What are “Achievements” in World of Warcraft?

What are Achievements in World of Warcraft? Why don’t you go jump off a ledge, newbie?

No, wait, I am not being mean. I’m just suggesting that you try one of the achievements in Wow named “Going Down?” Actually, try a whole bunch of these achievements.

Achievements are lists of the things you have done in World of Warcraft. They are tied to each character and can really fun to do if you are in place when you are a bit bored and looking for something fun to do. Along with all the basic achievements of “vanilla” WoW, each new expansion such as World of Warcraft Cataclysm or “Wrath of the Lich King” brings a whole new set of things to do. Most achievements do not award anything special, but a few do bring titles, unique pets or flying mounts. These kind rewards are usually very hard to earn or take a very long stretch of time. Some people like to compare achievements or the “points” they have from doing these tasks. It really doesn’t effect your game play.

So, for example, when you fall from an area for at least 65 feet and don’t die, you get a special achievement that is called “Going Down.” Most of my characters have gotten this achievement really by accident. (/em blush) However, you can also do it on purpose. For example, try jumping (not just running) off of the very top level of the Stormwind Harbor, just as you come out of the tunnel from the main city. Jump high near the lamppost and try to land on the one of the ballistic machines below. It’s a long run back if you fail, but it’ll feel sweet when you make it. By the way, everyone has a different opinion on where to do certain achievements, so don’t get too worried about hearing different ideas.

Some achievements that you can only get under special circumstances. These are called “Feats of Strength (FoS).” For example, all my characters have a “Netherwhelp” companion pet that I got from buying the “Burning Crusade” collector’s edition. (See picture to the left.) There is no other way to get it. I also have other FoS rewards from things like going to BlizzCon or logging in for anniversary celebrations.

“How can I see my Warcraft achievements?” That is easy to do. On your keyboard, the command is usually pressing the Y key, unless you have reset it. You can also use your mouse to click on the Shield Icon on the Interface (your screen) command bar. Both of those will bring up your list of achievements as well as a bunch of other information. Here is an example below from my Bank alt.

Now you can go jump off a ledge.

Do you have a favorite Achievement? Tell us about in the comments section below.

Hunter has played World of Warcraft for a long time and has a bunch of FoS. (Hooray Achievements!) He has a bank alt or two because he uses this great gold-making system. Come check it out. . Never buy gold, cuz it’s too easy to earn it.

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Raiding Onyxia’s Lair

Raiding Onyxia’s Lair
By Bret Jones

Onyxia’s Lair was redesigned from the 40 man level 60 raid it used to be to a new 10 and 25 man instance for level 80’s in Wrath of the Lich King.

Along with this redesign came newer gear. In a 10 man Onyxia the gear item levels will be 232 and in a 25 man Onyxia the gear item levels will be item level 245. This is an exact match of regular 10 man and 25 man Trial of the Crusader.

Although the loot is new and the encounter levels have changed, the actual encounter has basically not. There are three phases during the fight:

Phase 1: Ground
Phase 2: Air, whelps come out of sides
Phase 3: Ground, crazy AoE Fear

At any given time if someone runs into the sides where the whelp eggs are, they will bring with them a ton of whelps and probably get kicked out of the raid. Since AoE damage has been normalized AoE’ing the whelps is not quite as great of the DPS as it used to be but there are people who will spike as high as 12k dps or more during the whelp stages.

Most of what you’ll be getting for loot will be class specific heads and a few randomized weapons. The Head of Onyxia is usable by all classes and starts a quest that can be exchanged for a few things, an agility based neck, a defense based trinket, or a caster ring.

Unfortunately, due to the recent Icecrown Citadel Patches and Ruby Sanctum it is very rare to find a pick up group that is going to do Onyxia as the setup time and fail rate of players is very high making the rewards not worth the risk and time.

Bret Jones is the author of WoW Gear Guide, a site that shows loot lists for all raids and loot lists for all classes in game for each raid.

Check out the [ ]Onyxia’s Lair Loot List to find the newest items for your character.

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World of Warcraft Help With Basic Commands

World of Warcraft Quest Help – Basic Commands
By Jillian A Perkins

When in WoW, learning some of the shorthand key commands for basic activities will make your play a lot easier. It can save you having to look up the appropriate command, or make it easier for you to write your own macros. Here is a basic list of some of the World of Warcraft quest help commands that you might find useful during the game.

