I set a task for myself this week to try farming one of the BoP jewelcrafting recipes and see how horrible it was. I'm not a farmer by nature, spending hours killing the same mob over and over bores me to tears. Usually I don't have a problem just sharing various drops amongst all my girls. Between four toons I generally end up with what I need.
Now that Blizz has emphasized BoP crafting recipes in the expansion, I'm going to have to suck it up. I'm really not looking forward to Enchanting and Engineering on my tank, I foresee lots of torture trying to farm with her. But I figured I would get into the groove with Krystella since she's already 70 and could stand to add a few more recipes to her collection.
So last week I went out to BEM and found the Vek'nir camp in the southeast corner. This is near a Horde town and it's pretty dead, at least on my server. There was no one around when I arrived, so I set to killing the Dreadhawks that drop my recipe. As a rogue I have the added benefit of sneaking around the other mobs, so this was pretty workable. Sometimes I killed a few of the others out of boredom tho <rasp>. I probably spent about 30 minutes there the first night before I got sucked into a Botanica run by my buddy Psylo. A couple of days later I went back and spent another 20-30 minutes. Then this afternoon I put in another 30 and minutes before I needed to log... <BOOM> it dropped!
Yay for me -- I farmed!!!
Allakhazam reports the Khorium Band of Leaves as having a 0.08% drop rate. I sincerely hope this number reflects all the non-jewelcrafters and quest hounds for whom the recipe will never drop, because killing 1000 Vek'nir hawk people is not my idea of fun. The anecdotal evidence seems to reflect more of a 1% drop rate, but that's just a guess on my part. I use the MobInfo mod and it reported a 3% drop for me, so probably 50-60 kills.
For anyone else who might want to get this recipe, there are two camps. One is around a cave and the other is down the hill and to the east. There are about six spawns in and around the cave and another five in the eastern camp. I was able to clear all the dreadhawks out of the cave in about five minutes, then switch to the eastern camp and clean that out in another five. By the time I was done with the second camp, the cave area would be respawned again. As long as you don't have any competition from other farmers or questing players, it should be a pretty steady grind. On my server this whole part of the zone was pretty dead, so it shouldn't be too hard to get it to yourself. No one seems to like BEM anyway <rofl>