Farming slave

So I decided to make a bank alt as I was just sitting on just too. much. stuff.

The idea was it was going to be like my bank alt on my old realm, a level 1 that was unloved and just sat in Stormwind. Collecting shit from the mailbox and begrudgingly carrying it all to the vault at the back of the bank where in all likelihood, that stuff will never see the light of day again.

That didn’t quite happen.
After ferrying some junk around in the bank, I went back to the starting zone and got to killing me some worgs.
Before I knew it, I was buying more heirlooms I didn’t need to get a bloody chauffeur…

My first mistake was probably creating a priest, as I already had one I was levelling back on Dragonmaw. If I’d have picked a melee class it possibly wouldn’t have made it out of the starting zone. Many of those have been created and deleted in a matter of minutes.

It was around the Darkshire area that I decided that I was going to carry on levelling her and also she was going to have professions. Things were getting real.
I knew I wanted alchemy for pots and shit and the other one was because it was the only one missing as a bloody achievement criteria.

I’d had blacksmithing before. It was actually one of the first professions I had on Zionxi. But after levelling it to the hundreds,  I gave up on it as too much effort and picked up inscription (which I still have) and herbalism (which is now on my DH). I had a warning that this was going to get expensive, tedious or both really quick by my trusty levelling partner but nevertheless, I went back to Stormwind to visit the trainers and then grumble at why they were at opposite ends of the city…

Levelling the actual professions wasn’t as expensive as it could have been, possibly due to my point blank refusal to buy that last copper bar for 15g and instead, relogging onto Jaaila my DH and sending her off into Elwynn Forest to look for it.
Frolicking with lambs, looking for pretty flowers and collecting shinies was probably a million miles away from what she should have been doing on the broken shore (also, a million miles away).

Things did get pretty tedious when the recipes needed Iron. This was alleviated slightly by the need for Mithril to craft, which luckily I had managed to hoard a load of in the bank. but it was soul destroying to realise that I needed iron for steel later and that meant back up North I had to go. I traversed up to Western Plaguelands so many times to farm it that I felt like I should softly weep while on the flight-path in honour of the hours lost from my life.

At one point, I had to level my priest to be able to progress so instead I decided to take a look at alchemy and the herbs needed.
Which was the one thing I wasn’t looking for while mining.
Because I had ‘Find Herbs’ switched off…

Collecting the majority of them wasn’t too bad, helped in part due to the hording nature of my main. That is until I reached the need for Goldthorn. This shit is the bane of my life and the only reason I didn’t lose the will to live last time I farmed it for inscription is down to the fact that any of the same level plants could be used to make the inks I needed. Now it was specifically goldthorn that I required.

As I was flying around Arathi Highlands trying to find it, and ‘try’ is correct, I still couldn’t help myself but to waste further time mining anything I could find. Getting into scraps with the local Ogres and really, really pissing off the horde guards who were standing just that little bit too close to the node I just couldn’t resist. I had a Mortal Kombat button mashing euphoria after managing somehow to kill a guard at lvl 102 with no idea what any of my spells did. I just pressed things and hoped for the best and just chucked my glaves at them whenever I could. Was the node worth it? Of course not! 

I could just craft my stuff with Legion mats and recipes to try and save some sanity but then that would mean that I wouldn’t be the type of person who was stood at a vendor constantly refreshing for an hour to try and get a limited recipe until the server shut down… 

Plus, it’s kinda fun to not be in the Broken Isles for a change!


Crafting materials from Draenor



With the up and coming expansion there are a whole bunch of new mats.

The adding of the reagents bag that you can now craft directly from it, even if your not remotely near a bank. Also the fact that these mats now stack to 200 means that gathering is now less of a strain on your precious bag space once your out and about. A bonus to skinners as you won’t be having to trash items just to make room for yet another stack of 20 leathers.


Materials are now more cross purpose than ever before. With the whole spectrum of mats being used for a whole manner of things for each profession. Jewelcrafters needing herbs and alchemists needing meat are some of the things that will affect how players trade materials and also how they utilise their Garrisons.


Players who are in it to make gold have an oppertunity to have an Enchaters Study to disenchant the gear that they don’t need to sell on the dusts etc… The Barn provides the skins and furs etc… The work orders to do these take time though, so people with the gathering professions will be where the mats are at in the start of the expansion.



There are four mats that you can’t farm as it were as they are a chance drop on creation of something else.

Sorcerous Earth, Air, Fire and Water are able to be obtained when you create things via the professions listed below. As they are used by all creating professions in one way or another they are going to be a valuable resource. They are needed in varying quantities for lots of different things, like the gems, as the mats for these items have a daily cooldown one can safely assume that you will gather them in a reasonable time frame so you are not wasting mats just to try and get these elements.

They are not gathered by farming materials.

What profession you are creating items for determines what elements will be created alongside. This is to avoid any one profession being almost required if you want to obtain the elements. If Inscription provided all the elements then most if not all people would have it, which would then result in tone of the small plots in Garrisons being dictated to include a Scribes Quarters or the player in question would didn’t build the Quarters being at a disadvantage over those who who did.

