Huzzah! Kitenrhea just hit 80 yesterday! And it reminded me of all the questing that still needs to be done after you’ve reached 80. Some 80s only think questing is something you do until you reach 80. Then its pure instancing. Well, to put it bluntly, they’re a bit wrong.
First of all, you will need to head to Storm Peaks. There is a goblin in Dalaran that sends to K3, suggesting that it is a luxurious retreat. It’s actually quite simple to get to; you don’t need no stinkin’ goblin tellin’ ya where to go! So anyway, once you reach K3 you want to talk to a female goblin inside the inn. She offers you a quest called They Took Our Men! Snag that one for sure. This is the start of the Sons of Hodir quest chain. Take the other one she offers for good measure and free money. It’s in the same area you’re headed to.
So, if you’re new to the game – you may be asking, who are the Sons of Hodir and why do I care? The Sons of Hodir are a giant type race that lives in the frosty mountaintops of Storm Peaks. Initially they are hateful towards you, but this quest chain will change that. As you follow the chain, it will dump you off at being honored with the Sons. This allows you to buy shoulder enchants that you will need if you’re interested in instancing or raiding.
Really, you want to be exalted with the Sons. This allows you access to more powerful shoulder enchants. These are BoA (bind on account) and can be sent to other 80s you may have in the future. Once you finish the quest chain, the Sons of Hodir will offer you dailies you can do for reputation and money (that you can put towards your epic flying training). This will help you reach exalted quickly. You can also turn in any Relic of Ulduar you loot or Everfrost Chips you find on the ground in the surrounding areas for extra reputation.
Once you reach exalted with the Sons of Hodir, unless you love the dailies, you will never ever have to do them again. Yes, you may celebrate in general. But! There are more quests to be done while you’re 80.
The next quest line you should do is freeing the Shadow Vault. In Dalaran, there should be a quest giver for your faction that offers to fly you to your respective skyship in Icecrown. On that ship will be a token Death Knight. Talk to him and he should send you to destroy the Ocular above the Shadow Vault; the quest is called It’s all Fun and Games. Once you do so, this launches you into a quest chain. Follow it until you kill an elite death knight within the Vault itself. This will cause Knights of the Ebon Blade to move into the Shadow Vault and cause the territory to be non-hostile. Snag the flight point and do the quests offered by the death knights until you are friendly and can snag the Knight’s tabard from their quartermaster. You will need this tabard as you instance.
Those are the two required quest chains to do after you’ve dinged 80. If you wish to unlock more dailies you can do most of the quests in Icecrown and Storm Peaks. You will find dailies in the strangest of places sometimes. Two other noteworthy places to check out for sure are the Argent Tournament Grounds in Icecrown and River’s Heart in Sholazar Basin. These two places will lead you to a bunch of dailies to make you more money.
Once you have these reputations settled and comfortable, and your daily quests acquired, you should pick up all the tabards that let you gain rep while in heroics. You will have to be friendly with the following reputations to snag their tabard, showing your support. Here’s the order I suggest following if you’re a healer/caster. If not, I will list the perks of each and you can pick which is most important for you.
- Kirin Tor – Based in Dalaran at Violet Citadel – Offer healers and casters important head enchant of spell power and crit at revered.
- Wyrmrest Accord – Based in Dragonblight at Wyrmrest Temple – Offer healers and casters head enchant of spell power and mp5 at revered.
- Argent Crusade – Based in Icecrown at Argent Vanguard – Offer tanks a head enchant with stamina and defense at revered and a healer/caster ring at exalted.
- Knights of the Ebon Blade – Based in Icecrown at Shadow Vault – Offer melee dps a head enchant of attack power and critical strike at revered.
- Argent Vanguard/ Horde Expedition (rep gained by wearing no tabard in instances) – Based in respective faction main starting towns – Offer engineering pattern for Mekgineer’s Chopper and a PvP head enchant with stamina and resilience.
These suggestions are just the basics for a fresh 80. As you travel around Azeroth and Northrend you will find different ways to make money and gather gear. Just keep your eyes open and be logical. Blizzard has tried over the years to make the game helpful and friendly towards fresh 80s. There are also friendly people around. If you have a simple question, just ask. Someone will point you in the right direction.
If you have any questions or comments for me, leave ‘em here! Let me know. I’ll be happy to help. I’m also slowly learning how to blog on WordPress… This post looks a bit more cleaned up than the last one I made. Yay for progress!