Tripping the Rifts

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The subject of this article or section was part of the Elemental Unrest, a world event that heralded the beginning of the earth-shattering Cataclysm. This is no longer available as the world event has run its course.

Fire elementals near an Elemental Rift.

Tripping the Rifts was the Cataclysm launch event Feat of Strength. To receive this achievement, players had to close one of each of the four types of elemental rifts and receive their buffs during the Elemental Unrest.

Elemental invasion camps could be found in every quest zone in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland and Northrend. They could also be found in Stormwind, Ironforge, Orgrimmar and Thunder Bluff every three hours, from midnight server time (so 00:00, 03:00, 06:00 and so on). Elementals that were found within major cities however, were much more powerful and had to be approached with extreme caution.

Overview

A rift appears at Nijel's Point

The rifts were on a random spawn timer of approximately 50–56 minutes. It appeared all rifts were on the same timer and occured about the same time.

  • Closing any level Elemental Rift [counted] towards Tripping the Rifts.[1]
  • It was not necessary to have all four buffs at the same time to complete the achievement.[2]
  • Rifts de-spawned if not closed within ten minutes.
  • Players were only eligible for the daily quest Hammering It Out or A Natural Occurrence from a rift that was within the player's level range. The level range on the tables below indicated the general level range of the zones; however, the actual level range at which players were eligible for quests was slightly wider.
  • Defeating an elemental drained the rift of one health point. Elementals defeated by NPCs, pets, or guardians would not be counted for reducing the rift's health unless a player had tagged the elemental.
  • The health of each rift varied with the level of the zone it appeared in. Lower level rifts had six health while higher level rifts had twelve health.
  • Bringing the rift to zero health closed it and spawned the  [Mysterious Device] in its place.
  • Players within range of the rift when it closed were granted a buff. The buff lasted for an hour, but disappeared on death.
  • The nature of the buff depended on the type of rift that was destroyed:
    • [Earth Powered]: Each melee attack, ranged attack, harmful spell or healing spell has a chance to heal you for 2% of your maximum health.
    • [Fire Powered]: Each melee attack, ranged attack, or harmful spell has a chance of engulfing the target in flames, dealing X damage over 15 sec. Stacks 5 times. Scales based on player level.
    • [Water Powered]: Each melee attack, ranged attack, harmful spell or healing spell has a chance to increase your Energy, Rage, Mana or Runic Power gain by 15% for 10 seconds.
    • [Wind Powered]: Each melee attack, ranged attack, harmful spell or healing spell has a chance to increase your haste rating by 50 for 10 sec.

Locations

The rift types could be found in the following zones before the Shattering:

Earth

A Rumbling Elemental in Nijel's Point fights a nearby guard

Rumbling Elementals could be found at the Earth Elemental Rifts before the Shattering. Note: Rumbling Elementals are immune to nature magic.

