It has been quite a stretch since I have done anything with Children’s Week in WoW. I cannot even remember when I last did one of the quests, which probably means it has been a few expansions. But for Battle for Azeroth the added in a new set of quests with a new set of pets, and once I noticed that I was pretty sure I had to give it a look.
While getting all the achievements for Children’s Week is an annoyance with which I haven’t bothered, the actual main quest that earns you a pet generally isn’t all that tough. As has been the case in the past, the BfA version is a tour of some locations. Once I found Orphan Matron Westerson it was the same routine as past versions. Having hit level 120 with my main and done all the story lines and explored all the places… or most of the places, though I may have just forgotten some I visited so long ago at this point… that I was able to run through the quests little orphan Liam doles out easily enough. And once I returned him to the orphanage the quest line was done and I was able to claim one of the four new battle pets.
I chose one and thought about how it was going to take three more holidays… three more years… to get the rest. It has been long enough since I did Children’s Week that I think I only had my main in position to do the quests back then, so I collected the pets slowly, over years.
But after Warlords of Draenor and Legion I have a ton of alts… well, at least six… in place and able to run around Kul Tiras. I just got an alt to level 120 last week. So I got him out and found that, at some point, I had done the intro quests for BfA. So I took the portal from the fancy new portal room in Stormwind (Orgrimmar got a better room) and went to the flight master to take the ride over to close by where the orphanage was. However, the flight master didn’t have anything for me.
I could walk to the orphanage, that was just on the other side of town. But the rest of the locations… well, I could ride there, but it wasn’t going to be as lickety split as having the local flight point. Then I remembered something I bought from the 7th Legion supply office after I hit exalted with them and was picking up all the things they had on offer. It was some sort of scouting maps that said something about flight points. I had clicked on it, but it didn’t do anything for my main, so I wasn’t sure what it might really be for. But it was bound to account, which meant I could send it to alts. So I sent it to my druid.
And sure enough, after I clicked on that the flight path options expanded greatly.
That made getting through and running the quest easy enough. My druid hadn’t upgraded his gear, save to buy a weapon at the auction house, since at level 120 the artifact weapon from Legion looked puny compared to green drops available on the auction house, and upgrading just that would keep his ilevel down, avoided the bad half of the difficulty ramp.
So I had two pets.
I got my hunter out. He was level 112 and had been in Kul Tiras since early on. He even had a few flight points. But once I sent him the scouting report he had them all and soon enough I had three of the new pets for Children’s Week.
But at that point I was out of easy answers. Anybody else would have to go through the intro story to get into BfA which I recall being long and tedious after a while. Still, I thought I would give it a shot. I picked my Dranei death knight. I had started him on the pet battle run to get some levels. He recalled to Stormwind, picked up a better weapon at the auction house, stopped off at Darkmoon Faire, then went to find Mathias Shaw.
Fortunately my memory of the intro includes a bunch of the pre-expansion stuff from last summer. Instead off all that you jump straight to Siege of Lordaeron, skipping past all that tree burning build up. It is still a group event and you have to queue up for it, but there are enough people still doing it that the queue popped pretty quickly.
That ran pretty well and did not take as much time to get to Sylvanas as I thought it might. She got her big monologue and escape and then it was back to Stormwind for discussions and then the task to sail with Jaina Proudmoore to Kul Tiras. I groaned a little bit at that as, while I enjoyed the whole jail break scenario when it was new, I had done it a couple of times already. Fortunately Jaina is a good commander and has her troops covered.
There is still a little intro quest, but the fourth stop is the flight master and I was headed there anyway. I had sent the scouting map to my DK so he was quickly at the orphanage.
So little Liam rode around with my DK and saw the sights of Kul Tiras. For the fourth run it was a bit of a whirlwind tour. I had all the trigger locations set and didn’t hang around for conversations or tours. Sorry Liam. But he still seemed as excited at the end.
And so I ended up with all four of the Kul Tiras Children’s Week battle pets.
Now I am trying to remember if I did claim all the pets for the earlier versions. It might be time to go check before the event ends tomorrow.
I was missing one pet from the Burning Crusade version of the event.
That has been taken care of now.