Yak Vendor in World of Warcraft

One of the two most commonly searched items I’ve found was the Yak Vendor in World of Warcraft. The other had to do with Anise’s Cabin in Skyrim. Considering where the vendor is, it’s no wonder people have a hard time trying to find him, so I decided to give a heads up for those who needed help.WoWScrnShot_060614_102237

For one thing, it’s no wonder we have a tough time tracking down this salesman… he’s a grummle, so he’s very short to begin with. His name is Uncle Bigpocket, and considering how much gold he asks for these mounts, he’d naturally need a big pocket to hold them all. Shame rogues cannot pickpocket friendly NPCs, or they’d be crazily rich.

One way to spot him to to use the target command, “/target Uncle Bigpocket” So juct use the command within the quotation marks, but don’t use the quotation marks – you’ll only confuse the game.

Another way is if you use coordinates. You can use an addon or two that allows you to see where you are on the X/Y axis of the game world. I use addons like Titan Panel and Sexy Map, and they both have a few features to enhance information you get from your game. For example you can select Sexy Map to display coordinates for you, or as with TitanPanel one of the things it can display is your location, which you can modify to show the name of the area you are in as well as the zone name if you wish, and more importantly the coordinates of where you currently are.

Based on this information, I have Uncle Bigpockets pinpointed at coordinates 65, 61.

WoWScrnShot_060614_104649Or let’s say you don’t use coordinates. Maybe it only gives you a headache, or you just want a visual guide of sorts. The quickest way to the Yak Vendor in WoW. No problem. Assuming you got all the flight paths in the game, take a flight (taxi) to a village called One Keg. The Grummle Bazaar is due east from there. If you look on your map, you’ll see that One Keg has map artwork of a Pandaren building, as well as a flight path symbol. Look to the right of that and you’ll see a similar house icon to the east of One Keg, though it has no flight path, but then it’s only a quick walk/run away from One Keg that it was probably hardly worth setting up a flight path there. Another way to find the Grummle Bazaar is to travel on the road going south from the Temple of the White Tiger.

Another tip to help you find it, if you’re a pet battle trainer like me, or playing a hunter character, then odds are you have the Stable icon appear on your minimap. The stable is an NPC who offers to store extra hunter pets so they can go tame other beasts for their combat uses, and it is also the NPC who can revive your companion pets for pet battles as well. The Icon is in the shape of horse shoe on your minimap. Now the Grummle Bazaar has no flight master, but it does have the stable master, so if you have that trackable on your minimap, then you’ll see where the stable master is on said minimap. The stable master at the Grummle Bazaar is named Herder Muskfree, and in the paddock behind him are the yaks, and Uncle Bigpockets.

… these grummles sure have weird names, but then I bet they think Owlaf is a weird name too!

WoWScrnShot_060614_102305So there you have it, the location of the Yak Vendor in Wow. Due east of One Keg (which has a flight path) so you can simply take a flight path taxi to one keg, then travel east to the Grummle Bazaar, or you can pinpoint his coordinates, which again is 65, 61.

As for the gold…. it costs 106,000 gold pieces to buy the grand expedition yak… I can’t help you get it, though I can suggest daily quests galore. I have yet to see an actual gold coin drop on the Timeless Isle, so I don’t recommend farming there if you’re after gold.

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Low Level Mount – Sea Turtle FTW!

Meet my newest toon – Amaki. A female Troll hunter. Being at a low level I always like to come up with ideas on how to develop my toons in World of Warcraft early on. So for my hunter, I once again decided to go with mining and engineering. Now engineering was great for making bullets and arrows for ranged weapons, which was a must up until the end days of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, but then right as Cataclysm was being released, Blizzard did away with all ammunition, so now hunters never run out of ammo. Now I do admit it is nice not having to worry about restocking your supply of ammo or worrying about having the best ammo equipped, but I do miss being able to make my own ammo and working hard to get the best. The best arrows/bullets at the time were a reward for gaining reputation with the Ashen Verdict, and almost right after I got the recipe for that, they released the change that removed them from the game forever. FML.

Turtles all the way down!

Turtles all the way down!

But with engineering, you can still make weapons. Early on you can make sticks of dynamite that you can throw at a targeted location on the ground, and you can make scopes that you can attach to any gun, bow, or crossbow, and you can even create these ranged weapons as you level up. At end game, you can make the best scopes to attach to your weapons, and when you first hit max level, if you leveled your engineering up too, you can probably make a decent weapon to use until you can get a better one to drop in a raid or heroic dungeon. So as you can see, Engineering is an excellent choice for a hunter. Not to mention being able to make helmets that resemble goggles.

