Friday, July 31, 2009

WWGD – What Would Gevlon Do?


I’ve been reading Gevlon’s blog for a bit now, and I’m wondering what Gevlon would have to comment on about getting recipes for professions other than Inscription. Would it be worthwhile to a goblin to pay gold for recipes, instead of farming them themselves? Also, would it be worth getting all recipes for that profession, no matter if they were moneymakers?

From a goblinish standpoint, the trick is to get rare, midlevel recipes that few other people on the server have, or make trainer taught items that require quite a few different mats. For example, the Helm of Fire will cost me about 15-20 gold in mats, but can be sold for 60-65 gold easily. It’s a great helm for its level, and even though it’s leather, I’m using it on a few of my paladins and warriors around that level, just because of the high agility (crit) and awesome fire burst damage every five minutes (great for a PvP server). Add to that all the rogues, hunters, druids, and enhancement shamans, and you have a wide market base. You just have to market it effectively, and don’t flood the auction house. Post one at a time.

Farm World Dragons, if you can. The recipes they drop are very rare, like the Lifelike Mechanical Toad and the Radiant Belt.

I also am a sucker for recipes. All of them. If it’s a dropped recipe, it’s a decent price, and I don’t have it…….sold. That means less time that I would have to spend bored out of my mind, mindlessly killing the same mobs over and over again, cursing Blizzard for making recipes have such a low drop rate. Case in point: Pattern: Stormshroud Armor. When I finally got Tsuris to level 35, and powerleveled LW to 300, I noticed this high crit/dodge armor set, perfect for feral druids or rogues. The pants recipe is vendor bought, and the gloves and shoulders are usually readily available on the AH, but the armor…….the armor……
I ground the Arkkoran Oracles in Azshara for 3+ hours on Daggerspine to get the recipe, and then decided to do the same on Demon Soul. Another 4 hours of grinding, an almost infinite amount of zesty clam meat from the clams they drop, and Kukoshakaku had his own recipe. And on Darrowmere, it dropped for me on the AH, for a mere 10 gold. Aaaarrrrggggh!!!

Since I've gotten to Outlands, and have started to replace my 50's blues and epics with Outland greens, I've come to this conclusion: Don't kill yourself. Unless the recipe is for stuff below level 59 that a twink could wear, don't spend a lot of time or gold trying to get the recipes (this applies to Blacksmithing/Tailoring/Leatherworking recipes). If it drops, or if it's cheap on the AH, get the recipe. But after having the Arcanite Champion recipe learned for for months, and finally getting my warrior Bullkathos high enough to use it, and spending 150+ gold on mats even after I had Bloodshrike make the Arcanite Bars..... then replacing it with Fel Iron Hatchets at level 61 with Fel Iron Greatsword right around the corner.....Priceless. Granted, I'll still use it when I'm just doing some grinding for quests, but as soon as I hit 63, that's going in the bank.

Finish – I’m not trolling for comments from Gevlon, or flaming him, or anything like that. I just came up with the headline, and had to write something to match it.


  1. Grinding for these random recipe drops may not be worth it if you consider the opportunity cost of doing so. In those 4 hours you can complete a ton of level 80 dailies and make a lot of gold that you can use to buy several of those rare recipes. It happens to me sometimes too, I get caught up in farming some mats or other stuff, when it would be much easier to just buy it off the AH when the price is right.

    Another example is Sons of Hodir reputation. Once I unlock the reputation turn-ins, I just buy all the Relics of Ulduar I need and hand them in. Exalted in no time. Can't be bothered to do all those repetitive dailies for a few weeks.

  2. Oh, I definitely don't like doing the grinding, but if it's not being offered on my server, I'll consider going for it, or if it's a recipe that's BOP, I'll consider doing it. I'll probably have Bloodshrike grind Sunfury Bowmen, or maybe even Pallormortis, as he could use the recipe while leveling engineering to 440ish.

    Hmmm, in my guild bank I have 1000+ unidentified plant parts, 1500 dark iron residue, 20 Fiery Cores and Lava Cores....yeah, I'm not down with grinding needlessly. :)

    But unfortunately, all the feathers/beads needed for rep with Timbermaw are BOP, so you really have to do the grind to be able to buy the recipes.