Tagged: the jade forest

I finally got around to moving my Shaman to Pandaria in World of Warcraft. I was a lazy Shaman during Cataclysm, only leaving Orgrimmar on special occasions. He’s my primary Jewelcrafter and backup Alchemist and leveled from 80 to 85 by doing the Jewelcrafting daily quest. While I still perform the daily, the Jewelcrafting recipes and rewards that MoP provides are too enticing to pass up.

Getting my Shaman over to the Jade Forest doesn’t mean he’s still not a lazy Shaman. He’s spec’d as Elemental/Restoration, and I don’t bother gearing him up with two sets of gear. I prefer to focus on picking up spirit-friendly gear, heal regular instance PUGs, and casually quest in my Elemental spec. It’s slow and inefficient, so it’s perfect for me.

If you’re into raiding, you’ll want to make sure you have your best-in-slot chest piece. This can be an interesting choice on how you want to spend your time gearing up when you hit level 90. You can hope that you stumble over Galleon with 39 other people in Valley of the Four Winds. Good luck with that. You can also consider Leatherworking for a number of options. Two epic-level items can be crafted for Resto Shamans, but one requires Blood Spirits and the other does not. While the crafted Robes of the Setting Sun is an upgrade over the Lifekeeper’s Robe, they are very similar and either one will probably be your pre-raid chest piece that you end up going with.

Armor of the Single Cloud 90 Galleon World Boss 16,347
Stormbreaker Chestguard 90 Crafted Leatherworking 16,254
Robes of the Setting Sun 90 Golden Lotus Revered – 2,250 Valor 15,356
Lifekeeper’s Robe 90 Crafted Leatherworking 15,066
Uncasked Chestguard 90 Yan-Zhu the Uncasked Stormstout Brewery (Heroic) 12,454
Crackling Chain of the Golden Lotus 90 Battle Axe of the Thunder King (Quest) Vale of Eternal Blossoms 11,283
Mountain Stream Ringmail 90 Justice Quartermaster 2,250 Justice 11,147
Shivbreaker Vest 90 Lilian’s Soul Scholomance (Heroic) 10,113
Contender’s Scale Chestguard 90 Crafted Leatherworking 9,378
Earthmover Armor 88 The Point of No Return (Quest) Townlong Steppes 9,031
Patchwork Flesh Armor 90 An End to the Suffering (Quest) Scholomance (Heroic) 8,578

So there you are, in your van, down by the river. You step outside to get a whiff of that warm, Jade Forest air. You turn around, grab your rod, and exhale. It’s time to start fishing!

So where should you go? You’ve learned the “Find Fish” ability, so you can see pools of Jade Lungfish nearby. Those big tigers though… you’d have to beat on them with your pole and you’re not that hard up. Ah, there it is! It’s your spot… that giant rock right in the middle of the lake. You can setup camp there and have plenty of space to stretch out. Wait. No pools there! What to do, what to do.

This is the mindset of the typical fisherman fisher person in the Mists of Pandaria. However, fishing is about relaxation. Becoming one with all your chi and what not. And getting that screen all blurry from too much Hozen Cuervo.

If you are interested in maximizing your time for making gold or getting items for your daily quests done, don’t bother seeking out fishing pools. You’ll waste more time traveling around, and there’s literally no benefit. You can get the same items from fishing in any spot that you normally would from a pool.

However, some will argue that pools are better to fish in. Here’s why one would seek out fishing pools:

  • Fishing pools can be fished in by any character that has at least one skill point in fishing (if you’re not at-level for the zone, you won’t be able to fish in open areas)
  • Pools typically yield one type of catch, so if you are seeking out one particular kind of fish, then you’ll want to find an appropriate pool
  • You still don’t have your Sea Turtle mount

That’s it though. There is no achievement for Mists of Pandaria that requires you to catch every fish native to the expansion zones from a pool. So get on out there and don’t sweat riding around for pools. Find your happy, in-game place and get your fish on!