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Ask a Beta Tester: Mounts, threat meters, and tabards

Alex Ziebart

We'll jump right into things in today's Ask a Beta Tester, because destiny waits for no man!

andyjay220 asked...

How have people liked the new threat meter? I have tried PTR but I don't really understand it as I am used to Omen. As far as I can tell the only information it gives you is "YOU NOW HAVE 100% AGGRO" which isn't very helpful. I want to see a meter showing how far away from pulling aggro I am so i can gauge my attacking accordingly. Any way someone could explain it to me?

The threat meter's UI is pretty simplistic. It displays yellow when you're close to pulling aggro, and red when you've done it. It's accurate, but hard to gauge how close you really are. It shows the percentage in your tooltip... but that's a strange place for it. It won't replace things like Omen (when it's updated for 3.0.2) but its addition will allow Omen and similar mods to be much more accurate.

Of course, for things like 5-man dungeons, you don't need to the nitty gritty numbers, really. There's very little reason to be at the max possible threat before pulling aggro, just take it a little easier. Raids, though? You'll want Omen.

Read on for more answers to your questions!

Gat asked...

I have a question, and please don't say take your time and enjoy the content. I want to get to 80 as fast as humanly possible when the xpac comes out, do you have any advice? Can I carry over quests? Should I shoot for instances or quest?

Why in the world would you want to do that? Take your time, enjoy the content!

Just kidding.

The 'fastest way' is probably to enlist your entire guild into powerleveling you. If you're mostly on your own, quests are really good XP. You can carry over quests from The Burning Crusade and hand a bunch in right away, but they give less than half the XP that Wrath quests do, so I wouldn't spend too much time running around Outland turning a bunch of old quests in.

Dungeons are very good XP if you have a strong, regular 5-man group. If you wipe a lot with a bunch of bad players, it's a waste of time when leveling. If you have a very good group, it's very, very fast XP.

I have only leveled once in the Wrath beta, so I don't have a ton of practice doing it to give you a perfect answer. My best advice is don't dawdle. Check out Wowhead, Wowwiki, etc. Look for quest hubs, and plot a course.

Alex asked...

Aside from the Amani War Bear, are any other mounts being removed?

As far as I know, no other mounts are being locked out when Wrath hits. It's just the War Bear since it's a special case.

Kypros asked...

I vaguely remember reading that Blizz was looking to allow players to gain rep by wearing that rep's tabard, essentially removing the need to run a specific instance. Any word on this, or did I just make this up?

You weren't making it up! It was something they stated they wanted to do at the Worldwide Invitational (perhaps earlier), but wasn't implemented until just two days ago. The tabards are gotten from each faction's quartermaster, cost 1 gold, and I'll let the screenshot below tell you the rest of the story.

Vylemacer asked...

Are Inscription glyphs actually items that can be readily replaced, or do you have to get or buy new glyphs if you want to swap them out?

Glyphs are just like gems in this way. If you swap one out, it is destroyed. If you remove it, it is destroyed.

Tap asked...

Hrm, does using a flying carpet require cold weather flying?


BiggusGeekus asked...

Can the driver of the motorcycle have a battleground flag carrier as a passenger? So if my buddy grabs the flag can I give him a ride to our keep?

Battlegrounds aren't up right now for me to test, but I think it's safe to say no, you can't carry flag carriers in your motorcycle. If you currently can, I bet that's going to be labeled a bug and fixed really fast.
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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