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Reputation Farming: Cenarion Circle and Sporeggar

Over the weekend I decided that, once again, I wanted to change up Lexington’s (BElf Paladin 74) professions. With his enchanting quite close to being maxed, I had no desire to drop it from how much it costs to get it leveled up, nor for the time I spent farming various enchanting recipes around the world. But his herbalism was not doing much for me.

So I dropped Herbalism and replaced it with Tailoring. I know what you’re thinking here, “Tailoring!? On a Paladin!?!?!?” Yeah, you heard me. My plate-wearing, mob-pwning, king of AoE grinding likes to knit. You got a problem with that? Huh? HUH!? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Why Tailoring?
Tailoring isn’t generally associated with Paladins, though I do know at least one other that does it, but you have to remember that I’m not big on end game material, so I don’t really care about getting the most out of whatever profession I choose to take. I take professions based on what I want to do with them. I already have a tailor in this server, but he’s only level 20 and so his profession is currently level-maxed at 225 for another 15 levels.

The main reason why I chose Tailoring was for Herbalism and Enchanting bags, with a side benefit of making my own regular bags for my various alts and, of course, the members of our Twitter-guild, MOTiE.

Most regular bags can be purchased for a fairly low price on the Auction House, with even the 20-slot Frostweave bags selling for around 100g (68-90g on my server). Even the majority of the profession bags sell for less than that, with a few exceptions here and there and one very notable exception: herbalism.

The 32-slot herb bag sells for 800-1,000g on my server, and since I still have 2 more characters who have herbalism as one of their professions, bag space is always a problem for them because I don’t want to spend that much gold on a bag. Even the 28-slot herb bag sells for 225-275g on my server, and that too is far more than I want to pay for a bag. When I can buy regular 20-slot bags that can hold anything at all for 1/3 of the price, I hate to pay that much for only 8 extra slots and have all of them forced to carry only herbs.

There’s Gold In Them There Bags
So, on the one side I am now able to make my own herb bags (20, 24, or 28 slots right now) instead of spending large amounts of gold, and on the other there is quite a bit of gold to be made if I decide to sell the herb bags myself. Enchanting bags do not sell as high as herb bags do, and while having the large bags would save me some room I am able to get by with the 20-slot enchanting bags purchased from vendors in Hellfire Peninsula.

There are two reasons, as far as I can figure, why these herb bags cost so much. First, none of these bag patterns can simply be picked up at your trainer, none of them are sold at regular vendors, none of them drop off of mobs, and none can be sold on the Auction House. There is only one way to get the patterns to make these bags, and that is by grinding for Reputation.

Here are some tables to show the specifics of the different bag types. Herb Bag values are based on what I see on my server. Enchanting bags are based on what I see on wowhead.com since I never see them for sale on my server’s AH. I compared the prices of the two types of bags on wowhead and they come out pretty close, with herb bags about 20% more expensive, so values might be comparable.

You can see from the Reputation columns that all but one Enchanting Bag pattern can be bought from regular vendors without required reputation, while all Herbalism Bag patterns require reputation.

Herb Bags
NAME TAILORING SLOTS PATTERN COST AVG VALUE REPUTATION
Emerald Bag 435 32 5g 900g Kalu’ak – Revered
Mychah’s Botanical Bag 375 28 25 Glowcaps 275g Sporeggar – Revered
Satchel of Cenarius 300 24 5g 99g Cenarion Circle – Revered
Cenarion Herb Bag 275 20 2g 40g Cenarion Circle – Friendly
Herb Pouch N/A 12 95s for bag, no pattern 2g N/A



ENCHANTING BAGS
NAME TAILORING SLOTS PATTERN COST AVG VALUE REPUTATION
Mysterious Bag 440 32 5g ≈400g Wyrmrest Accord – Revered
Spellfire Bag 375 28 6g ≈375g None
Big Bag of Enchantment 300 24 1.25g ≈66g None
Enchanted Runecloth Bag 275 20 2g ≈20g None
Enchanter’s Satchel N/A 20 14g ≈20g N/A
Enchanted Mageweave Pouch 225 16 1g ≈20g None




Reputation Farming: Cenarion Circle
Cenarion Circle reputation is not too hard to come by. It might take you some time because the reputation rewards are not as high as some others, but there are so many mobs running around that you get it from that it keeps you engaged through most of the process.

