So next up I have a Tauren Bear – Katael. She is a bit of a fuzzy butt, and I’ve logged in, changed spec and gear, set up bars sorta, and turned on Auto loot. Guardian talents are:
As a Bear, I’ve chosen Blood Frenzy, Wild Charge, Feral Affinity, Mighty Bash, Incarnation, Guardian of Elune and Lunar Beam. Galatic Guardian looks pretty good (Random Moonfires that reduce the damage against you) but Incarnation looked good for AOE threat.
So with that all said and done, to Moonglade I go – Zen’tabra, Naralex, Dream portal etc. This time when I speak to Naralex, instead of waiting patiently for him, I tap him on the shoulder. He says:
“I’m awake! Definitely NOT sleeping! I was just… just resting my eyes.”
So, Blizz acknowledges the mess that WC was when Naralex slept. Good 😛
So, complete the ritual, and into the Dream I go. I’m kinda looking forward to smashing these things in the dream to be perfectly honest. I’m a bear now, RAWR!
OMG new barkskin graphic! So good! I fight the mini boss and he’s not too bad, I only started getting low health warnings once but that was near the end of the fight so that was cool. Head to the Arch Druid of the Grove, and do all that fun stuff.
Now here is where I confess. I’ve played pretty much every spec that I’ve reviewed with the exception of Unholy DKs to this point. Now, I’m in completely uncharted territory!
To start off with, I need to find someone and see if she knows where the Claws of Ursoc might be. I’ve been told to find her in the Barrow Dens to the north but I haven’t found it so far. What I have found has taken my breath away however. The Dreamgrove feels like it’s some mystical faerie land, with the plants and the green, and the way the plants grow and how it just feels MAGICAL. You can feel the peacefulness and serenity that the Druids generally strive for.
I find the Barrow Dens and enter and I’m highly amused to see some sleeping druids – one even has a stuffed kitten on her bed while she sleeps in cat form!
After ooh ing and aww ing over the various parts of the Barrow Den, I turn in the quest and am directed to get some moonwell water and meet someone in Vordrassil. Off I go!
The moonwell water is –essential- mind you. Here I am back in Grizzly Hills, and some of the best music in game! Also one of the prettiest zones in game as well.
You have to summon the spirit of Ursol. Once you’ve done that, the bear spirit himself appears and… I admit, I was a bit in awe of him.
You must face Ursol’s trials. The first one, you fight a mob. Pretty easy to do, it’s got a lot of health but doesn’t seem to hit very hard.
The second trial involves three groups of mobs. The first mob is two melee, the second is two melee and one caster and the last is two melee and two casters. You need to defeat all three (by the time I got to the third one, I was running out of tricks. I need to use Ironfur and Mark of Ursol a bit more I think. I also needed to figure out the difference between Rage Spenders and Rage Builders – Thrash and Mangle build, Maul spends big time and I think Lacerate spends a little bit, but not much.)
For the last trial, you need to protect Lea Stonepaw, the druid who has brought you here to get the claws. It is a test of how good at tank you are.
Ursol blesses you, and you can now go into the Emerald Dream and claim the claws.
You enter the dream and inside of it you find that the Nightmare has reached even Ursoc’s Lair. Once you get inside you see that Spirit of Ursoc is being attacked.
You save him and he tells you that he’s happy to give you his claws to fight against the Legion. Lea Stonepaw begins the ritual to access them when of course, mobs start to rock up.
You fight four waves of mobs, and you get helpers – a Verdant Warder (healer) and Mylune (Balance, and she’s kinda useless imo) – you fight and fight and fight, and then when you’re about to snag the claws the image of Xavius rocks up and goes ‘no!’ and manages to some how snag the spirit of Ursoc, and then give his claws to an “Arch Defiler”. Well the Arch Defiler goes bear, puts ‘em on, and you have to fight him.
You win, and bang! The claws are now yours. Put ‘em on, get the cutscene thing, and then head back to your body. Lea vows to find Xavius and off you go to report on your success. You unlock your artifact (the skins show you the different bear forms that you can end up with… rawr!) and then you become an Arch druid. Hooray!
I really liked the Guardian artifact quest, but as a tank I don’t think I’d ever play one in live. It’s not that I have anything against Guardian druids but it just doesn’t feel like my sorta thing.
Now it’s time to Restore a little Nature 😉