I have often wondered if something like arachnophobia extends into more specialized forms. Like ice spiders, giant mutated alien spiders, clown monsters that look like spiders but are not actually arachnids, or in the far more relevant to today’s post – fire spiders. So you’ve done your three days of duty on the slopes of Mount Hyjal and gathered up enough Marks of the World Tree to plant the seed of the Sentinel Tree in the Molten Front. You have access to a whole new zone for epic daily questing (and believe me, I am shocked at how much more epic this place feels than Quel’Danas. Quel’Danas definitely had the feeling of battle in the early stages, but this feels like an all out war!) So what do you do first? Why go and try to grab some achievements first! Because patch 4.2 is the solo achievement hunters dream!
There’s a couple of achievements that can be easily and quickly done in the Molten Front without touching a single quest. The first and by far the easiest is Flawless Victory. The Behemoths are wandering around just north of the hub, and all you have to do is run away from them when they cast their stomps and stay out of the shadow of the flying boulder. Honestly, I would just run in, hit them 2-3 times, and then run behind them to avoid the next stop (which were almost always back to back to back). I don’t think they hit very hard beyond those two abilities, so keep at it and they’ll eventually go down.
The trickier one that took me a few tries to find a path was King of the Spider-Hill. This has try to get to the top of the giant rocky hill in the middle of the Widow’s Clutch (NE of the quest hub). If you’re like me and don’t bother reading online how the heck you’re supposed to do this, you’ll probably find just as I did that the rocks are too big to hop from one to another. So how do you get up there? You attack the spiders on the cliffs. As soon as you start fighting them, they’ll death grip you with their webs up to the ledge their on. Just like that, you’re much closer to the end goal! However, there is some tricks to this. Not every path will lead you to the top. You can quite often end up in spots where no other spiders are within line of sight to attack. So what follows is the path I took to get to the top.
Step 1 is essentially the ground. This spot is around the south-east corner of the hill. From there you just follow the numbering patterns. I did this on a paladin using just my Judgement, so making sure I had line of sight was important to getting up the hill. This pattern successfully got me half way up the hill without a single incident of having to backtrack because I couldn’t find another spider to smack. However, be warned, if there are a few people doing this at once these spiders take a while to respawn. Also keep in mind that if someone is chilling in one spot and repeatedly killing a spider to ensure you can’t progress that it is griefing. Report them.
I would also avoid using AOE or multi-target spells that can grab multiple spiders on different levels. They’ll start pulling you back and forth and you risk the chance of being left on a lower level than you intended. Avenger’s Shield was not my friend for this. That happened to me on the second image (spots 6-7) and I was left down in spot 6 waiting for 7 to respawn again before I could finally get to the top peak. However, if you can do area spells that can reach places that normally you wouldn’t be able to hit because of LoS, (Blizzard, Rain of Fire, Death & Decay) or even engineering bombs, you can get up this hill much easier. Just drop it on some ledge where there’s a spider and it will yank you up. For everyone else, this path is a proven and tested one. Provided you don’t get yanked around or get stuck on respawns, you’ll have your achievement in no time at all.
And when all is said and done, you will have your achievement (if it doesn’t pop as soon as the final spider grips you up to the top, don’t panic. Just walk around a bit at the top and it’ll come up.) Take this chance to enjoy the excellent view of the Molten Front from this hill. Looks kinda like Hellfire Penninsula after I told it to die in a fire, actually. Good thing it’s way more fun than Hellfire. I’ll probably come up with some more tips and tricks for different Molten Front achievements if I come across any that look like a helping hand would be appreciated (or someone asks me for one I suppose.) Enjoy!