The Queue: I can't help it if it's true

Welcome back to The Queue, WoW Insider's daily Q&A column where the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Just gonna let this one speak for itself. Oh, and if you want to know what today's obligatory Reading-The-Queue-Music is, it's of Montreal.

lgnorman420 asked...

"So I've been wondering as my guild has been running through Ulduar about the various machine names one might encounter throughout the game. Mimiron's creation, the V0-L7R-0N combat system or the XT-002 Deconstructor are two examples. Also the mechanical chicken quests back from mid-40s to 50s leveling also come to mind. Do these number/letter codes have any significance or are they just random sequences to give them a machine sounding kind of name?"

I don't think there's any naming scheme across the board for robotic things in WoW. How they got their names differs from one to the next. For example, V0-L7R-0N is just a Voltron joke. I don't think XT-002 has any significance except that maybe (maybe) the 2 signifies that he's the second creation of Mimiron that you fight in Ulduar. The second line of defense or what have you. Someone smarter than I am should figure out what XT stands for. The robochickens are named after the zone you find them in.

So the robots have reasoning behind their names, yes. It's just not the same reasoning behind all of the names.

Ian R. asked...

"Does Blizzard or ever do anything at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX)?"

We here at Insider don't typically send anybody to PAX, but who knows. Maybe one day we will. It all comes down to budgeting and we need to pick our battles carefully. BlizzCon is absolutely always going to be worth it. PAX? Eh. We might send someone from to join the greater Joystiq collective, but it's unlikely we'll have a presence there just for ourselves.

Blizzard does tend to make appearances at PAX. In fact, they're slated to be there this year. What will they be showing off? I'm not sure, but if it's anything like last year they'll just be showing off what they showed off at BlizzCon, just in another venue. StarCraft II, maybe Diablo III or the inevitable new WoW expansion. Whatever they announce at BlizzCon will almost certainly be mentioned again at PAX, just in a much smaller capacity.

Charizard asked...

"So, I'll repost my question from the last article because it's still relavent. What's up with the Mountain Dew promotion thing? Are they still doing it? When are we getting pets? How does it work? I've been expecting a guide to it, but there still hasn't been one."

We were going to write up a guide until we realized that the Game Fuel site itself is the guide. It has a checklist of ways to earn points, and it doesn't get much easier than that. Here's what our guide would look like:

  1. Go to's How Do I Earn Tokens section

  2. ???

  3. Profit!

The pet details are all laid out on the FAQ page from the World of Warcraft website. You want this bit here:

"To claim the Battle-Bot pet, visit the promotion website at and follow the instructions there. The exclusive pet is available only between early June and August 20, and you many only claim the Battle-Bot Ignition Key on a World of Warcraft account (either trial or full account) that is tied to a account. The account must be in the North American region, which includes the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, and Singapore."

Vladeon asked...

"I've noticed that there's little to no Naga in Northrend. What's up with that? I mean, they're all over the coasts in the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor. Hell, they're even in Outland, god only knows how they made it up there. So, with Northrend being a smallish island with tons of coast-line, why haven't the Naga ventured up there much? Perhaps they're smarter than we give 'em credit for."

The Naga did have territory in Northrend, a fairly significant one according to the RPG books. Riplash Strand was dominated by Naga. However, if you quest in Borean Tundra you find that the weird seaghost vrykul have killed them all off. My personal theory is that Blizzard decided to do that because we had enough friggin' Naga in Burning Crusade and the last thing we needed was more of them in Northrend. Especially since that if the next expansion is the Maelstrom as most of us suspect, we'll have more than enough Naga on our hands. It was a wise, wise move to minimize their presence in Northrend.

(Psst, if you have something you want us to pick as our song of the day, feel free to post in the comments, but they'll only be considered if you ask a good question with the suggestion. Good as in not something silly like, "What is your favorite color?")

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