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The Great Brewfest Kodo Arrives

Brewfest rolled around again in World of Warcraft, which generated a moment of excitement until I remembered that I had already done all the achievements and events in past years.

Getting wild at Brewfest

Oh, I did all the things…

I sagged a little at that.  As with last year, I felt my momentary enthusiasm gutted by the reality of nothing changing in the world.

But, wanting to do something in WoW, but still not quite ready to resume the Blade’s Edge Mountains, I figured I could queue up for Coren Direbrew.  He is quick and maybe he has some better drops this year.  Plus, I never got that Great Brewfest Kodo.

So I queued up, got into a group in about five minutes (or about one thirtieth of an Arche Age login queue) and wham, bam, he was down.

And what did he have for me?  A Great Brewfest Kodo!


That drop, on the first run, rounded out my Brewfest mount collection, as I already had the Swift Brewfest Ram.


That was pretty exciting, considering how many runs we took at Coren Direbrew during past Brestfests.  I can now ride around Brewfest in style… when I am not flying.  I’ll probably have it out for Warlords of Draenor a lot.

Brewfest Kodo

Brewfest Kodo

Of course, now I have the one last thing I was missing from Brewfest, so I am back to where I started.  Such is life in the land of MMOs.

(On the flip side, that did get my mother and daughter to run Coren Direbrew as well in hopes of a mount drop.)


Brew of the Year Achievement Done

Emboldened by the news that, if only I could rejoin the Brew of the Month club before the end of September, that I could complete that one last Brewfest achievement, the one I thought was going to elude me for another year, I started grubbing for Brewfest tokens as hard as I could.

Granted, there are only so many things you can do for Brewfest tokens.

I managed to get myself to 161 tokens when I realized that I had not killed Coren Direbrew yet this year.  He had to be worth some tokens.

Fortunately… from my perspective anyway… killing Coren is easier than ever.  Seasonal events like this are now included in the dungeon finder.

So in I went with four complete strangers, none of whom said a word.  The tank just charged in, we all followed, and soon Coren was dead.

This time around Coren is also dropping a goody bag… or barrel.  I received two emblems of frost in mine, which earned Vikund an unexpected achievement.

One more achievement checked off I guess.  One I was unlikely to get otherwise.

After that, it was back to Brewfest central where I found that there was indeed a reward for killing Coren Direbrew.

I needed 39 tokens and this got me 40.

So I ran to the token vendor, bought the Brew of the Month Club application for 200 tokens, ran up to Ironforge, turned in the application, and then, as a fully paid up member, I was able to purchase the Binary Brew, consume it, and finish off that last achievement.

Brewfest achievements complete!

When does Hallow’s End start?

The 21 Deaths of Coren Direbrew

Brewfest has passed in Azeroth.

The tents have been folded.  The spilled beer and goat droppings have been cleaned up.

The vendors have gone back to their respective breweries.

Perhaps not everybody is sad to see them go.  Not everybody is into drunken revelry, though my wife might say I am pre-disposed to such activity, have married a beer brewery heiress and all.

But even if you weren’t into the ram riding and drunken brawls with the Dark Iron dwarves, there were still some more tangible goodies to be had by killing Coren Direbrew.  Four of us managed to take him down once on our first outing, and twice on our second, but when we got the full group together we were able to beat him like a pinata in hopes of getting good drops.

So Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights last week we assembled and took him down six times each evening.

While we are only a group of five, I happen to have a level 80 hunter on the server as well, so I was able substitute Tistann, my hunter, in for Vikund once per evening to get us one more bite at the apple.

Some reading up showed that we could avoid the whole “barrel on the head” thing by making sure we had no empty bag slots.  This prevents you from catching the barrel, so to speak.

Fail - A Paladin with empty bag slots

Fail - A Paladin with empty bag slots

Of course, if you have no empty bag slots, you cannot catch the rare beer that turns you into a Dark Iron dwarf.  At least I think that is where that particular beer came from.  Vikund spent some time in Dark Iron form.

Vikund Transformed into a Dark Iron Dwarf

Vikund Transformed into a Dark Iron Dwarf

And what did we end up with after killing Coren 21 times?

  • Bubbling Brightbrew Charm – I lost count of these because  they came up so often.  After a while we couldn’t roll on them because we all had one.
  • Direbrew’s Shanker – Several of these dropped, but they could at least be sold to a vendor for some decent gold, since nobody really needed it.  Tistann could have used it, but it never dropped when he was in the group.
  • Bitter Balebrew Charm – At least four.  Like the Brightbrew Charm, amusing but not so useful.
  • Ancient Pickled Egg – Four received, but it was at least useful for Skronk the priest and potentially so for Vikund, should he spec holy.
  • Brawler’s Souvenir – Three of these dropped.  Good for Earl, okay for Tistann, otherwise not so useful.
  • Mithril Pocketwatch – we got a pair of these, one for Bung and one for Ula if I recall right.
  • Swift Brewfest Ram – Just one of these.  We finally saw this drop on the last night we killed Coren.


Vikund won the roll, which not only got him the mount but also an achievement.

Granted, it is a feat of strength achievement, which means that it only counts to settle a tie when bragging about your total achievement points, but it is still cool.

The mount itself looks like your standard epic ram mount from Ironforge.  The main difference is the glowing green eyes and the armor that appears to be made from beer barrels.

