This time around, there was no waiting in between stages. I could simply barrel through the chain as quickly as possible, a fresh level 90 against whatever Wrathion chose to throw at me. And let's face it -- the chain has changed in parts along the way. It still takes some time to complete, so you're not going to have your cloak tomorrow if you start today. But the rewards are well worth the effort, and it's quite a bit easier than it used to be. So if you have a recently boosted level 90 and you're interested in getting a legendary of your own, here's how to get that cloak with minimal stress.
Trial of the Black Prince
Upon hitting level 90, you can begin the legendary chain in one of two ways. Certain NPCs scattered around the world will give you the breadcrumb quest Stranger in a Strange Land, which will direct you to the Tavern in the Mists where Wrathion resides. Alternatively, you can just wander over to the Tavern on your own, no breadcrumb needed. Talk to Wrathion, pick up A Legend in the Making, and talk to Wrathion again -- be sure to grab your drink from Tong while you're there. It's only polite. And then you're off on what is the first of many, many collection chains, and some rep grinding as well.
- Trial of the Black Prince You're going to need to get to Honored reputation with the Black Prince. If you have not unlocked the Isle of Thunder just yet, go ahead and go do that now. I'm serious, you'll thank me later. On the Isle of Thunder, there is a nice waterfall of constantly spawning statues just to the southeast of the large structure in the middle of the island. There are a group of pandaren fighting the waves -- just tag the statues and DPS them down for a constant stream of reputation. You can stop at Honored reputation if you want to, but by the end of this monstrous chain you'll need to be at Exalted reputation anyway, so feel free to continue as long as you need. I found that Netflix and its dizzying array of television series was excellent for passing the time while farming. They just added House M.D.!
- The Strength of One's Foes The Sigils required for this chain drop a heck of a lot faster these days, but if you aren't a regular raider, you're going to want to hit LFR. However, the Sigils will drop from every Mists of Pandaria raid to date. This means you can queue for Mogu'shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, Terrace of Endless Spring, Throne of Thunder, and Siege of Orgrimmar. Only the first two wings of Siege of Orgrimmar apply to this quest, though. Don't bother with the Underhold or Downfall sections, they won't give you anything.
- Tips for LFR Before you jump into the raid finder, here's a few things you should know right off the bat in regards to the legendary chain.
- You are eligible for legendary quest items once per boss per week. You can't kill a boss on LFR difficulty and then go back on normal or heroic difficulty and expect another drop chance. Won't happen.
- Bonus rolls do not count for quest items. Don't waste any coins you might have on this -- spend them trying to get loot instead.
- Make sure you have at least passing knowledge of the fights in LFR before you go. This is frankly a requirement -- you're going to be raiding with 24 other people, and you'll want to know what you're doing so you aren't holding anything up. We have some handy five second guides for Throne of Thunder and the Siege of Orgrimmar, Ten Ton Hammer has some excellent guides for Mogu'shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, and Terrace of Endless Spring.
- Tuesdays are the best days for LFR. Hands down, the best days to accomplish LFR runs are Tuesdays, because everyone is getting their weekly LFR runs in. Wednesdays are also pretty solid, but the later in the week that you wait, the longer it'll take for you to get an LFR group.
- Make sure you gear as you go. You probably won't have the item level required for Siege of Orgrimmar right off the bat. But gear that drops from Throne of Thunder can get you there pretty quickly. Don't forget to equip the loot you're picking up while farming those quest drops!
- Fear Itself Once you're done gathering Sigils and reputation, you'll get this quest from Wrathion. It's simple -- queue for Terrace of Endless Spring, kill the Sha of Fear, and loot it for the quest item. If you've already killed the Sha that week, don't worry -- it will drop the quest item every time you kill it. Queue away, fetch the Chimera of Fear, and you're done!
- Breath of the Black Prince Return to Wrathion to claim the first part of your reward. If you managed to pick up a Sha-Touched weapon while you were running LFR, enjoy using your gem. If you didn't get your hands on a Sha-Touched weapon, ignore the gem you just received -- you won't need it anyway.
