Updated: Pilgrim’s Bounty Cooking

You may have noticed a flurry of cooking leveling within your guild recently. People who'd previously poo-poo'd cooking and fishing suddenly taking up both with a vengeance. It's likely that the upcoming Pilgrim's Bounty in-game event is the reason. Pilgrim's Bounty is held November 22- November 28 and features virtual takes on many of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday's traditions.

The cooking quests, and the achievements requiring the fruits of your cooking labors, all involve specialty items only available from specific Pilgrim's Bounty vendors, located outside of the capital cities. Although they share some of the holiday goods, such as honey and spices, certain items are only available from a specific NPC:

  • Cranberries are from the vendors outside Ironforge and Orgrimmar.
  • Sweet Potatoes are from the vendors outside Darnassus and Thunder Bluff
  • Small Pumpkins are from the vendors outside Stormwind and Undercity.

Additionally, you'll need to hunt turkeys in Tirisfall Glades or Elwynn Forest to obtain Wild Turkeys. With the assistance of these vendors, you will be making five dishes:

Cooking all five recipes will earn you the achievement Now We're Cookin'. Your first stack of 20 of each of these foods will be used to complete the daily Pilgrim's Bounty Daily quests, resulting in the achievement Pilgrim's Progress.

Related achievements include Pilgrim's Paunch (Acquire the Spirit of Sharing from a complete Bountiful Table feast at every capital) and Sharing is Caring (Pass one of every dish at a Bountiful Table.) NOTE: if you eat five helpings of every food, you'll gain the Spirit of Sharing which lasts one hour and increases reputation gained by 10%.  Conveniently, tables come equipped with their own unlimited stacks of food, so you won't be stuck in the kitchen all day. These achievements are all part of the Pilgrim meta achievement which awards the title Pilgrim and a plump turkey vanity pet.

More achievement points are nice, and I'll definitely try to complete the achievement for the pet. But what I am most excited about is gaining five more recipes to add to my total.

I'll be updating this post with screenshots and more details once the holiday goes live this weekend.

For more cooking achievement details, see the Cooking Achievement guide.

Professions Synergy

This sexy Tauren is my bank alt. He is one of the primary keys to my ability to make my horde-side professions somewhat profitable. But the other equally important component to that profitability is my having chosen complimentary professions that can help each other out. For my horde characters, it breaks out like this:

  • shadow priest is a tailor/herbalist
  • mage is an alchemist/herbalist (elixir mastery for the flask procs)
  • shaman is a miner/jewelcrafter
  • druid is a skinner/leatherworker
  • SO has an enchanter and an inscriptionist

Alliance-side is similarly aligned:

  • druid is an enchanter/skinner
  • mage is an alchemist/herbalist (elixir mastery for the flask procs)
  • shadow priest is an inscriptionist/herbalist
  • SO has a leatherworker, engineer, and blacksmith

That’s right. Not only did I pick my alts’ professions with an eye on how they could feed into each other, I took my SO’s professions into consideration as well to come up with a mix that would cover most of our bases.

Each day, my alchemist transmutes an epic gem and sends it to the JC. The JC makes an icy prism daily, sending the blue quality gems back to the alchemist, along with the eternals she mines, cutting the epic gems and sending them to the bank alt. All herbs gathered go to the alchemist for making whatever flasks I need and whatever elixirs are selling well in the AH. The two maxed fisherwomen do the fishing daily (the third does it only when it’s the sewers, slowly increasing her skill), sending any usable fish to the bank alt to be held for the druid’s eventual push to 450 cooking.

Alliance side had mirrored this as well, until I faction changed the shaman and moved her over to the horde. Additionally, as I leveled the tailoring and the SO leveled the leatherworking, all excess items that were not especially saleable were funneled to the enchanter for DEing. The inscriptionist made me plenty of scrolls so no enchanting skill-up points were ever wasted.

These interwoven professions didn’t initially happen by design. But when I moved my shadow priest to her current server and started up my army of alts there, I did take what I’d learned from several years of good professions synergy with my Alliance characters and apply it. Some professions, especially enchanting, are really expensive and time consuming to level without having additional toons and their professions excess feeding into them. And since the excitement over getting to train new recipes and make fabulous new goodies has long been a driver of getting me to work on my alts, it works out very well all around.

So next time you roll an alt, and are tempted to pick two gathering professions or a repeat of an easy profession you’ve previously breezed through, take a minute to think about if you have an opportunity to make your profession leveling less painful — or more profitable — by considering it in context of your own little crafting cabal.

WotLK Epic Tailoring Patterns

With the announcement of the 3.3 epic tailoring patterns, presumably purchased from a vendor in Icecrown Citadel, I figured it was time for a big list of rare drop/non-trainer epic tailoring patterns.

3.3 Patterns (ilvl 264)

Location: TBD. Purchasable with Honored or above reputation with the Ashen Verdict, a new faction related to the siege on Icecrown Citadel.

3.2 Patterns(ilvl 245)

Location: Rare drops off bosses in Trial of the Crusader 25.

3.1 Patterns (ilvl 226)

Location: Rare drops off bosses in Ulduar 25.

These craftables all share one thing in common: a pretty significant crafting cost. However, if you're a raider who has had bad luck in seeing a specific drop, or if you don't raid frequently, it can be worth it to drop the cash on an item like the boots or a belt.

They all require WotLK specialty cloths (i.e. Moonshroud, Ebonweave, Spellweave). By tier, they have separate 25-man raid-only drop items (the current 2 eventually became purchaseable by badges) that can make up the bulk of your farming time or cost: Runed Orb and Crusader Orb. The 3.3 patterns require Primordial Saronite to purchase the patterns and to make them. It is unknown at this time if that will be a rare drop off the trash in the instance or how it will be obtained by players.

