Gone, Baby, Gone: Items Removed in 4.0.3

Little did Hakkar realize he would soon be done in. Not by a rag-tag band of adventurers, the Titans, or the Old Gods themselves. No, his demise would come at the hands of the most powerful creatures in Azeroth: the World of Warcraft development team!

The world’s a-changin’, our stats are better, our gear more powerful, and old content is even more of a joke than it used to be. It hit me in the heart muscle — right here — when they removed the Amani War Bear just before Wrath came out. Of course, the transition patch made (theoretically) beating the timer in Zul’Aman much easier, but we were so damn close even before it dropped. With Patch 4.0.3 on deck, that means it’s time for Blizzard to bring out the axe again.┬áThe following is the official list of items that will either be removed, or have the methods for obtaining them significantly tweaked.

Predictably, several are from the raid version of Zul’Gurub which will be removed in the expansion and replaced with a new questing area. Some rare Wrath mounts are getting even rarer, to boot.

    Swift Zulian Tiger
    Zul’Gurub is changing from a raid to a leveling zone in 4.0.3, and this mount will no longer be obtainable.

    Swift Razzashi Raptor
    This mount will also no longer be obtainable after the change to Zul’Gurub.

    Razzashi Hatchling
    With the change to Zul’Gurub this non-combat pet will no longer be obtainable.

    Tome of Polymorph: Turtle
    This tome will continue to be available through other means.

    Crusader’s White/Black Warhorse and Swift Alliance Steed/Swift Horde Wolf
    As the attempt-based tribute system is being removed from Heroic Trial of the Crusader, the Argent Crusade Tribute Chest will no longer spawn, and these mounts will no longer be obtainable

    Reins of the Blue Drake
    This mount will once again be available from defeating 10-player Malygos without needing to use the Dungeon Finder. The Reins of the Azure Drake will only be available on 25-player Malygos.

    Mimiron’s Head
    This mount will change to be a very low drop chance when defeating 25-player Yogg’Saron with no Keepers assisting you

    Invincible
    This mount will change to be a very low drop chance when defeating Heroic 25-player Lich King

Interestingly enough, Blizzard states that some of those ZG-related goodies could be inserted back into the game at a later date if they can find a reliable and logical place to put them. In the mean time, I’d recommend you get your butt to Stranglethorn while you still can.

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