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Achieving Everything: The Loremaster

Updated Wed, May 11, 2011 by Mem



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Getting Started

Loremaster, is a meta-achievement that requires the player to complete a large amount of quests in every continent in the game. This achievement is probably one of, if not the most challenging achievements in the World of Warcraft. Those who attempt this achievement will find varying degrees of difficulty from player to player and will more likely than not want to quit due to frustration from time to time.

Once completed the player will receive the [Loremaster’s Colors] (a tabard) which will arrive in the mail attached to a letter from one of the leaders of your faction. Alliance will receive a letter from Tyrande Whisperwind entitled “Greetings From Darnassus“, while Horde players will receive a letter from Cairne Bloodhoof entitled “Greetings From Thunder Bluff”. Players will also gain the title Loremaster which will be displayed in this format:

Loremaster <name>

In Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms players will be asked to complete a total number of quests across both continents with no regards to the zone. Outland and Northrend are slightly easier as the player will be required to complete a set number of quests in each zone on the continent. The number of quests needed for Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, and Northrend vary from Horde to Alliance. Currently the numbers look like this:

Horde
Kalimdor - 685 Total

Eastern Kingdoms - 550 Total

Outland - 595 Total
    Hellfire Peninsula - 90
    Zangarmarsh - 54
    Terokkar Forest - 68
    Nagrand - 87
    Blade’s Edge Mountains - 86
    Netherstorm - 120

Northrend - 875 Total
    Borean Tundra - 150
    Howling Fjord - 105
    Dragonblight - 130
    Zul’Drak - 100
    Grizzly Hills - 75
    Sholazar Basin - 75
    Storm Peaks - 100
    Icecrown - 140

Grand Total - 2,705                                          

Alliance
Kalimdor - 700 Total

Eastern Kingdoms - 700 Total

Outland - 568 Total
    Hellfire Peninsula - 80
    Zangarmarsh - 54
    Terokkar Forest - 63
    Nagrand - 75
    Blade’s Edge Mountains - 86
    Netherstorm - 120

Northrend - 875 Total
    Borean Tundra - 130
    Howling Fjord - 130
    Dragonblight - 115
    Zul’Drak - 100
    Grizzly Hills - 85
    Sholazar Basin - 75
    Storm Peaks - 100
    Icecrown - 140

Grand Total - 2,843

Since each faction requires almost 3,000 quests to complete the Loremaster achievement, players will find that they will receive the extra bonus of gaining the title “the Seeker” which is obtained by completing 3,000 quests.

Tips and Tricks


  • Make a plan. Know which continent you wish to start with first and stick with it till completion.
  • While doing Kalimdor or Eastern Kingdoms, pick a starting zone to begin from such as Tirisfal Glades and go to the starting area (e.g. Deathknell) and start doing quests. Finish all quests in the area before moving on.
  • Finish long running quest chains to completion. Don’t stop in the middle even if you are tempted to do quests along the way. Complete the chain and the return to the area you are currently questing in.
  • Keep your “Track Low Level Quests” on at all times. Check to be sure it’s still on after changing forms, logging off, or zoning. Allowing this to turn off will ensure you miss quests causing unneeded frustration. This option can be selected with the tracking button on your mini map.
  • Before venturing into a dungeon try to find all the quests for that particular dungeon if you can. Never do a dungeon twice if you don’t have to.
  • Don’t be afraid to group with low level players in your zone of choice. They can share quests with you that you may have overlooked.
  • Daily/Repeatable quests do not appear to count unless they have a differently named prequest that unlocks the repeatable version. So do them the first time and then move on.
  • Seasonal and PvP quests do not count towards your total.
  • Do not automatically dismiss faction-only locations. You may find quests for your faction here even if it is unlikely. Do not let your past knowledge of an area narrow your view.
  • If you have previously wrecked your goblin reputation without finishing all the quests, fix it! You will not be able to reasonably finish this achievement without the quests the goblins offer you.  If your goblin reputation is still in good standing, be sure to finish Loremaster before attempting to gain pirate reputation.
  • Research, research, research. Wowhead.com is an excellent source of information. Learn to use the filters to suit your needs, such as finding those pesky item drops that start quests.
  • Be prepared to bust your butt, bang your head against your desk and retrace your steps if needed. This is not meant to be an easy achievement, be ready to work for it.


Easy to Miss Quests

While most quests are easily obtained there are several that seem to consistently escape the notice of most World of Warcraft players. Listed below are some of those hard to find, easily missed quests and quest hubs. So if you find yourself stuck and ready to pull your hair out try some of these:

Kalimdor
Beached Sea Creatures (Alliance Only) - These poor creatures can be found along the north and south sides of Auberdine along the beach. These were easily missed in the old days before they had the handy exclamation point above them. Search these out and if you have not done them you will knock nine quests off your total.

Switching from one centaur faction to the other in Desolace will open up 4/5 more quests for you to complete. Painful, but worth it.

