Cataclysm Jewelcrafting Recipes Now Online

In case you guys missed the latest tweet/wall post, all of the Cataclysm Jewelcrafting recipes went up on our web site last night. We got a new Beta build late Wednesday night, so I spent all day yesterday adding 120 new recipes. Most of these are from the daily token vendor who was implemented in the latest build. She's the new version of Timothy Jones. She offers the daily quest and she redeems the tokens for recipes. Now that Jewelcrafting seems to be mostly (or completely, who knows) implemented I'll run you guys through the likely progression.

All of the uncommon gem recipes are available from the trainer at 425. These recipes will work all the way to the 450-465 range, depending on how tenacious you are. Most crafters appear to be leveling with the Hessonite Band, a ring with random stats that can easily get you to the 485-495 range. With the addition of the new token vendor, you'll be able to access the rare gem recipes at 465. These recipes also get you to the 485-495 range, so I assume players will be focusing on these. All of the rare gem recipes are sold by the token vendor. Unfortunately that means you'll be bottle-necked by the daily quest, so the more impatient of you will still be using the Hessonite ring to level quickly.

The token vendor also sells the new meta-gem cuts and Chimera's Eye recipes. Meta gem recipes kick in at 490 and will get you to the 500 range. Chimera cuts are available at 500 and have exactly the same level range as meta gems. Meta gems will be the likely next step after rare gem cuts poop out on you. They won't get you anywhere near 525 though, the only recipe I see that gets even close is the Fire Prism recipe that's on a 1-day cooldown. You'll note in our recipe lists that there are zero recipes between 500 and 525. This is pretty accurate, most beta players are using the Fire Prism. Even that appears to turn green at 520, a painful process if you ask me.

This is the main reason I haven't tried to level Jewelcrafting yet, I can't imagine this is the final design for progression. But there's a clear trend for moving all 500+ recipe to traders and vendors. So far I've seen it with Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Tailoring and now Jewelcrafting. I think we need to assume that plowing through a profession on the first day will be close to impossible. Jewelcrafting is throttled by the daily quest lady. You just won't be able to purchase any recipe from her until the third day of Cataclysm. The other three professions are throttled by your character level. You can't unlock the Twilight Highlands vendors until you reach level 84 and can access the starter quest in Highbank.

I know some of you are planning to get some Realm First achievements but the list of viable candidates is shrinking. Alchemy is the best profession I see for that. Inscription might be workable, but I've calculated about 300+ volatile life you'd need to do it. It would be very difficult to get that in one day with the current 15% drop rate. Enchanting would also be a challenge - I think anyone who tried would need lots of friends to supply DE items. Engineers also have a shot the way the recipes look right now. Other than that I think gathering and secondary professions are the most appealing candidates for Realm First titles. I will certainly post if anything changes with the recipe progression, but I would start planning around this scenario just in case.

16 comments:

  1. Where is the new vendor located?

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  2. Kaliope,

    I've really been appreciating your looks at professions in Cataclysm (followed a link to your blog and subscribed a month ago...it's been great!)

    One question- I remember that you recently did a "here's how to powerlevel herbalism for Cata" post, and I'm hoping you do something similar for mining. Has Mining changed significantly from the "Obsidium in Hyjal/Vash to 475, then Elementium in TH until 550" plan?" Would the new smelting recipes help at all, or mining the early levels in Icecrown/SP? Etc.

    Okay, sorry for all the questions, love your posts.

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  3. As Always, Great Stuff Kaliope. Those of us without Beta, do count on you and your insights.

    Keep up the good work.

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  4. Maria: The new vendor is located in the Trade District of Stormwind, right with the new Jewelcrafting trainer. I have detailed descriptions of all the new JC NPCs on the recipe lists, just click the name of a trainer/vendor for more information on where they are located.