There are several ways to get the reputation, but all of them basically come down to grinding mobs. I did all of my grinding with my Paladin’s Prot/Ret spec (he’s dual spec Prot-Ret/Prot-Holy right now), but I was not able to do a lot of AoE grinding here because many of the mobs are spell casters and because of that are harder to gather into groups for AoE. If I had a Ret spec available to me at the time, I probably would have gone ahead and switched to it just because it would have been faster. Overall though, it was not too bad.

Almost all of the Twilight Cultist mobs in Silithus will give you 10 Reputation when you kill them, and those cultists also drop the items that you need in order to build your reputation. There are several different types of Twilight Cultist mobs, but all of them are humanoids and all of them have “Twilight” in their name. If its name has Twilight in it, kill it.

According to my research online, you can purchase all of the items you need from the Auction House. You cannot be sure that the items will be available though, nor do you have any control over the prices. If the items are cheap, and you would like to go that route, then by all means do it. Personally, I enjoyed grinding for the items and the rep myself. And since killing the mobs that drop the items gives you reputation by itself, you will probably do better this way regardless.

Cenarion Circle Reputation Items
ITEM # REQUIRED REPUTATION REPEATABLE?
Encrypted Twilight Texts 10 500 Yes
Abyssal Crests 3 500 Yes
Twilight Cultist Cowl See below 0 N/A
Twilight Cultist Mantle See below 0 N/A
Twilight Cultist Robe See below 0 N/A




The Twilight Cultist Cowl/Mantle/Robe are all required to obtain the Abyssal Crests. By equipping each of these three items you can activate stones at the different Twilight Camps that will summon mobs for you to fight. Those mobs will drop the Abyssal Crests, as well as various other items (mostly trash), including the occasional Encrypted Twilight Text.

Each time you use the Cowl/Mantle/Robe to summon the mobs though, they are destroyed. When the mobs are summoned, you have a few seconds before they actually agro you and attack. Be sure to re-equip the items that you took off before these fights begin.

You can find all of the Cultist gear at the three camps around the map (see the map for Twilight Lord Everun below), but there is a fourth camp that’s in the north/north-east corner which has a cave entrance as well. Inside that cave is the only place that you can find a type of cultist called Twilight Flamereavers, which have some of the best potential (i.e. low % chance) drops of all the mobs, and they too drop the texts and occasional cowl/mantle/robe. I mention the Flamereavers in particular because they are the only mob that you can grind for reputation after you reach Revered reputation. So if you want to continue to grind rep all the way to Exalted, then that is where you should focus. The Flamereavers are also the best mobs to target for AoE grinding.

The camp near where the Flamereavers are found is also the best location I found for farming the Cowl/Mantle/Robe, though you can find all of these items at each camp. Apparently everyone has different luck with different items, in different locations when farming here, so just keep moving around from camp to camp as needed.

In addition to getting reputation for turning in the Crests though, you also receive a Bag of Spoils which contains all sorts of little goodies for you. Some of which sale rather well on the Auction House.

The Encrypted Texts can drop from all of the Twilight Cultists, so while you are gaining reputation just from killing them, you also have a chance to pick up the texts to get more reputation. The best source of Encrypted Texts though is a special mob called the Twilight Prophet, who drops 7-10 of the texts at a time instead of just 1 like all of the others. The prophets roam around the map and have fairly slow respawn rates, so while you should keep an eye out for them, don’t plan on farming only the prophets. The prophet is always escorted by two melee-mobs as well.

