In this installment of the “voices from the community” series, we are beginning preparations for the upcoming 4.2 patch by discussing the new Legendary weapon. This post is written by Hedra (now Elaera on the Malygos server in the guild Soulbound). Please note that this legendary item is for caster DPS, such as moonkin, and not for healers (sorry trees!).
With patch 4.2 comes the new Tier 12 raiding content and the Firelands raid instance. It’s also when the Legendary staff, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest, becomes available and will be the most important item for almost any raiding dps caster. This is the first appropriate legendary for a boomkin, since Atiesh (which is no longer in the game). The staff stats are the equivalent of Tier 13.5 gear, so this will likely be the weapon of choice until the end of Cataclysm.
The quest chain for the staff can be completed in both 10 and 25 man raids.
Blizzard has previously stated in an Ask the Devs “Our plan is to make Legendary completion take longer to acquire in 10-player raids…you can plan on it being maybe 2 to 2.5 times faster for the 25-player raid.” Recently Cory Stockton said in aninterview: “Both 10 & 25 are supposed to get the weapon roughly at the same pace. 25M will have a small advantage of getting the profession related parts done quicker.” The completion of the staff is a huge investment in time, gold and other resources.
Originally, the quest chain was only attainable if you had cleared all the Tier 11 bosses. However, a blue post made last week has stated that Blizzard decided to get rid of this and now the quest chain will be accessible once you have killed a Molten Lord, a trash mob inside Firelands.
The initial quest is A Legendary Engagement which can be picked up from a capital city. This will send you out to the Caverns of Time to speak to Anachronus. He will give you A Wrinkle in Time followed by All-Seeing Eye. This is where the gold sink into this quest chain starts. Sands of Time are 3000g each and you need 3 of them.
Then, you need 25 of the Living Ember which are the Cataclysm version of Primordial Saronites. The Living Embers are also going to be the reagent in the new crafted gear, so they will be in high demand. At this time, the Living Embers are not available from the Valor Point vendors (on the PTR) and are boss drop only. It is speculated, that this will be changed at a later date. The need for Living Embers has been removed and the quest item changed to Eternal Embers, which will be a drop.
From there, the quest chain continues with some general pagentry and storyline quests (On a Wing and a Prayer, Through a Glass, Darkly, Actionable Intelligence). The next quest, Delegation, sends you into Firelands to retrieve the Branch of Nordrassil and then complete Nordrassil’s Bough. This quest gives you the first stage of the staff, The Branch of Nordrassil.
The quest line continues with more storyline (Emergency Extraction and At One) and leads up to Time Grows Short where you must collect 25 of the Seething Cinder (the new Shadowfrost shards). There is currently no solid information on the drop rate of these, just a lot of speculation. But as Blizzard said previously, the drop rate in 10 vs 25 man is being treated the same as the difference between gold or valor points between the two instances. Once you have your 25 cinders, you complete Alignment and receive the second stage of the staff, Runestaff of Nordrassil.
Now, we reach the last stages of the quest chain. You will be given the quest Heart of Flame which requires you to kill Ragnaros. Then complete The Stuff of Legends which will involve pagentry in your major city and the guild achievement Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest – Guild Edition which allows for the purchase of a special mini pet, Dragonwrath Whelpling.