What’s in a title? An in-game title can be a glamorous advertisement of objectively determined skill — as with The Proven Healer or Battlemaster. Or it can be an indicator of how one enjoys spending their time: Loremaster, Professor, Bloodsail Admiral (each of which is likely to be an indication of a masochistic personality). Pursuing a special title is a completely optional exercise, and yet I think many players have a special affinity for a moniker that has struck a chord with how they view their character.
Of course, not all players feel the need to pursue this particular avenue of achievement. When asked why his character sports no title at all, Mr. Phae gamely replied, “You only need a special title when other players don’t already know who you are.”
To my mind, there are really three distinct categories into which the most desirable Druid-oriented titles fall:
- Druid Lore: These are titles that recall specific individuals or circumstances related to our class. Obviously anything that falls under one of the two Cenarion factions or speaks to our previous experience within the Emerald Dream would fit under this category. Arguably, one of the two titles that refer to the capital cities of Darnassus (Night Elf) or Thunder Bluff (Tauren) might also fit here.
- Nature: All Druids are children of nature, so many titles referring to natural phenomena are an excellent choice, especially for a newly-minted Druid who lacks the time and/or patience to grind an old-world reputation. The Astral Walker and Storm’s End are two such easily-obtainable titles that fall into this category.
- Specialization: A spec-specific title can be quite appealing, especially to a player who primarily enjoys only one available specialization and wishes to declare her undying allegiance thusly (*cough cough*). Were I to enjoy playing as a kitty, for example, I would immediately get to work on acquiring the Crazy Cat Lady title. I admit to having made several attempts at the Proven Healer title myself, but so far to no avail.
For your reference, here are what are — in my opinion — the best-of-the-best of in-game titles for Druids:
Did I miss any? What’s your favorite in-game title? Are there any titles you would like to see added to the game? In my opinion, more factions should bestow titles upon the player once he/she has reached Exalted status. (Who wouldn’t want to be <name> of the Oracles, for example?) Any title that appeals to the “Fae” nature of Night Elves is most appealing to me (Starcaller, The Dreamer). I would also love to see some of the Druid-specific sect titles added: of the Grove, of the Talon, of the Moon, etc. Of course, this would only be fair if similar titles were made available to other classes, and I’m not sure if existing lore would support that. On the other hand, Druids are the only class to be granted a special title related to one of our Artifact quests (that of G’Hanir), so why not continue the tradition of special treatment..?
P.S. Speaking of G’Hanir, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you read up on the Lore surrounding said artifact! It’s definitely title-worthy.