Here is a map of the Twilight Prophet’s patrol paths, courtesy of wowhead.com:

There is also a Rare spawn that wanders around the various Cultist camps named Twilight Lord Everun who has a chance to drop a few cards for various decks, and also an epic two handed axe called Brain Hacker, which he dropped for me the second time I killed him. I am not sure offhand what his respawn time is, but during the time it took me to grind the reputation I needed I killed him 3 times.

Here is a map of where Twilight Lord Everun happens to spawn, and since he patrols all three of the camps, it also shows you the location of the camps for you to farm them.

I did not keep track of how many mobs I had to kill, how many texts or crests I turned in, or how many of the various other quests in the zone that I completed along with the rest, but all in all it took me 3-4 hours to grind from Neutral to Revered. There are other rewards I could get for continuing to grind rep higher, but none of them are ones that I would particularly use. In some cases there are tabards, vanity pets, or even mounts. Overall the mounts are the only ones that appeal to me at all, but they are also quite the gold sink, and gold is one resource that I don’t bother farming very often though I probably should. So rather than becoming exalted with everyone, I simple reach the level I need for the item(s) I want and then hit the road.

See Cenarion Circle Reputation for more details.

Reputation Farming: Sporeggar
Farming reputation in Sporeggar is easy, but even more time consuming than Cenarion Circle. I had already farmed Sporeggar rep with my Paladin several weeks ago in order to get the Petrified Lichen Guard shield for my AoE grinding, so I did not have to start this one from scratch. Instead, I just had to bump it up to Revered in order to get the 28-slot herb bag.

Farming rep with Sporeggar is pretty easy when you start out because there are so many mobs that give you rep for killing them, and so many items that can be turned in for rep. As you move up the ranks though, the number of sources dwindles a lot. At the Honored stage, where I started this time, there is only one mob that gives you reputation (15 rep each), but they are so few and so spread apart that they aren’t really worth the grind.

However, there are two very solid sources of reputation at this level, one from farming and the other from grinding.

To grind for rep, you want to accept the repeatable quest called Now That We’re Friends…, which has you kill 18 Nagas, 12 of which are melee, and 6 casters. The mobs are north and slightly-east of your quest giver and they do not take long to grind. Turning in the quest grants you 750 Reputation and can be repeated as often as you like. The drops from these mobs are not that great, and they are occasionally annoying to fight with the mobs calling adds and fleeing when their health is low and so forth, but it’s not a big deal.

Map

To farm for rep, you need to head to the Underbog instance in the north-central portion of the map. The target of your farming is Sanguine Hibiscus, which can be picked up in the instance, or dropped from the mobs inside. This “herb” is turned in for the Bring Me A Shrubbery! quest, that rewards 750 Reputation for every 5x Sanguine Hibiscus you turn in. The fastest, and easiest way to get it is to just clear out all of the mobs in the area around where you enter and just roam around picking it up as it respawns. Most of it is found in that area anyway, and the respawn timer on them isn’t all that long (though I didn’t think to time it).

The item looks similar to a red herb that has a bit of a glow to it. If you have Herbalism then it will show up on your map, but you do not have to be an herbalist to pick them. You can also buy these off of the auction house if you don’t want to spend the time farming or doing the repeat grinding quest.

The first time I went into Underbog I did a solo full clear of the instance because I picked up a couple of quests to come inside as well, and wanted to see what mats I could get from disenchanting the boss drops. I was not overly impressed with that though, so I just stuck to farming the herbs near the entrance the other few times I came. I killed all of the mobs in the initial area before having to go up to the ramp, farmed all of the herb I could find, ran up and killed the first boss, and then ran back down to farm the herb again. I then ran back up to the first boss’s area and back down for a final check of respawned herbs, and then left the instance to do another 1-2 runs of Now That We’re Friends… for more rep. Then back to Underbog, back to the grind quest twice, back to Underbog, etc.

I spent about 2 hours farming all of the reputation I needed from Sporeggar to get the pattern for the 28-slot herb bag, though again, I did not start at Neutral this time since I had already farmed rep previously.

