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Profession Changes in Patch 5.2

Blizzard has released some updated patch notes for 5.2, including changes to professions. Here’s the section we’re concerned with for gold making:

    • Archeology
    • Mantid Archaeology has been added. Players will be able to uncover common and rare Mantid artifacts.
  • Players can purchase a Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator to focus exclusively on Mantid digsites.
  • The Lorewalker’s Map now randomizes all digsites in Pandaria, rather than just 1.
  • Updates have been made to the “museum” at the Seat of Knowledge.
    • New raid and PvP blacksmithing recipes have been added, and can be acquired through daily research of Lightning Steel Ingots.
  • Seasoned Blacksmiths will be able to find a way to create Lightning Steel Ingots once their realm has unlocked the Thunderforges on the Isle of Thunder. These ingots will allow blacksmiths to recreate powerful weapons from the past, updated for Mists of Pandaria.  These power weapons will be bind-on-equip and making them will take a significant amount of dedication.
  • For blacksmiths who have lapsed in their trade (i.e., haven’t practiced blacksmithing since the Burning Crusade), there is a (not necessarily cost efficient) way to catch-up. Blacksmiths at your faction’s shrines in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be able to teach you training plans for crafting common household items using Ghost Iron.
  • Fishing
    • The chance to fish up Flying Tiger Gourami, Spinefish Alpha and Mimic Octopus has been increased.
  • Reputation gains from bringing rare Pandarian fish for Nat Pagle to examine has been increased.
  • Players with a high fishing skill have a chance to fish up new pets. The Pet Journal has clues on where these elusive pets could be found.
  • Fish of the Day: On any given day, there is a location in Pandaria teeming with a type of Pandaren fishing pool.
  • Ben of the Booming Voice, located near the Halfhill Market area will inform players what the “Fish of the Day” is and mark the location on their map.
  • Jewelcrafting
    • Jewelcrafters may find the designs for Serpent’s Heart and uncut Primal Diamonds during the course of their adventures (world drops).
  • Serpent’s Heart is a daily cooldown that consumes several Serpent’s Eyes to create a random rare quality Pandaren gem.  In addition, there is a small chance that a player will discover the design for the Sapphire Cub or Jade Owl.
  • The design for uncut Primal Diamonds requires Spirits of Harmony and large quantities of uncommon gems.
  • Leatherworking
    • Patterns for Magnificence of Leather and Magnificence of Scales could be found via world drops. These patterns allow the leatherworker to create Magnificent Hides more economically and share a daily cooldown. In addition to producing a Magnificent Hide, the leatherworker will learn a new 5.2 raid or PvP pattern.
  • A new 36 slot leather bag (Magnificent Hide Pack) can now be created through Leatherworking.
  • Tailoring
  • New raid and PvP recipes have been added, and tailors can acquire these new recipes via the daily Imperial Silk cooldown.

Blacksmithing Changes

One of the most talked about changes is the changes to Blacksmith levelling. We will not be able to level up Blacksmithing Ghost Iron Bars, but according to these patch notes you will only be able to use Ghost Iron for the Wrath of the Lich King content through Mists of Pandaria. This means you will still need old world and Burning Crusade materials to bring your Blacksmithing up to 375, but once you finishing the Burning Crusade stretch you’re home free with Ghost Iron Ore

There seems to be a few caveats though with this new levelling method:

  1. You will need access to your faction’s shrine, so to take advantage of this on any alts they will have clear their way to the appropriate shrine.
  2. This new method won’t necessarily be cost efficient
  3. You will be crafting common household items

The first point is relatively minor, unless they level restrict the vendor selling these patterns, you can have access to the shrines before level 85 even if you get someone to port you there. The next two points are much more important however.

Blizzard is saying that this new levelling route is meant for convenience, its’ meant to alleviate reliance on older materials for levelling. Those infamous choke points in the profession levelling process should now be a non-issue when levelling new professions. Blizzard is clear that this isn’t meant to be a cheaper route, though their wording covers them if it does end up being cheaper. Their point is it’s meant to be a convenience, not a cost saving measure. Finally, Blizzard mentions that these recipes will create common household items. What does that mean? Vendor trash, likely.

Fishing Changes

Not a whole lot in the gold making department, I don’t know anyone who fishes purely to make gold, but there are several changes to fishing coming up in Patch 5.2. The catch chance for several fish have been increased, and the reputation you get for bringing rare fish to Nat Paggle has been increased as well, both welcome changes. There’s also going to be new pets for players with high skill in fishing (I’m assuming that means open water catches for these pets).

El of El’s Extreme Anglin’ has already done an excellent write-up on the new Fish of the Day event you should all read.

New Recipes

Of course no major content patch would be complete without new recipes. Blacksmithing, Leatherworking,Tailoring, and Jewelcrafting are all getting new recipes, and all through daily cooldowns (either existing or ones being added in patch 5.2.).

One last thing of note is that they’re adding new designs for Serpent’s Heart and uncut Primal Diamonds (implying they’re not just new Primal Diamond cuts). Getting your hands on one of these early on could net you a handsome sum of gold, but with the price tags these will command (assuming you’ll be able to put them on the AH) probably means it won’t be worth it to buy them off the Auction House.

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