Recent patch notes have indicated that the long-awaited Engineering recipes were finally going into the 5.4 patch. I did some research on Wowhead and it looks like the drop was changed from the Itoka kill to a random world drop. So I took my Engineer Kayree out into the world to try finding it. Because I know many of you have alts that you have not leveled in Pandaria, I decided to test an easy location. And I've confirmed that characters who are still 85 should be able to get this schematic. Please bear in mind that you will need a skill level of 600 to actually use the book!
Kayree went to Paw'don Glade and beat up some Twinspire orcs and peons right outside the village gates. This is one of the first locations Alliance will visit after they zone into Pandaria. The mobs are level 84/85 and should be fairly easy for a Cataclysm geared toon. I assume the Horde has comparable dudes to pick on in their starting areas. Assuming your toon is eligible for Pandaria content, you should be able to reach this (or a similar) location within 10-15 minutes of leaving your home city.
Kayree killed about 8 mobs at Paw'don before finding Chief Engineer Jard's Journal:
When you click on the journal, you automatically learn all of the new Engineering recipes, including:
Jard's Peculiar Energy Source
Advanced Refrigeration Unit
Jard's Peculiar Energy Source is on a one day cooldown. If you want to make all of these new items, you'll need 65 jard-cores to create one of each. So you can see that the daily CD will be a limiting factor on production. It also means that we won't be seeing any pets on the market for at least two weeks, or mounts for a full month. So now would be a good time to stock up on ghost iron, trillium and/or living steel :)
If you have any questions about these new recipes or suggestions for additional research, please leave a Comment!