Bashiok has released a blog about the new zone coming in patch 5.4, the Timeless Isle!!
We’ve gone over quite a few of patch 5.4′s new zone, the Timeless Isle, over the last month and a bit. We covered the Timeless Isle info given at the Blizzard Fansite Mixer, the Celestial Tournament, the rare spawns and events, and the alternative ways of gearing up your alts. With patch 5.4 right around the corner, Bashiok has written a blog on the Timeless Isle and what you can expect to find there.
Bashiok begins by describing the new zone, “The Timeless Isle, so named because it exists in a state of perpetual sunset, was once a place of great reverence for the pandaren. It was here that trials of wisdom, hope, strength, and fortitude took place in front of the great Celestials . . .” he continues, “where warriors and aspiring leaders would show their willingness to walk in the footsteps of the great Emperor, Shaohao. As a testament to their goal of achieving balance in all things, the pandaren monks even existed in harmony with the nearby Yaungol, worshippers of the fiery demigod Ordos.
But one day, the island vanished. Some scrolls indicate that the Timeless Isle has come and gone throughout history—sometimes just a glimmer in the distance, often appearing in different locations. Some less fortunate adventurers dared step foot on the island during these moments and were just as quickly lost to the Timeways, never to be seen again.
Now—and perhaps only for a moment—the island has returned.“
What Can You Expect From The Timeless Isle?
One thing that has been confusing for some players is what it is you do here. The Timeless Isles was created for players to enjoy at their own pace. The few quests available are only meant to encourage players to explore the zone. Aside from the world bosses, everything in this zone can be solo’d. This means that if the Timeless Isle becomes less popular over time, you will still be able to enjoy it.
Everything in this zone can drop something unique; whether it’s just timeless coins from the smaller enemies or BOA tokens, battle pets, lesser charms, upgrade tokens for ilevel 535 gear and more from the more difficult enemies.
The Timeless Isle will have a new faction, Emperor Shaohao – you may recall him from the recent Blizzard shorts. Earning reputation with Emperor Shaohao gives you access to new – and fun – cosmetic items.
Bashiok boasts that the Timeless Isle will be full of events. To aid in this Blizzard is introducing something they call the “Event System,” as well as a few new UI elements. When you are close to an event that is taking place – it may just be a treasure chest or it could be a rare spawn – the event will appear on your minimap. Some of these events may be easy to find while others are entangled with puzzles lost in time. Other events need more than just a simple alert; however, Bashiok is not going to ruin the surprise for us.
As far as world bosses go, you can expect five of them. The four August Celestials, Chi-Ji, Niuzao, Xuen, and Yu’lon, will be at the ancient proving grounds. These bosses will reward loot in the same fashion as previous world bosses.
Ordos, our fifth world boss on the Timeless Isle, is a bit more of a challenge. First off, he has a requirement. You need to have your final legendary cloak on at least one of your characters. Once the boss encounter begins, players will not be able to enter or leave the area.
Lastly, we have free for all PvP!! How do we partake in such a thing? For those who are willing to join the burning ranks of the Ordon – the Yaungol followers of Ordos – you will have access to the Censor of Eternal Agony. Basically, what this does is flags you for PvP for both the Horde and the Alliance!! Using the censor not only flags you for PvP, but it also gives your skin a flame effect and will immediately reduce your health by 10% – which you can heal back up. With PvE realms you will have to flag yourself in order to attack the new threat. PvP realms… well… if it’s red, it’s dead. Killing players while under the effects of the Censor of Eternal Agony will reward you with bloody coins that can be used for exclusive rewards.
What are you most looking forward to in the Timeless Isle?
I’m looking forward to exploring. I hope there are as many secret, hidden away areas as I want to believe there are. I can’t wait to come across fun cosmetic items to add to my collection. I love the idea of the free for all PvP. My main server is a PvE server, though, so I do hope this catches on and we don’t hug each other and carry on our merry little ways. What are you most looking forward to in the new zone? Let me know in the comments below.