MMO Guides: Cheating vs Enabling

When new content appears in Guild Wars 2 or SWTOR, there is always a guide on Dulfy to go with it.  The debate every player faces is this: do I use the guide or do I attempt to do the achievement without it?  And when you raid in WoW, do you read up in advance or do you go in blind?  Do you build your own toon and rotation or use a guide?

There is definitely a feeling that you are achieving more if you do not use the guide, and I understand this point of view.  I also agree that in some games (not Guild Wars 2 as much as others) the guide means you burn through content quickly and end up sitting around with very little to do.

That being said, I use the guides.  There are two main reasons for this.  The first is time: I lack it.  If I had just one MMO I might use guides less.  If I had less to do, I might use guides less.  Especially in Guild Wars 2, with its two week windows for achievements, I could easily never find all the solutions in time.

The second is a responsibility to others in group play.  In the case of raiding guides, for example, if I turn up without the knowledge others have, I am letting them down.  Of course we could decide as a group not to read the guides at all.  However, that is only an option if you are confident that your group will get there without these.  Which brings us back to time, and a lack of it.  You’ll notice that in the guides I write, I focus on trying to get information to people quickly.

If you read some posts, you would be made to feel like you were somehow a lesser player for using guides.  Don’t believe the hype!  Guides enable you to engage with content you would not otherwise get to see.  It isn’t the case that I would get there eventually without some of the guides I use.  Personally, I see using guides as using brains instead of time.

Morrighan’s Eternity Vault Crib Sheet

This is written for 8 man Hard Mode because thats all I’ve done!  We ran the whole raid with two tanks (one an off-tank) and two healers.  These tactics would likely be suitable for story mode and 16 man. Nightmare Mode may contain additional mechanics.

For all bosses:

  • Don’t loot before the Master Looter. This can cause the loot to bug.

Annihilation Droid XRR-3

  • He doesn’t move so turn him away and tank.
  • Stay spread out and ranged should keep out of melee range to avoid knockbacks.
  • Move out of red circles on the ground.
  • When he casts Missile Barrage all run and hide behind the left pillar until it ends (apart from the main tank).
  • At 8% he starts casting Missile Barrage endlessly so pop defensive and offensive cooldowns and burn.
  • There is a reasonably tight enrage timer.

Gharj

  • Lava hurts!
  • Tank Gharj at one end of each rock platform facing the edge.
  • Have the ranged dps and healers huddle at the other end.
  • Every so often Gharj destroys the platform you are standing on. Follow the rock path to the next one.
  • After a while adds appear when you change platforms. Don’t dps them until you are on the new platform.

Ancient Pylons

  • Split your raid evenly (i.e. a tank, a healer and 2 dps in each group) and get in position by each pylon.
  • You need to solve the puzzle to win. You work from bottom to top.
  • Have one dps, then the other, click the left console as soon as it is available (they get a debuff hence the swapping).
  • When the icon in the middle of the row matches the outer icons, click the Confirmation Console in the middle.
  • Both teams must complete a row to proceed to the next one.
  • Adds spawn as the fight goes on and become increasingly more difficult. Kill them ASAP.

Infernal Council

  • Each player has a mob to kill on their own.
  • You cannot help another player or the encounter will reset.  No dps, no heals, nothing.
  • Healers take the Assassins.
  • Tanks take the Juggernauts.
  • DPS take the Marauders. Some have more health than others so assign dps appropriately if needed.
  • Stand by your mob ready to start the fight. Some do knockbacks so place your back to something.
  • Kill all the mobs within 2 minutes.

Soa the Infernal One

  • There ares 5 phases es to this fight – 3 dps phases and 2 platform phases.
  • DPS phase 1:
    • Tank him in the middle.
    • Avoid green stuff.
    • Burn to 75% when the first platform phase will start.
  • DPS phase 2:
    • Tank him in the middle.
    • People targeted with Lightning Balls should kite them away from the raid before running into them to take the damage.
    • Get people out of mind trap ASAP.
  • DPS phase 3:
    • Lightning Balls and Mind Traps as phase 2.
    • Don’t hit the boss at all while his shield is up.
    • Tank kites the boss around under the spinning pillars.  When one drops it stuns the boss for 15 seconds.  All dps should hit him as hard as possible for that time ignoring all other mechanics.
    • You only have a few of these 15 second slots in which to kill him before he enrages.
  • Platform phases:
    • Hug up on the outer rim of the main platform and assign a leader.
    • Jump down from platform to platform along the routes listed below to avoid a platform disappearing underneath you.  Most of the jumps are anti-clockwise, but some are off the front or back of a platform.  Look before you leap! [I will add a route once I am confident in it]
    • On each platform is a small pyramid.  DPS it down.
    • Stop on assigned platforms (2 and 6) to AoE heal the group.

