Reading for Dummies

Well read

And wanting more. 42 books to find (Knowledge is the meaning of life?) in various places around the world.

You could, of course go and find each book individually. But that wouldn't be very efficient use of your time. Most books have multiple (2-3) spawn points so as alliance or horde you may have to enter some houses controlled by the other faction and risk getting killed.

I've marked the books on this list with all currently known spawn locations, some are only available in dungeons, conveniently marked with a (d). While some spawn in either Alliance (a) or Horde (h) territory.

  • Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt - Stormwind City(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Tirisfal Glades(h), Westfall(a)
  • Aftermath of the Second War - Blasted Lands(a), Darnassus(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stormwind City(a)
  • Arathor and the Troll Wars - Hillsbrad foothils(ah), Ironforge(a), Scarlet Monastery(d)
  • Archimonde's Return and the Flight to Kalimdor - Stormwind City(a), The Barrens, Scarlet Monastery(d)
  • Beyond the Dark Portal - Stormwind City(a), Blasted Lands(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stranglethorn Vale
  • Charge of the Dragonflights - Ashenvale(a), Ironforge(a), The Barrens, Tirisfal Glades(h) and Wetlands(a).
  • Civil War in the Plaguelands - Hillsbrad Foothills(a), Ironforge(a), Undercity(h), Elwynn Forest(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stormwind City(a) and Stratholme(d).
  • Empires' Fall - Stranglethorn Vale and Tanaris.
  • Exile of the High Elves - Undercity(h), Darnassus(a), Scholomance(d) and The Barrens.
  • Icecrown and the Frozen Throne - Elwynn Forest(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d), Stratholme(d) and Undercity(h).
  • Ironforge - the Awakening of the Dwarves - Ironforge(a), Mulgore, The Barrens, Blackrock Depths(d), Loch Modan(a) and Tanaris.
  • Kel'Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge - Hillsbrad Foothills(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d), Stratholme(d) and Undercity(h).
  • Kil'jaeden and the Shadow Pact - Duskwood(a), Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).
  • Lethargy of the Orcs - Elwynn Forest(a) and The Barrens.
  • Mount Hyjal and Illidan's Gift - Darkshore(a), Duskwood(a), Stormwind City(a) and The Barrens.
  • Old Hatreds - The Colonization of Kalimdor - Scholomance(d) and Tanaris.
  • Rise of the Blood Elves - Darnassus(a), Elwynn Forest(a), Arathi Highlands(h) and Scholomance(d).
  • Rise of the Horde - Ironforge(a), Durotar and Swamp of Sorrows(h).
  • Sargeras and the Betrayal - Arathi Highlands(h), Ashenvale(a), Scholomance(d) and The Barrens.
  • Sunwell - The Fall of Quel'Thalas - Ashenvale(a) and Stranglethorn Vale
  • The Alliance of Lordaeron - Ironforge(a), Dun Morogh(a), Duskwood(a), Hillsbrad Foothills(h), Silvermoon City(h) and Stormwind City(a).
  • The Battle of Grim Batol - Ironforge(a), Mulgore, Stormwind City(a) and Wetlands(a).
  • The Betrayer Ascendant - Darnassus(a) and Silvermoon City(h).
  • The Birth of the Lich King - Duskwood(a), Hillsbrad Foothills(a), Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).
  • The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind - Blasted Lands(a), Redridge Mountains(a), Scholomance(d), Stormwind City(a) and Swamp of Sorrows(h).
  • The Founding of Quel'Thalas - Darkshore(a), Duskwood(a) and Scholomance(d).
  • The Guardians of Tirisfal - Dalaran, Karazhan(d) and Stormwind City(a).
  • The Invasion of Draenor - Scholomance(d).
  • The Kaldorei and the Well of Eternity - Stormwind City(a), Wetlands(a) and Tanaris.
  • The Last Guardian - Karazhan(d), Loch Modan(a) and Westfall(a).
  • The Lich King Triumphant - Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).
  • The New Horde - Stormwind City(a), Swamp of Sorrows(h) and The Barrens.
  • The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth - Darnassus(a), Ironforge(a), Wetlands(a), Blackrock Depths(d), Scholomance(d) and Undercity(h).
  • The Scourge of Lordaeron - Westfall(a), Ashenvale(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d), Stranglethorn Vale and Stratholme(d).
  • The Sentinels and the Long Vigil - Stranglethorn Vale.
  • The Seven Kingdoms - Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).
  • The Twin Empires - Stranglethorn Vale and Tanaris.
  • The War of the Ancients - Darnassus(a), Scarlet Monastery(d) and Stormwind City(a).
  • The World Tree and the Emerald Dream - Darnassus(a) and Scarlet Monastery(d).
  • War of the Spider - Stormwind City(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).
  • War of the Three Hammers - Ironforge(a), Mulgore, Redridge Mountains(a), Blackrock Depths(d), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stormwind City(a) and The Barrens.
  • Wrath of Soulflayer - Stranglethorn Vale and Tanaris.


