World of Warcraft’s largest major patch - Tides of Vengeance - is available now, and with it comes an item that is finally useable after having actually been in the game as a recipe since World of Warcraft’s release over fourteen years ago.
The potion, known as the “Elixir of Tongues,” grants players the ability to understand players of the opposing faction in chat for one hour. The potion can be purchased from NPC vendor Fizzi Liverzapper, located in the Underbelly of Dalaran.
According to a tweet from World of Warcraft game designer, Jeremy Feasel, the recipe for the Elixir of Tongues has actually been in the game since Classic was released in 2014, but was never realized as an item until WoW’s recent hotfix.
Fun fact: the Elixir of Tongues has been in the game since Classic, an ancient alchemy recipe that never made it. Until today, it had the description text “This potion has no effect until we put languages in.”— Jeremy Feasel (@Muffinus) December 14, 2018
You finally made it, little buddy.
“Fun fact: the Elixir of Tongues has been in the game since Classic, an ancient alchemy recipe that never made it. Until today, it had the description text 'This potion has no effect until we put languages in.'”
For those unfamiliar with World of Warcraft’s in-game chat, players of opposing factions are unable to understand one another, the text displaying in the chat window as an incoherent collection of random letters. Technically, the Elixir of Tongues only allows players to understand - not speak - the opposing faction’s language. If two players from opposing factions wish to have a coherent conversation, both will need to have used the potion at the same time.
The cost of the potion is 30 gold, which many within the roleplaying server community are calling a bit steep. To their credit, the creation of the potion is essentially in response to the fact that the Tides of Vengeance patch unintentionally broke the Cross RP add-on, which many WoW roleplayers utilized. What was once free, now costs 30 gold for only one hour at a time. Players will need to choose their words wisely (and at the right time) if they want to banter back and forth with the opposing faction.
The fact that the Elixir of Tongues can be purchased from a vendor in Dalaran makes sense, considering the city is neutral ground between the Horde and Alliance. Although some may consider the potion to be a little pricey, the addition is ultimately a good thing that all players - including those outside of the roleplaying realms - can take advantage of and have fun with.
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