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.
Areas covered this week: Azuremyst Isle, Bloodmyst Isle, Darnassus, Teldrassil, Darkshore, Ashenvale
Draeneis and The Exodar were a bit of a sensation when they were first released. Until Burning Crusade, Night Elfs presented the only tall, non-human race option for Alliance. But the choice to be both tall AND exotic came with some heavy penalties. If you wanted to play a ranged class, and actually look like a Night Elf, your choices were Hunter or Priest… healing Priest, that is. Darnassus required a boat to get from the bank to the Auction House, well almost, and the harshest penalty of all apart from having a flat chests… contending with the relentless barrage of tree-hugging, Volkswagen camper-loving, crystal-stroking nonsense. Don’t get me wrong, I respect Radagast but I lean much more heavily to the Sci in Sci-Fi and I’ll take gun-toting, manga-vixen Faye Valentine over Elune-of-the-Moon-Pansies any day.
Draeneis, therefore, introduced the only non-human option for Mages and Warlocks that wanted to continue dpsing despite the small crate in front of them. Draeneis also opened up the Shaman class to Alliance for the first time and their popularity remains strong to this day.
Not so with The Exodar. Its sheer inaccessibility relegated it to ghost town in just a few short weeks, home to just a few bank mules, Auction House scanning toons and anyone who wanted to buy a Moth.
Now that you can fly, Darnassus isn’t nearly as arduous. It’s the next hub for Well Read and is a great source of food for the Delicious achievements. You can pick up all the mounts and tabards for the Night Elf and Gilneas races here as well.
Throughout the Draenei Isles, Teldrassil, Darkshore and Ashenvale there’s a dozen or so fairly ordinary battle pets to bolster your collection and The Maw of Madness in Darkshore is the best place to jump off a cliff for Going Down!
Next week, we venture into the goblin heartland of Azshara, get smacked about the head a bunch in Orgrimmar and check out Barrens chat five years on…
(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)