MoP Gathering: Node data for Gatherer

One of our readers, Neil, has been kind enough to share his Gatherer data with us. He sent me a portion of his Gatherer.lua file from the Beta realm. It seems that he found a way to plug in some data from Wowhead as well (thanks to Wowhead for collecting this type of information!). I added Gatherer to my Beta client and made the necessary edits in my .lua file so I could check this out for you guys.

This will give you some (not all) of the node locations for the Pandaria zones. It doesn't appear to be complete, but that may be due to the lack of testers using Wowhead's plugin on the Beta realms. It should be enough to get you guys started and help you figure out where to go in the first week or two of MoP. Here's a sample map from Valley of the Four Winds:


I can assure you that there are nodes missing from this data file, as it does not show anything for the areas I've been farming in Kun-lai Summit. But it's a good start and it's more than Wowhead currently has available in some cases.

If you have ANY concerns about damaging your existing data, please make a backup copy of your Gatherer.lua file before you edit or copy over your current data.

You can download this file to copy and paste the node information into your existing Gatherer.lua file. This is the best way to preserve your current information while incorporating the new Pandaria data.

1. Open your Gatherer.lua file at \World of Warcraft\WTF\Account\1234567#1\SavedVariables
2. Open the JustMoP.lua file and Select All, then Copy
3. Locate the section in Gatherer.lua that starts with "GatherItems = {"
4. Hit Enter, then paste in the contents of JustMoP.lua

Neil has also put in his own modification to track Dark Soil for Tillers rep. You can remove the lines labeled "[“OPEN”]=" within the JustMoP.lua file if you wish to leave out that data.

Or if you'd prefer not to edit a .lua file, you can download my copy of Gatherer.lua that I used for this test. It only contains the Pandaria nodes that I pasted into a fresh install of Gatherer. You may not want to use this until the day before launch because it will overwrite your existing data file. Eventually you'll want to replace this when Wowhead officially makes their data available for Gatherer.

1. Download my Gatherer.lua file
2. Copy this file into your \World of Warcraft\WTF\Account\1234567#1\SavedVariables\ folder

Good luck and let me know if you have any issues. No promises that I can help but I'll try!

33 comments:

  1. Don't most of the nodes move to new locations in live? It was my understanding that the nodes in beta are
    1) more dense on beta than live
    2) not in the true live locations

    This is why the bots are dead for a while right after launch because they simply can't learn the routes on Beta because they all change on live servers.

    If that's true, then this data is useless for live servers.

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    1. That's interesting because I've never had that experience. In every expansion since BC I've scoped out gathering routes on the Beta realm and gone right to those spots again after launch. But I don't rely on add-ons to tell me where nodes are either. So if the nodes aren't at the exact same coordinates, I wouldn't have picked up on that.

      Even if exact spawns change, I wouldn't say this information is useless. You can see from the image I posted that the nodes follow a pattern based on terrain. This terrain isn't going to change and I'm pretty confident that the ore is going to continue spawning near the ridgelines and elevated areas. If you had absolutely no idea where to go, this map shows you that ore is concentrated in the north/central part of the zone.

      I don't think the nodes are more dense in the Beta, but I do think they may have the respawn times cranked up.

      Feel free to use or not use as you wish :)

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    2. I agree, you get a general idea of where to form a route. I'm just saying I think the exact locations are moved so botters can't pre map their routes to run on day 1.

      Looking at the pic though, I bet more nodes moved to the edges where the mountain terrain is and the middle gets thinned down. Will be interesting to see.

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  2. Locate the section in Gatherer.lua that starts with "GatherItems = {"
    Dont see this anywhere in the Lua
    THere are a lot of zone headings that look like this: ["ARATHI_HIGHLANDS"] = {
    ["HERB"] = {
    Should I just find a spot before a new zone heading and stick it in there?

    -Vinestal

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  3. Oh heck, nm I found it *sigh* at the top! doh
    -Vinestal

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  4. Will this still work if you save it as a text file?
    Guess I'll find out.

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    1. It's already in plain text format, you can edit it in Notepad or whatever. Just don't let your application save it as .TXT or Gatherer won't recognize it anymore. It needs to retain the .LUA extension.

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  5. Heck yeah that works like a charm!
    -Vinestal

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  6. Im guessing the lack of winters blossom is due to the fact that Kun-Lai is largely untouched? Other than that looks great.Looks like tea is everywhere.
    -Vinestal

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    1. Yes, there is a serious lack of data in Kunlai and Jade Forest. The peaks of Kunlai should be covered in herbs/ore but they are not. That's how I know the data is incomplete as I've farmed up there for weeks on my gatherers. Even weirder is that Wowhead has barely any map data for ghost iron, which is the most prolific ore. I'm not sure how Neil got that into his map because hardly anything is showing up on Wowhead's maps.

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    2. I screwed up on KUN_LAI_SUMMIT and THE_JADE_FOREST.

      Remove the hyphen in KUN-LAI and the leading "THE_" in jade forest.

      Mea Maxima Culpa.

