Flying in Battle for Azeroth

I haven’t stopped playing WoW Classic as my main MMO, but I have been taking a little bit of a break over the last week or so.  My alts are sitting in that late 30s to mid 40s zone that can be tiring to cross.

The game that supplanted it for a while has been World of Warcraft and the Battle for Azeroth expansion.  I logged in to do the Darkmoon Faire trade skill quests with my main and noticed that there was a 50% boost to reputation earned from doing world quests in the expansion.  As it stood, I only needed to attain revered faction status with the Rustbolt Resistance and the Waveblade Ankoan in order to finish Part Two of the Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder achievement.  I was already honored with both factions, but needed about 10K more for each to get to revered.

The Rustbolt Resistance was pretty easy.  There is a daily world quest for the Mechagon zone where they live that rewards a good chunk of faction.  With the 50% boost on top of the usual human boost to rep gains, I was able to knock that out in just a few days.  Also it is a zone that is pretty fun for somebody with the engineering profession.  It is an engineering focused zone, so I piled on a little bit extra every day there.

The Waveblade Ankoan on the other hand, they were more of a chore.  Nazjatar is not my favorite zone, even though you get a helper when you’re there.

Farseer Ori and Fish Head Vikund

Nazjatar is also on the same world quest rotation as other major zones, which means it gets an emissary quest every few days.  That is where you get the big faction boost.  On off days though, world quests are kind of chintzy, handing out around 80 faction.

I lucked out a bit though.  The day I logged in to do Darkmoon Faire the Nazjatar emissary quest was on its last day, so I was able to do it knowing it would be back fairly soon in  the rotation.  I logged in to do a couple of world quests every day, just to move things forward ever so slowly, hoping that the next emissary quest would push me over the edge.  Instead, it showed up after the bonus time ended.  It got me close, but not quite there.

So close with the Waveblade Ankoan

There are also only so many world quests running at any given time, and of those only a few I wanted to run out and do.  So that 605 point gap took a couple of days to close.  I ended up getting it on a pet battle world quest, one I had not done before.  The first time you win one of those you get a bonus quest to turn in that gives you a bit more faction.  Back at the main camp I turned that in and hit the mark.

The Pathfinder Achievement and a new mount

My goal for Battle for Azeroth had been reached.  I immediately mounted up and flew around the zone to scout it from the air.

Nazjatar is pretty from the air

Things look much nicer when you’re not down on the ground.  That let me start a flying tour of the expansion to see all that ground I trekked over.

Heading out from Boralus

I have said before that Battle for Azeroth is a pretty expansion on the ground.  It is also such from the air.

So I have accomplished that baseline goal that comes with every expansion, to unlock flying, which always makes me consider the dichotomy of the whole thing.  I get why Blizz makes you earn it every expansion.  Once you get it you can bypass everything on the ground, swoop down to your destination, and generally avoid what one might describe as the game.  I definitely feel more of a sense of accomplishment when I have to walk or ride down in the mud.

On the other hand, once I have flying I never walk anywhere ever again if I don’t have to.  And with the pathfinder achievements done there will be no walking for any of my characters.

The achievements done

I don’t know what else I ought to do in Battle for Azeroth at this point.  I have, in the end, not done that much.  I haven’t touched an instance or done any of the other new items they added with the expansion.  But I don’t feel a need to go do anything else either.

6 thoughts on “Flying in Battle for Azeroth

  1. Kanter

    Congratulations. It is odd how I read your post title as (Flying in Battle) for Azeroth rather than the more obvious Flying in (Battle for Azeroth). I was trying to figure out how you fly in battle in WoW.


  2. Athie

    I think you’ve done the good stuff. The instances in BfA are… pretty poor. The dungeons mostly feel the same as the zones but with more trash; absolutely nothing special. The raids are also pretty bleh, especially given all the junk prerequisites you basically have to meet with your necklace and your essences and your cloak etc etc etc. Flying and looking at the scenery was in my opinion the best hour of the expansion.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Kanter – As a pally, I barely run into battle.

    @Athie – The odd thing is that I think BFA wouldn’t be a bad expansion for a group to play through together. Blizz has changed how overland quests work over the years so it isn’t so onerous as Classic when you have five people on the same quest and they all need a dozen drops and the drop rate is crap. But the only group I have is in Classic.

    @Redbeard – I have that song on my phone. It is also probably on this cassette tape that is sitting on my book shelf.


  4. Redbeard

    Seeing the “Scotch” brand name brought a smile to my face.

    Back before my mom’s grandparents had a VCR –and they were one of the first to get it– they used to make audio tapes of The Waltons by taking a portable cassette recorder that looked like this:

    and holding it up to the television set. I was only 3 or 4 at the time, but that left an indelible impression on me about the power to record something for posterity.


  5. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Redbeard – Good night John-boy!

    Back in the pre-VCR days when TV was ephemeral and you had to be there, TV on, and paying attention to see a show when it arrived, I used to tape shows with a similar cassette recorder. It was like podcasts in the 70s. There are still several episodes of World at War that I can recite almost verbatim due to the fact that I recorded them and then listened to them over and over while sitting around on a rainy weekend building model airplanes or whatever.


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