So as I was leveling the engineering and mining skills, I recalled that the Darkmoon Faire was open for the week, so I took a teleport from an NPC in Orgrimmar and headed on in to play the games and do quests for my professions. Then on a whim I decided to hunt and kill the Darkmoon crawlers that lurk in the waters around the island for their meat and claws so I could level my cooking skill. Sure, I could wait till I get to Pandaria and level my cooking in a pinch there, but I also like to cook as a level as well. Each to their own.

Now as I was swimming about and sniping level 10 crawlers, a thought occurred to me… These crabs were spread out in the water and I might eventually get all the way around the island, but I swim so slowly! Then I remembered the Sea Turtle.

The Sea Turtle is the only mount in the game that has to level requirement or skill requirement in order to ride it, even though the game will tell you otherwise. To get the idea, if you have a low level character, You can open your pet/mount window by holding down SHIFT and pressing P. When you do that, select the tab for the mounts you have on your account. Below level 20, and without training, they should all be grayed out. Even the Sea Turtle will be gray, and mousing over it, it will tell you “You do not meet the requirements for this mount.”

But in fact, the Sea Turtle CAN be used at ANY level. Normally I’d click and drag a mount icon to my action bars so I can click on there easily to mount up, but at a low level you can’t do that until you get the riding training. Yet there is a way. You can make a macro that lets you mount on your Sea Turtle, if you have one.

Open up the menu by pressing Escape, then click on the word “Macros”, and name whatever name you wish for your new macro, and in the edit box for the macro’s programming, just type the following:

/cast Sea Turtle

and that’s it! You can even leave the icon for this macro as a question mark, and it will automatically use the icon for the sea turtle itself if you did this correctly. Then you can move the button for the macro onto your action bar, then click and voila! You’re on your sea turtle!

The Macro Menu. I use an addon called Macro Toolkit, just fwi

The Macro Menu. I use an addon called Macro Toolkit, just fwi

Now as far as mount speed is concerned, the reason you CAN mount on this at a low level is because the sea turtle is the only mount in the game that moves at the default run speed on land, so your sea turtle won’t go faster than you can on foot. However, it is a fast swimmer. Normally when you swim, you move at 67% speed in the water. 100% speed is your run speed on land. On the sea turtle, your swimming speed is increased by 60%. That means on a Sea Turtle, you’ll be able to swim in the water at 108% speed. That’s faster than walking on land, and it’d way faster than swimming dog-paddle or froggy style.

And here’s a bonus: The guild perk for increasing mount speed applies to the Sea Turtle, but only on land – swim speed is not altered. So players who are not in a guild or are in a low level guild without the perk, their turtles would move at the same speed as walking on land – but for guilds who have the perk, the sea turtle will move at 110% on land. It may not seem much, but imagine to look on that player’s face when you pass him up on a turtle on the way to the quest giver!

when you're not moving, hit the Spacebar or type /mountspecial to see what your mount does. Horses rear up on their hind legs, wolves growl. The Sea Turtle goes into it's shell!

when you’re not moving, hit the Spacebar or type /mountspecial to see what your mount does. Horses rear up on their hind legs, wolves growl. The Sea Turtle goes into it’s shell!

Now the question you might be asking yourself is, where can I get this fabulous mount? Well, that’s the tough part. You’d have to fish it up, and be extremely lucky as well. You can fish this mount up from any pool of fish (not open water) in Northrend, Cataclysm zones, Pandaria, and from the Shipwreck Debris around Darkmoon Island. I got mine unexpectedly while fishing for Emperor Salmon just outside the Stormstout Brewery in the Valley of the Four Winds in Pandaria. I don’t remember if I was using bait or fishing gear at the time, but my jaw did drop when I got this mount.

From me to you, I wish you all the best of luck for this mount if you’re still fishin’ for it, my congratulations to those who got it, and my thanks for reading this blog. I hope you make use of this macro for your low level toons that have the sea turtle in your collection. ūüôā

Owlaf and the Anglers

Well, I got to exaulted with the Anglers today on my main toon Owlaf. There are only three dailies for this reputation, although there are also some fish you can fish up that can be turned in once a day, but these fish are rare to catch. Not only that but those fish are the only way to gain rep with Nat Pagle, so I know getting exaulted with him will take forever since I don’t fish a lot.

