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Insider Trader: Guide to making BoE engineering pets


Insider Trader is where you turn when you need to know something about your professions.

As we mentioned in a recent patch 3.3.3 update, the Pet Bombling and Lil' Smokey engineering manufactured pets are going to be changed to bind on equip. Pets from almost any source are a lucrative market to be in, and this will provide another way engineers can make a bit of cash from their horrible gold sink of a profession. Hunter ammo was a step in the right direction, and this is too.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items, Insider Trader (Professions)

Insider Trader: Zapping in the North


Insider Trader is your inside line on making, selling, buying and using player-made products.

Engineers have plenty of fun tricks up their sleeves, and that includes a hip, quirky means of gathering. Specifically, they ride around on fancy machines zapping clouds into Crystallized elements, at least in the far North.

Such elements are used in crafting, or combined in stacks of ten to form Eternal elements, which are also a common reagent in patterns and schematics.

Both forms of these elements sell for handsome sums on the Auction House, and can be stockpiled for one's own needs, such as updating item enchants.

This week's Insider Trader is devoted to helping you find those clouds and zap them with a vengeance!

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Filed under: Engineering, Items, Analysis / Opinion, Tips, Add-Ons, Expansions, Making money, Insider Trader (Professions), Wrath of the Lich King

Preparing for 2.3: Post-patch item farming, part 1

Nearly every patch includes new items for players to farm up. While these additions are typically new tradeskill recipes, occasionally other goodies are thrown into the mix. The upcoming patch 2.3 contains both of these types of items for your farming pleasure (or annoyance). I'll quickly cover the items, where they're dropping and the creatures that drop them in order to create a consolidated resource to help plan your farming once the patch hits the live realms.

First off is the new leatherworking bag. The pattern for the Bag of Many Hides can be found through the mass slaughter of the Gordunni ogres in the Barrier Hills above Aldor Rise in Shattrath. This recipe will allow a leatherworker to create a 24 slot bag to hold the essential tools and materials of their trade.

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Filed under: Engineering, Leatherworking, Patches, Items, Jewelcrafting, Guides

PTR Notes: Repair bot and toolbox changed

While the first change has been on the PTR for awhile now, it seems to have gone relatively unnoticed. The old Field Repair Bot 7A has had its mats decreased and is now stackable. The new mats, as pictured above, are 16 x Thorium Bars and 2 x Fused Wiring. I've been able to make a few bots on the PTR and can confirm that they also stack up to five.

In addition to the recent changes to the latest PTR build, players are reporting that additional items can now be stored in the Fel Iron Toolbox. The new items include motes, primals and blacksmith hammers. The storage of the elemental ingredients will definitely help out while attempting to maximize bank space. Let's hope that this change was intentional and doesn't get reverted in a future patch.

Filed under: Engineering, Patches, Items, Raiding

Goggle costs and a bit of RP

stylin'!
I think of all the trade skills I have, Engineering has to be the one I feel has been overlooked the most by the devs. The patterns have traditionally been scarce, and it seemed to me like the material costs were pretty crazy for many things when I was leveling up. In contrast, I still haven't gotten all the patterns for tailoring and recipes for alchemy. Enchanting is definitely a pain in the arse, but I can justify that one with tips and the occasional sale when I have the mats. Engineering, for me, was something I picked up and only leveled for the love of toys. (Like my long-ago-nerfed Gnomish Shrink Ray in combination with Nogginfogger Elixir, which was great for laughs.)

I've listened to my Hunter officer, who has maxed his skill out, decry the material costs of many of the new patterns. (I haven't pursued it on my alt as yet) So when I saw this tidbit today, I thought that many engineers would be glad to hear that they are actually looking at improving a pattern as opposed to nerfing it. Per Drysc when fielding complaints about the inclusion of Primal Nether in the epic goggle schematics:

We're in the process of reevaluating the power consumption needs of the goggles. While it was felt that the Primal Nether would be able to sufficiently power the devices, and through further testing, we're currently investigating other power sources and their availability.

Good news, and a bit of RP. We'll have to wait and see what the final decision is in regards to "power sources."

Filed under: Odds and ends, News items

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