Monday, September 16, 2013

Free as a Bird

The most important Chest on Loot Island

You like free stuff, yes? You're happy that Blizzard's given us Loot island, I'm sure: even I am beginning to warm to a place where I don't even have to hit rares for them to give me loot [*] However, I am getting reports of people being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information they're having to process and the number of miniquests/places to look for stuff there currently are. It seems when you take quests away and don't adequately signpost progression, things can get a bit confusing.

That's why I'm starting your week by telling you this chest is the one item you need to take time to go and locate. That's because it contains a GUARANTEED Burden of Eternity. Yes, you heard me correctly.

For those of you still unaware, if you use this item on ANY Timeless Loot (that's the item BEFORE it becomes an actual 496 armour piece) it will create a 535 item. This should be enough to make all but the most Hardcore raider sit up and take notice... but there's a catch. It's not insurmountable, but it will require some thought. This item sits, with two other random Timeless Loot drops, in the Blazing Chest above. Your biggest problem is getting there.

I told you this wasn't going to be simple.

Point A, for those of you that haven't explored that far yet, is the broken bridge that leads to the Ordon Sanctuary. This area is easily accessible if you already have a Legendary Cloak (you just fly over) but for everyone else... well, you need to get creative. Don't get nervous either, this is perfectly legitimate: The cloak ONLY grants you access to the large courtyard (B) (which is where Ordos spawns) Our chest is located in an entirely separate area at C, marked with the dot. As long as you stay away from the Courtyard, you'll stay safe. The question then becomes how you get there.

I can personally confirm shoving a non-cloak wearer in your Chopper sidecar and bringing them over will work, so that should mean a cloak-wearer with a Mammoth or any 2 person mount which works as ground transport should also be safe. If you don't have a friend with a cloak, don't panic: finding an Albatross and hitching a ride can get you there, as will using a flying mount (yes you can still do this on the island ^^) Wowhead's comments section on the chest offers some suggestions so for those of you not lucky enough to have a legendary yet, it is not impossible,

Nasty blokes, but a bit thick.

The next biggest problem is avoiding the really rather nasty mobs around the area. Having an aggro reset or stealth is going to be extremely useful in this case: once you are inside the courtyard the chest resides in running to a wall should reset any mobs from outside. The two fellas that guard the chest are quite easy to avoid, just watch the roaming pats.

Then there is a quick note about contents. This chest, according to Wowhead has an 11% chance of providing you with a Timeless Curio (which converts to a 535 trinket) but part of me is wondering whether this chest might be something a little more sophisticated. After all, Trinkets are notoriously difficult to find in open gameplay and a lot of people will be looking to upgrade them after reaching 90. When I opened the chest on my Hunter got a very pleasant surprise:

This could be a massive co-incidence, but those two Timeless Loots co-coincided exactly with my two lowest iLevelled items currently equipped. Similarly when I looted on my Mage:

Again, bracers and leggings were by far the lowest iLevel items I had on, which is what made me think that perhaps this chest isn't just randomly throwing out loot, but it might be intelligently checking my gear and providing me with a more appropriate upgrade. Of course I could just be imagining the whole thing, but I do know Blizzard like to sneak bits of code into the game like this without making a song and dance of the fact. I'll check with every new 90 I get up there, of course. You may wish to do the same.

The last factor in this is equation whether the chest respawns again on Wednesday after reset. I'm betting this would be a one-shot deal (and Wowhead are saying the same because of PTR behaviour, presumably) but part of me wonders if this chest couldn't be put on a timer. Once a month for a guaranteed upgrade, without coins? I suppose it depends on how generous Blizzard are feeling about gearing. Needless to say, if you've not done so already, and especially if your trinkets are a little shabby, this is one chest you should really be looking to open.

[Oh, and for those of you curious, you can not simply loot but use more than one Burden of Eternity in a week. P's chest loot gave her a second. I have no idea if they stack however... :P]


[*] Yes, this genuinely happened. I'm not complaining.


PlaidElf said...

I was so excited when I found out about this chest! Went up today on my paladins to get the goodies. Loot didn't seem to be so intelligent for me as it was for you, really could have used a trinket for my prot pally but didn't get one. Still a guaranteed burden of eternity is an awesome thing and I've got a few more alts who will have to catch a bird up to get it. Let's hope they have better luck at sneaking than my paladins. Apparently glowing plate armor is not so stealthy. Who knew?

Rades said...

Sadly, you actually can't use a Burden of Eternity on the Timeless Curios. So if you want a 535 trinket, you'll have to grind up the the 50,000 Timeless Coins to buy one from a vendor. :( Too bad, my Hunter could really use one!

Tome of the Ancient said...

You had a wonderful lucky day! No trinket for me so it's on with the grind to 50,000 coins and trying not to spend them at that Hozen's cave!

Jstmel said...

I can't remember where I read it, but supposedly if you spend 50k coins in Hozen's cave you have better chances of getting one or MORE
Burden of Eternity along with a plethora of other items. So, if you're saving up for a Burden you might be better off opening a bunch of chests for 500 coins a pop.

If you want the i535 trinkey...then, yea, continue on with the grind.

Jojo said...

Ooh I hadn't thought about going over on a two-person mount! A guildie showed me how to get over using slow fall; get up onto the broken wooden beam thing on the left, slow fall, mount up & glide over to the grassy sloping side just left of the bridge.
I went over on my mage using this method... but Id rather have the Burden on my hunter. Think I'll get her over much easier - via a two person mount!!

Erinys said...

Mr Harpy parachuted in like a pro. I suspect it's going to be the albatross express for me (because I'm a slacker who fails at leveling engineering).

dobablo said...

For your randomness research, I have 504 OH, 522 Shoulders with the rest at 530 or higher. It dropped me shoulders and feet. I guess there are no timeless weapon drops :(