How To Prepare For Cataclysm

Azeroth trembles. Players – both Horde and Alliance – hold their breath in anticipation of the coming maelstrom. For it is said that a Cataclysm is upon us and the old World of Warcraft that we have known for many years will be no more.

And so begins the great change of Azeroth that will see both Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms torn asunder under the talons of Deathwing and the Elemental forces that he commands.

Cataclysm is Blizzards latest incarnation of the World of Warcraft and with it comes a complete rewrite of the content from levels 1-60 with the addition of two new races: the Worgen and the Goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel.

So how should players prepare for Cataclysm?

Players will get their first taste of the changes to come in Cataclysm with the imminent release of Patch 4.01. This massive patch will contain many of the new game mechanics and system changes that will eventually be found in the new release of the expansion on December 7th of this year. So, to help with this massive change in the game, let me offer up some hints and tips for the coming Cataclysm.

Where have all the Addons gone?

As with any major change in patch versions, addons that you may have installed will be flagged as out-of-date and therefore won’t load. There is no point trying to force addons to load as the interface in patch 4.0.1, and hence Cataclysm, is very different. Take this opportunity to clear out any addons and wait until addon developers have caught up with the latest changes.

Level Professions

For those level 80 players, this is a good time to make sure that all your primary and secondary professions are maxed out to level 450. This will allow you move to the next level of the professions called ‘Illustrious’ and enable you to gather the new materials introduced with the expansion. What’s more, you now start to gain experience when gathering this new material. Make sure you have at least one of the gathering professions: Mining, Herbalism or Skinning.

Gold Inflation

As with every expansion there will be some gold inflation. What do I mean by that? Basically, the amount of gold you’ll need to advance in the game will increase as profession cap move from 450 to 520 and players will want to craft every more expensive gear. Blizzard will undoubtedly introduce new mounts and pets as they did with WOTLK. Remember the Reins of the Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth? Follow the coming posts in this blog to learn how to make gold in Cataclysm over the coming weeks and months.

Make the Most of Old Azeroth

Finally, make the most of old Azeroth – it won’t be here for long. Take this opportunity to advance in reputation with the many factions and gain as many Achievements as you can.

For the land of Azeroth as we know is about to change and will soon be lost forever!

Marcus Ty