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#41 Osse

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 10:57 PM

Reading all about primals just brings back memories of the first few nights of TBC. Two boxing hunter + paladin with full t3 quality gear in Elemental Plateu was very fun as there was about ten 70's in total. I peaked something ridiculous like 17 primals per hour just chain pulling and alt tabbing to buff / heal. In general two boxing with hunter + paladin is so insane as pet just keeps aggro of everything thanks to growl scaling with AP.

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Speccing MM makes it a lot more enjoyable and kill rate faster / more efficient.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:11 PM

I make a lot of alts, and one of the easiest ways to make gold with them is to buy all those limited supply recipes you find on almost every vendor in Azeroth and auction them for outrageous prices like 10g+, bonus points if you can get your hands on some of the recipes that are used for profession powerleveling.

One of the best grinding sessions i had was in Skettis, where i was switching between Primal life and Primal water every time one of those was camped, but it is kinda class specific, although i have seen druids killing those trees in bearform without even having to shift out.

Enchanting can also make quite nice money, i suggest stockpiling a lot of mats, because the price WILL skyrocket once s3 is out and everyone will want to enchant their new gear.Greater Eternal essences still sell very well and you they can be even more expensive if you buy all green gear between 51-56 that is worth buying.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:13 PM

Lately I've been grinding Legion Hold for Aldor stuff/netherweave and a bit of silver. SL/SL spec with succubus soul linked, only doing the 3 instants. I first started with 2 T5/ 2 T6 to keep succu up but it turned out to be useless because there's simply 0 mana/hp loss and you have to stop and loot.
Selling everything I got for 3x30 min sessions (Marks, Armaments, Arcane Dust - from netherweave, greens etc) got me 400g+ each time.
Would be nice to have some sort of automatic looting because the way I do it atm kill time = looting time.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:22 PM

I make a lot of alts, and one of the easiest ways to make gold with them is to buy all those limited supply recipes you find on almost every vendor in Azeroth and auction them for outrageous prices like 10g+, bonus points if you can get your hands on some of the recipes that are used for profession powerleveling.

One of the best grinding sessions i had was in Skettis, where i was switching between Primal life and Primal water every time one of those was camped, but it is kinda class specific, although i have seen druids killing those trees in bearform without even having to shift out.

Enchanting can also make quite nice money, i suggest stockpiling a lot of mats, because the price WILL skyrocket once s3 is out and everyone will want to enchant their new gear.Greater Eternal essences still sell very well and you they can be even more expensive if you buy all green gear between 51-56 that is worth buying.


The same thing applies to gems. I am stockpiling most of my gems for when ZA and S3 comes out and everyone wants to gem up their new S3/ZA/Heroic Badge loot.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:44 PM

Lately I've been grinding Legion Hold...


The thing I like about this place is the insane respawn time, even if two people are farming the same 14 orcs I rarely have to wait for one to repop. Anyone have any other places like this? I've started to saturate the market with Fel Arms and Marks I've gotten over the past few days.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:49 PM

Hunters and druids are good for areas with more people than mobs, becaues they're both excellent at tapping mobs. If the area is fairly large compared to the number of people in it (ie you are limited by killing speed), the only class that can come anywhere near matching me is an overgeared fury warrior. If you have access to 2-boxing, a warlock with any form of healer is plainly obscene.

Skinning is a fun gathering skill because people leave you nodes rather than taking them. I always do the netherwing mines dailies at a time of day when there's about 3 or 4 other people there, because I can complete the kill and skinning dailies at around the same time and usually end up with a nice chunk of leather.
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:51 PM

Would be nice to have some sort of automatic looting because the way I do it atm kill time = looting time.


Prepare to be amazed:

Interface Options, top section, check Auto-loot. Good stuff.

Pretty essential for my rogue's pickpocketing macros.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 12:09 AM

The most profitable way by far to make money is solo/duo farm the trash grunts near Terons room for gems, hearts and BOE patterns. You can either log out there (if you fail to kill teron that night) and kill them every 2 hours with trash respawns. Or you can do the other method and kill them every 30 minutes and a soft instance rest with a Paladin+1 or 2 stealthers.... (as long as you've killed Supremus to get entry into the temple)

Anyway I believe the trash grunts in question are getting fixed next patch to not drop any more epics, unfortunately.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 12:35 AM

I'm ridiculously casual nowadays, I essentially only log on for arenas. That said, I stay ahead of my modest costs (enchants, gems, fel armaments for The Alt) by taking off in my epic mount between queues.

Arena match ends, immeditately mount up and fly to the barrier hills (ogre area in the hills N of shattrath). I'm both a miner and an herbalist and can usually do anywhere from 1 to 5 full passes of barrier hills before the next match starts. Mana thistle, dreaming glory and rich adamantite all over the place.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 03:14 AM

I think the best class for ninjaing mobs is probably a hunter using rank one arcane shot or something.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 04:09 AM

Prepare to be amazed:

Interface Options, top section, check Auto-loot. Good stuff.

Pretty essential for my rogue's pickpocketing macros.


I think he meant real autoloot, as in you don't have to click corpses. Something like run over the corpse, press autoloot, keep going. It'd be good for sure, but don't think it'll ever happen.

As for money makers, the most obvious one I found was doing all the quests I didn't do while leveling(I hit 70 without stepping into shadowmoon and only doing half of nethersotmr), but that works only once. Farming clefthoofs would have been pretty good if I sold the leather/meat too(crafted my tanking set with it). I was making like 25leather per buff, in crappy blue/green gear from 70 quests, and they sell for about 4-4.5g each, plus the greys/greens and the meat, you're looking at a decent 200+g per hour, but it sucks during prime time. That's also assuming I'm a feral, so I have perma 30%run speed, a lot of time is spent running between mobs, so unless you're a hunter or druid it's probably not worth doing.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 04:45 AM

The most important tip I can give is to try to always continue to farm. Find something extremely casual that you can see yourself doing every time you logon/logoff that will get you some gold.

