Tuesday morning before work, I logged into WoW to do a little bit of bag cleaning on my toons when I noticed that Luxy had broadcasted a message looking for a Blood Elf with a Hozen Beach Ball to pose for a screenshot. I was curious as to what she was up to, so I whispered her that I would be glad to help her out. She wanted a pic on the beach and since we were on different realms, I suggested we queue up for the Unga Ingoo scenario for the shot.
So we got set up on the beach, both in our beach grab, when she started shooting me with a gun that was turning me blue. I laughed and asked her what she was shooting me with and she laughed back and told me to read the post she would put up later.
After reading her post, I found out that the gun she was using was the Shado-Pan Geyser Gun, a rare item that can be found in Throne of Thunder. The gun is bind on account, so it can be sent to other alts and you could also own multiple guns.
And the interesting thing is that it doesn’t drop off any boss, but comes from a jumping game that Blizz snuck into the raid.
Remember those geyser pools that form a circle on the top platform right before Tortos? Yep, that’s where this mini-game is located.
I noticed these pools a while back when we first starting working on Tortos and always wondered what they were for. I didn’t realize they would be part of a hidden game, let alone reward you with a nifty item.
Walking over one of these geysers will launch you in the air and forward in the direction that your toon is facing. You will also receive a buff called Spray Water that lasts a few seconds. After certain stacks of the buff, parts of your body begin to shimmer with a watery effect.
So what’s the catch? You have to maintain not 25, not 50, but 250 consecutive stacks of the Spray Water buff without dropping any. Yikes.
Sound easy, right? Well, for some it was. Luxy managed to get it after three tries and so did NaviLush. Me? Not that easy.
So after work Tuesday, I queued Rasfari up specifically for the Forgotten Depths wing of Throne. As soon as we killed Ji-Kun and the raid left, I ran all the way back to the start of the wing to begin working towards that gun.
It took a couple attempts to get the mechanics of the geysers down, but then I started having trouble with my placements. I don’t know if it was my computer lagging or what, but I would either swing my camera too far in, which would put me too far from the next pool and my stacks would fall off, or not swing my camera far enough, which would send me over the platform and into the surrounding water.
I even turned on Ras’ Aspect of the Pack to give me a little help running back to a pool in case I overshot it and that helped a little. I can’t remember how many attempts I took, but I know I was getting increasingly better: 75 stacks on one attempt, then 130 on another, then 162 and so forth. After getting sick of hearing the pool splashes for the umpteenth time, I decided to give it a break and went to run some arenas with Ryugan to cap our Conquest for the week before the SR raid.
After our raid, I stayed in ToT and went back to work on the geysers again, this time on Arv. I was on one run when Slice laughingly asked in guild chat if I was working on that spray gun. I wanted to respond back quick, but couldn’t; good thing for Slice I didn’t have too many stacks before I failed and they dropped off, lol.
The next attempt started really good. I took quick glances at the counter.
75 stacks, then 100.
This could be it.
150 stacks, then 200.
I finally got this.
212 stacks, then…..splash!
I zoned out and totally overshot the pool, straight into the water.
I was so pissed. I vented my frustration in guild chat. I whispered both Navi and Luxy how fail I was. And I seriously thought about giving up, so frustrating to lose it, getting so close.
It was getting late, so I logged off and told myself that tomorrow would be a different day.
I woke up yesterday morning and logged into WoW again for some toon cleanup, when I decided to give the geysers one try before heading off to work. Ras was still in ToT in the same place I left him before, so hopped over to him.
The first pull started off great.
25 stacks, then 50.
50 became 75, then 100 stacks.
I then stopped looking at the counter and zoned out again, but this time I was focused and was nailing each pool like a pro.
I took a quick glance at the counter and I was sitting at 200.
Then my hands started to go numb.
Oh noes, not again.
215 stacks, then 220.
I started to shake.
235 stacks, then 240.
I looked ahead and saw that I was coming around to the pools in the back of the platform, the same ones that I would always overshoot on my fail attempts.
If only I can get past these pools….
248 stack, then 249, then…..
BAM! Finally! I defeated the geyser boss!
A wave of relief washed over me, no pun intended. I was so excited that I almost forgot that I still had to go to work, lol.
Ras, on the other hand, looked exhausted. After 250 stacks, your entire body shimmers and even snowflakes start to fall.
Well done, my friend. =)
So after I got home from work, I logged in to finally test out my new toy.
As soon as you hit 250 stacks, you immediately get a mail from Taoshi, congratulating you on your efforts and crazy jumping skills.
According to wowhead, you can target other players and most NPCs with the spray, so I sent the gun over to Arv, where I had some fun in Orgrimmar.
I tried to spray Gamon, but was one of the NPCs that couldn’t be effected by the spray. so I turned the jets on to the Kor’kron instead.
I then had some fun with my fellow blood elf brethren, I don’t think they looked too happy getting their hairdo wet, lol.
And what better way to test out the gun’s effects than on that hot-headed orc himself, Garrosh.
Here’s a close up of the gun, I’m not sure if it’s a unique model, but it is pretty cool-looking.
I did get to spray my guildies as well last night as we were working on Lei Shen, but I forgot to take screenshots. I’ll have to get some next time.
I know this item may not mean a big deal to others and my bag space is definitely paying for it, but as I was going around Org spraying all the NPCs, all I could think of was the fun times I had with my brother when we were young, playing with the real Soakers. We used to have all kinds of Super Soakers, from the small handguns to the midsized ones to the massive ones that felt like spraying a firehose, lol. We even ran around with those belts that carried multiple tanks and we enjoyed spraying each other on those hot summer days. Those were some good times. =)
Now I just need to get some guildies to get their guns so we can have some water fights of our own, lol.