Ever since WoW launched in 2004, players have been unable to ‘natively’ interact with players of the opposite faction. You’ve been able to see that they are saying something, but the game has always converted their speech into gobbledygook. Kek, anyone?
But that’s all about to change thanks to a new potion called the Elixir of Tongues, and it can be purchased for a rather expensive 30 gold from Fizzi Liverzapper, who can be found in the Underbelly at Dalaran.
It’s important to note that this new potion won’t allow you to speak to the opposing faction per se, it will only allow you to see what they are saying – they won’t be able to understand you, unless they pop a potion too, of course.
The potion was added into the game as part of the massive Tides of Vengeance update. The update also broke the add-on ‘Cross RP’, which allowed players to speak to other factions; Blizzard says that this was unintentional but something smells a bit fishy, as players will now be forced to fork out 30 gold every time they want to speak with someone of the other faction. This may be Blizzards way of reducing players gold reserves.
It’s likely that most people wouldn’t want to speak to the opposing faction too often, I assume. I wouldn’t anyway. However, there’s a niche group of players that use the Cross RP (Role Play) add-on and thrive on being able to speak to the other side. For these players things could get costly, as their add-on no longer works. It’s needless to say, but they’re not happy about it and have already called for the cost of the potion to be reduced, especially considering its effects only last an hour.
So, without this potion there’s now no way to speak to the other faction, unless, of course, you’re a Panderen speaking with another Panderen or a Demon Hunter, as they both have their own languages.
Personally, I’m not too fussed. I prefer not being able to understand what they’re saying.