Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Runescape: TzTok Jad's a Dad! Who'd have thought it?
I've been exclusively dungeoneering for some time now. Either solo, or duo with Monique. Made it to level 82 so far, and going well. Next thing I know, Jagex has a behind-the-scenes update with a ton of things coming out. But the one that caught my eye? Baby TzRek Jad!
Yes, they're coming out with a pet baby Jad! I spent a couple of painful months learning how to beat Jad, then wrote a very long and detailed guide about it. All using the Ancient Curses/Deflects method, which requires no actual combat with Jad, and does not bring the healers out.
I should have put that in past tense. Jagex recently decided that was a bug, and patched it. Now, whether you hit Jad or not, the healers come out. So I'm going to have to figure out how to beat him all over again, and modify my guide. It's going to be a while before I get around to that. For now, I've just added a notice to the top of the guide about the recent changes, with some suggestions I found online of how to work-around it.
So, while they've destroyed months of work, and taken away the only way I was able to defeat Jad, Jagex also announced the upcoming release of a pet Jad. Kind of like a religious experience... Jagex giveth, and Jagex taketh away...
Which makes me mad at them, and thrilled, all at the same moment, and about the same thing. Life's complicated, huh?
Focusing on the good side, it's a really cool idea. And the requirements for getting a pet Jad are satisfactorily high, which means you have to really earn him. Up until now, the coolest (and hardest to obtain) pet was the Baby Dragon. To get one, you have to have 99 Summoning, then kill dragons of your color choice (Green, Blue, Red, or Black) until you get a Dragon Egg. This in itself is a rare drop. I've gotten an egg as quickly as my first 10 kills, and as slowly as nearly 300 kills. It's random. Only Chromatic Dragons drop eggs. The metal dragons do not.
You can only have one pet baby dragon in your bank/inventory, but you can fill your player-owned-house menagerie up with them if you so choose. Out of 15 slots, 8 of mine are dragons, mostly black because they're the coolest. :^)
I'm not even considering the Dungeoneering pet (Sneaker-Peeper). It's not especially great, nor are the requirements that high. Not that impressed.
That's a pretty restrictive requirement, yet baby dragons are all over the place. Not exactly common, but not unusual, either. Baby Jad will change all of that. Suddenly, baby dragons are not the coolest or most restrictive pets in the game.
How cool could it get, right? In this case, right through the roof!
First, you've got a baby of one of Jagex's most powerful, hated, and feared monsters. If you beat Jad, you get the Fire Cape, so everybody can look and know you beat him. Plus it's functionally one of the very best capes in the game.
Second, the requirements to get him are the most restrictive in the entire game. You have to have 99 Summoning, 99 Slayer, 100 Zeal Points from Soul Wars (which takes a lot of playing!) and...
Finally... you have to trade a Fire Cape in! If you've only ever beaten Jad once, this is a serious sacrifice. But still worth it, as evidenced by Monique. I've got three Fire Capes, so trading one in won't really bother me. But Monique only has one Fire Cape, and has no intention of ever going back for another, yet she's willing to trade her one and only cape for a pet baby Jad.
That's a real sacrifice, since the cape is one of the best in the game. On the other hand, she told me she rarely uses her Fire Cape, and if she's got a baby Jad following her, people will still know she beat Jad at least once.
So, is it worth it? If you meet the requirements, and have multiple Fire Capes, then absolutely. If you've only got one Fire Cape, maybe, maybe not. And if you don't meet the requirements, then you may have a long haul before it's even an issue.
Me? I've got 99 Summoning, and 3 Fire Capes. But only 93 Slayer, and I don't like Soul Wars. And still, I'm going for it. I'll get my 99 Slayer, then play Soul Wars until I'm there, then proudly collect my baby Jad!