Also, take note of the fact that you do not use gold to purchase any of the reputation items from Sporeggar rep. Everything is paid for with Glowcaps. The bag itself takes 25 glowcaps, so make sure you farm glowcaps from the Zangarmarsh zone as well. You can find them all over the place. I know that before 3.1 came out you could track Glowcaps with Herbalism, but I believe that was changed in 3.1. Regardless, it’s not that hard to find them, and they are in reasonably high supply.

See Sporeggar Reputation for more details.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2009 in Guide, Reputation

 

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Twinkies: The Kind That Kill You

No, not those twinkies. These Twinkies!

I haven’t had a lot to say on the blog lately because rather than being focused on leveling my characters, I’ve been focused on leveling and gearing new and existing characters to do a little twinking in battle grounds.

Since the paladin that I blogged about for so long is an Enchanter, I decided I would go ahead and start up a few twinks to enjoy low level battle grounds like I used to on my mage. I never bothered doing PvP with Lexington because I just didn’t feel like doing PvP as anything other than dps and my skill with my Ret spec is lacking to say the least.

Lex also happens to be an amazing farming and grinding machine, so farming for specific items is pretty easy with him. That doesn’t mean that the items I am looking for are going to drop any faster or easier for me, but it does mean that I can do the farming itself quickly and with ease.

Belgawrath (Orc Shaman 36)
The first character I wanted to twink was Belgawrath. I have every intention of doing a lot of PvP with him in the 49 bracket when I can dual wield, but I also wanted to try him out in the 39 bracket while he is still using a powerful two handed weapon by already has Windfury to back it up with some insane attack power.

Even at level 36 with very little in the way of actually “twinking” the character, I already end almost every battleground in the Top 3 on the horde side. I have not yet managed to reach #1, though I have been #2 several times and come close to the first slot many times as well.

The most important piece of gear for an Enhancement Shaman is going to be his weapon(s). With dual wield out of the question, that means I had to look for a slow, powerful two handed weapon. So I turned first to WoWHead.com to search their item database for two handed weapons that were in my level range.

The first priority was weapon speed. The slower a weapon is, the more damage Windfury is going to deal. The slowest weapons in the game have a speed of 4.0 and there are only 3. Two of those weapons just happen to be level 39 two handed weapons: The Pacifier and the Pendulum of Doom. Both of those weapons happen to be BoE items, which allows me to farm them with my paladin, with Pacifier dropping from a rare spawn and Pendulum (PoD) dropping from trash mobs inside the Uldaman instance in Badlands. Windfury is the whole reason to be Enhancement, and weapon speed is a multiplier in the formula used to calculate its damage. So a slower weapon with less dps can still do significantly more damage than a faster weapon with higher dps.

The second priority was high damage. The more damage you can do, the faster your enemies are going to fall. You can’t count on Windfury to proc every time you hit, so you need to make sure you’re dishing out decent damage on normal hits as well, and of course the higher your damage the higher your crits. PoD has a higher top end damage as well as dps, but it also requires level 39 to wield it as opposed to 32 for the Pacifier.

After three days of farming The Pacifier I ended up finding two of them. They drop off of a rare spawn that only appears once every 24 hours, so he’s a little hard to catch sometimes. The good thing about that long respawn time though is that if you find him once you know when to look for him again the next day. The first time I killed him he dropped a pair of shoulders I believe, but the second and third time he drop The Pacifier.

After almost two months now of farming for the PoD I still have not seen it. I run this instance almost every day 1-12 times, killing every mob that it has a chance to drop off of. So far the dice have not been in my favor. But, I am going to keep on trying until I either find it or get so tired of looking that I swear to never step foot in the place again.

Here is a table showing some information about the weapons mentioned:

Weapon Name Speed Damage EP Value Bonuses and Procs Drop Location Drop Rate
Pendulum of Doom 4.0 124-187 (38.9 dps) 229.51 Proc: Deals 250-350 damage Uldaman (Trash) 0.00037%
The Pacifier 4.0 104-156 (32.5 dps) 211.55 +18 Strength, +7 Stamina Alterac Mountains (Rare) 12.0000%




Because of it’s maximum damage the PoD ranks higher in EP Value than The Pacifier, making it a better weapon choice. The Pacifier can actually deal more damage from a Windfury proc than the PoD can, but in general it will do less damage overall. None of that though takes into consideration the Proc ability on PoD to deal 250-350 damage when you hit. When you add that into the mix you will see that the PoD does have more damage potential than The Pacifier.