- Incoming... Wrathion will give you this quest, and it's where people get confused or lost. In order to progress in this chain, you need to head back to your Shrine in the Vale. If you're Horde, look for Sunwalker Dezco and pick up Meet the Scout. If you're Alliance, look for Lyalia and pick up the same quest. Head to Krasarang Wilds and complete the chain of quests that follows, all the way up until your respective faction's base is established. Then return to Wrathion.
- The Measure of a Leader Wrathion has some more talking to do. Grab your snack from Tong and wait for him to finish.
- The Prince's Pursuit Wrathion would like you to be Revered with him now. Remember when I mentioned grinding out those statues to Exalted? If you did so, skip this part. If you didn't, you might want to start doing the daily quests for either Domination Offensive or Operation: Shieldwall. They'll give you reputation, and there is also a pretty amazing storyline involved while you're at it.
- A Test of Valor This is going to be the longest part of the entire legendary chain, hands down. You can only obtain 1000 Valor Points per week. Wrathion wants you to get 3000 of them. At bare minimum, you're going to be gathering Valor for three weeks, but it's more likely to be four. You can cap your Valor any way you'd like -- do LFR, heroic dungeons, heroic scenarios, or even daily quests if that sounds good to you. If you'd like to track just how many Valor Points you have along the way, type /run AddTrackedAchievement(8031) in your chat window. To remove it after it's been completed, type /run RemoveTrackedAchievement(GetTrackedAchievements()) in your chat window.
- The Lion Roars/Glory to the Horde These can be annoying, particularly if you don't PvP at all. You need to win one battle each from the Temple of Kotmogu and the Silvershard Mines. Before you head in, check out our Battlegrounds in 5 Seconds guides so that you know what to do once you're in there. If you do not usually PvP, here's what you need to know -- you will not instantly win. If you don't have PvP gear, you'll probably die a lot. It may take several rounds of queuing for each battleground before you get those wins. You'll need patience when you're doing these, but don't worry -- you can complete both in an afternoon. Just be patient, keep queuing, keep quiet, and help out your team as best as you can.
- A Change of Command This quest requires you to kill one of two elite mobs -- either an Alliance mob, or a Horde mob. While it originally took a raid group to tackle these guys, they have since been nerfed -- I duoed the Horde mob with a warrior friend of mine. Some classes can probably even solo them. Grab a friend or two and you're good to go!
- Call of the Packmaster/ The Soul of the Horde Wrathion has another reward for you! Open the box to claim it. If you are still toting a weapon from the Throne of Thunder, you can use the Eye of the Black Prince to add a socket to it. If you already lucked out and got a weapon from the Siege of Orgrimmar, ignore Wrathion's latest offering. Don't worry, there's better stuff ahead anyway.
Wrathion will relocate to the upstairs level of the Tavern, and he's got company -- Prince Anduin Wrynn has decided to stop by and pay a visit.
- I Need A Champion Wrathion would like you to gain Exalted reputation with him. I told you so.
- Secrets of the First Empire You're going to need LFR for quest items again -- this time, Secrets of the Empire. These can only be obtained through the first two wings of the Siege of Orgrimmar, and the entirety of Throne of Thunder. The drop rate really isn't that bad, but you do need 20 of them -- it'll likely be a couple weeks before you have all 20. In addition, you'll need 40 Trillium Bars. You can either grab these from the Auction House, or use Spirits of Harmony to purchase black and white Trillium Ore at your faction's Shrine.
- The Thunder Forge Wrathion wants you to meet him at the Thunder Forge once you've gotten all the necessary materials. This is a solo scenario on the Isle of Thunder -- head to the Thunder Forge and talk to Wrathion to begin. The last stage of the scenario can be pretty challenging, but there are plenty of video guides out there that show you exactly how to complete it.
- Spirit of the Storm Lord This quest requires you to throw a lance at Nalak, the dragon world boss on the Isle of Thunder. Doing so will spawn an add -- you simply have to outrun the add. However, Nalak isn't exactly happy about being jabbed with a spear. You can easily solo this quest by standing at the base of the northern stairs in Nalak's spawn area. Move forward just enough to hit Nalak with the spear, then quickly dart up the stairs. Stop at the top of the stairs -- Nalak should de-spawn, but the add will stay, allowing you to kite it around until the channel is finished, the add dies, and the quest completes.