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    3. No worries, I just made the corrections in the files linked above. You guys can grab fresh copies if you prefer not to edit the files you have :)

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    4. I grabbed your file Kaliope but it doesn't appear to have the changes and I still show no nodes in Kun Lai or Jade forest. I tried making the changes myself but they seem to have no effect. So it should read "KUNLAI_SUMMIT and JADE_FOREST correct? Kaliope your file still reads "THE_JADE_FOREST" but even changing it had no effect. I logged out and logged back in, still nada. Help here?

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    5. Scratch that Kaliope Ive made my edit work somehow, I couldnt tell ya how. lol
      -Vinestal
      Thanks for posting the fix

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    6. I show no mining nodes in Karasang Wilds should there be any there? Plenty green tea leaf there seems like there would be some ghostiron at least.
      -Vinestal

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    7. I'm not seeing ore in Krasarang either. The Wowhead data is largely missing for ghost iron, but you can see the rich ghost iron nodes here. Honestly I wouldn't bother farming in Krasarang until you can fly. The terrain is very difficult to navigate and the mob aggro is worse due to restricted mobility. You can see from the map how broken up it is, double that to account for stuff that's not indicated on the map.

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    8. ok I figured that. I have no idea in what order to begin leveling up toons I have 6 85s with maxed professions. I suppose it would be advantageous to level up my 2 gatherers just to have the ability to fly. Grinding factions for the differing trade skills is also important though. Priority though is getting everyone to Halfhill and getting farms started so that at least Im harvesting mats on a daily basis.

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    9. For me, I think I'm going to tackle gear professions first. The window for selling pre-raid gear is smaller than the window for consumables. So I'm going to let them have first priority. I'm less about maximizing profit and more about spreading the wealth around. Probably not very goblinish of me, but I feel better when my girls benefit equally.

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    10. So like JC, Blacksmithing,LW, Tailoring over alchemy or gatherers? Are you going to be buying mats then? I cant even fathom buying mats the first three weeks after an expansion they are just way to expensive. Im gonna have to gather for myself. ugh! what a quandary.
      -Vinestal

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    11. Hehe, I rarely purchase mats from the AH. I won't be buying, I'll be collecting my own materials with my gatherers. I usually level gathering professions the first day and mail the goodies off to the toons that need them. In my case Tailoring often gets the short end of the stick because cloth is harder to come by than ore/leather. But my skinner/LW is my main so she will likely get first dibs, followed by the Smith. I'm not sure after that, I'll have to see how the leveling process goes.

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  7. Anyone know how to convert the gatherer data to gathermate2 ?

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  8. Hi Kaliope!

    Do you recommend using Cata mats for a few skill points for any profession, and if yes, do you have some list of those mats?
    If you don't have a list, I'll read all your guides, I'm just afraid I wont have time before the MoP launch :<

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    1. Just read the guides, they're not long...

      Mel

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    2. For some professions yes and for some no. Depends, so you just need to check the profession you're planning to do and see what the advice is. Off the top of my head - Blacksmithing: Yes, Alchemy: No.

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  9. Awesome, thanks for this! will help greatly with RF ;D

    Mel

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  10. By the way, this might be really obvious, but...

    After a whole expansion where Stormwind (or Orgrimarr) has been the cultural center, you might feel uncomfortable setting your hearthstone to somewhere in Pandaria. After all, you have to go back to the oldworld to use the AH, among other things.

    There are 2 ways I know of for anyone to get a teleport to their capital city without using your hearthstone, freeing up your stone for another location. Some of you might want to prepare this before launch.

    Guild rep of Honored/Revered/Exalted allows you to buy a cloak with an 8 hour/4 hour/2 hour cooldown. There's also a tabard that one of your exalted alts can buy for your non-exalted alts to double your guild rep. You can get Honored in a couple of hours at most.

    Harold Winston in Dalaran sells a ring for 8,500g with a 30 min cooldown to Dalaran, which had (last I looked) portals to your capital. Kirin Tor rep and guild perks reduce this cost.

    I wouldn't have mentioned it, except alot of people dont bother with the cloaks as they have their hearth in SW, and alot of people don't think about older expansion's items.

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    1. There are also portals to every major city in the capital city in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms (Shrine of Two moons for Horde, Shrine of Seven Stars for Alliance.) Not just Org or Stormwind, but to all the other cities like Dal, Undercity, Thunder Bluff, etc.

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    2. Thanks for the tips guys, I'm sure lots of readers are wondering about travel. In fact, I should probably roll this information into the Noob guide I'm prepping for next week :)

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  12. Any chance you have a gatherer file with node locations all across azeroth and not just pandaria?

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    1. Nope, sorry. You could potentially use the cut/paste method on your existing file if you wanted to. Back it up first :)

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  13. Just another note about things that are probably obvious, but might help someone.

    In the options for gatherer, you have options to set the maximum number of nodes displayed on the worldmap. If you have it set to a reasonable number, like 600 nodes, whole groups of nodes in some zones wont show up. I don't know exactly how many nodes there are in Vot4W, but it's much more than 600!

    You can also set the size of the node picture. as there are so many nodes, setting it to 8 or 6 might help make the worldmap more usable. Using a larger icon size obscures too much of the map.

    good luck, everyone.

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  14. For some professions yes and for some no. Depends, so you just need to check the profession you're planning to do and see what the advice is. Off the top of my head - Blacksmithing: Yes, Alchemy: No.

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