MoP Beta Files: Enchanting Gets New Goodies

The new recipes for Zen Enchanting have been available on the Beta realm for a good while now. I've been avoiding the leveling process because the recipes are still too spaced out for my comfort (525/550/575/600). That seems very "slap it up and call it good" to be final IMO. Some of you may have noted that the latest build has some changes for Enchanting.

The change that everyone seems to be talking about is the removal of all crafted Enchanting rods. I can confirm that the recipes my Enchanter has are showing just a Runed Copper Rod for the recipes I spot checked. The higher level rods will apparently still function in place of the copper rod, so you don't have to ditch your elementium rod if you don't want to.

Another change on the trainers that I find even more interesting are some new recipes that allow you to convert one enchanting ingredient into another one. We're already used to shattering crystals into lower ingredients. The new recipes on the Zen trainer take this concept one step further.

At 500 skill you'll get a recipe that converts 5 spirit dust into 1 mysterious essence:


Then at 535 skill you can learn a recipe which converts 1 mysterious essence into 3 spirit dust:


At 550 skill you'll be able to convert 5 mysterious essences into 1 ethereal shard:



And at 585 skill you will get to change 1 ethereal shard into 3 mysterious essences:


Finally, at 600 skill you'll learn how to convert 5 ethereal shards into 1 sha crystal or 1 sha crystal into 2 ethereal shards:



Personally, I find these additions to be seriously awesome. We'll be able to convert any enchanting component into any other enchanting component. No longer will we end up with massive stacks of dust and still be short of the essences needed to do enchants. I can't wait to dig in and play around with this new system and see what effect it has on the leveling process :)

And no, that doesn't mean I'm going to level up Enchanting now. I'm still hoping to see those recipes spread out a bit more!


11 comments:

  1. A while ago I remember hearing that they were planning on this, but I hadn't yet seen it on the beta. I'm excited it looks like it's going to make it in! It will be nice to have a way to convert the over-obtained mats (typically dusts) into low-obtained mats (typically essences), or the sha crystals down all the way to essences/dusts if needed (once the sha crystals become easily obtainable).

    I'm glad it looks like we can use our current rods, I was worried they'd get greyed out and we'd be stuck with a useless piece of junk. I actually am sad about the rod change, I liked making them each time I leveled enchanting (most of which were on new servers). Sure, sometimes it was a bit of a pain to get the mats but never too bad. It felt like I was actually moving up in the profession, instead of just learning more recipes.

    But, I also liked having different alchemy vials and parchment too, and they changed/are changing that so we probably should have seen this coming.

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  2. That's nice! I was wondering if you or any readers may have heard of any recipes, patterns, etc., that may be removed or returned to the game? Thanks for the update!

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    1. With the current state of the game, this is very hard to assess. They are reworking the spell books and our existing recipes are frequently missing. We will probably know more as we get closer to release and the recipe book UI stabilizes.

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  3. Is there any hint that they'll add recipes for converting lower level enchanting mats?

    Have they done away with the idea of lesser and greater essences? I notice lesser mysterious essence was renamed mysterious essence and there are no recipes on wowhead that use greater mysterious essences.

    The removal of rods will hurt transmuters as well as blacksmiths. I've easily 60K worth of mats only useful in the making of rods that I assumed would be always needed, especially when the expansion hit.

    While I wish they'd announced it earlier, I'm glad there's probably enough time to break even on what I'd bought.

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    1. No sign of conversion recipes for lower level ingredients except for the once we already have now (void shatter, abyssal shatter, etc).

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  4. This is welcomeand should ease the 10g/stack dust sales. Now if only you could transmute 3 green or blue color gems into a red we could avoid more waste .

    The open question is what will the Shuffle be? We need: prospecting results, the final vendor price of gems, and d/e info. This is where Blizzard can be especially frustrating: the unused-in-shuffle gems, changing the gem vendor prices a couple of times, very late final numbers ...

    @Neil - yeah 99.9% of the world demand for eternium just evaporated.

    @lometa - the eternal issue is the BMAH. Since ashes of alar and current raid tier can show up there, who knows if a Dirge or something could show up some day. BMAH means absolutely nothing is ever truly guaranteed to be gone.

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    1. So mum's the word, eh and that's something I hadn't considered Hagu. That doesn't surprise me that WoW isn't saying anything on what will stay and what will go, there would be a rush to collect whatever was discontinued in-game to compete with the BMAH. Still, we're not having a Cataclysm wither so maybe things will stay pretty ,much the same.

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  5. Oh I love this. I'm always short something and way over something else, this will be awesome. I'm wondering how stabilized the entire Enchanting Mats market will be if they are all transformable into each other based on quantity.

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  6. As someone that is currently levelling a fresh 85 to be an enchanter and being stung with 800g for the base rods to make my rods the removal is a blessing (the curse of a low pop realm, an inactive guild and the minority faction).

    As a seller of the rods on a high pop realm I'll curse the change as I make a decent return on the rods. Mixed blessings for sure.

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  7. Now all they need to do is trash belt buckles, and my blacksmith will be totally useless :(

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  8. So you need to be lvl 80 to train Zen? Will that let me get to 550 skill so i can de all the jewelry i create?

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