The Azure Water Strider

But still, I’m exaulted with the Anglers, and that means I was able to buy the Water Strider mount. It’s considered an insect, although only four of its legs are most noticeable, the smallest two appendages are just under the creature’s mandibles. But the best benefit to getting this mount is for it’s ability to walk on water (in non-battleground areas), so this mount is a must-have for when you go questing as a low-level character and you haven’t gotten flying yet, or are in an area that has no flying… and lots of water.

The Water Strider runs low to the ground, and it’s long legs stretch out on either side of it, which probably is what contributes to it’s water-walking ability. Now just about everyone can ride on a mount across a lake without being a shaman or a death knight, and without an elixir of water-walking.

Cancel all orders on Elixirs of Water Walking. Everything under the carapace is okay!

The best thing I love about this mount is the “/mountspecial” action it does. As with all ground mounts, all you have to do is hit the space bar, or whichever is your jump button, while your mount is not moving. The critter will bring his feet in right under his body and thus raise itself up into the air and look around. The first time I did this, I said to myself, “YOW!!! WHOA!” and laughed at the action it did. Imagine you’re in a car and you press a button and the car raises itself up by about twelve feet into the air in two seconds, like in those spy movies. That’s what it looks like. ^-^

Even weirder when a moonkin is on it.

The strength this Strider has is incredible. Capable of stretching itself to full height even while supporting a Moonkin. This probably also applies to Tauren as well.

Hallow’s End is Coming!

Well another year, another stretch of holiday festivals. Starts with Labor day, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Although in some places they may celebrate holidays sooner or later, and some might be performed differently like Hanukkah, but they all seem to have a similarity of sorts here and there. In the World of Warcraft perspective there is no Labor Day, but they do have Brewfest, and right after that they have what’s called Hallow’s End, which is their version of Halloween.

Now they used to have this thing with the holiday achievements where if you complete all the meta achievements for the holidays, you get the violet proto-drake mount, which is a sort of flying dragon, and it used to award the player with Master Riding for free. Now you can still complete the achievement “What A Long, Strange, Trip It’s Been,” and it will still give you the Violet Proto-drake, but it no-longer will reward you with the top level of flying skill, so now we have to buy that level.

It costs 5000 gold to be able to buy the Artisan Riding, which lets you ride flying mounts at 280% speed, and Master riding costs the same amount of gold and increases your flight speed to 310%. An extra 30% for 5k gold is a bit much in my opinion and I never bought it for that much either. Instead I did all the holiday achievements on every character in the game I had, and once they got the Violet Proto-Drake, they get the extra 30% flight speed for free. Now though, it doesn’t do that anymore. So I don’t know if I’ll be doing all the achievements over again on my alternate characters this year.

SO! Anyway!If you’re thinking to yourself what should I focus on the Hallow’s End this year, let’s see what we can come up with.¬†

Hallow’s End is based on Halloween, and usually runs for two weeks up until Halloween. Now Halloween itself is a holiday based of of Samhain, which is a wiccan holiday that symbolizes the end of the year when they’d collect their harvest just before the winter season. In World of Warcraft, the slight similarity can be seen at the wickermen festivals. On the alliance side, the Wickerman will be ignited my Genn Greymane, the leader of the Worgen who joined the Alliance during the Cataclysm. The Worgen brought along their traditions of the Wickerman festival. Meanwhile on the Horde side of things, the Forsaken (who were humans once but are now undead) mark Hallow’s End as the time when this group of undead broke free from the Scourge and became known as the Forsaken, and they burn the wickerman as a celebration for regaining their free will and they smear ashes on their faces.

One of the more fun things to do is fighting the shade of the Headless Horseman. Yeah you heard me! The Headless Horsemen (also termed HH in the game) makes an appearance in World of Warcraft. His horse is black with hooves that glow green, similar to the warlock’s summonable horses, and the rider himself is headless, yet he still can be heard yelling as he assaults the villages. Players who complete the Fire Brigade quests, which teaches you how to use the water buckets, can summon the HH to come and try to burn down the village. The HH will fly around, cackling and taunting and yelling the usual speech that I have come to memorize: “Prepare yourselves, the bells have tolled. Shelter your weak. your young and your old. Each of you shall pay the final sum! Cry for mercy, the reckoning has COME HAH-hahahahahahahaha!”