Zone Subzone Coordinates Level Range Note
Dun Morogh Ironforge 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
Durotar Orgrimmar 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
Loch Modan Mo'grosh Stronghold [63, 25] 10-20
Ironband's Excavation Site [66.6, 73.0] 10-20 South of the tents.
Thelsamar 10-20
Silver Stream Mine [37, 17] 10-20
Redridge Mountains Alther's Mill [55.7, 44.1] 15-25 Just east of the lumber mill.
Lakeshire [29.6, 49.1] 15-25 Right in front of the larger dock.
Galardell Valley 15-25 East of Stonewatch
Stonetalon Mountains Charred Vale [31.6, 61.0] 14-30
Sishir Canyon 14-30 Near the road
Sun Rock Retreat [48, 60] 14-30
Desolace Ethel Rethor [42.2, 34.7] 30-40
Kodo Graveyard 30-40 Between Mannoroc Coven and Kodo Graveyard.
Nijel's Point [66.8, 10.3] 30-40
Sar'theris Strand 30-40
Shadowprey Village [29, 78] 30-40 South of town.
Magram Village 30-40
Alterac Mountains Dalaran Crater 30-40 To the southeast.
Growless Cave [39.7, 69.9] 30-40 AKA Flame of Uzel. To the southeast.
The Headland [38.4, 87.2] 30-40 Southeast of the Alliance entrance to Alterac Valley.
The Uplands [53.0, 31.2] 30-40
Badlands Dustbowl [24.8, 55.7] 30-40
Kargath [4.2, 48.7] 30-40
Mirage Flats [31.0, 66.0] 30-40
The Maker's Terrace [47.7, 12.8] 30-40 Just west of the meeting stone.
Azshara Forlorn Ridge [21.2, 77.9] 45-55 To the southwest ("Alliance entrance").
Haldarr Encampment [19.2, 64.3] 45-55 Satyr camp
Lake Mennar 45-55 On the eastern side.
Ruins of Eldarath [30.2, 58.2] 45-55 Ruins of Eldarath
Ursolan [46.2, 23.1] 45-55 Timbermaw camp
Western Plaguelands Dalson's Tears [43, 54] 51-58 West of farm
Felstone Field [35.6, 58.3] 51-58
The Writhing Haunt [51.6, 65.8] 51-58 Just North of the field
Gahrron's Withering [59.8, 59.8] 51-58 To the west.
The Weeping Cave [65.6, 41.3] 51-58 North of the new flight master.
Burning Steppes Dreadmaul Rock [83, 58] 50-58 Between Dreadmaul Rock and Morgan's Vigil.
Pillar of Ash [46, 52] 50-58
Terror Wing Path [83, 29] 50-58
Silithus Cenarion Hold 55-60 Towards the Swarming Pillar.
Hive'Ashi [47.6, 20.3] 55-60 Northeastern edge.
Hive'Regal [48.3, 79.7] 55-60 Western edge.
Staghelm Point [61.0, 16.1] 55-60 To the northwest.
Nagrand Ancestral Grounds [26, 61] 64-67
Burning Blade Ruins [74.6, 69.6] 64-67
Garadar 64-67
Laughing Skull Ruins [48.2, 23.3] 64-67
Nesingwary Safari [72.2, 40.8] 64-67
Telaar 64-67
Warmaul Hill [25.8, 21.1] 64-67
Windyreed Village 64-67
Blade's Edge Mountains Grishnath 65-68
Sylvanaar 65-68
Veil Vekh 65-68
Thunderlord Stronghold [51, 57] 65-68
Howling Fjord Derelict Strand [80, 39] 68-72
Ember Clutch [40.9, 53.9] 68-72
New Agamand [53.7, 67.8] 68-72
Skorn [44.7, 31.4] 68-72
Westguard Keep [31.1, 46.8] 68-72
Wyrmskull Village [59.2, 51.6] 68-72
Grizzly Hills Drakil'jin Ruins [72.6, 23.5] 73-80 Northeast corner.
Drak'atal Passage [45.5, 27.0] 73-80
Grizzly Hills [25, 55] 73-80 Roughly north-west of Blackriver Logging Camp, on a purple patch of ground
Rage Fang Shrine [53.1, 55.2] 73-80
Zeb'Halak [16, 36] 73-80
Storm Peaks Brunnhildar Village [44.6, 73.9] 76-80
Inventor's Library [36.7, 43.6] 76-80
Snowblind Hills [35.4, 82.5] 76-80 First Gnoll camp west of K3.
Valkyrion [25.8, 62.1] 76-80

Fire

Searing Elementals near a rift in the south of The Cauldron in Searing Gorge

Searing Elementals could be found at the Fire Elemental Rifts before the Shattering. Note: Searing Elementals are immune to fire magic.

