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What version of Warcraft III will the map run on?
This Wreckage is designed and built for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne version 1.26. However, it should work on version 1.24 and above. If trying to play the map on any Reforged version (1.27 and above), you may encounter some known issues, but otherwise it should run pretty fine.
Why can’t I host This Wreckage on Battle.Net? (And/or “Map is too big”.)
This Wreckage is a singleplayer map. For one person. You. Alone. You play it offline. Singlepalyer -> Custom Game in The Frozen Throne. In Reforged… your mileage may vary.
Why did the lights go off inside the mountain?
The inner mountain section of the game disables ambient lighting in order to create a more mysterious atmosphere. Certain weapons and shields emit light, but these may not function as intended unless Warcraft III‘s “lighting” setting is on “high”.
Can I deactivate camera-lock?
No. A number of environmental and atmospheric effects depend on the camera being either attached to Henrik or attached to nearby Henrik (e.g. on a summon or companion). Remember to use the up and down arrow keys to zoom in and out if it feels a little claustrophobic, and the left and right arrow keys to get a different angle on things. The escape key, outside cinematics, will reset your camera to default zoom and rotation.
Why can’t I change the music volume with the music volume slider?
This is due to a limitation of Warcraft III‘s audio engine in relation to the battle music system. The game uses two different types of variable to differentiate between sound and music — sound and music variables, naturally. Due to some quirk, however, the game lags considerably upon ordering a music variable to play. In early tests of the music system, fights had started and ended before the game managed to catch up! Using sound variables for the music, however, completely alleviates this problem (albiet at the cost of coupling music volume to the volume of all sound).
I believe the compromise is worth it.
I’ve been killing loads of things in quick succession, but no combos are appearing. Why?
Only Henrik’s kills count towards combos. If you have any allies around, they may steal your kills and prevent you from getting combo bonuses!
I used a cheat like whosyourdaddy and the map seems to have broken.
I didn’t design the map with cheats in mind. You’re on your own.
This fight is awfully difficult. What should I do?
Side-quests are often the best way to get top-of-the-line equipment… And you won’t lose all your money. Remember to keep allies’ equipment good, too. If they don’t have decent shields, you might find they’ve slipped away before you realise what’s happening. And always, always, always — keep a good stack of potions! (Unless you’re a pro.)
I failed a side-quest. Can I restart it without re-loading a saved game?
People can’t just un-die because it’s convenient for you. Without even the chance of failure, what pleasure can you get from success? (Hint: F6 is the button for quick-save.)
What can I do with the Starfall Ore/Dark Ore/Obsidian Cube?
Talk to Kagrenac. He can make things… For a price.
Why does my journal not tell me where to go?
It’s only meant to serve as a reminder of what you need to do, it will not hold your hand. Pay attention when talking to people — they’ll often give you more specific directions about how to reach your destinations before sending you on your way. Get to know the landscape by exploring, so when they cite reference points you’ll recognise where they are. Also look out for invulnerable rock chunks… Chances are, they’ll eventually disintegrate to let you pass for a quest.
I played the entire map and never found X. What should I do?
Exploration is the name of this game. The world is a big place and everything isn’t obvious and precisely guided. If you want to get the best out of This Wreckage, you’ve got to be prepared to make a little effort. The main quest line is only a fraction of what lurks among the trees and ruined walls.
Where is anything in the swamp?
Try looking at this map. It is currently out-of-date; Isaak’s house is not marked, and the empty sandbank is now accessible during a certain side quest. The main thing to bear in mind is that the swamp is all smoke and mirrors: the thick fog closing in might give you the fear, but there are actually very few paths.
I can only find two Grints in the swamp, but there are meant to be eight?
There are eight. Over the entire map. Mwuhuhuahahahahaha!
Where are the twelve Scholars?
- Red: the Scholar at the head of the beach is the most obvious and easy to find.
- Blue: you’ll find him in the Murloc town of Stentopol.
- Teal: help Draak (next to Kagrenac’s Forge) find his home and you’ll run into Teal.
- Purple: lurking in the swamp town of Zherramir is the Purple Scholar.
- Yellow: waiting in the ruined city at the heart of the jungle is the (retired) Yellow Scholar.
- Orange: just outside the Agents’ “secret base”.
- Green: in the north half of the jungle, you’ll track down the Green Scholar, just west of the gate.