Sorcerous Earth has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Inscription
  • Jewelcrafting
  • Leatherworking

Sorcerous Air has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Enchanting
  • Engineering
  • Jewelcrafting
  • Tailoring

Sorcerous Fire has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Alchemy
  • Blacksmithing
  • Enchanting
  • Engineering

Sorcerous Water has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Alchemy
  • Inscription
  • Leatherworking
  • Tailoring

Each profession can create two different types of elements and each element can be found by four different professions.

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This is going to be a big thing.
And a time consuming one unless you plan.

Levelling your Garrison

Your Garrisons level up as you fill the previous tiers plots. So if you only ever fill the Large plot on your level 1 Garrison, it will only be level 1, even if you personally hit level 100.

The plots available to you are set, so at level 1 you have two set sized plots and at level 2 you have 4 set sized plots plus 3 gathering plots etc…

Bear in mind that for these there are quests that need to be completed to open up the blueprints for certain buildings. So choose carefully if you don’t want to be out in the wild for too long completing it. Once you have levelled your Garrison, all of the previous levels blueprints are available and once you hit 100 they are all up for purchase. This however shouldn’t mean that you leave everything to the last minute as you will need what these Garrisons can deliver unless you are going to be totally reliant on a LOT of gold.

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Level 1

You have 1 large plot and 1 small plot available to you.

Your small plot is primarily your crafting plot and the large is your ‘bonus’ plot. Both of these need to be filled before you can move on to the next level for your Garrison.


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Level 2

This is your next stage for you to place buildings. You get a Medium plot and another Small plot. With this level you also get the Mine, Herb Farm and Fishing Shack available to you.


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Level 3

This is your final level and you now have even more plots available to you. You get an extra Large plot, an extra Medium plot and and extra Small plot. As well as the Pets area.

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Right where I need to be

I’ve been focusing on my professions as of late, wanting to get them maxed so I don’t have to rely on the AH or other guildies. (A fine example of this is my gems. I could find them with Emava mining the ore, Pazima prospecting them but she didn’t have the design needed to cut them so I would send them to Macnessa to do for me)

As I was killing random things on Zionxi, I would send the loot to Pazima to disenchant. This got me a lot of mysterious essence and the dust (whose name escapes me at the moment) but I needed the last lot of Cata mats to level up to be able to use my Pandaria mats. Farouche kindly lead me through a dungeon so I could collect some greens to do it (Grim Batol, which is now like a ghetto version of Ironforge) and one run gave me enough to do it. I’d gone from 498 or somewhere in that region to 600 in the space of 20 minutes. Now I don’t need to fork out 180g on enchants. I can use that for repairs after Garrosh has killed me, again. It makes a big difference being able to craft them. Before it was a case of ‘is it worth spending out as I might get an upgrade later on?’ Now it’s more ‘ah fuck it, let’s make 10, what I don’t need I can keep/sell/deposit in the gb’

I also leveled up my mining on Emava. I’m currently languishing at 590 range. I need trillium to get any higher but as I can grow it I’m not in a real rush to go out there and find it. Ghost iron is what I’m looking for currently and for that reason I’m currently parked on Emava at Halfhill, nice and handy for running around mining and also so I can get to the Silken Fields for my Imperial Silk. It took me an age to get there as I got completely lost in the Jade Forest trying to find the road that took me to the Valley and then having to slink around so I didn’t get eaten by packs of rabbits… Now I’m here I have four bits of farm to grow stuff on and access to everything I need. And while it would be nice to get to 90, I’m not planning on using her or Pazima for anything other than hard labour.

Zionxi has been somewhat forgotten with her professions. They are maxed but I often forget to make scrolls of wisdom to learn any more glyphs. The reason? To me inscription doesn’t seem to have a use at the moment. Once you learn all the glyphs on a char then you don’t need to buy them ever again. As most people will know at least one inscriptor you don’t need to buy them from the ah. Yes I can make tome of the clear mind, so I don’t need to hunt around for someone to sell it but then again, why have npcs sell it in the first place? Kinda makes it pointless for inscriptors as it’s sold so cheaply from them, enchanting vellum is another one… cheaper and easier to buy it than to actually make it *sigh*

I did go rep hunting for the Golden Lotus faction and started killing Mogu. I got a key for a cache in the underground temple place in the Vale. As I worked my way through I got another key (result) and opened the boxes at the end with the cloud serpent. I got two new recipes for my cooking. Which then got me in a whole lot of bother as I started clicking on the bags of rice, saw that I needed it for one of my new recipes and then went off killing rares for the balsamic vinegar and went to buy the strawberries for the delightfully sounding Farmers Delight (see what I did there…? *wink*) and some other recipes. I don’t know if I will keep going back to find more as it’s a faff to get in there but it’s something else to try and get when I have nothing pressing to do.

