Whether you took some time and are making a marathon of it, or just logged in long enough to go, “Yep, that’s a panda all right”, I hope everyone has had a chance to dip their furry toes in Pandaria.
I spent just about an hour and a half in before work, myself.
So, the big question.
All bullshit aside, what did you really do for your first hour in Mists of Pandaria?
I’m really interested.
Maybe you had big plans or not, maybe you thought you had plans and when you logged in you changed your mind at the last minute and did something else.
What did you do?
How did you spend your first hour in Mists of Pandaria?
Did you rush to level a profession for a server first, or make a new alt, or quest, or try your hand at the new instances?
I thought I had sort of a plan. I was going to go to Pandaria on my Druid and explore a bit. I didn’t do any of the level 85 – 90 content in the beta, it would be truly new content.
Instead, when I logged in this morning I found myself turning my name placeholders into real characters. So, I now have a Panda Monk named Bouncybutt, and a Panda Warrior named Baconbutt. Warriors are supposed to tease the bad guys. If I could wear special threat-enhancing bacon-scented armor to cause more aggro, I would. Oh yes I would.
And really, isn’t it about time we were able to use our Cooking skill to make threat enhancing scents to apply to our armor or shield? The very best chefs could create mouth-watering aromas that drove the critters wild… literally!
After making my new alts, I did log into my Druid… and the thought uppermost in my mind was Pet Battles.
I found the trainer in Stormwind, and then had to go fight a critter. With a pet.
I had to choose a pet to battle with.
Aw… well, shit. I knew I forgot something.
I never picked a team. Quick, who do I choose?
I scrolled through my pet list, and the first thing I noticed was, none of them have any rarity indicator. Still. They just are what they are, no common or rare or anything.
What can I say? I’m a jarhead at heart. Out comes Grunty the Murloc Marine, and I went to pit his automatic weapon against… a bunny wabbit.
It was a tough battle, but I emerged victorious! Err, Grunty did. Yeah, that’s what I mean.
By the time I finished doing pet battles quests, I had a level 3 Grunty, I’d picked the Phoenix as my 2nd battle pet just to have something in the slot, and I could and did capture a poor quality bunny, a poor quality squirrel, and a common Stormwind Rat.
Fine, off to Pandaria!
I won’t spoil anything about the Pandaria experience for those that may still be at work or who have yet to buy the CE version in stores.
What I will say is, when I arrived in the skies above Pandaria, I saw far below the paw print icon of a capturable critter. An Emerald Turtle!
My first Pandaria pet!
When I landed in Pandaria, the very first thing I did was ignore any quest giver, run past all foes, weave and dodge, and got to that Emerald Turtle.
I engaged it in furious pet battle… and it destroyed my pet team in two shots.
Turns out, Pandaria Emerald Turtles are level 24. Oops.
I did a few quests there after that, and then switched to my Panda Monk and got to level 3 while the area was pretty empty.
All that was beside the point. For me, the thing I apaprently really wanted to do was pet battles, and if it weren’t for the desire to level at least one character to max, I’d have stayed with pet battles all morning.
I hope that you enjoyed your first steps into Mists of Pandaria. I hope you’ll tell me how it went for you!
Oh, and if anyone knows how I go about finding out what rarity my existing pets are, I’d appreciate it.
Take care, and happy hunting!
PS, if you haven’t done pet battles yet, when you train the profession, critters you can fight or capture in cagtesd appear on your mini-map as little green paw prints. It is SUPER awesome, and will help those of us who want to fly around in low levels areas expanding our critter stable. I was wondering how you went about fidning new critters, and now I know! And knowing is half the battle.