I’m sure that this is probably old hat to many of you — especially those of you who spent long and arduous hours smushing bugs in AQ20/AQ40 — but I finally reached Exalted with the Cenarion Circle last night after discovering that the Guardian of Cenarius achievement carried with it a very smexy Druid-oriented title by the same name. Prior to the release of TBC, Mr. Phae and I spent two months in the sandy wastes of Silithus, running quests and collecting … stuff … required to raise our reputation. He was after something at Exalted, but I was only after a reward at Revered, the [Grace of Earth], then the only on-use threat reducer. Various AQ runs pushed me to about 13/21k toward Exalted, leaving me 8,000 reputation left when I headed back to Silithus last night.
In all, it probably took me 3-4 hours to grind out that last bit of reputation, which was so much less painful at 70 both because I could kill mobs in 2-3 spell casts and because they’ve quintupled the reputation gain from turning in sets of 10 x [Encrypted Twilight Text] to Bor Wildmane, from 100 to 500 reputation. If you’re after the title yourself and are curious about the method I used, here’s a brief summary:
- Run to the area marked in yellow on the map below:
- There’s a Twilight camp around this area. You’ll want to stand on the south end and kill Twilight NPCs, collecting both [Encrypted Twilight Text] and the various articles of clothing ([Twilight Cultist Robe], [Twilight Cultist Cowl], [Twilight Cultist Mantle]).
- Be watching for the spawn of the Twilight Prophet and her two cronies from some rocks to the West. Tag her as soon as you see her. She can drop 7-10 [Encrypted Twilight Text] by herself, saving you tons of time. Once you’ve killed her (or someone else has), you should expect a respawn 25-35 minutes later and are free to move about the camp causing mayhem and destruction until that time. If you should ever need to return to town (to sell or turn in), be sure you only do so between Prophet respawns.
- As you complete a Twilight ensemble (collecting a hat, robe, and mantle), use one of the two Lesser Wind Stones in the camp to summon a Templar. Each of these that you kill will drop an [Abyssal Crest]. 3 x [Abyssal Crest] can be turned in to Bor Wildmane for 150 additional reputation.
There are probably faster, more complex ways of gaining reputation that involve summoning Dukes, but as I only needed 8,000 reputation, it wasn’t worth the effort to investigate for me.
Here are a couple of pictures of the happy result:
Having acquired the title, I finally gave into my long-standing urge to buy a [Cenarion War Hippogryph], the Exalted reputation mount from Cenarion Expedition. He’s a flavor addition to my very small mount collection since I’ll probably still primarily use Swift Flight Form, but Fedryen Swiftspear practically foisted him on me for a mere 1,600 gold. His name is Tairneanach, and he enjoys chasing Warriors, eating apples, and having his beak scratched.