Besides Blink my main reason for rolling a Mage in the first place was a certain spell called Polymorph. In fact my addiction is so bad, I’m secretly hoping that Blizzard keep their promise about the Cataclysm dungeons needing CC and lots of it.
Anyway, polymorph comes in multiple flavours.
- The common or garden variety sheep. All Mages learn this at lv 8.
- Penguin. Personally I find this one too cute, it would be like frostbolting Mr Chilly in the face. It’s learnt from a minor glyph and can usually be found on the Auction House. As soon as you get your first minor glyph at level 15, you can use this.
- Black Cat. The book which teaches this requires level 60 and can be bought from Endora Moorehead, one of the owners of the “Sisters Sorcerous”. It’s on a limited spawn timer and costs 2375g (since all Mages start out as friendly with the Kirin Tor the friendly discount is already deducted. If you are not a Mage and neutral with the Kirin Tor, it costs 2500g and its 2000g if you are exalted). Whilst I liked the idea of turning people into cats, I feel the model cat is a bit too small and can easily be overlooked in both PvP and PvE. That said, if my Mage was a Bloodelf, I think this would be my polymorph of choice.
- Turtle. This can be obtained in one of two ways. Either you can farm it yourself from Zul’Gurub or you can keep checking the Auction House to see if it shows up there. If you go for the former, you will need someone who can fish up Gahz’ranka and then it’s just a case of hoping it drops. Requires level 60.
- Rabbit. This book is only obtainable during Noblegarden. During the Festival it can be bought from a Noblegarden Vendor for 100 Noblegarden Chocolates. This also requires level 60 and unlike the other polymorphs learnt from a book, this one is bind on pickup.
- Pig. Again this requires level 60 but unlike the others this is taught by a quest rather than a book.
As soon as my mage hit 60, I went running off to Azshara to learn that exceedingly important spell, polymorph pig. Whilst I’m pretty sure that Blizzard won’t be removing this crucial spell, we know Azshara will be changing and it’s likely that polymorph pig will just be something you learn from your trainer. Therefore I really wanted to experience the quest before it vanishes (it doesn’t count for Loremaster however).
The brief chain starts at Archmage Xylem who can be found up his tower in the Azsharian mountains and you need to be level 60 to pick it up. As far as I can tell, there are no breadcrumb quests from the Mage Trainers sending you there.
Quest Number 1 sends you off to kill Warlord Krellian, a Naga who resides in the large temple down at Zin-Malor. The second quest is where the fun begins. You have to polymorph the Spitelash Naga and then when they turn into lots of little sheep, you have to kill them. The best way of doing this is to wait for the the Naga to despawn and then hit arcane explosion right where their body was. Your screen should then fill up with exploding sheep.
If you are already in the habit of using turtle, cat or rabbit, you need to swap back to the basic sheep version for the quest. If your sheep is glyphed, that’s fine though.
Pig is currently my polymorph of choice, possibly because it came from a quest. When you cast it, there are three possible pigs you could end up with.
Yes, the difference between A and B is very slight, but they are different, honest. In between wandering around, they chew on grass and generally look adorable.
Ideally however, I want all the different versions of the spell. That way, if Cataclysm does require CC and there are multiple Mages in the same group/raid, we can all use different ones and have a visual way of identifying which mob belongs to which Mage. I hope Cataclysm brings new Polymorphs, I’d like to see a bird perhaps (the hyacinth macaw model would be fabulous) or maybe a little deer. Although reading from the “Polymorphic Rules and Regulations“, it sounds as if some animals are just unsuitable choices.
Rule# 1: Do not turn a creature of lesser intelligence into a creature of higher intelligence – Cerebral brain function rarely translates in a polymorph… But sometimes it does. Voracious creatures such as serpents and wolves need not have their predatory instincts honed with a human mind. We feel obligated to quote Small Claims Disaster Case 12651-B, Labelled, “Bartholemew: The Bear who Bears Arms.”
Having said that, on rereading the first line of this, it sounds like Mages break the rules every time they cast polymorph in PvP.