Onyxia To Terrorise World of Warcraft Once Again

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 13, 2009 10:26am PDT Once-dreaded World of Warcraft raid boss Onyxia will return in revamped form as part of celebrations for the MMORPG's upcoming fifth anniversary, Blizzard has revealed.

Having lain near-dormant since WoW's two expansions made it a cakewalk, Onyxia's dungeon will be permanently converted to a 10-player normal raid and 25-player Heroic, scaled up and revamped to present a challenge to today's tricked-out level 80 heroes.

"We will also be updating the encounter mechanics to be more fitting for modern raiding," says Blizzard, "but we can guarantee players will get to experience the frightening horror of deep breaths once again."

New items will be added using the same models as vintage Onyxia loot for that classic 2005 look, as well as a 310% speed Onyxia Broodling flying mount.

As a bonus, all players who login during "a limited time" after the anniversary event begins in November will receive a special Onyxia Brood Whelping pet.

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  • This is just building up to the encounter with Deathwing and the introduction of the legendary Prismatic Quel'Serrar. Which for those who did the quest, got the sword and read the text from the guy in Dire Maul library, you'll know what I'm on about. But for those that don't: It was a legendary blade created by the Dragon Flight Aspects for a mortal to wield as their "champion" basically. It could only be crafted by all 5 Dragon Aspects blood and flame. Now, all the Dragon Aspects are in the game now, except Deathwing (Neltharion)...Nozdormu, Alexstrazsa, Malygos and Ysera. It's gonna happen without any doubts. His lair is in Outlands and also, Grim Batol remains sealed. Which is where Alexstrazsa supposedly has Deathwing or "something" trapped down there, as it's her fortress.

    Either way, this is definitely a build up to it. I was wondering how long it would take since I first got Quel Serrar many years ago, and thought it would come with Outlands...but I was wrong :P But now the aspects are all in game, and they are bringing Onyxia back for "Big plans" in patch 3.2.2, then it seems the most likely thing.