Experience boosting elixirs in WoW? Just what my alts always wanted!
World of Warcraft players suspected that an in-game store with stat boosting items would be added to the MMO in its upcoming 5.4 patch. While an in-game store isn't coming that soon, Blizzard has revealed that an in-game shop is in the works for a future update.
Users found the "Enduring Elixir of Wisdom" item by data mining information from the next World of Warcraft patch, and learned that when used, the elixir boosts experience gained from killing monsters by 100%. This was the first evidence of a purchasable item of this kind in WoW, leading many to believe an in-game store announcement was imminent. Now, Bashiok, the Community Manager of World of Warcraft, has spoken on the official forums, unveiling more information about the in-game shop.
According to Bashiok, Blizzard, the developers of World of Warcraft, understand the convenience of allowing players to purchase pets and mounts without having to leave the game. "Ultimately that's our long-term goal for the system, though there's quite a bit of work involved in retrofitting those existing items into the new system," he said.
Enter the world of Azeroth and battle against the Alliance of humans, dwarves and night elves or the brutish orcs, trolls and undead of the Horde. World of Warcraft has a very large community of players with hundreds of servers and a myriad of endgame pursuits from raiding dungeons, questing, achievement hunting, PVP arenas, and now pet battles.
Bashiok mentions that the in-game store has to go through a lot of testing and feedback before it will be available to the entire public. First they'll be testing how players react to the experience boost elixir mentioned above. They'll also be offering an alternate way to earn Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. Currently, users have to turn in 50 Lesser Charms of Good Fortune a week in order to get three Mogu Runes of Fate which can each be used to earn one extra loot roll in Raids and on World Bosses.
"We've had a lot of requests from players in different regions for convenience-oriented items such as these, and as with other new ideas we've introduced as WoW has evolved-including Pet Store pets, mounts, and more-your feedback plays a hugely important part in determining what we add to the game," said Bashiok.
Ultimately, he said, it's too early to make any final claims about what the World of Warcraft in-game shop will be like. If you'd like to leave your feedback on the kind of items you'd like to see in the store, don't forget to make your voice heard on the official Blizzard forums.
Aside from the shop, World of Warcraft is getting plenty of new content in patch 5.4. Along with new items, features, raids, and story content, Blizzard is also adding cross-server arena, mounts that can pick flowers, a Gamon achievement, flexible raids, legendary cloaks and a new world boss, Ordos.