    Horde quick path

    You won't want to go and grab those books from A-Z, so based on that list, you would be able to visit the book "hotspots" and get most of them done pretty quickly. There's only one that may be tricky to get, as it's in a raid dungeon, or alliance territory.


    Dalaran

    Let's start in Dalaran, find the one book there then take a portal to orgrimmar and head into durotar.
  • The Guardians of Tirisfal - Dalaran [67,53], Karazhan(d) and Stormwind City(a).


    Durotar

    Grab the book in the old alliance fort then head back to Orgrimmar and take a flightpath to Thunder Bluff.
  • Rise of the Horde - Ironforge(a), Durotar [59, 58] and Swamp of Sorrows(h).


    Mulgore

    Head down and to the west where the alliance dig is, find the books among the others there and get to the nearest flightpath to Tanaris.
  • The Battle of Grim Batol - Ironforge(a), Mulgore [31, 49], Stormwind City(a) and Wetlands(a).
  • Ironforge - the Awakening of the Dwarves - Ironforge(a), Mulgore [31, 49], The Barrens, Blackrock Depths(d), Loch Modan(a) and Tanaris.


    Tanaris

    There's also three books at the Gadget Inn but these are duplicates of others you'll get later. So skip those. The book you need can be found inside the caverns of time at the east side of the zone. The book is inside the first door to your right nead a NPC called Alexton Chrom. After tanaris you'll need to fly to Ratchet.
  • The Kaldorei and the Well of Eternity - Stormwind City(a), Wetlands(a) and Tanaris [67, 49].


    The Barrens

    The next two are in Ratchet. One in the Inn, the other inside the Engineer shop. After you got them, head south for the fortress.
  • Charge of the Dragonflights - Ashenvale(a), Ironforge(a), The Barrens [62, 36], Tirisfal Glades(h) and Wetlands(a).
  • Mount Hyjal and Illidan's Gift - Darkshore(a), Duskwood(a), Stormwind City(a) and The Barrens [61, 39].

    You'll find the books in the first tower. One on a table right as you enter, the second on the top floor right in front of the stairs. Head back to Ratchet and get on the boat afterwards.
  • The New Horde - Stormwind City(a), Swamp of Sorrows(h) and The Barrens [61, 54].
  • Lethargy of the Orcs - Elwynn Forest(a) and The Barrens [61, 55].


    Stranglethorn Vale

    Find the books here, one in the Salty sailor tavern.
  • Sunwell - The Fall of Quel'Thalas - Ashenvale(a) and Stranglethorn Vale [27, 77].

    Three in the basement of "Sea Wolf" MacKinley.
  • Empires' Fall - Stranglethorn Vale [27, 77] and Tanaris.
  • The Twin Empires - Stranglethorn Vale [27, 77] and Tanaris.
  • Wrath of Soulflayer - Stranglethorn Vale [27, 77] and Tanaris.

    And one in the room above him.
  • The Sentinels and the Long Vigil - Stranglethorn Vale [27, 77].
    Next go to Grom'gol for a bipedal field trip to westfall.


