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#1 Jul 01 2009 at 4:39 PM Rating: Good
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I'm at 450 skinning, and I have been for a while, now. I'm actually getting kinda tired of it, and was thinking of picking up something else, but I'm not sure which.

My other profession is enchanting (which is only 350, but I'm gonna suck it up and keep leveling it).

Any thoughts on what may becoming valuable (or more valuable) come 3.2?
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#2 Jul 01 2009 at 6:45 PM Rating: Good
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well, you have a few options

1.) stick with another gathering profession - i.e. mining or herbalism. I'm thinking that you would get pretty bored with those too after a while, since it's not much different than skinning.

2.) take up tailoring - this goes farily well with enchanting, since with few exceptions the mats just come off mobs, so you have an option besides AH for getting the materials. And like I said, goes well with enchanting since you can DE the stuff.

3.) take up inscription - goes ok with enchanting since you can make the vellums to put your enchants on and sell on AH, but then you need to pick up Herbs from AH

4.) take up any other profession - other than giving you things to DE or enchant, the other professions to match up with enchanting nearly as well, and like inscription you need to buy the materials off AH

Based on your situation (without knowning your character class) would go with Tailoring. You can make bags and every class uses bags, and the items you make you can DE, and you can farm most areas for the cloth.

What class/spec are you?

Edit: in taking another look at tailoring, there are some options even for plate and chain wearers - obviously some cloaks, but also some of the embroidery (such as one that gives attack power or spell power) can be useful on non-cloth wearers.


Edited, Jul 1st 2009 10:49pm by Devilwind
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#3 Jul 01 2009 at 7:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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Tailoring would probably be easiest for you--but if there's something you've been thinking of that you'd enjoy having but just haven't wanted to level because it would be "too hard", go for that. For example, I've wanted an engineer for the longest time, and I'm having a blast leveling it up on my Warrior. It's a little pricey since I don't have Mining, but I'm happy with it, and that's worth a lot more imo than going for a profession simply because it's profitable.

If you want to try another gathering profession, Herbalism is always a nice choice, it makes getting flasks and potions much easier and the free personal heal is a nifty bonus.
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#4 Jul 02 2009 at 7:50 AM Rating: Excellent
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What class/spec are you?


This. And, how do you play? Do you raid?

What do you want out of the profession? Money? Useful items?

The crit bonus for skinners is a nice boost for some classes, especially if you're raiding.

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1.) stick with another gathering profession - i.e. mining or herbalism. I'm thinking that you would get pretty bored with those too after a while, since it's not much different than skinning.


I have to disagree with the underlined part. I find herbing and mining to be a lot more fun than skinning. They're both much more of an active pursuit, whereas skinning is a passive one. Especially at high level with a flying mount, I enjoy just cruising around looking for herb/mine nodes sometimes. It has an element of treasure hunting that I find fun, whereas skinning is usually just another step of looting the animal I've killed.
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#6 Jul 02 2009 at 1:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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I would start using your disenchanting for cash, and do something you think would be fun with the other profession.

I recently hit 80 on my warlock. I was skinning 450 while leveling. Now, I don't plan to kill so many beasts anymore. I switched it out and leveled mining to 450. I can drop down and gather while on my way to do a daily or somewhere else.

I have other characters who make cash also (mainly disenchanting), so I leveled up engineering to 450 on my warlock, just for the fun of it.
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#7 Aug 02 2009 at 6:16 AM Rating: Decent
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I've always loved herbalism ... mostly for the cash. Now though, it seems that prices on my server have fallen off terribly, so it's not as profitable as it once was. Still, it's easy to level, and does make a fair amount of gold with little effot.

Other than that, the others are right about the tailoring/enchanting pairng. Now that you're at 350 enchanting, it should be easier for you to level with the Northrend training.

I always found mining to be a pain because I could never find a node when I wanted one, and I don't have a lot of patience, but everyone is different.

It realy all depends on how you play, and what your goals are.
#8 Aug 04 2009 at 8:42 AM Rating: Good
bgredsox wrote:
I'm at 450 skinning, and I have been for a while, now. I'm actually getting kinda tired of it, and was thinking of picking up something else, but I'm not sure which.

My other profession is enchanting (which is only 350, but I'm gonna suck it up and keep leveling it).

Any thoughts on what may becoming valuable (or more valuable) come 3.2?


Not wanting to be mean guy, but that's pretty much the same as asking what class you should roll. It's 100% subjective, and the main thing to think about is that unless you're making a substantial income from (dis)enchanting + dailies, anything other than another gathering profession or tailoring is going to cost you a fortune to skill up and a fortune to maintain. If you've got other alts in Northrend with other gathering professions, that gives you some leeway. Other than that, pretty much every profession is going to require ore and/or leather and/or herbs and if you're placing yourself at the mercy of the auction house to supply it, it's likely to be painful. (I notice Isyris is happy leveling engineering without a miner and you'd pretty much have to duplicate her attitude. She's leveling it because she's always wanted to...you've asked about what is going to be valuable.)

For me, skinning is valuable on my shaman because crit rating is nice. (EJ classed the crit rating boost from master of anatomy as a statistical outlier for the purpose of calculating max theoretical enh. shammy dps XD). JC is valuable on my shaman (and my warrior :P) because prospecting my own gems is fawking sweet. But the same goes for leatherworking (leg kits), blacksmithing (belt buckles), enchanting, inscription, and even tailoring. For me, value is in realizing i need something for one of my toons and being able to hop to an alt and make it (or ship it over from the bank because I already had some in stock :P) instead of having to run off to the auction house and buy it. Value is being able to gather base materials whenever I need them and the only "cost" to me is time. There are times when I'm quite happy to just fly around on my pally nabbing crystallized bits from gas clouds and mining every node I pass by. I then bank those things and whenever I need ore to make something or prospect or eternals for whatever reason..huzzah! They're there!

To me, value in a profession comes from that feeling of relief to know that you can make it yourself without denting your gold reserves. It doesn't matter what profession you pick or why, if you pick it based on the hopes that it's going to provide a stable income, all it takes is a half dozen or so people out of the thousands of players on your realm to get the same idea and undercut your gravy train into the ground.

Consequently, there is no answer to your question. Instead, I simply offer

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That is all.

Edited, Aug 4th 2009 9:43am by AureliusSir
#9 Aug 05 2009 at 7:35 AM Rating: Good
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I realize gathering professions are a good way to make gold and the items you collect are obviously useful, but I don't think I'm not a big fan of them in general. By the time I zig-zag from node to node or kneel down a dozen times it takes me twice as long to do anything (assuming I can even remember where I was headed).

I suggest using the second profession slot for the bonus it can provide and don't worry about how much gold it can generate. Not only are there plenty of ways to make gold, but you already have enchanting! Not sure what class you are, but I think the 2 sockets from BS are pretty awesome. Or go with tailoring, not only don't you need to actively farm stuff (just loot as normal) but you get a nifty carpet to fly around on.

edit: enter key, you are my friend.

Edited, Aug 5th 2009 11:38am by PageCCCXI
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