The First Neutral Pandaren Hits Level 90
Pandarens are neutral until a certain level then they have to choose between the two factions. There is not a way out! But it seems like a Pandaren Shaman reached level 90 without choosing a faction.
It takes some precious time to reach level 90, but to get up to level 90 without doing dungeons and quests it’s a brutal job.
How long do you think he took to reach level 90 as a Neutral Pandaren?
The answer is: 4164 hours. Here’s what you can do in those 4164 hours:
- Earn 10.4 million wow gold, at a rate of 2500 an hour
- Earn 33 thousand dollars at a minimum wage job
- Learn both chinese and arabic languages as a native english speaker
- Learn to fly, get enough hours to become a commercial pilot on a major airline.
- Walk at 3.5mph from Magadan, Russia to Cape Point, South Africa (burning 1.69 million calories, enough to lose 483 pounds of fat if you were 150lbs)
- Have a level 90 character in world of warcraft that cannot participate in any of the major gameplay features. – according to sp106
I congratulate Doubleagent for his patience and effort he proved of.
Do you want to hear his story and why he did this? Here, take a seat and read:
90 Pandaren Shaman
“Level 90 screencap
Level 90 Youtube (From my character)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jfzWMEVO2k (Video will not be up until evening of the 22nd most likely, link here in case topic gets locked before I can add it)
Level 90 Twitch (Video of it on Twitch by someone other than me)
Before Beta started, i heard about Pandaren being neutral until level 10. I, naurally, was curious if there was mining/herbalism nodes there knew it would likely be possible to exceed that number. Back in September 2012, I started leveling my Pandaren, Doubleagent with the goal of hitting level cap on it. In a few hours from now [5:30 Eastern, 2:30 Pacific] I will be running a 40 man raid with some people, where I will do the final stretch towards 90 in a raidgroup of all Neutrals level 10 or higher. If you wish to be there for it, simply roll a Pandaren on the Wandering Isle and meet us at the Temple of Five Dawns.
The story behind this is that I leveled this character without doing what most people do after finishing the initial starting zone quests, and that is picking either Alliance or Horde. I stayed on the isle and refused to betray the “Neutral” by choosing a side. I probably would have given up on it awhile back had my friend not suggested that I would never be able to do it. But now I will be able to say I have a 90, max level, of every faction.
Some of the Questions I’ve been asked since I started all in one place. Of course doesn’t mean new ones won’t pop up over time.
Probably the #1 Question I’m asked by people on the servers, who’ve never heard of me… How did you get back here?
I didn’t leave. I’m not Alliance or Horde. I’m still Neutral or as some would say, without a faction.
Will these be streamed on twitch.tv?
Yes, While I do have a twitch
I currently do not have a high enough upload to stream good, let alone to a lot of people, so level 90 will be streamed by Sanathias. Maybe by the time Level 100 rolls around I will be able to, but who knows.
Is there any way to follow your progress?
Probably on my twitter https://twitter.com/NeutralAgent and to a lesser extent youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/johnnie1wb – Once I hit 90 I’m not sure what I will do on it until next expansion. Future updates from 90-100 likely to be on twitter.
How do I attend this event?
While the openraid signups are now full (more or less), if you have a toon on Mannoroth or one of the realms that it is cross-realmed to you will be able to follow us. In order to potentially join the raid group you will need to be at least level 10 [Raid group restriction] and of course Neutral.
Where will we be meeting?
Temple of Five Dawns at the center of the isle. From there we will decide what part of the isle we will be going to herb. While I would personally love to record the Northern area of the isle there are not any nodes there.
Location 1 – Singing Pools
Location 2 – The Dai-Lo Farmstead
Location 3 – Pei-Wu Forest
Location 4 – The Wood Of Staves – Probably the least likely due to having to most likely die to get to the area.
How long will this take?
Once I start picking I’m hoping about half an hour. I have about 2000 experience left that I’m leaving for raid time.
How long have you been working on this?
Off and on since September 2012. I’ve never ran out of rested experience since about level 55 (Can’t level fast enough to catch up to it) When I hit 90 the rested experience will have run out, but I don’t predict it being a problem in Warlords either.
What is your /played?
173.5 days on Doubleagent alone, which is about half of my mains /played. I spent A LOT of time farming Bloodsail before Cata to exalted as well as a lot of time on Arathi Basin rep on my main which is why my main has more time in comparison to Doubleagent (Granted my main has been around a few more years too)
Why not use the Level 90 free boost or purchased boost for 60 dollars?
Boosting a Pandaren requires you to choose a faction, both a low level one as well as a High Level one. Which also of course transports you off the isle.
Why did you do this?
Thought about doing this when I heard about Pandaren being neutral until level 10. Knowing that herbalism and mining nodes gave experience, I figured if the zone had any of them it would probably be possible to level higher than intended. And when I did finally start, one of my friends thoguht I’d reach some kind of cap on the isle and that I wouldn’t reach 90… So it kind of encouraged me to continue even moreso than before.
How do you level up?
Picking herbs, mining, and quests. Initially there was also mob kills, zone quests, and possibly exploration, but it’s been a very long time since I’ve gotten any experience from that.
How much experience per node?
