World of Warcraft‘s upcoming patch 5.4 will bring new items, features, and story content to the nine-year-old MMO from Blizzard. In addition to cross-server arena, mounts that can pick flowers, a Gamon achievement, and flexible raids, patch 5.4 will also introduce legendary cloaks and a new world boss, Ordos.
Legendary cloaks will add both style and function to your back once they’re released in patch 5.4. In order to get one, players will have to complete a quest line for The Black Prince, Wrathion, who has offered other legendary items in the past. The questline culminates in players having to defeat Garrosh Hellscream in the new Siege of Orgrimmar raid, also coming in Patch 5.4, thus proving they’re worthy to wear the armor.
Legendary cloaks will come in four different varieties, and players can choose one once they finish the quest series. In addition to their incredibly amazing stats, each cloak also has a secondary effect, as well as a special visual animation. Here’s a run down of each cloak:
Spirit of Chi-Ji: Your healing spells also grant the target the Spirit of Chi-Ji, which heals the target for 3% of their missing health, every 1 sec, for 3 sec.
Flurry of Xuen: Your damaging attacks have a chance to trigger a Flurry of Xuen, causing you to deal 60% weapon damage to all targets in front of you, every 0.5 sec for 3 sec.
Essence of Yu’lon: Your damaging attacks have a chance to empower you with the Essence of Yu’lon, causing your next direct damage spell to also burn the target with jade dragonflame, dealing 5,000 damage and an additional 30,000 damage over 6 sec. This damage also affects other enemies near the burning target.
Endurance of Niuzao: The Endurance of Niuzao fully absorbs the damage of one attack that would normally kill you. This effect has a 60 sec cooldown.
Aside from buffing your character both physically and visually, these cloaks are also the pre-requisite to get to engage the new world boss, Ordos.
“Ordos is a difficult world boss that requires you to have a legendary cloak to [engage] him,” said Blizzard. “He will respawn every few hours or so, but the main gating mechanism for him is getting a group together that all has the cloak. He drops items that will be anywhere from Normal to Normal Thunderforged quality.”
As for the Ordos himself, the boss was once a shaman of the Yaungol tribe who sacrificed himself to the flame after the Fire Lords promised he’d become a demigod. “His flesh is eternally seared with fires, putting him in endless agony. Yaungol Fire-Keepers ritualistically set themselves ablaze to emulate the ascension of Ordos, and cast enchantments and prayers to ease his pain,” said Blizzard.
World of Warcraft patch 5.4 is expected to be the last major content release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion cycle. It’s currently available for testing on the Public Test Realm, which means it will be available for everyone soon.