My biggest issue pre-BC was that I only went out to get gold when I absolutely needed it, between dailies/primal water farming/various other trade skill/ah techniques in BC I've found if I can just consistently do that, I'll be fine.

While enchants/gems dents that every so often(Estimate I'll be spending 3k gold on the day s3 releases between my main and my alt) I'll be able to cover it, and start working back up.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 05:24 AM

I levelled holy through repeated instance runs and clearing some quest areas with friends. This meant that by the time I hit 70 Terokkar and half of Zangarmarsh were left untouched. While the quests here yield a reasonable amount of gold at 70 they are "grey" to me and I can't see the yellow exclamation mark above the quest giver's head. The only way to find them is to interact with every NPC I come across and see if they offer a quest.

Is there some way to turn on the yellow exclamation marks for grey quests?

#54 Griftah

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 06:18 AM

If you're a DPSer, find a healer buddy; if you're a healer, find a DPSer buddy.

I've found that pairing up like this makes farming a hell of a lot more profitable even if you're splitting the goods (and a lot more fun/safe!). Especially if you're a high-burst class like a destruction warlock or such in an area loaded with killables.
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 06:43 AM

The mobs at Legion Hold have a true "infinite respawn" flag set for whatever reason. There can never be less than two mobs (of the possible 14 spawn points for the orc warlocks; 4 at each pillar and one on each side escorting infernals.) If there are ever less than 2 of the orc warlocks, another pair will spawn in two available spots.
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:44 AM

Prepare to be amazed:

Interface Options, top section, check Auto-loot. Good stuff.

Pretty essential for my rogue's pickpocketing macros.


Thank you for trying to amaze me but that doesn't fix the issue :), helps slightly but the problem is killing about a quarter of all the mobs at Legion hold while continuously casting, I mean max 1 sec stops to reach a new mob with 3-4 mobs beating on you. Then I have to trace back and loot.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 10:15 AM

Cartographer_Routes plus Cartographer_Data equals a route inclusive of every node in the zone. I farmed 4 stacks of adamantite in an hour that way in Nagrand. Selling them for 25g a stack is only 100 gold, but when you include the primals, eternium (handy since my guild is farming resist gear for hydross) and random green and blue gems, could be much higher.

I'll have to look at that cutting gems for profit dealie. I've got 18 talasites in the bank that need a good home.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 10:23 AM

Does anyone have success with playing with AH stack sizes? For example, making Imbued Netherweave and weapon oils are probably two of the more common uses of Arcane Dust and they use 2 and 3, respectively. Have people gotten better profits on selling stacks of 2-3 for that reason? If so, is there a decent list for more profitable stack sizes? As a buyer, I'd probably pay a premium to not need to re-list or bank items, but I could be atypical.


I've had success with charging extra for different stack sizes though I never bought that item for the sole purpose of this. I had rediculous amounts of Arcane Dust from DEing all the greens I got while leveling and when I did auctions I'd put up stacks of 1,2,5,10,20 depending on the prices. If there were no stacks of size 5 I could somewhat consistently get more for a 5 stack than if I'd just sold them separately. It's been a few months since I've done this, in large part from a couple of people literally putting hundreds of Arcane Dust up as single stacks. Wading through 900+ results for Arcane Dust is a pain and drives many potential buyers away. There were also times where it could have been profitable to buy a full stack of dust and then split it apart to sell in smaller increments. Because of the AH cut, the profit margin for this is generally very low though.

More generally, enchanting materials can be very profitable without having an enchanter at all. Depending on the server, some Greater/Lesser essence pairs sell for wildly different amounts. There have been times where the lesser version was actually selling for more than the greater version. This can also be true for small/largre prismatics as they can now be freely converted back and forth by a high enough level enchanter.

For those that buy greens to DE and sell the mats, what source do you use for expected results of the DE? I'm perfectly willing to do the computation myself for the expected value of the item, I just need a fairly accurate assessment of what that item will yield.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 11:13 AM

That's also assuming I'm a feral, so I have perma 30%run speed, a lot of time is spent running between mobs, so unless you're a hunter or druid it's probably not worth doing.


I usually hate farming but there is just this one exception: Farming Primal Air as Feral in SMV. The permanent run speed (sometimes coupled with the Arena run speed bonus) and epic flight form is like cheating there. You don't have to kill a single non-Elemental mob there and your down time is extremely small with instant flight form. Shift in, fly, drop down as cat, stealth just before you reach the mob is just fun. And with Innervate and a Spirit staff you don't even have to drink most of the time, too.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 11:43 AM

My favorite alt is a Holy Priest Miner / Jewel Crafter. Something that works reasonably well for me is to hit Blade's Edge Mountains for Adamantite Nodes. There's 5 or 6 nodes in the ogre ravine (Gruul's Lair at the north end and a mine at the south end). And once you are King or Queen of the ogres, you can mine them all really easily. Then hop over to Death's Door for 1 more node which nobody ever seems to go after.

There is one notable negative to these nodes. For some reason, they will NEVER spawn as Rich Adamantite Nodes. But I still find them being one of the more consistent series of nodes I can mine.

I usually hit this up before work and with luck I can come out with a stack or two of ore in about 15 minutes before leaving for work.
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