First Impressions/Answers – Frozen North Edition

November 13, 2008

How will you trek into Northrend?

As for myself my trek will most decidely be a slow one.  At least on my main.  I will be leveling my warrior with a dear friend so tonight’s foray into the realm of ice is on both the paladin and the hunter.


Starting with the boat into Howling Fjord you have an utter sense of awe and the larger than life reality that is Northrend.  Unlike Outland, the entire continent seems to be at war.  Its denizens fighting, hunting, and mining the landscape.  The Shoveltusk Bulls act like the bucks of reality and charge and ram each other.

walrusturtle0I managed to come across a few interesting creatures on my way though.  The Walrus on the turtle pictured to the right being one of the most interesting.  I have managed to see quite a bit, yet not even a real chunk of what the expansion has to offer and I am already more excited than with TBC.  The music alone is enough to make me smile.

I am keeping an eye out on places to AOE grind a bit as well as a number of places to explore.

Frequently Asked Questions (from my guildies thus far):

  1. Can I get from Howling Fjord to Borean Tundra?
    • The best thing to know as you travel out into the ice and snow is that it is very easy to travel from one area to another.  There are a ton of flight paths and 3 boat docks to assist in your travels.  It should take you about 20-30 minutes to obtain the flight paths that will allow you to interconnect yourself from Howling Fjord to Borean Tundra and the Coldarra.
  2. Where are the Grand Master Profession Trainers?
    • Howling Fjord –
      • The majority of the Grand Master trainers are surrounding the flight path.
      • The Grand Master First Aid trainer is a Dranei Anchorite tending to the injured soldiers near the central bonfire.
      • The Grand Master Herbalism trainer is a druid standing right outside the inn. 
      • While the rest of the Grand Master trainers can be found inside the inn itself.  With the Cooking and Alchemy on the bottom floor and the Enchanting and Inscription on the second floor.
    • Borean Tundra –
      • Grand Master First Aid, Blacksmithing, and Mining can be found at 57,66.  Somewhat difficult to find, but can be discovered in the Northern area of the keep near the sparring Alliance warriors.
      • The rest of the Grand Master trainers can be found across the boat to the Southeastern part of the keep at 58.71.
  3. How much does it cost to train your professions?
    • It costs 35gold to train any primary profession and 50 gold to train a secondary one.
    • Trainer recipes start at 3-5 gold.
  4. How do I get to The Nexus?
    • Take the boat from Stormwind Harbor.
    • Once in Valliance Keep follow the road to the north, pass Bloodspore Plains. 
    • Take the left path at the D.E.H.T.A. Encampment.
    • Take another left when the road splits again. 
    • Once at Amber Ridge take the flight path (Yeah the big red drake is the flight path.) 
      • You will get treated to one of the more beautiful yet short flight paths you have seen in a while.
    • Once at the Kirin Tor camp, head down the path into the crater.
  5. How long will this instance take?
    • So far the first two instances of the expansion have been extremely short ones.  Taking no longer than 15-30 minutes with a capable and geared group.  Your mileage will vary however,  but I do not venture to say that even a T4 leveled group would have real problems clearing either Utgarde Keep or The Nexus in less than 30 minutes.
  6. Is there any new food or drink?
    • You may buy level 65 food and drinks inside the inns.  You may also already buy some foods in major cities such as the level 65 cheese from the cheese house in Stormwind
      • Salty John inside Borean Tundra’s inn is a quest mob.  So you may have to act quickly to purchase any food between the people lined up to kill him. 
    • There are actual foods purchaseable for use at 70.  Plus some really nice cooking recipes such as Shoveltusk Steak that can be purchased and easily crafted early on.  (There are other’s I just managed to pick up the mats to make that while on the paladin.)
  7. What? I don’t have any rested xp?
    • Nope, so make sure you start putting all your 70’s inside an inn again.
  8. Why is there a teleport and a flight path inside the Coldarra?
    • Your guess is as good as mine, but it sure is nice.


I’ll be adding to the list as people ask more questions.

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