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Riddle Me This: Decrypting the Lucid Nightmare

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In September, The Secret Finding Discord Community found out how to get the Lucid NightmareLucid Nightmare mount. Blizzard looked back at designing the riddle and shared thoughts in a blog post.

If you still haven't obtained the mount yet, we strongly suggest reading the guide by Game Detectives Wiki or Nightswifty's image guide.

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Introduced within Patch 7.3, another series of puzzles from the Mind-Seekers, Azeroth’s enigmatic riddle-makers, put players to the test once more.  Tens of thousands of players from around the world banded together to solve the puzzle in an amazing display of teamwork. At the end of their journey, they found themselves in possession of a brand new [Lucid Nightmare] mount to add to their mount collections, along with bragging rights for cracking the code. Congratulations!

In this blog, we’ll be pulling back the curtain, once again, to talk about the designs behind each puzzle and how the community went about solving them.

Spoilers abound! If you wish to solve this riddle yourself, DON’T read on! You have been warned.

INCONSPICUOUS NOTE #1: SECRETS OF ULDUAR

The Mind-Seekers seem to have a penchant for leaving their notes in obvious places. Maybe they want us to find their treasures? Maybe they feed on our thoughts? That’s probably not important…

What was important was an Inconspicuous Note, sitting on a table in the Curiosities & Moore shop in Dalaran (Broken Isles):

It begins in the 2104059.
With a most pleasing sign.
(These letters will not always rhyme.)

2104059, of course, is an anagram of 2009-04-15, the date of the Ulduar patch notes on the official World of Warcraft site. From there, players combed Ulduar for clues. Observant players discovered a new lever in the XT-002’s room that they could interact with among the piles of scrap. Pulling this lever summons a massive 20x20 grid of Scrapyard Lights on the floor of the room. Interacting with these lights toggles them on and off.

In the Inconspicuous Note, the Mind-Seekers requested a “most pleasing sign.” Many signs and symbols appear in Ulduar, the most prominent being the four symbols of the keepers of Ulduar. Of the four symbols, the most pleasing to the Mind-Seekers is evidently that of Mimiron: a gear. Players needed to draw this symbol of ingenuity with the lights in order to progress.

Observant players also noted that, of the four symbols, only the gear is symmetrical across both axis. As the Mind-Seekers never specified which direction was “up” on the lights puzzle, it was a good guess to assume it needed symmetry. Well done!

DEVELOPER NOTE

INCONSPICUOUS NOTE #2: MINDCRAFT

1000 years imprisoned.
Surely it weighs on the mind.

This clue refers to the three dragons imprisoned with C’thun in the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj. Simply head to AQ40 and make your way to the end of the dungeon where C’thun resides. 

There was no way we weren’t doing something in AQ40, and we’ve always wanted to use that space behind the dragons!

DEVELOPER NOTE

Just before C’thun is a side path to the dragons. Behind them, at the top of a stairway, you’ll find an altar with a Mind Larva on it.

Interact with the Mind Larva to insert it into your brain, presenting you with a Jewelcraft-like match three minigame that will project in front of you (and anywhere you look). The key to winning the game, of course, is brains: match five brains in a row to win! 

We wanted to put in an easier, more fun puzzle to give your brains a rest. What we didn’t count on was the win condition on this puzzle bring one of the most hotly-debated things in the Secrets Discord channel, even after players had long progressed past it!

DEVELOPER NOTE

INCONSPICUOUS NOTE #3: THE CHAIR

Deeper than deep.
Awaits your seat.

In the deepest cavern of Deepholm, is a deep fissure to an even deeper place: the Deep Chasm. It won’t look like much at first, but mind your step—you won’t be defying gravity here.

A lonely seat awaits you there, but it’s not just any seat; it’s a chair of insanity!

This was, by far, one of the most fun and meme-filled portions of the search to watch. Well, we had a lot of fun at least!

DEVELOPER NOTE

Sitting on that chair is a strange skull. On the back of the chair is a plaque that reads:

The plaque is old and barely legible. You can only make out fragments of each line of text.
Supremacy?
Get...
Shirk...
...eke...

The Secret-Finding community, while nimble with previous riddles, was unable to crack this one for over 48 hours, and with good reason. Not only was the text misleading, but it was also localized completely different in various languages. For example, when English talked of Supremacy, German mentioned of Blackmail, and Traditional Chinese referenced Forests. This made many potential solutions invalid or nonsensical.

In fact, the translation was different because the meaning of the words didn’t matter. The meaning of the word, line breaks and punctuation, and the idea that it was a partial text and that there were blanks to be filled in, were all red herrings. Only the letters mattered, which then formed an anagram.

Developer Note: It was amazing to see the international community come together to break the first part of the riddle.  Players in various languages realized that they could extract “is the key” from their text and they would be left over with a set of nonsense letters that was the same in multiple languages.  They knew they were on to something!