Ore Farming

As I started ore farming on Emava so she could provide the mats to Pazima for her jewel crafting. I would keep having to look up where I could find certain ores. So far I’ve found Fel Iron, Adamantite and Colbolt the hardest to find as there are always Hordies around,  which makes it a giant pain in the ass to find.

To help any budding miners on their way, here are the spots I’ve farmed ore in and on the whole, I’ve had quite a lot of it. I have included up to where I am currently with mining, as I level I will be able to get other ores so will update accordingly.

Copper: I stuck with Elwynn Forest for this one. There are loads of nodes around the rocks and in the mines to farm. There is a hill near Jerrods Landing that has a rare nearby, the hill has no end of nodes on it and is a great place to start, after that just move around to any rocky areas and then follow the mountains round.

Tin and Silver: I went to Hillsbrad Foothils for these. Unfortunately so did a lot of Horde. There is a cave full of tin in the snowy area on the hill. First time round I didn’t manage to get any of it as there was a lvl 90 Hordie mining it all /sadface. Pretty much all you have to do is just keep circling around the snowy bit and the stuff will keep respawning. Sliver is quite difficult to find in this area so I did have to make a return trip for it and went around the areas outside of the snowy bit so I could just mine them and not tin. (This is to make sure that when I go back, I know that the green circles on GatherMate are going to be silver if I’m outside of the snow area and mostly tin if I’m in it)

Iron and Gold: I went to Western Plaguelands as it was only a stones throw away from where I was and you just need to do a great big loop. I found no end of iron nodes but only two gold, it just wasn’t my lucky day! I did go back and found some more though. Just make sure you avoid the black bears on the hilly bits of your not a high enough level to kill them without much trouble add they can bumble over the top of a rock and take you completely by surprise!

Mitheral and Truesilver: Burning Steppes. The best place ever to farm this. Just go in a massive loop round the outside, there are so many nodes, some practically one on top of the other. Three laps got me nearly 300 ores. Don’t go inside any caves and whatnot as tempting as it might be as this will just slow you down.

Thorium: I chose Winterspring. Purely because there was a tailoring pattern I wanted. It got a bit fiddly trying to mine it all. It’s not a straightforward loop around the zone, with many mountain ranges to navigate. I was able to mine Rich Thorium Vein right of the bat which helped but after two loops around I only managed to get 150 ores. Was expecting more from a zone that size. Will try Un’gol Crater next time as it’s a case of just going around the outside.

Fel Iron: Oh how I hate thee… Hellfire is the place that has the most. But it’s also full of other miners. I’ve been ganked quite a few times by lvl 90’s who were also there farming. Out of the whole area I have discovered at most 25 nodes which is quite depressing. Monknessa did send me a screenshot of her map so I could have a better idea of where to look for them. I did have a small success farming it in Nagrand, when looking for other veins.

Adamantite and Khorium: This was ridiculous to find. I went to Nagrand to find this and had to contest with the level 90 Hordies trying to gank me and steal it. It had a respawn with the rare Khorium vein which lowered my chances of getting anything. Unfortunately my jewelcrafting on Pazima is at the point where I need the ore to make the powder so I couldn’t really skip this part.

Cobalt: This had been a trial too, have tried two zones Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord. Neither of which produced much considering how big they are. Luckily the veins I did find produces a fair amount of ore and I did manage to find one or two rich Cobalt Veins so I had enough to get started with.

Saronite: I’d tried Sholazar Basin for this but with the many level 90 Hordes hanging around it was just ending up as a rather tiresome and long corpse run. Even though its essentially a big loop to get round all the nodes, it was taking far too long. I decided to go to Wintergrasp. There was less ore to be found and some I couldnt get to due to the mobs hanging around but all in all it was less stressful/gankfilled area to farm.

Obsidium: This ended up with me back in Vashj’ir. I really dont like this place. The swimming around 3d nature of it meant that I would constantly be swiming into mobs and then not being able to work out where they were to try and kill them. Once I had worked out the route around the Shimmering Expanse, the respawn rate was really quick and I could gather a lot really quickly. Plus my water form on my Druid made the swimming bit painless.

Elementium: Urgh, this was like Fel Iron ore all over again. The loop recommended around Twilight Highlands was huge and didnt seem to provide much. I spent a fair few hours trying to gather enough ore for Pazima to prospect for gems. It was painful progress, although I managed to go from 83 to 84 while doing it. I could also see someone else farming in the other direction to me which wasnt helping matters, I didn’t try Uldum but I would have thought that it would have been quicker to farm due to less people.

Ghost Iron: I started off by doing laps in The Jade Forest. Near the Sri-La Village. There were quite a few and any mobs I ran into were manageable. I needed to get to the Silken Fields to start doing my Imperial Silk so I ventured into Valley of the Four Winds. Parked myself at Halfhil and then went around the farms and the lakes. It was much better than Jade Forest, I only pulled one mob which I could just run away from. Two laps round and I had got from 500 to 585. and had more than enough for my JC to prospect.