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A bit of technology in a world of magic

Metral the Hunter

This is a picture of Metral the Hunter, member of Technologia the official unofficial guild of Tech Republic. Metral is a highly skilled Engineer.

Engineering provides the player with many crafted items including clothing, such as the Surestrike Goggles v2.0 pictured above, and pets, like the non-combat "companion" pet Mechanical Squirrel also above. While companions cannot engage in combat, Engineers are also able to make combat pets, such as an Explosive Sheep, which charges a target and then explodes causing damage.

Continue on for a deeper look into the Engineering profession.

12 comments
Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

One profession that I think _is_ missing in WoW is some sort of wood-crafting. The only gear you have to get from drops, vendors, and quest rewards are Staves, Polearms, Bows, and Arrows (although Engineers can make high-level arrow-making machines now). It would be cool to have a profession that could make these types of items as well as other stuff (that I haven't spent the time to think of yet). Maybe if/when WoW implements personal or guild housing they'll create a "carpenter" profession who can build housing and/or housing items that can also build these types of weapons. edit: my fingers don't work like my mind does...

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Exist in Everquest 2 and actually turn out some useful gear.

WoW > Work
WoW > Work

Nice pics. I always wondered about going into Engineering (since using PVP to get my gear, I don't really need leatherworking anymore.) As a hunter, I can definately see the benefits. But, know of any benefits for a non-ranged job/magical type...say like Shaman? (Yes, yes...I'm enhancement...so sue me!)

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

The most benefit you'll get is probably either the Bombs and Grenades once a minute (I think that's the cooldown) or the various random trinkets that enhance gameplay. You can find out what they all are either on WoWWiki or Thottbot. That being said, you may want to keep LW because Arena Season 4 (and later, I'm assuming) will be near-impossible for most teams to get much of the Arena gear. Once Wrath comes out, you'll want to be able to craft the armor for level 80.

ksharp25
ksharp25

Call me crazy, or a noob if you like. But I am from the camp that feels a game mostly based on fantasy of magic and swords, elves and dwarves has no place for guns and technology. It kind of takes away from the pure fantasy aspect I always felt Warcraft should be. I know, I know...the old RTS versions did have Gnomes and tech with it too. Its just a little ridiculous in my opinion I guess.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Based on these items, the World of Warcraft environment actually seems more like a Warhammer 40,000 with mixed magic and tech.

dbeethe
dbeethe

The transporter malfunctions can be fun... Had one malfunction on me and appeared to be a furlbog when I came out :)

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

That's where the gallery's subtitle came from. Blizzard's reason for limiting Engineering as much as they have is due to Warcraft being primarily magic, hence "A Little Bit of Technology in a World of Magic" which is either exactly what Blizzard said or a close approximation, I don't remember. If you've ever seen the list of recipes for Engineering compared to _any_ other crafting profession, you'd realize it was much shorter, probably half at best. Also, other than guns and ammo, nothing else is really all that usable to most players, most of the time. But, when you have two races (Gnomes and Goblins) who are renowned for their "technical prowess" (if such a thing can _actually_ be said), you do have to include at least a little to supplement their business endeavors.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

I never had that happen to me. Of course, maybe it only happens on the slow mount, which I never flew more than once because I had epic flying skill before I had Engineering 375. But the trinkets and armor malfunctions are great. I should've captured some more of those (other than the teleporter malfunctions) in this gallery.

zclayton2
zclayton2

Just think of it as an alternate form of magic that requires A LOT of material components.

Lovinwow
Lovinwow

Your a noob, newb, nube, noob-cake, noob-sauce or extremely noobish. Either way the best part of seeing this equipment ingame is when it malfunctions...When the coptor blows up and you see the toon drop to the ground and die...pretty funny stuff..

hoffmanm
hoffmanm

Now that I know some of the extra things you can do, you can be sure I'm going to ask you to craft some for me. Avandia is already taking advantage of your high powered arrows, which, by the way, are great. I didn't know the repair bot could do all that either. Will be nice to have one in our instance runs. Now how about that Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer-what kind of mats do I need to gather for that? Avandia wants one!