  • /# – sends message to the channel number selected.
  • /afk – sets your Away From Keyboard Flay.
  • /announcements, /ann – allows you to join or leave announcements on a channel.
  • /ban – bans a player from a channel.
  • /bind – tells your current bind location.
  • /cast ___ – allows you to cast a spell by its name, this is useful for writing your own macros.
  • /chat, /chathelp – will show you the chat commands.
  • /dnd – sets your Do Not Disturb flag.
  • /em – creates an emote.
  • /follow, /f – will cause your character to follow the player that is selected.
  • /g – sends chat message to all guild members.
  • /gdemote – demotes a player to a lower rank in the guild.
  • /gdisband – disbands the guild.
  • /ghelp – gives a list of guild commands, some may only be used by the guild leader.
  • /ghelp – shows a list of all guild commands.
  • /ginfo – gives guild information.
  • /ginvite – invites another player to join the guild.
  • /gleader – makes another player the guild master.
  • /gmotd – sets the message of the day.
  • /gpromote – promotes a player to a higher rank in the guild.
  • /gquit – leave the guild.
  • /gremove – removes a player from your guild.
  • /groster – shows the guild roster.
  • /o – sends chat message to guild officers.
  • /party, /p – sends a message to the party chat.
  • /played – shows a report of how long you’ve played that character.
  • /r – sends a reply to the last person that whispered you.
  • /say, /s – send a message to anyone nearby.
  • /unban – unbans a player from a channel.
  • /who – lists players online.
  • /yell, /y – yells a message to the nearby area.


Jillian Perkins
I have been a very keen participant in the wonderful World of Warcraft for a number of years now, and like to consider myself somewhat of an expert, especially when it comes to finding the shortcuts. Visit Warcraft Wild for all the best hints tips and secrets feel free to browse my website and take all the information you want from it.

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World of Warcraft Leveling Guide – 5 Methods to Enjoy Yourself While Leveling Up

World of Warcraft Leveling Guide – 5 Methods to Enjoy Yourself While Leveling Up
By Dave Lex

(Guest Post)

Many people, including myself, do get drained from all the leveling once it has become the second or third or more character that you have leveled. In this leveling guide, I will share with you 5 ways I keep myself entertained while doing the drudgery of leveling up my alternate characters.

Method 1 – Switch on the TV

By turning to watch what’s on TV every few mins really takes the boredom out of leveling my alternate characters. The key is to watch a light comedy or game show so that you get entertained, but do not watch heavy shows such as dramas and suspense or action shows as it will make you want to focus on the show more than your game. This has happened to me many times and I turn to my screen only to find my poor character killed by some mob.

Method 2 – Get a leveling buddy

If you have a leveling buddy, you can at least talk to that person in game or through skype/phone and it will certainly make the game more enjoyable then if you were to level alone.

Method 3 – Get engrossed and consumed in the quest storyline

I’m sure if you have leveled a few characters like I have already, you wouldn’t even bother to care about the storyline of the quests. Chances are that you will just go to the main objective and get it over and done with. Just try for once, to enjoy the storyline and at least this will give the quest makers some credit!

Method 4 – Think of something worse that you have to do if you were not leveling

This method is a bit obscure but just try and think of the chores/assignments/projects/work you have to do if you do not level. In most cases, I’d rather be leveling than doing my assignments and projects!

Method 5 – Pay someone to level for you

When you pay someone to level up your character, you can do other things you enjoy. This is truly the most literal way where you can enjoy yourself while having your character leveled up at the same time!

I hoped this information has given you some refreshing ideas on how to enjoy leveling up and although it is not the best World of Warcraft leveling guide you have ever read, I’m sure it will help you enjoy more while leveling. If you wish to have more information, please go to –


Dave Lex is a hardcore World of Warcraft Gamer and is dedicated to helping new and experienced players with the game. Find out more at

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What To Do In World of Warcraft Raids and Party

World of Warcraft Raid and Party Etiquette
By Justin Philippe

One of the most crucial leveling strategies in World of Warcraft is to join dungeon raids and instance runs. Aside from gaining experience, you also gain access to rare drops that non-elite mobs don’t drop or items that can only be found in dungeons or instances. But aside from possessing the strongest avatar in World of Warcraft, you must also have the basic party etiquette.

It is a given to show respect and be polite when we interact with other WoW players, but let us focus on what this means in a raid or party setting, whether it’s a guild group or a PuG.

Being Prepared:
We’ve all been in this situation. We finally got a handful (by handful I mean 5) players for a dungeon run. We summon party members to the instance, zone in and begin buffs. Just before the very first pull in a seemingly long run, someone says “Wait! I forgot [insert random reagent, potion, repair, etc]. Can you summon me back?”

