Cataclysm FAQs

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Ah, another expansion is upon us. Which means…Gchat full of people repeatedly asking the same questions over and over. Admittedly, when WotLK dropped, I made a few macros to quickly and accurately reply to some of the questions that kept popping up in guild chat. And thus, the inspiration for this list.

Some of these questions will be old hat for those players who have been online daily since the Shattering hit us. But rest assured most guilds will see an influx of¬† folks who will, undoubtedly, start asking these questions straight away…


OMG! Where did the portals in Dalaran go?

Deathwing ate them.

Are the ones in Shatt still there?


How the hell am I supposed to get back to Azeroth now?

The same way you did before you got to Dalaran: take the boat/zeppelin.

Boat? What boat? / Zeppelin? Which Zeppelin?

Alliance: Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra –to– Stormwind Harbor

Horde: Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra –to– Orgrimmar

How am I supposed to get around from continent to continent now?

Boats go many wonderful places.

  • Ratchet, The Barrens –to– Booty Bay
  • Menethil Harbor, Wetlands –to– Theramore Isle
  • Menethil Harbor, Wetlands –to– Valgarde, Howling Fjord¬†
  • ¬†Stormwind Harbor, Elwynn Forest –to– Rut’theran Village, Teldrassil¬†
  • ¬†Rut’theran Village, Teldrassil –to– Valaar’s Berth, Azuremyst Isle

Zeppelins also go many wonderful places.

  • ¬†Orgrimmar, Durotar –to– Grom’Gol, Stranglethorn Vale ¬†
  • ¬†Orgrimmar, Durotar –to– Undercity, Tirisfal Glades ¬†
  • ¬†Orgrimmar, Durotar –to– Thunder Bluff, Mulgore ¬†
  • ¬†Undercity, Tirisfal Glades –to– Grom’Gol, Stranglethorn Vale ¬†
  • ¬†Undercity, Tirisfal Glades –to– Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord

And druids may teleport to Moonglade, which is your fastest route to Kalimdor.

But there isn’t a boat to Darkshore from Darnassus now. Help!

The flightmaster will happily fly you there.

¬†Why can’t I fly now? I thought we could fly in Cataclysm?

Did you buy your Flight Master’s License yet? It will allow you to ride your flying mount in Kalimdor, Esastern Kingdoms and Deepholm. It will cost you $250G.

I don’t have my flying license. Where can I buy it?

Visit your favorite flight trainer. I suggest the new trainers located next to the flight paths in Stormwind and Orgrimmar.

I can’t buy the flying license. Why?

Did you install Cataclysm yet? You can’t fly in Azeroth without it. Cataclysm is also needed to visit the new areas and roll goblins or worgen, level your characters to 85, and to level your professions past 450.

Where do I learn Archaeology?

Talk to a guard in any major city.

OK, I learned Archaeology. What do I do with it now?

Check out the Wowpedia archaeology guide for details on where to go and how it all works.

Where do I train up my professions?

Talk to a guard in any major city; they’ll put an icon on your map where your trainer can be found. Progressing past 500 on some professions may require that you level your character and then visit a specialty vendor in a higher level area, such as Twilight Highlands.

Twilight Highlands…? Where’s that?

MMO Champion has a map of that area and tons of details.

What are all the new areas?

I went to Gilneas. Why isn’t anything there?

It’s a phased area for new players of that race only. If you want to see it, go roll a worgen.

Do I have to fly all the way back to the new areas?

Not after your first time visiting them. World of Raids has maps showing where the portals are located in Sotrmwind and Orgrimmar that can return you to those areas after your initial visit..

Can anyone in the guild link me their <profession name>?

We sure can! But did you know that you can see all the recipes everyone knows on all their characters for yourself? Go to the guild menu. In the view pulldown menu, select professions. That shows you a list of everyone who is on now, and their professions.

Why can’t I see anyone for <profession name>?

Try checking the “show offline members” box in the lower left part of the window. That way you can see recipes for alts of players who are on now, and items for everyone else in the guild.

Where are the new cooking/fishing dailies?

They are given out in Stormwind and Orgrimmar now. Here’s a guide to the new fishing and cooking quests and achievements for more details:

Hey! Can you bump up my guild reputation. It says I am just neutral. But I’ve been in this guild for years.

No can do. Everyone — including the guild leader– starts at neutral.

So, how do I raise my reputation in the guild?

There are many ways you can do this, just by playing the game as you would normally. Reputation is awarded for attaining guild achievements, completing instances with guildies, and many other things. There’s a helpful guide to guild achievements on Wowpedia.

If I /gquit will I start at my current guild reputation level in my new guild?

Nope. You’ll start back at neutral, so you will want to stop and consider the consequences before jumping to a new guild. And those with /gkick powers will want to stop doing joke kicks as those will also wipe guild reputation.

Why can’t I see my friends list?

Hit your “o” key, or click on the little person icon in the top left of your chat window.

What else happened during the Shattering, other than Deathwing eating all our portals?

I was asleep when it happened so I really can’t say. But Anne Stickley over at WoW Insider wrote a great piece on everything that happened in the Shattering. Note that if you plan to read The Shattering book, you may not want to read the post. Oh yeah — there are new racial videos that also tell part of the story too, so don’t hit the ESC key next time you roll an alt.

Where are the new Justice/Valor point vendors?

Horde has Jamus’Vaz <Valorous Quartermaster> and Gunra <Justice Quartermaster> in Orgrimmar’s Valley of Strength. Alliance has Faldren Tillsdale <Valorous Quartermaster> and Magatha Silverton <Justice Quartermaster> in Stormwind in the Old Town area.

I thought there were supposed to be new heirlooms?

There sure are. But your guild needs to attain guild level 10 before you can purchase them. See the WoWhead Guild Advancement guide for more information.

Are there any FAQs I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!

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