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Last week we took a look at some of the more popular and requested enchants and how to get them for yourself. I also promised that I'd continue the faction recipe series by taking a look at enchanting for this week.

So far, I've talked about the following professions and which factions hold appropriate recipes:
Here is a complete list of the factions to which any enchanter should "suck up" and how far you'll need to take it:
  • Shattered Sun Offensive, honored.
  • Consortium, revered.
  • Cenarion Expedition, exalted.
  • Thrallmar/Honor Hold, exalted.
  • Keepers of Time, exalted.
  • Lower City, exalted.
  • Sha'tar, exalted.
  • Violet Eye, exalted.
Shattered Sun Offensive (H)
With all of the dailies that this faction offers, you'll reach honored in no time after you hit level 70. You don't even need a flying mount for most of the quests.

The only two enchants they provide both become available at honored. [Formula: Enchant Chest - Defense] is great for tanks needing to reach or maintain their defense cap, [Formula: Void Shatter] lets you "shatter" a void crystal into two Large Prismatic Shards, which many people prefer their designated dis-enchanter to be able to do.

Consortium (R)
The Consortium will offer you one enchanting formula for each level of reputation from friendly to revered. First, you'll be able to purchase [Formula: Enchant Cloak - Spell Penetration] which is a nice caster PvP cloak enchant.

At honored, you could buy [Formula: Enchant Weapon - Major Striking], which is a bit of a bargain-basement enchant for a tank or a rogue's offhand weapon, as the effect increases with weapon speed. Still, other melee enchants such as [Enchant Weapon: Mongoose] or [Enchant Weapon: Potency] and others are more popular for players wanting to achieve the best stats they can get.

At revered, you could purchase [Formula: Enchant Ring - Striking]. Considering there are only four ring enchants, only two of which would benefit a physical damage dealer, this is a must-have if you're not a caster.

Cenarion Expedition (E)
The druids of the Cenarion Expedition only offer two enchants, one at revered and the other at exalted, but both are pretty good.

[Formula: Enchant Gloves - Spell Strike] is an amazing caster glove enchant, and even healers will take it if they are lacking in spell crit rather than +heal. This is well worth the grind to revered to be able to purchase, as it is often requested.

[Formula: Enchant Cloak - Stealth] is probably not the greatest rogue or kitty PvE cloak enchant, considering there is [Formula: Enchant Cloak - Greater Agility] to be had, but it is not a bad choice for PvP, where getting into position and landing the first hit is often critical. This is available at exalted.

Thrallmar/Honor Hold (E)
Every enchanter should reach exalted with their friendly neighborhood Hellfire Peninsula base faction, because the enchants the faction provides are some of the more popular ones available.

At a mere friendly, you can begin to offer +healing to the bracers of weary healers across your server by picking up [Formula: Enchant Bracers - Superior Healing].

Once revered, you can purchase [Formula: Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats] which serves almost every class from time to time, and is requested a fair amount.

At exalted, you have the option to purchase [Formula: Enchant Chest - Subtlety], which reduces the wearer's threat generation by 2%. I know many raiding guilds have actually required that some classes wear this enchant.

Keepers of Time (E)
This faction can be a bit of a pain if you need to reach exalted. There are only two dungeons, the heroic modes are not for beginners, and a surprising number of PuGs fail miserably at Black Morass.

Still, once you get the hang of it, and can bring people you know, the grind is more boring than anything else, and it's worth it.

At honored you can purchase one of the four ring enchants, [Formula: Enchant Ring - Spellpower], which is ideal for casters, although healers are probably better served with the healing and/or stats versions.

[Formula: Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower] is also unlocked at honored, which again, is ideal for damage dealing casters.

Once exalted, they'll let you buy [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Superior Agility] which is definitely sought after, and you'll make money from having it.

Lower City (E)
Lower City also offers one of the four ring enchants, [Formula: Enchant Ring - Stats], which becomes available at honored. This is beneficial to any enchanter, if for some reason you prefer it over one of the other three.

Unfortunately, you won't see another formula until exalted, at which point you can buy [Formula: Enchant Cloak - Dodge], which is one of the best tanking cloak enchants for warriors and paladins, especially if they are already defense capped.

Sha'tar (E)
I strongly recommend completing this grind, as it offers four enchants, three for healers including the final ring enchant, and a threat generation enchant.

At honored, you can purchase [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Major Healing], which is one of the best in that slot for healers, usually requested by those who need more +heal over +spell crit.

At revered, you can begin to offer healing to weapons too, with [Formula: Enchant Weapon - Major Healing]. If you're a healer yourself, pick up [Formula: Enchant Ring - Major Healing] as well.

Finally, at exalted, you can purchase [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Threat], which effectively increases the amount of threat generated by the wearer, who is hopefully the tank. It's nice to have, especially for fights where effects like silence and disarm are limiting the tank's ability to hold aggro.

Violet Eye (E)
The Violet Eye is the faction associated with the raid dungeon, Karazhan, and therefore you'll need to start raiding in order to grind enough reputation to purchase the enchant they offer.

That being said, there is only one, and in fact, there is a two-handed version that drops in Arcatraz, although it's not the best drop rate. [Formula: Enchant Weapon - Greater Agility] can be obtained at exalted. Although this is useful for dual-wielding rogues, for example, I still think that enchants like Mongoose are going to be more popular, so long as the character feels their weapon is worth the cost.


Each week, Insider Trader takes you behind the scenes of the bustling sub-culture of professional craftsmen, examining the profitable, the tragically lacking, and the methods behind the madness. Still leveling your enchanting? Check out our leveling guide! Looking to offer some of the most popular enchants? Find out where and how to get them! Finally, peruse our guide to disenchanting.

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