Forgetfulness is a part of life and no one remembers everything all of the time. However, basic raid/party etiquette requires you to make your best effort at being prepared. In your rush to accept the summon or hop on the nearest flying mount, take a moment to check that you have everything that you need.

The acronym “PARR” (as in up to par) is very useful to check that you have made the basic preparations:

– Potions
– Appropriate Gear
– Reagents
– Repairs

Ninja Pulling:
You have a fantastic build, and the instance has been great… until now. There was a wipe or some other circumstance that has required the group to pause. Someone grows impatient and… INCOMING! Suddenly there are mobs running toward you. The group is caught by surprise. Someone wasn’t resurrected yet or perhaps the healers and casters are out of mana or the tankers are low in health. Maybe someone is AFK. Whether your group ends up being wiped or barely surviving, the group needs more time to recover from the ninja pull.

We can all become impatient; however, it is important to remember that ninja pulling will create more downtime that waiting patiently for your group to recover after the last batch of mobs. Basic raid and party etiquette requires us to wait for the designated puller to initiate the aggressive mobs, usually these would be the tankers. The puller also has to pay attention to the group’s life and mana status and makes sure that all members are present before a pull.

AFK [Away from Keyboard]:
Real life happens. No one should ever BEGRUDGE a member who needs to go AFK for legitimate reasons. However, there are some basic rules to follow when they are necessary, as well as basic steps to take to prevent unnecessary AFKs.

If you have a legitimate reason to go AFK during a party, provide the necessary information to your group. You must AFK because [x reason] and it should take no longer than [y amount of time]. If you must AFK for a period of time longer than 15 minutes, you may ask the group (before you leave) whether or not they want to wait for you, or if they would like to find someone else to fill in your shoes. If they prefer to find someone to fill your slot, leave the instance so they may bring in a new party member. If you must go AFK during a raid, provide the information to a raid leader or assistant and wait for their instruction.

The following steps should help you minimize AFK time and maximize CHARACTER LEVELING time:

– Make sure you have enough time for a specific encounter.
– If you have real life responsibilities, be sure you’ve completed them or you can set them aside till the run is complete.
– Grab a bite to eat and something to drink before you begin
– If something else grabs your interest (book, movie, girlfriend, etc), either decline the invitation or be sure you are willing to put it aside before you begin the instance.

Loot and consideration:
It sucks when you do an instance and walk away empty handed. Sometimes though, that’s just the way it goes. This may come as a surprise, but you are not entitled to loot simply because you participated. There are other members you must consider. If the shadow priest can use that wand, the warlock isn’t the default winner.

The following loot rules apply to most parties (unless otherwise stated before the run):

– Pass on all Blues and BoPs (Binds on Pickup). Discuss who would like to roll for the item. Roll random 1-100. The individual with the highest roll wins the item. If the individual with highest roll decides to pass, the item goes to the next highest roller.
– Blues are held for (EndLoot)
– Roll greed for all BoE (Binds on Equip) Greens
– An individual may only receive one blue run.

Loot rules may vary from server to server and group to group. Be certain all party members agree to a set of rules before you begin the instance to minimize misunderstandings and “loot whoring.”
Raid Loot rules vary depending on the instance and the guild. Always familiarize yourself with your guild’s loot system before attending a raid.

These simple considerations will help any raid group or party run smoothly, maximizing your enjoyment of the game. Remember that sometimes your best efforts at group etiquette will not make up for a bad group or rude players. It is ok to leave a group that is rude or refuses to follow the leader’s instructions (or if the leader is an idiot who refuses to implement better suggestions). You should always attempt to do so in a respectful manner.


J is a full time World of Warcraft player and webmaster, giving you the latest, in-depth and unbiased World of Warcraft leveling guides for both newbies and experts alike. With his articles dashed with a touch of personal experience, J will show you what to do and what not to do to maximize your enjoyment.

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What’s Your Definition of a Gamer?

What Defines a Gamer?
By D King

There are many definitions to define what a gamer is. I’ve heard many, and have agreed with most of them. Just like with most things in life gamers come in different levels and stages, habits and tendencies. This is a philosophical question in my opinion, no right or wrong answer, usually every answer I hear has some logic to it. Some believe that even in their spare time play, that they are gamers, I concur.