The Swift Brewfest Ram

The Swift Brewfest Ram

As for the other items, we got some many Brightbrew Charms in a row at one point that we were convinced that we needed to reset the instance to reset the loot table.  Over the long term that did not prove to be true, but one night we took a portal back to Ironforge and reset the instance after each fight.

The only items we did not see were:

  • Coren’s Chromium Coaster – Might have been a nice trinket for somebody.
  • Direbrew’s Remote – Not that great, but would have saved us some travel time each night, especially during our repeat drop paranoia.
  • Tankard O’Terror – That is on heck of a one handed weapon.  It would have been good for Earl, and Vikund wouldn’t have said no to one if offered.
  • Great Brewfest Kodo – The really distinctive mount for alliance players.  It did not come our way.

So that was the net goody haul for our group’s Brewfest adventures.

Now we will have to see what the Headless Horseman will have for us come Hallow’s End!  Last year he didn’t drop anything spectacular for us, but maybe we’ll have better luck this year.

Confronting Coren Direbrew

Saturday found us short a member of the team again.  This time, however, it was Earl who was down with the flu. (Though not that flu.)  That left us with:

80 Priest – Skronk
80 Mage – Ula
80 Warlock – Bungholio
80 Paladin – Vikund

With just the four of us on, we thought we might have a shot at Coren Direbrew in Blackrock Depths, part of the whole Brewfest celebration.  Slaying him is not only one of the achievements required, he also has a number of nice drops including the Great Brewfest Kodo and the Swift Brewfest Ram.  We did not get a shot at him last week because of the mis-matched timing between the start of Brewfest and the update to the instance servers.

So we flew off to Thorium Point and started assembling outside of the Blackrock Complex.

Gathering up... Red sky at night?

Gathering up... Red sky at night?

This time around, sure enough, there was the easy transport system that delivers you straight to the The Grim Guzzler Bar within Blackrock Depths.

Enter the Mole Machine Perilous

Enter the Mole Machine Perilous

Once there we found Coren.

Coren and Friends

Coren and Friends

Coren works like the Headless Horseman during Hallow’s End.  You need the daily quest Insult Coren Direbrew, given by the Brewfest Spy, in order to start the fight with him.  Each person in the party can get the quest and speak to him in turn, so we would had four tries at him lined up.

Vikund took the first turn, speaking to Coren and starting the fight.

The fight kicked off.  Coren has three helpers to start with and more arrive in the Dark Iron mole machines during the fight, but they weren’t a big deal.  Vikund, a retribution pally, was hanging tough with Skronk healing while tossing out the area effect damage to keep all the adds pointed at him.  The fight seemed to be going well.

Then when Coren was at about 15% health and all looked good, Ursula Direbrew showed up, slammed a barrel on Vikund’s head, which stunned him for 8 seconds, during which the aggros then went after the casters, pulling healing off of Vikund who promptly died (because only Skronk’s undivided attention was keeping him alive), followed very quickly by the rest of the party.


We had had the presence of mind to have a soul stone up, so we got to revive there in the instance.

We decided just to give it another go, since Coren was at 5% when we wiped, so we felt if we could just tough it out he’d go down.

Skronk talked to Coren this time, the fight went well, Ursula showed up, the barrel went on Vikund’s head, and we wiped again.

We needed to do something different, but we were not sure what. We took a quick break to think.

Ula got ears while AFK - Note our smoke marker

Ula got ears while AFK - Note our smoke marker

For the first two fights we were arrayed around the room and any hostiles that got loose from Vikund’s AE damage were a serious distraction because there was no way Vikund could go reclaim them.  So we decided to stay close together during the fight in the hope that this would minimize strays and keep things focused.

Quickly during the fight it was noted that Coren has his own AE attack, so the casters stepped back a bit, but stayed as close as they dared, and it all came together.  The barrel went on Vikund’s head again, but everybody was close enough that he could get Coren’s aggro back once the stun passed, healing stayed on target, and Coren went down.

No nice mounts for us, but Bung got the Mithril Pocketwatch for his troubles, and we all got the achievement.


So we thought we had this dialed in.  We had one more fight to go… and we wiped.

The same story as the first two tries, the barrel went on Vikund and the wheels came off.

If there had been the five of us, this fight would have been no problem, but with four we were on the edge of our abilities.  Still, we got the achievement and a nice drop.

That did not take us very long, so we decided to run up stairs and get Bung the Jenkins title.

This took us two tries.  The first time we ended up doing it in very much the Leeroy fashion, running around disorganized and never quite getting the 50 whelps killed during the 15 second window.

So we stepped out, reset the instance, went back, marked a spot to meet up again, then sent everybody out on a specific path to gather up some whelp to be brought to the center and killed only when we were all there to unleash the AE damage.

That worked out nicely.  Bung got the achievement and the title.


And after that we were sort of done.  We talked a bit about gear, as Bung was a bit concerned that Recount showed Vikund doing a lot higher DPS during the Coren fights than he was doing.  Part of that was that Vikund got to AE a lot to hit all the adds.  But the other part was that I have been trying to gear up Vikund a bit more using honor points and champion’s seals and whatever else to improve his damage output.

Which lead Bung, Skronk, and Vikund to go out and run a Wintergrasp before we called it a night.  Those Wintergrasp weekly quests are the best source of honor ever.

We’ll see what we end up doing this coming Saturday.  If Coren is still up on Saturday night, I figure we will take the opportunity for five more tries at him.  Otherwise it will likely be the Caverns of Time: Culling of Stratholme on the agenda.

Or if Coren goes quickly, maybe both.