- Pink: if you saved the Lost Captain, he’ll build a town at the site of his shipwreck — this will attract the Pink Scholar.
- Grey: once you’ve killed the Mur’gul Tyrant to open the way to the mountain, crack open the cage in his base to find the Grey scholar.
- Light Blue: go into the cave, turn left, then turn left again and slip through a crack in the south wall.
- Dark Green: outside the cave, turn south and double back along the cliff path.
- Brown: if you’d like to know more about the Rune Blade, sneak through the nearby waterfall.
My allies are useless. What should I do?
Some people love them, some people hate them. But don’t you like having options? With their additional inventory slots, they can be good platforms for using consumable items like wands, but you really need to keep their equipment up to date.
Who are all the allies I can find?
- Ancient Knowledge: the most obvious companion, he can be acquired by helping the Red Scholar on the beach a few times. If you keep him alive long enough, he’ll even get the opportunity to be upgraded…
- Uralon: if you help Draak on his way, this enigmatic extra-planar creature will eventually return with news.
- Anna: pursue the fugitive and she’ll be forced to make a deal with you. Once her time is up, however, she’ll rejoin you for the final showdown.
- Nikki: this young Rov is the last defender of her abandoned town in the mountain. She’s well up for an adventure, so you don’t have to ask twice for her to jump on board.
- Yx: you’ll encounter the Angel when a Special Agent asks you to investigate some local concerns.
- Vvayl: if you can track down the secretive Adventurer’s Guild, you can hire the services of this mystical hero.
I’m stuck at the little destructible obelisks in the mountain. What do I do?
Some of the obelisks will collapse in a single hit. Some of them won’t collapse until you’ve grown so bored that it doesn’t matter anymore. Maybe you should test them all and concentrate on the easy ones?
Also use the left and right arrow keys to spin the camera. The default view isn’t always the most useful…
Update: in the Gold version of This Wreckage, this puzzle was simplified. I apologise for being a bad game designer; now you can just destroy all the easily-visible obelisks to open the way.
How many Secret Seashells are there?
Honestly? I don’t know. Secret Seashells are deposited in a number of ways; some are on the map, some are dropped by destructibles, and yet more are created on demand by quests. There is thus no convenient way to count them, and I never kept a tally when I put them all in. I just threw them down where they felt right. I think there are about 23, but don’t quote me on that. There are many more than enough in the map to activate the secret.
What are the results of the different wishes I can ask the Granter of Wishes for?
Choose wisely, my son.
- Wish for the greatest sword that exists in this land: the Granter of Wishes cannot give you the Dragon’s Tooth (since he doesn’t own it), so you will be able to choose another wish.
- Wish for true love: Erika already fancies you, so you will be able to choose another wish.
- Wish that you could go on an epic quest to a faraway land: raid the legendary Tomb of Anak’hul, an ancient Azuran hero, in the icy wastelands of the north. Defeat its guardians and puzzles and take the mysterious Arthstone for your own, not to mention all the other bangin’ loot he’s got stashed away in there.
- Wish for a whopping great chest of gold: exactly what it says on the tin. 10,000 gold… You could buy a house with that. Or a nice new sword.
- Wish for the greatest shield that exists in this land: the Granter of Wishes gives you the fabled Level Eight Shield. That’s the maximum level of item, you know. There is no shield better than this.
- Wish for a whopping great pile of lumber: again, as it says on the tin. I won’t be coy about this one — it really is completely useless. There is not a single object in the map that costs lumber, nor any quests or secrets associated with it.
- Wish for a sequel: another useless one that results in a few bonus points because I love you. It also unlocks the same final bonus cinematic as completing all quests. Blame Shados for this one.
How do I get past the challenge in the Tomb of Anak’Hul?
Attacking the statues will make them rotate. Maybe they should all face in a certain direction? This is the oldest challenge in the book, so I’m kind of disappointed that you needed to look this up.
What can I do with a Diamond?
Diamonds are worth a lot of money. Maybe you should just sell it…?
What can I do with the Phat Lewts?
Nothing. It’s a scam. You’ve been had. Go home and get some sleep. Even Erika thinks it’s a scam. She wouldn’t lie to you, would she?
What is the altar in the mountains for?
It’s probably another scam.
How do I get past that obstacle down from where the Mature Scorpid attacked me?
I get the funny feeling that’s a scam too.
What is the Arthstone?
It’s a powerful artefact.