You’ve owned some type of video game console since the beginning of the Atari days. Your a lock for being a gamer. The people who are the first ones when the stores opens to get the latest game to come out, or even better, camp out overnight to get what they want. Gamer! Beating a game more than once, finding things you missed the previous time around, makes you a gamer. Some people play sports games, some just play Madden, they too are gamers.

I’ve heard those who play the Xbox 360 and PS3 refer to the Wii as a toy and whoever plays it as their main console, is not a gamer. I would have to disagree that. I personally believe that the PS3 is better than the Wii overall. I also believe that Nintendo found a winner with the Wii, ran with it, and still have yet to slow down. I just believe Nintendo has been smarter as a company for the last few years. I’ve also heard PC gamers refer to all gaming consoles as toys, everyone has opinion right?

Last but not least we have the “No Lifers”. They live to play video games, every day of every year. They are the gladiators of video games, the hardcore, they pretty much consist of every definition of a gamer combined into one, crazy.

In my opinion what defines a gamer depends on who you ask. Some are more hardcore, others are casual, some play for perfection, some play a particular niche of game, others bleed video games. There are countless other definitions and I pretty much agree with them all. If you play enough video games to consider yourself a gamer no matter what your skill level, or time invested, or anything else, who am I to say any different, you’re a gamer. What’s your definition of a gamer?


Denard King is a video game enthusiast who enjoys the pleasure and the business side of the video game industry. His website, provides the latest video game news related articles.

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How to Grow Your Gold In World of Warcraft

Holding on to Your Gold for World of Warcraft New Players
By Hunter Sear

If you are saving for a large purchase in World of Warcraft Gold, then you will want to avoid impulse buying in the Auction House (AH).

What is impulse buying? It is easy to allow that huge pile of WoW gold to burn a hole in your virtual pockets. Since your character cannot really bank the gold, it is always with them, tempting you to spend. When you see thousands of gold right there as you find that perfect new weapon or other fun item in the AH, you might be tempted just to start spending. That is impulse buying. Like real life at the candy shelves in the grocery store checkout line, you must resist!

I suggest always having a bank “Alt.” An “Alt” is an “alternate character” that does not do much adventuring but rather stays near the bank and mailbox in a home city. Make it a habit to send your extra piles of gold to this character on your account. That way, when the urge hits your Main character to just spend on the latest gadget rather than saving for the one purchase you most truly want, you will not have easy access to the money.

I know you can just log off, relog on the Alt character, send the money to your Main, log off the Alt and log back on the Main. Hopefully, having your money only accessible through this long process will quench the fire of the impulse purchase burning in your mind.

For an even more effective, slow down of your impulse spending of gold, try having a second game account to hold your gold. There is an hour or so delay between the sending and receiving of mail and money when using two accounts. Maybe this will help you stop your impulse buying even further.

Make smart decisions about your World of Warcraft gold! You are going to love the rewards of buying the Uber gear you really want rather than dwindling away your gold on small purchases.

Hunter Sear is a longtime WoW player who wants you to know you should never buy WoW gold online! He suggests you master the ways to make gold in the game the way he does by using the Massive Gold Blueprint system found at this link. You can follow us at Twitter, too, @warcrafter

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Warcraft Quests: A Brief Summary

World of Warcraft Quests – A Brief Summary
By John Dobbins

World of Warcraft is an exciting MMORPG game that is absolutely filled with quests that you can do to gain levels, money and reputation with dozens of different factions.

Beginning with level 1 you will be offered quests to help get better armor and weapons and the better equipment you have, the easier it is to survive in the World of Warcraft environment. Often times you can accomplish several quests at the same time or at least in the same areas. The trick is to know which order to do these quests to get the most done in the least amount of time. This can be tricky at times, especially when you are dealing with “chain”quests.

Chain quests are a string of quests that tie together. You do the first part of a chain before you are eligible for the second part. Once the second part is turned in you become eligible for the third part and so on. These chain quests are usually a good way to build your reputation with whichever faction you are questing for and generally have a pretty good prize for finishing them. That prize may be a new piece of armor or a weapon and money. Sometimes the quests in World of Warcraft only pay money but that money comes in very handy for buying potions, buying materials to raise your skill level in a trade or saving to buy things that are expensive, like mounts.The higher your level, the more money you earn with each quest.

If you are looking for an exciting way to explore the many different areas and fascinating creatures of Norrath then log into World of Warcraft and start questing.

John Dobbins


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First level 80 in Wrath of the Lich King

GAMESPY is reporting that a french player is the first level 90 in the World of Warcraft expansion the “Wrath of the Lich King.” Congrats.

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