This post in one in a series of posts that will be in regards to garrisons and professions in Warlords of Draenor and how they interact with each other, and on their own.
Unlike previous expansions professions are much more involved this expansion, even if somewhat simplified at the same time. Being tied to buildings in the garrisons it not only opens up more options but different options to either supplement a profession you already have or fill the role of a profession you do not have.
Note: As warlords is still in beta, it is possible some of this information might change before the expansion is released.
Spotlight on Alchemy:
List or all materials you will need to make all items in your alchemy skill book:
Misc: Crystal Vial.
Herbs: Fireweed, Starflower, Nagrand Arrowbloom, Talador Orchard, Frostweed.
Elements: Sorcerous Water, Sorcerous Fire.
Meat: Raw Talbuk Meat, Raw Clefthoof Meat, Raw Boar Meat.
Ore: True Iron Ore, Blackrock Ore.
Fish: Abyssal Gulper Eel Flesh, Blackwater Whiptail Flesh, Crescent Saberfish Flesh, Jawless Skulker Flesh, Fat Sleeper Flesh, Fire Ammonite Tentacle, Blind Lake Sturgeon Flash.
Herbs, oddly, not used for alchemy: Gorgrond Flytrap(catch up only), Chameleon Lotus.
Draenic Agility Flask: Increases agility by 200 for 1 hour.
1 - Crystal Vial, 4 - Fireweed
Greater Draenic Agility Flask: Increases agility by 250 for 1 hour. (creates 5)
5 - Draenic Agility Flasks, 1 - Sorcerous Water, 5 - Alchemical Catalyst
Draenic Intellect Flask: Increases intellect by 200 for 1 hour.
1 - Crystal Vial, 4 - Starflower
Greater Draenic Intellect Flask: Increases intellect by 250 for 1 hour. (creates 5)
5 - Draenic Intellect Flasks, 1 - Sorcerous Fire, 5 - Alchemical Catalyst
Draenic Strength Flask: Increases strength by 200 for 1 hour.
1 - Crystal Vial, 4 - Nagrand Arrowbloom
Greater Draenic Strength Flask: Increases strength by 250 for 1 hour. (creates 5)
5 - Draenic Strength Flasks, 1 - Sorcerous Fire, 5 - Alchemical Catalyst
Draenic Stamina Flask: Increases stamina by 250 for 1 hour.
1 - Crystal Vial, 4 - Talador Orchid
Greater Draenic Stamina Flask: Increases stamina by 375 for 1 hour. (creates 5)
5 - Draenic Stamina Flasks, 1 Sorcerous Water, 5 - Alchemical Catalyst
Stat Increasing Potions:
Draenic Agility Potion: Increases agility by 1000 for 25 seconds.
1 - Crescent Oil, 1 - Raw Talbuk Meat
Draenic Armor Potion: Increases armor by 1000 for 25 seconds.
1 - Crescent Oil, 3 - True Iron Ore
Draenic Intellect Potion: Increases intellect by 1000 for 25 seconds.
1 - Crescent Oil, 3 - Abyssal Gulper Eel Flesh
Draenic Strength Potion: Increases strength by 1000 for 25 seconds.
1 - Crescent Oil, 1 Raw Boar Meat
Draenic Channeled Mana Potion: Restore (2550 *10) mana over 10 seconds and you can not move or take actions.
1- Crescent Oil, 1 - Raw Clefthoof Meat
Draenic Mana Potion: Restores 32300 - 35700 mana.
1 - Crescent Oil, 3 - Blackwater Whiptail Flesh
Draenic Rejuvenation Potion: Restores 64600 - 71400 health and 16150 - 17850 mana.
1 - Crescent Oil, 3 - Crescent Saberfish Flesh
Draenic Invisibility Potion: Grants invisibility for 18 seconds.
1 - Crescent Oil, 3 - Jawless Skulker Flesh
Draenic Living Action Potion: Removes and grants a 3 second immunity to all movement and stun effects.
