Thursday, April 23, 2009

Insane in the Membrane for the thrifty

So I mentioned I wanted to start a series on achievements. This will be the first installment. The one I am currently working on. It all started with a personal goal I had to get Exalted with Ravenholdt Manor (I mean if you are going to call the Blog "Daughter of Ravenholdt Manor" you HAVE to be Exalted with them Right?) So when I first heard of this achievement I decided I would work on it along with that. Being that I am NOTORIOUSLY Cheap (or Thrifty) I will explain how to do this in that manor.

So how should you tackle this achievement?

Exalted with Ravenholdt Rep.

First if you are a ROGUE you are better off than any class because only Rogues can easily gain rep with Ravenholdt Manor. So if you AREN'T a Rogue you are going to want to either make a Rogue alt, convince a Rogue to join you in doing this crazy achievement OR bribe them to help you. Up until Revered the way to gain Ravenholdt rep is easy, just kill Syndicate members. (Again if you are a Rogue there is a quest that makes this slightly easier earlier on.) Once you have reached Revered however things will slow down DRASTICALLY and get BORING. From now on the ONLY way to gain rep is via a repeatable quest Junkboxes Needed. These Boxes are ONLY obtained through Pick pocketing lvl 50-60 old world mobs. So my suggestion would be to get these boxes while working on your other rep just to break up the monotony. (More on that later.)

Honored with Bloodsail Buccaneers.

The EASIEST way to do this is to get a large group of people and you can get this done in just a matter of a few hours. All you have to do is kill Booty Bay Guards.

Exalted with Booty Bay
Exalted with Everlook
Exalted with Gadgetzan
Exalted with Ratchet

Now that you have worked so hard to DESTROY all that Goblin rep, you need to get it all back. There are two ways you can do it. One way is to go to Gadgetzan and farm the Wastewater Bandits and Thieves. The OTHER way and the one I would recommend is to go to Dire Maul and Farm Diremaul North. The reason for this is three fold. One, can pick pocket farm Junk boxes for Ravenholdt Rep. Two, you might get lucky and get the Key for Free Knot  as well as pick up the Ogre Tannin for the  Gordok Ogre Suit quest. These two quests give EQUAL reputation for ALL the goblin factions. Three, you ALSO run the chance of getting the books you need to gain rep with the NEXT faction you need:

Exalted with Shen'dralar

Now Shen'dralar rep can ONLY be gained by turning in books or Librams. So you will need to stockpile a few items as these Librams do NOT stack. You can only carry 1 of the each of the 3 Librams at a time. Each CLASS has a book which can be turned in 1 time as well. But the Librams take additional regents you will need to have with you to turn in. These regents will need to be farmed ahead of time as some of them are Bind on Pick up. The regents are Pristine Black Diamonds, Large Brilliant Shards, Blood of Heroes, Skin of Shadow, and/or Frayed Abomination Stitching. Again take a Rogue with you as you can farm Junk boxes while farming for your regents.

Exalted with Darkmoon Faire

Gaining Rep with Darkmoon Faire has gotten SIGNIFICANTLY easier with the introduction of inscription. All you need is to have a Scribe and make Darkmoon faire Decks. Some prefer to use the lower level ones like the Rogue Decks as they can be turn them in at ANY time. No waiting for the faire to come to town. The problem is they only grant 25 reputation EACH card deck so that is A LOT of decks. (One estimate was about 5k). Others prefer to make the trinket cards since these are no longer Bind on Pick up so you can then sell the trinkets on the Auction House and at least recoup a little of your investment. If you plan to go this route purchase cards during the "off" times or when the Darkmoon faire is NOT around as they are generally significantly cheaper. Either way do the Darkmoon Faire "Ticket quests" before starting on the decks. (Once you reach 2000/6000 of friendly after that point the ONLY way to go further is via the decks.)

Last few tips for the "thrifty" Achiever.

If you are making a Rogue to help you do this achievement train them as an inscriptionist/herbalist. In addition to that if you or someone else can tag along and dis enchant to provide you with the Large Brilliant shards as you clear out the bosses in Scholomance and Strat while farming for your Frayed Abomination Stitching and Skin of Shadow this will EASILY provide you with the shards you need. (You can try bribing them with the promise of the Baron's mount from Strat.) If you manage to reach exalted with the Goblins and Shen'darlar before reaching exalted with Ravenholdt I would suggest farming boxes in Scholomance. By the time you have completed once sweep of all the humanoids the ones at the beginning will again have items in their pockets.

You now have a title only a few AND insane have gained Congratulations!

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