Professions in Garrisons

Professions in Garrisons

This is a past Shared Topic submitted by Dragonray:

With you being able to build a third profession area – what are you likely to choose? Have you got all professions covered by alts so are just going to focus on money making? Did you take professions specifically for mounts/raiding or some other purpose but didn’t really want to? Is there a profession you want for specific reasons?

garrison gemsOver the last two expansions, I’ve focussed on levelling all the professions over my family of alts. The only one I didn’t have at the beginning of MoP was blacksmithing.

About a week ago, I changed one of my primaries from enchanting to engineering. This was mainly for the ‘fun’ factor and items which will improve my gameplay like the portable mailbox and vendor. I do tend to use my Argent Gruntling a lot but with a 4hr CD, it left me needing a more frequent option. It also allows me to vendor inside a raid or dungeon when I can’t summon my mammoth inside of one.

During the last Artcraft edition, I was interested in learning more about personalising our garrison but in terms of professions, here’s what we know:

For the profession hubs, we wanted the player to be able to experience leveling up their chosen professions not only with skill points, but also visually through their Garrison. As the player progresses, each profession hub will level up, and the associated building will become more visually impressive. We treated each profession hub as an opportunity to describe the NPC who works there—how neat or messy they are, how they might work, and how they’ll grow with you as you level up your Garrison. We also thought it would be fun to throw in small hints of different races that might be associated with certain professions, such as draenei for Jewelcrafting or dwarves for Blacksmithing, to tie in the many races that give the World of Warcraft its depth and history.

– Jay Hwang, Senior 3D Artist

garrison-forgeIon Hazzikostas explained this further during a recent Yogscast by explaining that Garrisons will have a new NPC AI system which allows them to behave less like the scripted NPCs we know today. Essentially, since we have the ability to place a number of buildings at different locations, the interactions of those NPCs could not be pre-scripted in the usual manner.

As an example, imagine your Blacksmith follower waking up to go to work. Over time he’ll become thirsty and want to take a break so he’ll go to the tavern. Finally, you’ll see him going back to the barracks to sleep.

Then there was this:

I don’t know about you but this sounds great. I can’t help wishing that I’d also be able to see my alts pottering around doing what they do or even just walking around my personal city but I don’t see this happening. Now if I could choose a third non-gathering profession, I would have to say tailoring since it’s useful as a cloth wearer, a seeker of bigger bags and how can you resist those magic carpets?

Shared Topic – Mountain of Mounts

Shared Topic – Mountain of Mounts

This week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic comes from Dragonray who asks:

What are your top 5 mounts or just the ones you go to all the time because you like the way they ride? What are the ones you really dislike and can never bring yourself to use – does it rub against your collecting nature (if you have one) to buy all the mounts even though you know you will never use them?

Cymre has always loved her Red Flying Cloud as a discipline priest so you’d be hard pressed to see her on anything other than that. It’s so compact I never get stuck in doorways or overshadow quest npcs, etc. and it just looks cool so what else do you need really?

Red Flying Cloud

On the other hand, I tend to spend a lot of my time as shadow these days, particularly on the Timeless Isle so her mount has changed a few times recently. I was having a great time in my Sky Golem, Enchanted Fey Dragon (a gift from Cool) and my Winged Guardian from Tome.

Like many, I fell in love with the Enchanted Fey Dragon as soon as I saw it but I still wish you could auto equip a pair of googles (like a spell) whenever you mount her since it almost looks like she’s wearing goggles herself.

More recently, I’ve been riding the Jewelled Onyx Panther - my latest acquisition.

Jewelled Onyx Panther and Mai

My other toons have their favourites too.

Tallys has been using her Headless Horseman Reins for years but on occasion you’ll see her riding a bear (a gift from Navi).

Headless Horseman mount

Astril on the other hand loves her spectral steed and iceberg when she’s spending time on the water.

Spectral SteedBipsi Bobbing Berg

Of course my Pali engineer loves her Thalassian Charger and Sky Golem…

while my druid remains content with flight form.

Flight form

One day I’ll even buy that yak I found way back on the beta.



This week’s shared topic was brought to you by Cymre Jones

What is your absolute favourite profession in WoW? Why do you love it above all others and what is one feature you would add to the profession if you could?

Being a Blood Elf who likes her bling, you may think Jewelcrafting but this was a no-brainer for me since I’ve loved the thought of Archaeology ever since it was revealed as a new secondary profession. If you’ve followed my numerous adventures in search of the unfamiliar, I hope I’ve given some insight into some of the cooler aspects of the game.

Cymre Jones

Cymre Jones in action

After the Cataclysm, I was eager to uncover all the new pets and mounts the profession had to offer; so-much-so that I completed the Scepter of Azj’Aqir twice while searching for the Vial of the Sands recipe.

