What? Another useful post?
A break from the QQ for a how-to.
The Zombiefest! achievement is earned by killing 100 zombies in 1 minute in The Culling of Stratholme instance on Heroic difficulty.
Killing the zombies is not difficult in and of itself, the Risen Zombies are non-elite mobs that easily fall to an Ice Lance crit.
The tricky part is finding 100 zombies to kill within the time frame and having a suitable party makeup.
Your party will effectively be split into 2 teams.
- Team A is your tank, healer, and 2 random DPS
- Team B -that’s you, Kenny!- is the mage.
Here is the map of Stratholme:
The party enters the instance from the south.
Unfortunately, there are only 83 or so zombies before the inn. The remainder of the zombies can be found in the gauntlet run at the end.
It is highly improbable that the average party will be able to clear from the front gate through the inn, kill Chronos Lord Epoch, and the last 17 zombies in the gauntlet in 1 minute. If you can do that, get the fuck out of CoS and go solo Flame Leviathan with no vehicles.
Follow the waves of mobs as normal, up to Salramm the Fleshcrafter.
When Salramm spawns, the tank needs to grab him and drag him to the bottom floor of the inn, marked with an X on the map below. This will give you space to kill Salramm without the little zombies getting in the way.
Take a glance at the timer when you get Salramm into the inn.
Here’s the fun part: you need to toy with Salramm for 2 minutes.
Don’t kill him – you can kill the adds he summons, but don’t drop Salramm until 2 minutes have passed. This gives the little zombies time to respawn. My understanding is that no new zombies will spawn once Salramm has died.
Talk to Arthas and move the story along… up the stairs… kill Epoch.
Team A will follow Arthas through the hidden passage behind the bookcase and wait at the other side sipping hot cocoa.
Team B – that’s you, Kenny! – will return to the X on the map, just inside the door of the inn.
When both teams are in place, someone gives a signal and the teams begin killing zombies as illustrated below. Team A follows the blue path down the gauntlet and Team B – that’s you, Kenny! – follows the red path through King’s Square.
The mage will be relying heavily on Arcane Explosion to clear zombies en masse, be sure to bind it to something spammy.
Kill zombies until the achievement pops and you’re done!
I wouldn’t recommend trying to do this achievement at the same time as trying to get a timed run. Waiting the 2 minutes on Salramm makes for a really tight schedule.
I’m sure there are other ways to go about it, but this was the way I just learned.