Friday, 2 March 2012

What To Do At Level 85

So you have explored all of the new zones and have finally made it to level 85 but now what? You have surprised the family you haven't seen in weeks by hugging and kissing them all, even the budgie. You have eaten food, the first you have tasted since level 80 and removed an entire dinner services worth of crockery and cutlery from your room, much to the disgust of the person responsible for doing the dishes. You have had a bath, washed your hair, realised your hair needed actually cutting once you took the rubber band off and had it cut. You have cleaned your teeth, been to the dentist and also been to the doctors to have the pressure sores on your posterior treated. You have watched with amazement episodes of soaps that you haven't seen for so long that you no longer recognise a single character, but television does not have the same appeal any more and the lure of the game draws you back into your computer screen. But you have reached level 85 now, so what is still to be done? Well many experienced players believe that the top level of the game is when it actually begins, although I cannot claim to agree with them. Now in their eyes, is the time that you can get into the high level dungeons, get your gear score up and start doing the Heroic Dungeons and Raids that you have long waited for - if you have long waited for them. You can get your PvP gear up and become the "master pwner" of the battlefields, with your name at the top of the scoreboards and all the PvP achievements in the bag. Yes I guess you can do all of this if end game dungeoning, raiding and running battleground after battleground have been your long term ambition, but many of us prefer to do these things occasionally rather than all of the time, so what else can we do now we are at level 85? The obvious thing to suggest is to "roll a new toon" (create a new character), with a different race, class and specification and start levelling that to 85. That is a good idea as it is useful to have many characters so you learn to do many different types of things in game, but every now and then you will get the urge to go back to your main. After all you spent a long time on there breaking ground, learning to play and gathering achievement points. Is there much that you can do on your main, once you have got to 85 if you are not interested in constant dungeoning, raiding or doing battle grounds? Actually the answer is yes, there are masses of things you can do on your main character, I have been spending a lot of time on Kayler lately, in amongst learning new characters on Khadgar for research purposes for my InfoBarrel articles and levelling my Tauren feral combat druid. I have not been bored I can assure you and this had nothing to do with my being a guild master as the guild has been really quiet lately. You can see from the achievement panel on the side that I got a few heroic Northrend dungeons and the Achievement Northrend Dungeonmaster. I am about 3 dungeons on heroic in Northrend short of getting Northrend Dungeon Hero as well. You may wonder what I am doing back there now I have all the Cataclysm dungeons to do so I will explain. I am working on becoming Loremaster of Azeroth as I think that would be a really great title to have. I am also working on getting all the dungeonmaster achievements including all the low level ones. I am not keen on pugging for dungeons so can only do the Cataclysm ones if I can get a group of my friends and guildies together to go through with me. Many of the dungeons at least on normal level from Northrend down I can run on my own. There are other things you can do as well, such as grinding reputation with all the various factions to get to exalted and earn the perks the factions offer. Many offer great mounts, some offer weapons, armour and things like that. There are achievements you can get for getting lots of reputations to exalted as well and to be honest at 85 if you are not very bothered about the high level Dungeons, Heroics and Battlegrounds then its Achievement points you will be after. Kayler has over 5000 achievement points now and I am well aware of how many more there are to still get. As well as the dungeon and reputation ones, there are quest ones like Loremaster of Azeroth, where you have to complete a set number of quests in each zone in Azeroth, so from Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, Northrend and Cataclysm zones. It ends up with you having to do literally thousands of quests but when you have that title it really shows how committed you are to the game! I have a friend who has the Loremaster achievement on both Horde and Alliance which must be truly awesome. When you have completed 3000 quests you get the title The Seeker as well and as the low level questing areas and quests have all changed since Cataclysm was released doing the new quests should be no trouble at all as they are not even boring from repetition any more, not even to players who have just raised their 5th toon from 80 to 85! There are obviously all the profession achievements to get as well and I would strongly recommend getting all of your professions maxed out as quickly as possible as right there you have endless opportunity for raising money to help your next toon if you do decide to roll another one soon. There are all the general achievements to go for like getting lots of pets and mounts, /loving or killing certain critters, killing thousands of critters for your guild, saving enough money to buy certain woolly mammoths in Dalaran that kind of thing, and again you will find that grinding for these will also mean you are grinding for other achievements too. For example to get all the possible mounts you can get for the capped achievement of the full stable set, you will need to grind rep with all your allied factions, so for Horde you will need to be exalted with Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, Undercity, Silvermoon City, the Darkspear Troll and the Bilgewater Cartel and for Alliance you need to gain exalted reputation with Stormwind, the Exodar, Ironforge, Gnomeregan, Darnassus and Gilneas. When you get exalted with each of these factions you can buy their mounts from them, some of them have about 8 mounts each! Others do not have as many but it is still an easy way to get mounts, because you can grind reputation from them by doing all of their quests and by wearing their tabards when you run certain dungeons. You can then beginning getting reputation with other factions such as the Maghar in Nagrand and exalted rep with them will give you 8 or 9 riding rams, or with the the Sha'tari Skyguard for their gorgeous nether ray flying mounts. Many factions in each expansion of World of Warcraft have at least 1 mount that you can buy from them only if you reach revered or exalted so increasing your reputation with a large variety of factions can only help you get more or better mounts and head towards that achievement at the same time. Getting pets becomes a favourite past time of many players of WoW and there is a really great website called warcraftpets.com where you can monitor how many pets you have, how many you still have to get and often it will tell you exactly how you can get the ones you are still missing. Other achievements you can get can be found on your achievement panel in game and it gives you a great sense of achievement to see the available ones getting less and less and your achievement points getting more and more! I suppose if you are really bored and cannot think of anything else to do and you fancy trying something really time consuming and often annoying and thankless you could also start your own guild.... Good luck with that!

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