When “Is the key” is removed, the remaining letters were commonly similar in different languages.  In English, they spelled RACKSUM GREEP. A bizarre sounding string of letters, which is actually the name of a new goblin NPC that was added to Ratchet in Patch 7.3.

Players attempting to search for the name on the internet bizarrely found themselves on a WoWhead page for the original version of the Greench, the creature that was altered to create Racksum Greep while keeping his identity a secret. What they did know was that something had changed, and they were hot on the trail of the solution.

DEVELOPER NOTE

RACKSUM GREEP IS THE KEY, or rather specifically, his outfit. He is wearing a rather obscure set of clothing, all low-level tailored gear in various bright colors. To solve this puzzle, players would have to present the skull in the cavern with the only adornment fit for it: Racksum Greep’s mask.

The Shadoweave Mask was once obtained from a quest chain that began in Searing Gorge, but that area has long since been taken over by Dark Iron Steamsmiths, who now drop the Tailoring pattern for it.  (You’ll want to put on the mask before entering the fissure). Talking to the Strange Skull while wearing the Shadoweave Mask sounds crazy on paper, but it also summons the next note.

INCONSPICUOUS NOTE #4: IT’S BINARY?

Where the shaded delegate may appear.

The ‘shaded delegate’ refers to the Dark Iron Ambassador, a rare spawn that sometimes appears in the Gnomeregan dungeon. Deep within the grinding, gear-filled city, you’ll find a wall with a series of 10 Numeric Consoles, which allow you to enter a digit from 1 to 9. Above these consoles is an Instructions plaque, which reads:

01110111 00100 10010110 10101
11110111 01100 01111111 01000
011010111001011010010110 10111101
11001 00111111 10010 01001001
10000 011010010110100111010110
01011011 11110 11110001 11111
11100000 00010 11111111 01000
10110111 10101 01111111 00001
10101110 11111 00110000 01000
101101010010101110010110
180
+1111111111

A puzzle in binary?  Not so simple. The binary was another red herring, and a very effective one at that. This puzzle also stumped players for over 48 hours, though it didn’t quite hit the insanity level of The Chair.

Here is the solution to the English version of this puzzle (which also works for all other languages, except for Traditional Chinese, which we’ll get to in a moment):

  • The binary is in sets of 8, 5, and 24 digits. 8s and 5s always appear as a pair.
  • For each 8-5 pair, take the sums of the digits in each side, and multiply them together.
    • Ex: 10010110 10101 = 4 and 3, and 4 x 3 = 12.
  • For each 24-digit entry, sum up the digits directly.
    • Ex: 011010111001011010010110 = 13.
  • That gives you the sequence 6 12 14 7 13 18 12 3 13 20 25 3 8 18 7 25 2 13.
  • Put that through a basic Caesar cipher (A=1, B=2, C=3, etc…): F L N G M R L C M T Y C H R G Y B M
  • That gives you abbreviated versions of three pet battle abilities found on Murloc pets: Falling Murloc, Mighty Charge, and Eye Beam.
  • At max level, these abilities do a total of 684, 560, and 1110 damage, giving us our code, 6845601110.
  • The ‘180’ near the end of the instructions tells you to flip it around (as in 180 degrees): 0111065486.
  • And lastly, +1111111111 is simple addition: 1222176597.

Putting 1222176597 into the Numeric Consoles will complete this puzzle.

The localization team was put to the test with this puzzle, as the solution doesn’t work in Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Both localization teams did a great job of coming up with their own puzzle, and the puzzle was first solved in Traditional Chinese! Enterprising players eventually worked the puzzle solution out in non-Chinese languages by working backward from the known solution!

DEVELOPER NOTE

Traditional Chinese is not an alphabetic but an idiographic language, here is the solution:

  • Each is not really a value but the quantity of the binary code 0 and 1.
    • Ex: the first number ‘2’ means 2 zeros and the second ‘3’ means 3 ones, and in this way, 23211 can be converted to  001110010.
  • Convert the binary code gained to hex.
  • Convert the hex to ASCII code.
  • Convert the ASCII codes to the Traditional Chinese characters.
  • The result is the three localized battle pet ability names:
    • Falling Murloc  魚人墜落擊
    • Mighty Charge 全力衝鋒
    • Eye Beam 魔眼光束

 Simplified Chinese uses Pinyin to Romanize the Chinese characters into letters. The pet battle abilities, 天降鱼人 强力冲锋 眼棱, become Tianjiangyuren Qianglichongfeng Yanleng. Similar to the English solution, we then removed the vowels and converted the remaining letters into fake binary.

 With the correct numbers entered, all the consoles close up and the next note appears.

INCONSPICUOUS NOTE #5: NIGHTMARE TUMOR

Games and toys are left behind.
When you awaken screaming.

