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#1 Nov 02 2009 at 1:51 AM Rating: Decent
So right now across my four main toons, my trade skills are as follows:

Mage: Tailoring and enchanting
DK: Miner and JC
Lock: Herbalism and Inscription
Druid: Alchemy and enchanting

I don't really see the point in having enchanting on two of my toons, but I'm not really sure what profession would be useful on my druid at this point, without being repetitive. On one hand, I'm not really sure if I'll be getting my DK to 80 so I thought of doing JC on my druid, but I've already put quite a bit of money into JC on the DK and I really don't want to level it again. I also don't really have a lot of interest in leveling LWing, but if there are some kick *** benefits at 80 I might consider it.

My question is, what do you all think would be a useful profession for my Druid to level instead of enchanting? I'd rather not do any gathering skills at this point, but beyond that and the other things I posted above, I'm pretty open. I don't really pvp, I mostly do raiding.
#2 Nov 02 2009 at 2:48 AM Rating: Good
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I would have said Engineering but that is more for the fun items and i find it great fun to level with but i am not sure what benefits there are at 80 with it apart from the toys you can have.

I know it will be expensive but it would have been my choice.
#3 Nov 02 2009 at 7:54 AM Rating: Good
You never mentioned the spec of your Druid.

If he's feral/boomkin, the Pyro-Rocet glove enchant could increase your DPS as it does with a lot of classes, the Rocket-boots make getting around everywhere a lot less tedious, and the rest of the Tinkers offer utility, bar the Armored-Webbing.

Plus you've always got a repair bot for everybody in the raid, plus something to access your bank from without moving an inch. And a portable mailbox at a lower level, which is handy. But albeit I wouldn't drop Engineering for JC, I think I'd definitely pick up JC before considering Engy on my next raiding toon. JC is way too brilliant, especially combined with BS and the extra sockets :)
#4 Nov 02 2009 at 11:09 AM Rating: Good
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You've not told us your Spec.

If you want to optimize a toon, you must pick a profession to match a spec.

If you want to do something new - just pick a profession you like.

Currently, I think that BS/JC are the best combo for many toons because you get the benifit of extra slots a better quality gems.

However, if your warrior tank really wants to be a tailor/Eng. just do it.
#5 Nov 02 2009 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
Sorry, yeah that would be helpful huh? =x The druid is lvl 64 and tree/boomkin, her alchemy is lvl 350 I believe.
#6 Nov 02 2009 at 2:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Perhaps drop the enchanting on the Druid and pick up Leatherworking, or even skinning ?
#7 Nov 02 2009 at 6:55 PM Rating: Decent
Eh, I already leveled LW once so I had access to caster gear pre Outlands. As I said in my original post, I'd rather not level it again, and I don't have any interest in leveling a gathering skill. So I guess my choices are between Engineering, Jewelcrafting, and Blacksmithing. Of those three, which do you all would think would compliment a raiding Boomkin/Tree Druid with alchemy the most?
#8 Nov 03 2009 at 12:13 AM Rating: Decent
There is some good things that help JC from Alchemy. Daily Epic Gems Transmute! A lot of good peices from JC for Raiders and +100 stats from JC only stuff. You can buy belt buckles but you won't find better shoulder enchants. If you have a mining alt, leveling JC is pretty cheap.
#9 Nov 03 2009 at 9:45 AM Rating: Default
My feral did quite well with LW but then you'd have to take skinning and you said you didn't want a new gathering profession.

BS doesn't really offer much to a leather class like Druids so I'd hold off on that till you had a plate alt.

Engineering might work rather nicely as you'll now be able to use all the toys in cat/bear/tree/chicken form.
#10 Nov 03 2009 at 12:48 PM Rating: Decent
alcattle wrote:
There is some good things that help JC from Alchemy. Daily Epic Gems Transmute! A lot of good peices from JC for Raiders and +100 stats from JC only stuff. You can buy belt buckles but you won't find better shoulder enchants. If you have a mining alt, leveling JC is pretty cheap.

Hmmm, I may just go this route then. I'm not overly thrilled at the prospect of wasting the 2k or so I spent leveling JC on my DK (this was almost a year ago though, so it's not that big of a deal), but like I said, I don't know if I'll level her anytime soon, so it's probably best to switch that to my druid. I can always use the DK to mine the ore my druid needs for JCing up through BC and the lower levels of Northrend. Thanks for the advice guys.
#11 Nov 04 2009 at 3:07 AM Rating: Decent
I don't feel having 2 JC's would be a waste. Mining and JC'ibg on the DK will help the Druid level faster and cheaper. While that is happening you have Transmute to feed the DK.

They might not be your type of fun toon right now, but the level through outland and NR faster than most so one day you might feel good about a quest or 4 and then back to ignore mode.
#12 Nov 05 2009 at 2:42 AM Rating: Good
Personally, I'd drop herbalism on your warlock and replace it with something else and take up herbalism in the place of enchanting on your druid.

I'd go with alchemy on your warlock in place of the herbalism. The reason is that you can have one of your alchemists go transmute specialization for the chance to get extra epic gems with your daily transmute and have your other alchemist go elixir mastery for the chance to proc extra flasks. Even if you don't use the flasks, they sell at a marginal profit with no procs but you can multiply that profit quite handily as an elixir master.

