You need to log on to every single character. As you said, you have to do this for almost all account-wide things that went live in patch 5.0.4 -- achievements, mounts, pets, the whole deal.
Um ... what the heck is the Queue?
We had a great number of brand new readers come through the site yesterday, and The Queue seemed excessively confusing to many of them. Today, I shall explain!
The Queue started out as a column called "Ask a Beta Tester" back during beta testing for Wratch of the Lich King. People who weren't in the beta could ask those of us in the beta questions about the content, and we'd provide those answers. The Q&A format proved popular and we wanted to keep it around past the beta, so we called it The Queue. Why The Queue? Because at the time, many realms had excessively long wait times to get on the server and play. The Queue was something to read/waste time on while you waited in the queue. The name stuck. Forever.
In The Queue, if you have a question about World of Warcraft, you just ask in the comments. The WoW Insider staff may answer your question in the following edition. Even if we don't answer your question, chances are good a friendly reader came along to help you out.
When I logged out last night, I was about 64% of the way to lvl 84. When I logged in after the patch, I'm at 100% XP; 1xp away from leveling, actually. What's up with that?
It appears that the XP nerf for the final levels of Cataclysm has gone live. It drastically reduces how much XP you need at levels 84 and 85. You were probably exactly 1 XP away from leveling because Blizzard doesn't want to (or can't?) change your level while you're not even logged in. If you were leveling in Cataclysm for the first time, how much would it suck to not even see yourself hit the level cap?
What can an inactive account do? Example, say you have a second account from RAF that has toons with names you like, but the account has gone innactive and you don't want to pay to reactivate it. Can you log into the account and see/delete characters to free them up for your main account, or can you not even log into an account that isn't active?
You can't even log in. You can do nothing.
Anyone else nostalgic for the Cataclysm login screen? Not that it was a favourite or anything, it's just that there's something about losing something forever that brings nostalgia into mind.
I'm sure you're not alone. There are probably oodles of people out there who will miss the Cataclysm login screen. I am not one of those people, however. The login screen for vanilla WoW, and then the followup in The Burning Crusade, are still iconic of the game to this day. They screamed, "You are playing World of Warcraft! Heck, yeah!" The dragon intros we were given in Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm drove me nuts. The Mists login screen, while not showing off the Dark Portal or anything, is much closer to that vanilla/Burning Crusade style. I really dig it.
I think the coolest thing Blizzard could do with the login screen is bring back the Dark Portal. That login screen was best and still representative of the game to this day. Even people who have never played World of Warcraft see a picture of the Dark Portal login screen and know exactly what game it is. You can't say the same of Sindragosa, Deathwing, or the mogu.
Losing something forever doesn't factor into it for me anymore. After The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm (especially Cataclysm), that's sort of ... old hat.
I plan to take my time while leveling in Pandaria and as such, was going to avoid getting the rested XP bonus. My question is, when they design zones and the leveling process, do they factor in the rested XP? In other words, could I potentially run out of quests to do in a certain zone before the next one opens up for me?
The devs do not factor in rested XP. In fact, they always wipe out everybody's rested XP when an expansion launches. Building up rest on your characters so they'll level faster in Pandaria at launch just won't work. That rest will be gone.
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