Windfury Damage Calculation (Spd x (Dps + AP + WF_AP))
Assumes AP = 400, WF_AP = 46
Weapon Name Speed DPS AP + WF_AP WF Damage
Pendulum of Doom 4.0 38.9 400 1939.6
The Pacifier 4.0 32.5 418 1986.0




If you want another way to judge which weapon might be better for you, then look at their average prices on the Auction House. The Pacifier sells for up to 500g, while the PoD sells for 10,000g. While the weapons are very similar in how good they are, the PoD’s ridiculous drop rate and brutal proc ability make it significantly more sought after than The Pacifier.

Initially I enchanted The Pacifier with Fiery Weapon because each hit from the Windfury proc is also able to proc the Fiery Enchant’s extra damage, and each Fiery proc has a chance to crit itself. There were several times that I scored hits with my attack, both WF procs, and three procs of Fiery Weapon in a single attack. Three times I was able to score a full crit (attack crit, both WF crits, and all three Fiery crits) for insane damage for my level. There’s nothing quite like one-shotting a yeti or ogre that’s 3 levels higher than you.

Right now I use The Pacifier with the Crusader enchant on it which gives me a chance to gain +100 Strength (equal to 100 AP) and heal me for 75-125 damage when I hit with it. I don’t want to waste the Mongoose enchant on The Pacifier since I know that I fully intend to leave the 39 bracket and would rather not waste an 800g enchant on a weapon I will discard for good in 4 more levels.

If I ever manage to get my hands on the Pendulum of Doom then I will enchant it with Mongoose for a chance to proc +100 Agility which equates to an equal amount of Attack Power but also increases my chance to Crit.

Silkendeath (Undead Rogue 18)
I still have a lot of work to do on the rogue here, but after getting repeatedly owned in Warsong Gulch earlier this week, I don’t think I’m going to keep him in the level 19 bracket and instead will push him forward either to the 29 or 39 bracket instead.

As I do more with Silk and get a better handle on how to use the class I will give more information on it. As for leveling the rogue, there isn’t a whole lot of advice I can give that’s going to really help.

I cheated a bit in leveling him by buying the two best daggers I could find from regular vendors (3.3 dps, level 3 required) and enchanted them both with Fiery Weapon (chance to deal 40 Fire damage when you hit). So leveling him wasn’t that hard because those weapons proc all the time and often allowed me to kill many of the mobs I faced with just 2-3 hits. The Fiery Weapon proc is also capable of critting, so it often jumped up to 60 Fire damage in addition to the regular damage from the weapon, so things just sort of died when I came in contact with them.

I used those daggers all the way through level 18 and am just now switching to other weapons with just a straight +3 Damage enchant on them until I find his twink weapons.

Hookum (Tauren Hunter 11)
Hookum is a hunter that I started a couple of days ago and plan to do battlegrounds with in the 19 bracket. I do like to have my own little power trips from time to time and after seeing how easily Silk died when he faced 9 Hunters and a Priest in a single battleground I decided it was time to roll my own.

There really isn’t a whole lot that you need to know about leveling a hunter during these levels. Basically just make sure you keep your distance and let your gun/bow do your job for you. Fire, move, fire, move, etc. Kiting is pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it, and that’s the only thing you need to do to get to level 10.

Since I’m only level 11 there isn’t a lot to talk about just yet on the Hunter. Pets are great, never being touched in combat is great, and the class can be “easy” to play if you’re fairly new to the game or new to the aspect of playing a dps character.

