Things To Do Before Cataclysm Hits

Good News Everyone! As Professor Putricide would say…

This week it was announced that Patch 4.01 has been put on the PTR and with that means the last patch pre Cataclysm. What does that mean? Probably a pre 2011 Cataclysm release date (yay). Boubouille over at MMO-Champion has given his guesstimate of Nov 2nd (which is a month earlier than my 1st week of Dec) but either way, still in 2010 and most likely welcome news to everyone. With that being said, many changes are happening on both the PTR and Beta so its time to sit down and figure out what your bucket list should be for the remainder of WOTLK. Many of the items below are things geared towards those who care about achievements but there are also a few things that non achievement whores would be interested in.

Farm 310% mounts for alts

Come Cataclysm 310% flying can be purchased for the paltry fee of 5000 gold. Not too expensive but if you have spare time, you can go out and farm yourself some drakes from Ulduar or ICC which will save you 5000 gold down the line. ICC may be a stretch for some alts but Uld 10 is extremely simple even for the turdiest of alts. This probably comes down to a classic time vs money argument. If you only have a few alts then maybe its worth it to just buy the flying skill come Cata. Or if you’re one that has one of each class than 9 * 5000g = 45,000g may be a bit much and spending a few hrs in Ulduar may be a good investment.

Exalted with Zandalar Tribe

It’s already been announced that Zul’Gurub will be removed by Cataclysm so with that being said, if you want to get exalted with Zandalar Tribe, better get cracking now. WoWWiki identifies a full ZG run as giving 2500-3000 rep with all bosses giving a total of 800 rep. Throughout the instance coins (3 for 25 rep) and bijous (75 rep) will drop which also give rep so its not such a bad rep grind. ZG is on a 3 day timer.

Exalted with Cenarion Circle

Similar to Zul’Gurub, Temple of Ahn’Qiraj (or more well known as AQ20) will be removed as well to be replaced as a 10 man Cataclysm instance. How this will affect Cenarion Circle reputation is unknown but seeing as both AQ20 and AQ40 grant CC rep it is probably safe to say that some new sort of reputation will be introduced instead come Cata. So while you can get CC exalted outside of AQ20, it still is the easiest way to solo grind that rep without having to require help from others. If you have time, its worth doing now. Again, similar to ZG, this is on a 3 day timer.

Farm Rare Mounts

As mentioned above, Zul’Gurub is being removed and with it, means the Swift Zulian Tiger and Swift Razzashi Raptor will be gone. These are definitely fantastic mounts you want to have and hopefully everyone out there that has been or is working on these will get one before its too late. If you haven’t started yet and you want some thoughts on how to do it, check out my Pimp Your Druid series for articles on how to solo both.

The next step up from farming ZG mounts is farming WOTLK raid mounts in Mimiron Head/Invincible. If you’re fortunate enough to be in a guild that can down HLK25 then best of luck to you in obtaining the mount. If you’re not in one of those premier guilds then maybe YS0 is the more reasonable goal. For those of you who are farming Mimiron Heads (like us!) keep pushing and farming. Blizzard has already stated that they did not know if they would remove the 100% drop rate come 4.01 but it would be likely that it would happen come Cataclysm. So if you’re counting, using Boubouille’s date of Nov 2nd that leave us with 8 weeks (or 12 if you use my early Dec date). We’re up to a total of 7 so far, all we can do is hope that everyone that has worked hard in farming will get one.


The Old World is getting a complete revamp and with that means completely new quests. No one is completely sure exactly what will happen to the Loremaster achievement but most think (and me as well) that it will turn into a Feat of Strength with a new Cataclysm Loremaster being put in its place. If you’re an achievement nerd, then you’ll want to get working on this one as soon as possible as this is a huge timesink and does take a lot of effort. Everyquest is a great addon to help identify what quests are left in each zone so you know what areas to hit up.

Obtain Quest Related Items

Same reasoning as above where old quest and questlines rae disappearing, its best to get some of those fun flavour items that exist now before its too late. Specifically of interest, there is Dartol’s Rod of Transformation from a questline in Ashenvale and also the Sprite Darter Pet from a questline in Feralas. Also, there is the Green Hills of Stranglethorn questline which gives an achievement, no idea how that will be affected but hell might as well do that one too.

The list above is only things that I know for sure will change in somewhat shape or form that will prevent you from being able to obtain said item/achievement come Cataclysm. There are also a tonne of other items that exist in vanilla content that will still exist in Cataclysm but in a different format. No word as to whether these items will still exist. Just to name a few things, Deathcharger’s Rein, Sawbone’s Shirt, Master Builder’s Shirt or the pets from LBRS.

Operation: Gnomeregan

The world event for the gnomes and trolls is out so make sure you take advantage and get your Gnomeregan Pride and as well as your Feat of Strength. The transformation item is pretty cool in that it lasts for 30 mins (4 hr cooldown) which is a lot longer than most. Naturally still does not persist in forms. Remember this is a limited time engagement so make sure you get it as soon as possible. The alliance version has an extreme tendency to bug out so don’t expect to get it on your first try. It took me 6 tries before I decided to do it at an odd hour of the day without others around to bug the event.

I’m sure there are many more things to consider but these are the things I can think of, whats on your bucket list?


