Congratulations to Fivepride on becoming our newest Pacifist Challenge champion! This is also Five’s second Pacifist to reach max level this expansion. 

Fivepride was an immediate re-roll of a level 68 Pacifist monk that met an unfortunate end during last year’s Lunar Festival. In the ten days of the played time it took to reach max level, Five decided to change up his playstyle by doing more gathering and less Archeology. Utilizing his monk’s Zen Flight enabled him to gather while flying which helped immensely.

He also added an alternate goal to obtain the recipe for the Vial of the Sands mount. With experience starting to run out and max level approaching, six of his last ten levels were played unrested in order to get more chances for the mount recipe to drop before reaching max level. Fivepride managed to complete this alternate goal upon opening his 13th jar at level 118. 

When asked what other projects he’d be working on next, Five said, “I’ll be working on an Orc Warrior Pacifist (Fivepiggledy), a Blood Thirsty Pacifist (Fivechesty), a handful of other Blood Thirsty challengers, and my Blood Thirsty team with Taco.”

It looks like Five will be keeping very busy. Good luck on all of your challenger projects, Five, and congratulations once again on becoming our newest Pacifist Champion with your monk Fivepride! 

Ferrekessa – a Night Elf Rogue (subtlety) Pacifist, just hit max level after playing 22 days. Born in April of 2018, took 315 days to reach Max Level. Her path to 120 had four main sections as seen below:

Level 10 – 62

Herbalism and Mining, with some exploration: starter zones, Darkshore, Zoram Strand in Ashenvale (a long time there), and Dreamer’s Rest in Feralas (for a long time). Holidays. Very minimal archaeology (safe sites only).

Level 62 – 90

Added archaeology, picking lower density sites at first. Herb/mining/chest hunting, mostly in Northrend and Pandaria.

Level 90 – 110

Archaeology (mainly on Azeroth), mining/herbing in Pandaria and Cataclysm zones (specifically Uldum). Much fishing, especially in Tol Barad. Stockpiled materials for leveling alchemy.

Level 110 – 120

Archaeology. Dropped mining, picked up alchemy (Cataclysm & Pandaria levels plus old world alchemy up to 75 to get the Darkmoon Faire quest).

Darkmoon Faire

On this pacifist, she followed Fiveiron’s “DMF Super-Paci” profession swapping during the last Darkmoon Faire before dropping mining. During that Darkmoon Faire, she did the monthly quests for Herbalism, Mining, Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Engineering, Inscription, Alchemy, and Archaeology.

A Stroke of Luck

She had a bit of unbelievably good luck when one of the “Canopic Jars”, from Uldum archeology, contained the very rare recipe for the Vial of the Sands. She had kept them in the bank, unopened until she had leveled Cataclysm alchemy. She had farmed (or purchased) the fairly extensive list of mats for that recipe and did make the Sandstone Drake mount!

Worries, Concerns and a Near Death

Major worries were Blizzard-related issues like disconnects and avoiding a short list of dig sites that she considered too risky. She had one very close call at a site in Eastern Plaguelands, Zul’Mashar specifically, the first time she went there: She didn’t realize that the burial mounds on the ground would spawn a LOT of trolls if you step on them. She had thought it was over, surrounded by all those trolls, but thankfully vanish let her get away to a safe spot.

Ferre didn’t do archaeology in any zones beyond Cataclysm as she was worried about a) possible spawns and b) the possibility of shared proximity kills. She did tend to do most of her activity out in the world during night time hours.

Ferre compiled a google doc spreadsheet of dig site information. Please note that it is NOT complete – started it when she was in her mid-90s, and will be adding to it. Also, note that is just Ferre’s impressions of difficulty, mainly from the viewpoint of a stealth class.

Congratulation to Ferreilean on becoming our third Battle for Azeroth Pacifist Champion!

Starting her Druid back in March of 2013, it took Ferre approximately 2,028 days to reach max level (a /played time of 18 days). Ferre likes to use Archeology to help level her Pacifists as we well know from the last time she was on the show for Ep. 130 “Ferre Digs It”. Ferreilean is her first character to obtain the title of Professor!

Level 115 brought a heart-stopping moment when flying to Southern Barrens. She got too close to a Horde camp and was shot at in the air. Ferre did manage to get away but her screen was flashing red and she ended up flagged for PvP.

When asked what’s next, Ferre said she has an Iron Druid at level 111 and that she’ll be working on that.

Congratulations once again Ferre and good luck on your Iron!

Congratulations to our first Battle for Azeroth Pacifist Champion, Голаяправда! He went from level 10 to 120 in 653 days 22hrs, 44 mins and 7 seconds. (Oct-31st 2016 to Aug-16th 2018). Голаяправда was also our first Legion Pacifist Champion!

Awesome job and good luck on your other challengers!


We’ve readjusted the code so that while you are allowed up to 10 Proximity Kills, we are still going to be limiting your killing blows. If you have 10 or less Kills, we then look at your Killing Blows.

0 Killing Blows = Green Flag
1-2 Killing Blows = Yellow Flag
3+ Killing Blows = Red Flag

Killing Blows are completely avoidable and are not applied to your stats like Proximity Kills are.

Around a month ago, we added code to look for Proximity Kills and updated our rules. Don’t know what PKs are? We’re not talking about Player Kills (for those that remember Diablo 1). Proximity Kills are a feature that was introduced in Warlords of Draenor where merely being near a mob that was killed around you would give you credit for the kill as well as possible loot. This was great for regular game-play and group quests, however, it was devastating for folks running the solo Pacifist Challenge where ANY kill would red-flag you.

