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World of Warcraft Troll Starting Area Quest Guide: "Proving Pit"

by: Benjamin Sell ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/18/2012 • Leave a comment

Your neophyte Troll has taken down a vicious pack of Tiki Targets and helped to thin out the local Wildmane population, but your first true test takes place in the Proving Pit, where you'll face off against a Captive Spitescale Scout in a battle to the death.

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    Now that you’ve proven your combat prowess by taking down a series of vicious Tiki Targets and a whole pack of starving kittens, your Troll trainer decides the time has come for you to take on a more difficult foe in the “Proving Pit" quest.

    A Captive Spitescale Scout is your adversary for this challenge and while one Troll and one Hydra are going to enter the Proving Pit, only one is going to emerge alive. The rewards are well worth the risk, however. If you walk away from this challenge victorious, your trainer will hand over your first green weapon, imbued with magical power.

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    "Proving Pit"

    Darkspear Jailor and the Proving Pit You’ll find the Proving Pit at the center of the Darkspear Training Grounds. Nearby stands the Darkspear Jailor, and it’s him you’ll have to speak to to get started with the challenge.

    Find him and let him know you’re ready to face your challenge. Only one Troll can take on the challenge of the pit at a time, so if someone’s already engaged you’ll have to wait until they’re finished. Take this opportunity to get a good look at your upcoming foe and his fighting style.

    As soon as the pit is clear, speak to the Darkspear Jailor. Move down into the pit and watch as the Jailor walks to the nearby cage to release the Captive Spitescale Scout. The Hydra are sworn enemies of the Trolls, and your opponent's rage is obvious as he taunts you before the battle begins.

    The Captive Spitescale Scout is level 3, which may be slightly above you depending on how many extraneous cats and boars you killed during the last quest. He’s also non-aggressive, which means that despite his big talk, he’ll wait for you to initiate the combat. Make sure your hit points are full and attack him when you’re ready.

    You should have little trouble with this adversary. He’ll charge at you and attack, but he is weaponless and should go down fairly quickly. Once he’s down, your trainer will express their approval of your performance and you’re free to head back to them for your reward.

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    Reward for a Job Well Done

    Return to your Trainer After Completing the Find your trainer and speak to them to turn in the “Proving Pit" quest. They’ll shower you with well-earned praise and hand over some copper, some experience, and your first green item as a reward. Equip your new item by right-clicking it in your bag or clicking it and placing it into the appropriate slot on your character sheet (press “C" to open it).

    Your next quest is class-specific, and will require you to train in the new skill for which you just became eligible, then practice it on a nearby dummy. Sounds like easy money.

    For more information on the Darkspear starting quests, check out the other guides in this series.

World of Warcraft Troll Starting Area Quest Guides

One of Cataclysm's coolest new features is a completely new starting area for both the Troll and Gnome races. Our series of guides to the Troll quests will see you through from the birth of your new character to his or her first steps into the newly-revamped world of Azeroth.
  1. World of Warcraft Troll Starting Quest Guide: "The Rise of the Darkspear"
  2. World of Warcraft Troll Starting Area Quest Guide: "A Rough Start"
  3. World of Warcraft Troll Starting Area Quest Guide: "Proving Pit"
  4. World of Warcraft Troll Starting Area Quest Guide: "The Arts of a Hunter"