So…I’ve actually started playing again on a regular basis, and I have to say…I am enjoying it.I realize that many of the things I’m enjoying are things you’re probably tired of…like running Heroics, 95% of which I’m running for the first time. I’m also enjoying dailies (still, strangely), especially stuffing poor, defenseless puppies into a sack after murdering their mother, and taking them to be eaten cared for by walruses. I know, it sounds somewhat worse when you put it that way. Or better, depending on how you view the game.
Anyway, on to the actual point of the post. Higher Learning! This achievement has you running around to 8 different locations in Dalaran, searching for books that spawn roughly once every three hours. The book that spawns may not actually be the right book, and it takes like 2 minutes to run around to every location in a circle, checking every spot for the books.
A great guide can be found at Warcraftpets.com. There are pictures showing you exactly where each book spawns and it’s just awesome. If you’re not a priest, just go there and have fun running around. Good luck.
IF, HOWEVER, YOU ARE A PRIEST…OH YES, YOU GET THE EASY JOB.
See, it just so happens that there is a certain place you can stand in Dalaran. In this cartain place, you can, thankfully, chain cast Mind Vision around Dalaran, targeting an NPC that is close to every book in the city. In this way, you can actually check every single location while moving…wait for it…get ready…not at all.
Now, while I was setting this up, I visited a few websites. At each, I found a certain peice of the puzzle. One had a list of the names of the NPC’s, one had an example of the macro, Wowpets had their great guide, so on. So, I’ve got your one-stop shop for everything you’re gonna need to know about using your Mind Vision to make this job easy.
Okay, so to make this work…you have to stand in a certain place. Head over to Threads of Fate (if you don’t know where it is, just ask and NPC where to buy cloth armor) and take the stairs up to the second story, then head out onto the balcony. You should be in about this position:
From here, you’ll be able to reach everyone.
Ok, so now that you’re in position, you need to write your macro. It should look something like this:
/targetexact *NPC’s name here*
/cast mind vision
Easy! I know, right? It’s almost like Blizzard loves priests more than everyone else.
Now, we fill in the blanks. There are eight books, but we’re only going to make 7 macros. The reason for this is that one of the books spawns on the balcony you’re standing on, so you can manage to see that one with your own eyes.
The NPC’s are, in order:
#1 Archivist Betha – This will let you check for the book on the floor of the Dalaran Visitor’s Center.
#2 Arille Azuregaze – The bartender in the Legerdemain Lounge, lets you check for the book on the first floor, on the empty bookcase near the stove in the corner.
#3 Afsaneh Asrar – The assistant inkeeper in the Legerdemain Lounge. She walks up and down the stairs, letting you check for the book on the second floor in the bedroom, again on the empty bookcase.
#4 Archmage Celindra – Lets you check for the book on the floor of the teleportation room.
#5 Archmage Timear – Lets you check for the book on the box in the corner outside of the Violet Hold.
#6 Archmage Aethas Sunreaver – Lets you check for the book on the bottom of the shelf on the first floor of the Violet Citadel.
#7 Zidormi – Lets you check for the book on the floor on the second level of the Violet Citadel.
Ok, so set up your macros in order. The reason for this is that you can’t actually reach all of the NPC’s form where you are. However, Mind Vision kinda…chains…off of the last person you used it on. For example, you can’t actually hit Zidormi on the second floor of the Violet Citadel, but if you hit Aethas Sunreaver, you can then cast Zidormi’s macro and you’ll jump on to her. It’s pretty cool, actually.
Anyway, all you have to do is cast the macros in order. The only jump you can’t make is from #5 to #6, so cast the first five macros, check for those books, then just cancel Mind Vision. At this point, check the balcony you’re standing on to see if the book is there. If not, cast the last two macros, rinse, and repeat.
The books despawn fairly quickly, so once you see one, get to it as fast as you can. You can mount on the balcony, so as soon as you see a book, just hit your mount button and swoop down on the unsuspecting book. Keep in mind, though, that the books that spawn aren’t always the books you need for the achievement.
Also, on many servers, I guess there’s a chat channel specifically for this achievement, named /bookclub or something like that. The reason for this is that once you read the book, it stays there for a few minutes, allowing others to come read it too. It’s usually nice to announce the book in trade or general chat, or in the achievement-specific chat channel. More than likely, that announcement will bring 3-4 people running.
If anybody has any other tips, be sure to post and let me know 🙂