How to Camp the Time Lost Proto Drake in World of Warcraft
Time-Lost Proto Drake Guide
The Time-Lost Proto Drake is a level-80 rare spawn in the Storm Peaks in Northrend on the game World of Warcraft. He has the same model as all of the other Proto Drakes, but has a sort of brownish color to him. When I first heard about the Time-Lost Proto Drake (TLPD for short), I just had to find him and catch him for myself.
TLPD was introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. He is on a rare spawn timer, which means that he will not always be flying around and you may have to spend quite some time looking for him before you finally see him. It took me about 1,500 hours over two years before I finally was able to kill him and loot his mount.
At the bottom of this article you will see 2 videos. One is where I follow Vyragosa, showing you just one of the spawn paths. The other one is much longer and I go into more detail, covering everything in this guide. If you would rather watch a video than read, that's the video you should look at.
What he drops when you kill him:
- [Reins of the Time-Lost Proto Drake] - the mount which looks just like him.
- Time-Forward Talisman - A level 76 necklace with random stats.
- Abandoned Adventurer's Satchel - A bag which contains random goods from Northrend (Mainly gold, cloth and Crystallized life)
Time Lost Proto Drake Camping Tips
In order to be successful at catching the TLPD, you need to know what's in store. For those of you unfamiliar with World of Warcraft, camping refers to a player who waits for a rare spawn to appear so they can kill or tame it. Some rare spawns will re-appear only a few minutes to an hour after they died last. Other rare spawns may not re-appear for many hours or days after their last spawn.
Time Lost Proto Drake is a rare spawn that typically only spawns every few hours, I will go over spawn times later.
When camping, you need to have a lot of patience. If you do not have patience you will drive yourself crazy. With the changes to how certain add-ons work with TLPD and the introduction of Cross Realm Zones - you could be in for a rough camp.
You might be one of the extremely lucky players that will find TLPD within a couple hours, or by just flying around. However, you need to be prepared to spend a LOT of time camping. I mentioned earlier that it took me 1,500 hours total to catch my TLPD. I should mention that during those 1,500 hours, I had seen him more than once. I had either missed him because I was away from my computer, or because another player was slightly quicker than I was in attacking him.
How to Pass the Time While Camping
- Read a book.
- Watch TV/movies.
- Play minigames (Add-ons on Curse have mini-games that you can install to play while in-game)
World of Warcraft: Playing multiple Accounts at the Same Time
A little note about having multiple accounts: I have two accounts and play them both fairly often, because I have a ton of characters. Some characters I use only for farming, some for raiding, while some are just profession characters. There are many reasons that you might want two accounts, so if you have enough money, go for it.
If you decide to go this route, you should know that you CAN attach a second account to your battle.net account.
By having multiple accounts attached to your battle.net you can take advantage of things such as having your account-wide mounts and BoA gear spread out over both accounts while still being able to play them both at the same time.
You will also have to pay to upgrade the new account to your preferred expansion. There are times when blizzard has sales on the expansions, so you can keep an eye out for these sales if you want to grab a new account.
Also, with the option to purchase WoW time with in-game gold - it makes it easier to pay for all accounts without charging your bank account!
NPCscan: Camping for Time Lost Proto Drake
NPCscan is an add-on that used to alert you when a rare mob was within targetting distance, whether or not you have even attempted to target the mob. It made it extremely useful to just be tabbed out or AFK while camping - but still get an alert with the TLPD was nearby.
However, Blizzard has changed the way that mobs are cached in the game. This means that NPCscan and SilverDragon will only alert you if your mouse hovers over the rare.
Basically: if you have hovered your mouse over the rare... chances are you already see it and don't need to be alerted. At least when it comes to a big dragon like the TLPD. :)
If for some reason your mouse hovered over the rare and you weren't paying attention - the button that pops up will help you find the rare. It will look like the picture posted above, but will instead have a picture of TLPD and his name. Simply click on the button and it will target the rare for you. :D
Make a macro and spam this macro while camping. You want it to target the rare and then, preferably, have it cast a spell to pull. Typically you would want it to be an instant cast spell.
/cast (Insert instant cast spell here)
World of Warcraft Spawn Points and Patrol Routes
The picture above and below show detailed pictures of the spawn paths and patrol routes.
