playWORLDS — World of WarCraft: Cataclysm (new areas and professions)

Worgen from Cataclysm


Editor’s note: This is the second installment in the playWISE feature series called playWORLDS. Follow our MMO specialist, Jared Ubriaco, through the various landscapes of online games, starting with “World of WarCraft: Cataclysm.” The previous article detailed some of the world changes and gave a brief overview of the new classes. Read onward for the next installment.

Now, let’s take a look at where you will be leveling your new goblin or worgen.

Kezan is the island the goblins originate from. While under oppression by the trolls of the local area, the goblins discovered kaja’mite, a strange ore which helped them gain intellect and use it to regain control of the area. You will play through with your new goblin from levels one through five until you leave Kezan and eventually arrive in Kalimdor.


Gilneas City is under attack from the worgen, and defending the town are both player-controlled and NPC humans, many of whom the worgen have attacked and slaughtered. For the first five levels you are playing as a human and basically playing through the worgen history.

During the attack, you are then bitten by a worgen. Ergo, you are now a worgen as this chapter comes to a close.

What else does a thriving new character need? Professions of course!

With the release of “Cataclysm,” all professions have had their max skill increased to 525, and there are several new items to craft and lust over. There was also the addition of two new  “secondary” professions: archaeology and reforging. Lets first see what archaeology is all about.

Even though it is a secondary profession, it is possible to train archaeology alongside other secondary professions. After training in archaeology, you will gain an ability called survey, which  helps you find ancient fragments and comes with a five second cool down.

Each time you use this ability, you take out your telescopic lens on a tripod, and the telescope then points in the direction you need to move in order to dig up a fragment. Once at the proper location, cast survey again and you will retrieve the fragment.

As you go along doing this throughout your adventure, you’ll continue to obtain fragments, which you can then use to reconstruct the artifact by solving a puzzle. These fragments are stored as currency — just like badges or tokens.

You can even raise the skill in archaeology up to 100 just by finding fragments. After that, you must solve puzzles and reconstruct artifacts as it will be the only way to gain more skill.

Another new profession, reforging, allows you to move stat modifiers around on items. In order to keep this ability balanced, there are limits to how you can do this. For example, if your weapon has +5 agility, +10 strength,  20 haste and you are a warrior, then you can’t take the five agility and dump it into strength with an outcome of +15 strength and 20 haste. However, you can take some of that strength and dump it into agility for a more even weapon.

Thanks for reading, and please check back on Saturday for the third installment, which will deal with leveling up your new worgen or goblin character from level one to six.

Image Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

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