When you hear that, you know he’s coming. Click on the big bucket of water and then run to wherever you can see fire on the buildings and use the bucket to throw it at the buildings. But be careful, and be fast, because the fires tend to spark and spread, and if left unchecked it can cover the entire rooftops of the buildings. Now most players who have a speed buff, like shaman with ghost wolf form, druids with travel form, rogues with sprint and etc., can probably do this without help. But sometimes you might have to for a relay. When you pick up a bucket of water, you don’t have to throw it at the building – you can actually throw it to another player, so one method of doing this is to designate a spot to throw the buckets of water at, and while one player stays by the main bucket to get the pails of water, another player stands as far away as they can. They’ll have to be in reach of the throw distance for the pail of water though, so forming a group and using ground raid markers can help. The player by the bucket and click on it to get a pail of water, and then throw it at the designated spot, and if the player at that targeted location is here and does not have a bucket in their bags, they will catch the water pail and will be able to throw it to yet another player or onto the building. This can create a relay that helps get the water buckets to people standing at¬†strategic¬†points around the village which can help get the fires down faster. If you find yourself in a situation where you fail repeatedly to save the village from the fires, consider forming a party and coordinating a relay to throw water pails. Sometimes it takes more teamwork to get the fires under control. Once you have saved the village, the HH will come down and you can try to kill him. Once that is done, a large pumpkin will appear on the ground in the center of the ¬†village, and every player will have the chance to smash the pumpkin and get loot out of it.

The rewards from putting out the fires (which is a daily quest) is a crudely wrapped gift, which players can open to receive a random prize. Mostly you might get candy or flimsy masks, but you do have the rare chance to get the Sinister Squashling pet or the Hallowed Helm, which is a low level head item that looks as though you have a jack o’ lantern on your head.

There is an item that is not bound on pickup (I must have dozens of these on my bank toon), and is more for vanity and fun than anything. It is used for an achievement called, “Check your head,” in which you target a player and click on the item in your bags (or set it to your action bar.) The Weighted Jack-o-lantern is what you use, and when you throw it to your target, they appear to have a jack-o-lantern on their heads. It’s a buff that can be removed manually from players if they wish, and the achievement requires throwing this item onto each race in the game, like onto one Dwarf, one Tauren, one Gnome, etc. Now Goblins and Worgen were added to the criteria way back when, and I have no word yet if you need to throw one onto a player who is a Pandaren, but you might as well! No reason to exclude them! ^-^ I’d say make them check their heads, just to be safe. So in a sense, you can give everyone the appearance of wearing the Hallowed Helm for a time, but for the achievement, you might wind up traveling to neutral cities or to the enemy capitals and hanging around outside to try and throw these things onto the players of the other faction. Good luck, especially if you are on a pvp realm. Another place to try this achievement is on the battlegrounds. Before you go to grab the flag, throw the pumpkin on the enemy player, and there you go!

Other things to do for this holiday is talking to the inn keepers. Once every hour, you can ask them “trick or treat” and you’ll get either a bag of ¬†treats, or a trick played on you where your character can get turned into a bat or a cat or some other odd thing for hallow’s end. The “trick” debuff only lasts several seconds though, and then you can can wait an hour to trick or treat again. Also scattered in taverns and inns all across Azeroth and Outlands are Candy buckets. You can visit all of these and click on them to get a handful of candy, and also get a chance for the rare items like the pet or helm.

So for all levels of the game, even low level players, you can do the daily quests for smashing the pumpkin after you put out the fires, and that can be done in any of the following villages: Alliance sideGoldshire, Kharanos, Azure Watch. Horde sideRazor Hill, Brill, Falconwing Square. Players can also go trick or treating by talking to the inn keepers, and they can visit every inn that has a candy bucket and get a handful of candy from each of them. Bear in mind when you get a handful of candy, you have to open it to loot the candy/items before you can grab another handful.

As for the max level characters, at level 89-90 you can join the dungeon finder and cue up for a run in the Scarlet¬†Monastery. Considering the fact that they revamped the entire instances, making the 4 dungeons into 2, thus combining some of the wings together for simplicity’s sake, it makes me wonder about the good ol’ HH. Before now, you would go into the Graveyard portion of the instance and click on the grave of the Headless Horseman to start the encounter. In this 5 man fight, the Headless Horseman fight is the usual tank and spank, but at some point he gets off his horse and walks about is if dazed or stunned, and he yells, “GET OVER HERE, YOU IDIOT!” (that phrase is a nice macro I sometimes use on my Death Knight’s Death Grip ability.) When this happens, you need to switch targets to his head, which can be seen somewhere nearby floating about on it’s own. Once the head dies, it goes right back onto the HH’s body and the fight resumes as normal. Usually, the head phase occurs three times. Once he’s dead, you get the achievement, “Bring Me The Head Of… Oh, Wait.”

