I did the Turkinator achievement today. From my experience, I have a few tips.
- Use your mood-calming substance of choice. You’re probably going to be yelling at the computer screen, pulling out your hair, chewing your nails, and throwing things at your dog.
- Warn your family that you might be in a foul (or fowl) mood until you finish this.
I hated this achievement. It took me hours of running around Elwynn Forest before I got it. Hours. So frustrating – its not based on any kind of skill or technique. Its sheer perseverence and a bit of luck.
While I won’t go as far as to say the achievement is bad, it certainly has some issues. There are clearly some turkey-free zones in Elwynn, and you don’t realize it until you get there and can’t find any. That shouldn’t happen. If turkeys are in Elwynn, they should be everywhere in Elwynn. Also, there are high and low concentrations. Worst is that the turkeys are spread out enough that there are not enough to support more than one person at a time. You need to be the only one going for the achievement, or you have little chance.
In seriousness, here’s what I did to help myself succeed.
First, they say that you have 30 seconds between each turkey kill. Really, you might have a bit less, depending on your class. For rogues, our only ranged attack is our gun/bow/thrown weapon. That is not an instant cast. If you have a gun with a 3 second speed, then you really only have 27 seconds to get in range of a turkey, allowing for the time it takes to shoot. (a lot of casters have an advantage here due to their instant cast spells)
Rogues and warriors, you can help yourself by using a fast ranged weapon. I put away my 2.9 speed gun and dug a thrown weapon out of the depths of my bank with a 1.7 speed, and that 1.2 seconds actually saved me once.
Second – location, location, location. For Alliance, the best spot is the far east side of Elwynn Forest. My route was to circle around the Eastvale Logging Camp. The highest concentration of turkeys was along the mountains east of the logging camp, but there weren’t enough their to support the achievement.
My secret on my successful run… there are about 8 turkeys on the island in Stonecairn Lake. No one goes there. I got to 32 turkeys, then used Sprint with the Glyph of Blurred Speed to run across the water to the island and finish up the achievement without worrying about competition.
Third, time of day. All it takes is one other person in your route to mess it up for you. If possible, do this early in the morning or late, late at night.
Fourth, I used a macro to help me find and target turkeys. I got it from the comments for this achievement on Wowhead.
/target Wild Turkey
What that does is it targets the nearest turkey and puts a blue square over its head. The blue square can be seen even through trees or terrain. Without that macro, I would have missed a lot of turkeys that were ust out of my line of sight. Note: to use this you have to be in a group and be the group leader so that you have marking ability.
Even with these tools, it took many, many failures before I was able to finish it. Good luck, PIlgrim!