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 Achievement Hunting: Off to the Races - Apr 28, 2016 01:00:00 PM EST
Here’s a rundown of a few of the more obtainable Faire Achievements that have some interesting rewards for you. More >>

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 Achievement Hunting: Off to the Races - Apr 28, 2016 01:00:00 PM EST

Achievements in World of Warcraft are both a record of your accomplishments and a way to look forward to memorable moments that await you. Every Achievement tells a part of your story, and a few come with rewards such as pets, titles, and even mounts. You can see why so many people love to go Achievement hunting.

The Darkmoon Faire

Starting on May 1, the Darkmoon Faire is back in town, and there’s a lot to see and do and play and eat and drink out there. There are replica transmogrification pieces of gear, and mounts, and pets, and toys, and most importantly – there are Achievements galore! Here’s a rundown of a few of the more obtainable Faire Achievements that have some interesting rewards for you.

Triumphant Turtle Tossing

First up, it’s time to take your ring-tossing game to the next level! The precious Darkmoon Ring-Flinger toy is waiting for you if you can just score 10 rings out of 10 while that terrible terrapin tears around in front of you.

You can do it! And just think about how much fun you’ll have with this amazing toy. It flings rings everywhere!

That’s Whack

If there’s one thing that gnolls are good for, it’s being whacked over the head. In the Darkmoon Faire’s whack-a-gnoll game, you’ll want to go for broke and notch a score of 45 points to earn the That’s Whack achievement. This one might take a bit of luck in addition to practice, as it’s all about maximizing your effort by going for the “Hogger”-type gnolls.

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Your reward for this Achievement is the wonderful Hogs companion pet. That’s right: take home your very own mini-Hogger today!

Rocketeer Gold

The main attraction at the Darkmoon Faire is surely the timed racing event that starts down at the docks. Once you’ve completed the introductory training races, you can choose from different racing mounts – each with their own set of boosts and jumps – and start taking on The Real Race.

And when you complete The Real Race in fewer than 11 tolls on the Rocketeer mount, you’re rewarded with one of our favorite toys in the game!

Your reward is the Everlasting Darkmoon Firework, and it gives you the ability to send up a beautiful Faire-colored burst of colors every three minutes. Your days of carrying fireworks around in your bags are over!



 BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets Now Sold Out - Apr 27, 2016 11:30:00 PM EST

Tickets to this year’s BlizzCon Benefit Dinner for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) are now sold out—thanks to everyone who bought one to help support this great cause!

If you weren't able to get tickets to the show this year, keep in mind that coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which provides you a front-row seat to the event from the comfort of your own home. Keep an eye on www.blizzcon.com in the coming months for updates on panels, exhibits, events, tournaments, Virtual Ticket info, and more.



 BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets On Sale Wednesday - Apr 27, 2016 09:30:00 PM EST

Before BlizzCon 2016 gets underway, we're inviting you to kick back and kick things off with game developers, artists, and other folks from Blizzard Entertainment—all for a good cause. Approximately 200 tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will be going on sale Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. PDT at www.universe.com/blizzcon2016.

Click here to buy tickets Wednesday at 7 p.m.!

For more information, visit the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner info page on the official BlizzCon website.



 Arena Skirmishes Bonus Event - Apr 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM EST

It’s time once again to spring into Arena Skirmish PvP. Through the end of the day on Monday, Arena Skirmishes award triple bonus honor.

Make sure to pick up the event-only quest The Arena Calls in your Garrison. When you win 10 Arena matches, the quest awards 500 Valor Points and 500 Conquest Points which do not count against your weekly Conquest Point maximum.

In case you’ve never participated in an Arena Skirmish, here’s an easy how-to guide:

  1. From anywhere in-game, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  2. Select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window.
  3. Under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3.
  4. Click the Join Battle button to be matched up with teammates.

It’s Arena PvP! Rush in and bash your opponents.



 Toy Box Tuesday: I’ll Meet You at the Faire - Apr 26, 2016 06:00:00 PM EST

We’re heading through the gates of the all-seeing eye toward the upcoming Darkmoon Faire in this week’s Toy Box Tuesday—a weekly feature in which we feature a few toys that you may want to add to your collection.*

Burning Rings of Fire

The Darkmoon Faire has rides, tasty treats, and contests galore which can earn you some truly special prizes to add to your toy collection. If you’ve got the right stuff, then we suggest taking flight for the Firebird’s Challenge.

This event only requires you to collect (fly through) 15 rings to be successful, but if you truly want to earn your Blazing Wings (and the achievement Brood of Alysrazor), you’ll need to collect 50 rings. Speak to Ziggie Sparks and pay your entry fee to get started—good luck!

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“Don a pair of fiery wings, showing off your mastery of the Firebird’s Challenge!”

