One of the questions I have seen from other rogues (and that I asked myself) is… can you stealth through Dragon Soul to finish the first part of the legendary dagger questline? The answer… no.
Here’s what you have to do to get the legendary daggers. It won’t be quick. Even the most hardcore raider will take a couple of months to get through this. However, Blizzard has given us an easy path to get the first stage of dagger rewards, and that’s going to be the best daggers most of us can get until (if) we get the legendaries.
Step Zero: Find the Dragon Soul raid.
Before you can start the questline, you have to find the questgiver, Lord Afrasastrasz, and he is in the Dragon Soul raid. You can’t go into the raid solo. You have to be in a raid group. If you’re in a raiding guild, this is no problem. If not you’ll have to group with someone, form a raid group, and then you can go in. The quest giver is on your right just after you enter. Get his quest.
Step One: Proving Your Worth
Your first quest, Proving Your Worth, says to pickpocket a Cryptomancer’s Decoder Ring from Hagara, who is the 4th boss in Dragon Soul. Unfortunately, the path to this boss does not open until the first three bosses have been defeated.
You cannot do this in a LFR raid. You need to be in a regular group on normal or heroic difficulty. If you’re in a raiding guild, then you’ll get there soon enough. If not, then you’re in a jam.
The best thing you can do is either pug the raid at normal difficulty, or buy a pickpocket spot. If a raid group is at Hagara, they can invite you to the raid, let you stealth to the boss and pickpocket, then you can drop raid. Arrange with a raiding guild in advance so they can invite you when they get to the 4th boss. They may ask for several thousand gold for this service.
If there is more than one rogue in the group who wants to pickpocket, here is what you do. Stealth to the boss and pickpocket. Then step back and drop stealth and pull the boss. Vanish. When the boss resets, the pickpocket timer will also be reset, and the next rogue can take a turn.
Step Two: Pay and Wait
Once you have the Decoder Ring, you get the next quest called A Hidden Message. You bring the ring to the ethereals who have set up shop in Stomwind or Orgrimmar. One of them will “charge” the ring for you. He also demands 10,000 gold for this service. When you pay, he does his thing it but it takes twelve hours for the ring to charge. I hope you’re not impatient.
Once the ring is charged take it to Corastrasza at the Vermillion Redoubt in Twilight Highlands.
Step Three: Back to Ravenholdt
This quest is called To Ravenholdt, and its just a travel / story developing quest. A dragon named Mostrasz will fly you to Ravenholdt. Why? Well, I won’t spoil the story line, but they have something the red dragonflight wants.
Step Four: Sneaking
In the quest To Catch a Thief, Mostrasz will guide you as you infiltrate the Ravenholdt compound to find… well, I won’t say. You have to stealth, avoid guards. If you fail you get to try again so its not difficult.
Step Five: Gilneas
The next quest, called Our Man in Gilneas, sends you to the Ruins of Gilneas. You’re going to meet up with someone in an instanced version of the Ruins of Gilneas. He’s going to give you a mission…
Step Six: A Man’s Got to Die
We’re rogues, right? Killin’s what we do. The next quest is to solo kill a mob in Gilneas City. First you have to stealth to him through more guards. I haven’t done it yet, but I hear its pretty tough. Distract and Sap are key.
Once you get to him you have to solo kill him, and he has a two minute enrage timer with about 1.8 million health. That means that you need to maintain around 15k dps while also keeping Recuperate up, as well as being quick on your other abilities. Cloak of Shadows, Evasion/Combat Readiness, Blind, Gouge, Disarm, healing potions and bandages are all going to be useful in this fight. It might take a few tries, and you’ll need some fairly good gear, but it seems doable. This is the tough step for the first questline.
You can’t have help because your version of the area is phased. The only way you can get help is to go with another rogue who is on the same step of the questline. In that case, it becomes fairly easy with multiple stuns and interrupts on the target.
Step Seven: Profit!
Once he is dead, you return to Ravenholdt and get your reward. This questline earns you the pair of daggers Fear (main hand) and Vengeance (off hand). These are great daggers, even if they aren’t the legendaries that we’re after.
The nice thing here is that you don’t have to be a hardcore raider to do that quest chain. YOu do need access to the 4th boss of Dragon Soul, but that’s it. After that its just a rogue solo, using rogue abilities. The next chain, however, requires a LOT of time in raids. If you’re not in a raiding guild, then you can basically stop reading here because this is as far as you go. Raiders can continue on to…
Step Eight: Collecting
You’ll get a quest called Cluster Clutch. This asks you to do the expected gathering (just like the legendaries from Ulduar, ICC, and Firelands). You have to collect 333 Shadowy Gems. It seems that you can get 5-6 from each boss in Dragon Soul (not on LFR difficulty), so that means you’ll need 60-70 boss kills to complete this step. For top guilds that is about eight weeks. For most of us its several months.
Steps Nine through Thirteen
No one has done these yet so mot much is known. You will have to kill a dragon in Karazhan and then you get the next level of epic daggers – The Sleeper and The Dreamer. You’ll need to collect more stuff from bosses in Dragon Soul. For the last step you will need to defeat Deathwing, and then you’ll get your legendaries – Golad, Twilight of the Aspects and Tiriosh, Nightmare of Ages.
Then, you’re Batman. Not the hero Azeroth wants, but the one they deserve.