Along with a new raid, patch 5.2 introduced several solo scenarios into the mix. Some are purely for furthering the plot, but one is far more interesting than that. The Troves of the Thunder King allows you to walk into Lei Shen’s treasure vaults, steal as many items and as much gold as you can, and get out. Unlike other scenarios, the Troves of the Thunder King is timed — you aren’t allowed to loiter around aimlessly in there.
While some players may be confused as to the relative difficulty level of this particular scenario, there’s no reason to be. This scenario is not a walk in the park. It will not allow you to grab everything in one run. It contains elements that will in fact kill you if you aren’t paying attention. But it will also test every sneaky skill you have as a solo player, making the thing ridiculous amounts of fun if you approach it the right way.
And that’s where we come in. Let’s take a brief look at the Troves of the Thunder King and how best to plunder all that plunder!
In order to enter the scenario, you’ll need a Key to the Palace of Lei Shen. There are few different ways to get your hands on a key. If you happen to find a gold chest while wandering around the Isle of Thunder, these chests have a chance of carrying a key. In addition, rare mobs — both those wandering around the Isle and those that are summoned, have a chance of dropping a key. And if you’re completing all your daily quests every day, the cache you receive as a reward for completing the final quest also has a small chance of containing a key.
There are some things to remember, however — you can only get a key off of a rare mob once per week. Similarly, you’ll only find one gold chest on the Isle of Thunder per week. Is it possible to get more than one key a week? Absolutely. But it’s rare. In addition to these three methods, you can also rarely nab another key from inside the treasure chests in the solo scenario — it’s possible to chain a couple of runs that way.
Once you’ve got your key, head to Taoshi in the Diremoor and speak with her to start the solo instance. When the solo queue pops, you’ll arrive in a preparation room of sorts. Before you go any further, check your buffs — if you need to reapply, do so now. Also, make sure you have auto-loot enabled, as it makes nabbing chests that much faster. And if you have any special class talents that will enable you to run faster, jump higher, levitate, stealth, or avoid damage, enable those talents before you begin!