Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Hidden quests in WoW
Recently I've been talking about areas not covered by quests, but there is also another case: Quests that do exist, but few people do them, because the quest is hidden in some way. Here are some that I found:
As Alliance, there is a dwarf quest giver hidden in a niche in the western bridge column [edit: of the bridge between Wetlands and Arathi], who has an urgent delivery of moonshine for Southshore. As that part of the bridge is destroyed, and the column is standing unconnected, you need to jump to reach him. I managed it easily with my hunter, jumping from the Arathi side. But I was using Aspect of Cheetah for higher speed, and I've heard that without some sort of speed enhancement, like a swiftness potion, the jump is difficult or impossible. Of course there are a couple of ways to levitate or teleport there, if you have the right class for those spells, or if you are an engineer with parachute cloak.
For Horde, there are several quest givers and other NPC hidden in the right eye of the large stone skull that represents the entrance to the Wailing Caverns in the Barrens. You need to go a bit around the mountain to climb up on the top of the skull, the jump down to the nose, and into the eye socket, which turns out to be a cave full of Horde NPC. Especially interesting for leatherworkers, as the recipes and quests for the deviate scale leather armor is found there.
At a much higher level, but for both Horde and Alliance, there is a hidden quest at the Darkmoon Faire. A woman is missing her pet frog, Jubjub, and tells you that the frog likes to drink dark iron ale. This ale can only be bought in the bar in Black Rock Depths, and you need to buy at least 2 (preferable buy an extra). Then when you see the small boy chasing his frog approaching, you need to place one of these ales on the ground before the woman (when you "use" the ale by right-clicking on it in your inventory, you can place it). Then her frog approaches, and she gives you a quest for more dark iron ale. You give her one, and she gives you an unhatched jubling egg, which hatches after 7 days into a non-combat pet frog. And yes, I know that frogs don't hatch from eggs.
Another hidden quest for a pet gives you a chicken, but only for Alliance. You need to go to a farm in Westfall and buy chicken feed from the farmer. Then target one of the chicken running around there, and repeatedly use the /chicken command. After many tries, the chicken will talk back, demanding to be fed. When you feed it, it lays an egg, which you can pick up for your pet.
Do you know any other quests where the quest giver is either well hidden, or you need to do something else to make the ! appear over his head?
Sometimes you just need to not follow a quests instructions to make it more fun. I did the long Raene's Cleansing quest series in Ashenvale (Alliance), during which you receive a rod which transforms you into a furbolg. As the last step you are supposed to hand in the rod, and get your quest reward. But the rod is far cooler than the reward, and my hunter couldn't need any of the reward items anyway. So I just deleted the quest without getting the reward, and kept the furbolg disguise rod instead. Unlimited charges, but only keeps 3 minutes. Still fun to run around as furbolg in Ironforge. And I was wondering whether a guild could all get that rod, and then go fighting PvP battles on battlegrounds, all disguised as furbolgs.