I’m not real happy posting repeated “Random Notes” about the Public Test Realms, but unfortunately the entire process of discovery on the PTR is rather random, so this is the best I can do. :> Now let’s take a look at the tidbits that might concern hunters and their pets …
In a thread on the PTR forum, Nethaera let us know that this PTR will be using a more progressive form of testing:
With the release of patch 2.4.0 for testing, many players have questioned whether or not this is the extent of changes for this patch. Please be aware that we have changed how we are developing and testing this patch by adding to it progressively. What this means for players is that more additions, changes and even the possibility of removals can occur as the patch is tested. The current patch notes will be changing over time and are not finalized in their current incarnation. We have more planned for this patch and would ask everyone to please feel free to test the new changes as we go and provide feedback.
I’m hoping that this means we’ll see more changes to classes and existing content. (Like, say, more pet skills.) But … I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Quel’Danas Liberation Event
I mentioned in my last PTR2.4.0 post that there seemed to be a decent amount of solo content in this patch, including a couple of daily quests. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was only seeing a fraction of it — and that I had walked into an event!
It appears that as you complete the daily quests on the new isle, you help the Shattered Sun Offensive liberate parts of Dawnstar Village. As those areas are liberated, more NPCs spawn who have other daily quests. So far, the original daily quests have not disappeared, which means that instead of two dailies on the island I now have four. And there may be more tomorrow — the liberation still seems to be in progress! Exarch Nasuun in Shattrath tells me that our efforts to take the Sun Reach armory at at 3 percent, and our efforts to bring down the first barrier at the Sunwell Plateau are at 17 percent — whatever that means.
In addition, one of the early quests I did on Quel’Danas unlocked a couple of daily quests in the Throne of Kil’Jaeden north of Thrallmar in Hellfire Peninsula. (One of these gives a random item as a reward — I got a Badge of Justice, which as someone who doesn’t group is rather flabbergasting. I had to go look up what to do with it!) Plus, there are more daily quests in Shattrath City itself. Overall, I feel like I am drowning in daily quests! But in a good way …
In my last post about the 2.4.0 PTR, I also mentioned two untameable dragonhawks from the Shattered Sun Offensive standing guard at the flight master when you first land on Quel’Danas. It turns out that those aren’t just guardians — they are also the mounts that the Quel’Danas flight mater uses. In other words, if you fly back to the mainland you will do so on the back of a beautiful dragonhawk.
In addition, the same mounts are used for a really annoying bombing run daily quest called “Distraction at the Dead Scar”. And the NPC who hands out the daily quests at the Throne of Kil’Jaeden is riding on an orange dragonhawk. (You can see her at the top of this post.) Could it be that we will be seeing dragonhawk mounts soon?
Our enemies on Quel’Danas also ride dragonhawks — silvery grey ones! What’s more, when you kill a Dawnblade Hawkrider, the rider and their mount fall to the ground as seperate entities. Unfortunately, since you can’t tame a dead beast, the gorgoeus grey dragonhawks can’t be tamed. But perhaps there are live versions somewhere? I can’t wait to see!