The spawning pool Understanding how and when mobs spawn, or are generated and appear in the game world, helps you control your risk vs. reward within a given instance. If mobs are available, there's loot waiting to be had; if they're not, though, you've wasted a lot of time and effort getting a group together.
Most (but not all) instance trash mobs are on a two-hour respawn timer. Instance bosses do not have a respawn timer at all. They only return on instance reset.
There are two ways to reset an instance:
- A soft reset happens when all group members leave the instance, dropping out of combat and forcing the mobs to drop aggro and run back to their original places. When the players re-enter, mobs that were dead will still be dead, but everyone will be safely out of combat. This allows a fresh start if things were going a bit awry.
- Another type of soft reset occurs when all the party members leave the instance for at least 30 minutes, forcing any trash mobs that have been killed to respawn. This tactic can solve a situation in which a boss becomes bugged during the encounter, and the players would like to attempt to "reset" him and try again.
- A hard reset occurs when all group members leave the instance and the group leader physically resets the entire instance. By right-clicking his own character portrait and selecting Reset Instance, the leader can restart the entire instance and respawn every mob inside it. This is a good choice if you'd like to repeat part (or the entire) dungeon again immediately. You cannot reset an instance more than five times per hour, in order to prevent players from farming the content.
Running instances in heroic mode
becomes an option in Burning Crusade
content and beyond. Heroic mode is much more difficult than the normal version of an instance, but heroics award significantly better loot. Your group leader should set your group's difficulty to heroic before anyone enters the instance (another right-click option from his character portrait).
Because heroics offer such high-quality loot, heroics are on a special lockout timer and can only be run once a day per character. Heroics cannot be hard reset by group leaders. The timers are reset automatically every day at 11 a.m. server time on U.S. servers and 8 a.m. server time on European servers. If you are inside a heroic instance when it resets, you'll be teleported to the nearest graveyard. Instance timers
Instance timers (often called raid timers, since they're used more often for raid content) prevent players from farming high-end or heroic instances (and raids) over and over to repeatedly get multiple loot drops in a short period of time. If you re-enter a timer-limited instance, you'll find you're in the original instance where you've already killed things. Bosses stay dead until the instance timer resets. This also means that you have a finite amount of time to kill everything in a given instance before it resets and all the mobs respawn. Bear this in mind if you are revisiting an instance with different raid members, as they might not always be "saved to" the same instance as you.
Your Raid ID is a number that identifies which instance you are saved to. If you enter an instance that could provide you with a raid ID, you will receive a confirmation box that allows you to accept that ID or leave the instance. Type /raidinfo to see your raid ID and compare it with other players in your group. Armory instance calendar
According to Blizzard's page on instancing, instance timers for raids and some regular group instance reset times can be viewed in the Armory's Player Calendar feature
, which replicates the in-game calendar feature. "Every player can access their calendar from the Armory via the Calendar tab on character profiles. You can browse your calendar in the same way that you can in game. In addition, you can respond to events through the Armory's calendar interface, which will then become effective in-game. To view recurring events such as raid reset times, select the event type from the drop-down menu on the calendar page."
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