Now the best thing is, the HH has a chance to drop the flying horse mount, which looks just like the one the HH uses, and shares a model along with the horse that drops in Karazhan, only this horse is all black with glowing green hooves, and acts as a flying mount if you have the skill, and at level 90 you should! ^-^ Nowadays though the mount is account bound, so if you have an alt that got the HH mount in previous years, log onto it even if only just for a moment, and then all your characters who has a riding skill can use this mount.

The only other reason to go for this holiday boss would be because he drops rings, and hopefully this year they’ll have it all completely updated. Not only do they need to update the boss to¬†accommodate¬†the new instance they revamped it into, but they’ll need to make sure the rings can be used by players who are at max level. Other wise there won’t be much reason to go for this holiday boss unless people want the mount.

We shall see soon enough. Hallow’s End starts in a few days, so I’ll be there to see these changes, if any! See ya there! ^-^

Edit: actually just now saw their website come back online. They’re half a step ahead of me, looks like the HH fight will be up to par with the expansion. I didn’t see the loot, but hopefully the rings will be worthwhile!¬†http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/6180725/

Kite Surfing With Style!

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This isn’t flying, it’s wind surfing with style!

In Pandaria, the taxis are kites. You literally stand on a kite and it flies you from point A to point B. And it turns out you get to ride on one for free. At level 90, if you’re working on the reputation for The Tillers, you might just get a daily quest from Farmer Fung. The quest is called Water, Water Everywhere, and to do it you have to talk to the flight master as if you were going to another town, and you’ll have a dialogue option where you’ll say something along the lines of, “Hey, this farmer guy said I can use one of his kites to water the fields.” and then she’ll lend you one and it flies along a path that goes all over the Heartland and you throw buckets of water down upon the dry spots of the fields.

Well, I’m Best Friends with Farmer Fung, and it turns out when you raise your reputation with him, you unlock some of his more exotic kites. There’s the standard red kite of course, which is available right from the start. Then you unlock the high-altitude blue kite, which flies higher and thus lets you throw buckets of water at a wider area of crops. After that it’s the swift yellow kite, which flies low and fast so you can get to all the dry patches faster. Finally, when you’ve maxed out our friendliness with Farmer Fung, you get to ride on the dancing green kite, that… well, makes you dance while you’re riding on it! That’s one way to water the crops! I’ll take it!

Now I really wish we could make our own kite mounts, especially a dancing one… it’d say make it an Inscription-craftable mount, which takes parchment, ink, enchanting dust, a couple of wooden staves for the frame, and some windwool cloth. I’m sure Blizzard would add a reagent for this that costs upwards of 12k gold just to make it more “rare”… if by rare they mean gold sink, but it’s doable. A kite you can fly on at your own leisure that makes your character dance on it? I want one! LOL

Yikes! I found the Yak Vendor!

(writing in the point of view of Owlaf, a level 89 Night Elf Druid, Realm: Feathermoon)

I finally managed to stumble upon a yak salesman. Yeah you heard me! Yaks! And they aren’t even yakety! I want a yakety yak!

And the salesman, Uncle Bigpocket told me, “Don’t talk back!”

Welcome to Courvelle Toyota! Would you like to test ride the 2012 gray riding Yak, on sale now, all patch 5.0’s must go!

Anyway, he sells three yaks for now. Two of them are just under three thousand gold pieces to me. One blonde (that’s a new mount color I’ve seen) and the other is gray. They seem to be small, but I’m betting what they lack in size they make up for in strength.

And that is certainly proven with the most expensive mount Uncle Bigpocket has for sale: the Grand Expedition Yak! A whooping 108,000 gold pieces, I know the moment I buy this one, I’ll have nothing but moths left in my pocket. This yak seems bigger than the others, and that’s a good thing since this one is carrying something on his back. A large series of luggage is crammed together and tied up on the Yak’s back, and hanging on either side of it are seats, and each one has someone sitting in it already. One seems to be a vendor, but what’s that other one? An arcane reforger? Wow! No wonder the price is so high. This would be much more useful than the Travelers Tundra Mammoth I have… Similar, but it doesn’t have the reforger. There also seems to be an umbrella on top of the packages… Guess it’s there to keep it all from getting wet!

I bet I’d look silly as a moonkin on this, but silly is my middle name… Owlaf-silly-moonkin. That’s me…. well, not really.

So now I know where to find the yak seller, up in the Kun-Lai Summit¬†at the Grummle Bazaar… or is that¬†bizarre…. no that’s strange… Anyway, 3k and 110k for these. Start saving those coppers and silvers! ^,^

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