I should be able to complete this stage within a few weeks. It helps that with this week’s patch 6.2.2, several catch-up mechanics were introduced which makes the process of gathering the runes much quicker. That will just leave the final stage, which is to obtain 33 Tomes of Chaos. Sadly, these can only be obtained from bosses in Hellfire Citadel and are not a guaranteed drop, so this is the stage that casual players like me will probably spend the most time on. Wowhead has a full guide.
I hope that I will be able to complete the quests and obtain the legendary ring by the end of this expansion. Even if I never complete a legendary quest again, it would be nice to say that I’ve done it once. The next expansion, Legion, has been announced but with no confirmed release date yet I’m not sure when it’ll become available.