Blacksmithing, Reborn

The Thunder Forge

Rejoice, fellow Blacksmiths, Patch 5.2 and the Isle of Thunder has finally given us a daily cooldown for our profession and the ability to learn new recipes!  These new recipes allow us to create PvP armor and new “Reborn” weapons; weapons that were learned back when Blacksmithing had the Weaponsmithing specializations, which was even more specialized to Hammer-, Axe- and Swordsmithing.  These specializations were removed at the beginning of Cataclysm because of their complexity, so if you didn’t have the plans before, you were out of luck making these weapons….until now.

Making these Reborn weapons requires several bars of a new reagent, the Lightning Steel Ingot, 2 to 3 bars of Living Steel and 3 Spirits of Harmony.

To begin making the Lightning Steel Ingot, you first have to obtain a quest item, a Strange Metal Ingot, from Itoka, the Master of the Forge, located on the Isle of Thunder.  He first becomes available once your realm opens up Stage 4 of the Isle.

Itoka, Master of the Forge

Once you have the quest item, you turn it in by reading one of the books in the Thunder Forge, which is located just north of Itoka.

Location of the Thunder Forge

Completing the quest rewards you with your first Lightning Steel Ingot and the Notes of Lightning Steel.  Opening the Notes provides you with the plans to create more Lightning Steel Ingots as well as the six “new” weapons I previously mentioned.  They are:

Reborn Weapons

The Reborn Weapons

These Reborn weapons are of rare quality and have an item level of 463, which would be perfect for fresh level 90 toons.  They are Bind on Equip, so you can craft these for your friends and fellow guildies or even sell them on the Auction House.  You can also mog these weapons if you prefer that instead.  Here are previews of each of the Reborn weapons.

EDIT: I just found out that you do need to use the anvils at the Thunder Forge to create any of the Reborn weapons.  Guess you have to make the trip out there after all, lol.

Drakefist Hammer, Reborn – this one-handed mace with spirit can be useful for Holy Paladins, Elemental/Restoration Shamans, Balance/Restoration Druids, Priests and Mistweaver Monks.

Drakefist Hammer, Reborn Description

Preview of Drakefist Hammer, Reborn

Fireguard, Reborn – this one-handed sword with agility can be useful for Rogues and Brewmaster/Windwalker Monks.

Fireguard, Reborn Description

Preview of Fireguard, Reborn

Lionheart Blade, Reborn – this two-handed sword with strength can be useful for Retribution Paladins, Blood/Unholy/Frost Death Knights, and Arms/Fury Warriors.

Lionheart Blade, Reborn Description

Preview of Lionheart Blade, Reborn

Lunar Crescent, Reborn – this two-handed axe with strength can also be useful for Retribution Paladins, Blood/Unholy/Frost Death Knights, and Arms/Fury Warriors.

Lunar Crescent, Reborn Description

Preview of Lunar Crescent, Reborn

The Planar Edge, Reborn – this one-handed axe with strength can be useful for Protection Paladins, Protection Warriors and Frost Death Knights.

The Planar Edge, Reborn Description

Preview of The Planar Edge, Reborn

Thunder, Reborn – this two-handed mace with agility can be useful for Guardian/Feral Druids.

Thunder, Reborn Description

Preview of Thunder, Reborn

Once you’ve created a Reborn weapon, you automatically learn how to create its upgraded version, which requires the Reborn weapon and additional Lightning Steel Ingots, Living Steel and Spirits of Harmony to make.  These upgraded weapons are epic quality and have an item level of 476.  They are:

And you can even upgrade these weapons one more time!  Once you’ve created these upgrades, you automatically learn how to create its final version, which requires the Reborn weapon and even more Lightning Steel Ingots, Living Steel and Spirits of Harmony to make.  These upgraded weapons are still epic quality and have an item level of 502.  They are:

….yeah, I’ll be crafting Lighting Steel Ingots for a while, just to learn all these new plans, lol.

So what weapon will I make first?  I like the look of the Lionheart Blade out of the six Reborn weapons and I probably won’t see a two-handed strength weapon drop for Arv unless I start running LFR as Retribution, so that’ll be the first weapon that gets made.

The Lightning Steel Ingot Cooldown

To craft all these Reborn weapons and to learn all the new plan is going to take a lot of Lightning Steel Ingots.  Creating a Lightning Steel Ingot requires 10 Ghost Iron bars and can only be made once a day.  At first, I thought these special Ingots could only be created at the Thunder Forge, but you can actually create them with any anvil you find, which is very convenient.  Thank God they are not like making the Dark Iron Bars from Vanilla WoW, which requires you to use the special Dark Iron Forge in Blackrock Depths to be smelted.