If you need to learn about playing a hunter, there are a lot of blogs dedicated to teaching you. I suggest you take a look at this series on Aspect of the Hare to start off with, and then there are plenty of resources for finding further information.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2009 in World of Warcraft

 

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Farming: Enchanting Formulas

Every now and then I get a little tired of leveling my characters, doing quests, running instances, and all of the other various activities that usually go on in my typical playing. Sometimes that means I don’t want to play the game at all, in which case I simply shut it down and go find something else to do, and sometimes it means that I just need to go do something a little more brainless yet exciting, which typically leads me to go farming.

Such was the case last night when I decided to go farm up some fun Enchanting Formulas for my paladin to either use on himself or to sell on the auction house with vellum scrolls from my druid Inscriptionist.

There are four enchants in particular that I have my eye on right now to go and farm, some because they bring in a decent amount of gold on the auction house, some because I want to use them myself, and some just because I can.

Already Obtained
Below are the formulas that I managed to farm last night. In the middle of my farming I also ran three instances and helped a guild mate with the Ring of Blood quest chain in Nagrand. I also took the time to farm all of the herbs that I found along my paths through these various areas, particularly when I went to get the Fiery Enchant so that I could gather Firebloom for another guildie’s goblin rocket fuel.

Fiery Weapon
Location: Blackrock Depths
Target Mobs: Pyromancer Loregraine ["Rare" Spawn]
Drop Rate: 16%

The Fiery Enchant is a pretty big money maker, and the mats required for it are relatively easy to come by. On my server a scroll of this enchant sells anywhere from 40g when the market is flooded, to 120% when the market is pretty dry. The primary market for this enchant has been low level twinks, and it still is for the most part.

With a 16% drop rate, this formula is not too hard to come by, and with the changes to the BRD instance, the “Rare” spawn is not actually rare because he now spawns every time you go inside. He is still marked as a rare spawn, but he will be there waiting for you if you decide to go for it yourself.

I only had to run this instance twice to get the formula to drop, and since I farmed it with Lexington (Prot Paladin 70) I only had to fight a couple of times each run to reach him since the mobs in this instance are low enough that they do not agro me from a distance. Each time I went in I took the most direct route to Loregrain and finished him off along with the two goons next to him. On my way back out I went ahead and just agroed everything in my path and then ground them all down AoE style. I also left after the two runs with about 8 gold worth of trash, a few greens for the AH, and some blues for disenchanting.

Crusader
Location: Eastern Plaguelands / Western Plaguelands
Target Mobs: Scarlet Archmage [Elite] / Scarlet Spellbinder
Drop Rate: 1% / 0.9%

Crusader scrolls also bring in a decent amount of gold, ranging on my server anywhere from 50g to 120g. Crusader, like Fiery, is commonly used for twinks, but it is also one of the few that is actually still used at higher levels as well (particularly tanks). This is probably the most commonly used weapon enchant that I have seen on melee BoA weapons.

The drop rate on this enchant is significantly lower than Fiery, which is why I did this one after I got the Fiery enchant instead of before. Lucky for me though, it dropped off of the 15th Scarlet Archmage that I killed. I decided to go for the elite mobs in EPL rather than the normal mobs in WPL because I figured the drops were bound to be at least a little bit better, and that extra 0.1% chance of it dropping is enough reason in and of itself with such a low drop rate.

When I told my guildies that I had found it, another one of our enchanters mentioned he still did not have Crusader, so I offered to farm up another for him since he hates farming. So I spent most of the rest of the night trying to get it to drop again, and after about 120 Archmages I still did not find a second one. But, I plan on farming again tonight until I can find it. [Update: After another 40 or so Archmages, I got a second one to drop that I sent off to the guildie. Sadly, later that night I checked the AH for recipies I didn't have yet, and Crusader was up for sell for a whopping 7g. That's the most ridiculous price I've seen for it so far, so I snatched it up.]

