World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Gun’Drak – Drakkari Colossus

Walking toward the next boss has some trash. You will find a chamber full of bone piles and serpents (Unyielding Constrictor and Spitting Cobra). The serpents are easy to kill. Watch the patrol, the Drakkari Fire Weaver troll needs to be crowd controlled. Once you go across the bone piles chamber, things get a bit more complex. You fight Living Mojo (Water Elementals) and Gul’Drak Drakkari Golems at the Tomb of the Ancients chamber.

You will notice how fast paced the dungeon was designed. Just a few pulls of trash mobs, and you are already on the second boss. Gun’Drak is much smaller than Zul’Aman. You could run Gul’drak in 35-45 minutes if you got a good group. The second boss is named Drakkari Colossus. He is a much bigger Drakkari Golem. You will see five Living Mojo (Water Elementals) surrounding him. No worries. You don’t fight them.

When you engage the boss, the Living Mojo elementals merge with him. Melee players would be best attacking him from behind, and the Tank doing business facing away from the team.  The Drakkari Colossus will puke a purple torrent. This is a cue that a Living Mojo Elemental will spawn where the puke lands.  Everyone must focus DPS on the Elemental, then get back to the boss. Rinse and Repeat. Once the boss dies, click the altar. A beam of fire will be aimed to the central chamber’s ceiling burning a cable that holds a golem head statue. It will drop into a hole near the center of the uncomplete bridge platform and the platform will rotate. This is the bridge you would use later to reach the last boss. So remember where you are to get back here.

BOSSES

Slad’ran
Drakkari Colossus
Moorabi
Gal’darah
Screenshots

Videos: Slad’ranDrakkari Colossus  |  Moorabi  |  Gal’darah  |  Screenshots

DRAKKARI COLOSSUS VIDEO

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Gun’Drak – Moorabi High Prophet of Mam’toth

The way to the third boss has the most trash mob pulls at the Cave of Mam’toth. You will find groups of four Drakkari Trolls: Drakkari Lancer, Drakkari Fire Weaver, Drakkari Medicine Man and Drakkari God Hunter. There are single pulls of the bigger version of Trolls on steroids named Drakkari Earthshaker.

At the end of the cave you will find the third boss Moorabi the Prophet of Mam’toth. Make sure to clear the chamber killing any mobs before engaging the boss.

Moorabi will transform into a huge mammoth at 75% health. He will cast an AOE debuff named Numbing Roar (Spell casting speed reduced by 50%). It lasts 5 seconds.

Once he dies, click the altar. A bean of fire will burn a mammoth head statue hanging from the ceiling of the Pool of Twisted Reflections chamber across the Cave of Mam’toth’s terrace. It will fall to fill the hole on the bridge platform. It will rotate and now with all there statues in place the bridge is finally giving access to the last boss.  You can either jump from the somewhere in the cave of Mam’toth or walk back to where you killed the second boss’ altar (Drakkari Colossus). You will find the stairs to the bridge there.  If you decide to jump off the cave into the water, there are Frenzy piranhas. So don’t swim alone without the team backing you up.

BOSSES

Slad’ran
Drakkari Colossus
Moorabi
Gal’darah
Screenshots

MOORABI (HIGH PROPHET OF MAM’TOTH) VIDEO

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Gul’Drak – Gal’darah Prophet of Akali

Once all the three bosses are killed and all three altars clicked on, the bridge will rotate in proper place granting you access to the last boss: Gal’darah (High Prophet of Akali). You will find a Drakkari Rhino and a Drakkari Battle Rider mounting it. Kill the Rhino first, then its master. There are four single pulls of Rhinos.

The boss Gal’darah has a few abilities you should be very watchful about. The first one to be careful of is his whirlwind. He will move a bit around attempting to hit nearby melee players. Simply run away at least 20 yards, then get back to him once whirlwind is over.

This whirlwind debuffs melee players hit and causes big damage over time. The tank in specific will probably have a second debuff on top of the one acquired from the whirlwind which is almost a certain death. In the video the tank got these two debuffs and I couldn’t heal him in time. The damage taken from the debuffs was such. As you will see in the video, after the whirlwind the healer (me) got some kind of knockback that interrupted the healing on the tank—who died.

At 50% health, Gal’darah transforms into a Rhino. It is interesting to see players impaled on the horn for a few seconds, then tossed away like ragdolls. Thankfully, the druid reacted later on and resurrected the Death Knight tank in combat for a nice comeback without wiping.  However, you can see again during whirlwind that the Death Knight got two debuffs again, and right after Whirlwind the boss once more knocked back the healer when attempting to heal the tank through. The healer will have to spam heals on the tank as soon as the whirlwind starts to compensate for the knockback.  And the tank will have to be quicker moving away from the whirlwind. Gun’drak and its four bosses are a fun experience overall. Can’t wait to try out Heroic-mode.

