How to Camp the Time Lost Proto Drake in "World of Warcraft"
Time-Lost Proto Drake Guide
The Time-Lost Proto Drake 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 when you kill him:
- [Reins of the Time-Lost Proto Drake] - the mount.
- [Time-Forward Talisman] - A level 76 necklace.
- [Abandoned Adventurer's Satchel] - A bag which contains random goods from Northrend such as gold, cloth, and Crystallized life.
Time Lost Proto Drake Camping Tips
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 after their last spawn.
Time Lost Proto Drake is a rare spawn that typically only spawns every few hours, I will go over his spawn times later. 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 Time Lost Proto Drake.
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 (Add-ons on Curse have mini-games 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 Time Lost Proto Drake. 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 Time Lost Proto Drake. Be sure to always kill Vyragosa, because the TLPD cannot spawn if Vyragosa is alive.
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.
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 Time Lost Proto Drake will be located when he spawns in.
When the NPCscan alert goes off, you will see an icon that looks similar to the picture posted above. Clicking on the icon will target the rare automatically.
Make a macro and spam this macro 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)
Time Lost Proto Drake Spawn Points
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, 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 Point
2. Waterfall Spawn Point
3. Brunnhildar Spawn Point
4. Ulduar Spawn Point
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 now but since only 5 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 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.
Fighting the TLPD
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?
WoW Camping Tips
- 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 5 man group that is already camping.
- Visit http://www.pondbrain.com/notsorare/tlpd/index.html for more detailed information. I do not own pondbrain.com or any of the content provided on his website.
Video Guide to Farming the Time Lost Proto Drake
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