Starting at around level 29 or so the experience for these nodes stay the same all the way to 90. Provided you have rested experience the figures are:
Peacebloom, Silverleaf, Copper – 20 experience
Earthroot – 30 experience
Of course if you’re not rested the experience value is half of that. But once I got to the higher levels, running out of rested experience wasn’t an issue. Though while I was
Why did you pick shaman?
Mostly for ghost wolf’s 30% speed boost, wanted to level a warlock initially for the free mount at level 20, but both classes that get free riding training at 20 are not eligible to be Pandaren.
So you can’t use any mounts?
Only the ones that require no riding training, like the Sea Turtle, TCG Turtle, and possibly Poseidus (Haven’t acquired it yet).
How do you have such and such achievement on your armory?
Achievements are account-wide and most of them are from other characters on my account.
Speaking of achievements what is with “Completed step of achievement Bushels and Bushels” and other weird things?
It shows up pretty much everytime I pick a herb on the isle and log off as long as armory updates… The amount picked is actually much higher than this as this first popped up about a year ago on my armory. Haven’t been able to get one to show up for mining for some reason, must be glitchy. The Northerend dungeon ones show in my feed for some reason a lot of the time if I run them on my alt. At the time I was farming Frostweave on one of my tailors, I could probably get it to show up again if I ran another dungeon on them.
Whats with the titles showing up in your videos?
Some titles are available at level 1, while certain ones unlock at level 80, 85, and 90. Being neutral you do not get access to any titles that are faction specific. So when I hit Level 90 there will likely be more titles that unlock.
Any gear you trying to get? Why is your gear so bad?
Santa Hat, only lootable off humanoid mobs during Winter Veil. Hard to come by as you cannot queue for dungeons and get it that way.
As for my gear, it’s pretty much Best in Slot for the Wandering Isle. Until the Heirloom tab is available I doubt I’ll have anything better.
What bags are you using?
8 slot bags, largest ones on the isle. Can’t use vendor mount to buy 14 slot bags, nor can I mail myself bigger ones due to there being no mailbox.
Why did you drop inscription?
Mostly because there was no minor shaman glyphs that I could learn through research that were craftable with the mats available on the isle.
What will you do when you hit 90?
I won’t be picking a faction. I do intend to level to 100 come the next expansion. If for some reason I cannot level any higher, I will park Doubleagent there forever at 90.
In between expansions I may level my Kezan stayer a bit or work on my neutral hunter a bit more, but will probably stick to recording mostly just Doubleagent videos on the Wandering Isle. I might also try and farm more Warsong Gulch rep on my warlock, it’s the only rep I can get that isn’t at exalted.
How much gold do you have? What are you doing with it?
At about 16,500 gold at the moment. Used to make more when I had inscription to vendor Moonglow ink stacks. I joke all the time on the isle about waiting for the Riding Trainer to respawn and buying some Riding Training.
What do you do with your herb/ore?
Vendor them all. There is no mailbox or auction house on the isle. Nor do I have access to personal bank or guild storage.
Any way off the isle?
Nope, monks can’t Zen Pilgrimage, Inscription Scroll of Recall will not port you, and Mages need to learn their teleports and portals from a Portal Trainer in which there isn’t one. You cannot queue for any dungeons and leave via that method either or R-a-F summoning, party breaks when one person leaves the isle and you can’t group to use that option.
If you try to swim off the isle you get ported back, and there are also invisible barriers at the end the water. You can see that in my video of me using farsight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAmSDfyAAsw (About 5:15 I start leaving the isle)
No Dungeons? What about PvP?
Can’t do any PvP content since you are neither Alliance or Horde. I cannot group with either.
Did you get bloodlust or heroism?
As of now, still don’t have either spell, most likely due to them being faction specific, like faction specific titles and mounts that I do not have access to.
Why do you have so many deaths in the starter zone?
Most, if not all, were on purpose. Once you’ve quested too far it is impossible to get to the western half of the isle without dying as the tornado in the Temple of Five Dawns will no longer spawn to take you up there. Thus making your options to get up there limited. I’ve found ways to get up there including dying from fatigue as well as drowning near the area. Best options to get up there for higher levels as being killed by mobs would be almost impossible.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr27yuU-SNk – Death from Fatigue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZXVosixXTM – Another video of Fatigue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCk71nKacuI – Death from Drowning apx 5 minutes in you’ll get the idea (Actual drowning about 9 minutes)
Since there are no inns on the Western side, you cannot save your progress up there.
Any other ways for experience?
While you can do Archaeology on other parts of Azeroth, there is no trainer on the isle to train it, so even if there were digsites [which I highly doubt] you wouldn’t be able to dig.
Isn’t this BORING?
At times I can find it relaxing, a change from the normal. Plus it’s pretty easy to do when I have TV shows or movies that I need to catch up on, moreso than trying to do that during a battleground or raid.
Is there a community for the Wandering Isle stayers?
Indeed there is at twinkinfo. http://www.twinkinfo.com/forums/f29/wandering-isle-stayers-46353/
When I was there I didn’t see any trainers, Where are they?
They are not marked as trainers if you try and track them, but they teach you every primary profession up to 75. You cannot learn any secondary professions at all on the isle. One of them is in Mandori Village, the other is in the Singing Pools. There are however no class trainers and no way of acquiring tomes of any kind to respec or change your talents.
When I was there I didn’t see a Stable Master, Where is it?
On the right side of the Temple of Five Dawns around the area we’ll be meeting up.
For the Neutral!”
-Doubleagent – source
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