1 - Crescent Oil , 3 - Fat Sleeper Flesh
Draenic Swiftness Potion: Increases movement speed by 70% and swim speed by 200% for 8 seconds.
1- Crescent Oil, 3 Blackwater Whiptail Flesh
Pure Rage Potion: Instantly grant 75 rage. (warrior, druid only)
1- Crescent Oil, 3 - Fire Ammonite Tentacle
Draenic Water Breathing Elixir: Grants underwater breathing for 1 hour.
1 - Crescent Oil, 3 Abyssal Gulper Eel Flesh
Draenic Water Walking Elixir: Grants water walking for 10 minutes or until hit.
1 - Crescent Oil, 3 Blind Lake Sturgeon Flesh
Transmorphic Tincture: Inverts gender of the drinker for a short time.
1 - Crescent Oil, 5 - Frostweed
Crescent Oil: Crafting Material
3 - Crescent Saberfish Flesh
Alchemical Catalyst: Crafting Material (1 day cooldown)
20 - Frostweed, 10 - Blackrock Ore
Secrets of Draenor Alchemy: Currency (1 day cooldown)
5 - Frostweed
Draenic Philosopher's Stone: 620 item level, equitable at level 91 trinket, does NOT count toward the craft three gear limit. BoP.
5 - Alchemical Catalyst, 1 True Iron Ore
Learning Draenor Alchemy:
You will receive a quest
early on from a draenei chest for alliance or a bladespire chest for
horde that will start a quest line. Once you've completed the small quest line you will receive A Treatise on the Alchemy of Draenor and Garrison Blueprint: Alchemy Lab, Level 1.
Treatise, once clicked on and learned, will boost your maximum alchemy
skill to 700 and will teach you all of the following skills. Alchemical
Cataclysm and Secrets of Draenor Alchemy, which you should start doing
immediately as they are cooldown abilities as well as Draenic
Invisibility Potion, Draenic Living Action Potion, Draenic Mana Potion,
Draenic Swiftness Potion, Pure Rage Potion, Draenic Water Breathing
Elixir and Draenic Water Walking Elixir.
All other alchemy potions listed above but not listed as being learned from the treatise will need to be purchased with the currency you create from the daily cooldown for secrets of draenor alchemy.
If you have the alchemy lab in your garrison there will be Albert de Hyde (horde) and Mary Kearie (alliance) whom you can purchases the plans from right there in your alchemy lab. If you do not have an alchemy lab on your garrison you can travel to your hub near ashran and purchase the plans there from Joshua Alverez (horde) or Katherine Joplin (alliance).
Once you have learned everything there is to learn, you can continue to make secrets of draenor alchemy to purchase a small pouch of coins. It remains to be seen if this will be worthwhile come live but it is nice to see that there might still be a reason to keep doing the daily secret cooldown after the 27 days it would take to purchase all the recipes.
Spotlight on the Alchemy Lab:
This section will contain two parts. One if you have alchemy as a profession, one if you do not.
If you have Alchemy as a Profession:
Level 1 Alchemy Lab:
Once you complete the small quest, mentioned above, that will award you the garrison blueprint for a level 1 alchemy lab and you will be able to build your alchemy lab.
A level 1 alchemy lab will take 1 hour to build and requires 150 gold and 50 garrison resources.
A level 1 alchemy lab allows you to produce 7 work orders at a time.
Level 2 Alchemy Lab:
A level 2 alchemy lab requires you to have a level 2 town hall.
A level 2 alchemy lab requires you to have set up your talador outpost or be level 96.
A level 2 alchemy lab will take 1 hour to build and requires 300 gold and 100 garrison resources.
A level 2 alchemy lab allows you to produce 14 work at a time.
A level 2 alchemy lab allows you to assign a follower with the alchemy trait to work at the lab.
The blueprints for the level 2 alchemy lab is available for
purchase, after you meet the requirements listed above, from Rezlak (horde) or Sparz Bolttwist (alliance) in your
garrison town hall for 750 gold.