We’ll Always Have Now

There’s some real need for speed to earn the next toy on our list: the Everlasting Darkmoon Firework. With this toy in hand, you’ll be able to take a little piece of the Faire with you anywhere and earn the achievement Taking the Show on the Road. In order to snag this toy, you’ll have to enter the race located at the end of the isle and get Rocketeer: Gold in the quest The Real Race. This requires you use the Rocketeer and get 11 tolls with it.

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“Shoots a firework into the air that bursts into the Darkmoon Faire logo.”

You’re going to need nerves of steel and a keen strategy to take it all the way to the checkered flag.

Howling for You

Despite the festive atmosphere within the Darkmoon Faire, if you start ranging out away from the noise and the crowds, you begin to see a different side of the area. It’s dark here and there are creatures with big sharp teeth (no, not that one). To get the next toy on the list you’re going to want to get in touch with your inner hunter and take on Moonfang. Take him down, and you may just get lucky enough to add Moonfang’s Shroud to your collection.

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“Drape Moonfang’s pelt over your head or helmet.”

Your friends are going to be so impressed.



If you’ve just started your toy collection as of our first Toy Box Tuesday, then once you add these toys to your collection, you’ll be 9/50 toward the first Toy Box Collection achievement, Having a Ball.

*What’s the Toy Box?

Players will find the Toy Box within the Collections interface, which can be accessed via your lower nav bar or by the keyboard command Shift-P. To add a toy to your collection, simply right-click it in your inventory. Once added to the collection, you’ll be able to access it at any time within the Toy Box interface. For additional information and tips on getting started on your collection, check out the guide on Wowhead.



 Modes of Gold: A Poll - Apr 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM EST

With the announcement of the release date of World of Warcraft: Legion, the clock started ticking on your opportunity to complete Warlords of Draenor Challenge Modes and earn sweet, sweet rewards such as the Challenger’s War Yeti mount for beating all of the silver times or access to unique transmogrification weapons for beating all of the gold times.

If you complete all of the Gold times with a party of your guildmates, you unlock access to the Deathwatch Hatchling pet for your entire guild. It’s not easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is!



 Second Batch of BlizzCon Tickets Sold Out - Apr 23, 2016 01:25:00 PM EST

The second batch of tickets for BlizzCon 2016 is now sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets in the first or second batches, tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will be going on sale this Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. PDT (BlizzCon admission included). You’ll also have a chance to watch BlizzCon at home through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—stay tuned for more details!

Keep an eye on the BlizzCon website for updates on panels, exhibits, events, tournaments, Virtual Ticket info, and more.



 Second Batch of BlizzCon Tickets On Sale Saturday - Apr 23, 2016 12:30:00 PM EST

The second batch of BlizzCon 2016 tickets will be going on sale Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. PDT through Universe—visit the www.universe.com/blizzcon2016 at that time for the chance to buy yours.

Click here to buy tickets Saturday at 10 a.m.!

If you’re going to try for tickets, take some time in advance to read up on this year’s ticket-sales process and what’s new for 2016:

  • BlizzCon Ticket Info page – Get an overview of BlizzCon 2016 general admission tickets.
  • Ticket Purchasing Guide – Contains additional handy details on the ticket-sales process, including what information you’ll need to provide before trying to get tickets.

You’ll have until July 15 to edit attendee information on your tickets, so it’s OK if you just enter your own name and email address for every ticket for now—just remember to go back and update this info before the deadline!


Also, another reminder that a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will go on sale Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. PDT. For viewers at home, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—further details will be announced at a later date.

BlizzCon 2016 will take place November 4 and 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner cost $750 each (plus applicable taxes and fees; BlizzCon admission included). For further information, check out the official BlizzCon site.



 Warcraft Art Updates - Apr 22, 2016 03:00:00 PM EST

New Warcraft Fan Art
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with twelve new pieces of fan artwork.

Would you like to share your artistic talents with the community? Submit your fan art today!

New Blizzard Art

We've added more pieces to our World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Art gallery. Have a look at stunning artwork that reveal an all-new look at the wonders of the Warcraft universe.


New World of Warcraft Comic

Last but not least, we've added a new community comic to our gallery submitted by Chris Jeffery (Zaldor).

Send us your comics by the end of each month to be considered. Don’t tarry; eternal fame for your art are only a few panels away!



 Legion Alpha Test Information - Apr 21, 2016 07:00:07 PM EST

Updated April 21, 2016
We're keeping this infographic updated throughout Legion testing to update you on which zones, dungeons, and specs now available for testing.

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For Azeroth!



 Community Spotlight: Perculia - Apr 21, 2016 01:00:00 PM EST

When World of Warcraft players around the world go looking for detailed information about the game, one of the places they most often look is Wowhead.com, a database of pretty much everything in the game. For the last few years, the person most often responsible for all that information has been Site Director Alexis “Perculia” Kusy.

She’s one of the busiest people we know, and Perculia took the time to answer all our questions for this week’s Community Spotlight.


