Vash’jir is the only zone completely underwater. Players receive underwater breathing, swim speed buffs, and eventually a sea horse mount early on in questing to make transportation easier. Players learn about the history of the Highborne, as this city was home to Lady Vashj before the Sundering. We also learn about the threat of Ozumat, culminating in a battle between Neptulon and the naga. Unfortunately, I left the zone prior to finishing the chain so I didn’t get the whole story before entering the dungeon: Throne of the Tides.
Kelp’thar Forest is the first subzone players reach when questing in Vash’jir. It has tropical underwater life and is closer to the surface than other subzones. Quests introduce the threat of the naga while also reacquainting the player with stranded members of the Zul’Aman exploratory crew.
The Shimmering Expanse is the second subzone of Vash’jir. It contains The Earthen Ring quartermaster in Silver Tide Hollow, the only flight point in the zone, and tons of Azshara’s Veil. In this section, players learn about the highborne’s past and the threat of the naga through the eyes of Battlemaidens.
One of the most popular reasons to revisit the area, post questing is for two rares in particular, Burgy Blackheart and Poseidus, who drops the Reins of Poseidus.
Abyssal Depths is the last, and darkest zone, which players reach when questing in Vash’jir. They are home to the ancient god L’ghorek, which the Twilight Hammer is siphoning energy from in order to prepare for a future Neptulon battle.
Burgy Blackheart is a ghostly gnome that spawns in the Abyssal Depths of the Shimmering Expanse. You can find him walking around a small circuit or inside his shipwreck – the Diane’s Fancy. He drops Burgy Blackheart’s Handsome Hat which will turn you into a ghostly version of the owner. He will increase your size by around 25%. There is no CD and you’ll keep the effect as long as you have the hat on.
His three abilities are:
Brittle Touch – removes your armour and turns you into a skeleton (only in melee range)
Parrrley! – Shoots at an enemy, inflicting Physical damage on yarrr target.
Swashbuckling Slice – A strong attack that increases melee damage by 10%.
Captain Florence and Captain Foulwind are two faction-specific rares. They don’t offer any special loot when killed but are still worth the effort when levelling in the area as they give you a nice chunk of XP. You’ll find them above the water standing on their respective ships meaning you can only attack the Captain of your opposing faction.
Find everyone’s favourite crab taking long leisurely walks along the underground beach in the Abyssal Depths. This spectral crab is named after Ghostcrawler, the lead systems designer for World of Warcraft. Another option for those BM Hunters out there. Be aware that he does phase in and out in the wild though.
Lady La-La reigns supreme in the south end of Kelp’thar Forest looking like a funkier version of Lady Vashj and fashioned after Lady GaGa. She always spawns in the same spot and seems to be a common spawn.
One of five Group Elites, Mobus roams high above the whirlpool leading to Throne of the Tides.
Poseidus can spawn at one of five locations in either the Shimmering Expanse or the Abyssal Depths A highly sought after rare who drops a very sweet mount that works in all bodies of water.
Shok’sharak can be found in the Scalding Chasm in the Abyssal Depths. He’s a Faceless One that stands out from the others in the area.