Reznak in Durotar will provide two easy to complete quests to Alliance players, don’t miss them! He is located just south of Orgrimmar on the right hand side of the road.

Eastern Kingdoms
Nathanos Blightcaller located just west of Darrowshire, upon a little rise will offer a rather long line of quests to Horde players who seek him out.

Tirion Fording is an out of the way NPC that can be found if you head directly north just as you enter Eastern Plaguelands (following the river). He will offer a rather large quest line to players of both factions.

For a more extensive list of often missed quests in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor please visit this post on the official Blizzard forums.

Outland

Nagrand
Completing your Faction’s (Scryer or Aldor) quests in Shadowmoon Valley will open quests in Nagrand. These quests can be picked up from Altrius the Sufferer located in western Nagrand.

The Totem of Kar’dash (Both Factions) - If you venture into Sunspring post you will find a Kurenai Captive inside one of the small buildings. There will be two brutes guarding him. Kill them and he will offer you an escort quest. No quest will appear till the two brutes are defeated.

I’m Saved! - This quest is a rather odd one as the NPC (Kristen DeMeza) that gives the quest only appears roughly once every hour, and only if someone manages to save her. This event takes place right inside the Nesingwary Safari.

The Murkblood Invasion Plans drop from the Murkblood Invaders that roam the roads in Nagrand. You will be sure to run into them at least once on your travels, kill them for these plans.

Blade’s Edge Mountains
Ogri’la - An easy to miss area located in western Blade’s Edge Mountains. To open this quest line you must first complete “Speak with the Ogre” which can be picked up from V’eru in Shattrath City. Once you turn in this quest you will be sent on several group quests that can easily be soloed at level 80. Completing these quests will open up the Ogri’la quest chain.

A Meeting Note can be dropped off of Wyrmcult Hewers and Wyrmcult Poachers in Blade’s Edge Mountains.  These mobs can be found north of the Circle of Blood. If you happen to be missing one quest this may be the culprit.

The Orb of Grishna can also be found on mobs in Blade’s Edge Mountains. The Orb drops from Grishna, Falconwings, Scorncrows, Harbingers, or Matriarchs which can be found north of Raven’s Wood.

They Stole ME Hookah and Me Brews! (Horde Only) - This quest comes from a dead troll (T’chali the Witch Doctor). Only his head is visible so this quest can easily be overlooked. T’chali can be found near Bloodmaul Post in Blade’s Edge Mountains.

Fel Corruptors that can be found near Forge Camp: Anger in Blade’s Edge Mountains will drop a Damaged Mask when killed. This Mask will lead you into a quest chain.

Gorgrom’s Favor (Alliance Only) - This item drops from Dorgok who can be found north west of Ruuan Weald in Blade’s Edge Mountains.

Hellfire Peninsula
Foreman Eazelcraz located just behind Thrallmar in a small cave is usually a quest giver that is overlooked. Once found he gives out four rather easy to do quests for you to complete.

The Missing Missive is another often missed quest. To start this quest you need to first find the Eroded Leather Case, which is dropped off of various mobs in the zone.

Don’t forget the Outland intro chain counts towards these quests. Start the chain with “Through the Dark Portal” which can be picked up right outside the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands.

Terokkar Forest
The Sha’tari Outpost in the southwest corner of Terokkar is easily missed, be sure to go there and knock out those quests.

Vindicator Haylen is standing all by his lonesome just southeast of Auchindoun. Find him and he will provide you with, “For the Fallen”, “Return to Sha’tari Base Camp”, and “Terokkarantuala”

Skywing - Find Skywing (a bird) just a bit north of Vindicator Haylen.  Not only will it add to your achievement but you will gain a vanity pet after you complete it.

Escaping the Tomb -  An escort quest picked up from Akuno who can be found inside the Shadow Tomb in southern Terokkar.

Escape from Firewing Point - An escort quest picked up from Isla Starmane who can be found inside the largest building in Firewing Point.

Zangarmarsh
Withered Basidium - Item dropped from Withered Giants that begins a quest. The Withered Giants can be found in the Dead Mire.

“Count” Ungula’s Mandible - This item starts a quest and drops from “Count” Ungula who can be found just south of the Horde town of Zabra’jin.

Sporeggar’s quests do count towards this achievement. Keep in mind that as your reputation increases more quests are unlocked.


Netherstorm
There are four items that drop in Kirin’Var Village. Don’t miss these! Conjurer Luminrath drops Luminrath’s Mantle, Cohlien Frostweaver drops Cohlien’s Cap, Abjurist Belmara drops Belmara’s Tome, and Battle-Mage Dathric drops Dathric’s Blade.

Mark V is Alive! - An escort quest that can be picked up near the Ruins of Enkaat. Escort Maxx A. Million Mk. V out of the ruins to complete the quest.

Escape from the Staging Grounds - North west of Manaforge Ultris near Commander Ameer’s transporter pad a friendly Captured Protectorate Vanguard will spawn. The Vanguard will be attacked by a gladiator. If you help him he will give you an escort quest.