BOSSES

Slad’ran
Drakkari Colossus
Moorabi
Gal’darah
Screenshots

Videos: Slad’ranDrakkari Colossus  |  Moorabi  |  Gal’darah  |  Screenshots

GAL’DARAH VIDEO

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Violet Hold

Players level 75 may go to the Violet Citadel in Dalaran to talk to Rhonin. He starts a quest titled: Discretion is Key. You end up talking with Warden Alturas near the Violet Hold (prison) who gives you the Violet Key to open the gates to the Violet Hold.

This dungeon is scripted in the same fashion as Black Morass in Caverns of Time. You will see portals opening up one at a time. A dragonkin (portal keeper) will pop out and whelps pour out from the portal. You must kill the portal keeper and anything coming out. If they reach the exit door, and cast continually on it, the event resets and you lose.

Every five waves (approximately) one of the dragonkin will run to a random prison cell to shut down the magical wards allowing the prisoner to escape to attack you. From observation, each time you run Violet Hold, you will face two random bosses.  The third and final boss is Cyanigosa, a blue dragon. There were more cells with bosses, so definitely you are encouraged to run this dungeon many times for a shot at different and random loot tables from each of the bosses. Each dungeon run lasts around 35 minutes. In the video below, my first time in beta build 8905, we faced Erekem and his two guards (Arakkoa), Zuramat the Obliterator (Void Walker). In the cells, there is a two-headed magmadar-like dog, and one of those floating brain-like demons such as the first boss in Auchenai Crypts.  Near the sewer pool in Violet Hold is an imprisoned War Golem, and one of the lower prison cells has an Ethereum prisoner. There is obviously a variation to the two possible random bosses you might face in each run with decent loot.

VIOLET HOLD VIDEO

SCREENSHOTS

World of Warcraft Easter Eggs – page 9

In-game Quote Reference
Father Lankaster – Priest trainer in Undercity

The Exorcist – A reference to a character named Father Lankester Merrin, played by actor Max von Sydow

Thanks, fortner

Un’Goro Crater region

Phonetically Un’Goro-Un’Goro Crater is a real world reference to the Ngorongoro Crater near the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa. The center of the real crater was a lake in it, right where the rocky fire elemental hill is in game.

Since there are some Zelda references in Un’Goro crater, maybe Goron city – from Ocarina of Time.

Thanks, AaronJ, Wayle and Palinar

Dadanga the Kodo by the entrance of the cavern in Marshal’s Refuge in Un’Goro Crater

Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) – Dodongo’s Cavern

Thanks, Palinar

Dirge Quikcleave – The goblin in Gadgetzan at the inn

Could be homage to Roman Dirge the creator of Lenore Comics.

Thanks, Aryel

Georgia (Bat Handler) in Light’s Hope, Eastern Plaguelands

Dead like me – Georgia Lass, played by actress Ellen Muth, is also the main character of the TV series about a girl who dies and continues living in a not-quite-alive state harvesting souls.

Thanks, DavidM

An ogre named Jorb (Lizzarik’s Bodyguard) traveling between Crossroads and Ratchet with a goblin salesman (The Barrens).

A Jorb well done (Flash SWF) –  Coach Z, a character created by the Brothers Chaps for their site homestarrunner.com, can’t pronounce the word “Job” correctly, and instead says Jorb.

Thanks, Joseff

There is a quest for warlocks at level 50 called “Trolls of a Feather

Birds of a Feather – Phish song

Birds of a Feather – was a successful situation comedy shown on BBC1 in the United Kingdom between 1989 and 1998.

Thanks, Bennett

There is an epic BoE mace item called Hand of Edward the Odd

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – by actor Johny Depp

Thanks, Bennett and Brian

There are two giant Dwarven statues in southern Loch Modan

Note: After the deaths of both Kings: Madoran and Khardros, their sons jointly commissioned two great statues in honor of their fathers. [Three Hammers War]

Lord of the Rings (2002) – There are two giant statues in the Fellowship of the Ring film.  There is also two statues in Neverending Story.

Thanks Bennett, Andy and Brian

Kresh the turtle in the Wailing Caverns instance

Finding Nemo (2003) – A reference to CRUSH, the surfer sea turtle. The rare item he drops is KRESH’S BACK. In Finding Nemo, characters hitch on Crush’s back through the EAC.

Thanks, Bennett, Zach, and Brian

You get a Bouquet of Scarlet Begonias for completing a quest in Redridge Mountains titled: An Unwelcome Guest, after you kill the Bellygrub the boar.

Scarlet Begonias (1974) is a Grateful Dead song.

Thanks Andy

The goblin named Short John Mithril in the Gurubashi Arena, Stranglethorn Vale

Reference to Long John Silver from the book Treasure Island (1883) by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Thanks JMM

Mithril and Truesilver minerals

Reference to metal from J.R.R. Tolken’s the Lord of the Rings series. In the series mithril was said to be “a precious silvery metal, stronger than steel but much lighter in weight. In the series mithril was also called true-silver. Gandalf explains it to the team while in Mines of Moria.

