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[Fishing] Soloing the Lurker

  1. First, i hope no one has posted this strategy yet. I checked around and didn't see anything like it.

    I was able to "solo" the Lurker Achievement on the beta servers. It's not all that hard, it just takes some planning. Here's what you need:

    Minimum:
    A way to walk on water
    A way to avoid falling damage (slow fall, pally bubble, blink, etc.)
    300(?) fishing skill

    Method 1:
    4-9 other players (not sure exactly)

    Method 2:
    1 other player
    some way to kill yourself

    The first obstacle is getting past the waterfall entrance. In method 1, the waterfall entrance opens up the way it normally would, by having a minimum number of raid members, which is either a total of 5 or 10 (I forget which).

    In method 2, you only need one other player. Invite this person into a raid group, and they're part is done as long as they don't leave the group; they can go and continue to do whatever they want. Now go up to the waterfall and kill yourself. When you run back as a ghost, you will be able to run through the waterfall. Resurrect on the other side, and go in.

    One other method is to have another raid group open up the waterfall for you, but you still need at least one other person in order to form a raid group and enter.

    Once inside, however you did it, go to the ledge between the second elevator and before the first pull. Activate your water walking. Now jump off the ledge and fall to the water. Activate your method for avoiding fall damage. Now you can walk all the way to the Lurker's pool without any of those nasty fish getting in your way!

    Lastly, be sure to remove any gear that you want to avoid taking durability damage. The achievement only requires you to fish him up, but he will instantly aggro you once you do so and very likely kill you.

    http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f165/spleenseer/WoWScrnShot_091208_145320.jpg

    You're now one achievement closer to the Salty title!

  2. By Verissi <Angler> 1 month ago

    *smacks forehead* I totally forgot about the minimum raid size. Great tips! I'll be doing this very soon :-)

  3. By Gummo <Moderator> 1 month ago

    Good to know this fishing achievement is soloable without killing anything. My pacifist rogue should be able to do it (and thanks for the minimum raid size and how to get around it; I couldn't get in before, and now I know why). I should be able to stealth there and fish.

  4. By Swoosh <Angler> 3 weeks ago

    Is this achievement retroactive? I'm not in the beta group.

  5. By Cozmic <Angler> 3 weeks ago

    I Solo'd the Lurker a few days ago, it was very easy. I bought the Slow Fall cape from Skyguard rep and used a Water Walking potion from the Fishing daily quests.

    I'm not sure if they changed the minimum raid outside of the instance but I was the only one there with one person in my raid group doing there own thing somewhere else.

    Happy Catch'n

  6. By Swoosh <Angler> 3 weeks ago

    Good idea with the slowfall cape. Was thinking about the Noggenfogger elixir as 1/3 gives slowfall.

  7. By el <Nat Pagle's Love Child> 3 weeks ago

    The achievement is not retrospective.

    It would be useful if we could make a list of all the "slow fall" items. And strategies are most welcome too.

  8. By Swoosh <Angler> 3 weeks ago

    Regarding Method 2 by Spleen.

    I didn't need to kill myself. Just had a guildie invited and converted to raid, ran straight in without any problems.

  9. By Gummo <Moderator> 3 weeks ago

    Here's a list of slow fall items:

    Engineering only:
    Parachute Cloak
    Flexweave Underlay (WotLK)

    Sha'tari skyguard revered
    Skyguard/Skywitch's Drape

    Horde shield-user only:
    Olaf's All Purpose Shield

    Vendor in Feralas:
    Colossal Parachute (only lasts 20 minutes in inventory)

    Quest:
    Noggenfogger (1 possible effect is 12 seconds of slow fall (used to be 2 minutes))

    Seasonal quest:
    Hallow's End Pumpkin Treat (1 possible effect is ghost form + Levitate for 20 minutes)
    Stock up on these if you can't slow fall in other ways.

    Mage:
    Slow Fall (spell)

    Priest:
    Levitate (spell)

    Not slow fall effects, but allows falling with no damage:
    Paladin:
    Divine Shield/Blessing of Protection

    Mage:
    Ice Block
    Blink, if timed right.

    If you can target a critter on the floor, a Warrior or Druid can do Charge/Intercept or Feral Charge; again, timing is tricky.

    Falling with reduced damage, I don't know if any of these will work:
    Druid:
    Feline Grace

    Rogue:
    Safe Fall (+Duskbat Drape)

  10. By Petre <Angler> 3 weeks ago

    The problem isn't the falling (you land in water) it's the evil fish IN the water that will beat you up.

    I can make it to the first pipe easily enough, but I've got almost 20k armor which mitigates most of their damage. I've even had them knock me into the water when I had water walking on. I believe the only kind of water walking that will keep you from being hit is levitate since you are above the surface of the water. Slow fall is a must, as well as potions.

  11. By Maybella <Angler> 3 weeks ago

    Spleen wrote:

    The first obstacle is getting past the waterfall entrance. In method 1, the waterfall entrance opens up the way it normally would, by having a minimum number of raid members, which is either a total of 5 or 10 (I forget which).

    After reading this guide, I set out to do this on the Beta. Since reading that I would need a way to kill myself, I travelled to Feralas to get a Videre Elixir (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=11243). But when arriving at Serpentshrine cavern and creating a 2-person raid using a friend's account, I found it was not necessary to kill myself. I simply stood in front of the waterfall and it opened up, despite being in only a 2 person raid.

    After that, I just levitated down and fished him up, easy as can be. :D

    So I just wanted to throw this out as a possible correction.... I didn't seem to need to be in a larger raid to get the waterfall to open- a 2-person raid worked just fine.

  12. By Cozmic <Angler> 3 weeks ago

    Maybella wrote:

    So I just wanted to throw this out as a possible correction.... I didn't seem to need to be in a larger raid to get the waterfall to open- a 2-person raid worked just fine.

    Same for me when I did it on the Live Servers.

  13. By Mitzy <Angler> 6 days ago

    As for the regular stealth run, I don't think it's possible. There are patrolling mobs (can't remember the name, they look like Bog Lords) that see through stealth.

  14. By Moonraker <Angler> 1 day ago

    Did this today and had some problem entering as a two person raid group.

    First thing I grouped with one other guild member and converted to a raid but was not able to get past the waterfall. It was not a latency issue (66ms was normal) and realm instances appeared fine from asking. I tried twice with other level 70 people and it was the same. I then tried the 'die outside' option suggested but as druid I had no way to suicide and tried dying in the water closed to entrance. But on reaching body it was too far to get the res button inside the SSC instance entrance. So I ressed close to the repair guy there. And to my surprise, I was able to simply walk into instance.

    I have seen some issues with the waterfall animation and occasionally not being able to get in first try in raids etc. Perhaps it was just a bug or 3.0.2 issue. But dying and res, then enter worked for me.

    Do remember to convert to raid and also that the other person is high enough level for the instance. If it is a problem try this.

    From then on I followed the instructions, took a Noggenfogger potion (note it took 11 drinks to get the slow fall buff so take plenty) after a water walking potion, slow fell, ran to Lurker spot and fished him up. I caught 10 fish/ items before getting the Achievement notice, which was before the pool animation disappeared, Lurker arrived and I died instantly :)

    Stats from fishing 'The Strange Pool'

    /fish/strange_pool.html

    3 x Stranglekelp
    7 x Raw Greater Sagefish

    1 x Lurker (not recorded as fish)

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