    Westfall

    To westfall, ignore the npcs and guards as much as possible and grab the book that is located in the inn. It's the building with the mailbox in the front. Head back to Grom'gol and take the zeppelin to Undercity.
  • The Last Guardian - Karazhan(d), Loch Modan(a) and Westfall(a) [52, 53].


    Silvermoon City

    From Undercity you can take the portal to Silvermoon and get the following two books. The first is on the second floor or the Wayfarer's rest Inn, the second inside Velaani's Arcane Goods store.
  • The Alliance of Lordaeron - Ironforge(a), Dun Morogh(a), Duskwood(a), Hillsbrad Foothills(h), Silvermoon City(h) [67, 73] and Stormwind City(a).
  • The Betrayer Ascendant - Darnassus(a) and Silvermoon City(h) [68, 64].

    Afterwards you take the same portal back to Undercity.


    Scarlet Monastery

    Northeast out of Undercity you'll find Scarlet Monastery. An interesting thing to note, is that you can read books while in stealth and remain in stealth.

    Head into the library (portal without a door on the right) then head past the couryard and on to the right. You'll find a red carpeted hall with some alcoves. This is the Gallery of treasures where you'll find the first book next to two scarlet diviners and a monk. And the next one in the alcove after that.
  • Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt - Stormwind City(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Tirisfal Glades(h) [61, 52], Westfall(a)
  • War of the Three Hammers - Ironforge(a), Mulgore [31, 49], Redridge Mountains(a), Blackrock Depths(d), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stormwind City(a) and The Barrens.

    The next book is in the next hallway on the left, with the other book on the right side.
  • Aftermath of the Second War - Blasted Lands(a), Darnassus(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stormwind City(a)
  • War of the Spider - Stormwind City(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).

    One room further, another two books. The world tree on the right and Arathor on the left.
  • The World Tree and the Emerald Dream - Darnassus(a) and Scarlet Monastery(d).
  • Arathor and the Troll Wars - Hillsbrad foothils(ah), Ironforge(a), Scarlet Monastery(d)

    The next curved room, one book directly right of you as you enter, one book in front of you on the table, and the next two tables.
  • Archimonde's Return and the Flight to Kalimdor - Stormwind City(a), The Barrens, Scarlet Monastery(d)
  • The War of the Ancients - Darnassus(a), Scarlet Monastery(d) and Stormwind City(a).
  • Beyond the Dark Portal - Stormwind City(a), Blasted Lands(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stranglethorn Vale
  • The Scourge of Lordaeron - Westfall(a), Ashenvale(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d), Stranglethorn Vale and Stratholme(d).

    And the last room where Arcanist Doan roams around, from left to right:
  • Icecrown and the Frozen Throne - Elwynn Forest(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d), Stratholme(d) and Undercity(h).
  • Kel'Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge - Hillsbrad Foothills(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Scholomance(d), Stratholme(d) and Undercity(h).
  • Civil War in the Plaguelands - Hillsbrad Foothills(a), Ironforge(a), Undercity(h), Elwynn Forest(a), Scarlet Monastery(d), Stormwind City(a) and Stratholme(d).

    Once you got the books here head for scholomance and you'll be nearly done.


    Scholomance

    The last few, you're almost there.
    Mind that I'm specifically going back here for your benefit and to make finding these books easier for you! I'm sure you'd have a hard time finding them otherwise. If you're not a stealth class, this should still be piss at level 80. But just in case you can always bring a friend along.

    Straight forward then trough the door and down the stairs you'll find a table.
  • The Lich King Triumphant - Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).

    Then going counter clockwise across the tables and wall.
  • The Birth of the Lich King - Duskwood(a), Hillsbrad Foothills(a), Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).
  • Sargeras and the Betrayal - Arathi Highlands(h), Ashenvale(a), Scholomance(d) and The Barrens.
  • The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind - Blasted Lands(a), Redridge Mountains(a), Scholomance(d), Stormwind City(a) and Swamp of Sorrows(h).
  • The Seven Kingdoms - Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).

    On to the next room, past the spiders and summoners and then directly on a table to your right.
  • The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth - Darnassus(a), Ironforge(a), Wetlands(a), Blackrock Depths(d), Scholomance(d) and Undercity(h).

