Cataclysm Gathering Chart

I opted to do something a little different today. Instead of bringing you a new leveling guide, I'm giving you a Gathering chart. Up to now we've talked some about herbs and ore and I've shared some of the upcoming changes with you. The reality is that Azeroth will be changing quite drastically in some zones. It's one thing to read about it, quite another to experience the change.

One of the first things I did when I got into the Beta was travel around and check herbs and ore. My plan was to visit each type of node and see if any of the skill requirements had changed. After a while it became obvious that this was a minor issue. I couldn't find plaguebloom. I couldn't find purple lotus. I couldn't blindweed - even in Outland! I went to the official World of Warcraft site and checked every zone listed for the missing herbs. They just weren't there anymore.

So I ask you, where would you go if a key herb you need for Alchemy is missing from the zone you normally farm? What if you go to Un'Goro Crater for the usual herb-fest and realize it has dried up? I tell you now, you can't take anything you know about farming for granted. Spawn patterns have changed, node density has changed. Some zones that used to be great are crap. Other zones that used to be crap are awesome. Swamp of Sorrows? Seriously? Yes - it's Rich Thorium heaven now.

I'm sure some of you would just go to Wowhead and look for the new location, right? Wrong! I tried that and right now their drop data is Crap with a capital C. Not enough Beta players are sending in their data and Wowhead can't tell you what it doesn't know. Eventually this will all work itself out, but this won't help you on release day. So I'm helping you with my handy gathering chart.

I flew through every zone and wrote down every herb and ore node I saw. I can't promise that this chart is foolproof, I'm sure I didn't catch everything. But this is probably the most reliable source of information you'll have on Launch day.

I listed the zones in ascending order by level. I listed the herbs and ore by volume - the herb/ore listed first is the one I saw the most in that zone. This isn't scientific, just my own observations as I traveled around each zone. Eventually this chart will be obsolete and we'll have solid data from Wowhead (etc) to rely on. For now this should be enough for you to find what you need:

Gatherer's Guide to Cataclysm Zones

Another change I noticed is that all of the quest ores are gone. I've checked for them several times and I still don't see any incendicite, lesser bloodstone or dark iron anywhere. If for some reason you think you might need these, deal with it now. I can't promise they will be there when Cataclysm is released.

For those of you who have big plans to power-level a profession on a new character in Cataclysm, I strongly encourage you to collect your ingredients now. You can't count on being able to find these things later. While writing my power-leveling guides I had a handful of items that were missing and I just had to skip most of them. This also goes for any vendor recipes you might need. Right now most vendors outside of cities do not have crafting recipes. Some of them don't even exist anymore. So don't wait - take care of it now while you still can!

16 comments:

  1. Zones of the Eastern Kingdoms?

    Unless its all plaguelands now? :)

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  2. Haha, good catch :) I'll have to fix that right quick!

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  3. Arthas tears, Plaguebloom and some other are missing. Are they missing from the game completely (like now charred glyphs) or are they there, you just can't gather them anymore?

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  4. Just to clarify: herbs that are not on the chart were not seen anywhere. This includes wintersbite, ghost mushroom and black lotus in addition to the ones you mentioned. I can confirm that plaguebloom converts to sorrowmoss, but I don't know about arthas' tears. Plaguebloom was the only one I brought with me because it was used in my power-leveling chart.

    It would not surprise me at all if some of these herbs snuck back in under the wire. I've submitted bug reports about it but who knows when they will get to them. I assume this is not a high priority issue for them since most players will never make Gift of Arthas or Elixir of Detect Undead.

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  5. Hi, thanks for all the informations ^^
    I'm loving your blog!

    I still have some of the herbs that are going to disappear... Do you have some way to check the fate of these?
    I would really like to know if they'll become useful or useless (or stay the same ^^'') before Cataclysm comes.

    Do you have any idea about what will happen to dark iron? I've a good number of stacks of dark iron ore :/

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  6. Ghost Mushroom can be found in Dire Maul east.

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  7. :( gift of arthas is an awesome awesome lowbie tanking pot.

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  8. Kreaton: The only way for me to check those items would be to copy a toon from Live who had some and see what becomes of them. I don't have any more copies available on my account, but my daughter might have some on hers. I'll look into that :)

    Peter: Thanks for the tip - I will check Dire Maul and the caves in Zangarmarsh as well. Those locations are better than nothing, but still not terribly helpful for 40-50 level players who could actually benefit from the ghostly potions and dye.

    Anon: Gift of Arthas is a weird situation because the potion is still in my book. So it's possible that they intend to keep it and just haven't put the herb back into rotation yet. I will do my best to stay on top of this because we still have some MIA herbs/ores.

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  9. Ghost Mushroom confirmed at Ango'rosh Stronghold and Funggor Cavern in Zangarmarsh. Still in Dire Maul as well.

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  10. Ok, I copied a new character from my Live realm to the Beta servers. In her bags she had some Wintersbite, Arthas' Tears, Plaguebloom, Dark Iron ore, Ghost Mushroom and Black Lotus. Of those, only Wintersbite and Plaguebloom were changed, the rest remained in their original form. Wintersbite became Dragon's Teeth and Plaguebloom became Sorrowmoss.

    This could change at any time, but for right now you can hold onto your Arthas' Tears and Dark Iron and it will not be modified after the Cataclysm.

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  11. Dark Iron Ore is gone? Either that can't be true or it's just a crazy gold-making opportunity as the ore turn-in is the only way to hit exalted with the Thorium Brotherhood that doesn't involve running Molten Core. Which is, uh, admittedly a niche market but still :)

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  12. The ability to farm Dark Iron ore may be gone, that's unclear at this point. It's no longer spawning in world zones but may still be found in dungeons. However, the item itself is not gone, if you have ore already it will not disappear or become a different item.

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  13. Hi Kaliope, thanks for your insightful blogs. I was wondering if could make some mining routes for the new zones. Thx

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  14. If I get a chance before Cataclysm goes live I'm going to write an updated Mining post with skill requirements and route suggestions :)

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  15. Any news on Purple lotus? I mistakenly sold my philosophers stone for transmuting and cant make another without it. Searched AH, Tanaris, stranglethorn and nothing so far. :(

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  16. The only place I was ever able to find it was in Felwood at the various "ruins" locations. This would be Morlos Aran, Ruins of Constellas, etc. I'm pretty sure I put in a bug report about this in the Beta, letting them know that purple lotus needed more spawn locations. Clearly that didn't get done :( I would report it again on the PTR but they have not given us a blue button to submit feedback during this test cycle.

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