This clue directs you to the Emerald Nightmare-affected areas of Val’sharah, where the Night Elves living there were driven from their homes by the Nightmare. In one particular home in Ash’theran, you’ll find a minigame, similar to the Blingtron’s Circuit Design minigame, which has been corrupted by Il’gynoth. The goal of the minigame is to uncross all Il’gynoth’s optic nerves by clicking on his eyeballs to swap them.

Meanwhile, Il’gynoth is reminding you that you are going “mad, mad, mad…”

INCONSPICUOUS NOTE #6: THE ENDLESS HALLS

What you seek is buried within.

Secret-seekers, naturally, would seek the Tomb of Secrets (within the Valley of Emperors) in Kun-Lai Summit, wherein secrets are buried.  There, you’ll find an urn you can interact with to consume the ashes of an evil sorcerer (seems like a good idea). When you wake up, you will find yourself in an endless maze.

We sought to create a puzzle that couldn’t be completed by just following a guide. Thus, the Endless Halls is randomized based on your player ID, as well as the day of the week. Very few players will ever see the same layout, and coming back the next day will present you with an entirely new challenge.

DEVELOPER NOTE

The Endless Halls is a cruel, uncompromising maze, designed to confuse and disorient at every turn. You start in a nondescript room with foggy exits in the four cardinal directions (N/E/S/W), though some are blocked by rubble. Going in one of these exits will fade the screen to black, then fade back in with you in the connected room.

The goal of the maze is to find 5 colors of orbs (red/blue/green/yellow/purple), and deliver them (carried one at a time) to the 5 matching colors of runes. However, several mechanics make this much more difficult than it may sound.

The maze is arranged on an 8x8 grid of rooms. Each cell has between one and four exits. However, if it would have 4 exits, it’s actually not a single room, but two two-way rooms that occupy the same space, but don’t intersect. These Non-Intersecting Cross rooms are the first major source of confusing discontinuity, and also cannot contain any Orbs or Runes.

The second main source of disorientation is the edges. They loop around, but not directly. Instead, exiting one end of the maze will send you to the other side of the maze, with an additional offset. This makes it very difficult to tell what room you will end up in if you cross the edge of the map.  You can, however, reliably backtrack from your new position to your previous position. Many players made frequent use of this backtracking to reliably navigate the maze without getting lost.

In addition, there is one final wrench thrown into the gears: the Teleportation Trap. Within the maze, a single room is the Teleportation Trap. When you enter this room, you are instead secretly teleported to a random room in the maze. Once you’ve identified the Teleportation Trap room, avoid it at all costs!

Once you’ve dropped the fifth orb off at its matching rune, the next exit you travel through will takes you to a golden room with the next Inconspicuous Note.

We learned a ton from how the Endless Halls were experienced by players. Overall, it was an exciting and unexpected part of the series, but a few things could have gone better. By putting the hardest and most involved puzzle at the very end made players trickle through the finish line, depriving the community of the mass celebration moment as everyone who had been working hard on it together completed it at the same time.

Most importantly, the variance in difficulty of different mazes led to some being easily solved by wandering randomly, and some requiring careful mapping to finally solve, leading to frustration for the few with especially challenging mazes. While having individual mazes turned out great, the difficulty variance was just too high. We’ll keep all of this in mind for next round, and thanks for the community suggestions that we add jump scares. Good call!

DEVELOPER NOTE

INCONSPICUOUS NOTE #7: THE FORGOTTEN CRYPT

The way is now open.
To the greatest secret never told.
A fitting end to your journey.

The clue here is a reference to a place in the world that has long been a secret to those in the know, but has never been used—the horrendously creepy Forgotten Crypts in Karazhan. In the game since the WoW’s initial launch, exploration-focused players ventured into these crypts for years after each patch, in the hopes of finding some newly-added secret. They were perpetually disappointed—until now. 

This time, sitting on top of a pile of bones near the bottom of this huge-but-empty crypt (within The Pit of Criminals) is a chest containing the [Lucid Nightmare].


We hope you enjoyed this breakdown of our riddles in the hunt for the Lucid NightmareLucid Nightmare. The development team thoroughly enjoyed watching the community’s progress, memes, and far-out suggestions as more than 1000 people somehow managed to talk together in a single voice channel. We hope you had fun, too!

Until next time, the Mind-Seekers bid you farewell.

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This was pretty awesome, and the first time I had really joined in on one. Though trying to listen to voice comms gave me a migraine in about 3 seconds flat!

I got it at about 1 or 2am (can't really remember) GMT and was, I think, probably the first person (or at the very most top 5) on my server to get it  (Bloodhoof EU).

Good job to the crazy/smart people that figured it out! Really looking forward to the next one :D

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8 hours ago, Raelyn said:

This was pretty awesome, and the first time I had really joined in on one. Though trying to listen to voice comms gave me a migraine in about 3 seconds flat!

I learnt quickly from the Sombra clue discussions to never join voice comms.

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 If you wish to solve this riddle yourself, DON’T read on! 

