So, you’re wanting to face the ultimate boss of Cataclysm? You want to find the Aspect of Death himself, smash your fist into his iron jaw, watch him drop, and take his stuff? You want to know how to find Deathwing?
Well, here’s our simple, straightforward guide to everything you need to know about downing the Dragon With The Iron Mask.
You what now?
You can’t kill Deathwing. Not because he’s Death Itself or anything similar (we’re pretty sure that won’t stop Paragon from turning him into Dragonburgers within about 35 seconds of his first raid boss appearance), but because he ain’t in the game as a killable NPC yet.
As they have done with previous patches, Blizzard are holding the ultimate boss of Cataclysm back, probably for the final patch. In the meantime, we’re getting to fight his lieutenants (Nefarion and Cho’gall), his minions (let’s face it, Ragneros is basically Deathwing’s bitch at this point) and sundry people who shout about having been granted “ULTIMATE POWER by DEEEEAAAATHWINNNG!” shortly before you chib them.
(Of course, if you’re reading this in 2014, this information no longer applies. In which case, I’m happy to inform you that a Level 95 Life Knight can easily solo Deathwing by using their ability to appear to be a rotten tooth, hiding inside his massive jaw, and waiting for him to freak out, rip his own face off, and then sulk off in a huff because he’s no longer pretty. Or something.)
However, if you don’t want to bash his skull in, but just want to do the friendlier thing of taking a few screenshots with him, or possibly Stand in his Fire (which is less dodgy than it sounds), that’s considerably more doable.
How To Find A Dragon With A Jaw The Size Of Belgium
Deathwing makes an appearance in 4 places in Cataclysm, not counting the title screen (which we figure you’ve seen):
Stood In The Fire
The first, and probably best-known, of his appearances, Deathwing will randomly overfly any Cataclysm zone from time to time, and burn a large portion of it to the ground.
The good news is that you’ll get an achievement for seeing this rather too close and personal – the achievement Stood In The Fire.
The bad news is that it’s totally random – there’s no way to “force” Deathwing to show, and even if he does show, no-one’s mapped the paths he burns through the zones. (That I know of – please comment below if they have).
So, unfortunately, your only real chance here is to play a lot, outside cities, and hope one day he fries you.
The Hyjal Appearance
The Deathwing appearance most people have already seen is at the very start of the Mount Hyjal chain. The dragon flying you to the quest zone, not being the brightest of critters, nearly runs you into Deathy as he looms over the Sulfuron Spire in Hyjal, presumably engaged in giving all his hoarded Refer A Friend levels to Ragneros below him. (At least, that’s how I explain how a level 60 raid boss is suddenly capable of causing Paragon no less than 500 wipes).
You can’t really miss this one. Just start the Hyjal chain from your captial city, and remember not to jump off your dragon when he does a flyby on two Level 88 Raid bosses. (Just kidding – you can’t.)
The Day That Deathwing Came
Inspiring a number of lore enthusiasts to a frothing frenzy, Deathwing makes an appearance in human form in the quests “The Day That Deathwing Came” and “The Day That Deathwing Came – What Really Happened”. Yes, he’s still got a massive, massive jaw.
You can find these quests in the South-East of the Badlands at Level 47 – they’re not part of a huge chain, so almost anyone is heartily encouraged to go and do them. Various commenters on WoWHead call them “the best quest ever”.
Battle of Life and Death
And for Deathwing’s most epic appearance – and this one’s really pretty darn good – he turns up at the end of the Twilight Highlands chains to fight Alexstrasa, the Dragon Aspect of Life. This actually happens in-game, not just in a cutscene.
Unfortunately, getting there involves hacking through all of the Twilight Highlands quests, which precious few people bother to do. It’s a pity – the cutscenes at the end are actually really good, and worth watching.
If you really can’t be bothered, and are OK with watching them on a much smaller screen than your gaming PC, here’s the ending cutscene in 100% pure YouTube form:
Other Cutscene Appearances
Deathwing makes a couple of cameo appearances in other cutscenes, too, but neither are actually in-game:
In Rheastrasa’s Gift, Deathwing turns up and does some stuff (I don’t want to spoiler) – here’s the Youtube vid.
And in The Worldbreaker (in Twilight Highlands, again, sigh), Deathwing turns up – sorta. See the spoiler vid on YouTube.
And that’s it! Do you know of any Deathie appearances we’re not aware of? Post them below!
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Updated: 20th of September
So, Patch 4.2 dropped a while ago – what’s coming in WoW Patch 4.3? Well, so far we don’t know everything, but this article’s going to contain everything we are aware of.
I’ll update as we get more information on the next WoW patch. But for now, this is everything that’s been publically released in the way of WoW patch 4.3 info.
