With 3.3 released this week, this will be the last kitty update. As always, the most recent changes will be summarized here but for a full extensive summary check out 3.3 Kitty Summary which compiles all the information into one post.
Ashen Verdict Faction
This is the faction that grants rep within Icecrown Citadel. From the first week of doing 10 man and 25 man I got about 4k rep (1k/6k friendly now). Naturally as more wings open up, rep should become even faster to obtain. There are rewards rings associated that are upgradable with reputation improvements (friendly -> honored -> revered -> exalted) similar to the previous AQ40 and Mount Hyjal rings. MMO-Champion has a pretty good page summary of what you can obtain through the faction here. Below I’ve included the kitty ring which I’m personally not to fond of in it’s current form but the exalted version that has a 480ap proc does look pretty nice. It also has quite a bit of hit which if you’ve been checking out the new gear seems to be lacking.
3.3 Kitty Items
Obtaining & Maximizing Frost Emblems
With the new tier system that requires you to purchase your base tier first before you can advance up to the next ilv, obtaining Emblems of Frost as fast as possible is extremely important. As of right now while only the Icecrown entrance is available there are only a few ways to obtain badges:
So, your first week maximum would be 41 and going forward your maximum for the next 4 weeks would be 35. Thus until the next wing of ICC opens your maximum total would be 181 emblems. Just enough to buy two T10 pieces, so save and spend wisely! (thx to Kal for fixing my poor math)
Tier 10 Cost
With the above information known on obtaining Emblem of Frost, its important to understand the costs and how the system works. As mentioned above, to upgrade each tier ilv you need to own the previous tier level. So in other words start stocking up on emblems to buy your base T10 so that you can start upgrading as soon as possible. For a full summary check out MMO-champ’s page.
Helm (ilv 251) – 95 Emblem of Frost
Shoulders (ilv 251) – 95 Emblem of Frost
Chest (ilv 251) – 95 Emblem of Frost
Pants (ilv 251) – 60 Emblem of Frost
Gloves (ilv 251) – 60 Emblem of Frost
To upgrade to ilv 264, you’ll need a Vanquisher’s Mark of Santification and to upgrade to ilv 277, you’ll need a Heroic Vanquisher’s Mark of Santification.
Glory of the Icecrown Raider (10 Player) & Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25 Player)
I’ll update this in the 3.3 Achievement Summary but I figured I would combine it here since there’s not enough to warrant a completely new post for achievements alone. The meta requirements are out now (naturally since 3.3 is out) and it looks like there will be a combination of normal and heroic achievements so it’s going to be a while before anyone is getting their protos. But in the interim, here are some sexy photos of the new frostwyrms! Looks like pve kids will be getting pvp mounts afterall.
Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher (25 Players)
Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher (10 Players)
Core Hound Pup for Authenticator Users
Lastly, we got a surprise in people who use authenticators were given a Core Hound Pup! For those of you who don’t have one and are thinking of sneaky ways to get the pup with someone else’s authenticator guess again!
Quote from: Nethaera (Source)
Q: How do I get the special Core Hound Pup pet for Authenticator users?
If you have a Blizzard Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator attached to your Battle.net account, you’ll find the Core Hound Pup item waiting for you in your in-game mailbox the next time you log in. Simply use the item to add the pet to your collection.
Q: Can the Core Hound Pup help me in combat?
No, his bark is infinitely worse than his bite. The Core Hound Pup is a non-combat guard dog, trained to intimidate rather than eviscerate.
Q: What if I remove my Authenticator?
If you remove the Authenticator from your Battle.net account, the Core Hound Pup will disappear from the pets collection of all of your characters after you log out of the game. You’ll need to reattach an Authenticator to receive the pet again, at which point you’ll find him in your mailbox once more. If you switch Authenticators while in-game, your pet will remain intact.
Q: Which characters will receive the Core Hound Pup pet?
Each existing character on every World of Warcraft account associated with the Authenticator-protected Battle.net account will receive the Core Hound Pup pet, as will each character you create in the future while the Authenticator is attached.
Q: In what regions is the Core Hound Pup available?
The Core Hound Pup is available to players on realms located in North America, Europe, and Korea. A Battle.net account is required in all of these regions in order to claim the pet.
Q: Do I need to buy the Core Hound-themed Blizzard Authenticator to get the pet?
Nope. Any Blizzard Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator product will do!
That’s it for now, back to cross server pugging for a Perky Pug!