29 March 2010

Zone review: Ghostlands

While leveling my alts in SAN, I'll write zone reviews for each zone I visit. I don't pretend to be exhaustive. I won't describe all the quests in each zone either, but I'm going to list the particularities of the zone : at which level to go there, what are the attraction points, which quest you absolutely don't want to miss because the reward is so awesome, etc.

Dreanei and Blood elves leveling zones are in my opinion the bests. The quests are better chained together and don't require you to run in every directions, you don't have level gaps as you could have in other zones if you don't have Bind on Account gear, and you'll acquire sensibly better gear, especially if you're a caster: you'll have quest rewards with spell power, attack power or crit rating in there !

As I was a bit in a pain with Zahiou without any Bind on account gear, I head toward Ghostlands after finishing Mulgore quests. You can begin Ghostlands at level 11-13. Depending on the way you’re leveling, if you’ve got rested xp or if you’re doing instances, the quests in there will bring you to level 20-22.

When going there, stop at Fairbreeze village and take the quest Missing in the Ghostland from Magistrix Landra Dawnstrider. You’ll hand this quest on your way to the Ghostlands, just before entering the zone. Do the following quest, hand it, and then you can finally entre Ghostlands for good with nice bracers and a new 6 slots bags.

The quests in the Ghostlands chain together pretty well, you shouldn’t have any problems finding what to do next. Here are the specificities of the zone :

Tranquillien reputation

The quests in Ghostlands will give you reputation for Tranquillien. When your reputation increases, you’ll be able to buy nice gear. You’ll get to exalted if you follow all the quest in the zone. If you want to get exalted earlier, there are 2 repeatable quests you can do when you hit level 15 : Rotting Hearts and Spinal Dust.

Rare spawn

If you’re a caster and need a wand, I suggest you to check the Ziggurats each time you can. Dr. Witherlimb can spawn in there, and gave me a nice wand each time I killed him.

Sylvanas’ Necklace

Lament of the HighbornWhile doing the quest Retaking Windrunner Spire, kill mobs until you get the The Lady’s Necklace. This item starts a short quest line where you have to bring the necklace to Lady Sylvanas in Undercity. When you hand the quest, Lady Sylvanas will summon banshees and start singing. Make sure you have the sound enabled, and wait until the song is over, this animation is quite nice! This quest is one of my favorite because of that song. If you like the song, you can hear it again with this macro :

/script PlaySoundFile("Sound\\Music\\GlueScreenMusic\\BCCredits_Lament_of_the_Highborne.mp3")

Group quests

There are 4 group quests in Ghostlands :

  • Anok’suten: you get this get on your way to Suncrown Village. It is pretty simple to solo this quest, just use everything you’ve got at your disposal: cd, potion, etc.
  • Knucklerot and Luzran: You get this quest on the wanted placard on the inn. Depending on your class, it could be possible to solo this quest if you wait until you’re level 20+ before doing it. But you can do it earlier by grouping. This quest will give you a nice ring. Both abominations patrol the zone, beginning at one of the Ziggurats. You can wait for them in the dead scar between the two Ziggurats, if you don’t want to miss them.
  • Kel’gash: You get this quest on a wanted poster in Farstrider Enclave. Like the previous one, you can do this alone if you are level 20+.
  • Dar’Khan: This one is the end of a questline beginning with The Farstrider Enclave, a quest you can get in the Sanctum of the Sun. For this quest, I highly suggest you to group. But you don’t need to be 5 as announced in your questlog, you can do it at 2 or 3 depending on your class. The quest The Twin Ziggurats will give you a sword or an Off-hand as a reward. Using this item to kill Dar’Khan will make it easier. So, take the one you can actually equip, and keep it! Unless you need your 2-handed weapon to kill stuff, I also suggests you equip this item before entering Deatholme : sooner is best then later. (a 30 seconds cooldown starts when you equip it)