Memorable Quests

The Cataclysm wrought huge changes to the face of Azeroth, as well as what the inhabitants are doing. For the first time in six years, the story progressed forward and we see new things that are happening across the whole world. Mankrik isn’t just wallowing in Crossroads anymore, he’s plotting his revenge at the Grol’dom Farm (and other places later on). Along with him, there’s plenty of new things to experience.

Right now I’m leveling up a new hunter, and have just recently gone through part of Badlands and got to experience one of the best quests in the game so far. It made me think of some of the best quests and quest lines through the game so far, and why I’ve enjoyed them.

Welcome To The Machine

This is a quest at the border of Silverpine Forest and Hillsbrad Foothills, where you get to do something never thought of before: become a quest giver. Rather than just moving through the quest hubs, collecting the quests and moving on, you get to see the story from the other side.

Three characters come by, and you get to see the different stereotypes of questers that are out there. It also sets the stage for part of the zone, as you get to meet up with two of the characters later on, who play a major part of questing areas.

I enjoyed this quest as it’s almost breaking the fourth wall, and gives the character an idea of what it’s like to sit around all day and hand out quests. Very entertaining, and makes you think a bit.

The Day Deathwing Came

If you’ve ever seen the TV show “How I Met Your Mother”, this is similar to it. In the show the main character is telling his kids a long story about how he eventually met their mother, and at times he tries to censor himself or what they were doing, so the story is embellished or changed. For example, in college they loved “sandwiches”, and not something else which isn’t completely legal.

This quest line is made up of three quests from three NPCs sitting around in the Badlands and saying what “happened” the day that Deathwing came through and messed things up. You get to live out each of the stories, ranging from punching Deathwing in the face to having a flying motorcycle.

Once again, it’s just very entertaining and funny seeing Blizzard’s imagination at work. I can totally see three people hanging out saying how things happened, and that it was THEIR version that was the truth.

Waptor Twapping

Looney Tunes meets World of Warcraft. Elmer Fudd has been reincarnated in the NPC Kala’ma in Northern Barrens, just north of Ratchet. He is upset that the “waptors” have stolen all his stuff, and wants you to “twap” them. All of his dialogue is along this style of Elmer Fudd or the priest from The Princess Bride.

Blizzard puts thought into even these small quests, as the action that you take is “twapping waptor”. It’s things like this that show the amount work that goes into quest design, and I sure appreciate it.

These are but three quests out of many thousand that are in the game, and were just off the top of my head.  There are many memorable ones out there, but these were ones that I thought were fun and entertaining.  Feel free to add your favourite quests in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “Memorable Quests

  1. Ah, memorable quests..

    Since the release of Cataclysm this list has grown hugely. I second the idea that NPC’s have ‘progressed’ in the old world, really gives the game (Especially pre-Cata players) depth. Since re-subscribing with the expansion, I for once have really taken a liking to the way quests now involve YOU more so than before, alongside the main story. Rather than taking a de-tour around what is actually happening in the world, and collecting irrelevant items.

    Anyway, good post!

    – Jamin

  2. Ah, memorable quests..

    Since the release of Cataclysm this list has grown hugely. I second the idea that NPC’s have ‘progressed’ in the old world, really gives the game (Especially pre-Cata players) depth. Since re-subscribing with the expansion, I for once have really taken a liking to the way quests now involve YOU more so than before, alongside the main story. Rather than taking a de-tour around what is actually happening in the world, and collecting irrelevant items.

    Anyway, good post!

    – Jamin

    (Posted from twitter, didn’t realise you could XD)

  3. “Waptor Twapping” made me laugh so, so hard. I tried to describe it to my husband, but it was so impossible to read the quest text, et cetera, out loud with a straight face that eventually he had to just come read it over my shoulder.

    I laughed a lot the first time I did “Welcome to the Machine”, too. I was surprised and delighted to see how that quest, which I expected to be a one-off for teh lulz, continued into the rest of the story of the zone. Recently, I found Johnny Awesome sunning himself at the new resort town up at the Steam Pools in Feralas. It makes me happy to see Blizz doing these kinds of story continuity things.

    I haven’t gotten to the Badlands yet in my project to quest through all the zones of Cataclysm “in order” with an at-level character, but I’ve heard enough about “The Day that Deathwing Came” to definitely be looking forward to it!

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