Look at that glorious Mimiron’s Head! My mage, Mooglepete, was the character that finally got the mount to drop. Coincidentally, he was also the one that got Mollie, the alpaca, to drop! I guess he has good luck at mount farming. Bulleto, gem’s hunter, has been holding an Ulduar lockout cleared up to Yogg-Saron for months now. I think he’s happy to end his post in the icy wastes of Northrend.
I wasn’t sure what I was seeing was real for a second. I started nervously laughing when I noticed what dropped. I know I ran this a few times over the years, but likely only 10 or so maybe before I started farming it regularly. Since I started farming, I’ve run it 282 times. At first, I was running it with all 12 of my characters that were over level 50, but it became annoying to move characters I’m actively playing to Ulduar. For the past couple months, I’ve been running it 8 times per week; those 8 characters have just stayed parked in front of Ulduar. It’s nice to be finished!
Last night I finally finished collecting Fragments of Val’anyr and completed Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings. It looks pretty cool, and I like the effect it puts on people. It’s obviously not as cool now, but back in Wrath, it was really cool to see a healer with one. Even in a battleground, when I saw enemies with that electric-looking shield, I instantly knew one of them was wielding Val’anyr. Mooglegem was nice enough to do runs with me. I don’t know how easy it is now, but at level 90, I could solo the raid with exception of Yogg-saron +0. With her, the whole raid is much more enjoyable.
Luckily for Mooglegem, she got something out of it as well. A couple weeks ago, Yogg-saron dropped Mimiron’s Head. I think it’s one of the coolest mounts in the game, and she looks great with it!
I decided to try solo’ing Ulduar. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I don’t usually hear about healers solo’ing content. I wiped a few times on each boss, but it wasn’t actually that bad. I managed to down seven bosses, up to and including Auriaya. I couldn’t down Mimiron, and I didn’t try any other bosses yet.
Flame Leviathan should be easy in the future. The trick was placing extra demolishers into positions around the boss so I could switch when he destroys my vehicle. I had trouble with the adds overwhelming me on Razorscale on my first attempt, but one I made adds my priority, things went well. I struggled on Ignis the Furnace Master in my first pull as well, but that’s because I forgot how to deal with adds. The second pull was fine. Similarly, I wiped on the first pull of XT-002 Deconstructor but killed him on my second. I think I just needed a reminder on how each boss worked.
Next I did the Assembly of Iron. According to Wowpedia’s article, Fragment of Val’anyr, there’s a higher drop rate on the hard mode. I tried that, but it didn’t work for me. I also tried getting them all low before killing one, not realizing that they heal. Whoops! I got them down on my third attempt when I gave up on hard modes and actually understood how the fight worked.
Next up was Kologarn. There’s nothing special about him; he was very easy. Auriaya was next. Her cats killed me almost immediately on my first pull. On my second pull, I went right for the cats. It was dumb of me not to power through the first time. I killed them quickly and then took my time killed Auriaya.
I put in a few attempts on Mimiron but just couldn’t down him. I hit the enrage timer in the last phase. Maybe if I tried flasking and eating, but we’ll see. I didn’t try any of the other bosses yet either, but I did get three Fragments of Val’anyr, so I’m 10% of the way there!