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#1 Apr 07 2012 at 4:45 AM Rating: Default
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i haven't been playing very long, less then 2 weeks. i took over my dead brothers account and qualified for a scroll of resurrection. so i have a level 83 human arcane mage which i am not plying at the moment. my toon i am playing right now is a level 28 human hunter. i thought fishing sounded like a good secondary for my hunter, but what would be the best primary trades for my mage and hunter. i am guessing the mage would be good as a tailor making her own cloth armor, but i am a newb and not sure. as for my hunter i really not sure what would be best. so thank you all for reading my newb question as to what i should train my mage and hunter in for trades.

Thank you in advance, Sincerely GamerGirlAlice
#2 Apr 07 2012 at 8:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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Depends on how well you are set financially, if you're grasping at straws trying to pay for new skills training every time you visit the training then you'll probably want 2 gathering skills. Herbing, Mining, Skinning are the choices there... the first 2 you just see the node and go collect it, the last one you must first kill the mob gather all loot from it and then skin it... or you MIGHT be able to stumble on un-used corpses from someone else questing in an area that are able to be skinned but see if they are waiting to skin 'em all at once might be worth it.... *flash backs to Nagrand* where both sides would see me killing the elephants and... whatever the other big animal are, hide inside and if I failed to see them arrive be skinning my mob as soon as I looted from it. While I was there on my skinner... I just got to leaving things behind and using name-plates :P they'd move on and I'd go skin.

The "mini-map" finder has been changed so you can track mining and herb nodes at the same time, where previously it was one or the other.
Crafting.... I have a tailor at skill cap... 359? seems to be the best vendor sold recipes that she can buy while you get 378 and 397s from the current dungeons / Justice / valor rewards. Same thing blacksmith and leatherworking... make yourself a decent pvp starter set but your iLevel of the crafted gear is useless compared to what you can get just by running randoms. Best to perhaps have a high character level and crafting profession based on what low level characters you plan to bring up, then you can actually make them gear they'll use before they outdistance the items. I always found the crafters would be too high of a level for something by the time they could really make it.

#3 Apr 13 2012 at 1:29 PM Rating: Good
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Skinning is a good primary for a hunter. Probably the most consistently profitable of the gathering trades and meshes well with secondaries in fishing and cooking. Herbalism and mining can be profitable but both require a LOT of wandering around searching for sites and are really time consuming, especially before you get flight (L60). Critters to skin are everywhere. Early on, I'd be tempted to go with two gathering professions, e.g. skinning and herbalism, to build up a stake, not just for current training but for the much more expensive flight training later on. You can always switch to a makers profession once you're financially secure.
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#4 Apr 13 2012 at 4:48 PM Rating: Decent
Like the guy above me said, skinning is probably the most profitable skill to learn. I recommend fishin though. Fishing is a fun skill xD , that's the way I like to look at it, so your not bored and your making a reasonable profit.
But if your looking for a high valuable skill go with mining or skinning :)
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#5 Apr 16 2012 at 10:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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Just to avoid confusion - Fishing, Cooking, First Aid, and Archaeology are secondary professions which are all available to everyone. You only have to choose between primary professions. For those, I agree with the consensus that especially for your first time through, it should be two gathering (Skinning, Mining, Herbalism) professions. Crafting professions (with the possible exception of Enchanting) are generally money-losers during the leveling process, and on your first time through cash will likely be a concern.
#6 Apr 17 2012 at 1:45 PM Rating: Good
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Jewel crafting isn't as costly as I thought it might be at low level, but my situation may be unusual..I ran skinning and mining until I not only had all my flight licenses and over 20K in the gold stash.. I used a jewel crafting leveling guide to predict what metals and quantities I'd need and put those away in the bank. Also saved every jewel my mining turned up, though the drop rate on those isn't good - you'll still need to buy some.

If I ignore the labor (cost) of mning ,the rings and trinkets you produce at even low levels can recoup most of your out-of-pocket expenses. at least if your realm has a few enchanters smart enough to buy up 1-3GP blue and green trinkets, rings and such to disenchant for the mats. The only real problem Im having is that nobody seems to AH their low level jewels, so collecting the mats can be a slow process, even if you have the cash.
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#7 Apr 20 2012 at 2:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ollamnh wrote:
If I ignore the labor (cost) of mning ,the rings and trinkets you produce at even low levels can recoup most of your out-of-pocket expenses. at least if your realm has a few enchanters smart enough to buy up 1-3GP blue and green trinkets, rings and such to disenchant for the mats. The only real problem Im having is that nobody seems to AH their low level jewels, so collecting the mats can be a slow process, even if you have the cash.

It's also possible that even if your server doesn't have leveling jewels on the AH themselves, you might be able to buy the ore they prospect from. If you're very lucky, you might even be able to prospect more than you need, and fill the AH gap by selling them on to newer leveling jewelcrafters. I was able to cut the leveling-up cost significantly by doing this at a couple of places.

Also, miners - never forget smelting, even (possibly especially) stuff from earlier levels. On my server, titansteel still goes for a 50% markup over the cost of the mats (although for a lot of stuff it helps if you find/have a pocket alchemist).
#8 Apr 21 2012 at 7:51 PM Rating: Decent
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i would recommend mining and herbing. skinning is good gold, as well as very convienent. just skin what you kill., i just look at it in terms of how much the raw mats are in demand. Leather is only used by leatherworkers, with a few patterns in other professions that will take a few pieces of leather here and there. Mining supports: Jewel crafting, Blacksmithing as well as Engineering. Herbing supports Inscription as well as Alchy. This late in Caty, a large number of people have maxxed out their professions and are just making things for profit or for their own use. I have seen a dramatic drop in ore prices in the last couple of months. although the gems gotten from the DS raids could be adding to supplies or gems and lowering demand for ore to prospect,
I have gone from leveling crafting professions to gathering professions with any new alt in Caty since it seems like almost all items made are BOE and can be bought on the AH or made with your mats.
Fishing isnt that exciting to level, but can be a very nice gold source when you get to top levels and can fish for and sell the fish needed for the raid feasts.
If you really want to level a crafting profession, get to top level gathering., you can easily have 20K in gold in the bank, and a gathering skill already leveled to supply that new crafting profession with mats.
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