I know it'sa  disclaimer - but if one person thinks they can honestly solve this themselves I've got some oceanfront property they can purchase to work on it from, for sale here in beautiful South Dakota!

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23 hours ago, Stan said:

In addition, there is one final wrench thrown into the gears: the Teleportation Trap. Within the maze, a single room is the Teleportation Trap. When you enter this room, you are instead secretly teleported to a random room in the maze. Once you’ve identified the Teleportation Trap room, avoid it at all costs!

Now all makes sense LOL

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On 10/27/2017 at 4:24 PM, PatrickHenry said:

I know it'sa  disclaimer - but if one person thinks they can honestly solve this themselves I've got some oceanfront property they can purchase to work on it from, for sale here in beautiful South Dakota!

People can get pretty confident :p

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      Tiger Tail Sweep (level 60 talent) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Zen Pulse Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust 45 Spirit of the Crane Mist Wrap Lifecycles 60 Ring of Peace Song of Chi-Ji Tiger Tail Sweep *new* 75 Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm 90 Summon Jade Serpent Statue Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane 100 Mana Tea Focused Thunder Rising Thunder Windwalker
      Ring of Peace is available at level 60 New Talents
      Combo Breaker (level 60) Fist of the White Tiger (level 60) Tornado Kicks (level 60) Inner Strength (level 75) Rushing Jade Wind (level 90) Wind Strikes (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Healing Elixir Tiger's Lust 45 Ascension Power Strikes Energizing Elixir 60 Tornado Kicks *new* Combo Breaker *new* Fist of the White Tiger *new*
      75 Inner Strength *new* Chi Torpedo Diffuse Magic 90 Hit Combo Rushing Jade Wind *new* Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger 100 Wind Strikes *new* Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Paladin  [Return to Top]
      Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Bestow Faith Light's Hammer Crusader's Might 30 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Rule of Law 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Devotion Aura Aura of Sacrifice Aura of Mercy 75 Divine Purpose Holy Avenger Holy Prism 90 Judgment of Light Sanctified Wrath Fervent Martyr 100 Beacon of Faith Beacon of the Lightbringer Beacon of Virtue Protection
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Holy Shield Blessed Hammer Consecrated Hammer 30 First Avenger Bastion of Light Crusader's Judgment 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Blessing of Spellwarding Cavalier Retribution Aura 75 Hand of the Protector Knight Templar Final Stand 90 Judgment of Light Consecrated Ground Aegis of Light 100 Righteous Protector Seraphim Last Defender Retribution
      New Talents
      Wake of Ashes (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Greater Judgment Righteous Verdict *new* Execution Sentence 30 The Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath *new* 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Divine Vengeance *new* Consecration Wake of Ashes *new* 75 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Eye for an Eye 90 Judgment of Light Justicar's Vengeance Word of Glory 100 Divine Purpose Crusade Inquisition *new* Priest [Return to Top]
      Power Word: Fortitude is back Discipline
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Castigation Twist of Fate Schism 30 Perseverance Body and Soul Masochism 45 Power Word: Solace Shield Discipline Mindbender 60 Psychic Voice Shining Force Dominant Mind 75 Sanctuary Clarity of Will Shadow Covenant 90 Purge the Wicked Divine Star Halo 100 Power Infusion Grace Evangelism Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Enlightenment Trail of Light Enduring Renewal 30 Angelic Feather Perseverance Body and Mind 45 Light of the Naaru Guardian Angel Afterlife 60 Psychic Voice *new* Shining Force Censure 75 Surge of Light Binding Heal Circle of Healing 90 Benediction Divine Star Halo 100 Cosmic Ripple *new* Apotheosis Holy Word: Salvation *new* Shadow
      Leap of Faith is available at level 63 New Talents
      Dark Void (level 45) Last Word (level 60) Void Torrent (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Fortress of the Mind Shadowy Insight Shadow Word: Void 30 Mania Body and Soul San'layn 45 Dark Void *new* Misery Twist of Fate 60 Last Word *new* Mind Bomb Psychic Horror 75 Auspicious Spirits Shadow Word: Death Shadow Crash 90 Lingering Insanity Mindbender Power Infusion 100 Legacy of the Void Void Torrent *new* Surrender to Madness Rogue [Return to Top]
      Assassination
      New Talents
      Master Assassin (level 30) Poison Bomb (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Dispatch 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Master Assassin *new* 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Leeching Poison Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Internal Bleeding Iron Wire Prey on the Weak 90 Venom Rush Toxic Blade Exsanguinate 100 Poison Bomb *new* Crimson Tempest Marked for Death Outlaw
      Grappling Hook is now an ability that does not have a level requirement listed. New Talents
