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Mists of Pandaria beta: Who needs Frostmourne when you've got Lobstmourne?

Anne Stickney

The Mists of Pandaria beta has had some bizarre moments, but the last thing I was expecting was an epic lobster chase across the lost continent. While exploring off the coast of Krasarang Wilds, I stumbled across Damlak, a level 90 elite makrura who was strolling just off the shore of a small island to the south. After gleefully murdering the lobster, I was rewarded with a book and an item called Damlak's Clamshell. The Clamshell may vendor for a gold, but its use effect is far too fascinating to pass up.

It was the book that was even more interesting, however. Titled Troubles From Without, the book detailed the locations of several different elite makrura scattered all over Pandaria, with a basic rundown of their abilities. And so off I went to murder a fleet of elite lobster, collecting shells from each. After collecting all six shells, the book then advises you to head to another small island off the south coast of Krasarang Wilds to summon Clawlord Kril'mandar, The Pinch King.

Yes, you read that title right.

Kril'mandar puts up quite a tough fight, using abilities from all six of his assorted servants. After killing him, you can loot Lobstmourne, a one-hand fist weapon sporting 341 agility, 512 stamina, 244 hit and 200 mastery. Sadly, it does not appear to absorb the souls of the dead, although the jaws on the model appear to be quite interested in pinching any enemies you happen upon.

It may not be Wrath of the Lich King, but it's a funny and entirely tongue-in-cheek hail back to the days of Northrend's icy peaks. Mists of Pandaria is full of odd moments like these -- elites in strange places, curious quests that drag you all over the world ... and horrific puns the likes of which you've only dreamed (or had numerous nightmares) of.

It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

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