The past weekend found us all at home. Since we all live in locales that were under community lockdown guidelines… “shelter in place” they call it… thanks to COVID-19, we seemed to have ample opportunity to play. Nobody had any reservations for dinner, a show to see, or a sporting event to attend certainly.
So we got together on Saturday afternoon to take another run at Uldaman and met up again in the Badlands. If nothing else, we still had quests to finish up. Uldaman is good at keeping your quest log supplied. Our party for the afternoon was:
- Viniki – level 44 gnome warrior
- Ula – level 43 gnome mage
- Skronk – level 43 dwarf priest
- Moronae – level 42 night elf druid
The still seemed shy of what we might need for Archaedas… but, quests!
Before we went in though, we had to get out quests aligned. Viniki had gotten ahead with one in the Badlands, so we spent a little bit of time getting everybody back on the same page. That meant finding a dead dwarf then slaying some troggs.
The annoying bit was having to run back to Loch Modan to get the quest update, but three out of four of us have mounts now while the hold out, Moronae, is a druid, which means he has a travel form, so it didn’t take as long as it might of to get the quests set.
The missing one was Agmond’s Fate, and it was another “collect a few things” quests, in this case it was four urns. But like the power stone drops and the fungus, there didn’t seem to be many urns about.
It didn’t help that, once again, things were a bit busy outside of Uldaman. We were not the only ones sheltering at home. We did find out way to one quest objective outside the instance, a large stone chest.
But otherwise we were in competition with other groups for mobs and drops and harvestables and whatever. The place was stripped clean, like the paper goods aisle at the store. So the instance seemed to be our best bet.
Inside we followed what has become the usual path. We cleared through the troggs, met up with the lost vikings, got the bits for the Staff of Prehistoria, slew Revelosh, and set up to fight Ironaya again, just because. Seriously, we could just bypass her, but calling her out doesn’t take much extra time and we all live in hope of a nice blue drop.
I like that screen shot because Ula’s spell is in flight and because I got off a disarm on Ironaya, which always pleases me for some reason. Ironaya’s revenge was to drop some mail bracers, and nobody in our group needs that. Her chamber was, as usual, empty.
I like that they went so far as to put cobwebs on the shelf to emphasize their emptiness. I was hoping they might at least have an urn. But we were denied.
We carried on, following the left wall mostly, taking down Galgann and Grimlok in their turns. We bypassed the Ancient Stone Keeper and went from Grimlok straight to the Hall of Crafters. It was time to get things cleared for the big fight.
Here is where a couple weeks of practice began to pay off. After all of the fights… and a few deaths… last week, we had finally settled on a routine that worked for us. The rhythm for these groups was for Viniki to engage and get aggro and Moronae to call the target marker color the the current DPS focus. Previously we had tried targeting off of Viniki or having me call the target, both of which have problems. I use push to talk on coms, and mid-fight my fingers are sometimes too busy to get that extra key, while targeting off of Viniki can fall apart because he has to change targets to hold aggro on whole bunch. But Moronae taking the lead on that made everything much smoother.
So we plowed through the three groups in the first room, did the golem event easily enough, then did the next set of groups, all without any major issues. That brought us to Archaedas again.
On last week’s post Rebeard left a comment suggesting a different strategy for fighting Archaedas. This involved starting the fight and then running back up to the room with the golem event and fighting Archaedas there. That was supposed to slow down the arrival of the adds so that, towards the end, when he summons the his final minions you can kill him before they show up and ruin the party. So we set up to give it a try.
The whole thing nearly fell apart seconds into the event. We started the event and then paused to make sure Archaedas would follow. As it turns out, the doors to the chamber close and we just barely managed to squeeze out through them. I believe you can open them up again, but I didn’t stick around to check and even if you can, doing so with Archaedas beating on your seemed like a bad plan.
And then, with Archaedas hot on our heels up the stairs to the golem room, he began beating on Skronk. Skronk was losing a lot of health and Archaedas seemed to be able to shrug off my taunts. Somehow we managed to get up to the top of the stairs and into the golem room and get things sorted. The fight began.
On the plus side Ula, Skonk, and Moronae all leveled up along the way before we started this fight, so we were better equipped. But being away from Archaedas’ room only slowed down the arrival of the first add. After that it was the same routine, hitting Archaedas, swapping to burn down the latest add, then on to Archaedas again. There was a question as to if we would know when we should go all out on him, but his shout of “To my side, brothers! For the Makers!” seemed to be the hint we were looking for. We focused on Archaedas and were so very close as the big golems arrived and started pounding on me.
And then he collapsed and the fight was over.
Strewn about us were the corpses of many adds… though they seemed to fade quickly even as the fight was going on. During the fight we pulled out all the stops. Moronae hit Skronk with innervate part way through the fight and I managed to consume three superior health potions along the way. Not a short fight. So we lined up to take our screen shot by the fallen Archaedas.
That accomplished, it was time to run back down stairs to the treasure room.
I have to say, the treasure room in Uldaman is one of the biggest teases in the game. You run into that room and see a giant chest and piles of gold and gems and what not, but what you walk out of there with is… not much. You go through the final quest bit, get a bit of lore
The chest contained a couple of leather items, and Moronae only wanted one of them. Our loot drops for the run were not great. But we finished the instance, killed the boss, and got into his vault. One last screen shot there, then it was back to Ironforge.
Back in Ironforge, after a bit of run around, we got the real prize for the whole venture… a 14 slot bag! (Plus some potions to replace the ones from that last fight.)
And so we were done. Viniki still has two unfinished Uldaman quests in his log.
But I am not sure either is worth finishing up. After three weeks there it might be time to move on. Next on the list is Zul’Farrak, home of the famed Carrot on a Stick trinket. I think I still had that and the Argent Commission in my trinket slots well into The Burning Crusade.
And, as I have done with past instances, here is a replay of the group’s experiences from both the distant and the recent past:
- Uldaman – Round 1 – Feb 2, 2007
- Uldaman – Round 2 – Mar 3, 2007
- Uldaman – Round 3 – Mar 6, 2007
- Going to the Chapel – Feb 4, 2010
- The Uldaman Run Around – Feb 11, 2010
- One Night – Three Instances – Feb 19, 2010
- An Uldaman of Vague Memories – Mar 11, 2020
- Visiting Archaedas – Mar 18, 2020
Oddly, February and March seem to be when we visit Uldaman. No other months will do I guess.