      Retractable Hook (level 30) Blinding Powder (level 75) Loaded Dice (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Swordmaster Quick Draw Ghostly Strike 30 Acrobatic Strikes Retractable Hook *new* Hit and Run 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Iron Stomach Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Dirty Tricks Blinding Powder *new* Prey on the Weak 90 Alacrity Cannonball Barrage Killing Spree 100 Loaded Dice *new* Slice and Dice Marked for Death Subtlety
      New Talents
      Shot in the Dark (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Weaponmaster Find Weakness Gloomblade 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Shadow Focus 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Soothing Darkness Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Shot in the Dark *new* Strike from the Shadows Prey on the Weak 90 Dark Shadow Alacrity Enveloping Shadows 100 Master of Shadows Death from Above Marked for Death Shaman [Return to Top]
      Tremor Totem is baseline at level 58 Capacitor Totem is baseline at level 44 Elemental
      Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Abilities
      Epicenter - passive available at level 13 Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Talents
      Molten Fury (level 15) Volcanic Rage (level 30) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Seismic Armor (level 75) High Voltage (level 90) Electric Discharge (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Earthen Rage Molten Fury *new* Totem Mastery 30 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 45 Echo of the Elements *new* Elemental Blast *new* Icefury *new* 60 Aftershock Storm Elemental Liquid Magma Totem 75 Nature's Guardian Seismic Armor *new* Ancestral Guidance 90 High Voltage *new* Primal Elementalist Master of the Elements 100 Elemental Attunement *new* Stormkeeper Ascendance Enhancement
      New Talents
      Totem Mastery (level 15) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Elemental Spirits (level 75) Windfury Totem (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Landslide Hot Hand Totem Mastery *new* 30 Ancestral Guidance Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 60 Ancestral Swiftness Hailstorm Lightning Shield 75 Elemental Spirits *new* Overcharge Windfury Totem *new* 90 Crashing Storm Fury of Air Sundering 100 Boulderfist Earthen Spike Ascendance Restoration
      New Talents
      Spirit Wolf (level 45) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Undulation Unleash Life Torrent 30 Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earthgrab Totem Static Charge *new* 60 Crashing Waves Earth Shield Deluge 75 Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Wall Totem Ancestral Vigor 90 Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements 100 High Tide Wellspring Ascendance Warlock [Return to Top]
      Shadowfury - is available at level 60 Affliction
      New Talents
      Deathbolt (level 15) Shadow Embrace (level 15) Empowered Healthstone (level 75) Darkfury (level 75 talent) Creeping Death (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shadow Embrace *new* Haunt Deathbolt *new* 30 Writhe in Agony Absolute Corruption Death's Embrace 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Sow the Seeds Phantom Singularity Soul Harvest 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Nightfall N/A Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Creeping Death *new* Siphon Life Demonology
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Demonic Calling Fel Strike *new* Doom *new* 30 Riders *new* Power Siphon *new* Summon Vilefiend *new* 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Raging Imps *new* Demonic Strength *new* Biliescourge Bombers *new* 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Grimoire of Synergy Demonic Consumption *new* Grimoire of Service 100 Inner Demons *new* Soul Conduit  Nether Portal *new* Destruction
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eradication Flashover *new* Soul Fire 30 Reverse Entropy *new* Internal Combustion Shadowburn 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Fire and Brimstone Cataclysm Hellfire 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Roaring Blaze Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Channel Demonfire Dark Soul *new* Warrior [Return to Top]
      Battle Shout returns at level 42 Arms
      New Abilities
      Sweeping Strikes - available at level 22 New Mastery
      Mastery: Deep Wounds (Deep Wounds) New Talents
      Skullsplitter (level 15) War Machine (level 15) Unbridled Wrath (level 75) Warbreaker (level 75) Deadly Calm (level 90) Mortal Combo (level 90) Dreadnaught (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine *new* Sudden Death Skullsplitter *new* 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new* Storm Bolt 45 Trauma Rend Avatar 60 Second Wind Bounding Stride Defensive Stance 75 Coming Soon Warbreaker *new* Cleave 90 Mortal Combo *new* Fervor of Battle Deadly Calm *new* 100 Anger Management Dreadnaught *new* Ravager Fury
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine Endless Rage Fresh Meat 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new Storm Bolt 45 Wrecking Ball Outburst Avatar 60 Furious Charge Bounding Stride Warpaint 75 Carnage Massacre Frothing Berserker 90 Frenzy Inner Rage Bloodbath 100 Reckless Abandon Dragon Roar Bladestorm Protection
      New Abilities
      Ignore Pain - available at level 40 Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shockwave Storm Bolt Warbringer 30 Safeguard Inspiring Presence Impending Victory 45 Renewed Fury Best Served Cold Avatar 60 Warlord's Challenge Bounding Stride Crackling Thunder 75 Indomitable Devastator Never Surrender 90 Into the Fray Booming Voice Vengeance 100 Anger Management Heavy Repercussions Ravager
    • By Starym