Q: Where did you start with video games?

A: My parents were teachers, so I grew up playing educational floppy disk games on ancient computers the school threw out, like Lemonade Stand and Odell Lake. Besides that, my childhood was pretty strict so I didn’t have access to other games. However, my school was doing tryouts for Where in Time is Carmen San Diego, and I was motivated to sign up because the grand prize was a computer (fitting as the game show was also a computer game). I ended up winning!

The computer didn’t come with as many games as I hoped, but I was entranced by Myst and worked my way exploring through the world, reading all the books, and getting stuck on puzzles.

Q: Where did you go from there?

A: My college roommate introduced me to World of Warcraft. I knew she played, but my knowledge of the game was vague, until one weekend, we were going to go out to a party, but only after she cleared this instance with lots of stairs called Zul’Farrak. I ended up falling asleep during their endless attempts to clear the stairs, and woke up several hours later upset we missed the party. She explained more of the game to me, I was hooked, and she bought World of Warcraft for me that Christmas.

Once I started playing, an event that motivated me to try harder in World of Warcraft was winning the Swift Zulian Tiger shortly after hitting level 60. Not many people on my server had that mount, so everyone inspected me and I felt that I had to really learn how to play and gear my character to look deserving. This led to both an interest in raiding and also collecting mounts!

Q: How did you end up with Wowhead?

A: During Firelands, a friend who worked at Wowhead suggested I volunteer. At the time, I was finishing up a master’s program in Museum Studies and working various research jobs in the arts. I grew hooked because writing for Wowhead required the same high level of research but touched a much larger audience, which was inspiring. I wanted to find a way to be more involved, so I took on more ambitious projects like maintaining the transmog database and my responsibilities increased to where I was managing much of the site in Mists of Pandaria.

I learned first-hand that a staggering amount of work goes into Wowhead behind-the-scenes, but at the time it wasn’t apparent to many players. So I worked on initiatives to reach out to the community and round out the site’s content. We expanded the news with a new front page and in-depth beta coverage in the style of our guides, rounded out our guide section after the early success of holiday and vanity items, and used core tools like the Profiler and modelviewer as the foundation for popular features like the Flying Tool and Dressing Room. Wowhead Weekly -- which airs on twitch.tv/wowhead every Friday at 3:00 p.m. PT -- has been a nice way to interact with the community.

None of this would be possible without the dedicated developer and content team at Wowhead, as well as the countless contributions of our users.

Q: You clearly love playing World of Warcraft. What do you recall most fondly?

A: I have a lot of great memories with my old raid teams -- defeating Sunwell before nerfs as the Expose Armor rogue, achieving Realm First Alone in the Darkness as my first big kill as a raid officer, waiting to ding Realm First! Level 85 Rogue so others in my guild could catch up and achieve it together. It was special to coordinate something so elaborate with dozens of people, and to feel proud that success was purely due to working hard.

Another great memory was my guild pooling gold to surprise me with Perculia's Peculiar Signet in early Mists of Pandaria, and then again in Warlords of Draenor with Kyu-Sy's Tarflame Doomcloak. Both times they made me think they wanted me to log on to answer WoW questions!

Q: How about face-to-face experiences?

A: BlizzCon is the high point of the year, when I get to finally see everyone face-to-face! BlizzCon is especially meaningful because it’s something I’d never expected to attend back as a broke college student, and now so many people look forward to the site’s coverage and party. Last year’s Wowhead party was memorable -- we had a claw machine filled with Blizzard plushies and a gigantic 10th year anniversary cake!

The Twitter community’s reaction to Pepe has also been a bright spot. I started posting silly pictures of the Pepe plush at one point, and then Pepe’s adventures became very popular! People have flooded me with little Pepe gifts, including cute fanart, and a variety of hats ranging from Murloc Pepe to Spring Flower Pepe. I look forward to seeing lots of dressed-up Pepes at BlizzCon 2016.

Q: What do you see in the future?

A: The Blizzard art team is doing an amazing job with Legion, especially in Azsuna and Val’sharah. All of my characters are night elves, and I love learning more about their lore, especially related to Queen Azshara and the Sundering. With the new dynamic leveling experience, you can pursue any questline you like without feeling like you’re doing zones out of order, which is great as I just want to focus on the elf quests!

I am also excited about the new transmogrification system. Hidden shoulders and more bag space! One of my hobbies outside of World of Warcraft is fashion and I love when I can mix interests.

Q: Do you have anything further you’d like to say to World of Warcraft players?

A: There is a wonderful community of players out there who act helpful and humble. I’ve met close friends through World of Warcraft by taking a chance and reaching out to others. World of Warcraft is a better game if you’re having fun together with friends, creating new memories together.


Our thanks to Perculia for taking the time to help us shine the Community Spotlight on her! For more Perculia online, we encourage you to follow her on Twitter right here.



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