    Alaron: Mining hasn't changed significantly since my first post, I'm still recommending Mount Hyjal -> Twilight Highlands. I haven't tested the smelting thing, smelting bars was implemented way after I got my mining leveled, lol! I'll see if I can dig up a toon who can check that.

    Thank you Cold, glad I can help!

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  5. Smooches from the rest of the peanut gallery, too! Thanks for helping us prep for the end of the world ;)

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  6. Hello again Kaliope,

    Lapping up all the cataclym information you can throw at me. Quick question with a possibly long answer.

    Is it possible to level enchanting by DE your JC items? Or is it better just to level crafting gems like some sites are stating?

    If so where can I see what the DE into? Cannot seem to find the info anywhere, grrr.

    Thanks for using your BETA key for the greater good!

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  7. Shamon: You could focus purely on jewelry and level from them, that is a viable leveling path. That would be Hessonite Band>Nightstone Choker>Perforator which gets you to about the same spot as green/blue/meta cuts. I don't think you'd get enough materials from JC to level Enchanting though.

    My estimates for Enchanting require about 550 hypnotic dust and 125 celestial essence. I doubt you'd get even half that by DEing every JC item you'd make. The DE tables probably aren't available because Wowhead isn't getting much data submissions from the Beta realms. From what I'm seeing on drop rates, dust is skimpy and often only 1 dust per 77-80 item. I've DE'd a couple dozen items, mostly mob drops and I haven't even collected 1 stack of dust yet.

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  8. Good information here. I recently came to the same conclusion from my own research and while looking to see if anyone else was ranting about it I came across this.
    The bottleneck from the daily quests is pretty terrible. Even if you wanted to spend the money and use rhinestone glasses to go from 515-525 they still require 2 Chimera's Eye each.
    I has set aside about 50k to powerlevel my JCing on the first couple days but now seeing that it simply isn't possible I'm a bit deflated.
    Mega bummer

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  9. I'd also add that the fact that we need meta gems to level reliably, which in turn requires an alchemist to be maxed... very annoying.

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  10. Ben: Yes, your interpretation is correct. Using Chimera's Eye to level up is also impractical because you can only get 1 per day.

    The max Alchemy is also annoying, but not new. I had to level Alchemy to the meta gem stage when WotLK came out in order to get my Realm First JC.

    I ended up having to power level Mining, Herbalism, most of Alchemy and Jewelcrafting all on the same day. Those who aren't prepared to handle all the dependencies of the profession they choose may be disappointed in trying to reach their Realm First goals. Your plans should assume that nothing you need will be on the auctions. The vast majority of players are busy checking out new content and not playing the markets on launch day.

    On the other hand, for those who are serious I say to take the long view. Most people will not be interested in something they can't get the first day. Be the guy with the plan who gets it on the first day it can be done. You might be surprised if no one else on your realm bothers because it's no longer an instant gratification scenario.

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  11. If your JC'ing is currently max'd out. Is there any reason to hold onto the current Jewelcrafting Daily tokens? Are the same tokens as the Cataclysm Daily tokens?

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  12. There's no reason to save your WotLK daily tokens unless you want to collect all the WotLK recipes for completionist purposes.

    The new JC tokens are not the same as the WotLK ones. The upgrade version is called "Illustrious".

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  13. Hey do you need to get to level 85 to do all the new jewelcrafting dailies or is it fine to jc on a level 80 alt? please

    thanks

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  14. Yes, you can level JC to 525 on a level 80 alt :)

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  15. So there is also no JC pattern drops in cataclysm dungeons or raids, hence there is no disadvantage to having 525 JC on a level 80 alt ?

    thanks

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  16. At this time the only drop recipes I've seen are world drops for extra uncommon gem cuts and the new JC trinkets. If you aren't interested in those you can leave JC on a level 80 alt. Keep in mind though that it's very likely we'll see new recipes in future content patches. There's no telling what's in store for Jewelcrafting when raid content starts to come out. For now you should be fine :)

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