As millions of players pour hours into World of Warcraft: Legion, some explorers are clearly a bit more intense than others. While technically searching for a new mount, a group of players on Wowhead got together, found a mystery, solved it, and unlocked a new world boss for the game.
The search all started with a now infamous mount called the Long Forgotten Hippogryph. While just a pink variation of a mount already in the game, the mount skin took on particular significance for some players when it was discovered in the game’s code all the way back in 2007, but was never released. With the mount finally making its debut in Legion, the hunt was on.
“It was discovered that there are extremely hidden caves throughout Broken Shores with dark orbs in them,” one player recounts on Reddit. “To give you an idea of how hidden these caves were one is in a broken ship in the middle of the ocean south of Eye of Azshara, through a crack, and then hidden behind kelp, basically three layers of secret you have to find. Another is a hidden cave that has another hidden cave near the entrance that actually has the orb.”
Wowhead user arandumdude found a map in one such location, along with a number of pebbles. Players quickly got to work matching orb locations to the pebbles and ultimately had to figure out the correct order in which to activate the orbs.
When it was all said a done, a message appeared for all players online: “Azeroth itself recoils as <player name> unleashes an ancient evil. Kosumoth the Hungering walks the land once more…”
As it turns out the secret orbs had nothing to do with the Long Forgotten Hippogryph, and instead summon the world boss on an island south of the mainland for all players to travel to and help vanquish.
Though Kosumoth respawns every five to ten minutes for players to fight, the only way to get the unique mount, the Fathom Dweller, and the unique pet, the Hungering Claw, is to complete the sequence of orbs yourself before killing him.
While proud for their discovery, the Wowhead community has since continued on and discovered the secret for the Long Forgotten Hippogryph as well. Not quite as complicated as the Kosumoth secret, the long sought-after mount requires finding and activating five crystals in a certain area before any other player does, with roughly 3 hours between rounds.
Our final review of World of Warcraft: Legion is now live. Mixing up the status quo with the games lore, and adding some nice new features, Legion still has the heart of World of Warcraft.