Last month, one of my guildies tipped me off to a technique that can be used to rid your capitol city of those wretched gold spammers. You know… the level one alts that make the crazy formations outside of the auction houses.
I mentioned in guild chat how rampant they’d been in SW lately and he replied with, oh… yea, but I’ve f**ked them up a few times today already. I was like, huh… how..? Then he reminded me about an amusing little trinket that many of us still have lying around in our banks. I quickly rushed in and withdrew it, dusted it off, then proceeded to dismiss the unwanted swine.
This little trick requires that you have in your possession, the Piccolo of the Flaming Fire. When used, the trinket causes all players within a 5-yard radius to /dance, including those pesky gold spammers. Within a few minutes, they will eventually log off and disappear. No more unwanted solicitors and vagrants, well apart from the pests in Stormwind begging for gold so they can get their mount or whatever else. :-\
Piccolo of the Flaming fire is a trinket that drops in Stratholme off of Hearthsinger Forresten. Hearthsinger Forresten is a level 57 Rare Elite who can be found hanging out in Festival Lane. By my estimation, I’d say you have about a 2 in 3 chance of finding him. He’s a neutral mob, so he won’t attack you unless you pick a fight with him. 😉
Provided you have the Key to the City, you can enter Stratholme through the Elder’s Service Entrance Gate (or… back door as we like to call it…) and do a Piccolo run in minutes. If you’re high enough level (~68+), you can skirt past the mobs by the gate, then stay along the left wall and run to the entrance of Festival Lane. You can either type in /tar hearth, or create a simple macro for this purpose, and you’ll know right away if he’s in there or not. If he’s not, then just run back out and reset.
He spawns in three places in Festival Lane – all of them targetable if you’re by the entrance gate. The furthest locations require that a few groups of mobs be dealt with, but if he’s by the spawn location closest to the gate, you can drop him without aggroing anything, provided you’re high enough level not to draw additional aggro.
If you’re toon’s not old school and lacks the key, then just take the long way around and get it by killing Magistrate Barthilas. The key makes the run for this item considerably faster, and is especially useful if you plan on doing repeated runs for the Deathcharger’s Reins (which I hear may not be around in Cataclysm).
Anyway… if you’re looking for something fun to do while passing the days between now and the release of Cataclysm, Stratholme isn’t a bad place to play around in. You can pick up your anti-spam trinket, farm for the Deathcharger’s Reins, and get loads of items and mats along the way. I’m running my 70 dwarf hunter through there at the moment, since he’s able to disenchant all of the precious goodies that drop.
Well, have fun people and continue to help fight the good fight against these wretched gold spammers!
I can’t stand these f**ks, so I jam them up every chance I get now. 😈