Just about a month ago I came up with an idea to build a hunter army. The goal was to have one hunter of every Alliance race by the end of Cataclysm at level 85. At the moment, I have two level 85 hunters, with my third coming alone slowly but getting there.
Kalashot, my Night Elf Hunter, he’s finally reached level 70! Oddly enough, I level her from 1 to about 65 with no BoA Gear, I didn’t do any PVP and I didn’t do any Dungeons. Why? A challenge I suppose you could say… but as I started to think about when Mist of Pandaria could come out.. and I did the draft post for what would later become my When is Mist Coming Post, I knew I had to step it up.
At the moment Focushot is my main hunter with Jewelcrafting and Engineering. Shadowolz is my alt with Enchanting and Alchemy. Between the two I’ve been able to fun this little project of mine on Drenden US. Now those aren’t the only level 85 characters I have. In fact, I have a Mage, Paladin, Death Knight and Druid all level capped. I have a Rogue at 83 and a Warrior at 67. My Priest which I gain from Scroll of Resurrection is level 80 still.
For a while, I debated on moving them to my 2nd account which I gain using the Scroll of Resurrection feature, giving one of my odd ball accounts both Wrath and Cataclysm, while my two other original Reefer a Friend Account (which I had far before you needed to merge your WoW accounts into Battle.net) that are still Battle Chest (level 70 capped).
There was one change to my project at least for the time being. First off, the original plan was to level each hunter with a crafting professions and Alchemy. This as you can guess for the daily transmute procs. My original profession army that I’ve been building since I started the game was Lightcade (Blacksmithing, Enchanting), Frostium (Leatherworking, Tailoring), Deathcade (Inscription, Alchemy) and Necdrucla (Alchemy, Herbalism).
In Cataclysm I wanted to level a Rogue, Warrior and Warlock finally, and that goal didn’t go so well. I still have not reached level cap on any of them and I don’t even have a warlock at all. Just couldn’t get into them and was bored with them past level 20ish.
Pushing to 85 on Kaimatrix, Kalashot and Naarultra is going to be a lot of work. Outland is the slowest part of leveling and once you hit 80, it takes a whole lot of time. Hell it’s 4 million experience from 84 to 85 (or something long those lines). Funny thing is, they nerf Northrend experience by I want to say by half. It has to be something crazy like that. I’m already by the time I even decided to release this post hit level 75 already. I wish they would do that with Outland, compare to Northrend (which I enjoy leveling there) Outland is horrible out-dated when you look at 1-60 content and then 70-80 content.
Having Gathering Professions for Mist
At last however, the final stage of my project was to build two farming characters, a Death Knight and Paladin. I wasn’t sure yet of the mix between what two of the three gathering professions I was going to go. I was going to simple pair them both with Mining and Herbalism so no matter which one I was on I could farm the same. Then my Shaman which was on the server at level 65 was going to have Skinning.
This has changed, there is no way I can get those on top of three hunters to 85 and be ready to jump into farming once Mist of Pandaria hits. I just wont be able to do it, even when I got lucky and found I had a level 35 Paladin on one of my accounts I turn on for 2 months only just so I could get the new RaF Mount for myself.. I level to 40 easy doing Dungeons but without some kind of outside help, RaF or just powerleveling it just not gonna happen.
I’ve decided that each of my hunter will have a gathering profession so when I hit Pandaria content I can farm. Kalashot I put skinning on her pair with Leatherworking, Kaimatrix has Blacksmithing pair off with Mining, and lastly Naarultra is going to have Inscription pair with Herbalism. My Shaman right now has Inscription and Tailoring. I sort of should level him to 80 at least to be able to do 600 Inscription. I’ll be dropping Tailoring on him in place of Alchemy at some point and putting Tailoring on my new Panda Hunter.
With the changes to Inscription, I think having two wont be such a bad idea, that is if I can get them up to speed in time. Once I have least one of my gathering characters to 80 I’ll be dropping the gathering part on both Kaimatix and Naarultra and replacing it with Alchemy. Given my setup I’ll have 6 Alchemy cooldowns. Ideal I could take my Death Knight and Paladin, given one Mining with Alchemy and the other with Herbalism and Alchemy. This would give me a total of 8 alchemist!
This leaves the final part of skinning, should I leave skinning on my hunter or drop it for another alchemist? My last character I plan for will be a Monk, which I’ll have as Alchemy and Engineering, that is 10 characters total, leaving room for one more (was thinking of a horde character for cross faction trading). Leave me a comment do you think I should take skinning off or would more than 8 alchemist be over kill?