Shadowmoon Valley
Illidari-Bane Shard - This item begins a quest, and drops from Overseer Ripsaw. Overseer Ripsaw can be found in Legion Hold.

The Journal of Val’zareq: Portends of War - This quest starts by finding the Journal of Val’zareq. This Journal drops from Val’zareq the Conqueror who can be found traveling up and down the Path of Conquest.

Northrend

Borean Tundra
Coldarra (the island off the west coast of Borean Tundra) is not a different zone. The quests here count toward your Borean Tundra quests.

Iggy “Tailspin” Cogtoggle (Alliance Only) - Seek out this NPC located south west of The Geyser Fields which will provide you with an extra 5 quests under your belt.

Don’t forget the Murloc quests in this zone as they can be easily overlooked! The Murlocs can be found south west of Bor’Gorok Outpost.

Howling Fjord
Trident of the Son - Given by Old Icefin who can be found on the little island in the north west of the zone.

It's a Scourge Device - This quest begins once you have acquired the Scourge Device. This item drops from the Murloc’s located on Chillmere Coast. Leads to the follow up quest Bring Down Those Shields.

The Slumbering King - This quest is started by finding Mezhen’s Writings. These Writings drop from Necro Overlord Mezhen who can be found outside of Gjalerbron which is located in the north of the Fjord.

Zul’Drak
The Champion’s Call! - Begins the Amphitheater of Anguish quests. There are six quests in this line. This quest is obtained from Shifty Vickers who can be found in the Dalaran sewers.

Wanted: Ragemane’s Flipper - Pick this quest up from a wanted poster located in Light’s Breach.

Strange Mojo - This item will start a very long chain of quests and is worth finding. The Mojo drops from Champions of Sseratus, Priests of Sseratus, or Drakkari Snake Handlers all of which can be found neat the Alter of Sseratus in northern Zul’Drak.

Dragonblight
Return to Sender - This quest can be picked up from an unfortunately dead Goblin that can be found just west of The Crystal Vice. Please note that if you have already done the quest titled Composite Ore, this quest will be unavailable to you.

Goramosh’s Strange Device - Begins the quest “A Strange Device”. Drops from Goramosh who can be found west of Star’s Rest.

Sholazar Basin
A Timeworn Coffer - Located on the Maker’s Overlook this quest is picked up from a little box next to one of the pillars.

Be sure to do BOTH the Frenzyheart and Oracle quests. This will require you to earn faction with both, then change and repeat with the opposite tribe.

Grizzly Hills
Mr. Floppy’s Perilous Adventure (Alliance Only) - This quest can be picked up  from Emily who is located directly north of Grizzlemaw.

The Damaged Journal - Find this Journal just outside of Thor Modan and begin a quest to collect it’s pages.

Storm Peaks
The Armor of Darkness - Actually this is the 4th step in the Iron Colossus chain. Most people miss this quest because you need to get a Dark Armor Sample to drop from a Stormforged War Golem. These can be found around the Snowdrift Plains. Once you find this piece the chain continues.

SCRAP-E - This quest begins by finding the SCRAP-E Access Card which drops from Library Guardians. Library Guardians can be found between the Terrace of the Makers and the Snowdrift Plains.

Your first turn in of an Everfrost chip to the Sons of Hodir counts towards this quest line. If you are missing just one quest finding one of these may push you over the edge.

Icecrown
Jagged Shards - Quests begins when you loot a Jagged Shard from a Spiked Ghoul. Spiked Ghouls can be found around the Fleshworks.

I’m Not Dead Yet! -Escort quest that starts at Father Kamaros who is located on a ledge near the Fleshworks.

Avenge Me! (Horde Only) - Given from a Dying Berserker. Find one of these woundedr soldiers laying face down in The Broken Front. Speak with him and ask him how you can help and he will offer you this quest.

Useful Mods and Websites


While doing this achievement you should make use of any mods and/or websites that you can find that will aid you in your progress. I have listed several of my personal suggestions below:

Questhelper - Helps your to finish your current quests in the easiest and quickest manner. It also has a database of quests, monsters, and items allowing you to pinpoint on your map where to go to complete your quest. I personally have never had any issues with this mod, however it has been reported that it can cause in game lag.

Wowhead.com - An invaluable resource for information. This site has numerous filters you can use to see every quest in a zone. Especially useful for finding those dropped items that start quests. Learn to use it, and use it often. Wowhead search results are limited to 200, though there are more than 200 items that can begin quests. To make the most of your experience, filter your results by zone or you may miss some.

EveryQuest - In patch 3.3 Blizzard opened up the option to allow you to get your quest history from the server! This means you can finally see which quests you have completed. This mod will allow you to query the server in game, providing you a list of quests for each zone detailing which you have done, never done, and what quests you are currently working on. A must have!

Blizzard’s Quest Discussion Forums- Bring these up and type in Loremaster in the search box and reap the rewards. Reading these can provide you with useful information from those who have completed the achievements and from those who are still working towards it.
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