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Ask a Beta Tester: Flying in the snow, etc


FoSho asked....

Maybe I'm in the dark here, but how does one get to Dalaran since its floating in mid air. Is there a portal in a town, or do you have to be 67 to get there? I keep on hearing its "dangerous" to get to Dalaran, how so?

I wouldn't call it dangerous, but you aren't going to be able to get there at level 70 without the help of a Mage or Warlock. Because Dalaran is floating high above Northrend, you need a flying mounto reach it, and when you first arrive in Northrend, your flying mount simply doesn't know how to handle the cold weather. You'll need to complete a level 77 quest chain to obtain Cold Weather Flying and reach Dalaran on your own. Alternatively, there's a quest at level 74 you can seek out in certain inns that will take you there.

For more of your beta questions -- and our beta answers -- read on! But if you're the sort who wants to avoid spoilers, turn back now. We're aiming to avoid major story spoilers, but this feature is all about beta content and we can't talk about the beta without giving a few things away.

Blue_Bland asked....

Are the Mage spells Conjure Food (Rank 8) and Conjure Water (Rank 9) still only able to be learned from book drops or are they now available from the Mage trainers at 70?

Both of these are available at a Mage trainer near you in the Wrath beta.

Debesun asked....

I'm unsure whether this has been detailed yet but I was wondering about the starting reputation of Death Knights. Does a Death Knight begin the game at 55 but with the faction standings of a level 1?

I'm afraid a new Death Knight starts where any other new character starts -- with little faction standing anywhere. Alliance DKs start out at friendly with all Alliance factions. Horde DKs start out as friendly with Trolls/Orcs/Tauren or Undead/Blood Elves, depending on their racial selection. (And before anyone starts with cries of unfairness, this is exactly how a level 1 starts. You may now continue with your regularly scheduled cries of unfairness.)

tehvoid asked....

Death Knights will have all old world flight paths but what about explored zones? Will they have some pre-explored parts of the world (like flight path sites) or have just forgot all of her past life minus flight paths?

Besites their flight paths, I'm afraid Death Knights know nothing of the lay of the land. If you're after exploration achievements, you'll be starting from scratch.

Tap asked....

Speaking of talent spec swaps, is Blizzard going to implement anything? I'm guessing they're too busy and won't get to it for WotLK....too bad, it would be awesome to change from DPS to healer (as a Priest) or (less likely) tank to healer and back (as a Pally) depending on need.

At the Worldwide Invitational this year, we were told, specifically, that "We are working on a plan to give players access to two talent specs." Though they promised more details in the future, they weren't specific about when, and there's always the chance that their "future" time-frame is post-Wrath. However, they've also promised the dance studio for Wrath, and we've not seen a hint of it in-game yet, so it's probably not too late for new features to pop up. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that dual talent specs makes the Wrath launch.

MacGayver asked....

I remember someone mentioning something about king Varian Wrynn being back on his throne. Any word about how that all is currently?

King Wrynn has returned and Stormwind's throne room redecorated to celebrate -- see above.

Eric asked....

Do we have any idea what the rewards for the achievements will be, beyond those points? Will we be able to trade them in for something?

Though new achievement (and feats of strength) rewards seem to be popping up regularly, we do have information on some rewards. There are a number of new titles in Wrath, available only by completing certain achivements. In addition to cool titles, PvPers out there will be able to pick up a Black War Bear mount as an achievement reward. (But getting your Black War Bear won't be easy -- you'll need 100,000 honorable kills before you unlock the achievement requiring you to assassinate opposing faction leaders, which then rewards you the mount.)

Kevin Gass asked....

I have a mount question: You mounts are learned to the new spell book and you move them around an organize them? or should a clutterfree freak like myself learn the mounts in the exact order I want them to appear?

I'm afraid they show up in your spell book in alphabetical order, no other organiation to it. However, like some in the comments mentioned, I've no doubt there will be addons that will allow more precise sorting for the obsessive compulsive among us.

The Wrath of the Lich King beta is in full swing, and the WoW Insider crew is here to sate your curiosity with Ask a Beta Tester! Leave your beta questions in the comments and we'll do our best to answer 'em! And if you can't get enough Wrath, don't forget to check WoW Insider's Wrath Roundup page for anything we haven't answered here!

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