There are a couple of things that I want to mention in regards to farming this one in particular. First, this area consists of three types of mobs: arcane casters, holy casters/healers, and melee. All of the mobs that spawn here are randomly chosen from those three mobs, so I found it better to farm this place by just killing everything there than to wait for the Archmages to respawn. Second, this place is excellent for farming Runecloth as well. After the farming that I did here totally about 3 hours, I had 27 stacks of Runecloth as well as several greens and 14g worth of trash. Because the spawns are all random in this area I stayed Prot for farming it rather than going switching to my Retribution dual spec, and used AoE grinding to take them all out faster.

If you don’t mind farming, I would certainly suggest this section of the Eastern Plaguelands as a place to do it for the Runecloth and the green drops, as well as the potential for the enchant to drop which itself sells for around 100-150g on my server.

Plan to Obtain Soon
The following formulas are ones that I plan to try for in the near future. Icy Chill is on my list for farming tonight, but I do not know yet when I will try for Mongoose as I believe my guild intends to raid it for old time’s sake and I will likely look for it while going with them before I try to solo it since I have never been to Karazhan and have no idea where to find Moroes.

Icy Chill
Location: Winterspring
Target Mobs: Anguished Highbourne
Drop Rate: 4%

I plan to farm this one simply because I want it and feel like farming it. The value of this enchant is generally around 10g – 20g on my server. This enchant does not sell nearly as well as any of the others but, being the odd player that I am, I really don’t care. The enchant kind of fits in with the rest of the ones in this little group here, so I figured I might as well grab it too.

The formula drops from a regular mob in Winterspring, so it will be quite easy to kill the mob that drops it, but it also gives me a chance to farm for the Icecap herb while I am waiting for respawns. A stack of Icecap sells for 45g-60g for me, and it is used in the Purification Potion that some classes use to farm instances such as Stratholme when they cannot remove diseases themselves.

With only a 4% drop rate and only dropping from a single type of mob in a fairly small area, I think this one might take a while to farm. Luckily, the Icecap will help to keep me busy, but I will also note that this same area is good for farming Thorium as well in case you happen to have the Mining profession.

I will also point at that there is a Tailoring recipe sold in the nearby town for the Runecloth bag which I have seen sell for up to 35g. It is a “rare spawn” and sold only in limited supplies of 1, but it can bring in some decent gold if you happen to find it. Every 8 minutes the merchant has a chance to spawn the item, but only if you buy up one of the other items that she can spawn which does not sell so well.

[Update: I got Icy Chill after 57 kills, and found this area to be random respawns as well, so if you go looking for this one be sure to kill off everything here as you go around so that you don't wind up having all of the wrong mobs like I did. I found 6 Herb nodes around the immediate area, 4 of which were for Icecap. Greens did not drop much at all here, and while Runecloth did drop it wasn't at a very high rate with 2.5 stacks after about 1.25 hours of farming. There are 2 chests in the area that have a decent drop rate for greens, herbs, and leathers too if you happen to be interested.]

Mongoose
Location: Karazhan
Target Mobs: Moroes [Boss]
Drop Rate: 4%

I have not kept as close an eye on the price for the Mongoose enchant as I should have before posting this, mainly because I am not sure when I will be able to get it. I know that before 3.1 came out, while I was still playing on my PvP server, this enchant was being sold for over 200g, and formula itself was selling on the AH for 450g-550g. With the level restrictions now on enchants I’m sure the price has dropped, but I do not know the current price right now. [Update: I checked the AH last night for pricing info on Mongoose and have confirmed that the vellum Mongoose scrolls sell for 425g.]

[Update: In case you don't bother reading comments, I wanted to update the original post here and inform you that the Mongoose enchant (and all other Karazhan enchants) have been changed to have a 100% drop rate. Every enchant is guarenteed to drop now. Take note however, that you MUST be an enchanter to loot them.]

With Karazhan being a raid rather than a normal instance, this enchant will likely take a while for me to obtain, and with only a 4% drop rate the wait is going to be even longer. But, I still want to get it, so I will continue to farm it until I have one. Or rather, until I find two since I’m sure my guildmate will want one as well. And since he happens to be the guild-enchanter, he’s likely to get first dibs on it.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2009 in Professions

 

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