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Ask A Beta Tester: Death Knights, bears, and buckets


Welcome back to another edition of Ask A Beta Tester! I've stolen the reins from Elizabeth and Alex for a day, so let's get into last week's comments and get some questions answered.

Death Knights:

Multiple people had lots of questions about Death Knights, so I'm just going to list a bunch of them and then delve into what's going on: How Customizable are Death Knights? Do they get unique skintones, or unique racials?

As to Death Knight Customization, the big difference they have right now are glowing blue eyes for every race. You can see that in action in our Death Knight racial gallery. Unfortunately, I think the Blue Eyes look sort of pasted on for most races, so I'm hoping they keep tweaking that to make them look more natural. We've also been promised different sounding emotes -- every Death Knight will have a deeper, sepulchral voice.

As far as other unique things, I'm pulling for new skin tones and eye marks like you see on many NPC Human Necromancers and Death Knights, but there has not been anything said about that one way or another.

On the subject of racials, Death Knights currently use their race's racials, and there's no indication that will change. Arcane Torrent has even been adjusted to grant runic power.

And here's one last Death Knight question from krat: Do all abilities that require runic power drain all of it, and if so, do they actually scale with the amount of runic power one has?

Actually, krat, Most runic power abilities simply take a set amount of runic power. Those that do take all of your runic power, such as Summon Gargoyle and Unholy Blight, do scale in some way, even if it's only lasting longer based on how much runic power you have.

Other Stuff

jurandr asks: We know they're getting rid of the Amani War Bear mount. Will any of the other BC mounts be affected?

No, we'll still be able to get all of the other mounts that currently drop in game, so once you hit level 80, feel free to go try to solo Bloodlord Mandokir for that raptor. The Amani War Bear was specifically removed because it requires a precision timed event that requires skill and discipline at 70, but will be trivial at 80. Luckily, we will have replacement bear mounts.

Joene asks: Are factions implemented yet?

Not completely. Each of the starting harbors in Northrend has a faction, and there's also the Argent Crusade which was discuss in a previous AABT. The Wolvar and the Oracles can now be quested with in Sholazar Basin as well. However, for the most part, factional rewards aren't really in, and we'll probably have to wait a few more patches to get full implementation.

Aryc Ogre asked: What I want to know is... do the walrus-people have a quest for you to retrieve their stolen bucket?

I have not seen one. However, I actually agitated for this back when we first heard about the Tuskarr, and I think I'll go throw this up on the Beta suggestion board right now. The legacy of the bukkit must live on!

That's all I have time for for today, but please do continue to ask your questions in the comments. If you haven't seen yours answered in a few posts, ask it again. The plan is to do this daily until all your questions are answered or Beta testing is finished!

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