Zone Subzone Coordinates Level Range Note
Dun Morogh Ironforge 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
Durotar Orgrimmar 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
The Barrens Bael Modan 7-30 North of Bael Modan.
Blackthorn Ridge [43.4, 82.5] 7-30
Camp Taurajo [45, 58] 7-30
The Crossroads [52, 30] 7-30
Ratchet [62, 38] 7-30
The Sludge Fen 7-30
Southern Gold Road [45, 89] 7-30 Between Razorfen Downs and Razorfen Kraul.
Stagnant Oasis 7-30
The Dry Hills [40.2, 15.9] 7-30
The Forgotten Pool [44.3, 21.9] 7-30
Thorn Hill [55.1, 26.0] 7-30
Westfall Furlbrow's Pumpkin Patch [53, 19] 10-20
Gold Coast Quarry [32, 38] 10-20
Alexston Farmstead 10-20
Longshore [34, 32] 10-20 On the cliffs above the coastline.
The Molsen Farm [44.1, 34.6] 10-20
Moonbrook [45, 68] 10-20
Saldean's Farm [59.4, 29.4] 10-20 East of the road.
Sentinel Hill [55, 50] 10-20
Ashenvale Astranaar [36.6, 51.2] 18-30
Dor'Danil Barrow Den [72, 72] 18-30
Lake Falathim [19.1, 41.0] 18-30 Northwest corner.
Splintertree Post [72, 68] 18-30 Outside the entrance, by the gaurds.
The Shady Nook [62, 61] 18-30
The Zoram Strand [15, 20] 18-30
Warsong Lumber Camp [86, 57] 18-30
Dustwallow Marsh Brackenwall Village 35-45 Just outside the west entrance.
The Quagmire [46.3, 50.5] 35-45 Just south of the entrance to Direhorn Post.
Shady Rest Inn [29.8, 45.1] 35-45
Theramore 35-45 Inside near the armory.
Witch Hill 35-45 To the north.
Stonemaul Ruins 35-45 In the midst of the dragonkin's base.
The Hinterlands Featherbeard's Hovel [15.3, 53.7] 40-50 East of the building.
The Overlook Cliffs 40-50 On the beach, near the trail that leads up to the cliffs.
Quel'Danil Lodge [35.3, 50.8] 40-50 Southeast of the entrance.
Searing Gorge The Cauldron [39.0, 39.7] 45-50 North of the giant wheel, by Kalaran Windblade.
The Cauldron [55.4, 45.2] 45-50 Dirt section.
Grimesilt Digsite [63, 62] 45-50 South of the excavation site.
Blackrock Mountain [32.3, 72.8] 45-50 At the base of the stairs to Blackrock Mountain
Blasted Lands Dark Portal [59.1, 43.7] 45-55 To the north.
Dreadmaul Hold [46.8, 19.8] 45-55
Dreadmaul Post [46.9, 41.0] 45-55
Nethergarde Keep [61.4, 20.6] 45-55
Rise of the Defiler [53.4, 36.1] 45-55 Southeast of Kum'isha the Collector.
Serpent's Coil [56.3, 30.5] 45-55 To the west.
The Tainted Scar [45.7, 49.6] 45-55 At the entrance.
Winterspring Everlook [62, 34] 55-60 North.
Frostsaber Rock [50, 14] 55-60 To the south.
Ice Thistle Hills [65.4, 42.3] 55-60 Southeast of Everlook
Lake Kel'Theril [52.9, 41.6] 55-60
Starfall Village [53, 24] 55-60 To the north.
Hellfire Peninsula Dark Portal 58-63
Fallen Sky Ridge [18, 39] 58-63
Falcon Watch [26, 60] 58-63
Honor Hold 58-63
The Path of Glory [58, 48] 58-63
Sha'naari Wastes [12.6, 53.8] 58-63
Thrallmar [54, 37] 58-63
Valley of Bones [60, 71] 58-63 Just to the south.
Zeth'Gor [67, 74] 58-63 In front of fort.
Spinebreaker Pass [71, 67] 58-63 Next to Zeth'Gor
The Legion Front [71, 58] 58-63
Mag'har Post [34, 27] 58-63 North-east part
Northern Rampart [47, 45] 58-63 Eastern side
Southern Rampart [45.1, 58.4] 58-63 West of the wall
Zul'Drak Altar of Har'koa [62.0, 66.0] 74-77
Altar of Rhunok [57.9, 34.7] 74-77 To the east.
Heb'Drakkar [65.3, 53.6] 74-77
Rageclaw Den [35.8, 80.6] 74-77
Reliquary of Pain [32.1, 45.9] 74-77 To the east.
Thrym's End [16.2, 60.6] 74-77
Zeramas [21.9, 79.4] 74-77 To the south.

