Yesterday I was sitting here minding my own business at work when Trout e-mailed me complaining about the low drop rate of Lovely Charms the night before. I was like, ‘yeah, you know, I didn’t get very many either,’ so I hit up Google and went on a researching mission. Not surprisingly, the official forums are full of bitching about this. However, in between the whining, I also found some very helpful posts with suggested farming sites. So last night, after my daily ganking in Uldum for the holiday daily, I headed out to test the spot that I found most appealing.
The site I chose? The Iron Crucible located inside Halls of Lightning. This is the room full of elementals that you run through after you have killed the first boss. Why did I choose this place?
- It’s instanced, so there’s no competition for kills, and most importantly if you are on a PvP server like my belfs, NO ONE CAN GANK YOU!
- The adds are level 79 non-elites with just under 16k health, so they die very easily, even to a newb in greens like my third-string pally. (Seriously, he got a ring in ZA last night that was an upgrade for his ret set.)
- The adds do not drop loot. Some might count this as a negative rather than a positive, but I’m there for Lovely Charms and only Lovely Charms. Looting would slow me down and take up bag space with non-Charms.
- The adds have a very fast respawn rate.
So, how did the test run turn out?
In the first 20 minutes there, I went from 11 Charms to 81 Charms. Then I grabbed my mage friend who was looking to work on the holiday as well, and said hey come out to Ulduar and I’ll show you how to churn these babies out fast. Once I had her there, we each took a side of the room and neither one of us even had to move from our spots. I was standing in one place, perfectly still, and would have three adds at a time spawning on top of me. I’d use Art of War procs to one-shot slags to my sides for super bonus fun times. After another 30 minutes I was up to 200 Charms.
One other thing to consider…there have been complaints that people who have the Test Your Strength quest from Darkmoon Faire will get fewer drops because the Grisly Trophies and Lovely Charms cannot drop at the same time. I did not get to test that last night … Kale had turned in Test Your Strength when the Faire opened on Sunday, so he does NOT have it in his log. I’ve seen reports that putting the Adventurer’s Guide in your bank when you go out to farm Charms remedies this situation.
So there you go, a perfect spot to grind out those charms, and you can even bring a friend to speed it up!
P.S. Today is my 3 year blogivesary. Three years! Is that crazy or what? Thank you to everyone who has visited over the years. Don’t forget to mock Sorak in the comments!