For every Ingot you make, you learn a new armor plan, either for PvP or PvE, similar to how Tailors learn their new plans from their Imperial Silk cooldowns.  So far, the only PvE plan I’ve learned is the Holy Paladin ilvl 522 boots, the Haunted Steel Greaves.  I have a handful of PvP plans learned, a couple of ilvl 458 Paladin ones (Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Ornamented Legplates and Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Scaled Helm) and some of the ilvl 458 Death Knight Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Desecration set. Crafting the PvP only requires Ghost Iron Bars, none of the precious Lighting Steel Ingots, whew.  The Death Knight set looks really cool, I’m tempted to make the set for Arv for transmog once I get the rest of the plans.

Crafted Dreadful Gladiator's Desecration set

So, fellow blacksmiths, we finally get a second chance to create some old-school weapons and upgrade them to fit the current content.  Get those hammers ready and keep the anvil hot, we’ve got lots of work to do!

Back Into the PvP Groove Again

Escorting a cart in Silvershard Mines

Last week, I finally finished up Wrathion’s A Test of Valor quest and got the 6k Valor needed to prove my worth to him (yes, I’m a total slacker =P).  So for my next tests, Wrathion asked me to kill some dwarf with braids at Lion’s Landing and earn a victory in each of the new BGs introduced in Mists, the Temple of Kotmogu and Silvershard Mines with the quest Glory to the Horde.

Now the last time I did any serious PvPing was towards the end of Cata and I’ve never seen either one of these new BGs, except for the time I queued up for Kotmogu just so that I could /love a Dancing Water Skimmer to complete the To All the Squirrels I Once Caressed? achievement, lol.

So I queued up for both BGs Sunday night in my Ret PvE gear and got the Temple of Kotmogu as my first one.  The object of this BG is to hold onto one of the four orbs that spawn in the corners of the field the longest.  The closer you bring the orbs to the center of the field, the more points you accumulate.  Kinda reminds me of one of the game modes in Halo, where you carry around a skull for as long as you can.

The Horde got obliterated and I could not for the life of me stay alive long enough to help out our cause.  I went back to my bank and grabbed all my Season 11 Cataclysmic Gladiator gear, replaced some of those pieces with a set of PvP gloves from an early Sha of Anger kill and a Season 13 Malevolent Gladiator helm and shoulders bought with my leftover Honor points.  I did some gemming, enchanting and reforging and I was ready to head back out to the battlefield.  Here is my “Sun Knight” look, lol:

Arvash in Malevolent Gladiator Gear

My next Kotmogu game was much better, as the Horde controlled the orbs for most of the match.  I even got the Temple of Kotmogu All-Star achievement without even knowing it.

Temple of Kotmogu All-Star

Temple of Kotmogu Victory

Next up was Silvershard Mines.  The premise for this BG is to escort slow-moving mine carts from the center of the mine to designated shafts spread around the edges.  To gain control of a mine cart, you need to be within a short-range of it and the more members of a faction near it will claim it.  You can’t ride the mine cart or make it move faster, but you can change the tracks to make it go to a different shaft.

The group I was in was really good and we quickly won the match for my first win in Silvershard Mines.

Silvershard Mines Victory

And with those three achievements, I finally joined the 16,000 achievement points club.

It's over 16,000 points!

It was nice to do some PvPing again, I just need to work on replacing my Cataclysmic gear with Malevolent and eventually to Tyrannic when I get more Conquest points.  I like the new BGs, especially the Kotmogu one.  Looking forward to farming more HKs and Honor/Conquest points!

POW! BOFF! THWACK! BONK!

A couple of weeks ago, Lyss invited a new alt that Cymre made on Drak so that she could work on getting one of the pets she coveted, the Lil’ Tarecgosa.  I gave her some gold to help her out buying the guild tabard and the pets and the guild supported her with some friendly guild banter as she was grinding her way to Exalted with the guild.  She got Exalted really quick and wasted no time in power leveling Lil’ Tarecgosa to 25, the same day she got it, lol.

Cym gave some of us a Pandaren Spirit pet for helping her out and I ended up giving my Fire Spirit to Lyss because I had one already.  I told Cym about it to make sure it was ok with her and that I appreciated the nice gesture.

She’s been trying to get me a pet I don’t have in my collection, which isn’t very much to choose from, but each one she’s tried to farm for me, I’ve ended up getting it for myself, lol.  For months, I’ve been working tirelessly in the Molten Front and recently got the Seared Scorchling and I also spent endless nights farming Pandaren and Mogu artifacts to turn into crates to finally get the Crawling Claw, two pets she tried to help me get.

I don’t expect anything in return when I give pets away to my friends; as long as they enjoy it, that’s all the gift back I’ll ever need.

But I think Cym was determined to give me something.  And she did the next best thing, she made me into a superhero!

Arvman

When I first saw her post about it, I was immediately floored.  I really enjoyed her Super Sunday series and felt honored that she turned me into one.  Maybe her inspiration came from a certain WarFare Theater post of mine, but either way, I thought it was an awesome and original gift.

Thanks again Cym!

na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na….ARVMAN!!!

Cleaning up LK’s and KT’s house and Half-Mogs

Hmmm….what should I wear?