Water

Surging Elementals could be found at the Water Elemental Rifts before the Shattering. Note: Surging Elementals are immune to frost magic.

Zone Subzone Coordinates Level Range Note
Elwynn Forest Stormwind City 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
Mulgore Thunder Bluff 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
Bloodmyst Isle Axxarien 10-20
Amberweb Pass [22.4, 36.8] 10-20
Silverpine Forest Ambermill 10-20 To the north.
Dead Field 10-20 West towards the shore.
The Shining Strand [59, 16] 10-20
Deep Elem Mine [55, 52] 10-20 Right near the entrance.
Sepulcher [51.2, 42.6] 10-20 South of the fork in the road east of town.
Shadowfang Keep 10-20 To the east.
Ghostlands Dawnstar Spire [77.8, 18.0] 9-21
Wetlands Black Channel Marsh [23.7, 50.5] 20-30 Near the mountains.
Bluegill Marsh [16.8, 28.4] 20-30 Near the shore, between the two wrecked ships.
Direforge Hill [60.3, 31.2] 20-30 Between the Green Belt and Direforge Hill.
Ironbeard's Tomb [42.8, 28.8] 20-30
Menethil Harbor [9.5, 55.1] 20-30 Inside, near the front gate.
Sundown Marsh [16.8, 28.4] 20-30 On the shore near the Lost Fleet.
Thousand Needles Darkcloud Pinnacle [32.9, 25.6] 25-35
Freewind Post [60, 54] 25-35 East of Freewind Post, by the road.
Mirage Raceway [79.1, 66.9] 25-35 South of Weazel's Crater.
Mirage Raceway [87.1, 61.9] 25-35 East of the northern edge of the track; north of a kodo skeleton.
Rustmaul Digsite [71.6, 85.5] 25-35 Southwestern Shimmering Flats, near some silithid.
Tahonda Ruins [78.7, 86.9] 25-35 Beyond the southern edge of the Mirage Raceway.
Screeching Canyon 25-35 Near Roguefeather Den.
Stranglethorn Vale Bal'lal Ruins [28.7, 20.1] 30-45
Booty Bay [32, 72] 30-45 Between the entrance and the Wild Shore.
Grom'gol Base Camp 30-45
Kurzen's Compound 30-45
Lake Nazferiti [44.4, 21.6] 30-45 Venture Co. Base Camp, southwest of the lake.
Nesingwary's Expedition 30-45 West of the camp.
Ruins of Zul'Kunda [28.6, 9.9] 30-45 Just east of the entrance path to the ruins.
Wild Shore [29.8, 82.6] 30-45 Next to the pirate tents.
Swamp of Sorrows Harborage [28.4, 39.3] 35-45 To the south.
Splinterspear Junction [15, 49] 35-45
Stagalbog [77, 68] 35-45
Stagalbog Cave [68, 76] 35-45
Stonard [45.1, 53.5] 35-45
Tanaris Dunemaul Compound 40-50
Gadgetzan [48.7, 27.3] 40-50 West of town.
Gadgetzan [52.1, 31.2] 40-50 South of town.
Gadgetzan [53.4, 25.0] 40-50 Northeast of town.
Gaping Chasm 40-50
Lost Rigger Cove [71.9, 45.2] 40-50
Sandsorrow Watch [41.4, 23.7] 40-50 West of town, SE of Zul Farak
Thistleshrub Valley 40-50
Waterspring Field [59.0, 39.0] 40-50
Waterspring Field [63.1, 30.5] 45
Un'goro Crater Fire Plume Ridge [51.4, 40.4] 48-59 Centre of crater, north side
Ironstone Plateau [66.4, 37.1] 48-59 West of Ironstone Plateau, north of the stream and pond.
Lakkari Tar Pits [47.1, 21.0] 48-59 To the north.
Marshlands 48-59 Southeast.
Terror Run [41.0, 63.7] 50 Near the abandoned camp in SW Un'Goro Crater,
beyond the northeast edge of the Terror Run
Terror Run [31.4, 72.2] 48-59 Southwest.
Zangarmarsh Ango'rosh Grounds 60-66
Bloodscale Grounds [62, 40] 60-66
Feralfen Village 60-66
Funggor Cavern 60-66 On road leading to Terokkar Forest.
Orebor Harborage 60-66
Swamprat Post [82, 57] 60-66
Zabra'jin 60-66
Shadowmoon Valley Eclipse Point 67-70
Legion Hold 67-70
Ruins of Baa'ri [56, 35] 67-70
Shadowmoon Village 67-70
Dragonblight Agmar's Hammer [35, 47] 71-80
Moonrest Gardens [18.1, 59.6] 77-80
New Hearthglen 71-80
Ruby Dragonshrine 71-80 Southeast.
Scarlet Point [75.2, 27.9] 71-80 Near Frostmourne Cavern.
Wintergarde Keep [79.3, 49.3] 71-80
Icecrown Deathspeaker's Watch [60.4, 21.9] 77-80
Sindragosa's Fall [72.2, 39.5] 77-80
Ymirheim [60.2, 60] 77-80
Hrothgar's Landing Hrothgar's Landing [57.3, 19.4] 77-80 Northern Section.

