A lot of news keeps rolling out on patch 2.3. And some of it is tasty to us poor downtrodden Engineers.
What has to be, so far, one of my most highly anticipated releases with the patch is the introduction of Engineering crafted flying mounts.
HEY! I said ONE of my most anticipated, not THE most anticipated!
Actually, in order of preference, what I’m most looking forward to are;
- Badges of Justice drop off bosses in Karazhan and Zul’Aman.
- Awesome new feral druid rewards from Badges of Justice. (Thanks Mooire!)
- Accelerated leveling for characters level 20-60 and new quests/FP. (To ease my wife’s current mid-30s pain)
- New Engineering recipes and flight mounts.
Most of those take care of themselves, but what about the Engineering flight mounts? When the patch goes live, is that the time to start thinking about what you’ll need to make one?
Nay, says I! What better time than now to prepare yourself, so you can be one of the ‘first on race day’ to have your very own Engineering flying mount?
I mean come on, these things are choice!
I’ve followed the hard work that the wonderful folks at MMO-Champion and Wowhead have done to document the Engineering Flight Mount info that’s come out of the latest PTR. And thanks to them, we have the preliminary materials lists for making these sweet craft.
For the standard Flying Machine Control, we’re gonna need;
- 350 Engineering Skill, expert riding skill (225) and level 70
- Adamantite Frame (2)
- Fel Iron Bar (30)
- Handful of Fel Iron Bolts (8)
- Star Wood (8)
- [Fel Iron Toolbox]
- Elemental Seaforium Charge (4)
The actual mats needed to make all of that are;
- Fel Iron Ore (112)
- Adamantite Ore (16)
- Mote of Fire (1)
- Mote of Earth (22)
- Star Wood (8)
And breaking that down one last time… Fel Iron Ore, Adamantite Ore, Motes of Fire and Motes of Earth are all commonly acquired Mining materials. Now that you know how much you need, stockpiling them should be no problem.
A little more investigation reveals that Star Wood is easily purchased from most Enchanting Supplies vendors, as it is a reagent used by Enchanters to make Wands. So the next time you are in a large city, ask your local guard where the Enchanter trainer is… very likely you’ll find a Supplier nearby that can sell you 8 Star Wood.
Finally, we come to the Elemental Seaforium Charge. The [Recipe: Elemental Seaforium Charge] to make this is purchased from the Consortium Quartermasters in Netherstorm and Nagrand, at Revered reputation.
I find that I do not HAVE Revered reputation. In fact, I only have Friendly.
Ok, no problem… head off to ‘Ye olde auction house’ and buy some, right? After all, it’s not BOP.
After two weeks, I have yet to see any Elemental Seaforium Charges in the AH on my server. This, to me, means two things.
- First, if I want my mount it looks like I need to grind my Consortium rep.
- Second, there is an opportunity to make some serious cash off of any other Engineers that want their mounts, but don’t want to grind the rep.
The mats cost is low, and you can sell them 4 per stack. If I grind to the recipe, I bet I could actually make some nice alt twinking cash from this recipe… for a little while.
As a side note, while checking on prices at the AH on Engineering stuff, I realized I never saw any [Goblin Jumper Cables XL] for sale there. As my Hunter alt is a Goblin Engineer, and my main is Gnomish, I went and farmed some mats and made three. They’ve sold on my server for 45g each, first time. And they are cheap to post, so if they dont sell you’re not out much. Word to the wise, this might be a nice sideline for you as new players take Engineering for the mounts, but take Gnomish spec for the neat toys… and can’t make their own Goblin Jumper Cables XL.
I put off the Consortium reputation grind in order to take a look at what mats I’d need for the upgrade to Turbo-Charged Flying Machine.
For the upgrade, the additional mats you’ll need are;
- 375 Engineering Skill, Artisan riding skill (300) and level 70
- Flying Machine Control
- Khorium Power Core (8)
- Felsteel Stabilizer (8)
- [Hula Girl Doll]
The Flying Machine Control is what you create for your standard mount. So that will be taken care of.
The actual mats needed to make the rest of the stuff are;
- Primal Fire (8)
- Khorium Ore (48)
- Fel Iron Ore (96)
- Eternium Ore (64)
Of course, you will also need a Hula Girl Doll. A what? That’s right, a Hula Girl Doll. And this is one of those wierd items that is sold by Griftah, the scam artist normally found in Lower City. The Hula Girl Doll will be new in patch 2.3, so you can’t buy it in advance. And it will sell for 100g (at the time of this writing). I’m hoping it’s not going to be a limited quantity item.
I set out to acquire the mats for this, and store them away in the bank. I refused to pay AH money for anything I might find while Mining, so it took a while longer, but as of last night, I had farmed my last Mote of Fire from mining Fel Iron, and made my last Khorium Power Core. I have every material to make both machines, except the 4 Elemental Seaforium Charges and the Hula Girl Doll. And I have all the mats to make the charges, I just don’t have the recipe yet.
It’s something to do while not running Karazhan, right?
Last night, all the mats in palce, I started the grind for Consortium reputation. I started following up all those long abandoned Netherstorm Consortium quests that my lazy bear butt never finished, and farming Zaxxis Insignia. I got a lot of farming and questing completed last night, so as far as I can see, I only need 350 more Zaxxis Insignia to reach Revered. That amount will be lower if I can get a group together to finish a few last quests.
It’s funny, the things I’m willing to do to get a new Epic Flying Mount. If only I put forth this kind of effort to get Heroic keys!