August 28th (and patch 5.0.4) will be upon us in one short week, and Mists of Pandaria itself roughly a month later. A lot of talk’s been going on in the WoW blogosphere about Cataclysm bucket lists (for quite a while now, in fact), and if anyone’s going to jump onto the tail end of a trend and ride it like a bucking bronco, it’s me.
Thing is, I think I’ve already done most of my bucket list in time for Mists. I just need the expansion to show up now because this, really, is what’s left.
Get the Tol Barad mounts. Drake’s on my DK, wolf’s on my paladin. Soon both will be on everyone. ✓
Get 100 mounts. I am painfully close to finishing this - assuming my numbers are right, and they could be a little bit off because Warcraft Mounts doesn’t actually have Armory import capabilities, I’ve got about 99 mounts. Some are class specific, of course, but that works out to about 2 for each of my mains, so it should be 99 regardless. This means I just need to get 1 more mount, and the good news is, there’s lots of mounts I can get without counting on random drops: Dark Phoenix, Kor’kron Annihilator, Venomhide Ravasaur - heck, I could just go buy the Red Drake. (In retrospect, I should probably just buy the Red Drake.) I’m also a mere two achievements from getting one of my Ulduar drakes, and there’s all the expensive multi-seal mounts from the Argent Tournament (I have all the 5-seal + 500g ones). So this isn’t done - but it’s really, really close; so close I consider it finished. ✓
Hit exalted with the guild. This is painfully slow; it was easier when I was running Tol Barad daily, but now that I can’t stomach that place (not even for the seagull or the promise of a Fox Kit), I’ve taken to running the Cataclysm zones I didn’t do on my Death Knight for gold and guild rep - namely all of them. (I seriously did 80-83 in Hyjal, 84-85 in Deepholm.) I’m getting there - I’m about halfway to exalted, and usually hit the cap each week. However, a relatively unheralded change in Mists has been the uncapping of guild rep as well as the enormous amounts of it; rather than 60-80 per quest, think 400. I’ve also heard the cap was removed - the guild rep cap has always been a stupid idea - which means if this goes in with 5.0.4 as it is, I’ll be able to finish it before Mists of Pandaria. I have every reason to believe it’ll go in at that time; it’s a systems change, which is what the pre-expansion patch is for.
- Finish up the Molten Front.
Check. ✓ (To be fair I haven’t gotten the scorchling - but I got the mount, the title, and the boatload of achievements, and that’s all what I was really after.)
- Get my hunter to level 69 so she can tame exotic beasts. Getting close. She’s 63, and very close (~15%) to dinging 64, but Outland ennui is starting to set in. Or maybe it’s just Hellfire Peninsula? Either way, I’m just about done with that joint, so I can go hang out in Zangarmarsh and stare at the bog striders and be like
After that I’ll be leveling her more because I really, really want to tame Ban’thalos. ✓
- Get the character who will be RAFing wih my monk to 10. That way he can meet him when he stops off the island. Done. ✓
So what’s on your list? Is there anything specific you’re trying to get done before 5.0 or before Mists itself? Are you just fooling around waiting on the expansion to drop?