Patch 4.3 raid and release date
Patch 4.3 will contain Deathwing’s raid. This is absolutely certain now, having been announced at the German convention Gamescon. We also know that we’ll end up attacking Deathwing whilst standing on his back in mid-flight! Not only that, but we’ll be fighting him in multiple locations across the world (as we predicted! Hurrah for being right).
The 4.3 raid is called The Dragon Soul. There are eight fights in total, with the first part of the raid (and the first six bosses), located at Wrymrest Temple in Dragonblight.
This raid will involve fighting Deathwing multiple times, as we speculated it might. The final two fights of the raid are both against Deathwing. Fight 7 is the much-speculated-upon fight on Deathwing’s back. Fight 8 is the final confrontation against Deathwing himself.
This also means that it’s almost certain that 4.3 will be the final patch in Cataclysm’s history, implying that the leaked Blizzard production slate from a few months ago was accurate, and we’re looking at a new expansion (possibly the Mists of Pandaria) in Q2 2012.
Given all that, and given the heavy competition coming in the latter months of 2011, we can expect that Patch 4.3 will be timed to disrupt SWTOR’s release date – so most likely November or December 2011.
At the time of writing, though, the patch is still not on the Public Test Realm, so either it’s going to be a short testing cycle (potentially disasterous, so unlikely but possible) or we’re looking at late November at the earliest.
Read more in our Patch 4.3 Deathwing Raid article.
New features: Transmogrification, Raid Finder and Void Storage
So far, two new features have been announced for Patch 4.3: Transmogrification and Void Storage.
Transmogrification will allow for cosmetic changes to armour in some fashion, possibly similar to LoTRO’s Cosmetic tab, allowing players to customise their character armour much more than was previously possible. Meanwhile, and related to that, Void Storage will act as a massive additional bank for armour only.
Currently, we know about the cost for Transmogrification – it’ll cost a fair amount of gold, perhaps as much as 100g per item. Initially, the rules for “mogging” will be fairly conservative – for example, no transmogrification either to or from legendaries, and you must own the item.
It has been hinted that the Darkmoon Faire island will include a way to get some classic but unobtainable WoW items, like the Death Knight starter set, back.
The final feature that has been announced is the Raid Finder – intended to work in a similar way to the Dungeon Finder, it’s an auto-matcher for PUG raids. Raids Found this way will be easier than normal raids, 25-man only, and will include different loot and achievements to normal raids.
It’s also worth remembering that just because they’ve been announced doesn’t make their appearance in this patch a certainty – see also The Abyssal Maw, the Dance Studio, et al.
More on Patch 4.3 and Transmogrification .
New dungeons and raids in Patch 4.3
Blizzard have confirmed we’ll see both a raid and three dungeons in 4.3. The dungeons will be sequential, and will form a storyline that will lead players up to the start of the new raid, The Dragon Soul.
As we predicted, the new dungeons will all be centered around the Caverns of Time as a hub, and will involve the players travelling back in time to the War of the Ancients.
More on the WoW Patch 4.3 dungeons in our dedicated post.
An unexpected – and sure to be controversial – change in 4.3 comes in the form of an all-encompassing buff to melee damage. All well as forming an open acknowledgement that many of the boss fights in Cataclysm have not been particularly well tailored to melee damage dealers, this buff feels like a bit of a sledgehammer approach to what is, surely, a more subtle and in-depth problem. It remains to be seen how effective this fix will be.
New Darkmoon Faire
We don’t know much about it beyond that. There’s going to be a new Darkmoon Faire Island, featuring exciting activities such as “Whack-a-Gnoll”.
We don’t know much about what changes might be brought to professions with the new patch, but one tidbit does have some potential ramifications for Jewelcrafters. Bosses from the Dragon Soul raid will drop epic gems, along with their other loot. Each raider will get a ‘geode’, which will usually contain a gem. More often than not, this will be a standard ‘blue’ gem, but occasionally you’ll be lucky enough to get an epic gem.
If this works the way it’s being indicated, this could have a major impact on Jewelcrafters. Demand for crafted gems will drop, and so will profit.
We’ll update this section with more details about profession changes, as we get them.
New Legendary Item in Patch 4.3
We know there’s going to be a new Legendary in Patch 4.3. The new Legendary’s going to be a Rogue item. It looks like this was revealed by accident – see the Warcraft Hunter’s Union writeup – but it’s now official.
And that’s all we know. We now know that the questline to obtain the legendary dagger will involve the uncorrupted black dragon egg found in the Twilight Highlands (kudos to Rades at Orcish Army Knife for calling this one some time ago). The questline will require the Rogue to use all of her rogue-ey skills: pickpocketing, backstabbing, slowfalling and sneaking her way to the prize.
Found any 4.3 titbits we should be aware of? Post info on this, the soon-to-be newest WoW patch, below!
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