       
      And there we have it, the very first Mythic +28 dungeon has been completed in time! This time around it's the Naowhxoxo, Imbanane, Fragnance, Frankstér and Gingì team that's made a new record, getting to +28 in Lower Karazhan! It was Bursting, Quaking and Fortified week in case you were wondering and they finished exactly 2 minutes and 59 seconds before the timer expired.
      Huge congrats to the team!
      Here's the clip of the moment of victory and the full video below it:



      And here are the main stats, courtesy of raider.io. Click on the image for even more:

      Source.
    • By Stan

      Alpha Build 26095 added totems for the upcoming Zandari Trolls.
      Here are totems of Zandalari Troll Shamans coming in Battle for Azeroth. We'll have a preview of the race up soon. In the meantime you can check out highlights of this week's Alpha Build here or read the latest development notes.
      Air Totem

      Earth Totem

      Fire Totem

      Water Totem

    • By Stan

      A preview of boss encounters found within Uldir - the first raid in Battle for Azeroth. The article contains spoilers.
      The raid was a titan research and quarantine facility, where titans were conducting experiments on Old Gods, creating G'huun. Blood Trolls of Nazmir worship the Blood God and you'll notice his lingering presence in the zone. Let's take a look at early Dungeon Journal entries for Uldir!
      Encounters
      Titan Keeper Hezrel Red Queen Fetid Devourer Titan Discs Blood of G'huun G'huun Titan Keeper Hezrel 
      No information available at this time.
      Red Queen (Red Queen & Remnants of Corruption) 

      Description
      The Red Queen will not allow adventurers into Uldim until they have been cleansed of corruption. First, they must pass through her decontamination chamber.
      Abilities
      Defense Grid (Important) - Passing through the Defense Grid inflicts 12,000 Arcane damage to all players and increases damage taken from Defense Grid by 100% for 6 sec. This effect stacks. Additionally, a Remnant of Corruption is summoned after 3 sec. Remnant of Corruption Clinging Corruption (Interruptible) - Spreads a vile, clinging corruption to players within 10 yds, inflicting 10,000 Nature damage and an additional 5,000 Nature damage every 1 sec for 5 sec. Cleansing Purge (Deadly) - Upon entering a room, the Red Queen begins a countdown to performing a full cleansing purge of all living matter within the space. Once the room has been purged it inflicts 30,000 Fire damage every 1 sec to players within. Sundering Scalpel (Tank Alert) - The caster slices with a focused laser scalpel, inflicting 30,000 Fire damage in a cone in front of them, and increasing damage taken by Sundering Scalpel by 100%. This effect stacks. Purifying Flame - Vents within the chamber unleash jets of purifying flame, each inflicting 20,000 Fire damage to all enemies within 3 yards. Wind Tunnel - Massive air vents throughout the chamber open, moving players towards jets of Purifying Flame. Fetid Devourer 

      Overview
      Fetid Devourer engages players, storing up energy over time to unleash Rotting Regurgitation.
      Periodically, Waste Disposal units around the room will activate, dumping waste into the room and leaving behind Corruption Corpuscles. Players must kill these before they release Enticing Essence, or Fetid Devourer will move to them and Consume Corruption, healing and gaining energy.
      At 50% health, Fetid Devourer will enter into a Fetid Frenzy.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Corruption Corpuscles before they finish releasing Enticing Essence. When Chimaera nears 100 energy, prepare to avoid Rotting Regurgitation. Healers
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage, and the secondary tank will take intermittent, high damage from Terrible Thrash. Be sure the secondary tank is near full health when Terrible Thrash is coming. After players affected with Malodorous Miasma, they will develop Deadly Disease, which inflicts high damage and requires focused healing. Tanks
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage. As the secondary tank, stand nearby the primary tank so that you are targeted by Terrible Thrash, and be prepared for large spikes of damage when it hits. Abilities
      Thrashing Terror (Tank Alert) - Every fourth attack, Fetid Devourer will use Thrash on the closest player to the current tank. Terrible Thrash (Tank Alert) - Thrashes the target, inflicting 300% of a standard melee attack to them. Rotting Regurgitation - When Fetid Devourer reaches 100 Energy, he unleashes a Rotting Regurgitation, inflicting 21,400 Nature damage immediately and an additional 10,700 Nature damage every 2 sec. in a cone in front of him for 8 sec. Shockwave Stomp - Inflicts 10,025 Physical damage to all players and knocks them back. Malodorous Miasma (Healer Alert) - The foul stench of the area sickens players, inflicting 3,210 Nature damage to afflicted players every 1.5 sec. for 18 sec. When this effect expires, it applies Deadly Disease to the affected player. Deadly Disease (Healer Alert) - Inflicts 12,000 Nature damage every 2 sec. for 6 sec. Corruption Corpuscle Enticing Essence - Releases pheromones, drawing Fetid Devourer to consume the Corruption Corpuscle. Consume Corruption - Consumes a Corruption Corpuscle, healing Fetid Devourer for 10% and granting 20 Energy. Fetid Frenzy (Important) - At 50% Health, Fetid Devourer frenzies, increasing damage dealt by 25% and damage taken by 50%. Titan Discs (Zol'thuum the Forgotten, Qiraji Warrior, Anub'ar Voidweaver) 

