MoP Beta Files: Leveling Zen Tailoring

Today I worked on leveling my Tailoring, using my level 85 Warlock. This should give everyone out there confidence that a craptastic, fresh off the boat toon can follow these tradeskill guides. My warlock has terrible gear, so bad that she was actually putting on the junk that dropped off random mobs. Even after equipping a handful of MoP upgrades, her item level is only 345. I leveled her with Archaeology, which should give you an idea of how she managed to reach 85 with such lame gear.

The only thing you need to level Tailoring is cloth. Lots and lots of cloth. There are no extra materials required for this profession if all you plan to make is the basic items. The only other material used at all is Spirit of Harmony. I have to say this change on the elemental side is certainly streamlining the collection and storage situation on the production side. You can visit any Tailoring trainer in any major city to train the new Zen level recipes.

Your first task is to make a bunch of bolts with your windwool cloth. You're going to use about 85 bolts of cloth overall, so you may as well milk this recipe as much as you can. You can go all the way to 535 making bolts, at which point the recipe turns gray. There's really no reason to use Cataclysm recipes for early skill points since the bolts work just as well.

After that you'll just be making cloth items as they come available for the most part. In general, all of the recipes you unlock at each skill level will require the same mats. You also have a chance to proc rare quality items from these recipes. Out of the dozen items I crafted, one of them was a rare ilvl 415 item.

Here's the progression I came up with to streamline the path to 600:

525-535: Bolt of Windwool Cloth (make at least 85)
535-547: 4x Windwool Gloves | 4x Windwool Shoulders (3 skill points each)
547-555: 2x Windwool Pants (4 skill points each)
555-564: 3x Windwool Boots (3 skill points each)
564-576: 3x Windwool Hood | Windwool Tunic (4 skill points each)
576-600: 8x Contender's Silk Amice | 8x Contender's Satin Amice (3 skill points each)

When you reach 550 skill you'll automatically learn upgraded recipes for your personal embroidery and spellthread recipes. You'll also unlock the recipe for Imperial Silk at 550. If you want to use your daily cooldown at this point, go ahead and do so. You get five skill points for making it at this stage, but you have to travel to the Silken Fields in the Valley of the Four Winds. For those of you power leveling, this detour may not be worthwhile.

At 575 your trainer recipes will no longer give multiple skill points for crafted items. This is where you probably should switch over to farming motes so you can make a Spirit of Harmony. Any mob in Pandaria can drop motes, so just pick a good spot and keep farming until you have 10 or more. It will probably take about 90 minutes to farm one Spirit of Harmony. You'll need at least one SoH to purchase a higher level recipe from the vendor in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Alliance Tailors will be buying from Raishen the Needle at the Shrine of Seven Stars, while Horde Tailors will need to visit Esha the Loommaiden at the Shrine of Two Moons (click vendor links for detailed descriptions).

There are a lot of recipes available from the SoH vendors, but only two with a skill level of 575. I chose not to risk a bad recipe so I focused only on those two. You can opt for the one with heal stats (Satin) or dps stats (Silk). You'll probably have to make 8 of these if you are following the progression I listed above. Luckily the mats are pretty similar to the trainer recipes so you won't be plowing through a massive amount of cloth.

Total materials used were 425 windwool cloth (85 bolts) and 1 Spirit of Harmony.

The full list of Tailoring items, including locations, vendor names and skill points can be found on the Crafter's Tome Tailoring Recipe Chart. Make sure you change the settings in the "Expansion" tab to see just the MoP recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments!

17 comments:

  1. Have you found a particularly good area for farming cloth? I only played part of the first zone in beta.

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    1. I really haven't farmed any of my cloth, to tell the truth. I collected some while questing, but the bulk of mine came from the AH. Blizz took so long to implement Tailoring in the Beta that players were dumping their cloth for the first month or so. I bought everything under 50g and am now sitting on a stash of about 3500 cloth.

      I also got some donations from another one of our readers (thank you!) If you're still lurking just ping me and I'll mail it back. I've got cloth coming out of my ears =)

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  2. Thanks for all your work Kaliope. Quick question for you. Are there any other bags to make other then the Royal Satchel (28 slot) at 600. If not, all I can say is ouch. Those bags will be expensive in either time or material to make. 12 imperial silk, so either 12 days if only use your cooldown, or you need 36 SoH.

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    1. So far no sign of another bag type. I still have some faction research to do, so I may yet uncover more recipes. But at this time no indication that another bag will be available.

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  3. Yes. Thanks for these reports. Do you know if Dreamcloth will still be 7 days?

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  4. Thanks again.

    What was the best d/e source - fewest cloth to make a Sha? Will the 3-gem ring and neck still be the source of enchanting mats? Or is cloth plentiful enough to change that this expac?

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    1. JC: A stack of ore plus 2 jewelers settings on average provides 1 rare gem and 2 Disenchants

      Tailoring: 1.5 stacks of cloth provides 2 disenchants

      BS: A stack of ore provides 2 disenchants (1.25 stacks for a rare)

      Leatherworking: 1/2 stack of leather (2 stacks of scraps) provides 2 disenchants.

      Engineering: A stack of cloth and 2 stacks of ore makes 1 rare-item disenchant if the dragon trinket stays disenchantable.

      There are no uncommon craftable weapon recipes high enough to produce MoP mats.

      It looks like all epic craftable items require a cooldown or SoH

      Cheapest Epic disenchant without daily cooldowns seems to be leatherworking, 2 agnificent hides(5 stacks leather) and 6 SoH.

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    2. Thank you Neil - I haven't done any testing along these lines. I'm glad someone is out there working on the goblin angle :)

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  5. Am I the only one to notice you can almost copy over a single guide for leveling all the armor crafts.
    Basically just change the names of the items you make.
    Seems like they got leveling BS/LW/Tailor almost exactly the same.

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  6. some very interesting guides you have there Kaliope, I am impressed. Although I am almost certain that for some of them there isnt a guide needed yet because blizz is going to change professions and recipes before mop hits. More specifically they are going to add stuff.
    Is there anyway I can contact you, I want to ask you a few things :)

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    1. That is always a risk, but I've tried to wait until the absolute tail end of Beta. With any luck the majority of the tweaking has already been done. If you want to send an email directly to me you can use kaliope at crafterstome dot com.

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    2. Thank you! Received and answered :)

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  7. How did you get into Vale of Eternal Blossoms? I myself found a way, but this is not official.... I think the official way is leveling to 87?
    Thanks!

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    1. I didn't get in the official way either, but I'm pretty sure the official way is by doing some quests in Kunlai. I believe there are instructions in the Mining guide (or Herbalism).

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    2. What you think... Could it be possible that they close this innofical way, and you have to level to 87 to go into VaOEB? Probably this way is just open to level professions on the Beta?

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    3. Of course it's always possible =) Blizzard controls the game functionality. If they see user behavior in Beta that they don't want to allow, they will shut it down. Do I think this should qualify as a serious break of content access? Not really.

      While I realize they want players to quest through the zones and get the storylines, folks who focus on crafting ahead of questing have made their choice. If we are willing to spend hours farming SoH and cloth/ore/leather, we really aren't different from the hard-core guilds who try to power level in the first 24 hours so they can raid the first week out. We just have a different content focus than they do :)

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