World of Warcraft: Legion is releasing in 88 days at the time of this article. Approximately a month beforehand, I anticipate the pre-expansion event to be released. Traditionally the Warcraft pre-expansion events introduce a new number patch (Mists of Pandaria was 5.0, Warlords of Draenor was 6.0, and so on) which introduces a lot of the new features that the expansion will bring. It serves as a means for the game client to be prepared for the launch, and also to allow players to get used to all of the new things that are happening before they dive back into the leveling process.
Unfortunately it is with this pre-patch that Blizzard usually removes any achievements, mounts, and quests that they intend on being expansion specific. With this in mind, I have put together a small list (and a video) to help you tick off some things that will be going away, or that will become harder to obtain, in Legion.
1) Attain the Grove Warden/Archimonde Feats of Strength.
This is fairly self-explanatory. As in Mists of Pandaria, the final boss of the final raid (Archimonde in Hellfire Citadel) rewards a mount. Unlike in Mists it is rewarded to you as a lootable item that starts a small questline introducing some basic story that is believed will be fleshed out further come Legion. The Grove Warden is only awarded to players who defeat Archimonde on Heroic or Mythic difficulties. There are also three achievements tied to his defeat depending on which difficulty you play, with the achievements being grated retroactively. For example, if you kill Archimonde on Mythic, you would attain all 3 achievements.
2) Poundfist/Draenor World Mounts
Poundfist is a gronn who spawns in Gorgrond and has a 100% drop chance on the Sunhide Gronnling. He is the most difficult of the Draenor world mount spawns due to his excessively long spawn timer. You have a much better change of catching him with a group and now, at the end of the expansion, is the perfect time to put a group together in the LFG channels.
The other mount rares are:
Pathrunner – Shadowmoon Valley
Silthide – Talador
Gorok – Frostfire Ridge
Luk’hok – Nagrand
Nakk the Thunderer – Nagrand
Nok-Karosh – Frostfire Ridge
3) Glory of the Hellfire Raider
I debated putting this on the list but with Hellfire Citadel being out for some time now, it was one of the last things my guild did together before taking a break. As with a lot of the Glory meta achievements, this probably won’t go away in Legion, and will be easier to complete with a higher level group and less people. In saying that, there are a lot of people willing to do the metas right now on websites like OpenRaid.
4) PvP Mounts/Titles
PvP is being overhauled in Legion and so my reason for adding this is simple: we’re not sure what’s going to stay, and what’s going to go. If you really want one of the mounts awarded by a Vicious Saddle achievement (win 100 rated 3s matches, or 40 rated battlegrounds) or the titles related to various tiers of rated PvP, you’ll want to get it done soon.
Related to PvP is of course, Ashran. There are a number of achievements and titles (thanks to your Garrison’s Gladiator’s Sanctum) to be awarded here. I am not sure if Blizzard plan to revamp Ashran in Legion to keep it relevant, but if Wintergrasp is the example, it doesn’t look like it will. You’ll want to get anything Nemesis related done fairly soon.
6) Challenge Modes
Challenge Modes became one of my favourite things to do in Mists and I was pretty ecstatic when they carried them over to Warlords of Draenor. Challenge Modes as they are now will be gone in Legion, but you’ve still got plenty of time to complete them before time runs out. In Mists you needed to complete challenge modes on the character you wanted the transmog items on. In Warlords you will only need to complete a full set of gold on one character and in Legion, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase an item that makes all of the weapon looks available across your account. The old gear sets from Mists will also be account wide, but still class specific. In addition to the weapon mog looks, challenge modes will also award you a mount for completing silver, and a title for completing bronze. Guilds that do them in a group will unlock the Deathwatch Hatchling pet.
7) Proving Grounds Achievements
The Proving Grounds award 3 titles (The Proven Assailant (DPS), The Proven Healer (Healing) and the Proven Defender (Tanking) for completing Wave 30: Endless as each spec. These titles are the same as their Mists of Pandaria counterparts but the feats of strength/legacy achievements will be different. In addition, there are two achievements for completing silver and gold in a spec not suited for it entitled You’re Doing It Wrong and You’re Really Doing It Wrong.
8/9) LFR Armor & Legendary Ring
For transmog purposes, it’s going to be easiest right now to obtain items you’d like before the next expansion. While you’re doing this, you can also work on completing your legendary ring quest for the related achievements and just to have it to hold onto.
Not all of these things will be disappearing in Legion but it’s fun to have a bucket list!