      Overview
      Zol'thuum assaults players while the compromised Titan Discs come online, calling forth powerful Old God magics and summoning their lesser servants. As new Titan Discs come online, previously activated Discs will go dormant.
      Damage Dealers
      Keep a safe distance from your allies when Chaotic Glare is preparing to fire. Consider your positioning when Roiling Deceit is about to expire. Free allies from Will of the Corruptor by attacking them. Healers
      Titan Spark strikes random targets periodically. Void Surge inflicts substantial damage to all party members in addition to the lethal damage within each eruption. The damage dealt by Corruption Pulse increases with each cast until the Orb of Corruption is disturbed. Tanks
      Avoid being struck by Void Lash multiple times during Might of the Void. Consider the position of your allies when redirecting casts of Void Lash. Abilities
      Titan Spark - Titan energy arcs from the damaged Titan Disc, striking several targets for 3,580 Nature damage. Void Surge (Important, Deadly) - Upon reaching 100 energy, Zol'thuum unleashes a series of eruptions in quick succession. Each eruption inflicts 35,000 Shadow damage to players caught within it. In addition, each eruption inflicts 8,000 Shadow damage to all players. Might of the Void (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum performs a series of powerful attacks. Void Lash (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum summons lashing tentacles, inflicting 40,000 Shadow damage in a frontal cone, and reduces healing received by 50% for 8 sec. This effect stacks. Rupture (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum drives its tentacle into the target, inflicting 80,000 Physical damage and an additional 10,000 Physical damage every 2 sec for 40 sec. This effect stacks. Stage One: Chaos
      At 90% health remaining Protocol: Chaos begins. Summoning projections of C'Thun and replicating minions from the Qiraji empire.
      Chaotic Glare (Deadly) - The Eye of C'Thun penetrates the soul of the target, dealing 13,800 Nature damage and leaping to any nearby allies for increased damage. Qiraji Warrior Fixate - A Qiraji Warrior sets its attention on an enemy. Lasts 15 sec or until it strikes its target. Jagged Mandible - The Qiraji Warrior's melee attacks maim the target, inflicting 5,000 Physical damage every 3 sec and reducing movement speed by 20% for 15 sec. This effect stacks. Stage Two: Deception
      At 60% health remaining Protocol: Deception begins. Summoning projections of Yogg-Saron and replicating servants from Azjol-Nerub.
      Roiling Deceit (Important) - Yogg-Saron corrupts the target, inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec and forms an Ominous Cloud upon expiration. Roiling Deceit Guardian of Yogg Saron (Casts Shadow Nova upon raching 100 energy when defeated). Shadow Nova - Self destructs, Inflicting 20,000 Shadow damage to all enemies. (Deadly) -  Anub'ar Voidweaver Withering Touch (Interruptible) - Launches Shadow energy towards an enemy, inflicting 10,000 Shadow damage and an additional 8,000 Shadow damage every 2 for 20 sec. Stage Three: Corruption
      At 30% health remaining Protocol: Corruption begins. A warped projection appears and shadowy whispers echo through the chamber. The magic released from the damaged Titan Discs appear to be unchecked and more than a demonstration of power...
      Overload - The damaged disc activates, increasing the frequency of Titan Spark. Orb of Corruption - A manifestation of N'Zoth's power forms. Inflicts 10,250 Shadow damage to all enemies every 10 sec, increasing with each pulse. Coming into contact with the orb resets this effect, but afflicts the victim with Will of the Corruptor. Corruption Pulse - Inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage to all enemies, damage increased with each pulse. Will of the Corruptor - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption charms the victim, causing them to attack nearby allies. When this effect is removed, the victim gains Corruptor's Pact. Corruptor's Pact (Important) - N'Zoth's power courses through you, increasing your damage, healing, and absorption effects by 25%. You are vulnerable to N'Zoth's influence and coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption will consume you. Servant of N'Zoth (Deadly) - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption while affected by Corruptor's Pact consumes the victim, transforming them into a mindless servant of N'Zoth. Blood of G'huun 

