WoW: A Cataclysm Primer

Updated Tue, Dec 07, 2010 by Mem

So you’ve really done it, and the big day is actually here. You have made it through the weeks of agonizing waiting and tedious preparations, hopefully without pulling a Jack Nicholson in the Shining along the way,  your only source of redemption being the small tidbits thrown at you from the beta servers and various Blizzard posters.

Now the hour of truth has almost arrived and World of Warcraft Cataclysm will soon be officially here. Depending on how you chose to purchase the newest expansion, you may already have the game downloaded and are just waiting on the servers to go live, or perhaps you are eagerly watching as the game installs. No matter your purchasing choice, the fact of the matter is soon, very soon, you will finally get your chance to play one of the most highly anticipated expansions of the year.

Don’t just chew your finger nails while waiting on your chance to begin gallivanting around the wide world of Cataclysm. Instead check out this list of basic, yet important, tips:

  • Remember a couple million gamer fanatics have fingers on the trigger and are itching for the chance to log in, so once servers go live they will be under some serious strain. So expect the servers to crash at least once, twice, or even to go down for several hours after launch.
  • Unlike hitting the shores of Northrend or stepping through the Dark Portal, Cataclysm has no one specific starting  point to get into the content. Instead, head to the main city for your faction and click on the announcement boards which will put you on the correct path.  
  • You will discover that both Shatt and Dalaran have gained something they've needed for years, but lost something  even more important. Somewhat of a lopsided trade off if you ask me, but both cities have gained class trainers at the high cost of portals to the cities of Azeroth.
  • If you've done some exploring of the newly revamped Orgrimmar and Stormwind, you've likely already discovered  the location of the flight trainers. If not, they can be found on the newly added top level of Orgrimmar (next to the Flightmaster and Zeppelin towers) and beside the Gryphon Master in Stormwind. Once purchased this ability will allow you to unlock flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, and Deepholm. This is also known as The Shattering of Piggy Banks, so be prepared to dish out 250 gold for this privilege.
  • Before you head out into the wider world don’t forget to seek out the nearest profession trainer. Nothing sucks more  than getting to a new zone and mining/herbing/etc only to find you have forgotten to get the next profession level.
  • It’s be awhile since mobs have actually done any real damage to most of us. However keep in mind that mobs in  Cataclysm will hit harder and have more health. This may not be noticeable until after level 83 or so, but keep it in the back of your mind or you may find yourself discovering the new graveyard locations sooner than you expected.
  • Venturing out to do quests on launch day (and sometimes for days after) is like going out on Black Friday, sheer and  utter insanity. Expect to put up a fight and never think a single quest will be easy. On a brighter note, getting trampled questing in WoW is far better than getting trampled by little old ladies on the prowl for sales.

Head on over to page two for a listing of helpful links related to Cataclysm!

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