Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cloudkeepers: Two Handed Swords

This is another "By Request" post. A while back someone asked about cloaks to transmog with the Cloudkeeper set. More recently I had someone, Jedge, comment on the Cloudkeeper's Set asking for suggestions for two handed swords. I selected only six. There are quite a few that match and will work but I selected ones that I felt worked best with the set. Unique, intimidating, cool, whatever. I also tossed in a couple hammers and axes as well.

My mistake while doing all this? I didn't check availability and usability. Some of the swords are class and faction specific. Some are no longer available. So only a few are usable by a Blood Elf warrior. My bad. However there are still quite a few different options to choose from.

Grand Marshall's ClaymorePvP - purchasable with honor pointsAlliance only - Won't work for a Blood Elf.
StarshatterElegon in Mogu'shan VaultsBoth the LFR and the reg graphic work
Greatsword of the Ebon BladePurchased from Quatermaster OzorgDK only - Won't work for a warrior

Unfortunately, of these three only Starshatter is "easy" to get and available to all who can use two handed sword. Quel'Delar would be another option, it's pretty and it's unique but it's annoyingly hard to get however. Batter Hilt questline anyone? I do have a friend who plans on using Lionheart once he finishes up his blacksmithing. While the Lionheart looks cool and mostly matches this set, it just didn't do much for me.

X'caliboarRagglesnout in Razorfen DownsHe is a "rare" spawn. Used to have a silver nameplate, now it's gold but he's still not up every time you run.
Stormrune EdgeAssembly of Iron in UlduarThis sword only drops in normal 25m but has a chance to drop off any of the three bosses.
Warblade of Caer DarrowNo longer availableOption: Deanship Claymore

Here are some simple two handed swords. Well ok, so Stormrune is only simple in shape. But if you want a "classic" looking two handed sword to match this set, there are lots to choose from. Most match with a smooth blue/silver blade with the occasional gold hilt. One of the reasons I selected X'calidoar was because of the stylized hilt that sets it apart a bit from most basic two handed swords. I did an "Ooops" and didn't check availability before screenshotting and uploading. I should have learned to do that by now....You can no longer get the Warblade of Caer Darrow so I selected the Deanship Claymore as an option. The other "same model as" that matched nicely is also no longer available, Seraph's Strike.

BloodmoonBlacksmithing: BC Mastercraft recipe, readded in 5.2.It just looks so dang cool.
Captain Roger's Polite Knocking StickQuest: Unleash HellAlliance only. Again. Why does Alliance always get blue and gold?
Experimental Specimen SlicerYor'sahj in Dragon SoulThis color only drops in normal, 10 or 25.
Spiked Battle AxeRandom green dropIt's a green. Awesome, good luck finding it on your AH. Try grinding BC 5 mans.

A few more options here if you get tired of a sword. I was thinking of Catastrophe when hammers came to mind. Darn my Alliance roots. It's a Trial of the Grand Crusader drop. Once the attempts counter was removed from the game, the items associated with it were also removed. Bummer. However, the Spiked Battle Axe is one of my picks for this group. I love that particular axe graphic and was actually wishing you could get in something other and than red and gold. Surprise! Here it is! This is an awesome axe that could go with a plethora of transmog sets.

My absolute favorite with this set is Stormrune Edge. I love it. I am partial to a lot of Uludar graphics. I also like the raid itself. If you do go farm for this sword and want a few quick achieves here are some tips.

  • Kill the council in a different order each time for the "I Choose You...." achievements.
  • Make sure to purchase an Iron Boot Flask with your Relic of Ulduar for the But I'm on Your Side! achieve.
  • Enjoy playing around with this set. It's fairly open to change, you can accent with more blue pieces or focus on the gold. Changing cloaks and weapons and a helm or a belt will personalize it more. Good luck.

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