You may have noticed players standing around certain locations in Dalaran, or Guildies always /afk in certain spots every other day. You may even notice players spamming trade chat with a location of a book you have no idea what they’re talking about, and when you go to that location, you see nothing. That is the Higher Learning achievement.
For this time consuming achievement, you are required to find and read eight rare book spawns located in Dalaran. The problem is, the spawn rates are random, and when they do spawn, they only stay up for a short period of time. Luckily, the spawn locations and the spawn rates are known. All that is left that you will need is a bit of luck, and a lot of time to spare.
This book is located in the Teleportation Crystal Room at the coordinates, (56.7, 46.1). It will be found on the floor next to the bookshelf.
This book is located in the Violet Citadel at the coordinates, (30.9, 46.5). It will be found on the first bookshelf on the bottom shelf. The bookshelves are on the right side if you are entering the violet Citadel.
This book is located on the second floor balcony of the Thread of Fate (cloth armor) shop, at the coordinates, (43.5, 46.9). You will find it on top of a small box which is located next to a bigger box.
This book is located on the second floor of the Legerdemain Lodge in the room with the empty bookshelf. The coordinates are (46.9, 39.1). The book will spawn in the middle shelf of the room with four beds.
This book is located in the Dalaran Visiting Center (tabard shop) at the coordinates (52.2, 55.2). You will find in on the floor next to a small table, two chairs and bookshelves.
This book is located on the second floor of the Violet Citadel on the side with the Caverns of Time Portal at the coordinates, (26.5, 57.1). You will find the book on the floor between the two bookshelves.
This book is located at the Violet Hold next to Archmage Timear (normal dungeon daily) at the coordinates, (46.5, 52.8). You will find in on the box in the northern most corner.
This book is located in the Legerdemain Lodge on the bottom floor at the coordinates, (46.9, 39.8). You will find the book on the empty bookshelf near the western doorway.
Spawning Rates and Rules
Now you know the locations of each book, you now need to know the way they spawn and you will need to know these spawn criteria if you want to be able to get them all.
- Each book will ONLY spawn at their specific location.
- When a book spawns, it will stay out until it is read.
- When read, it will de-spawn in 3 minutes.
- That book will re-spawn in 3 to 4 hours.
- When a book spawns, it could also be one of many possible fake books.
- Many of the books spawn when the server resets.
- You have to actually click through to the last page to get credit for “reading” the book
Once you’ve read each book, you will get the achievement. That’s not all, in the mail, you will receive [The Schools of Arcane Magic - Mastery]. This book can only be used in Dalaran, and will allow you to teleport to a secret room in Dalaran where you will find Archmage Vargoth. Turn in your book to him and he will give you a [Kirin Tor Familiar]. You also get to keep your Arcane Magic book and can teleport back to this room at any time. There are no exits to this room, but to leave, simply use the book again to teleport out (Serena!).
Good luck on getting this achievement done! It took me around 2 weeks to get this one done. If you have any tips to add or questions you need answered, feel free to add a comment. Many thanks goes to the players who have contributed information on WoWHead.com.
[Book location images taken from WoWHead.com]