How to get a Red Proto-Drake?

As you already know, there will be a lot of new mounts in Wrath of the Lich King. Some of them will be very hard to get, but will also be extremely cool. For example, there's the Red Proto-Drake:


Now you're probably thinking "Yea, yea, it's gonna be another of those boring reputation grind to get this mount". Well actually, no, it's gonna be something much more challenging and much more fun, thanks to the achievement system. If you don't know what achievements are, let me explain them to you in a nutshell (I'll make a longer post about achievements tomorrow).

Achievements are things you accomplish in the game, like for example reaching level 80, clearing a dungeon or exploring an entire zone. It can also be something silly like taking a 65 yard fall without dying, or killing 15 Turkeys in 3 minutes.

Whenever you complete an achievement, you get achievement points. Those points can be spent to buy some funky items, like special pets or tabards.

But then comes the most interesting part, some of those achievements are quite challenging and if you manage to complete them, you get rewarded with something awesome, like the Red Proto-Drake.

To get this one, you must complete this big achievement: Glory of the Hero
This big achievement contains a list of 40 achievements you have to do. They all take place in the Northrend Dungeons, on heroic difficulty, and all require you to accomplish a certain task, with a handicap.
Quick Example: Kill 100 Zombies in less than 1 minute in The Culling of Stratholme, a new instance located in the Caverns of Time.

That's just one of the 40 achievements you'll have to complete to get your Red Proto-Drake. Sounds difficult? Yes, but also very exciting. It gives you a reason to do the instances several times and to do them better, until you master them.

Now don't worry. In the future, I'll also be writing instance guides and achievement guides to help you on your way to get one of those cool mounts. It's been a really long time I haven't written instance guides anyway, and I can't wait to do it again :)

4 Response to "How to get a Red Proto-Drake?"

  1. Matteo says:

    That's a great way to make the game funnier!

    Sure, 40 heroic dungeons (I presume 5 and 10 men) take a long time, but I bet that this will raise the number of players doing instances. I'm a bit disappointed because on my server there are a few guilds doing pve, and I hope that this (and other achivments I think) will awake the spirit of pve :D

    Jame says:

    I hope so too! It's sad that most instances get cleared only once and are then forgotten. This is a great way to make 5-man instances more interesting and fun. I hope they add a lot of fun challenges and cool rewards like that in the future.

    Seth says:

    I am also excited about achievements, but I'm more excited about your instance guides. It's kinda tough to find good info on instances, especially when every pug has lots of opinions and ideas about what should be done where and how. 5 man instances are fun and seem to be the most heavily used group content but you don't see many guides for them.

    xxpc210 says:

    It is very awesome, and me and my 5 man group composed of RL friends are going to have fun going through it, but it also seems hellish in the sense that you have to run occulus like 3+ times if you get it done right all those times, and that is a just plain awful instance. :P