Welcome to ZAGGARAT ( Jetsai’s Zone-by-Zone Achievement Guide for Getting Across the Realm with Alliance Toons), a comprehensive zone by zone guide to wrapping up every achievement you need. You can view all instalments by clicking here. The printer and screen friendly guides can be downloaded at the bottom of this post.
Aaah, the low countries: Ironforge, Dun Morogh, Loch Modan and the Wetlands. Land of sheep and velcro gloves, land of gnomes, dwarves and all things close to the ground.
I must admit I’ve always found it interesting that this area is just filled with Rams, but in order to find a Ewe, you have to go to an entirely different planet. Even then, there’s only one. No wonder Farmer Griffith in Shattrath keeps her locked up tight.
Jokes aside, I’m hard-pressed to find very much of interest in these areas. Outside of a few rare pets – the Little Black Ram in Loch Modan and the Tiny Bog Beast and Razormaw Hatching in Wetlands – there’s a few recipes to collect, a few fish to catch and A LOT of exploration.
So rather than regale you with “Caught on the Horns of Giants“ – one Draenei’s epic struggle with small doors and pendant-style light fittings, I will instead discuss some of the mods that have made my achievement-hunting much easier.
NPC Scan is a clear winner. No mod will assist you better in completing the suite of achievements to kill all the rares in WoW. You can also program it to scan for any NPC with an ID and that comes in handy quite often.
PetBattleMaster is another thumbs up. Aside from allowing you to create several different teams of pets, it adds a handy reference to your tooltip telling you whether you’ve caught that pet and its quality.
Overachiever is marginally useful, but I must admit I’m not as impressed as the 5,017 people who’ve voted this up on Curse. Since 5.05 this mod has largely been broken and it’s no better in 5.1. I originally downloaded this for its tooltips but even when they are working, they’re just not comprehensive enough. For example, my tool tip will indicate whether or not I’ve fished a school for one of the many fishing achievements, but not whether I need to catch a fish and cook it for a cooking achievement. I use the Watch List function more, especially when I’m working on a few different daily/faction achivements at one time. It’s handy to be able to go to my own list and just tick track, track, track on the things I’m about to work on for the next 45 mins.
Ackiss Recipe List is great for letting you know which recipes you already have and don’t. However, it is performance-intensive, so I don’t tend to keep it loaded all the time.
Skillet is my trade skill mod of choice. It was created by one partner of the original Advanced Trade Skill Window development team and I’ve found it a lot more stable. I especially like that I can create custom lists of recipes to view at a glance.
People rave about Fishing Buddy and it’s good, but I don’t find it an essential mod. Granted. I’m not WoW’s most avid fisherman by any stretch. In fact, I’d rather stab myself in the eye with a Trout than fish one up. But for those masochists who like to be accurate in their complaint letters to Blizzard over the rarity of Old Ironjaw, it’s fantastic.
And finally the all-time best mod ever for completing low-level achievements…
Crap Away! Does exactly what it says – gets rid of all your crap at the vendor without clicking a thing. And no, it wouldn’t be nearly as great a mod without the exclamation mark in its name.
Next week, it’s northward into Horde Territory with Arathi Highlands, Hillsbrad, Silverpine and The Hinterlands.
(Editor’s note: I just wanted to say what an amazing feat Jemima has pulled off with these Zaggarat guides – if you find them as incredibly useful as I have already, please use the donate link below – proceeds will be forwarded onto Jem for her work)