When Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft was adding a feature in Mists of Pandaria that allows players to tend to a farm, many gamers groaned and stated that they didn’t want to see Farmville invade their favorite MMO. This past weekend, the Tillers questline was introduced to the beta, giving us our first glimpse into what this botanical content is all about.
The quest starts off with Farmer Yoon needing help on his recently inherited farm. The place is a wreck and he needs to gain the favor of five members of the Tiller Council in order to keep his property. To that end, you help him prepare his field by removing unwanted boulders, tilling the soil, and fetching seeds from the market. After you grow your first plants, they are plagued with unwanted conditions that you’ll need to remedy. Some are straightforward, such as parched plants that require water. Other plants sprout vines to strangle your character, changing your action bar into a mini-game.
After completing the tutorial quests, the farm becomes a daily quest hub. You’ll come back each day, gather seeds, plant them on the farm and help them grow. Eventually, you’ll acquire more plots as you work your way up in the Tiller ranks. In essence, it’s a reputation grind, but it’s disguised behind a mini-game that might be well-received by gamers who are tired of monster-slaying daily quests.
For all of your toil in the soil, there are rewards to reap. For earning the friendship of some of the surrounding NPCs, you will occasionally receive goodies in the mail, including drinks, seeds, and some rarer items, such as a Straw Hat and a Red Cricket pet. At revered reputation, you gain access to special seeds that turn into profession materials when harvested. For the most ardent of agriculturists who achieve exalted reputation, there are new Riding Goat mounts, cooking recipes and a Tillers Tabard.
For a complete list of rewards as well as some video footage of the quests, check out MMO-Champion’s Tillers spotlight.