The Daily Grind: What’s a rite of passage in your MMO?

Lately I’ve been playing a new Hobbit Hunter in Lord of the Rings Online, which has the added benefit of bringing me back to the Shire and all of its silly and frivolous quests. Of course, it also means that I’ve got to do the whole pie running chain again.

If you’re not familiar with that, there comes a point where a particular Hobbit tasks you with retrieving 12 pies from all over the zone. You have to get them and then run them back (on foot, no less) without being spotted by “hungry Hobbits.” It’s lengthy and kind of annoying, which has made this quest a rite of passage for players over the years. Plus, it gives everyone something in common about which to complain.

So I’m curious: What’s a rite of passage in your MMO? What must everyone go through sooner or later that’s a bit odious but ends up being a weird point of pride when completed?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Khalith .

The 47-50 “dead zone” in FFXIV.

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N7 Spectre

Defeating Molag Bal in ESO before he got nerfed and even being able to get to him to fight because one quest was bugged and you had to jump and light a lamp while falling to your death to activate it, plus it took them a very long time to fix that bug.

SWG, mastering the profession that made you force sensitive, the beginning of the end for that game. Becoming a Master Doctor, setting up in a hospital and healing your first patients, that was epic. Making it to Jabba the Hutt’s inner palace room, and taking a screenshot standing next to Boba Fett.

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Steely Bob

In the early EQ II universe, if you ever wanted to show everyone around you your relationship to the game, you’d simply switch languages to Draconic. This showed you completed the reasonably epic heritage quest “To Speak as a Dragon” which at the time was pretty much the hardest quest to complete and required a dedicated guild, or large group to accomplish.

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kjempff

Ah yes I got a server first on that one (by 10 mins but it still counts right?), glowing/shining/something weapon as reward. Also running the gauntlet for jboots was something many players did. Or just all the heritage quests so you could display them in your house.

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hurbster

Druids Overlook to Temple of the Ages. Took you through some rather Blair Witch inspired scenery.

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PSDuckie

My rite of passage? Hose nose.

Naxx (the Wrath version, not the original) was my first real raid in WoW, and it’s still my favorite. Fighting Grobbulus (aka hose nose) and taking him down for the first time cemented both my love of raiding and my love of WoW.

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Tobasco da Gama

Developing parking garage-related PTSD is definitely a rite of passage for Secret World players.

Also, for LOTRO, that warg in the forest near Combe.

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Ket Viliano

Help me!
Help me!
AAAHG!

Ahh, the memories, if only Darkfall did not have so many damn flaws.

CapnLan
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CapnLan

There’s a few rights of passage in Elite Dangerous.

-Owning 1 of the “Big 3” (Anaconda, Corvette, Cutter)
-Journey to Sagittarius A (Center of the galaxy)
-Journey to Colonia (Usually a stop off on the way to or from Sag A)
-Journey to Beagle Point (65,000 light years away from Sol on the other side of the galaxy)

I have the Big 3 and made it to Colonia. Didn’t manage to make it to Sag A or Beagle yet but working on it. I rushed my trip to Colonia and burned out so I didn’t make it out to Sag A even though I was close to it. I still regret that so I’ll be taking my time next trip.

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Stardager

WoW: Camping Humar The Pridelord in the barrens as a hunter.

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Rick Mills

Yes! Many many weeks doing that back in Vanilla. Hati now has Humars appearance….

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Rick Mills

Also, as a Horde hunter at level 13 or so, taming an owl from Darnassus…

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nobleeinherjar

FFXI: Unlocking your Sub-Job. I don’t play FFXI anymore (though every time I think of it I feel that I should return), but I’ll never forget this step of character growth. (Also trading an old man a mountain of cabbage eight at a time might be considered another rite of passage.)

FFXIV: Watching YouTube videos about FFXIV’s 1.0 content, either wishing you had experienced it for yourself and/or thinking that the game was a trainwreck, but still wanting 1.0’s realistic movement system to come back.

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CapnLan

Heh, yeah unlocking sub jobs was a big step. I’d also add the first journey to Jeuno and unlocking your Chocobo as a major right of passage. I remember trying to make it through Jugner Forest with no map on foot at like level 15. Holy crap that was intense.

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nobleeinherjar

Ooooh, yeah that’s a good one. That first trip to Jeuno was a big milestone.

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Danny Smith

MNK sub DRK and RDM sub NIN all day err day.

*Windurst was here, Bastok is for losers!

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Xijit

The loss of that is what truely killed me on 2.0 and why I just couldn’t go back … 1.0 was flawed, but it wasn’t actually the train wreck people tell themselves it was: It just really didn’t have the content it needed to give people a reason to learn a diffrent style gameplay.

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Siri

Totally agree, we are in the minority but I loved ffxiv 1.0 flaws and all and miss it much. Reborn did not hold me and I wont go back.

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Xijit

I really fell in love with it once I realized that it was actually more of Secret Of Mana online than another Final Fantasy Online.