20 Responses to “Things To Do Before Cataclysm Hits”

  1. 1 Macdowell September 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I get jealous every time you mention the Mimi head runs. The guild I was in never completely Ulduar before we moved on to ToC and then we ended up falling apart a few months later. It’d be worth a server transfer for me just to be able to finally get one of the drakes that are just sitting there ready to be achieved. It’s harder to get a pug Uld run these days than a pug ICC.

    Anyways, I created my own little bucket list which included (I started playing shortly before WotLK came out, BTW) …
    – Collect all the pets (done, except for TCG pets)
    – Collect all tradeskill recipes (Cooking, Alc, and Eng, still working on this one)
    – Get all BC factions to exalted (done, except for a couple of raid factions)
    – Get all WotLK factions to exalted (done)
    – Experience all the raids in the game (done, except for Naxx and Uld)
    – Loremaster (done)
    – Exalted title (done)
    – Salty title (done)
    – etc.

    I’ve just about run out of things to do in this game on this character. Cata can’t come soon enough.

    • 2 Vallen September 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      I’m on board with you on maxing out tradeskill recipes.

      I have put in a lot of blood sweat and tears into collecting all the enchanting recipes. I believe I’m sitting at 96% only missing the sp glove enchants from AQ, a few TBC world drops and blood draining from Ulduar.

      After 9 weeks of Mimi Head farming, I still have had no luck on blood draining and no luck on any spell power gloves enchants through 9 AQ40 runs. Also unfortunately Auchindoun is a small server so I have not seen any world drops from TBC but I always check everyday 🙂

  2. 3 chckenmcbndy September 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I was pretty happy to find out while casually grinding the Shen’dralar rep (Insane title) that the quest reward for libram turn-ins could be converted to Zandalar Tribe reputation. I tossed out about 10 of those before I figured it out. I got my last 15K rep this way.

    Recently finished up Battlemaster. Intended on pushing loremaster next, but, BM push really took alot out of me.

    I believe we’re up to 4 on the Mimiron’s Head count. 250ish attempts and still going for the raven mount, ugh. My mount count was at 5 when I started this grind. I hit 100 mounts last week and still don’t have this.

  3. 4 shewp September 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Unfortunately, I had to drop my feral spec for a balance spec to raid. While I don’t mind raiding as balance, it has now become much more difficult to farm the ZG mounts. >.<

    Now that there is a timer on how long I have to farm these, I've been trying to put together a panzerkin set with some tanking trinkets and defense rings. The mobs manage to keep me either silenced or locked out of nature/arcane most of the time. I think that once I get a strategy down it will be quite easy, but for now I just keep trying.

  4. 5 Rahl September 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I just recently did the cenarion rep run so that i could get the guardian of cenarius title.
    Honestly, if you haven’t done the quests ion Sithilus yet do them. It got me from just under revered to exalted with a little twilight txt / robes farming along the way.
    At 250 rep per quest you can farm the experience from doing easy quests quicker than you can solo AQ.

    GL with all your objectives!

  5. 6 Terra September 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    AQ20 is actually just changing to be a 10man instance, its still level 60 raid, basically there is no change to it except you can now only have 10 people in it, instead of 20.

    Loremaster, if you have the Achivement or even just the Kalidore/Eastern Kingdoms parts, you keep those, they are not being made Feats of Strength. What is being added is a X quests per zone achivement for each zone, like in Outland and Northrend. If you do not have the Kalindor or Eastern Kingdoms xxx/700 achivement complete before Cata, then you basically have to start over and do each sub-zone achivement

    • 7 Vallen September 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

      Not to say your information is wrong (since I really don’t know) but why would Blizzard change an instance down to 10 just for the sake of reducing it down to 10? That like saying they should reduce MC/BWL/AQ40 etc down to 25.

      No real value in doing something like that. Either way, interesting input, do you have a source to confirm this?

  6. 8 Rebbs September 17, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Yeah, Terra is right.

    My guess is they are getting rid of all 20 man raids, which was only ZG and AQ20. Come Cata they are both gone, so it makes sense. They were always the red-headed step child in a world of 10 and 25 man raids.

  7. 9 Terra September 17, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Like Rebbs said, my guess is also that they are doing it to just simplify raids into just two formats, 10man and 25man

  8. 13 Ilnezhara Eonar September 21, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Hey Val/Rar,

    Personally for me there’s only one thing on my mind is my Insane title. I have most of the mats banked but waiting for thanksgiving to turn them in although the loss of ZG is gonna force my hand to do it early I think. Do we lose any rep factions beside ZG? Anyone know? (I.e is The Insane no longer obtainable in cata?)

    • 14 Vallen September 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm

      Insane is not being removed, they’ve already announced that (wish I had the link for you but I dont atm). So have no fear, you can continue to work on it post Cata!

  9. 15 edwin September 23, 2010 at 3:10 am

    don you think its good to get all goblin rep exalted for horde might be handy when cata comes out?

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    Great site, thanks to posters with verefied info 😛 just got my ZG rep to exalated and need DMF and Shen exalted for my insane title but a bit burnt out… Nailed the Goblin factions in a week or DM runs (8+ hours a day in DM makes you go a lil crazy “OH NOES!!”).

    Have one half of TF, so hoping that if I dont get the other half then still got time to work on it.

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