Moar Achievements: Children’s Week 2012

This is a re-write of the previous year’s guide.  There are no changes to the holiday from last year, but I’ve updated the format of the post.  There is only one new thing to consider: account wide pets. I highly recommend checking your toons to see which characters have which pets and targeting any pets you don’t already have.  You can also get different pets on different toons to try and collect all of them.

To get For the Children you need to get the following achievements:

  • Home Alone – Hearthstone with your Orphan out
  • Daily Chores – Do 5 daily quests with your Orphan out
  • School of Hard Knocks – complete four specicific BG goals with your Orphan out
  • Bad Example – Eat 7 specific types of nice stuff with your Orphan out
  • Aw, Isn’t it Cute? – Obtain a Children’s Week pet
  • Hail to the King, Baby – Kill King Ymiron in Utgarde Pinnacle with your Orphan out

You need to be at least level 78 to complete this meta achievement.

There are a few bonus achievements and items:

  • Veteran Nanny – Acquire Egbert’s Egg, Sleepy Willy and Elekk Training Collar on one character. This will take 3 years.  I suspect this will vanish in MoP, but there is no way you can speed this up so unless you already have two of the pets on one toon, you’ll just have to lose this one.
  • There are quite a few pets available.  You can get a maximum of three within one Children’s Week.  Each year you can work on another pet, apart from the Northrend pets – you can only ever get one of these.
    • One from the Stormwind/Orgrimmar orphan quests. (Whiskers the Rat, Mr Wiggles, Speedy, Scooter the Snail)
    • One from the Shattrath orphan quests. (Peanut, Egbert, Willy, Legs)
    • One from the Northrend orphan quests. (Curious Oracle Hatchling/Curious Wolvar Hatchling)

Don’t forget to have your Orphan out when you do ALL of these achievements. 

Now one of these achievements is a nightmare.  I would recommend doing these achievements as follows.

  1. Follow the Children’s Week questline to obtain a pet.  Use your Hearthstone while travelling about. Buy some of Tigule and Foror’s Strawberry Flavoured Ice Cream while you are in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. It can be found on the Candy Vendor near the Cooking daily in Stormwind and from the Snack-O-Matic in Horde Zepplins.  [Completed: Aw, Isn’t it Cute? and Home Alone, plus 1/7 Bad Example]  You also now have a pet out of this holiday, if nothing else.
  2. Time to bite the bullet and go for the hard one.    I could describe it all but I think that Cynwise has already done so far better than I could so check out his guide.  Console yourself with the thought that even if you NEVER PvP you can turn the Honor points you will earn into Justice Points, or use them towards the Honor mounts if you’re a mount collector.  It won’t be enough consolation for the hell that is this achievement, but there you go.  If you are aiming for the meta this is the one you need to focus on because its by far the hardest to get. [Completed: School of Hard Knocks]
  3. Once back in town do any five daily quests during the week.  The Fishing/Cooking ones are ridiculously easy and will count. [Completed: Daily Chores]
  4. Now its off to Northrend.  Travel to Howling Fjord with a friend or two to complete Utgarde Pinnacle.  You may well be able to solo this.  If not, you should only need one friend.  [Completed: Hail to the King, Baby]
  5. Carry on to Dalaran where you can buy a Red Velvet Cupcake, Dalaran Brownie, Dalaran Donut and Lovely Cake from Aimee outside of one of the banks.  Eat them all. [5/7 Bad Example]
  6. You now need to either do some cooking or visit the AH for Tasty Cupcake and Delicious Chocolate Cake.  There is an achievement to make the Delicious Chocolate Cake so bake it if you can.  The recipe comes from the rewards for the Outland or Dalaran Cooking dailies.  The Tasty Cupcake recipe is a random Northrend drop.  Both can be found on the AH. [Completed: Bad Example]

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