Wind

Gusting Elementals could be found at the Wind Elemental Rifts before the Shattering. Note: Gusting Elementals are immune to nature magic.

Zone Subzone Coordinates Level Range Note
Elwynn Forest Stormwind City 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
Mulgore Thunder Bluff 76-80 During Cataclysm Invasion
Darkshore Auberdine 10-20
Long Wash [36.7, 51.8] 10-20 South of Auberdine, on the shore.
Bashal'Aran [47.7, 36.6] 10-20 By the eastern edge of the ruins.
Grove of the Ancients [42.6, 78.8] 10-20
Hillsbrad Foothills Hillsbrad Fields [31.4, 31.8] 20-30 North of the settlement.
Nethander Stead [61.2, 65.9] 20-30
Southpoint Tower [25.0, 52.0] 20-30
Southshore [49.8, 58.5] 25
Tarren Mill [60.9, 21.6] 20-30
Duskwood Addle's Stead [25, 68] 18-30
Darkshire [74.7, 47.1] 18-30 Right in the middle of the city, by the fountain.
Raven Hill [20.0, 52.7] 18-30
The Rotting Orchard [62.8, 69.6] 18-30
The Yorgen Farmstead [49.2, 74.2] 18-30
Arathi Highlands Circle of West Binding [26.7, 38.5] 30-40 To the southeast.
Hammerfall 30-40
Boulderfist Hall [52.5, 75.9] 35
Witherbark Village [63.5, 72.1] 35
Boulder'gor [36.9, 42.2] 35
Refuge Pointe [49, 45] 30-40 Refuge Pointe north exit (ramp).
Stromgarde Keep [23.4, 48.7] 30-40 Just off of the road northwest of Stromgarde Keep, before crossing the river.
Feralas Dire Maul [58.7, 45.5] 45 At the entrance.
Feathermoon Stronghold 45-50 To the southwest.
Forgotten Coast [45.2, 49.3] 45-50 Near the dock.
Rage Scar Hold [50, 31] 45-50 The area below.
Ruins of Solarsal 45-50 "Flame of Samha"
Felwood Deadwood Village [48.8, 89.4] 48-55
Felpaw Village [62.6, 10.8] 48-55 By the southeast corner of the lake.
Shatter Scar Vale 48-55 Southern craters.
Eastern Plaguelands Corin's Crossing 53-60 To the south.
Crown Guard Tower [32.1, 69.2] 55 West of Crown Guard Tower
Darrowshire [36.1, 80.7] 53-60
Eastwall Tower [60.6, 45.5] 53-60
Northpass Tower [52.3, 22.7] 53-60
The Undercroft [25.2, 76.9] 55
Terokkar Forest Allerian Stronghold 62-65
Bone Wastes [39, 61] 62-65 East of the Refugee Caravan
Cenarion Thicket [45, 22] 62-65
Firewing Point [72.1, 36.1] 62-65
Stonebreaker Hold [49, 46] 62-65
Tuurem [52, 28] 62-65
Veil Shienor [59, 25] 62-65
Veil Skith [30, 41] 62-65
Bone Wastes [29, 50] 62-65
Netherstorm Area 52 67-70
Arklon Ruins 67-70
Manaforge Ultris 67-70 South near the bridge.
Borean Tundra Coldarra [29, 21] 68-80
Coldrock Quarry [51.0, 36.2] 68-80
Flood Plains [79.8, 33.7] 68-80
Geyser Fields [62.9, 24.7] 68-80
Magmoth [55.3, 15.8] 68-80 West end of the Fizzcrank Airstrip.
Riplash Strand [51.3, 72.6] 68-80
Sholazar Basin Death's Hand Encampment [55.9, 42.4] 76-80
Glimmering Pillar 76-80
Kartak's Hold [25, 82] 76-80
Mosswalker Village [77, 52] 76-80
 [River's Heart] [45, 64] 76-80 To the south on the east bank of the river.
Sapphire Hive [61, 77] 76-80
Savage Thicket [48.1, 25.4] 76-80
Path of the Lifewarden [22.7, 52.1] 76-80
Wintergrasp River [49, 74] 76-80 On the east bank, near Combat Pitch.
Crystalsong Forest Ruins of Shandaral [73, 62] 78-80

