How to Camp the Time-Lost Proto-Drake in "World of Warcraft"
Time-Lost Proto-Drake Guide
The Time-Lost Proto-Drake (TLPD) was introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion of World of Warcraft as a level 80 rare spawn in Northrend. He flies around the zone of Storm Peaks in predetermined routes and is a recolor of the standard Proto-Drake model. Being a rare mount collector, I knew I had to camp him!
He is on a rare spawn timer, which basically means that he will not always be around for you to kill. It took me about 1,500 hours (over two years) before I finally was able to kill him and loot his mount.
If you would rather watch a video, please scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find my video guide.
What He Drops
- Reins of the Time-Lost Proto-Drake: The mount.
- Time-Forward Talisman: A level 76 necklace.
- Abandoned Adventurer's Satchel: A bag that contains random goods from Northrend such as gold, cloth, and Crystallized life.
In order to be successful at catching the TLPD, you should know what is in store. For those of you unfamiliar with camping rare spawns, "camping" refers to players who wait 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.
TLPD is a rare spawn that typically only spawns every few hours. I will go over his spawn times later. but you should be prepared to spend quite a bit of time waiting for him to spawn if you intend on camping alone.
Changes to Group Loot for Rare Spawns
With some of the recent changes to the game, it has become possible to camp rare spawns in a group, saving you a bit of time. Mount collectors will form small groups to sit at each spawn point and then gather together once the rare has spawned. So, when you are ready to start your hunt, be sure to check out the LFG tool and search for a group that is currently camping the TLPD.
If you or your party is out of range when the rare dies you will not be able to get your loot, so be careful!
How to Pass the Time While Camping
- Read a book.
- Watch Netflix.
- Play minigames (Addons on "Curse" have minigames that you can install to play while in-game).
In Wrath of the Lich King, 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 30 minutes after his, or Vyragosa's, death.
Vyragosa: TLPD's Counterpart
Vyragosa is a rare blue drake that shares a spawn with the TLPD. This means that when it is time for one of the dragons to spawn, it is a big chance that Vyragosa spawns and a small chance that it'll be the TLPD. Be sure to always kill Vyragosa, because your prey cannot spawn if Vyragosa is alive.
NPCscan is an add-on that used to alert you when a rare mob was within targeting 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 when 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.
This essentially means that the only way to gain benefit from NPCscan is to make sure your mouse is constantly hovering on the exact spot that the TLPD will be located when he spawns.
Alternative to NPCscan
Make a macro and spam it while camping. You want it to target the rare and then have it cast a spell to pull. Typically you would want it to be an instant cast spell.
Please note that if you are camping in a group, you do not want the spell to kill the drake since you will want to wait on your team members to get in range before it dies. I would recommend putting taunt in your macro to pull without dealing damage.
/cast (Insert instant cast spell here)
Spawn Points and Patrol Routes
The picture above and below show detailed pictures of the spawn paths and patrol routes.
When TLPD spawns, if he is not killed right away, he will begin flying along his predetermined route. There are four different places in Storm Peaks from which he can spawn, meaning there are four different routes he can take.
After he spawns he will randomly choose whether he goes clockwise on his route, or counter clockwise.
1. Frozen Lake Spawn PointClick thumbnail to view full-size
2. Waterfall Spawn PointClick thumbnail to view full-size
3. Brunnhildar Spawn PointClick thumbnail to view full-size
4. Ulduar Spawn PointClick thumbnail to view full-size
"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.
With Cross-Realm Zones, this is sometimes unavoidable, as there are so many players camping at any given time. Usually, you will try to group up with these people, but since now only five people can loot the mount, you may still run into stackers from outside your group.
For example, if I were to go to a spawn point and a couple of hours later another player comes along to sit next to me and not move, they are stacking. This player is most likely going to try to take the kill away from me.
Be sure to always check the group finder for groups with an open spot. You'll save so much time if you manage to get into a five-man group that is already camping.
Fighting the TLPD (Finally)
The fight itself is very easy. Time-Lost Proto-Drake doesn’t have very much health at all, and unless you are level 80, you are probably going to one-shot him.
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.
Have you ever had a stacker when camping?
© 2012 Melissa Carlsen