The reason I suggest switching herbalism from your warlock to your druid is because druids in flight form can gather herbs without having to switch out. Any other class gathering herbs in Outland and Northrend will typically get on their flying mount, fly around until they see an herb node on their mini-map, land, dismount, gather, re-mount, repeat. With a druid, you just fly down, gather, and fly off. Fast and easy. Extremely efficient. That's what I did. My rogue was herbalism/inscription and my druid was skinning/leatherworking. My shaman is also skinning (I took it for the crit bonus while leveling and it's not horrible for raiding, either). My shaman also kills way faster than my druid, so even though you can also skin in flight form it required an abundance of skinnable corpses left by other people to be worthwhile, which was often not the case.

As a result, I dropped skinning on my druid in place of herbalism, replaced herbalism on my rogue with alchemy, and now I can gather herbs for alchemy and inscription quickly and easily, my rogue is my elixir master and keeps me well supplied with flasks in addition to a daily epic gem transmute, and my hunter (my other alchemy alt) gets me a second daily epic gem transmute with the chance to proc extra gems. It would be a very profitable arrangement if I sold all the stuff I make, but I'm stockpiling epic gems to keep my pally and shaman supplied and the flasks I make are also held for use by my raiding toons.

Doubling up on jewelcrafting is also a decent option. 2 x JC dailies = 2 Dragon's Eyes/day if you were inclined to sell them, or double the tokens to put towards patterns. I have one of my JCs dedicated to acquiring patterns as needed, and the other just accumulates tokens for dragon's eyes that I'll likely start selling off as soon as I get my pally and shaman mostly geared with T10 goodness and my need for them decreases. I've actually got 28 Dragon's Eyes in the bank sitting there so I can re-gem JC only cuts as needed when I upgrade gear.

Blacksmithing is not really a very fun profession to level. It's still probably one of the most material-intensive professions to work through, especially in the 200-300 range, and when you're done the only real benefits are the additional sockets on bracers and gloves (which are nice to have if you're raiding, but otherwise not all that great) and Eternal Belt Buckles. For the time it would take you to mine and/or do dailies to fund leveling blacksmithing, you could buy enough Eternal Belt Buckles to last you to the end of the expansion and probably fund flight training on an alt with gold to spare. I have blacksmithing on my pally because JC/BS is the min/max combination of choice for tanks these days. I also have Blacksmithing on my DK which will probably end up replaced at some point in the future. Either way, the most lucrative professions to have these days are Alchemy, JC, and Enchanting, but Enchanting is one that doesn't really have any benefit to duplicating.

Edited, Nov 5th 2009 12:44am by AureliusSir
#13 Nov 05 2009 at 7:35 AM Rating: Good
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Aurelius is right about doubling up JC being viable. It's possibly the only profession where it actually makes sense. If you make some effort to organize buying patterns you can get all recipies in half the time, which by itself is great thing. being able to replace two of your BoP gems in one day is also nice.

Since you have mining levelling JC won't be that bad. You can cheaply buy mats for Northrend. Usually ore up to iron is quite reasonably priced. But you most likely will have to farm mithril, thorium and OL stuff. Follow any powerlevelling guide and you should get mats in about 2-3 days tops. I found it much better than spending some absurd money on thorium (up to 100g/stack on my server). Just farm ore, smelt what you need for settings and prospect everything else. If you have spare gems sell them, they still go for good money. That should greatly lower cost of whole thing.

BS is usually good choice too. You don't have many plate wearing characters so it's slightly less useful to you, but those extra sockets are great thing for any class. It's also requiring most mats to level up. And I mean A LOT. Thorium and mithril part is really annoying. yout choice.

I have never had high level engineering, so I can't really say much about it. From what I hear it's more "for fun" profession than min/maxing but it has some perks. I don't even know what mats are now, after streamlining. I know it used to be pretty obscure stuff.

#14 Nov 05 2009 at 12:04 PM Rating: Decent
Honestly the only reason my lock has Herbalism is because she's my toon from Vanilla WoW (I faction changed her to a BE from a human a couple weeks ago). I picked Inscription on her because it was the only herbalism based prof I didn't have yet, and I figured she could supply her own mats once I had power leveled her Inscription, I'm not really all that attached to having Herbalism on any toon right now to be honest. I had it on my mage from level 1 until last week, and after I hit 80 I really didn't use it that much for farming. I suppose I could use it more often on an alt, but it just seems more of a pain in the *** than it's worth when flowers don't really sell all that great (20g a stack is not that much). It's not a bad idea to try it on my druid, although I do like the idea of doubling JCing now that you guys mention the benefits.
#15 Nov 06 2009 at 10:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Frost lotus are SOOOOOO expensive on my server, having a herbalist with epic flying is near mandatory. For months now a single lotus has fluctuated between 40-55g.
#16 Nov 06 2009 at 3:15 PM Rating: Decent
Yeah, they're about that on my server too, but I just buy flasks for my mage. Seeing as how I'll mostly be using alchemy on my druid for the transmutes it probably still won't be that useful (although for leveling it might). Hmmm... maybe I'll do JCing on my lock and herbalism on my druid? I hate being indecisive. -_-
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