And I’ll Form…the Head!

Voltron.  The second best mech cartoon next to Transformers while I was growing up, imo.  I’ve always been a fan of Combiners, teams of robots that formed together to create a much larger and stronger robot.  Like the Autobot Aerialbots combining to form Superion and the Decepticon Constructicons forming Devastator and yes, even the Power Rangers, lol.  So when I heard that the new Jewelcrafting mounts were a tribute to the lions of Voltron, I had to create a set of my own.

The cool thing about these JC mounts is that each can be used as a ground or flying mount.  So what’s it going to take to make these mounts?  Lol, be prepared to spend a lot of gold!  If you want the full set of five mounts, you’re essentially going to have to make 8 mounts: one set of Sapphire, Ruby, Sunstone and Jade Panthers to be learned individually and another set of the same four to combine into the Jeweled Onyx Panther.  And just like other profession-made mounts, there’s always a certain mat or two that classifies the mount as a “gold sink”.  That mat is the Orb of Mystery, which is sold by Big Keech in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.  He sells the Orbs for 20,000 gold a piece, but if your guild has the Bartering perk, you can buy it for 18,000 gold.  So if you want all five Panthers, you’re gonna have to spend 144,000 gold on just the Orbs alone, lol.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Good luck on building your own version of Voltron!  And here’s my tribute to the JC mounts and Voltron itself:

“Form feet and legs…”

Vynndicator on the Sapphire Panther

Kaelina on the Sunstone Panther

“Form arms and body…”

Heavyarms on the Ruby Panther

Rasfari on the Jade Panther

“And I’ll form…the head!”

Arvash on the Jeweled Onyx Panther

“Go Voltron Force!”

That video brings back so many memories, I get excited every time I see it, lol.

I wished there was some sort of animation or cutscene the would play when you had all five Panther mounts, maybe even an on use item that would transform the current toon you’re on into a mini Voltron.  Or better yet, if you had all five Panthers or were in a group that had one of each of the Panthers, you could summon an Azeroth version of Voltron to aid in fighting world raid bosses, like the Sha of Anger or Galleon, that would last for 30 seconds and have a two-week cooldown.  How awesome would that be!

Shared Topic: Jack of all trades, Illustrious Grand Master of them all

This week’s Shared Topic from Blog Azeroth comes from Effraeti who asks:

Professions are fun for some and a necessary evil for others.

Some of us have farming professions.  Some of us have crafting professions.  Some of us have a little bit of everything!  Professions are leveled because they fit our style of play, help us in raiding, allow us to outfit our alts, and make us money.

What professions do you have on your main?  Do his/her professions fit their personality?  Why did you choose them?  If you chose professions based on your character and not on gaming needs, would that change some of their professions they use?

When I first started playing WoW, I really didn’t know much about professions.  I guess it was because my friend Chewy had most of them, if not all, maxed out on his toons and he was always supplying me with gear/gems/enchants he would create while leveling.  I don’t think Arv picked up his first profession until halfway through leveling in Outland.  And boy was it a pain to catch up back then: no flying mounts to make farming easier in Kal/EK, no gold to buy mats with and Firetree was a Moderate/Heavy server, so competition for nodes and mats was fierce.

I ended up picking Blacksmithing and Mining as my main professions, because to me that’s what made sense for a plate-wearing paladin to specialize in.  Speaking of specialization, remember when Blacksmithing was broken down into two sub-specializations, Armorsmithing and Weaponsmithing and Weaponsmithing was broken down even further to Hammer-, Axe- and Swordsmithing?  Yeah, I’m glad they got rid of that and just made BS one spec, lol.

About halfway through Wrath, I dropped Mining and picked up Jewelcrafting.  Those two professions were the optimum specs that most raiding tanks had because of the stamina bonus from BS and the Dragon’s Eye bonus and extra gem sockets from JC.  I leveled up a couple of alts just for the Mining profession alone, so that they would supply Arv with the ore needed to maintain BS and JC.

I like to be self-sufficient when I can, so maximizing First Aid, Fishing (for mats of course, not for fun, lol) and Cooking allowed me to be prepared for raids, if food and bandages weren’t already provided.  This self-sufficiency transferred over to my alts as well; amongst all ten of my 85s, I have every profession covered and maxed, ready to support my band of toons and guildies.

One last thing I want to say about Jewelcrafting, this is the one profession that has single-handedly earned almost all my gold.  Gems are the only thing I really sell on the Auction House.  I buy cheap ore when it’s available and turn it around for instant profit.  With the Voltron mounts coming out in MoP, Jewelcrafting is only going to get that much profitable and sweeter, lol.

From MMO-Champion