Like many of you, I’ve started out the Cataclysm by touring a lot of the new areas and checking things out. I hope that you all are having as much fun as I am! Blizzard has done a great job with all of the new areas. My favorite has got to be the undersea world of Vashj’ir. It’s like being a toy in some gigantic aquarium, and if that’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right!
Once you’re there, the first few quests that you do in the area will make you able to walk and swim faster, as well as be able to breathe underwater. This is a really cool area, with lots of fishies for you to beat up on as you quest. Blizz seems to have taken into account the huge rush of people wanting to level as the respawn rate on all of these new area monsters is crazy fast. Be careful that you don’t bite off more than you can chew, or you can find yourself overwhelmed quite quickly.
Continuing on with the quest line, you acquire an underwater mount – an Abyssal Seahorse! The quest line is freaking simple and the mount costs you absolutely nothing to attain.
So, my new seahorse and I took a tour of the underwater world. This is a Whale Shark. He is huge; not big or large, but actually huge! It looks smaller in the picture because this guy is ginormous and he will totally eat your lunch. He doesn’t care what your mother packed you, it could be a month old lunchable that you are trying to pawn off on the fat kid; he doesn’t care! This sucka will eat it!
One of the new features in Cataclysm is that in order to queue or enter the new dungeons, you have to discover them. I think it’s a good idea, and makes sure that we are all exploring the new landscape that Blizzard has been working so hard on for us. In case some of you haven’t found the new underwater dungeon (Throne of the Tides) yet, hold on to your seahorse and swim into this swirling vortex of doom found in the Abyssal Maw. Your seahorse may need some encouragement though. 😉
Be careful once you get there and discover the dungeon, because swimming around in the water causes you to die for some reason, probably due to being so far underwater (Pressure?! What do you know about pressure?!). Talking to the Earthen Ring chap in the zone will teleport you back to where you were.
So far, the new zones have been a lot of fun. I have spent most of the time underwater, and have been totally impressed by what I’ve seen. I haven’t spent much time anywhere else yet, but hope you guys are enjoying yourselves!
I hope you guys are enjoying yourselves as much as I am. Remember to take it slow and pause to smell the Mageroyals… Azeroth wasn’t conquered in a day!