When TLPD spawns, he will begin flying on his patrol route. There are four different places in Storm Peaks from which he can spawn from, meaning there are four different routes he can fly around.
After he spawns he will randomly choose whether he goes clockwise on his route, or counter clockwise.
Time Lost Proto Drake Spawn Points
1. Frozen Lake Spawn Point
The pictures above are what I call the "Bor's Breath" spawn point. Most people refer to it as "Frozen Lake".
In all of the following pictures Time Lost Proto Drake will spawn on the mountain and then proceed to fly down and patrol his route.
The second picture shows the area on the mountain on which you can wait to spawn. If you sit directly on the mountain on the slight incline in the middle of my circle, you should be able to automatically aggro him.
However, a level 90+ might have a lot more trouble getting him to automatically aggro to you.
2. Waterfall Spawn Point
3. Brunnhildar Spawn Point
4. Ulduar Spawn Point
In Wrath of the Lich King expansion, the TLPD was on a six hour or longer spawn timer. So, when he dies, it would take a minimum of six hours for him to spawn again. In Cataclysm, Blizzard made the wait time much shorter. He can now spawn as quickly as half an hour after his death.
Don’t get your hopes up though: he’s still very hard to find, especially since Blizzard put in the Cross Realm Zones. With Cross Realm Zones, there are many more people in Storms Peaks, making your camp much, much harder. I do not envy those of you who still need to catch your Time Lost Proto Drake.
Vyragosa: TLPD's Counterpart
TLPD has a counter-part that often spawns in his place. Her name is Vyragosa and she is a blue drake. One will not spawn while the other is alive, and most of the time you will see Vyragosa flying around instead of the TLPD.
This is what makes finding the TLPD so annoying, because most of the time you will be running into Vyragosa. Trust me, you will get sick of seeing that big blue dragons face.
Stacking refers to when a player stands on a spawn point that was previously occupied by another player. This player typically plans on stealing the kill away from the person who was at the spot first. Never do this! This is a horrible and very rude thing to do. It's another story if you are going after a spawn that only has one spawn point, because you can't avoid it. With TLPD, however, there are multiple spawn points that people can spread out across.
For example: If I were to go to the Bor’s Breath/Frozen Lake spawn point and camp for a couple hours, then another player comes along and sits next to me and doesn’t move. This player is most likely going to try to take the kill away from me.
They will often times whisper you saying things like “Camping TLPD? Oh, well my friend just killed him about an hour ago at a different spot. So, you can take a break.”
Do NOT listen to these people. They are only trying to convince you to leave a spawn point. The only reason that you should leave a spawn point is if you have to, due to other responsibilities. If you see TLPD spawn, and someone else kills him, you are free to take a 30 minute break but he can still spawn in the next hour. Even though it is highly unlikely that this will happen, it’s still possible.
This problem will probably increase with the cross-realm zone. People aren't afraid to be rude to people who aren't on their server. Just ignore them and continue your camp.
Fighting the TLPD
The fight itself is very easy. Time-Lost Proto Drake doesn’t have very much health at all, a level 85 or 90 could one shot him. Even for a level 80 he is a push over, I killed him on a level 80 holy paladin before.
He flies moderately high in the air, so you may have to try and lure him to the ground to attack him. Some players use Snowfall Lager; however I never got around to using it because I play a priest and could just levitate myself.
You won’t have to worry about any of this if you catch him on his spawn point though, where you can very easily attack him while he's still grounded.
The following video is one that I took of Vyragosa once. I followed her around to show one of the patrols in full. Keep in mind that even though this is not the Time Lost Proto Drake, they both still fly the exact same patrol route and fly at the same speed and height. So, this video is very accurate in showing the route. Just imagine it’s the Time Lost and not Vyragosa.
Have you ever had a stacker when camping?
WoW Camping Tips
- The most popular camping spot is the one I have marked as Bor's Breath(Frozen lake). This is because you can see 3 out of the 4 patrol routes from this spot. Because of CRZ, TLPD may not even make it that far but in the event he does, this is the best spot to be.
- Visit http://www.pondbrain.com/notsorare/tlpd/index.html This is a very useful site. It goes into a lot of detail. If you are looking for more detail that I provided, be sure to check this site out.