Oct 9, 2009

Achievement Summary

So, as I reach 7,600 achievement points, there are very few achievements left for me to do solo outside of PvP. So here's a quick overview of the ones I'm missing:

General: 53/54

God My Mind on my Money (25,000g) - I got my 10,000 gold achievement quite a while ago, so it's been a long grind to 25,000. I'm currently sitting at just over 20,000g collected, so 25,000 isn't too far away. I just need to do more questing and more grinding to get it.

Quests: 49/49 - Done!

Exploration: 68/70

I just have the last two exploration quests to kill the rare spawns in Outland and Northrend.

Bloody Rare - the Outland achievement where I currently have 2/20 done. I just have to go fly around Outland a few more times and hopefully I can find a few more. They're just tough to find and spawn so infrequently, it just takes time and patience.

Frostbitten - I currently have 4/23 done here. So I have a ways to go - and it just will involve a lot of time and effort to fly all over. Luckily, my new 310% speed flying mount will help.

Professions: 73/75

I don't really want to talk about the two fishing achievements I have left...

Old Ironjaw - I've fished countless times in Ironforge and never seen him. One day he will be mine though. Again, just takes time.

Turtles All the Way Down - Granted, I haven't spent that much time fishing in pools, but every once in a while I'll go around to the different zones fishing up parts needed for Fish Feasts. It's better for me to go to the zones and fish in pools rather than getting all the fish in Wintergrasp sice I can get the turtle from the pools. I just can't wait to get him...I've fished a bunch, but not enough to complain about not getting him yet.

Reputation: 36/44

Unfortunately, the reputations I need require a lot of support and I rarely see raids forming for the old instances. Currently, I need the following reputations:

Hydraxian Waterlords - Honored (6,644/12,000)
Brood of Nozdormu - Hated (26,951/36,000) - Working on this in my spare time on my own (need AQ40!)
Lower City - Revered (14,622/21,000)
Ashtongue Deathsworn - Friendly (994/6,000) - Need Black Temple urgently!
The Scale of the Sands - Revered (1,745/21,000)

And finally, I need the following two reputation-related achievements:

Skyshattered - I had planned on doing this once I had my 310% mount, however, when you go over to the ledge, you are transformed and use a nether drake which is back at 280%. I think to do this without a riding crop any more, I need a paladin in my party with crusader aura. Or I just need to get lucky after running it hundreds of times.

Grand Ice Mammoth - Anyone have 8,000g? ;)

World Events: 126/139

Just one "solo" achievement to go: Dead Man's Party - Coming up at the end of October I think.

Then there's the "larger" holiday achievements.

Pilgrim's Bounty will net me 10 of the 13 achievements left to go as I work towards Pilgrim.

And of course there's A Mask for All Occasions - it's pure luck to get this one, but during the last Hallow's End, I received 11 of the 20. So just 9 to go this year.

The last one I need is BB King - the new Winter's Veil achievement added this year.

So I should have 139/139 by the end of the year.

So what does that leave me with? Over 100 PvP related achievements. Some day I'll work harder on them. Maybe I'll spend a few hours this weekend PvP'ing and racking up honor points which I can buy some nice gems with. And of course working towards 100,000 honorable kills
(I have just over 5,000. :)

Glory of the Hero

Last week, when I wasn't expecting it, I got a text message that we were going to go try to get Zombiefest, so I quickly hopped on and got ready to go get it. After that, it would leave me with just one achievement to go. So we quickly few over to the Nexus and got Split Personality, and there it was, Glory of the Hero! I'm finally done with it and couldn't be happier. The Red Proto-Drake is awesome and brings me to 102 mounts (and over 7,600 achievement points). Huzzah!

Tonight we go back into 25 man Trial of the Crusader as we look for more upgrades in order to help us progress in the Trial of the Grand Crusader. We will also be returning to Ulduar for the first time in over a month to work on getting Mimiron down and again looking for gear to better our team. Unfortunately, due to the Angels game (go Angels!), I missed last night's 10 man Trial run where they got Salt and Pepper. Congrats to the Gold Team and I look forward to getting it next week.

With regards to the next patch, I'm definitely not looking forward to the new achievements. The achievements reward you for using the LFG channel and grouping with different players found through the system. You get an achievement at 10 different players, 50 (comes with a title of "The Patient" as well), and 100. So now I'm going to be forced to use LFG to PUG dungeons when I absolutely hate PUGs and when I can put together a competent team from within my guild at any time. What a joke.

Lastly, I used the
Crusader Orbs we have collected in the Trial of the Crusader to get a new pair of bracers - Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers. In exchange for the 36 hit rating I lose from my Felspark BindingS (I was way over the hit cap rating anyways), I get 7 int, 9 sta, 6 armor, 42 crit, 2 spell power and a socket (which equals 23 more spell power). So I can't wait to see how it performs tonight. Go go Gold Team!