- The Crown of Heaven Now we're talking rewards! Head back to the Tavern to claim you reward from Wrathion -- a metagem for any helm you happen to have. It's an amazing gem, and you'll want to use it immediately. If you upgrade your helm at any point, you can get another one of these amazing metas from the Blacktalon Quartermaster in the Tavern -- it'll cost you five Primal Diamonds.
- Echoes of the Titans This is the last leg of collecting quest items from LFR. You're close to your cloak now! You just need 12 Titan Runestones. These items drop from the last two sections of the Throne of Thunder Raid -- Halls of Flesh-Shaping and Pinnacle of Storms -- as well as the first two wings of Siege of Orgrimmar. Both Lei Shen and the Sha of Pride are guaranteed to give you a Runestone every week, the other bosses are random. Please note that if you have killed any of these bosses prior to picking up the quest, you'll need to wait until the following week to start collecting those Runestones. It took me three weeks of LFR to gather all 12 Runestones.
- Heart of the Thunder King Queue for the Pinnacle of Storms. Kill Lei Shen. Take his heart back to Wrathion and watch the disgusting, if fascinating, results. Breathe a sigh of relief, because everything from here on out can easily be completed in a single evening.
- Celestial Blessings Wrathion would like you to go with him and visit all four Celestials, getting their blessings. This involves hauling your way out to each individual Celestial's temple, but beyond that, you're also going to get a solo challenge to end all challenges. If you're ranged DPS, you'll want to accept Yu'lon's challenge, if you're melee, take Xuen's, if you're a tank, take Niuzao's, and healers should take Chi-ji's. These challenges are tough, they'll probably take you more than one attempt to complete. Tanks and melee DPS may want to check out our guide for more details, there is an excellent guide on the official forums for healers, and a pretty good guide for ranged DPS as well. Be warned, not all ranged can use the strategy in that link. If you have a method of dropping threat, however, it's ridiculously handy.
- Cloak of Virtue Visit Wrathion back at the Tavern to collect your well-earned reward, the Cloak of Virtue. You don't need to bother with putting any gems or enchants on it, because you can upgrade it in a flash at this point. Take the next quest, Meet Me Back at the Inn, and prepare for the last step on your legendary journey.
Judgment of the Black Prince
- A Timeless Discovery Wrathion has discovered the Timeless Isle, and would like you to meet him there. Simple enough!
- Secrets of the Timeless Isle One more little collection quest to go. Wrathion wants 5000 Timeless Coins. They drop like candy from everything on the Isle. Rares tend to drop a lot more coins, so you might want to keep an eye on general chat for rare spawn announcements.
- The Emperor's Way Now all that's left is to defeat all four of the August Celestials on the Timeless Isle. If you happen to hit this leg of the chain on Tuesday after your server reset, you should find piles of people merrily fighting the Celestials one by one. If you have not, then go to your friends list and hit the raid tab. At the top, you'll see a button that says "Other Raids." Click that, and select the option for the Celestials, adding yourself to the list. You should receive an invitation to a Celestials raid within minutes. It doesn't matter what time of the day it happens to be. I completed mine at 2am, and I didn't have to wait more than a minute, maybe two in between invites. Make sure you note which Celestials you currently need on the raid tab, when you add yourself to the list.
- A Pandaren Legend Turn in the quest, and Wrathion will express his astonishment at your success. He'll also ask you to meet him at the Seat of Knowledge. He and Lorewalker Cho will then tell the story of your heroic deeds, and at the end of it all, Wrathion will hand you an item that will upgrade your cloak to a legendary of your very own. Mission accomplished!
- Judgment of the Black Prince You may have your cloak, but Wrathion's got one more mission for you -- he'd like you to go defeat Garrosh Hellscream. You don't get another legendary out of this, but you get to see what happens to Wrathion when all is said and done -- and it's a lovely little show. I highly recommend finishing it all up.