We’ll get to what the above screenshot means a little bit later.  Sorry, no PvP Weekend update post this time around.  Wait…no PvP?  Yep, nada.  Was it because of Isle of Conquest weekend?  Nah, I decided to take a break from smashing Alliance heads and just settled for some old raid fun time.  Maybe you’ll get a PvP update next week, lol.

Last week, SR decided to head into 25-man Icecrown Citadel and work on Zug’s Shadowmourne quest.  We had Adoe, Cayle, Chewy, Lyssi, Bocat, Van, Zug, Slice on his chain-healing noob shammy and me.  Zug was on the part we he had to take Sindy’s bad breaths to the face four times.  So we made quick work of the Lower Spire, Lootship 1.0, Deathbringer Saurfang and healed Valithria Dreamwalker to full.  It took us a few tries to get Sindy down, but Zug got his Shadow’s Edge all covered with Sindy’s halitosis and we got a nice achievement for it.

So Zug turned his completed quest into Darion Mograine, and Darion told Zug that now he had to bring him 50 Shadowfrost Shards, which only drop off 25 man ICC bosses.   50!!!  According to wowhead, all normal 25-man bosses have a 25%-50% chance to drop a shard, while heroic 25-man bosses have a 50%-75% chance to drop a shard.  /facepalm ><  So we headed over to the Plagueworks and decided to try the Abomination twins on heroic.  We used SR’s long-standing tactic, the Brute-Force, and one-shotted both Rotface and Festergut.  I think Zug might have gotten a shard or two out of the twins.  Adoe then said hell no to Heroic Putricide, which everyone pretty much agreed, lol.  I took up the Abom driving duties since I was also working on my own Shadowmourne on the Unholy Infusion quest, just a couple behind Zug.  The pools ended up getting out of control and I died before I could complete my quest, but it was fun watching Cayle soloing Putricide for the last 10%.  We did get two achievements out of it and a shard, so that made up for my missed quest.

Chewy gets it in the face by Rotface, lol

We finished the night clearing the Blood Princes and Blood-Queen Lana’thel on normal, grabbing another achievement.

I think Zug ended up with 4 shards for the night…..we gots a long ways to go, lol.  And we might need a couple more peeps to down Lich King on 25-man too. =)

I picked up the last Conqueror’s Mark of Sanctification in that run to complete my Tier 10.5 Lightsworn set and in my excitement, rushed over to Tirion to show him the good stuff.  I don’t think he was impressed though; he was being all “Mr. Srs Bznz” and stuff. =P

Look at me, Tirion! =P

Saturday morning, Navimie, being the awesome person she is, rounded up a couple of the Frostees (Tacky, Aza and Faithless) to help me get Shocking in 25-man Naxx.  I also brought Chewy along for the ride since he was up just as early as I was.  I had just missed joining the Frostees last week when they had just finished Shocking and Navi was so kind enough to help me get it this week.  Getting Shocking also gave me Glory of the Raider, so a very nice one-for-two special.  Thanks guys for helping me finish this up! FAFA!

I just kicked Thaddius in the nuts, lol

Now you’re probably wondering what the hell this Half-Mogs stuff is that I mentioned in the post title.  Well, from these two ICC and Naxx runs, along with some gear stashed in my bank, I tried another attempt at mogging my gear into something visual-worthy.  Slice and Zari probably think I’m sick, but I wanted to redeem myself from my prior failures, which you can see for yourself below:

Courtesy of Repgrind

Courtesy of Repgrind

So, yeah….um….yeah.  Pretty bad huh?  I think JD and crew would definitely throw me out of the Mogolympics if I tried entering this atrocity into their competition, lol.  Hey JD, maybe for the next Mogolympics, you could have a Juggling event…I could definitely whip up a mad clown suit, haha.

Anywho, I managed to gather up a couple of pieces together and create a new look for my Prot set.  When Adoe first saw this on me, he said that I looked pretty cool and I was ready “to tank the shit out of something”, lol.  Navi kinda dubbed my look as the “Unholy Paladin”, so I’ll go with that.

Unholy Paladin

Unholy Paladin with Crimson Deathcharger mount

Unholy Paladin set

I couldn’t half-mog my Prot set without having done my Ret set too, so I put together some pieces which are basically recolors of the Unholy Paladin set.  Couldn’t think of a name for this set, so I came up with the first /facepalming thought that crossed my mind.

Snow Knight

Snow Knight with Phosphorescent Stone Drake mount

Snow Knight and the 7 non-matching pieces set (not including rings, trinks and relic and yes I know you can’t really see bracers or neck =P)

So yeah, I’m still using my Cataclysmic Gladiator PvP gear for the rest of the pieces and I know I have more work to do on it, but I think it looks ok for now.  I don’t know how crazy I’m gonna go with the whole transmogging craze most players are into now, but I did have fun putting these half-assed sets together. =)  I think the best mog outfit, though, is in the image below, I call it the Magic Arv set, lmao.

Courtesy of Repgrind