Get started collecting titles in WoW

In World of Warcraft's current content lull, you may find yourself wondering what to do once you finally hit level 90. You can, of course, quest, raid, or PvP to your heart's content, but what do you do when you get tired of running the same dungeons and battlegrounds? While you could -- and many do -- wander off to explore other games, a common answer to slow content times in WoW is to pick up collecting.

While collecting isn't a primary game element, the game is full of things to collect -- and some of them even have achievements to be earned or special in-game collection interfaces. Sound like an interesting use of your WoW downtime? We're going to start off with some of our favorite time-consuming achievements -- all with cool titles to adorn your character -- that will definitely help you fill up the hours while waiting for Warlords of Draenor. And, of course, you get to customize your character with some awesome titles to boot.

Easy titles to pick up

  • Assistant Professor: To put it politely, archaeology is grindy. But if you can put up with the grind, you'll pick up some cool titles for solving rare artifacts. The Assistant Professor title only requires you to solve a single rare artifact, which puts it towards the top of the list for ease -- though you'll need to commit more time to archeology to get Associate Professor and Professor. One rare artifact will get you Assistant Professor, ten rare artifacts will get you Associate Professor, and twenty rare artifacts will get you Professor. If becoming an in-game professor has never been your ambition, perhaps you'd be interested in picking up the Chef title for cooking or the Salty title for fishing?

  • Jenkins: You've seen the video and now you can get the Leeeeeeeeeeeeeroy! achievement, which lets you set your title to "<name> Jenkins." You'll have to head to Upper Blackrock Spire and kill 50 rookery whelps in 15 seconds -- not a difficult task for level 90s (or even 80s or 70s). Just don't expect your fellow players to be particularly reassured if you show up to a group with this title turned on.

  • Event titles: Though there are too many to mention them individually, most of Azeroth's in-game events also have achievements and titles you can pick up, like Merrymaker for Winter Veil and The Hallowed for Hallow's End. So title and achievement hunters should be sure to pay attention whenever there's a special event -- it's likely to offer some cool title rewards!

  • The Crazy Cat Man/Lady: Show your love for the cats of Azeroth by collecting 20 of them to earn this title. Whether you want to advertise this particular craziness, however, is up to you.

  • The Patient: If you're not a fan of doing heroics, you probably haven't picked up this title, which is granted when you've grouped with 50 random players through the dungeon finder. (If you keep going, you can pick up the Perky Pug pet, too, which will help build your pet collection.)

  • The Explorer: When you've completely explored all the zones in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend, Cataclysm, and Pandaria, you'll pick up this title -- and a tabard, to boot! This one is time-consuming, but takes no special effort beyond venturing into each part of each zone, so it's easy enough to get... so long as you're willing to spend a while flying around the game world.

Time-consuming but not impossible

  • Ambassador: Many titles are based on reputation, but this one is a good introduction to all of them. All you need to do to become "Ambassador <name>" is reach exalted reputation with all of your faction's six playable races for Ambassador of the Alliance or Ambassador of the Horde. Questing through the faction's zones (even starting zones) is a good way to work up reputation, but you can also pick up tabards from each faction's quartermaster which will grant you additional faction reputation while running dungeons.

  • Of the Alliance/Of the Horde: This title, awarded for getting 100,000 honorable kills, is for the patient PvPers out there. If you've gotten to 100,000 and aren't sick of PvPing yet, your next title is The Bloodthirsty, awarded for 250,000 kills. While you're getting these, you might work on picking up the Battlemaster title, too, for completing achievements in each battleground.

  • The Flamebreaker: This Cataclysm-era title can be picked up so long as you're willing to spend some time at it. It requires you to complete Molten Front dailies, some in very specific ways. Expect to spend some time unlocking the dailies and coming back to do them repeatedly until you nab these -- but still, it doesn't require as much grinding as Loremaster or The Insane (which we'll get to later). Probably.

  • The Loremaster: This achievement of achievements requires you to completely quest through every zone in the game, which makes it one of the most time-consuming tasks on this to-do list. However, you're sure to pick up a lot of reputation along the way -- which can help you with yet more achievements -- and you're guaranteed to pick up The Seeker title, which is rewarded once you've completed 3000 quests.

Titles for the truly dedicated

  • Zookeeper: This massive pet-collection achievement requires you to collect all tamable pets from Eastern Kingdom, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend, and Pandaria. It's time-consuming to be sure, but it jumps from "time consuming" to "you've got to be kidding me" because some of the required pets are seasonal and can only be found at certain times of the year.

  • The Beloved: What started with Ambassador ends with the Beloved, which requires you to reach exalted reputation with 60 different factions. Though this is the end-game of reputation achievements, there are plenty of other titles you can pick up along the way, like the previously mentioned Ambassador, The Exalted, The Diplomat, The Argent Champion, Guardian of Cenarius, and others. Be sure to clear your calendar for this mega-grind.

  • The Insane: This title lives up to its name, requiring you to grind reputation with some truly challenging factions. You'll need to reach exalted with the Darkmoon Faire, Ravenholdt, each of the goblin factions, and also honored with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Beyond the inherent difficulty of Darkmoon and Ravenholdt factions, gaining Bloodsail faction will lose you goblin faction -- so you'll have to grind up to honored and then grind all the way back up to exalted with each goblin cartel, who probably hate you. On the plus side, you can also pick up the Bloodsail Admiral title for completing the Bloodsail quest Avast Ye, Admiral! on your way to honored.

So what are you waiting for? Get into the game and and get your title on!

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