    At the back end of this same room another three.
  • Old Hatreds - The Colonization of Kalimdor - Scholomance(d) and Tanaris.
  • Kil'jaeden and the Shadow Pact - Duskwood(a), Scholomance(d) and Stratholme(d).
  • Rise of the Blood Elves - Darnassus(a), Elwynn Forest(a), Arathi Highlands(h) and Scholomance(d).

    Now, you'll need to go past the drake whelps and kill Rattlegore for the key, then head back and down to the room with all the skeletons and ghouls. Here you'll find another two books.
  • The Invasion of Draenor - Scholomance(d).
  • Exile of the High Elves - Undercity(h), Darnassus(a), Scholomance(d) and The Barrens.

    The last book is "just" past the viewing room door. So yeah you needed that key. It is located on the right side justs behind Marduk.
  • The Founding of Quel'Thalas - Darkshore(a), Duskwood(a) and Scholomance(d).

    All done!


    Higher learning

    The higher learning achievement awards you with the way to teleport up to the violet citadel spires. There's a guy there who will give you this cool pet elemental to summon. Be warned though, this achievement may look easy (only 8 books), but it is not for the faint of heart.

    The goal is to read the following 8 books:

  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Introduction
  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Conjuration
  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Enchantment
  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Necromancy
  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Abjuration
  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Divination
  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Illusion
  • The Schools of Arcane Magic - Transmutation

    The books are a direct reference to magic used in the lands of Baldur's gate, Never Winter Nights etc. Also known as the Forgotten Realms.


    Known facts

    Or rather, tested speculations which proved to be fairly accurate.

  • The books spawn at fixed locations.
  • Once spawned the book stays until read.
  • Once someone opens the books, it will last for 3 minutes.
  • Anyone can read the book during those 3 minutes.
  • Once the book despawns, it will take anywhere between 3 - 4 hours (yep) to spawn a new book in it's place.
  • The spawn points of the books you need are shared with some random "junk" books, so a respawn of "a" book in the desired location may result in having to read a junk book, then come back 3 hours later.
  • You will waste many, many hours if you seriously intend to get this achievement. Be sure you have something useful to do on a separate monitor or splitscreen. Such as blogging :)
  • Team up with some friends and you'll cut down the "waiting" time considerably.


    Channels

    If you're actively farming for this achievement it's recommended to team up with other players, or create a public channel where you can share locations. Some common channels used for this goal are:
    * Bookclub / Book club
    * Mastery
    * Higherlearning / Higher Learning

    Simply type "/join bookclub" to join such a channel. Be sure to set the channel color to something that's very noticeable or you may miss it when there's a book spotted! Since the books have a 3-4 hour spawn time, you should be able to get frequent updates on real or dud books with more players using the channel.


    Locations

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  • 8 comments

    1. Regarding Higher Learning, I was told that only one of the eight books can spawn at a time. Do you know if this is true?

    2. I've never seen more than 1 active at the same time (as i only got 1 so far), but due to the 3-4 hour respawn time, it's very very very hard to test or verify this.

    3. Thanks for the guide on this achievement! I've been wondering if I should work on it or not. :)

    4. Added some Coords for the horde path, will have to add more later. And still need to do the alliance path. This one's harder as I haven't got any alliance chars anymore :P

    5. Just used the Horde path and it worked almost perfectly. I nearly missed one in the first room of Scholomance since it was on a ledge instead of a table. Also, there are three books in Mulgore and I was in too much of a rush and only clicked two of them so I had to go back. Thanks for the guide though, it made the achievement bearable!

    6. Ref: More than one book at a time... I just saw a fake book and a real book up at the same time. They spawned about 15 minutes after another real book and 10 or 15 minutes before another fake book. So multiple books CAN spawn at the same time, and I would imagine that's true for real books as well. It's just fairly uncommon.

    7. Actually, I know multiple books can spawn because they all spawn upon server restart. :D

      Unfortunately, they aren't always real :P

    8. Thanks for the helpful guide. I posted a link to it on my guild's website!

      http://frequently-reported.com/2009/12/28/well-read/

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