      Description
      A sample of G'huun's blood, animated and run amok. Considered by the Titans to be an infection capable of killing every living thing on Azeroth. Its primary disease strain was dubbed the Omega Vector.
      Overview
      The Blood of G'huun creates instances of Omega Vector which bounce endlessly between players during the encounter. When Omega Vector jumps between players it leaves behind a stack of Lingering Infection, which has no duration and cannot be removed.
      Mutagenic Pathogen is the source of new copies of Omega Vector, with one Omega Vector being created whenever Mutagenic Pathogen expires from a player.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Plague Amalgams quickly to prevent excessive heal absorbs from Immunosuppression. Avoid the area damage from targets affected by Gestate. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Healers
      Targets afflicted by Omega Vector and Gestate will require heavy healing to survive. Help tanks survive several attacks of Mutagenic Pathogen as they try to minimize the number of Omega Vector jumping through the raid. Lingering Infection cannot be removed and does not have a duration, making it more virulent as the encounter goes on. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Tanks
      Make sure you are close to desirable hosts for Omega Vector targets when Mutagenic Pathogen fades. Hold the Blood of G'huun's threat for as long as you can to prevent generating too many copies of Omega Vector. Abilities
      Lingering Infection - Weakens the player's resistance to future infections, increasing Nature damage taken by 5%. Pestilence Omega Vector (Important) - Omega Vector takes root in a player, inflicting 4,860 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 10 sec. On expiration, Omega Vector jumps to the closest ally and applies a stack of Lingering Infection to its former host. Mutagenic Pathogen (Tank Alert) - Inflictins 2,290 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 12 sec. Each subsequent application of Mutagenic Pathogen doubles the damage per tick of the previous application. On expiration, the Mutagenic Pathogen evolves into Omega Vector and jumps to the target with the fewest Lingering Infections from among the three closest players. Gestate - Inflicts 1,790 damage every 1 sec to a random player and all players within 8 yards for 5 sec. Stuns the initial target while a Plague Amalgam gestates within the player. On expiration, the Plague Amalgam will spawn 5 yards from that player. Plague Amalgam Immunosuppression - Spreads a toxin that absorbs 18,000 healing done to all players within 500 yards. Contagion (Deadly) - Inflicts 10,700 Nature damage to all players.  Carnage Liquefy - Transforms into a pool of toxic blood, triggering Lingering Infection on players who come into contact with the pool. Blood Geyser - A geyser of corrupted blood inflicts 6,430 Shadow damage to all players within 1 yards. Affected players gain a stack of Lingering Infection. Hypergenesis - A pool of blood forms, erupting for 10,750 Shadow damage to players within 6 yards after 8 sec. If no players are hit by the eruption, it instead inflicts 12,850 Shadow damage to all players. G'huun 

      Stage One: My Minions are Endless!
      Arena Floor
      Blood Shield - While shielded, G'huun's regenerates 5% of his maximum health every 0.5 sec. Spew Corruption - G'huun lobs a blast of corruption that sloshes towards a random player, inflicting 12,500 Plague damage to any player within 10 yards of the impact. After bounding 3 times the glob forms a Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Pool of Corruption - Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Call Corruption - G'huun calls all pools of corruption back to him over 12 sec. Thousand Maws - G'huun summons forth minions to assist him. Cyclopean Terror Torment (Interruptible) - The caster assaults a random player's mind, inflicting increasing 0 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 18 sec. Dark Young Massive Smash (Tank Alert) - Filled with unending rage the caster slams their target, inflicting 20,000 Physical damage and knocking them back. Dark Bargain - Increases the damage taken and damage done of all creatures, including players, within 15 yards of the caster by 50%. Blightspreader Tendril - The Blightspreader Tendril slowly loses energy over time. Upon reaching 0 energy, the tendril burrows through the ground to a new location, casting Mantle of Shadow. Decaying Eruption (Interruptible) - Inflicts 7,500 Plague damage to all players, consuming up to 10 energy upon a successful cast. Mantle of Shadow - The caster forms a shield of shadows around itself, absorbing the next 500,000 damage taken. While the absorb shield is active the caster is immune to interrupt and silence effects. In addition, the caster's energy is refreshed to 100. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Two:
      Arena Floor
      Crimson Blight - G'huun's presence corrupts nearby players, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 1.5 sec. This affect intensifies every 8 sec. Blood Feast - G'huun corrupts his current target, inflicting 5,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec. After 10 sec, players within 8 yards of the target have their applications of Crimson Blight reset to 1 and a Gibbering Horror is spawned. Gibbering Horror Blood Might - Each application of Crimson Blight that is consumed by Blood Feast increases the Gibbering Horror's maximum health and damage done by 5%. Mind-Numbing Chatter - The caster babbles incoherently, inflicting Shadow damage to all players and interrupting casting for 3 sec. Gaze of G'huun - G'huun unleashes a wave of terror, causing all players to flee in fear for 3 sec. Spawn of G'huun Dark Purpose - The Spawn of G'huun fixates upon a random player and moves towards them, increasing in speed over time. Upon reaching the target the Spawn of G'huun burrows into the target, making it a Blood Host. Blood Host - The Spawn of G'huun burrows into it's target, inflicting 1,000 Plague damage every 2 sec for 20 sec. Upon removal, 2 Spawn of G'huun erupt from the afflicted player. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Three: Reorigination
      Reorigination - Unleashes a blast of titanic power, inflicting 11,000 Arcane damage to all players every 5 sec for 25 sec. This blast incapacitates G'huun, and increases his damage taken by 500% for 25 sec.