Thanks JMM

Region of Khaz’Modan

Lord of the Rings – the mines of Moria/middle earth, Khazad-d?m …. [Khaz][ad-dum] flipping the last word—> Khaz’Mud’da.  Khaz’Modan – the land of dwarves – is at the middle of the continent between Lordaeron and Stormwind kingdoms.
Tol Barad Island

Lord of the RingsBarad-d?r—- flipping it sounds like Dor Barad
The consumable item named Runn Tum Tuber

If you are into Broadway shows, Rum Tum Tugger is one of the many feline characters in the poetry book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot and in Cats the Musical.

Thanks, AJ

The loading screen tip “There is no cow level”

Techbot in Gnomeregan instance says “There is no Secret Cow Level” /Tips in loading screens repeat the quote.

It refers to a running joke starting with the original Diablo. There were rumors that there was a secret cow level somewhere in the game, but there wasn’t. In Starcraft one of the cheat codes is “there is no cow level.” In Diablo II, Blizzard did include a secret cow level and now the joke lives on in World of Warcraft.

Techbot – Those of us with enough experience know there is in fact a secret cow level… But Where? Thunder Bluff!

Thanks, JMM and Jesse

A troll named Zayus (High Priest Trainer) in Orgrimmar

Planet of the Apes (1968) – Dr. Zaius played by actor Maurice Evans(1968)

Thanks, Mentok

Apothecary Keever in the Apothecarium in the Undercity changes one of the caged humans into various creatures and pokes them. When the man turns into a sheep and Keever pokes him repeatedly, the sheep explodes

This is in reference to the easter eggs in Warcraft II, Warcraft III, and Starcraft where if you click on a critter in a level many times, it will explode.

Thanks, JMM

An exotic cookbook is an item pickpocketed by rogue players from Ogres

Twilight Zone Episode “To Serve Man” () – In the episode, aliens land and start doing all kinds of good things for mankind. The main characters are suspicous until they translate the cover of an alien book to read “How to Serve Man”. Finally at the end of the episode they translate some of the inside of the book and find it is a recipe; and the aliens were using humans as cattle. The translation reads something to the effect of “Find man. Serve man. Eat man.”

Thanks, JMM and Dizzly

In the quest line to open the Ahn’Qiraj Gates, you have to kill a big fish named Maws … on the coast of Azshara; and he will ruin your day if you are fishing for him alone

Jaws – film directed by Steven Spielberg

Thanks, Ryan

The wrecked raft in the lake of Un’Goro Crater, all the crystal references, the dinosaurs, the crystal pylons and the crystal matrices

Land of the Lost

Thanks, TMorris

A Mage quest in Stormwind by the Mage Tower. It’s name is something like “Investigate the Blue Recluse”. The mage gives you a scroll to activate a spell and containers to trap ghosts. you have to go into The Blue Recluse bar and you read off a scroll that activates a spell. Suddenly ghosts appear. You bring them down to zero health and then become “dazed”. Then you click the containers icon on your bag. Your character throws the container on the ground. The box opens up and then light beams shoot out trapping the ghost. then you have to go pick up the container with the trapped ghost!

Ghostbusters (1984)

Thanks, DarkWanderer

Morning Glory Dew is a consumable item. The acronym is MGD

Miller Genuine Draft – a beer from a large American beermaker based in Milwaukee. It was founded in 1855 by Frederick Miller. [scratches head trying to figure out which Blizzard dev drinks booze in the morning … O_o]

Thanks, IrvingMike

Undead Yvette Farthing at the Brill Inn in Tirisfal Glades

Most Haunted (2002) – Brittish Show on LivingTV Network based on investigating purported paranormal activity, with presenter and executive producer Yvette Fielding

Thanks Jim

Master Smith Burninate (The Thorium Brotherhood) in Searing Gorge

Trogdor, the Burninator from Homestarrunner.com

Thanks, Gomek

In the Eastern Plaguelands there’s a quest titled: “When Smokey Sings, I Get Violent” – given by Smokey LaRue at Light’s Hope

ABC song titled, “When Smokey Sings”. The actual lyric is, “When Smokey Sings, I hear violins”.

Thanks, Greg.J

Troggs say “Crush!” “Kill!” or “Destroy!

There was a robot called IDAK in the old Lost and Space  TV series (1965-1968), episode 224: Revolt of the Androids – that, when powered up, said, “… crush! …kill! …destroy! … Crush! Kill! Destroy! CRUSH! KILL! DESTROY!”

Thanks, Morfos

After killing the Scarshield Quartermaster – right outside the BRS portal by the opposite wing – by the Blackwing Lair entry orb. The Quatermaster drops Blackhand’s Command letter. Then go to Upper Blackrock Spire(BRS) to kill Drakkisath, and touch the orb behind him. The quest completition dialogue for Blackwing Lair attunement is “Have fun storming the castle!

This is a direct quote from Billy Crystal’s character Miracle Max from The Princess Bride.

Thanks, Joe

In Orgrimmar there is a weapon shop by the Cleft of Shadows, close to where the rogue trainer is. The name of the shop is “The Slow Blade”.

This is a reference to the book/film Dune.

Quote from film, Gurney Halleck: “The slow blade penetrates the shield”

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