Profession Grind: Books of Glyph Mastery

Two weeks ago, I decided my level 70 Alliance scribe really should learn all the Book of Glyph Mastery glyphs. Unfortunately, I was already broke Alliance-side from my druid’s quest for the fawn pet. And I don’t play my alliance characters at all. So it's not like I needed to do this — I am just completionist about my professions.

But I came up with a sensible solution: I had her sell glyphs every day until she could afford to buy her books. And last night she learned her final glyph. I spent on average 30 minutes per day making glyphs and listing/relisting them. Invaluable in this effort was trading in ink of the seas for all the other inks, and using LilSparky's Workshop and Auctionator to help me see at-a-glance which glyphs were profitable  so I did not waste time making glyphs that sold for less than their materials cost. I spent in the 70-90g range per glyph book, and ended with a 3k G profit, after accounting for cost of supplies and purchasing the books. Not too shabby.

And on a related note, it really does seem rogues are not raiding any longer—their glyphs almost never seemed to sell.

No profession grind like this is complete until you make yourself a chart, so here’s mine after the jump.

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New Fishing Pole

After months of fishing dailies, I finally received one of the new poles in my reward bag. It’s the Bone Fishing Pole. Same +30 fishing as the Kalu’ak pole, but instead of underwater breathing it grants +40 shadow resistance. Appropriate enough for a shadow priest, yes?

It’s a nice looking pole tho I do wish it had a unique lure/bobber thingy. Oh well. It’s nice to have a new toy regardless.

Tailoring Rep Grind: Herbalism Bags

I admit it: My Sporeggar rep grind started out as being about the herbalism bag, but I stayed for the Exalted rep to obtain the adorable pet. The Cenarion Circle on the other hand 1) had no pet and 2) was the bane of my existence when Silithus was a new zone and my druid had to farm rep there healing guildies as they slaughtered the annoying (then Elite) bugs.

Thus, my tailor lacks the CC herb bag. One of these days I *will* get around to doing the grind tho, and I'll be sure to pop over and re-read Psynister's post on the CC rep grind.

Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1: Bringing the Fishing Dailies Back, Now in Northrend

One of my laments when we initially launched into this expansion was its lack of fishing dailies for fisherwomen such as myself. So when 3.1 brought with it fishing dailies, I was thrilled to say the least, and hopped to discovering the Mystery of the Ghost Fish and gathering many fishing treasures, such as Jack Sparrow’s compass, and a bank alt pimp hat. One of my guildies was lucky enough to obtain a fancy fishing rod. But I have yet to see one of those (despite fishing across 3 toons), and no bobbers or turtle mount. Cue crying.

Like its predecessor in Outlands, the fishing quests carry an achievement for completing all of the quests: Chasing Marcia. Here’s an overview of the quests you must complete to obtain it:

The Ghostfish

Take the newly zippy flightpath from Dalaran to Sholazar Basin’s River’s Heart flight point. After disembarking the plane, turn around and start fishing in the lake. It can take a few minutes for you to loot the ghost fish. IMPORTANT NOTE: as soon as you loot one of these babies, you must click on it and eat it. It will despawn 60 seconds after being caught so don’t do what I did the first time and fly back to Dalaran with it in your bags…While you’re out here, you may want to fish up some Nettlefish for your guild’s resident fish feast maker.

Jewel of the Sewers

This is a 2-for-1 fishing activity since while you are down in the sewers waiting to fish up some corroded jewelry for this quest, you have a chance at obtaining the Giant Sewer Rat pet and achievement. I had the person next to me obtain this the other day and I seriously wanteed to push him into the sewer water. Ahem. Personally, when doing this quest,I like to eat a Magic Eater and cast while sitting down (or transformed into creatures like the whelp, above.)

Dangerously Delicious

I kept putting off this one until I realized that the Alliance and Horde flightpaths into Winterspring each have adjacent pools in which you may fish. Of course, ever since I realized that, this quest hasn’t popped up. FINE. Also of note (theank you Kadomi) is Wintergrasp fishing is an easy way to obtain all of the fishies you need for your fish feasts without travelling the globe. Which reminds me of the many times I stood around in uncooperative AVs fishing back in the old days…

Monsterbelly Appetite

For this one, I have been flying to Unu’pe and flying east to their adjacent icebergs. Be sure to turn on your fish pool tracking. You’ll find the Monsterbelly pools out here. If the other pools are up instead, you can fish them out to help the Monsterbelly pools repop. I lack the patience to just fishin the sea until a monsterbelly happens along but you could do that also. Be sure to loot the “Bloated Monsterbelly” you fish up to retrieve the arm. Return the arm to the first aid shop in Dalaran for your reward.

Blood is Thicker
Fly out to the Borean Tundra flight path of your choice and head towards the lake full of poachers south of the Amber Ledge. If others are out here doing the quest, you can use someone else’s pool. Otherwise, kill a big mammoth or other creature and jump into the water, creating a red pool to fish from. Typically, I got 3 fish per cast, making this my quickest fishing daily. WHile you are at the lake, fish up some musselback sculpin for fish feasts.

Helpful Hints

  1. Use your best fishing poll and a lure to avoid trash. If youhaven’t yet maxed out fishing, get on it as that will help you have fewer casts for the quest objectives.
  2. Make sure you are not in a raid group. You can not fish up the quest fishies while in a raid.
  3. Grab your cooking and/or jewelcrafting dailies at the same time. It’s often efficient to do them all in one circuit.

Your Just Rewards

The gray trash from your Bag of Fishing Treasures can range from a few coppers to 100g vendor price. But not so fast– the gray jungle hat is actually something you might want to give your favorite lowbie or bank alt since headpieces are hard to come by at low levels. There is also a chance for a rare pet, the strand crawler.

Happy Fishing!