We changed that to allow up to 2 kills as long as there were 0 killing blows (KBs).  This meant you could have up to 2 proximity kills and, as long as you didn’t deal the killing blow, would remain green-flagged and could continue on through the challenge. Initially the thought was the allowance would be more applicable to higher level challengers, and indeed, this resulted in our Legion first Pacifist champion Голаяправда, however, now we know without a doubt that these Proximity Kills will happen anywhere in the World of Warcraft. Our example was a Level 30 Pacifist who already had 3 Proximity Kills.

Based on the feedback we’ve received, we’re upping the limit to ten. That being you are allowed ten kills with zero killing blows and you can still remain green-flagged. Overall this is just under 1 proximity kill allowed per ten levels. While it’s fantastic that we’ve had someone make it to 110 with only 2 PKs, overall, we think the change will open the challenge up a bit to more folks but still have it remain challenging.

There was some thought on just removing the check for kills altogether and focus only on killing blows, however, this leaves a pretty large opening for folks to take advantage of groups and having a guard or escort. There is also some thought towards upping the limit to 150, to match the Blood Thirsty Challenge quest cap. Right now, 150 seems a bit on the excessive side and the reasons for quests for Blood Thirsty are quite different for accommodating Proximity Kills.

Overall, we’re leaving it at 10 proximity kills and see how challengers fare. All Pacifist characters have been updated and have had their flags reset if applicable.

Since the release of Patch 6.0 (the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch), World of Warcraft has been granting if your character is even remotely close to a mob being killed. You can get loot without needing to actually do anything. The “Proximity Kills” are cool for regular players…. but for Pacifists they are the devil.

With the launch of Legion, Proximity Killing is basically a permanent thing. This will make becoming a Pacifist Champion a near impossibility. The challenge is supposed to be difficult but not impossible.

As such, changes have been made to how kills and killing blows are being handled. The changes made will still require a Challenger to be fully aware of players and mobs in order to avoid Proximity Kills, however, there is a measure of forgiveness being applied now. We are basically using a three-strike rule.

  • You are allowed up to TWO kills as long as you have no killing blows. You will remain green-flagged.
  • If you have less than three kills AND less than three Killing Blows you will be yellow-flagged.
  • If you have less than three kills and three or more Killing Blows you will be red-flagged.
  • If you have three or more kills you will be red-flagged (regardless of killing blows).

These changes have been applied to all Challengers on the list, both past and present as the Proximity Kill feature has been an issue for the majority of those listed there.

Due to the Pacifist Challenge kill changes, Xyrelle is now rightfully considered to be a green-flagged Level 100 Pacifist Champion. She was previously red-flagged due to having one Proximity Kill but no Killing Blows about 45 minutes prior to hitting Level 100.

Additionally, we have applied the “Back to Basics” Iron Man Challenge rule changes to the Pacifist challenge, meaning you can now use your Heirloom and flying mounts (among other changes) if you so desire.

With all this being said, there may be room for further allowances, however, we MUST take small steps and see how our changes pan out first.

I wish you all the best of luck in the challenge. Happy picking!

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Achievement_level_100The concept of the Pacifist challenge was around since before WoW Challenges was a thing, however, it wasn’t until we started that the challenge was truly tracked. Since that time we’ve had six characters that have come tantalizingly close to reaching the pinnacle but fell short with sometimes only as few as one kill.

Some thought the challenge was literally impossible.

Tânee and Bloodless proved them wrong.

daisyTânee became our World First Pacifist hitting Level 100 with her Night Elf Rogue on May 18 2016 at 8:32:19am Pacific time. She is known to the community by having several (four?!?!) Level 90 Iron Champions. She had an overall playtime (Level 10 to 100) of 71 days, 23 hours, 13 minutes and 14 seconds.

Shortly after, a mere 44 minutes after Tânee, Bloodless became our second Pacifist Champion with his Dwarf Rogue at 9:15:48 Pacific Time. Bloodless is otherwise known to the community as Lyssan, a person known for his firsts in the Ironman Challenge. He had an overall playtime (Level 10 to 100) of 129 days, 12 hours, 13 minutes and 15 seconds.

Congratulations to both Champions and a big thank you for showing us the challenge is certainly achievable.

daisyI’ve gone over the pacifist rules again concerning Killing Blows and am going to make a slight change to keep things more in line with the spirit of the challenge.

Previous Killing Blow % must be kept to less than 10%, however, really you could make one kill and have it be the killing blow and be immediately at 100%. For the nature of this challenge, the Killing Blow % just doesn’t make sense the way it does for the Iron Man or Blood Thirsty challenges.

Keeping with the spirit of the challenge we’re now going to be looking at Total Kills. As a Pacifist Challenger you must never take the life of anything…  even if it’s a critter! Be wary of what quests you take and what you are smashing! Because of this change certain classes will be impossible to level (eg. Death Knights). I may put in a tolerance to allow Pandaren, Worgen and Goblin characters to leave their starting zones but for the time being we’re going to stick to a flat 0.

If you are seeing that your character was flagged for kills, I’d ask that you have a look at whether you’ve checked the Display Character Achievements Only option in the Interface / Display settings. If you find any discrepancies, please let me know and keep in mind…  I’m working with the data that Blizzard is giving me! 🙂