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Monday, December 22, 2008

Wintergrasp daily quests

So now you know all about the zone, familiarized yourself with the gameplay, and have some sort of idea on the strategies on how to win it, let's have a look at the daily quests associated with the zone. The cool thing about Wintergrasp dailies is that they are the only source of Stone Keeper's Shards outside of dungeon bosses and the only way to obtain them whether or not your faction controls Wintergrasp.

The Wintergrasp dailies are also an excellent source of Honor and some can be done without actually doing any PvP whatsoever, which is a strange new trend in Wrath of the Lich King, where the PvP side of the game is accessible entirely through PvE. The very first daily quest is self-explanatory -- Victory in Wintergrasp, which requires players to win a battle for the zone. Alliance players get this quest from the Tactical Officer Abrahmis, while Horde players get it from Tactical Officer Kilrath. If you control the zone, these NPCs can be found in front of Wintergrasp Keep, where the Titan Relic is housed. If you don't, they can be found in the landing camps on the East or West.

The quest seems to be currently unavailable in the game, as it has been very buggy and many players have reported not completing the quest even after a victory and having the requisite Rank. I'm certain the quest will return in bug-free form with Patch 3.0.8, if not hotfixed sooner. Completing the quest awards one Stone Keeper's Shard, 13 Gold 23 Silver, and 1241 Honor at Level 80.

Gallery: Wintergrasp

Wintergrasp under Alliance controlWintergrasp under Horde controlWintergrasp KeepGates to the fortressWintergrasp wall

No Mercy for the Merciless (A) / Slay Them All! (H)
Just like most quests in Wintergrasp, this is pretty straightforward -- kill 20 members of the opposing faction. Unlike other Northrend PvP quests, such as the ones in Grizzly Hills, only players and not NPCs will count towards this quest. Because of tagging mechanics, it's best if you do this while in a raid group. Players killed with a vehicle will count, too, so don't worry about taking control of one.

Alliance players can obtain this quest from Commander Zanneth while Horde players can get this from Commander Dardosh. Just like all Wintergrasp NPCs, they will spawn inside the Fortress if your faction controls it or at the landing camp if your faction does not. Completing this quest awards three Stone Keeper's Shards, which is almost like killing a heroic dungeon boss when you have Essence of Wintergrasp. It also gives 13 Gold 23 Silver, and 1241 Honor at Level 80. Because you also gain Honor while killing the requisite 20 players, this is a good quest for Honor grinding.

I highly recommend taking the trip to Icecrown and picking up the dailies Make Them Pay! if you're Horde and No Mercy! if you're Alliance from the floating airships. Kills made in Wintergrasp will count towards these quests, including siege vehicles, which count as a player of the opposing faction. This makes either quest extremely easy to complete while in Wintergrasp. The quests award 13 Gold 23 Silver and 800 bonus Honor at Level 80.

A Rare Herb (A) / Healing With Roses (H)
These quests are part of the elemental farming series that randomly change every day. Alliance players may get the quest from Anchorite Tessa and Horde players from Primalist Mulfort. It requires killing Living Lashers or enemy players in the Steppe of Life in Southwestern Wintergrasp. The drop -- Alliance or Horde Herb Pouches -- comes from the plant elementals as well as opposing players. Players have a higher chance to drop the item and in larger quantities (up to two).

In Patch 3.0.8, players will have a buff indicating what quest item they will drop when killed. This will make farming the drop easier and presumably not limited to the zone. This is an awesome change because it means players can complete these kinds of quests while battling for the Fortress simply by looting slain opponents.

These quests aren't as good to farm through simply killing Living Lashers because of the low drop rate and because there are no greater elemental versions of the plant elementals even if you control Wintergrasp. Completing this quest rewards three Stone Keeper's Shards, 13 Gold 23 Silver, and 1241 Honor at Level 80.

Bones and Arrows (A / H)
This quest may be obtained from Bowyer Randolph if you're Alliance and from Lieutenant Vieron Blazefeather if you're Horde. The required drops, Quiver of Dragonbone Arrows, come from the shadow elementals in the Forest of Shadows in Western Wintergrasp, as well as opposing players. Players and Shadow Revenants have a chance to drop up to two of the quest item, so unlike the previous quests where it makes no difference, it's best to do this when your faction controls the zone. Completing the quest rewards three Stone Keeper's Shards, 13 Gold 23 Silver, and 1241 Honor at Level 80.

Fueling the Demolishers (A / H)
This quest is given by Siege Master Stouthandle if you're Alliance and Siegesmith Stronghoof if you're Horde, but unlike similar daily quests, these are turned in to your faction's Commanders -- the ones that ask you to slay 20 opponents -- instead of the original quest givers. I'm not a big fan of this quest because the Cauldron of Flames in Southeastern Wintergrasp, where the fire elementals who drop the quest item Eternal Embers can be found, is a heavily farmed place.

On a good note, the Flame Revenants are guaranteed to drop 1-3 Crystallized Fire, so it's not bad money at all if you decide to do it when your faction controls Wintergrasp. Otherwise, when Patch 3.0.8 kicks in, it's easy enough to complete the quest when killing players elsewhere in the zone so you won't have to compete with Crystallized Fire farmers. Completing the quest rewards three Stone Keeper's Shards, 13 Gold 23 Silver, and 1241 Honor at Level 80.

Warding the Warriors (A) / Jinxing the Walls (H)
The last random daily elemental farming quest is one that requires players to kill water elementals in the Glacial Falls in East Wintergrasp. Because Water Revenants have a chance to drop up to two Imbued Horde Armor or Enchanted Alliance Breastplates, it's best to do these quests when your faction controls the zone as with Bones and Arrows and Fueling the Demolishers. Sorceress Kaylana gives this to the Alliance, while Hoodoo Master Fu'jin gives this to the Horde. Completing the quest rewards three Stone Keeper's Shards, 13 Gold 23 Silver, and 1241 Honor at Level 80.

Stop the Siege (A / H) or Defend the Siege (A / H)
The last daily quest is only random depending on whether you get it while you control Wintergrasp or are assaulting it. If you control the zone, you will get Stop the Siege from Senior Demolitionist Legoso if you're Alliance or Alterac Valley favorite Lieutenant Murp if you're Horde. If you don't control the zone, they will give Defend the Siege instead. However, you can complete the quest whether you are attacking or defending.

Stop the Siege is the more straightforward of the two quests, requiring you to destroy three siege vehicles. This is easy enough to do and it will help if you are in a raid group. Defending the Siege is easier to do on offense, as you will get credit for the quest whenever a siege vehicle destroys a structure. This means if there are three siege vehicles within the vicinity when a wall or tower is destroyed, this quest easily completes. On offense, you'll have to accompany vehicles to destroy workshops or Southern towers, which isn't always done. Completing the quest rewards three Stone Keeper's Shards, 13 Gold 23 Silver, and 1241 Honor at Level 80.

Completing all Wintergrasp daily quests available reward up to 10 Stone Keeper's Shards (9 at the moment as Victory for Wintergrasp seems to be unavailable) and almost 5,000 Honor, which is an awesome haul considering players can do it solo. It's curious to note that the quest NPCs will despawn for a short while when the battle begins or sometimes even for the entire duration of the battle. The Victory for Wintergrasp quest also seemed to occupy or share the daily Battleground quest slot such that it became unavailable if you already accepted a daily Battleground quest. Hopefully the quest bugs will be fixed soon.