Scepter of Azj’Aqir mount

Scepter of Azj’Aqir, Inside AQ20

Fossilized Raptor + Fossilized Hatchling

I also love my illusions

Fast forward to Mists and I was excited about the possibility of discovering all sorts of lost treasures and riches of Pandaria. I was so excited about getting my Relic Hunter title ASAP, I wasn’t aware it had become the topic of discussion until I had a random whisper one afternoon. I would love to know if I were the first on the server as it’s an activity that’s been close to my heart for a long time now. I even had a few people ask me for locations and such after noticing my title and staff.

Relic Hunter

More like another WOman’s Treasure

Now with the ability to display our artifacts in the Seat of Knowledge and with the introduction of our own homes on the farm (which is probably the closest thing we’ll have to player housing) makes me wish we had the ability to display or store our other knick-knacks in either location. Can you imagine being able to collect all the novelty items in the game and then store them for safe keeping? Kind of like Void Storage but not charging for the service. Think about it? You’d be able to pick them up and have a play or carry them around whenever you please. Talk about a space-saver. To illustrate, just look at the list of novelty items I’ve accumulated to date.

Cymre Croft

Cymre Jones on the lookout for new discoveries

So tell me, what’s your favourite profession and why?

Favourites Over None

Favourites Over None

This week’s Shared Topic was brought to us by Mataoka who wrote:

A few weeks ago, I noticed logging onto some characters seemed to be more irksome than others, it dawned on me that there were a few who never, ever seemed to be a chore to play. My question is, (and yes, you need to have more than one character over level 1) which of your characters do you always look forward to “seeing?” But the real question is why? Perhaps think of this from a role playing perspective, that this character has a personality, play style and demeanor that inevitably just works. I’d love to meet them!

Priest creation

It’s no question that Cymre is my pride and joy in the game. She was gathering achievements even before they were popular in a Guild who didn’t really focus on them back then. It was something that I took a lot of pride in doing, while working on my own personal milestones. I never bragged about my achievements but it was something that made me smile knowing that I could put so much effort into something and see it showcased in a journal.

Cymre loves to explore whether it’s a new continent, area or documenting interesting places in WoW. She’s also a completionist opting to collect all the recipes and designs for her professions. An avid pet collector, she gathered all the bought pets available in-game (which started back on my original hunter) so when they became account-wide, she ended up with a lot of duplicates.

For those aware of her transmog and costumes designs, it’s no wonder she has a lot of bag issues with the amount of costume changes she goes through or the odd item that’s been removed from the game – especially in the last few expansions, she’s accumulated quite a number of them.


My hunter will always hold a special place in my heart as she was my very first 60 and the only character I really played until BC came out. I still love collecting those rare pets though – which is reflected in my full stable of unique companions.

Hunter pet and Tiny Shale Spider

All of my other alts have proven skilled at various professions so that I’m as self-sufficient as possible. This goes back to the days when I was on a US server and often the only one on in the Guild.


My mage is great for offering free sustenance and ports that come so easily to her. But she’s also my tailor which comes in handy for my priest.


As a druid, Tals has a knack for herbing and her ability to change forms with ease is hard to ignore.

Superhero Sunday - Wonder Woman

Superhero Sunday – Wonder Woman

Then there’s my pali who is often used as my plate-wearing twin, when I can’t wear items higher than my cloth components. Although she could also be described as Cymre’s hard-hitting sister.

Future Raid Pets

Future Raid Pets

This week’s Shared Topic was brought to us by Effraeti – a subject right up my alley.

While running through MC, BWL, AQ40, and Naxx over the weekend, I got to thinking…

If a future patch adds more raid-dropped pets like those introduced in 5.1, what pets would you like to see? What raid and boss would they be available from?

When I think back over the last eight months, my Pet Battling activity is still going strong. So with my classic raid collection complete, there are a few (ok, more than a few) other raid bosses I’d love to see as future pets.

ST-UlduarNow it’s not like I really need a reason to go into Ulduar but if I could choose a couple of the bosses there, it would have to be Freya and Algalon. Titans – the Watchers of Azeroth, need I say more?


I’ve loved the look of the Val’kyr, ever since I saw Hildana Deathstealer floating down into the fighting pit in Icecrown. So it’s no surprise that the Twin Val’kyr are on this list. Even better than using the Glyph of the Val’kyr – which I’ll never use – Disc forever!

ST-ErodarThen there are the two Erodar found in Mount Hyjal and the Trial of the Crusader respectively. How can these baddies look so good?




Next up is ICC. Some of you may remember my mog set lightly based on Blood-Queen Lana’thel and I just think Marrowgar would make an interesting looking pet.


From BC, I’m adding Supremus from Black Temple and The Curator from Karazhan to the list.

Lastly, there’s Moam, General Rajaxx and Emalon the Storm Watcher.

OK, done! Promise.

Do you think I missed any? :P

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