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Ask a Beta Tester: Raids, rare mobs, and more raids

Alex Ziebart

We've had a lot of class-specific questions lately (especially Hunters) here on Ask a Beta Tester, but since I don't play every class, I can't answer all of those. However, I've forwarded some of them on to our motley crew of bloggers, so we'll hopefully be able to answer you soon. Until then, let's get started on some other things, shall we?

Robert M asked a pair of questions...

Is there going to a difference in the number of badges the same boss drops in the 10 man and the 25 man?

There isn't a difference in the number, no. However, there is a difference in the type of badge. The 10 and 25 man loot is tiered, and the 10 and 25 man badge loot is tiered in a similar way. The badge loot you can get from grinding 10-mans is not the same as grinding 25-mans.

Will you be saved to a raid in the 10 man and not be able to do the 25 man that week? it seems like a 25 man geared toon could help the guild in the 10 if its a slow week or some of the raid members have a RL issue.

The 10 and 25 man raids have separate raid IDs, so doing them both in one week won't be an issue.

Read on for more answers to your questions!

sphynx asked...

After learning to summon a mini-pet, do you lose the 'container'? From what I saw of the beta you can keep it, but does that mean I can, say, send my firefly to all my alts and sell it on the AH again after using it? That would be rather devastating for the rarity for a lot of pets...

As far as I've seen, it consumes the item. All of my pets were consumed when I learned them, and I just purchased a Ghostly Skull from the Dalaran sewers to test it out. It definitely consumed the item. Maybe there are specific pets that are bugged right now, and aren't being consumed? If that's the case, they'll be fixed if they haven't been already.

Agent StanSmith asked...

Are there going to be more rare mobs in Northrend? As a rare-hunter, I was kind of disappointed by the sparseness of rare mobs in the outlands, and I would really hope wrath returns to the variety available in the old world.

I haven't seen any yet in Northrend, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're not there. It just means I haven't seen any. That's a real non-answer, I know, but it's all I've got. The Burning Crusade had quite a few rares, around 20 of them I believe, they were just hard to find. In all of my time playing BC, I think I've killed 7 of them, and a few of them multiple times. I remember my first time seeing Kraator and going, "Oh. My. God. WTF is that!? Holy crap it's huge! ...I must kill it!"

Chamual said...

Seeing as there are now lots of 10man raids, does this mean the end of heroics? Are there still heroics in WotLK and do you have to run them to gear for the first 10man?

There are still Heroics, and they're pretty fun. Some of them have 'extras' to lure you in, too. Extra bosses, extra quests. There's loot, sure, but there are those other things to still lure you in even if you raid.

You probably don't need to do a whole lot of these to start 10 man raiding, but you should do some. For 25 man raiding, yes, you definitely want to be able to quickly and easily clear Heroics before trying your hand at a raid.

Daniel asked...

What is the WotLK raid ladder at the moment?

So far it looks like Naxx/Obsidian Sanctum, then Eye of Eternity/Ulduar (when Ulduar is implemented). Whatever is implemented later will naturally come after that.

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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