Continent maps

Note that the coordinates displayed on the maps are for the continent pre-Shattering, not for the zone in which the spawn locations can be found, and are no longer applicable in-game as the event has passed, and the world is geographically different.

On the maps below, IconSmall RaidCircle.png represents Earth, IconSmall RaidCross.png represents Fire, IconSmall RaidSquare.png represents Water, and IconSmall RaidTriangle.png represents Wind Rifts.

Locations in Kalimdor

Locations in Eastern Kingdoms

Locations in Outland

Outland map
Air @ 50.0,67.7
Air @ 56.1,69.8
Air @ 51.6,75.3
Air @ 49.2,72.6
Air @ 52.1,66.5
Earth @ 30.7,57.0
Earth @ 23.7,56.4
Earth @ 37.9,66.2
Fire @ 57.3,58.3
Fire @ 56.0,54.6
Fire @ 58.2,48.9
Fire @ 46.5,54.9
Fire @ 60.7,58.5
Fire @ 62.8,59.5
Fire @ 63.7,57.3
Water @ 33.5,50.8
Water @ 43.7,49.9
Water @ 43.3,44.8
Water @ 38.3,45.1
Water @ 29.4,47.6
Water @ 27.7,46.0
Water @ 25.9,40.6
Water @ 30.5,43.8

Locations in Northrend

Northrend map
Voltarus @ 63,40
Thrym's End @ 61,41
Zeramas @ 22,79
Heb'Drakkar @ 65,50
Zim'Torga @ 72,41
Agmars Hammer @ 43,57
Obsidian Dragon Shrine @ 50,62
Naxxramas @ 58,57
Ymerheim @ 41,30
Sindragosa's Fall @ 47,24
Argent Tournament Grounds @ 45,20
Lights Trust @ 57,51
Moonrest Gardens @ 39,62
Bloodpaw Village @ 60,55
Scarlet Point @ 53,48
Valkyrion @ 34.6,57.2
Ruby Dragon Shrine @ 49,51
New Hearthglen @ 54,68
Snowblind Hills (West of K3, Gnoll Camp) @ 56,37
The Savage Thicket @ 25,36
East of The Glimmering Pillar @ 28,39
West of The Makers' Outlook @ 31,41
River's Heart @ 24,44
Southwest of The Mosslight Pillar @ 20,49
Southeast of Frenzyheart Hill @ 28,48
Ruins of Shandaral @ 54,44

Mysterious Devices

When you closed a rift, a Mysterious Device was left behind for a short period of time.

Video

Patch changes

The Shattering takes place on 11/23/10.
Event activated on 11/1/10.

References

  1. ^ NA Forums, Tharyl of < Dream Team >, Nesingwary realm, http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=27508583776&sid=1&pageNo=1
  2. ^ Wowhead, Tripping the Rifts, http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=4887

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