Saturday, June 02, 2007

Second-worst Quest in the Game!

Adversarial Blood is a terribly designed quest. In all of WoW, only the Silithus Field Duty quests are worse.

Basically, it's a group quest where you need to summon and kill 4 bosses, and loot a quest item off each boss. This is the sequence of stuff that you need to do:

1. Kill living arakkoa until you get 6 Shadow Dust (25% drop rate).
2. Use the Shadow Dust to get a potion that lets you see invisible dead arakkoa for 15 minutes.
3. Kill dead arakkoa until you get 10 Time-Lost Scrolls (~50% drop rate). These arakkoa are actually pretty tough, and you'll have to deal with the living arakkoa at the same time.
4. Use 10 Scrolls to summon a boss.
5. Repeat 4 times.

This isn't all that bad, especially if you're in a group.

Until you realize that the boss only drops one quest item for the entire group, and you have repeat the above process for each person. This is insane.

As a general rule of thumb, if you have a Group quest to kill a boss, you should let the group complete it together. This way, everyone gets the quests together, works together, completes them together, and is rewarded together. Shared accomplishment is the key.

Quests where you have to repeat the quest for each person in the group are not fun!

Heck, the only reason the Silithus quests are worse is that you couldn't set it up so that everyone was at least on the same quest. Instead, half the group would be working on a quest that they did not have.

Group quests are all well and good, but you need to be able to work on and finish them as a group!


  1. The thing that makes it the worst for me is that having done all this - what is the reward?

    Answer: a relatively small amount of cash and some rep.

    Not good enough!

    (BTW: My google identity seems to be failing here....says my password is wrong, which it isn't)

    70 Pally

  2. Well, it does give you access to the next step in the quest which has some nice rewards.

    As well, each of the 4 bosses does drop a pretty good blue item.

    (Not really sure why the Google identity would fail, but thats a Blogger thing, and really out of my area of expertise. :) )

  3. Does it?

    Ahh....was unaware of that.

    Might be worth investigating then.....crap as it is.

    On a completely unrelated note.....finally got through Black Morass last night....(because it is all about me!)


  4. I'm not entirely sure of this quest line yet... I've spent so much time healbotting in instances that I rarely get to experience quests.

  5. Thanks for the heads-up. I'll research the rewards before getting started in this quest-line...

  6. Im glad i read this before i started this quest. I picked it up last night right before we went to Kara and only looked to see that is suggested 3, so i didnt start it. I might still do it anyways though, as i'm usually there farming the big elite trees that pat around, might as well kill some other stuff to get the dust.

    Oh and dont die after you have taken the potion. You will farming more dust if you do.

  7. Wholeheartedly agree. It's just another rep grind which blizzard is trying to call a "questline" and soaks up people's time. From what I've heard, it seems like the AQ gate opening questline farming on a smaller scale.

  8. Just an update: I helped a guildie kill one of the bosses last night and it was a PITA. I died 3 times during the course of the fight due to his sheild at 20% and trying to find the blue flare to shatter his shield. But when all was done we got and Epic BOE claok from him. Cant remeber the name but, should sell well, and we are going to split the gold between the group members.