Alternatively you can purchase the blueprints with an Outpost Building Assembly Notes item from Torgg Flexington (horde) or Kinkade Jakobs (alliance) at your ashran base.
Two copies of Outpost Building Assembly Notes can be obtained free from questing, and completing the outpost quest line, in Spires of Arak and Gorgrond. This could effectively save you 1500 gold.
Level 3 Alchemy Lab:
A level 3 alchemy lab requires you to have a level 3 town hall.
A level 3 alchemy lab requires you to have completed the [Working More Orders] achievement and be level 100.
A level 3 alchemy lab will take 1 hour to build and requires 500 gold and 300 garrison resources.
A level 3 alchemy lab will allow you to produce 21 work orders at a time.
The blueprints for the level 3 alchemy lab are available for purchase, after you meet the requirements listed above,
from Rezlak (horde) or Sparz Bolttwist (alliance) in your garrison town
hall for 1000 gold.
Alchemy work orders require 5 frostweed to produce and each order takes 4 hours to finish. It will award you with an alchemical catalyst and sometimes a sorcerous water or a sorcerous fire. Having a higher level lab, which allows you to produce more work orders, means you need to log in to check less often. Orders will stack up if you are not online for a while and you will not miss out on anything. So if you have a 21 order queue you would only need to collect your products and place new orders every 84 hours, which is three and a half days, making this fantastic for those alts you sometimes forget to log into.
Once your alchemy lab reaches level 2 you will be allowed to assign a worker to help there. The worker must have alchemy as a trait as not just any worker can be assigned to any building. A follower working in any garrison building does not gain experience. Consider leveling your follower first before placing them as a worker in one of your buildings. Workers at the alchemy lab have a small chance to increase the materials you get when filling work orders, depending on their level, the higher the better of course. Also, if you have a follower working at your alchemy lab you will receive a daily alchemy quest entitled Alchemy Experiment which will award you with 3-5 low value draenor alchemy potions or flasks.
Pros to having the profession:
Increased catalyst generation to make more flasks, chance for additional materials from work orders.
If you do not have Alchemy as a Profession:
Most things will remain the same with a few notable exceptions.
You will not be able to build an alchemy lab on your garrison until you level your town hall to level 2.
Once you have a level 2 town hall you learn all level 1 profession building blueprints, so do not worry that you were incapable of doing the quest.
You will be able to make all potions and all lesser flasks that an alchemist can make in your alchemy lab.
The potions will require you to have a level 2 alchemy lab to make them.
The lesser flasks will require you to have a level 3 alchemy lab to make them.
You will not be able to make any of the greater flasks.
Cons to not having alchemy profession:
No reason to do work orders because you can not make the greater flasks that require the catalysts that come from work orders. As alchemical catalysts are bind on pick up you would be wasting resources to create something you have no use for.
Catching up or Switching to Alchemy in Warlords:
Even as a level 1 alchemist you can do the quest that will get you the alchemy lab plans for your garrison along with the treatise which when learned teaches you most of the alchemy potions. Also, as a side bonus, even if you are a skill level 1, once you use the treatise you will attain a max level of 700, meaning no need to ever go back to train up again.
These potions, while being native to draenor do not need a high profession skill level to create. This means you can level up from 1 to catching up, through making potions with just draenor based materials.
In addition to that there are many items you can find in the world that will help increase your alchemy and will speed you along up to skill level 600, where you will now be working on current content. All drops that start these skill gaining quests by dropping these items require an alchemy skill level of 1, so you can start from the bottom up. All of these are turned in at your garrison.
Cracked Potion Vial: 5 skill ups, up to a skill level of 600.
Requires: 5 - Fireweed, 5 - Talador Orchid
Impotent Healing Potion: 5 skill ups, up to a skill level of 600.
Requires: 4 - Talador Orchid
Unstable Elixir: 5 skill ups, up to a skill level of 600.
Requires: 4 - Talador Orcird, 4 - Gorgrond Flytrap
Unorganized Alchemist Notes: 5 skill ups, up to a skill level of 600.
Requires: 8 - Frostweed
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